* Posts by Loyal Commenter

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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As usual, Ms May is right in there with the misinformation from the start

"Her logic, she said, was that UK had voted overwhelmingly to end open borders"

This is simply not true.

Firstly, the UK voted in a referendum by 51.9% to 48.1% to 'leave the EU'. This is hardly 'overwhelming', especially when you consider the turnout, and those who were ineligible to vote.

Secondly, 'leaving the EU' is not 'ending open borders'. People voted 'out' for a myriad of reasons, only one of which was having open borders with the rest of Europe.

Furthermore, it is worth reiterating that the referendum was non-binding, by design. In the briefing paper that all MPs received before the vote to have the referendum, this was explicitly pointed out, along with a proviso that if any vote were to be binding then it would need a 'supermajority' of 66% of the vote (and a minimum turnout) in order to be binding.

It is in the job description of every MP to read and understand the briefing papers on commons votes before voting on them, so none can claim to not know this, and actually be doing the job they are paid for.

The briefing paper for the referendum bill can be found here.

Section 5 explicitly states:

[the bill] does not contain any requirement for the UK Government to implement the results of the referendum, nor set a time limit by which a vote to leave the EU should be implemented. Instead, this is a type of referendum known as pre-legislative or consultative, which enables the electorate to voice an opinion which then influences the Government in its policy decisions.

Section 6 discusses thresholds in referendums, and what would be expected if the referendum were to be binding (which it isn't).

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Putting the 'Port' in Portal: Old-school fan brings game to Apple II

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I won't be impressed...

Until the whole thing can be powered by a potato

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Europe mulls treating robots legally as people ... but with kill switches

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Re: Legal persons, not natural persons

I can see a rather massive flaw with this:

When you sue a company as a legal entity, and win damages, that company pays up.

If your autonomous car runs you over and you sue it, does the car write you a cheque?

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Opera scolds stale browsers with shocking Neon experiment

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Re: Chinese now?

so is the VPN endpoint in Washington or Beijing?

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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whose boss looks like the honey monster

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Re: Right man for the job

"Dance for me little puppet man"

(in best Russian accent)

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Crumbs. Exceedingly good cakes, meat dressing price hike in wake of the Brexit

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Re: Mathematical inexactitude

They mean 5%

No, they want you to think it's 5%, but they mean 7-8%, possibly 9%

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

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Cliffs of Moher

...made famous as the 'Cliffs of Insanity' in The Princess Bride...

I'm sure there's plenty of lost opportunity for some better quotes there.

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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Re: Time for The Reg to up sticks...

I can suggest Switzerland: Beautiful views. Clean air. Wonderful infrastructure, and certainly no shortage of beer. Oh, and considerably less idiotic legislation than you are likely to find anywhere else in Europe.

Switzerland, where you can get fined for flushing your toilet after a certain hour at night, or putting your recycling in the wrong coloured bin...

Sorry to break it to you, but idiotic legislation is everywhere, and most of the examples you will have heard about of bad EU legislation are fictitious (such as the bollocks Boris Johnson made up about bananas).

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Black horse blacks out: Lloyds Bank website goes down

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'Couldn't tell you if we knew'

...sounds like the sort of reason you'd give if you'd been ordered by the spooks not to tell on them...

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Re: Useful?

Pretty much exactly this.

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When I had a series of crashes and random reboots on my home PC a year or so ago, the BSOD it kicked out gave me enough of a hint (googling the error code, etc.) to go and run memtest86 to verify the problem - a DIMM module with an intermittent fault. Thankfully Corsair do a lifetime warranty on them.

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Why the UK is unlikely to get an adequacy determination post Brexit

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Re: How on Earth did the Supremes come up with that interpretation???

Instead of breaking up

Let's start some kissing and making up

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Re: Who cares?

But being part of the ECHR does not require a country to be in the EU. And the Brexit vote was specifically about the EU, not any of the other European institutions we are members of, most (all?) of which don't require EU membership as a precondition.

This is true, but it is her stated intention to make it a manifesto commitment to withdraw from the ECHR. Personally, this scares me. A lot.

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Web-exposed MongoDB installs wiped by bitcoin ransoming script scum

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Nice picture of Sedlec Ossuary.

...been to Kutna Hora?

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Astroboffins glimpse sighting of ultra-rare circular galaxy

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Re: Space is awesome - Up vote for excellent use of a double negative.

ie all the time in East Anglia , eg "No, they haven't got nothing" ('hint got narthin' as it is pronounced)

So, do yor farr keep a dickie bor? Enquiring minds demand to know.

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Re: odds not that odd

Take a look at the asteroid belt, or the rings of Saturn. Gravity is good at making rings.

Take a look at Jupiter, the trojan asteroids, and Saturn's shepherd moons for why gravity alone isn't what makes rings stable. If we saw a galaxy like this with whatever the galactic-scale equivalent of a shepherd moon would be, the only thing which would fit the bill is a supermassive black hole. We know these exist a the centre of most, if not all, galaxies (including our own), but ring formation a-la-Saturn would require another in orbit close to the ring (or more likely a pair, one inside and one outside). Supermassive black holes, despite their name, do tend to be somewhat conspicuous, even when not actively consuming matter, due to their gravitational lensing effect. On this scale, too, they would probably have to be moving at a relativistic speed to keep a ring stable.

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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"For more than 50 years, Kérastase has pioneered luxury hair care that's at the forefront of scientific research"

Lets see those peer-reviewed papers then...

Seriously though, I think it's about time the scientific community had a trans-national body that exists purely as a legal entity representing scientists that can sue weasely advertising fuckers for misrepresentation.

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View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

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No basic income without basic accommodation

The two parts of the picture that nobody seems to be putting together are that UBI has to go hand-in-hand with universal basic housing - in other words a nationwide program of building state-sponsored social housing.

You'll hear cries of wails about how housing prices will crash. So what? If the value of the house you are lucky enough to currently own halves, it doesn't affect you, because the nominal value of that property lies only in its sale value, which, if you sold it, you would then have to spend to buy another house. The ONLY people which this would adversely affect are those who own multiple properties and rent them out for pure profit. This is also the reason this won't change; because these people happen to be our current lot of elected representatives, and they are doing quite nicely out of everybody else's slow decline into poverty, thank you very much.

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Re: Can't you find a different forum?

Nobody's forcing you to read the article. Is your life really so comfortable that you have nothing better to do than complain about the content of a news site because it wanders outside of your narrow frame of reference?

If so, I'd suggest that maybe you should pay more tax...

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Rogue One: This is the Star Wars back story you've been looking for

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Re: Now if someone were to film Ian Banks culture novels

Iain Banks!!!

Iain M Banks...

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CIA: Russia hacked election. Trump: I don't believe it! FAKE NEWS!

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Nooooooooooooo!

Don't wake Sheeple!

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DDoS script kiddies are also... actual kiddies, Europol arrests reveal

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Re: "Cut off from the full intelligence picture"

Hehe, touched a nerve

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"Cut off from the full intelligence picture"

I've not yet heard a better description of the fanatical 'brexit' loonies.

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Re: Back in September

if you think because we've exited the common market you have to run away crying

A couple of things I feel I have to correct you on here:

Firstly, we've not actually left the EU (yet), despite all the bullshit and bluster, and secondly, when we do 'leave', it won't necessarily involve leaving the common market, because:

a) Most people don't want that (they still want to be able to buy EU goods without tariffs and import duty on them)

b) It would be a fucking stupid thing to do - not so much economic suicide as a full-on economic murder-suicide where the analogy would be taking out your entire family before blowing up the house with yourself in it.

If you think leaving the EU won't involve leaving all the institutions of the EU (such as Europol), then you're like the crazy ex-partner who dumps you then keeps turning up to eat the food in your fridge, take a bath in your house and use your internet. In this eventuality, I'd fully expect the institutions of the EU to do the metaphorical equivalent of getting a restraining order and changing the locks to keep you out.

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Remember that amazing video of the whale leaping out the gym floor and splashing down? Yeah, it was BS

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...and if you were not in any way prone to motion sickness induced by the latency that set-up would entail, unlike the rest of the human race.

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The way I read it was, "syntax error".

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Re: Vaporware

Personally I have viewed Magic Leap as the Half-Life 2: Episode 3 of the VR world

With the obvious difference that HL3 is actually technically possible.

It's probably more like Duke Nukem Forever; it'll turn up 10 years late and deliver on few or none of the promises it made, after the technology around it has moved on, and get the response it deserves - a resounding "meh".

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SHIFT + F10, Linux gets you Windows 10's cleartext BitLocker key

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Re: What bug?

We are at war with EurasiaEurope, we have always been at war with EurasiaEurope.

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: Don't worry: it won't affect the bad guys

How about compared to deaths directly caused by government policies? *cough* IDS *cough*

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Re: Canaries

Even the Stasi didn't spy on everyone.

Having visited the Stasi museum in East Berlin, you'd be surprised at how many people they did spy on, and how many people they had on their payroll doing it (IIRC, it was in the hundreds of thousands). It could be argued that the unwieldy nature of this sort of paranoia was what caused the Soviet Union to collapse.

Those who fail to learn the lessons from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them, and all that...

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HTC and OnePlus spruce up flagships for Santa's sack

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Re: start all new phone aritcles

I still have my two-year-old M8 as a spare. That still has good battery life...

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Re: start all new phone aritcles

Yes, this is daft - the HTC 10 has one in the top, this new version appears not to.

So, the HTC 10 Evo would appear to be a worse phone than the HTC 10 it is supposedly 'refreshing'. Coupled with the choice of processor, it's almost like HTC are trying to copy Microsoft Windows and Star Trek films with the idea of every other one being crap.

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Re: start all new phone aritcles

The HTC 10 has a SD slot, but no removable battery, I'm assuming this revision is the same.

FWIW, I have one, and am happy with it.

The battery life is excellent, and will easily last a couple of days unless you're constantly using it to hunt pokemon, so the lack of a removable battery is less of an issue than it used to be, with for example, the One X.

Oh, and the camera is surprisingly good, even in low light - it's the first phone I've had where the camera is actually better that the wide aperture SLR my partner drags around to gigs.

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CompSci Prof raises ballot hacking fears over strange pro-Trump voting patterns

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Interesting definition of a landslide victory you have there...

...Where one candidate gets more votes (by over a million IIRC), but the other wins because of an archaic counting system.

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LAKE OF frozen WATER THE SIZE OF NEW MEXICO FOUND ON MARS – NASA

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Re: Finally!

All I'm saying is that if there is a big saucer shaped metal thing under that ice, don't dig it up, and if you do, have flame-throwers (and Kurt Russell) at the ready.

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Trial date set for Brit police 'copter coppers over spying-on-doggers claims

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Re: Police in court?

@Jemma, it sounds like you have had some unpleasant run-ins with some nasty individuals working with the Essex constabulary. Unfortunately, it is a job that can attract a certain type of person, and this can colour people's perception of the police and the important job they do. South Yorkshire police have a history of employing these people, and there is a long and unfortunate history of racism and discrimination in forces such as the Met. This isn't helped by corruption and cronyism (South Yorks, I'm looking at you again).

On the whole, however, most police officers are decent people doing a difficult job, often dealing with violent and dangerous people, with a severe shortage of resources (thanks to Frau May and the economic fantasy of austerity put forward by our current Govt). Most people, when they report a crime, are met with a pleasant and understanding response (and this has been my experience), if the police actually have the resources to give one. However, if you happen to have a less pleasant interaction with a copper (for instance being arrested whilst drunk, or incorrectly accused of a crime), this is going to colour your perception of what they do. As I say, this isn't helped by historical racism and discrimination (now mostly, but sadly not entirely gone). At the end of the day, the police are just people too, with all the faults that other people have. I certainly wouldn't want to do their job for long, unsociable hours, dangerous work, and mediocre pay.

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Re: Police in court?

Put you tin-foil hat away; it's not unheard of for police officers t be prosecuted, and convicted of crimes, as well you'd know if you'd even bothered to do a cursory search on google.

It's also not that common (given the total number of officers), and understandably so, since most police staff are well behaved individuals, and have to undergo rigorous pre-employment checks in an effort to try to make sure that this is the case.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Future Toilet?

I can't up-vote this enough

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Irish eyes are crying: Tens of thousands of broadband modems wide open to hijacking

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Re: "except for IP addresses"

I was about to point out the same thing. It's not like IP spoofing is a thing, is it?

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BOFH: There are no wrong answers, just wrong questions. Mmm, really wrong ones

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'Pharmaceutical grade' refers to purity (99%+ with known impurities), not intended use!

...and the OP probably meant benzene (C6H6), not benzine (petroleum distillate)

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Facebook Fake News won it for Trump? That's a Zombie theory

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The liberal/left is the beneficiary of peace in Europe, not the cause.

Identify the author of the following quote, then go and hide back under your post-truth rock...

“I am an English Liberal. I hate the Tory Party, their men, their words and their methods.”

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Re: Post-truth

And we all know how 1984 ends, don't we? Well, those of us who've read it in its entirety, which I'm not convinced is a large fraction of those who quote it.

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Re: Post-truth

I agree with everything but the 'overtaxed'. I am a top-rate UK tax payer

It's not you that's overtaxed. It's those that have to pay the same council tax, food, fuel and energy bills as you but earn half your take-home pay.

If you're a top-rate tax payer, unless you only just fit into that tax bracket, you're more likely to be undertaxed...

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

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Oh No Dabbsy!

Don't stir up the 'ripperologists'!

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Re: Seriously, "effulgent"?

I take it you've not heard of the 1989 album by Ozric Tentacles, entitled, "Pungent Effulgent"?

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TalkTalk teen hacker pleads guilty as firm reveals £22m profit jump

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Corbyn style self-righteous?

I'm sorry if having respect for the basic rule of law makes me some sort of fanatic in your eyes. Personally, I think mob justice and blind vengeance are things best left in our past. Playing the emotive, "think of the elderly Alzheimer's patient" card does nothing to explain how encouraging vigilantism against someone (guilty or otherwise) would prevent this sort of crime from happening. In fact, all it would do is consume police resources protecting innocent bystanders from mobs.

Maybe you should step down from the high horse, take a few deep breaths and consider why we have things like due process, and read up on why the sort of thing that you are suggesting is proven to be a very bad idea.

Here's an example from the Paedo hysteria stoked up by the right-wing press of a few years ago

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And this is why he cannot be named; because his parents would have to move and change their identities to get away from mob justice from dicks like you.

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UK Home Secretary signs off on Lauri Love's extradition to US

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Re: optional title

Point 2 applies pretty much in the UK as well, unfortunately.

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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Suddenly the solar panels on the roof of the sports centre opposite me make sense...

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