* Posts by lglethal

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American supremacy, space, liability, funding, openness – AI gurus lay it all out to US senators

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Fixed that for you...

"I expect cheap fusion reactors to appear before anything remotely resembling "intelligence" appears in congress.)

Fixed that for you...

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Brit upstart releases free air traffic app for drone operators

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Re: drones at 000s of feet

The very first drone i looked at on http://drones.specout.com/ (the AEE F100 - commercial grade Drone)is rated to 1500m (5000 feet)

The second I looked at (DJI Phantom 4 - very much consumer Level - only $1400) is software limited to 500m (1666 feet), but it appears from looking online that people have worked out how to defeat this, but I havent found a Maximum height yet.

So consumer grade Drones getting above a couple of thousand feet is as easy as pie, and they are still controllable there, so why would there be debris?

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Android-rooting Gooligan malware infects 1 million devices

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Re: Social Attacks

"finding 1 idiot a day in 30,000 people is so amazing?"

1 idiot, in 30,000 who happens to have installed the same program, NOT from the Google Play store, on there phone which get them infected. Yes I would call that amazing.

I cant really believe the figures. Maybe a Peak of 13k in 1 day, but every day. Nope that seems massively overestimated...

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

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Re: Theresa Stasi May. A fascist right wing authoritarian nutjob.

You have to wonder how utterly shite the other candidates must be in Theresa May's constituency for the People of Maidenhead to constantly re-elect her (5 times!!!).

Can I suggest that perhaps Darth Vader should stand against her in Maidenhead next time, the People there seem to like despots!

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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

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I'm just curious from a technical point of view

I know that the ISP's have to keep a list of the sites you go to, but what about all of the subsequent links - what I mean is, just looking at El Reg, if I load it without No Script 7 different sites are contacted. All of those need to be recorded?

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Re: What's that high pitched humming noise?

Where does that come from AC? It seems like a book I would very much like to read... :)

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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

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Re: Why bother paying the ransom ?

Lichtenstein are part of the G20? Wow, I had no idea the world market for false teeth and cuckoo clocks was so high! :P

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'Mirai bots' cyber-blitz 1m German broadband routers – and your ISP could be next

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Re: From monthly to weekly to daily

And they wont learn, becuase it doesnt cost them a cent. Not until the fines for this sort of mismanagement starting hitting bottom lines will IT security actually be taken serious...

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Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real

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Re: Sorry to sound like an old grumpy.. ..

"A friend of mine won't let his 10 year old anywhere near the GTA series, but he'll happily play Counter-Strike with him..."

Let me guess, he's american?

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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

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Bloody software...

It's always the Software thats the Problem! The Hardware always works perfectly! Dont they train you Software Engineers properly?

(from a mechanical engineer... :P)

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Scotland's Skyscanner sold to Chinese rival Ctrip in £1.4bn deal

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Re: "maintain operations independently of Ctrip"

If you have two different companies that service two completely different markets and both are profitable, why would you bring them together?

The only reason would be if you think you can leverage economies of scale. but considering regulations in europe on data protection, I'm sure Ctrip decided not to open that can of worms by bringing the skyscanner servers to China. So now Ctrip collect the profits from Skyscanner, so they make Money back on the purchase and they have a profitable subsidiary making money in a market they arent in or trying to get into.

Seems a very reasonable basis to do the deal for me.

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Missile tech helps boffins land drone on car moving at 50 km/h

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At the absolute most I can maybe (big maybe) envision this being used by an actual delivery van and the drone just goes from truck to door with the delivery. Saves the Driver dragging his ass out of his van all day.

But what I still dont get with any of these would-be drone delivery services, is how you obtain the signatures you Need in order to prove delivery? Maybe the drone carries a touch pad that you have to somehow sign without getting your fingers chopped off by the rotor blades? But seems like a deal breaker to me. Plus how does it ring your door bell?

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Re: No video?

The car might have been going 50km/h at touchdown - but it wasnt after!!!! --->

(j/k)

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Visa cries foul over Euro regulator's stronger authentication demands

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I dont get the hate for this?

I can understand Visa being upset. That might actually have to force people to implement 2 factor authorisation and yeah that will cost them some money in the short term, but el reg commentards?

I already have so many sites that send me either an email with a link to be clicked on or send me a text message with a pin code or a notification to my phone with a new pin whenever something changes. Steam, my bank, Amazon. It's a 2 second job to go and check these, and give the correct code, and for that I get significantly better security. I cant see that as a bad thing. I wouldnt have any problem doing that for every online transaction, I dont understand everyones complaints. You cant accept an additional 2 seconds to make your purhcase in order to be sure your safe? Really?

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Deliver-oops! Takeaway pusher's customers burger-ed by hijackers

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So I take it the breach was reported to the Police, along with the delivery addresses where the Food was delivered. And this was followed by the Police obtaining search warrants and then visiting the potential miscreants? To be followed by media reports of either "World's dumbest criminals caught!" or "Confused family gets free feed followed by visit from the fuzz" style Headlines...

Why do I hear crickets chirping?

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: We have one

it's more hygenic then smearing sh*t all over your arse with a piece of paper you hold in your hand. It's also kinder on the sanitation plant, as they only have to deal with water (and your excrement) rather than giant wads of paper mache!

There's two reasons for you...

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Outlook outage outrage

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OK only semi related but...

Who was the stupid git who thought it would be a good idea to replace the standard Hotmail login screen (you know enter username and password and then hit send), into 2 different pages. First you have to enter your email address, send that off, load new page, enter Password, send that off, and then you can load your email.

Who in the world has said, "you know that using a single page to enter your email credentials. thats a Problem, we should change that! Lets add a second loading page, because thats what the world really Needs!"

Muppets...

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Apple unplugs its home LAN biz, allegedly

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Re: Worth watching, regarding the iFixit teardown / Recyclability (shockingly bad).

umm Lithium Ion batteries in an oven...

I'm totally not seeing what can go wrong there...

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Apple to only sell ideas in the future...

You read it here first, but as Apple are closing down all of their old stuff, and making the new stuff completely undesirable (MacBook Pro, new Iphone, iWatch, etc.), I get the impression, they are trying to get by buy selling just an idea of a good product. Cut out all that awful boring manufacture, they think people should be paying them just to come up with the ideas of great products. Just don't ask them to produce anything, it all goes down hill from that point!

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New state of matter discovered by superconductivity gurus

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Re: Sequence Reversal not Time Reversal

or is the Liquid phase the pseudogap between Solid and Gas?

Based on nothing but my reading of this article, I took the use of the term pseudogap to mean that the phase exists only for an extremely short period of time - for example if a material changed from solid to liquid at 10°C, but then changed from liquid to gas at 10,5°C, you could refer to the liquid phase as a pseudogap. Only I'm pretty certain they are referring to a MUCH smaller gap then 0,5°C.

But then again I could be COMPLETELY wrong! :)

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It works both ways. Water has a symmetry that is random, that random symmetry is broken when it solidifies. The hexagonal structure has a hexagonal symmetry, which is broken when it melts to become random.

Basically, the term rotational symmetry is just a way to say that the structure has changed in such a way that it just hasn't realigned to another axis, it has actually changed in a non-similar way.

Pretty cool stuff with this pseudogap either way though! :)

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Donald Trump confirms TPP to be dumped, visa program probed

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Actual question

Trump can say he will cancel TPP, but can he actually do that? If congress want it (and most republicans support it from what I've read previously), don't they have the power to pass it? Trump can use veto I guess, but isn't there mechanisms around that?

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Re: And so it begins...

What the hell is it with Americans? It's Obamas fault that the recession started before he was elected, and he didn't magically fix it? But the fact that the House of Representatives has been controlled by the Republicans the ENTIRE time that there has been recession and the Senate for 90% of that time, its somehow not their fault?

You've had a republican dominated Congress and republican dominated Supreme Court, the entire period you had a democrat President, and yet its the democrat Presidents fault that things aren't magically perfect?

The number of Yanks I hear saying they voted for trump as a protest vote is crazy. Fine protest vote, I can maybe believe that. Except for the fact, you all voted the republicans back into the House of Representatives and the Senate. Where's your protest vote there? There are independents in both those houses, a protest vote would have you seen you voting for the independents in your local states, but nope you didn't, you voted in the same morons.

Well now you have republicans in all 3 branches of the Executive. Things will magically become better wont they? *rolleyes*

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International Space Station celebrates 18th birthday in true style – by setting trash on fire

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Re: 3 more years

Hey Ecofeco,

Ever considered the irony that you can legally own a gun at 14 in the US, but cant drink until 21? Personally, I prefer the idea of letting people get used to being drunk before I let them become proficient at firearms... :P

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Microsoft plans St Valentine's Day massacre for SHA‑1

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" and now it's time to find the laggards and get them fixed."

Pass me my Cluebat! It's time to go fix some Laggards!

(the word laggard is really not used often enough in the English language. It's such a brilliant word. I really should try and slip it into conversation with my German colleagues. ;) )

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Barnet Council: Outsourcing deal with Capita has 'performance issues'

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"But we saved 31 million!!"

"We saved 31 million pounds!"

"How?"

"Well...You see we couldn't get the IT system working at all, so people turned off their computers. The electricity saving was enormous! Plus since we couldn't get IT working, well we got rid of the IT workers. HUGE Savings!"

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AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not

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Hey we know all most Uighers are deviant criminal scum, so we showed the AI pictures of Uigher criminals and the control group were all Han. So now the computer says all Uighers are criminals and all Han are non-criminals.

Cant argue with an AI can we? It's totally unbiased!

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

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Re: Objectivity

They do take a vow of objectivity i swear - They vow to uphold the objectives of whichever media organisation is paying them!

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Facebook 'fesses up to fudged ad metrics … again

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They got the numbers wrong...

... which means that the charges to the advertiser were also wrong, right? So there will be lots of refunds going out, no?

Why am I hearing crickets chirping, right now?

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Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

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Boom? Really?

"Mid-air supersonic refuelling, now that would be a sight to see."

I was just thinking exactly the same thing. Not quite sure how that would work, but damn that would be one hell of a fluid analysis problem!

Also Boom? As the name for your aircraft manufacturing company? Boom? Really? Yes I know there riffing on the Sonic type of Boom, but when people think Boom in relation to Aircraft, Sonic is not the first type that comes to mind...

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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Real question here

I work in aerospace mechanical design, but I've begun getting into component design. I was wondering if anyone out there knows of any good design guides for working with plastics (I've always been a metals or composites kind of guy). Specifically things like designing quick snap applications, casings, and things like that. There seems to be a lack of the real sort of information out there that is useful for a designer. I'm struggling to find any information on important topics such as minimum sizing, tolerancing, stressing during assembly, etc.

So any advice for good design guides would be greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, I wont be forking out €300 to find out if this one has the goods or not... ;)

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Martian 'ice cauldrons' are prime spot to hunt LGMs, say boffins

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Re: Planetary Protection Programme

Hey Fizzle,

The colonization of Mars is a long way off, right now we are still in the "searching for extraterrestrial life stage".

Think how annoyed you would be, if you sent a mission to mars with the express purpose of finding extraterrestrial life. You're doing your research and suddenly bang you have a reading - you've found life. Cue champagne! Then someone points out that it looks suspiciously like an earth microbe, and upon further investigation you discover that probe that was here 10 years earlier wasn't cleaned properly, and you've just picked up on what it left behind. From that point on, you are going to have to waste a lot of time and work really hard any time you find a positive signal to prove that it's a real signal and not just some dirty bugger before you leaving a mess.

In other words, we are really just trying to be clean, so that when future missions come to a new area, they can say categorically that this is a clean pristine area, and what we discover here is real and definitively Martian in origin...

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Re: Planetary Protection Programme

Nope, sorry that's not right. I've worked on a Mars mission, so you can actually take this as relatively authorative. The problem with going to areas containing a high probabilities of life are that your cleanliness requirements are massive.

To give you an example. InSight (the mission I worked on, flies in 2018) is going to Mars, but not a particularly life friendly region. Just a a standard region. Our requirement was a maximum spore count of 10,000 spores per square metre. To put that in context, your finger tip holds a couple of million to a hundred million spores. So in other words we needed to be SUPER clean! So we are talking high level clean rooms, bunny suits, double gloving, multiple cleaning stages, the whole shebang.

We were also limited to only going 5m deep. The reason for that is, that under 5m is such an unknown area, going there would have bumped us into the high probability of life category (probably not because it has a high probability of life, but because no one has a clue what's down there and no one wants to take the chance of contaminating it, just in case). The requirements would have then been so restrictive we never would have got the mission off the ground. I forget the exact figure but you're then talking about spore counts in the single digits per square metre. Someone sneezing in the next room is enough to contaminate your spacecraft. To go in those areas you need the mission to be planned and dedicated to it at the start and be prepared for some pretty high costs!

The reason we do our best not to contaminate other planets, is purely for Science. We do not want to ruin the scientific discoveries of the next mission that goes travelling past our mission...

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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

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Re: Perhaps Tim Cook saw the Runes

@ bazza: Sorry but that view is complete bollocks. There will be periods of upheaval, but moving to automation is a far smaller change over then the industrial revolution when the creation of artificial fertilisers and other advanced farming implements reduced the amount of staff needed on farms to produce the same yields. In those days, 90% of people were involved in some aspect of agriculture. When that reduced, there was mass upheaval, but new jobs sprang up, factories opened, and cities blossomed.

Our economies are far more diverse now. Even without shop floor manufacturing jobs, new industries will open up. Some people will get caught out, no doubt. But the vast majority will move into other sectors.

All these predictions of doom and gloom because of automation, completely ignore the historical precedents. Automation is already here, and its take over will continue at a similar rate, the world will adjust, new industries will appear and people will move on. No need for the basic wage, it's a concept that totally ignores history and reality...

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'Ultimate Team' scheme: EA hackers charged for stealing in-game coins

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Re: Viewed logically

I'm not an EA fan, but that argument is bunk. EA have lost out in sales. There is a market for those coins (otherwise the crims wouldn't have made millions) selling them. EA do sell player packs direct, but people bought the coins as they were a little bit cheaper then buying the packs direct.

I'm not going to claim its 1:1 losses (some people wouldn't have wanted to, or been able to afford paying full price), but a significant portion would still have bought the packs at full price if that was the only option.

So yes EA has lost a lot of money this way.

And its pretty much s straight case of fraud or obtaining by deception. Theft of digital things is always a bit of a difficult concept, and I'm never particularly comfortable with it being used, but its pretty clear case of obtaining by deception...

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It's called fraud, or obtaining by deception.

But then again I guess you don't mind if someone steals from your online bank account. It's just changing some numbers on a website after all. *rolleyes*

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Siemens to mentor Mentor Graphics in $4.5bn acquisition

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hmmm...

I hope that's not going to cause problems in the connectivity between CATIA and Mentor. They just started playing nice together...

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Drubbed Grubhub bub scrubs anti-Donald-dubbed snub sub-hubbub

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Re: such poor reading comprehension

"Trump did not demean, insult, or ridicule any minority, immigrant, or disabled person."

Um what? Did you happen to miss when he said of mexicans "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists."

That's totally not insulting or demeaning a minority, no not at all...

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Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

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Re: Why Trump? People are just sick and tired.

As I mentioned above, everyone is saying people want change - yet they voted in the same congress critters that have been in charge for a bloody long time (number sin my previous post above). How is that a vote for change?

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A vote for change? And yet the people voted the republicans back into power in the house of representatives (just like 18 of the last 24 years including the last 6) and the senate (12 of the last 20 years including the last 2).

Does that really sound like votes for change? If people where voting for change I would have expected a glut of independent candidates being voted into congress. But there wasn't. There was absolutely no change, except to hand back power (and actually give more power) to the same people who have held power in congress for pretty much the whole time Obama was in power.

A vote for change? I don't believe that for a second...

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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

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Re: OMG! You mean I won't be able to buy, umm, errr, wait a mo, it'll come back to me

I'm afraid your wrong there Tiger. Since ITAR everyone has gone to building offshore - Gulfstream dont build or design their jets in the US anymore, Bombardier is Canda, and Boeing source 90% of their parts from overseas. So the aviation industry outside of the US will be perfectly fine...

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Re: Disturbing

“Ankh-Morpork had dallied with many forms of government and had ended up with that form of democracy known as One Man, One Vote. The Patrician was the Man; he had the Vote.”

With respect to the great Sir terry...

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Re: Disturbing

Democracy isn't broken. But what Americans have is not democracy. It looks nothing like a true democracy. Look to places like Germany, Australia and New Zealand if you want to see effective democracy.

The problem is people see America as a democracy (no doubt the people of the Deomcratic People's Republic of Korea (I.e. North Korea) do as well, since it's in the name after all), and if you looked at that, then yes you would probably agree democracy is broken. But it isn't, you're looking at something completely different - I prefer to think of it as a Corprotocracy - Government for the Corporations, and the Corporations to control the Government...

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Re: The room of people who will control Trump

Bill Hicks had it right YEARS ago:

"I have this feeling man, 'cause you know, it's just a handful of people who run everything, you know … that's true, it's provable. It's not … I'm not a fucking conspiracy nut, it's provable. A handful, a very small elite, run and own these corporations, which include the mainstream media. I have this feeling that whoever is elected president, like Clinton was, no matter what you promise on the campaign trail – blah, blah, blah – when you win, you go into this smoke-filled room with the twelve industrialist capitalist scum-fucks who got you in there. And you're in this smoky room, and this little film screen comes down … and a big guy with a cigar goes, "Roll the film." And it's a shot of the Kennedy assassination from an angle you've never seen before … that looks suspiciously like it's from the grassy knoll. And then the screen goes up and the lights come up, and they go to the new president, "Any questions?" "Er, just what my agenda is." "First we bomb Baghdad." "You got it …"

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Re: OMG! You mean I won't be able to buy, umm, errr, wait a mo, it'll come back to me

So what your saying is Australia (Wheat), Europe (Airbus) and Brazil (soybean) are rubbing their hands in glee?

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Re: What they voted for

@ Bombastic Bob - I'd believe you, if it wasn't for the fact that the "people" continued to vote for the exact same establishment as always by re-voting the senate and house of representatives into republican hands. The same republican hands that have held the house of representatives for 18 of the last 22 years (including the last 6 years) and 12 of the last 20 years of the senate (including the last 2 years).

There was no anti-establishment vote there. So where was it?

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Re: How can any decent voter

You're all whining about not the votes not being representative of the countries involves and mentioning the low voter turnout. Well if you want high turnout, easy, make it compulsory to vote. Australia does it ($50 fine if you don't vote), and the turnout is near to 99%. And yes if you don't want to vote for any of the candidates in Australia, you can do a donkey vote (i.e. deliberately invalidate your vote - scribble none of the above on the sheet, draw a picture of a donkey, or whatever you feel like), the number of donkey votes are counted and give a very good picture of the number of protest votes out there.

You don't here people complaining in Aus about the parliament not being representative of the actual country. If you want it representative, MAKE EVERYONE VOTE! Simple.

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Ireland to fight against billing Apple for back-taxes

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Political theatre only

I said it months ago this is all just political theatre. Ireland have to be seen to be fighting this, but they know they will lose and I doubt they will pull out all the stops to try and win. But if they don't appear to be fighting in Apples corner, then Apple might question using them for its EU base.

So they'll talk the talk, throw a few punches and then go down in the fifth round. And blame it all on the EU. The EU makes such a great political scapegoat after all...

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Add it to the tab: ICO fines another spammer as unpaid bills mount

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Re: Go after the lawyers as well...

OK thanks for all the updates everyone, I guess my info was way out of date. :)

I'd still be suprised if you didnt need a lawyer to liquidate a company, but I had no idea it was now so easy to set up a company. 12 quid? Bugger me...

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Re: Go after the lawyers as well...

Actually it does. To set up any small business, the easiest way is to buy an "off the shelf" company, set up by a lawyer. The lawyer is supposed to do due diligence to ensure that the person buying it is on the level and not setting it up in order to perform illegal activities. Whilst it is possible to set up your own company, it is hugely more expensive and difficult (and I think still needs a lawyer involved at various stages). Since the bastards behind these things will almost certainly be going the easier way, the lawyer who doesn't do the due diligence should get it in the neck.

I've never been involved in liquidating a firm, but I can pretty much guarantee that would also need a lawyer involved. Rather heavily I imagine...

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