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  1. To be fair, while the general economic predictions of HPC.co.uk where spot on not everyone called just how mad attempts to keep the bubble going would get.
  2. I've followed UKIP since the Alan Sked days. Yes, they do have a lot of tweedy old Tories and golf club tossers as supporters but I was perplexed by the hatchet job the media did in the run up to the elections. Essentially, they are a sort of more extreme/purist laissez faire outfit. You may not may not like that. But far-right they ain't. At times ignorant viewers watching the coverage must have walked away thinking UKIP was a sort of BNP party. Indeed idealistic young people on social networks seemed to think they were fighting the Nazis by posting anti-UKIP statements. Of course, if they are coming out with anti-FRB statements, well you can see why the media was trying to hard to shoot them down. Same thing happened when the Greens were the most mainstream monetary reform party... that was slowly turned into bog-standard social democratic economics. Nowadays you see the reality of FRB openly admitted in the FT or Guardian with a frequency unheard of a few years ago.. Some powerful interests will want this crazy talk nipped in the bud.
  3. When an illegal rave could draw tens of thousands in the late 80s and 90s there really wasn't that much else truly exciting for young people to do. Authoritarian government, high youth unemployment, dull as hell provincial towns. Acid house would have been like every christmas coming early. Now 'fondly remembered' venues are closed or closing and it's chav 3 for 2 Jaegerbomb chain pubs and clubs. If I was 18-25 I'd sooner stay home and fiddle with my smartphone to be honest. Live music's more my thing but the good new music seems so small scale and underground now - in the early to mid 90s a good alternative act was a big draw.
  4. The developing world is not bogged down by excessive regulations and bloated welfare states and is a model we should follow.
  5. Right. It was just an example of what a solid, complete system iOS is compared the the miss-mashy Android. If you go on countless websites of App developers you'll get loads of people asking, 'Are you going to make this for Android?' Probably the same people that were saying 'Apple's a rip-off, Android rules' before they realised that there's loads of rubbish and not much that's truly great on the Play store.
  6. 1. The Apple SDK is better than the Android offering. There are some amazing music apps on iOS because of the mature, solid Midi implementation that just don't exist on Android and the equivalents are rubbish. On the iPad this is particularly important as the existence of thousands high quality polished apps make it much less of a gimmick than Android. 2. There are only a few models and it's easy to make sure your product works with them all - so no hassle from people moaning it doesn't work on whatever fragment of Android they're using on their obscure phone. Likewise, iOS limits developers to a few screen resolution, which means you don't have to take account of differing screen sizes and ratios. 3. Apple users buy more apps. While android stores are catching up in volume, by revenue Android is miles behind. Android users are more likely to pirate apps. Many Android users didn't choose a smartphone, it's just what they were given on their £18 a month contract, so many don't explore Apps. Likewise, this is why Android has higher market share but iOS still generates a disproportionate amount of web traffic. Further, for better or worse, iOS remains very much a simple interface that simply displays a gallery of Apps - there's loads more potential clutter and built-in functionality on Android phones so apps are a little less prominent.
  7. I think an Apple TV set would have been out by now and been another iPod/iPhone hit but they can't screw the content providers in the way they want to. Even the existing Apple TV would be a big hit with an app store so you can run all the catchup services on it natively. It doesn't sell big because it doesn't do all that much. But there are some good things Apple are doing that's way ahead of the competition. Some of the interactive educational books on iPad are really pretty great - no one else is really doing anything similar. i think a bit of a crisis at Apple would do it good. In the early days of Mac OS X it was shaping up as the ultimate professional OS, now they don't even sell a MacPro in Europe and sell mindless consumer tat. And while a couple of years ago, the standard issue 'fancy phone' for mindless consumers was a 3GS or iPhone 4 now mindless consumers sport Galaxy phablets instead. The iPhone 5 is the best phone out there in terms of look and feel, speed and iPhone Apps still trounce the junk on Android, but mindless consumers now want big screens because that's the cool new thing.
  8. Nicer part of one of the capital cities of a NuEU nation? The countries may be rough and poor overall but the capitals tend to be very nice.
  9. Back in the real world, I've spoken to older friends and seen post on Social Media from people that you would think have led the 'Thatcher dream' - fairly successful, businesses, employ others, nice homes, modest backgrounds made good, coming out with some fairly potent anti-Thatcher stuff. Tellingly, there's the sense that they couldn't have done it now with student debt, extreme house prices, high rents, living costs. Those with children approaching adulthood see how difficult life has become. Now many on tis site would say, 'Oh, but that's all Labour's fault' but these people just see New Labour as a continuation of Tory. People on this site fancy themselves as a bit 'libertarian' and anti-government but then think it's okay for police goons to go and break up a street party where people are drinking milk and playing reggae in a free country.
  10. So much pious rubbish. I don't care if Hitler, or Franco, Pinchet (her mate), Pol Pot or whoever cared deeply about what they were doing and thought it was the right thing in difficult circumstances. London-centrism with impoverished regions, seeds of an extreme housing crisis, spiv economy over real economy, deindustrialisation, McJobs over real ones, poll tax, friendships with other dictators, using the police as a private army, authoritarianism and clampdowns of alternative lifestyles, turning the working class into an underclass, suicides, spite, i'm alright jack, widening gap between rich and poor. If people want to party fair play to them. The only policy of hers I liked with was raising interest rates after her spiv-boom rather than fiddling inflation and QE. That was good. And the fact it's easier to have your own business here than across much of Europe was partly due to her adopting some liberal ideas. But overall - callous cow
  11. It doesn't matter what your politics are - the bedroom tax could only have been dreamed up by retards or lunatics. Dunno what's worse - New Labour's 'listen to the experts'-driven technocracy or the Tories' rule by ideology and bugger the reality.
  12. But in DM land people just claim benefits instead of mundane low paid work don't they? So I guess these people must be desperate.
  13. Right. The cost of living is so brutally expensive that if you becoming incredibly go-getting and resourceful you end up working essentially for landlords, the taxman, and to pay inflated overheads. Not bothering isn't laziness. It's just being hit by the cold hard reality.
  14. It is indeed a myth that you can 'live it up' on the actual dole. The way to 'play' benefits is to say you are bipolar, get DLA, a nice flat all to yourself while your peers have to share share, and while you won't have much money to live the high life you'll be no worse off than grafters on around £20k. Can probably have an iPhone, cheap foreign holiday, nights out, etc. As a self-employed person I know you save a lot of money when you don't have to commute every day, buy season tickets, smart shirts, coffee on the hoof at 7am, etc. Money will stretch further if you don't have pay for the joy of working a 9-5.
  15. I think teachers are the problem. I used to know youngish teachers and they were whine, whine, whine and would be very snobbish about the kids in their charge and blame everything on society. Fair enough, but I also know people in youth work and FE that are working successfully with headbangers that had failed at school but were now learning skills and have great respect for their youth workers and tutors while their school teachers were written of as '*****ers'. Yet teachers get paid much more to, it seems, shrug, whine, produce poor results. It's probably not their fault - just that the one-size-fits-all timetable-based 8 or 9 academic subject model is useless in 2013. Why not focus on literacy with underachievers and let they, say, learn a trade out in the real world part of the week, learn to fix bikes, build, anything that captures their imagination more than the insult of a teenager being asked to colour in a picture of a croissant in a 'French class'?
  16. To be fair, I've known plenty of graduates with degrees in these subjects struggle to gain work commensurate with their education and many in McWork. As I've said before, if everyone was educated to be a rocket scientist there would have to be rocket scientists flipping burgers.
  17. The political class couldn't care less as their kids are mostly in private schools or shuffled into the grammar-style state schools. Seriously, why on earth do the incestuous political class want the various Euan Blairs competing for top positions with bright kids among the plebs?
  18. Looks like we need to go back to 1992 levels of wage slavery judging by that.
  19. Right. There's a lot of talk about 'saving the NHS' right now. But surely a decent home for all comes even before a health service in the pecking order? Indeed, good housing alleviates other social issues. It's amazing how the extreme housing crisis has been ignored.
  20. Yep. You spend a lot of money working for the Man. I can go weeks and weeks before putting fuel in the car. Only need it for the odd run out to clients - can do most everything else online or on foot (can walk to the city centre). No need to buy office wear and smart shoes so often. No meals on the go because there was no opportunity to make a packed lunch. No food waste - if I'm home it'll get made into something. Can DIY all sorts of stuff. I can Gumtree, Freecycle eBay things that I never would have had time to before. What do I actually like to do? Read. Write. Play music. Go for long walks. All virtually free. I can go out mid-week to see some cheap live music without paying for it the next day because I had to be up really early. I barely buy anything much these days because all I want is my time - not lots of 'stuff'. I don't even earn less a week - more most of the time.
  21. Wait. So high taxes on imports benefits homegrown manufacture? That's not very globalisationist.
  22. The black economy's great for the economy though. It's high velocity untaxed money being spent freely. That's why the war on drugs in a sham. The US economy benefits hugely from drugs money - tax it and regulate it and it's not nearly so potent. Okay, people get shot in drugs wars but, hey, it's all growth. If a drugs dealer pops down the BMW dealer and gets a Chelsea Tractor I'm sure the salesman isn't complaining. Kerching. So what if the benefits plebs peddle stuff on the side in a small way? Unfair on the morally upstanding taxpayer? Citizen's Income. Problem solved.
  23. There's not some sort of legally-enforced moral code that says society has to function for 'strivers' who abuse themselves in stressful jobs they don't even like much, if at all. After all, the mere pattern of land ownership and inherited privilege ensures people that sit on their **** get the biggest fruits of society's collective endeavours effort-free. But I hear you. I wish we could go back to the days where the average houses cost £70k, with plenty of less-than-average houses at £40k and then get cut back this big tax-credit bureaucracy. Remove income tax - replace it with land value tax. Remove the extremely brutal cost of living and people would actively enjoy looking after themselves and 'getting on in life' once more. I can see clearly how I could quickly manipulate myself into a position where I'd get pretty much what I earn now, possibly more, off the state - tell the Doctor I'm bipolar and can't leave the house, shuffle my savings into objects of value and say I have no savings, rent a bigger house for my family with HB than I could afford otherwise. BUT, call me insane, but I don't want to be beholden more than I have to be to the State, which goes around bombing countries for no good reason and a thousand other things I'd rather it didn't.
  24. Groupon's just a huge scam. I don't see what's in it for Joe's Pizza House or Debbie's Hair Salon - people just get the cheap deal and then next time go for the next cheap deal with someone else.
  25. There was a study back in the 70s about a factory floor. There would be frequent downtime while machines were being maintained, or some materials were late turning up, and workers would hang about playing table football. There were various other little 'skiving mechanisms' to make drudgery survivable. How many office workers (and offices are some of the most mind-numbing horrible places going) fiddle with their phones, surf unrelated material online, skive around the water fountain or coffee machine having a chat with colleagues? Take the potential for that away and, yes, you are a robot, a slave, stripped of your humanity. I think it says a lot about the kind of cold-blodded brutal mindset we've handed so much power to. Now there's nothing wrong with menial work - sometimes there's no way to make it rewarding or fun. But large scale enterprises should be co-ops, the workers getting their fair share.
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