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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: March 04, 2021, 11:54:02 AM »
Surely the Whoís Been Cancelled?? thread at the moment should be worthy of a mention on here?

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General discussion / Re: James McClean
« on: February 16, 2021, 10:53:00 AM »
Perhaps it is how he comes across that is the problem, not necessarily what he is saying?

Had he been an English international playing for a top 6 team, this sort of thing would be making the front pages and you could rest assured that the FA and police would have had it sorted.  Itís the media picking and choosing who they want to depict as ďvictimsĒ and ďvillainsĒ depending on their own skewed narrative.

Regarding his ďhistory lessonĒ balaclava example, although it was a tongue in cheek joke, the truth of the matter is men patrolled the streets of N. Ireland wearing balaclavas on a daily basis.  Balaclavas are associated with paramilitaries and how the media wanted to spin that story was down to them.

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General discussion / Re: What's your relationship with alcohol?
« on: February 15, 2021, 11:33:16 AM »
Interesting read in the IN about the young lad from Watty Grahams, Ciaran McCloy;

https://www.irishnews.com/sport/gaafootball/2021/02/15/news/ciaran-mccloy-2220581/


It's a pretty common story in Ireland sadly as we culturally have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol especially at too young of an age. Most come through those years unscathed but a lot don't.

Not sure tbh, but drugs are everywhere now, it wasn't like back in my younger days, I listen to younger lads at work(from all over rural and towns) talk about cocaine as if its a daily normal occurrence, id be worried that it will be accepted by the next generation as normal behaviour

Would you say it's a more visible problem in towns and cities like Derry or Belfast?  Maghera is obviously a town too, but I would say there are no shortage of drugs in rural areas and rural GAA clubs - but it possibly wouldn't be as evident.

I had a similar journey in my late teens early 20s, still live with it somewhat. Its a major problem, drugs is a growing monster

A very good read and best of luck to that lad, not an easy thing to admit at that age, but a great step towards staying sober. 
When I think back to my own days at that age, most nights out were usually heavy and if I was to list of the stuff I drank on a single night out I would probably shock myself now. 

Personally, with alcohol, I view the social aspect of it as the reason I drink, meeting up with friends every few weekends to catch up, watching sport at a bar or whatever.  I never could understand how people view packing into a cubicle to sniff coke off a toilet seat as sociable, or indeed what they get out of it at the end of it all. 

Drugs is a growing monster and it is as casual to get a bag of cocaine as it is a pint, thatís the sad reality of it all. 

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General discussion / Re: Career Change
« on: February 09, 2021, 12:40:23 PM »
Hi folks.

I'm coming to the end of a 3 year part time masters course in Software development, to enable me to change careers. I work for a large firm in Belfast and spoke with my current employer about changing roles from an operations type role to a dev role. I was told that this would be supported but has recently been pulled and told that the role available would be more a BA type role, while keeping some of my own current responsibilities. My initial thoughts are that this is not the way to go as I am more interesting in dev/coding and want to gain experience here ASAP. They are selling the fact that I would be able to keep my current salary and would gain more exposure to the dev team and therefore help a transition in 12-18 months if I decided to go that way. Wondering what the starting salary for junior devs would be if anyone has any info that would be helpful, so I can weigh up my options?
Thanks

Not sure on the junior dev salary in Belfast but you'd be wasting 12-18 months of your career sticking with the role they offered. You need to be writing code in real world delivery/best practice rather than doing coding problems and tutorials.

Yeah - I was thinking this myself, I am really keen to start learning in a professional setting as soon as possible, and as Ethan mentioned I really want to find a role that will help develop my skills.

Is there anywhere that you and Ethan would avoid in terms of churning out the same stuff week in week out? Also, anywhere you would recommend for a strong learning and development culture?

On another topic, any React-Native developers on here? I am trying to create an app which will use some image processing, I was going to use Open CV, but this requires Native Modules and the code to to written in Objective-C, feel like I have bitten off more than I can chew for my final project.

Stay away from Digital Agencies that create websites and are trying to claw in new business week in week out.  I worked for one and you were making Wordpress sites every week, your brain turns to much fairly fast. 

My only advise would be to look for a business that is creating/building products, rather than selling services.  A SAAS type business is what you are after.  Where they have their own software, they are constantly working at it and innovating. 

With the pandemic, remote working is a given so look further afield to the UK also, donít limit yourself to Ireland. 

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General discussion / Re: Career Change
« on: February 08, 2021, 02:18:32 PM »
Hi folks.

I'm coming to the end of a 3 year part time masters course in Software development, to enable me to change careers. I work for a large firm in Belfast and spoke with my current employer about changing roles from an operations type role to a dev role. I was told that this would be supported but has recently been pulled and told that the role available would be more a BA type role, while keeping some of my own current responsibilities. My initial thoughts are that this is not the way to go as I am more interesting in dev/coding and want to gain experience here ASAP. They are selling the fact that I would be able to keep my current salary and would gain more exposure to the dev team and therefore help a transition in 12-18 months if I decided to go that way. Wondering what the starting salary for junior devs would be if anyone has any info that would be helpful, so I can weigh up my options?
Thanks

Depends on the software house you may be going to? Some of the smaller software houses that deal in web development would offer anything from the late teens into the early 20ís but nothing more. 

I would be looking down the line and assessing where you want to be in 5 or 10 years.  Getting into the right company is more important than anything in my opinion also.  You might land a job where you are learning nothing at all and churning out the same shit every week making the business money but not furthering your own growth. 

Some of those larger businesses, although very corporate, have a good internal path for growth, other businesses you will find you may hit your limit fairly fast. 

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General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: February 04, 2021, 11:20:48 AM »
As an aside, does anyone spend half their time on imdb these days when watching somethin?

Its as much "what was yer man in" as watchin the actual series/film....damm you imdb to hell

Yes, it is just as important as the watching itself

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: January 29, 2021, 02:46:46 PM »
I wouldnít have been Lingardís biggest fan either, ability wise, he just isnít there.  Iím sure he will have big regrets over leaving but ultimately that was down to him.  Kind of reminiscent of Phil Neville, a good servant, but limited to a role as a squad player. 

He has an opportunity to salvage his career elsewhere, hopefully he realises that. 

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General discussion / Re: Eating Habits
« on: January 28, 2021, 12:00:28 PM »
I am all for shopping locally, but at the end of the day the price is going to be the deciding factor in where I buy my groceries. 

I would have shopped in my local supermarket for years, then I tried Sainsburys and bought the same items and the price difference was roughly £15 - £20.  Over the course of the year that accrues to some saving like. 

I do have a distain for the big supermarkets and how they capture your data and analyse it to market you better, and also how they create their own branded products based off of what people are purchasing, they are trying to monopolise the food industry in that regard.  But, as the main breadwinner in my family, I have to do what is financially best for my family. 

I have a friend who is a butcher and I will always give him a turn though, even though I know I could get, say a box of chicken for £7 cheaper elsewhere, that would be a concession of mine. 

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General discussion / Re: Eating Habits
« on: January 27, 2021, 11:08:24 AM »
I have started to adopt a more veganism diet with some slight changes to the norm.  Oat/Soy milk has replaced regular milk and I canít tell the difference as I gather the flavour of my tea/coffee/porridge from them themselves. 

I have tried quorn mince on lasagne/bolognaise and again the main taste is coming from the sauces and veg contained within.
I like the idea of cutting down on red meats when I can, but meat will forever be a feature of my diet, I am content with the small changes I have made so far as they donít impact me. 

On the topic of eating habits themselves, the majority of my colleagues in work eat food dictated by their tastebuds and its often pure rubbish.  One guy would eat chips everyday for lunch (one time we shared a bus into work and he was wolfing down a burger king at 8.30 in the morning), another would resort to eating pot noodles (he is 35) out of laziness and the majority would horse a few cans of fizzy juice into them everyday and about 4-5 coffeeís. 

They look at me with astonishment/disdain that I would happily eat the same lunch for the week (I meal prep on a Sunday to free up my evenings during the week) but to me thatís standard.

I cant fathom how grown adults canít create proper lunches on a regular basis.   

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: January 25, 2021, 04:53:23 PM »
Iím not sure, I canít say I know anymore about him other than my own interaction and his comical take on the law thatís being played out over the news. 
Given his tone and mannerisms towards the judge, you can surly expect near maximum fines to be sent in his direction.   

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: January 25, 2021, 04:25:42 PM »
I had dealings with this guy back in September time when I went to buy some gym equipment.  He was an awful w**ker to deal with, me asking genuine questions about purchasing some gear costing around a grand, him giving me 1 word responses slurping down a coffee. 

He is making an awful twat out of himself now

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General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: January 25, 2021, 11:51:36 AM »
If it was Shane Lowry with the same achievements heíd be the best ever but because itís McIlroy people donít like to admit that heís the best Irish sportsperson.

Spot on that.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: January 25, 2021, 09:14:49 AM »
Some sloppy defending by Liverpool for those goals by its shows the class that United capitalise on other teams errors.  Mentally a huge win for United. 
Anytime Rashford got the ball he looked like he was going to do something good with it, had a standout game yesterday as did Pogba. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: Jim McGuiness - 10 Years On
« on: January 20, 2021, 01:22:48 PM »
Unless he gets back into management, he will be defined as the manager who introduced the ultra defensive counter attacking tactics that plagues our game today. 

Essentially, he set out to win an All Ireland, achieved that and turned a mediocre team into consistent contenders for the past decade, so I would say his legacy outreaches his tenure as manager. 

But again, it would be interesting to see if he can repeat his turnaround with Donegal elsewhere.  In a sense similar to Harte now at Louth, it will be interesting to see how a top manager works out on a different playing field, different backing, different players etc. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: Division one 2021
« on: January 19, 2021, 02:39:58 PM »
Is there much hope for clubs?

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