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It’s Over! November 26, 2003

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Well after my long battle against media publicity of recessions and economic weakness the OECD have said that they believe the global downturn (cough, cough, splutter) is over. It now seems as though they have great faith in the Irish economy and the future. Ah, isn’t that sweet! source: The Irish Times

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Thank’yaw Come Again November 26, 2003

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I don’t normally use stereotypes on my subject lines but I think that the catchphrase of Apu from The Simpsons is more than apt for this item. Following along the lines of so many other companies who have gone to India for cheaper labour costs compared to the US and Europe, Dell also relocated their tech support call center to India. However, following on from a huge number of complaints about being unable to understand call operators and generally having to deal with only scripted responses, Dell have stepped back and moved all corporate calls back to the US in an attempt to appease the bigger clients. However, this is not likely to amuse the home market who still have their calls routed through the Indian call center. It may be cheaper labour but that doesn’t mean you have extra cash to buy more goodwill. source: CNN.com

The Cost of Road Deaths November 26, 2003

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A report scheduled to be published in the near future by the NRA with respect to the road death statistics in Ireland, based on information from the Gardai, highlights some interesting cost figures. Seemingly the accidents on Irish roads last year cost an unbelieveable Eur 728M, almost the national deficit. In addition it states that each fatal accident cost and average of Eur 1,357,489? I am very interested in getting a copy of this report to see if any breakdown on this figure is available. Most insurance companies pay out a miserable figure in the order of 10000-20000 upon death of the insured I’d love to know where the extra Eur 1.33M comes in.

Even more bemusing is this following statement taken from the end of the referenced article, “Men accounted for 72 per cent of fatalities on the roads in 2002, although the gender of the victim was not specified in all cases”. What? 72% of an unknown gender total. Can statistics like this actually be allowed to trickle through into written fact? That’s about as legitimate as saying “Well there were 100 accidents, we interviewed 10 of the victims’ families and found out that the victim was male. The other 90 families who had lost their daughter were unavailable to comment and as such we must conclude that 100% of the accidents were caused by males, although we never actually asked the families if the victim was driving at the time”. Come on, please give us an ounce of credit before releasing nonsense like this!!! source: Irish Times

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Mchel Mouse Update November 25, 2003

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Well as sure as can be the proposal for the North Dublin theme park that I posted yesterday has been rejected. The basis for rejection is that the plans were too loose and vague. Surely this would mean come back with better plans but obviously the council is not interested in successful and substantial investment in the area by external parties. Well done guys! source: The Irish Times

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November 24, 2003

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Can’t believe I only heard about this now but seemingly there are plans for a Eur 7bn fun park in Dublin. The plans for the park look like they are going to be opposed by the local council in question on the basis that the park would require 35 million visitors per year to be profitable. Somehow I think the only way a park would require that much money to be profitable would be if it was state owned. Anyway it should be very interesting to see what happens with this. source: Irish Examiner

TV Licences November 20, 2003

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Just got mailed a link to a blog of a fellow Waterford man and started reading the entries. Political correctness does not seem to be high on his agenda but some of the entries/rants are pure fun. I trackbacked a post about TV licences for the sole reason that somebody needs to rant about them. It’s a disgrace that we have to shell out Eur 150 to support a channel that shows ads every 15 mins. Looking for a business model try the BBC, reasonably good quality programs without the ads or how about TV3 “our running costs are paid by our advertisers so you the viewer, doesn’t have to pay”. OK I’m going to stop now before I get carried away again. Anyway have a read of this referenced blog. source: The Mad Blaa

Spot Watch or Stop Watch November 17, 2003

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Looks like the MS SPOT (Smart Personal Object Technology) watches will not hit the streets until early next year or maybe even later again with uncertainty from the manufacturers. Interesting piece of technology that for a small monthly fee will deliver extact time, weather and other information to your watch. Make you wonder why anyone would need a PDA? 🙂 source: The Register

BT Broadband November 17, 2003

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If only the Irish market had such imminent plans for the roll-out of broadband infrastructure. Sadly it seems like we’ll still be stuck on the end of a jitter filled line banging our POTS until the cows come home long after the entire of the UK are surfing like they got caught up in a force 5 hurricane. source: The Register

Apple vs RIAA November 10, 2003

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And so the eternal battle of the RIAA against all that share and share alike could very well be their last blip on the radar. This article highlights some very interesting points as to how the music industry could soon turn on those whom speak for it at the moment. Why you ask? Well better profit margins, less complex contracts and generally more public satisfaction and listenership would be a starting point. Could this be the (un) timely demise of the RIAA? Will it all go silent in P2P land and calm restored again? Watch this space! source: The Register

Intel Don’t Reveal New Breakthrough? November 5, 2003

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Just picked this off of the web. It seems as though Intel have just made some sort of breakthrough with a new transistor. However, they don’t say what it is, when it will definitely be available, what the details of the process are or even what it might actually do. Wow, what a press release. I feel as though I’ve just seen a trailer for a movie that I won’t go to watch. source: PCWorld.com