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Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Music
« on: July 31, 2020, 06:45:37 am »

« on: July 22, 2020, 11:01:46 am »
That's nearly as warm as my girlfriend runs the heater! ;D

General Chat / Re: Our Cars (dream or actual)
« on: July 14, 2020, 04:11:51 am »
@Filthy is that truck as enormous as it looks? ???

Glad you're happy, and I suspect that it's a beast. I hope that you don't run into too many deer with it!

Other Brands and Shops / Re: Mister Freedom
« on: July 13, 2020, 09:54:32 am »
I'm liking the new Meridana shirt in chambray. The XXL comes up big enough for me too. :)

"Meridana Shirt"

General Chat / Re: Random Announcements
« on: July 12, 2020, 03:53:08 am »
If you're worried about 2020 getting any weirder, then don't read on. ???

There's some evidence that there's a planet floating around somewhere outside the orbit of Pluto with the mass about four or five times that of Earth. A new theory is that this is actually a primordial Black Hole, about the size of a grapefruit.

Now scientists have got an idea of how to find it, if it actually exists.


Accessories / Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« on: July 10, 2020, 12:56:34 pm »
Rolex are reported to be unveiling their new models in the first week of September.


General Chat / Re: Coronavirus (Covid-19) Discussion
« on: July 09, 2020, 02:24:23 pm »

General Chat / Re: Random Rants
« on: July 06, 2020, 02:25:57 pm »
Thanks. I think that I'm just a bit burnt out by continually job hunting, picking up a short contract, and repeating. I feel like I spend more time writing coding tests than production code.

General Chat / Re: Random Rants
« on: July 06, 2020, 10:23:44 am »
It's written in Kotlin (or Java) on the Android platform, so it's a bit more verbose than JavaScript.

I used the Haversine formula to get distances between latitude and longitude coordinates. It's not necessarily accurate, or efficient when used on an enormous array of values, but it works.


The part that I found tricky was the permissions system, which I hadn't used before.

General Chat / Re: Random Rants
« on: July 06, 2020, 06:42:45 am »
It's Monday, so obviously time for another rant from the world of job hunting.

I've got a coding test to do, and I have to write an Android app that does the following:
  • Read in JSON data from a file.
  • Request permission to use the phone's location service.
  • Use the location service and the data from a file to find the nearest city. (Given everything is in latitude and longitude, than involves looking up an algorithm to calculate distance from these.)
  • Make a call to a web service to request weather data for that city.
  • Display the data in a simple UI.
  • Have a fallback to display a message that the app needs location permissions to be enabled to work properly.
Apparently this is all to be completed in two and a half hours and it's a timed test. I think that each step is probably a couple of hours work. (Any developers here with any thoughts on my estimates?)

I had a crack at the test last week, got part of the way through, and basically submitted a note saying that you've got to be kidding if you expect this to be done in the given timeframe. I emailed the testing company to raise my concerns, and their reply was that other people complete it within two and a half hours, but it's a real achievement to do that.

I'm currently about ten hours in, with another five hours to complete it. And that's recycling a little code from another project...

I'll probably write another rude email to the testing company.

Hobbies and Pastimes / Re: Pets
« on: July 05, 2020, 03:46:59 am »
Happy Fourth of July!

(Not my dog nor From.)

Accessories / Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« on: July 01, 2020, 09:12:15 am »
Tudor have announced a blue version of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight. It's available on a couple of straps or a bracelet.

"Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Blue"

"Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Blue"

I've never seen one of the original Fifty-Eights in an AD, despite them being out for two years, so I'm guessing that this is another unobtainable watch.

More details at Hodinkee and Monochrome.

Accessories / Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« on: June 29, 2020, 02:23:13 am »
The Pulsar's display isn't always on. The reissue has a reflective LCD with an OLED light to illuminate it when needed.


As for the price point, there are some pricey quartz watches out there. Some of the metal G-Shocks cost about the same (or more), particularly the titanium models or the MR-G range. Omega, Citizen, and Seiko (particularly Grand Seiko) have even more expensive options.

Accessories / Re: Watches - another OCD problem
« on: June 28, 2020, 02:10:38 pm »
I like the Skeleton Blue version of that watch.

"Bell & Ross BR 05 Skeleton Blue"

General Chat / Re: Random Announcements
« on: June 26, 2020, 08:06:00 am »
Just make sure that they don't remove the wrong one Eli! ???

I hope that it all goes well and you recover soon.

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