Re: average office
more like the density of sheep in offices
or rocking hose shit
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Actually, train travel in India is very good as long as you're not in 'General Ticket' class. The S or A class carriages are particularly good, roomy, clean, comfortable, AC and a food service. They provide newly laundered sheets and pillows for the overnight sleepers. And I'm pretty sure they're made it illegal to travel on the roof of the trains over there now. As long as I had time I would prefer to use the train to flying because they are so good, and very cheap.
'General Ticket' class is another matter, there's no way I'd use that especially now with Covid19 aroud. We had to use that once a few years on a 14 hour trip from Goa to Bangalore as we couldn't get anything on the other classes because it was a public holiday. Getting on was like the Pamplona bull run, the carriage was full, and I mean totally full seats, under seats, floor and luggage racks within about 10 seconds. We had to stand amongst the people on the floor for about the first 6-7 hrs, although the kids were given some space on a luggage rack. The train split at some point with half going to Mumbai. When the new engine connected the bump caused the toilet to overflow and it flowed in to the passenger cabin! After a couple of hours it dried so people started sitting on the floor again. Was a very long night that one.
So the Gov't keeps saying they have done all they can...
The investigation by BBC Panorama found that vital items were left out of the stockpile when it was set up in 2009 and that the government subsequently ignored a warning from its own advisers to buy missing equipment.
Why some NHS workers are wearing bin bags
Are NHS staff getting enough protective gear?
The expert committee that advises the government on pandemics, the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (Nervtag), recommended the purchase of gowns last June.
And now, trying to relax the lock-down with having mass scale testing or track and trace in place...recipe for a 2nd wave...we could be stuck with this for years...
A lot more protected now, but the IDCAMS DELETE USERCATALOG FORCE command was a pretty effective way to ruin yours and anyone nearby's life, at the very least for many hours, more if no effective backups in place.That's about as much as I want to remember of that horror show, getting to old to deal with it now, so do nothing at all where possible.
had one of those moments back in the 80's...days when there was issues with some of the old SLED disks started to lose their rust. Had one reporting errors so was asked to copy it to a spare just in case. Proceeded to do this using a very familiar utility I used daily, but not normally for disk to disk copy, usually disk to tape. Unbeknown to me, the copy function targeted DD statements in the reverse of a disk to tape backup, which meant I copied an empty spare disk over top of the live one! This wasn't immediately apparent as it was the mastercatalog volume which is largely static data and is mostly held on memory once first read, so the system carried on quite happily until something tried to update something on the volume but found it couldn't, because the volume was now effectively empty with no VTOC directory. Then came the realisation moment and having to fess up to the boss. Given the nature of the volume we realised that just restoring it from a backup would be OK, just wait until later in the day when we could afford to restart the system after a stand alone restore. So, next was to find a record of the last backup of this volume. Looking through the inventory I couldn't actually find one. Oh shit! The next step was having to find and wade through piles of line-flow paper to find any record of a backup. Please, any 'kin record! Eventually found it as one line on one single page at the bottom of one of the piles, which took about 2hrs. The backup was a bit old, but it was the only option available, and it was used to do a successful recovery and no actual harm done.
After that unpleasant experience I then audited the backup inventory and found many holes in it. This lead me to do a complete rewrite and revamp of the whole disaster backup and recovery strategy, which included both backup and recovery information generated at primary and secondary sites.
Never had an issue in working for or with women, it's not an issue. Most I get on with, some I don't, just like blokes.Merit where it's due.
Having women around does seem to make guys behave in a bit more mature way, and maybe that's what some don't like. And there are certainly some men who just don't seem to able to abide having a women in control. Sad, weak, bastards.
For simplicity I feel a transaction tax would be effective and simpler to administer. A transaction would be taxed in the physical jurisdiction it takes place which would be indisputable. It should also include any internal transfer pricing transactions. The larger the value of the transaction then graduate the tax accordingly to prevent artificial aggregation of smaller transactions. This would level the playing field between smaller and large business.
I'm sure most of those whinging about the 'exhorbitant contractor rates' here have never been contractors and experienced what it really means. It can be good money but it definitely takes it's toll in other ways as many have outlined.
I can confidently say that contractor productivity is significantly higher than their permie counterparts in most cases as the motivation is quite different. You stand on your own merits and only get rewarded for your own direct efforts, and you have to stay ahead of the game with the tools and business practices.
I've been on both sides of the fence and permie's take the piss in numerous ways, through sick (i.e. a terrible fecking hangover, or just can't be arsed) leave, over inflated overtime, self promotion on the back of others efforts, being obstructive to save their own positions etc etc, etc.
the 360 was carbon core memory, pre-silicon. I worked on a 360/40 with 48k main memory running DOS back in the mid 70's. Then moved to another place running the 370/125 which was considerably more advanced and included a screen for the master console, rather than the golf ball typewriter of the 360.
this is 100% about chilling any journalist, or whistle blower, or anyone, from outing information the Gov't doesn't want you to know about. That is even where it is murderous, illegal, anti democratic and downright dangerous.
Assange is the one that will feel the brunt of this, but the knock on affects to journalism and in fact democracy as a whole are terrifying.
And yet all the other media outlets who fed off Wikileaks for years republishing a lot of the same material are walking away scot free.
agreed. That combined with open plan where you always have some noisy tw4t at the other end of the orifice talking loudly to their mobile or anyone they hope will listen. WFH is a pleasure by comparison, and much more productive, for me anyway. And losing the commute through London is a major plus.
jeez, wish I had those BBC rose tinted spectacles to float through life singing kumbaiah.
The jobless rate may appear low, but increasing percentages of jobs are 0 hours contracts, gig economy, youth rates, unregistered and illegal/underpaid. Many jobless are unreported as they've simply given up trying. Of course it could be worse, no doubt it probably will be, but ffs. And better off, maybe in some terms of being cocooned in PC platitudes with about as much substance as a tissue in a furnace. They have none of the numerous baby boomer tax benefits and subsidies, and free education. Health care will become increasingly prohibitive as privatisation takes it's grip and favours only the well or wealthy.
Poliicians never (more accurately rarely, outside direct threat of war to common detriment) agree. The difference now is that it is bare fist using every tactic available, no holds barred, using all the new tools of the age such as social media, huge lobbying power increased by globalisation and the concentrated power of the 1%. Politics is in a completely new era, infinitely more toxic and in your face than ever before in history. Truth is only what power and money demand and project through the media.
Of course there has always been war of varying intensity. Now however it has become a video and media game on a global scale. It's disgusting. There may not be the gore on the western doorstep to the extent of WWI/II for now, but it is much more prevalent now than it ever was by far. It has just morphed into something remote, drones, sanctions, private mercenary armies, religious zealot armies either paraded or pilloried. None of the more recent conflicts are ever subject to any international scrutiny anymore because those that finance and prosecute these wars threaten economic sanctions and isolation to those questioning them, while at the same withdrawing from long term anti weapons proliferation or advancement treaties, at the same time pointing the finger at those of equal or lesser transgressions and demanding the harshest penalties.
The stress of today you gloss over so glibly is equally if not more horrendous than previous generations contended with. It is life long, not confined to a finite military conflict. Mental stress can have the same or worse consequences to physical stress, and is a major contributor to increased cancer levels and general violence, particularly domestic violence which is largely unreported but equally devastating and affecting really wide circles of people, especially women and children.
Education. In the UK generally £9k per year now against an average income of around £25k, regardless of the quality or location of the university, plus living expenses. Sure, you don't repay the fee's until you earn over £22k or whatever although at an infleible fixed rate, but the taxpayer does, and parents pick up the living expenses and most often house and feed the kids to a large extent until mid to late thirties post university. And the universities increasingly only target research and development to match corporate requirements to get their required funding. Pure research is almost extinct.
In terms of alcohol, half the problem is about quality. Drink White Lightening 7 days a week and you'll be on a much steeper downward slop than with some quality british ale. But proper british ale is becoming ridiculously expensive, and so many pubs (i.e. social hubs) are closing it's often difficult to even get it in many areas.
so, will the US Gov't ban Volvo's in the US as well as Huawei? Really unhappy with even the concept of where this is going. If someone comes up with a 'cooking model' car that includes electronics ONLY for fuel efficiency and ABS (not even interested in 'connected' systems, keyless entry or even USB/Bluetooth etc b0llicks), I would be in the market for my FIRST ever new car. But even fuel efficiency if recorded can relate to driver behaviour so is on the edge for me. So p1ssed off with all this. Might be time to invest in my Vincent Back Shadow Rapide I've been putting off for so long.
One of the more difficult nights sleep we've had was in Laos a few years back where the guest house was a fairly rickety place built on stilts that hung out over the river. There were so many gaps in both the walls and floor that even the weak single streetlight found its way through. You then had the (very loud) sounds of the 'kin gecko's on walls and the splashing of the fish in the river below. Combined with 'bed sheets' that had the sweat of a thousand previous sweaty guests embedded to the extent that they were shiny, could stand on their own, and had to be peeled off if you wanted to get out of bed. Sleeping on the floor and fighting the mosquitoes became more attractive after a point. The kids luxuriated sleeping on our cloths up against the back packs on the floor too. Needless to say we moved on...was only about £1.50 for the night though
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