I know we’ve some telecoms peeps here

So, just had fibreoptic installed at 100 Mbits.

Sometimes, the BBC asks for me to be on one of their radio shows. They don’t like using VOIP. Prefer – for a “big” show that I go to Faro to a studio where they have an arrangement to do ISDN from studio to studio.

Better sound that way apparently.

So, is there a way to get BBC quality ISDN-like over that 100 Mbits fibreoptic connection?

Skype, Google Voice (?) whatever don’t cut it. Is there something better than that?

And yes, it’s specifically to try to link up with the BBC.

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It was the bestseller that brilliantly critiqued the political power of the ‘superbrands’ and shot Naomi Klein to fame. Two decades on, we ask her, how does it stand up in our world of tech giants and personal brands?

Well, it made Naomi Klein a brand, didn’t it?

To call on you readers

We have several who understand matters Scottish:

Following the deal in 2014, the Scottish Government loaned Ferguson Marine £45 million to help it diversify and the yard secured a £97 million contract the following year to build two Cal Mac ferries on behalf of the government agency, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL).

Mr McColl said that when the cost of the design for the complicated hybrid vessels went up the agency should have met the increased costs and quoted a similar case in Quebec, where a contract ran over budget and the government stepped in to help.

He said CMAL had instead “buried their heads in the sand”, telling the Mail on Sunday: “I got the Government to get everyone round the able over a year ago to repeat what happened in Quebec – to get in independent experts who understand marine engineering and naval architecture. They’ve totally refused to do that.

“It’s more frustrating that the Government has not stood up to CMAL, it’s a wholly owned government entity. They simple problem here is they need to pay the actual costs to get the ferries that they have asked Ferguson to build.”

How badly has the SNP screwed this up?

This has been true all along

MPs attempting to block a no-deal Brexit may have run out of time and options to prevent Britain leaving the European Union on October 31, a respected think tank has said.

The Institute for Government has claimed that “time is running out” for the Remainers who are attempting to delay Brexit, and that “simply voting against” no-deal cannot stop Boris Johnson.

There needs to be a majority vote in favour of some other deal. Just being against the current status quo isn’t enough.

Which is the problem of course. There’s a lovely Commons majority against every deal. There’s just not one in favour of one.

Well, no, this is rather the purpose, isn’t it?

The victims of convicted billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein say the truth about his sordid activities must not be allowed to die with him.

As news spread about his suspected suicide in a Manhattan prison cell questions quickly began to be asked about what that means for both his victims and his alleged accomplices.

His victims have no appetite for letting his death bring to an end the long running inquiries into the sex-trafficking ring he had operated for so long with apparent immunity.

As there’s no accused there’s no trial and no investigation.

Well, OK, no major accused. Meaning that Ghislane should be looking over her shoulder….

Standard variation

It was during a competition for junior firefighters that somebody first noticed something unusual about the small Polish village of Miejsce Odrzanskie. Every single one of the uniformed children showing off their skills was a girl.

The reason is as simple as it is surprising. No boys have been born in Miejsce Odrzanskie for almost a decade, while the village’s women in the rural backwater of 300 souls have given birth to 12 girls.

The boy shortage is so acute that the mayor has offered a cash reward for the first family to produce a son. The world’s media have descended on the village in the fields of south-west Poland not far from the Czech border to investigate the phenomenom.

We can work it out can’t we? Chance of – not accurate but what the hell – girl is 0.5, assuming a birth takes place. Chance of 12 on the trot in one series of 12 is 0.5×0.5×0.5 a total of 12 times.

Or, across an entire country of many series of 12 births the chance approaches 1 again, doesn’t it?

Unless of course they’re all Israeli fighter pilots in which case….

Umm, why?

A casting call seeking a thin young girl with “very good teeth” to star in a Milka chocolate Christmas TV advert has been criticised by health campaigners.

The request for child actors to play the role of “Mia” asked for “no red hair” and for the girl to be no older than 12 so she is “childlike”.

It insisted “no overweight children as this is advertising chocolate”.

The advert was published on Spotlight, a talent agency which helps performers find employment, and later on Twitter.

A spokesman for Action on Sugar, a health campaign group, said it was “sure the Advertising Standards Authority would not stand for this”.

Why will the ASA not stand for this?

They’re casting for an actress, the looks of the actress are relevant. And?

The level of nonbias is strong with this one

What I want to do is turn the table on the debate on global migration. Most of the debate is told from the point of view of the rich countries. They’re asking how many migrants should we let in, should they be skilled or unskilled. What I want to ask is why are people moving in the first place? It’s not because they hate their homes or their language or their food or their people, but it’s because the rich countries stole the future of poor countries through colonialism, war, inequality, and climate change. They are coming here because we, the rich countries, were there first.

The bit that’s being missed is that everywhere was $2 a day poor. That some places became non-$2 a day poor wasn’t stealing anything from anyone…..

Not really, no

Two face jail after watching footage of Emiliano Sala’s post-mortem

They face jail for stealing the footage, not watching it.

Sherry Bray, 49, and Christopher Ashford, 62, appeared at Swindon Crown Court on Friday where they admitted accessing CCTV footage of Sala’s post-mortem examination.

Ashford, of Calne, admitted three counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material between February 9 and 11 this year.

Bray, of Corsham, admitted three counts of securing unauthorised access to computer material between April last year and February this year.

Nick Cage’s 26 mile pilgrimage to the Grail

Nicolas Cage went on a quest to find the Holy Grail which took him to Glastonbury, the actor has revealed, where he drank from a stream that he said tasted like the blood of Christ.

He went on a “grail quest”, inspired by religion and mythology, in which “one thing lead to another”, he said, and ended up there.

Given that he lived just outside Bath that would be a 26 mile quest then.

It’s not actually as mad as it sounds either:

“One thing would lead to another,” the actor told the New York Times, “It’s like when you build a library.

“You read a book, and in it there’s a reference to another book, and then you buy that book, and then you attach the references. For me it was all about where was the grail? Was it here? Was it there? Is it at Glastonbury?”

He added: “If you go to Glastonbury and go to the Chalice Well, there’s a spring that does taste like blood.”

“I guess it’s really because there’s a lot of iron in the water.”

Rather than saddling up the coconut halves it’s rather more a literary quest with a bit of wandering around Somerset…..

The Senior Lecturer will disagree

George Osborne’s tax policies have cost Britain billions, because the super-rich are fleeing the country and taking their wealth with them, statistics have revealed.

The number of non-doms – those not legally domiciled in the UK but who obtain tax advantages here – fell to a record low of 78,300 last year, from 98,500 in the previous year, figures from HM Revenue and Customs show.

The amount of tax directly contributed by non-doms fell from £9.5 billion to £7.5 billion over the same period. Experts said that a string of tax policies introduced under the former chancellor were principally to blame.

Because of course people don’t move for tax reasons and even if they do it’s a very small number of people and they’re the sort who only increase inequality so it’s good they go. So there.

Will be interesting to see who gets blamed

The power cut is believed to have been caused by two power supply plants that failed at around 4pm, the BBC said.

One was a traditional gas and steam fired power station in Cambridgeshire, the other a huge wind turbine farm in the North Sea.

Capacity problems at Britain’s largest single power station in Yorkshire may have been an additional factor, it is understood.

One reading could be……wind farm closes down immediately as wind speed is too high. Gas plant on idle can’t spin up for some reason. Drax is low capacity because it’s burning wood chips, not coal.

Of course, it’s far too early to be able to say that is exactly and precisely true but I’m willing to assert it with some confidence.

How does this work then?

Let me offer an alternative explanation that I think much more likely than this deeply politically driven hype from the firms servicing this declining market.

It costs to be a non-dom. The charge can be as much as £60,000 a year. It increases the longer a person claims to be non-domiciled.

My suggestion is a simple one. The non-doms might not be leaving. Instead I suspect they may just be choosing to pay their taxes in the UK.

Because £60,000 a year is a lot of money people will volunteer to pay more?

The Senior Lecturer should know the difference between a stock and a flow

OK, about which the Senior Lecturer tells us that:

I would suggest that the answer is simple: it is growing inequality that is creating this situation, plus a structural change in the way that wealth is held.

Now let me be clear, households is all households so in principle this should not be the case, since the ranking should be indifferent to wealth. But if the wealthy hold more of their assets through companies and pension funds invest ever more widely outside the UK, whilst the links between asset owners and their assets becomes ever harder to trace because of nominee holdings, then the likelihood that there will have been a shift of apparent asset holding out of the so-called household sector and into other categories is high. The result is that the net insolvency of a great many UK households becomes much more apparent.

The sectoral balances are the flows between the different parts of the economy. It’s the net change in any one period.

Insolvency is of course the stock position, not the flow. With household wealth (yes, net of liabilities) at whatever it is, £9 trillion or summat, we don’t have evidence that the British household sector is net insolvent.

Stocks and flows matey….