From: Miguel Cruz on
Mxsmanic <mxsmanic(a)> wrote:
> Tchiowa writes:
>> Do you have any idea how it works?
> Yes.

No you don't.

> Wires lead from the service provider to your house. Electricity
> flows through these wires. To receive power from a different
> provider, you need wires that physically lead to a different source.
> Changing providers therefore requires a change in wiring. There is
> no practical way to accomplish this short of running multiple power
> supplies to every residence and office, and connecting only the
> supply that the customer wants. Obviously, that is not done.

I have never heard of any market with power competition where it works
like that.

Electricity is completely fungible. Power from supplier A is identical
to power from supplier B. This is different from phone service.

If you switch suppliers from A to B, there is no "change in wiring".
Supplier B simply pumps a little more electricity into the grid, and
supplier A a little less.

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From: Dave Frightens Me on
On Thu, 03 Aug 2006 16:02:45 +0200, Martin <me(a)> wrote:

>On Thu, 03 Aug 2006 15:48:31 +0200, Dave Frightens Me
><deepfreudmoors(a)eITmISaACTUALLYiREAL!> wrote:
>>On Thu, 03 Aug 2006 12:19:11 +0200, Martin <me(a)> wrote:
>>>On Thu, 03 Aug 2006 12:13:11 +0200, Dave Frightens Me
>>><deepfreudmoors(a)eITmISaACTUALLYiREAL!> wrote:
>>>>On Wed, 02 Aug 2006 15:51:58 +0200, Mxsmanic <mxsmanic(a)>
>>>>>Dave Frightens Me writes:
>>>>>> On Wed, 02 Aug 2006 14:36:25 +0200, Mxsmanic <mxsmanic(a)>
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>> >Dave Frightens Me writes:
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> >> You asked "What does that make
>>>>>> >> [Doctors without Borders]?". That can only be read as the
>>>>>> >> organisation.
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> >Then why do the British refer to organizations with plural forms of
>>>>>> >verbs?
>>>>>> You should know the reason, if you teach the language.
>>>>>Yes. They do it because they are thinking of people within the
>>>>>organization. Thus, Doctors without Borders can indeed be read as
>>>>>something other than the organization, contrary to your assertion.
>>>>You said 'can indeed be' and not 'is', thus is it not demonstrated,
>>>>but merely a possibility, and an unlikely one at that.
>>>Ignore him and get down to Lidl. 24x0.5 litres of weissen bier for EUR
>>>10 at the moment.
>>They're out of stock. They have PALLETES of the Strong stuff, but no
>It's all on sale here in a special offer :-)
>In UK they complain that they can only get their hands on the strong
>stuff once or twice a year. Why are they trying to sell the strong
>stuff to sober Italians?

I really don't care! :o)

It's gotta be the best value beer I've found around. Good flavour and
hangover proof.
From: Mimi on

"Mxsmanic" <mxsmanic(a)> wrote in message
> Carole Allen writes:
>> Drs, accountants, attys. I don' t know how many for others, but attys
>> in WA state ...
> Then perhaps you should have said only "attorneys in Washington," and
> left out the speculation about doctors and accountants.
> There are no continuing education requirements in IT.

Not formally perhaps, but I can't think of any other field where it's so
necessary to keep up your skills or be left behind. Computers, operating
systems, languages, etc. are changing at a great rate. Actually, for me,
it's one of the attractions of the field.


From: Dave Frightens Me on
On Thu, 03 Aug 2006 15:56:39 +0200, Martin <me(a)> wrote:

>On Thu, 3 Aug 2006 13:23:27 +0100, "JohnT"
><johnhillriseDONOTSPAM(a)> wrote:
>>"Martin" <me(a)> wrote in message
>>> On Thu, 03 Aug 2006 04:56:27 GMT, carolea7(a) (Carole Allen)
>>> wrote:
>>>>On Tue, 01 Aug 2006 07:01:12 +0200, Mxsmanic <mxsmanic(a)>
>>>>>I've haven't seen anyone demonstrate much in the way of skills here.
>>>>>If you want me to provide professional services, you'll have to pay me
>>>>>for it.
>>>>Doyou make people pay to see your CV too? No wonder you can't get a
>>>>real job.
>>> Other than his name and address, his CV is blank for personal privacy
>>> reasons.
>>> --
>>You have read it? You have his address? Let's party!
>His CV was discussed in great detail, when people were still foolish
>enough to think they could help him to get a better job.

We have genuinely tried to help him:
Find a better job/make more money
Eat better
Save money on near everything
Address his shyness
Cool his appartment better
Avoid getting colds
Find free fresh water in Paris

To all of these he has found infinite reasons why it's just not
From: Mimi on

On 31 Jul 2006 20:31:37 -0700, "Tchiowa" <tchiowa2(a)> wrote:
>I would guess just from personal experience that by the time people are
>25-30 years old, the vast majority are in the job that they are going
>to be doing for a very long time. And then they are getting plenty of
>vacation. Vacation that they have "earned".

I find just the opposite. People get out of college and get their first job.
They work a few years, then begin to think this isn't really quite what they
want to do. In their later 20's or about 30, they go back to college, maybe
graduate school, to educate themselves for another, more suitable job. After
that, they start all over again, earning vacation credits.