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Helena Handbasket

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  1. No it doesn't. Please go back to first principles, instead of copying and pasting from GCSE books.
  2. So if 100 ten-year-olds want crisps and sweets, the price goes up? What is the price where 1,000,000 ten-year-olds want crisps and sweets? Are you saying the price of confectionary items will become out of reach of the average adult? Do explain this curious logic. Or I will: 10-year olds have limited purchasing power, as do most immigrants and anyone else on 'below average' household income. You could try fiddling with interest rates to make your fiendish plan work, though. Or has that been tried before?
  3. Some flaws: 1) How much does a return airline ticket cost? 2) How much is it when you book well in advance? 3) A £34 Billion loan will probably cost double when you factor in the interest. 4) So 70 years to pay off. 5) Wouldn't a better calculation be to work out the profit made by Virgin Trains each year? That would indicate the spare cash left over to pay off the loan and interest. If Vp <Ai+l then the scheme would need taxpayer subsidy. (Vp = Virgin Profit, Ai+l= Annual interest + loan repayment) Oh, and I assume you'll be running this thing in the private sector whilst competing with Virgin? Thought not. So add on Virgin's profit on top of the cost.
  4. Yes, unfortunately there are just too many people trying to 'create jobs', when we should be getting rid of 'jobs at any cost' and creating a highly efficient infrastructure that enables goods and knowledge to get to where it's needed. At that point, those with the skills or the potential can innovate and take part in the global marketplace, instead of being stuck in traffic, on a platform, or in an office that's where the customer (or their own family) isn't. We did try this with the APT in the 80's, but it fell to pieces and the Japanese, the French, Germans, Italians and the Spanish (the Spanish FFS) mastered the technology. Now we have to buy from them. Basically, they got their shit together and we didn't. Then, instead of spending on a high-speed rail backbone, we pissed it all up the wall during the last 20 years on Houses, Domes, Olympics, BSE, Foot and Mouth and benefits payments. Why build a solid infrastructure when you can plaster over the cracks. It's what we're good at, and used to. Anyways, I'm all for getting London in half the time, but what do we all do when we get there? It's not like there's a million job vacancies down there. As far as I can tell, the best benefit is to make more of the UK more accessible for more people including businessmen and tourists. But as far as I can guess, it's probably the usual British '11th hour' desperate attempt to avoid the calamity of peak oil making air travel impossible for most people. Anyway, the interest costs of the debt Gordon (or should I say the people who voted Labour) has run up, mean it won't happen unless we import some cheap labour to build the thing. British labour will only be cheap when personal and taxpayer debt servicing is low. And we can't have that when all the railway workers are mortgaged up to the eyeballs, the currency is about to implode, the massive amount of imported raw material, energy and technology they'd have to sell to us simply wouldn't be affordable. Now there's an idea NeilB. Lower the rates of pay for those building the track, but give them some other incentive to work instead (i.e. Food and lodging). That's how they built the Hoover Dam.
  5. Yes, for a site that I thought was full of cynics, many of the users on here seem to absorb the VI spin just as much as the regular man on the street. Here's all you need to know: As prices go up in places you commonly use cash. E.g. Weekly bus ticket going up to from £9/£10 to say £11/12, you now need to get nearly £10 in change from a £20 note. This is a problem for small shops and bus drivers, as they have to keep a massive supply of '£9 change'. The solution to the above is to make sure the public can give you £15 (A ten and a five), rather than £20. You also ensure that the shopkeepers have a decent supply of fivers for change. Merve the swerve isn't going to have a press release saying that prices are going up and therefore we're putting more fivers into circulation, is he? In fact, by making fivers more abudant, you also lessen the psychological momentum of people treating £20 as next to worthless, and not really caring about the actual change from the £20. This momentum could be inflationary in itself as people stop caring or noticing that prices are creeping up.
  6. I remember seeing that Mervyn King in the sandwich shop outside the BOE with one of the aforementioned scruffy fivers. Not.
  7. There's another angle to IR35. Imagine you're a big consultancy like Logica CMG etc, and you're billing millions of £ for what is really just simple stuff. Then along comes Mr Sole Contractor, undercutting your nice fat profits, and showing you up. Next, you get a public sector gig. During the negotiations for price/ quality etc, you mention that you could drop the price a bit, as long as those nasty contractors who aren't paying their fair share of NI and taxes are squeezed appropriately. All of a sudden, the gvmt are killing the oxygen supply to an area of labour that is actually greasing the wheels of the economy. From the Gvmt's perspective though, it's saving millions/ billions on the CMG contract, and taxes/ savings beat any other arguement hands down. Especially when you want to build some daft tower-of-babel database to monitor your citizens or book NHS appointments. Am I getting warm?
  8. Would have agreed with you until last night when I tried to install Fedora Core 11 onto Windows Virtual Server 2005. FC10 worked fine. No-one anywhere knows why the install goes into a permanent reboot. Forums are full of comments like "But why are you not using v-box" etc etc. I would say where the project 'self documents' then this is the future, but there's no way of knowing when an opensource project meets the criteria required to have provided acceptable documentation and a decent knowledge base.
  9. Funny you should say this because only today was I dealing with a Linux box running a Squid Proxy on port 3128. That little desktop cost 'nothing' to implement and was faster than anything the corporate IT moneywasters could provide our area with. Anyways, the project managing, career building, nest feathering, can't answer why their solutions are more expensive and less effective 'politicians' (because that's what they are, not I.T. people), have come up with a doozy. We're going to migrate to their 'Ironport' proxy servers on port... 3128. Now is it me, or have they spent a whole heap of money on what is just Squid in a fancy box? I concur with your sentiment on getting things done. You know what's best, and can tell when things are being done inefficiently or when there's a car-crash coming up. You can select systems that will do the job, but do need specialist knowledge to maintain them. Large companies don't like experienced FTEs in the tech department. They'd rather have expensive systems, fewer techies and lots of managers, than cheap systems, experienced techies and no managers. It's a risk thing, especially as you scale up and then find that your quality people have left very good yet hard to support systems that could jeapordise your business if they fail. The way around this is good documentation. But then you need experienced people to understand it....
  10. But have you confirmed whether or not the sickies are actually front line staff? It could well be that the 'back office' NHS staff and the managers are the sickliest. Maybe the nurses have the best attendance ratings, and the average is pulled down by the lazy office-based NHS staff. Think about it, do GPs constantly go on the sick?
  11. Yes, totally agree. I too have actually imported all the data into a spreadsheet and run careful analysis. The following points are now clear: 1) I won't won't employ anyone from certain postcodes 2) Blondes are useless 3) Non-europeans are very unreliable 4) Men are best when it comes to selling skills 5) Never employ anyone you 'don't like the look of' 6) Females take more sick leave and talk too much in the office. 7) Poor management are worth every cent.
  12. Entertaining if you've got spare cash to run a computer attached to the Internet.
  13. Yes, most crisps are eaten Sunday to Friday*. *Probably.
  14. Fits in with the schizophrenic public. They want it both hot and cold, light and dark, high house prices and affordability. Let the idiots have their benefits with low taxes, NHS with no private jobs. Only through the painful lesson that Germany, Argentina, Zimbabwe peoples are being offered or have learnt, will any good come of it.
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