* Posts by YARR

313 posts • joined 24 Nov 2008

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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Holmes

Labour changing strategy

I seem to recall that at the start of the referendum campaign Labour presented a near-united pro-EU front with very few opposed. As the polls have progressed and Leave has picked up momentum, I've noticed more Labour supporters switching to a "pro-Europe anti-EU" stance, basically supporting UKIP in principle but never in person. Is this a form of damage control so they don't appear totally at odds with their traditional working class voters I wonder?

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Did I miss something?

Has the result been fixed?

Some of you seem to think it's all over...

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All this Brexit talk derailed UK tech spending, right? That's a big fat NOPE

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Outside of EU trade barriers we'll be able to import food cheaper from outside the EU. This would boost the economies of African countries and help stem the flow of migrants coming into Europe. Also the food types they produce overlaps more with our own produce, whereas EU farm produce are often competitors to our farmers.

But it seems that counter to their own interests, our farmer's votes are bought by EU subsidies.

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Who'll guard your personal data post-Brexit?

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So we must surrender our right to govern ourselves for all time because of one law on the presumption that our own politicians are incapable of passing an equivalent new law in Britain. Another irrelevant Remain so-called argument.

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Microsoft cancels Remain speech after death of Labour MP

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Quality of life = wealth / cost of living

If we optimised our lives for quality of life instead of wealth, people would be happier. The way to achieve this is with much reduced immigration and low house prices. Leaving the EU is a step in the right direction. The longer the government continue increasing our population to make the nation wealthier but more overcrowded, the more our quality of life will decline. Our relative position in economic terms doesn't improve quality of life, provided we don't let wealthy foreigners buy up our country. Service industry jobs also tend not to provide the same job satisfaction of manufacturing/creative jobs once did.

The majority of British people had a better quality of life before we joined the EU.

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"We sometimes fail to remember this vote will have the most profound impact on Britain's relationship with Europe and the rest of the world. It can be easy to forget what damage has been done in pitting Brit against Brit and the toxic legacy which will endure."

I'm aware how vital Brexit is to our future. There is far more at stake than near-term economic issues - the EU is fundamentally undemocratic, overrules our right to govern ourselves, and has a history of deciding against our interests. A short term economic hit caused by speculators to an otherwise successful economy is a small sacrifice to regain our independence for future generations.

Sometimes those who are well-off forget that what is good for them can be bad for everyone else. The Eurozone has made it's weaker economies dependent on bail outs, while the free movement of workers has widened inequality by increasing profits and undercutting wages. Financial indicators are that a new recession is on the way. The only thing keeping the EU's head above water is the economies of it's stronger members like Britain. After a Brexit, other members will want to leave, so there will be uncertainty for any company thinking of relocating to the EU. Iceland and Switzerland have already withdrawn their applications for membership.

If you think that after a remain vote, Brit wont be pitted against Brit then you are very much mistaken. There will be nothing our government can do to address the fundamental and exacerbating problems caused by EU rules. If we have the misfortune to remain, Corbyn has said there can be "no upper limit on immigration from the EU", and the EU will start fining any member state that doesn't accept the quota of refugees they decide. With a recession coming, this is a perfect storm for chaos.

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Boffin

So none of these corporations invested in Britain before the EU existed? None of them invest in the multitude of other countries throughout the world outside the EU that have smaller economies than the UK?

If some companies move their HQ to the Eurozone that's overall better for us and the EU as it will relieve our overheated economy. We are overcrowded, have sky high property prices and employ over a million more EU citizens than the EU employs Brits. Meanwhile there is chronic youth unemployment in other parts of the EU. It would be better for us all if some major employers did relocate out of the UK.

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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Big Brother

There is a constant battle between freedom and security. There are some people who would seek to use this event to institute new limits on freedom of speech to silence those they oppose. They probably have lists of thousands of accounts they want suspended, just waiting for new legislation to be passed.

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This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections

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I do listen to my brain - by every rational argument, there is no reason to surrender British sovereignty to unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.

I have to assume you are joking, or do you really base your opinion on such strawman reasoning? No I don't think the EU are destroying the web, and I don't think the web was a British invention.

Switzerland in not the EU, thus CERN (where the WWW was invented) proves that co-operation between European nations works just brilliantly without the rip-off EU parliament granting us permission from on high to co-operate. I fail to see how prominent scientists with reputations to uphold support the remain camp based on invalid reasoning.

If you vote to remain then you agree that someone who is unlikely to be British or live in Britain should have authority to overrule our parliament and dictate our laws. That viewpoint is contrary to the constitution of our and most other countries, it is treasonous.

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Labour say the leave campaigners want to start a new British Empire! The beeb are sure this will please Vladimir Putin - he's ready for the next Charge of the Light Brigade ... like everything else they say it's all true. #STAYIGNORANT

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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How likely do you think it is that Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage are going to protect workers' rights?

I think you are being over presumptive (even prejudging) other's political stance. Anyway, if we get Brexit, UKIP will no longer have a purpose and Nigel Farage will probably retire from politics.

Workers rights are complex issue. IMO exploitative schemes like "Zero hours contracts" should not have been allowed except for a limited time to get the economy out of a recession. OTOH, the EU has enforced other "rights" we never wanted such as unnecessarily long paid maternity leave for partners - which are a problem for small and struggling businesses.

Obviously opinion varies widely on this issue, but if opinion varies across EU "states" then tough - all EU states must implement the same law even if the majority in one "state" don't like it.

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Any reader who's still undecided should definitely NOT base their decision on this MINOR issue!!!

Brexit is about National Sovereignty and independence - who governs us, how accountable they are and can they be removed from power? These are the important issues - that people have struggled and fought for for centuries. Handing our sovereignty to an EU superstate is literally treason.

After Brexit the law that protects food names will still apply in the EU. If we want an equivalent law in Britain all we have to do is lobby our MPs to propose such a law - something our MPs can do but which MEPs cannot because the EU is undemocratic.

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European Patent Office blocks staff reading critical articles at work

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"EPO appears to be nothing to do with the EU"

Correct - I didn't say the European Patent Office is related to the EU, but that it's censoring is deceptive LIKE the EU's claim to be democratic and uphold free speech (it does the opposite - the lawmakers are not elected. You are entitled to freedom of speech - caveat "within the law" = any law can override it = you DON'T have freedom of speech).

It is a FACT that the EPO censor internet access.

In my opinion the EU is deceptive because it does not uphold what it claims to be.

"The EPO is F** all to do with the EU."

Correct! It is a European institution as was stated.

"#Brignorant."

I would like to know in what manner you think I am ignorant since what I said is true.

"Tosh. The whole point of human rights conventions is that laws can't over-ride them."

It's a FACT that people are imprisoned in EU countries for expressing their opinion. Please go and research the issue.

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Censoring sites it doesn't agree with is akin to the practices of an authoritarian regime not a democratic, free society.

Like all the double-talk around the EU and it's related institutions, it's all deception - those in power can't be removed by the electorate and they do as they please. The same types of people are responsible for filtering political sites they don't like in UK schools and libraries. Clearly these hypocrites are out in force voting on Reg comments in favour of the EU.

EU human rights laws are irrelevant since other laws contradict them and rulings depend on the opinion of a judge who will usually convict anyone they don't agree with. We don't have true freedom of speech in the EU. Numerous EU citizens have been convicted for expressing fact-based opinions of controversial subjects that some in authority don't like. If we don't vote for Brexit then the authoritarian European legal system will eventually be imposed on the UK.

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Brexit: UK gov would probably lay out tax plans in post-'leave' vote emergency budget

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And if there are tariffs imposed on UK built Nissans, where do you think Nissan might build its next model?

That depends on where it sells most of it's cars. If the majority are sold in the UK, then it would make economic sense to stay here.

If the EU was mad enough to introduce tariffs the British government could subsidise car exports using the income made from taxing cars imported from the EU. Since we are a net importer of cars from the EU, Britain would make more income from tariffs than the EU.

My favourite.. we can close the borders if we vote out... no, no we can't

Of course any independent country can close it's borders if it so wishes. No post-Brexit government would go that far, but they will have the power to control all migration into the UK.

This idea is only slightly less delusional than the idea that Berlin and Paris will allow Europe financial affairs to be run from outside the EU.

"Berlin", "Paris" and "Frankfurt" will remain subservient to the EU so can't decide anything. The EU's financial affairs aren't run from London. If the EU's answer to Brexit is to issue more red tape it will make the EU even less attractive.

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what nonsense!

This thread has the situation reversed: Britain is a major net importer from the EU and many other nations, hence Britain is a DESIRABLE trading partner and is in a stronger position to negotiate trade deals. Not to mention more Europeans work in Britain than the reverse, so they are dependent on our economy for their income.

Post Brexit, Britain will be £18 million a day better off and will only have one layer of government bureaucracy to support. With no UK contribution to prop up the EU the burden for other nations will increase. Imposing tariffs on the UK would be economic suicide for the Eurozone. The loss of exports to the UK would likely tip the Eurozone back into recession.

Tariffs would not be good for Britain either, but there would be an economic incentive for us to buy more British made cars. Likewise its easy enough for us to buy cars from anywhere in the world - my car was made in India and was notably cheaper than a European made car, irrespective of trade tariffs. Brits could easily grow accustomed to buying cheaper cars from outside the EU.

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Universe's shock rapidly expanding waistline may squash Einstein flat

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I wonder if Bill Gaede's rope hypothesis can explain this observation?

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Brexit? Cutting the old-school ties would do more for Brit tech world

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"The arguments of the Pro campaigners just add to the sentiment that I wasn’t welcome in the first place."

Brexit is about our relationship with the political institution of the EU, not with European people or nations.

"when I interject that the former size of your Empire isn’t relevant anymore, your hurt pride"

I don't think many British people are "proud" of Empire or "hurt" by your suggestion.

"How do you justify colonising from Cape to Cairo?"

How can the EU justify seizing political control of member states without a democratic mandate?

Besides most European countries were also colonisers, and were primarily motivated by economic reasons.

"nowadays you seem to hold quite strong views about foreigners and that they should stay in their home countries"

Inside or outside of the EU views would still be divided, but being outside the EU gives Britain control of immigration. This matters more to many voters than having "greater influence in Europe".

"It’s your government, who use cheap rightwing messages"

Actually our government has used taxpayer's money to spread pro-EU propaganda to every household.

There's nothing "cheap" or "uneducated" about wanting independence from a political union that we never voted for (we only voted for a free market), that is anti-democratic and run by a self-serving appointed elite, whose excessive regulations and taxes have made Britain overwhelmingly poorer, and taken away powers to effect change that benefits us.

"Austerity measures and the demise of the NHS have nothing to do with a few million foreigners taking your jobs and benefits"

With the money we spend on the EU, the national budget would go a lot further.

"largely generated by a hasty invasion of Iraq in 2003"

The 2003 invasion did cause a wave of refugees, but the present wave of refugees are caused by recent conflicts that have many causes. The downfall of Libya was assisted by many EU countries.

"Do you still wonder about the success of Polish and Romanian builders?"

Not really - a British wage is worth a lot more to them than a Polish or Romanian wage is to a Brit.

"The lack of social mobility is strong in Great Britain"

How is the EU going to fix this? The EU creates inequality by funding a large and excessively well paid, unelected bureaucracy.

Perhaps if fewer foreign students went to British universities, more British students would have an opportunity?

"a short-term recession would just be an inconvenience"

Why would freeing ourselves from a counter-productive political union provoke a recession, provided we remain open to free trade? The threats seem to come from people with a vested interest in centralising political control. If Britain's economy was more successful outside the EU it would prove to other Europeans that they would also be better off independent.

"At least, there, I won’t be shut up as a foreigner without a right to vote."

This is a nonsensical argument coming from someone educated to PhD level! Fair is fair - we can't vote in your referendum and you can't vote in ours.

You've been granted the opportunity to express your view to a wide audience here. There are many who disagree with you who would relish the opportunity to be read so widely.

"For me, the EU is not about the money ... It is a model how people can work together "

Like it or not, money matters and a grossly inefficient institution should be subject to some competition. The higher goals you mention are global issues not local European issues.

The EU is a hierarchical structure that dictates laws that take precedent over national sovereignty, it's not a forum for equal partner nations to agree common policies.

"Is the Brexit debate yet another move to distract from the real issues in the country?"

As a member of the EU, we are powerless to affect the real issues facing our country. Brexit would take that power back.

"These problems cannot be tackled with national pride and strong emotion. We have all got to look forward, not backward."

Your appeal to abstract emotional concepts is not a valid argument. You appear to suffer from a delusion that the only political path we can choose is to surrender to centralised control. I would prefer to regain more control over my own future in exchange for less influence over others.

"you need to work on yourself"

The feeling is mutual.

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Trollface

I can understand that a company the size of Samsung must really struggle to write drivers for it's hardware 10 months after an Operating System has been released. Clearly this has nothing to do with profit motive and Samsung would just love their customers to upgrade to Windows 10 for free than buy a new PC.

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US computer-science classes churn out cut-n-paste slackers – and yes, that's a bad thing

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Nothing wrong with StackExchange...

.. it's a source of good solutions to common problems which saves time and makes developers more efficient. As long as people understand the code they're using what's the issue? People will always encounter issues that aren't on StackExchange that they have to solve using their own initiative.

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Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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The next bond...

The media keep hinting the next bond could be a female, or black, etc. but what about ageist discrimination? Why not bring back Roger Moore or Sean Connery? With one of those DARPA exo-skeletons and a viagra pill they could bring some silver Bond action back to the silver screen.

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Google to kill passwords on Android, replace 'em with 'trust scores'

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Black Helicopters

Where is this all headed?

The internet giant wants to get rid of password logins...

Games and basic tools would be run even if only a low trust score was achieved

Can't people see their masterplan is to de-personalise your mobile device and transition to Android-in-the-cloud? They want you to be able to use any Android device to log-in to your Android-cloud session with private cloud apps tied to your ID, but local device Apps shared to anyone. The strategy is to bind users to Android so it becomes socially-awkward to switch to a different platform, particularly one with better security.

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Forget high-powered PCs, mobile is the future of VR, says Google

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FAIL

Does a virtual phone appear when you need to answer a call?

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India roasts as mercury hits 51°C

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Coat

Look on the bright side...

.... at least it makes boiling water cheaper.

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Stop

"pretending to understand it better than genuine experts"

because Climategate proved the "genuine experts" are totally impartial and their research funding in no way depends on maintaining the climate change agenda.

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The Windows 10 future: Imagine a boot stamping on an upgrade treadmill forever

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Why are Windows 10 updates any different from earlier Windows? Updates don't change the Windows APIs that applications are programmed to.

If they introduced a major revision to Windows that affected application compatibility, they would provide an upgrade tool for checking compatibility, and offer to run older application in compatibility mode.

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Raspberry Pi Zero gains a camera connector

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Is the Pi zero board layout published under an open licence? If the components are all off-the-shelf, what's to stop anyone making compatible variants with ethernet / wifi / 1Gb RAM / extra or full-size USB / HDMI ports etc?

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Brexit campaign group fined £50k for sending half a million spam texts

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Re: Why is "Call me Dave" Cameron telling me what to think?

You mean you missed it?

The referendum in 1975 (not 1972 - that's when they signed the treaty before consulting the public) was to join a free market ("European Economic Community" / EEC) - not a political union. Since then they have tip-toed towards political union without consulting the public, signing over sovereignty to what has become the EU in stages.

There is more democracy in the EU's little finger than there is in the UK.

I disagree, the roles of the elected members are reversed. In Britain's unelected House of Lords, the Lords cannot propose laws, only debate them and vote to pass or block laws passed by the democratic House of Commons. The EU parliament is the reverse, unelected political appointees draft new laws and the democratic MEPs get to debate and vote on passing/rejecting laws = the equivalent role to the House of Lords.The EU parliament is based on the model of the USSR.

In Britain a member of public can consult their representative MP who can propose a change to the law in the commons. In the EU, you cannot ask your MEP to propose a change to EU law. On top of this, even if the public could change EU laws, they would need substantial influence to convince the majority population of the EU to support the change.

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Megaphone

Brexit is a no-brainer

It's wrong that tax payer's money was spent spreading government propaganda supporting the Remain camp - but if we sued the government the taxpayer would still be paying for it - that's injustice! Since they clearly don't feel bound by morals, we need a law preventing tax payer's money being used to bias public opinion. Hopefully their campaign will backfire as the majority of voters will resent being told what to think by the government.

The figures clearly show we would be better off economically outside the EU but in a free-market, even if we had to pay to be part of their so-called "free" market. Therefore the claim that it's "good for the economy, trade, business" to remain in the EU is wrong. We would remain part of the free market, but we would be freed from EU red-tape, so overall Brexit would be better for the economy.

The Remain camp continue scaremongering with lies that assume we would have to leave the free-market. We wont leave the free-market because we voted in a referendum to join the free-market in 1972. The Remain camp are even suggesting there could be war between European nations if we leave! Are they considering starting a war with Norway, Iceland or Switzerland? Clearly there are no genuine reasons for us to Remain, and there was no genuine reason to join which is why we were denied a referendum on joining in the first place.

If the EU started playing silly-buggers to block us from their "free" market, or tried to force an unequal levy on us, then it would be high time to bypass the EU and form an international coalition to start a new international free-market. One which doesn't involve surrendering sovereignty but is based on mutual agreement between equal partner nations. One which is not bound by geographical borders but invites trade with any nation. One which does not levy large payments to join but instead is operated efficiently at the lowest cost and a balanced budget. One which does not seek to use access to markets for political control.

Finally, although economics are important, real quality of life is what matters most . Higher income does not equate to improved quality of life if the downsides associated with the economic gain outweigh what the additional wealth can buy. If we leave the EU and regain control of our borders, this wont fix our problems overnight, but it will stop issues like the housing crisis from deepening for reasons beyond our control. EU membership is not much benefit overall if goods traded with Europe are a few pennies cheaper but the cost of housing has risen 200-300% beyond what is affordable due to the huge influx of migrants over the last decades.

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Microsoft half-bricks Asus Windows 7 PCs with UEFI boot glitch

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Joke

Re: One way to get the punters to upgrade!

It's one small cock up for Microsoft,

One giant sales boost for the PC industry.

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The Lonely Pirate MEP's Holocaust copyright stunt backfires

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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

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Re: Trump? Who's he?

1) He has enough money of his own that he can't easily be bought.

It used to be that politicians were mostly self-made, independently-wealthy people, meaning they were less likely to be "bought". However that's no guarantee as you have to look at someone's history to see how they came by their wealth and weather it was made by having certain connections. Trump may not be as clean and independent as you think.

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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

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Boffin

Re-inventing the disk drive --> Magnetic scrolls

If magnetic disks are heading towards archival storage, maybe it's time to re-invent the disk drive by merging it with magnetic tape?

Magnetic tape heads can read multiple data tracks in parallel giving a higher data rate for a slower speed. Combining parallel head technology of tapes with mobile head technology from disk drives could achieve higher capacity than disks with a lower seek time than tape. The magnetic medium would be much wider than tape - like a magnetic parchment passing between two scrolls. However the scroll length would be short enough to keep the seek time to only a few seconds. The scrolls could be wound onto a single roll permitting them to be removable like a camera film. What could possibly go wrong?

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IBM says no, non, nein to Brexit

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Re: "inviting into Germany one million men of fighting and raping age"

This statement is incidental to the Brexit debate. It may be xenophobic it does not mention race so cannot be classified as a racist statement. Either way, we have a right to our own opinion.

The truth is that most (90%+) of the migrants who crossed Europe were young (under 35) and male - meaning that many young women have been left to fend for themselves in Syria. These men may be of fighting age but they have decided not to defend their own country and instead have taken the opportunity to occupy someone else's country. My respect is for the Syrians and Iraqis who are defending their country from ISIS right now.

Regarding Brexit, I'm glad we're still officially a democracy and corporations don't get to vote, despite their attempts to sway public opinion for their short term profit. The EU / Brexit debate is about sovereignty which may be lost forever to future generations. Our ancestors here and in the US fought wars for independence but recently our independence has been given away by politicians without any democratic mandate (we only voted for a common market) and in contravention of our constitution.

Staying in the EU increasingly takes power away from local people and hands it to unelected commissars - remember MEPs only vote to pass laws, they don't propose them. Large corporations like centralised political control because there's fewer people to have to lobby / bribe to get their own way.

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F-35's dodgy software in the spotlight again

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Black Helicopters

Re: Anyone seen the rabbit hole?

How else can they fund the Aurora project without faking gross inefficiency in unclassified defence projects?

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview

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... even when written on a back-lit screen? I'd be more concerned about losing the stylus.

If only Cortana would record messages. Then again, listening to your own voice from the middle of the night could be equally incomprehensible.

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Stalled cloud growth, software flatlining, hated Lumias unsold... It's all fine, says Microsoft CEO

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Phone branding

Re. "Phone revenue plummeted 46 per cent in constant currency: Microsoft only sold 2.3 million Lumia devices in the quarter, down 73 per cent year on year."

They're not Lumia devices - they're Microsoft devices. The one thing of any value that remains from the Nokia acquisition - the Lumia brand name - they bizarrely decide not to use. Who wants a phone or a games console with "Microsoft" prominently emblazoned over it?

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Google yanks Chrome support for Windows XP, at long last

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2016 - 2001 = 17 years or 14.5?

Anyway, there's probably a smaller % of active Windows PCs that are no longer supported by Chrome than there are unsupported active Android devices. And Firefox still runs of most of them... for now.

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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Re: don't get it

"It also means the whole world will be using the same, open source rendering engine, good for users, good for developers."

The lack of diversity of browser engines would be bad - if a critical bug is found in one browser engine, users would no longer have an alternative.

Are there major changes to browser standards in the pipeline which the Mozilla engine is incapable of supporting? Otherwise why replace a mature and well-supported product?

Please don't confuse matters by taking the branding of a popular existing browser for a new browser - it's not hard to come up with an original name.

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

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religious freedom act is not bonkers - it's common sense

Discrimination exists everywhere, when it's necesary and justified by reason it should be permitted. Arbitrary / unreasonable discrimination should be avoided.

It's common sense that paedophiles should not be allowed to work with children. Arguing for their equal right to such employment is putting children at risk.

Male gym teachers should not be permitted in female student's communal changing rooms and showers. Vice-versa.

Gay and lesbian gym techers should not be permitted in student's communal changing rooms or showers for the same reason.

All students should not be permitted in communal changing rooms for their opposite physical gender. Otherwise anyone could claim to have an opposite gender identity and abuse the privilege for their personal gratification.

The needs of minorities should be considered and accommodated, but their rights should not come before the majority. In the case of transsexuals / opposing gender identity etc. they would ideally have separate facilities, or use them at a different time. But it's not right that the majority should suffer for the minority's benefit.

re. "When even PayPal thinks you're bad, you know you've really jumped the tracks" - rubbish! What qualifies PayPal or any other corporation as having any moral or democratic authority? In corrupt societies money rules over moral principle - wealth buys you greater political influence than your vote would allow. Since PayPal has no vote, in a democratic society it has zero influence.

It's high time we returned to the democratic principle of representing the will of the people, and formally separate corporations from state. Corporations should not be permitted to lobby politicians and interfere with state legislature.

Did these CEO's consult their shareholders or their workforce for their opinions first? I doubt it - corporations are fascistic entities and CEOs are their dictators. It's time the ordinary people fought back - at the next shareholder meetings all these CEOs should be voted out and replaced with principled leaders who wont abuse their power by interfering in the political process. Why should the investors tolerate investment decisions based on the CEO's personal misguided prejudices over sound financial investment?

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Samsung kind of cracks the 10nm barrier with new 8GB DDR4 slabs

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Does desktop / server memory differ from laptop memory from an electronic rather than physical perspective? The laptop memory modules can be doubled up if the data bus is smaller. To accommodate the equivalent memory size as larger modules on desktop / server motherboards, they would just double the number of memory slots.

The transition to DDR4 would have been an opportunity to do this, resulting in better economy of scale,

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Space archeologist discovers new evidence of Vikings invading America

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DISINFORMATION: the first Europeans to arrive in North America

Archaeological evidence of arrowheads suggests the Solutreans originating from modern day France were the first known Europeans to arrive in North America. They are believed to have skirted the edge of the ice shelf during the last ice age, rather than using ocean-going vessels.

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Flying Finns arm octocopter with chainsaw

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what could possibly go wrong?

I've seen videos of those multi-rotors losing a prop and spining out of control - almost colliding with the operator. With a chainsaw this is just asking for it! They could have made the Darwin awards.

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'Planet nine' theory boosted by Kuiper Belt Object with odd orbit

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Re: Milankovitch cycles

If the orbit is very eccentric and the average distance from the Sun is 75x Plutos, it's closest approach might affect Earth's gravity significantly.

However I'm confused that an object of that size could have escaped observation for so long, given that astronomers can measure visible light emitted from exoplanets.

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

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Some people carry guns... get over it.

I'm disappointed that he gave in to public-shaming from a child who doesn't know any better. Americans should carry their guns without fear - the right to bear arms in defence against criminals and tyrannical governments was made a constitutional right for good reason. Children should be taught to respect this right, just as they're taught to respect other's individuality. The totalitarian tiptoe to take away those rights is insidious and dangerous, as is the public brainwashing and false flag terrorism used to advance it.

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Oculus Rift review-gasm round-up: The QT on VR

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I guess this won't go mainstream until the headset is a self contained device - which could require another couple of iterations of Moore's Law (depending on desired graphics quality). In the near-term, they could build the PC into a lightweight backpack to avoid the snagging cable issue. You'd be lucky to get an hour of game-play while running power hungry graphics cards on a practical sized battery. Also your back might get uncomfortably warm....

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Remix OS: China's take on an Android operating system – but for PCs

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Boffin

Re: The Chinese government would like an Android OS...

'if only MS allowed them to modify "telemetry" to be redirected to China's own "support teams"'

They don't need to redirect it, they just intercept the packets passing through the Great Firewall.

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Brit teen bags $250,000 in first World Drone Prix

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Re: Susceptible to optimisation

There are racing quads being released with rotors tilted forward for faster forward flight - I guess this sacrifices the ability to hover though.

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Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?

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If you need the screen real estate, there's an option to shrink the search box to an icon which opens Cortana above the task bar, or you can remove it.

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We tested the latest pre-flight build of Windows 10 Mobile. It's buggy but promising

YARR
Windows

I hope MS are listening...

Fair review points, seems like although there has been a big improvement it will be a while longer before Windows 10 Mobile is ready for full release. I hope they take their time to get it right than force this release on Windows Phone 8.1 users.

Regarding the tiles not updating, I have this problem in 8.1 if battery saving is enabled, To get around it I have added the battery saving status to my quick action icons to I can turn it off occasionally. Really it would make sense to periodically update tile statuses when in battery saving mode.

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