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Smarterer – a broken recruitement tool

Posted by Graeme in Business & Investment,Internet at 11:21 am on Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Having taken a number of Smarterer tests I find it scary that people use it as a recruitment tool. The tests are unreliable and meaningless. First, I will explain what is wrong about my scores — and I am complaining more about scores being to high than too low, so there is no personal grudge here. Then a few quick thoughts on the reasons. (more…)

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Homeopathy is magic

Posted by Graeme in Health at 1:36 pm on Tuesday, 2 July 2013

When I say that homoeopathy is magic I do not mean it as a metaphor or analogy, I mean that its principles are a variation of those of sympathetic magic.  The term sympathetic magic was first, as far as I know, coined by Sir James George Frazer in The Golden Bough. He wrote: (more…)

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A new site for Galle

Posted by Graeme in Internet at 4:24 pm on Thursday, 2 May 2013

An announcement, rather than an opinion piece for a change. I have set up a new site, a town portal for Galle, All Galle. Design and development by me, the site is to be mostly run by my wife. It has been well received so far. (more…)

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The real purpose of DRM

Posted by Graeme in Business & Investment,Economics,Media,Software,Uncategorized at 1:45 pm on Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Ian Hickson, maintainer of the HTML5 specification, argues that the real purpose of DRM is to give content providers leverage over device manufacturers. Although this is true for some applications of DRM, in many cases the purpose is to lock customers to particular devices and services, and to raise barriers to entry against new devices and services. (more…)

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How to fix the deficit, immigration and growth.

Posted by Graeme in Economics,Politics at 12:28 pm on Monday, 18 March 2013

My idea, intended for the UK, but possibly applicable elsewhere, will generate a huge amount of government revenue, complete change immigration, and stimulate economic growth. The idea is a very simple: auction residence visas. (more…)

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Takeover Panel claims copyright on regulatory information

Posted by Graeme in Business & Investment,Internet at 5:50 am on Thursday, 14 March 2013

The Takeover Panel (which regulated mergers and takeovers inn the UK) has sent me an email telling me that reproducing the list of takeover offers (i.e. a list of company names and dates) would be a breach of copyright, and that they would be unlikely to allow commercial reproduction except though “official news channels”.

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Ten reasons to use Linux

Posted by Graeme in Software at 10:31 pm on Tuesday, 5 March 2013

As Linux is already the leading server operating system, I am really only giving you 10 reasons to use Linux on the desktop (and mobile devices). (more…)

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A quick look at Enterprise Inns

Posted by Graeme in Shares at 5:47 am on Tuesday, 26 February 2013

This is a company I have not looked at for a very long time. My interest was raised by a post on Expecting Value. The price to book value of 0.5 and reasonable PE (5× pre-exceptional earnings) it looks like a bargain, and sales of assets paying off its debt, but with some worries about low returns and constant downward revaluations of fixed assets. (more…)

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The death of equity growth

Posted by Graeme in Economics,Shares at 1:36 pm on Sunday, 10 February 2013

Future returns on investments in shares will come less from growth in the underlying businesses and more from income. This means that ratings should be lower, and, in particular, we should expect higher yields. (more…)

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Insider trading IS harmful, but legalise it anyway

Posted by Graeme in Business & Investment,Economics at 8:38 am on Wednesday, 26 September 2012

The usual argument in favour of legalising insider trading is that it is not actually harmful (or even beneficial) to investors. I think that insider trading is extremely harmful and in-ethical, but it should be legalised anyway. My reasons are the difficulties in enforcing the law, and the probable effects on markets of legalisation. (more…)

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