I haven’t done much with Ubuntu recently, but had to set up a laptop with XUbuntu 17.04. That came with Emacs 24.5 as the default emacs package, and as skeeto pointed out in the comments, with a separate emacs25 package for Emacs 25.1. I tend to run the latest release Emacs everywhere out of habit, […]
I haven’t used Ubuntu much recently after switching several systems to Manjaro, but had to set up a laptop with XUbuntu 17.04. That came with Emacs 24.5 as the default emacs package, and as skeeto pointed out in the comments, with a separate emacs25 package for Emacs 25.1. I tend to run the latest release Emacs everywhere out of habit, so I revisited my build instructions to build a current Emacs on Ubuntu and its derivates. The good news is that in thanks to some changes in the Emacs build, the build is as straightforward as it used to be prior to the combination of Ubuntu 16.10 and Emacs 25.1. In other words, no need to remember to switch off PIE as was necessary when building GNU Emacs 25.1 on Ubuntu 16.10.
The Baron's game most recent game consisted of a series of some six wagers upon the toss of an unfair coin that turned up one side nine times out of twenty and the other eleven times out of twenty at a cost of one fifth part of a coin. Sir R----- was to wager three coins from his purse upon the outcome of each toss, freely divided between heads and tails, and was to return to it twice the value he wagered correctly.
Clearly, our first task in reckoning the fairness of this game is to figure Sir R-----'s optimal strategy for placing his coins. To do this we shall need to know his expected winnings in any given round for any given placement of his coins.
Naked Element are a software development company based in Norwich looking to recruit a self motivated, outgoing, well organised person looking for variety in a small, yet progressive tech company. There is opportunity for the right person to grow into a more specialised role, based on your strengths, as the company grows.
Salary: Â£18-20,000 per annum salary (depending on experience)
Competent user of email systems, document creation and management software packages
Ability to prioritise
Desirable skills and qualities:
An Interest in Software, Technology, Development, or any wider part of the ICT industry
Previous Administration and Office Management experience
A Level 3 qualification or equal in Administration or Business Management
Main Responsibilities: Office Management
Running the office on a day-to-day basis depending on the needs of the business, itâ€™s directors and employees
Purchasing stationery and equipment
Liaising with suppliers
Answering the phone
Preparing agendas, documents and contracts
Financial forecasting/producing reports
Paying and raising invoices
Social Media & Marketing Assistant
Assisting the commercial director in all elements of marketing as required
Setting up daily social media
Preparing and sending marketing material
Attending networking events
Exhibiting at events
Assisting the commercial director in all elements of sales as required
Meeting prospects & clients
Sandler training provided
Account & Project Management
Day to day running of projects
Liaising with all stakeholders during projects
Regular client reviews & other account management as necessary
Managing diaries for both the Commercial Director & CEO
Booking events & meetings
Pension after 3 months
6 Month probationary period
A lovely, air-conditioned working environment in the centre of Norwich
Flexible working hours
This is the perfect opportunity for those looking for an interesting, never the same each day role to grow their skills. You will benefit from the guidance of staff with over 20 years experience in Business, Finance and Project Management. This is also a chance to gain an in depth insight into the software development industry.
Pride Vibes: As a photographer for Gay Pride Pics, I attend lots of Prides across the UK every year. Each Pride has a different feel. This series will describe what each Pride was like and what the vibe of the pride wasÂ like.
The entire series is my opinion and mine only. Take it as you will. Note that this opinion comes from a 20 something extroverted transwoman who is herself a pride organiser.
Iâ€™m still working out what this series is going to be like. Bear withÂ me.
We were delighted to share Isle of Wightâ€™s first ever Pride festival with the Isleâ€™s inhabitants and visitors from the mainland. The Isle of Wight Pride had already seen quite a lot of press coverage, such as the article from Isle of Wight County Press and the Isle of Wightâ€™s former MP making homophobic statements and so attracted not only a lot of islanders, but also people turning up to support a Pride that proved much more controversial than expected.
TL;DR The event was absolutely incredible. It was the best Pride this season with by far the best vibes going. Inclusive, welcoming, andÂ excited.
The Isle of Wight Pride started with a parade through the town of Ryde. I was astounded to see what seemed like the entire town, maybe the whole islandâ€™s population on the streets for the parade. There was a diverse group of people watching the parade, we saw the old, young and everyone inÂ between.
The buzz from the parade was huge, everyone was so excited to see a Pride parade in their smallÂ town.
The buzz from the parade was huge. Everyone was so excited to see a Pride parade in their small town. Everyone was showing their support for each other, and the marchers.
The parade featured mostly charities, with a few local branches of businesses present, and some largerÂ ,more well known organisations like Outdoor Men and a surprisingly large contingent from the Scouts. While nowhere near as long as larger, more established Pride parades like Birmingham or Exeter, the Isle of Wight parade was extremely long considering its their firstÂ one.
The parade finished at the Pavilion down by the beach with people tailing the end of the parade off the streets towards the entrance to the mainÂ event.
Unfortunately, the main event was ticketed, but free. This is because of an old law preventing the Isle of Wight from holding an event with more than 5000 people attending. 5000 people is totally more than enough for a first Pride, but I certainly think that if it wasn't for this law, there would have been many more peopleÂ there.
The main event, as mentioned, was held partly on the beach and partly on the beach front. Isle of Wight Pride featured a reasonable set of stalls, mostly commercial, on their grassyÂ section.
I felt that the large amounts of commercial stalls appeared like they were profiteering from the â€˜pink poundâ€™ as a lot of these stalls were not really specifically LGBT+Â related.
There were a few LGBT+ charities in attendance. I most noted the presence of Mermaids and was amazed to see them on the island. Maybe it felt like there were a lot of commercial stalls because there really were not many stalls in total atÂ all.
All stall holders were incredibly friendly and I enjoyed feeling very comfortable talking to them. The feeling around the stalls was very relaxed and calm. They seemed to be seeing loads of custom and the two stages on the grassy area always had an audience sitting quietly and enjoying the shows being put onÂ there.
People in the stalls area seemed just happy to be there and comfortable being who theyÂ are.
The main stage was on the beach section, which was a totally different experience from any other Pride Iâ€™ve been to. The beach was quiet at first before people really started arriving.
It got pretty busy on the beach, but managed to never feel packed and pushed together like some of the other prides. There was always room to move around through the crowd easily (even for me, a photographer with a big bag on!) The beach stage did feature quite a lot of drag acts, 5 in total I think, but counteracted the large drag presence with powerful political statements and spoken word from several people including Peter Tatchall and Hannah Phillips. The main stage also featured plenty of musical performances across theÂ day.
I was really happy to see Isle of Wight Pride welcome political statements on their stage. It really helped make me feel like the event is keen to maintain itself as a political pride which is well aware of its roots and all the work that still needs to be done by the Pride movement.
It should be noted that although the stage was on a sandy beach, IoW Pride put down plastic boards over some of the beach to allow wheeled personal transport like buggies and wheelchairs access to the main stage area, a greatÂ touch.
Unlike many Prides it was not overwhelmingly attended by students and young people, but saw a wide ranging attendance base from young people, young couples, young families alongside older people, and established families. Most Prides do see people from all age groups, but it was extremely striking at IoW to see people from every walk ofÂ life.
This diversity really enhanced the vibes of the event. It was such a happy event, but certainly not an alcohol-fueled party like so many other Prides can be. I never felt uncomfortable with the level of drinking as I have been previously.
It seemed like everyone there was there to show their support for the Isle of Wightâ€™s LGBT+ population, and that the Isle of Wight had Pride in their LGBT+ culture. Despite the lower population of younger people, I really felt included in the event and all the people I spoke to were also lovingÂ it.
It should be noted, however, that it seemed like most attendees were white British people. Not surprising considering the pride was on a small island, but Iâ€™m fairly sure I could have counted the amount of people of colour on twoÂ hands.
For me, Isle of Wight Pride truly felt like people were proud to be there showing theirÂ colours.
Generally, the event was absolutely astounding. I was amazed to see such a wonderful, diverse turnout from the island. The event had an excited vibe with people showing so much support for the LGBT+ community. For me, Isle of Wight Pride truly felt like people were Proud to be there showing theirÂ colours.
Best Pride of the season soÂ far.
Best of luck to the Isle of Wight Pride organisers and thank you for welcoming us to such a wonderful event. May your future events continue to have the same vibes as thisÂ one.
A diversity target number isn't all it might seem toÂ be.
This a reply to Carol Rothâ€™s piece for Entrepreneur. Please read that piece before this one. Make sure to form your own opinions. I invite you to carefully inspect your own thinking and respectfully criticise yourself, me andÂ others.
â€œAccenture, one of the worldâ€™s best-known consulting firms for major enterprises, announced that they have set a target to have 50 percent of its workforce be comprised of women within the next eightÂ years.â€
When I first read Carolâ€™s piece, I was quite annoyed. She seemed to be thinking that setting diversity goals meant hiring less capable people to essentially fill check boxes and make a companies numbers lookÂ better.
I tweeted about this, and Carol replied suggesting I hadn't quite grasped what she wasÂ saying.
Iâ€™m very keen to make sure I understand my thinking well before I criticise someone elseâ€™s, so Iâ€™ve gone ahead and read the article several times since then in order to ensure that Iâ€™ve understood well what Carol is trying to say. It should be noted that I donâ€™t intend to attack Carol personally, but this is a topic close to my heart which I love to foster respectful discussion around.
Iâ€™m going to dissect Carolâ€™s piece aÂ little.
Ms Roth starts off by saying that Accenture, the company who set the diversity target in question, have; â€œset a workforce target not based on experience, qualifications, potential or any work-related factors.â€
I agree with this statement. They have indeed got a workforce target which is not based on experience or other work-related things. However, this does not mean that theyâ€™re throwing all those factors to the wind when hiring new employees.
A company can have more than one target to aim for. Accenture is saying that Diversity in their workforce is important enough to them that they want to make this target public. They want to have a number that other people can measure their achievements against.
I expect, as theyâ€™re a huge company, theyâ€™ve got numerous other targets when theyâ€™re hiring. And most certainly theyâ€™ll still be looking at a candidates experience, qualifications and potential when theyâ€™re sitting on the other side of the interview table.
Carol goes on to say that she finds Accentureâ€™s diversity targeting â€œâ€¦offensive and, ultimately, bad for womenâ€¦â€. Just a slight note here; Carol, youâ€™re a very successful woman. Iâ€™m sure you put a lot of effort to get to where you are. But, this target is NOT forÂ you.
This target is to show women that are not already experienced and well known that a company like Accenture is dedicated to providing a platform to allow prospective female employees to be the best that they canÂ be.
A personâ€™s opinion will be coloured (as will mine) by the status you already hold. One needs to be careful ofÂ that.
Getting into the meat of the article, Carol explains that she believes businesses should be â€œinterviewing and hiring the best possible candidates they can find for their businessâ€.
Iâ€™d invite readers to consider that for a business, hiring a woman (or any other person of minority) might be the best person for their business at that time. Maybe a business is so heavily dominated by men that they really need to get some diversity in there and are weighting a personâ€™s background, personality and identity above their skill set and experience.
However, further on Ms Roth mentions that diversity for the sake of diversity is not a good thing. I.E hiring people just because you need to tick boxes is not a good strategy. (â€œDiversity for the sake of diversity, though, doesnâ€™t help anything.â€) While considering my earlier point, Iâ€™d be inclined to agree withÂ her.
Hiring minorities into an organisation where they will continue to be minorities is a bad idea. Itâ€™s a great way to get really fast churn of minority employees as they join, realise that the percentage of non-average employees is bad, and leave again. If youâ€™re going to hire people because of who they are, make sure that youâ€™re making that choice for the right reasons and that those people are adequately supported by you as a business and by the other minorities within your employment base. Basically, donâ€™t hire one woman for your department of 50 because you need a woman in there, hire 10 women, 5 non-native people and some other minority people because you need some diversity in there. That way, everyone can support each other, no one is alone and tokenism is, hopefully, avoided. Continue working to raise the percentages of non-average employees, too.
We reach a rather interesting part of Carolâ€™s article. This section talks about how â€œsome industries will have more women and some will haveÂ less.â€.
I find it surprising that Ms Roth has not picked up on why â€œarbitrary representation targetingâ€ does help thisÂ issue.
She understands that there is issues with some industries underrepresenting women (Engineering, Technology and Academia  just to name a few). But fails to realise why having targets helpsÂ that.
Having targets help to foster better internal practices and culture. Such as: widening the pool in which managers circulate job openings to include places where you might find more women (like WomenIn Tech/Eng/Sci initiatives), having a diverse interviewing team or starting up working groups internally examining what the company can do better to increase their diversity numbers.
These kind of things really help to show women that this is a company, and industry, that they really want to be in, or at least is willing to consider them on the same level as men. Large companies publishing their good diversity targets and initiatives hopefully shows women that the industry, and the working world, is keen to bring more women on board and is really ready to provide what those women need to succeed in whateverÂ field.
Itâ€™s showing women that the door is much more open now, and is getting much closer to being just as wide open to them as it is toÂ men.
Does representation targeting help women into unrepresented industries? Probably.
According to Ms Roth, some women want to leave the workforce to care for their household. (â€œOther women have a strong preference to leave the workforce to run a household and care for children.â€)
Openly supporting women in the workplace can help to reduce the load on men to be the bread-winners of a family. It can help to allow women to feel that staying in work after having a child is a totally valid option, and men that they can leave work and care for the family. It helps to break stereotypes.
In conclusion, for Godâ€™s sake, have diversity targets! It helps to show that your business is ready to employ and support a female workforce. It shows potential employees that theyâ€™re not alone, that theyâ€™re not being tokenised, that itâ€™s a real effort youâ€™re putting in to get those diversity numbers up and run a great business.