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joeyconcrete

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  1. I had a trip on it last Wednesday with two friends (it was a present). Despite the reputation, it was remarkably stable and good fun. One amusing aspect was it’s required to follow taxiways and the runway as if it was a plane..
  2. No problem. Your confusion kind of emphasises the fact the registry should have noticed the similarity. You’re also not the first. Having to tell people we’re not launching a new digital currency is tiresome..
  3. Completely different company with no association/relationship/business dealings whatsoever. It's unfortunate the name is so similar as it's causing some confusion and misassociation, particularly given the crypto element.
  4. I'd say tentative at best. A similar scheme in the Herbrides seems heavily subsidised using Scottish/EU money, despite the secondary economic benefits and the supporting data looking more plausible. Much like planning; I would be more enthusiastic if the forecasts and economic indicators pointed to an era of population growth and broadened economic activity. Build and they will come is a strategy that often doesn't materialise. Right now, I'd be happy with a couple of working flumes.
  5. ‘In theory’; that’s the age-old quandary facing the IOM. The Isle of Man, where we could have, if... Ever hopeful!
  6. One USP is we have an ageing population, high dependency ratio, challenges in infrastructure and healthcare, labour shortages and a commitment to reduce environmental impact. If the Island can find (Or test) innovative approaches or new operating models, harness technology and automation, and solve some of these issues - that’s an exportable skill set and suite of expertise in itself. Too often we try copying someone else’s homework, think linearly, or keep trying the same thing, in different guises. In theory; we’re nimble enough to try new things and either succeed or fail fast. Rather, we face slow no’s and strike while the iron is cold.
  7. And there’s an angle whether there’s an opportunity to increase productivity, prosperity and value, with technology and automation, rather than focus on more human labour.
  8. An interesting topic. There are a few successful companies who export services, or target markets outside of the Isle of Man. Gaming is an obvious one (not without its challenges), while IT, software and telecoms have non-IOM elements. The Isle of Man does need to focus a little more on business or initiatives that lead to ‘new money’ rather than subsidising displacement or competition within the local market. It makes us less exposed if there’s any change in circumstance. Exports also contribute to what I’d class as real economic growth (goods or services), but also make better businesses. Those who focus outside of their local markets tend to be more competitive/productive: https://www.centreforcities.org/publication/the-wrong-tail/ Also, my experience in Scotland shows agencies and Government do everything they can to encourage Scottish companies to export, and focus their sights and revenues on new markets. Displacing or very ‘local’ activities don’t get the same level of support.
  9. Resurrecting an old topic. Opted to ditch my Technicolor DGA4130 in favour of the new Fritzbox 7590. Despite supporting supervectoring/VDSL profile 35b (200Mbps+), the router only appears to be negotiating 17a (100Mbps), even with the latest firmware. Anyone else using the Fritzbox 7590?
  10. If you had to reframe it, the sub post office element is really secondary to it’s role as a kind of community service desk. On that basis, you’d never expect it to turn a profit. When viewed as a public service, the postal element becomes irrelevant as it doesn’t generate sufficient revenue. If IOMG viewed it through a different lens, it would not be about loss making and profits, but purely the cost of providing a public service, with the potential to serve as a conduit for postal business. I think it’s the wrong way round. The issue for taxpayers is whether that public service is more deserving of investment rather than further investment in health, education, etc. As a business though; letters are undeniably in decline.
  11. Proximity to busy roads is fast becoming a key factor when identifying locations and risk factors for residential developments https://www.kcl.ac.uk/news/living-near-a-busy-road-can-stunt-childrens-lung-growth Opening the window at 8:35am may not be desirable
  12. Another option. You could mount a Synology/QNAP as an iSCSI target in xpenology. Thus - keeping your HP server as the head-end, but backing the storage off to a NAS.
  13. Given a stategic aim of the Isle of Man is to attract (and retain!) high-net worths and entrepreneurs, there is a need for high quality private healthcare and education. Ignoring the societal views of state vs private, in theory - paid-for treatment should lesson the burden on the state healthcare and education systems. I emphasise in theory because I suspect doing so will require effective planning, management and a framework that balances the private customer, and the DHSC. While many see private healthcare as a privilege - unfortunately, many now view it as a necessity. I have paid for a number of private treatments (albeit minor) within my family, simply because the waiting lists were soooooo long...
  14. Have to agree, the aesthetics of that new roundabout just feel wrong. Almost like an amateur roundabout on a budget.
  15. Reading between the lines and based on your experience, if the scheme was better administered and the members skills scrutnised - there would be some value? I can only assume that was the original purpose, and that has been lost somewhat.
  16. I can understand the preferred supplier status, assuming there is a vetting process which the fee covers. I asked because I noticed how many tradesman advertise their registered status, but I couldn’t see how someone would make that a requirement when getting their toilet fixed or living room skimmed. I guess it predates the world of Facebook and social media reviews. Maybe in the early 90s being Government Registered was the equivalent of 5* on Tripadvisor.
  17. I have never assigned any value to it but I had assumed that some people must have. I was interested in understanding the practicalities of achieving the status, but it sounds more like a public sector best business guide, rather than a challenging certification process.
  18. I see this a lot. Gardeners, Plasterers, Joiners, etc. In practice, what does this mean and is it a kitemark of quality? Does it set people apart? I see it a lot on vans and signage, so figured it must have a perceived value.
  19. https://www.investegate.co.uk/manx-telecom-plc/rns/recommended-acquisition-of-manx-telecom/201903130700056746S/ https://www.basaltinfra.com/recommended-cash-offer-for-manx-telecom-plc/ “The boards of Bidco and Manx are pleased to announce that they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended cash offer pursuant to which Bidco, a newly-incorporated company owned by Basalt, will acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Manx (the "Acquisition")”
  20. It’s over copper (~200m from ISAM). £46pm https://www.manxtelecom.com/personal/internet/broadband-tariffs/ultima-v-plus
  21. 200Mbps service - tends to peak around 175/180Mbps. I have a Draytek 2860, using the MT supplier Thomson as a modem. Service is reliable enough. Every so often it may get flaky, but getting a new WAN IP seems to fix it.
  22. Seen a few posts on social media saying ‘they are back’. One daytime attempt up Ramsey and another balaclava job down South, when people were in. Think Buntys taxis posted something too. Could just be usual pondlife and coincidences, or the start of something.. let’s hope not.
  23. The thread makes for interesting reading. I feel the labour situation is so complex and intertwined, it makes it nigh on impossible to prescribe one single solution. Any solution is also open to criticism, but the problem is not going away. There is definitely a shortage of skilled staff, and these staff are in demand. We have to trust the firms who state this, after all - why would they *not* hire staff if there was such a pool? In my own experience, there’s not some ulterior motive or conspiracy. Equally, agencies all profess to have the solution, but again, why would a successful firm with staff demands, not utilise these channels? Then there’s retention. The finite pool has driven up packages; salaries, perks and benefits - making the ‘big names’ often sweep up staff from other companies. Finally there’s the irritation factor. How far does a firm go before staffing up in the UK or Malta? They’re equally challenging markets but I understand it’s an easier sell to attract someone to Malta.
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