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  1. Why do you think that? Genuinely curious.
  2. But an insulated mug to avoid it cooling too quickly.
  3. Oh yes, there have been actions. Meaningful in the context of addressing the Scope of Gov't or VAT agreement problems? Probably not IMO - Gov't seems to have tinkered around the edges and done its best to implement those actions which it could without reducing the scope or cost of Gov't. Worth reading the Scope report again and making your own ticklist of which issues have been addressed and what recommendations have been implemented http://positiveactiongroup.org/index.php?option=com_attachments&task=download&id=28 It was a shocking read. Still is when you recognise that most issues identified in the report have got worse not better. The Chairman's foreword includes the prophetic warning: "There is a danger that our recommendations, if misinterpreted, will increase the size of Government rather than reduce it. It is imperative that the public sector should not grow any further – ideally it should diminish or otherwise the Isle of Man Government, in twenty years, will be even more dominant than it already is – and the community will have to work even harder just to support the public sector." He was bang on target with that one
  4. I don't get to pick the picture, someone at the newspaper does that, but who is the lady with the laptop?
  5. Thanks Wrighty, very useful. So that's 100 of the c. 3,500 employees in DHSC potentially consuming 25% of the expenses for very necessary CPD and professional membership subscriptions. c. 3,400 employees to go, including GPs and nurses, plus the other professionals, plus the politicos ....
  6. It's the largest department, over a third of the public sector headcount including all the expensive medicos who will have significant off-island travel expenses for training etc., so I'm not overly surprised that it consumes a substantial proportion of the public sector expenses bill .... And then you have to ask ... Who was in charge? Who was the Minister of DHSC for most of the relevant period, who were the Political Members, who was the CEO? Ummm... New Zealand anyone?
  7. He's a German by birth who changed his name by deed poll or equivalent. Quite a colourful character who, if he had resided in the UK, would have been extradited to the USA on hacking charges at least 20 years ago. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Dotcom
  8. It may put us (dot IM) in the spotlight - but probably for all the wrong reasons. Being the new TLD registrar for one of the most notorious targets of global digital copyright enforcement efforts, and it being a crypto-currency-funded service, is probably not going to attract the right sort of attention.
  9. Super, thanks. I guess they just haven't upgraded the text on their website then ... For others, the press release opens ... " Manx Telecom invests in faster fibre broadband Manx Telecom is investing further in fibre optic cabling and the latest broadband technology that will bring new download speeds of 1Gigabit per second to selected homes and businesses across the Island later this year. In a multi-threaded investment, their current Superfast Fibre Broadband (Very fast Digital Subscriber Line Plus (VDSL+) service will be improved to provide up to 100 Megabits per second (from 80 Megabits per second ) and a new even faster service is being launched, providing download speeds up to 200Mbps." Which is rather good. Perhaps Captain McKenzie and Aristotle are among the chosen.
  10. Thank you. Yes, it was Stuart McKenzie, and he did claim 90Mbps. I guess if you add together the 80Mbps Download and 10Mbps Upload speeds of the local VDSL+ offering you could call it 90. Or if you use a dodgy bandwidth measurement site with a calculation algorithm that fails to account for data compression techniques or uses very small data samples it could look like 90+, but unless MT have relaxed the throttle on their VDSL+ without telling us (possible but seems unlikely) I think 80Mbps Download and 10Mbps Upload is the best telephone broadband on offer here - if you live close to the cabinet. That looks OK compared with BT Infinity 2 VDSL+ in the UK, which offers up to 76Mbps Download and 19Mbps Upload - unless you want to upload lots in the Isle of Man in which case 10Mbps is a bit weak - but it all depends on the quality and length of the telephone cable between your house and the FTTC cabinet. If anyone has information that MT have changed their service offering on Ultima Plus I'd like to see it, it would be newsworthy. Their website is still claiming 80Mbps.
  11. They would need to sync at faster than 80 to get 80Mbps download. The throughput cap is the throttle applied by the telco based on the service / contract. My line syncs at 57 - 64 (it's variable) but I am on VDSL so my max download is throttled at 40Mbps - usually less (this minute it's topping out at 39.88Mbps). I could upgrade to VDSL+ but I would only get a max of c. 50 - 60Mbps download based on my line's sync speed so not worth an increase in price. Anyone getting the full 80Mpbs download offered by Ultima+ must be syncing at more than 80. VDSL+ is certainly capable of significantly more than 80Mbps with a good line, but all telcos (everywhere) throttle it. In the UK BT usually throttle their VDSL+ at 70Mbps.
  12. I can easily get 100Mbps download via 4G - but the fastest telephone line broadband offering on the island seems to be 80Mbps VDSL+. Can you remember how far in to the programme this expert made this claim?
  13. Only without parity.
  14. Not any more. Actually you could have paid at reception on the MSPCA card machine, but the café has had its own card machine since early April*. * when the telephone line is working. It's got free WiFi too
  15. In the UK NHS hospital parking charges are common and from experience have a range of obvious effects: Fewer visitors so inpatient morale is lower and they recover slower and bedblock longer Deep public resentment at what is fundamentally a charge for access to the NHS Reluctance to visit A&E or Consultants surgeries / clinics meaning more missed appointments and generally later presentations Greater tensions & intolerance of delays / excessive waiting times in clinics / radiology etc. because the parking charges are clocking up Increased demand on ambulance services Basically if DoHSC wants this then it will need to deliver guaranteed appointments or sub-30-minute waiting times in all outpatient clinics, A&E, radiology etc. or face a significant public backlash, increased intolerance / impatience directed at hospital staff, and endless claims for parking fees compensation. It was a very stupid move in the UK and it would be doubly daft here having seen the lessons learned across. The main reason it persists is so that cash-strapped NHS trusts can show the UK Dept. of Health that they are doing all they can to milk the public and need more from Central Gov't. In the UK last year the NHS hospitals made £120M from parking charges and fines, i.e approx 0.1% of the NHS budget of £120B, including charging and fining NHS staff and holders of disabled badges. 0.1% isn't worth the political damage.