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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Re: Hmm

I thought the same? I assumed they had the power to knock on the door of a registered gun owner and ask to see the firearms and how they are stored?

Surely this is good sense, no?

I don't own firearms, but I love shooting, when my kids are older, I plan to purchase a nice variety of firearms, and I would expect the police to come and inspect my storage before I am granted my license AND on occasion afterwards....

I would even go so far to insist all gun owners pass a safety course...

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

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Re: @Ben Tasker

"The simple fact is women objectify men too. Not every woman does it (just as not every man does it), but it's all too often characterised as 'men objectify women, the pigs' when it swings both ways."

Speaking as a male, I don't mind being objectified by women...

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Samsung: Thought your PIPE was FAT? Check our 4.6 GIGABIT WiFi

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Re: Not for Fanbois.

But the spinning rust can barely keep up..

I have a 1Gbps LAN at home, its not the LAN that slows up data transfer, its the spinning rust...

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

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Re: I dont get it.

Nuclear, that is what you missing....

We need new nuclear power stations, with reprocessing plants to make the most efficient use of the fuel, no dumping the 'waste' like the US does, if its radioactive enough to be dangerous its radioactive enough to be useful!

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Re: Only 2 motors

Don't think that is the reason, volvo has all wheel drive in its ReCharge car, ford has one too using the same tech IIRC.

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Re: What? No KITT?

Oh they CAN do driverless trains, but the unions won't allow it...

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Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

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WTF?

Hold on... so they are saying they need no warrant to commit a crime in another nation? USA world police....

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Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship

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Re: Well this is fun but...

Costs will drop once SpaceX get their rockets & capsule fully reusable...

Costs will drop again once(if) Reaction Engines get Skylon off the ground.. (which is looking more likely with every milestone they conquer)

SpaceX = Evolutionary

Reaction Engines = Revolutionary

Both concepts are great ideas and have a market.

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MrXavia
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Re: TSSSSSssssss.........

in theory its tougher than the aluminium cans they live in now....

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MrXavia
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Re: Future of space colonization...

"Why not use the nanites to build with something sturdy, like iron alloys and native rock?"

inflatable structures actually make more sense, the flexibility makes it more able to survive mishaps in orbit..

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TalkTalk and Three want to make it easier to switch mobe networks

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Only problem with Three is coverage in the countryside, and their femtocell is a bit wimpy.

Deal wise they are great value and their speeds are good.

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Coming to a theater near you: the TETRIS MOVIE

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Re: why goes it have to be the game?

I thought the Adventures of Clutch Powers (a Lego cartoon) was much better than the lego movie (I think my sons agree) I would much rather they make a sequel to that

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Re: Really?

I thought Battleship could have been a great film, if it had been based on the game, two forces trying to destroy the others naval fleet.....

but instead they turned it into a strange Sci-Fi film with a weird ending involving an old battleship....

I love sci fi films but that was just weird...

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Like your mom said ...

"If everyone was jumping off a tall building, would you do it too?"

It is probable, because my friends are quite sensible folks, so if they are jumping there must be a very very good reason, like the building is on fire and they are jumping into the pool of the adjacent but lower tall building...

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

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Re: Don't get too upset

""guess where I'm calling you from" for hours on end at 30k feet."

I can do that anyway, seat back phones in the flights I usually take... but oddly no pricing information is easy to hand....

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"What's the worst that could happen"

Someone has an car accident, can't call an ambulance, people die, person with jammer gets put in jail for manslaughter...

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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Re: Gigabit over copper?

yeah, but gigabit CAT5-E uses 4 UTP to give that speed, all four channels are used.

by comparison, your phone line has two wires... and its spliced in ways that would make ethernet cry...

but in all fairness I would run cat6 to the edge of my property for them to get higher speeds, but i'd be happy for 100Mbs each way, no idea why anyone needs gigabit internet connectivity at home...

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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Re: "A little eBay shopping and you can find 128GB Micro SD cards for under a tenner"

And always go for a big brand MicroSD, or they fail...

Even SanDisks have issues, (although I suspect I had 3 x 32gb from a bad batch)

the only ones i've had that never fail on me are Samsung ones

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Re: Speedo?

"Do we really need to ensure we are always dead on 50mph?"

yes, otherwise you'll get fines & points on your license, that is of much more importance than actually keeping your eyes on the road....

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Re: Consumers who care about quality?

4:3 stretched to 16:9 is awful... I cringe whenever I see that...

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

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I doubt it will eat the market... its only of use to iPhone owners......

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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The others are much more like the LG Prada than the iPhone really... and the iphone is not the first smart phone out there, the only good thing Apple did was stick the capacitive touch sensing into the screen... and to do that they brought out a company that made amazing keyboards....

other than the screen, the iPhone was naff.....

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MrXavia
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Re: Bah humbug

I have an sgs4, its a large phone, but to me its the perfect size phone for my hands, i use it one handed easily...

but I can see the market needs multiple size phones, and they should not skimp on spec for the smaller ones...

oddly enough, i find women carrying the larger phablets more than men....

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Comcast using JavaScript to inject advertising from Wi-Fi hotspots

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So the first thing hackers will do is copy this by creating a 'fake' hotspot and again reassure customers its a legitimate hotspot....

If your using a public hotspot, use a VPN you pay for....

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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WTF????

VPN users pirates? I use VPN all the time, for work, for security, meaning I am attached to one or more VPN pretty much ALL the time, and most of my traffic goes over a VPN...

So I can with just as much confidence say VPN users are likely people who work!

Stupid BBC worldwide...

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China is now 99.8% sure you're you, thanks to world's-best facial recognition wares

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Thumbs up to the technology, very impressive work, if it works as described but I wonder if it is as accurate as they say though, trained with 50million chinese? try it with non-chinese people and see if it works?

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Warrantless phone snooping HAPPENS ALL THE TIME in Blighty

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Re: s there no end to this?

I agree, police should get a court order before any data slurping like this...

Nothing wrong with the police being able to grab the metadata, and I think there must be a 24 hour coverage for judges to issue warrants.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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Re: A true Roomba competitior..

The roomba is a bit rubbish.... ok for hard floors but not carpets...

I'd say take a look at the LG hombot, best robotic vacuum cleaner i've found, and it IS a real vacuum, not a sweeper like most....

This dyson looks a bit too tall to be practical under low chairs or even low tables...

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NASA finds ancient films that extend Arctic ice record by 15 years

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Re: 1966

It will imply whatever they want it to imply... which at the moment is AGW... yes the world has warmed up, no doubt about it.. but since the world is in a warming trend, is it mainly caused by humans?

What can we do to rectify the problem, rather than associating blame we need to start looking at ways to mitigate the effects of climate change.....

Oh and we should get back on with building fission nuclear power stations with decent reprocessing facilities, unlike the US of A we should not bury usable fissionable material deep in the ground...

Who cares about the costs? its cleaner, more reliable and safer than Coal....

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Re: Oh crap.

ummm maybe you should keep tools far away from them?

I sympathise with the phone thing though... and don't worry, I am sure the 19 month old will learn how to unlock your phone soon, I think mine was 2 when he started watching me unlock mine and copied me...

the thing with infants, they learn the pattern your hand does, NOT the code, so they figure it out faster than an adult without a direct line of sight.... although you only have to unlock your phone 2 or 3 times with the kid on your lap...

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Re: I'm all for teaching children how to program...

"it's an essential part of being a politically mature member of society as more and more issues are related to data processing...."

I disagree, the last thing we want is every user behind a keyboard thinking they can 'program' a solution because they took a GCSE in IT and did some programming... that would cause more mess than anything, users cause enough problems with just excel and how to do macros they learned in school....

"but please don't torture kids with C++"

I agree, if we are to teach programming, lets teach the techniques, not the code....

Those who want to learn will make the effort and take further classes in the subject...

I.E. lets use something akin to lego mindstorms 'visual' programming language, my 7 year old understands that, and I am using it to teach him the principles of programming..

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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Re: SpaceX are printing parts for their Merlin engines.

"When they grow up, they will 3D print a mold and start cranking them out much cheaper."

I thought SpaceX were going for re-usability, so why would they need to mass produce?

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BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...

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I thought he was a contractor with an iron tight contract regarding termination....

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Forget a same-sex kiss, this was an interspecies kiss! quick, lets lock up the BBC before out kids start dating iguanas!

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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Re: G00gle is

I like and dislike google in equal measure, because they are a big company, some of what they do is good, some is bad.

But I do not think they are a government front...

And yes google glass is part of the 'bad'...

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Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables

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Re: Flat, 3 core, single insulated, vs round, 3 core, double insulated?

Fuses, the best unintended side effect of a copper shortage and a ring main..

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MrXavia
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I agree actually, I've had very little bother with HP printers, and the printer drivers work pretty well.. oh you don't want to install the bloat software that comes with it (that goes for any manufacturers 'extras') I always wonder why they bother to supply it, but the drivers are great, the options are clear and easy to use, i.e. duplex, poster print, borderless, booklet print.. all the little finishing touches that mean your software doesn't need to know how to do these things...

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

MrXavia
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Re: Almost, not quite

But if you ask a stranger to take a photo, they are working for YOU, you requested they take the shot... so its your copyright...

So IF he had handed the camera to the Monkey and gave him a banana afterwards, then surely it would no longer have been an accident, it would be work for hire...

But then again we are talking about the USA here, there is no sense in their courts.....

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Re: Sekret "berkshire-nor" facility

I'm curious as to why no launch in blighty?

I've seen rocket launches happen on our shores (top gear for one memorable launch), and I know we can launch high altitude balloons..

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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Took my sons out for the day last weekend, went to visit some caves up a mountain in the peak district.....

They had a great time... but what I found crazy was the people using iPads to take photos!

I never see this with other brands, only iPad users..

I had my DSLR with me, so I have loads of lovely photos, taken in the low light of the caves without a flash...

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MrXavia
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Re: Flash

Most people are too thick to know how to turn off the flash....

But then again, taking photos of anything important with a phone is stupid, they are handy for spur of the moment shots, but that is about it... they are terrible in low light... they are terrible without the flash.. they are slow to respond...

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: Health and safety gone maddddd!

It would be an interesting experiment, see which dial people read quicker digital or analogue

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MrXavia
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Re: Health and safety gone maddddd!

"ANYthing that gets in the way of you driving safely is worth culling, and in-your-face distractions of messages you have to read is bad news. As a matter of fact, an analogue speedo is in this context also better - you read that a LOT quicker than a digital one."

Not sure I agree about the analogue speedo, but I agree that anything that distracts needs to be hidden away, no Facebook, no text messages, none of that crud should be on any car display.

My phone can read out text messages if I want to hear them as they arrive, not that I use the feature.. my phone links to my car and allows me to receive calls if It is safe to do so, and usually thats only a few seconds to tell the person I am driving and to call back later...

I would like a simple, HUD in my car, a digital speedo (I can read them faster, since its just two symbols my brain instantly understands, rather than looking where a line is pointing..) a Nav display that shows me my next turn and distance to turn plus the next turnings name, all focused at infinity for me so I don't have to refocus.

And while many would disagree, I think having very simple feedback of car controls like selecting a new waypoint (i.e. a petrol station/supermarket), changing car temp, etc. would be very helpful, as right now to do any of this you do take your eyes off the road, even if you can make the changes without looking you confirm them with your eyes.

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MrXavia
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Re: Irrelevant observation number 1:

Surely every car already has built in call handling (i.e. bluetooth)? or at least I've not looked at a new car in the past 10 years that hasn't had it.

I think taking calls while driving is about the same distraction level as talking with a passenger... except with a call you can end it with a push of a button and get rid of the distraction...

the hud looks a good idea, BUT I can't see many Bentley drivers buying it... or any luxury car brand.. I actually would love a HUD in my car, but no way will I be ruining the look of my car with an after market mess like that...

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Why hackers won't be able to hijack your next flight - the facts

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Re: We don't need no stinkin' backups

"> Why shouldn't that maintenance include a test flight

Because it's dangerous to the crew, plane, and anything the plane might crash into. I sure as hell wouldn't fly anything that has had the primary flight controls intentionally turned off."

Well if you have two channels, i.e. a redundant system, why cant it be as simple as flicking a switch from primary to secondary systems? then if they fail, flip back to primary....

I don't see why the secondary systems should be any less critical than primary..

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China cracks down on instant messengers: Users must hand over REAL NAMES

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Re: Real user names??

"Google+ doesn't have that policy any more."

Since when? I tried to set up a google+ account without using a real name, they didn't allow it!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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Sounds like an impressive little tablet, although I would never want an LTE version myself,

i've never understood having multiple mobile contracts for multiple devices, I have one on my phone and tether anything I need to use, even with the higher price to allow tethering it works out much cheaper than having multiple mobile contracts..

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: Jolly good work.

`'Oh please, not that nonsense again; am I the only poster on these forums who has heard of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, or the DMCA? Copyright violation has been a crime in the UK since 1 January 1989, and in the US since sometime in 2000..."

I guess you have never read the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 then?

Edit: and the DMCA is a US law, does not apply to UK

Last time I read it,Copyright Infringement was a Civil offence,

it is only criminal when it causes significant harm to the copyright holder (I can't be bothered to go find the act and copy the relevant passages right now)

Edit: I looked it up, read here.. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/48/part/I/chapter/VI section 107 for what IS a criminal offence.

But the law is good, it is set out to protect copyright holders from organised infringement, but also not criminalise minor infringers. I.E. bootleggers get nicked because they cause losses and make money, sharing with a few friends is less of a worry.

The problem is that the internet has meant a single person can easily cause severe harm by sharing something to thousands of people for no effort..

What I suspect in this case, will be the proxy is set up specifically to give access to these blocked sites, and either makes money via Advertising or charges for access...

Although I still cannot figure out what crime he has committed...

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Multiple user accounts coming to Android phones 'n' slabs

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Re: Interesting

I doubt it, but I agree we should be able to...

I think we should be able to revoke permissions to apps, and that apps that don't 'fail gracefully' with a permission revoked, should be removed from the app store..

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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"shouldn't we all be getting a vote then?"

Nope, or scotland would be kicked out of the union...

I myself think it would be stupid for them to leave.

but I can see some benefits to the rest of the UK if they leave...

Shipbuilding would move back to England(most likely) or Wales since the UK would have to cancel any future building of warships in Scotland,

Our nuclear deterrent would move to England or Wales.

more jobs would be created in the remainder of the Union because of those two things.

The downside is conservatives would have too much power, and power without balance from opposition is risky.

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