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Lord Byron
 31 May '17  07:05 : 0 recs

https://soundcloud.com/spiesshadowstv/sunday-spy-show-ep-49-29-04-17
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Thoughtful
 30 May '17  07:10 : 0 recs

Organisations must have contingency plans in the even of IT failure ?

The machines are in charge , those using them or being used by them do not understand the programming and do not understand how dependent their daily tasks are on being provided with information and being guided by programmes !

I doubt even the programmers are in control of what they are doing !
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Lord Byron
 28 May '17  11:17 : 0 recs

I enjoy sitting at the pool at luxury hotels and reading books and then i do a spot of work at night as the hotel wi fi is more reliable when guests asleep, barmaids are an interesting sub species.
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Thoughtful
 28 May '17  11:09 : 0 recs : edited 1 time : last edit 28 May '17  11:10

The world and many organisations are far to dependent on their computer systems ?

The machines are in charge !

Looking in an office window the other day I wondered as they all sat looking at their computers ?

Who is working for who ?

They are working for the machines !
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Lord Byron
 28 May '17  09:39 : 0 recs

https://hanselminutes.com/580/machine-learning-deep-learning-and-artificial-intelligence-with-edaena-salinas-jasso
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Thoughtful
 15 May '17  09:07 : 0 recs

As per my previous post !

What happens when the technology becomes unusable ?
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Lord Byron
 25 Apr '17  06:45 : 0 recs

Nothing lasts forever
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Thoughtful
 25 Apr '17  05:57 : 0 recs

The human race's dependence on technology and the apocalypse that will ensue if the technology is removed is a greater threat than a nuclear conflict !

Let's consider what will happen if the dependence on technology is subjected to some form of destructive force !
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Thoughtful
 17 Apr '17  19:18 : 0 recs

My smart meters stopped working ?

After about 3 phone calls , numerous E Mails , supplying serial numbers and measurements !

Engineer turned up , removed seal , unplugged supply for 5 secs , reconnected and hey presto working again ?

So how much did that cost in communication and time ?

No wonder energy bills are so high ?
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Lord Byron
 12 Apr '17  11:43 : 0 recs

Ways to make machines that can be used to make nuclear weapons if required.....
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Slightly Optimistic
 12 Apr '17  11:09 : 0 recs : edited 1 time : last edit 12 Apr '17  11:18

Energy policy in the UK?

Energy - Toshiba considers sale of Moorside nuclear project in Cumbria as own survival in doubt in wake of £7bn losses
Samira Rudiga an energy fund manager at Guinness Asset Management, said the news was another nail in the coffin for the UK's nuclear hopes. “Nuclear does not make sense in the UK,” she said. “It takes 10 years to build and can take as long if not longer just to come to a decision to build a plant.”

However, she expects the Government to still consider nuclear projects and thought there would be companies in Europe and Asia able to take on Toshiba’s stake in Moorside.

Greg Clark, the Business secretary, travelled to South Korea earlier this month in a bid to save the project, appealing to Korean nuclear giant Kepco to invest.

Member states vary in EU 'polluter pays' rules
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Lord Byron
 03 Apr '17  06:03 : 0 recs

3dc ... assuming certain variables remain static, multiple launch systems are coming through from various venders.

One presumes that at different times each will be the most cost effective launch method .... competition creates variety and advances.
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3dc
 03 Apr '17  04:13 : 0 recs

Launch Relaunch Land and land the $6 million farings too.
For ISS - land the Dragon and refly on the next mission to ISS.
That leaves 2nd stage that might be experimented with on FH demo mission.
A nice price estimate breakdown made in this discussion
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Lord Byron
 20 Mar '17  19:31 : 0 recs

Dirty smelly foreigners
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PaxAm
 19 Mar '17  23:48 : 0 recs : edited 3 times : last edit 19 Mar '17  23:53

60 Minutes on H1B Visas

This has never effected me. But little Biffy gets it wrong again. Large US tech companies (which I wouldn't work for because there is more money outside them) use H1B to get the cheapest possible worker - not the best or certainly local.

Even the creator of the H1B says its been changed to be "abusive'. Bush is responsible for that.

Simply put - companies should first have to check for local talent before hiring any H1B. That's how the visa program worked at the beginning. If they are right that there is a shortage of talent - it's not a burden for them to prove it.

But they know there is a large pool of laid off workers who had to train their foreign replacements before leaving. Its all about getting work cheap, cheap cheap and using "cheap" to compete with foreign firms.

Sorry Biffy. Cheap is probably your biggest positive - but its not the same as being the best.

The H1B program needs a simple fix.
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Lord Byron
 19 Mar '17  00:52 : 0 recs

Trump elected
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PaxAm
 17 Mar '17  18:29 : 0 recs : edited 3 times : last edit 17 Mar '17  18:34

The issue is not that dramatic. Its more about poor management at technology firms. Too many slouch toward slave labor in wages and work to compensate for poor managing.

Instead of good planning and management - they want people at their desks from early morning to late at night - including weekends and holidays.

I've worked for every kind of technology firm and I know all about it. I'm not proposing anything big. Just put back the entirely sane requirement that a company must FIRST advertise in country for a job before looking for an H1B. If they can't hire locally - then let them get someone with a work visa.

That is just sane government policy.
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Warren BuffetCar
 17 Mar '17  18:07 : 0 recs : edited 1 time : last edit 17 Mar '17  18:07

Paxo,

But don't get your panties in a knot Biffy. I have a great job. But I'd like to see less privileged Americans hired by American companies. Businesses need to invest in training of the local population. They need to stop dragging in foreign workers they treat as slaves under an H1B program that degrades the wages and work environments for everyone else.

The problem isn't with companies. Its with education.

You've got this massive demand for people with science and IT skills. And yet the push is to get the kids spending more time learning about how the sky fairy created the planet in 6 days, and how all the science out there is made up (eg climate change).

No surprise then that the US is having to import smart folk.

Simple solution. Get the trailer dwellers to stop smoking crack and start learning proper science. Problem sorted.

WBC
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Thoughtful
 17 Mar '17  15:54 : 0 recs

Maybe GSA but market share and a manufacturing base in the UK is certainly a hedge bet in the Brexit unknown !

Same reason Toyota and Nissan are investing !

If German cars become to expensive because of tariffs on a tit for tat then someone will have to make up the shortfall in the car market !
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George Sore Ass
 17 Mar '17  15:00 : 0 recs

Thoughtful,

The French bought Vauxhall because they're extremely good at getting the UK government to pay top dollar to keep their enterprises making squillions through subsidies and support. Exhibit 'a' Hinkley Point.

George
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