* Posts by The Axe

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Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

The Axe

Re: Er, but...

What's wrong about letting ISPs charge different amounts for different levels of service? Maybe I should ask for smart phone neutrality. It's not fair that Apple can make crap phones* and charge massive amounts whilst I have to make do with a OK phone.

* Clickbait for Apple fans. IGMC

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The good burghers of Palo Alto are entirely insane

The Axe

Re: Ownership and liability

And to correct IDS (if it was him) further, the price of a house is nothing - until it is put up for sale.

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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: El Reg on the hydrogen highway

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If the wind & solar farms are generating power for making H2, what do the rest of do when we want energy. So renewable energy is only used to make H2 in times of glut - storms for wind, or summer for solar? Fine, but then how do the hydrogen fuel cell powered car travel when there is a dearth of renewable power. Do they use power from the national grid which is mainly fossil fueled?

The problem with renewable power is that there is more to energy than just electricity. Also, even if through some miracle of technology, non-hydrocarbon power supplied 100% of our electricity, we still need to drill & dig up hydrocarbons. Fossil fuels are a major feedstock for many manufacturing & industrial processes.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

The Axe

Re: Let me expand your reference frame a bit..

"vaping is costing an established industry a fortune"

Yep, the state. The government is losing out on the tabacco duty, big style.

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Could our fear of fracking be appeased with CO2 sequestration?

The Axe

Re: Misses the point

Real concerns like climate change? Then we should be using nuclear as much as possible. Oh, it's dangerous too. Well we as a society (and not a shouty minority) should decide if we want plentiful energy to live our modern lives with a tiny risk of something going wrong or if we should favour a bubble-wrapped existence living hand to mouth but knowing that our children & grandchildren will live healthy lives (if they can work out how to get lots of energy to keep the hospitals and pharma industries going).

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The Axe

Re: It is called fracking for a purpose

"Not quite. Fracking breaks the local rock integrity ..."

Not quite. Fracking opens up existing natural fracktures in the shale rock. The propant in the frack fluid help keep the factures open when the water pressure is reduced. The chemicals in the frack fluid help the propant get to where its needed and ensure that the nasty chemicals in the ground don't attack or block the pipework.

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YouTube bloggers told to slap 'advert' stickers on their vid posts

The Axe

Re: Numpties

@Dave126, the situation you describe would not occur. The more people are allowed to learn from their mistakes the more they won't be fooled the next time. By regulating advertising and protecting the consumer too much, the public aren't allowed to learn. So in effect, the smart people look at the regs, find the loopholes (because regulators are stupid too), and take advantage of them - till the regulators catch up and close that particular loophole. But tech & society changes so much and so fast that regulators are always playing a game of catch up.

It might have been the case in the past with very little communication abilities amongst the population for scammers to take advantage of this lack of communication and go from place to place performing their scam each time. But with social media the public can quickly let everyone know about the scam which limits the ability of the scammers to go from place to place. They're left with a single attempt before they get found out and the public ignores them at worst or actively ostricies them. An ignored scam is a failed scam is a loss making scam.

So yes, people will get hoodwinked, but the point is that they then learn to watch out for themselves rather than use the state as a crutch all the time and not think for themselves either. If people get lazy and just assume that the state is regulating then when advertisers (or any other body) fool them, they will assume it's perfectly OK but the regulators are looking after them - aren't they?

It's plain human psychology. Look at it in the context of teaching a child. Do you watch everything they do like a helicopter parent or do you teach them the rules of life and let them learn from their mistakes. Or in the context of training a person up in a skill. Do you allow them to make mistakes and so learn more about the subject or do you get them to perform by rote the skill which doesn't cater for any variation in the environment or allow enhancements to be found.

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The Axe

Numpties

If viewers of a youtube vlogger's output can't tell when they are plugging a product then they deserve to be fleeced as they are stupid. It doesn't need a nannying state organisation to protect them. The org might be able to protect them in this case, but life is full of surprises and scammers and charlatons. Will such stupid people need protect by yet more state organisations. Or should they learn from their mistakes so that they can spot when they are having the wool pulled over their eyes themselves.

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Indian Mars probe beams back 3D canyon snaps

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Aid?

So UK aid to India has effectively enabled them to get their probe to Mars. Shouldn't we have asked for a little Union flag on the side of the probe, just like the EU insists for all the projects it supports.

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

The Axe

Re: Utility not income

You've obviously not watched the latest TV series presented by Ben Fogle where people make the decision to do more utility and make less money.

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The Axe

Re: interesting on Murphy's education

No he did not get an economics degree. He did accounting of which part of it was economics. He didn't take the economics part. Murphy is an accountant, a small time accountant at that.

If you think being an accountant makes you an economist then feel free to believe Murphy's opinion. I do have a bridge you might like to buy too.

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European-style health system

France is a good example of a European-style health system. Managed and run privately but paid for by the state. The state collects your taxes and when you need health care it pays the company that runs the hospital or doctor's surgery.

In effect it extends the current UK system where GPs are privately run and paid by the state to include hospitals too.

It is known fact that the amount of tax everyone pays that goes into the NHS is many times more than that that would be paid if everyone went with BUPA*. And that's taking into account that under a fully private system expensive health care would still be covered.

* Other private health care providers exist.

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The Axe

Re: Not impressed

Corbyn has fire in his belly, but his policies are total fairy stories.

The problem is that the public at large has been fed lies about the depression being all due to evil bankers and so won't understand or want to understand economics theory. Now its true that economics has not been totally sorted out, that's why we have Adam Smith people and Keynes people with polar opposite views as to what is true economics, but just looking back at history and using empirical evidence from countries like Venezuela, Corbyn's economic policies can be seen as a total disaster.

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The Axe

Worstall is an ex-UKIP press officer and someone who controls the world's supply of Scandium.

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The Axe

Re: At least you declared an interest this time

@ Will 28, Its only abusive if Richard Murphy thinks it is. You cannot guess how Murphy sees it, nor do you have any right to assume how Murphy sees it. Now considering that Murphy has the thinest of skins and can't take any criticism at all and such an huge ego it could be true that the Murphy sees the article as abusive. But seeing as he doesn't care one iota about Tim's views of him (look at Murphy's twitter feed to see how much he cares), its unlikely that he takes it as abuse.

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The Axe

Re: At least you declared an interest this time

You must be different to me. I don't find any of Tim's articles abusive in any way. This one is not either unless you don't like have your arguments debated and react by calling the person criticising you names like "neo-liberal" and then removing any comments that are critical from your blog.

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Hacking Team mulled stopping Ethiopia sales – because of idiot g-men

The Axe

Re: "O" dear

One country's laws are another country's illegal activity.

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Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

The Axe

Re: <pendantry>

It IS pendantry. You need to visit Tim Worstall's own blog (http://www.timworstall.com/) to find out why. Bit of an in-joke.

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Aussie bloaters gorging on junk food 'each and every day'

The Axe
Mushroom

FTFY

"In order to improve their science quality, nannying fussbucket organisations need to cut back on the issuance of junk statistics, and start to focus on getting the fuck out of people's personal choices."

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Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

The Axe

Re: I'll take the work thanks.

If Tim's fantasy came to fruition I'd be one of those who took the money rather than the holiday. Not because I like the money, though it'd be nice. No, its because I hate holidays. I love my job and can't wait to get back to work on Mondays. #ILoveMondays

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The Axe

Re: Thus spoke the contractor

And you've made the mistake of thinking only inside the employee works for a single company box. In reality there will be requirements from both sides. The employee wants certain things. The employer wants certain things. In the case of the employee they can take the job with restrictions on holiday or they can get a different job with the requirements they want. The call centre employer will get all the employees he wants who are willing to forgo flexibility on holiday. Other employers who don't have such restrictions will get the employee who wants flexibility with their holiday.

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Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights

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Re: Pay your tax like everyone else

@Simon Watson, it's hard to have sympathy with people who don't have a guaranteed job and who ask high amounts to cover the times when they are looking for the next contact isn't it. Employees know that their job is relatively safe and even if they loose their job they have certain rights like redundancy and notice periods. Contractors have none of that and that's why businesses pay high rates - because they know they can get rid of them at the drop of a hat.

As for paying tax, the rule is pay as little as possible. All paying tax does is allow the state to get big and fat and it'll keep on asking for more and more. Keep the state small and lean.

What's a fair share anyway? 10% or 90%?

PS. You do know that if you're not happy with the level of tax you're paying that you can send extra amounts direct to the Tresasury. I'm sure that you'd be happy to do so otherwise I could accuse you of not paying your fair share of tax.

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Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

The Axe

1TB uSD cards

So 1TB uSD cards are on their way? Or even multi TB cards. How about storing a video of your life on a chip the size of your thumbnail?

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Ford's parallel PARCing: Motor giant tries to craft new tech just like Xerox

The Axe

Re: "Cars already decide when to change gear for you"

@Lionel Baden, initially people will die from autonomous cars. Just like loads of people died during the early years of flight. But each time lessons are learned, safety devices/procedures/practises installed, and fewer people die next time round. Flying has used this method to make it one of the safest methods of transport.

Taking the attitude that a single death with an autonomous car means that the whole tech should be shutdown immediately is anti-progress. Progress requires death to proceed. Understanding that and realizing that everything has a risk and everything has costs and everything has benefits allows use to proceed to a safe world in the future. Maybe not immediately, but it will be the long term goal.

Corps might think that hiding the odd defect is cheaper but only in monetary terms, not in goodwill. When they do this practice and no one buys their product anymore they pretty much shoot themselves in the foot with this bean counter mentality. So corps quickly learn that it is actually cheaper and better to solve the problems.

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The Axe

But there are millions of cars already on the road. Autonomous cars are only 5-10 years away, but like the introduction of ABS and cruise control it will take a lot longer for it to trickle down to the cheaper cars. Initially it will be the top of the range that get this tech, but cheaper cars will only get them as older cars are sold as 2nd hand.

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Arctic ice EMBIGGENS, returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

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No

No. It's clear evidence that Al Gore is a lying little shit and that western government energy policies don't make any difference.

Governments are increasing taxes on the poor in their countries to make the rich feel good that they are doing something, anything. But none of the actions make any difference because countries like China & India are increasing their CO2 output as developed countries shoot themselves in the foot. China won't start to cut back till 2030 and any lessening in it's annual increase in CO2 is only due to increasing efficiency as its economy booms, not due to climate control actions.

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

The Axe

Re: 5000 years

The world might be a different place but the people are the same. Humans are humans the world over and they do the same things humans in the past did. It might look different but its still humans reacting to the environment around them in the same way as they did in the past.

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Flubbed hardware fix knocked out 911 calls, T-Mobile US cops big fine

The Axe

Re: $247m profit on a turnover of £29bn? yeah right

Sounds like you need an accountant to explain the difference between profit and turnover.

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Mathematician: SUNSPOT DROUGHT will mean mini ICE AGE from 2030

The Axe

Re: Poison?

As you say, without CO2 you'd starve - its plant food. More CO2 means more crops means more food.

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Attention dunderheads: Taxpayers are NOT giving businesses £93bn

The Axe

Re: The Truth of the Matter is this...

If you read any of Worstall's stuff and any economics stuff you would find that the burden of taxation always falls on individuals, never on corporations. Corporations are paper entities run by humans for the benefit of humans. They are just a contractual method of organising people. It is the people in the corporation and those who use its output (profit -> shareholders, product -> customers) who pay for the tax that the corp collects. The proportions are what economics people argue over, that employess, shareholders and customers pay the tax is not under dispute.

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Uber to drivers: You make a ton of dosh for us – but that doesn't make you employees

The Axe

Cali's argument ad-absurdum

So on the the drivers' claim that they are employees of Uber, then anyone selling on eBay (other market place website exist) is an employee of eBay.

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

The Axe

XML to store settings

What about the demand to store settings for a program in an XML file. Yes, you can open it in IE (other browsers exist) and view it with pretty colours. But what's wrong with an INI file? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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Giant male member spontaneously ejaculates over Norway

The Axe

Acting

"The video features the inexplicable tagline "Penis can surprise you" and shows student-prank style footage of the man harassing various Norwegians minding their own business."

Nope. The video shows footage of the man ejaculating over actors who have been paid to appear in the advert.

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Robo-car wars: Delphi's near crash, prang, wallop with Google DENIED!

The Axe

Re: Yep, that's my understanding of events

A bit of human feeling thrown in too. The Delphi exec was probably thinking it was his lane and he was getting a bit of road rage at being "cut up".

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

The Axe

Re: The real stink

Why should society value children. The only ones who should care are the parents. It's not society who raises a child.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: The new common-as-muck hybrid

The Axe
Mushroom

Re: A lot I could live with...

Do EVs need to be striking? Maybe whilst being a Greenie is an in-thing and a way of getting one up on the Jones'. But as the whole Greenie campaign gets cluttered with make it rich entrepreneurs taking advantage of stupid people with more money than sense and as the climate disaster meme breaks down when it doesn't happen for decades (remember when we were told that we wouldn't see snow every again?) businesses will start to switch to more subtle forms of Greenie branding. Plus sometimes some people just want a form of getting from A to B without design being shoved in their face.

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Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving

The Axe

The law is an ass

Proof that the law is an ass and can't keep up with changes in technology. The law doesn't keep up with changes in society either. Best keep laws as minimal and general as possible.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat

The Axe

Re: No, he did not.

"The FBI are talking utter bollocks."

As are the commentators above you.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

The Axe

Re: Maybe another reason?

Don't mix up the bank failing due to insolvency against failing due to lack of liquidity. Banks have failed due to the later, you can get your money, just not right now.

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From Manchester to Microsoft – missing mum :-(

The Axe

Gentrification

What's this hatred of gentrification? Anything that gets rid of nasty or down market areas of a city and improves them is a good thing. If a few people think that the city's character has been lost then they are the nutty ones, everyone else is progressing forward and benefiting from a better city.

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The Walton kids are ABSURDLY wealthy – and you're benefitting

The Axe

Re: Externalities?

Cutting staff pay is not reallocating wealth, its changing income. Wealth is not income.

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Bigotry posted by your Facebook account? Use this, Mister UKIP MP wannabe: 'I was hacked'

The Axe

" it's clear UKIP has a social media problem"

Not just UKIP, all political parties. UKIP is not that special. Look at Labour - Jack Harman nee Dromey found to be favouriting porn posts just like Simon Danczuk more recently.

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3,500 servers go down – so my FIRST AID training kicks in

The Axe

Career in IT

And you think things will be different with a career in a sector other than IT? Management are mostly bollocks in all walks of life.

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

The Axe

Healthy democracy

A sign of a electorate happy with their life is one where many don't bother to vote as they don't see the need to get new policiticans in to change the system. The system is working and people are happy with their lives. Not necessarily with politicians but that is also why they don't vote, it won't make any difference. LibLabCon are all the same with minor differences. There is not such a difference in policies as there used to be between Lab & Con.

We aren't living in a totalarian society where you are forced to vote, we are living in a democracy where you have the right to not care about who is running the country.

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'What don't we want? Robots. When don't we want them? Ever.' Anti-droid hipsters hit SXSW

The Axe

Luddites.

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

The Axe

Some countries have laws that fine you for taking a picture of a cop committing an illegal act, others fine you for not giving the cops your password. Aren't countries great!

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C'mon! Greece isn't really bust and it can pay its debts

The Axe

Re: There was never a need for a combined currency all over Europe

@Cliff, Its a myth that the EU stops the European countries fighting each other. If anything it makes it more likely as different countries compete to gain the advantage within a system that doesn't allow it leading to the only way to bypass it being the people themselves (not the politicians) starting the fights. Witness the protests across the EU as each country's population complains that they are being forgotten about.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

The Axe

Re: are you sure ?

Ours is a 15 year old 36" Sony Trinitron CRT. No plans on getting a LCD replacement until the CRT breaks, maybe in 15 years time.

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The finest weird people in the world live here, and we're proud of it

The Axe

Re: Expensive housing

And planning restrictions too.

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The Axe

Expensive housing

"Housing is beyond belief, but many buildings are rent controlled (max ~1 per cent increase a year), which is vital to keeping this city interesting"

Rent control is what keep housing expensive. It cuts down on the supply of housing which causes prices to rise. The Apple/Google/Etc stock options does lead to a small increase in the average price but only because the rich buy really expensive homes.

Economists are virtually unanimous in concluding that rent controls are destructive. In a 1990 poll of 464 economists published in the May 1992 issue of the American Economic Review, 93 percent of U.S. respondents agreed. Quoted from http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/RentControl.html

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