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Unsupervised Brit kids are meeting STRANGERS from the INTERNET

Spider

If parents are willing to abdicate responsibility for their children's safety to the clutches of the ever grasping state then they lose the right to complain when it brings up their children in a manner they objectt to.

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Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law

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We're missing a trick

Surely if they are effectively immune from prosecution in Blighty, then they have also given up the right to legal protection here as well?

Pirates ahoy! run out the torrents and prepare to be pwned!

[pedant] and yeah I know it doesn't necessarily work that way but I can wish...[/pedant]

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MPs demand UK rates revamp after Google's 'extraordinary tax mismatch'

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Unhappy

it makes little difference in the long run

no company ultimately actually pays any tax.

it's customers do.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

Spider
Facepalm

alienate your customers.

whilst not a huge percentage by any means, needing a connection of any sort will stop anyone in the forces or offshore industries from buying.

I passed the time on many deployments and subsequent offshore jobs with networked games of footy or shooting each other. Maybe a small demographic, but they tend to spend large on these items. MS just lost them.

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Cameron eyes 'non legislative options' for more spook snoop powers

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Facepalm

stand firm!

We will not give in terrorists who hate the freedoms of western society - by slowly taking away all the freedoms of western society.

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Moss reanimates after 400 years in DEEP FREEZE

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Alert

Really? A good idea?

because thawing out stuff found in ice & letting them loose works so well.

..MacReady fire up the helo, and watch out for those crazy norwegians.

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

Spider

that's that f***ed then.

is there a single original thought left in media? anywhere?...

mind you, looking forward to them trying to make ain't 'alf hot mum politically correct...

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Schmidt: Don't like our tiny tax bills? Google this... 'Change the law'

Spider

technically legal

govts spent a shedload of cash trying to prove that invading a foreign country was technically legal and therefore not a warcrime, even if morally dubious.

same here. you either break the law, in which case prosecute them, or they didn't. No "well it feels bad" or "i think it's eeeeeevil". I reserve particular contempt for Hodge the dodge who spirits away millions in trusts and inheritance tax evasion accounts for Stemcor that pay less than 0.01% tax and then wheels in her moral high horse, when all along she is part of the body that makes the law!

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Microsoft Xbox gaffe reveals cloudy arrogance

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Stop

why? just because that's why.

I could go on about how xbox provided entertainment in otherwise dull places that had no chance of a connection bobbing about on the high seas defending the realm (at the risk of sounding like Lewis), or how I get together twice a year with good friends for a weekends xbox fest with as many xbox's as we can cram into chosen venue that it would cripple the net connection.

But ultimately it's because i don't want to connect all the time to play a campaign or single player game. it's not necessary and it adds nothing to a system I would have already paid for a console and a game in. In fact I am worse off in not being able to borrow/lend games between friends.

I know it's a luxury. I can choose not to buy. I just find it hard to believe they're willing to hand such a big win to Sony this early in the game. That's probably how I'll deal with it.

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Furious Stephen Fry blasts 'evil' Reg and 'TW*T' Orlowski

Spider

Telly tax sink...

Heard Fry described as "the type of person thick people think of as clever". The more I inevitably see of him, the more it seems apt.

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Victoria and Albert museum in narrow escape from Napalm Death

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Re: Eh?

Manowar.

left my ears in tatters.

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Wikipedia's Gibraltar 'moratorium' - how's it going?

Spider
FAIL

Re: Not actually fussed about Gib either way but...

FFS you'd think you were to forced to use it or contribute to it under pain of death, as for a source, if tt's important wikipedia? really? maybe a starting point at best. But if that's your level of research you deserve what you get or indeed pay for. There is a wealth of genuine info out there., if you are too lazy to go look and rely on the public to source it for you what do you seriously expect?

..and if that's your level of effort I'll help out. the red arrow is just down there on the right...

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Spider
Stop

Not actually fussed about Gib either way but...

If you or anyone objects so strongly then you could ask for a refund?

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Spanish boffins increase GPS accuracy by 90%

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Re: GPS for Dummies

direction of travel usually. calculated by sampling a preset duration of position previous to determine velocity

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Space Shuttle Columbia disaster remembered 10 years on

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Go

so easy sat in an armchair

Поехали!

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Senator threatens FAA with legislation over in-flight fondleslabbing

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Stop

Re: One experience

whether the pilot believes it or not, it's crap.

I set up and use all manner of positioning systems GPS, DGPS, RTK, utilising GPS and GLONASS and getting geared up with the pale pachyderm Galileo, and if mobes ruined them most would not work, not to mention the EM fields generated by kit such as say, a hulking great radar , VHF, and satcomm systems.

Receiving a worthwhile constellation to generate a position solution sounds far more likely an issue on the ground, with buildings and vehicles nearby top generate masking and multipathing.

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Schmidt 'very proud' of Google's tiny tax bill: 'It's called capitalism'

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Stop

so who next?

Once our "betters" get their morality tax from google who next? Do you use an ISA? if so, why? I'm guessing because it avoids tax. Then you are immoral for hiding the governments money and must be punished.

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Unhappy

Re: VAT

all tax is paid by the end consumer one way or another...

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Top-secret US spaceplane sets off on another classified mission

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Unhappy

Re: space budget

yes.

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Patrick Moore: Lived with cats, accompanied Einstein on the piano

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Unhappy

Saddened

Not just at the loss of a national treasure that I never tired of listening to, but at so many comments so eager to try and paint his understandable loathing of Germany or his politics as reasons to belittle this intellectual colossus.

Possibly the only man to meet first man to fly, first man in space and first man on the moon, xylophonist , composer, lunar cartographer, author, presenter, animal rights campaigner... and the first thing some people can comment on is he was not PC enough.

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

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British judge: Say you're sorry Apple... this time like you MEAN it

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Thumb Up

you really don't understand why?

Because we all enjoy a healthy dose of schadenfreude since Apple kicked off the business war by litigation process.

I don't have a particular fave OS or product, but sick of hearing how I cannot buy something because Apple have patented a rectangle or the colour white or the letter i.

So yes, we're enjoying them get a kicking for once. They started it and now they're whining like a bitch when they don't get their own way. Beautiful.

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Virgin Media spanked for 'we've already cabled up your house' mailshot

Spider

adverts aside

I kind of feel obliged to put the other side of the coin. was on plusnet but cooper cable was never going to give more than 4meg so actually went into VM store locally. young girl sorted the package out, did a good deal (beat their online offer), then let me listen as she bollocked the engineers who reckoned street wasn't cabled, I particularly remember "if his 2 neighbours are already on it what makes you think he can't you f**kwit". install was done on the day they said and apart from 2 outages of a hour or so in the first 3 months been good for last year since.

last speed test was 48.5 on a 50meg connection.

i know that's not everyone's experience, and used to be happy with plusnet. just wanted more speed...(who doesn't?)

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APPLE: SCREW YOU, BRITS, everyone else says Samsung copied us

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Stop

you know who really lost?

It makes no real difference the arguments and counter arguments on minutiae of legal bullshit. You know who really loses here?

Not Apple.

Not Samsung, Even in Germany,

It was you and me. We pay the lawyers and the legal fees in higher prices and reduced choice.

F**k it's not even funny anymore.

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Ice sheets may stabilise for centuries, regardless of warming

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Unhappy

let's face it, we're screwed.

It is already too late. Despite the naysayers and exxon funded "scientists" global warming is occurring and will continue to do so at variable rates.

The best evidence I have yet to see, both as part of research and in person, is the effects on corals globally. They act as a planetary scale thermometer. Extremely temperature intolerant they have evolved to a narrow and steady temperature bandwidth which we are pushing them beyond. The frequency of mass bleachings as a direct result of high temperatures is increasing and they can no longer cope. I fully expect most coral reefs to be gone in my lifetime.

Why should we care? Because ecosystems are intrinsically interlinked, and we have the merest fraction of an inkling how it all connects. Corals provide nurseries for fish, the basic source of protein most of the planet. The large fish have already gone. We have started eating smaller fish, and other species. Where do we go when they are gone?

Don't get me wrong I'm no rabid ecoloon. But I see no way out. Simply too many people. Enjoy it while you can.

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Protestors target Google over that video

Spider

Re: As a Muslim, a lot of comments here and elsewhere on the Internet...

you do not get to pick and choose.

The support of the moderates is the powerbase upon which the fanatics act. Your funds, your buildings, your organisations and your ideologies provide them with personnel, logistics and finances. You are culpable.

Like the pensioner in church who donates money in turn financed the catholic cover-ups, you share a degree of the blame.

All of it based on fairy tales with no evidence.

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Boffins baffled: HUGE EYEBALL washes up on Florida beach

Spider

F'thagn

As if Great Cthulhu would lose an eye to anyone!

however.

startling resemblance

http://news.discovery.com/earth/squid-eye-on-the-lookout-120316.html

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Edge-of-space skydiver grounded by ANOTHER bout of bad wind

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Pirate

Re: Evidently

No such thing as gravity, just the loving pressure pushing down from his noodly appendage

(jolly roger for the pirates obviously!)

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Brighton marathon munchers banned from all-you-can-eat diner

Spider

He screwed up

Advertised "all you can eat" and didn't want to provide that service. Simple really.

There was no small print stating drinks are mandatory or service charge will be applied. Just a big advert that someone took advantage of.

No different to any other special offer that turns out not to be to a companies advantage.

Stop whining and stop advertising services you are not willing to provide.

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AI game bot HUNTS DOWN ENEMIES, passes Turing Test

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Alert

NRA to DEFCON wolfenstein

another step in killbots mission objectives to pass for fleshy meatsacks.

you cannot say we weren't warned.

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Work for beer, Neil Gaiman's wife tells musicians

Spider

$1.2 million crowdsourced and now she tells people that she won't put less that 3% of that towards paying musicians?

Bet she never mentioned it when trying to attract the funding?... moreover where exactly did the money all go?

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Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

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Unhappy

Re: Shocker

Whilst I manage to grasp the fundamentals of "a hoard of lawyers can persuade a jury that it has broken some highly technical law", and I actually agree with the basis of IP, (otherwise why innovate? blah blah..), and truth be told I'm not pro or anti apple on the whole, this is just taking the p1ss now.

The law was never made to deal with these highly pedantic issues. It needs changing and fast. Whilst it may be legal etc so was a whole host of very wrong legislation which was eventually and thankfully consigned to the recycle bin of history. Sooner this joins them the better...

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Unhappy

Shocker

Apple demand anything not made by Apple be banned, burnt and buried at a crossroads as unholy.

...give it a feckin rest ffs.

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Jury awards Apple $1bn damages in Samsung patent case

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Unhappy

Want to guess who pays?

Fans of either side can gloat/heckle all they want.

The crying shame is the we pay in the end. We pay for the lawyers, we pay the fines, we pay higher prices for monopolistic market shares and we pay in stifled range of tech available.

Main people who lose in these corporate wars is us.

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Reg readers scrap over ultimate bacon sarnie

Spider
Happy

Sauces and venues...

Got to go with brown sauce... almost any, but also partial to OK sauce... or home brew "Firestarter" from my local mexican Mohujos. http://www.mohujos.co.uk/

...now for vending establishments, I have a soft spot for Capn Jaspers on the quayside in Plymouth. All manner of bacon and it's accompanying food groups the sausage and egg. Used to be perfect hangover treatment venue.

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Curiosity success 'paves way for Man on Mars by 2030s'

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Unhappy

Re: US leadership in space

some of the replies are disappointing. With the US having to use Soyuz to get to LEO and co-operating on the ISS there was that small chance we might not carry our petty nationalistic rivalries to the stars. Idealistic I know, but we could but hope.... shame to marr such a great achievement.

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LOHAN breathes fire in REHAB

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Happy

Re: It's great to see this project taking shape

I should hope planning is already underway... acronyms at the standby!

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' beardy Bolt boast BANNED

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Happy

in the interests of fairness

I was happy with plusnet, but headed to VM because I wasn't prepared to wait decades for the fibre upgrade to occur and let me have more than 2meg broadband.

whilst I'm aware many punters have problems, installation was a doddle, even phoned and came early, fitted no fuss and last speed test I carried out got me 47.5 on a 50meg contract...we've had 2 outages in 18 months for about a hour or two each. would love to join in the moaning against a big corp, but so far so good...

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Chinese boffins build nuclear-powered deep-sea station

Spider

Chinese Laundry?

SCORPION STARE to ready status in anticipation of BENTHIC TREATY implications. How will BLUE HADES respond?

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Ofcom: Here come the UK online copyright rules ... in 2015. Maybe

Spider
FAIL

they'll never learn

put aside the freetard arguments a moment, the pro's and con's of torrent distro for genuine data etc

the simple fact is you will not stop the combined computing power of a nations geeks. If they want to share they will and for every lock there is a key.

The only way to reduce (you will never stop) piracy is to make users want to use legal services, make it culturally and practically more enticing to use legal alternatives.

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Council chief overrules blackout on Scots 9-yr-old's school lunch blog!

Spider

priorities

serve that crap up in a prison and see just how quick you get a riot...

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Blighty's new anti-bribe law will do more HARM than good

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Stop

Give it a rest

How many of these acts did readers here participate in? Or even the wider UK population?

If you tried to hold any population other than the UK responsible for the sins of their fathers I suspect you would be one of the first to criticise.

You forget of course to mention that Britain lead the way in ending slavery, and the RN freed many would be slaves on the way between the african salvers and their US market. Guess that doesn't fit with the general anti imperialist kick...

anyways back to the subject...

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Vulture 2 trigger triggers serious head-scratching

Spider

range-range & manual det?

variation on range/range - (worked for years!)

use transmitter on rocket, receivers and computation gear on ground keeping track. then radio signal to manually start ignition once achieved required height. added bonus of tracking rocket once ignited and recording max height achieved.

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How politicians could end droughts FOREVER: But they don't want to

Spider
Unhappy

wrong way round

There's more than enough water. Just too many people.

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BT missing from Pirate Bay High Court slap-down

Spider
Facepalm

you can charge what you like

but doesn't mean folks will pay it!

Selling a product or service is directly related to what people are willing to pay for it. TPB helps infringe copyright, we all know that. But public aversion to a minor crime is negated by what they see as perceived racketeering.

Without widespread public support you cannot hope to prevent largescale piracy (there will always be some), and that will not change until the pricing model changes.

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Bletchley Park gets personal with new Alan Turing exhibition

Spider
Pint

awesome

great place. well worth a few hours of your time. it's humbling to walk round the huts and imagine Turing and co at work. Not just Turing, but the entire staff deserved far better recognition for their sacrifices and efforts.

Recommend a visit.

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Sony 'fesses to Whitney Houston price hike 'error'

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WTF?

My initial reaction to this was " mistakenly mis-priced"? My fat hairy arse it was, you lying thieving gits. Much as many of the comments I've read so far....

then, after the brief glow of righteous indignation had faded it does occur to me,

it's not an essential good. You do not require a Whitney album to survive. It is discretionary and a luxury item.

Companies exist to do business and make profit, and if the sheeple in their faux grief at the loss of an alleged lesbian drug addled singer are prepared to pay then why shouldn't a company take that market on? After all they are not a charity.

Should we also cap prices on fleabay of people clearing out whitney tat from their attics? where's the difference?

Ultimately they can put any price they like on a good or service. No-one is forced to buy it.

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SOPA is dead. Are you happy now?

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Unhappy

hmmm

"but rather when there is a meeting of the minds over the essential facts around a problem, and real solutions are broached and agreed upon."

is a meeting of minds really possible with the MPAA et al? Time and again we see evidence that they put their profits ahead of liberty or even the law, would they really move far enough to a reasonable position?

Part of the problem is that just because you have 2 opposing views the answer is not always in the middle. Sometimes people are just plain wrong.

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Royal Navy halts Highlands GPS jamming

Spider
Flame

this one sent me off the deep end

Notices to mariners are issued comprehensively and in good time, in similar manner to notices to aviatiors. Fisherman and WAFIs are aware of them (and if not have no business being at sea). They all do courses and qualifications and pass exams to say they will and then promptly ignore them.

I've been an officer of the watch on carriers, ice breakers and commercial vessels and seen repeatedly that they think the world revolves around them, that they can ignore safety rules and the anti collision regs at will. They are a constant pain in the arse to professionals at sea and cry out for compensation faster than a french farmer see his subsidy cut. The days of fishermen being mariners have long gone. Most would struggle to use a chart properly if there isn't a screen attached, and many leave the bridge unattended and on auto pilot. At least that's my experience when watching them sail under the bows of ships that have right of way and can't turn.

If they're unable to work without GPS then stay out of the area for the brief time the exercise is on. Dawkins know the fish stocks could do with a rest from their pillaging.

/rant

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Would you let your car insurer snoop on you for a better deal?

Spider
Big Brother

thin end of wedge

whilst I understand the need for youngsters to find ways of both lowering premiums and encouraging safer driving, how long before it permeates? people get used to it, so instead of lowering premiums, people without them become penalised. Finally a majority have them fitted and of course they become justified because they save childrens lives (please think of the kiddies!)so then they become mandatory and the final step is that the data becomes available to the authorities... obviously with a warrant.. well to begin with anyway, but you know, the companies operating license is up for renewal and have you been helpful to the plod?...

.. i'll get my foil lined coat.

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Lancs shale to yield '15 years' of gas for UK

Spider
Facepalm

Lies, damn lies, and stats?

Actually followed the link, and whilst yes London is at +28% of the UK average it is a bit disengenuous to compare the whole of Scotland with just London. I'm sure if Scotland was listed by region as England is there would be areas of more than the +21% Scotland gets (and conversely some with less).

However, taken as a country, England also includes, the East of England at -18% to the average and South East at -17% and so on. As a whole, England gets -3% to the UK average, Scotland gets +21%.

So the previous poster was in fact correct. Scotland gets more money (in fact over 24% more money) under the Barnett formula that England.

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