Say it again
2250 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010
Say it again
<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
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!
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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.
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!
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.
Just one word...
(we wos robbed)
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.
In fact it's easier to catch a train to visit the person you are tying to speak to :-)
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....
There were only 2 indiana jones movies, just like there were only 3 star wars's
The duderino rocks.
and you dont have to watch the film, just recently jeff has metamorphosed into full blown dudedom
Justce stands for nothing.
I could have told you this ages ago.
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.
yeah, but that cash is all in the caymans for, you know, reasons....
Exactly, and I bet the telco having to provide the free calls would have something to say about _that_
Until it turns out she did get a free phone :-)
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.
So you are not surprised by constant plagiarism, aggressive ridiculous patent trolling and employing slave labour.....
at least in '82 the problem was the tech, now it's policy.
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?
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.
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)
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
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.
surely a seismograph will suffice for that
there's a 1 hour interview Andy Weir did last week with Adam Savage on www.tested.com
very good indeed
Was the someone an astronaut?, Cos by all accounts they all loved it.
Now there's something I'd pay to see :)
no idea, but i'll offer a pound to a pinch of shit it involved someone making a stack of cash
load of commentards on the wrong tack here, coming into land you have speed and altitude, these can be traded off against one another to quite a large degree.
taking off, howeveryou have none of either to spare, a much more dangerous situation, with way fewer options.
So i take it you have no objection to losing an engine on takeoff 1/2 a second before v1?
Please tell me which airline you fly for, so i can pick another.
(lemmie guess.... drone-air)
and how many jumbos do you regularly encounter stationary at 500 feet?
I think you are underestimating the common sense of _some_ of the quad copter community. even after the first fatalities have happened, there will be a phalanx of twats saying 'it couldn't happen to me, i have madd skilzz'
except of course it won't be happening to them.
okay, who are you and whay have yu done with the real tim worstal?
only if you turn off anisotropic fog
wheres the other 27 minutes worth of text???
I remember once working for a company, the sign above the door said it was a distribution network operator, however turned out the main purpose of the company was giving the IT department an easy ride.
great idea having 2 laptop specs and 1 desktop spec, of course it's a bit of a shame that both laptop specs were crap, and desktops were only available to 1/2 a dozen ops staff....
(trying) to open 3 gig data files on centrino based laptop with 2 gig of ram, running xp was such fun.
pandering to users is one thing, providing a service so that users can earn money and you know, pay your fucking wages is another.
pronouncements on AI producing sentient machines by the year nnnn always say more about the speakers ignorance than about the state of tech.
Although in this instance not the biggest twat in the room! I thought the train bloke was a right plum, and then he tacked on 'renewable' and went full fuckwit. i don't see how the train couldn't work in the cloud pesrn'ly
yeah, fukin wankers
but there's no room for a steam catapult...
oops sorry rong thread
but _some_ of them 'thou shalt not's' have proved useful
It's a gigantic 'fuck you' to the god botherers of course.
the origin of species is no more the font of all wisdom than the jewish folk tale about the snake and the apple.
Now the FSM, as adorns the back of my conveyance, is an altogether different matter :-)
..And i wish you a speedy recovery jason, and hope you return to make further great contributions to future of software.
I came to the conclusion years ago that sadly the tech has completely fucked F1. and i can't see a way back.
get rid of telemetry
get rid of pit to car radio
return manual gearboxes, foot clutches, no anti-stall
all petrol lose this electric shite
use all the tyres, gearboxes and engines you want
practice when you want
but none of that will happen, may as well add, wake shumi and resurrect ayerton.
i still watch, with 1 eye just hoping for crashes
<cough> 20 years or so <cough>
clearly a top secbod