Re: "The same needs to happen in security"
That’s the sort of red tape Truss wants to get rid off to unchain Britannia, right?
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No, China and Russia are not self sufficient.
China imports food, iron ore and oil and apart from that they risk a property bust if growth flags.
Russia has raw materials, but seems to lack the ability to do much with them at scale. The gas pipelines were mostly built by Germans. The whole economy is just too corrupt and dysfunctional.
I did hear stories, in hard times, of companies advertising non-existing positions to give the impression they were doing well.
I also once applied for a job in the Danish ministry of the Environment where they obviously had an internal candidate and just went through the motions. They asked for someone with experience from EU projects and negotiations in English (I checked both after working in UK on EU projects for over 4 years) and didn't get an interview. I phoned and asked come and if it was a problem I lived abroad, and got the answer "well, it is not our problem".
Of course they leave - I was told by staff from a very competent company installing WiFi network in our house that you can't really get to earn more than about €20k/y by working for others. Lisbon pay may be higher, and the right degree helps, but rents in Lisbon are really tough for locals. The newly IT graduated son of a friend was offered €24k/y in Lisbon, but then looked at costs and declined.
Because of employment protection, a number of companies (generally, not just IT) make sure to fire their staff before they become permanent after 2 years. Likewise, a lot of people regard it as madness to leave a permanent position, no matter the pay or conditions
Is it strange if some of us non-native users of English are confused?
I “try” to stick to British conventions (as I worked there for five years, and consistency), but it can be effing hard.
BTW, I think my spellchecker gives the option of English (Jamaica). Could be interesting.
Totally agree. I have consistently found, during assembly of more IKEA stuff than I like to think about, that if it doesn’t work it’s because I skipped too fast through the manual.
The holes match and the bits are there, which is more than you can say about some alternatives.
I have to disagree. Stocks are a claim on future dividends of the company. Fiat currency can normally be used to buy goods and services, as well as paying taxes which gives it basic utility.
Derivatives are usually based on some underlying real world claim or asset.
Bitcoin et al are only of use if you manage to exchange it to fiat currency.
That appears to be (or at least did) SOP for verification in England, possibly UK.
In the 90es, I needed acceptance (or letter of rejection) from the electoral roll to open a better bank account.
I went to the town hall, showed my passport, and as no one objected I was accepted after 2 weeks. For EP and local elections.
My wife did the same with the expectation of being rejected as she was a student, but also got accepted.
Here in Portugal things can also take time, but at least they have changed the freezing procedure: e.g. if there are two account holders half the balance is frozen. This can make a huge difference to a surviving spouse.
Denmark does as Belgium, but at least the unfreezing usually happens within a month.
My oldest son is starting the last year of a physics/engineering M.Sc. He plans to do a minor in some CS subject as it is hard to see the jobs in the purer physics areas, een considering all of Europe - he counts on going abroad as starting pay around here is rarely higher than €20000/y.
- I half joking suggested him to learn COBOL!
I can give you one more. The first days of January 2000, one of the systems used to calculate claims for car insurance insurance in Denmark didn’t work. Probably something about the time from first registration to the damage.
It was decided not to test the system in advance as the other systems made by Maersk Data were prioritised, the ones that made sure they knew what to do with the containers on the boats
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