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Comment: Re:It's not just a matter of taste, there's rent t (Score 2) 410 410

It's cheaper than the City, but still not the place to build machines or to have a growing team. I'd say companies need to go to the outside of Cambridge, Oxford, Northampton, Milton Keynes, any place more than 100Km from London to get a warehouse + office space that can be considered affordable. The talent pool will be different but you might get enough people who already moved away from the big city.

Comment: Re:London's fantastic... (Score 1) 410 410

Before moving to the East Midlands, I lived in Camberwell (SE) for nearly 2 years and then in Brent (NW) for another 4. That's zone 2 and then Zone 3/4. Both had upsides and downsides, but the transport price was always going up faster than everything else. I could not suggest to anyone to live in a suburb of London in zone 5 or 6 as a cost saving strategy. Your average speed into town is higher than by Tube but if the overground trains are disrupted, you're too far away to have an alternative. When you're home you're too far from London to feel like traveling there to watch a show or something else that you cannot enjoy in the suburbs. I'd say that you either live where you can walk, cycle and use the bus for all your travel, or just move out for good.
In the end, I think that the secret to happy London living is to have a highly paid job that allows you not to live/commute there. Just enjoy the ride into the big city every now and again, enjoy the buzz, the touristy things, then make your way back to where you don't spend a huge part of your earnings on housing and transport. London is a special place for me, I would not want to ruin it by feeling stuck there.

Comment: It's not just a matter of taste, there's rent too (Score 2) 410 410

My view on this, not being involved in the VC/startup/look_at_me_I'm_an_entrepreneur scene, is that there is a lot of political will to turn some of London into a technological hub, hoping that the money and innovation from Silicon Valley can be reproduced here. The trouble is... London is not cheap as SV used to be when it turned itself into an attractive place for techy companies to set up shop.

A garage in London is not a place to build the new consumer electronics giant, it is a place that is rented for hundreds or even thousands of pounds per month.

I think it's all great that people want more development and growth from high tech, but the "Silicon Roundabout" is not a place where universities, ambitious people with ideas and office space are all in an ideal state suited for new industry to bloom. The Silicon Roundabout is just north of the City of London, the place where there's only mature, cash rich companies and the Bank of England. It's more of a brand that costs a lot of money to join rather than being an organic growth phenomenon.

I'd much rather see the new tech hubs turning up away from London, so that all the techy smart people are not wasting their initial funding on paying extortionate rents and are actually doing what current day teach allows you to do: work from wherever suits you. As a nice side effect, new train routes could get more passengers and overcrowded London routes could get some relief.

Comment: Re:Halo Products Made in USA (Score 2) 124 124

Electric guitar manufactures charge a premium for guitars made in the USA.

I noticed that as well. Since I could not tell a good guitar from an excellent one, I've wondered if people are paying the premium for the "made in the USA" tag or whether they do so because there's an actual product difference.

It is my understanding that Japanese and Korean made guitars used to be seen as rubbish knock-offs, but today they carry a more positive reputation. In any case, music and luxury items markets behave differently than consumer electronics. I don't think I'd pay a premium for a Surface table sold as being from 1953 vintage, pre-loved by some of the coolest CEOs of that era and with significant age-related marks.

Comment: If it's on Twitter, it's public (Score 1) 166 166

Not playing devil's advocate or anything, this is an interesting idea. In the same way that "customer sentiment" is gauged with this kind of tool, it may be in schools best interest to have their students' twitter and FB accounts tracked. What's private remains private if the user wants to, but if the student is writing in public "I'm feeling a bit suicidal" everyday on FB and Twitter and the school is only notified when there's a body at the bottom of a stairwell, then they might realise "oh I wish we knew what was going on".

Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves. -- Lazarus Long