Re: doesn't bode well for Britain's industrial future
Joseph Lucas ..... Prince of Darkness.
980 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007
This is what happens when these brilliant guys take charge:
Mulliman was McKinseys lead banking consultant before McKinseu recommended him for CEO at Credit Suisse.his fellow McKnsey aviation consultant borked .Swissair
To quote the venerable (and stinking rich) Warren Buffet.
Survey paid for by Agile tools company finds you will be less stressed using Agile tools -- surprise.
In reality agile puts more stress on software developers. The lack of attention to process, the obsession with rapid deployment.
"Customer Collaboration" over "Contract Negotiation" is a recipe for scope creep.
Rapid deployments puts extra burdens on testers -- more releases with more bugs.
Agile may work in a funky Web2 startup, but, in large organisations there are very few success stories.
On one project I was at. The Client blocked internet access to the IBMers on the project when he realised they were spending two or three hours a day on being IBMers. Answering stupid emails, filling in HR forms, doing pointless power point courses so they could be labelled “certified … “ etc. etc,
The move did not end up increasing their productivity as they had to do all the crap at home and were knackered by the time they got to the office.
Lucky escape leaving the organisation before it appointed a corrupt, racist authoritarian as president.
The EU will collapse under the wait of its contradictions and bureaucratic inertia.
How long will the voters Germany, Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden be happy handing out bundles of cash to the homophobic, gerrymandering rulers of Hungary, Poland or the gangsters of Roumania and Bulgaria?
There is no mention of Irn-,,Bru or Lorne sausage which can only mean there were no Scott's involved in the survey.
Of the ,100 "cures"actually listed only three have any scientific value. The banana, the bloody Mary and especially the Bacon Butty.
Consult the "Ladybird book of the Hangover" for information on "Bacon Replacement Therapy"
Britain championed Free Trade in the 18th century, But in the 19th century this policy did not apply to the third of the world that was coloured pink on the map.
The British empire countries could only sell their raw materials to Britain and could only buy manufactured goods from Britain.
This worked well for the most part but did lead to a number absurd and unjust situations. E.G. India a country surrounded by sea and bathed in hot sunshine was not allowed to produce its own salt but was forced to buy mineral salt produced in Cheshire using the expensive and polluting process of evaporating brine over coal fires.
A collision in space between two reasonably hefty objects would result in thousands of bullet and football sized chunks travelling a speed in random directions. Just a couple need to hit another satelite to create more bullet sized debris instituting a chain reaction. After some time the earth will be surrounded by a field of flying metal that ised to be satelites. No more GPS but on the bright side no more SKY tv.
Local government accounting is so different form business accounting that they were mis-sold SAP in the first place. Given the amount of customisation required to get a usable SAP system often requires more man hours than writing a system from scratch the added complexity of Local Government finance and personal requirements only complicates things further.
By requirements stuff like every penny spent has to be traced back to a "resolution of the council" and anyone who voted for the resolution is personally liable for any mis-spending.
As for HR many council officers have legal responsibilities when carrying out there duties (others do not!) and just working out who is allowed to do what can be a nightmare (consider that "what" can involve removing children from a parent and putting them in a care home.)
It matters a great deal to millions of people in the third world.
The B & M G foundation has been extraordinarily effective compared with government aid programs and most NGOs.
Eradicating polio and hopefully doing the same for malaria save thousands of lives and gives millions of people a chance to escape poverty and lead healthy productive lives.
The OS just gets crappier -- but hey people still buy it.
PowerPC -- one of the many own goals from Motorola and IBM.
Motorola just abandoned their biggest customer, and, IBM couldn't be arsed to step in and produce a chip suitable for a high end laptop. Given the chips they have supplied to Sony and Nintendo over the years and the awsome compute power of the high end AIX chips, they could easily have come up with a chip with the right power consumption/performance for the next generation of mac books.
The EU is a bureaucratic organisation set up by mostly western European governments to harmonise regulations and ease trading. It has expanded over the years to regulate other areas. It is famously inefficient and unresponsive to the needs of anyone but its employees.
Europe is a large sub-continent which has hosted some of the earliest civilisations, has a 3,000 years of history and culture and currently comprises of dozens of regions and languages. The people are generally friendly, the food comes in many varieties and is delicious, the wines are excellent and the beer is OK. Europeans more than any-one else are responsible for the science and moral philosophies which comprise the modern world. England, Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland are part of Europe.
It seems to be a common mistake to confuse one with the other.
If you program in any modern language then you should get a US keyboard.
All the square, curly things are on easy to access single press keys. All the rest are on simple shifts. You need never use the alt key again.
Arabic and Thai keyboards all have a US layout when English language is selected.
I did not think they did that any more.
I personally know no-one in the UK who goes to church, mosque or synagogue regularly.
Although most will tick the "christian" box on a form they don't really believe it other than it provides an atmospheric venue for weddings and funerals.
Given that the fastest growing religion in the last census was "jedi" the UK is
pretty much an agnostic country.
The remoaner vs. brexiteer correlation is probably because Anglicans are more
likely to be ethnic English with all grandparents born in England, Catholics
are more likely to have some sort of migrant background (Irish, Italian, Polish etc.).
The free food is there to keep you in the office for longer.
It's all part of the USAin obsession with being at the workplace for an excessive number of hours.
It should be noted that countries that mandate shorter working week are just as productive.
SQL is a nightmare to parse!
Large numbers of keywords to support.
Inconsistent grammar (sometimes "var = x " sometimes "(var1, var2) (x, y)"
Massively recursive you can place another "select" almost anywhere.
Really inconsistent as in you cannot place another "select" just anywhere.
It can also be tedious to write matching lists of variables to lists of parameters or values is just plain error prone.
Codd hated SQL! It took the beautiful mathematically provable relational algebra and turned it into a messy natural language with all its ambiguities and opportunities for misunderstanding.
Here are a few examples of SQL parsers:
Most of these come in at 2000 plus line of ANTLR code compared with a language like smalltalk with comes in at 104 lines of code.
As a footnote the reason the scrap yard had so many spares was Aberdeen taxi drivers had a unique business model.
- buy a cheap lada
(cheap to run and easy to maintain)
- Run it until it broke down or, more frequently, the springs poked through the seats.
- scrap it and buy another one
In the 80s various Russian touring perfume ring orchestras and groups always insisted on a performance in Aberdeen.
The reason being there was a local scrap yard with the biggest collection of used Lada spares in the world. Virtuoso violinists could be seen rummaging around for an alternator, ballet dancers getting grubby searching for a windscreen motor for granny’s car etc.
According to this
Bitcoin has the same carbon footprint as Switzerland
and the same electricity consumption as Finland.
So basically Bitcoin is consuming as much resources as a Medium sized western country and will only get worse as the current Tulip buying frenzy goes on.
Still making mainframes, customers still buying them, IBM still making money on them.
The mainframe hardware and associated software and services have been subsidising IBMs attempts to re-imagine their business for 20 years now.
Ridiculous. The U.K. has some of the weakest employment protection in the western world.
In France and Germany it is almost impossible to sack an employee, and it takes months of effort and documentation to do it legally.
With nearly 4% of the work force on zero hours contracts, lowly paid internships, short term contracts etc. etc. Short of bringing back serfdom its difficult to see how the balance of power could be shifted to favour the employers more.
Perhaps a stable, respected, well paid workforce with rights and job security might go some way to competing with Germany's industrial might.
Dog whistle phrase for city plonkers is “closing real estate”.
They plan to sell of all there buildings and offices while the UK property market is overheated.
They will have to sack the people who work in those buildings, and lose any customers who expected some sort of service. But by then the financial wizards will have pocketed the cash and unloaded the shares into your granny’s ISO.
IBM have screwed up every software company takeover.
Lotus Notes -- was actually the best you could do and still have a workflow/db run on a 386. problem was IBM stuck with the original and hated UI for ever. Great idea destroyed by penny pinching.
Rational Software -- Rational Rose, Clearcase were ubiquitous in large companies. OO Superstars like Booch left almost immediately after the takeover. The products languished unloved for years.
Tivoli -- king of the entrprise monitoring software. Same old story of neglect, and, worse IBM's home grown collection of ancient tools (IEBCPY ffs!) re branded as Tivoli.
Redbrick -- the vanishing DB.
This is effectivly a tax on British owned and operated companies.
Foreign owned businesses just do not pay it.
e.g. Starbucks after some public outcry now "volunteers" to pay approx 3.5 million in corporation tax.
Costa Coffee pays 24 million.
Costa could actually reduce this by operating some well know fiddles involving Luxembourg but choose not to. These options are not viable for smaller companies.
So it raises very little money and gives a competitive advantage to giant multi-national companies over locally owned businesses.
I got the most downvotes ever when I posted a tongue in check comment on a leak of medical data.
The point being that anyone over 60 shared their medical history with anyone who would listen including random strangers on the bus.
Just to prove this thread consists entirely of people over 50 sharing their medical histories.
(No personal experience in the Colon department, but we could start a new thread on Prostate tests)
NHS Digital has very little to do with the actual National Heath Service.
Realising that outsourcing health infrastructure to private for profit companies is deeply unpopular
the government has Hi-Jacked the NHS brand name to disguise it's "dosh for chums" scheme.
Had they called it Roll Rocye Digital they would be snowed under with writs, but, alas
the NHS cannot defend itself from a government that is ideologically opposed to anything
run by the government and would prefer us to have a fully privatised health care system
similar to the ludicrously inefficient and cruel system that fails the USA.
White working class are the only group that you can safely mock in public. Public schoolboy Harry Enfield has been taking the piss the white working class for decades without anyone complaining.
The labour party which was founded to represent the working classes of the UK has very few working class people in senior positions. The last serious senior labour politician who acted and sounded working class was John Prescott who was the but of endless ridicule.
For the most part the complaints about the under representation of ethic minorities in higher positions, is, actually just an under-representation of people from working class backgrounds in general.
So poor housing, underfunded education, no employment security, a stock market that rewards companies for reducing head count etc. etc.
While I agree with your comments. The white working class in the UK is very much an oppressed majority.
The situation in the USA is very different. I have scars on my tung from having to keep quite while senior well educated American colleges made blatantly racist comments. The number of times what I thought were decent friendly people decided because I was white I must be as racist as them and shared their abhorrent views over a beer.
130 years after the civil war the USA has a chronic race problem and thanks to Trump and co. It’s getting worse.
Marker Pens. I used to buy them in bulk form office world and take a couple of fresh ones to every meeting/presentation as the ones in the meeting room never ever worked. Worse some d**kh**d distributed some indelible pens so some feeble resoning could be on display for months.
You hit the nail on the head,
A short contract obliges you to return the borrowed shares on a specific date.
If you do not you get thrown off the exchange and can never trade again.
This is the magic of the current situation -- the hedge funds have to buy the shares.
As long as most hedge funds keep making bigger bets to try to cover their losses the share price will go up. So its a question of which fund loses their nerve or goes bankrupt first. The last hedge fund standing will clean up.
I had to ditch a perfectly functional Epson printer because the driver stopped working after a win 10 update. It took about 4 hours to get the replacement printer up and running ( 30 seconds to get it working on Android ). Win 10 gives the appearance of “just works” because someone at the factory has spent weeks patching together a setup that works with their hardware.
I have only come across two boxes ( both cheapo PCs on a stick ) where Linux mint did not install first time.
Currently EU fiscal policy and the EURO is governed by the German race memory of the 1920s hyper-inflation, they are applying remedies to fix a problems that occurred 100 years ago.
EU social policy has been high-jacked by the right wing zealots of Poland and Hungary -- and under the current rules there is nothing the other 15 members can do about it.
Interestingly both Spain and Italy have rejected the EUs Covid relief package after they saw what happened to Greece when they accepted a rescue loan from the EU. EU economists are still advocating "a course of leeches" as the solution to all problems.
Many good things abut the EU (its where I live) but it is very far from perfect.
As of early 2019 a device with ONLY 32GB of storage will be bricked by a windows update.
It’s only a matter of time (months probably) until 64GB is too small to handle a bloated update, given the appalling performance of the win 10 UI on celerion based devices I would advise anyone against buying a low end windows laptop no matter how cheap.
The other problem is these low end devices have cobbled together bios which will not allow an easy switch to Linux ( here looking at you ASUS).
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