* Posts by alwarming

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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FAIL

Title is "Entitlement"

Post occupy moment, entitled people are the favrourite punchbags of the world. It's easy to paint someone a villain by just calling them entitled. My own entitlementdar is up all the time and whenever I see someone moan about lack of froth in their coffee, I think "entitled"! Even my office has an (employee driven) internal web page called "first world problems" to keep us honest about our own entitlements.

But what is the meaning of entitlement when a customer who (over)paid for their gizmo wants to understand what it's capabilities or the terms of the deal ? Or, do they keep pestering the "geniuses" about how the iShiny thing will not bend ?

Unless someone explains this better, so far the person who is coming off as "entitled" is the iGenius who expects to get paid a decent salary but finds dealing with customers unworthy of their time/effort ?

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

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The thumbnail for the article

Is that girl shrieking with joy or crying in despair ? Also, which movie ?

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Headmaster

"Querty Keyboards"

I am guessing this is one typo that you can make only by going "out of your way" ?

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"... Microsoft always had a reasonably good back end, "

WTF is a "backend" for a mobile phone ? Do you mean the cloud ?

Paris, coz someone has been polishing that backend...

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Oh, dear! Scientists uncover Afghan VAMPIRE DEER

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Why do people want to smell of deer's excretions?

http://www.fragrantica.com/notes/Musk-4.html

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Angel

ecause Afghanistan hasn't been stable for the past few centuries

Usually political and economic stability has inverse co-relation with habitat preservation. (Though I do see your point that it'll be hard to run conservation projects here).

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HUGE SHARK as big as a WWII SUBMARINE died out, allowing whales to exist

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Re: When is the film coming out

http://www.imdb.com/search/keyword?keywords=megalodon

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Resrachers tend to over-sell their findings.

The motivation is not always money. Sometimes it's fame. Sometimes it's simply the satisfaction of the feeling that they did something big. For example:

  • Climate scientists would like us to think that global warming is end of the world. Maybe they are right, maybe not. Regardless of your political views, you know that there are bound to be bugs and assumptions in any modelling. And with time the models would usually get better. But one thing is for sure: original models were inferior to present ones. But instead of fixing the issues, they rushed to extrapolate their findings to the worst case scenario too soon, giving ammunition to affected parties (Oil) to start a slander campaign and FUD. Now the whole thing is so political that it's impossible to judge a research on the topic without biases.
  • With palaeontological discoveries the stakes are usually lower, which makes the likelihood of the team claiming that's the "game changer" without putting in sufficient rigour is higher.
If you carefully read the linked in original article, in it's current form, it's simply full of exaggerated extrapolations and speculations without much corroborating evidence (aka "science"). Maybe they are right, maybe not. It's hard to say at present.

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Joke

Can they please run the simulation for....

humans ?

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Marc Benioff tethers Salesforce cloud to Blighty

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Re: Insulation from the US?

What's with the icon ?

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

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my year of travel in 2000

Where did you travel to, pal ? Where ? Inquiring minds want to know!

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Coffee/keyboard

Sorry, not understanding your question.

Same here, plus literally LOLed. It's funnier for those who tend to read / as "by" rather than "or".

Ref: "gay/straight + prostate. How many?"

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Re: a study from Canadian health researchers

Your comment is mostly fine except the "statistically quite small group" bit. A 1000 is a pretty decent sample, as long as its representative of a larger population (eg: no "internet surveys"). The (arguable) problems with this study are:

- Self reported unverifiable data.

- Causation/co-relation yada yada. Maybe people who are "about to get" cancer don't feel like sleeping around.

- Jumping to a populist conclusion they wanted to arrive at.

One could easily conclude that people who boast about their conquests have a lesser likelihood of cancer. Or, male researchers likely to find reasons that justify their fantasies. Or, prostrate cancer makes you too tired to go out at night. Or, people living in cities less likely to get prostrate cancer. Or, people who have prostrate cancer think less about sex. Add your own conclusion here.

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Gates and Ballmer NOT ON SPEAKING TERMS – report

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zOMG!

Kim and Courtney are not speaking to each other!!!! Wow.... that's so Kim.

I knew she was cheating on <whatsisname>.

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Amazon sells Fire Phone in UK ... on CONTRACT

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Queen has celebrated her Golden Jubilee

I know what it means... but why does it sound so naughty to moi ears ?

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Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec

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"her data centre"

Ya.. I would've gone with the rack mountable option.

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"Jeez down votes, I guess romance is dead."

Well, you were unwittingly pooping the party when nerds collective were giving themselves hi-fives on a well constructed argument for wearing GG on dates. Now who's lacking in the emotional depth here, eh ?

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Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

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Re: well respect

> my wife and her family are French, and I do my best but my old brain is a slow learner!

Also, it'll be rather pointless to learn Mandarin to talk to a French family. Unless that's part of your brilliant plan.

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Reg man has the cure for IBM storage: Just swallow 10 firms

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Can't swallow 10 firms all at once....

That's what she said.

Paris, coz she'll handle the staff.

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Satya Nadella's $84.3m pay packet: Did he use the 'female superpower' to get it?

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Re: Average?

> If a company promotes preening dummies far beyond their true level of competence,

> then it is the owners who lose out. There's no need to have Government controls on this.

In an ideal world, yes. But remember owners are represented by board.. and boards hire from the old boys network for the top jobs. Boards pays them well not just for competently heading the company but also to earn their loyalty and currying favours.

Yes, employees can always leave in theory, but how many times have you seen employees leaving because their CXO is getting an obscene pay ? In a large enough company (>10k employees), the damage per employee is usually < 1% which is easy to ignore - if you never received it in first place!

And regarding dummies: leadership comptency is not really a black and white skill like coding. Some leaders have their own vision and drive (Jobs, Schmidt, Musk) which can result in unprecedented wealth creation but at the same time they can easily run a multi-billion dollar business to ground by making high risk calls that align with their vision (Elop). OTOH, a play-safe dummy can either choke the company in the long run by failing to seize opportunities (Hurd). Or maybe our dummy recognizes their limitations and relies on a smart group of advisors to grow the company in a sustained manner (Dell).

PS: Free market is the most successful economic model, yes. But once you start treating a theorectical model like your relegion, you get fat bankers gambling away the world's wealth on even fatter CEOs....

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Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

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Paris Hilton

Re: There really must be a god....

Luckily for some, there is a third place to wear a wrist watch, except it's not on a wrist.... :-|

Paris, coz her teeth hurt.

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HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'

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Dr.who is on Netflix. Yes, you may have to wait 6months

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Paris Hilton

Re: Not for me until they sort out the reliability

> the box/app/Internet connection bombing out for a few seconds

Details, please ?

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Re: Unbundling required in the US

Usually there are alternatives to comcast, specially in areas where comcast has bothered to offer a 50mbs line. I use my locally grown ISP for organic interwebs access.

  • Internet @ 100mbps: $50/mo
  • Netflix: $8/mo
  • hulu: $8/mo (seasonal)
  • Willow TV : $15/mo (seasonal)
  • + HBO: $10/mo (will probably turn off netflix)
  • Indoor antenna for over-the-air channels : $70 (1 time)

So for a similar cost, one gets a genuinely faster internet. And a much greater control on content: seasonal subscriptions + anytime watch + any device etc. I know brainiacs at comcast have tried to address the flexibility issue via xfinity, but it's not on all devices and still requires that ugly cable box in your living room, which if you are renting is $8/mo extra with a potential fine of X00.00 dollars, if "you" lose it when you end your subscription.

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AMD pays new CEO $150K LESS than her male predecessor

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zOMG, how could they let it happen ?

"Fairness amongst overpaid CEOs" is totally the proper end of spectrum to deserve media coverage.

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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

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Re: As a parent I frankly disapprove

> You're talking absolute rubbish. Age ≠ Maturity.

Obviously. And there is no proven corelation either. If anything its negative.

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Re: Hmmmmm

Freezing Egg is a choice. It's a technology that was always available, which is now it's subsidized by your company. I see little wrong with anyone making that choice as long as its deemed medically safe for the new borns. While you and I can always question another person's priorities in life, but then aren't we all snowflakes ?

But the big problem I see (and I guess that's what OP is alluding to) is for the employees who do NOT elect this option. Now their bosses can say, "Hey, you are fired/demoted because you did not elect the company-provided-procreate-later option". Or, even worse, suddenly the media would label women who do not chose this option as "holding back progress".

A slightly better way for this provision would be: (1) The eager companies should cover this under the medical insurance plan. And do it quietly without talking about your employees' unfertilized eggs in the media. That way, it stays a "personal user choice" and the "employer" is out of the equation. (2) Media should avoid a "manufacturing consent" drive to make this the "progressive choice".

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Ingredient found in TASTY BEER is GOOD for your BRAIN

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> I think we all know why...

Nice plug, but that's mostly related to relative strength of the Aussie dollar and not really related to any fundamental improvement of teaching methods.

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HOT BABES! Worried you won't get that JOB in IT? MENTION how hot you are

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Re: My solemn promise

> it would include stunningly attractive people of any gender

I suspect that the "beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder(OP)" caveat applies here...

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Siri ... why is this semi headed RIGHT AT ME? Phone apps distracting as ever – new study

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Re: SEMI lols

Ha ha, spot on. No half-cocked measures there.

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iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

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Re: i hate this man

I have a Sennheiser PXC. I hear Bose quietcomfort is as good, just that I couldn't bring myself to buy a Bose (maybe it's just me, but there is something creepy about buying a bose).

But I get a feeling that you are not really interested in noise cancellation and it's not really about that flight. Maybe too many shares of kid achievements on facebook by smug parents who show-off their spawns just like, zOMG, their iPhones ? Or, an over-bearing aunt who keeps pestering you to have kids ? I know things are strongly labelled in US.. you could either be a family-loving-god-fearing-conservative or a workaholic-single-liberal. Or "a trekkie" or a star wars fan. A nerd or a jock. An alarmist or a denier. Or, "If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem" mindset, if you may.

An in-between stance is simply a show of a weak character. Slowly, your victories become primary and happiness is just a distant secondary goal. I know, for I've been there but since nobody really takes life advice from the forums section of the interwebs, I'll just shutup.

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Re: i hate this man

> Much like yours, although given you sense of grandiose entitlement and self importance...

Trevor, I am a minor fan of yours and mostly enjoy reading your stuff. And I would readily accept that you had a miserable experience. But in this discussion, you are the one coming off as the one with "grandiose entitlement and self impotance"! Okay, maybe not "grandiose level" but surely at "yuppie level".

PS: Instead of paying double, how about a one time investment in sound proof headphones ? I have done it and the spawns of satan don't bother me at all!

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Hiss-hiss! GIGANTIC SOLAR FILAMENT snakes around Sun

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Mushroom

Not sure if I see the filament...

But I noticed that Baphomet is about to emerge for hellfire...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baphomet

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Re: Bias

Thanks OP for making me re-read. On my first glance of the article, I thought it was yet another butthurt n00b on lkml, that el reg is having fun with. But looks like he thinks he is OK with the harshness but probably people from other cultures are not. Pretty sure that the reference to "saving face" is directed at Asian cultures.

From what I've been told, in the US offices of Sun and Microsoft, about 30% of the OS devs were of Asian origin. My SWAG is that this ratio in the Linux community is much lower (< 5%). In theory, it should be higher because they don't need work visa to contribute to Linux, but maybe it's lower because they don't see themselves "fitting in" ?

PS: how many people are fine with Steve Jobs/Ballmer running their companies like a dictator but not when Linus does it ? (Or the other way round).

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'Apple Watch' sapphire glass maker files for bankruptcy protection

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Re: Clarification

> GT Technologies in Westland, MI

In an unrelated clarification: Detroit, MI filed for bankruptcy, not be confused with Westland, MI.

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AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

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Alert

Just fired ?

Wouldn't this be a criminal offence ?

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

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Leo Apothekar and HP split

1) As business dynamics evolve, what was reasonable(/feasible) yesterday may not be today.

2) As incorrectly reported(/trolled) by el reg, this idea has been around before Leo. His fault was prematurely discussing it openly. I am all for openness in general, but you can't play poker with an open hand.

3) Splits are done primarily for shareholders, not for consumers or employees - so they can decide with greater control what they are buyng for 1 dollar. Autonomy is just a problem to be solved.. only question is what is the cheapest way to do it.

4) And for hopefulls, let me be the bearer of bad news - in all likelihood Autonomy is already dead. (Maybe someone still workingthere can confirm).

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: Tiles should replace icons fully - everywhere.

I see I see the El Reg has an Edit feature. Cool.

Edit: Sorry for the pointless post.

Edit: Should I just withdraw it ?

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

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Re: Oh irony

> Lawyer who has represented a client does not necessary have the same views as client.

Agreed!

Also, unless you paint with a very broad brush, they are not the same problems at all.

One is throwing light on public affairs, the other is preventing unwarranted publicity of private affairs.

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Re: Excuse me, but...

> What's a burner phone?

Etymology:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burn_notice_%28document%29

But slightly different in meaning from "burn notice" as here it is the phone that is "burnt"...

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Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'

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> In inflation adjusted constant pound Bangladesh is about at the same level as

> England was in1900 and is regarded as one of the poorest most miserable country..

References ?

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'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'

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Re: Fecundity?

Have an upvote for coming up with an explanation which my brain refused to acknowledge.

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Re: Fecundity?

It's something I've heard about higher latitudes (except in Alaska)! Oh, what I would've given for this knowledge in the prime of my youth!

It could be ovulation related; but maybe something as simple as people are out more, mingling with others in a generally cheerful atmosphere with the knowledge that clock is ticking and you need to squeeze in as much fun as you can. Stew the pattern over centuries and it becomes part of the culture (which probably explains the Alaska exception).

Paris, because, you know, the fecundity.

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Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst

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Re: Clearly size matters

> 10mm

MBA talk... they abbreviate million to mm...which perhaps alludes to the roman M (thousand) times M.

http://www.accountingcoach.com/blog/what-does-m-and-mm-stand-for

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Be your own Big Brother: Keeping an eye on Mum and Dad

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Big Brother ?

More like Big Son, innit ?

Paris, coz does watching her makes me her big brother ? Ugh..

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Indian MOM just LOVES it on Mars, tweets fave holiday snap

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Re: Congratulations India.

(repost, with changes)

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- 0 million : UK aid to India (2015, maybe)

- 22 million : luxury Yacht

- 26 million : burning man (2013)

- 40 million : Katie price wealth (reality tv)

- 60 million : low end private jet

- 65 million : Kim Kardashian wealth (reality tv)

- 74 million : Mars attempt India // Not just cheap labour but also the method.

- 110 million : London police budget

- 110 million : Sachin Tendulkar networth (cricket player)

- 140 million : (In)famous Gareth Bale transfer to Real Madrid.

- 175 million: Hollywood blockbuster cost

- 210 million: India Space Agency revenues // Its not just willy waving.

- 236 million: Trump Golf Course

- 350 million: A Boeing jet.

- 450 million: UK aid to India (2013)

- 500 million: India space budget (2013)

- 600 million : Bono networth

- 650 million: Burj-al-Arab

- 1,000 million : India Cricket revenue

- 1,500 million : Canada winter olympics

- 1,900 million : Commonwealth games India // Hmmm....

- 2,470 million: Mars Rover

- 5 billion: India aid to Africa! (one time?)

- 8 billion: BBC revenues.

- 13 billion: TCS revenue (IT outsourcing)

- 14 billion: London Olympic games.

- 16 billion: India Education/yr

- 16 billion: Lakshmi Mittal (Richest Londoner)

- 19 billion: India food subsidy budget

- 21 billion: Mukesh Ambani (Richest Indian)

- 34 billion: South Korea Defense budget/yr

- 38 billion: India Defense /yr

- 68 billion: India Tech exports

- 160 billion: Worldwide space market. // Prize

- 640 billion: US defense budget/yr

- 1,700 billion: India GDP/yr

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Complied this as a result of a debate during intial MoM launch, but never posted it. Posting here with some updates.. sources for all data is internet, so take them with a pinch of salt.

As far as the meaning of the aid goes, it's simply a way for nations to lubricate future trades and relations. Unless you are paying for a major portion of a nation's budget, you have no say on how they run their country (ie based on the aid). Think of it as 100 quid that your rich neighbour puts in your birthday envelop. Maybe he hopes to boink your mama in future, but that doesn't allow him to question how your house is run.

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