The zoo spare part (or the unresponsive supplier)

a wishbone bracket

a wishbone bracket

The monkey house needed a genuine spare part rather than a copy which do not seem to last as long* – buying the same item twice is a waste and no saving is really made.

So i went shopping online for one from a evil conglomerate, and the same part from a small supplier but slightly more expensive.

I was prepared to spend the extra, but the smaller supplier did not have it in stock and did not reply to my email and i was in no hurry to buy this widget , so i bought from elsewhere a week later.

Shipping was eventually free as well after a number of clicks and traps to avoid falling into.

So next time you hear somebody rant and rave about supporting smaller enterprises remember it is hard to buy something not in stock and if you do not want to respond to the zoo fine then what would you have done.

What more could i do ?

*not printer ink where the opposite is true (my blog)

The econocracy,Joe Earle,Cahal Moran & Zach Ward Perkins

isbn: 9781526110138 is a book about how economics has become full of technobabble and ‘brainy’ people (my blog) who most of the population happily ignore (as in brexit) with evasive answers* which it appears is beginning to piss off certain economic figures.That is the foreword more or less.

The contention is economics does matter and as long it seems to work for a thousand or so economists the rest of you can piss off – a bit like a science experiment on a colony of fruit flies most whom will die.

There are some enlightened economics types but either there dealing with reality say Greece (my blog) or failed to become wall street speculators and i can name names (my blog) if you want.

There is a partial sjw element to this thought but overall it appears so far to be of more value than those who will try an hijack it for there sjw cause.

As a non economist i rate it 3/5 bananas as it points out the bullshit

*will it rain would probably answered with several paragraphs of ‘not telling you but we have an idea which i still cannot tell you about’

Weapons of math destruction,Cathy o’Neil

social justice warrior

social justice warrior

isbn: 9780241298113 is written by a ‘sister’ ** who made many bad choices after being fired from a wall street bank in 2008 (my blog) after a year.

A confessed math nerd then ‘joined’* occupy wall street where the products of her education (my blog) where used for ‘education’.  I suppose if she cant be rich like George Soro’s then nobody else should be so there is a logic here.

A lot of the stories are well known, washingtons schools use of math to fire ‘bad’ teachers when the data is wrong {really fraudulent) and reoffender math which gets a mention here (my blog).  One valid point made is the use of trade ‘secrets’ to hide how these models work is problematic.

Being an ex-academic and ex-banker there is a naivety here that the stack ranking method is used at microsoft much like the Washington schools model but that gets a free pass.

Not a lot of math here.

Employment is discussed, but the conclusion to all this is dont give data to companies, and install an advert blocker in your web browser although that conclusion was one i came to and oddly not mentioned by our saint of maths.

1/5 bananas

*an informal grouping so make a guess as to what joined means ** greed is good

blink and its gone – adventures in ebooks

mia-ebook

no ebooks here

Bananas was reading one day that another local retailer of books had stopped selling ebooks which of course had drm.

Now i don’t own an ereader which i have explained my logic (my blog) before.

It will be interesting to see what rights the consumer* has after all the copyright industry hates the idea of consumer rights.

So if you ‘bought’ ebooks i guess you really did not.  So you better buy it again suckers.

When Copyright does not create (AEPI )

pirate

greek and proud of it

Copyright is supposed to make creative stuff pay, patents too have there issues (using a hyperlink) so i was amused to hear about AEPI  which is an organisation that collects fees and issues them to artists in Greece (my blog).

AEPI (not here)  made some greek’s rich, but as to paying copyright owners there in debt to €42 million euro’s

So copyright it seems does not promote creativity, you shall be glad to hear that the organisers collected the money but then gave it to themselves because who gives a stuff about to artists.

So next time somebody says copyright works (and they will be a politician) please remember our Greek friends to aiding culture.

strange ink economics

Have you played the overpriced ink game?

Have you played the overpriced ink game?

I was looking to supply our hated printers with ink not from that supplier.  I had asked the zoo if they wanted to change brands of printer but was told no they will suffer with them.

One genuine original cartridge would buy four (high capacity) cartridges – two of each.

Colour page estimate was the same, but the black one varied by over 10% more for the non hp cartridge.  I guess the tco arguments mean do not buy genuine ink from hp.

The bank that does not do a lot (co-op) or outsourcing

Flowers

Flowers

If you cast your mind back you may remember Rev end Paul Flowers, (my blog) his cocaine habit and the rent boy (s) and despite that was in charge of the co-op bank in the UK, despite its left wing bias* its still a bank which is quite an achievement..

If you can get your head around those facts, bankers ok to do drugs, but the priest in charge of a bank, is a good start – your position on the rent boy is something that may depend on where you live (my blog).

News (bbc) reaches the monkey house that the bank is once again is up for sale after another bank** could not sort out the problems so here is what surprised me was this – Quote

Separately, it says it has resolved a key contractual differences with Capita.

Western Mortgage Services, part of Capita, will continue to provide mortgage administration services and new mortgage application processing for the bank and its clients.

Anyhow while outsourcing is not new i am wondering what the staff at the co-op bank did all day it sounds like not much but as most of the problems reported stemmed from there purchase of a building society (not a bank) i guess living the high life means somebody else did the work and damm the numbers as the rent boy comes at 17:30..

A while back there was news story about a child criminal in the uk who got caught after a crime spree and the judge person asked what he wanted to do – his answer was a banker..

Unfortunately i cannot find the item (ret-conned) from the bbc but i do remember laughing at the brazen honesty of the lad from melton mowbray or some place that while crime did not pay banking did.

Bankers and banks come with a perceived image of maths when most of the work is office based.   When an outsourcer runs so much of a bank i wonder if the magic of banking is an illusion.   If i where so inclined it appears that setting up a bank is not as complex as it once was.

*It also trusted trade unions with massive overdrafts ** probably not there fault and this is a bank trying to doi the right thing opposed to say rbs (my blog).

Discount newspapers and Rupert Murdoch’s poor shareholder return.

The_Sun_(Gotcha)Bananas was in a newsagents one day when the price of newspapers came to my attention.   The price of the monkey houses paper does not change and i know what it costs but if you read a chav newspaper (image to your right) then Murdoch and family varies the price by it seems by 50%.

Being generally unaware and not somebody who thinks good things about the Murdoch family (my blog) this does not concern me but when the human in front of me did not have enough money for a eyesight chart*. The paper was returned unsold.

This i found interesting  that even perhaps a more gullible human found the value proposition a poor one.

So when Murdoch (& family) next complain about newspapers not being profitable remember that he is breaking it not the people who buy it, I could remind you about phone hacking (my blog) and a pay for news culture (my blog) too but i think you know who is the worse offender here after all most of england and wales has yet to hear about watford and olive oil due to his misdeeds as a owner or press baron.

I got our copy of the internation daily bonobo rowandian bush telegraph (a non murdoch paper) and returned back to the zoo however if i was in charge of mergers of television i would make Murdoch and family have to sell tv rights to a new satellite tv operation that he or his family could never own.

*it does look like one