Re: This is almost bibilical
Tut, tut, mind your language Neil.
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I am in no way condoning fraud, and of course any people claiming fraudulent GST refunds should be penalised (and if possible more severe punishments for the scheme's promoters)
But, on my reading of articles about this, it appears that many of the people claiming the refunds may have been people doing it tough during the pandemic (and possibly not having good financial advice/knowledge). Of course, their behaviour was clearly illegal, and therefore much easier for the ATO to penalise, rather than going after those who can afford smart accountants/lawyers to help them operate the grey area between avoidance and evasion.
Auto reply to all complaint emails à la Basil Fawlty:
"You ponce in here expecting to be waited on hand and foot, while I'm trying to run a hotel here. Have you any idea of how much there is to do? Do you ever think of that? Of course not, you're all too busy sticking your noses into every corner, poking around for things to complain about, aren't you?"
Totally agree with the sentiment, but would add that common sense also appears not to be taught in business executive school: if you're going to fire someone with elevated network privileges, you make damn sure you disable their access when you escort them from the building. Especially if they have already demonstrated a degree of ratbaggery.
Still, as one trainer in my first aid course commented years ago: "common sense isn't actually that common".
And Musk also appears to be insisting that pointing out Tesla was lying is not "free speech" and should thus be restricted.
What Musk will make of this article, I wonder: https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-cybertruck-safety-guideless-missile-experts-say-2023-12?amp
So, in 2 months of operation, with up to umpteen thousand searches per day, Interpol have arrested precisely *one* suspect? Always assuming that this guy was in fact travelling with fake documents, rather than the system identifying the wrong person.
Why am I so cynical about police press releases? :(
Taking up @ACs initial comment, it seems to me that "AI researchers" have very little idea what people actually do in their jobs - whether clergy, lawyers, psychologists, etc, etc.
I'm sure AI is going to be very useful in a range of fields and change some jobs - but as to any it will be replacing I wouldn't like to predict*.
*Although whoever is writing reports for the Department for Education, it can't come soon enough (if it hasn't already happened).
Always be polite to PAs ...
Some time ago (!), I had a phone call after lunch one Friday from the executive director's PA, that the mouse on her newly-installed Unisys BTOS machine kept moving the cursor the wrong way.
Not really my job at the time, but she was a genuinely nice person, and me being always ready to earn brownie points, I toddled down to her workstation to help.
On arrival, found the mouse with the cable pointing *towards* me: so, turned the offending rodent around, everything worked fine. Much ensuing merriment, on the lines of "did you have a good lunch?"
There are some specific uses - e.g. "let me toss this idea out there", meaning, as you say, to proffer the idea for consideration (I believe this is used in the UK and Australia as well as the US). Generally, though, I believe it does mean to discard something.
In the meantime, just toss off one of these -->
(assuming that is understood in the US)
I'm not quite as certain as you about the distinction: there are grey areas where people or companies base their entire tax affairs around loopholes in the legislation, or exploit legal schemes far beyond their intentions, in order to minimise tax.
In any case, whether it's "avoidance" or "evasion", the aim is always to avoid paying some tax - so I'm with Simon on this one.
You beat me to it ...
Though, at the time it certainly wasn't funny. I was out in the garden this morning when two police cars and 4 coppers arrived, because the social worker couldn't contact my elderly neighbour on the phone (and the 4 large police couldn't get a response from knocking). They got through in the end , and she was OK - but I'm sure similar stories have been happening all over Aus today.
Come to Canberra ... since we are covered by regional tv networks (rather than the main coastal cities), the ads for fast food, gambling, alcohol, etc are frequently interspersed with those spruiking sheep drench, bull semen, farm sheds and tractors, among other things.
While I'm not in the market for these latter products, I understand their importance for the region's economy, so don't object to the advertising.
While recognising that discussing economics here is futile, I'm a glutton for punishment ...
No, stopping targetted advertising won't cause GDP to drop by 50 times as you seem to suggest - UK GDP has been on a reasonably steady upward trend since the war*, even before the internet was a thing.
I would anticipate that it would have somewhere between sod all and not very much impact - people will still buy stuff that they need/want and advertisers will still incorporate their advertising costs in the price of their products.
Yes, our lives are a lot more comfortable now than the 1920s, or even the 1960s: a lot of that, though is due to technological advances and infrastructure investment, rather than advertising or not.
*Barring shocks like the GFC and COVID. But even at the peak of COVID, GDP dropped buy less than 20%, and recovered most of that in only a few months.
Wouldn't allowing people to opt out of a specific class of ads simply give gambling, burger and booze advertisers confidence that people still watching are receptive to their product and therefore the advertising money is being effective?
It's good that SBS is taking at least some steps to limit these ads, but would it be more effective simply to stop displaying these sort of ads altogether?
Maybe less of a sticky wicket commenting here, without too many septics reading ...
From my own informal visual survey last night, young (and indeed older) Indians appear to be more inspired by watching their former colonial masters getting royally flogged in Lucknow. Maybe they will return to work this morning energised and ready for a surge in productivity that will have nothing to do with them working 70 hours a week.
It's possible Narayana Murthy was shooting his mouth off *now* simply because he's cranky that everyone else appears to be enjoying a bit of recreation but not him.
(And Simon, we do appreciate your productivity this morning, assuming you weren't glued to channel 9 till the wee hours)
Productivity is measured by the output per unit of input. So, for example, if a worker can produce 40 widgets in a 40 hour week, then to achieve the same productivity working 70 hours, they would have to produce 70 widgets. If they produce 50, then their productivity is much less, even though they have produced more.
There are studies that show that, after a certain point, increased hours don't increase productivity - even a Stanford study (that I can't find a link to at present*) indicating that productivity may approach zero after 55 hours (i.e. you may not actually produce anything extra working 70 hours as opposed to 55).
If you work 70 hours and get paid a lot more, then good for you. I would be doubtful, though, whether your productivity is higher.
*Apologies, I'm typing this in breaks between overs (AUS v NZ), so I'm skimping a bit on research. And, as an aside, looking at the crowd in Dharamsala, I estimate that there are quite a number of Indians who aren't working a 70 hour week :)
"This is my country I want to work 70 hours a week’,” he said, adding “this is exactly what Germans and Japanese did after the Second World War."
He is, of course, talking bullshit. Working hours, at least in Germany, declined after the war - in fact at a faster rate than the US, UK, or Australia. Hours did increase during the war* -but even then, I don't believe it the average worker did 70 hours per week.
* And on a personal note, since both my grandfathers died young after health problems from wartime induced overwork, Narayana can stick his 70-hour week up his bum.
"the India Semiconductor Research Center (ISRC)"
Much as I am tempted to let this one through to the keeper* (and understanding that Simon is constrained by the Reg US-inspired style guide) it should be "India Semiconductor Research Centre" (India/UK/ANZ spelling).
*And if the ISRC takes off, maybe those on the other side of the big pond will need to learn proper sport as well as proper spelling.
We really need a "Virat Kohli glare" icon, but this'll have to do -->
One Tuesday morning, many moons ago, as a fairly green system manager of a debtors system, it was my job to start the annual debtors run. So, locked the system for update, started everything off ... all went swimmingly, until I checked the output. Guess who mis-typed one parameter, with the net result that every single account (90,000) had double charges.
There was nothing to do except fess up to my manager, luckily he was more interested fixing the mess rather than executing the guilty. Unfortunately, I had to restore from Friday's backup, meaning everyone in the office lost all Monday's work - and I had to walk the gauntlet of a very disgruntled office on Wednesday morning.
The only long-term damage was the footnote in the documentation (with my initials): "Always back up before starting this process, unless you fuck up like I did". The punchline, though, that 15 years later I was asked to return to the same area - due to a the then system manger jumping ship without training a successor - and, despite the system having been replaced several times, my footnote comment was still there in all its glory.
I can't believe you are all taking this so lightly. The cat was clearly a Russian Blue, indicating to me that Putin has begun activating his FSB (Feline Stealth Brigade) to infiltrate and disrupt US and allied IT systems.
President Biden (and PM Sunak) must immediately institute American Shorthair and Cornish Rex countermeasures, otherwise we are all doomed!