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Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

marxzed Re:stop whining and... (692 comments)

I think whining constitutes "talking to another human" and certanly seems to constitute 98% of most "professional" communications.
so, if job interviews were based on reality rather than some infantile fantasy world whining and snarking would actually good things to do in a job interview as it would show you fitted in to the corporate culture

about 9 months ago
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Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

marxzed "well, pretty sure that wraps this interview up" (692 comments)

was how I ended a skype interview for a job in New Zealand.

"you Western Australian's eat gold and shit diamonds, why would want to come to some backwater like (name of city) for half the pay"

OK so the organisation was losing a lot of their staff left right and centre to mining companies in the Australian city I live in but do you really want to work for someone who talks down one of the most beautiful rural cities in the world

about 9 months ago
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Can a Computer Identify Your Urban Tribe?

marxzed Re:what about metal goths? (117 comments)

do goth surfers exist? oh hell yeh (or at least they did in the 80's when Goth was a lot less narrowly defined than it is now days) ... not a big sub culture but they exist/existed within the ever so slightly larger sub group of "happy goths" ;)

as for biker surfers transporting boards.... they have a whole customising sub culture that solves that problem the most famous of which revolves around Deus ex Machina's shops in Sydney, Bali, LA and now I believe Milan (I think that last one's more a "fashion" thing there than a biker surfer subculture thing) google "deus ex machina drovers dog" for one example but the guys I hung around just used good old fashioned sidecar rigs.

about 10 months ago
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Can a Computer Identify Your Urban Tribe?

marxzed what about metal goths? (117 comments)

or biker goths...
or biker surfers
or goth surfers
all four of which would be "tribes" I've hung out with over the years.

at one point in the 80's and 90's if you had to pin me down to a "tribe" then "biker goth" would be about as good (and not a particularly good "good") and you could narrow it down to.

Now I just belong to that tribe called "boring old farts who love to tell the youth how much more authentic we were back in our day"

about 10 months ago
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NY Police Get Tall SUVs To Combat Texting While Driving

marxzed !norealcrime my arse (319 comments)

"!norealcrime" tag? ... what sad and damning indictment of the kind of fktards that text and drive, may the vehicular homicide you cause be your own.

about a year ago
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Online Retailers Cruising Tor To Hunt For Fraudsters

marxzed Re:What's the problem? (188 comments)

not really the card details are often at the "land of the free" end rather than their homeland, from students I talk to from these countries, the credit card is set up with a relative some where in the US/Europe/Australia, so often it's a credit card in the UK or Australia buying goods in the US to go where the student is at home with his computer - somewhere like Burma etc.

about a year ago
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Online Retailers Cruising Tor To Hunt For Fraudsters

marxzed Re:What's the problem? (188 comments)

or your trying to buy something your own, possibly less than enlightened, government doesn't want you to buy... you know like a banned book or DVD . you know stuff like that.

about a year ago
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'Eraser' Law Will Let California Kids Scrub Online Past

marxzed is California the world? (266 comments)

because If as an Australian I want to remove a post on a Japanese site I can get some embarrassing post scrubbed clean?

1 year,26 days
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Ask Slashdot: Is There a Good Device Holster?

marxzed Re:Whoosh (296 comments)

Wait, is Slashdot masking out the word "cunt" now??

no I was making a joke.... the self censorship was meant to show that obviously the C word is still found offensive is many parts of the english speaking world where as "fanny" is just funny way of saying a ladies front bum, doubly funny in the context of hearing/reading north americans describe the back bum.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There a Good Device Holster?

marxzed Re:Hipster (296 comments)

Americans can say "Fanny Pack" on the interwebbies but we non yanks can't say the same thing rephrased as "c*** bag"?
damn that's some serious linguistics cultural imperialism

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There a Good Device Holster?

marxzed Re:good cargo pockets (296 comments)

pffttt don't even need that - with my North Face Boulder shirt I can fit my iPad mini in one pocket and my Samsung phaplet in the other... OK so I look like I've got chicken plates or asymmetrical cubist boobs.... but hey I'm a dork... I mean a IT professional .... why would I care what I looked like :)

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is There a Good Device Holster?

marxzed holster? no... (296 comments)

... I can't even think why you'd want to "holster" a tablet... but for a very discreet tablet shoulder/messenger style bag try find a shop with the now discontinued smaller Crumpler "Herbas" it has no padding but will protect from scratches and minor bumps.
however given everyone, including the management suits seems to carry some sort of backpack/laptop/camera/carryon bag these days having a discreet bag is so different it's almost indiscreet.

about a year ago
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My view of touchscreen laptops:

marxzed poke and prod.. (359 comments)

after watching a co worker prod and poke his WIn8 ultralight laptop across the desk with the screen flipping further and further back I though "bugger that for a game of soldiers!" it works OK on our heavy all in one HP desktops but on a laptop it just seems a pain in the arse.

about a year ago
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My credits by name in (released) software:

marxzed if you include documented comments then more (190 comments)

I know some of my old 90's COBOL code still lives on so there would be many many hundreds of "written by" "debugged by" and "updated by" comments. But as I've always coded internal systems there's never been a list of coding credits in the "about this software, vanity section", if the coder was needed to be tracked down for maintenance or legal reasons it would be in the comments of the source code or in the audit history.

about a year ago
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How the Smartphone Killed the Three-day Weekend

marxzed averages and spread (232 comments)

guess there must be people who check their phone every minute (or more) to make up for people like me who turn our phone off when we're relaxing on a holiday. mines plugged in and charging but on airplane mode right now and will stay there for the rest of the day as I go out for lunch (may as well the restaurant I'm going to is in a rural area with no phone reception (at least not for my carrier))

about a year ago
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Australia Makes Asian Language Learning a Priority

marxzed Re:Exactly Backwards (230 comments)

which is why Hindu is on the list of the 4 key "Priority" languages.

about a year and a half ago
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Australia Makes Asian Language Learning a Priority

marxzed Re:and sucking? (230 comments)

why? - were you planning on going back to school so you can take them up on that... I'm sure you can afford another trip to Bangkok and save the eduction department the time and effort teaching cocksucking 101 just for your benefit

about a year and a half ago
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Australia Makes Asian Language Learning a Priority

marxzed long time coming... (230 comments)

back, way back, like late 70's early 80's back, I remember my father and other teachers talking trying to introduce at least a single year of manditory asian language studies for high schools. At the time only 2 government schools in the entire state were teaching Japanese and maybe 1 or 2 teaching Chinese (Mandarin) and 1 teaching Indonesian. These were only offered in high schools, apart from what would now be called ESL classes for migrant kids there were _no_ language programs in any government primary schools (talk about a pedagogical disaster... yes lets wait for them to hit 13 before we teach them a second language.... effin' brilliant).

Those few state schools that taught asian languages where "gifted" schools, seated in high income areas competing against Anglican Church run elite grammar schools and, unless you got in on a language or music scholarship had very limited intake outside their defined intake suburbs, so... good luck getting in if you were outside their watershed, I was only 4 klm away from the one teaching Japanese and still couldn't get entry. So if you were a state school student you were left with French, but usually due to class size limits the school only only offered it to you if you got straight As and one of the top 20 English students.

Or maybe, if you were in an area with high migrant kids, you could study Greek and Italian... but only if you were of Greek or Italian decent .... even though it taught standardised Greek and Italian, not the parochial regional dialects that the usual migrant families spoke at home .... so the reasons for those limits on intake that were?....

about a year and a half ago
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I typically receive X pieces of misdelivered (postal) mail ...

marxzed stupid ex tenant stupid neighbour (217 comments)

not counting junk and "to the resident" mail only about 1/5 of mail in my letter box is actually for me
probably 2 out of 5 letters are for either one of three previous tenants who did not forward their mail or inform banks/phone/credit card provider/etc that they had moved, and another 2 out of 5 are from the guys in the house behind (I'm house address xxx and they are xxxA) who are too F****ing stupid to put that A field in address fields when they fill them in.... one of the jobs I did to pay my way through university was a parcel post delivery contractor and I still have my old "NOT AT THIS ADDRESS - RETURN TO SENDER" self inking stamp. Originally kept it as a momento of the job but it back on active service when I moved in to this house a few months back (if I hand write "return to sender" on business letters that use franking stamps the automated sorting system usually ends up returning them back to me (as for what ever reason the franking stamps are not over stamped with a postmark) the stamp I have is so big (meant for parcels) it obscures the franking mark enough for the sorting machine to spit it out for hand sorting... yeh I could just scribble over the franking mark but it's more fun to use the big official red "you fail at addressing letters" stamp

That takes care of the mail.

Doesn't take care of the debit collectors, police and bailiff who still occasionally bang on the door looking for "Mr or Miss NotAtThisAddress"

about a year and a half ago

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