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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Builder Re:Plumber (507 comments)

I know LOADS of out-of-work lawyers in the UK. Many firms now get by with 1/5th the number of staff that they used to because a lot of the preparation and document related work is offshored.

about a week ago
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UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

Builder Dodgy arrests under the terrorism act (240 comments)

People have been detained or arrested in the UK under various iterations of the terrorism act for really pathetic things. In one example, a woman was arrested for walking on a cycle path.

http://news.sky.com/story/3792...

Given that we have already abused the terrorism laws by using them to detain and arrest people for offences that are clearly not terrorism related, how can we trust our system to hold trials in secret just because they are terrorism related ?

For all we know, these people walked on a cycle path - we have arrested people under terrorism related acts for things like this, so how can we be sure that the cause for arresting these people wasn't this trivial ?

about a month and a half ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

Builder Re:public employee unions poison (688 comments)

Dude,

Let me know which desk you sit at and I'll stop by for coffee tomorrow. We MUST be in the same building!

about 2 months ago
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London Black Cabs Threaten Chaos To Stop Uber

Builder Re: This (417 comments)

The comment I replied to was
> You can still get raped and cheated with London taxis.

From that comment, it wasn't clear that the OP was just talking about black cabs. Mini cabs are also taxis in London.

about 2 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

Builder Not a problem elsewhere (482 comments)

This is only a problem in America from what I can tell.

In the UK and elsewhere in Europe, I buy my phone outright then buy connectivity to a network separately. I currently pay £12 per month (including taxes) for 300 minutes, 500 SMSs and unlimited data. The unlimited data seems truly unlimited so far.

We don't pay to receive calls or SMSs, so the low looking amounts shown there are more than adequate for my needs.

I change providers roughly once every 6 months as deals change to ensure that I'm getting the best possible deal, and I take my existing number with me at no extra charge.

about 3 months ago
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Child Porn Arrest For Cameron Aide Who Helped Plan UK Net Filters

Builder Re:victimless crime (205 comments)

Don't forget NetMums!

about 5 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Builder Re:Gas price probably has more to do with it. (635 comments)

I think that really depends on your field. There's certainly loads more work available for me in London, and the pay outside of London for similar roles with similar hours is around 20% less.

Similar properties in Stamford (only place I know well enough to compare to) are not cheaper enough to impact my mortgage and travel options are more restricted there.

about 6 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Builder Re:Murica Fuck yea! (635 comments)

No idea - just thought I'd share what I personally see. I've never seen an accurate stat from a reseller, so I pay no attention to them other than to compare different engine options within the same model of vehicle from the same manufacturer.

about 6 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Builder Re:Gas price probably has more to do with it. (635 comments)

> I'm always amazed at people in the US who are happy to spend more than the equivalent of one working day a week just getting to and from work.

A significant number of people in London do that and more. The average commute for the people in my office is 45 minutes unless there are delays. At least twice a week, someone has a delay extend their journey.

about 6 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

Builder Re:Murica Fuck yea! (635 comments)

I get between 11.5 km/l and 13.1 km/l depending on what kind of driving I'm doing on that tank. This is on a 3 year old Mazda 3. My previous Mazda 3 gave similar consumption figures.

My Honda CB500F gets between 22km/l and 24km/l depending on the type of travel.

about 6 months ago
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UK Company Successfully Claims Ownership of "Pinterest" Trademark

Builder Re:Happened to us too (133 comments)

You run bytemark ? I keep meaning to give you some money. You guys seem to provide a good product at reasonable prices with good support - I hope you continue for a long time to come!

about 7 months ago
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US Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Because They Were "Agricultural Items"

Builder Re:Same as lost luggage... (894 comments)

I'm not sure about the planes you fly on, but many of the airlines I use (and have to due to lack of alternatives) have quite strict carry-on limits.

Virgin for example has a 6KG weighed limit - that's not a lot once you properly pad / protect things. And there are size limits too.

about 7 months ago
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UK ISP Adult Filters Block Sex Education Websites Allows Access To Porn

Builder Re:Feel sorry for the people of UK (227 comments)

Could you please provide a list of FTTC ISPs that aren't being forced to implement the filter. Thanks.

about 7 months ago
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Nelson Mandela Dead At 95

Builder Re:i'm sure the former residents of (311 comments)

What the hell would the "When-we's" care about Mandella's death? Call me when Mugabe carks it.

about 8 months ago
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SpaceX Launch Achieves Geostationary Transfer Orbit

Builder Re:SpaceX is so cheap (131 comments)

Dreamliner ? You mean phoenix surely? That damn thing is always rising from the flames.

I'd kill for an airline to nickname their fleet Firebird 1 - Firebird X for each dreamliner :)

about 8 months ago
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UK Gov't Plans To Censor "Extremist" Websites Via Orders To ISPs

Builder Re:Well, (208 comments)

> But you are required to bring the voting card you received in the post, which is only sent to those on the electoral roll.

No you're not. I never take mine anymore and I've never had an issue voting.

about 8 months ago
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BBC: Amazon Workers Face "Increased Risk of Mental Illness"

Builder Re:Where would we be without experts? (321 comments)

> they can definitely rent a two-room flat alone and afford normal food just like everyone else.

Maybe where you are, but not where I am. Many people I know in full time employment cannot afford to rent a 2 bed flat. And that's regardless of where they're from.

Most of the tradesmen I work with these days are EU migrants come to London. Some of them are quite successful and have good lives, but many others really work hard to get by and do not have what I'd consider to be a life worth living. But they acknowledge that they're just doing it for half a decade or so and then plan to move home. Plans range from outright retirement, to starting a family and a business with the seed money from here.

about 8 months ago

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Digital content in conservative countries

Builder Builder writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Builder writes "I'm going to be travelling in some interesting parts of Africa for the next 6 months (Niger, CAR, Gabon, etc.) Having read some of the 'What gadgets to take on my travels?' Ask Slashdot stories, I believe that a number of readers are very familiar with wandering around the world, so I'm throwing myself on your not so tender mercies and asking for the wisdom of your miles.

I'm ok with the 'what to take' bit, and I've limited the technology down to just what I need to do my job. I'm not carrying any creature comfort devices and I've minimised what I need for work. But I am taking a laptop. I need it to do my job, so I figure I may as well get some personal use out of it too.

So here comes my question... Some of the countries I'm visiting have large Muslim populations and are not entirely secular. Should I avoid taking ripped copies of some of my DVDs and TV shows with me? While acceptable for most western TV stations to show, I'm concerned that some shows might be suitably offensive to my host country and I could find myself in a difficult position. I'm not talking about anything particularly controversial, only stuff that has aired on UK television during prime time viewing.

There's not a lot of clarity to be found on Google about taking digital content for personal use into these countries, but with some stricter countries banning Christian bibles and so on, I'd rather seek advice.

I can't just setup a Truecopy partition because I'm using OS X, and Apple's home directory encryption doesn't give me plausible deniability in any form."
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Digital content in conservative countries

Builder Builder writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Builder writes "I'm going to be travelling in some interesting parts of Africa for the next 6 months (Niger, CAR, Gabon, etc.) Having read some of the 'What gadgets to take on my travels?' Ask Slashdot stories, I believe that a number of readers are very familiar with wandering around the world, so I'm throwing myself on your not so tender mercies and asking for the wisdom of your miles.

I'm ok with the 'what to take' bit, and I've limited the technology down to just what I need to do my job. I'm not carrying any creature comfort devices and I've minimised what I need for work. But I am taking a laptop. I need it to do my job, so I figure I may as well get some personal use out of it too.

So here comes my question... Some of the countries I'm visiting have large Muslim populations and are not entirely secular. Should I avoid taking ripped copies of some of my DVDs and TV shows with me? The content I'm worried about includes things like the Soprano's TV show (and please, don't post spoilers here — the final series hasn't aired in the UK yet! :)), Die Hard movies, etc. While acceptable for most western TV stations to show, I'm concerned that some of the nudity or language in these shows might be suitably offensive to my host country and I could find myself in a difficult position.

There's not a lot of clarity to be found on Google about taking digital content for personal use into these countries, but with some stricter countries banning Christian bibles and so on, I'd rather seek advice.

I can't just setup a Truecopy partition because I'm using OS X, and Apple's home directory encryption doesn't give me plausible deniability in any form."
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Builder Builder writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Builder writes "The Register are reporting that Halliburton have lost a patent appeal in the UK.

What makes this interesting are the appeal judge's reasons for rejecting the patent.
"The English court took a rigorous approach to analysing the patents and found that it did not adequately describe the system it sought to patent. In order to be valid a patent must describe a process so completely that a person who knows that subject area must be able to replicate it using only the contents of the patent."

He went on to say that the patent was missing vital details, contained wrong equations, demanded a higher level of expertise than allowed and that it relied on material external to the patent, and therefore was not a valid patent. Sadly this patent was upheld in the USA, but is this a good way to fight patents in the future ?"

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