111 posts • joined 8 Dec 2009
A pint for when he's older.
Smart kids in the UK are making better career decisions too
In the 90's kids in the UK who were good with computers were steered into IT jobs, today their equivalents view IT as just another skill set to help them in their chosen careers.
I don't think that it was so true in the USA, though my experience was limited to New York. There I met plenty of users with a very poor opinion of their IT dept's because they viewed them as second best.
So who should take the blame? Terry Burt purchased companies that were operating at a profit, loaded them with debt and then ran them into the ground. He stands out to me, but you have a different opinion, which is that no one and everyone had a responsibility because they were aware of the faulty funding structure.
At the very least tell us who was the external UK exec that walked into the business and thought they knew best?
FTI might be brutal but it was Terry Burt and co that ran the firm into the ground in the first place.
Re: 1984 Was Not Supposed To Be An Instruction Manual
Thank you for agreeing with me, those fancy pedestrianised High Streets with farmers markets etc are doing better than the average. It works because it makes the High Street a desirable place to pass time and spend money
I don't think that the High Street can compete with large supermarkets for the weekly shop, so carrying a week's shopping home is a red herring. Instead the High Street scores on customers making small purchases several times a week.
They tried removing all the traffic wardens from Aberystwyth, it did cause chaos and after a year they brought them back.
BTW - for any non-UK residents reading, that place name is Welsh, not made up!
Re: 1984 Was Not Supposed To Be An Instruction Manual
The decline of the High Street owes more to changing shopping habits, specifically late night shopping and Sunday opening, than the lack of somewhere to park.
The High Street is a local facility, one that most of its users walk to. If the locals cannot be bothered to walk the couple of hundered yards to the shops and back they are not going to jump into their cars and go there.
Maybe the site was cross referencing http://www.askmid.com/ and making the assumption that any uninsured vehicle was up to mischief?
Re: Surely it can be changed ?
He who pays the piper calls the tune.
The HLF will have had a say in this as the BP Trust would have had to agree to a selection of targets/ conditions to secure funding. Future funding would be dependent on meeting those conditions too.
Future of work
Mass tourism is now a source of employment in the UK, so has attracted management who have goals and responsilities beyond showing off the local sites of interest. What to a volunteer is an interesting building with historical associations has become a career for someone.
If you bring back the T-Shirts can you have at least some of them made from Bamboo?
Lovely and comfy material and very important for younger geeks, it doesn't harbour bacteria as much as cotton, so far less smelly.
Re: Six Billion?
Not a mistake, but an awful lot of spam....
I am not convinced that we are out of the recession yet. Technically the economy has not shrunk for two or three quarters in row but its not growing either.
As for panic spending, we have a range of neo-Keynesian spending going on, from help to buy which is keeping the housing bubble going and potentially billions to be spent on HS2.
There is also the small matter of the gov't keeping their friends and donors sweet. Royal Mail sans pensions liabilities sold at well below value, increase in PPI, etc, etc.
New Labour were very relaxed about individuals becoming extremely rich, but in return they created a whole range of non-jobs in the Public sector to assign to their supporters.
You can spot these types because their job titles include words such as Outreach, Coordinator, etc and are often combined with Youth and Elderly. A good example of their work is the creation of travel plans for schools. As if parents who drive their kids to school have not considered walking, cycling or taking the bus!
Re: more comfortable? comFORTABLE????!!!!
"Caved in"? Not in the UK, the Ted Heath gov't royally shafted the electricians by removing the legal difference between a qualified Electrician who had completed a five year apprenticeship and an Electricians Mate who had only three years of basic training.
The result was that the qualification was debased and the quality of sparkies dropped like a stone.
...all the big UK based banks were as useless as the Co-Op, they were the only major UK based bank to survive the 2008 crash without assistance from the treasury.
Now the bank is being re-capitalised by its owners and bond-holders, not the UK tax payer, RBS et al take note.
..proactively solve environmental issues for my fish..
You might want to cut back on the joss sticks and whale song music.
I think that there are two distinct TUPE scenarios, corporate take-over and out-sourcing.
If another firm buys out your firm part of the reasoning behind the deal will be in reducing overheads via economies of scale. You might be asked to move offices etc but the new entity will shed management before the skilled staff who can merge the parallel systems.
Being TUPE'd to an outsourcer is a wholly different propostion. The original firm is doing this to save money and that money will be coming out of your pocket. Say good bye to bonuses, final salary pensions and payrises.
In the second scenario, if you are going to stay post-TUPE you have to be enthusiastic and approach it as an opportunity. Your current role is not going to get any better, so look to move internally and get some new skills that the outsourcing firm thinks that it needs and is willing to pay for.
The correct terminology for whacking bits of kit to get them working is Percussive Maintenance.
Re: And the royal mail
The band-wagon is rolling, is there time to get on-board and off again with a bag of loot before the wheels come off?
These poor kids are going to miss out on an important early experience of lying. I was a Sixer and we used to cross our fingers when we took the oath, marvelling at at how bright we were for hoodwinking the Arkela.
Growing up it has proved to be useful skill, why just this morning I told my boss what a great idea he had.
And while I think of it I must say that the register commentards are an especially clever, insightful and thoughtful bunch of folk.
Re: It's a good start.
On every German servicemans' belt buckle was the motto 'Gott mit uns' (I have one that my grand father brought back as a souvenir) so I do think that their society was one that believed in God and specifically a Christian one.
Re: Automated till hell ...
There is a scales under the bagging area which is not just used for weighing your fruit and veg. The scanned items are assigned a weight value and if there is a mismatch between the items scanned and that of the bag then the alarm is activated. The weight is tallied up as you scan more items.
It is an imperfect system but an elementary bit of anti-fraud. This is why that ex-GB hockey player chose 'loose onions' when shop lifting, because the machine cannot be programmed to know how much of a fruit or veg is present.
FTI leading the way to profitability
Struggling to make a profit from your data centre?
Adopt the FTI approach to ex-2e2 customers - "Give us £££'s or we're turning off the data centre!
The warming trend on the chart has slowed but until it swings the other way can we really say that warming went away?
The future of radio is in some form of radio-on-demand. Folk can already download podcasts to listen to at their convenience. Unless you want to hear the news or live reports such as traffic updates there is no need to tune into the local radio.
One note of caution though, if you already have a radio show you can expect a better response to your approaches than a podcast only outfit. For example I doubt that 'One Life Left', a radio show about computer games on Resonance 104.4FM, would get the same input from the industry if they operated as podcast only.
Another 70's throw back you missed was that the heavily unionised TFL staff still have decent pensions because they are in a position to defend their terms and conditions.
Still, as you completely missed the bit about the staff not striking, simply boycotting the finger swipe tech, it probably didn't cross your mind.
Why do folk trying to improve their lot, or at least not see a decline, by collective action get dissed by so many of their fellow wage slaves. Is it envy that someone else has the nous to stand up for themselves? Or some bizarre fear that an improvement in the living standards of someone that they have never met will somehow detract from their own standard of living?
Re: We need more documentaries like this
"Yep, if you haven't worked for someone like that, you are them."
I'm too tired to look up who it was, but someone said that if asked to choose between his friends and his country he hoped to have the courage to choose his friends.
Belief in 'My country right or wrong' is great up the age of 24, but If you haven't woken up to reality by then you'll be stuck in denial for decades.... roughly until you try to claim your pension and find out exactly how valued your services were.
For comparison Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs was sentenced to life imprisonment, eligible for parole after 10 years, for murdering three afghan civilians.
Do you have a reference for the resource utilisation of solar panels vs coal power?
Low hanging fruit
Its great to see an alternative view point being published but there is a thin line between being contrarian and being misleading. To take the easiest example lets look at the end of the article and the reference to the £4 billion windfall expected from the Swiss banks.
The windfall was expected to come from a one off 21% to 40% levy on assets on accounts that were open between 2011 and May 2013, in return for which the depositors' slate with HMRC would be wiped clean. Those depositors were warned of the changes in advance of the law being implemented, so had the option of moving their assets, or of changing the ownership structure, to avoid the new legislation.
Furthermore the Swiss rejected the principle of automatic exchange of information, so it is still down to HRMC to go knocking at the Swiss regulators door if they suspect that something has gone awry. A further restriction is that HMRC are only allowed to make 500 information requests per year.
We should not be too surprised that the £4 Billion estimate was an eye catching headline rather than a feasible return. To suggest that the low return is proof that tax evasion via Switzerland was over-estimated is a huge stretch. For a start any evasion predating 1st January 2011 was not covered and remains protected by Swiss banking secrecy.
A decent factsheet on the agreement can be found at http://www.out-law.com/en/topics/tax/tax-litigation--disputes-/the-ukswiss-agreement-over-taxation-of-undeclared-swiss-bank-accounts/
Something that no one has mentioned were the certifications. As I recall in the CNA you had to perform actual tasks in a Novell simulator, I remember being a bit snobbish about the MS exams that were multiple guess brain dumps in comparison.
Back in 1996 a City & Guilds in hardware and a Certified Novell Administrator landed me my first tech job in the City. I doubt that you can get in as cheaply or easily these days.
Re: The governments policy
Classic example on the Today programme this morning. The Gov't rep explained that the Royal Mail must be privatised because it is making a profit, while the Post Office must remain public ownership because it is running at a loss.
The idea of funding the loss making counter service with the delivery service was not even considered. No mention of the gov't / tax payer retaining the pension liabilities and it is a fair bet that the tax rake from Royal Mail will fall as well.
Be careful around psychic types...
I got into all manner of trouble after I slapped a palm reader, I was in a hurry and hoped he could skim read the highlights!
IIRC Neptune was the God of the Med and inland waterways. Oceanus was the God of the wilder seas beyond Rome's frontier. So it was Oceanus, not Neptune that preserved Rockal's dignity.
Good luck with the next attempt to land though.
Re: News Flash!!
Would that be the same corrupt European club that has just unveiled a 10 year long price fixing scam in the UK oil fuel industry?
Re: Smoke and mirrors
To put that £1 bllion figure from Sky in perspective in 2010/11 the UK government raised £43 billion in Corporation tax, which was 8% of the gov't's income.
By contrast income tax raised £153 billion, National Insurance £93 billion and VAT £84 billion.
So the true figure should be substantially less than that punted to the media.
Sources - http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/5885 and http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/stats/tax_receipts/tax-receipts-and-taxpayers.pdf
Come back when you can print a bullet cartridge, or in some way put the propellant behind the bullet.
Any gun without a supply of ammunition is nothing more than a glorified paper weight.
Re: God I hate politicians...
America is a big country but just how far away are the local shops if you need to drive there?
Nice bit of revisionist history, but no dice
You're missing the elephant in the room that is linked to casino banking, Collateralised Debt Obligations or CDO's*.
HBoS was selling mortgages twice, once to the person(s) wanting to buy a property and then bundling that debt with bunch of other mortgages to create a CDO to sell on the financial markets. This raises money that can again be loaned out as mortgages, which are bundled and sold on to raise more money and so the process repeats itself. Commissions get paid at both ends, but especially when the CDO's get sold.
It reached the point where HBoS and the like were not especially interested in the ability of the mortgagee to re-pay the loan over the next 25 years. They just wanted the completed mortgage transactions to bundle and sell on, at which point re-payment becomes somebody elses problem.
* - CDO's were sold as bonds to supposedly sophisticated buyers such as pension funds and the local German banks mentioned in the comments earlier. CDO's are structured to pay varying rates of interest depending on the level of associated risk. The top tranche was highest rated and was paid first, the lower tranches cost less for the same % return, but crucially didn't pay out if there was a shortfall because one of the mortgages defaulted.
Because only one in a thousand fly!
Potential problem for the Mod Plod here..
If failed officer recruits in the RAF and the Navy are offered an alternative employment stream where will the Ministry of Defence Police, aka Mod plod, get their staff?
I'm not sure that using the default passcode to access a voicemail box requires much ability.
It is possible that the Surrey police deleted the messages, but we will not know because the NotW compromised the situation.
Just one small point on your aquittal of the NotW regarding the deletaion of the Milly Dowler voicemails.
The Police statement was that:
"There do appear to have been two messages missing that should have been present when Surrey Police carried out their second recorded download on April 17.
"It is not known why that happened and it will not now be possible to provide an explanation."
We cannot say that the NotW definitely deleted the messages, but we do know that the NotW, or people in their pay, had unauthorised access to the voicemail box at the time that the messages were deleted.
So at the very least the NotW muddied the waters so badly that it cannot be said who deleted them and there remains the distinct possibilty that they did delete them.
Re: Too late...
Bonuses were paid in December and they went bust in January. That just soesn't sound right does it?
Re: I seem to recall...
Do you have a source for those numbers? The road spend looks pretty low compared to what is spent by the Highways Agency alone, the bulk of the road network managed by local authorities which is funded by our council tax.
To pick two projects at random, widening the M25 came in at close to £1 billion, or 10% of your suggested spend.