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logFarm

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Change
« on: Saturday 2016-October-29 09:22:00 PM »
ABSTRACT

The verb 'change' can cause defensive reactions depending on the
current state of affairs.

logFarm.net is not changing, it's open for business as usual.

However moment to moment all things are changing. It's the author's
opinion that the noun 'time' is just a measure of change; A place
without change is a timeless place; so impossible.



THOUGHTS

- United Kingdom's exit from the European Union
- Job interview
- New software



UNITED KINGDOM'S EXIT FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION (BREXIT)

The majority of UK's voting-able participated in a democratic process
to give our government instructions on whether UK territories should
cease being a member of the European Union.

The European Union's membership list has never reduced before, it has
only increased. The UK will be the first member to relinquish their
membership so if the UK's vote to exit was not met with a lively
reaction then perhaps that lack of interest would have been an even
greater controversial event.

This vote will set in motion a 'peaceful reorder' of territory
borders, trade agreements and migration freedom that the globe has not
seen since the end of a world war.

Whilst operating within the EU, some businesses, politicians and
education organisations have been able to take advantage of financial
handouts in the form of grants, expenses and tax relief. These bodies
are now obviously alarmed at the prospect of losing that constant flow
of free money and have responded with threats and negative
forecasts. In my opinion a response one might expect from organised
crime.

Corruption withing the European Union is well documented by Interpol
(https://www.interpol.int/). It's delusional to believe the UK isn't
as corrupt as any other country but Interpol has highlighted an
obvious aid to organised crime that the European Union is unwilling to
stop: the minting of high value euro notes.

- 100
- 200
- 500

enabling the transit of huge amounts of currency within a small
volume. For example a brief case filled with 500 notes will contain a
lot of euros. It is difficult to reasonably believe that the 500 note
has any other purpose than facilitating organised crime, bribes and
corruption.

The European Union is not just about wealth, yet regarding the UK's
exit from the EU, all negative forecasts and threats have all pointed
to the inevitable destruction of an economy; which, to this author,
has inadvertently pulled back the Wizard Of Oz curtain and revealed
the true nature of the European Union: it's nothing more than another
disappointing and corrupt wealth making mechanism for a deluded few.

The vociferous response from European Union members to Brexit is
immature but at the same time revealing.

After the shock and disappointment of this changing relationship,
mature adults should consider the good times and the positives, shake
hands and sincerely wish each other the best for the future.

This hasn't happened. Instead the EU membership list have reacted like
spoilt children; spitting threat after threat, making an example out
of the UK in an effort to deter other members and let them know what
they can expect if they dare to have a democratic vote to extract
themselves from the EU syndicate.

Considering the sacrifices that ordinary, unprivileged UK citizens
have historically made to help and protect the now EU member list,
such as millions of UK lives lost in defence of the Third Reich and
soon after the Berlin drops, all while ordinary, unprivileged UK
citizens' own food supply was rationed;

then: as difficult as this change may be for the UK, the European
Union's untamed true nature is clear and frankly: bring it on if you
think you're hard enough, you fucking ungrateful tossers !



JOB INTERVIEW

There is a unique sense of fulfilment gained by working for your
self. A feeling I have never achieved while an employee.

That said, occasionally I look for job openings that seem relevant to
me to see what the salaries are, after all my fees should be akin.

In September 2016 I came across an opportunity in Milton Keynes,
UK. The description included:

- Java
- Object Oriented Programming
- Databases
- Adaption of open source software
- 2D or 3D modelling or animation

The information I was looking for was the salary, in this case:

- 32,000 to 37,000

By 2016 standards, for Information Technology, this is a low salary,
about 10,000 short of what an experienced Java programmer should
expect to be paid in the UK (2016).

The application process didn't require a CV, instead a cover letter,
employment history and a few references. I couldn't resist.

I felt certain I would get an automated reply within days telling me
that my application wasn't successful. After all a job advertised by the
Open University on the Internet was bound to receive hundreds of
applications.

Weeks passed and ... Surprise !! An e-mail: You have been short listed
for an interview.

Oh my gosh. I hadn't been for a job interview for fifteen years, more
or less.

The e-mail assigned me a task:

   We would like you to attend the interview prepared to present your
   thoughts and questions on the following brief:

   An academic has approached you to ask for advice on an activity to
   present the charts in the attached document on a web page as part
   of an academic module for university students. The activity should
   allow students to understand the nature of the original
   presentation and issues around poverty in general.

The attached, truncated document highlighted what the Northern Irish
consider to be 'poverty essentials', including an alcoholic drink and
a meal with friends and family.

The charts in the document were problematic; lots of data from
different parties, all represented by the same colour on the same
chart.

My approach for dealing with this request would be the same as when a
customer asks me for ideas:

- demonstrate a prototype in order to build a better, more concrete
  requirement

That's what I did for this task. You can see my work here:

- http://www.logfarm.net/ou/ou_presentation_1.pdf

  my presentation notes

- http://www.logfarm.net/ou/

  the web page I made

Interview clobber; I arrive at the Open University and ... oh boy,
it's clean. I like clean, I am obsessive-compulsive regarding house
work and personal hygiene but crumbs; this place has a complete absence
of disorder.

I thought of Randle McMurphy as I was lead through a maze of corridors
and badge swipes. First impressions: not a place I want to spend time in.

Yet another waiting room, walls clad with scribbled white
boards. There seems to be a plan to force Twitter accounts on OU
students if the graffiti is to be believed.

I have opinions on Twitter so if the opportunity arose I would ask: why
use Twitter? Why not build your own dedicated OU coms system. If the
Open University can make a Martian-crater-maker, surely a chat-forum
application isn't beyond their wit.

Interview finally starts. First question: What do you like about
programming?

I was thrown and drone unconvincingly for too long.

The rest of the interview focused on JavaScript. I don't like
JavaScript. I know I don't like JavaScript based on my many
experiences using it. These guys were big fans though.

I told them I find Tomcat with Java Servlets more secure and
convenient but they countered that with: this job requires JavaScript
and assumes a student doesn't have access to the Internet so a remote
Tomcat server would not work.

Hang on a moment. In the job description there's a requirement for
database experience. Any database implementation would also be out of
the question if students don't have Internet access.

Quizzed about my software testing experience, I told them I had used
PERL for various automation and parsing tasks, to which the guy with
the Apple laptop asked, (without looking up from his screen): what about
the PERL problem?

I wasn't aware of the 'PERL problem' so I asked what that was. He
said: PERL can be difficult to read.

I was asked how I find solutions to programming problems. I
replied: books, Google, StackOverflow; to which MacBook-Man retorted:
what about the StackOverflow problem?

Again, I had no idea what he was talking about but a pattern was
definitely forming. The interview continued in this discouraging
manner for about an hour; A question would be asked, I would answer
while, at the same time, MacBook-Man either stared at his screen or at
the clock on the wall behind me.

In the end apparently there was little time (and little interest) in
my presentation. Finally MacBook-Man got out of his chair with a sigh
and lead me out of the building.

I asked if the OU would consider making their own dedicated chat-forum
application instead of forcing Twitter accounts on the students but it
was dismissed patronisingly with: ... why not just use twitter

I could have batted it back at them with either:

- but what about those students without Internet access ?

or

- what about the Twitter problem ?


Conclusion

In retrospect I dealt with the interviewers as I would a customer:
answer the question being asked, don't imagine any hidden meaning. Do
this with examples and-or demonstrations. Ambiguity between customer
and supplier destroys profits.

However these people are academics, they speak in code. Their
questions have many dimensions ...

Give up my current self-invented job for that one ? No thanks.



NEW SOFTWARE

All of my games will get a new version.

- a new Android version of all games

- a free demonstration version

- a pay-for full version

- a free demonstration JavaScript version run inside a web page

A friend, it turns out, is a genius games designer. It was from one
of her ideas that Cube Cracker accidentally emerged.

With her advice I will be working on Cube Cracker II first.










« Last Edit: Sunday 2016-October-30 04:58:51 PM by logFarm »