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    They had a 'contingency' *

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7907602.stm

    There'll be loads of scientists somewhere, crying into their beer tonight.

    I think the sceptics should now leave it to the Russians or ESA or someone who actually knows how to launch payloads into orbit.

    And to think these chaps put men on the moon once. Whatever happened?

    * a full-blown fekkup

    You've come right out the other side of the forest of irony and ended up in the desert of wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogeyman View Post
    Whatever happened?

    * a full-blown fekkup
    Same thing that happened here. In the 50s and 60s all the best and brightest went into engineering and science - there were companies with jobs and being geeky and scientific was cool.

    From the 80s onwards going to something unproductive like law, finance or other bulltulip became more lucrative.

    The result is the total shambles we have today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sasguru View Post
    Same thing that happened here. In the 50s and 60s all the best and brightest went into engineering and science - there were companies with jobs and being geeky and scientific was cool.

    From the 80s onwards going to something unproductive like law, finance or other bulltulip became more lucrative.

    The result is the total shambles we have today.
    Or putting it another way, the thickos end up in NASA and the geniuses went to Wall Street.

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    This crash only cost 280 million. Weak effort guys.

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    All the bright people are moving into the public sector now.

    We will have a brave new 'Concorde' age within the echelons of civil service and local government. All these bright young things will do to pen-pushing what Thatcher did to the capital markets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DimPrawn View Post
    Or putting it another way, the thickos end up in NASA and the geniuses went to Wall Street.

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    Indeed. All these dodgy financial instruments were created by Maths PhDs who were clever but not wise. Their stupid managers could not understand the models but didn't want to admit it.

    And that in a nutshell is what happened.

    On the other hand if these PhDs were designing supersonic engines, the natural engineering discipline would have tested their models to destruction before run time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swamp View Post
    All the bright people are moving into the public sector now.

    We will have a brave new 'Concorde' age within the echelons of civil service and local government. All these bright young things will do to pen-pushing what Thatcher did to the capital markets.
    They'll be employed to add up the national debt. Rumour has it that Gordon's appointed a new 'Numbers Tsar' whose job will be to invent new big numbers for the national debt and the banknotes that'll have to be issued.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swamp View Post
    All the bright people are moving into the public sector now.

    It turns out that civil servants can manage fine with a "50-75% reduction" in their brain.

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/...s-doctors.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRC1964 View Post
    It turns out that civil servants can manage fine with a "50-75% reduction" in their brain.

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/...s-doctors.html
    Someone misheard the minister when he said "we need more civil servants like a hole in the head".

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    Intelligence tests showed the man had an IQ of 75, below the average score of 100 but not considered mentally retarded or disabled.
    But this is a French civil servant. In the UK that would count as a higher-grade civil servant.
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