The lack of ambition shown towards finally solving Ireland’s housing problem is heart-breaking, but then again, with 90% of Ireland’s wealth tied up in property, the status quo must be working for too many voters for it to change. That’s the only explanation I can think of.

Based on the evidence to date, Darragh O’Brien clearly doesn’t want to do any more than simply tinker around the edges, but the fact is that we need a top-to-bottom rethink of housing in this country, and move away from the market-centric view of what housing should achieve, to a more socially-minded perspective…


For the first few weeks of 2021, some Man United fans had mentally engraved the Premier League trophy with their beloved club’s name, booked the open-top bus for the parade and ordered the red and white bunting and confetti. …


TL;DR: While offering a convenient service, parcel forwarding services are prone to losing parcels as is clear for all to see when perusing their social media channels. Parcel Motel lost two parcels belonging to me in June, and through dealing with this, I learned that courier companies are mostly unregulated in Ireland, as any regulatory agencies I contacted didn’t want to know about the loss of my parcels. …


I’m lucky enough to work for a company that doesn’t use these practices but you only have to look at the recruitment practices of some other software companies; multiple interviews conducted remotely and in person spanning several weeks, the inquisition of whiteboard architecting, an obsession with technical minutiae and obscure algorithm pop questions. …


We’re hearing lots of noise about the so-called “Internet Of Things” across the web right now. If you haven’t come across the term, it describes a network of interconnected, intelligent devices which
intercommunicate and behave more intelligently than their “dumb” predecessors. One such example is the “smart appliance”; a device that perform the function of conventional household appliances like lighting, heating and security, but is often augmented by a microprocessor, sensors and IP networking capability, which facilitates remote monitoring and automation.

In many cases, these smart appliances integrate with smartphones using apps, allowing a user to remotely control and administer…


They are a scourge on the modern jobseeker

Anyone can tell you that finding a new job is an exhausting, time-consuming task which you need to be in the whole of your health for.

I’d liken it to dating; it can be slow, appearances count, it often requires resilience in the face of rejection, and even if you and the other party are good matches on paper, there is a certain je ne sais quoi which has to exist between the two of you for it to really work.

Hiring is a draining affair for employers too. It’s disruptive to core business activities, both before and after hires…


Hard economics ensured he was doomed from the outset.

The world’s sports media was whipped up into the second Manchester United managerial frenzy in less than a year, when rumours of David Moyes’ “imminent” sacking exploded across the British press after 2pm on Monday afternoon. United had just suffered a comprehensive defeat the day before at the hands of Moyes’ former charges Everton, mathematically ensuring that United would not enjoy Champions League football until September 2015 at the very least.

The rumours were confirmed the following morning with United issuing a terse, unapologetic statement on social media accounts thanking Moyes for his “honesty” and “integrity,” concluding by announcing Ryan…

Eric

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