27 posts • joined Wednesday 6th February 2008 19:14 GMT
Re: Benefits keep going up.
>You can see spending accelerating under the last government and dropping back to 1988 levels in 2012 (we have a way to go until the pre boom levels of 1997).<
You seem to have fallen for the traditional right-wing trap of thinking that all government spending is wrong. Many people including myself think that a high level of spending (on the 'right' things) is much to be preferred.
>Disability benefits have risen from £26 Billion in 2007 to 32 Billion in 2012 which seems a little quick. if you think Britain has got 20% sicker in 5 years then fine, if not then checking if people are swinging the lead or suppliers aren't ripping us seems a sensible move. Its probably being done badly , most government initiatives are.<
I don't remember the date that it changed, but when the previous government put a 6 month limit on basic unemployment benefit it forced a lot of people who couldn't find work that paid a living wage into claiming that they were disabled. The policy did what it was cynically intended to do (lower official unemployment figures) but did nothing to solve the underlying problem.
>Note tax credits nearly doubled over a similar period.<
Probably because most of the 'new, private sector' jobs that the current government is relying on to bring us out of recession are part-time ones that no-one can survive on - and which don't bring in the tax/NI that the government needs to pay for things. It's a vicious circle created by morons who think that an entire country can be run on the same basis as a small business.
>and all those vicious NHS cuts have resulted in a 20% rise in NHS costs,<
Cuts usually do result in higher costs elsewhere, but it's OK because that money goes to outside ' business consultants' rather than being spent on those depressing unwell plebs....
>Look at the other figures for expenditure, note everything peaked in 2010 despite the fact we knew the bubble was bursting.<
And yet borrowing has increased enormously under the Tories - how do you reconcile that?
>Call Me Dave is not a great world leader but compared to the alternatives he is probably the only choice for the squeezed middle.<
Sounds like you're suffering from Stokholm Syndrome to me.
>Can you imagine the two Ed's in charge?<
Yes, I can. And I think their sympathies for the less wealthy would have resulted in a much less unpleasant situation right now.
> Why not get Nick Leeson to run the economy, oh sorry their party did deregulate so he could break the bank.<
Hmmm... I'd be very surprised if he wasn't a Tory supporter, wouldn't you? And the Tories had consistently argued that there was still too much red tape, and that deregulation didn't go far enough.
Yep, the company I worked for a few years back migrated from Exchange to Domino. They were US-owned, though (where Lotus is much more common) and we were in bed with IBM for all hardware from PCs to mainframes, so that might explain it.
I still hate Domino/Notes, though....
Re: It's not what you know....
He also, if I recall, appeared in Kate's video for Experiment IV many, many years ago - alongside Hugh Laurie & French & Saunders.
Re: "initial ten year term"
"Is anyone aware of any big outsourcing deal that has ever actually worked? Genuinely curious here."
I work for one of the big outsourcing companies, and no - I've never seen one that worked either. Beaurocracy that puts the public sector to shame, internal charging & so many different departments involved to do a simple job that it's ridiculous. It's no wonder insurance premiums are so high....
I used to live in an area that had a small wooded area 100 yards or so from my house, in the middle of a large housing estate; the only reason it hadn't been built on was because it was a conservation area, a pond in the centre of it was the only home in the UK to a particular breed of newt.
My cat developed a habit of catching these newts and leaving them (usually in pieces) around the house. In the last 2 years I lived there, though, no newts were brought home. I honestly believe that she single-handedly wiped out the entire species...
I've had to uninstall this POS software from several customer PCs simply because it slows them to a crawl - even a recent quad-core machine was almost unusable. Once the software was removed it felt like a new PC.
Drop funding for Media Studies, American Studies, and all the other crap that no-one really needs, and which really exist as courses only to reduce the unemployment figures. Provide free tuition in science, engineering andother subject that will benefit the country. Raise the bar so that not everyone can get a degree without reasonable effort, so that degrees aren't devalued in the way they currently are.
OK, fewer people will have letters after their name, but they can still get the same jobs they would have done with the nonsense degree - because they're rarely relevant to any real job anyway.
This wouldn't help my wife...
... who IS legally blind (partially sighted, can only see blurred outlines etc).
unfortunately she has the attitude that the car drivers will see her even if she can't see them, so steps into the road oblivious of what's coming. She's been run over 7 times now (didn't say she was a quick learner, did I?)
A related, but funnier, story is about the time she flagged down a fire engine thinking it was a bus....
Re:The net should be neutral, ISPs need to start charging by usage
That's the way it used to be, but as soon as Demon introduced fixed monthly fees it quickly became obvious that that was what the public wanted - so all other ISPs followed suit.
>Being above the atmosphere seems a bit of a misnomer I mean you can do that in a conventional airliner...<
Really? Wouldn't you need the atmosphere for the engines of any airliner I'm aware of to work....?
Am I missing something here?
If they didn't nurse their young, what makes them mammals? (or even proto-mammals?)
Surely the defining aspect of all mammals is the presence of mammary glands, which in non-human species is only ever used for nursing the young.
We, of course, have evolved to produce Paris and her ilk....
For all those calling Windows a Shell...
...how exactly does that differ from the GUIs in use on Linux?
Who's to blame?
Whenever data gets lost the knee-jerk reaction is to blame 'the government'; but just who is this government? Correct me if I'm wrong, but have any of these losses been down to an elected official? I'm pretty sure that most/all of them have been the fault of the civil service or private companies, both of whom would still be there even if the elected government was changed tomorrow!
That's not to say that I agree with the totalitarian databases being banded around at the moment, and the risks involved do scare me silly. But let's put the blame for the ideas, and the current losses, at the right doors please.
I'd like to see him sue the US Military...
Remember that is the country where burglars can successfully sue you if the fall down the stairs while stealing your valuables...
Surely there must be similar grounds when files are left on unprotected servers just waiting for you to trip over them?
Atom wasn't the first...
I think you'll find they marketed a simple single-board computer with an LED display & hexpad for program entry before the Atom. I seem to recall it being called System 5, which suggests there might have been 4 earlier versions too, but my memory might be playing tricks on that front...
>A low risk Linux virus dated 2001, is that the best you could do? That's what
you consider "proof" that Linux is susceptible to viruses? What a joke!<
Any OS is susceptible to viruses, but until usage of an OS reaches levels capable of bringing in the profit they desire, most virus writers won't target it. I've always suspected that most of the 'nuisance' (as opposed to criminal) viruses out there are written by Linux users with a toolkit anyway...
And yes, I do know Linux quite well. I've been using various flavours of Unix professionally since the early 1990's, as well as Macs from an early stage. I have no doubt that should I be so inclined I could write a virus for any of them. Fortunately I'm not that antisocial! ;-)
>A really picturesque concept, but about as realistic as expecting to heat your home by lighting your farts.<
My wife is vegetarian; I think that this would be a perfectly feasible solution.
>Well I've had IBM ThinkPads (renewed ever couple of years) for the last 12 years or so and have loved their robustness and quality. However, I wont be buying anything labelled "Lenovo" whatever services they bundle onto it.<
Even though it's the same company that actually manufactured your previous machines that you're perfectly happy with? It's a badge, nothing more.
The advantages of Open Source?
>YaST needs to die, it is bloated and buggy and a steaming pile of crap!<
Surely the main argument put forward for the 'superiority' of open source is that any bugs will be found by thousands of development peers, and put right before anyone notices?
>I think the plan is to create embryos with human chromosomes (where most of >the DNA lives) and cow mitochondria. I have yet to read anything that tells me >the advantages of such embryos.
The only advantage is that they exist. If a good supply of genuine human eggs was available, then no-one would be contemplating complicated and expensive procedures like this, which won't produce 100% accurate results (but which will hopefully prove close enough to be worthwhile).
If you pay peanuts...
...you get PCW staff.
Seriously, anyone with the level of knowledge we'd like to see working there would demand so high a salary as to be untenable in a retail chain-store environment. Their staff don't earn significantly more than the Tesco checkout operators - would YOU work for that sort of money?
And that's why these places (not just PCW) will die out, to be replaced by special offers in the local supermarket and online purchases for everything else.
>It's one thing to sell computers by the truck load (and Apple sure are doing that lately) but then to be there if they go wrong is the sign of a really great company.<
Really? I thought it was just a legal (and moral) obligation. For the 1st 12 months at least...
A to B to A?
I was fairly happy with my Talktalk connection, but wanted to move house - just 2 miles down the road. The owners of the new house were also on Talktalk. You'd think it would be fairly simple for me to take over the new connection? No. Both I & the other guy had to 'surrender' our line to BT, then ask BT to connect me at a cost of £125. Then, if I wanted, I could switch to Talktalk or another ISP - but I'd have to pay a penalty charge for only having the line a short time....
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