5 posts • joined 21 Feb 2011
Problems a few weeks ago
I live in Sheffield, and myself and all of my friends who are on Three had a huge, *six day* outage a few weeks ago. Three eventually admitted there was a problem but wouldn't say what it was, or what they had done to fix it.
I respectfully disagree
I respectfully disagree with your analysis. It's impossible for anybody to say for certain what would have happened to OnDigital had its encryption system not been hacked.
OnDigital carried most of the best channels available on Sky, and was much cheaper. It was also possible to receive if you were unable to have a Satellite dish, as applied to a great many people. People in rented accommodation, or in flats, or listed buildings, or students, or people who simply moved about a lot (you could take your box anywhere). Look at the success of Freeview today - it is essentially the same technology. It is successful not only because it's free, but because it's also much more convenient than Sky.
If the hacking of their smart cards had no effect on the success or failure of OnDigital, why did somebody clearly spend a great deal of time and money doing so? And in any case, should they be excused simply because some people feel that OnDigital was already badly run?
This article is worded and structured very oddly. It seems at pains to emphasise the gains made by Sony and Microsoft, while almost disguising the fact that Wii was still the best-selling console in 2010. "Nintendo market share slumped in 2010", indeed? From first place by a mile, to first place comfortably, more like.
Culture shock works both ways
Having worked in both public and private sectors, there are some extremely talented people in both, and a similar number of clock-watchers.
However, it's definitely true to say that the culture, outlook and personalities you find in each sector are very different. If we do see a mass exodus of former public sector workers to the private sector, the new approaches which they bring are likely to benefit business in the medium to long term.
Of course, quite a lot of people who have become comfortable in their private sector roles will be challenged by these people and their ideas. Perhaps that's the real reason that they don't want to hire them?
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