* Posts by Terry 6

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An end to rude emails?

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I don't think so

Horses for courses.

The email that one recipient finds TL;DR is essential information to another.

Neither will it help with the sort of person who scans an email and just responds to key words without parsing the meaning. (You know your email has been read by one of these when the reply makes less sense than an AI answer would).

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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Re: Website Catch22

It's the combination of ignorance and stupidity that makes me so cross when these things happen.

The mixture of "You've got this messed up" and "You haven't got any way to let me tell you that it's messed up".

Some things are just silly rather then a problem. The sites that demand a county name, even after you've put "London" as your city - and in due course you receive a package addressed to you in London, London. ( And yes I could put Greater London, but who does?) Ditto Manchester/Gr Manchester. And in reality all they really need is a postcode and house number.

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Website Catch22

At least with the .com American site I posted about I was able to contact them and explain the problem ( I couldn't get to the product details without an American zip code or a state name from a drop down list or something of that sort). There are still sites that won't let you get the information you need without you entering the information that you need into a compulsory field. There really does need to be a very good, clear and unavoidable reason for compulsory, limited fields - and you do have to be sure there are no plausible alternatives, or else have an open entry. Sometimes that sort of crappy unthinking design can make parts of a site totally unusable. As recently as this week I was prevented from asking a company for help with ordering something on their site, because the ordering form's details had a compulsory dropdown list that didn't have the option that I needed to select and the contact form to ask them about this demanded my order number in another compulsory field. If I'd been able to get as far as acquiring a sodding order number I wouldn't have been contacting them!

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Re: Microsoft or Americans?

Maybe not that new, maybe late 80s or early 90s ( It was a long time ago). By then most big international companies used .com for their international site. Even now I have no problem with USA web sites using .com. But this was a multinational that happened to be based in the USA. The point was that this was their only readily locatable site. The one that everyone would have gone to, but they'd just not remembered that the rest of the world would also go there. So it needed a USA Zip code to ask for information, that sort of thing. (I wish I could remember who they were!)

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Microsoft or Americans?

I'm not going to launch into an all purpose Anti-American attitude.

But from time to time parts of the USA do tend to forget that there is a world outside the USA.

Like some years ago when the interwebs were still new and shiny I had a little argument with a largish well known tech company because their well advertised .com address turned out to be a USA relevant only site ( and their other ones hard to find).

In my message to them I pointed out that .com didn't just mean USA and that it was a generic domain, short for "company".

Their response was to insist that ".com meant USA. " So Plus ca change as they say in the lands beyond Brexit.

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Happy Anniversary: What’s new, what’s missing in Microsoft’s giant mobile update

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What changed

I had to check the version number. I have the update, I can't see any differences.

Puzzled.

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Social service council bungle

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Finding the person responsible

Well, more than one person, but they should all be prosecuted. This isn't rocket science.

The person who was moving the stuff must be responsible for leaving this behind - unless they had been instructed not to move sensitive items.

If so, then the person who made that decision but failed to make the arrangements.

Then there is the person responsible for making sure that the building was cleared, by looking round.

And then, someone had to be responsible for making sure that those guys had done their job.

There is negligence here, irrespective that it was about sensitive documents.Even if they'd just left behind a few boxes of paperclips it would still be negligent.

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The developer died 14 years ago, here's a print out of his source code

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Sort of made the point a few days back, but

I needed to be clearer.

A (probably small) non-techie organisation that thinks you can run a typewriter until the keys wear out or a sewing machine until the motor grinds to a halt will also not give a moment's thought to updating that ridiculously expensive bottom of the range computer that they only just bought in the late 1990s.

The fact that their workers are tearing out bunches of hair while trying to keep the thing working just reinforces their view that it can and should be kept working.

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It's not just IT, it's not new, it's not going to end.

My late father spent too much of his factory manager time keeping ageing machinery going, rather than doing his proper job, because the owners refused to replace any kit that was capable of being used, even if it was only working 50% of the time.

I can remember seeing offices years after word-processing was the norm, that had staff using big heavy manual typewriters that had already been out-of-date and obsolete even when people still did use typewriters. The owners had been refusing to replace these for decades.

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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Re: What's next for Windows 10?

I see your Google and raise you Amazon Fire

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Virgin signs up record ultrafast broadband subs

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Tripe (or quad) play

Internet/TV/Landline/Mobile.

I'm guessing from this that it's landline that isn't counted.

We have the first three.

But VM mobile. No.

We did have.our mobile phones from VM.

But no more. A mixture of high charges and low service. When we came to renew our various contracts we found out that they didn't want to bother trying to retain our custom. Once you could have got a discount for being a long term customer, especially if you had a specific package in mind with a specific price, and one that a competitor is offering.

But no more. Now it's "This is our price and you get a 10% discount". Even though you can get a better package for less money elsewhere.

As to Customer Service. Virgin Mobile don't seem to know what the words mean. I have no problem with the phone and Broadband offer or service. But the Mobile service is just plain shocking, with operatives that also go into shock if they are pushed off the script. If you actually ask them for anything (such as a free month to make up for their badly messing up on something) it's all a stock "We can't do that." Not even an offer of a compromise or even an honest, "won't".

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Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

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Years ago i had this with disc brakes.

Suddenly, in traffic, the car couldn't be stopped. When it was checked by the RAC man at the side of the road where it had drifted to a halt, no problem to be found.

A week later, same thing.I let it rest then drove home very carefully

I had it checked by the garage.

Some of you will know the reason. Pity the RAC dick didn't. (Brakes binding and getting too hot ).

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

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I dunno, but

I'd pretty much consider laying money on the chances that whatever nasties come out of that Brexit vote there will be plenty of people, not just El Reg commentards, who will find some way to explain that either; a.) It isn't really representative of what's happening and point to some company who seem to be doing OK (whether relevant or not), b.) It would have happened anyway or c.) It's those Remainers' fault for not being positive enough.

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Facebook's billion sheeple

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Agreed, it comes under the heading of being clever/funny once, briefly, when originally coined. But then left well alone.

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

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What kind and level of privacy do we want or need?

There is the privacy that says, "I don't want everyone in the neighbourhood knowing my lifestyle".

Or there's, "I want to protect myself from identity theft"/ "Don't want the burglars to know I'm on holiday".

Then there's, "I'll be damned if I'm going to help these companies bombard me with adverts".

Beyond that there's "I don't want anyone to know anything about me, not now not ever, not in this life or the next".

Beyond that there's paranoia.

And finally there's commentards on El Reg.

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Schrödinger's cat explained with neutrinos

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Re: Wrong

Well yes, in the thought experiment the lethal act would be reliant on the quantum event triggering the release of the poison. Until the quantum event is observed to have/have not happened the release of the poison also has/hasn't happened. So the hapless moggy would also be dead/alive. But would probably have a nasty headache through trying to think about this.

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

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Re: "run MS Office"

Since my post I just hit a biggie for compatibility. I was sent a WORD document that needed to be opened in editable mode, it was read only. Which I could do fine in WORD.

But initially I tried to open it in Libreoffice and clicking the button to open it in editable mode didn't work. They must both lock documents in a different way.

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Re: "run MS Office"

And LibreOfficedoesn't have an Outlook equivalent that handles email and calendar across all my devices.

Or a Notes equivalent, like Onenote ( or Evernote, sadly now reduced to 2 devices for the free version, no good to me). Sometimes its formatting can be quite quirky still, especially in tables.

It use it for most of my everday stuff - but have to keep Office 2010 as well. ;-(

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Re: Bet they assumed Windows Phone contributing a few hundred million

The thing is, and often said, that people who actually use a WinPhone do actually like them, a lot.

Microsoft haters will never accept that, so saying it on El reg is probably just wasting the wear on my keyboard.

BUT, Microsoft seemed to have done their level best to undermine their own brand; delayed launches, strange ranges, with no phone that isn't either too cheap and nasty or too big and expensive for an ordinary user, negligible marketing, trying to use it as a gateway to the Xbox rather than providing fun stuff that a phone user might want, failure to engage with developers or develop their own fun stuff ( aka "apps") and of course a seriously ham-handed attempt to bring out a "universal" OS without making it fit for platforms that people used, that just made everyone angry with them

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Terry 6
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Perfect Storm

Microsoft replaced the fully functional Win 7 with the gobsmackingly unusable Win 8. Not a good way to create love and support in the population.

They replaced that with 8.1, because they had to, but didn't make it friendly enough to win people back.

Then when they brought out Windows 10 they managed to keep some pretty nasty bits of usability, like turning the control panel into a mish mash of different interfaces with some controls inside places you wouldn't expect to find them and others so well hidden you're more likely to find a Pokemon. Or the Start menu that is full of unremovable "apps" that you might never want, and programme links (some that you'd never directly launch, like PDF readers) that are installed within folders of crap that an ordinary user would never be able find and (re)move.

But in case that wasn't enough to put users off they then went to massive lengths to force this on to users with Win 7+. (OK if it was just Win 8.x they might have a case).

Meanwhile, they just didn't try to market the phones in any sensible way. Neither in advertising nor in range ( cheap or expensive with nothing between). Maybe because they had lost interest and wanted to flog Tablets instead. Since, "it's not a popular OS with vendors," they needed to get the public onboard directly, but couldn't be arsed. It's a great phone. It doesn't have Apple Tax. It isn't an outpost of the Google advertising agency. It is very usable. But now it's tarnished by both the Win10 debacle and the taint of failure.

Massive stupidity.

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Opera sells open-source Chromium browser for $600m to Chinese bods

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other chrome alternatives are available

http://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron_download.php

Or if not Chrome why not use PaleMoon? Doesn't have to be FF.

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Kotkin on who made Trump and Brexit: Look in the mirror, it's you

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Re: Really?

Just a passing comment since this is now an old thread (>2 days since last post). How many UK parliament members get a chance to even suggest, let alone propose, new legislation?

They have to win a little lottery to even try. And then rarely get as far as a vote.

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Re: Much simpler than all that

I'm not totally convinced I've caught your meaning. But if I did, then I'd point out that Blair was and remained highly popular until claoe to the end. Certainly tarnished by his decisions about taking us into war and feuding with Brown.

But until then a good centre-left politician. It remains to be seen whether Labour becomes a more left wing party, with Corbyn staying in charge, or dumps him and reverts to a more electable centre left Or even if there would be a new party formed to fit that gap.

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Much simpler than all that

Labour, pre-Blair, was on a loser.

The traditional cloth cap and clogs ( forgive stereotype for brevity's sake) working class, lead by newspapers that many of them didn't even realise were right wing, just didn't seem to vote for the party that represented them. Lots of theories seemed to be around at the time to explain this. My two favourites ( which doesn't make them true) were that a.) The Working Classes all believed the illusion that they could become wealthy - with hindsight I guess just like all the yoof who think they will win X-factor's Got Talent or some such- and so wanted a country that favoured the well off.

b.) That the old habits of subservience and inverted snobbery meant they voted for the Toffs' party

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

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Waste of time

Most of the damned things were just used to get us to scan in URLs for some stupid bit of marketing.

Why the f*** would we want to do their work for them and jump into their marketing s**t?

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Re: @Thondwe From the Great Douglas Adams

My experience in education tends to make me think that it's more than Peter Principle. There are also some people who enter a profession with an intent to get promoted out of it.

So they tend to be good at doing and saying the things that get promotion - rather than being good at the job or the management they aspire to.

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I think we know that. Unless the Scots do leave. In which case we could have a Hadrian's Firewall for England and Wales.

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Cycling paramedics in epic rush to save patient who ate stale sandwich

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Tromos

My heart agrees. My head says that the problem is there are also too many of the other sort, elderly (mostly) people who already don't call an ambulance when they should - and would be further frightened off by the prospect of a big fine.

Or the people who aren't sure if they are having a heart attack, when they get chest pain.

And OTOH there are the ones who won't give a toss because they haven't got any assets.

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Sarcasm

You highlight the idiots that waste the time of paramedics. Good.

But mostly it reads like you are taking the piss out of the "First responders" ( as the Americans call them) themselves, because they get through the city on bikes.

I wonder if you'd be quite so chippy if you were stuck out of reach of an ambulance with a broken limb or some other nasty injury.

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Australia's ABC suspends presenter over 'Wi-Fi is dangerous' claims

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Re: WibbleMe

I was thinking more about the distribution of Primes. And if I got that wrong, well, yes there are other examples to choose.

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Re: Indeed

A PhD doctorate usually means that you did a bit of original research supervised by an academic, in a university somewhere. That is not any guarantee of authority beyond ( at most) the specific field in which you did that research. A PhD who'd specialised in the effects of WiFi or statins or vitamin deficiency or whatever has some authority within that area alone.

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Re: WibbleMe

There are a few bits not provable there either. Think of prime numbers for example.

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Re: Light

Probably, since they prefer the dark of ignorance.

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Re: But WiFi is dangerous

FWIW my poxy Sony Bravia does, supposedly have WiFi. except that it barely ever works.

The TV will see the WiFi hub. But won't admit it and will refuse to talk to it until it's been reset.

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Re: But WiFi is dangerous

Er No. those Kardashians, apparently not from Star Trek*,sadly, get on my TV through the wire that goes into the back of the TV.

Ditto Trump.

And even my Win 10 came through a wire.

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny7tgulzNsc

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

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unlikely to quieten the conspiracy theorists

Nothing would. See Snopes for latest madness.

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

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Re: Oh come on

One example means nothing, but on the morning after I was chatting with a Leaver in the Tesco carpark. He voted leave because he ( "And the people I talk to in the pub") believed that when the immigrants go away the low paid jobs that the English don't want would become higher paid because the employers would have to pay more.

I aint convinced.

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Re: What a horrible waste of time and money

VulcanV5 as often now reported, it was a leaver who set up a petition to parliament for a vote to require a bigger majority to be valid. When they thought they'd lose by a small margin. And Farage himself who'd said that a +/- 2% vote would need a new referendum, in that circumstance.

But yes, I'd have to agree, more of us should have thought about this beforehand. On both sides.

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Re: What a horrible waste of time and money

I could even go further. If only 52% had voted to remain I'd reluctantly have had to accept that we would need to revisit this issue. Perhaps after the dust had settled a bit and rational discussion take place, because we'd have had the luxury of waiting a few years (no action being required to stay the same).

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Re: Result not significant

AC your comments, "draconian shitpile attempted superstate" don't lend support to the view that you are making a well balanced and thought through judgement here. Rather more it suggests that you'd seize any route to leave, even this pathetically insignificant majority

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The honourable way

The Right Thing, surely, would the MPs to wait until there is an exit agreement to put before the nation and then go to a general election with that as the outcome. It is the single biggest issue and so worthy of a political commitment.

If the nation's happy to vote for that concrete, specific future they'll still be in charge.

If not, then parliament will reflect the will of the nation and reject Brexit.

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Re: "No, No, No. Let me resign..."

Well Labour is another kettle of fish.

A leader supported by the "members"; a useful number of whom joined so that they could support Corbyn, rather than having any affinity with the Labour party as such.

It is not the first time that "entryists" have taken the reins of the Labour Party and made it unelectable. But these people don't care about being elected into power. They are waiting for the masses to rise up and take control of the means of production. They want to "raise class conciousness". And anything that gets the workers stirred up is grist to their mill. Come the revolution they expect to be marching at the front carrying the banners. It's the Marxist view of History.

Unfortunately the normal view of history tells us that if the moment did come they are more likely to be among the first hanging from the lampposts.

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Re: What a horrible waste of time and money

And by the time it happens the 16-18 year olds who couldn't vote this time will be able to. And may well be making their feelings felt. Added to the 18-24s who will have grown up a bit and may be more prepared to make their votes count at the next election.

And at the other end of the age range quite a few of the current Brexiters may not be voting anymore.

Come to think of it, I wonder what proportion of Brexiters either don't normally vote but did this time or vote for the more extreme minority parties, because "immigrants" .

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Re: Reg readership

inmypjs

If you'd ever read the usual BBC comments ( or maybe you do, but don't see the problem) the usual comments there would be enough to make Attilla the Hun seem like a Trotskyite by comparison.If it's only 4:1 in favour of Brexit that's practically a vote of confidence in Angela Merkle.

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Re: The only true winners in all this:

AC Please be fair. Other winners will be Yacht builders, stockbrokers, Horse breeders/trainers, Michelin star restaurants, High end cruise companies, jewellers, Wine and caviare importers, luxury estate agents, Sports car builders and many others.And of course all the jobs for legal clerks, (wine-) bar staff, etc.

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Re: Vote Again and get it right this time

Let me remind you that the petition was started by a Brexit campaigner pre-referendum in case his side lost by a couple of percent the other way. And that Farage was the first to suggest a second referendum if his side were to lose by a couple of percent.

So Leave campaigners wingeing about people wanting this to this happen when the vote went the other way are being, to say the least a bit hypocritical. Especially when that small percentage majority to leave is made up of people who had been told, wrongly, that it would give millions to the NHS every week, though not that this would be a tiny proportion of the NHS budget or the loss to the economy that pays for the NHS, even if it were true. Or that we'd be able to send home lots of foreigners, whose presence they resented and still keep trading the way we used to. Or that industry would be free of "red tape" without being told what that "red tape" was or that it's largely here to protect us. Or that we'd be able to get rid of those European Human Rights, as if they weren't our human rights too.

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A trip to the Twilight Zone with a support guy called Iron Maiden

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Re: @ Esme where the Remain side got things so horribly wrong

Dr. Syntax. The petition to parliament made that argument. That also, as I'd mentioned, started pre-referendum by a Brexiteer who thought that they'd lose by a small margin. But taken up by Remainers.

Sauce for the goose.

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Re: @ Esme where the Remain side got things so horribly wrong

You don't need to assume that all the Leave voters chose that route for flawed reasons to see the referendum as terribly flawed.

There only needed to be a shift of two percentage points to reverse the result.

So a noticeable percentage being deflected by appalling misrepresentation of the costs of the EU, or false promises of being able to have our immigration cake and eat our Free Trade agreement etc. is a very good reason to invalidate that referendum.

It was Farage who had said that voting figures like those ought to lead to a second referendum - when he thought he'd lose. Likewise the petition about voting came from a Brexiteer, before the result, because he thought they might lose by a small percentage.

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