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  #2381508 26-Dec-2019 17:39
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freitasm: Buying a brand new laptop with the latest Intel 10th Gen chipset to find out it comes with Windows 1903 - almost a year after it was released and having to update to Windows 1909 out of the box.

 

 

 

Wow. Windows really is old!






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  #2381527 26-Dec-2019 20:07
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Geektastic:

 

freitasm: Buying a brand new laptop with the latest Intel 10th Gen chipset to find out it comes with Windows 1903 - almost a year after it was released and having to update to Windows 1909 out of the box.

 

Wow. Windows really is old!

 

 

I got a much more recent version. Windows 98.


 
 
 
 


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  #2381937 27-Dec-2019 18:54
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https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/118442930/woman-awarded-3k-in-damages-after-bad-job-reference-breached-privacy

I really hope there is more to this story than being reported. On the face of it, it looks like if you don't like the reference someone gives you, take them to court and get money from them.

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The size of webpages these days.

 

 

 

Stuff.co.nz is 23MB when I download it - mostly large images.... whatever happened to optimisation for mobile devices....


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  #2382367 29-Dec-2019 10:27
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Ge0rge: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/118442930/woman-awarded-3k-in-damages-after-bad-job-reference-breached-privacy

I really hope there is more to this story than being reported. On the face of it, it looks like if you don't like the reference someone gives you, take them to court and get money from them.

 

From what I read of a skim read of the case, the issue was the woman gave the name and phone number of Person A for a reference, but when the new company called that phone number, Person B answered as Person A wasn't available. It was the fact Person B gave the bad reference was the issue.

 

Correct me if I'm wrong.


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  #2382412 29-Dec-2019 12:01
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I'm not suggesting the "I'd sue grandma for a dollar" Americans are correct. However American business, with more than a handful of employees, don't give recommendations. They will only give three facts: date of hire, job title, date of termination.

Often anyone in HR and answering the phones will be explicitly told giving a recommendation is a serious offense. If the boss does give you a recommendation, it's considered a big favor, and you're expected to be discreet.

Even though libel and slander lawsuits almost always fail, in American courts, the hassle of just defending yourself usually goes into the few thousands, plus all the lost time.

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  #2382490 29-Dec-2019 14:00
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kingdragonfly: I'm not suggesting the "I'd sue grandma for a dollar" Americans are correct. However American business, with more than a handful of employees, don't give recommendations. They will only give three facts: date of hire, job title, date of termination.

Often anyone in HR and answering the phones will be explicitly told giving a recommendation is a serious offense. If the boss does give you a recommendation, it's considered a big favor, and you're expected to be discreet.

Even though libel and slander lawsuits almost always fail, in American courts, the hassle of just defending yourself usually goes into the few thousands, plus all the lost time.

 

 

 

It is the same in the UK. You'll never get much information in a corporate reference because the HR dept will get sued for affecting someone's job prospects. A typical reference would pretty much say "I can confirm that Fred Bloggs has been an employee of this company since X and that his performance has been satisfactory."

 

Managers are trained not to answer direct reference approaches other than by referring the caller to HR and also never to hire people direct - all hiring and firing is done by HR. A signed staffing request initiates the advertising etc and HR will usually be present at an interview too.






 
 
 
 


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  #2382755 30-Dec-2019 09:54
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Replacing the OEM stereo head unit in my 2009 Hyundai Tucson is not as straightforward as expected.
The old head unit needed special tools to remove it without disassembling the console.
The console has space for a double DIN unit but has features that would require cutting or replacing it. Stayed with single DIN instead.
The new head unit can’t be secured in the existing cage.
There isn’t an easy connection to secure the new cage after removing the old one.
The harness in the car has 3 plugs, 2 of which are the ISO standard (amazing) and the third has functions not used.
The stereo does not retain settings after power off, so despite having the ISO plugs the wiring red/yellow wiring may be the wrong way in the car, but additional checks will be needed before switching them.
Can’t find anything online confirming the wiring of the constant/ignition wired (red/yellow).
The new harness has plugs permitting me to crossover the red/yellow wires, but the plugs are not simple pull-to-unplug.

Despite all these problems I’m sure it’s still a lot easier than it was 20 years ago.




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  #2382917 30-Dec-2019 13:25
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With every economy related article on Stuff the only economist mentioned is this Shamubeel guy.

 

Pretty sure there is more than one economist in NZ :)

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/117990184/renting-in-auckland-experts-warn-it-could-get-worse-in-2020


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  #2382923 30-Dec-2019 13:32
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Shadowfoot: Replacing the OEM stereo head unit in my 2009 Hyundai Tucson is not as straightforward as expected.
The old head unit needed special tools to remove it without disassembling the console.
The console has space for a double DIN unit but has features that would require cutting or replacing it. Stayed with single DIN instead.
The new head unit can’t be secured in the existing cage.
There isn’t an easy connection to secure the new cage after removing the old one.
The harness in the car has 3 plugs, 2 of which are the ISO standard (amazing) and the third has functions not used.
The stereo does not retain settings after power off, so despite having the ISO plugs the wiring red/yellow wiring may be the wrong way in the car, but additional checks will be needed before switching them.
Can’t find anything online confirming the wiring of the constant/ignition wired (red/yellow).
The new harness has plugs permitting me to crossover the red/yellow wires, but the plugs are not simple pull-to-unplug.

Despite all these problems I’m sure it’s still a lot easier than it was 20 years ago.

But all good apart from that?




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  #2382924 30-Dec-2019 13:36
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I need to vent about the sheer uselessness of NZ Post / Courier Post.

 

I parcel I was waiting for was supposed to be delivered today. Instead I got a card to call because a signature is required. Checking the NZ Post tracking app, it says "signature not required". But the NZ Post website tracker tells me "Signature required"! Bloody annoying because if the app had given accurate information I could have made arrangements for the delivery! This is not even the first time this has happened. The last time it happened I called NZ Post and asked for a redelivery and could they just leave it in the box. I was told no, it is signature required. I said I was happy to waive the signature requirement. I was told no, signature required - only the person sending the package could waive the signature. I explained that I paid for the package via trademe and since it's my dollar, I wanted to waive the signature. No, I was told. Signature reqiured. I explained again that the app gave conflicting information and that this was not helpful. No, signature required. The lady on the phone just kept repeating the "computer says no" routine so I gave up.

 

This time I thought I'd avoid that rigmarole by simply sending a complaint via the website and accepting that I'll have to wait for the package to turn up in its own sweet time. Which is how NZ Post tends to work.

 

Problem #1: the field where you describe your problem has a low character limit and I could only articulate that the tracking information differed and please email me for full information. Absolutely stupid.

 

Problem #2: the form allows you to upload images. I attempted to upload a section of a screenshot from the website and another screenshot from the tracking app. It accepted the website screenshot just fine. The app screenshot simply did not uploaded. No explanation, no error message, just nothing. I tried compressing the file even though the file size was already very small. No dice. I tried uploading other images on my desktop. They worked fine! I decided to reduce the pixel dimensions of the screenshot and it uploaded fine! So the NZ Post website allows you to upload files but has a limit on the X/Y resolution of an image - nothing to do with the size of the file. Absolutely bloody stupid!

 

I promptly received an email back within minutes asking for the tracking number. Surprisingly swift reaction time! The tracking number was on the screenshots and I would've included it in the body of the complaint if it had given me the room. It's... almost as if the form needs a separate field for the tracking number! Who woulda thought!

 

I don't understand why any of these problems even occur in the first place. It's nearly 2020! We have cars that drive themselves! We actually have jetpacks! Ok, one guy has a jetpack. Surgeons can carry out surgery over the internet! But NZ Post can't get its sh*& together! Maybe I shouldn't be surprised because if anyone was going to defy expectations of how absolutely f*&^%&* useless customer service could get, it was going to be NZ Post.

 

I feel slightly better now. I don't expect a further reply for a while.

 

 


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  #2382978 30-Dec-2019 17:19
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Geektastic:

 

kingdragonfly: I'm not suggesting the "I'd sue grandma for a dollar" Americans are correct. However American business, with more than a handful of employees, don't give recommendations. They will only give three facts: date of hire, job title, date of termination.

Often anyone in HR and answering the phones will be explicitly told giving a recommendation is a serious offense. If the boss does give you a recommendation, it's considered a big favor, and you're expected to be discreet.

Even though libel and slander lawsuits almost always fail, in American courts, the hassle of just defending yourself usually goes into the few thousands, plus all the lost time.

 

 

 

It is the same in the UK. You'll never get much information in a corporate reference because the HR dept will get sued for affecting someone's job prospects. A typical reference would pretty much say "I can confirm that Fred Bloggs has been an employee of this company since X and that his performance has been satisfactory."

 

Managers are trained not to answer direct reference approaches other than by referring the caller to HR and also never to hire people direct - all hiring and firing is done by HR. A signed staffing request initiates the advertising etc and HR will usually be present at an interview too.

 

 

 

 

I forgot to add that I much prefer this.

 

 

 

If you leave because you had a massive personality clash with your boss, if references cannot be done by the person who caused you the problem, it is much fairer I think - otherwise that person can interfere with your career from beyond the grave, as it were.






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  #2382989 30-Dec-2019 18:03
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Further to my NZ Post moan, I got this reply:

 

 I have followed up with our Web Production team and they are aware of the issue. They are advising to use the website for now until the app is fixed as the website is better supported and more trustworthy at this time. 

 

Lol, yeah no kidding! 😅 NZ Post app, worthless junk! Even NZ Post admits it!

 

 


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  #2382991 30-Dec-2019 18:13
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Other things that are pissing me off today:

 

Nvidia insisting that I log in just to download drivers. I mean, I gave them my junk email address but it's still a nuisance because the software keeps logging me out.

 

Briscoes Click and Collect uselessness.

 

Supermarkets. I should be allowed to mount long spikes Mad Max style to the front of my trolley. Anyone that gets in my way gets skewered!

 

People trying to reverse into a carpark when they are clearly hopeless at reversing. I watched this guy reverse into a carpark today and then he drove straight out and found another spot and parked front in. I stopped and waited while another guy took several goes at straightening up as he reversed into another spot. Even when he was straight he was still parked over to one side of the spot. Before xmas I watched a woman try to reverse into a spot - she was driving an SUV way too big for her and she clearly lacked the confidence to reverse into the carpark. I did a lap of the carpark and when I came back, I found that she'd given up and had decided to go front in to a parking spot but approached it on a 45 degree angle and never tried to straighten up at any point. So the running board on the left of the vehicle was hard up against a big concrete pillar. You don't actually need to be able to properly maneuver a vehicle to get a licence!


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  #2383549 31-Dec-2019 23:17
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I told a friend my new year's resolution (5120x2880) and he said "I don't get it". I need better friends!


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