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  1. Alex

    This is so, so, sad. Heartbreakingly sad

    I don't think much has changed. I knew a woman who worked in a women's refuge there. She and her colleagues would pray for the All Blacks, Hurricanes or any other remotely local rugby team to win every time, because when they lost the domestic violence rates went through the roof.
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    This is so, so, sad. Heartbreakingly sad

    And a massive 'P' (meth) problem fuelling all sorts of crime. And huge domestic violence rates, child abuse, etc., etc. NZ government has for many years been warning young women never to walk alone at night. Anywhere. I don't call that a safe country. And you're right about the public sector. Bent, nepotistic, cronyist. I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't experienced it myself - and I was on the positive side, i.e. I was offered things that were blatantly illegal by people in position of power.
  3. Alex

    This is so, so, sad. Heartbreakingly sad

    Where did you live, when and for how long?
  4. Alex

    This is so, so, sad. Heartbreakingly sad

    I lived in NZ for almost a decade. It has serious social issues and a lot of violent crime. It also has one of the most effective overseas tourism marketing strategies of any country, which is why so many people believe it's utopia. There's a good reason why large numbers of Kiwis leave NZ in their late teens and twenties, never to return. It's beautiful to look at but it is certainly not a safe country, at least not unless you stay far away from the humans. Edited to add: e2nz.org is an interesting read as a red pill to the NZ marketing machine. Biased in its own way, but still useful.
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    When did you last use a fax machine?

    You are absolutely correct about how it should work, and how scanner and email should be quicker and more efficient. Unfortunately that's not how it works in practice, at least in large public sector organisations. In this particular example I could think up half a dozen new risk factors for scanner and email, compared with fax, off the top of my head. With public sector IT, I've found a useful rule of thumb is, "Could a random 73-year-old woman use the new system?" (actually I used to say "My mum" but she's dead now). If not, give up. If so, there's still a serious risk of failure. It's a different world.
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    When did you last use a fax machine?

    Some nuclear power stations are run on 50-year-old technology. Doesn't always mean that upgrading it is a good idea. The disruption caused by the change itself can cause more damage than persisting with the older system. And yes, we - humans - are fucking awful at IT systems, especially implementing them in large-scale organisations. If you doubt that, go onto any IT-related forum populated by people tasked with actually doing such things. Not assuming, but perhaps hoping. I'm not living in the UK now so I don't have to worry so much about that, but yeah... I wouldn't want to go under a scalpel in a UK hospital.
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    When did you last use a fax machine?

    Oh, I know they're incompetent. I'm just saying replacing the fax system won't alter the incompetence level, except perhaps to make it worse. I assume you've worked on a central government IT project in the past? Might as well sit in a warehouse burning £50 notes for all the good it will do.
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    When did you last use a fax machine?

    Yes, and by updating from faxes to a fancy new IT system (no doubt provided via Crapita/Serco or similar), they'll be able to fail far more efficiently, harming many more patients at only 10,000 times the cost.
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    When did you last use a fax machine?

    Still used regularly in Germany in most public offices. I had to send a fax last year, fortunately still had an old laptop with a working inbuilt modem and a real phone line at the time. I have a different take on it. It's much harder to sell my personal information when it's on a stack of faxes stored in a filing cabinet behind a locked cellar door with "Beware of the leopard" on it than if it's all stored as electronic data on IT systems that will cost ten times as much to implement as planned and even then won't work properly. I've worked on too many IT projects to trust that they will ever do what they're supposed to do, or act in my interest. As for "vast amount of patient information that is going to be generated" - please don't. You'll only sell it.
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    Macron - how long before wheels fall off

    Thanks for this link. Very good read. I like that he's connected current events emphatically to the GFC (and in turn the causes of that) because it really is connected. We never had the proper correction from that and we're experiencing its delayed effects now. By "we" I mean everyone who actually works for a living. Not the rich, not the entitled, although they may end up hurt by it too.
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    Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites

    I agree to an extent, and your advice seems sound to me, but like that Atlantic article, this guy's talking specifically about the US. I do get the impression (anecdotally) that it's worse there for young men. Ground zero of the stupidity, so to speak. The UK and the rest of the world gets echoes of the effects, but perhaps not the full brunt.
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    New Car Registrations

    The emissions scandal dented Audi's reputation significantly, at least in Deutschland, and might have had an effect on sales elsewhere too. Vorsprung durch Emissionsbetrug.
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    Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites

    Despite the clear (and perhaps valid) bitterness, he makes mostly fair points, I think, although his comment about 1-in-4 women being on antidepressants contradicts the idea that women are happy. I'm not convinced the majority of them are happy. They're stuck in the same fucked-up system as men, no more able to change their natural drives than men are. Of all the reasons cited, I think technology is by far the most damaging in this respect. It's also the only thing that's changed in recent years, so it's a prime candidate. If anything's toxic, it's social media and online dating apps/sites.
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    Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites

    Wives are found in unlikely places, certainly. For all the PUA stuff, I've known far more women than men who can do the "It's just sex" thing without getting emotionally attached over time, so you may have a point. I sometimes think men are the clingy sex.
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    Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites

    That's what I would assume too, but sometimes I wonder if the drive is much simpler, just a case of being programmed to want what is not currently available. That would also explain why the appeal wears off if/when, say, a mistress forces her lover to leave his wife. Evolution might have cut some corners. The outcome is still the same, though. And more grateful. Probably filthier too.