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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Families in literature: Lily Bloom in How the Dead Live by Will Self

Critics slammed Self’s blackly comic extravaganza about an angry matriarch stuck in the afterlife - but it’s one of the most piercing portraits of maternal love I have ever read


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Christmas 2001 is special for Lily Bloom, because it’s then that she is reunited with her youngest child. Since this is a Will Self novel, “Lithy” is no ordinary baby but a lithopedion - a fossilised embryo retained within the mother whose existence was only discovered after Lily’s death.


Of indeterminate sex, Lithy is incurably cheerful, belting out sixties pop songs as she capers around the afterlife on her calcified stumps and tussles with Rude Boy, Lily’s only son, who is stuck as a delinquent pre-teen after being mown down by a lorry at the age of nine. If this doesn’t seem the happiest family scenario, bear with me: it gets worse.


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Top 10 fictional feasts in children's books

From Harry Potter’s first meal at Hogwarts to the picnics of the Famous Five, Christopher William Hill slavers over fictional food in literature.


You can win your own chocolate feast plus a complete set of Christopher’s Schwartzgarten books so far by emailing childrens.books@theguardian.com by 28 December 2015 telling us why you should win. More details at the end of this top 10!


My grandfather was a baker and as a boy I grew up surrounded by more good food than you could shake a stick at (though why you’d be shaking sticks at good food I really don’t know). It was hardly surprising that I grew up obsessed by food. I’d spend hours at a time reading through recipe books or cutting out pictures of delicious-looking puddings from magazines and sticking them to the walls of my bedroom. In short, I was a peculiar boy. I liked to be fed by books. Quite frankly, a book without a decent nosh up or two held little interest for me. Nowadays, as an ancient adult and author, I have to work out what my characters like (or don’t like) to eat before I can write a single word. If I can understand the food I can understand the world. My list of ten fictional feasts in children’s literature comes in no particular order – a pick-and-mix, if you like, without the peanut brittle.


‘Ah,’ the Inspector said, ‘we in the Law, Master Kay, we’ve got a maxim, “It’s the easy explanation that never occurs.” You think all battle, murder and sudden death, and all the time it’s only a tyre getting a puncture, or something equally simple. And we in the Law, Master Kay, have another proverb: “Never cross the water until you come to it.” Time enough to think of making a bridge when you are at the water’s brink, but until then, don’t worry, Master Kay. And you get that good guardian of yours to see you take a strong posset every night. But you young folks in this generation, you don’t know what a posset is. Well, a posset,’ said the Inspector, ‘is a jorum of hot milk; and in that hot milk, Master Kay, you put a hegg, and you put a spoonful of treacle, and you put a grating of nutmeg, and you stir ’em well up, and you get into bed and then you take ’em down hot. And a posset like that, taken overnight, it will make a new man of you, Master Kay, while now you’re all worn down with learning.’


Harry’s mouth fell open. The dishes in front of him were now piled with food. He had never seen so many things he liked to eat on one table: roast beef, roast chicken, pork chops and lamb chops, sausages, bacon and steak, boiled potatoes, roast potatoes, chips, Yorkshire pudding, peas, carrots, gravy, ketchup and, for some strange reason, mint humbugs.


The Dursleys had never exactly starved Harry, but he’d never been allowed to eat as much as he liked. Dudley had always taken anything that Harry really wanted, even if it made him sick. Harry piled his plate with a bit of everything except the humbugs and began to eat. It was all delicious.


When everyone had eaten as much as they could, the remains of the food faded from the plates, leaving them sparkling clean as before. A moment later the puddings appeared. Blocks of ice-cream in every flavour you could think of, apple pies, treacle tarts, chocolate éclairs and jam doughnuts, trifle, strawberries, jelly, rice pudding…


Although I was entirely grown up (or as close as possible) by the time J K Rowling published the first Harry Potter book, her descriptions of food make me as ravenous as any book in my childhood. The humbugs are odd but also reassuring - conjured from thin air with love and a quirky attention to detail. As soon as the food magically appears on the table before him Harry has at last found home.


They stopped at eleven for ice-creams and drinks. Richard seemed to have a lot of money. He insisted on buying ice-creams for all of them, even Timmy.


Once again they bought food for their lunch – new bread, farm-house butter, cream cheese, crisp lettuce, fat red radishes and a bunch of spring onions. Richard bought a magnificent chocolate cake he saw in a first-class cake-shop.


Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca went upstairs and peeped into the dining-room. Then they squeaked with joy! Such a lovely dinner was laid out upon the table! There were tin spoons, and lead knives and forks, and two dolly-chairs -all so convenient! Tom Thumb set to work at once to carve the ham. It was a beautiful shiny yellow, streaked with red. The knife crumpled up and hurt him; he put his finger in his mouth.


“It is not boiled enough; it is hard. You have a try, Hunca Munca.”


In the matter of sweets, William frankly upheld the superiority of quantity over quality. Moreover, he knew every sweet shop within a two mile radius of his home whose proprietor added an extra sweet after the scale had descended, and he patronised these shops exclusively. With solemn face and eager eye, he always watched the process of weighing, and ‘stingy’ shops were known and banned by him.


He wandered now to his favourite confectioner and stood outside the window for five minutes, torn between the rival attractions of Gooseberry Eyes and Marble Balls. Both were sold at four ounces for 2d. William never purchased more expensive luxuries. At last his frowning brow relaxed and he entered the shop.


Graceful trees and bushes were growing along the riverbanks – weeping willows and alders and tall clumps of rhododendrons with their pink and red and mauve blossoms. In the meadows there were thousands of buttercups.


There!’ cried Mr Wonka, dancing up and down and pointing his gold-topped cane at the great brown river. It’s all chocolate! Every drop of that river is hot melted chocolate of the finest quality. The very finest quality. There’s enough chocolate in there to fill every bathtub in the entire country! And all the swimming pools as well! Isn’t it terrific? And just look at my pipes! They suck up the chocolate and carry it away to all the other rooms in the factory where it is needed! Thousands of gallons an hour, my dear children! Thousands and thousands of gallons!’


Breakfast was on the table, but [Mrs Oldknow] was standing by an open door throwing crumbs on to the doorstep for the birds. There were so many of them that they seemed to drop from the branches of the trees like ripe chestnuts when the tree is shaken and as many were going up again with a piece of bread in their beaks as were coming down to get it. A few yards beyond the doorstep the garden was under water.


‘The birds are very hungry. You see, they can’t get worms, or seed, or ants’ eggs until the floods go. Would you like to be introduced to them?’


“It is dull, Son of Adam, to drink without eating,” said the Queen presently. “What would you like best to eat?”


“Turkish Delight, please, your Majesty,” said Edmund.


Mowzer was very partial to a plate of fresh fish. In fact she never ate anything else. But she liked a little variety. So, on Mondays they made morgy-broth, Mowzer’s favourite fish stew. On Tuesdays they baked hake and topped it with golden mashed potatoes. On Wednesdays they cooked kedgeree with delicious smoked ling. On Thursdays they grilled fairmaids, a mouth-watering meal. On Fridays they fried launces with a knob of butter and a squeeze of lemon. On Saturdays they soused scad with vinegar and onions. And on Sundays they made star-gazy pie with prime pilchards in pastry. All in all, Mowzer’s days passed very pleasantly.


“The time has come,” the Walrus said,


“To talk of many things:


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Children's knitwear– in pictures

Every woolly jumper, cosy check shirt and floaty skirt tells a story, so mix and match for warmth and fun this winter


Photographer: Nerys Jones


Fashion editor: Jo Jones


Hair: Giles Gooden


Models: Willow, Lilah, Ebony, Archie and Ryan at Bonnie & Betty


Photographer’s assistant: Bruno Baptiste


Fashion assistant: Hannah Davidson


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'Neither a borrower nor a lender be' – Shakespeare money quiz

Merchant of Venice – a play about money lent, borrowed, stolen and invested – is at the Almeida this winter. Can you match these quotes about cash to the right Shakespeare play? Continue reading...

















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‘A Slap in the Face': Pilots’ Families Balk at Cuban Prisoner Swap

Cuban MiGs shot down their two small, private planes in February 1996



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Intel Corporation posted a job you might be interested in



Intel Corporation



CPU Client Product/Test Engineer

Israel, IL - Computer Hardware

Responsible for ensuring the testability and manufacturability of integrated

circuits from the component feasibility stage through production ramp. Make

significant contributions to design, development and validation of testability

circuits. Evaluation, development and debug of complex test methods. Develops

and debugs complex software programs to convert design validation vectors and

drive complex test equipment. Creates and tests validation and production test

hardware solutions. Tests, validates, modifies and re-designs circuits to

guarantee component margin to specification. Analyzes and evaluates component

specification versus performance to ensure optimal match of component

requirements with production equipment capability with specific emphasis on

yield analysis and bin split capability. Analyzes early customer returns with

emphasis on driving test hole closure activities. Creates and applies concepts

for optimizing component production relative to both quality and cost

constraints. Autonomously plans and schedules own daily tasks, develops

solutions to problems utilizing formal education and judgment






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Hays



Executive Assistant

Perth, Australia, AU - Oil & Energy


  • Start the New Year off in a New Role

  • International Engineering Organisation

  • Excellent Salary on Offer




A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join one of WA's largest Engineering Organisation's in a time of growth and progression! Our client is seeking an experienced and diligent Executive Assistant to support the Managing Director and Senior Management team. This is a permanent opportunity and is available to commence immediately or as soon as they have found the right person!



Duties of the position include the managing and coordinating a busy diary, national and international travel coordination alongside visa's requirements, high level drafting of all correspondence on a daily basis, coordinating meetings, collecting and compiling board papers, reports and agendas and scheduling of meetings for VIP's, reconciliation of all expenses alongside all other support as required.



You will demonstrate high levels of initiative and confidentiality, whilst being proactive in your approach to your work. You will be professionally presented and have highly developed written and verbal communication skills. You will possess excellent computer skills, including the Microsoft Office suite.



As an integral member of the team, you will be able to effectively manage upwards and be able to pro actively coordinate the day to day activities of the Managing Director and team.



To be considered for this opportunity you will have considerable experience as a Executive Assistant, possess excellent time management skills and be comfortable working in a busy and challenging environment. Experience in the Oil and Gas or Engineering sectors are essential.



If this sounds like the position for you please use the Apply link below or call Caroline Egan on 0893225383 if you have any further questions






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Juniper Networks posted a job you might be interested in



Juniper Networks



Corporate Counsel

San Francisco Bay Area, US - Computer Networking, Telecommunications, Computer & Network Security

This attorney position will be based in Sunnyvale, CA and report to the Deputy General Counsel and be responsible for supporting commercial transactions for the company. The position will require interactions with customers and partners as well as a broad spectrum of internal functions, including product groups, sales, services, marketing, worldwide channels, operations and finance. The person must have legal experience in commercial transactions, be organized and possess strong self-starting qualities. The successful candidate will be able to handle sensitive situations tactfully yet firmly, to be assertive without being adversarial and to take unpopular positions when necessary while maintaining trust and credibility. This position requires a team player who can work with minimal supervision in a fast-moving environment.



Primary Responsibilities:



1. Provide analysis and advice on commercial matters for the company.



2. Draft, negotiate and review commercial contracts, including but not limited to, agreements relating to pricing and customer and partner relationships, licensing, distribution, consulting, confidentiality and other business and legal documents.



3. Consistently anticipate, guard against, provide timely evaluation and guidance of, and propose mitigation strategies for and advise management of potential risks in contractual, regulatory, revenue recognition, compliance, financial and legal areas.



4. Assist Deputy General Counsel in developing, implementing, improving and reviewing legal and compliance processes, procedures and training.



Required Skills:



• Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.



• Current member in good standing of the California bar.



• Strong commercial experience in sales transactions, preferably with a large company.



• Demonstrated experience negotiating and drafting commercial transactions such as master purchase agreements, distributor agreements, value added reseller agreements and services agreements particularly with large Fortune 500 companies.



• Experience with revenue recognition and other accounting issues that arise in commercial transactions with large software or telecom companies.



• Effective verbal and written communication skills in all interactions with senior management, corporate departments and all levels of employees.



• Developed business acumen, with ability to understand the company's business and anticipate the nature and magnitude of issues that could arise in various settings.



• At least 3 years of relevant experience.



Juniper Networks is enrolled in E-Verify® and will be participating in E-Verify in addition to our Form I-9 process. www.dhs.gov/E-Verify

Juniper Networks is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.



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Intel Security posted a job you might be interested in



Intel Security



Principal Engineer

Bengaluru Area, India, IN - Computer Software, Information Technology and Services, Computer & Network Security



Sr. Software Dev Engineer / Principal Engineer



Location: Bangalore



About the Role :



In this exciting role, you will be part of McAfee Advanced Threat Defense (MATD) group. This group works on developing innovative solutions to solve the challenging problems to detect and remediate the most advanced and complex threats.



Key Responsibilities:




  • Contributor to the research, design, development and maintenance of a software component with the objective of developing high quality code in accordance with a product’s functional specification

  • Creating the appropriate design documents for a specified area

  • Developing code and relevant unit tests, aiding in test design of a functional area

  • Contributing to the agreed goals for Protection and Performance Efficiency in a given area

  • Peer reviewing designs and implementations of other engineers

  • Debugging issues, root cause analysis of problems as needed




Qualifications



Required Experience/Skills & Education:




  • 3 – 8 years software development experience

  • Experience with C/C++ and Windows API Solid understanding of Windows internals

  • Expertise in analyzing advanced malware such as exploits, rootkits, polymorphic and obfuscated malware

  • Knowledge of Intel Processor Architecture

  • Experience with either IDA / OllyDbg / WinDbg

  • Knowledge of Unix like operating systems

  • Bachelors/ Master's in Computer Science or related technical field

  • Must have excellent verbal and written communications skills




McAfee, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), is the world's largest dedicated security technology company. We are relentlessly focused on constantly finding new ways to keep our customers safe. Share your talents with us in the dynamic security industry, and experience the meaningful, interesting work that is waiting for you!



McAfee is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity!



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SAP



(Senior) Developer for the SAP HANA Research & Development Team (f/m)

Mannheim Area, Germany, DE - Computer Software, Information Technology and Services, Management Consulting

Ref-Code: DE-60128535-EN-14-001

Work area: Software - Design and Development

Expected travel: 0% - 10%

Career status:

Employment type: Regular Full Time





COMPANY DESCRIPTION


SAP is the global market leader for business software and thus contributes a considerable part of the world's economic power grid. At SAP you get your chance to put your ideas into action with maximum impact.Our team has the mission to design and develop a massively scalable, multi-tenant aware and extremely fast data management engine. Our goal is to expand from a research prototype to a productive version of the engine. In this process we will make use of the Hadoop eco system and explore far-reaching integration possibilities into HDFS, Spark and other components. We are looking for Hadoop experts to bring their talents to the SAP HANA Research & Development team.



EXPECTATIONS AND TASKS


As a (Senior) Developer in the SAP HANA Research & Development team you will be working with a group of exceptionally talented and motivated colleagues. You will need to:

- Identify relevant technology trends and drive education in related domains

- Write meticulous software implementations throughout the whole software stack

- Perform code reviews and audits to spot opportunities for improvements with respect to usability, testability, supportability, or potential performance penalties

- Write regression tests for your own code using different programming languages (e.g. C++, Python, SQL) and testing frameworks (e.g. Google C++ Testing Framework)

- Be able to multiply your skills by actively mentoring other resources within the team

- Continually enhance your existing skills and seek new areas for personal development

- Be a strong, committed, reliable team player with a strong service ethic; as well as being a proactive networker, a self-starter and self-motivated. Your tasks will include developing new concepts in the following areas:

- Query execution via Spark

- Block Placement Strategies in HDFS

- Resource Management in Yarn

- Low latency networking

- Multi-tenancy concepts

- Fault tolerance and security

- Kafka / ActiveMQ

- Distributed Machine Learning algorithms

- Graph algorithms



WORK EXPERIENCE


Your work experience should mirrow the required and preferred skills mentioned.



EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATION / SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES


Required skills:

- Very good Doctoral, Master's or Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related fields

- A solid foundation in computer science with strong competencies in data structure, algorithms, and software design

- Expert skills in one ore more of the following languages: C++, Java, Scala, Python, R, Lua, Go

- Willingness to take responsibility, drive new developments, and work creatively on challenging and groundbreaking development tasks in accordance with the highest technical standards, plus a high level of commitment, team-spirit, flexibility, and initiative Preferred skills:

- Knowledge of parallel, distributed algorithms

- A deep understanding of one ore more of the following areas: Hadoop, Spark, HDFS, Hive, Yarn, Flume, Storm, Kafka, ActiveMQ, Sqoop, MapReduce

- Experience with state of the art development tools (Git, Gerrit, Bugzilla, CMake…) and of the Apache Hadoop eco system

- Experience with NoSQL Databases and Technologies like Cassandra, MongoDB, Graph Databases

- Experience with ETL and Complex Event Processing.

- Knowledge in design patterns and object oriented programming

- Contributions to OpenSource projects in the Hadoop eco system (especially Spark) are a big plus



No salary provided



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Flexidrive is Flex3Drive Early Birds

Introducing Flex3DriveTM – The Flexible Driveshaft Extruder solution for 3D Printers. Flex3DriveTM is a complete end to end, flexible driveshaft based extruder system offering several key advantages over other systems, including a lighter X carriage, faster print and travel speeds, reduced retraction distances, increased retract speeds to name but a few. The extruder motor is […]



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Swiss central bank introduces negative interest rates - business live

Matchbox Theatre by Michael Frayn review – ‘This is a model of what we all do in life’

Where does this exquisite book of playlets sit in relation to the playwright and novelist’s prestigious career?

A vague sense of impending farce accompanies every encounter with Michael Frayn. Like John Cleese, who played the accident-prone protagonist of the 1986 film Clockwise , the screenplay of which was written by Frayn, he has a tall slim physique that, in repose, folds up like a deckchair. His intelligence and heightened self-awareness are the kind that seem to provoke the physical world to mutiny: pipes burst, tables collapse and mobile phones ring at inopportune moments.


On a recent drizzly autumn evening, the 81-year-old playwright and novelist was booked to address a gathering of people who had braved the weather to hear him speak about his new book, Matchbox Theatre. Waiting to go on, Frayn shook his head, mystified that anyone would bother turning up. “I’d never go to speak to a writer or get a book signed,” he said.


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Sony Computer Entertainment America posted a job you might be interested in



Sony Computer Entertainment America



Principal Programmer

San Francisco Bay Area, US - Computer Games, Computer Hardware, Computer Software

We are looking for an experienced and talented engineer to fill a technical leadership role on a small, nimble game studio at PlayStation. As well as being responsible for engineering direction this role is also expected to contribute art and design ideas in collaboration with the rest of the team. It’s an entrepreneurial opportunity which will offer a large amount of development freedom supported by the expertise and stability of the PlayStation family.



The applicant must be able to demonstrate current working knowledge in the field of game development, graphics technology and techniques for recent applications (such as Unreal or Unity). This will also include other code disciplines such as architectural design, implementation, and debugging on multiple platforms,working on complex problems with designers, artists and other engineers in domains including rendering, gameplay, audio, user interface, online, physics,databases, multi-threading, compute knowledge and tools.



Key Responsibilities:

Develop, design and optimize technical aspects of the Rendering systems for the studio’s titles.



Mentor engineering within the group.As the senior software engineer a significant portion of time will be spent working on guiding the team. The applicant should be comfortable with providing technical direction to others.



Work closely with all other team members (including Artists and Designers) to quickly convert their ideas and vision into playable prototypes and refine.



Strong understanding and familiarity with current UNREAL and/or UNITY technology desired. (Phyre engine experience would also be a plus)



Qualifications





B.S. (or higher) in Computer Software Engineering or Equivalent. Masters or PhD considered a benefit.



6+ Years of C/C++ Experience with a history of published game titles.

In depth knowledge of console hardware.



Understanding of GPU and CPU architectures and optimization thereof



Rendering Understanding of shaders,lighting, materials, post processing techniques etc.



Ability to operate as a generalist engineer when needed.



Strong 3D math skills



Experience mentoring a team of around 5 engineers. Strong People skills.



Process knowledge in various development methods, attention to detail, timely follow-up and strong organizational skills.



Constantly innovate on how to improve product quality as well as group productivity



Working closely with other engineers, artists, designers creatively and pragmatically is a must.

Clear and concise communication verbally, and in code is very important



Comfortable with all degrees of ownership from working independently to providing high-level feedback.

Demonstrates dependability and commitment to projects/tasks.



Experience in other engineering fields is a plus.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) is home to the PlayStation(R) family of products, including the PlayStation(R)3 (PS3 TM), PlayStation(R) Vita (PS Vita), PlayStation(R) Mobile and PlayStation(R)Network. Founded in 1994, SCEA has grown into a leading global computer entertainment brand and continues to redefine interactive consumer entertainment. Since the original PlayStation(R) first revolutionized the world of gaming, SCEA has repeatedly set the benchmark for innovation in home and portable entertainment through amazing gameplay experiences that inspire people across the world. Based in Foster City, CA, SCEA serves as headquarters for all North American operations and employs over 2,104 people in offices located in Foster City, CA, San Diego, CA, Santa Monica, CA and Bend, OR.



It is SCEA's policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. SCEA does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law. SCEA also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled applicants and employees.



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Hays posted a job you might be interested in



Hays



Technisch Key Account Manager Machinery

Nijmegen Area, Netherlands, NL - Consumer Goods

De Account Manager zal deel uitmaken van een gedreven sales team dat

verantwoordelijk is voor de verkoop van verpakkingsoplossingen aan “Global

Brandowners” in Europa. Hij wordt ondersteund door een al even gedreven 1.500

man tellende Fuji Seal Europe achterban welke deze oplossingen creëert en

levert. Meer specifiek bepaalt hij voor een of meerdere “Key Accounts” welke

route het sales team volgt en orchestreert zo indirect de interne organisatie.

Het Account team is verantwoordelijk voor de verkoop van flexibele verpakkingen

zoals Sleeves; Pressure sensitive labels en pouches maar ook de machine die onze

klanten nodig hebben om deze verpakkingen aan te brengen om hun merk artikelen.

De Account Manager ontwikkelt een strategy om middels innovatie uitstekende

kwaliteit en perfecte service, langlopende loyale relaties op te bouwen met de

groten der aarde in de wereld van de FMCG.






70k - 80k



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Henry J. Tillman

"Life is something that everyone should try at least once."



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Open SCad ContourTracer bitmap to openscad polygon

This program takes an image, tresholds it and generates an openscad contour that ends up on the clipboard. This video shows what needs to be done (not much) ! Download from : http://ift.tt/16uSTHn Traces the countours of a tresholded image. It first makes a chain code of the found (black) objects and then tries to […]



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A runners' guide to the world marathon majors 2015

All you need to know about the big six: how to enter, what the course is like and how many spectators to expect. Plus some top tips from locals on where to train and where to stay


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Alfred Hickling’s top 10 theatre of 2014

Sea Breeze sent shivers down the spine in Morecambe, National Theatre Wales took us to Dylan Thomas’s village inspiration and Liverpool hosted a giant walkabout


The industrious audio-visual collective Imitating the Dog seemed to be everywhere this year. They created graphics for The Life and Times of Mitchell and Kenyon, the Dukes’ Lancaster and Oldham Coliseum’s tribute to the pioneering Edwardian film-makers; while their high concept adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms toured the country. But it was the company’s contribution to this beguiling re-animation of a deceased music hall that truly sent shivers down the spine (and not merely because Morecambe’s cavernous Winter Gardens has no heating).


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Here comes Santa Claus: a visual history of Saint Nick – in pictures

See how the great man has morphed from Nikolaos the wonder-worker in the fourth century to the jolly man in red we know and love today. Get ready for frescoes, stick-em-ups, Norman Rockwell, and his first outing as the Radio Times cover star


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The Apprentice review – a breath of fresh air from Claude the cheesegrater

It’s the interview round where CVs and business plans are torn apart mercilessly by that marvellous bully Claude Littner

I always enjoy this one, the interview episode of The Apprentice (BBC1). And it’s taking place in the clouds, up the Leadenhall Building, AKA the Cheesegrater. So Bianca, Daniel, Roisin, Mark and Solomon take it in turn to go up in the lift to the top, in order to be grated by Claude Littner. Grated, melted, swallowed, then spat out on the pavement outside. Merry Christmas.


There are other interviewers. Mike Soutar is a publishing heavyweight, we’re told, with a gift for reading between the lines. And the lies. He finds out Daniel wasn’t named salesperson of the year for the company he worked for in 2009. Seems he has self-awarded since, for the benefit of his CV, though he doesn’t see any deceit. “To be honest, Mike, I would honestly say the CV is probably underexaggerated,” he says. Honestly, Daniel?


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Sarah Connolly's Christmas playlist

Mezzo Sarah Connolly shares her festive playlist, with a sublime selection of vocal music old and new


Singing belongs Christmas like Tawny Port cries out for a sweet, nutty cheddar, so naturally all of my choices are vocal. I adore Christmas-time, and especially the Carols from King’s BBC broadcast which always introduces new compositions and stunning arrangements of traditional carols. I breathe a sigh of relief though when I hear Sir David Willcocks’ descant to Hark the Herald Angels Sing, as his is the best. Britten’s Ceremony of Carols is my favourite of all Christmas music and there is no better recording than that by The Sixteen. My final choice is divinely silly and should be danced to with a glass of bubbly, goodies made by my wonderful chef sister, and lots of children on Christmas morning.


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Syria: where modern and medieval warfare combines

The conflict in Syria is the defining humanitarian crisis of our time. We need more aid and pressure on both sides to relieve the suffering


More aid is reaching more people inside Syria, but escalating violence across the country has left more people than ever in need. So warns Ban Ki-moon in his latest report on the Syria crisis. As the UN prepares to launch a humanitarian appeal for those affected by the conflict – the biggest single aid request in history – the secretary general’s report signals the urgent need for a step-change in international engagement with Syria. The lives of the country’s beleaguered civilians, and the future of hard-won norms of warfare, depend on it.


Every month the number of people requiring basic assistance inside Syria rises: the figure now stands at 12.2 million. More than half of those in need have been driven from their homes, and a quarter of a million people in the suburbs of Aleppo and Damascus remain besieged, trapped in the ruins of what used to be their houses.


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10 of the best Christmas and New Year’s Day fun runs and swims

If you want to shake off the festive season’s indulgences try a bracing dip or fancy dressed-up jog. Whether Boxing Day or New Year’s Day, here’s our pick of the best cold-weather plunges


Part race, part pub crawl, the Windlesham Pram Race sees runners make their way along a 3.5 mile course through the village, stopping off at local pubs to refuel as they go. Runners work in teams to transport their “pram” around the course and you can expect to see some rather ambitious creations on the track; prams shaped like swans, aeroplanes, Noah’s ark and the Batmobile have all made appearances in the past. Prizes don’t only go to the fastest team, but also for the best dressed and best engineered prams. And although there’s plenty of boozing, competitors are advised to eat something on their way round too. It may be a race, but there’s no rush after all.

Registration from £5-£10, pramrace.com


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The daily quiz: Christmas adverts

To mark the approach of Christmas, the research team have trawled through some old papers to come up with a quiz



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Flash of iridescent feathers reveals beauty of cormorants

Wylam, River Tyne: Indigo chest feathers, burnished brass shimmering across the wings

With their ungainly gait cormorants are perhaps unlikely to top the list of Britain’s favourite birds. And yet when I trained my binoculars on three that stood with wings outstretched in the afternoon sun, the fleeting beauty of their feathers became clear.


Each bird reflected a distinctive iridescence. There were indigo chest feathers on one, greenish crown and tail feathers on the second, burnished brass shimmering across the wings of the third.


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Hays posted a job you might be interested in



Hays



Contracts Administrator - Low Density Residential

Brisbane, Australia, AU - Construction


  • Brisbane Southside

  • Early January Start

  • Blue Chip Builder




This blue chip residential home builder is working exclusively with Hays to engage an experienced Contracts Administrator.



The company has been operating within Queensland for more than 30 years, they specialise within custom design and construct homes ranging from $500,000 to $2 Million. With a dominate market presence in the blue chip suburbs of Inner Brisbane.



Due to natural expansion within the organisation, they are now looking to engage an office based contracts administrator. To be successful in your application you will have a minimum of 3 years experience, preferably within the low density residential field.



This role will require you to have strong communication skills, as you will be liaising with clients as well as subcontractors. You will be proficient in legal documentation and be familiar with Development Approval procedures. The role will require you to have a firm knowledge of contract negotiation within equipment hire, variations and other standard works.



In return for your services you will be offered a position with predominant builder in a well versed team who will assist you in your career growth both technically and personally. For more information please contact Timothy Chapman OR Tameka Healey on 07 3231 2601 or email timothy.chapman@hays.com.au






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Cognizant Technology Solutions posted a job you might be interested in



Cognizant Technology Solutions



Japanese SQL Developer

China, CN - Information Technology and Services


  1. Tuning T-SQL queries to improve performance

  2. When performance issues arise, determine the most effective way to increase performance including hardware purchases, server configuration changes, or index/query changes

  3. Provide support for the client’s data migration project as required;

  4. Define validation rules and report for the migration

  5. Handling communication with Japanese speaking end-users and the project team.

  6. Working in shifts required.






No salary provided



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Sophos



Channel Account Executive

Oxford, United Kingdom, GB - Computer Networking, Computer Software, Information Technology and Services

Role



As a Channel Account Exec you will lead a virtual team in engaging, qualifying and on boarding new Sophos partners. You will manage the Sophos relationship with a group of high potential partners on the fast track programme, in order to grow Sophos business in line with the sales targets and long term business plans,and will lead the enablement of new and existing partners to ensure a successful long term relationship.



Main Duties


  • Develop relationships with partner sales managers and technical staff and identify barriers and reservations to selling Sophos. Provide solutions, leveraging Sophos representatives and resources where necessary, to make Sophos the preferred vendor within the Partner

  • Create and deliver formal presentations to large and small, technical and non-technical Partner audiences

  • Analyse any past performance, Sophos and competitor share of business, and growth potential of existing partners, to identify partners that have the potential to become high value (£1M+ per year)

  • Develop and execute on a joint partner business plan that drives our mutual business in line with Sophos short and long term aspirations

  • Gain a detailed understanding of the partners business, investment areas, and profitability factors to positively influence the joint business plan, growing our business, and shrinking our competitors’ share of the Partners business

  • Develop and execute marketing plans to further Sophos business in line with the business plan, seeking support and agreement from the marketing dept. ensuring correct resource allocation

  • Develop and manage partner technical readiness plans to further Sophos business in line with the business plan, seeking support and agreement from the Sales Engineering team to ensure correct resource allocation

  • Develop and manage partner sales, pre-sales readiness plans to further Sophos business in line with the business plan

  • Engage with Partner sales teams in sales opportunities in prospective and existing client sites in order to drive up deal value and closure rates

  • Lead a virtual Sophos account team, ensuring clear roles and responsibilities for all team members in achieving the goals set out on the business plan

  • Provide on a weekly basis an accurate sales forecast for assigned partners

  • Establish support mechanisms to make Sophos the easiest and preferred vendor to work with and actively remove barriers to that aim, driving a positive impact in partner satisfaction and Sophos share of the Partner’s business

  • Ensure that the account team keep all systems and tools updated with account information in order to improve team integration/connection and enhance Sophos corporate memory

  • Resolve conflicts arising with and between partners by negotiating with partner, customer and internal representatives, to ensure a win/win situation for all parties

  • Identify opportunities for increased effectiveness and drive initiatives with the Sales Management team, other Sales teams, Sales Engineering, Marketing and Product Management

  • Provide feedback, guidance and coaching to Partner Sales Support Executives and Partner Sales Support Assistants to enable them to develop their skills and add greater value in their interactions with Partners




Experience And Skills


  • Working towards and achieving sales targets in a reseller based business model

  • Working in a commercial IT environment

  • Developing and executing against business and account plans

  • Leading a virtual account team and driving it towards common goals

  • Managing the whole sales process, including customer acquisition, development and retention

  • Coaching

  • Selling into complex organisational structures, including multiple level selling

  • Identifying and implementing process improvements

  • Creating and delivering presentations to C Level audiences

  • Sales forecasting in a reseller based business model




Benefits



The remuneration package includes:




  • Annual holiday entitlement of 25 days

  • Commission scheme

  • Group personal pension scheme

  • Private medical insurance

  • Critical illness insurance

  • Death in service policy (life assurance)

  • Permanent health insurance

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal accident cover




Working conditions at Sophos are very good and include:




  • Subsidised staff restaurant

  • Free beverages, fruit and pastries










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Royal Mail sale achieved 'significant value', Myners report says

Former city minister says sell-off was professionally executed and rejects claims £1bn more could have been raised


A government-commissioned report on the sale of Royal Mail has concluded that £180m more might have been realised from the sale, but broadly backs ministers’ cautious approach to pricing.


The report by former city minister Lord Myners says the the sell-off was executed with “considerable professionalism” and the government and taxpayer achieved “significant value”.


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#illridewithyou: do Australia's rightwingers hate it because they don't know their own readers?

News Corp spear carriers like to bang on about radical Islam, but they’ve been left looking isolated by Abbott’s response to the Sydney Siege. Does anyone actually agree with them?


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Hays posted a job you might be interested in



Hays



Inspiring Marketing and Sales Administrator

Brisbane, Australia, AU - Pharmaceuticals


  • Permanent position

  • Will pay up to $70,000

  • Exciting opportunity




Our client, locally based supply the health care industry with vitamins, nutrition and other products both within Australia and Internationally. This company is known not only for taking care of their clients, but also for taking care of their employees.



Due to growth in the company a position has become available for a sales administrator and marketing administrator to continually busy team. This person will report to the sales and marketing manager, and will provide administrative support to both the sales and marketing teams.



To be successful for this position you will be required to be fluent in both English and Chinese Mandarin due to liaising with clients in China . You must also have previous administrative and customer service experience, as the position involves liaising with overseas clients and collecting sensitive information. Experience with MYOB is preferable.



In return for your hard work, you will be compensated with a generous salary and the opportunity to work for a growing company that will invest in your future.



To apply for this position, please click 'apply now'. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call Tracey Hema on 3349 4355.






AUD50000.00 - AUD70000.00 per annum



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Kaspersky Lab



Head of Global Digital Marketing

Greater Boston Area, US - Information Technology and Services, Computer Software, Security and Investigations

Kaspersky Lab is looking for a highly-motivated, self-directed Head of Web Platforms, Technologies and Publishing to join our rapidly growing Global Digital Marketing team. This role is part of our Global Marketing team and is responsible for managing a Global team of 50 who are responsible for supporting 30+ country websites.


Responsibilities in this role include:



  • Organized, manage and continually develop a Global Web team that is responsible for Digital technologies and platforms, project management, translation and quality assurance.

  • Develop Project Management process and standards to deliver Web projects on time and within budget

  • Develop Web Production strategies that optimize the publishing process for quick publication to the Web

  • Develop translations processes for both in-house and third party vendors to deliver content localization and translation for both on page and off page content

  • Develop front-end development policies, procedures and best practices to allow clean efficient front-end code that is scalable for both desktop and mobile devices

  • Develop Global QA policies and procedures to assist in deploying bug free Web sites

  • Creates Technology and Web production roadmap, and strategic goals for the Global Web Team

  • Builds relationships with the business to deliver web solutions based on strategic goals for Kaspersky Lab

  • Recommend and implement digital technologies products that increase efficiencies on delivering Web pages and Web applications

  • Manage enterprise migration of CMS solution across the globe with our IT colleagues

  • Develop forward planning, project planning and scheduling across departments / regions to improve on time delivery of Web projects, promotions, and product launches

  • Manage Web development and technology relationship with technology vendors and creative agencies (Web design and copy writers)






No salary provided



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NCR



Technical Agent II

Region VII - Central Visayas, Philippines, PH - Consumer Services

About NCR Corporation NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a global technology company leading how the world connects, interacts and transacts with business. NCR’s assisted- and self-service solutions and comprehensive support services address the needs of retail, financial, travel, healthcare, hospitality, entertainment, gaming and public sector organizations in more than 100 countries. NCR (www.ncr.com) is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia. POSITION SUMMARY & KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: Provides direct/remote resolution support through assessing root cause of problems and informing customers on steps to resolve problems Requires multiple resources in routinely complex assignments Provide service to critical customer accounts or enhanced/ premium service accounts; Handles planning and installation on critical customer accounts or enhanced / premium service accounts Address questions asked by customers and be able to proactively seek information needed to improve the accuracy of the service BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma 0-2 years experience in a related work environment The candidate will have an aptitude for providing positive customer service and excellent written and verbal communication skills Basic PC/MS Office and telephone/customer service skills Basic knowledge of call management and network/ATM monitoring applications would be an advantage Experience with a bank or armored car company in cash management, branch operations, or cash operations would be an advantage PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Negotiation skills preferred EEO Statement Integrated into our shared values is NCR's commitment to diversity. NCR is committed to being a globally inclusive company where all people are treated fairly, recognized for their individuality, promoted based on performance and encouraged to strive to reach their full potential. We believe in understanding and respecting differences among all people. This concept encompasses but is not limited to human differences with regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, culture and physical ability. Every individual at NCR has an ongoing responsibility to respect and support a globally diverse environment. Statement to Third Party Agencies To ALL recruitment agencies: NCR only accepts resumes from agencies on the NCR preferred supplier list. Please do not forward resumes to our applicant tracking system, NCR employees, or any NCR facility. NCR is not responsible for any fees or charges associated with unsolicited resumes



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My Adventures with 3D Printed Insoles – #3DxFashion #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Gyrobot shared recent experiments with 3D printed insoles: ….What I aim to show within the next few articles is how anyone without any qualifications, experience or knowledge in the podiatry field (that’s me) can produce comfortable insoles using a completely free open source tool chain. There have been many 3D printed insoles before, certainly the […]



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Hays posted a job you might be interested in



Hays



Business Analyst

Melbourne, Australia, AU - Information Technology and Services


  • Outer Western Suburbs

  • Immediate Start

  • Government Role




My client is seeking a Business Analyst for a short term contract within the local Government. There are multiple projects that will need requirements gathering and documentation.



The ideal person will be an excellent communicator who has strong stakeholder management skills. They will be looking across the business at current IT applications including EDRMS and HR systems and business processes and mapping out the business requirements and possible solutions for systems enhancements.



You will be well versed in Requirements Gathering and Business Requirements Documentation, Stakeholder Management and Process Mapping. If you come from a Government background that will be desirable.



Please apply or for further information contact Louise Betteridge 0396 049 522.






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NCR posted a job you might be interested in



NCR



Technical Agent II

Region VII - Central Visayas, Philippines, PH - Consumer Services

About NCR Corporation NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a global technology company leading how the world connects, interacts and transacts with business. NCR’s assisted- and self-service solutions and comprehensive support services address the needs of retail, financial, travel, healthcare, hospitality, entertainment, gaming and public sector organizations in more than 100 countries. NCR (www.ncr.com) is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia. POSITION SUMMARY & KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: Provides direct/remote resolution support through assessing root cause of problems and informing customers on steps to resolve problems Requires multiple resources in routinely complex assignments Provide service to critical customer accounts or enhanced/ premium service accounts; Handles planning and installation on critical customer accounts or enhanced / premium service accounts Address questions asked by customers and be able to proactively seek information needed to improve the accuracy of the service BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma 0-2 years experience in a related work environment The candidate will have an aptitude for providing positive customer service and excellent written and verbal communication skills Basic PC/MS Office and telephone/customer service skills Basic knowledge of call management and network/ATM monitoring applications would be an advantage Experience with a bank or armored car company in cash management, branch operations, or cash operations would be an advantage PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Negotiation skills preferred EEO Statement Integrated into our shared values is NCR's commitment to diversity. NCR is committed to being a globally inclusive company where all people are treated fairly, recognized for their individuality, promoted based on performance and encouraged to strive to reach their full potential. We believe in understanding and respecting differences among all people. This concept encompasses but is not limited to human differences with regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, culture and physical ability. Every individual at NCR has an ongoing responsibility to respect and support a globally diverse environment. Statement to Third Party Agencies To ALL recruitment agencies: NCR only accepts resumes from agencies on the NCR preferred supplier list. Please do not forward resumes to our applicant tracking system, NCR employees, or any NCR facility. NCR is not responsible for any fees or charges associated with unsolicited resumes



No salary provided



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Will the Queen quit at Christmas?

BUCKINGHAM Palace sources are not amused by reports that the Queen will abdicate at Christmas — and they’ve given a credible reason why it won’t happen.





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‘It hasn’t hit her, what’s going on’

THE lawyer representing a Sydney woman stopped at a Malaysian airport with an alleged 1.5kgs of drugs in her bag says the suburban mum doesn’t realise the gravity of her situation.





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