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  1. Leonid

    how crap is this government ?

    I’m not saying I have a solution to the China problem. I just think we’ve wasted 20 years getting water out of a rapidly filling bathtub with thimbles while China’s emptying a fire hydrant into it. Maybe we need 100,000 fucken huge CO2 extractors spread planet wide to eat CO2 out of the atmosphere. I dunno. NFI. But either China starts reversing coal use at the same breakneck speed as it is increasing coal use, or we adapt. There are no other real viable solutions. Those Atomicans unlucky enough to live in South Australia, your government made you suffer through blackouts and the highest electricity prices in the oecd for absolutely nothing. SA’s shutting down of all coal power in the state and impact on climate change was roughly equivalent to the “Mission Accomplished” banner in April 2003 as Bush delivered a “victory in Iraq” speech. Every time I hear these muppets talk about how Australia needs to be zero coal by [insert random year] I just wonder whether our media select people on the basis of how aggravated their attention deficit disorder is? Like I know I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed. But I swear that if you would take the warning labels everything pedestrian, they wouldn’t last 24hrs.
  2. Leonid

    how crap is this government ?

    I want us to stop wasting time using small thimbles to get water out of a bath while China has an open fire hydrant into it. It's useless Low IQ time-wasting. I don't advocate coal. In the same way as I don't advocate alcohol. IE, just as I'm ok with you having a beer and getting into a car, but not ok with you downing a bottle of vodka and getting into the car - likewise I'm ok with the odd coal station where it makes sense, but not all coal. That's not even High-IQ stuff. That's "barely-above-retard-levels"-IQ.
  3. Leonid

    how crap is this government ?

    Yeah but if you're the idiot trying to scoop water out of the tub with a thimble while letting the guy with the gushing tap keep going, there's little consolation for the rest of us as to the Low-IQ levels of those who claim to be fixing things.
  4. Leonid

    how crap is this government ?

    For the sake of accuracy, guy on the left should be Chinese, holding a gushing tap and yelling at the guy on the right that it’s his fault the water level is rising. Thats where we’re at.
  5. Leonid

    how crap is this government ?

    No it doesn’t. Most coal needs to go but the suggestion that we deploy nuke plants in Somalia is ridiculous. And solar plants? Somalis can’t maintain their own shoes due to raids by other Somali barbarians and you wanna put solar plants there? Come on now. The earth has carbon sinks. Our job is to emit less carbon than yearly sink replenishment capacity. Anything we do that brings sink utilisation to less than 100% begins the slow process of reversing climate change. But the argument to “get off coal” is low-IQ bullshit. Lastly, on the numbers back in the 70s the world faced a real crisis of how we were going to feed ourselves. The solution wasn’t to stop eating or for a mass cull (though some still call for this and I volunteer anarchic participatory democracistas as the first wave to increase global IQ and lower disproportional welfare spending). The solution was to use technological adaptation. Global Climate Change is 95% a China problem. An additional 4% is India and the remainder is the rest of the world. Unless someone has an idea for how to tell China that they can’t keep lifting their people out of poverty - climate change will keep happening. We need a technology solution. No amount of yabbering on about coal, saving children, climate strikes, returns to marxism or poetic odes to simultaneously drowning and boiling polar bears - changes this self-evident fact unless you are truly utterly brain dead or spend your time absorbing ABC propaganda. But I repeat myself.
  6. Leonid

    how crap is this government ?

    Low IQ is always doing the right thing relative to an ideology. High IQ is always doing the least worst thing. As in getting rid of all coal power in favour of solar is Low IQ. Even if some woke snowflakes on twitter give you a day’s kudos.
  7. Leonid

    how crap is this government ?

    It’s not time and logistics constraints mostly. I’m not saying my mate’s coffee is average. I’m just saying I’ve had better - there’s probably better on his street. BUT His barista while I was there was pretty awesome. She was a Colombian-Lebanese girl. Sexy as hell and very warm. Worked quick and always with a smile. Everyone loved her, she remembered everyone’s names and drinks and even asked about their kids. Not sure if she’s still there. But what she didn’t have in amazing coffee she had in everything else.
  8. Leonid

    how crap is this government ?

    Metrics. I talked to the execs at those companies first and got their staff numbers. Me and my mate put together a couple of simple breakfast deals and using existing data worked out what percentage of consumption each would play. From there it was easy. Approached suppliers asking what price they’d do for guaranteed x sales. Got their prices and negotiated further. Split the discount offered in thirds and took two thirds as a dollar value off the retail price. Still ended up making more in profit percentage terms because original markup was in place and we’d just negotiated. My mate sorted some sort of FOB system. Each company’s employee got one. We set the per-user price the companies would pay. Each employee would tap their FOB and show their building pass. At the end of every month, he’d bill the companies.
  9. Leonid

    how crap is this government ?

    I did the reverse. Wait staff and baristas are why people come back. Average food can be overcome by interesting employees and good service. What I did with my friend was simples. I approached three other cafes on his street of office buildings. One cafe had a massive kitchen but not much customer space. I organised the four cafes to invest in more equipment for that kitchen and each bought more plates and utensils, etc. Most of the dish washers were fired. A back lane was used to transport the dishes to the common location. The owner of that kitchen got a managed service out of it. I found some report that showed that employees who had had breakfast were a few points above 10% more productive. A second report showed that most employees didn’t have breakfast. I went to the top floors of my mate’s cafe building. The top floors are usually held by cashed up companies as top floors command a rent premium. I got the C-levels of 3 out of 5 companies to agree to a monthly payment to my mate in return for every employee being entitled to a coffee or tea and a small breakfast for free. Boom - managed service, predictable income. And everyone’s happier. Over the years I’ve been in business and in my own personal failures such as my first marriage I’ve learned that I don’t know what to do. All I know is (cumulatively) what not to do. One of the things I’ve learned is that people will buy for their reasons, not for yours. And more importantly that there is no such thing as a hospitality business or an iT business. There is only a sales business. Everything else is a failure waiting to happen. Hospitality or IT is merely what you sell. Your business though, is sales.
  10. Leonid

    how crap is this government ?

    I’ve run a cafe Nich. My second business. It was for a friend. Needed my help so I helped for free for some shares. Which I still have but no longer play an active part due to my work being complete. i helped him get rid of a few monkeys. And gave him a managed service too.
  11. Leonid

    how crap is this government ?

    Small Business Lobby groups have been lobbying all governments successfully for decades for exemptions to corporate dismissal laws. Small business gets rid of employees far far more frequently than corporate in a downturn. It's just not the same numbers so it doesn't get the media attention.
  12. Leonid

    how crap is this government ?

    Same rule applies. Helpdesk monkeys are let go of first in an economic downturn because of the “8 hires to jump 1m each, or one hire to jump 8m” consideration. You cannot compromise your delivery capability because that’s your only way to recover.
  13. Leonid

    how crap is this government ?

    I do managed services largely in my own private cloud across three DCs on the East Coast.
  14. Leonid

    how crap is this government ?

    OK, for a start I don’t think you could possibly be a socialist. You appear to possess the ability to think critically, a function completely missing in socialists. With respect to some of your statements, there’s a little I can probably tell you, with the understanding that I can only give you the generalities because there are exceptions to every rule. Essentially there are two types of businesses: those that make money while the owners sleep, and those that are transactional. I run an IT Services company where we put clients into managed services contracts. I just slept 10 hours, and I made money every second I snored. The upside of this is that managed services is typically less affected by a recession. It also has excellent benefits in the space of cash flow - I know exactly how much is coming in every month. So I can plan for the worst. This model of business started with accounting and has now come to IT and others. A good friend of mine has even turned Law and HR into a monthly managed service and he’s fucken killing it. The other benefit of this model is that you are judged by your delivery and engagement with the customer. You can’t do shitty work because the customer is always judging you against SLAs, deliverables, performance. And maybe other metrics. Whatever. In any case because you have a contract for services, you must maintain a better-than-contracted engagement or you will lose the business to someone else. Hence another reason for my “no monkeys” model. I don’t want monkeys talking to CFOs or IT Managers. Interesting sidebar, a significant amount of CFOs are women. Female CFOs do not tolerate monkeys. They didn’t get to where they are by being generic - they got there by working their asses off and they have zero tolerance for waffling or people who don’t have commercial heads on their shoulders. The other type of business is transactional. IE building/construction. The work is project based, get in, get out, make some cash. Because it is project-based work with no follow-up, the absolute bare minimum is done to make sure “Standards” are met. Then the company fucks off, maybe dissolves to avoid future responsibility - and starts up as another entity. I’m not saying this is right - I’m saying that this is what it is. So don’t bark at me for stating it. These types of companies make hideous amounts of money when the economy is good. When it’s not and people aren’t buying, these companies are the first to collapse and because these types of companies are most likely to use manual workers with monkey-level skills and wages, these suffer first and worst. Consider a restaurant. A restaurant can make good moolah in a good economy. But it’s not a money-while-you-sleep business. It’s highly transactional. Location, economy, etc make a big difference. If something goes wrong externally, the restaurant doesn’t make money. The first people turfed are the least needed and least skilled - the dish washers. And their jobs are done by others during times of lower visitation by customers. Because again - washing dishes is monkey work. You can’t keep the dish washers and get rid of the chefs. People don’t give you money for the work your dish washers do.
  15. Leonid

    how crap is this government ?

    By definition, a job that can be done with less skills is do-able by more people and is thus paid less because it is a less worthwhile job. Any person on this forum could walk into a job washing dishes with no education and be good at it in a week. The same cannot be said of walking into a doctor’s practise and being a doctor. *shrug* Some jobs are less worthwhile than others. Sorry.
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