* Posts by Dave 15

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

Dave 15

Re: 'murican airports

Problem is... decide to have holiday in New Zealand, don't pay quite enough attention and find that the plane stops for fuel... go through the whole rigmarole above to stand in a room (without even a coffee) for half a hour before being herded back to the plane... ok I guess the concrete room is literally in America, but really? Not even an exit door for emergencies!

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Dave 15

Re: Is this so wrong-headed?

but really, *must* they be so wilfully cretinous?

I think you misunderstand, I don't think this is an intelligent person deciding to be a cretinous obstructive .... I think these people really are cretins.

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Dave 15

Re: Ah the joys of CBP

2 hours, only 2 hours, you were in one of their efficient airports.

Going into seatac a few years back (with family... including 4 year old) we spent 11 hours in immigration... one massive queue of several jumbos and one guy... as usual reading not just the green card answers but each question in case he had forgotten.

They eventually added one more guy... but ONLY the people from the next plane were allowed to go to that queue.... the rest of us had to stay obediently in line... they have NO idea (government employees are the thickest in the world).

But, yes, we have our own hell hole airports... anyone been through Stansted recently? They moved the passport control BACK because the queues were so long... no, they didn't add more people, or faster kit, or anything, just made the queue space bigger. Thus they can get a full 4 hours worth of queue in the arrivals hall (they leave any more on the plane... ever wondered why it takes so long to get the stairs sometimes?).

The input to Stansted is also all messed up. The queues for the scanners are so so long (especially on Friday evening) that they have installed metal barriers and more queue pointers (no, they still only man upto 40% of the scanners, never any more). Of course you might say this is safer than letting anyone on the plane, but those queuing have rucksacks on, suitcases... none of which have been checked at this point. Everyone hemmed in by metal barriers and one way gates... no escape... lovely terrorist target.

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Dave 15

Re: I dont have ANY of the above mentioned

In America you are right, intimidation... but then the people you are intimidating might be armed.

In Europe, the police are too busy manning speed cameras and telling you off because your music is too loud to give a fig about anything.

In other places the police are out extracting cash payments.

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Dave 15

Re: I guess it's good then that I'm a citizen and not a visitor....

Cute accent like British... what do you mean? The US HATE the British with a passion. Of course if you are Irish you are a legitimate freedom fighter bashing against the hateful tyranny of the out of control British empire and so deserve support and funding. But other British, certainly not, you are more likely to be cavity searched just to remind you not to visit again in a hurry.

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Dave 15

Re: I'll have whatever you're smoking.

I don't buy the whole 'its not the bosses fault when it goes wrong' attitude. Frankly he takes the credit when things go right, he takes the power, the prestige and the money regardless of things going right or wrong.

No, if he is being paid for being in charge then if it is wrong it is his fault. He could simply step in and say 'oi idiots, scrap this idea right now, then take yourself off to pension land so I never hear your name again'... prove who is in charge and prove he knows his arse from his elbow.

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Huawei taps ex-Nokia devs for 'secret phone OS project'

Dave 15

Why?

I don't have android, I don't have apple, I don't have some flavour of linux or microsoft

I have an old symbian device. Why? Well it was a development of epoc32 which was designed around a low powered processor with a pathetic battery. Because of this it was actually pretty good, even with some of the dubious additions on top of the basic OS the battery life was very good (multiple days), you can write and deploy apps, the browser functions, the whole can have a real keyboard etc etc

Huawei., the code is out there and it is the answer you need.

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Pressure mounts against Rule 41 – the FBI's power to hack Tor, VPN users on sight

Dave 15

The rest of the world might but...

But...

a) The Americans spend so much more of (our) money on 'defence' than anyone else no one could hurt them

b) The Europeans and Brits especially can never find fault in anything the yanks do... even if it is to invade another country to secure the oil

c) The Russian and Chinese are probably already doing much the same

d) The British ARE doing the same

e) The British government (and most European ones) are so far up the Americans....... that we ALL use their weapons and weapons systems (just look at the British buying American planes for the aircraft carriers... despite the fact that the Americans deliver their planes late, just like they turn up to wars late). Given we use their technology what chance do we have of winning... they know all the bugs, the back doors etc etc etc

No, frankly the Americans can do this sort of thing and really don't give a toss whether it is sensible (America sensible... that would be the day), whether others approve (after all they have more nukes so you can get stuffed) or whether it tramples all over the 'sovereignty' of others because they will just invade on some cockermaeny excuse about your alleged weapons of mass destruction.

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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

Dave 15

Re: @Custard Fridge: Cracking article

All problems in every set up... in or out can be fixed.... but ONLY when someone wants to fix it. The EU does NOT want to change. When the Irish said no to the constitution they were asked again and told to say yes... When they thought we would say no the renamed it and didn't even ask.... no, the EU is NOT democratic, it is NOT going to change and it IS a very very very expensive club with NO benefits to us at all.

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Chinese demand end to canine carvery festival

Dave 15

At one level

At one level the organizers are right, it is ridiculous to complain about eating one sort of animal while eating another. (and yes I am a meat eating dog owner).

However, it is not really the eating of meat that annoys me so much but the barbaric practices around the killing. According to the Chinese the meat is better if the animal dies in fear and agony, for this they go to quite hellish extremes. They aren't the only ones, seems to be a far eastern culture in general.... using sledge hammers to slaughter cows is fresh in the mind from earlier in the week, and pumping large whales full of harpoons is hardly friendly.

No slaughter house is going to be nice, no killing is 'cute' or 'done tenderly with love' - I know I used to work in one when at college. However there are some limits in western culture and a desire not to make things worse than needed.... a total opposite to the eastern approach.

Perhaps people should remember this when buying Chinese made products... both directly or because so many of our manufacturers have most of it made in China and merely stick a label on in the UK.

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British Airways slaps 'at risk' sticker on nearly half its app delivery dept

Dave 15

Re: The Empire strikes back....

The beer... went into one place and had their own brew beer... it was revolting.... tried a different type of their home brew... it was disgusting as well, on being asked what they had done to it they proudly said they added coriander... every one knows that improves the taste.... not

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Dave 15

One way to ensure stability, or employment for contractors

No new apps will happen post outsource, just loads of excuses

I would suggest that those made redundant just take a short contract and polish up their contractor CV's... the oursource will fail, the management will need to deliver, they will have to bring in contractors to patch up the mess... always the same. ... but of course it was lots cheaper right up to the point it went tits northward

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

Dave 15

I would say that this is a VIRUS

Installing itself on your machine without you wanting it? Nagging and demanding from you all over the screen effectively blackmailing you?

Yup, it is a virus... a nasty corpulent virus. I have one laptop at home where it keeps coming up and I can't get shot of it. Fortunately all others have the update function off by default.

Hate MS? Yup, the only problem is who else... Apple are just plain too expensive and the last time I tried Linux it claimed my graphics monitor was a text one and the support from the Linux community was to tell me what an idiot I was and obviously the monitor (that had been displaying graphics for over 5 years) was a text monitor and I knew so little they were surprised I knew how to operate the on switch.

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Don’t let the Barmy Brexiteers wreck #digital #europe

Dave 15

tongue in cheek

Certainly read like that.

Valid point though... there are billions available (if you make sure you are a tiny German/French/Dutch speaking friend of a Belgium and agree that most of the billions can be given to companies in these other countries. What there aren't are anything more than pence for the Brits.).

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

Dave 15

Re: Sarcasm

Thing is that they can churn out pasties in Brum...and most people wouldn't care to notice that it was a pasty not a Cornish pasty...

then of course there is this...

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/North-Devon-baker-beats-Cornish-game/story-11691620-detail/story.html

Yup, North Devon baker won a prize for the best Cornish pasty

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Arrests for 'offensive' Twitter and Facebook messages up by a third

Dave 15

Re: Freedom of speech is dead in the UK

So what is active abuse... for me it is actually more a physical thing or even a face to face confrontation that can't be side stepped or ignored... 'social media'... to be honest if you are addicted you should just go and get a real life.

Apart from when I am working (or idling away a bit of time while the compiler does its job) then I don't go near the **** computer and I stick to an old fashioned phone that makes phone calls and nowt else

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Dave 15

Re: Bored plod and freedom of speech

yeah yeah, whatever... even if as you claim someone went to the police and moaned then the police still have to get off their backsides and do something... and frankly for most situations they don't... so I guess I will stick to my conclusion

(Hint...

Car written off in hit and run ... no police action

Assaulted while working in the pub... no police action

Daughter 14 abused by 25 year old... no police action

Major road accident leading to serious injury caused by the other driver... no police action

Son assaulted .... police did eventually attend, but only when I pointed out that now the ambulance had arrived I was going for a walk... but you know what, I should have taken the walk as the police did nothing beyond drink my tea

)

In fact the only time I have known the police do anything was when they slapped a speeding ticket on me at the edge of a village (while I was slowing down anyway)

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Dave 15

Re: Lies, damn lies and statistics

I disagree with you

The headline figure DOES tell us something. It DOES tell us the police are sticking their nose into things and causing a reduction in our ability to freely express ourselves. It also suggests to me they have more free time on their hands than enough and so could be hacked back to save us tax.

The next statistics that you allude to...

how many of these arrests led to court tells us whether the police are just operating scare tactics (like the in EU in campaign... yup someone had to divert the stream :) )

How many of the arrests lead to punitive action from the courts would then give an indication of whether these jumped up twerps have the backing of the state for the interference.

Yes... the headline DOES tell us something. But as with most reporting it is only skin deep and even more alarming information is lurking behind the headline,.

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Dave 15

Bored plod and freedom of speech

Amazing (not really but there we go) that PC Plod has nothing better to do with his time than trawl social media seeing if he can be offended... I guess he has to do something while waiting with his speed gun.

If I was honest I would far rather someone was rude and offensive in such a banal and pointless way (I mean does anyone with a brain take social media seriously... I did say with a brain) than have PC Gestapo snooping and preventing me saying what the fuck I like

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Windows 10 market share jumps two per cent

Dave 15

Every up (sorry down) grade of Windows is a total disaster

Fatter, slower, more bug ridden and far more annoying.

Office 360.... what a pile of manure

How long does it take to start a version of windows these days... hours and hours.

The only reason I still have it on my laptop is that I have an older version and continue to find linux is even worse. One day that will change, or maybe someone will get enough finance together to build something decent. (I discount iOS as a serious contender as I am neither an artist nor loaded)

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UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records

Dave 15

Re: Modus Operandi

Pushing it through 'the back door' fnar fnar indeed... I do not really understand when the government and civil service stopped doing what we wanted and started taking complete liberties without even giving us the benefit of lube.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

Dave 15

Re: @ac

The truth is I actually WANT a keyboard, I WANT something different, I WANT a phone that doesn#'t look like yet another apple clone.... but it seems I am not the person ALL the stockists are aiming at. It doesn't matter how good a product is, if I can't buy it anywhere then it wont sell anywhere (the Nokia 808 was a great camera but you could only import it from a small number of online sites...)

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Sayonara, Brits! The Irish tech sector could benefit from Brexit

Dave 15

Re: Brexited UK would start to crumble

Really... I think we would have to consent to Scotland having a referendum on separation that has any real clout. Perhaps while the UK is being asked if it wants to offload the EU we should be asked if we want to offload Scotland as well... the rump I have no doubt would say offload to both!

But to be honest a prosperous England and Wales would be worth the disruption. Without being forced by whitehall interpretations of eu regulation to spend all our money on out of date Spanish tanks, over priced German police cars and council trucks, Italian trains and all the rest of the foreign crud we could actually spend some British tax payers money on getting British workers off the dole and into factories making the stuff we actually need. When we have done that we will have British companies with product they could then go out and sell to the rest of the world... amazing idea but one which might just about make us richer than relying on employing people to collect sugar tax and hoping some foreigner will buy our houses to milk the buy to let market (that also happens to have the rents... therefore the profit... funded by the British tax payer)

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Dave 15

Re: As an Ex-pat living in Ireland but having a vote in the Ref...

What is all this bull about the EU getting in the way of trade.

They send more stuff to UK than UK does to the EU, the EU will not risk starting a trade war of any sort.

The UK government hasn't the balls to try and protect the very little other than tax collecting and renting houses that passes for industry in the UK.

Hence there will be very little in the way of any real change... and none that would make it harder to buy English bacon, cheese or beer in the EU (something you basically can't now)

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Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*

Dave 15

Re: Age Verification

When thinking about voters remember....

I know a pensioner voting Conservative for lower taxes (despite the evidence to the contrary)

Another voting Conservative because Milibands suit didn't fit

A non pensioner voting Conservative because the minimum wage would lose them a job

someone telling me how they vote conservative because everything else is a waste as the conservatives always get in

So, I guess the IQ of the average voter gets them what they deserve.

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Dave 15

correct

We will never be as open about the abuse of our own subjects, nor will we have the economic success.

Obviously better....

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Remember when gov.uk said it would give big biz contracts to SMEs?

Dave 15

today

They pay experis et al a thousand a day per engineer + manager + whatever and then these companies swiftly head to India. The project then slips and more money is poured in. Finally the project fails and is cancelled with experis (or whoever) taking a payment for the fact it is cancelled. Of course the profits form this find their way out of the country nearly as fast as the employment and money.

It is EXACTLY the same as buying a shed load of tanks from Spain, it does harm to our economy

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Dave 15

SME... or UK SME?

I have little doubt that any German, French, Italian, Russian, American or Chinese SME is getting a large chunk of UK tax payers money. I am certain that NO UK business is able to obtain a single solitary penny of UK spending. After all, which MP, government minister, councillor or civil servant would wish to visit Scunthorpe or Tyneside to check on the ability to build the MOD a new tank when they could do an all expenses paid trip to sunny Spain?

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Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise salute EU flag, blast Brexiteers

Dave 15

Re: listening to lies?

Suez ... a great example of our 'US' 'special friends' taking us without the benefit of lubrication.

Much the same as the 'help' provided in WW2 was actually over priced and revolved around us paying with gold, later companies and finally land.Before of course the US helpfully helped themselves to everything they wanted in Europe.

The support in WW1 consisted of letting us and the Germans try and outbid each other.

I am quite sure both the US and the EU will think about making trade difficult until they realise they lose out. The US when they can no longer let us pay development costs for an unsuitable and out of date fighter for our carrier, and the EU when they want to offload another pile of 20 year old Spanish tanks on the MOD and BMWs on the police force.

Even if both did decide better to cut off their nose to spite their face then we could trade with the rest of the world... all those Commonwealth countries we share values wit for example, China (not part of the EU but trading with it) and even Russia (who sacrificed millions to defeat Hitler and then sell us oil and gas despite us pretending to be shocked over Crimea).

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Dave 15

More rot

Everyone in the stay campaign is writing scare stories based on the complete cessation of any trade, any investment or even any visits between an exited UK and the rump of the EU.

Frankly these are stories, fairy stories, nothing more. The fact is that there will be more work kept in the UK and done in the UK after the exit leading to more jobs etc.

But I expect the stay campaign will scare a large enough contingent of gullible folk to be able to pretend they have won after polling when the votes will be 'counted' in whatever way gives Cam moron his all important win (and even if it can't be massaged such we will have a second opportunity 3 months later when suddenly we have all changed our minds).

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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

Dave 15

Maybe

Maybe these guys might be brave enough to provide me with a phone of Nokia quality... i.e. if I put it on the table the screen won't craze, Perhaps if I am lucky enough they might actually try providing a phone with a keyboard or keys, a flip or a clam shell so I don't have to put up with endless they all look the same and frankly are unusable apple styled slabs with a cheap and nasty touch screen that I can't use on the move.

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

Dave 15

Re: Cue the EU competition watchdog...

Takes me back... did some work for a company a number of years back that had a system that could turn the good old command line stuff into windows... so yes a gui on vi, a gui replacement for your vt100 terminal and its old fashioned text apps, even dos with a gui... what madness, give me a command line where I can tell it what I want anyday

Is there an icon for grumpy old git? There should be

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Dave 15

Re: They never learn

I bet they have learnt... this time they will have paid off a few hands and worked a way right around the anti-trust stuff. They may not be nice but they are also not stupid

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Dave 15

Re: Bing is reliable

Yup, seems like fairly typical experience. The more Microsoft 'progresses' the more and more unusable it gets. office 360 is a crock - really, I would rather jump up and down on my own testicles than use it. The latest OS releases have been the same. Outlook... well, if that is the outlook then roll me back a few decades.

It only wants the linux world to actually deliver something useful and I (exmsft or not) will move to linux in a flash. Its a pity that the mobile phone world lost symbian, at least that was usable.

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Dave 15

This will lasst all the way to court

Unless the money has already been changing back hands :)

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Central gov spent £6.3bn on IT. Nearly half handed to just 3 suppliers

Dave 15

Re: going overseas

The NHS computer system was let to a large company who employed Indian engineers in India.... very very very little of those billions ever found the route back to Britain.

The tax system was similarly done entirely abroad.

Two examples in a very long list. There are to all intents and purposes NO pieces of work that find their way back to the UK. Same in other industries as well. As I say, no fancy business trips and so on if you buy from Birmingham

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Dave 15

As per usual...

So most of the money goes to the big boys... nothing new in that, all to do with back scratching I guess.

That the big boys are mainly foreign, almost exclusively American is another blow to the British economy.

Every pound taken from tax payers and sent abroad is another pound NOT spent here. By not spending here the reverse of Keynes happens... less demand, less jobs, less jobs to less money to less demand to less jobs... oh yes PRECISELY what we have seen in the UK for the last 20 years since Thatchers cornershop mentality was persuaded it was a good idea...

Imagine if all those Merc council vans and police wagons were LDV, or the Renault army lorries were Bedford, or the BMW police cars were Rover, or the Merc bin lorries were ERF... or the NHS computer system had been programmed here, or the census carried out by British people working for a British company, or the engines in the new aircraft carriers were British, or if British steel had been used to construct them.... ALL your neighbours would be working and paying tax, your tax bill would be one hell of a lot lower.

BUT the poor little souls in government departments wouldn't have to fly first class and stay in 5* hotels while attending 'business meetings' in various warm and pleasant parts of the globe, perhaps they would only make it as far as Birmingham.... ah

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Panama Papers graph database cracked open for world+dog

Dave 15

illegal?

Now who makes the laws... oh yes, the rich, who don''t pay tax... er yes, the rich.... who is being prosecuted... oh yes some poor erk who got fed up with seeing millionaires paying less tax than he does.

Nothing illegal...of course its perfectly legal for the rich not to pay tax.

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Watch it Apple: time has come for cheaper rivals' strap-ons

Dave 15

Time to to Elop the watch then

I mean, such a drop, must be a burning platform if ever there was one... do an Elop, get rid of it, hey, shut the whole company, I mean such a low market share must be a disaster.

After that follow in Elops shoes to the next job.

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Heathrow Airbus collision 'not a drone incident'

Dave 15

What next

Does make you wonder what excuse they will come up with for the next ban or tax...

Perhaps it was a high flying sugar bag?

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

Dave 15

I am visiting Auntie with a cake

Could mean just that or perhaps that I am taking a bomb to bomb the queen.

There was similar with ww2 giving the information about dday to the french... all that is needed is both sides to know what you really mean. Terrorists are not as thick as the rule makers but the rule makers have big egos and never admit how stupid they are

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Fancy £200m? Tell HMRC you'll help them sort their IT out

Dave 15

SME? Well, if it does go to one it will NOT be a British one

Government contract to a British company? Not a hope in hell.

No, it will go to one of the huge French or German consultancies who will take the money spend a fraction of it on an Indian engineer, fail to deliver and then charge the tax payer a fortune for amending the contract to something that might work.

When **they** choose they will decide that no sme in the UK has the 'experience' of doing this... even though the ultimate winner will be employing Indian graduates with no experience of anything.

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UK Home Sec's defence of bulk spying: We 'found' a paedo (we already knew about)

Dave 15

Re: I don't see what the problem is.

Right up until they find something to pin on you.

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Dave 15

It is all sbout

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.

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

Dave 15

Re: The Evoque

Indeed

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.

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Dave 15

another reason

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.

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

Dave 15

Saddest thing

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=

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Five reasons why the Google tax deal is imploding

Dave 15

Suits me....

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

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Uber driver 'pulls handgun' on passenger

Dave 15

if this was a non-uber taxi?

Then there would be no story would there.

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Australia's smut-shocked senators seek net censorship (again)

Dave 15

same rubbish in the uk

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.

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