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The Culling Begins

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The culling begins

17/03/2009

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Despite the excitement of the season opener being just a few days away, there is an air of sadness at Jerez this week, just as there was at Barcelona last week.

With no more testing until the end of the year, many test team members are turning out for their teams for the last time, knowing that as the 'circus' hits Melbourne they'll be out of a job.

The new rules on testing, not to say drastic cost cuts, mean that all teams are looking to downsize, the euphemistic term for laying people off.

Some teams have already begun, with Renault thought to have laid off as many as 90 workers, amongst them Test Team Manager Carlos Nunes who had been with the company for 16 years. One other team has been letting 19 people go each month rather than attracting attention with a mass cull. 19 being the amount they don't have to declare to the government.

While the FIA and FOTA slap one another on the back and congratulate themselves on their efforts to cut costs, hundreds of workers are now seeing the less glamorous side of F1 as they focus on their mortgages, their family's futures, as opposed to set-ups and development.

This morning we hear that there have already been some redundancies at Brackley with the focus on "salary rather than inability the criteria for selection", there are sure to be many more.

Despite the joy of seeing their boy post the fastest lap time yesterday, there was much sadness in the Renault garage where many of the test team members, knowing that this was probably the last chance of meeting their hero, their two-time champion, posed for pictures with the Spaniard (above). The mood was similarly downbeat at Williams.

With a major question mark over reliability this season, not to mention the costs involved in developing KERS, a questionable device that remains optional, one has to wonder whether teams have been a little too hasty in scrapping in-season testing far less disbanding their test teams... just ask McLaren.

While the rest of us pore over the race reports in two weeks time, a lot of people who have given their lives to the sport will be perusing the jobs vacant pages in the newspapers, their contribution to the sport barely recognised. Meanwhile, despite the protestations, the teams will continue to spend money, it's what they do.

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It's the sad truth, but F1 is a business like any other. People in all walks of life are losing jobs each day. I sound blunt, but I can't shed a tear when they are but a few in millions.

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It's inevitable. Like the new guy says, they're a drop in the ocean. BTW, hello new person.

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It's the sad truth, but F1 is a business like any other. People in all walks of life are losing jobs each day. I sound blunt, but I can't shed a tear when they are but a few in millions.

The only way to view it, when you set aside passion for our sport.

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Talented people usually land on their feet.

Yep.

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Talented people usually land on their feet.

Or on someone else's...

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Or on someone else's...

Well, if your 2008 spec rear wing is too big, you should not be surprised if someone stands on it.

And if you can make head or tail of that analogy, let me know. Buggered if I can.

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Well, if your 2008 spec rear wing is too big, you should not be surprised if someone stands on it.

And if you can make head or tail of that analogy, let me know. Buggered if I can.

Something to do with asses??????????? :huh:

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I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work asmaple story mesos,

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When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.WOW Power leveling,

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything that all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my WOW Power leveling,affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me thatwhen they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.WOW Power leveling,

This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept: No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely he single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.WOW Power leveling,

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

LifeGem Memorial Diamonds

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I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down - that wow power leveling, I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me that I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. maple story mesos, The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, maple story mesos, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I retuned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current enaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work asmaple story mesos,

it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters

of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.

My third story is about death.WOW Power leveling,

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.WOW Power leveling,

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything that all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my WOW Power leveling,affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me thatwhen they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.WOW Power leveling,

This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept: No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely he single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.WOW Power leveling,

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

LifeGem Memorial Diamonds

What the ****?

Can someone else read this, coz frankly, i can't be ****ed!

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What the ****?

Can someone else read this, coz frankly, i can't be ****ed!

It's someone trying to get links/visitors into their website Handy. Participating on forums can help get traffic to your website (part of some people's Search Engine Optimisation process), but this spammy example is fantastically, amazingly, sh1t - definitely an example of how not to do it :huh:

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What the ****?

Can someone else read this, coz frankly, i can't be ****ed!

I'd rather read maure's old Lewisteric theory bullsh1t than what that james guy posted, which I think, after 1 second of looking at a paragraph is his life story!

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I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of posters down - that wow power leveling, I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with Beety Boop and Jocasta and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the site. But something slowly began to dawn on me that I still loved what I did. The turn of events at TF1 had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn't see it then, but it turned out that falling in love with maure was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. maple story mesos, The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative posters on this site.

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It's the sad truth, but F1 is a business like any other. People in all walks of life are losing jobs each day. I sound blunt, but I can't shed a tear when they are but a few in millions.

Indeed.

Its sad that people in F1 are being made redundant but its also sad that its already happening in the insurance industry, banking, construction, recruitment, and so on. Most of us are already affected; my wife has lost her job (but luckily just got a new one).

So lets not blame the FIA or FOTA (if thats what we're doing), sport is hit by the global downturn just like everything else

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Which is why the cost cutting measures are a very positive move, especially when they are starting so early.

Hopefully a reduction in other costs should see more personel kept onboard.

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Sad news, but not wholly surprising considering the current economic climate!

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Bad news for all concerned and yet ironic that the teams who found themselves behind after Oz will want to keep people on to improve their cars.

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