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James Christie

3,049 Followers 2,270 Followings 14,976 Tweets

S/w test consultant, formerly IT dev/audit/security. Dundee FC match reporter. Christian. Work blog https://t.co/NXHdufntK6 & personal https://t.co/d1KpAA1Bdz

Tracked since 15/02/2020. Last updated 22/02/2020.

609 Follower for a Like

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1. 22/02/2020 3,049 +5 2,270 +5 14,976 +51 5 +3 298 +216 13.36 % +9.62
2. 15/02/2020 3,044 -- 2,265 -- 14,925 -- 2 -- 82 -- 3.74 % --

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@marcuskerr @nicktolhurst @CreelScff Yes, interesting and depressing. Creel fishing is small beer in UK terms but it's a vital industry in many parts of rural, coastal Scotland. It's being written off by the UK government. Acceptable collateral damage (viewed from London)?
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RT @nicktolhurst: +UPDATE+ So here’s a heads up: UK govt sitting on - yet - another report. This time on one of UKs political sensitive…
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@marcuskerr @nicktolhurst It's the deep sea fishermen with large boats who supported Brexit & have had all the publicity. The Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation (@CreelScff) represents ¾ of the inshore commercial fishing fleet & has taken a different line. They've been ignored. https://t.co/ZwPZOFVytq
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@BrexitBin @x3l173x @PhilipCDodd My wife was heavily involved in Scotland's contribution to Natura 2000. She gets exasperated by the confident ignorance of the popular press & some politicians. But she's a scientific expert, on the public payroll, who has worked with the EU, so her views are obvs of no account.
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Canada.❤️ https://t.co/GhNJ5MlM9u
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@migo1827 @FelicityM I've always sneakily admired the self-confident ability of our good neighbours to mangle the pronunciation of any word & then announce it's the correct way. "Pronounce the 'ch' as if I've got a Scottish accent? Why on earth would I do that? I speak the Queen's English!" ;-)
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@FelicityM @migo1827 England could usefully import many words from Scotland. Dreich is the most obvious one. It's not like they're the south of Spain. They need the word as much as we do!
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@keithklain Barclay's internal auditors should be interested. They're supposed to review the culture. I think wistfully of my days in audit when the Group Chief Auditor would send us into the fray with the order to "sort out the intellectual inadequates who came up with that stupid idea".
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@keithklain I can think of only one good thing about an appalling piece of software like that. It provides a useful question for applicants at job interviews. Any company that admits to using it should be avoided, regardless of the money on offer. It's a guaranteed shitehole.
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@FelicityM I've never thought of it as being Scottish. I don't ever remember being pulled up when I've used it in England, and I've used it a lot. Perhaps it's usually fairly obvious in context.
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Anyone sitting at their desk in a big office is fair game for being interrupted. Measuring effectiveness by the time spent at a desk is laughably ineffective.
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"Barclays scraps 'Big Brother' staff tracking system". Aside from obvious ethical issues some of the most valuable time I gave to big companies was when I managed to get offline & away from my desk to analyse problems & think through possible responses. https://t.co/dHFWWVnfqf
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Ablaut reduplication. File under "complicated stuff you know, but never realised you knew". https://t.co/PnuCWRm5Ep https://t.co/eZ61et54YH
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@Frances_Coppola It's ok. They're British, not foreigners.
(From Giles Tremlett's Ghosts of Spain). https://t.co/eBsrkZhePn
@Frances_Coppola It's ok. They're British, not foreigners. (From Giles Tremlett's Ghosts of Spain). https://t.co/eBsrkZhePn
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RT @Sys_innovation: "In complexity... you define a direction of travel, not a goal, because if you start on a journey you will discover thi…
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@paulcoyne73 Priti Patel as an over-promoted project manager? Yes, I can see that.
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RT @michaelbolton: If you read the story and look at the role that committed people played in it, to say that the algorithm proved his inno…
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@mrianleslie We've friends who moved to southern Spain & quickly learned Spanish. Within a year they had a nice sideline, as interpreters for gormless expats who'd been there decades, helping them deal with the local council & businesses. They were amazed at the demand for their services.
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@ministryoftest Being forced to count how many test cases are passed each day has caused me real trouble. The measure tells you nothing about the progress of testing. It reveals a lack of trust in testers' integrity, whilst naively encouraging them to game the system.
https://t.co/AN4kJfta1G https://t.co/AAgclPkPdj
@ministryoftest Being forced to count how many test cases are passed each day has caused me real trouble. The measure tells you nothing about the progress of testing. It reveals a lack of trust in testers' integrity, whilst naively encouraging them to game the system. https://t.co/AN4kJfta1G https://t.co/AAgclPkPdj
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@FionaCCharles @andersdinsen I had to google that. Spot on. https://t.co/KuvDtwUunU
@FionaCCharles @andersdinsen I had to google that. Spot on. https://t.co/KuvDtwUunU
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@andersdinsen @FionaCCharles Terry looks more attractive and intelligent than Matt Hancock, whose remit does not extend to Scotland, thank goodness. We have made our own arrangements.
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For poodle owners, especially @andersdinsen & @FionaCCharles. I could go for the chancellor and health secretary. Some of the rest are a bit, well, frou-frou. I think I've got poodle terminology correct. https://t.co/2IiKFU0tog
For poodle owners, especially @andersdinsen & @FionaCCharles. I could go for the chancellor and health secretary. Some of the rest are a bit, well, frou-frou. I think I've got poodle terminology correct. https://t.co/2IiKFU0tog
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RT @DavidHenigUK: Peter Foster stunned off his ski lift is rarely good news. The meat of this thread is down at the bottom in the increasin…
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@ministryoftest Test cases passed per day. At best the metric was meaningless, but more likely it corrupted the whole testing exercise. It punished the responsible testers, while rewarding the grifters who wrote large numbers of trivially different test cases that were guaranteed to pass.'
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Once, my dev team was drafted into a user dept as a change programme's first step. A year later, when everyone else had been reorganised they came back & moved us again. Then we were outsourced to IBM. For 3 years, while developing strategic systems, we were in constant flux.
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My experience of large change programmes has been dismal. When run by external consultancies their priority was to make enough big changes to justify the massive fees, and generate enough follow-on work to keep their consultants on site indefinitely. https://t.co/d0eT7l0H0w
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@noahsussman @cyberomin Robin Dunbar has done some interesting work on the ideal number of people in organisations. https://t.co/3Z3C6JPCIB
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@davenicolette Yes. Leaving the EU is very unpopular in Scotland. 70% think it's a bad idea. Currently the split between independence & staying in the UK is about 50/50. If Boris Johnson is trying to antagonise Scotland & boost support for independence vote he's doing a fine job.
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RT @IanLuke72: The Boy was looking at his A-Level biology book today and came across this...liking how this got past the proof reading 🤣...…
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The chief executive of the National Farmers Union Scotland is unimpressed with the UK government's new immigration system. There isn't the technology available to replace EU workers, especially for Scotland's soft fruit farmers. It's a big industry round here. :-( https://t.co/iFMqlyqD2c
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@fatnoddy @alisonkatebr The new immigration rules will be a disaster for the Scottish soft fruit industry, which is dependent on EU workers. The answer seems to be "use automation". There's no technology available to pick strawberries & raspberries with machines. They will rot.
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@alisonkatebr It's disappointing to see politicians pretending that skills can be measured by exam results and salary. It doesn't allow for vital soft skills.
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@alexmassie @s8mb I had a low opinion till I began writing Dundee FC's match reports. The pro hacks have to crank out well crafted reports to absurd deadlines & work up banalities from pressers into readable stories. The wonder isn't that it's sometimes done badly, but that it's often done well.
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RT @troyhunt: These password strength testers are idiotic https://t.co/sLbwIq1EGE https://t.co/B4W5Kih9tw
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@KieranPAndrews I used to say that football supporters were treated with contempt by the TV companies and football authorities. Now I'm not sure they even get that level of attention.
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@Richardbishop Other languages are logical. English is just codified chaos with all sorts of weird nuance. That works, but is hard work for foreigners. They think it's bollocks. We think it's the bollocks. ;-)
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@Richardbishop It's the genitive s in the middle of lebensgefahr that confused them. It literally means "life's danger". The genitive indicates possession, so you can usually translate it (clumsily) into English by reversing the order and inserting "of". They botched it in this case though.
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RT @doctor_oxford: Ladies & gentlemen, I give you the Prime Minister. @BorisJohnson’s spin doctors just refused to distance him from the…
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RT @pmdfoster: Read this. I just wonder if we understand what we are getting ourselves into here. https://t.co/QeY8s7zliy
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Apart from the politics this was my life at school in London after we moved there from Stirling. Ireland? Really??? https://t.co/KVczzNRCI0
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@j_amesmarriott "The Anarchy", by @DalrympleWill is a revelation. I knew little of what India was like before the British moved in & its history in the 18th & early 19th centuries, (or little beyond "Clive did it"). Empire nostalgics should read it, but probably won't. https://t.co/503ZS6cX1J
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RT @BBCRadio4: ‘I know he loved me’: @IanWright0 on the man who changed his life – his teacher, Mr Pigden #desertislanddiscs with @laurenla…
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RT @michaelbolton: Breaking the Test Case Addiction (Part 9) https://t.co/NoK2p7784u
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@FionaCCharles Mary & I have known only Labradors. We really can't understand this sort of canine behaviour. If Brodie didn't launch himself at his food we'd take him straight to the vet.
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@JimSpenceSport Remarkable folk indeed. It wasn't just men who suffered. The women back home had a hard time, coping with loss & the need to keep the money coming in. My father told me that Remembrance Day at the Morgan in the 1930s was always incredibly emotional. The women were all in tears.
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@JimSpenceSport It's amazing how so many of that generation who survived were able to go on and lead normal lives.
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Arnold Ridley's gentle, bumbling Private Godfrey from Dad's Army is one of Britain's best loved TV characters. For Ridley himself the reality of war was very different. https://t.co/q3y3Eya8lx
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@deefex True. The same applies to the sense of anticipation that comes with settling down to write a program knowing I'm going to lose myself completely in the code for the next few hours.
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@Matt82B @pointlesslettrs He's never out of our local paper & seldom forgets Greta. The logic is "our contribution is too small, so we shouldn't bother". I've taken this line with HMRC. "My taxes are too small to make a difference to the UK deficit, so I don't think I'll bother". Hasn't worked so far. https://t.co/j1fQ52kfQo
@Matt82B @pointlesslettrs He's never out of our local paper & seldom forgets Greta. The logic is "our contribution is too small, so we shouldn't bother". I've taken this line with HMRC. "My taxes are too small to make a difference to the UK deficit, so I don't think I'll bother". Hasn't worked so far. https://t.co/j1fQ52kfQo
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RT @FoolinInDoolin: This is Doolin harbour. I usually stand by the railing on the end, waiting on my ferry to work on the Aran Island. That…
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