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Antarctica Needs a Network Engineer

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the no-cpu-fans-requires dept.

IT 226

littlekorea writes "It's a little underpaid, but network engineers with a fetish for very cold weather might be interested to know that the Australian Government's Antarctic Division is seeking network engineers to manage its telephony, satellite and radio comms in Antarctica. According to the job FAQ, summer temperatures aren't a lot colder than your average data centre. But winters of -30 degrees celsius (-22 Fahrenheit) might make the morning jog a little challenging."

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226 comments

One plus about the cold: (5, Funny)

base3 (539820) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917128)

It should be an overclocker's paradise there! Of course, better get the best rig you can get starting out, because I'm pretty sure Newegg's shipping isn't as cheap to there.

Re:One plus about the cold: (3, Informative)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917382)

Personal effects transportation limit is 1 cubic meter and 250 kg. I hope your OCable gaming rig is pretty compact. (Yes, even a tower system with all accouterments would fit, but that would be pretty close to all you could take.)

Re:One plus about the cold: (4, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918288)

What else do you need? Clothing? Simply put on what you'll wear. It's not like changing clothes is mandatory, is it?

Re:One plus about the cold: (2, Funny)

maino82 (851720) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917810)

I'm pretty sure they don't have a distribution center there, though, so no tax! Bonus!

Cold is good (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918452)

Never mind pluses against the cold. If you had spent the summer thus far in Perth (W. Australia, that is), a sojourn in the Antarctic might sound pleasant. To date, it's been the hottest summer ever recorded, and we've been 68 days without rain. Though official meteorological stats differ from local indications: on occasion I have seen the mercury go as far as 49 degrees (C) in the shade, where the official maximum for that day was a mere balmy 45.

I should be used to it; I arrived here in 1987, and quickly got used to temperatures in the 40s, but it has been getting muggier since, and that's not as easy to take at the same time as the heat.

Extra job perk (5, Interesting)

garg0yle (208225) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917130)

The ATMs there don't charge any fees [needcoffee.com] !

Re:Extra job perk (2, Informative)

xaxa (988988) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918156)

ATMs in the UK don't charge fees (at least, they don't charge people with UK bank accounts) and the climate is much, much better.

Re:Extra job perk (3, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918404)

the climate is much, much better.

That's debatable. I prefer my water in solid form it's less... well, ya know, wet.

From "The Big Bang Theory" (4, Funny)

Yuioup (452151) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917140)

"We need to talk to you about something
that happened at the North Pole."

"If this is about the night
the heat went out,
there's nothing to be
embarrassed about."

- "It's not about that."
- "We agreed to never speak of it again."

"So we slept together naked."

"It was only to keep our core body
temperatures from plummeting."

"He's speaking about it."

"For me, it was a bonding moment."

The Cold's Not So Bad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30917144)

...just make sure you know what you're doing when a Husky runs into the base, followed by some guys shooting at it from a helicopter :D

Re:The Cold's Not So Bad... (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917402)

Crazy Swedes..

Re:The Cold's Not So Bad... (1)

kdemetter (965669) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918456)

You shoot the helicopter ?

Personal Insulation (3, Funny)

Bicx (1042846) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917146)

Morning jog? This is a job for a flabby individual with lots of personal insulation, and jogging is out of the question!

Re:Personal Insulation (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917552)

This is a job for a flabby individual with lots of personal insulation, and jogging is out of the question!

That explains why they posted the job on /. ;)

Re:Personal Insulation (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917916)

That explains why they posted the job on /. ;)

Not really as everyone on slashie-dot are basement dwellers which can only survive at the static temperature of their subterranean habitat... Not to mention they would have to ask permission from their mommy and we all know what she would say...

Re:Personal Insulation (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918318)

"Don't forget to put on your mittens"?

Seriously, is there any basement-dweller's mom that wouldn't help her son carry the luggage if he (finally!) decides to move out of there?

Re:Personal Insulation (2, Insightful)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918598)

Actually from my extensive winter hiking experience staying warm when you are moving is easy, in fact not getting too hot is the problem. The problem with getting cold is only when you stop to camp. Breakfast time is the worst. You have to get out of that nice comfy sleeping bag at the coldest part of the day, put on your frozen outer clothes and fiddle with an ice cold stove with half frozen fingers or gloves on. Just keep moving and you'd be fine. :)

Don't need to move to be cold (1)

janek78 (861508) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917152)

I live in the middle of Europe and we had -30 C (-22 F) last night. Thank you, I'll pass. (Also, I'm not a network engineer.)

Re:Don't need to move to be cold (3, Informative)

smitty777 (1612557) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917304)

So, just to put it in perspective, the average winter is between -112 to -130 F. The coldest naturally occurring temperature on the face of the earth was recorded there, which was actually colder than dry ice.

Re:Don't need to move to be cold (1)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917378)

I've always wondered how much CO2 could be pulled from the atmosphere in places like that. With or without added refrigeration. Completely impractical for global purposes, because where are you going to put billions of tons of dry ice? But still an interesting thought.

Re:Don't need to move to be cold (2, Insightful)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917428)

Oh, you'd drop it on a forest somewhere. Mountains, something with lots and lots of trees and thus lots of oxygen. The displacement would result in more sugar production by the trees.

Re:Don't need to move to be cold (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917566)

because where are you going to put billions of tons of dry ice

Just breed billions of tons of cows and the problem takes care of itself [omahasteaks.com] ;)

Re:Don't need to move to be cold (1)

smitty777 (1612557) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918426)

Did you really have to post that link so close to lunchtime, Shakrai? Now I'll never be able to get back to work.

Re:Don't need to move to be cold (1)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917444)

That is kind of freaky.

So what happens at that temperature? CO2 starts pooling as a liquid on the ground?

Re:Don't need to move to be cold (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30917578)

There is not enough atomospheric pressure for it to turn into a liquid. It would go straight into a solid if it were cold enough. It would probably look like regular snow, which would make it a bit difficult to spot.

Re:Don't need to move to be cold (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917982)

There is not enough atomospheric pressure for it to turn into a liquid. It would go straight into a solid if it were cold enough. It would probably look like regular snow, which would make it a bit difficult to spot.

It worked! Now.. if we can only keep it from exploding!

Re:Don't need to move to be cold (1)

Zantac69 (1331461) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917662)

No liquid CO2 unless you get > 5 ATM pressure - so no worries there :)

Re:Don't need to move to be cold (1)

tom17 (659054) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917710)

No [fsnet.co.uk]

Tom...

Re:Don't need to move to be cold (1)

Bromskloss (750445) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917814)

So what happens at that temperature? CO2 starts pooling as a liquid on the ground?

At atmospheric pressure, the transition from solid to gas, and vice versa, does not go via liquid. Have a look at the phase diagram [fsnet.co.uk] of carbon dioxide. So, no pools on the ground.

Re:Don't need to move to be cold (1)

cycler (31440) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917906)

Wrong.

Not the average but the lowest recorded temperature was about -90C. The average in winter is between -40 and -50 C.
Sources on google. /C

Re:Don't need to move to be cold (2, Funny)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918020)

Sources on google. /C

This is /. you need to site sources using Wikipedia and only Wikipedia...

Re:Don't need to move to be cold (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918368)

[citation needed]

Re:Don't need to move to be cold (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30918254)

I live in Finland and it was disappointingly warm -27C last night (not to speak about last few winters which were pretty much non-existent). Where do I sign?

Obligatory (2, Funny)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917154)

"Milt, we're gonna need to go ahead and move you down into storage B. We have some new people coming in, and we need all the space we can get. So if you could just go ahead and pack up your stuff and move it down there, that would be terrific, OK?"

Re:Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30917258)

Where's my red stapler?

Re:Obligatory (2, Funny)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917670)

Where's my red stapler?

I assume you would have some difficulty burning this building down.

Balmy (1)

Samalie (1016193) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917164)

-30C? Sounds downright balmy compared to Canada.

We sometimes get this weather in Montreal (1)

hotdot (607599) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917170)

It should not be hard to get northern people to apply :)

No monsters for me today! (1)

cristiroma (606375) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917176)

And come home with the Thing? No thank you...

Re:No monsters for me today! (3, Insightful)

grub (11606) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917406)


And come home with the Thing? No thank you...

You wouldn't come home with it. It'd come home looking and acting just like you.

.

Raytheon (4, Interesting)

rindeee (530084) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917200)

For anyone who's interested, Raytheon Polar Services is almost always hiring for positions at the US South Pole research facilities.

Re:Raytheon (1)

VShael (62735) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917266)

Raytheon Polar Services is almost always hiring for positions at the US South Pole research facilities.

Yeah. Lots of testers for their pain boxes, wasn't it? :)

Re:Raytheon (3, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917416)

Bad testing environment for that. A few minutes exposure to Winter ambient conditions and you'll welcome the warming glow of the Active Denial System (AKA open-air microwave oven).

Re:Raytheon (3, Interesting)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917940)

Funny but true. My father was "tech support" for the Airforce in the 70s and 80s at Malmstrom AFB in Montana. He serviced remote nuclear silo's and early warning radar. It was cold enough that there was a chance you would die on the drive out if you had to service some of the equipment at night, and thats if you didn't get stuck in a 30ft snow drift. And yes, he did step in front of the radar to warm himself up.

Re:Raytheon (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918266)

> And yes, he did step in front of the radar to warm himself up.

Did he say what it felt like?

Re:Raytheon (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30918388)

For anyone who's interested, Raytheon Polar Services is almost always hiring for positions at the US South Pole research facilities.

It's interesting to note that the Navy (NMCI [wikipedia.org] ) blocks web traffic to http://www.rayjobs.com/ [rayjobs.com] but not to http://www.monster.com/ [monster.com] or http://www.dice.com./ [www.dice.com]

Re:Raytheon (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918486)

I applied to them for a 1 year posting at McMurdo once. I didn't have the electronics skills though. You have to be a bit of a jack-of-all-trades to work down there due to the lack of outside support, especially in the winter.

Seen the movie? (1)

AltImage (626465) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917220)

Have you seen the movie Whiteout [imdb.com] ? While I like the idea of Kate Beckinsale being trapped there with me, the killing is a real turn off. Oh, and the snow. Just fuck that.

Re:Seen the movie? (1)

grub (11606) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917336)


While I like the idea of Kate Beckinsale being trapped there with me

You say that now. Wait until Kurt Russell, Keith David and T.K. Carter burst into your room and, at gunpoint, orders you and Kate tied to chairs while they draw blood for a test...

Re:Seen the movie? (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917956)

I like the idea of Kate Beckinsale being trapped there with me

She hates the idea.

Just thought you should know.

Re:Seen the movie? (3, Interesting)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918046)

The idea of being trapped with Kate Beckinsale, for any length of time, while highly appealing, is immediately dashed when one realizes she smokes.

Yeah, yeah, blah, blah, smokers. Sorry, if I'm going to have any sense of enjoyment being in close proximity to someone like Kate, I don't want them or me to be horfing up a lung or smelling like shit all the time.

thats one (5, Funny)

ionix5891 (1228718) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917226)

cool job

-30C? That's hot! (4, Interesting)

Cyberax (705495) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917236)

/me looks at the thermometer outside my window. It shows -49C (I'm in Yakutsk).

Hm. I think, it might be a good idea to move somewhere where it's a bit warmer.

PS: and no, it's not a good idea to put a computer outside at this weather. HDDs freeze to death quickly.

Re:-30C? That's hot! (1)

Zedrick (764028) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917356)

Too bad there's no "+1 Cool" option for mods, that would really work here.

Re:-30C? That's hot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30918162)

Wouldn't "-1, Cool" make more sense in this case though?

-mobby_6kl

Re:-30C? That's hot! (2, Interesting)

hitmark (640295) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917456)

SSD ftw?

Re:-30C? That's hot! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30918148)

SSD ftw?

For the Winter?

Re:-30C? That's hot! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30917510)

Exactly what I was thinking. Although you got it much worse than I do (I am in Estonia and over the weekend it was -30C in the city) this isn't that bad. You just walk from bar to bar a bit quicker and try not to fall on the ice when walking and your fine. Its just cold, put on a sweater and some grandmother-made wool socks and you will survive. It was cold a few years ago when it was -45C but all that happened was they closed the elementary schools. Oh and large amounts of vodka helps.

Re:-30C? That's hot! (3, Funny)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918132)

It was cold a few years ago when it was -45C but all that happened was they closed the elementary schools.

We had a similar situation in the UK recently. We had 5cm of snow and the whole country shut down for two days.

Re:-30C? That's hot! (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918684)

Oh and large amounts of vodka helps.

That's what I like about your nice sensible winters. Living here, where we don't really get a winter, people complain when they have to put on a long-sleeved shirt. When it gets really damn hot, it's damn hard to cool down. Whereas if it's really damn cold all you have to do is put on a pair of socks and another sweater. Oh, and drink lots of vodka. Or in my case, preferably single malt whisky...

Re:-30C? That's hot! (1)

NevarMore (248971) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917528)

What are you doing in Yakutsk? Live there? Work crew?

Got any pics of the area?

Re:-30C? That's hot! (5, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917748)

What are you doing in Yakutsk?

Getting ready to attack Kamchatka... [rolls dice]

Re:-30C? That's hot! (1)

Cyberax (705495) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918238)

I'm doing a short (I hope) IT consulting job :)

I have some pictures, but they are nothing unusual - just a northern city, I haven't yet have time to go outside skiing.

Re:-30C? That's hot! (1)

onyxruby (118189) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917716)

This makes me feel better. It's nice being reminded there are places where people live that are much colder than where I live (Minnesota -15C) (MN has the record for cold temperature in the continental US and it can at times be colder here than Alaska's Arctic shore)

Re:-30C? That's hot! (1)

ErikZ (55491) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918096)

Switch to SSDs.

Re:-30C? That's hot! (1)

xaxa (988988) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918216)

Switch to SSDs.

Good luck with that. Scientific data sets tend to be quite large...

Re:-30C? That's hot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30918468)

Privet! What kind of Internet access do you have there (dialup, ADSL, cable, satellite...)? How's the speed and reliability?

I'm not trolling, I'm really interested in this. Spasibo i vsego horoshego! :)

Re:-30C? That's hot! (1)

Cyberax (705495) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918594)

I'm on a corporate net now, speed is decent (about 1Mbit). Yakutsk has a fiber connection to a trans-Siberian backbone network, so quality is pretty good.

Though Internet is certainly not cheap here.

Demand for the position is high (1)

VShael (62735) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917244)

Even if we weren't all in a recession right now, demand for positions in Antarctica is always surprisingly high.

Re:Demand for the position is high (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917466)

I'd imagine there'd have to be a female on the team. I mean, you know. Isolation is like... sex really, REALLY helps.

HR is pissed now (4, Funny)

NevarMore (248971) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917246)

I was going to scold Slashdot for posting a job ad on the front page. Imagine all the crap resumes that'll wind up in the HR inbox now.

Then I realized I despise HR, especially those in the hiring/recruiting section.

I'm imagining some choice resume snippets from this crowd -
  - I live in my moms basement and never leave, so I won't go stir crazy
  - I've seen that John Carpenter movie about monsters in Antarctica like 9 times
  - I could totally do a rad experiment where I overclock an old PDP-11 processor to 9ghz since its so cold
  - UHF? VHF? Fah! I can replace that with a hacked WRT router running linux for like $5
  - Penguin/Linux jokes galore

Re:HR is pissed now (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917684)

Well thanks for precluding all possible conversations on the topic, Mr. Killjoy.

Re:HR is pissed now (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918142)

Can we vote him off slashdot?

Cooling is actually problematic there. (5, Informative)

the_other_chewey (1119125) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917250)

I read a very intersting article about IT at the south pole a while ago. One of the most surprising facts:
They need extra large fans to cool their servers. The Amundsen-Scott station is alomst 3000m above sea level,
which means rather thin air - so they need a higher throughput to achieve the same cooling capacity than a
data center at more usal elevations.

The cold outside temperature means no real need for AC, but doesn't help too much in terms of cooling power:
The difference between 295K and 250K isn't that big and outweighed by the lower air density.

Am I crazy or... (1)

DigitalSorceress (156609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917264)

Am I crazy or does that sound like the job of a lifetime?

Makes me wish I were an Aussie.

Given the exchange rate I'm thinking it would be a slight pay-cut, but I'd go in a heartbeat for the chance to do something ((presonally)) meaningful.

One question? Is there a really good supply of STRONG coffee and/or coca-cola available?

Re:Am I crazy or... (1)

Trent Hawkins (1093109) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917934)

Cold drinks are hard to keep because they keep freezing. Coffee is plentiful and I hear Vodka will keep under warm blankets.

Re:Am I crazy or... (1)

Krneki (1192201) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918008)

One question? Is there a really good supply of STRONG coffee and/or coca-cola available?

You need something to deprive your body from water and sleep? How long do you plan to live anyway?

Mehhh.... (1)

escape77 (1724810) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917280)

Sounds like a job for the good old Canadian boys. -30oC is common where I live.

Penguins (1)

Vyse of Arcadia (1220278) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917340)

I'm just waiting for the inevitable penguin/Linux jokes.

brings a whole new meaning.... (5, Funny)

foolserrend1975 (1692990) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917398)

.....to "Hiring Freeze"

Re:brings a whole new meaning.... (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917488)

We're hiring Viktor Freeze for this position actually.

Alternatively... (1)

Lookin4Trouble (1112649) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917404)

If you can handle working for a US-based company, you can make the same amount on a 6-month engagement with Raytheon Polar division. Bonus for the US-ians out there, the pay is tax-free since you're in international space for 20 weeks and you spend 3 weeks on each side of that in Sunny New Zealand. Good luck to the Aussie gov't filling this position, though!

Re:Alternatively... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30917862)

for the US-ians out there, the pay is tax-free since you're in international space

Wrong. In principle, kinda-sorta... In practice, no. The IRS no longer recognizes Antarctica as a foreign country for tax purposes, and this has been upheld in litigation.

http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2007/10/31/tax_ruling_leaves_150_raytheon_workers_out_in_cold/

http://www.bigdeadplace.com/taxes.html

Speaking from the slightly different experience of ~2 years on an RPSC-run ship around Antarctica, the experience is definitely worth it if you have the right constitution for the lifestyle and can handle the people/lack thereof. NZ is awesome!

Re:Alternatively... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30917970)

Please don't propagate fallacies.

I was on the Ice for a year, and was released recently. There is no tax exempt status. You are in a US protectorate space, therefore your normal state and Federal tax structure applies.

You're lucky to spend a few days in Christchurch on the way down. But, even so, it is WORK, and you are told when to be at the departure facility, must report, prepare to board planes, etc, even if you aren't going that day. it's not joy.

By the time you get the joy of being in Christchurch without the job, you're so "toasty" and burnt out on everything, you're a marginal basket case for the next month. You need to recovery and decompression time, but it is all on your (hopefully) saved ice money. The company is done with you, and only offers a return ticket the the US. "You're free to go, mate, now make room for the Fingees (FNGs)."

It was a very interesting gig, I got everything out of it that I expected, and then some (I got laid because of it, quite recently, for example). ;-D

But one really needs to do their due diligence research. The tax-free falsehood doesn't help.

if you want tax-free, you can get your carcass to Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern military-destination resorts.

Read "Big Dead Place" before going (5, Informative)

Required Snark (1702878) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917418)

Check out the blog http://www.bigdeadplace.com/ [bigdeadplace.com] before you go. The book of the same name is also a must read.

It's not just that being on the ice leads to crazy behavior, it's that the management is back in the US and they treat the workers like dirt. While they have picnics back in Kansas City. The NSF, which pays for it all, is equally brain dead. Here are some some "uncomfortable questions" from the blog.

The Supreme Court has ruled that Antarctica is "a foreign country". The IRS has emphasized recently that Antarctica is "not a foreign country". Does NSF consider Antarctica to be "a foreign country" or "not a foreign country"? Do American citizens legally have Constitutional rights in Antarctica? Does NSF voluntarily support the Constitutional rights of American citizens in Antarctica? What legal model is used by NSF to determine the rights of American citizens in Antarctica? Since NSF manages all facilities at the stations, which areas or facilities are considered "public" areas (guaranteed Constitutional protection)? If there are no "public" areas, then what policies does NSF have to ensure protection of "free speech" and "free press"? What policies does NSF have to keep its contractors from undermining these protections, if any? If there are no civil protections granted to Americans in Antarctica, are employees explicitly told this by NSF and its contractors?

Having pointed this all out, it also sounds like fun in a weird way, if you enjoy hanging with funny disfunctional drunks in a potentially lethal environment.

Re:Read "Big Dead Place" before going (1)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917812)

Why is the management of the Australian Government's Antarctic Division in the US?

Must be Austrailian or New Zealand Resident (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30917494)

Unfortunately, according to the General Information PDF linked above, you must be a resident to qualify.


Only Australian citizens, Australian residents with proof of eligibilty to work in Australia and
New Zealand residents are eligble to apply.

Jogging? (1)

Thinine (869482) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917538)

Like an sysadmins go jogging.

Be sure to take your... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30917652)

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/plush/bb2e/

Uhm, the morning what? (1)

warehousenorth (645004) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917764)

So, what is this "jog" thing you spoke of?

Re:Uhm, the morning what? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918472)

Prolly means the jog dial on some devices and how it might not work in a frozen environment. Personally I could see this as a problem, I sure got used to the scroll wheel on my mouse.

The Big Dead Place (1)

kriston (7886) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917766)

Have a look at http://www.bigdeadplace.com/ [bigdeadplace.com] for an afternoon's worth of good reading.

I actually know someone... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30917772)

I used to know a guy who was a network engineer in Antarctica about 15 years ago. He did two tours at McMurdo and was the longest distance tech support call I ever handled. (I worked at an ISP at the time and he was friends with the owner)

He was asking if the internet was down while connecting via a 56K satellite connection. (It actually was due to a MAE West issue)

The money was good if you didn't mind the chance of death by freezing, or the need to seek solace in the wings of a penguin. ;)

finally your chance to join the 300 club (2, Interesting)

Luyseyal (3154) | more than 4 years ago | (#30917886)

This is your chance to join the 300 club [theglobalguy.com] !

-l

/act now!

What if this was Mars? (3, Insightful)

odin84gk (1162545) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918030)

Does anyone really want to go to Antarctica? It is a cold, harsh environment that will isolate you from your family, friends, and civilized comforts. It had its novelty factor back in the day, just like Mars does now.

How is Mars / The moon more exciting/pleasant than Antarctica? Can we really expect people to want to populate the Moon or Mars without a large financial/spiritual/political motivation? Sure, there is the novelty factor of "OMG I'm on the moon!!!" but that can only last for a few years.

morning jog?!?! (1)

nimbius (983462) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918080)

what morning jog?! im in IT you insensitive clod!

Re:morning jog?!?! (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918522)

I think they mean the problem of getting from your bed to your computer when you forgot to close the window the night before (as I happened to do today). It costs QUITE a bit of effort to leave the cozy-toasty bed to drag your corpse to that chair, I tell you!

One Big Catch (2, Informative)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918086)

Before anyone from the US gets too excited about going out on an exotic job:

Only Australian citizens, Australian residents with proof of eligibilty to work in Australia and New Zealand residents are eligble to apply.

Why you want this job (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918176)

"Downtime" [youtube.com]

Thank you, Canada. (1)

Snarkalicious (1589343) | more than 4 years ago | (#30918234)

Dear Canuckistani /.ers, Your anecdotal evidence has convinced me that Antarcitca is clearly a place for jam-shorts, cocoa butter and daquiris. Thanks for the vacation idea. Much Love, Snarkalicious
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