* Posts by Johan Bastiaansen

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So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?

Johan Bastiaansen

Defence of anti-austerity

Found an article for you: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/10/austerity-and-the-greek-depression/

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Johan Bastiaansen

"Sentiments wouldn't be as bad if the Greek government would actually be able to, or even actually tried to, get its affairs in order."

The Greek government trying to get its affairs in order, that was actually the thing that started this whole mess.

The traditional Greek political parties still running the show after the crisis, reducing pensions and unemployment benefits got an attaboy. When a leftist government took over and planned to tax wealthy Greeks and foreign companies, that's when Germany and Europa started foaming at the mouth.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Useful idiots

Germans are usually pretty smart people, they know their stuff. So how could German economists get it so wrong? They went to universities, they studied economy and passed the exams. And while they have a different experience with history, would that alone explain the opposite view they hold on the monetary crisis the EZ is still in?

I don't think so.

Let's look at Greece. Unemployment is way up, wages are down. Pensions and unemployment benefits are down. The Greek state is not able to collect the taxes from wealthy Greeks, nor from foreign companies.

That may look pretty awful for you and me, but it's the closest thing to paradise on earth for some very influential people.

So when the traditional Greek political parties (all of them) organised this disaster for their own people, everything was ok for Europe. Only after the desperate Greek electorate put a leftist government in place, the European parliament discovered that "the necessary reforms had not been carried out" and the Greek tax system wasn't very efficient.

You just know something is wrong when Guy Verhofstadt is accusing a leftist government about not wanting to tax the rich: www.youtube.com/watch?v=P84tN0z4jqM

When he was pm in Belgium, our tax system was effectively gutted creating very large lope holes for big companies and banks. At the same time, our justice system has been reorganized into chaos so not a single one of the big cases against tax evasion or corruption was successfully tried.

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I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

Johan Bastiaansen

Not only in IT

This happens everywhere. People who actually have to DO something, are screwed over by rats.

If I hear in the news that some guy went berserk and brought a Kalashnikov to the job, I just hope he took down a couple of rats.

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Webmail password reset scam lays groundwork for serious aggro

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: How stupid do you have to be?

I was very suspicious when Google and Microsoft (Windows 8) asked my mobile number. But they insisted and there was no way around it.

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'It’s irrelevant whether Elon Musk is a dick or not. At least he’s trying to make things'

Johan Bastiaansen

he's not trying to make things

"At least he’s trying to make things." No he's not.

He's trying to take credit for things made by others.

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BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

Johan Bastiaansen

No integrity

Elop was useful for MS. He did his job, even if the plan failed.

But you don't want somebody around who has no integrity.

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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: The investigation should center on...

And that's exactly why we shouldn't trust a system so complex and we should always give a highly trained pilot the last word.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Re: The investigation should center on...

I agree, some poor f*cker will be blamed.

Accidents like this are usually the result of a chain reaction of mistakes. The biggest mistake was to design an unstable system, that could not be overridden manually.

And it's very unlikely that the people who made that decision, will be held responsible. It is much more likely that some of them will be sitting in the evaluation committee.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Re: The investigation should center on...

A safety measure to prevent out-of-control engines powering back up, caused out-of-control engines to not power up.

Even Star Trek tos has a manual override on every critical system.

The problem is over confidence in technology and not enough confidence in highly trained people.

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Johan Bastiaansen

"Nobody imagined a problem like this could happen to three engines,"

Lack of imagination when thinking up things that can go wrong. That sums it up I guess.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: I just go to the tills

In my experience, most sane people follow a more obvious logic than most machines.

I live in a somewhat civilized country.

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

Johan Bastiaansen

Software aufspielen

Software aufspielen simply means, "installing software".

So the software wasn't installed properly. That's all the article said. The rest is speculation.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Re: "Partly filled with wrong"

Google Translate has this one wrong.

Software aufspielen simply means, installing software.

So the software wasn't installed properly. That's all the article said.

The rest is speculation.

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Aye

"rather than having to pay monthly fees for something that isn't needed 99% of the time."

Congratulations, you've finally understood the concept of insurance!

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Microsoft shareholders approve of CEO Satya Nadella's MASSIVE PACKAGE

Johan Bastiaansen

It's karma

It must be karma.

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Really, govt tech profit cash grab is a PRIZE-WINNING idea?

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: " I find there's a gaping hole or two in her arguments. I'll concentrate on just one here"

Exactly, if one has a disruptive idea for a device, the bloody thing better not have rounded corners.

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Hire and hold IT staff in 2015: The Reg's how-to guide

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: recruiters keep contacting me about jobs paying less than I'm on now

Or you could get fired for not accepting a big cut in your bonus.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Standard mistake to make

"Time to dust off my old BBC B from the attic and see what it looks like on a 42" plasma!"

P I X E L A T E D ! ! !

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Depressing

You're missing the point, this is how capitalism operates. If it works, you take the profit. If it doesn't work, you blame the government.

Didn't you get the memo?

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Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you

Johan Bastiaansen

No, it's coming from Europe. And still you don't love us ! ! !

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Nadella's Karmagate howler was response to MICROSOFT BOARD DIRECTOR – report

Johan Bastiaansen

Karma worked for him

If you ask the top dog, you'll always get the same answer: "The system works, I deserve to be top dog. And you don't."

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

Johan Bastiaansen

If

"if the US gets it way"

IF is the key word here

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Incompetence

Agreed, he was speaking at the "Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing" event and he didn't see that question coming? Or he did and that was his answer after giving it some thought?

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Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Yeah, but...

My experience, after working nearly 15 years for a company, I never got a raise. I was in sales and though the sales targets where raised regularly, I still outperformed them. For 2 years in a row I was on a roll so I nearly got an average income. That made some people really nervous so a new and very complex bonus system was introduced and it would nearly wipe out my bonus.

I held them to the labor contract and was fired.

So that's what karma did for me.

Oh, and I got a couple of teary emails after I got a lawyer and sued them for the bonus they owed me.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Karma for me, nothing for you

There's only one person on this planet who believes Nadella didn't negotiate his paycheck when he became CEO of MS, and that person is Nadella. It was karma. And that's why Nadella is making the money he is, and you're making the money you are. It is karma and that makes it alright.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: No-one gets away scott free

Yes, well that's not how it works. These people only take credit for success. That's the key to being successful.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Shoes

"Elop concluded Nokia's own software factory was beyond repair, and by choosing Window Phone, effectively outsourced the lot to Microsoft."

So he threw out his only shoes because someone somewhere saw better looking shoes in a catalog?

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

Johan Bastiaansen

The problem with the economy . . .

Is that it is run by politicians. Politicians are usually people who studied law, or politics, and that makes them the best engineers, architects, bankers, accountants and also economists. So they think. Or so they want us to think.

A politician knows as much about the economy as you and me, but he wants to make policy, so he looks for an economist who has a theory, a model, a prediction that will allow him to carry out the policy he already intended.

How do we recognize a economist who is honestly trying to understand the economy and make accurate predictions and one who has a prediction for hire? Well, that is very easy. An honest economist can be wrong sometimes, but he should be right most of the times. So you look at his track record.

Here's an example of the track record of Paul Krugman: http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2005/08/011131.php . And he's just one of the honest economists most politicians try very hard to ignore.

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Salesforce plan to rename London skyscraper 'Salesforce Tower' DEMOLISHED

Johan Bastiaansen

Funny

Always fun to see a big ego with a small brain.

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Death of a Salesman: Enough with the marketing already

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Salespeople often too young and inexperienced

All these experienced salespeople who knew their stuff, where did they go?

Well, they reached or even exceeded their sales targets and that means they were owed a bonus. That made them to expensive and they were either bullied out or fired.

Because people are a cost and managers cut costs.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Waer bestu bleven?

All these experienced salespeople who knew their stuff, where did they go?

Well, they reached or even exceeded their sales targets and that means they were owed a bonus. That made them to expensive and they were either bullied out or fired.

Because people are a cost and manager cut costs.

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Tinder sexual harassment suit settled in undisclosed deal

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Admission Of Guilt..

Who did wrong? Two people did!

Who paid? The company did, so the shareholders really.

Well, that's not justice is it.

Give these twats two more months and they'll be claiming they only have the shareholders interest at heart. And nobody will be calling them out.

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Misplaced incentives

I couldn't agree more.

A stable, self correcting system would require that people who make the right decisions and are contributing to society, can reap, at least part off, the benefits. And people who make bad decisions, especially when they do that on a regular basis because their decisions are based on an incorrect mental model, have to face the consequences.

When the same people, or the same caste of people, is in charge long enough, they will try to disconnect from reality, and from the consequences of their actions. This is something a society can not allow.

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My big reveal as macro-economics analyst: It's a load of COBBLERS

Johan Bastiaansen

You know what is also very complex?

Predicting the weather. Really. We just don't have the computing power. Just like macro economics.

However, we have build models that can predict the weather quite accurately.

So when one weatherperson is able to predict the weather correct 95% of the time and another only 50% of the time, the latter would be quickly without a job.

Not when your an economist. You can fail in predicting for decades. How is this possible?

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"

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Johan Bastiaansen

Re: There are a lot of studies about the US Great Depression - but how many about the German one?

German economists and politicians are supposed to be very clever and rational people. Now they just go with their gut feeling because "it is in their DNA". I think we have found the problem!

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: You'll Get The Respect You Deserve

Just when I nearly convinced myself, it can't be that nasty, I read this reaction and omg (this is one of the few times you can use omg), it IS ! ! !

Thanks Don Jefe, we needed that look in the mirror. Not a pleasant sight though.

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Lenovo posts an INCREASE in desktop PC and notebook sales

Johan Bastiaansen
Thumb Up

Imo Lenovo is a successful company because their top managers concentrate on doing their job instead of egotrippin' all over the interwebs.

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Ecoterrorism

There's always a stormtrooper who wants to slam the word terrorist on anything he doesn't agree with and start prosecuting. You're the terrorist here.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Losses

That's not irony, that's justice.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Re: What losses?

Naah, you don't lose money for bed spalling.

And if they lost it, it was pretty loose.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Re: What losses?

Very good ! ! !

People who are in the market but are also stupid enough to have silly procedures, should loose money.

It's Darwin.

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: No one ever heard of risk analysis?

Exactly. Western journalists are self-declared guardians of democracy. Now they pull their punches? Now they don't ask the obvious follow up questions?

Also, regarding the BUK and how it was operated. Rebels usually "capture" these vehicles when the crew switches sides. So then you have the tools and the means to operate it. Obvious possibility, but somehow the self-declared guardians of democracy tiptoed around it.

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

Johan Bastiaansen

encrypted?

Nah, just put the instructions in plain English. No politician will understand.

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Gid E-Up? Vulture's claw presses pedal to metal on VW's 'leccy motor

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Really?

I would like to be defending lawyer.

Your honor, this car can have a status where one can not open the door. The technical term for this status is "locked". When the car is in this "locked" status, one can not open the door. In order to open the door, the cars status has to be changed to "unlocked".

This can can have another status where one can not switch on the airco. The technical term for this status "eco+". When the car is in "eco+" status, the airco can not be switched on. On order to switch the airco on, the cars status has to be changed to "eco" or "standard".

Oh, and one more thing, the cost of the lawsuit should be on mr. Gene Cash, don't you agree?

I rest my case your honor.

Where can I collect my cheque?

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: It's looking more and more...

In my opinion, future generations won't fly on vacation, or a city trip to Madrid.

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Piketty thinks the 1% should cough up 80%. Discuss

Johan Bastiaansen

"We have a welfare state, whose aim and purpose is to make us all richer."

WRONG ! ! !

The aim of the welfare state is to NOT have ordinary people confronted with beggars and people dying from hunger in the streets.

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WORLD HISTORY in SELFIES: So AMAZEBALLS your EYES will EXPLODE

Johan Bastiaansen

How are you feeling?

Not your usual chipper self eh?

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John Chambers sold millions of shares on first day of Cisco Live!

Johan Bastiaansen

Don't put your eggs in one basket

That's good advice, if you buy stock.

However, if you get paid in stock options, it's like being handed a basket of eggs.

I'm sure he reinvested most of that money, and he didn't buy Cisco shares.

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