* Posts by The Axe

518 posts • joined 10 Nov 2011

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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 :-(

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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

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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'

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" 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

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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

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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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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Climage Change is happening, see this is what will happen

The public are tiring of Climage Change so they need to be scared into believing its will happen* so that those who make money from Greenie policies (like Dale Vince of Ecotricity, who has no connection with the BBC and this story but is just an example of one of those who profit from Green policies) can carry on raking it in.

* will happen or could happen, it doesn't matter when a disaster movie is presented as science, in the mind of the public it becomes a definite, not a possibility.

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World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

The Axe

More like the canned statement is saying that HSBC Switzerland followed Swiss law but now that countries are making agreements to cut back on secrecy Switzerland is changing its laws and HSBC Switzerland is changing too. HSBC Switzerland is not the same company as HSBC England. They might be managed by the same overarching group, but they have to follow local laws. If you say otherwise then Chinese companies might as well setup here and follow Chinese law when employing staff with Chinese H&S regs etc.

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The Axe

Re: Missing the big picture.

And you have no idea what you are talking about either. Keynesianism was not the saviour of the postwar slump. The war created the slump, stop the war and the economies recovered. Keynes has a point that a certain amount of state spending can counter a boom-bust but everyone who is a Keynes disciple seems to think that the state can solve all boom-busts. Keynes said a certain amount of spending can allievate the problem, but it's not a cure. Hayek is just as much a nutter as Keynes. They both have valid points. Thinking one is a god and the other the devil makes you a nutter.

PS. How does money sitting in an offshore bank account rot? Does the bank just sit on it and do nothing. Or does it loan money out to entrepeneurs and invest in business in order to get a return and pay an interest on the money banked in them?

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Ex-squeeze me? Baking soda? Boffins claim it safely sucks CO2 out of the air

The Axe

Actual research has shown that the people who believe in the MMR/Autism link are also the ones who believe that global warming is a major problem and that the world will end if we don't stop burning hydrocarbons.

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The Axe

Re: Carbonates are how the Earth deals with excess CO2

What uses CO2 to live?

Plants!

The excess CO2 in the atmosphere will cause more plants to grow. So global warming is a good thing (except for those who get drowned) as the rest of us will get more food to eat.

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The Interview? Kim Jong-Un, you really shouldn’t have bothered

The Axe

Conspiracy theory

Whilst Sony were hacked, it was probably more an inside job, than a hack by NK. As for all the brew-ha-ha about cinema goers being bombed for watching it, that sounds more like an attempt at bigging up the film because it was so crap in the first place that the only way to make any money from it was to hype it up to the rafters. What better way than to create a demand to see the film than to withdraw it for a while and then miraculously all the security problems disappear and the film is shown to a clamouring public. Except it'll still go down in the annals of movie history as a crap film.

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Amazon's tax deal in Luxembourg BROKE the LAW, says EU

The Axe

Title inaccurate

It wasn't Amazon whose tax affairs are marked as illegal, but Luxembourg's. Amazon are just following the rules set by Lux. So we are arguing about which laws trumps which. In effect the EU is saying that they are the ultimate authority and that countries have no right to decide their own laws. Why do we bother with a UK parliament and paying 600 odd people lots of money if they can't make laws.

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

The Axe

Re: Land Value Tax

LVT would not make any difference to development of land. Amending the planning system would do that. LVT is a stupid tax as will tax people who have no income but lots of value in their home, e.g. pensioners. So will they have to sell their home and move to a cheaper land value property? Or will there have to be lots of exceptions - which complicates the tax system and downgrades its efficacy and efficiency.

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German minister fingered as hacker 'steals' her thumbprint from a PHOTO

The Axe

Re: Real Security systems

As you say, a phone's reader is not secure - Apple's broken with a silicone mould and graphite as shown here -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u4ZLGsw1zo

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El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

The Axe

Online works

I met my wife online 14 years ago, been married 13 years. Took a year of searching.

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

The Axe

Buses are like HS2

The wrong solution to the wrong problem.

HS2 does not solve transport problems and is a centrally planned solution to a non existent problem. Technology has already made the issue mute. WiFi on trains, 3G/4G mobiles, charging points, all allow people to work on trains so it doesn't matter that the trip takes 30 minutes longer than a hypothetical HS2.

Buses do not solve transport problems either. Centrally planned (bus routes set by planners) with no regard to how people actually live and work. Buses cause just as many traffic problems as they solve. Rather than trying to use an inappropriate method to solve transport issues, the best thing that politicians and civil servants could have done is to have done nothing. Technology always progresses at rate to overtake centrally planned solutions which is hindered by bureaucracy and red tape.

It's not so much that Google cars are a better solution to buses, but that UberTaxi is just as good. Anything that adapts to how people really live and work is the best solution. Maybe that might mean more small apartments closer to workplaces or more renting so that the workforce is more mobile and not tied to overpriced houses or it could mean better traffic flow or something that no one has thought of yet.

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The electronics island where COPS shoot ARMY and workers are rioting

The Axe

Best do nothing

They shouldn't aim for a minimum wage. All it will do is depress wages as bureaucracy will never be quick to increase it. If there is no minimum wage, but there are lots of jobs, then just the demand for workers will cause the companies to increase wages to keep their staff.

As for $220/month. It might not be a living wage in Singapore itself, but in Bantam it probably goes a long way for those living in the shacks on stilts. Context is everything. It's like the calls for a national minimum wage here in the UK which then has to have exceptions for London. Even inside a small country like the UK the cost of living depends on where you live. Demands for the Living Wage have caused the public sector in the North East to be a lot better off than the private sector, and the private sector cannot afford the NMW for those whose jobs aren't worth it. They'd rather overload existing staff than get another person in (along with Employers NI and other costs).

Bantam is the current location for cheap labour, just like Japan was, then China. Now Chinese wages increase by over 20% each year, so they are looking for cheap labour themselves. Bantam and Africa are the place the Chinese are looking at.

So the wages of those in Bantam are low. Now. For a short time. But given the increase in workers, and the demand for them, it won't be long before their wages increase. So rather than worry about it and think like all politicians that "something must be done", the best thing is to do nothing and let the workers go to the jobs which pay better and have better conditions. Simple market forces will cause wages to increase within a few years.

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FURY erupts on streets of Brussels over greedy USA's data-slurping appetite

The Axe

And have the EU data protection laws actually protected us from EU corporations? Doesn't look like it. Most data loss is down to criminal activity and creating laws doesn't stop that, even though politicians think it does.

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

The Axe

Re: The reality

Foodbanks are a new phenomenon because they are the result of marketing by the Trussel Trust.

As for your example. The spare room subsidy (your use of the term Bedroom Tax shows your political leanings) can be alleviated by asking the council for a new home or getting the council to help from the fund that allows for exceptions. A mobile phone can be cheap, and cost next to nothing to use if they only use it when really necessary.

And how do many of your cases build up their debts? Have they spent more than they earned? I suspect a majority are in that boat. Should the tax payer support all these people who can't balance their bank accounts and get into problems or should such people be allowed to learn from their mistakes.

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The Axe

Re: hay man

"written by proper journalists that often write on economic matters" Not at the Guardian, it doesn't employ any proper journalists. Just people who continue the memes of the group think of the left. Though to be honest, none of the other papers employ proper journalists either, just churnalists.

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The STEALTH Plug-in Hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback

The Axe

1/3 of the grid might be non-fossil on good days, on bad days, it'll be 0%. Today its only 15% as gridwatch* shows. Renewable is to variable to of any use. And to wasteful of space to be useful too. The UK currently has just over 4000 wind turbines and the spoil the countryside everywhere you look. Imagine the numbers going up to 75,000. And you can't say that solar would cut the number down as we would need both enough solar to power the whole country and enough wind to power the whole country for the days when one isn't powering.

https://carboncounter.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/how-many-wind-turbines-would-it-take-to-power-the-uk/

Me, I like to use my car when I want and not be denied its use just because there wasn't enough solar or wind power to charge it.

* http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

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Which country has 2nd largest social welfare system in the world?

The Axe

Re: Sorta

Another alternative health care system is that of the French, paid for by government but run privately. Even the WHO says its one of the best systems in the world.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_in_France

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ASA raps 'F*CK YOU GOOGLE' vlogger + chums over VIDEO LICKFEST

The Axe

ASA still useless

Why do we need the ASA to tell us that vloggers are likely to be paid in promoting products, its a bit obvious that they are. Do the ASA think we are all stupid. Should the ASA make pronouncement purely on the basis that a few odd people are naive.

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

The Axe

Re: hope it has motion blur and judder,

Its LED, not LCD.

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European Commission decides it won't have a science advisor after Greenpeace pressure

The Axe

Re: Greenpeace is neither green, nor peaceful.

In the 70s we were warned about reds under the bed. Now I think we should be warned about reds in our vegtable beds, specifically watermelons.

Greenpeace use "green" as a marketing label, underneath they are promoters of the reds, socialism. And if you thought Labour was left wing, Greens are even further to the left.

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BOING, BOING! Philae BOUNCED TWICE on Comet 67P

The Axe

Re: EU rules

UKIP is against the EU controlling the UK, not against cooperation and trade between EU states.

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If only 0.006% care about BLOOD-SOAKED METAL ... why are we spending all this cash?

The Axe

Re: Would you care enough to pay more for ...

@Frankee Llonnygog, Coal miners switched to using the safety lamp, not because the law changed but because mine owners didn't want to lose their mines after explosions and were persuaded of its safety by Davy.

Laws were brought into to regulate the use of children to sweep chimneys before education laws cut the supply of children to nearly nothing. Education was required because capitalism needs skilled workers to do better more productive work. Only after compulsory education was a law brought into to stop the use of children to clean chimneys.

The abolition of slavery might have stopped plantations from using blacks for labour, but they switched to using labour from other countries like India which was slave labour in all but name. It was capitalism which cut down the use of labour with the use of machinery which was even more efficient than very cheap labour.

So in all the cases you highlight it wasn't laws that stopped the action, but capitalism.

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

The Axe
Mushroom

Re: it's so unlike Tim Worstall to get the wrong end of the issue, isn't it?

I think Tim understand more about economics than you do.

For instance you say rich people can invest their money, taking it out of supply. Have you not thought about where that money is put? Do you think rich people put it under their matresses?

When rich people invest their money they put it into business or into a bank account to name two. In both cases, the money gets reused. When used directly in a business, it's used to grow it, and in a bank to fund loans to other businesses who want to grow too. And as a business grows, it spends more on employee's wages and services/goods from other companies.

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The Axe

Re: Not Trickle-down economics...

You don't understand economics. It doesn't involve just money and cash, it also covers society, humanity, technology, and loads of other things. Economics is a study of how humans live, work, and play.

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The Axe

Re: A far better example

@ DrXym

That's your opinion, Branson thinks he knows better than you. And considering that he actually has paid people to look into this, he's probably more right than you (unless you're a secret rocket inventor).

The point is that the free market allows lots of different methods of space travel to be tried out. Some might work, some might fail, but over time the best will win. The other way of doing it, via big government and lots of planning or one person's view of what is the most viable way, has no guarantee that it is the best way, it's just one way - but until other ways have been tried no one will know.

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Yes, Samaritans, the law DOES apply to you. Even if you mean well

The Axe

DPA applies to processing of your tweets

No inconsistency exists. Tweets are public and can be viewed by the public, processing of the information in a tweet involves personal data. It is the processing of the tweet to determine the mental state of the tweeter that is against the DPA, not that the tweet can be viewed publicly.

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Samaritans 'suicide Twitter-sniffer' BACKFIRES over privacy concerns

The Axe

Re: Rather a sad story

Nope, no one would have said "hang on". The problem is all charities are populated by do gooders who think that they should do something, anything, even when the thing is counter productive.

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ICO to fine UNBIDDEN MARKETEERS who cause 'ANXIETY'

The Axe

Greenpeace

A sign that the ICO has balls would be if they went for Greenpeace and fined them. Greenpeace's standard operating procedure is to create anxiety with every single one of their marketing campaigns.

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Game of Thrones man stars in sci-fi bit on comet-catcher Rosetta

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What a waste of money

Nice film, but 15% of the film is set aside for the list of crew. So many people on the crew just screams out to me that loads of money has been thrown at this project for little return. Other production companies can produce better for less. But because the EU is involved, money is no object. In fact money IS the object in that as much as possible has been plowed into the film.

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‘For the love of Pete, America, learn about decent chocolate’

The Axe

Liberal?

Cal is not liberal in any definition of the word. Fascist more like as they impose each politician's favourite moral view in a new law every year.

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Weekend reads: Russell Brand's Revolution and Joy Division's Ian Curtis gets lyrical

The Axe

Crap

Mark Diston's review is just about the only review of Revolution that has any hint of positive about it. Every other review of it, even from fellow lefties, is totally negative about it. At least Mark says that the book is woolly and confused.

I would say that the book is total crap and not even worth using as toilet paper.

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It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future

The Axe

Re: So why Starbucks?

Starbucks the brand is global, but the actual shops are usually local business, franchises.

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This isn't a sci-fi movie: It's a human-made probe snapping a comet selfie

The Axe

Re: one day...

Except that it won't be live but delayed by about half an hour.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

The Axe

The state is the failure

DAB is a sign that state imposed technology is a failure. The BBC is effectively the state and it is trying to impose a technology on the public. Because the state is huge and cumbersome, it cannot react to advances in technology quickly enough and carries on lumbering through the process. The free market is a lot more agile and flexible and has already solved the problem of bad signal reception by going for the IP route. It didn't require any intelligence or planning or thought for this to happen, it just happens. Yes, the free market can be inefficient and there are many other solutions to digital radio that didn't work and fell by the wayside. But with them, only their investors lost out. With the attempt at a state imposed solution, everyone loses out.

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Supercomputer water-cooling comes to solar power

The Axe

Still inefficient

"IBM Research says the system can concentrate the Sun's energy 2,000 times, and turn 80 per cent of that into electricity."

Doesn't change the fact that overall photovoltaics are only about 30% efficient. They are cheating and making up numbers to fool people into thinking that they've suddenly found the solution to the problem with solar power.

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X-Men boffins demo nanomagnets to replace transistors

The Axe

Core memory

So all they've done is use the concept of core memory from the 60s and shrink it down?

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iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

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Re: i hate this man

I don't. He made a simple mistake. Security theatre is what I hate. A total airport lock down and re-checking every passenger because one person showed up the security for being stupid highlights the stupid security officials and the waste of space in their brains.

Proper security would mean such things wouldn't happen in the first place. Proper security would mean identifying the person and getting just him to go through security. Proper security would mean ensuring there aren't queues of people queuing for checking but ripe for bombing. Proper security would mean checking those people who are security risks. Proper security means staying ahead of the potential terrorists not one step behind adding new checks after the terrorist has tried something.

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