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  1. joeyconcrete

    Population growth challenged.

    What most people really want is increased prosperity and a better quality of life, which is linked to a higher GDP and better public services (and assuming the Island remains beautiful). If those points broadly represent the goal, there are different ways to achieve that. Many people believe growing the population is one such way. If the Island was a business, the shareholders would want increased profits and higher dividends. Yes, they may require more staff, but more staff is not the goal.
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    The IOM has been way behind on carrier-grade SIP/VoIP for some time, certainly compared to the UK. The key difference is that carrier-grade SIP has been in the UK marketplace for years, as an alternative to ISDN - whilst both were available for new orders. The chronology of telecoms here means that window is far, far narrower. My experience so far, and anecdotal, is that from pre-sales, ordering and provisioning - SIP has hardly been plain sailing... It will be an interesting switchover...
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    Reynoldsway part 2. £80 million to spend on ports

    I understand it’s a complex topic and in addition to footfall, the actual discretionary spend very difficult to estimate. It is an interesting topic and there must be other examples or an evidential basis on which assumptions have been made. Without that, we’re reliant upon hope.
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    Reynoldsway part 2. £80 million to spend on ports

    It would be useful to understand the breakdown of economic factors that contribute towards the success of Orkney and Shetland. i.e. How much can be attributed to cruise ships as opposed to vessel servicing & repairs, fisheries, or from the Oil and Gas sectors. I was speaking to someone in Inverness who has knowledge of these areas, they intimated the economic opportunity is wide-ranging, rather than just focusing on one thing to underpin any business case. The cruise liners is oft touted as the silver bullet - but I would be interested to understand the wider business case. Or, whether it is soley built around attracting visitors on cruise liners. From what I can see elsewhere, the business case is broader.
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    Reynoldsway part 2. £80 million to spend on ports

    I had heard they chained up the playground swings on a Sunday. I think its mostly 'Respect the Sabbath' signs now. Although when I was there, I was warned that everywhere is closed on a Sunday, I naively thought a garage or the Coop would be open... nope. Spent most of the day sharing a bag of crisps and a 5-pack of Mars Bars. Until we found a hotel that would allow visitors. I loved the place though. Luskentyre Beach was the highlight. Anyway - I digress!
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    Reynoldsway part 2. £80 million to spend on ports

    I have visited Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides a couple of times recently. Like the Isle of Man, the Stornoway Port Authority too are investing in a deep-water port for similar reasons cited by the Isle of Man. It is a useful comparison. Stornoway needs a berth for cruise ships up to 350m (Isle of Man is 240m) I understand the viability of the project is not just reliant on cruise ships, but ship maintenance, renewables and servicing play a big part - and are net contributors to the economy already. The development is not just about the berth, there are industrial units, link roads, fuel depots, storage and land reclamation. Stornoway port authority have gone out to market and asked for 'bidders' to undertake and cost the project. Budget is £50m Time-scale is 2-years I don't profress to understand the details of the Isle of Man project, but I was quite impressed by what I seen in Stornoway and there appears to be real support from local industry (because the demand is already there).
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    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.