Re: I don't see what the problem is.
Right up until they find something to pin on you.
855 posts • joined 14 Jun 2010
Right up until they find something to pin on you.
It is all about ensuring that the general population are cowed and scared into behaving themselves. If you can't fart without the thought police beating down your front door you certainly can't organise protests, can't organise labour, can't organise anything that might possibly upset the status quo. Thus the rich get to continually add to their pile of wealth while the rest of us squabble over the occasional microcurmb. What is the statistic... I think it is 62 people own half the worlds wealth. In the UK 1% at the top have more than 55% of the rest....
No wonder they want to keep their beady little eye on the plebs... the situation is worse than in France before the revolution, Russia or China.
The other big, actually huge issue, it is only the real Landy that has a chassis, so only the real Landy that can be used for custom vehicles - fire engines, ambulances, tow trucks (I have even seen them doubling as steam engines on tourist street trains)...
The army need them, the public want them, the others should go and find something else to do.
Another reason to say good bye to the europeans. They hate us, perhaps not as much as the Americans do but they do hate us. Best get out of it and reinstate the Landy as a one very very solid benefit of getting out.
The saddest thing is that the current boffins in government and the spineless pile of US **** suckers don't seem to think that the UK can make planes any more... of course we can, we can make better, more amazing and stunning planes than anyone else, pity the politicians and civil servants have zero faith in us any more (same of course goes for everything... software, cars, lorries, trains... seems that whitehall is wedded immovably to the idea it is better to buy foreign and let the tax payer pay the unemployed=
I will send HMRC my profits in terms of fractions of a google profit... then send the odd shaving off a penny piece for my tax.
Good enough for the rich goose its good enough for this poor gander.
Our law seems all based around precedent so this should be fine
Then there would be no story would there.
Used to censor anything and everything.
Same lax thinking used for mass surveillance
Also today a stupid and incorrect report about alcohol
Unfortunately the stupid masses keep voting the politicians into their cushy jobs with the backhanders, pay hikes and benefits packages.
It will be created by one of the wonderful foreign (french, german or american probably) sub contracting consultancies who will charge 1500 to 2000 or more per day per engineer,. The consultancy will then spend 2000 a year on an engineer in bangalore
Guess - nothing will be delivered, and even if it is delivered (late) it will be vastly more expensive than if it were built in the uk by uk engineers (who otherwise are on the dole)
It will cost far far far more than even the new bigger estimates
And the value? Zero.
Let us be honest there are several points...
a) In the 70s and 80s the IRA blew up a dozen or so bombs in London every year, life did not come to an end. Compare that to the 1 bomb in 10 years record for the new bread of terrorists... they have a pathetically low output and impact. And NO it isn't some wonderful ability of law enforcement.
b) The BBC broadcast D day to europe before it happened in order to get the resistance to do their bit... and guess what the Germans listed to the broadcast and didn't realise... If I tweat that I am taking a cake to my Gran will the law enforcement understand the code that says that means I will bomb the queen??? Probably not.
The whole thing is NOT about terrorism, it is really about snooping on the rest of us so they can black mail us about porn downloads if we get uppity, can stop the 'tanker drivers disputes' and such things... control our farts ...
If I need to cook dinner or wash my clothes I will, I do NOT care what some 'smart meter' says. I will NOT be changing my washing machine until it is beyond repair (after all the modern ones insist on using electricity to heat the incoming water instead of cheaper and more efficient gas available in my house).
The whole concept is flawed, expensive and pointless.Technology for technology sake... like a lot of things today.
Add to this that I have zero doubt, that the meters will all be made overseas by foreign companies so once again the British government will be forcing British citizens to provide employment to others while paying their neighbours to sit at home with no jobs.
British governments of ALL current political shades should be lined up on the wall and shot.
You are right. Frankly the council don't have to provide a profit and the outsource company must, so the council can ALWAYS do it cheaper (sometimes they need to learn how).
Worse than this - outsource often means transferring UK tax payers money outside the country - while going to the same tax payers and forcing them to pay unemployment, housing benefit, medical costs etc etc etc etc etc etc etc to the UK people who could and should be doing the work!
Pretending that hiding a few settings in the back of beyond, probably badly labelled that the user 'could' change to stop the spying means it doesn't spy is ludicrous.
MS and many other providers already share your data. Google does as well... seems a favourite hobby of US companies (but not limited to them).
My Android device spent £15 in about 48 hours uploading Chirst only knows what to the server... without once asking me... it is a good job I hadn't put any data on the device.
That the Russians and Chinese spy on their folk does NOT make it more acceptable that the UK spies on its people or the US spies on everybody (often with the help of the EU.... who share ALL your bank details, ALL your flight details with the US)
After all in ww2 the BBC sent a message in the news that alerted all the resistance to the dday invasion but the Germans missed it. Perhaps taking my auntie a cake just baked could mean taking a bomb to blow up the queen...
Google et al are probably even doing the spying directly for the nsa these days.
Microsoft and Apple are there too...put all your data on a US server and then the US have the right to read it... stick it on an Irish server and the Americans think they also have the right because it is an Amercian company... basically put it on the cloud and then the Americans will read it easier than they can with their viruses and backdoors. What they do with it is anyones guess but there have been rumours of American companies profitting from knowledge about what other companies are doing.
If any of this spying really did stop any bullets flying it might even be worth considering if it was valid. It isn't.
We all end up paying.... paying for a bunch of numpties to pretend the world is the same as it was 50 years ago. Perhaps if they were not as greedy in the first place?
The world would be best off without them. They start the wars, they spy on people, they clamp down on rights and freedoms.
Most of the thickos seem perfectly happy as long as they can watch east enders or other monotonous drivel and get a pint of beer.
Didn't really answer the point of the question... the point was that the car is made by reliant and the model is a robin... so it should be Reliant Robin. For some reason the mistake persists and because we are English and English is a wonderful language we don't care enough to avoid the problem
On to your other point... the Bond Biug was a pretty looking car but exactly like the Robin it falls over because the design is fundamentally wrong - the laws of physics say any car with this configuration will fall over at the first decent attempt to go round a corner.
To remind folk the 3 wheeler was (and actually still would be) a good idea because of the strange UK taxation rules that make it cheaper to tax.
Strangely I also don't understand the design for more practical reasons - the differential that is required is far from efficient or cheap to manufacture/source so why use it? The single steering wheel is also a completely custom creation. The approach taken by Morgan with their 3 wheeler (even the updated version of the original) and the German 3 wheelers...
take the front suspension of any small rear wheel drive family saloon for the front two wheels
take a motorbike engine and transmission (maybe use a propshaft thats a bit longer than normal)
And then you have all you need... pretty near straight from a parts bin and perfectly stable.
If your Robin fell on its side you forgot the Top Gear stabilizer wheels
Both self driving cars from other manufacturers and themselves along with something imitating real drivers - could be done using remote control and a fixed computer program (press accelerator now, turn left now, stop now....) Some of the cars should have defective lights and lazy 'people' who don't indicate (I don't :) )
While watching porn they aren't reproducing... we should encourage more
Would love to have a tank with a gun able to blast things apart... just imagine how much fastrer the M25 would be if you could blow the overtaking lane hoggers and the 3 abreast lorry drivers from here until kingdom come... What fun, problem would be with such a prolific number of targets fitting the criteria which would you choose?
Indeed the tax and benefits system is just plain broken.
I as an individual pay tax on the money I am given... why are companies only paying tax on 'profit'? Why can't I write off the cost of my car, fuel, transport, clothes, training (degree) etc?
The current situation allows large companies to offshore their profits to low tax countries... not illegal but hardly fair - I can't offshore my salary to pay no tax.
What we need is a simpler system.
A single flat benefit for all people legally in the UK
A single flat tax on all earnings/takings for people or companies in the UK.
This would be simple, transparent and so easy my laptop could run the system from the corner of the kitchen. I would not need to have a huge paper shuffling group of people processing benefits claims and tax.
Further doing it this way would allow people to go fruit picking in the summer, or take low paid jobs (allowing us to ditch the minimum wage) and to take a chance on a business idea without worrying their family would starve. It would also mean that those with only benefits would move from London etc. to cheaper areas so balancing the cost of housing over the country.
Which is after all the ONLY thing that western governments have ACTUALLY done about the much vaunted threat. I STILL have to travel to work in an office doing EXACTLY what I could at home. I STILL have to sit in a traffic jam caused because fixing it means sorting out 2 or 3 rules and a few junctions (stop lorries using 3 of the 4 lanes of the M25, restrict them to 2, 1 in rush hour, make lane hogging a hanging offence and hang people at the side of the road for breaking the rule).
Then of course we look at the electric generating... could be run off methane from the sewers (supposedly worse than CO2) but no, lets build windmills and solar parks where we once would grow crops... while selling the coal burning plant direct to China for them to use....
When you add to this the naturally occurring peat fires and volcanoes that drown the drop in the ocean humans cause and you have a recipe for misunderstanding and ever increasing tax.
What you need to do is to spend billions on foreign trains and then pretend that adding to the countries debt was a really good idea while you pocket the bribes and take up the nice shiny attractive position in the european gravy train.
All those reasons are just as valid for the UK.
As would recreating our motor industry, ship building, mining, aircraft and promoting without shame our military production.
Instead our governments (Labour, Conservative, hybrid) all seem to actively embrace getting rid of as much British know how as possible
Using our aid to make space rockets, nuclear missiles and buy British companies...
I guess though we also give billions to the EU so they can write rules the UK paper shufflers can use to ensure we buy foreign while they don't...
Frankly the worrying things are:
a) We seem to think we can afford to give money away when we have a massive deficit and a colossal debt.
b) We have so little self respect
c) The Indian run companies appear to have a better grasp of basic management than the over paid fruitcakes that run the few remaining UK companies
d) The people of the UK have so little in the way of balls that the situation continues government after government with not one of the governments being held to account for it
So the Indians are making the rockets as a loss leader?
And France still makes some for fun... and the Americans, Russians...... et al.
Of course rockets are profitable, if they weren't these other countries wouldn't do it.
So a country that can't afford a space rocket of its own is using the rocket of a country it sends billions of pounds of 'aid' each year... you couldn't make it up
Wait for the first 'google didn't remove me quick enough' law suit and the EU law will become like this.
We have censorship here already, the Germans are now trying to restrict when certain books can be sold, the UK shut down website access all the time. The Russians are just a bit ahead of us. Just because the web could be a useful source of un-molested information doesn't mean that governments of any flavour will ever allow it. Those who think that digital books, news sources and cloud storage are a good idea forget how easy it is going to be to manipulate them and deny you access .. the ministry from 1984 will not have to do any 'real' work to rewrite history :)
For myself I buy books and paper ... and keep it, sure a fire could destroy all but I hope to get away with it for a bit longer than waiting for some arbitrary government manipulation of data.
Yup... sounds like simple to bring all of europes planes to a halt even more effectively than Iceland :) Perhaps a suitable attack could stop America flying...
The terrorists will be watching and thinking by now
Which generally means an old long in the tooth engineer like myself stands half a chance... where as most kids are used to object obfuscation programming and stand no hope of working anything out without a degree in pointless buzzwords making the obvious sound impressive
Frankly Santander screwed up my credit rating by refusing to take several payments sent to them and then reporting it as my fault. And still haven't/ won't make the correction.
Of course the mistake was made by having anything to do with Santander in the first place... their 'security'.... name on the account, account number, address (look on a stolen statement for all of these), single or joint (50/50 and as many re-goes as you need) and then the killer... what was the last cash withdrawal/ payment/ transaction.... well, if you are like my dad and keep all paper it is in the stolen wallet with everything else, if like me you don't take the slips then it is a matter of your memory...
The approach is neither sensible nor secure and basically is a good reason to scrap any account with them before you are robbed blind.
Perhaps these banks should try employing some new IT people? After all there are plenty of posts advertised but you always have to have 25 decades of banking experience to get an interview... no new blood in here please is the message.
Already have the situation where I have had to install windows on a new drive in an existing machine following drive failure (caused by an over zealous wifes fist when she was frustrated by how very very slow the OS was).... and the OS now claims not to be genuine and keeps sticking stupid messages everywhere.
I think MS secretly want to close the company and are doing their utmost to drive customers away and into the arms of linux. Perhaps an opportunity for a new company? After all MS are a mess and Linux crowd are wildly unpleasant (what... were you not born with that knowledge in your head... then you are an idiot who doesn't deserve to breath)
Forms that force people to fill in all sorts of 'required fields' and obey rules about names, dates etc. are programmed by complete idiots and are best avoided.
IF someone forces me to fill in an address and phone number when I don't want to I go and look up the companies address and phone number and use that.
Everyone else does.
Most ridiculous thing ever (well nearly)
Just try using paypal... I used it for years and years buying hundreds - probably thousands of pounds of stuff then they decided suddenly they needed a copy of my passport to prove who I was... told them to go forth and reproduce, I have no intention of sharing copies of my passport with people that will lose it
Any car parking charges foisted on motorists by the 'authorities' who already s****t the motorist at every available excuse is just another piece of rude theft.
come the glorious day.
They have gone up in my estimation
Pity we rerouted the eurostar into St Pancras... can never understand why we stopped rubbing the collective French nose in 'Waterloo' when they visited :) Good fun
For heavens sake what do these people think about all day?
If I want to communicate with Fred and John about something 'naughty' then I can do so quite simply with coded phrases on my facebook status or a chat room... for example going to see auntie suzy might mean all sorts of things if you know what code I am using. The government themselves used a similar innocuous phrase to alert the resistance in France to d-day on the bbc radio news....
monitoring everyones communications will not stop a brainy terrorist, and these people might be misguided but they are NOT stupid. Proper thinking police and intelligence officers are needed not mass surveillance.
Besides, I don't trust the security services, police or politicians as far as I could throw the lot of them..
I knew an old woman who swallowed a fly........
oops sorry everyone, just seen I was beaten to it :( can't 'see a delete button though :(
Yup, had the same, never bother with the untrustworthy leaches myself... frankly also avoid estate agents (the yankee ones are overly expensive anyway). Do it your self. You can also save a pack on the lawyers as well... used one once who charged me stacks for drawing up the contracts, when the vendor broke the contract and took hundreds of pounds of fixtures and fittings the contract clearly said were to stay... the answer... well you could sue but you are unlikely to get my fees covered or all the money back... so the contract was fit only for toilet paper,
What cobblers, to be honest usa and europe have overstepped the mark by miles with their surveilance and control of the population. The thing that annoys me most is the vast bulk of the criminally stupid who ramble on about being kept safe and nothing to hide nothing to fear.... they should fear me ever getting to power, anyone who has ever posted comments stating that crap would be shot to prove they were wrong.
Are the Russians seriously wondering whether a man ever cuddles his son? I admit the picture on the cover is a little creepy... actually just plain revolting... but really, not my issue, not me, not mine, not going to buy it... if someone else thinks they like it then good luck to them, plenty of things I like and buy they wouldn't want.
In my dreams my secretary doesn't wear that much :)
For heavens sake who is exploited? No one forces the women to dress like this and generally they are making a huge amount more money than the engineers they are tempting. The only people exploited are the gullible males and frankly I don't mind being exploited in this way! (Far better than the other forms of exploitation we are all put through daily as our management prostitutes us to the highest bidder while giving us a pittance)
And I would love to book a booth so I can have some fully naked booth babes... after all they only worry about revealing attire, not revealing non-attire, it isn't a 'public' event being ticket only so there is no issue of public decency :)
The stupidity of KFCs claim is beyond me.
We need to stop this stupidity, the Americans (and recently the British) seem to think they need to sue someone for everything from a stubbed toenail to injured pride.
IT is pathetic and only a strong reaction from the courts will stop it. At the very least I would want PROOF (not hearsay but real proof) that there was ANY change in KFC sales anywhere in the world that had a PROVEN link to this particular rumour. When they can't (and they can't) then charge KFC something like their years turnover as a fine for wasting the courts time.
The police close roads because someone broke a light bulb, they do it pretty quickly, far quicker than tramping from local house to local house looking for a suitable bedroom to tramp their muddy boots through before they litter the floor with tons of discarded cartridge cases.
You can't defend the police here, it was a stupid thing they did... in keeping with their general behaviour
1... does it matter if the farmer (or perhaps a vet) owned the animal, I am quite sure they could have dealt with it until the real owner was found
2.... yeah, same applies to a broken down car, children crossing, people on pushbikes, trees... I suppose it would stop the population crisis in the world if we shot everyone who might possibly cause a problem...oh yes, forgot the police are trying this
3... Yes bullets do go through things but if you are shooting from a height it would go through the cow and into the earth (well, possibly, most likely it would deform on impact with the bone mass of the skull and stay somewhere in the dead cows head). If you shoot parallel to the ground then there really is a chance of it going through and hitting an innocent bystander... however I doubt there were a massive number of school children in the field watching the police shoot the cow... the police don't normally like an audience for this sort of behaviour.
4... The fact that the bolt is poor as a method of killing is another (important I admit) subject and doesn't mean we want the police wandering around farms all over the country randomly shooting any animal they find in order to save it distress in the slaughter house.
5... Amazingly I see SINGLE farmers herding large collections of cows (herds :) ) every day... Part of the reason this is successful is they don't use nooses and try hanging on to several tons of running cow. But maybe this is because while farmers have an extraordinary collection of blindspots and blame badgers, foxes and other wildlife for every ill imaginable they actually do know how to handle a cow.
Personally I like thinking before kicking off, although I admit things like facts are also useful before a really good rant can hit home :)