* Posts by Naughtyhorse

2276 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010

Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

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Re: Still Time......

There was still time to manage the immense economic and societal dislocations this evolution caused...

And I'm sure the millions being ruthlessly exploited by the satanic mill owners (read that how you will) living in squalor, regularly thinned by cholera and typhoid had an abundance of patience while waiting for the regulatory system required when 1 man has 10,000 places to fill and 11,000 individuals need to stay alive was slowly brought into being.

I mean those who survived did.

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Re:Whoooosh....

....and there goes the point

RTFA

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Re: It'll really, really scare you.

For that empathy would be required.

If empathy was available much of Mr Worstalls ideas would have to be bucked up.

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Re: Don't feed the troll....

Who are you calling big nose?

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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Obligatory...

Rule 34

thassal

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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Re: Errr...

Here's hoping the spaceship turns out to be challenger

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Hurrah! Uber does work (in the broadest sense of the word) after all

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change the definition of a "crime" to fit your personal or political viewpoint...

Ah! anonymous coward, let me introduce Wall Street....

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Bloke who tried to get journo killed by SWAT cops coughs to conspiracy charge

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Re: almost any reason....

Actually the common thread to all of the above, recent murders in addition to the ethnicity of the victim is the occupation of the murderer, they were all police officers. just a few of the 70 odd homicides committed by the US police each MONTH.

Not all perps. not necessarily all Black or Hispanic, just all dead. (now I come to think of it the guy asking cops directions who was shot in the head was white I think)

protect and serve indeed.

The merkin sickness vis-a-vis guns is well documented, we in the free world fail to even register surprise with each passing massacre.

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Re: almost any reason....

Stealing a can of coke, while being black.

Driving in a nice car in a nice neighborhood, while being black..

Asking for directions while being lost... and black.

Walking away from a police officer, while being black...

being mentally ill, while being black...

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Re: bursting in with guns blazing.

Errr.. The article did state this happened in the USA.....

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Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

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Drone users must understand..

Do you see what you did there?

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Grooveshark cofounder Josh Greenberg dead at 28

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Jesus

twenty fucking eight.

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The US taxman thinks Microsoft owes billions. Prove it, says Microsoft

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Holmes

We really are.

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Re: Lets hope they ARE being gutted

And to think, in my country all we use tinfoil for is wrapping sandwiches....

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

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Re: Logical management?

uk banks <cough> investment strategy with regards to IT for the last, oooh 30 years

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Re: Logical management?

asset stripping

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Logical management?

How does the 'capitalist solution' hold up when corporations are, as is increasingly the case, utterly focussed on this years figures? Screw the catastrophe that's 3 years down the road, that's someone else's problem.

It may not be logical to critically deplete a particular resource.... but it happens all the time.

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Pray for AMD

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Cool???

My Vishera is pretty cool... has to be the glue starts to melt at 65 degrees!

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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cares about quality?

Oh come on

Neil Young?

really?

He's had a hair up his ass about digital from day 1, fuck knows why, but quality aint it.

his complaining about poor recording quality is like 1 Bentley driver complaining to another with the AC on and the window open for the extra damage it's doing to the environment!

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Coat

Decent masters....

SO no Neil Young for you then :-D

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Attention dunderheads: Taxpayers are NOT giving businesses £93bn

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the merit of simplicity

Making tax simple and transparent is the last thing business wants, hence all the bollocks about tax on profits. If tax on income is good enough for the workers then it's good enough for the company, with suitably adjusted rates and allowances.

The argument that 'most small businesses would pack up and quit' don't hold water, as I dont see that many individuals, who are taxed in exactly this way, making that choice.

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Re: The majority of UK Tax burden is not being paid by companies...

To be fair the homeless guy is genuinely skint, Amazon.... not so much.

which kinda points to the breakdown of the all taxes land on individuals argument, thieving bastards like amazon and starbucks et al are syphoning money out of the economy reducing the overall tax take, and hence the opportunity for the govt to invest (debatable as to whether or not this is a bad thing) and don't tell me that if amazon had to pay the appropriate amount of tax that would increase cost to the consumer, because that is bollocks.

The costs would be the same to the consumer, and there would be a shitload more schools and hospitals in this country.

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Re: The Truth of the Matter is this...

Correction;

the 50% target was introduced by the grey faced pea appreciator not the grinning war criminal.

Also;

Any and all references to fixing any problem by cutting foreign aid automatically qualify your post as a loss under the Godwin principle... only in this case you are the looser AND the nazi.

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BT issues formal whinge to Ofcom over Sky dominance in pay telly

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People pay for TV?

thassal

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Tech bubble? Pah. IPOs just return cash to early-stage investors

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Re: BP, gone?? Noes!!!!1!.. hang on...

yeah wassisface.... bit of a fuckwit if you ask me :-)

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BP, gone?? Noes!!!!1!.. hang on...

I have it on very good authority that there is an (as good as) infinite amount of oil left, so why would BP disappear?

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Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

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Re: r/War

Say it again

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UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

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Re: Apart from sport and a massive news story, nothing needs to be watched live

<cough> _most_ people don't live in a town with an underground system.

so quit whinging, and go to one of the many excellent, operas, exhibitions, plays that everyone in the country so kindly subsidises for you :-D

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Trump carded: Wannabe prez's hotels 'ground zero' in banking breach

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Growing?

Growing???

Anything located on the noggin of the man that AMS desperately wants to be was extruded in a toxic waste plant, real hair won't grow there due to the cranial heat generated by all that stupid.

as any fule kno!

Joke icon would be inappropriate

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Oil & gas? Pah. We’ve got a MASSIVE 3D printer, beams Dubai

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Dubai centre of excellence....?

Orly?

In my experience it's all euro/us/china design and indian construction.

kinda hard to see what dubai brings to the party, except cash.

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Re: While we're talking about money...

Just to be clear, it wasn't Norway what robbed us, that was us! Norway was the example of what could have been achieved with the north sea oil money, instead we had 2 more terms of Maggie..... bargain!

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getting toward the nub of the issue..

Wheres the utility/profit in providing services who people who are stupid enough live outside central london (little bit of reductio ad absurdium never hurt no no one)

Which was kinda the point in having nationalised industries, the wealth of the nation used to provide equal access to services for the whole nation (in theory.... well more of an aspiration really) but at least to colour the economics with a service ethic, also providing good jobs and training, also happens we need good trained blokes (and blokesses) to build and run the things, so it's not all altruism.

While you may not like to think about the pensioners that froze to death last year in order to make the electricity and gas sectors even more unbelievably profitable, you can bet somewhere in a dingy basement there's a ghoul beancounter doing just that. Human life, worth 2.5 million, but that's a fit working age life with dependents, if it costs more than that to mitigate a risk.... we'll take the risk (did he say we? what we, I don't see a we...)

In the 50's and 60's there were good arguments for running certain industries nationalised, since the 80's when business dropped all pretense of ethical behaviour it's madness not to do so.

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Re: While we're talking about money...

Just one word...

Norway

(we wos robbed)

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Re: Thoughts

Theres a technical term, that you may well be familiar with for the whole 'privatised industries employ fewer people', and that term is BOLLOCKS.

As I highlighted in my previous missive ALL the blokes that cashed in their pensions, and took the generous redundancy offers did so in the absolute and utter confidence that they could leave the nationalised industry on a Friday, and start work for the newly privatised industry on the following Monday. With their final salary pension in place, with the redundancy payment having wiped out their mortgages and with a 150-200% hike in pay to boot.

Fact is, it takes x amount of blokes to run a water company. all privatisation did was hide the costs in the paperwork.

Paying wages does NOT necessarily come under costs (contractors come out of the asset value) and that is the only way in which most of the privatisations made any sense.

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Re: Over the Channel

Yeah...

In fact it's easier to catch a train to visit the person you are tying to speak to :-)

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You forgot the smoke and mirrors...

You pointed out that the Govt hated investing anything in the utilities as it became part of the government debt. (and in retrospect there's one of the real reasons for privatisation - massive investment required due to new technology or crumbling infrastructure)

But the mantra of privatisation e.g. 'All OPEX is bad, all CAPEX is good' has lead to (been gamed) to hide the actual costs of everything.

For example, assume an electricity substation is worth £1M (I appreciate saying 'is worth' to Worstal is asking for trouble)

Under a nationalised system all planning, design, and much of construction (say 20% of build cost) are carried out by in house staff... paid from OPEX, and therefore in the mind of the regulator 'pissed up against a wall'

Under privatisation all planning, design and all construction is subbed out, with a 100%(at least) uplift charged by the hiring agency. (hiring back the same bods that used to work for said leccy company to do the same job) result; 40% of construction cost goes on labour, BUT it's CAPEX, so our '£1M' substation has a book value of £1.2M - which is treated as investment, which influences the profit the regulator allows the owner to make. And creates the illusion of a better performing system than the old way where the £1M investment only added £800k to the value of the network

The company makes more profit, the regulator sees increased investment, the guys with their boots on the ground see a better performing network, the customers see higher reliability, so everybody's happy, but it cost two hundred grand more, hardly efficient.

This is also what lead to, for eg, Thames water's approach to dealing with leaks in the naughties by spending a shitload of cash increasing storage capacity (CAPEX) to make up for the leaks, the repairing of which is OPEX, and didn't get done.

Truth is that either system can perform badly, and there is in that respect no hard and fast case to be made. Of course the orgy of privatisation did just happen to transform hundreds of thousands of jobs from the public sector into contractors, abet expensive contractors. And contractors, being mortgage holders and having private pensions, and earning a shitload more cash than the council house dwelling, final salaried lot from the nationalised industries are more likely to vote tory.

and there's your real reason for privatisation :-)

let the downvotes commence....

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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Re: Zero credibility in my eys

There were only 2 indiana jones movies, just like there were only 3 star wars's

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Re: Limited

The duderino rocks.

and you dont have to watch the film, just recently jeff has metamorphosed into full blown dudedom

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Second agent takes plea deal in Silk Road misconduct case

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Re: Plea deal or not

Justce stands for nothing.

I could have told you this ages ago.

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Facebook and Twitter queen Taylor Swift: Facebook and Twitter are RUBBISH

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Re: self undermining?

You think so?

probably carries more weight than some fat bloke with no twatter account and 50 FB friends claiming facebook is crap..

(I'm not fat.... just cuddly :D)

TBH I couldn't pick her out in an ID parade, but she has done 2 things this week that make me think she's probably a very decent human being.

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

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Re: I'm with Ms. Swift

yeah, but that cash is all in the caymans for, you know, reasons....

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Re: Lend the participating artists an iPhone for free for 3 months

Exactly, and I bet the telco having to provide the free calls would have something to say about _that_

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Touché my dear

Until it turns out she did get a free phone :-)

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Re: What a load of crap posted here

Oh.. i dunno, maybe because the content they are relying on the make their (paid) platform a success does not belong to them...

If I ran a computer shop and decided to have a promo where I gave free memory upgrades I wouldn't expect Kingston to ship me free RAM.

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Re: Usual Apple greed

So you are not surprised by constant plagiarism, aggressive ridiculous patent trolling and employing slave labour.....

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Employees love their IT departments (almost very nearly true)

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Re: Users now expect answers in real-time

at least in '82 the problem was the tech, now it's policy.

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Re: Users now expect answers in real-time

well first off it's a financial decision to limit the overall mail box limit. the inflexibility(not everyone sends large mail)... who knows.

Requesting anything more than a reset on a lost login is a waste of breath.

who said i was using mail for rev tracking?

i'm not

distributing IP in any form has risk - whether emailing or sending it by bike messenger, or printing it, and folding the drawing into a big paper aeroplane and throwing it out the window, you just have to take a grown up attitude to it (bike it round, but the messenger could be a Russian spy, deliver by hand, but the Chinese might kidnap me). e-mail just happens to be virtually instantaneous.

Typical of an IT BOFH-wannabe to know more about how to do my job than I do.

If you aint part of the solution... you must be on the helldesk.

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Re: Users now expect answers in real-time

Spoken like a true it jobsworth :-)

I'm a designer, regularly passing multiple design drawings, at a couple of meg a pop, back and fore, on projects that typically run for a few years - with an obligation to have immediate access to all past mail.

So 10 meg per mail, and 4 gb inbox works really well for me on both counts.

here's a bolt of lightning for the blue... how about tailoring IT to suit the business it serves? (yeah I know novel concept)

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When your ISP flouts net neutrality rules, here's who you should contact

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Who's going to have the worlds slowest connection to their mail server

Parul Desai now you come to mention it! cant think why...... RfC 1149 is all we poor isp's can afford to offer these days

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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

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Sounds Like

If it turns out to be a closed system, they are truly fucked. all the speculation so far has been on the basis of OR being open, and using it's early release to establish a strong market presence, since then dates have slipped, and now this.

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