339 posts • joined 12 Feb 2010
Re: Xenophobes rule..
I cant help wonder if this sort of thinking is to do with share dividends.
Short term, hire cheap crappy staff for the next few financial years each April profits look nice so share dividends are high bonuses all round for the board etc. Ten years down the line doesn't really matter does it if your policies fuck up a company for those ten years you get your cash and then bugger off.
Re: Cheap Labour through the back door.
I think some issues comes about from the indian version of "face" that you come across in a lot of SEA cultures as well and can also cause similar problems.
Its a weird thing and even having been there a while can sometimes catch you out.
From what I understand you can explain something to an employee and ask them if they understand your instructions. They may actually say that they understand because they do not want you to loose face by looking like you are inadequate at explain your requirements to them. So you'll get a nod and then they will just muddle on through.
It can be frustrating and lead to odd situations one of my old bosses built a factory in Pakistan and it needed gas burners in it (to dry cotton), no one thought to point out that no gas supply pipes had been fitted before the foundations and factory floor was laid because it would have made someone above look bad.
My current employer is talking about some work in SEA, (very forthright type A personality). The culture clash could drive them mad.
Re: Those Sun Pillows look brilliant!
I too think those sun pillows look excellent.
Also you still see a lot of that graphic design style in Eastern Asia today.
There just isn't enough time in the day
to upvote every cynical comment on here about meddling CEO and board level numpties.
Re: Find the fault or restore the service
I worked in support years ago for a EPOS software company on their unix based system, find a fault fix it properly.
It wasn't particularly liked internally though, the support companies salesman kept trying to move our customer across to their NT based software and one of the selling points they use is SLA's, the NT guys took loads of calls and then fixed them really quick with a reboot so the SLA looks great and the staff look busy to the management even though a lot of the fault calls would be from the same customer as the problem would just keep recurring.
Meanwhile us sitting there a lot of the day reading the papers was not seen as being busy to the managers and our SLA's were poor because we took considerably fewer calls and after a quick fix would then be on the phone a while really sorting the problem out.
Funnily enough the customer always refused to move.
JMG you owe me some cash matey
you see I think all musicians should subsidise my phone and other media players. Without them these musicians would not have got the global reach they have got so not having access to a global market and therefore not being able to make the sales they make that has made them so rich.
Even without reading the article if it claims an iphone cameras (or any phone camera for that matter) better than all compact cameras bar one I can tell you its wrong.
That was not nice
That was unpleasant viewing.
Its dumb to get rid of the knowledgeable old guys who are genuinely enthusiastic about what they show anyway, they're usually the best tour guides, and hell if its a charity then surely them working for free is a good thing?
But to do it like that to the guy says you have to be a complete fucking wanker as well.
Re: It's not just about websites though is it?
I agree I used to work at a place that really had to take their security quite seriously, including hiring pen testers for the network. If at some point someone managed to get past the array of firewalls and the security team, my passwords being changed every 28 days is probably irrelevant.
Re: could be shrinking
But the article says being big (or at least for them big) is more efficient, so if they are shrinking there's got to be a factor that causing it.
So its possible pesticides could be the reason and its worth investigating since bees are rather important. Unless you are suggestion some rapid evolution but if that was the case surely the bees would be becoming more successful due to shrinkage?
Re: Can someone give a ... reason
So giving them a faster throughput to your cash, its a bit like the fine version of contactless cards, making it faster and easier to line their pockets.
High street is dying thanks to councils and the shops themselves.
Business rates and costs to rent mean on the high street everything is the larger stores and so everything is homogeneous even between rival stores, so there's really a limited choice of things to get as gifts or even inspire ideas.
Councils have killed the high street with absurd parking costs or parking restrictions (this really stood out going back to see parents this year and finding my local town centre has become a wasteland whilst a little way away were parking has been provided with plenty of spaces and cheap another town is doing well (people park and spend a day just browsing if its only a couple of quid to park they are less likely to do so if its 10-15 quid, this increases footfall and means that the chances of people buying stuff is higher).
The stores see it as a great time to fiddle their prices and get themselves an extra percentage.
People are becoming pissed of with the commercialism of the whole thing.
People are reluctant to buy things that in the stores are going to be discounted two days later in a sale.
Re: The Mossie and tech versus numbers
There's a rather good book on the battle of Caen, (written by a English participant but who interviewed soldiers from both side and civilians caught in the middle*). Which reflects some of that it mentions that allied tactics against the Tigers was 3 Sherman/ Churchills v 1 Tiger and expect to lose 1 or 2 of the tanks before getting the kill.
interestingly the book also has photos of tanks from both sides absolutely covered in furniture, boxes and other assorted stuff in a early effort to defeat shaped charge warheads.
*And very sorry because i cant remember the author.
I've been at an airshow when a Vulcan did a low slow flypast, loud is not really a good enough description, its more like a thunder that permeates throughout, a bit like standing near a big waterfall but caused by a sodding huge set of jet engines..
And now for
and don't lie, you know you want to make the flying goggles with your hands like you did when you were a kid.
Re: The Mossie
Ta for the comment, I never knew some of the stuff you made in your reply it's good to learn something new.
Nice to read that.
I always thought that as fantastic a plane as the spitfire its press always overshadowed the other planes of our WWII RAF.
The mosquito was frankly an amazing plane Goering hated them* after they took a celebration speech of air during a daytime raid over Berlin on the radio transmitting tower, (I'm pretty sure after it was repaired the RAF promptly did the same thing again). I'll agree with the comment in the article it was arguably the best plane of WWII
I have to add that I always thought we should tip our hat to the old hurricane as well for being such a workhorse and backbone of our defence in in the battle of Britain etc as well.
*Quote from Goering after this happened. "In 1940 I could at least fly as far as Glasgow in most of my aircraft, but not now! It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito. I turn green and yellow with envy. The British, who can afford aluminium better than we can, knock together a beautiful wooden aircraft that every piano factory over there is building, and they give it a speed which they have now increased yet again. What do you make of that? There is nothing the British do not have. They have the geniuses and we have the nincompoops. After the war is over I'm going to buy a British radio set - then at least I'll own something that has always worked."
Re: Context is everything....
"Those who plan, and implement acts of violence deliberately designed to maim and kill civilians are terrorists"
So isn't that just about every government and military force at some point then?
Re: It's all about the money
I can assure you the electrical standards in the average Thai house fall somewhat short of British standards.
Not sure about sticking your finger in a socket much either, still have a couple of small burn scars from touching a live socket by mistake - that was in the UK.
Re: Sort of related
Wait till one walks across your bare foot when your standing in the bathroom, good job I was going to the toilet cos I widdled myself anyway.
Sort of related
For those wondering what spider and similar bites might feel like some with rich descriptions.
I recommend the Arachnoboard bite reports,
Giant Asian centipedes.archive
Just about everything else.
Re: The status of Engineers.
Its quite a surprise abroad when you tell someone you are an engineer they actually treat you with some sort of respect.
Over here, say you're an engineer and they may just think you fit washing machines, for all the devaluing the name has got in this country.
Re: Psychology is a nice, easy subject
No it won't be, but are you seriously telling me that what every psychology student does? Because that's not true.
I disagree as well, where I studied had a large psychology dept, and a large engineering dept. Engineers could keep up/ grasp concepts in psychology discussions far more than the reverse.
There's absolutely no way that psychology is as hard as an engineering degree for a student both in complexity and sheer workload, the excuse of we have to do a lot of extra reading which is why we get more free time and do less lesson time trotted out by social sciences is crap as well.
I have this vision
Of little egg like pods zooming around like some 60s sci fi.
And I like it.
We double hunt, we set up an auction to hunt the whomever wants to shoot the Rhino so much that they pays the astronomical fee.
1. "There is no hunting like the hunting of man"
2. If they care about conservation enough to pay all that money, I'm sure they'll understand when we tell them how much extra we raised on the price of their head.
Yes Stevie but the thing that gets us trying these things in the first place is having some soul, so spray away, its cool and it'll make the kids day.
Re: Robot out-performed by pensioner. We're safe for a while yet...
It still is taught as a martial art here and there, but I agree its taught by a lot of people now who don't have a clue to its origin and just see it as some low impact excercise.
Re: Where does one find these energetic, adventurous cats?
Our cat used to do something similar each summer with Magpies, except it would let them taunt it.
The birds would get close each day, and then near the end of the summer there'd be a smug cat and a lot of magpie feathers everywhere.
Re: Cost effective .....
"They will make a synthetic version of the active ingredient if it is useful as a medicine. That way there would be no risk of junkies stealing things to get their next fix."
Actually they've tried synthetic versions before with AIDS patients to stimulate appetite, they tended to wipe the patients out, make them feel ill etc and be no way near as effective as the herbal variety.
Also Junkies stealing..your talking shite
Re: For me it;s simple
Except I'm not happy to and I don't, as far as I'm concerned its none of their business.
With the possible exception of turning on locations for the odd time I use the phone as a sat nav.
I don't have any problems tbh with the gov tracking my location for emergency calls, we just need to make sure that the rules are drafted properly with no leeway to allow other concerns to get their sticky fingers in.
Re: Rain, my arse
Its a lot of rain, over a shortish usually predictable amount of time, and if its anywhere like the rest of the tropics its warm.
Re: "loss-making postal service"?
Have there not been accusations though that they can claim tax credits for all of the previous years of loss, so effectively not having to pay tax on any profits for several coming years?
139 people (killjoys?) rather than zillions.
Just goes to show
Whether Scotland chooses independence or not, they're still going to end up with politicians as shit as the rest of us have.
Re: Waitrose FTW
Aldi staff used to beat EPOS software.
I worked for a company years ago who tried to sell EPOS software to them. They lined a cashier up against the software saleman and he was beaten hands down by the Aldi cashier. Aldi also paid their staff way more than the other supermarkets did per hour, (dont know if they still do).
I mean on the one hand "Were getting rid of you because we aren't making enough" and on the other "I'm awarding myself a huge payrise because we have made enough", all from the same financials for the year.
Re: Chessington Marketing Dept. Plays a Blinder
There was a guy who tested the theory that sharks were attracted to bright colours (see yum yum yellow for WWII life-jackets) by diving in a clown suit, with chain-mail on underneath.
It seems they like bright colours, or they really hate clowns.
Hold on I have to issues with your Paragraph
1. The animals are not happy though. Why do you think so many captive breeding programs fail? The animals know they are safe and no longer feel a need to reproduce?
Which likely by definition means they are less stressed, although I'd argue that there's all sorts of factors that effect breeding programs - some animals need stress, some don't some need the right temps all sorts of things.
2. Saying that 25 acres is plenty of room is ridiculous. That's trying to impose Human views onto animals and that just doesn't work.
If you can't impose human views on animals doesn't that negate point 1 about the animals being happy or not anyway?
Biggest shame is that we are likely to be needing zoos to keep wild populations away from extinction
Re: What I would like to know
Maybe its to hide from Godzilla
Re: How to make a big company pay their debts on time
Nice idea, in reality though you just piss off you're big customers who then go to your rivals, Big companies have small companies over a barrel in these situations especially if its a lot of your sales.
Nope I was never fingerprinted or retinal scanned when I went on holiday at the beginning of this year.
Re: Truth or consequences
Your comment about the crossing the line is so true.
I was bullied and was caught by a teacher pasting one of my bullies who decided to push me without his usual back up. In fact I was so gone at that point I looked at the teacher who had entered the room and then turned back and hit him a few more times before stopping and basically standing there not giving a fuck.
I was quite willing at that point to take any punishment in fact it was at the point I felt it might stop it or give me an excuse to out my problem, in a school that had a don't grass culture.
Kudos though to the math teacher though who I'm pretty sure had guessed at the causes me being a mild geeky pupil, and who just calmly asked me if I had finished and then said well "both of you write 500 words on why you think fighting's doesn't solve everything". I probably should have been way more punished considering the lovely cathartic kicking I had given this guy and the state he was in.
Lack of education by the head
"even said that there is an inherent risk that every government is corrupt"
So doesnt that mean that this is putting his thoughts along simialr lines of people such as, Tacitus, Plutarch, Jefferson, Sagan, Nietzche, Bernard Shaw, Lord Acton etc etc?
Seriously is this head an idiot? Some of the greatest minds around have made comments and addressed issues such as this, (not saying the kid is one of them btw), personally I'd be quite worried about the lack of general education and knowledge in the school head.
obligatory Pink Floyd song.
Re: What Holiday? Leave the internet at home next time....
I was in Thailand earlier this year, it was quite handy being able to sit in my hammock and do a quick surf of the web. Do some ID of things I had seen on a dive, look up ferry times for an island hop, check out some recommended places to wander across to, stuff like that.
It didn't detract from my holiday to laze in my hammock for an hour or so doing this, and it didn't mean I wasn't keeping myself plenty occupied during the rest of the days or evenings.
I wouldn't have missed it much either though I'd have just read a book, and I definitely wouldn't have answered an email from work that was work related.
To be fair
I remember as a kid there was an awful lot of shit in the charts then that did well as well. "I should be so lucky" for example. Even then it seemed an awful lot of the good music rarely made it in to the top of the charts.
For an alternative you can always try some of the stuff from Armen Rotch.
- Vid Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?