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Member Since 15 Jun 2006
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In Topic: Life in the UK and Ireland

15 December 2015 - 03:23 AM

The only thing to be careful of is that London housing is INSANELY expensive.


Devs transferring to London from the US offices tended to find that a) they took a pay cut because "competitive" in London isn't what it is in SF or NY and b) then found out what renting in London is like. And it IS renting because buying in London isn't on the cards for people on developer salaries unless magic happens. (I recall an engineering director several pay grades above me complaining that he couldn't find anywhere big enough for his family for under 2M...)


Guildford -- where a lot of the games companies are -- is also bogglingly expensive but it's just about sane to buy. Cambridge (lots of tech companies) is getting close to London prices, partly because in commute time central Cambridge is closer to central London than most of London is...


Warwickshire -- Codemasters and the Blitz fragments along with a lot of mobile devs -- is affordable and a nice part of the world, however you'll need a car there because public transport is comedy.



The rest of it you'll work out. Particularly in London but increasingly across most of the country, no-one bats an eyelid at foreigners asking how you get something done -- half the city comes from somewhere with a different power supply :-)


The main thing to remember is that in general the UK isn't very functional. Friend was trying to sort out work visa for his wife (he was on a corporate sponsored one) and nothing was happening until I explained that in the UK you have to phone up and ask what's going on and then they remember to move things one stage... He was used to Korea where processes apparently run slowly but deterministically until complete. Likewise if you phone the tax people, no matter how long you've waited, the bit of paper has always "just been done" and will arrive three days after you ask where it's at. If you get an answer you don't like from an organisation, it's always worth asking a few more times until you get one you do[1].





"there is a chance such kids end up with identity crisis.."


Not in the UK. They won't even be the only ones with that heritage in their school...




[1] I went to renew my passport. When I asked on the phone about times, it would definitely take 8 weeks because of some complication. No way to do it faster. Not really a problem because I don't travel that much. But when I got to the office and we'd done all the forms they charged me twenty more than I was expecting and said "It'll be ready at 4 this afternoon"....

In Topic: Latex trouble

17 November 2015 - 06:40 AM

Oh -- other options might be to create a minipage box of the right width and start a {multicols*}{2} environment inside that and then typeset your definitions as a description list. Multicols will then just set up everything for you.


It would look like;








\item[X] This is an x symbol.

\item[Y] This is a y symbol.

In Topic: Latex trouble

17 November 2015 - 06:33 AM

LaTeX can be a pain at times...


You could consider something like;




   c{10mm}p{60mm}@{\hskip 10mm}c{10mm}p{60mm} 



Then you can start on rows of


X  & this an x symbol. & Y & and this is a y. \\



c{X} means make a centred column of a fixed width.

p{X} means a column of fixed width with text written in paragraph mode inside it.


@{} means put this in the gap between these columns



Tabular is a funny mode and it does have a tendency to get upset about things. One thing to bear in mind is that some of the symbols will only work in math mode. In order to get them to appear sensibly in this table you might have to wrap them in $ signs.

In Topic: [Name deleted] owes me money - Looking for advice

17 November 2015 - 06:23 AM

You know he probably doesn't actually have any money?


You're supposed to sue successful companies...

In Topic: Hack-proof website, why not?

25 October 2015 - 06:15 PM

"I'm currently planning a deployment of Something (too early to announce) that is in a "kind of SAAS" mode, even as the one who conceived it i couldn't hack into it if you gave me a 1 million budget to spend on hacking it"


Gosh. That IS rather a strong claim. Well, not that you couldn't hack it, but that you imply others couldn't either. Because even in white-hacker-land there are some properly, properly scary hackers out there.