What are we all doing for a living?

From: Chris (CHRISSS)20 Apr 2020 17:04
To: ANT_THOMAS 24 of 166
I sit at a desk twiddling my thumbs all day until something breaks.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)20 Apr 2020 17:36
To: Chris (CHRISSS) 25 of 166
That is dangerously close to um... never mind.
From: Mouse22 Apr 2020 23:13
To: ALL26 of 166
I bought an old job centre building and turned it into a music shop / music teaching studio / music venue. Just coming to the realisation doing all that on my own was a fucking stupid idea so taking in like minded tenants. Got a guy who's built a recording studio so far and was just on the cusp of signing up a guy who produces electronic music but then some shit hit a fan.

After about two decades of umming and ahhing about it I've got all my teaching now working remotely and am currently scrambling with the difference between marketing music lessons to T h e W o r l d as opposed to a 15 mile radius of my building.
EDITED: 22 Apr 2020 23:14 by MOUSE
From: My mum says I'm not a (PSYCHO_GEEZER)23 Apr 2020 00:49
To: ANT_THOMAS 27 of 166
I work for a well known exam board that does both academic and vocational qualifications.  My role is basic customer services; phone calls, emails etc about pretty much anything we do.  It's either a basic question/request that I answer/deal with or something more complicated that I pass on.
From: Serg (NUKKLEAR)23 Apr 2020 09:07
To: ALL28 of 166
I take care of the computer plumbing for a big bank so that they can talk to other big banks and exchanges and customers about buying high and selling low (is that the right way?) really quickly. Basically, I work for The Man.
From: Serg (NUKKLEAR)23 Apr 2020 09:09
To: Lucy (X3N0PH0N) 29 of 166
Also, I spend a little bit of time every now and then reminiscing and wondering what Drew (and IxiPete and lots of others) are up to, so I'm both  (bounce) and  :C that you're around but not totally awesome  (hugleft)
From: Mouse23 Apr 2020 09:16
To: Serg (NUKKLEAR) 30 of 166
I think he's probably still totally awesome. Just totally awesome on disability benefits.
From: Serg (NUKKLEAR)23 Apr 2020 09:21
To: Mouse 31 of 166
This is indeed true, I meant totally awesome situation. My dirty forner bad English  :'C 
From: Lucy (X3N0PH0N)23 Apr 2020 13:03
To: Mouse 32 of 166
From: Manthorp23 Apr 2020 13:20
To: Lucy (X3N0PH0N) 33 of 166
From: Lucy (X3N0PH0N)23 Apr 2020 14:19
To: Manthorp 34 of 166
Rooms are all I know :'S
From: Voltane27 Apr 2020 22:08
To: ALL35 of 166
Worked in IT for a few businesses - last one was being the IT department for a small, private secondary school. Was given loads of extra duties like helping the students produce a 2-hour weekly live radio show.

For the last 3 and-a-bit years I've been at Halfords. Worked my way to bike mechanic - although not had a full head of department so was pretty much doing some of that too for the last 6 months. Wanted the break from IT but not sure if I want to stay where I am, go back to IT, or try something different.
From: andy 4 May 2020 14:55
To: ALL36 of 166
hello everyone! i'm a product manager in integrity at facebook, looking after systems like this to keep fake/abusive accounts at bay. which is good.

things are a bit more complicated than the community hacks back in the day, like when we posted fake 
'reply' links all over the delphi network, tricking people into replying random messages into npcff :'-)
From: milko 4 May 2020 18:04
To: andy 37 of 166

Do you feel like Facebook is like, morally salvageable and all that? I use it a little bit and own an Oculus thing and sometimes wonder if it's all evil, but it gets quite wearying trying to keep on top of that for everything.

God but those days were fun. I don't have nearly the time to be in shenanigans like that anymore. Still, just built a Lego Technic Dodge Charger with my six-year-old, so there's that.
From: andy 4 May 2020 20:02
To: milko 38 of 166
I was verrrrry cynical when I joined (I was an outright critic), but thought worst case it'd look great on my CV for whatever is next, and I'd have some good stories.

But 5 months in I can't see how any of the conspiracy theories are true about Facebook's bad intentions - in fact working in Integrity I see how much effort (10,000s of employees/contractors) and money (billions) is being spent trying to squash any badness.

I haven't quite switched to the "facebook is a force for good" end of the spectrum, but I at least am conscious that the ratio of good:bad news coverage we get doesn't seem to be proportionate to the actual ratio of good:bad things that are enabled because of facebook/instagram/whatsapp. particularly mindful of this at present, as tools like ours are making isolation a little less... isolated!
From: Serg (NUKKLEAR) 4 May 2020 23:48
To: andy 39 of 166
Woah, blast from the past! Nice to hear all's good!
From: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 5 May 2020 09:43
To: andy 40 of 166
> But 5 months in I can't see...

So you're currently around OT level II...?

From: andy 5 May 2020 11:18
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 41 of 166
From: Mikee 6 May 2020 09:13
To: ANT_THOMAS 42 of 166
Principal Software Engineer for large betting company.
From: ANT_THOMAS 6 May 2020 09:42
To: andy 43 of 166
Doesn't surprise me that someone on here has ended up with a job at Facebook.

I'll always have mixed feelings about Facebook and the related empire. I find how much control they have (or can be harnessed) as very worrying.

I've always generally been fairly comfortable with my data being the currency. Will I pay cash money for access to a social network? Nope. And at the end of the day things cost money to run.

Facebook were right place, right time and got the critical mass to make them dominate the market.

I'd say my biggest issue was them buying Instagram and WhatsApp.