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Comment Re:Competition is often complex. (Score 1) 294

It was in fact quite common at one time. Kaiser Wilhelm (Victoria's grandson) was an Admiral of the British Navy and Colenel-In-Chief of the 1st Royal Dragoons and exchanges and friendships were common enough that meetings between opposing officers after engagements in the early days of the war were often friendly reunions.

Comment Re:Yawn (Score 1) 157

I find it a bit odd, because this is stuff that's been around for ages. You can buy commercial packages off the shelf for many instruments, particularly piano, and they sound fantastic.

Comment Re:Petty thieves (Score 1) 196

Essentially, yes. This is seriously embarrassing but from an operational point of view, barely note-worthy. They'll spend more money hedging liabilities. The real impact of this is reputational (and for the person responsible, who is now Executive Director in Charge of Applying for New Careers).

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 338

Actually, Israel has a serious problem, and they need to come to an accommodation sooner rather than later. The problem is, they can't manage their internal disputes to achieve significant action.

The problem is that the Palestinians have a significantly higher birth rate and Jews will effectively be a minority in the not-too-distant future. At that point, they lose democratic legitimacy, so they need to come up with a satisfactory settlement before that happens.

Comment Re:Warranty or insurance? (Score 1) 329

You're assuming all people who take out warranties use them to their full coverage. It's well known that in home/contents insurance a massive portion of covered events are never claimed. It's not unknown for people to have their house burnt down and they don't claim on their insurance. No, I don't understand it either.

Comment Re:Anti sexist policies are almost always sexist (Score 1) 546

I'm not talking about race as such, just the simple fact that in a company of hundreds of people, finding one who was born or brought up within a couple of miles is like finding hens teeth. That seems odd to me. I don't blame anyone in particular for this state of affairs, but once you recognise it I think there's an argument to be made for addressing it.

Comment Re:Anti sexist policies are almost always sexist (Score 1) 546

Yeah, actually I don't care that much. I work in central London and it's painfully obvious that none of our workforce come from local communities. I'd be quite happy to see us lower our hiring standards just a little to bring some of these people in. I don't believe for a second they're actually worse - I think they just don't know how to play the corporate game.

Comment Re:Excel error? (Score 2) 476

I agree it is user error, but I feel very strongly that this is the fault of Excel, not the user. My job is effectively being a professional spreadsheet driver and you eventually learn to become rigid about range checking, row counting, balancing totals, etc, because the structure of Excel makes these errors inevitable.

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