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About joeyconcrete

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  1. It is an excellent facility. I do wish the Government would be a bit more candid in its justification for change. There is no need for the blatant obfuscation through PR when most discernible people understand the issues, the challenges and the solution, however unpopular.
  2. It seems a white car felt the need to scrape its way past my rear bumper on the prom today. Its scratched the paint off but not damaged the bodywork or caused any serious scratches. Can anyone recommend a bodywork shop or mobile outfit? Ta
  3. This is like the Beemanx days! There's a Manx internet throwback.
  4. To be fair to hboy, his statement is not strictly incorrect. I know US carriers/CDMA networks use PRL (Preferred Roaming List) which the phone uses to decide what networks to roam onto. In the 3G/4G world, the equivalent term is known as OPLMNwACT - which is a list of networks programmed into the SIM. ( Disclaimer - this is not my area of expertise!) Obviously a mobile carrier would favour networks that (a) Offer a better quality experience, (b) Have roaming agreements; and (c) Keep the costs down, and margins up. A cynical perspective would be that with Automatic Network Selection the operators would favour those networks that make the most sense commercially. That could be 'best value' to the customer, or 'least cost / maximum profits' to the carrier.
  5. I purchased one last week. DriveClub VR is fantastic, however, it made me feel nauseous for a little while after... London Heist is brilliant, highly immersive and a real showcase. I have Resident Evil and Rush of Blood, haven't had chance to try them yet.
  6. Absolutely. A financial sanction that benefits charities or the less able in society. She forgoes some of her freedom, the children still have a mother and others benefit. I fail to see how anyone wins in the scenario of prison (in this example).
  7. It's for use with TR-69 which is a method that allows ISPs or other approved parties to reconfigure the router remotely. This probably won't be configured but still active and listening (basically a web service). I'd see if you can disable TR-69 or alternatively just make sure the router firmware is kept up to date.
  8. It would be worth checking the channel selection on the router. Also, the fact it has spontaneously started working might suggest the router may have changed its channel (i.e. for those that have auto-channel-selection). I used to have a similar, unexplained issue on a Android tablet.
  9. I purchased our dog (then pup) from the UK. Met the owners (and pup's parents), vaccination information, microchips, paperwork etc. I asked them to purchase a dog carrier in advance (which they did, and I'd pay for). Fairly seamless process. When I got back, registered with the vet and booked a quick checkup.
  10. It is a complex area.... Take a look at these ones
  11. I think there is a wider play here. Sandpiper CI was acquired by a consortium of Ravenscroft and Bailiwick Investments. These are the same people behind the Jacksons development and also the recent acquisition of Prospero. If what you say is true, with Tynwald Mills into their belt, then there's a clear move to grow their influence on the Island.
  12. I've heard good things about this place. Heading out this week to try. Anyone tried it? Shawarma Chicken, burgers, kebabs etc.!/RaZan-219051955188888/
  13. It wouldn't be practical for me to list every example, although I can generalise. That generalisation is based on my exposure to customer requirements (UK/IOM mix), relationships with UK/EU firms who are consulting here and also the requirements within our business. You will also appreciate that the right candidate is very subjective and it can depend on a multitude of factors (i.e. salary, experience, spark, enthusiasm, attitude, etc). Some of the skills shortages that I've seen are Dynamics NAV, Sharepoint architecture, SAP, Node.js/MQTT, Advanced AWS/Azure, data analytics/statistics (Hadoop/R/NoSQL) and the higher-end elements of information security (e.g. architecture). Granted, there are some people who can do this, but the pool is finite and the salary expectations can be interesting. I agree there may be people here capable and available, but whether they align to the expectation and budget of a business is another matter.
  14. I can understand your angle however the Island's economy and the markets that our businesses compete in are very different to what they were 5, 10 or 20 years ago. The financial services and e-Gaming industries in their heyday created demand, they had a USP. As other countries look to introduce regulation and other barriers, over time that may erode our USP in financial services and e-Gaming. If that were to occur (and some may say it is already happening), then the Isle of Man needs to create new revenue streams, new export opportunities and rather than build-and-they-will-come, we need to go after business. That requires highly skilled staff, a strong business environment and infrastructure. Particularly in technology sectors - that requires new blood and expertise that simply don't exist. Granted, work-permits won't stop that - however - London, Glasgow, Frankfurt, etc are all competing for the same pool of resource. In that sense, the Island is at a disadvantage. The impact is subjective and difficult to quantify (in both directions), but based on the fact many business owners are saying this is impacting our business, you have to give that some credence.
  15. Perhaps. At this stage, I would not support the permanent eradication of them. Some form of suspension (to me) is the best compromise provided there are some well defined metrics that can be used to judge its impact or otherwise. Depending on your viewpoint, the best case is new jobs are created and this economic prosperity trickles into other sectors (and tax receipts) and the Isle of Man benefits. Given this success, the suspension is extended annually. Worst case, many of the concerns become a reality and the local populace or workforce is negatively impacted and the system is put back in place. This would trigger a re-think and a need to consider alternative strategies.