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Military-grade bruiser: Getac F110 rugged tablet... is no iPad

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Re: Rugged?

"The most bizarre repair was somebody who drove a forklift directly into the touchscreen and pushed it almost through the back of the casing! :-O"

I am indirectly involved in big touch screens - sorta 500cm x 300cm x200cm - at the edges of their solid stainless cab. And I am told more than the odd one gets this treatment. Why?

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

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T34, IS2 vs Tiger any Panter any

"Accordingly, the Germans created the Tiger and Panther series, which dominated battlefields for the rest of the war"

Not so. On paper maybe, but in the mud and dust of Belarus and the east German plain they looked good in the German cinemas but failed consistently. Mechanical breakdowns, way to expensive to make and almost impossible to repair in the field.

As Clausewitz said 'fog of war' albeit about something else - the Germans designed something to fit their mad ideals not the real stuff on the ground.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Re: Exact Change

The hegemony of the Oyster card extends beyond Zone 6!

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Spanish struggle to control spelling of 'WhatsApp'

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Universidad de Salamanca

she say El Internet.

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wasap

Was the way I heard it said first - before I had heard it in English. I back worked it to WhatsApp to my Spanish yoof and since then the ones I know say Whatsapp - they pretty well all speak English anyhow.

The gender of Internet I shall submit to Salamanca for a ruling, back in a mo.

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Farewell Felix Dennis, deal-maker supreme of tech publishing

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Dennis was given a lighter charge because the judge considered him “very much less intelligent”.

Which was the comment of the very biased* Old Bailey of the first trail.

And those of us around at the time found it was one part of the summing up we kinda agreed with

Dennis spent his time and money trying to re-write history over his involvement in School Kids Oz, (I am a proud owner of a copy) and I have watched as he got adsorbed by the establishment he claims to have antagonised

Richard Neville, with Anderson, the real smarts behind Oz wrote some telling stuff about Dennis in Hippie Hippie Shake, IIRC. Mostly about how he scuttled away as soon as he could.

Not a fan.

* other words could be used but this post would not get allowed if used.

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For one night only – Ibsen classic gets the Dolby Atmos treatment

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Atmosphere in an Ibsen play - what?

I though the point of Ibsen was there is no atmosphere - its a record of stultified time passing.

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

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Re: Tents

Another thumbs up for Force 10. Mine spent may a year as base camp in some part of the Alps. Faded like hell, but still OK. My wife loaned it to the daughter of a friend. Said bint left it in a field at some festival. Much wailing and crying. Arse.

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London Tech Week: All for the luvvies and the joke's on you, taxpayers

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Re: The next big thing

Bang on on the garage thing

Shoreditch is just useful for concentrating all the beard wearing hipsters so we South of the river don't have to suffer them too much.

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Bring your own device – as long as it's Microsoft

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Re: Need more business app support

Webex is there and no Tripcase. but I buzz around the world with the BA, American airlines an Marriott applications on my corp. 635. I don't like the integrated apps, if I am booking a BA flight, I want to do it with BA. You mileage may vary

Our corp choice is Windows through out and whilst a number of my fellow brilliantined zoot suited manager sluts cried when the iPhones were taken off them, it's ceased to be topic of conversation.

I see no reason contra WP, just as I see no pushing reason pro WP

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TIME TRAVELLERS needed to secure Windows 7

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Re: Combo Upate

TOM38 - oh get you using a big word and trying to put someone down. Maybe the geezer knows Latin or pretty well any South European language and then he doesn't need to follow your advice - just uses logic. Nitwit.

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Whoops! Google's D-Day Doodle honors ... Japan

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Re: Gordon 10

"They went into battle with about a hundred rounds."

No space for that amount. The inside is really cramped. Yes experienced crews did overload the compartment but IIRC the stored was about 30, lying around was about 18 and stuck where the wireless operator sat about 10. But they know if they were hit there was no second chance

But as you say 40 rounds for an 85mm gun, laughable. There was no chance of replacing them as they advanced the workshops were often 100s of Kms behind. They just kept firing and the ZIS just threw in more shells.

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Re: YAAC

@Matt Bryant - Again I agree, but I would add that we must understand what the Russians in the East were doing. On the 22nd of June Operation Bagration started. Quoted by most 2nd WW specific historians as the single biggest operation in WW2 (and thus history) and the single biggest contribution to the destruction of the German army.

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Re: Gordon 10

@Matt Bryant

Great post and from the evidence I have read in German and English pretty well spot on. The Jumo had a realistic in service life of 10 to 12 hours. If they had used the energy and scare materials making lots of Panthers and dumping the Tiger the war might have finished on the right side of the Oder. But if you have a manic as a leader and you follow him rationale goes out f the window.

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The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google

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Re: Noboby uses Bing for a good reason

"OS maps were available on WP Bing maps,"

Agree with all your comments on the Ordnance.

Now, as you say, if we had the old 2.5" series on the WP wouldn't that be spiffing?

And even better we could have Series 1 OS on the phone. Double spiffing!!

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Failover in FOUR SECONDS? HP's SAP-specific iron hits the streets

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Re: how on earth did it come to this?

You forgot the /s

To run a major ERP system with hundred level BOMs and create MRP work tos for multiple workcentres with stock pulls from multiple warehouse is a tad more difficult than you outline

Whilst no fan of SAP, most of the stories against them originate in failed implementations which mostly is nothing to do with their software; its the people working around it.

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IT'S ALIVE! ISEE-3 responding to commands

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Re: Congrats

And Chapettes

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

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Re: There's also some handy android apps

"Mind you I can't honestly recommend travelling to Banbury just to use a barcode scanner on a ticket barrier."

I'm down wid dat dude.

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Re: Good Thing (TM)

"Yes, in the UK we get to pay hefty subsidies, and inflated ticket prices. And still have rubbish trains."

I disagree, but its almost impossible to answer the subsidies issue. There are no clear published numbers of direct and even more difficult indirect funding and add to the picture the money the Brit Rail Cos return to the Gov but reading the German, French and Spanish press you get the impression the Govt funding is very good

On fares, you will be surprised in comparison to our close European neighbours

Take a look

http://www.seat61.com/uk-europe-train-fares-comparison.html#.U33pKz9OWM8

Of course in places further East, ie Slovak Republic, Hungary and Mother Russia the fares by iron horse are pence.

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Re: Good Thing (TM)

"Or, short form - "privatisation". Thanks for that one, Tony Blair."

Enlighten me - how did Tony Blair have anything to do with that?

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Re: Good Thing (TM)

"The German train service makes the free Deutsche Bahn app (every train in Europe, every bus in Germany, and the app's available in English and Kraut)."

Its called subsidies

And the trains and bus - well in London and environs are not bad. Full, yes - but not bad.

And if the DBB were so great how come the app doesn't cover Chiltern which they own?

The day I can book at Moor Street for Madrid and get a through return I will rejoice.

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SouthWest trains Twitter does it for me

Their service tells you what's going on without you having to do anything

Also Twit them and they will turn on heating, aircon or whatever is necessary.

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Re: There's also some handy android apps

"I use the Chiltern App" Me too - appears to do everything I want.

But why do they not accept the lovely barcode tickets at other places than the lovely Marylebone

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Achtung! Use maths to smash the German tank problem – and your rival

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Re: The tank used for the illustration ...

Yes, the ISU 122 built on a KV1 chassis. Strictly a tank destroyer. But found a niece use in the Battle for Berlin. The infantry would ask then to blow a hole through a row of houses so they could avoid the dangerous street.

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'I run my business from my phone' says Benioff as Salesforce shovels $93m into the furnace

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1.23 billion, only!

Wow, I thought they were bigger than that. Thus now I understand the slowness to develop and low prices they charge.

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'Microsoft Research slides' show touch-enabled Office - report

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Re: and also

I use Excel on my WinP quite successfully

I create spreadsheets on the PC, save them to OneDrive and then in meeting display them on the screen through PhotoBeamer. Instant corrections and changes

All works rather well.

Its all about using the appropriate tool at the appropriate time.

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Microsoft: Take a seat over there, SAP, on the AZURE CLOUD

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Interesting figures

These appear much much better than our tests - for competitive purposes.

I shall have the testing staff flogged and sold into slavery forthwith

Normally I would want to know how much got posted per screen - along the idea of how many order lines per order (I know its not an SOP system) but the data shifting there is good whatever.

Of course we can't believe any of this - its on Microsoft Azure and its Microsoft software and thus just can't work.

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Dynamics scalable

mmm our testing shows not so much. But I keep an open mind.

To use Azure to max benefit you need async top to bottom of your software design and statelessness at each boundary between scale out 'layers'

Then Azure's tech and payment structures really run well.

The difficulty as far as I can see is how companies with so much invested in many 1000s of person years of programing are going to re-engineer for the Azure (or any other VM role based) structure.

This SAP movement will be interesting to watch, and check if they change the structures

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Job for IT generalist ...

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Re: So what _can_ you do?

I back up what the spectacularly refined chap says. Any CV has to have solid evidence of what you have achieved or done - must explain responsibilities and have numerical evidence. A list of things you know is useless

HR reject CVs if there is no sign of achievement before they send them to me as they know they will be binned.

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Money and people

" I can behave appropriately up to Cxx level both internally and with clients, and I'm happy to crawl under a desk to plug in network cables"

Can't do both. If you have the mind that lets you talk to a CEO of some multi-million turnover company you will not delight in scrubbing under a desk.

I am a waster of a manager with a magnificent superiority complex that most of you think you would hate. I also wheel my salary home in a wheelbarrow.

How come? - money and people. The two most difficult items to handle in any project It, bringing a car engine to market, or designing a thing. All of which I have done or been associated with.

If you can summarize a complex problem in the terms of your audience, relate it to their wants and also provide ££ based choices you can talk to a CEx, but those features are the opposite of sitting down trying to fix a buggy program.

I know enough about JSON, C#, IP routing, database design and so on that I can have a decent discussion with the people perpetrating the work, but more importantly I can translate that into something that people way above me or at a customer can understand just enough for them to make a decision which mostly I have made for them.

If you can't do that, stick to some aspect of computing but be fucking good at what you do - the best in your group. I do not employ generalists, only people highly skilled in their own area, but they can also communicate to their peers. They form ad hoc teams to build systems and solve problems, but unless you are damn good you can't do the work fast enough.

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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in 1941 the Soviet army looked an awful lot bigger than the German army,

But we know what happened.

Pragmatic view of men and weapons meant that the Red Army ended up with battle and war winning tanks, planes, guns and strategies.

They did cross the Oder and end up strolling down Unter der Linden.

Things can change dramatically - which is the point of the article.

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‘Scapegoated’ BBC tech boss calls foul, kicks off unfair sacking tribunal

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Bunch o'luvvies

BBC is populated, mostly, by a bunch of self serving and networked Oxbridge luvvies who have no idea of projects this large and this complex - allegedly.

The internecine management/commissioning structure might be useful if you want a bloke in a linen jacket with a scarf wandering over Italy expounding on pre-Etruscan nose fluting, but not keeping controls on a project as big as this with no clear and agreed outcomes. Again allegedly

No wonder his is going for unfair dismissal. Anyone on that salary and employed to manage such a project should be making risk assessments and making the 'management' forcefully aware every week. If he didn't, he should fry.

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Larry Ellison looks out from his island paradise and thinks: I wanna buy the LA Clippers

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Re: Ellison may not want it, though

"But isn't it the Left that claims to live by:

"I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it...""

Nope it was Voltaire

I'll leave you to your search engine to determine if he is The Left

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Re: Cos its not a real sport...

If you rely on Mr American chest wig himself* it is - "There are but three true sports--bullfighting, mountain climbing, and motor-racing. The rest are merely games"

*Ernest Hemingway. The only good thing about him is that it made a lot of Americans (search of the elusive Great American Novel) come to Paris when I was living there - and some were pliant women.

Shit off to HR again..

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

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Re: Well, it was only a matter of time......

@dogged my thoughts also. And should Amaz, Sams, et al create another store they can hook into that.

Irony much

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Go ahead and un-install .Net, but you'll CRIPPLE Windows Server 2012

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Re: Time to Migrate.

<If the last Microsoft Server thing you used was Server 2003, then definately try Server 2012 R2 ....>

And a honey to run SQL 2014 on.

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Selfies are so 2013. Get ready for DRONIES – the next hipster-cam-gasm

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A Lamboghini is driven by a tosser with too much money

Way more subtle than that

A Lambo 400Gt is driven by a man of depth, and subtlety

Any Lambo after that is driven by a tosser with too much money

A BMW CSL of any stripe is driven by a man with a fine sensibility, all else (maybe not a 2002 tii) is in wankerville

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Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

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Re: Good business maxim

Andreessen Horowitz beg to differ

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MS could sell a boatload more if they were actually able to get hold of them...

This.

To get them into the hands of sales we have gone to JL and used the corp AMEX. Expensive but effective until someone in the US noticed and told us to go back to hookers, Veuve and the Colombians. They have a GL code for that.

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SAP's on-site apps fumble for the gearstick as cloud stamps pedal

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More detail than they will release

would be interesting.

Those on prem sales - what is the decline in new lics., vs upgrades vs extra seats.

What's the margin on the cloud based seats?

Plus a lot more before we could really asses which way their business is going.

Whilst I hate R3 with a vengeance, I just don't see it going away for decades and will provide Herr Hopp many D.Marks for years to come

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Microsoft signs Motorola to Android patent pact – no, not THAT Motorola

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Re: Please, tell us...

Use your favourite search engine to read stuff around Russell's teapot, to understand your fallacious use of English

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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Re: IMG Breaking News!!

"Smaller population size than who Gallup considered I guess due to Gallup having a new better different population estimate."

Not necessarily

If you work out your sample error as you go along you can see the error become asymptotic with the error axis and can reasonably decide to not to talk to any more corn feed Iowans

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

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No Bar!!

The very concept of a Spanish collection of houses without a bar is a defect against God!

Of course it has a bar.

Where I go in Spain, in the mountains in the north, I often roll up to a village with a church, about 6 house some cows and about 8 inhabitants. But it does have a bar.

Mota, a hill, mmmm, a bit of an exaggeration - maybe a small rise in the ground.

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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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Re: Fukushima

"Assuming there was coolant to pump and a circuit to pump it round"

There was and the pumps etc worked fine, until the batteries gave out after 8 hrs IIRC.

The real fail was as said above, the diesel generators and the tanks were close to the sea. If they had been about 200 meters inland they would have survived and probably no one would have ever heard the words Fukushima Dai - ichi

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Re: Fukushima

"Err, they did. I just wasn't built on the scale of the event that did hit them."

Also as the ground had sunk by 2m (??) their wall was a little lower than expected - sea being flat and all that.

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Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment

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Re: Dropbox drops the ball.

"More of a paper tiger, really. Yes, they got to control half of Europe after WWII, but that happened because they were there when the war ended, and they got there on their own, at their own expense."

I wouldn't have called them a paper tiger. NATO was certainly weary of them during the 70s especially as the tanks they had massed on the Eastern German border could have got to the Channel before the first wave of US paratroops had been sent n from aircraft carried Great Britain. NATO's declared strategy if they had invaded was to use tactical nuclear battlefield weapons (curious phrase)

And the reason they occupied the part of Europe they did was because the Americans waited at the Elbe.

Sources - I was at NATO in the 70s, and my dad was a signals liaison officer with US Army, waiting, on the Elbe.

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Re: Dropbox drops the ball.

@Anon C 101

I have traveled extensively in the CIs/USSR or whatever starting in 1966 when a schoolboy and I make you right. The changes in attitude of the general population came about very quickly and were very different in different areas. Just as we are seeing in Crimea now, you cannot consider Russia as a homogeneous block.

I was in Berlin for the wall, my chunk comes from Potsdam Platz, and talking to some of Osties they were surprised at the state of affairs and I guess they would not have foreseen that Wednesday in November

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Murdoch says Microsoft needs 'big clean out'

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Re: "[MS] was early to understand and realise the potential of XML"

@BlueGreen

I was working with MSXML on one of our products early in its life. MSFT did have their own version of XML because in the early days the standard was not useful. Their 'extensions' made it so and we were able to develop our products using it. We constantly tried to use other browsers and change the specs of our programs to make them browser agnostic. It was impossible.

Further more one of our very smart guys was on a ww3c committee looking at the XML spec trying to get it extended so it would carry more information. Eventually it did, we changed our software and we could use FF etc.

We had Redmond people working with us and I do not remember any sense they were trying break XML, they just wanted push on.

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How Brit computer maker beat IBM's S/360 - and Soviet spies

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We also see that BMC/Austin Morris are losing loads of money building cars

As a Brummie working in design in the car industry during its turbulent years I know your description is overly simplistic. Profits are almost what an accountant wants to make them.

Like the old saw the Mini never made a profit (apart from being a shite Issigonis design) is to an extent true, but it made a great contribution which then made the 1100/1300 massively profitable.

BL’s fail was an amalgam of poor middle management, run away labour relations and lack of coherent vision. You could have got that synopsis from most of the line workers, the shit middle management, the designers and engineers and the two senior management I knew

Why did they sleep walk into disaster is the real question.

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Re: Blue sleeves?

And regulation thin very dark blue tie.

No button down collars, and no big belt buckles

Two days on the std. IBM course on how to dress.

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