* Posts by YARR

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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This article continues a trend of Brexist articles in The Reg, and like the others it makes out that minor issues are major problems.

Any argument that free trade requires open borders is simply untrue. Consider any non-EU country with whom we currently have trade tariffs and immigration controls. If the trade tariff is gradually reduced to zero, the relationship with that country does not change in any way that would now require free movement of people. Claiming that free movement of people is a prerequisite for free trade is an outright lie.

@John Lettice

You're assuming that post-Brexit all EEA+ nationals must have permanent residence or leave, yet you also claim the government has quietly guaranteed their status. To guarantee their status they will have to pass a new law, which will mean existing EEA+ nationals don't have to apply for permanent residence, but they will obviously have to be registered.

Any EU law which states EU nationals must be treated equally wont be broken until after Brexit at which point it will no longer apply. Clearly British law will need to be updated / reverted post-Brexit.

@Warm Braw

"There will be no reduction in the number of migrant workers in the country"

Why? Overall number or annual intake? There will have to be a reduction in migration eventually simply because the rising population will exceed the capacity that the country can accommodate. We are already beyond the optimal population size - as the population grows now, the country becomes less efficient and the cost per capita rises.

"It's simply cheaper to use unskilled labour than develop sophisticated machinery for a lot of crops. ... Economics does not take care of the problem by incentivising automation if you can get the products more cheaply from a source with low labour costs that doesn't have huge amounts of capital tied up in machinery that can be used for a few weeks of the year.. to suggest automation that would make it unprofitable is simply arguing against economic logic"

The development cost may be expensive, but once paid off, the manufacture and operating costs of machinery generally outperforms human workers. Expensive machinery can be shared between farms to make more efficient use of the investment. As the technology becomes more widespread the cost will fall. The sooner we invest in automation, the sooner society can benefit.

@MR J

"but those workers generally feed more back into the "system" than they take out ... once that is done the council is going to earn less tax overall, so your tax will need to go up"

No, overall the lowest paid workers cost tax payers more in tax credits and benefits to support their dependents (though they are also more undervalued compared to the real value of their work). If they leave and are replaced by machines, the tax burden on higher paid workers will reduce.

"Simply removing seasonal workers is not going to give a farmer more money to buy machinery."

Well obviously it does. They can spend their wages on machinery instead, or on hiring machinery that's too expensive to buy.

@Dr Paul Taylor

"grilling David Davies and his pals mercilessly until they finally admit that this whole affair is economic suicide, a pack of lies and vastly infeasible"

... what an ignorant and unsubstantiated comment! If Brexit was economic suicide, then all non-EU countries would be in economic turmoil. In practice, the opposite is true. The issues from Brexit are just the undoing of what was done before - then things will return to a new normal.

As a Brexit supporter I wish that a competent pro-Brexit politician representing the will of the people was running the country. Sadly the controlled global capitalist system has denied the electorate political representation on this matter.

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Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report

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£2.1m = feasible via crowdfunding or through selling shares. You could probably recover the money back over several years by operating it as a tourist attraction / museum ship. OK, you'd also need to own a suitable mooring site, so are there any millionaires reading who own a sheltered cove / bay / inlet with a deep enough water channel and good road access?

In hindsight though, a ship that saw active combat in the Falklands such as the Invincible would have been more worthwhile preserving.

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CERN staff conduct 'human sacrifice' at supercollider site

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Re: Petrol on fire

This has nothing whatsoever to do with conspiracy theories since there were obviously multiple persons involved, but it could be offensive to people who hold religious beliefs, or who just dislike violence.

If CERN is a publicly funded scientific institution (apparently promoting reason over belief), why is there a religious icon of Shiva on the site? Religious symbolism is usually banned from public institutions in secular countries so why is this exception allowed?

How does performing a mock execution provide amusement to anyone of sound mind - how about a mock nuclear explosion or mock Holocaust for extra thrills? My guess is that the real motive of whoever dreamed up this stunt is some deeper psychological issue they're hiding.

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Wanna build your own drone? Intel emits Linux-powered x86 brains for DIY flying gizmos

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Image processing is required in order to make a drone (semi-)autonomous (so it controls where to fly). Presumably an RPi3 with a custom drone interface board could offer a respectable equivalent at a far lower price point?

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

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In Virtual Reality...

... Microsoft and Intel successful will be.

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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"attracted criticism for exposing the details of ordinary citizens ... and by doing so diverging from its stated aim of exposing government malfeasance"

What's an "ordinary citizen" and hasn't WikiLeaks diverged from that aim since near it's inception?

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Intel's latest diversity report shows numbers at a standstill

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The measure of racial discrimination by Intel would be a comparison of the ethnic ratios employed versus the ratio who applied for positions and met the requirements. Comparing Intel's US workforce to the US population as a whole is not a representative measure of racial discrimination. Aside from people of different ethnicity either not applying for positions or not having the qualifications and experience to apply (which is not Intel's fault), there's also the issue of whether they live within a commutable distance of the workplace. The price of housing in different regions can be a barrier to people applying for work there. Perhaps Intel should analyse living costs and whether qualified people of "minority" ethnic groups generally reside in areas too far from Intel's current sites.

International companies generally vary pay across countries according to the cost of living, however if the pay level varies within a country due to regional variation in cost of living, and there is a marked difference in ethnic origin of people living in those regions, that might be interpreted as a form of unfair pay discrimination.

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UK tops European charts ... for carder fraud

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Re: What's the Brexit angle?

.. there is none.

ElReg must enjoy trolling their readership.

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Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

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Out of interest....

does anyone know if the Windows development team is still based in Redmond?

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Post-Brexit spending freeze in UK is real, says enterprise distie titan

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What do you mean, this is great news for the environment.

Billions of pounds less IT waste will be produced as the life of perfectly-functional existing kit is extended. With rising prices, more consumers will only replace the kit they really need to.

The bad news is that the world economy is growing faster, resulting in more pollution, and environmental destruction to satisfy excessive material consumption.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/08/01/surging-world-growth-makes-a-mockery-of-brexit-panic/

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Smartphone sales stall at ~3.5 million per day

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Windows Phone lost market share recently because

(a) they switched to the Microsoft brand from the familiar Lumia brand,

(b) they released Win10 phones before Win10 mobile was mature which damaged their reputation (reliability and feature continuity are important for upgraders),

(c) they regularly change the APIs and internals. which frustrates developers, breaks compatibility and shrinks the size of the app store. It's tragic that now they've finally unified Windows across desktop and mobile, that their market share has tanked they've had to lay off so many developers.

Having made this investment, it hardly makes sense to exit the market, even if they abandon it to third party manufacturers. It's possible Windows Phone could gradually regain market share if they leave it to mature, as phone buyers are less tied to their mobile OS than they are to services like iTunes.

As the manufacturing cost of smartphones falls they will eventually replace feature phones in low end markets. So in the long term, this presents an opportunity to establish a presence in those markets. Given that Microsoft own patents that earn them income from Android phone sales, they could in theory afford to undercut Android phones.

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

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You can bypass the upgrade advisor

When I upgraded my PCs last year I didn't wait for Windows Update to install the upgrade advisor. Instead I grabbed the Windows 10 installer direct from Microsoft's website. This seems to bypass the upgrade advisor, though there are still some (less stringent) compatibility checks done at the start of the installation process. This let me install Windows 10 on an ancient Pentium M XP-era laptop that has no officially supported video driver.

My main gripes are (i) the installer downloads the entire Windows 10 image BEFORE running compatibility checks, so if anything fails it backs out and you have to download the OS again. (ii) To get the free upgrade from 7/8 you have to download the OS for each PC. You can't use an ISO image because that requires a product key. This is a real problem for people with usage caps.

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Have you run memtest86 on it to check for bad RAM? Corrupted memory is often a cause of random crashes on old PCs, though unfortunately modern laptops are often designed so the memory cannot be replaced.

memtest86 is available on the boot menu of most Linux ISOs.

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Microsoft blames dying Surface Pro 3 batteries on software bug

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They don't call it the Gigafactory for nothing you know. These new GWh batteries will keep the Duracell bunny running long after nuclear fusion in the Sun shuts down.

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Jacob Appelbaum is a bullying sex pest, says ex-employer Tor Project

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Agreed. Depending on the jurisdiction, an employer must be required to provide some lawful evidence for dismissal, otherwise the process could be misused to make employees redundant without legal recourse.

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I wonder what burden of proof / evidence is required for an internal disciplinary matter such as this, and is their investigation / decision bound by law? Is primary / recorded evidence required or is an accusatory statement from two other individuals sufficient to get someone fired? If the latter, then conspiring against an employee is a simple affair.

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What's Brexit? How Tech UK tore up its plans after June 23

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"Where are all those high-paid financial sector workers going to buy their status-symbol luxury cars from?"

Why not make them here since the market is here?

"Perhaps if people were less blinded by xenophobic, anti EU propaganda spouted by our 'independent press', and actually took part in european democracy"

If our politicians were less blinded by pro-globalist anti-British propaganda spouted by our controlled media and education system we would have avoided all these problems by NOT JOINING A POLITICAL UNION AGAINST THE WISHES OF THE MAJORITY OF THE ELECTORATE.

Why should we partake in a European democracy that we never wanted to be part of, and that is inferior to our own democracy? Why do you expect people who never asked to join to support remaining?

"where are all the workers going to come from to do all the sh1t jobs"

Who do you think did the work before we joined the EU? Oh look, the jobs were better paid (relatively) in those days too so people were more willing to do them, but no you have to racially slander British workers for not accepting a lower standard of living. Less immigration = less inequality.

Higher wages for low skilled jobs also encourages innovation to improve worker efficiency. With a ready supply of cheap workers we innovate less.

"German car manufacturer sell more cars in a day to India/China than they do in a year in the UK. "

From what nether-region did you pull this ridiculous claim? It should be self-evident that you are wrong by at least 1-2 orders of magnitude.

If you base your opinion on false information like this, it's time to re-evaluate your opinion.

"I'm guessing that then *all* cars will be 20% more expensive, not just the German ones..."

EU made cars will be dearer when Britain exists the EU. Cars made elsewhere could be more affordable depending on what trade agreements the UK makes.

This will incentivise manufacturers to make cars for the UK market in the UK, and help balance our trade deficit.

"As for Farage (add Bojo, DDavis, etc), (they are) he is a lying ... windbag"

The so-called lies of the Brexit camp are small overestimates versus the remain camp which were outright lies = an inversion of the truth.

e.g. Blair claiming that the EU does not take away British sovereignty, or Cameron claiming that Turkey would never join the EU then claiming the opposite to a different audience.

"<some racist Anti-British lies> ... an unstaffed NHS to patch them up"

How do you think the NHS was staffed before we joined the EU? Oh look it worked fine and it's staffing model was sustainable. Now, thanks to globalisation, we have an unsustainable staffing model which is dependent on immigrants. What's the solution according to the globalists? Yes - more globalisation and more immigration.

Do you think the rest of the world should adopt an economic system which is dependent on immigration? Would that model work better overall than each country aiming to become independent and self-sufficient?

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ASUS first Asian PC maker to warn of price hikes... in 2.5 months

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Britain hasn't become 10% less productive in material terms overnight. The currency has devalued due to speculators alone - nothing else has changed. We shouldn't allow issues as important as who makes our laws to be influenced by speculators. Besides a currency devaluation gives us an advantage that many countries with stagnant economies in the Eurozone would beg for.

If it really bothers you, why not write to your MP asking them to pass a law pegging the pound to the dollar like the Chinese do (notice how they artificially undervalue their currency to remain competitive) - then we can ignore the speculators and give investors the stability they desire.

Personally I don't spend a large % of my income on imported goods - it's better for our economy if consumers spend less on imports. The largest cost for many people is housing and hopefully Brexit will help fix that problem by making the UK a less attractive place for foreigners to live. It's inevitable there will be some pain from system changes as we transition to an independent country again, but in the long term it will be worth it.

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

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This is a symptom of something more fundamental : that the governing / management class have no national loyalty and are primarily motivated by short-term profit. Let this be a lesson to anyone who invests their heart and soul into something they don't ultimately own.

How can we avoid these takeovers from happening? Do we need a British conglomerate that is too large to be taken over? Or should we keep our startups privately funded with our own national crowdfunding?

The only motive I can think for selling is that we may be at peak ARM as the global sales of most of the devices that contain ARM cores are peaking or post-peak, with the possible exception of ARM-based servers. Nevertheless ARM must have value as an ongoing cash-cow.

In the long term, I wonder if an open processor core design could potentially displace ARM in the drive to lower costs? Does ARM have anything like the same grip on it's licencees as the Wintel monopoly?

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BOFH: I found a flying Dragonite on a Windows 2003 domain

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Microsoft silently kills dev backdoor that boots Linux on locked-down Windows RT slabs

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Like for like

When Windows RT devices stop receiving updates they wont cease functioning; they will just be at greater risk of remote exploits. Most no-name Android devices never received security updates at all. Apple iOS devices and many Android devices from big-name brands also only receive updates for a limited time. Likewise you can't install Linux on most Android or iOS-devices. So all these excuses to attack Microsoft should in fairness be directed equally at all these platforms.

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

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@ Jason Bloomberg

"His statements do fit with leavers' views that this was some sort of war which they have won and a belief that we now get to set the rules everyone will play by."

Brexit is part of a struggle for freedom against the globalists who favour ever greater centralisation of power (in their hands). The EU is in constant consultation with corporate lobbyists, while the only people answerable to the electorate (MEPs) have no power to propose or repeal laws.

Please cite a reference for your claim that "leave" believes it can "set the rules everyone will play by".

An independent nation decides for itself - if the deal on offer is not good enough for us then we don't accept it. This is something we can't do in the EU.

Look at China - it has just ignored the Hague's verdict on it's sovereignty over the south China sea.

"Leavers seem to be expecting Merkel and friends to admit they were wrong, Brits are right, the EU project was all a huge mistake, they are ever so sorry about that, and will now do everything Britain asks."

Do you cite any evidence for this? Why would Brits blame Merkel rather than the EU?

Why would "leavers" think "Brits are right" when it was our own politicians that signed us up to the EU?

The EU isn't a mistake - it's a deliberate deceptive project to create a superstate and disempower the electorate.

The EU already made it clear pre-Brexit that it was no longer open to concessions with Britain, so all those saying we could "change it from within" were wrong - we've had decades to do that and little has changed.

"The Empire may have gone but our arrogance and supremacism never left us."

Speak for yourself - the reality is the opposite of your view: "independence" means rightfully taking power back. The EU now behaves like an empire - ruling over it's subordinate nations and robbing them of their former sovereignty.

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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SABRE 2...

If this project succeeds (and I hope it does), the next stage will be to optimise the design to increase the payload it can carry.

(1) Would using a launcher e.g. like EMALS make a significant reduction to the fuel load?

(2) Could oxygen be extracted from the atmosphere on the ascent (replacing the weight of used fuel) to minimise/eliminate carrying LOX for space flight? If this were possible, it would make sense to design the SABRE engine from the outset so that an air-supply can be fed back to the Skylon.

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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It probably helps that China is an authoritarian government which still has control over the banks...

No it probably helps that QR codes work on the 700+ million low-end smartphones currently in use in China whereas western banks assume all western consumers will just buy a new high end smartphone every 18 months to get NFC (I wont - so it will be at least 5 years before I buy a phone that has NFC).

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Brit Science Minister to probe Brexit bias against UK-based scientists

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"The UK can't develop world-leading research, without working with other countries""

So are you saying UK scientists can't collaborate without the EU? Does this mean there are no non-EU scientists in the UK? Why do we need to be part of the EU (which is really a project to create a European superstate without admitting that to the electorate) in order to collaborate?

""Are you suggesting that leaving the EU will free up enough funding for the UK to start a space programme?""

We could to some degree - it may not make economic sense to develop our own rockets now. Russia and India have space programmes, look at the size of their economies compared to the UK. How do they afford it?

""are you proposing we set up our own particle accelerator""

The LHC is primarily in Switzerland which is not in the EU and has cancelled it's application to join. Are you saying that outside the EU we cannot work with Switzerland, despite having contributed to the LHC funding?

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"Begging the question" is not a logical fallacy itself but assuming an unproven statement to be true is.

Your link clearly shows the 1975 referendum asked if we wanted to stay in (not "join") the EEC because our politicians had already signed us up to it without a democratic mandate. The same applies to every European treaty signed since that takes more power away from member countries and hands that power to the EEC/EU/United States of Europe. The 1975 referendum did not affirm that the UK public wanted to give away their national sovereignty because that was not the question asked. Nor did it confirm that we wanted our universities and research institutions to be centrally funded from Europe. Nor did it confirm that we want a European army to eventually displace national armed forces, take control of our nuclear weapons and supplant our membership within NATO.

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We should take this as a clear signal that the UK is not wanted in Europe. Rather than leave our scientists in limbo for 2+ years, the UK government needs to immediately expand UK science funding to take over from the European system and minimise disruption.

If Europe intends to block UK science funding that we are committed to paying into until Brexit, that is a good reason to NOT offer guarantees to European scientists currently based here. It's nothing personal - it's just politics. I look forward to when this period is over and the UK is back to funding it's own research again, and developing it's own talent.

This begs the question of why our politicians ever signed us up to Europe against the will of the people, when it is obvious that joining then leaving would cause such disruption when compared to not joining at all.

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Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

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The UK is proof that free movement of labour doesn't work. When a foreign employee is taken on that puts pressure on the local infrastructure. Unless the employer is contributing enough in taxes to cover those costs (which might be hundreds of thousands of pounds to pay for new housing so the local population is not adversely affected, more capacity in public services and transport etc) then the new job is a net loss to the host nation. The employee and employer may benefit but overall the host nation does not, as the overall cost of living increases and the poorer members of society are most affected. That is why so many people across a wide section of society voted for Brexit - they're not stupid, they know they're worse off thanks to freedom of movement of labour in the EU.

The EU can either learn from this mistake and adapt or it will continue to fail and become more unpopular. The alternative is the UK can take the initiative by bypassing the EU and begin a new free trade agreement with interested partner nations, not necessarily restricted to Europe. You don't need free movement of people for free trade and capital movement. The EU knows this but is attempting to block the UK to justify it's own bureaucratic existence and maintain the heading for an EU superstate.

A sensibly run system would only permit an employer to take on a foreign worker if the local authority gave assurance there was sufficient free accommodation and capacity in public services to take them on.

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Hillary Clinton: My promises to America's tech industry

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Well why bother? Politicians always lie, Trump even admitted he was lying about the wall so that makes him the most honest of the pair. What a great choice of candidates you lucky Americans have. This year should be the best chance for an alternative political party to make some headway.

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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After we leave the EU and have a points based system, the category of migrants in the Calais camp will be automatically refused entry, and will have to return to their own country to find work. The burden of our dysfunctional ultra-liberal border policy will be gone and the rest of Europe will probably demand the same system.

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

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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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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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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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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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