* Posts by The Axe

611 posts • joined 10 Nov 2011

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

The Axe

Woman interviewed by BBC was not a member of the public, she was a member of Corbyn's team. #BiasedBBC.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Scrap the BBC

High time the BBC was scrapped. All it shows is crap now a days.

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300 million pelicans? Pah. What 6 billion plastic bags really weigh

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Re: Enviromentalists are extrapolating

@TheOtherHobbes

Yeah, like your link. It's so full of obvious crap.

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Re: Enviromentalists are extrapolating

@Pascal Monett - I can do links too*.

Are we really “choking the ocean with plastic”? Tracing the creation of an eco-myth - https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/12/24/are-we-really-choking-the-ocean-with-plastic-tracing-the-creation-of-an-eco-myth/

An Ocean of Plastic - https://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/12/17/an-ocean-of-plastic/

Garbage: Another environmental claim proven to be hyped - https://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/01/06/garbage-another-environmental-claim-proven-to-be-hyped/

* Well not clicky ones, but you know how to copy & paste.

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Re: People should really stop driving to the ocean and tossing them in

@JeffyPoooh "Hint: Somebody should figure out how the plastic is getting into the ocean."

The plastic isn't getting into the ocean. Enviromentalists are extrapolating from a couple of locations which happen to contain a tiny bit of tiny pieces of plastic (specially chosen to help their case) and making a case that all the world's oceans are filled with plastic to the same level.

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Avnet sees Dätwyler's bid for Raspberry Pi slinger, raises to £868m

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@theModge "Who sometimes still manage to compete with each other on price!"

Look up Price Discrimination. The microeconomic process of charging different prices for the same product to different customers. For those that can afford it, charge more. For those that are looking for a good deal, charge less. The end result is more items sold which increases turnover which is good from a business perspective.

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Re: Turkey shoot

It'll still be a UK company employing UK staff and paying UK taxes.

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Silicon Valley's contribution to the US Republican Convention: Gayness

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Milo

What about Milo Yiannopoulos? A well known right winger and a dangerous faggot* to boot. So dangerous that Twitter had to ban him for life for upsetting one of the Ghostbusters actors.

* His own words

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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Re: More indicative / venting than any real chance

What about the pain created for us by the EU which we and our next generation don't really need?

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New York decides not to tinker with vendor lock-down for now

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Re: Other than screens and batteries

It's not the average person who does the repair, it's engineers like Lois Rossman (look him up on YouTube) and many other independents who do the repairs. And they can be cheaper and better than the big companies. Because they care about their customers. So it can be economically viable to repair in many cases.

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French authorities raid Google's Paris HQ over tax allegations

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OxFam are dodgy with their tax affairs too

OxFam aren't squeeky clean over their handling of tax either. They use dodgy methods to get as much money as possible, using techniques that could be seen as evasion if HMRC got off their arse and decided that it wasn't what Parliament wanted when the laws were written. See how they handle GiftAid on donations of non-cash items. Plus they don't really spend that much on the needy, keeping a load for themselves to pay the high salaries of their executives.

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We will end misleading broadband adverts, thunders ASA...

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The ASA can't even ban an advert. All it can do is ask that the advert is not shown again - usually after the campaign has finished and the advert not likely to be shown anyway.

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People have been taught not to think for themselves as everything is managed by the state. Now that people can't think, other people who do think are taking advantage of them. And rather than teach people to think for themselves, the ASA wants to dumb down people even more. #ScrapTheASA

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Intel takes aim at Arduino with US$15 breadboard

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Combined with a real PC

Udoo are combining the Arduino killer with a PC killer, a quad-core 64-bit 2.24GHz processor.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/udoo/udoo-x86-the-most-powerful-maker-board-ever?ref=nav_search

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Pair programming: The most extreme XP practice?

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Mushroom

Two words

It's crap.

Or is that three?

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Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

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Re: FUD

A small number of the leaders of the IT industry. There are many other leaders in many other industries and not all of them are for staying in the EU. I suspect all of them will make sound logical decisions based on what they think and perceive and believe will help their personal interests. I also suspect all of them will make their decisions based on what they are told to say to keep the the status quo so that their personal interests are maximised.

Occam's Razor and all.

Or am I being a bit too cynical?

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FUD

Fear Uncertainty and Doubt.

The remainers are playing up the scaremongering to extreme hype levels because they don't have any real facts that are totally down to the EU doing something good. Many of what they spout could just as much happened if the UK was outside the EU. Look at all the other countries in the world, they aren't part of the EU, but have they suffered? Sure some have (mostly socialist despot ridden countries, a bit like the EU :-) ), but overall the world is a better place than when the EU was created, and it isn't down to the creation of the EU.

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Re: refused work visas .. And why would they do that?

@Jess said "The outcome of a brexit is totally unknown."

True. But also the outcome of staying in is totally unknown too. Do you know what regulations the EU will create next month, next year, next decade? If you asked someone in the 70s if there would be stability because of the EU, you'd probably get an affarmative but the reality of all the petty gold plated regulations and banning everything such as imperial measurements means that the everything was unknown by being part of the EU.

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

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Re: Unfortunately... you're wrong

Theft is theft, there is no time limit or extenuating circumstances such as saying that you were going to return the item eventually.

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Pressing charges

"but realistically if he doesn't want to press charges over anything, which he really doesn't have anything to press charges over, then there isn't much the police can do (whether or not they have the will to). "

No such thing as pressing charges in the UK. You've been watching too many US cop shows. It's the CPS who make the decision whether or not to progress a case. The most a victim can do is refuse to co-operate which in effect the same as not pressing charges. But the victim can't force the charge through.

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Raspberry Pi celebrates fourth birthday with fruity version 3

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Coat

Won't it be your 3.14159th Pi?

I'll get my coat.

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How one of the poorest districts in the US pipes Wi-Fi to families – using school buses

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Re: How does the driver get home?

Yeah, I would've thought sticking it in a box on a pole would work just as well, and it doesn't need an expensive bus to sit around. What do the people do when the bus is doing its job of transporting people?

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

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Re: 2 Things

Its amazing how we are living in such a well developed society with lots of nice high tech to play with. I wonder what created it? Oh, I know MONEY!

As for population pressure, that's decreasing. Malthusians bleat about the world being filled and it'll be the end of the world. Populations are actually decreasing (except for immigration) in developed countries as the pressure to churn out babies lessens due to the cost of raising children and the lack of a need to replace those children who die young.

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Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

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Like relatively unknown international conglomeretes like StemCor aren't highlighted for their tax dodging antics? I wonder why.

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Criminal records checks 'unlawful' and 'arbitrary' rules High Court

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Proportionate

So judge says "it seems to me, to be some machinery for testing the *proportionality* of the the interference, if the scheme is to be in accordance with the law"

Home office then say "This government remains committed to protecting children and other vulnerable people by providing employers with *proportionate* access to criminal record information in order to support safer recruitment decisions." yet implement a law which has no proporionality in it as it requires all and any crimes to be disclosed no matter what period of time has passed.

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

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Re: What's the point of living?

"What next, running in the corridor is dangerous?"

It is if you are carrying scissors.

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

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Re: Rate of change

Nice to call us deniers. We don't deny the climate is changing. What we disagree about is what is causing it.

Is it changing that fast. We have lots of records for the last 100 years or so, nothing much beyond that. The climate might have changed quickly in the past, the proxy records can't show that.

Are the stakes that high? Humans have filled Earth primarily because they are an adapatble species. We have adapted to the ice and adapted to the desert. We can adapt very quickly to anything the planet throws at us.

What's made climate change political is the Greenies who demand that the planet change to their whims. They're the ones who have had laws created to force people to pay more for their energy - just so that the Greenies' favourite businesses can get subsidies.

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YouTube’s 10 years of hits: Global recognition at last for Rick Astley

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Haven't seen any of them...

... in 2015. I might have seen one or two in previous years though.

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Researcher criticises 'weak' crypto in Internet of Things alarm system

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Re: Huh?

Who this "expert"? He doesn't seem to know much about criminals. I suppose he'll probably also say that car alarms need highly skilled IT experts to break and therefore it's unrealistic for cars to be stolen without actually breaking a window as criminals are stupid. It's the "expert" who is stupid. He probably advised the car makers when they were making their insecure car alarms.

This "expert" needs to realise that not all criminals are clueless. Criminals can come from all walks of life.

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Getting metal hunks into orbit used to cost a bomb. Then SpaceX's Falcon 9 landed

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Re: Bah!

@Esme, the problem with rotational derived gravity is the Coriolis Effect. That causes more problems than the artificial gravity solves.

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DEAD MAN'S SOCKS and other delightful gifts from clients

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Re: A dozen Easter Eggs.

I hear that Easter Eggs are on sale already in some shops. ;-)

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Newspaper kills 'what was fake' column as pointless in internet age

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Snopes

There is always snopes.com to find out what's fake and what's not.

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'Personalised BBC' can algorithmically pander to your prejudices

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Journalist's job

"What a journalist's job is to try and do, is go a tiny bit further than that, and actually try and open people's minds up, and ask, ‘Have you thought of looking at it this way?’ …"

Except if the topic is global warming or anything else to do with green isues. Then you will only get what the BBC thinks is the consensus.

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Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban

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Jeez

Some people like to be offended by anything and everything. Trump wants to do something in his own country and has chosen the perfect way to get the message out without having to spend millions of dollars in advertising. Yet people want to stop him from coming to this country, a country where he hasn't called for a Muslim ban or anything like it.

He doesn't hate Muslims, as shown by the fact that he does business deals with them, just that the ISIS issue needs to be sorted out. And yes, ISIS is a Muslim terrorist organisation.

As for Trump saying that our police are scared of Muslims, well the top brass might deny it (but then they're lily livered apologists & useful idiots for Islamists), but the normal policemen & women are saying he's right.

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National Crime Agency: Your kid could be a nasty interwebs hacker

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Porn

Parents, if your kid is showing signs as listed then he has probably discovered porn, not terrorism.

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This is how you count all the trees on Earth

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Good work, but why worry about CO2

Why bother with a lower carbon footprint data centre when the time taken meant that so much CO2 was saved by doing the processing in a very short period of time. In any case the amount of CO2 used, even in the original case of 100 days would be so small as to make no difference to global climate. Don't forget that CO2 is a tiny percentage of the atmosphere, and man's CO2 is a small proportion of that tiny percentage.

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Don't flip your lid: The Internet of Helmets has arrived

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Aerial

Not sure about the aerial sticking up lasting long in a real building environment.

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Chinese sat-snaps to help boffins forecast Antarctic sea ice

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Ship of Fools

"passengers and crew on a Russian ship had to be rescued by a Chinese helicopter and transported to Hobart by Australia's Aurora Australis."

Should be pointed out that the passengers were "scientists" investigating where all the ice had gone. No wonder they got named as the Ship of Fools for getting trapped in the ice their climate models said didn't exist.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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Re: Another balancing article from the 'Fail

I call it click-bait not balanced journalism.

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Facebook's UK wing paid just £4k in corporation tax last year

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Re: Companies don't pay tax

@tombo, its not the tax avoidance that's the problem, it's the tax itself. Lower taxes to be competitive with other countries and biz in other countries won't have the advantage.

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Companies don't pay tax

Facebook itself paid tax, but it was only doing on behalf of the shareholders, the employees, and the customers of Facebook. In other words it was people who paid the tax, in lower dividends, lower wages or more expensive product prices.

Companies don't pay tax, people do. All companies do is collect it and act as a tax collector for HMRC. Even employers NI is really a tax that employees pay, it's just that they don't see it but it does affect their salary, making it lower.

So Facebook staff got a nice bonus. Well they pay tax. So Facebook itself paid a low corporation tax and did so by giving the staff a bonus. Tax was not avoided, just redirected and assigned to a different accountancy column.

PS. Corporation tax is on the PROFIT a company makes. If it decides to invest, or give large bonuses, or dividends which lower profit then it will lower the corporation tax. That is all legal, and moral, and ethical. Corp tax is not on turnover.

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How long does it take an NHS doctor to turn on a computer?

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Doctors are not bright

You might think doctors are intelligent. They are not, what they are good at is learning lots of information about a single thing, the body. They can regurgitate Latin names for every part of the body, but digress from the body and they are clueless. Richard Feynman's famous quote comes to mind, "I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy". Just replace scientist with doctor.

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Dot-gay bid fails again: This time because it is too gay

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Re: I wonder if ICANN would allow...

The real TLD they should be going for is LGBTQIAGJSUERMZNP* because any person who thinks they are an oppressed minority, and technically every individual is, should be able to join the group.

* Some random letters because that's what LGBT and it follow on letters is, just a label used by those who don't like being labelled.

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Smartmobe brain maker Qualcomm teases 64-bit ARM server chip secrets

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Mountain

"Qualcomm and its pals have a hell of a mountain to climb"

And also a huge market in which to take even a small amount of and make tons of dosh.

Or they might upset everyone and go the way of Google who were nobody when AOL where massive. Where's AOL now?

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Has the UK Uber crackdown begun? TfL opens consultation on private car biz

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Society seems to realize that. Over 80,000 have signed a petition asking TfL to back down.

See http://order-order.com/2015/09/30/public-flock-to-back-uber/

Uber's petition is here - https://action.uber.org/tfl/

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Dear do-gooders, you can't get rid of child labour just by banning it

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Re: Another crucial vector

But look at how hard they have to work to keep the women down.

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Gold bugs, concrete bog roll holders and frolic-friendly furniture: What IS it with designers?

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I saw you coming

All this stuff reminds me of the Harry & Paul show.

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PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

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Re: Utter Stupidity. Utterly Pissing Me Off.

"Anyway, attempting to calm down and explain rationally what is wrong with PETA's action here, imo, It's essentially a question of authorship."

Nope. It's essentialy an attempt at promotion by PETA and its working. They don't care if they win or lose, the aim is to create publicity. And the more articles are written about it, the more free advertising they are getting.

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Uber is killing off iconic black cabs, warns Zac Goldsmith

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Taxi drivers are luddites

Proof that they are against progress, just like the Luddites of old.

"Taxi Drivers descended on City Hall today to protest Transport for London’s stance on regulating Uber. It was all going so well untill Boris called them “Luddites”…

A member of City Hall staff was reportedly knocked out in the ensuing melee. The Taxi drivers rather proved Boris’ point…"

http://order-order.com/2015/09/16/taxi-drivers-shut-down-mayors-question-time/

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Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

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Re: Hysteria

Also looks like Hollywood has won too if the cops and authorities think a bomb has to look like a movie bomb. Have they not seen a real bomb? No need to answer that, its obvious.

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