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Old Aug 14th 2017, 9:13 am
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Originally Posted by Jsmth321
I need 1 day off next month, asked more then a month in advance, and nope can't have it off.

So frustrating.
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Old Aug 14th 2017, 9:18 am
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Why was such a business unable to back up its data? External hard drives cost next to nothing. Why would such a business not keep paper copies of its invoices?
I agree, it isn't difficult to organise robust systems but I'll add an an example of how such issues arise, and I emphasise the small business nature of the problem.

An aquaintance bought a pub from a brewery. It came with installed computer based pricing, invoicing, linking to the tills etc. Everything was fed from one computer and there was no backup. The owner wasn't that computer literate and I suggested that thought be given to possible failure, but to my knowledge the advice was ignored. Now the system never failed.. but it could have done. I doubt the business would have gone under but the disruption would have resulted in loss of earnings and a business already under pressure might have folded.

I have a maxim that I live by, 'It's never too late until it's too late' and it applies especially to maintaining data security.
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Understood .
I don't generally ask for time off, and I do things on my scheduled day off, but this specific thing is only on a specific day and needs to be planned in advance.

I've decided though never to pick up an extra shift again for the benefit of the company.
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Old Aug 15th 2017, 11:14 pm
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The latest example of Privatisation fleecing the public purse in return for crap service or bogus training.
Government pulls all Learndirect contracts and funding

Move comes after privatised adult training agency accused of paying owners millions despite ‘catastrophic’ decline in standards

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) thinkthank calculated that the company has received £631m of public money since its controversial privatisation. An FT/FE Week investigation this week found that in the four years since it was sold off, it parent company spent 84% of its income, most of which came from the taxpayer, on payments to managers and financiers
And no doubt all supporters of the people putting the lucrative contracts their way.
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In days of old, when knights were bold:
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Well, isn't this the shits! U.S. pharma company raises price of generic diarrhea drug by 400% - National | Globalnews.ca
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Insanity.

Amid rush to densify, house on Vancouver's Cambie Street listed for $11M - British Columbia - CBC News


How dense can a city get without building better road system and transit and other ways to get people around. Vancouver seems to become denser and denser but it's becoming gridlock to get anywhere.
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Eclipse live in Vancouver: Solar eclipse 2017: When, where and how to watch in B.C. this morning - British Columbia - CBC News
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It's a pretty cool video to watch. We are getting apparently 86% blockage of the sun with the peak in about 20 mins.

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Try not to look directly at the screen.
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Originally Posted by caretaker
Try not to look directly at the screen.
Didn't Donald Trump look at the eclipse today?

Canada Post or the Provincial Government frustrate me. Unsure which agency/department lost it so can't blame any one entity. Provincial government sent a long boring tedious packet to fill out last month and return to them by mail. Took a couple hours to fill it all out and complete it as it was very detailed questions and not simple yes/no's.

Dropped it off at the post office 3 weeks from the due date. Got a letter today dated on the due date that they never received it, an they are extending the deadline. Called and still haven't received it.

So either Canada Post lost it/delivered it to the wrong PO Box, or the provincial agency lost it, or maybe the person who has been sending the letters out (they sign their name in a way it's not legible and they don't type out their name, they don't want anyone to know who the faceless workers are.) lost it, who knows.

But now we have to fill it out all over again.

Frustrating.

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Fish farm releases thousands of Atlantic salmon east of Victoria - British Columbia - CBC News
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Well this not good... Oink, don't read ..

Rescued piglets served up as sausages to firefighters - BBC News
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Bad taste.
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Bad taste.
No, apparently they were nice with some mustard on the side
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