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Three-years-late fit-to-work IT tool will cost taxpayers £76m

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Don't worry

While Austerity runs in the foreground, Realignment runs in the background and eurobods draw the UK ability to huff-n-puff-n go blue in the face over renegotiating UK membership.

Like all good west end musicals this one too will run for a good many years (and what does that tell us about of freedoms of reporting?)?

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Research: Microsoft the fastest growing maker of tablet OSs ... by 2019

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Patents?

Hmmm it looks like MS cannot sell those patents after all.

Patent backlog warning?

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Patent litigation in Europe will look very different in 5 years' time – expert

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And what if the UK exits the EU?

What if the EU boots out the UK?

Scotland goes UDI (Unofficial Declaration of Independence) and UK (well, England mostly) sends in SAS and 2 Para to secure RN nuclear sites in UDI Scotland?

Huh? Huh?

Besides UK (well England really) is much well on t'royd t'Duchy of Londres state with predictably landed gentry getting richer at expense of working or unworking folk.

Nothing changes yet everything changes and all stays the same?

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Report: VW execs 'knew' about fuel economy issues last year

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Shock! Horror!

Shock!

Horror!

So what?

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Microsoft whips out PowerApps – now your Pointy Haired Boss can write software, too!

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On the other hand ...

... isn't this what Microsoft, intel, AMD, Apple, google, ... have been doing for years?

Making IT and digital stuff doable, accessible and workable to the greater populace out there?

No?

EDIT: plus it reads more like Windows PowerToys than Excel macros (or even more like .bat workery)

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Court battle date set for £300m BT Cornwall termination dispute

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Typical?

One local monopoly falls out with another bigger virtual-in-every-respect monopoly both of which have roots in public funding dependency.

Sad innit?

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How do you future-proof your critical IT gear and other systems?

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Easily-peasily?

Never, ever upgrade :-)

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UK.gov: Size matters, and we like it SMALL but MORE

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sad innit

Truth is procurement primarily goes to what once were publicly funded employees in a process designed by publicly funded employees so it isn't really surprising that this working method has yet to become unblocked and favours still publicly funded employees.

Attempting to unblock it must have been going on for at least 30 years.

The bureaucracy involved is (or was unless it has changed) chilling - European level, National level, local level (is there such a thing any more or is it another term for the public works department?)?

Then there is BT, or ... (usually gas, water or leccy utilities?) ...

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Big trouble in big China: Crashing economy in Middle Kingdom body slams US tech stocks

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Truth is: Ch slaves are funding Western overindulgences?

Brits know how to do this empire creaming off of resources stuff so very well?

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Směrť Špionam! BAN Windows 10, it SPIES too much, exclaim Russians

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Re: Simple solution

That would mean the data, meta-data, meta-meta-data, meta^n-data were sort of free and the data holders (probably not the data users) aint gonna have that doodz!

Tsk! You hoominz!

Honestly!

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Does it matter?

Does it really matter what the end users device does anyway?

As soon as it connects to a network (any network?) the network server can slup all that up any way?

So why be coy?

Google Drive really is your friend?

Any way it is all sort of turning irrelevant as (haven't you heard?) China has crashed (probably means there is no dosh to bail out Corbyn, Greece, all the rest of defray-payment-policy-strategy-executive shmuchery(?) and besides the UK has always depended upon slaves and/or empire to pay for its costs of livings (plural and plurality seems important no? Alternatively: Get out of that TW?)?

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That thing we do in the UK? Should be ILLEGAL in the US, moans ex-State monopoly BT

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Realism is hard?

Look - what is BT?

In terms of global enterprises it is a splat, splot, spot, UK dependent thingy.

Invoke a principle of reciprocity and watch BT subsequently squirm, squash, die as Ruski, Merican, Canadian, ... telecoms come in and compete on even levels?

Dear BT: some swords are two edged, watch which ones you dare and/or care to use?

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

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Oh well, if it is ...

... political.

Corbyn (like Brown before him?) is a great person to have on a team.

Team captain = yes or no.

Yes probably = team fail.

No probably = team fail but not as quickly with a dash of false hope in the mix?

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In a nutshell?

Corbyn = return to stealth taxation and your money being spoken for just after you receive it with what little that is left over not being worth very much?

Unless, of course, your income is publicly funded, with no redundancy rules writ in L-A-R-G-E, guaranteed increases in income, astounding pension paid for out of the public purse, wonderful rellocation T&Cs, ... in which case you will probably covertly, overtly or covertly & overtly pushing, influencing, taunting the Corbyn way?

The poor wee man probably has no idea why he has been catapulted to fame and notoriety (also described as: we got a right pussy cat here?)?

No?

(Or to put it colloquially: the daft t*at?)?

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Adobe pays US$1.2M plus settlements to end 2013 breach class action

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LOL?

LOL! Were they selling bootlegged n ahar Jim lad - pirated copies of Adobe software to bring in backdoor revenues?

Not sayin like you know mate just asking like you know guv'nor

- hick, hack sniff thwack?

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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

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Sounds like ...

... clear the pipeline we got a lot of new stuff coming in that we have to shift fast no?

EDIT: is there any broadcaster (terrestrial, satellite, dijital, ...) catering for 4kness anyway?

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The Wilson Doctrine isn't legally binding, MPs CAN be spied on, says QC

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Above the law

If recent worldwide revelations (and in the UK non-revelations?) are anything to go by senior power brokers in the UK are above the law anyway?

Not by legislation, not by rule but merely by day-to-day practice of mis-filing, non-enacting, misplacing or turning a Nelsonian blind eye to whatever spins your boat?

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Angry Austrian takes a hit in David and Goliath Facebook battle

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Re: Photo

Is that guy in red jacket really having a sl*sh behind the post?

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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Re: Indeed

I've seen the odd Spitfire or Hurricane in private gardens/grounds too.

Seems the fickle finger of fate foretells that the losers armour has not to be seen?

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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There aint nuthin smart about a smart meter?

What kind of system do they use in Germany?

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EU: Explain your tax affairs. Google, Amazon, Facebook: Mmm... nah

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So, so, so naive

Bureaucrats Tsk!

You humans, you never seem to learn do you?

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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Typical of ...

... an over bureaucratized state?

1 - the incident only become important when pwage affects employees (bureaucrats in the bureaucracy?)?

2 - it does not matter a jot what the content or risks to those individuals are (in fact its leaks are worse in effect than its whistleblowers stuff?)?

I could go on but you get the drift and all it boils down to is a "You did it-No, you did it" whitewash coverup.

Shame innit?

You humans - wot yoo like?

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Ecobee3: If you're crazy enough to want a smart thermostat – but not too crazy – this is for you

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For increased efficiency?

What do they do in Germany?

I am sure it is far more efficient (and time proven to be so?) that anything the uk might have to offer?

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

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So when ...

... will an Android desktop/laptop/notebook/big tablet with/without keyboards be available?

Has Big G got a business plan in place?

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Maybe ...

... it is wonderful having the choices?

And maybe even mores there are no superiors or inferiors there are just preferences that best manifest the hardware, software, firmware, X-wares out there?

Just thinking that's all?

EDIT: Yawn! Is the moderator awake? [yes – mod.]

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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Re: Damn you lucky bastadges.

Have you tried an Apple MacBook Pro instead?

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Yeh but

Okay the hardware is inexpensive but will my Creative Suite CS3 (or 4 or 5 or 6) run in that environment.

The above is an example and maybe the problem is not as much hardware but "will my favourite and/or bespoke but certainly adorable and very expensive at the time software work ticketty-boo too?"?

No?

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It's OK – this was an entirely NEW type of cockup, says RBS

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Re: Fining banks...

True, true, ...

The trouble is in UK that the strong tradition of Tort, vicarious liabilities, redress, ... sort of is overlooked and ignored by recent practice of not holding individuals to account with a preference to apply a fine to an organisation.

It seems a bit of a strange set-up considering England's attraction to Common Law?

I suppose we may draw our own conclusions as to why this set of circumstances comes about.

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Re: Fines? Fines? Fines?

Point well made and taken.

But the banks use customers money to do risky stuff that creates profits or losses for the bank (and increasingly these days particularly in days of high inflation? - there is attitude: get your money working for you. Meaning any organisation handling money speculates with that money in its possession with a view to creating profits or at least covering staff costs and staff bonus for those involved?)? In UK Icelandic bank "crash" (term used loosely) cost local and central guvmint administrators quite a bit as they had dosh (that is customers dosh and profits made from handling that dosh) tied up in Icelandic funds no?

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Fines? Fines? Fines?

What good does it do fining an organisation - where is there justice in that?

That 56 millions of squids would be better spent in relief to those directly affected and making infrastructure improvements so it limits chance of things happening again.

There aint no justice in a fine. And a fine has potential to harm those already harmed by the earlier incidents by diverting dosh away from where it is needed? (If a fine is required it is better to fine those individuals directly rather than the organisation itself?)

Organisations do not create money and any money in an organisation is generally and principally provided by its customers. High earners in the company are likely to remain unaffected however ...

Far better for the authorities to instruct organisation to implement an improvement plan and compensation plan to 56 millions squids level. (Just like Health & Safety inspections in uk - there are no justifications for slapping on a fee because additional improvements are required?)

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Sharing Economy latest: Women's BREAST MILK is the new 'liquid GOLD' of the internet

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New business model

Wouldn't a better business model be draft sales direct from source at an outlet (or two) near you?

Of course, some customers might prefer their drink from a tumbler rather than direct from source?

Just wondering that's all?

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US mega-hack: White House orders govt IT to do what it should have done in the first place

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On the other hand ...

Do we really accept that the nation capable of keeping (almost?) all things secret until whistleblower(s) happen along will so readily and easily-peasily put its hands in the air and say "Cor Blimey! Yes Guv! We az ad our data nicked innit?"?

While at the same time cold shoulder or incarcerate whistleblowers?

Is it rat smelling time?

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Consequences?

Does this mean that any networked computer is not really secure?

And will data on there get slurped?

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Wholesale price cap: Take THAT, BT, says (now toothy) Ofcom

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OFCOM = job 4 life?

Well I suppose OFCOM had to do something eventually just to justify its existence?

At this trickle rate and BT's overwhelming dominance in the market it looks as if jobs at OFCOM are going to be very, very safe?

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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Best approach?

(But first - Joke Alert: Local guvmint in the UK should have a large penis drawn about it?)

Any way it doesn't matter too much if the data were uploaded realtime - guvmint computer operators are dab hands at manipulating the databases anyway.

So really the best place the data should be uploaded to is our UK friendly and independent motoring bodies (RAC, AA, National or even Halfords?) with copies going automatically to guvmint database.

In fact, the data should be uploaded to an independently run database allowing free access by all and any with no editing rights afforded to either?

Definitely not to Highways Agency, local guvmint, central guvmint or any direct/indirect guvmint funded organisation.

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Russia copies EU commissars with own right to be forgotten law

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Re: Eye for one?

Does dodgy politics deny the cost made and sacrifices given?

If so what should the England do about their -ahem- *cough* *cough* excesses in Africa, India (as in Indian continent now making India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) and would that extend to the Americas too?

And what about the Irish, Scots and Welsh clearances as well as those inflicted upon the English poor themselves?

Pray tell

And what should the West do about blind eyes inflicted simulaneously upon Roosevelt (?), Churchill and Stalin post-war when it was permitted ti despatch about a third os all unarmed military, civilians, children held in captivity?

Pray tell on that too s'il vous plait

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Eye for one?

I think t'other side of the iron curtain has been sorely misrepresented in the UK.

Heavens! We might even have been so brainwashed and mind warped into believing that the UK won WW2 on its own, Russian contribution to the WW2 was minimalist and all of Eastern (well Central?) Europe's woes rest on Ruski

Sad innit

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So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

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Re: Pratchett

Banks: How can we get more money? We need more to meet bonus requirements of our staff(s)?

Guv: Why don't we encourage the minions to buy their own homes? In good times we get more dough, you get more dough.

I tough times we repossess (okay - rephrase that to: repossess with much wailing and hand-wringing but repossess nonetheless) and we still get more dough.

A more interesting modelling might be predator-prey ratio analysis for those on the public take?

Tsk! Humans? Honestly?

Alternatively we can take the Alien Analogy and talk of impending doom that will befall soon unless (like those Princes in Uganda?) we get lots of monies first?

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However ...

... credit (no not that kind of credit) due to where credit (no not that kind of credit) is due and has there not been a worldwide cooperation in seeking a less harmful way of working through things (as described in the article?)?

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Re: Is that the sound of a can being kicked down the road?

Ethereal rather than virtual? In either case they merely describe models of happening in a "real" world depending upon the data sensed, perceptions and understandings of it, and derivations taken between the model and empirical evidence?

In either case it looks like a dynamical system in which, for example at time T it looks as if a cliff edge with steep drop is approaching.

Add some interventions according to one's tastes and preferences and at a later time say (T + t) the cliff edge has disappeared and been replaced by a meandering normality?

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Interesting!

It is interesting that the relationship MV = PQ works (apparently?), gives insight and provides means and tools for intervention.

But there again interventionists would say that and aren't they the people that created this sort of mess anyway?

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Wearable fitness tech: Exercising your self-motivation skills

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Missing the point?

Maybe there are other reasons for wearable fitness - factors such as:

+ is it cool to have

+ is it fashionable

+ will my peers accept it positively

+ does it satisfy my inner vision of myself

+ does it satisfy or convey the image I wish to project

+

...

+ will it encourage me to exercise more or increase my personal fitness

(having, say, MS Office on a mobile device does not automatically imply everyone will try to create prose, plays, movie scripts, War & Peace, ... no?)

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NEVER MIND the B*LLOCKS Osbo peddles, deficits don't really matter

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True but ...

... probably a few people are restrained about work related stuff because it is work related?

But it is great to vent, widens appeal of el Reg, and gives opportunity to discuss, no?

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An excellent example ... (part umpteen)

I don't get how restructuring UK civil service equates with country going bankrupt. Perhaps the point is that corrective checks and balances and wheezes and evasions do exist in private sector but in UK public sector the tax paying (whether voters or citizens or subjects or not) always pick up the bill.

It seems an essential corrective structure is missing.

Economics is a hocus-pocus upfrontery and besides I am very tempted by the "The Next Step in Evolution" ad asking me if 'I am ready' (well, really "Are You Ready?") with a link to Watch Incredible Video. But I wondered what a scantily clad female human wearing almost nothing and looking down at me might mean?

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An excellent example ...

... of why UKs civil servants en masse should approach Guvmint and say things like:

We know public finances are bad and don't want to heap stuff on top of that. Here is a restructuring plan to save 20% of total cost without adversely affecting service levels. The proposed structure ensures frontline delivery of services with modest increases for those with income levels below national average-local average and loss of many midmanagement positions with income levels at the highest level reduced by up to 50%. There is also an additional governing factor in which civil servant incomes whether direct or indirect (that is a "private" company wholly owned by the state or state apparatus) will never ever be paid more than than the Minister for the Regions. We fully acknowledge that the Prime Minister should have lead salary in the public employee-publicly paid sector even with the mish-mash of psuedo companies now in existence??

Huh? Huh? Huh?

PS (edit): only the finance sector seems to get the same level of public funds chucked at it on a regular basis. A rule in the private sector seems to be: can't manage your income-expenditure and owe the bank lots of dosh then it is Time for closure and bankruptcy?

And what private sector company goes into huge deficits with big wage rises all round, improved terms and conditions of employment matched by huge reduction in services and service levels?

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World loses John Nash, the 'Beautiful Mind'

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Life is beautiful ...

... the world is a better place for the two to have had life.

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HP: you know we said we were done with cost cutting...

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Hasn't HP ...

... got a lot of ex-civil service workers TUPE'd into itself?

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GDS to handle Govt payments? What could possibly go wrong?

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GDS getting "the treatment"

Incumbents in the civil service are well experienced at dealing with threats from the unwelcomed (be they MPs or awkward sods?), potential competitors and those invited against the civil service wishes.

Expect lots of cold shoulders, trips (what was the movie that showed the established at a public school fouling a newcomer to the same - something to do with running?), press releases by the hour, ... , ?

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EU parliament pushes for Dodd-Frank style conflict mineral laws

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To be fair though they do take a different approach to obtaining overseas resources such as investing into the source nation itself?

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A law is a law is a ...

... law.

Passing a law does not automatically imply that people will uphold the law nor does it infer that those not upholding the law will somehow meet with some justifiable sort of justice (or in some cases: punishments)?

A law is only an authorised form of words on paper, to be meaningful it, the law that is, requires support and nourishments?

And assuming the law falls in a nation or state then the mechanisms to make the law "real" rest within that nation or state. If the law reaches across national or state boundaries well, that is a whole complicated bit of other businesses?

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