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edison
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  • edison
    replied to Demand for AI "Surging"
    Exactly this.

    A lot of organisations, especially small to medium size ones, are still quite immature with using technology. Many of them struggle with getting the most value from key business applications never mind 'digital transformation' or heaven forbid, anything AI related.
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  • edison
    replied to Next Family Car - Petrol of Diesel ?
    Don't PCP rates take into account forecasted depreciation? Leasing companies must have a good idea of expected depreciation for diesels. It's hard to see any legislation or regulations coming in that would cause the value to fall off a cliff....
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  • edison
    replied to Can I offset the cost of a 3d printer?
    Maybe we just need a sticky titled '"Can I offset the cost of <x> - the answer is no"...
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  • edison
    replied to Woke AI
    Fair enough - tried that search and several Mail stories came up including one about a well known study from MIT around 5 years ago. I was disappointed they couldn't squeeze 'woke' into the headline though ...
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  • edison
    replied to How do you manage gaps in CV?
    I've tried to use a CV which is skills based and includes some mini-case studies for projects. Any traditional IT recruiters that have seen it usually react by their brain melting as they cannot comprehend anything other than a reverse chronological standard format CV....
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  • edison
    replied to State of the Market
    Hardly had a sniff of anything worth going for in the last three months but suddenly five roles have appeared this week (contract, perm and FTC) and I've applied for one contract and one perm role.

    Some of the stuff I do is a bit niche, so for me at least, I can see some small green shoots...
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    Last edited by edison; 23 February 2024, 16:12.

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  • edison
    replied to Woke AI
    Google have got themselves into a real mess with AI and after firing some of their leading AI ethics specialists which made headlines around the world, maybe this is some kind of karma.

    There's plenty of research and evidence that AI based systems exhibit bias against darker skinned faces...
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  • edison
    replied to State of the Market
    It is possible but not very common and probably less so now than a few years ago. I had an interim role as Head of IT where I had a lot of client restrictions placed on me e.g. not allowed to approve invoices, conduct appraisals or do other typical BAU stuff. We did talk about me taking on the role...
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  • That's two people whose death I've learned of via Linkedin in just the last five minutes
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  • edison
    replied to New Forum Bug Reports
    Invalid page URL error for 'Working from Airbnb' post in Accounting/Legal.
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  • edison
    replied to How do you manage gaps in CV?
    I have a couple of small sidelines outside of the typical contracts I do. One is ad hoc work I've done for the last few years for a PR and marketing agency where I QA work they produce for their tech clients. I got a call last week for the first time in about 18 months asking if I could review a video...
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    Last edited by edison; 23 February 2024, 10:31.

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  • edison
    replied to Next Family Car - Petrol of Diesel ?
    If you're splashing out £70-100k on a new large German SUV like a BMW X5 or Audi Q7, the price of petrol or diesel is probably fairly low down on your considerations?

    If it's for family trips and holidays then doesn't sound like you'll do a lot of miles. Save yourself a lot of money and...
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  • edison
    replied to Demand for AI "Surging"
    Just to add an example.

    A friend of mine was personally interviewed by Google's founders for a job. He's based in Silicon Valley and advises tech companies on using and developing AI. He's worked in AI for many years, has dozens of patents, won prestigious awards etc. His knowledge of foundational...
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  • edison
    replied to Demand for AI "Surging"
    The race for AI specialists actually started several years ago. I can't remember the company (might have been Amazon or Uber, possibly OpenAI) but one big tech poached almost the entire computer science faculty working in AI, circa 50 people, from a top US university. At the time there were just an...
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  • edison
    replied to Next Family Car - Petrol of Diesel ?
    Are you buying it new/second hand? What's your budget?
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  • edison
    replied to State of the Market
    This happens at all levels. I've seen it when hiring people during the last 2-3 years for roles at even £40-50k.

    I'm personally experiencing it myself now. Went for a £100k perm job and the recruiter politely laughed in my face. He looked at my LinkedIn profile as we were speaking and...
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    Last edited by edison; 22 February 2024, 11:58.

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  • edison
    replied to Are you an ethnic minority?
    This.

    Well, at least in my experience working in Brussels.

    Given it is the HQ of NATO, the EU and several other pan-European or global institutions, it attracts a lot of non-Belgians.

    I worked on a very large transformation programme run by two global consultancies....
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  • edison
    replied to State of the Market
    I was aware that was a possibility. I've seen it plenty of times when part of an interviewing panel with a hiring manager who was clearly biased against or wary of contractors....
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  • edison
    replied to New London train line names
    We got the hang of the Tokyo map whilst there but I remember on our first night at the hotel a receptionist showed us the map and I just thought it looked complicated.

    The stations can be overwhelming though. Trying to navigate through Shinjuku Station with its 200 exits and 50 platforms...
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  • edison
    replied to New London train line names
    Yes I do. I grew up and have worked in London a lot so am familiar with the map

    Over the next couple of decades there are several extensions and new lines mooted, some may come to fruition when funding can be secured. Things like the Bakerloo extension, Elizabeth line extension, Crossrail...
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