* Posts by Matt Bryant

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'I thought we were pals!' Belgium, Netherlands demand answers from Germany in spy bust-up

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It's all getting very boring now. Maybe that's the idea - the sheep will get so drowned under stories of everyone spying on everyone else they'll be too confused to bleat. Can we have some pics of Snowden's pole-dancing girlfriend with the next article, please, just to add a bit of colour?

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Re: Dan 55 Robocop

"Since when have the police or highway agency been reticent in closing an A road?...." Yeah, and that happens in seconds....? Oh, no, it doesn't, which would have given the cow plenty of time to cause an accident. FAIL!

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Re: Dan 55 Re: Robocop

"I'd hate to see what this lot would manage to do if let loose in India....." Big difference - cows are considered holy symbols of life by Hindus and therefore often allowed to wander just about freely. This does not stop Indian traffic from often having accidents with cows. It also does not stop the cows eating rubbish from the gutters or bins, something a farmer would be prosecuted for as neglect in the UK.

"....Obviously common sense and patience are becoming scarce commodities, especially in law enforcement." So in your rush to post you missed the bit in the article that said two of the three cows were recovered by the police without a problem? It was just that the third was in such close proximity to the A-road that there was a considerable risk that even just approaching the cow could drive it into traffic.

The following is a report of a very lucky guy that experienced a cow rolling up the bonnet of a smaller car at only 45mph - http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/accident_story/10-15-03.html

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Re: Roo Re: Roo Natalie Twitpants Just for you townies...

"....It's something they could have done while they were waiting 20+ mins for the hit squad to arrive....." Again, you really should try and do a little research before plugging both feet into your gob. As revealed in the Beeb report, the armed response unit was included from the start - "....A helicopter and six police marksmen tracked the trio - two were recaptured but Bessie was shot "in the interests of public safety"...." (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-32800365).

".....No, I don't think that the Police should stand around doing nothing. That should be clear from the posts that you are responding to. It appears that are have nothing useful to contribute to the debate, so you are falling back to your usual practice of making shit up and putting words in other people's mouths....." Nope, I'm pointing out that your (laughable) suggestions would both require considerable amounts of time and therefore risk endangering the public, a point you seem dead set on denying at any cost. Your desire to find any excuse to slate the cops for carrying out what probably wasn't a pleasant but definitely neccessary task makes me wonder if you're one of those militant veggies or animal rights types? If that's the case I'm happy to say I'll be having a big steak for dinner.

".....I am biased against people behaving stupidly and/or dangerously...." Yet you slate the cops for taking the course of stopping an imminent danger to the public? Personally I'm all for not harming animals, but that is balanced against the potential risk to human beings. Would you be shrieking so if it had been a dog attacking children? Please do bear in mind the cars the cow might have caused an accident with could have been carrying children as well as adults.

".....a safer, simpler, cheaper and quicker solution than calling out a hit-squad." Your use of the phrase "hit-squad" talks more of your bias than your knowledge. I suggest you go Google for the large number of times cows have been shot worldwide before you try insisting this was either an unplanned response or an impetuous decision. The helicopter was the quickest way to find the cows, the armed response unit was included in the original call (not called out later), and there solution was both efficient, cheap, and ensured public safety. Unfortunately it also seems to have ensured the usual knee-jerk hating from the uninformed.

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Re: Lost all faith...

"A clean shot...." Exactly. As the French found out when their cops tried to stop this panicked cow - https://www.yummypets.com/mag/news/miscfatcs/34007/a-cow-killed-by-70-gun-shots-by-french-police - probably with 9mm service pistols. Note the hysterical tone of the yummypets post - "how dare they kill an animal endangering human beings!" - the insistence that an "anesthetic gun" could be miraculously available to the police involved, that a vet could have attended and somehow sedated the animal without the animal endangering anybody during the wait, etc., etc.

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"The report says the cow was in a field an not moving...." Lost cows will often pause, even stop to graze, that doesn't mean they will not then carry on somewhere else like the local highway. There was an incident not too long ago in Darlington that even had a vid on the Beeb News site, where a cow escaped a market and went on a two hour rampage, including numerous stops to graze in front gardens and a park. The cops eventually shot it when it started charging and damaging cars near a school.

"......They really should have either waited and only shot if it made a break for it...." So, pass up the option for a standing target for the chance they could get a killing shot on a moving target? You've obviously never hunted before or you'd be laughing as hard as I am at that farcical statement. Ever try a spine shot on a fast-moving herbivore going away from you because that is the only shot guaranteed to instantly drop a large animal? Deer, which are smaller than cattle, will often run hundreds of yards even after taking fatal lung or heart shots from purpose-built hunting rifles. A wounded cow would be even more likely to panic into traffic.

".....or better still used a tranquilizer gun....." Which cop cars do not carry, neither do UK armed response teams. While we're wishing for imaginary police equipment, why didn't you insist they pull out their instantly-inflatable corral?

"....While it's not really a big deal it does worry me how eager the police are to shoot things these days....." Which shows you also did as little research as Roo. Please go look at the Beeb articles I linked to in my reply to his ignorance.

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Re: Roo Re: Natalie Twitpants Just for you townies...

".....The police could have had a hunt around for a farmer (any one will do) to give them a hand,...." Really? So it would have taken only seconds if the cow had decided to charge into traffic, risking a fatal accident or an even worse pile-up, yet you think they should stand around and do nothing on the off-chance they could find a farmer in suburban Newcastle?

"....and funnily enough that is exactly what *used* to happen if some cattle was found to be roaming her majesty's highways....." And you have some proof that (a) no farm animal potentially endangering the public has ever been shot before, and (b) that it is a conscious change of policy to kill any such farm animal out-of-hand? Pity you didn't take the time to do even the slightest bit of research, otherwise you might have stumbled on these previous cases on the Beeb alone - http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-29587571, http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tees-15919216, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/2710179.stm.

"......I suspect that they panicked the cow first by beeping their car horns/sirens, shouting and hitting the thing without bothering to seek advice and then decided to shoot it rather than lose face by inviting the local vet to witness their incompetence and abuse of livestock....." Well, given your general lack of insight and obvious failure to do even the most basic of research, do you really think anyone is going to put your suspicions down to anything other than ignorance and anti-plod bias?

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Re: Roo Re: A cow is actually quite dangerous

".....Hope they tried that before flying in helicopters and armed policemen....." Yeah, because a bag of cow feed is standard issue in all city-based cop cars, right? Helicopters and armed police are available when the commanding officer on the ground asks for them, but animal feed is not. Do you want to suggest the coppers should have risked public safety by waiting to find a local pet store that stocked cow feed? Fail!

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Re: Chris G Re: Armed response in Northumbria?

"Why do they have really wild ducks up there?...." Ah, you must be one of those that swallowed the bullshine that banning handguns somehow made England gun-crime-free. Not at all sorry to mock your ignorance - http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/12/11/gun-crime-soars-in-england-where-guns-are-banned-n1464528.

"......a mooslim extremist....." Oh, that's just so funny! You managed to not only make a joke but portray the local coppers as Islamaphobes, all in one! Why, how clever of you - not. Unfortunately, the area not only has a large number of armed criminals, they also have plenty of loons from all colours and denominations - http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/newcastle-teenager-charged-with-possessing-five-pipe-bombs-and-a-gun-9843034.html.

"....I have helped on horseback to round up semi wild range cattle in Utah...." Well here's a slight clue for you - cows are not common in Newcastle, almost as uncommon it seems as an ability to comprehend the different circumstances is in Utah.

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Re: Natalie Twitpants Re: Just for you townies...

".....Also in the 1st it looks like the occupants of the car would have survived." Wow, so determined to hate you really did miss a lot from the first pic! Firstly, it's not your average UK hatchback, it's a great big truck! The second is what is called "roll-up" damage, where the cow has been hit in the legs (by the standard height bumpers) and has then collapsed onto the bonnet of the truck, rolling up it and squashing the cab. No, the driver and any front-seat passengers are highly likely not to have survived. Which brings us to the third point, related to the first - if a cow rolls up a truck bonnet which is probably more than a metre high, it will actually directly hit the windscreen of a lower family hatchback or saloon rather than losing momentum rolling up the bonnet - which means more force impacting the passenger cell and probably killing all the vehicle occupants. The second accident could have been caused by the vehicle trying to swerve to avoid the animal, skidding and hitting it side on.

So, try not to hate for a moment and think about the choice the coppers had - wait for the farmer when they have no idea how long he will be (indeed, if he had even been identified); risk scaring the cow into traffic seeing as city cops are not trained on herding distressed cattle; or ensure public safety by killing the cow. Only the latter course guaranteed the desired result, although it also seems to guarantee that clueless haters would immediately seie the opportunity to rant about "trigger-happy filth". How sadly predictable you lot are.

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Re: Mark 85

"So they needed to go up high instead of walking close?....." Ever seen a car that has collided with a cow? I have. I've seen a Ford Sierra that hit a cow at 30mph and it looked like the Sierra had hit a wall. The driver ended up in intensive care. The police had a responsibility to protect the public first, the property (the cow) second. Especially considering that, on the nearbye A road, a car is probably going to be doing more than 30mph (indeed, having driven in the Newcastle area, I'd be surprised if they were doing less than 60mph). And that the sudden deceleration of the first accident with the cow could cause further accidents and a pile-up. So the last thing the officers (who probably had zero farming knowledge but a lot of traffic knowledge) would want to do would be to risk approaching the animal and scaring it into running into the road. So, if they have taken the decision to kill the cow rather than risk waiting for the farmer, the next logical step is how to kill it without spooking it into traffic, which means from a distance and from a good vantage point. Good tactical appreciation, lousy farming knowledge. But then I don't expect city cops to be trained on herding cattle and I do expect them to take whatever steps are necessary to protect the public.

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

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Re: DerekZ Re: Mars Before Moon?

".....Radiation from space takes the form of subatomic particles from the sun...." 'Scuse my ignorance but - apart from neutrally-charged particles such as neutrons - couldn't the majority of charged sub-atomic particles be deflected by a simple electromagnetic field rather than lots of hefty shielding?

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Fibre Channel over Ethernet is dead. Woah, contain yourselves

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FC or FCoE, which is "better"? Sometimes not the issue.

A few years back I was approached by my then Chief PHB to produce a design for our next gen datacentre based on segregated Ethernet and FC. A week later he was back asking for the same using FCoE and one using iSCSI. His reasons were simple - he was playing the vendors off to see which would get him the biggest/best golf day! In the end, after three such outings, we ended up with a hybrid design that just about satisfied everyone.

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New relay selection fix for Tor to spoil spooks' fun (eventually)

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Re: Paul Crawford Re: Hmmm

"....to ban stuff like Tor is a stupid plan as its difficult to do and would make the jobs of police, etc, harder in practice....." Very much so if TOR is already owned as much as suspected. Trying to be clever with what happens with routing inside the TOR network is like closing the barn door after the horse has been taken to the glue factory! Pretty silly if The Man already owns the majority of entry and exit nodes and can game the listings of "best" entry node that your client uses to choose its entry point. Remember, the spooks are interested in who the "bad people" are talking to, not necessarily what is in every message, and what a great way to draw attention to yourself by firing up a TOR client browser, information available from your ISP's connection (or from Google if you did a search from your TOR client browser). Much easier to then remotely or physically hack your system and read your unencrypted copy rather than try and catch your message in the TOR network. And if all else fails, decryption by waterboarding is a lot more efficient than trying to crack top-end encryption. Why on Earth would the spooks want to lose that simple way of identifying "persons of interest" that scanning for TOR users presents?

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Heroic German rozzers rescue innocent lamb from sordid brothel

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Must have been for the French tourists.

A relative was part of the British expeditionary force based in France in 1940 and was most amused to be given chits for use at the local official brothels. He was even more amused when the madame calmly listed the services that could be bought with the chits, but mentioned that livestock were not included (maybe she thought they were a Welsh regiment). When he went back through the same part of France in 1944 he found the same brothel still had all its livestock as the local German commander had ordered his troops not to harm them!

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HP storage revenues declining as the dithering continues

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Re: AC Re: Yes - HP should merge with EMC

"What are you talking about ?...." I suspect the original poster was pointing out the silliness of commenting on the drop in sales of a discontinued product.

As regards HP replacing EVAs, the problem is what customers are replacing EVAs with. Whilst the EVA was a goldmine for HP (lots of expensive licences and support), the strides in technology mean what had to be done with by a pair of cab-and-a-half, $800K EVA 8400s can now be done by a much, much cheaper pair of four-shelf 3PAR 7400s. I suspect HP is holding marketshare but generating less revenue from each sale. It doesn't help that actually good and reliable clustering and DR tech is now available in from virtualising software like Vmware's, meaning HP can no longer justify the stiff pricing for HA features the EVA could demand. Why buy a pair of stonking 3PARs to replace your EVAs when Vmware and a few StoreVirtual units (which probably aren't counted in the HP Storage figures seeing as they're basically ProLiant servers with disks) can do the same job almost as well?

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Boring old Brocade just sits there making money. Damn them

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"..... Fibre Channel (FC) revenues from a mature business are solid but flat....."

Yup, that Death Of The SAN the iSCSI crowd have been dreaming about for years has been delayed again.

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DDoS attack downs University of London learning platform

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Meanwhile.....

One of the sad, little, basement-dwelling Lizard Squad morons (IMHO) that did this type of stuff for "Shits'n'giggles" just got sent down - http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-05-22-lizard-squad-teen-pleads-guilty-to-23-charges-of-harassment. I'm betting the attack on the Uni of London is just the result of an online tiff between similar groups of undersexed teens.

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US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

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Re: Afernie Re: don't listen to McCain

".....the Battle of Savo Island....." There is no doubt the Japanese Imperial Navy were both skilled and brave in that and many other actions, and it seems to comfort some of the anti-Yank crowd to harp on about the "superior performance" of the Japanese (or maybe they just like crowing about Allied losses). But the undeniable truth of the Battle of Savo Island is that the Japanese commander, Mikawa, turned his forces away without sinking a single Allied transport, which was the actual reason for his attack. Sinking Allied warships was a result, but not sinking the transports before they unloaded supplies for the US Marines just about doomed the Japanese defense of Guadacanal. Whilst the Allies struggled for the six months of the Guadacanal campaign to keep the Marines supplied, the Japanese would probably have over-run the Marines' beachhead if Mikawa had denied them the ammunition, food and medical supplies on those Allied transports. In essence, the Battle of Savo Island was a Pyrrhic victory for the Japanese.

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Re: AC Re: don't listen to McCain

"MCcCain family fsckups like the wet-start that almost took out USS Forrestal and the coverup of Israel's murder of the crew of the Liberty?" Apart from the fact neither had anything to do with McCain's grandfather (Slew McCain died days after the end of WW2), John McCain was completely blameless for the USS Forrestal incident. He was a pilot sitting in one of the fuelled and bombed-up A4 jets on the carrier's deck when the accident occurred (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1967_USS_Forrestal_fire). And the USS Liberty incident? None of the McCain family was involved in that event nor the subsequent US investigation. I guess you've just been dribbling over too many anti-Semitic propaganda sites.

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Re: AC Re: don't listen to McCain

"...... His family is famous for being military fsckups (his granddaddy caused the worst US naval defeat in WW2)...... Wow, the haters are really digging deep, selectively, and completely incorrectly! McCain's father was a decorated submarine commander during WW2 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_S._McCain_Jr.#World_War_II). Ironically, McCain's grandfather spent a large chunk of his WW1 service on the cruiser USS Colorado trying to avoid being sunk by German submarines (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_S._McCain_Sr.#Early_career_and_World_War_I)! Not scared of a challenge, "Slew" McCain decided to try for naval aviator training, a tough and selective challenge for any recruit, graduating the course aged 52. Slew then showed his leadership abilities at Guadacanal where his command included the "Cactus Airforce". At the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Slew's decision to turn around and attack the Japanese fleet that was threatening to over-run the smaller "Taffy 3" fleet of escort carriers caused the Japanese to abandon the action and withdraw.

Maybe you should read more actual history and less Dummicrat propaganda sites.

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Snowden latest: NSA planned sneak attacks on Android app stores

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Re: Captain DaFt

Indeed, how is it different to the thousands of fart apps that litter the Android stores (and Apple's store too) that demand access to all types of services and data that have nothing to do with playing a stored farting sound upon demand. Ever stop to wonder why a fart app needs to know your location?

Even more ironically, no doubt many will shriek about this latest "privacy intrusion" on such data-harvesting sites as Facesbook and Twatter.

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Oracle joins OpenStack Murano directory push

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Be afraid.

"Oracle’s thrown its not inconsiderable mass and influence behind a project building a catalogue to list cloud-ready OpenStack apps....." As in aimed it's steamroller at it?

".....The news.... is the latest tightening of Oracle’s...." attempted strangulation ".... of the open-source cloud....." Yeah, so you remember that whole LAMPS stack that Oracle declared "undying love" for, what did it do to the M part (MySQL)?

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BOFH: Getting to the brown, nutty heart of the water cooler matter

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Genius!

"....Bourne Protocol.... Ghost protocol.... Fourth Protocol...."

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Reddit: Gonna SCRUB these TROLLS right outa my hair

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Re: Crazy Operations Guy Re: "users who want their nude photos scrubbed from the site"

"....Half that site is either strange porn or pure hate." Apparently that's "free speech" in action! Personally, I'm ROFLMAO at how they've suddenly realized how their highbrow, "kumbyah" attitude to free speech (even when defending paedos - http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/oct/15/reddit-free-speech-gawker - and creeps - http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/8/6121363/reddit-is-a-failed-state) has been destroyed by the realities of the Web.

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Symantec: Look at our Q4 numbers ... no, not those ones

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All in the name.

Veritas was a respected name in enterprise storage whereas Symantec was often perceived as a second-choice PC security vendor. I always thought they were nuts not to keep the Veritas business separate.

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Re: Levente Szileszky Re: If you build a better mousetrap...................

"....alone you weren't even able to land in Europe...." Actually, the British and Commonwealth forces were the senior partners for the invasions of Sicily and Italy, both parts of Europe. Maybe you should read more history? The Yanks were not politically committed to either, preferring the idea of the "short drive" across France to Berlin.

".....the German military machine was far superior to almost anyone...." Yet the British kicked the Germans (and Italians) out of Africa, defeating your supposedly "superior" German forces with minimal assistance - some would say more interference (unintentional from Yanks like Colonel Bonner Fellers, intentional from anglophobes like Admiral King) from the Yanks. Ever heard of a place called El Alamein?

The German loss in North Africa was symptomatic of another German failing - poor choice of friends. The Italians soon swapped sides in 1943. And that was after Hitler's decided to start the inevitable fight with another of his on-off buddies, Stalin. And after his other buddy, Tojo, had given the Yanks the excuse FDR needed to join the War.

Germany went to war without a plan, as evident by the fact Hitler and his cronies had no capability to cross the Channel and defeat Britain in 1940, having never planned beyond the idea of invading France and the Low Countries. And Hitler did so without having built the industrial base required to fight a long war, not even one capable of meeting his mythical idea of then defeating the Soviets in six months.

And what finished Germany was the fact their so-called "efficiency" was a myth, as shown by their chaotic attempts to match even British war production, let alone that of the rest of the Allies. Britain and the Commonwealth would have defeated the Germans in the long run without the help of the US (or even the Soviets) simply due to the fact that Britain and the Empire could out-produce Germany in every field of agriculture and industry and had security of their sources of production. Germany couldn't even effectively bomb half of British factories with their limited force of twin-engined, tactical bombers, let alone those in Canada or Australia, whereas every German factory was within range of the RAF's four-engined bombers.

Germany was also largely dependent on iron ore and oil from abroad, and even when in control of foreign sources for both it still failed to meet the requirements of fighting the British alone. And even when in control of all of Continental Europe the Germans were simply unable to efficiently produce enough food. The only thing that stood between Nazi Germany in WW2 and the starvation that forced Imperial Germany to an armistace in 1918 was the U-boats, and once the Royal Navy got the convoy system working (along with an Anglo-Canadian invention called ASDIC), the Germans had zero chance of winning the War even if they had never invaded Russia. Indeed, Hitler's best hope of avoiding that fate would have been to stay best buddies with Stalin and try to get supplies and food from the Soviets, but he blew that in 1941 (probably about only a few months before the Soviets would have invaded anyway).

So, your so-called "superior" German forces had bad planning, bad organisation, bad alliances, and got their asses handed to them on a plate by the British Empire. The Germans also suffered from two other big failings - over-confidence and political-induced shortsightedness, not too different from their current fascination with the whole "one Europe at any cost" idea.

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Re: Don Dumb Re: Don Dumb

".....Your comment paints you as a complete loon....." Seeing as El Mod gets his/her knickers in a twist if I even imply a lack of intelligence in anyone else's posts I've reported your post.

"....Firstly - who are "the watermelons"?..." What, you don't even know that!?!?!? I'd call you a loon but it would be an insult to mildly-aware loons. A watermelon is a pretend "green" who is little more than "red" inside. Typically a socialist too far to the Left and too "hip" for the Labour party (reads The Guardian rather than The Mirror), and still sulking form the fall of the Berlin Wall. Having had The Great Workers Paradise fail left them with no option other than to hijack the green movement, something Patrick Moore (a one time president of Greenpeace) has bitterly commented on for years. Natalie Bennet is actually quite honest about how the UK Greens have gone off (the rails) to the Left, preaching some nonsense about "eco-socialism" which is actually just socialism with some green bunting attached.

".....Why do you assume I am a Green Party supporter?...." Well, you do come across as one of those supercilious and quite pretentious Guardian reading types that actually seem to know SFA. Apologies if you're just ignorant rather than "green" and ignorant.

"....I used the *example* of the disparity in electoral support for the Green Party and their parliamentary (sic) power, simply because it was an example of a lack of real democracy in the UK...." Ironically, Natalie Bennet secured her victory over the previous Greens leader with a hilariously low turn out of only 25.1% in a ballot of Green Party members! Extra amusing considering the only Green MP elected after Bennet's dire "leadership" performance was the leader she replaced, Caroline Lucas!

"....the CofE...." Which again just displays your ignorance. The UK has an official religion with the Queen as its head, the Church of England. It is not like France where there is complete separation of state and religion, and so the CofE retains some limited power and authority due to its unique history. Given that the CofE does not get either a State handout nor one from the EU (which the Greens do), the CofE is not wasting your taxes as the Greens are.

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Re: JahBless Re: The UK can leave

"No, its not rampant in the EU. Do you want to know how we got the mad cows here? Cows imported from the UK...." Get a clue! There has always been BSE in Europe and still is (http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Safety-Regulation/Incidents-of-BSE-fall-in-Europe). The practice of feeding cattle with animal-based feed was also common across Europe.

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Re: barfle Re: European companies will stay in Europe, whether the UK does or not.

".....European businesses headquartered in the UK will be faced with a decision to either carry on operating a complex network of suppliers and customers in Europe from a non-EU country...." Really? Please do show me one of those mythical "European" companies then! The reality is that all those so-called "European" companies operate as individual companies in each country do they can take maximum advantage of local taxes, grants and laws. Being outside the EU might actually make for a massive advantage as ditching a lot of the ridiculous Brussels red tape could make the UK more attractive as a site for the HQs of so-called "European" companies.

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Re: Don Dumb

".... Church of England gets 3.2% of the upper house and yet the Green Party had 3.9% of the vote in a general election and get a single seat...." Well, maybe that's because the CoE just believes in a fantasy, rather than a fantasy with suicidal implications for the economy as the Watermelons do. But then I'm not surprised you want to try and redirect attention away from the EU given that it one of the few places the Greens have any power, and cutting Britain off from the EU's interference would terminate the Greens in the UK.

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Oz battery bossmen: Fingers will be burned in the Tesla goldrush

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Re: John Robson Re: AC The real elephant in the room

"Then dig a big hole (let's call it a well) and put a tank over that...." His test kit went out to India (he was co-developing with an Indian scientist), the idea being they would combine the tower with the tank and solar panels with an electric pump and a borehole. The only problem was Western charities had been over-drilling wells in their target area, lowering the water table to such an extent that the cost of drilling down to a usable water level (plus the cost of the bigger electric pump to draw the water from greater depth, plus the knock-on requirement for bigger panels to power the bigger pump, and therefore a stronger and more expensive tower) made the project exorbitantly expensive, and any water they did draw up was promptly pinched by the desperate locals. Him and his colleague identified that problem - falling water tables due to too many wells - in the '70s, yet no-one in the "green" science community took note until this century (http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/as-countries-over-pump-aquifers-falling-water-tables-mean-falling-harvests.html).

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Re: AC Re: Not a practical Biz model

"....his product is impractical for 95% of potential consumers...." if you're going to insist on practicality then you have to ask yourself why we aren't all driving Toyota Priuses. The Tesla S is proof that Elon is very good at reading his market - over-rich, faux greens. The reason is that practicality is rarely a top consideration for many consumers, fashion and ideology often being more important. Just look at the vast number of people that buy into so-called "green" marketing - for them a stinky, noisy, fume-belching, dinojuice-drinking generator is just unacceptable. But a flash, "clean", wall of high-tech batteries (which they constantly mention as costing them x thousands of dollars, daahhhhhling) is right up there with Givenchy. And lead-acid? That would be so last century.

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Re: AC Re: The real elephant in the room

"....the real elephant in the room with the Powerwall and any battery backup is number of charge/discharge cycles the battery can do....." Agreed, the cost of replacement batteries is what looks to be killing the secondhand electric car market. My old physics lecturer had a pet project he was trying to develop for Third World countries which used solar electricity during the day to pump water up into a tank on top of a tower, then the water ran down to a ground-level tank through a turbine at night to provide a mini hydro-electric powerstation. The resulting system had a continual and predictable level of output (unlike batteries which lose efficiency over time) for the lifecycle of the solar panels. The problem that eventually killed the project was that the people in most Third World countries were more interested in drinking the water out of the tank than having lighting.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Re: captain veg Re: as long as you obey the letter of the law.....

".....And that's a problem how, exactly?" Anjem Choudray.

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Re: Alfred Re: Genuinely could not make this shit up

Wow, so many bitter Labour voters! Have you finished crying yet? If you're that upset then just head for Dover and keep going.

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Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

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So, cops apprehended the guy without injury, no-one got shot, but the haters still have to post loads of anti-cop whining bleats.

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Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

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Re: Marsbarbrain @Matt Bryant - Willfully-dim Godfrey

"....so we must be "Labour luvvies"?...." Well, it seemed less offensive than calling you Pol Pot groupies.

"....Where are yours?" 1.88, -1.64, for what it's worth. TBH, I didn't find the questions to be that good, I suspect there are a fair few assumptions behind the scoring as I would have expected to be much closer to Thatcher than Friedman.

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Re: Pheasant Plucker Re: @Matt Bryant - Willfully-dim Godfrey

"'So we have an electorate of 75,000,000 then?' It wouldn't surprise me." Well, it's not the first time Labour have added a few voters when required (http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/local-news/labours-vote-fraud-huge-court-3999505).

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Re: Marsbarbrain Re: @Matt Bryant - Willfully-dim Godfrey

Cry more! Seriously, none of you Labour luvvies were shrieking so when the Torys weren't in power, but now you all get whiney about proportional representation. What a load of sore losers!

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Re: Willfully-dim Godfrey

"....It's clear we all lost." Well, all except us Tory voters. Would you like some cheese to go with that last post?

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Re: Marsbarbrain Re: now they have a "mandate to govern".

"Yes, with 36% of the votes..." Be careful what you whine about - UKIP actually got more individual votes than the SNP, do you want them to have 50-odd seats under proportional representation? And I note the majority of Labour supporters were never whining about how low the overall percentage of votes were when they won elections.

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Re: JP19 Re: That MP...

"Sad day....." Ah, I take you voted Labour?

"....Typical of politicians to take the votes they got because the main opposition are incompetent buffoons as a mandate to do what they like." I see that your grief (and, of course, only your grief, nothing to do with socio-political blinkers and bitterness) meant you missed the news this election had the highest turn out for years, giving Cameron more of a mandate than New(ked) Labour had under Brooooown (never won an election for PM) or most of Blair's reign.

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Re: g e Re: That MP...

"You can just see the bitch, gleefully dancing around the coalition corpse." I don't think Harriet Harman is dancing. If she was celebrating, she'd be accompanied by the millions of Conservative voters (quite a few of them having abandoned the failed promises of Labour and the Lib Dems).

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Red-faced Germans halt NSA cooperation after Euro spying revealed

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Re: Marsbarbrain Re: @Matt Bryant - Marsbarbrain @codejunky - Hmm

".....And can it also explain how some allegedly sane people do blatantly evil acts that we DO NOT want them to do, whilst claming to "represent" us?" Or maybe how you convinced yourself they were doing "evil"....?

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Re: Marsbarbrain Re: @codejunky - Hmm

".....It doesn't just rely on a "Left/ Right" scale, but also "Authoritarian/ Libertarian"....." Meh, I prefer to remove the political blather and use the old AD&D lawful-chaotic-neutral-good-evil matrix, I find it surprisingly accurate (once you remove the true neutral, which I think is impossible given that everyone I've ever met has some form of bias). It's also quite good for explaining how some sane and normal foreign people do what we Westerners consider evil yet claim they are doing good, and vice versa.

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Re: egadpellagru Re: Industrial espionage

"Read NSA's charter and come back here when you have a clue." Oh dear, someone missed the joke! The implication is that the NSA can't be spying on the German automotive industry due to the fact Yank cars are so poor in comparison. Obviously, looking at Hersheys, the European chocolate industry is also safe!

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Re: Doug S Re: "Socialism" in the name

"....having "socialist" in the name does not mean they actually are socialist...." Ah, the old only-the-socialists-I-want-to-acknowledge-as-socialists-are-allowed-to-be-called-socialists mantra. And 1984 (and, more pointedly, Animal Farm) were written by Orwell after his firsthand experience of the "good socialists" massacring the "bad socialists" during the Spanish Civil War.

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Spooks BUSTED: 27,000 profiles reveal new intel ops, home addresses

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Re: John H Woods Re: Dropbear MASTERSHAKE?

"....long extinct languages." Well, I used to call old languages (and old systems) "extinct" but then I kept running into idiots that were still running business-critical applications with examples of them! Indeed, I had one fun trip to a retirement home in the run-up to Y2K to conduct a job interview of one of the few people in the UK still coherent enough to understand a banking system written in the original version of FORTRAN, one of those supposedly extinct languages. I had a bet with a guy from IBM at the time (who was searching through the IBM retiree database for COBOL programmers) that we'd be doing the same in 2038, only we'd be the ones in the retirement homes! So now I play safe and just suggest they are extant and should be made extinct (the old stuff and the management insisting they still be used).

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