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  1. joeyconcrete

    Water wheel at Groudle Glen

    Folly, quaint or feux Victorian - however you describe it, it has drawn a selection of people to the glen. On the costs, I know groups of people who are willing to get involved and as someone alluded to, they consist of engineers, joiners and suchlike. For my sins, I was at the original meeting. Many companies have deep pockets and will also donate staff/resource IF someone can spark their interest. My own personal view is ‘if’ it is restored, people should put the effort into creating something that isn’t just heritage. Applying some innovation, could put an interesting twist on it. One of the reasons it existed was to draw in visitors, that’s a good starting point. The wheel as-is won’t pull my kids away from a PS4 or give me a reason to drag visitors through the glen - nor do I think it would if it was restored as-is. It needs a little ambition, lateral thinking and creative thought. If that fails, pull it down. You often find groups/departments/people become so preoccupied with why things can’t be done, embroiled in discussions and minutia - then it doesn’t happen, or we have a comprehensive solution of compromise (that is worse than pulling the thing down). Its becoming the waterwheel brexit of Groudle.
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    Underwater Data Centres

    Many datacentres use chilled water systems piped into CRAC/HVAC units for cooling - similar to a car radiator system (at scale). When I was involved in the build of a DC over here, I had considered whether the chilled-water pipework and the cooling elements could be placed in Douglas Harbour for cooling! This was a casual hypothesis, as alas - it would not be practical for a host of reasons! As a member of the Manx Mines Research Group... the Island has lots of mines, with underwater fissures and a consistent ambient temperature! There's an equally odd place for a datacentre environment.
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    Warty Report Published

    When public perception and experiences are seemingly different to official statistics (‘you *are* doing well’), it raises questions. Are the majority of residents well off and don’t realize it? Or is there a level of inequality that’s masked by the average? It would be interesting to see how the IOM and other similar jurisdictions compare to the UK when it comes to the “Gini Coefficient”, brief definition: .... to represent the income or wealth distribution of a nation's residents, and is the most commonly used measurement of inequality. .... There are then various league tables: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_income_equality Where would the IOM feature? https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2172rank.html
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    Isle of Man - World Leader..

    Sustainable is definitely the right word, and the risk of unintended consequences.
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    Isle of Man - World Leader..

    The world leader is really a manifestation of the fact that many people recognise that the Island does need to develop some form of value proposition for it to sustain its economy going forward. Granted, being a world leader in broadband or allowing driverless cars on the road isn't necessarily the silver bullet - but that train of thought is very much 'what do we need to do to get more business here?'. If the Island is to grow the economy, remain prosperous and maintain (or improve) public services - then it needs to increase economic output - to counter the skewed population. One way of achieving that is to grow the economically active population, but in many ways - in order to do that, there needs to be something for them to do! To me, growing the population is not a goal, but a means to grow the economy. There are other obvious benefits to a larger economy (in terms of scale etc) but that is waaaay out of scope for this thread! I agree with your point, but world class broadband aside, the Island does need to start identifying how it can carve out a niche to counter the changing face of financial services, e-Gaming and globalisation. I fear without that, and the inability to attract new sectors and retain existing ones, public services will change dramatically. If people are ambitious enough (but remain realistic), then it's a great opportunity.
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    Isle of Man - World Leader..

    Certainly puts superfast broadband into perspective..
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    Isle of Man - World Leader..

    Using me as an example. I have the 200Mbps VDSL service serving a family of four with consoles, PCs, Alexa, Dropbox, Steam, OneDrive, Spotify, Tablets, Netflix and a host of other internet-connected miscellanea. Apart from the perodic 10GB update to FortNite, Dropbox uploading a bunch of Drone footage or simultaneous streams of Netflix - 20Mbps would be more than sufficient. That is unfortunately what we have lacked. Yep, can't forgot the subsea fibres. Project Kelvin was a success in NI/Ireland, but again - funded by the EU/Government. http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/projects/ireland/high-speed-underwater-cable http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8111526.stm Spot the missed opportunity back in 2009!
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    Isle of Man - World Leader..

    "Super-Fast" broadband on the Isle of Man will be a complex and sensitive issue, much like open skies and the Steam Packet. Deploying a 'world class' network will likely require significant investment. If you look towards other markets, this investment is often funded by Governments or councils or it is encouraged by some fairly creative regulatory footwork. More common is where broadband is provided as part of a bundle (i.e. TV, Mobile) where there is more of a blended margin to justify the service provision. We have limited options in this regard. Many would argue that the Isle of Man faces challenges on several fronts, so it would be interesting to see how consumers and businesses rank the importance of broadband, against a backdrop of wider issues. The oft cited argument for 'super fast' broadband is the resultant economic stimulus... The rationale is fairly simple; the availability of 1Gbps broadband will attract busines and create more jobs therefore there is an ROI. If only it were that easy. The primary challenge that the Isle of Man faces is 'Broadband Economics'. The biggest economic impact is from making broadband available to a greater proportion of the population - we have achieved that (mostly). When it comes to speed - the story is different. There is a significant diminishing marginal utility to throwing more Mbps at the network. In other words, 1Gbps doesn't lead to more 'value' than 500mbps or 50Mbps... The challenge is understanding where that sweetspot is. This is probably lower than most people think. I think the Isle of Man ought to be ambitious. But we need to be realistic. Why It’s So Hard to Build the Next Silicon Valley Google brought its high-speed internet to Kansas City, but it didn’t turn the city into a tech paradise. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-02-28/why-it-s-so-hard-to-build-the-next-silicon-valley
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    Gov Data security

    I don't agree that they're of limited value. The relevance and applicability are really dependant upon their implementation, scope, endorsement and the level of ongoing oversight. The truth is that any ISO standard can be implemented relatively easily and there are a variety of pre-packaged sources available, whether for ISO 9001, 27001 etc. The existance of ISO 27001 (or any standard) assures nothing - it is the scrutiny/audit of a such a system that provides the assurance. You would hope that any body asking for ISO 27001 would consider following up to ensure its adoption/implementation/scope. Having spent a week with an ISO 27001 auditor to ensure compliance with a UK regulator, I can assure you that (done right) they leave no stone unturned and make sure any organsiation fully considers the cybersecurity/information security risks. That auditor's job would prove very difficult if he didn't have a consistent standard to measure against. The absence of ISO 27001 does not mean security is lax, equally - ISO 27001 doesn't prove security is first class. What ISO does provide is a consistent framework on which security can be measured. CIS Top 20 is a more relevant, tactiful measure of security.
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    VDSL plus 200Mb

    Believe it or not, I am still running on 100Mbps with my Draytek. Trying to get a 'maintenance window' this weekend to coordinate works around PS4, Netflix, Facetime, Instagram and two kids.
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    VDSL plus 200Mb

    I signed up in December with MT and finally got upgraded this week. I am still using my Draytek 2860AC and that is syncing at 100/30Mbps. Actual is 100/20. I do know the Draytek doesn't support the Annex beyond 100Mbps. I will try the MT supplier Technicolor DGA4130 tomorrow to see how that goes.
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    Moorehouse Strikes Again

    100% agree. My sarcasm didn't come through strong enough. Any sniff of a corporate tax change, and I believe some larger companies would go quite quickly..
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    Moorehouse Strikes Again

    Tax. Although if we suggest to companies that they should pay a 'charge' that goes towards health, leisure, sport or Government. It could even be a percentage of profit. (Sarcasm!)
  14. I would guess that is less likely to be caused by something within the broadband network or the broadband connection itself. Most web/content servers have a rudimentary setting to limit a single connection to ‘x’, which is why most browsers launch multiple connections (with the exception of a download). The exception of course is if the ISP has implemented some form of traffic management (I.e. shaping) but usually that’s focused on the aggregate throughput rather than a single connection. I’m not suggesting you’re wrong, merely going from one DSL service to a higher one wouldn’t change that - unless you’re hitting a server limit (x Mbps) or a traffic policy is being applied. FTP download of a Linux distro from a fast mirror would be a good test.
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    AV Receiver + Speakers

    1 x Onkyo TX-SR309 AV Receiver 5:1 / HDMI (Black) Excellent condition, with remote. 3 x HDMI inputs (for Sky/PS4/Xbox) and a single HDMI output to the TV. No HDMI cables included. Full specs http://www.eu.onkyo.com/en/products/tx-sr309-35373.html 2 x Sony SS-F6000 Speakers (Black, Floor Standing) Awesome sound, look great. Speakers are big - 214.3 mm (H): 949.3 mm (W): 200 mm (D) No speaker grill, speakers in perfect condition. Have a couple of lengths of speaker cable. Full specs https://www.whathifi.com/sony/ss-f6000/overview Smoke free home. Must go as one lot. Collection from Douglas. Will also throw in a passive Philips sub-woofer (black) £185.00 OVNO