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  1. Oh good god, we'll be back to 'affordability' next. Just as an aside, I did once look at what I could get a mortgage for. The advisor, not unrelated to the fat idiot we are discussing here, said that 'experts advise you limit your mortgage to no more than 60% of your joint income which seems a bit tight but ....'. Laugh? I nearly wet myself. [Just for clarity, not a x0.6 joint mortgage, I mean 60% of your joint gross income each month).
  2. Carlton is pretty notorious for being a badly managed company that produced dross and floundered until its head was pushed down under the waves... Not that Cameron had much to do with that, I expect they kept him away from anything that looked serious.
  3. It does and it has done for ages. Its just the lag now, this was stuff was 'reformed' last century on the whole.
  4. Already happens Porca, my local ASDA has one. I don't suppose Waitrose are so keen so you and the Telegraph are forgiven for not knowing
  5. Sadly Lord Snooty has no experience of working for a living. Hopefully his 'holiday' is actually a cover for going on a much needed unpaid internship for work experience.
  6. Well look. If selling non profit generating companies is good business perhaps I've been some sort of guru all along. Because its both cheaper and easier (and in fact safer) to sell a company rather than try to defend a patent and license it, I've done this several times now. I don't really think it counts though personally, I'd have no business (at least on the basis of that experience) of going anywhere near an organisation that actually has to think about cash flow.
  7. Your standards for a 'relatively successful enterprise' are obviously quite low, it didn't make a profit for five years after it was floated. I have a proposition for you...
  8. We reward failure in this country. Suffering from your failures is only for the little people. Remember how in the late 90s you thought vaguely about starting an online travel agents from your bathtub and realised it probably wouldn't make money. If only you'd done it, burned through vast amounts of cash on a business model that was doomed from the outset, why, you could be Martha Lane-Fox, a director of Marks And Spencer, a director Channel 4 and the Government's chosen champion for online business. I dare say Bovey is being headhunted to become special advisor to the treasury, placed in charge of a public housing QANGO and likely given a seat on the board of BP and RBS to reward him for his exceptional achievements. What British business wants from its senior figures: Think about that graph the next time some pinsuited imbecile laments the quality of school leavers. What he is really saying is that they are unemployable because they've never thrown away the lifesavings of millions like wot they 'ave.
  9. This has been tried before, it winds up with snoopers busting people for a possessing a daily newspaper or pipe. Your plan to kill the underclass with scurvy has some merit though.
  10. I agree with Jadoube, the thing is subjectivity creeping in isn't the same as throwing your hands up in the air and saying "its all subjective". A musicologist would not agree with you that its mysterious at all how the Beatle's songs work, or for that matter how Beethoven's symphonies function 'under the hood'. 'Creativity' is never really assessed, what is more likely is you'd be asked to write something in the style of, say, Early Baroque and it would be assessed largely on your ability to demonstrate you had a comprehensive understanding of what that was and how it functioned on a deep level such that you could accurately recreate its textures, constructions, harmonisations etc in a fluid manner. Its wrong to think you'll be assessed entirely on how whether the examiner liked the tune personally. The same is true of art, its just our moron media is never going to expose you to those kind of discussions and puts in their place more 'consumer review' arts coverage. I'd put it like this; there may not be any right answers but there are sure as hell a load of wrong ones. I tried to get an English Prof into an argument about literature once, he tore me to shreds, so I learned the hard way. Note that if it was just everyone's random opinion at work he'd have been able to get no traction, as it was he eviscerated me (intellectually, my spleen is still where it should be).
  11. And some people have too much invested in the chip on their shoulder. Your example is silly, nobody ever asked Brunel to design a nuclear power station. Its also inaccurate and comes from the same genre that continues to insist Einstein was some sort of drop-out. Brunel worked for an instrument maker, not a clock maker, which was the equivalent of a cutting edge lab today. He also worked at Maudsley engineering works. Most importantly, his father was also an engineer when he wasn't trying to incite a French counter-revolution. So while many great qualities cannot be inculcated by education, he had the broad equivalent of degree study and maybe some post-grad mentoring as well. You are really saying that privilege and blind chance should dictate people's prospects.
  12. Tell it to the ladies in HR... but seriously, we can get a little carried away here and the IT emphasis in this forum doesn't help much for all sorts of reasons. If you are advertising for, say, a logistics analyst, do you seriously think that community work one summer is better than a degree in maths from cambridge, that just being something you own?
  13. Because universities don't teach identical courses from identical texts resulting in identical exams? I disagree we should reconfigure our entire system for the benefit of international corporations run from Honduras and Lichtenstein.
  14. Well exactly. I think this 'hard subject' businesses causes more harm than good. What it gets confused with is doing the right A-levels for what you want to do in life. A historical problem in this country is we have never considered careers advice to be especially important. Even in the US where they resent paying anyone to do anything for the benefit of poor kids, they have numerous such people permanently assigned to schools. I remember the career advice I got, 30 mins presentation to 80 of us, didn't have her slides because the slider projector was broken. I do, incidentally, think A-levels are important even if you don't go to university. GCSEs are so poor now that you don't even have enough information to know what you are truly ignorant about (e.g., newspaper forum comments that almost with exception confuse mathematics with arithmetic).
  15. Mr Spart, not quoting your whole post but (1) yes, fruity ladies sell newspapers (2) A-level results are centrally produced, university results aren't. Further, because university entrance is largely based on A-level results, their synchronisation is pretty useful or else at clearing you'd be offering your places to kids in the county or whatever that marked papers the fastest.
  16. <br /><br /><br />Thomas, can we not join the herd of journalists and other Professional Politicians Exam (PPE) types in talking about 'hard' subjects. A-level Maths, Physics and Chemistry are not that hard if you put your mind to it. They arguably require less actual 'book time' if you are capable of grabbing an idea and running with it and the anxiety in studying them is less because you can know for yourself if you are capable of getting things right or wrong. Unpopular might be another way of putting it, I prefer 'substantive' personally. I actually think to be any real good at English Lit or Sociology is much harder, if you aren't the right sort of person for it there is very little anyone can do to help you get any better. The problem there is rigour in examination rather than the nature of the subject. To be at the age of 18 sufficiently well-read to make any sense of a famous novel in its wider context should be an exceptional achievement, but this isn't what they look for, you get the same A as everyone else.
  17. 99% of politicians are much better 'live' than you might think. They are diminished by TV, sort of the opposite of what happens to film stars and sportsmen who always seem smaller and disappointing in person.
  18. Well, the second achievement suggests the first was not so successful...
  19. Loads, its a volume skimming business as I said. Not sure why you keep banging away at this, the point is they can ****** up even in a booming market if they wind buying at too higher price owing to perceived scarcity. Their overheads are not the main problem, bad positions are, which is why for all the hype the famed internet providers still haven't really taken off as independent businesses because getting rid of an office or two of people isn't enough to catapult you into extreme profitability anymore than Northern Rock is going to become viable if only they change their photocopier supplier to a cheaper brand. Faulty analysis of the industry as per your own I'm afraid.
  20. None of it a massive deal, the IT infrastructure is largely provided by others in this specific case. What I'm saying is its a trading business closer to the financial sector than say, manufacturing. They go bust because they make bad bets and buy stuff they can't shift that falls in value, they can go bust in any financial climate if they simply don't sell with a high enough margin what they've bought. Its not really about return on proper capital investment. I bet they were pre-packed, the same people will be back at the same desks once the shitstorm has passed.
  21. Tour operators are always going bust. Its just how the industry functions, I'm not convinced there is some sort of crisis, its like this in the 'good' years as well. Its mostly a cashflow + skimming business these days, people get it wrong, fold, and start again. The reasons for these crunches are stuff to do with their internal control of the money flow, its not really about their absolute level of sales or even their profitability as such. Think about it, in principle they shouldn't be able to go bust, they are just acting as agents effectively. Someone bought a block too many and they couldn't shift it etc etc.
  22. By 2020 Oink oink, the SAGA cruise budgets of Frontline Tory Voters to be protected. They are entitled to their 118% return from the Welfare state at the expense of their children and grandchildren. Need to go to work? Full fare please. Frontline Tory Voter on a pleasure jaunt? Step right on sir. And so it goes on.
  23. Things like this are going to happen. The industry has no idea what works and what doesn't but identikit 'franchises'. Valve stand out as being unerring in their judgement, this is commonly put down to design but what I strongly suspect from the hints I've picked up is that they have very tight integration between design and test. Surely by now people can see the uncanny quality of even their level designs (well you find the point in one of their maps where you can ruin it for everyone else, you won't find them as the tf2 stats heatmaps show...do Activision/EA even have these metrics?) isn't happening by accident. Oh well. But its the old story, after marketing, commerical stuff, and probably HR, actually make sure you are making stuff people like and want is considered trivial. Huge mistake guys, how many more have to fail before you take it on board?
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