guthrie

guthrie

  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    I agree, total economic collapse is very unlikely, although I think it clear that a Brexit increases the chances, due to the knock on effects on investment, the EU falling apart, etc. But by more likely I mean from say...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    There is this thing called path dependency, you may have heard of it. The UK isn't going to become anything like Switzerland and Singapore (except perhaps the latter, in terms of government control {you do know that the Tories are...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    There's also the fact that industrial production moved out of the EU to lower wage countries. The UK would take a while to become one of those, so I see no upside in that regard; we;ve got nothing to offer...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    I suspect many honestly believe the USA is on our side....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Yes, read all that. But not everything is a conspiracy by bureacrats to have fun and make money, believe it or not. For instance, I recall years ago hearing on the radio an interview with a lawn mower manufacturer, who...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Harmonisation is partly about efficiency in transnational trading, you should know that. Ensuring different countries have the same sort of legislation and demands about things that are sold means companies can trade across borders much more easily, and the consumer...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    People keep suggesting that the EU will end up doing better economically than the UK. I don't think that likely without a complete abandonment of the past and current policies of the central bank and others within the EU, which...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Which does rather fit in with what I noticed, or had explained to me, a decade ago. In North Lanarkshire, ostensibly a labour stronghold, but people were feeling abandoned by all party's and thinking of voting BNP....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    That's an important point, carefully avoided by the leave campaign- if we want access to European markets like Norway we have to pay, and can't say anything about the laws involved. I really want to know what leavers were thinking...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    One of the interesting questions is, why is Wales so anti-Eu, when Scotland isn't? Both have farming, and had industries decimated by anti-industry Tory policies, or more importantly, little enough done to deal with the aftermath of said policies. So...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    As far as I can tell, that's not what he mean, he means policy positions and behaviour towards others, not that they are all open minded etc. As for giving the country away to foreigners, the current and past governments...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    But why would we let people in if we already have plenty of qualified folk in here already? We seem to have lots of people with degrees unable to get jobs, so why let foreigners with degrees in as well?...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    One of the things that concerns me about the leave vote and voters is that I dont see much evidence they have thought through the consequences. Apart from enabling racists and pleasing Putin, the economic risks are massive. So how...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    It needn't be a bar either, it could be any socially sanctioned method of relaxing, whether sex or weed or lsd or rhythmic dancing to music. Reminds me, one of the less human things in Cherryh's 2nd Foreigner trilogy was...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    As for community ties, there seem to be a lot of bad stories based on growing up and living in small communities where everyone knows each other's business and people who stand out can have a bad time of it....
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    I see that as a really stupid idea in our current civilisation, but you might be onto a better idea for a smaller space one. Think of Delaney's Job 1 (superscript 1, or Job 2 (superscript the 2, no I...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    I really doubt that is typical, and from what little I can find on what appears to be their website, isn't dealing in double digit millions. The part of the IMI project related to using high throughput screening and allowing...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Sure, you might think there's been a lack of traction, but it's not quite that simple. In the rest of the world, there's been some work started already. For instance: http://www.pharmatimes.com/news/imi_lauches_first_antimicrobial_resistance_projects_1004422 Note that is news from over 3 years ago....
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Yes, I know that. I had a closer look at the report over the weekend, and aside from the neoliberal blinkers it's pretty sensible. Even the EU, which is apparently the fount of all evil according to some people just...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    See also "When the machine stops" by E. M. FOrster. Ah, Sheckley, I thought I had this story in my library, now I'm not sure. I have the strange idea that we can do better; just look at the last...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Ah, you're not getting it, unless of course you are positing some sort of Banksian culture endpoint, which wouldn't be too bad. IMagine instead that 99% of people can only visit any of these places by VR, but the 1%...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    See also "Stars in my pockets like grains of sand" where the central character is revealed to be living in an amazing looking room that is like that because of holo projectors, and is otherwise merely a rocky cavern with...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    I think you are vastly underestimating the age of the IT industry, and the way you are presenting your suggestions, they are just general failure modes of companies. You need to link them clearly into the theme of deliberately sabotaging...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Are you trying to think up new Tory party policies? It's just their HE white paper came out today and seems to be full of stupidity....
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    That sounds like Scientologists or suchlike, as well as a number of political organisations....
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    And companies, it's amazing how many people obsess about governments and forget the companies. ONe I worked at was partly like that, and oddly enough it took an infusion of new people before it really got better....
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    Employ people who get on well with those already in the job. Which, assuming you've started already on your nefarious plans, means that friends and relatives and people with the right background but no capability will get employed to do...
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    Performance related pay in all areas below senior management. Ideally tied to frequent testing and reviews of personnel and their work. Failure to make the grade leads to loss of work/ lack of pay/ sacking/ pillorying. For the results, see...
  • Commented on Three Unexpectedly Good Things VR Will Probably Cause
    Really? But then actually getting in someone's way invites being bumped into. Another simple example that has happened to me is waiting to get off a train, I find that when the doors open the people wanting to get on...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    I do hope Charlie mentions his blog commenters in the dedications in future works....
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