April 2009 Archives

links for 2009-04-30


links for 2009-04-27

  • “What you get from Harvard Business School,” says Radio 4's In Business presenter Peter Day, “is a wonderful network of people who were there with you and a set of tools that you can then use and bamboozle people with for the rest of your life. It is a habit of thought - conventional responses to conventional situations. Harvard teaches very much on a case-study basis, so it is always telling people how to respond to things that happened in the past. No wonder that when something like the credit crunch comes along, huge numbers of highly skilled people in compartmentalised worlds are unable to respond to it.”
  • But the critics say there's an even deeper problem at the heart of the MBA degree. The MBA is all about putting careers on a fast-track to the top, whereas in the glory days of American industry there were no fast-tracks. MBAs, in other words are fundamentally anti-meritocratic.

links for 2009-04-20

  • Since water meters will not be read at intervals of exactly 121.64 days, the volume covered by each tier is adjusted on a pro-rata basis according to the actual number of days in the period between two meter readings. As such, a consumer who uses the same amount of water as another one but over a longer period of time will receive a lower water bill. dave: If the volume of water consumed is adjusted to match the observation period, why does the adjusted total match the observed total? WSD appear to be overcharging users who use more than 62 Cubic Metresof water per quarter.

Resolved: the pro-rata adjusted part is the tiered sections up to 62 Cu.M per 121.64 days. You pay full whack on the remainder up to your actual usage.

links for 2009-04-10


links for 2009-04-08

  • According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, between 310,000 and 580,000 of us will commit suicide by cigarette this year. Another 260,000 to 470,000 will go in the ground due to poor diet and sedentary lifestyle. ... Deaths of Americans due to terrorist activities, according to the US State Department, have averaged less than 15 per year since 2002. And all of those occurred abroad. The majority were in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

links for 2009-04-05

  • This site would be quite interesting if it wasn't completely contained in a flash animation, so you have to sit through the tedious opening animation every single time. Ironically, putting the whole thing in a flash file means that it can't be viewed on many devices, indexed by Google, or archived by the Internet Archive (archive.org), both of which defeat entire purpose of the site. Well done, incompetent web site designers and administrators!

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