Comments for The Yorkshire Ranter http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog A non-kinetic onslaught Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:44:56 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on The Hitchens has spoken, and he said “You go first” by Guano http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/2016/02/05/the-hitchens-has-spoken-and-he-said-you-go-first/#comment-68209 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:44:56 +0000 http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/?p=5090#comment-68209 There is a lot of overblown rhetoric in Tory/UKIP Euro-scepticism but not much depth. If the EU is a prison, Hitchens should be able to tell us how we wandered into it (led by the Tories) and why we don’t walk out of the open gate. If the EU is bad at negotiating trade agreements (as suggested in that Daily Mail article) then someone should be able to say what a good trade agreement would look like and why the EU is incapable of negotiating one. They are uncomfortable with analyses that involve power or vested interests or collective action problems or accountability, so the implied reason for any EU absurdity is that Brussels is full of foreigners (as if the UK does not have its own civil servants and commissioners there).

Should I take it on trust that Bernard Jenkin or IDS would negotiate a better fishing agreement or trade agreement (and do it more transparently)?

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Comment on The Hitchens has spoken, and he said “You go first” by yorksranter http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/2016/02/05/the-hitchens-has-spoken-and-he-said-you-go-first/#comment-68186 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:59:47 +0000 http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/?p=5090#comment-68186 Actually I’m with Sonia Purnell; he’s never actually been a eurosceptic, he did it for the money (remember where his main income comes from) and a lot of his public statements on it take the classic Boris form of a heavily telegraphed “controversial” headline plus a lot of other stuff that rows back the other way.

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Comment on The Hitchens has spoken, and he said “You go first” by yorksranter http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/2016/02/05/the-hitchens-has-spoken-and-he-said-you-go-first/#comment-68185 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:57:18 +0000 http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/?p=5090#comment-68185 Here he goes! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3435500/It-s-great-Tory-EU-panic-PM-roasted-team-IDS-lashes-Cameron-Boris-blurts-ve-NEVER-wanted-quit-EU.html

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Comment on The Hitchens has spoken, and he said “You go first” by Metatone http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/2016/02/05/the-hitchens-has-spoken-and-he-said-you-go-first/#comment-68160 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:57:06 +0000 http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/?p=5090#comment-68160 It may be stretching things to suggest Johnson has coherent thoughts about policy, but I think he’s caught between his instincts (Little Englander, Posh Version, anti-EU) and his backers (City types, lots of money to lose from a Brexit followed by migration of various trades to somewhere else.)

Hitchens. If you watch his interview with Owen Jones on youtube, you see PH has realised that virtually no-one agrees with him in depth. And indeed, that his critiques of power have more in common with Corbyn than modern conservatism. So, he’s taking his ball home.

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Comment on These 9 Government E-Mails I Just Got Disclosed Show Just What a Dick George Osborne Really Is by Tom Wilson http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/2015/06/21/these-9-government-e-mails-i-just-got-disclosed-show-just-what-a-dick-george-osborne-really-is/#comment-67909 Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:41:19 +0000 http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/?p=4847#comment-67909 Sorry, but there’s not a conspiracy going on here.
most of the ‘heavy redactions’ are just civil servant’s names being taken out. seems fair enough, if they’re not that senior.
The whole discussion around ‘pension bonds’ is that it’s a much snappier name than “65+ growth bonds”. unfortunately, it’s not quite right as some pensioners are younger than 65, so they wouldn’t qualify.
There’s potentially an interesting story about age discrimination here, but good luck getting that rolling.
All the stuff about regulation, and reviewing it by the regulator, is largely technical, and not a conspiracy. NS&I is owned by the treasury and isn’t bound by the regulator in the same way as private firms. there’s other implications to that, for example some NS&I savings products pay interest tax free.

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Comment on Software is not a painting. by Metatone http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/2016/01/24/software-is-not-a-painting/#comment-67885 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:06:57 +0000 http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/?p=5086#comment-67885 On the motorised works, I’m reminded of my frustrations with a lot of video installations, whose display tends to wind up being VHS and a Sony BVM1900A, no matter what the original concept was, nor that commercial visual performance has come a long way.

As for that data stuff, we encountered this problem about 5 years ago when working with a large financial data company. They wanted some articles complete with info graphics etc. that would display some of the unique qualities of their datasets.

But, they wanted to pay about as much as they did for a typical “interview with a customer” article. There was no sense about how much work investigating the data imposes, esp. when it’s a one-off.

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Comment on #ischanging: the KEEP CALM of the future 2010s revival by Metatone http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/2016/01/24/ischanging-the-keep-calm-of-the-future-2010s-revival/#comment-67884 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 12:53:31 +0000 http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/?p=5081#comment-67884 It was on display at the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying beware of the leopard…

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Comment on Software is not a painting. by ajay http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/2016/01/24/software-is-not-a-painting/#comment-67883 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:02:15 +0000 http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/?p=5086#comment-67883 Agreed on Big Bang Data – some really poor interfaces, not enough explanatory material, several exhibits not working at all or working extremely slowly. And others were just… shallow. The idea of mapping the data networks around London sounded great – interpreting manhole covers, the Ring of Steel, where the trunk lines run etc… what they actually presented looked like it had been knocked up in a day or two. A really half-arsed attempt.

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Comment on Software is not a painting. by yorksranter http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/2016/01/24/software-is-not-a-painting/#comment-67882 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:32:47 +0000 http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/?p=5086#comment-67882 No.

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Comment on Software is not a painting. by Phil http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/2016/01/24/software-is-not-a-painting/#comment-67879 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 08:31:43 +0000 http://www.harrowell.org.uk/blog/?p=5086#comment-67879 Is there a sentence missing in the first paragraph?

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