* Posts by Burkhard Kloss

25 posts • joined 29 Sep 2008

US county named 'area of outstanding natural stupidity'

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The point is that he didn't make you safer, and mortgaged your children's and grandchildren's income to pay on a completely ineffective splurge on public services.

Not to mention being a completely authoritarian bastard. RIPA anyone?

The only good thing Labour did while in power was to give the bank of England independence. And they even fucked that up by excluding housing from the inflation measure, directly contributing to the boom and bust.

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Re: The last tale...

Indeed. stopping the olympic shooting teams from training in the UK really helped cut gun crime.

UK's web super-snoop powers could be extended to councils

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I'm sure there are lots of things that are hindrances to their investigations, both for reasons of cost and potential delay. Habeas corpus, a judicial system, PACE, people being allowed to move around, not having CCTV in everyone's bedrooms (although that could be a potentially profitable public service. I digress).

McGregor and Thornton are clearly unfit for public office.

New UK network touts FREE* mobile broadband

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bit pointless

What's the point of advertising to people who are too skint or too tight to pay for mobile broadband? Surely they're likely to be in the same position when it comes to buying whatever you're advertising?

RBS IT cockup: This sort of thing can destroy a bank, normally

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To be fair to them, they've fixed that particular problem long ago, and i can do my online banking from my linux boxes.

Linus Torvalds drops F-bomb on NVIDIA

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Re: Great now we have a child

"Of course Nvidia don't give two craps about the linux market, because most games don't run on Linux anyway."

The whole GPU computing thing has clearly passed you by.

Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

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Re: People versus Lab Rats

> Things based on 2 and 3 are great for sub dividing and eye-balling.

If you have trouble dividing metric measurements (i.e. 10s and 100s) by 2 or 3 (to a practical accuracy), then it doesn't matter whether beer's sold in pints or litres, you've had enough.

Trying to change the measurements is a complete waste of time though, since it attempts to solve a non-existent problem. Clearly we've managed to fix the political system and the economy while I was having a post-prandial nap

Hold on, Booker prize judges - Stob's penned a steampunk hit

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Re: Loved that

Up with that sort of thing!

Indiana cops arrest violent 6-year-old

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Surely if teachers can't deal with a six year old, they should be sacked for incompetence in public office?

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Re: people just don't arrest a six-year-old

After living here in rainy blighty for twenty years: Either they stopped too early, or this simply doesn't work.

Ted Nugent fined for failing to kill bear

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Re: @Greg J Preece

That's why in some places - e.g. Germany - you get fined in "day rates" - 1/365th of your annual income. At least in theory, that means the fine hurts everyone the same way, regardless of how rich they are

UK Home Secretary approves TVShack's O'Dwyer extradition

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Re: Couple of questions

They can claim that all they like, it doesn't mean the UK government has to accept it.

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Re: Re:Oodles

Easy - he'll claim diplomatic immunity.

You weren't expecting any kind of accountability, or UK laws to apply, were you?

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Re: 51st state of America.

If it's not a crime here, why are we extraditing?

I'm pretty sure that Rick Santorum has said a few things which are homophobic enough to get him prosecuted on the east side of the pond - any chance of getting him prosecuted over here?

Thought not.

In the meantime, anyone sad enough to look for US TV shows online since they haven't come out over here yet will probably watch them again when they finally cross the ocean, and then buy the DVD box set.

IT guy answers daughter's Facebook rant by shooting her laptop

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> For another thing, they are banned by international law - last time I looked anyway.

Only for warfare.

Four illegal ways to sort out the Euro finance crisis

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You subsidised the empire up north?

> the north east was the workshop of the world massively subsidising not only the south east, but also the Empire

You'll want to have a word with the rest of the empire to get some of your subsidies back

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yes but

.. all those people investing your pension money are being paid handsomely for allegedly knowing what they're doing

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> It’s banker’s greed that led to all this in the first place, and until we tackle the problems of unregulated greed driven banking, then this problem is not going to solved and will probably reoccur.

Because the bankers FORCED the Greeks and Spanish and Portugese governments to borrow all that money? Or the Irish to invest like mad in property? [The Irish are a different kettle of fish from the others... they just made a monumentally stupid decision by not letting their banks fail and instead guaranteeing them with taxpayer money]

> The regan/thatcher light touch free market policies have failed, just as communism has failed

Ah yes, Thatcher was famous for running up huge government deficits wasn't she? [ Reagan did actually run up a huge deficit, despite talking about a smaller state, but then he was trying to outspend the Soviets]

Such a long post... and so short on logic.

BOFH vs PFY: There can be only one (on the exes chit)

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Pedant - moi?

Unless the PFY is in a branch office, shouldn't you worry about intra-office, not inter-office rivalry?

Explaining the highlander nature is surely superfluous given the audience?

And, more importantly, wouldn't a laxative have a more..err...explosive effect than a diuretic?

Bloke ordered to remove offensive numberplate

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they have standards in blighty?

".. and you need to prove you can drive to our standard."

After twenty years in blighty, I haven't noticed that there are particular driving standards - unless they ban use of the indicator.

The New C++: Lay down your guns, knives, and clubs

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Underneath all the shiny C# and Java projects...

...in investment banking you'll probably still find a C++ quant library.

Jobsian drones shackle gamer with 'lifetime' iPad ban

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Pull the other one...

> he does something he must know is illegal

The fact that apple doesn't like it doesn't make it illegal. You buy something, you can do what the hell you like with it - use it, trash it, sell it.

> That's why Ticketmaster tries to control the purchase of tickets by scalpers, so that you and I can buy them for less than £500 a piece for bad seats.

So Ticketmaster charges extortionate fees to protect me from extortion? How altruistic of them.

Pull the other one, mate, it's got bells on.

Police fail to dampen down bonfire night Westminster protest

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@Gordon Pyra

A large majority of people voted AGAINST the government.

Just for the record

Scientists flee Home Office after adviser sacking

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@Werner McGoole

The home secretary is free to ignore expert advice and prove himself an idiot - if he's paid for it out of his own pockets (and not expensed it!).

If my tax money gets spent on setting up a council of people who actually know what they're talking about, then I want that advice followed.

Bear squeeze blues: How to destroy a bank

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While your statement

"If you short a share, how much can you lose when prices go up? In the first case your losses are limited to the value of the share when you bought it (limited liability) but in the second, your losses are potentially unlimited."

is technically true, de facto large jumps are much more likely to the downside than to the upside.

And I don't think Dominic argued that naked shorts are less risky, just that a long-short strategy is less risky.

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