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About joeyconcrete

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. It is a complex area.... Take a look at these ones
  8. 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.
  9. I've heard good things about this place. Heading out this week to try. Anyone tried it? Shawarma Chicken, burgers, kebabs etc.!/RaZan-219051955188888/
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. My own views are they should suspend the system and have some form of mechanism to measure the impact or otherwise. This could be accompanied by additional measures or controls that safeguard genuine risks to the economy (i.e. not economically active). Having read through the comments, some general musings (with some slant towards e-Gaming/ICT) The Isle of Man's ability to export skills and knowledge will be more important than ever going forward. This is important for context. Without future success/wealth creation, the other jobs 'under threat' will become a moot point. I know of at least two employers who, having tried to recruit locally in vain, opted to place those jobs in their other office locations. Many of the significant employers and to some extent, the key sectors, are increasingly internationally focused or whose ownership is less sympathetic to the IOM. This means that both resource and roles can be met through other international offices/branches. Even if this comes at a higher cost, there is an opportunity cost to the business. Not all positions are advertised at the job centre. A pool of resource doesn't necessarily translate to marketable skills, this is important particularly when a company has to be competitive (against the UK or other countries). Obviously training and re-training are important. Many employers will choose to evaluate the market (through agencies/other bodies) before opting to recruit publicly. I fully support training the next generation, but that takes time. I have at least 3 or 4 people going through this process. For certain cutting-edge or emerging areas (particularly in technology), mentors or experienced professionals are needed to impart that knowledge. There is a risk we continue to breath the same air. The Chamber of Commerce has come under criticism, but ultimately their views reflect those of its members who (despite what some say) are not all big corporate money grabbers. Whether you agree or not is another matter, and everyone is entitled to their view, but I know a lot of Isle of Man-focused, generous and conscientious business owners who see this as an issue. This is not an issue confined to ICT and e-Gaming, I know employers in hospitality and retail who struggle. I can understand most people's view points, and as someone born on the Island, with kids - I think the vital element is to secure the economic prosperity of the Isle of Man in an increasingly competitive business world. Inevitably there will be a compromise, but from my own experience - something needs to change. I think a suspension is the best way. If it works - great. If it doesn't work (and there is a way to measure that), we revert in 6 or 12 months. I would be very surprised if vocational Armageddon can happen in that time-frame.
  14. You may be surprised. There are a few companies, notably D-Wave, that are making real advances in this space. Google has trailed their platform. Its not as ubiquitous as a Dell server, but they reckon by 2020 it'll be more mainstream. Take a look:
  15. That is a human. They are the single biggest risk to security, whether physical, digital or otherwise. Provided you accommodate that risk...