485 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 17:13 GMT
RBS head office is in Scotland along with the jobs. Wasn't talking about the customers, do please learn to read!
Our unelected leader at the time was Scottish, go figure. .....
Last time I looked that's how capitalism works. The reality is that the bank could have been sold without taxpayer intervention but it would have been the end of the bank and a lot of jobs in Scotland would be lost.
Instead the monster was kept alive because it would have become very apparent in the unwinding that the various regulatory bodies had screwed the pooch and the damage to the public would have been a guaranteed election defeat if it had been let go.
Given the banking guarantee on savings from the government only the wealthy depositors faced losses, the average customer was fine and well protected.
Letting it die would have sent a strong message to the others but now they are all to big to fail is business as usual.
They should have been left to fail, the only reason they got bailed out was to appease the Scottish Thanks to the failed bean counter Brown.
Now the tax payer is left to shore up a dying mess of a bank which should have been killed off when it went tits up.
@ anonymous cletus Re: This will freak my Brit friends
"You have to put most of the bullets into the man sized silhouette B-27 target."
I guess the term "watch your background" never made it onto the training course if its only most of the bullets.
Not sure how you marry up proper firearm control with missing the target!
Re: Ever been close to a Heli?
I was wondering that as well, was on a mountain in Austria last week and the medivac helicopter gave a real ice blasting as it took off.
In an urban environment how much FOD is going to be turned into either a projectile or end up in the rotors?
My Android Chatter App
Updated yesterday and is now called salesforce1
A slightly different screen but fundamentaly as bad as it was before.
Re: Couple of points
Of course it never comes down to the minor issue that maybe you all just where not very good at sports?
I say this as someone who is both a geek and who has decent enough motor skills to be good at sports, my head of P.E was an inspirational man who was both intelligent and driven by a purpose to see us do well.
It is of course purely anecdotal but the vast majority of IT people are what we refer to lovingly as "motor morons" and never did well at sports involving strength, speed and coordination. Primarily this was down to a lack of practice.
Unfortunately Matt under the Immigration Act 2006 you actually have to verify everyone, particularly with regards to employment so as not to discriminate.
The only way that Landlords can comply without risking a charge of discrimination is to check everyone, and then repeat the checks every 12 months to ensure the person still has the right to stay in the UK.
And that's before you consider secure document storage as colour copies of passports and leave to remain paperwork are valuable in themselves for identity theft.
I would suggest that until you have personally had to deal with the system and the amount of crap involved with remaining compliant your opinion based on your singular personal experience has little value.
knocking juan out for satan
"I am a young Holy Man who is beginning my mission to change the world and toss off the devil."
Nice to see that he is helping Satan to stave of RSI and blindness!
Paris, she has been know to punch the Spaniard.....
Someone let Cletus use the magic interwebs box thingy.
Stick to banjos and inbreeding my friend.
Lets ask PIPCU
to shut down a well known search engine which profits from advertising whilst letting you look for torrents.
If they are struggling to find it they can always use Google.........
As an English Taxpayer
I would happily vote for independence for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
It would likely equate to a 50% tax cut as a result.
Whats not to like?
the value of investments
can go down as well as up.
And if you purchased RIM and did even the most basic of due dilligence you knew it was a very risky bet.
Two rules to follow, firstly do not risk thy whole wad and secondly buy on the way up, not on the way down!
music industry pulls figures on cost of piracy from the arse of a magic elephant.
Re: Time to celebrate
It was more of a historical reference to the times when Kings and Queens threw lavish banquets to celebrate a victory.
What better way to celebrate another successful report that underpins many of the taxes currently wrecking our economy with a cook out on the very things said to be killing us, the Zebra was just a handy add in to wind up the tree hugging soya latte fuelled eco mentalists.
Re: Please excuse this OT comment...
Well I read the link, that's 10 minutes I won't get back.
I suspect you where moderated to protect you from ridicule rather than for the content of the post.
Time to celebrate
by roasting a zebra over a pyre of tyres and fridges.
Re: "The presence of Michael, Franklin and Lester,"
Michael and Franklin plan the bank jobs whilst Lester creates the diversions by blowing up some wind farms and strangling a couple of penguins.
Re: OK, so....
It's ok, they are aware and will call you shortly. .......
Good old feminist outrage. .
The reality is if the ladies are going to wear low cut tops and other revealing clothes then they are doing it to be looked at.
Not sure you need an app to record those moments but as Ms Gritpants points out, it swings both ways.
It's always amused me that the same feminists who complain about this also complain the burka is repressive to women and they should not cover up. It's akin the impossible question "does my bum look big in this? "
Re: The engine
It really comes down to the weight of the car.
The original 205 gti was a flimsy tin can, the modern variants are a lot more robust and typically a lot heavier, consequently a smaller, turbo engine is going to have to be seriously thrashed to get the performance returns.
My Lotus Elan is a 1.6 Turbo but probably weighs half what the 208 weighs, consequently its quicker but I don't have to hammer it to get the performance from it in the same way you do with a modern hot hatch.
On the subject of what happens when you turn the engine off, with every car I have owned I have always let them run for a period when I finish a journey before switching off, turbo or not, especially with the older cars as the temperature of the engine moved around all over the place.
Re: Ah Memories
many fond memories of my 205 1.9 GTI.
Took it to the Alps regularly in the winter, great fun on mountain roads, an easy drive down the autoroute and batshit mental when you needed it to be.
As my Mum lived in the country I used to love popping down for visits, a proper car with none of the electronic gizmo stuff attached to it. You could even pop out the fuse on the ABS to make it more fun in the snow.
Disaster recovery 101
For the customer support team remember to buy in your services from an external provider so when the stuff you flog goes pop you can still answer the phones!
Why are they being given chances?
I dont get this, they have now been caught twice on two seperate contracts committing fraud.
Surely thats a material breach of the contract and it can be terminated without compensation?
Re: How long the data is held.
Did you file a subject access request for all the records?
If not do so and specify storage in all media forms and see what you get.
Or the balsamic terrorists they can ruin a North London dinner party. ......
This man made climate change which is making our oceans rise and means we will all be underwater shortly is also responsible for making the ocean levels fall meaning we wont be under water as rapidly as the doom mongers suggest?
The hippies are not going to like that, its enough to put them off there organic soya milk decaff latte's.
Whichever way it goes I am sure the government of the day will find a way of taxing us to help solve the problem.
Re: No perp??? @andyC
More than 1 per week, thats in excess of 52 murders per year of women as a result of domestic violence.
The ONS publish very comprehensive statistics on cause of death and in particular causes of death following police contact. Of the 21 deaths recorded in these stats 9 where classified as "domestic"
Do you have any published stats to counter the argument?
Re: No perp???
"Hardly a week goes by without a victim of Domestic Violence winding up dead. Most of them were already known to the police. Most of the perpetrators already had restraining Orders against them."
Do you have any evidence to back that up or are you just regurgitating the myths spewed out by wimmins aid and the like?
Domestic violence is a serious crime but de valuing it with made up stats and other bollocks does nothing to help the true victims.
We may be blaming Obama too soon on this
It was only a few months ago that Treasonous May the home secretary was spouting that we needed the latest incarnation of IMP to store all the data to help prevent terrorist acts like the murder of Lee Rigby.
Then Snowden threw her under the bus with the revelation that GCHQ where already doing exactly this with an extremely flexible interpretation of UK law and it all went very quiet.
It would not surprise me if this was not a UK centric operation as the government is clearly spooked by what Snowden has leaked to date and are fearful of what is to come.
The misuse of terror legislation is nothing new, like all law passed in haste with little scrutiny it only serves the authors and not the people it applies to.
Re: Townshend's response
whereas the response from the likes of that Caroline woman, Stella whats her face and the rest of the man hating femonazi's to a twitterstorm of threats of rape, murder or worse is exactly none at all.
From that I can only deduce that the Who are proper men and not a bunch of wishy washy liberal tree huggers!
Re: Disagree with Bootnote
Unfortunately Claire Perry would do a "Gary" and plead insanity or some such other excuse to explain her abundant fuckwittery
It has nothing to do with her lack of a penis and everything to do with the fact she has absolutely no idea what she is talking about.
As for stamping out unsuitable material, thats a rather broad brush term open to abuse by a government with a penchant for mission creep.
After all, today its an opt in for porn, tomorrow its certain political viewpoints and news channels which will be deemed "unsuitable"
If you have kids then you have a responsibility to monitor online behaviour, if you cant control them, dont have them, it really is that simple.
Rewind three or four weeks
And some daft woman posted a joke about beheading help for heroes t shirt wearers and then went to the police when she got rape and murder threats and was herself prosecuted for a malicious communication.
I don't recall one single MP or feminist activist standing up to defend her in the wake of the threats of rape and murder she received.
I guess defending someone who made such a sick joke in the wake of the horrific murder of Lee Rigby is not as politically expedient as supporting a feminist yet the threats made where the same, the double standards on this are shocking, the message being that its ok to make threats of rape and murder dependent on the individual its aimed at.
A report abuse button on twitter would create a denial of service level of traffic given the amount of crap posted on twitter, no company could afford the manpower to deal with that, the simple solution is don't use twitter.
Had the joys of visitng them a little while back courtesy of a supplier
Very interesting visit it was to, very nice bunch of people as well.
Re: Beyond words
Dear Sony PR droid/unpaid intern
No one gives a flying fuck how bad other providers are or the security or other issues they have.
The grim reality is that Sony are the ones that lost a vast amount of personal information and failed dismally to secure its data or protect its customers.
£250,000 was a cheap price to pay for lamentable performance of this magnitude.
Enjoy your decaf soya latte!
I flew into Frankfurt last week with BA, they didnt land the plane, they threw it sideways at the runway.
3 degrees might be optimal but no one told our pilot that!
"However, the fact that almost everyone who IS an expert in climate science accepts anthropogenic climate change to be the best working hypothesis is pretty important here no?"
Unfortunately, as was evidenced by the BBC working party on climate change they didnt want you to know about many of the "experts" turned out to be completely unqualified and anything but an expert in that field.
IIRC the woman currently constructing government policy on this area was seconded from Greenpeace and has a degree in some arts subject!
Then we have the clowns from UEA, none of whom should even carry the title scientist as anyone who deletes material to avoid FOI requests does not deserve the title.
As experts go climate science is the wild west of "experts".
The common factor comes back to government policy and what the government believes, we have seen before with the completely fabricated research on DNA retention funded by the home office and more recently with the cosy arrangement between GCHQ and the NSA to spy on each others citiziens the truth is not even on the radar and the priority lies with giving our government what they want.
Re: you're an idiot....
I'll give you #2 but #1 has been conclusively disproved. It's pure broscience. If it were true you'd see morbidly obese famine victims.
The body actually metabolizes sugars first, protein second, complex carbs third and fat last.
Point 1 is true, its why you see people with anorexia dying due to organ failure whilst still retaining stores of adipose tissue.
Famine victims are rarely fat to start with so have less of a chance of survival when food supplies are short as they have low levels of skeletal muscle so digest those quickly followed by whatever else is to hand until they die from organ failure.
The reason why obese people lose weight quickly when they starve themselves is protein and water loss as they digest skeletal muscle whilst the body protects fat stores, additionally, as a result of being obese they have higher circulating oestrogen levels which help to preserve and maintain body fat.
As for the second paragraph total bollocks of the highest order, the body doesn't have a linear pecking order for the metabolism of those 4.
At any given time circulating in your blood you have simple carbohydrates, amino acids, and free fatty acids all looking to ultimately contribute to the production of pyruvate and finally ATP.
Depending on how hard the body is being pushed will dictate the rate of usage as sugars are converted more easily than proteins and free fatty acids so under high intensity activities we rely on blood sugar as the primary provider of energy to replenish ATP.
At rest its a completely different story as the body has a low demand for energy it can use free fatty acids via Beta oxidation and the conversion of amino acids to pyruvate via the liver to meet energy needs rather than tapping into blood sugar. During high intensity exercise the release of adrenaline suppresses both beta oxidation and to a lesser extent amino acid metabolism to prioritise the easier to convert energy pathways.
Complex carbohydrates have to be broken down and digested before they get near the blood so how you have concluded that they appear in your imaginary hierarchy can only mean you have pasta for blood.
Re: you're an idiot....
Unfortunately you can get fat from eating too little for a variety of reasons.
1: Starvation response, when you do not eat enough and starve yourself the body will preserve fat stores for the really lean times and instead metabolise protien, firstly skeletal muscle and in extreme cases (anorexia) even cardiac muscle and the internal organs. Protiens are broken down to amino acids and then metabolised via the cahill cycle.
2: "low calorie foods" - Per gram sugar has less calories than fat so to make a food low calorie reduce the fat and increase the sugar. However, metabolically sugar is a nightmare as it easily digested and absorbed and provokes an insulin response which leads to storage in the muscles, once they are full the excess sugar is converted to fat. Fats require mechanical and chemical breakdown so even though they have nearly double the calories of sugar per gram they do not digest efficiently. Hence why you can eat low calorie foods and get fat.
So a low fat, lower calorie high sugar diet leads to a combination of 1 and 2, a starvation response leading to protection of fat stores so you can eat less and get fat.
This is the main reason why high protein, high fat, low carb diets work and decrease body fat levels.
Of course some regular intense exercise will help, most people in IT have sedentary jobs so maximising movement outside of the hours at the desk is essential.
Is it really 100% green
If they have to rely on electricity from other sources overnight?
Surely the only way this could be 100% green is if they stay off grid and have a shedload of batteries for the overnight?
Although batteries are hardly green given what it takes to make them.
Looks like greenwash to me.
one of the problems of selling to a non tech end user
Is that you need to keep stuff really simple.
And this is the end result.
Re: It would be wonderful
I am sure the Israelis would welcome your proposition!
Re: FTFY @squander Two
Did you bother to read the whole post?
No comment on the women who behave in exactly the same way?
You where bullied not because you where civilised but because you where weak, that is how we are programmed over millions of years for survival of the fittest, not survival of the politically correct.
You might not like it but you cannot escape it, that's how humans are, its what makes us good at thinking up new and exciting ways of killing each other, and its the "civilised" countries that do that the best!
And it applies to both men and women, hence my example from my days at Boots.
You haven't fixed anything just advertised the fact you read the Guardian.
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