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31-07-2020, 20:06   #136
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Their ATM reputation does them no favours.

They obviously don't care at all about the low mean time between failure of the aging BOI AIB bank machines etc.
Siemens haven't made ATMs for about 20 years.
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31-07-2020, 20:08   #137
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Quite a bit of research done on this. For big brands like Coca Cola or P&G products, good old fashioned out of home advertising like bus stops and billboards as well as TV spots are better value for money, and generate more consumer purchases. Well crafted and targeted digital advertising has its role, but it's not half as effective as you'd presume. A lot of advertising budget has moved back to traditional over the past few years.



Id say you are on to something. Online advertising tends to annoy people, the advertiser is often stuck paying per click and the clicks generated could be by someone in India who will never even be able to buy your product
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They say that half of all money spent on advertising is wasted money but the trick is to know which half
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31-07-2020, 20:37   #139
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They say that half of all money spent on advertising is wasted money but the trick is to know which half

I used to work for a fella and about 99% of what he spent on advertising was wasted.
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31-07-2020, 20:44   #140
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A neighbour recently put one of those pin code keypads to open his front door.
Wait a few months.

Then see which keys are clean. Cleanest one is the first digit.
If two of the digits are 1,9 or 2,0 then it's probably a date and you'll only need two tries to open it.

Or lookup the lock on the interwebs most of them have shockingly poor security.
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31-07-2020, 20:56   #141
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Wait a few months.

Then see which keys are clean. Cleanest one is the first digit.
If two of the digits are 1,9 or 2,0 then it's probably a date and you'll only need two tries to open it.

Or lookup the lock on the interwebs most of them have shockingly poor security.



I think security by obscurity is the way to go here. 4 buttons tucked in under a drain pipe that you tap in a secret code in without anyone knowing. The fancy schmancy AI cloud connected doorbell could be a complete red herring and you actually open the door by standing on a stone slab with a few load cells underneath to make sure you are the correct weight. Or perhaps a good old fashioned loaded crossbow tied to the door by a string while you make sure to always use the backdoor yourself.
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I think a few car manufacturers will collapse in 5 to 10 years, and also car parts supply chain manufacturers.

EVs will be cheaper upfront than ICE cars within 5 years and 10% of cost to run. Nobody will pay more for an inferior product.

Apparently car manufacturers make most of their profit from parts and EVs need far less repairs and last longer.

Also, if and it's a big IF, autonomous driving becomes mainstream, then it's game over for lots of car companies and lots of people won't even bother buying cars. This is possible within 10 years.
Where you getting this tripe? Engine a nd gearbox are the only difference, everything else stays the same plus half a tonne of battery, tyres, brakes and suspension parts will fly
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31-07-2020, 23:12   #143
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Where you getting this tripe? Engine a nd gearbox are the only difference, everything else stays the same plus half a tonne of battery, tyres, brakes and suspension parts will fly
https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/06/el...o-maintenance/

Read this
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Siemens

Their ATM reputation does them no favours.

They obviously don't care at all about the low mean time between failure of the aging BOI AIB bank machines etc.
They briefly owned Nixdorf, but it was spun out again as Wincor Nixdorf in 1999. So any ATM you're using isn't Siemens.

Their main business is power systems and infrastructural gear, which they're pretty much the world leader in for decades.

Siemens is probably one of the least likely companies to disappear.
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I can't see Eir lasting in Ireland. Just seems like a ridiculous prospect. And the future of An Post seems similarly dubious.
There is a legal requirement for a post office I think.
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Tesla owns the premium EV space at the moment. It'll be interesting when Mercedes and other big guns really compete.
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Cunard and Aer Lingus.
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01-08-2020, 13:16   #149
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There is a legal requirement for a post office I think.
On the other hand most of the post offices have already closed. Way, way down from peak numbers
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01-08-2020, 13:25   #150
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Newspapers. How are they even sold right now?
1. Scale. The concentration of newspaper media ownership in this country allows for economy of scale. Independent Newspapers owns everything from The Kerryman to the Belfast Telegraph.

2. Even the Irish Times owns the Examiner, but it also trades on status as the paper of record, and benefits from the fact that it only needs to break even — The Irish Times is owned by it's own Trust. They have a vocational concern for journalism, not money.
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