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December 02, 2005

Developers at universities

Intrigued to see an advert from Nottingham University in the Guardian yesterday. They want two team leaders, one for their portal project and one for their insitution-wide CMS project. It's great to see adverts from other universities for web developers, especially when they seem to be thinking along similar architectural and technology lines to us – it's kind of reassuring.

But what struck me as curious is that the team leader for the CMS would be responsible for five staff; the portal team leader for seven. So there are more people working on the gateway to content and services than there are on the content and services! And I'm also not sure that I get why you'd want two separate teams to work in these areas; wouldn't you want the applications to inter-operate so closely that you'd be better developing them under one leader/architect?

The Stella Awards

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Via Popbitch: The Stella Awards are named after 81-year old Stella Liebeck, who spilled coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonalds for millions.

This year's runners up are:-

  • Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas. Won $14,500 after being bitten on the arse by his neighbour's beagle. Mr Williams was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun at the time.

  • Amber Carson was paid $113,500 by a Philadelphia restaurant after she broke her back from slipping on a soft drink… which she had just thrown at her boyfriend.

  • Kara Walton of Delaware sued a nightclub and won $12,000 after falling from a bathroom window and knocking out her two front teeth. This occurred while Ms Walton was trying to sneak through the window in the ladies room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge.

But the winner is:-

  • Mrs Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma who purchased a brand new 32-foot Winnebago. On her first trip, she drove on the freeway, set the cruise control at 70 mph and went out back to make a sandwich. She crashed. Then sued for the manual not advising her not to do this. The jury awarded her $1,750,000 plus a new motor home. The company then changed their manuals on the basis of this suit.

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