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

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General Chat / Re: WHAT ARE YOU DOING TODAY (PICS)
« on: July 22, 2020, 11:01:46 am »
That's nearly as warm as my girlfriend runs the heater! ;D

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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!

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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"

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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.

https://www.space.com/planet-nine-black-hole-test-lsst.html

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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.

https://www.bobswatches.com/rolex-blog/breaking-news/breaking-news-rolex-announces-2020-new-watch-releases.html

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

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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.

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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.

https://www.movable-type.co.uk/scripts/latlong.html

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

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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.

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



(Not my dog nor From.)

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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.

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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.

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/the-hamilton-pulsar-psr-introducing-live-pics-and-pricing

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.

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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"

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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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