* Posts by Lotaresco

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Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

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Understandable

It's a natural reaction when one has been involved in an accident involving another human being to saw off their head and limbs then add weights to the torso and dispose of the remains at sea. I can't understand why all the scepticism.

As to his earlier statement that he dropped her off on an island about three hours into their trip he clearly misspoke because what he intended to say was “I lose my foothold and the hatch shuts, Kim had been severely hurt and was laying with an intense bleeding. There was a pool of blood where she had landed.” and that he immediately performed the recognised emergency procedure of removing all her limbs and head to make her more comfortable in the confined space of a submarine.

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F-35 firmware patches to be rolled out 'like iPhone updates'

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Re: "download: yes or no’?" @Pascal

Secure site, secure server?? Don't think I've ever met one of those .....

I think that at this point we are exploring the ignorance of the commentators rather than the lack of capability of the military.

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Re: "download: yes or no’?"

"Not over the Internet, no. No way. Not in a million years."

There is an awful lot of military traffic that goes over the Internet. I suspect that it's probably "most" military traffic. And the Internet isn't a million years old yet. Then there's all the military traffic that is broadcast over a huge geographical footprint.

Can you work out why no one cares about this?

"The only way to be sure that these very expensive tools are not vulnerable is to not have them link up."

Bullshit.

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Re: Or more to the point ...

""Rouge" state. Would that be jeweler's rouge or mortician's rouge?"

It probably means Louisiana; that's where Baton Rouge is.

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"Over hostile territory"

Given the current state of US politics, doesn't that mean "anywhere"? Hated at home as much as abroad thanks to President Jaffa.

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Brit aviation regulator is hiring a space 'n' drones manager

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Re: I can do this

"I read Tintin - Explorers On The Moon so I get the job first!"

I watched Futurama, so I get the job first!

"We're whalers on the Moon, we carry a harpoon. But there ain't no whales so we tell tall tales and sing our whaling tune."

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If they were serious about it...

There's a rather long runway in Wiltshire that's not used for much these days (ICAO: EGDM).

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80% of IT projects in public sector delayed due to IR35 – report

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"Sure some abuse it"

Interestingly, the ones that abuse it seem mostly to be those appointed by government to a position in a public body. Either ex-MPs or other political favourites appointed as "directors" of an agency, trust or quango with a whopping salary that they don't want to pay tax on. Politicians think everyone else is on the fiddle, because they are.

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Re: complete hypocrisy on this comments page

"the government is trying to have their cake and eat it by treating you as an individual instead of a company?"

No, the government is trying to have their cake and eat it by treating a company as if it were one of the employees of the company, when it suits them and treat a company as a company when it suits them.

For reasons that are bizarre the government chooses not to tax a company as an entity in the same way that people are taxed. Thus it's the government fiddling the tax system.

If the government wished, it could apply a level tax structure with the same taxation rates on profits, share dividends and income tax. However the government wants to give some companies a big tax break and some shareholders a big tax break. What it doesn't want is for those tax breaks to be available to the inferior middle classes. Hence the attempt to treat small companies differently from the ones that employ MPs as "consultants" or directors.

As a consultant one has to pay every penny of tax owed or face fines/criminal charges. What government is trying to do at present is to fool people into thinking that small companies are doing something illegal or immoral when they do neither.

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Re: complete hypocrisy on this comments page

"IT contractors in "everyone should pay tax except IT contractors" shocker"

Nope. IT contractors in "We should only have to pay the tax we actually owe" shocker. The Government is trying to have their cake and eat it, as usual. The Government is trying to claim that some companies are different to others. There's no legal basis for this, the Government just decided overnight that lots of small companies, each of them paying their full tax burden, were somehow trying to defraud HMG and that there was more to be wrung out of these companies by treating the entire company income as a salary paid to an individual. Not only that but the individual would also have to pay employer's NI as well as the employee contribution. Claiming that all IT contractors operate illegal tax avoidance scams with companies in the Caymans is simply defamation.

This from a government that lets giant companies operate without paying taxes in the UK, they also pay massive subsidies to those companies to stay in the UK, no doubt swayed by the contributions to party and individual MP funds that they receive from those companies.

The Schadenfreude is because the Government were warned that any attempt to crack down on IT contractors and impose unjust taxation would see many simply leave. They poo-pooed that idea, and as ever with government they only see the mess when their nose is rubbed in it.

I gave up government work three years ago when it was made obvious that they were going ahead with this nonsense. Since then my day rate has doubled and I now get to spend more time doing what I like, both at work and in my leisure time. The Government would have to pull some astonishing rabbits from their hat to entice me back.

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80% of IT projects in public sector delayed due to IR35 – report

Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha(gasp)hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha(wheeze)hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha(croak)

Stop it, you're killing me, I can hardly breathe for laughing. Government takes aim at foot, pulls trigger, and hits the target.

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Retail serfs to vanish, all thanks to automation

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Re: so they are saying

The Graduate with an BA in History asks, "Why can't you catch all the pervophiles on the Internets? You have the best people who understand the technology, who understand the necessary hashtags to stop this stuff even being put up!"

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Facebook promised to open up its log storage system

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Grrrrrrr

"between 5 Gbps and 10 Gbps per second."

Do you have Zuck's PIN Number to authenticate this detail?

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VMware wants security industry to shrink so its ambitions fit into market

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Is there anything else...

... that Gelsinger doesn't understand, or is it just security?

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It's happening! Official retro Thinkpad lappy spotted in the wild

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Re: Indestructible

"Mine even survived being left on the train."

"Even thieves don't want them" is not a good selling point.

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Re: Screw 16:10

"However, it would be nice to have some choice in the market."

Bring back the Radius Pivot monitor.

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Re: Screw 16:10

But you see, the wider the screen is, the better for working on Word documents."

Not in any recent version of Word. That pointless ribbon thing takes up the top 1/3rd of a landscape format screen hence document editing is like gynaecology through the letterbox.

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Re: Screw 16:10

"Because 80% of the screen is wasted when writing a document?"

Which would make 9:16, or preferably 210:297, a more useful format than 16:10.

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SanDisk's little microSD card sucks up 400GB

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Re: 400 Gb on your little fingernail....

"You're thinking too far down the miser scale. It's a Yorkshire accent."

Too far down? You mean Scotsmen are less miserly than tykes? I can agree on that one, after all it's a Lancashire maxim that a Yorkshireman is a Scot who has had the generosity kicked out of him.

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Crushed Juicero now officially a fruitless endeavor

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"If you can persuade people to pay good money for a coffee pod because cleaning a cafetiere is too hard (or even rinsing out an aeropress)"

Both a cafetiere and an aeropress make awful coffee as does the "Nespresso" machine. I have both a bean to cup machine (at my main residence) and a pod machine at the flat that I rent for work. The pod machine needs cleaning, so it's not that it reduces the labour involved, so it's not "lazy". The reason for using a pod machine is that it's cheap - EUR 40 compared to about EUR 250 for the bean to cup version. Yes, like an inkjet printer you pay the cost in refills but the pods are good for occasional use. Also you can let someone else use the pod machine (as long as they buy their own pods!) without worrying that they are going to break it by failing to follow the maintenance regime needed for a bean to cup machine.

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Re: They got squeezed

"The Ave tear down of the Juicer, and this 'people juicer' comment, reminded me of the Sci-Fi short story about the Transporter System..."

That sounds like an extremely mangled version of "Think Like A Dinosaur" by James Patrick Kelly (1995).

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15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

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'could it be aliens?'

Betteridge's Law of Headlines applies.

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Re: Obviously..

"'Disaster Area' tuning up their instruments."

At least we are located in a listening area at an appropriate distance.

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Brit firms warned over hidden costs of wiping data squeaky clean before privacy rules hit

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Re: Hurrah for Brexit

"Once we leave the EU, this silly nonsense can be binned!"

If you think that is the answer then you haven't understood the question.

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Welcome to my world

I have been working with the need to both preserve and to securely erase data for, mmmm a long time. Each time customers express a desire to do both, the arguments that have been presented above recur (again and again). It's normal for a requirement to be that data is to be retained and disaster proof for generations but that if there is an over-riding reason to get rid of a record then the record should be purged from wherever it may be.

Regulators suffer from a lack of imagination about where data may (legitimately) be. On clients, on stand alone systems, on server(s), SAN, NAS, rented (cloud) storage etc, etc. A data dictionary that records where all this stuff is, is large to begin with. Then there's the problem that purging data is not just deleting it, but one of over writing the data so that it can't be recovered. However you can't do that at the level of individual records.

Deleting an encryption key can sound like the magic bullet, but it doesn't work. You also have to delete every copy of the key, including the ones that are on paper or lurking in some forgotten document that someone created years ago and never told anyone about. In short this is a really difficult problem with no absolute answers and no absolute end point. Given the way that storage optimises itself and things like wear levelling work there are often multiple plain text copies of data that are on a device, just not easily accessible to the OS, but there for anyone with access to forensic tools.

I can see cases where an attempt to purge a record would involve the obvious of purging a record from a database followed by discovering all the backup copies and mystically removing the same record from those, scanning the unallocated space of every storage device for occurrences of the record, taking a trip to some $DEITY forsaken archive inside a mountain, asking AWS/Azure if they would mind purging the drives that once held the data.... and so it goes. Some of these things are unlikely to be possible.

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' "How do we delete our customers from the system?". Our f**kwit designers said "You don't, because you never asked for that facility." '

It's not the designers who were f*ckwits.

HTH.

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You had ONE job: Italian firefighters suspected of starting blazes for cash

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Re: Nothing new for Sicily...

"Carabinieri should have instead been merged with Polizia"

I really can't agree about that. The Carabineri include the Italian version of the SAS and they are decent, honourable people kept that way because of their policy of moving individuals away from their home so that nepotism can't affect their decisions. The Polizia Statale are bumbling incompetents.

The Corpo Forestale sell Christmas Trees and manure as well as swanning around in Land Rover Defenders.

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Re: Nothing new for Sicily...

Not just Sicilly. I live (sometimes) in the mezzogiorno. The local road mender is a friend and I've had him do work for me in the past. He has two standards of work. That done for friends will last a lifetime. That done for the state won't last through winter.

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DXC Franken-firm 'on track' to slash $1bn with deeper 'synergies' ahead

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Oddly DXC also seems to be having a recruiting frenzy.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: Thiel Capital

"stay for the teenage blood transfusions"

I think you will find that's "irradiated children's glands".

Bug Jack Barron

Gosh, that doesn't half look prophetic these days.

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Speaking in Tech: Do I need some weird thing listening to me in my house all the time?

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Do I need some weird thing listening to me in my house all the time?

Betteridge's law of headlines applies.

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Core-blimey! Intel's Core i9 18-core monster – the numbers

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Re: guy who wrote Occam

"Did Tony Hoare write Occam, or design it or just write papers about it?"

None of the above. Tony Hoare (now Professor Sir C. A. R. Hoare) originated the theory of Communicating Sequential Processes, which was the foundation of the transputer concept. He is listed as "the inspiration for the occam programming language". David May created the architecture of the transputer and the development of Occam is not credited other than to "Inmos". However my friend was the person who wrote the Occam compiler.

"If Inmos was going nowhere it was due to fixation on Intel and lack of investment in Tech in UK, where companies relied on Military or BT spending and increasingly owned / controlled by asset strippers or bean counters with no vision."

I'm not convinced by the above explanation. Thorn EMI had underestimated the scale of investment needed and didn't realise until too late that booming transputer sales had been achieved by shipping as much product as possible but not investing in development. It was a slightly cynical exercise in making the company look a bargain for investors. My friend blamed the point-to-point link technology as a bottleneck in the technology.

If you are interested in a potted history, including the financial, political and management cock-ups see the Inmos Legacy page by Dick Selwood on the Inmos web site.

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Re: Cost of AMD CPU In General

"Is there something about AMD i am missing - and why don't vendors use AMD more ?"

They seem to use AMD quite often. The thing you need to check is TDP in the specs. Some AMD CPUs gobble electrons, although they have been getting better recently.

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Re: Nobody needs more than 640K of RAM.

"Pity that Thatcher sold off Inmos."

one of my friends is the guy who wrote Occam. Even he admits that Inmos was going nowhere.

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Re: Gamers?

I can't remember the exact words, unfortunately, but he did say something about it during a TV interview with Sue Lawley back in the late 80s. It was in a discussion where he explained Microsoft philosophies such as "New releases are not there to fix bugs, they are there to add features" and he mentioned that either 640K was not a barrier to software development or that 640K was adequate for the intended use of a PC. If I recall correctly this was about the time of the release of the first extended memory boards and of a version of Lotus 123 that demanded the extra memory. It was also the time that the business unit I was in flipped to using Macs with 4 or 8 Mb of memory and Excel because 123 was creaking at the seams.

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Re-identifying folks from anonymised data will be a crime in the UK

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"Making it a crime to de-anonymise some half arsed 'we used double ROT13 to protect our beloved customers' data' is a good thing."

My concern is that there has been a lot of work in government to arrive at robust methods to de-identify data but to have that data still usable for statistics. Of course this takes time and money and a great deal of thought to ensure that the methods used really do result in data sets that cannot easily be converted to re-identify individuals.

How much easier and cheaper for government to say "We'll make it a criminal offence to re-identify people, then we can use any old technique, yes including ROT-13, to obscure personal details. That "solves" the problem cheaply. Because of course no one would ever break the law. <rolls eyes>

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Re: it's not ... anonymised... is it?

'It's not "anonymised", it's "decontextualised"'

It's referred to in the trade as "de-identified" data. It's actually very difficult to do, because any information that could be used to identify an individual needs to be obscured in some (non-reversible) way. There's a good paper on the subject that explains how the Census data was handled, but I'm danged if I can find it at the moment. I'll provide a link when I can find my notes :-)

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"Even the US will have to respect GDPR if it wants to handle data on European citizens."

And will be subject to the ECJ, something which Weak and Wobbly May has claimed will not happen to the UK after Brexit. Another U-turn looming there.

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Linus Torvalds pens vintage 'f*cking' rant at kernel dev's 'utter BS'

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Re: Uh-oh

"I need to explain Godfreys(*) law to you (I invented Godfrey's law)"

Godfrey's Law is: "any transmission by a service provider of a defamatory posting constitutes a publication under defamation law". It dates from 1997. You'll have to find another name.

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Childcatcher

"Someone ought to do a run of teeshirts: "I got savaged by Linus" for devs to wear. You only get one if you've been on the receiving end (whether justified or not) of one of these outbursts."

Linus Torvalds ate my hamster.

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HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

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Re: I've been thinking about cheap ways to kill carriers.

" USN wooden decks were too fragile."

I mentioned this to an American (military enthusiast) friend some decades ago. The British Pacific fleet (BPF) did not have as many problems with kamikaze attacks as the USN because British decks were armoured steel. The kamikaze tended to splatter on the deck and once the mess was cleared the flight deck could be used again. Of course the attacks succeeded on USN carriers with the explosion occurring on the hangar deck. The USN liaison officer on Indefatigable commented: "When a kamikaze hits a US carrier it means 6 months of repair at Pearl [Harbor]. When a kamikaze hits a Limey carrier it's just a case of 'Sweepers, man your brooms'."

Oddly my friend said that the British had no fleet in the Pacific and definitely no aircraft carriers.

It was odd because the BPF had 21 Aircraft carriers.

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Re: wrongo

"there will be a "USS Donald Trump"..."

Given the US emphasis on eco-friendly fuels for naval propulsion in recent years (as in the Dripping Driven Destroyer) it would make sense for the USS Trump to be powered using LNG so that the vessel can fart its way out to sea.

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Re: Ask her this

"After all how exactly would you propose you trace a signal thats stated goal is - Signal JAMMING?"

The same way that we, and the Nazis, did in WWII.

Is there the remotest chance that you could learn to use an apostrophe, the difference between there, their and they're and in general cease from talking absolute drivel in a forum that is used by many, many technical savants? Thanks awfully, thanks, no don't bother to write, bye, have a nice summer, relax, no we won't see you again I hope, bye.

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Re: All very Orwellian.

"The government is completely clueless and has absolutely no idea what it is doing with regards to encryption or IT, they have no advisers and absolutely no one who understands anything."

Whereas I can understand why you would think this, based on the woeful performance of government ministers, it's not true. UKGOV has available to it some of the best advice from some of the best people in their field in the world. People who are listened to by foreign governments which deeply appreciate the insights offered. UKGOV of course has access to the full, uncensored, advice which is more useful than that information made public.

So, why are UKGOV projects not the best run, most effective, most secure in the world? The answer is simple, not only do the ministers (MA PPE, Oxon or Cambs) not understand the advice given, they think that they know far better than those funny "technical" people. Hence the ministers do their own thing, ignoring all advice given. The end result is the usual circle jerk. As long as the country is run by people who have never done productive work, who have no appreciation of science and technology and to whom manufacturing is a dirty word there's no hope of getting anything sensible out of them.

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"Actually Fly-in Amber has publicly demonstrated that she couldn't actually remember her briefing properly so it's obvious she never understood it. Hashtags."

#stupidrudd

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"I'm sure CESG have ensured that Amber Rudd's computers and communication devices are secure"

I'm sure they haven't. Largely because they don't exist and haven't since Francis Maude had a hissy fit that they dared to tell him that he couldn't put official government paper on a tablet that he had bought himself. The new broom in government speaks against encryption with the GDS mantra being that security is bad because it prevents "information sharing".

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Re: The idiocy of this runs even deeper.

"I can't wait to see what happens when terrorists start exchanging one-time pads via USB sticks carried by racing pigeons*."

A reference to RFCs 1149, 2549 and 6214 is obligatory at this point.

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Look out Silicon Valley, here comes Brit bruiser Amber Rudd to lay down the (cyber) law

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Re: Not for me, thanks all the same...

"However, it certainly hasn't been the doom & gloom disaster that was predicted has it?"

You do know that Brexit hasn't happened yet, don't you? This is just the warm up period and already the pound is in freefall, the economy has stalled and strategic businesses are leaving or have left or at the very least are planning their exit. Farmers have just realised that they are most unlikely to continue getting their FREE! MONEY!! from the EU which means either rampant food price inflation in the UK or more likely that we will be forced to eat substandard US and Brazillian imports while our own farms revert to scrubland.

Meanwhile, who is that is whining and crying over spilt milk? Oh yes, it's the Brexit snowflakes like "Sir" James "Hypocrite" Dyson. And remember, Brexit hasn't even started yet.

James Dyson whines on and on and on about not getting that lovely free money.

Here's a clue, Jimmy D, you want all that lovely EU subsidy? There's an obvious answer that involves not leaving the EU, you muppet.

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Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

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Re: Interesting, but...

'So the Ocado vehicle drives autonomously to the nearest bit of road to the 5th floor flat. How does the parcel get up the stairs? Will a small delivery bot be carried as well? And will it be able to read the scrawled note "If out, please leave in coal bunker"'

A coal bunker? For a fifth floor flat?

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Re: BMW

"Of all the drivers on the road, it seems that it's those saddled with a Vauxhall Insignia that are most filled with loathing of their fellow man."

Oh look, that flushed an embittered Insignia driver out of the woodwork.

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