Today I was at Supabarn getting some fruit. While I was grabbing some apples I noticed 2 people in the space of a few minutes pick some grapes and eat them. And they weren't the people you would normally associate with theft. One was a well-dressed older lady and the other was a middle-aged asian lady. Has it somehow become socially acceptable to steal? I realise it's only grapes and would have only cost less than a dollar, but these people didn't even look guilty. What has happened to society or am I making too much of this?
Customer turnover ("churn") is costing Australian businesses more than $1.5 billion per year. But I'll bet companies are spending far more than that on customer acquisition.
Imagine how many marketing dollars are spent by the likes of Telstra and Netspeed on trying to get customers to join. If they spent a minute fraction of these marketing dollars on improving customer service (or improving the quality of the product itself), their bottom line would thank them.
If you were a politician and I told you that you had to raise $500 million through a new or raised tax, who would you impose that tax upon?
People that don't vote, of course.
Governments at all levels have decided that "teenage binge drinking" is the new "global warming". It's difficult to read a newspaper or magazine without coming across some shock story about drunken teenagers.
There's plenty of people who complain that they just can't find good software developers, or that they can't separate the "bad" from the "good". Try this on for a benchmark:
Judge a developer by what they do when they're not working
Working as in, working for an employer. Working as in, doing something you'd consider "productive".
AMD's acquisition of ATi came somewhat as a surprise. Why would a CPU manufacturer want to buy a performance graphics card company? But it shouldn't have been surprising: integrated graphics will be the next big battle in hardware.
A reliable source says that the ACT Government imposed a "minimum drinks price" at pubs and clubs, in an effort to curb the binge drinking "epidemic" (I'll attack that one on another occasion...). This minimum drinks price is $3.00.
Presumably the government's "minimum drinks price" imposition bears some sort of financial penalty to establishments that don't comply.
And the clubs followed suit -- for about a month, or two. But recently, Academy has re-introduced the good old $2 drinks.
As if we didn't need more proof that climate "scientists" were smoking crack. Yep, the same people who scream "man-made global warming" want to shower the atmosphere with sulphate particles.
Let's explore why this is an absolutely terrible idea. Firstly, even if their claims of "man-made global warming" are true, at the most, the effect on the earth is a passive one. Injecting sulphur into the atmosphere takes it from being passive to being very, very active.
Nokia's just opened an online music store in Australia, à la iTunes. Some news sites are even going so far as to dub it an "iTunes Killer". Unlikely.
I decided to check it out, to see if the claims held any water. Alas, I was greeted by disappointment. The Nokia Music Store fails on three fronts -- two of them are absolute deal-breakers. Firstly, it doesn't support Firefox. But that's fine, we'll just fire up IE (sorry, Mactards!).
A post in a different tone: A recipe!
Here's a totally awesome cheesy white pasta sauce. It's not creamy, so it's not heavy. Best served with veal tortellini.
Ingredients are guessed after the fact, and are approximate.
Serves 2. 10 mins approx.
Internode have recently launched their "Naked" ADSL2+ plans, and I have to say, I'm unimpressed. They're pitching it saying that you don't have to deal with Telstra anymore, and that it's cheaper. So, let's look at the numbers.
If you're on Telstra Homeline Budget, on the "Extreme" 40GB plan, you'd pay $19.95 line rental + $74.95 to Internode; coming to a total of $94.90.
If you'd gotten Naked on their 40GB plan, you'd be paying Internode $89.95. A total saving of $4.95.
But what compromises do you make?