* Posts by nsld

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Ex-TalkTalk chief grilled by MPs on suitability to chair NHS Improvement

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How

Just how is she even being considered for a role which doesn't require the use of the phrase 'do you want fries with that?' is beyond me.

It wasn't just one breach, she was at the helm for at least three talk talk data breaches.

How this has even got to a 'pre appointment' stage is another question, what pre requisites does she meet for the shortlisting process for a role overseeing the NHS?

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Screw the badgers! Irish High Court dismisses Apple bit barn appeals

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Re: No Operational Justification for placing a Data Centre anywhere in Ireland

Well as the UK screws itself over Brexit most companies are looking at an EU location for data in case the UK doesnt have adequacy arranged (or flights, or food) come March 2019.

Want a data and service operation with no language barrier then Ireland is your go to place if you are a UK business wanting to be GDPR compliant (banks, Insurance, etc etc)

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Re: Not environmentally-friendly high-tech jobs! Anything but that!

"any DC will be using fossil fuel power all through the winter nights, AND even when running on renewable electricity, the grid will be reliant upon fossil fuel back up, as will be the DC for its on site power backup."

Suggest you look at Lulea in Sweden and http://thenodepole.com/ natural cooling and lots of hydro power.

Not all data centres are created equal

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1,000 jobs on the line at BAE Systems' Lancashire plants – reports

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Re: How to solve Brexit.

Comrade Corbyn has them earmarked for Glorious State Potato Farm Number 4.....

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Russian telco backs up North Korea's sole Internet link

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Headline is wrong

Shouldnt it be,

'Glorious Leader increases the worlds access to the glorious North Korean Internet' ?

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European Commission refers Ireland to court over failure to collect €13bn in tax from Apple

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Re: Race to the bottom

Its no coincidence that the new EU rules aimed at curbing artificial tax avoidance come into effect in March 2019.

If you wonder why Teresa May triggered article 50 when it was abundantly clear the UK was not in a position to start the process you have to understand that the decision was taken for her by the vested interests in the Tory party along with the kippers.

After all, it wouldnt be easy to explain to the EU commission how 99% of a companies revenue can be charged to an entity in Gibralter as 'costs' and then magically emerge tax free in Panama thanks to the work of Mossack Fonseca.

And if you wondered why Boris doesn't want the UK to be subject to new EU regulations during a transition period after March 2019 see above!

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You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's my fault?

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This is my day, today, live in real time

Turn up early, press the intercom, get through to the organic firewall, 'Who? sorry I have no idea what you are talking about'

Give up, go in anyway, find they only booked the room this morning so left in a cupboard with ten people.

Projector with no cable - check

No Wifi - check

Offer of a drink - of course not

The toilets are more salubrious than the meeting room.

Just another day in the world of IT freelancing

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UK Data Protection Bill lands: Oh dear, security researchers – where's your exemption?

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Re: But if you think that's bad, consider it from the other EU members perspecitve.

They already are moving the data. General consensus is stick the data in the EU27 and let the ICO worry about the problem rather than the other way round.

Anyone relying on an adequacy approach for UK law to allow them to process EU data subjects data is taking a significant risk.

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Re: Logging the lot

An APS is pretty much any data storage system in use as the whole point of them is to automate manual tasks (think emailing a receipt at the end of a transaction for example)

You will have to log every interaction with the data to meet this as its currently written which will mean you will end up with more data in logs than in the actual database. GDPR focuses on consent changes and adequate tracking of how consent is obtained and removed so it makes sense to log those.

One way of increasing server sales and boosting the economy it seems!

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UK's new Data Protection Bill will be 'liberal' not 'libertarian', says digi minister

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Paris Hilton

Seems a little confused

He seems to be confusing data protection with the protection of property rights or just merging them all together because they also use the word 'protection'.

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Act fast to get post-Brexit data deal, Brit biz urges UK.gov

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Too late

Many already have and have decided it will be easier to host all data in the EU27 and see what the ICO does rather than try to split or keep all data in the UK.

Once we are a third country it just takes one adequacy decision in the ECJ and its game over for processing of EU citizens data, would you take that risk?

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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other good responses are

'The internet is the work of the devil and you are a tool of satan'

'That would be an ecumencal matter'

'Can I talk to you about Jesus......'

They all seem to work quite well

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UK.gov wants quick Brexit deal with EU over private data protections

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Re: There 'May' come a time

@codejunky

You really don't understand how any of this works.

Take the ECJ, if they tell the EU27 that something is not compliant or doesn't meet standards/GDPR et al (the list is endless) then thats game over for whatever that sector is involved in.

Hence why the moves are more than brass plate on the door. They are also moving data, services and in some cases entire teams into the EU27 just to be ready for GDPR requirements alone.

We haven't touched on Airlines either, Easyjet blinked first, BA will follow but has the advantage that it can leverage services etc within IAG its parent, Ryanair has already taken steps, all of which will add economic value in other countries and remove it from the UK.

You can keep your dream of empire alight but in the cold light of day we are a small island in a world which has moved on greatly since we conquered much of it and gave them our civil service as a lasting legacy

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Re: There 'May' come a time

@codejunky

Meeting your obligations to withdraw is just that, meeting the obligation which includes a fiscal one.

The trade agreement can only happen after the withdrawl is agreed for the simple reason that the trade deal cannot be put in place until we actually leave and have third country status. Thats why the stages are Withdrawl, define trading arrangement, sign deal on the day of leaving (if one is done of course)

As to the import at lower or zero tariffs argument (the Minford fantasy) , fine if you are purely a consumer economy but even the economic sage himself says that approach will completely destroy manufacturing in the UK. It will also hammer our exporters, end result will not be pretty.

The financial sector will be really hit hard if by March 2019 we don't have adequacy to handle the data of EU citizens or a deal on passporting, hence all the major financial institutions making contingency arrangements in the EU27 for that eventuality, just look at the doubling in commercial rents in Dublin since the vote, they are loving it.

As for Euro clearing, some of it already takes place in the US, they wont say no to more, plus your comment about reserve currency status is rubbish. The dollar is a reserve currency and almost all of its clearing is in New York so moving Euro Clearing more heavily into Europe won't change the reserve status of a currency.

Automative will be interesting, we don't have the supply chain in the UK to replace the multiple component moves that make up modern car manufacturing. End result if we do become a third country with no deal is a significant impact on the major manufacturers, all of which are fully or partially European owned. Of course the government has given a comfort letter to the Franco-Japanese owned Nissan and will probably have to do the same to BMW Mini, Tata Land Rover, Honda, Peugot (now owners of Vauxhall) etc. You or I won't get a comfort letter telling us the UK taxpayer will make up the difference, we will be the ones paying it. But even with those kind of subsidies/guarantees etc outside of the luxury producers you will see a big contraction, its already happened with investment plummeting since 2015 when the referendum was announced.

The real irony I have saved until last, now we are leaving we won't have a seat at the table and as a third country we will have to adhere to ECJ decisions and jump through all those hoops just to trade with the largest market on our doorstep. Its worth remembering the impact that the ECJ ruling in Schrems v. Facebook referred by Ireland had, even the land of the Trump has to bend to the ECJ if it wants to trade with one of the other big three.

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Re: There 'May' come a time

@codejunky

Article 50 isnt a long document, it is about the withdrawl of a member from the EU which is why the EU published its position document openly with the withdrawl element to be dealt with first.

Thats not an obstacle, thats the approach layed down in the article to be followed. Davis was, as usual, just full of bluster and bravado.

Euro clearing takes place in many places, not just the UK, we happen to handle about 70% of it, Paris does about 11% and the rest is spread around. It represents a clear opportunity to move a significant amount away from London and, like the efforts to get the EU agencies business the EU countries are not going to let that prize go, nor are the Americans.

On the food and farming front its not just about the price to the consumer but also about tariffs and quota's under WTO rules. The 40% tariff on lamb for example is not going to be a good day out for the UK sheep farming industry, and thats just one example.

Like the UKIP's supporting the Caribbean Sugar Cane producers and US multi national cane processors UK sugar beet farmers are going to find out that life gets very hard without the protection of the tradeing block even with a weak currency to aid exports.

I am all for freedom and democracy, this was a binary vote so leaving the EU and joining EEA/EFTA meets that binary choice. I would also argue that your extension of that binary choice to be much more is a real example of someone trying to usurp democracy.

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Re: There 'May' come a time

@codejunky

The EU are not putting obstacles in the way, remember the battle of the summer over parallel negotiations?

That lasted 4 minutes before Davis capitulated.

The EU27 have a job to do, they don't need to put any obstacles in the way and have been absolutely transparent in the position papers without press embargoes or press briefings.

The consensus in the EU27 is one of ambivelance, the EU is not going to collapse as a result of Britain leaving, in fact many of the countries in the EU27 actually want a hard Brexit as they stand to gain considerably from the transfer of assetts, businesses and economic activity. Taking farming, nothing we grow in the UK can't be grown in Northern Europe and they have lots of space to take over the production of arable and veg to replace what comes from the UK. Incidently, about 80% of all pea and pea protien (ready meals) consumer in the UK is grown in Northern Europe, what do you think thats going to do to your food costs.

A no deal departure would mean that Euro clearing goes to the EU27 from London, following the regulatory agencies like Medicine, which incidently brings huge secondary spend with hotel rooms, transport, visitor leisure etc. little wonder the EU cities are lining up to bid for those agencies.

The government has already floated the idea of EFTA court as the arbitrator, thats to soften headbangers like you up to the reality that we will join EEA/EFTA and it will be business as usual.

What that means in reality is a higher membership bill, significantly reduced grants, more paperwork and no say on the shape of the union. The positives are that the likes of Farage, Hannan and the rest of the MEP troughers are out of a job and business can continue as usual.

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Paris Hilton

Re: They need us more than we need them

"Sorry - utter rubbish. European companies are beating down the door to their governments DEMANDING they make a deal with us. "

Yet strangely as I sit in Dublin Airport after another day consulting with a SaaS provider the general consensus is that the UK won't get an adequacy decision and any serious business is already a long way down the road of moving its data into an EU 27 country.

It will be far easier to store UK data in the EU and watch as the UK government does nothing than it would be to keep it in the UK and find you can't do business when the ECJ does a Schrems and the UK as a third country finds itself out on its arse in a data processing wilderness.

Enjoy your unicorn riding Maxfm.......

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London council 'failed to test' parking ticket app, exposed personal info

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Tax roundabout

So the taxpayers of Islington have paid for the incompetence of the council that they pay for.

Whats the betting that none of the in house staff at Islington responsible for this have been fired?

The council should be within its rights to fire them, and sue them for the costs incurred as well.

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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My 11 year old

Makes these at home.

He gets decent quality sausages and simply slits them, wraps them in puff pastry, brushes some egg yolk on the top and chucks them in the oven.

Food of the gods!*

* please check with your sky fairy of choice, not all gods are supported, see our terms of service for more details.......

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Coming soon to a Parliament near you – UK's Data Protection Bill

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Facepalm

Gudiance

A lot of the guidance from the Article 29 working party is yet to be published so its going to be interesting to see how many changes are required in this bill before it truly meets the requirements of GDPR.

Of course this also crosses the Maybots red line regarding the ECJ as they will make rulings which the UK will have to comply with to continue to do business with EU nations. Its going to be interesting to see how they spin that.

Whichever way you slice and dice it we will have no voice or say, and if the EU decides on an arbitary basis that as a 3rd country we no longer meet the requirements then its game over for a lot of tech business. Any global business with half a brain is going to move its data processing operations to the EU27 rather than risk a negative determination as a third country which also means that UK citizens data will be housed in an area we have no say or influence over.

Apparently, when it comes to data 'taking back control' really means dropping our pants and wondering why everyone is pointing and laughing.

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UK.gov job ads entice IT bods with promise they will be OUTSIDE IR35

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risk versus return

The 'gig economy' workers are usually not far above benefits level, deem them inside IR35 and you open up a whole can of tax credit worms and the potential that they will stop working and claim many other benefits so a net tax loss overall.

A skilled IT contracter making £600+ per day is a soft target and is unlikely to fall back on the state in the same way. They are also a lot easier to find and manage as they typically do submit tax returns etc.

Add in that the many and varied gig economy companies have tongues firmly buried up politicians and have open doors to post political careers for them and its little wonder they are not heavily targetted.

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Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

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Re: It's all verry simple

Not so easy with many sealed unit items without removable batteries.

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US military's latest toy set: Record-breaking laser death star, er, truck

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Seems.

we are going to need a bigger shark....

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User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired

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I bet

The CIO didn't get the bullet for a complete failure of leadership.....

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

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Re: Wait a minute

The icon on the top right was an indication of the seriousness of the comment.......

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Coat

Wait a minute

Surely this is a great victory for feminism and female empowerment?

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Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

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FFS

If you have single points of failure you deserve everything you get.

That's not the fault of 'the cloud' it's down to incompetent shitgibbons who shouldn't be within a thousand miles of any critical technology.

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Arris slaps down US$800m to buy Brocade's wireless bits

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Seems cheap

At $800 ......

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UPS & drones: Delivery company launches UAV from truck

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Client Eastwood....

"saw it launch an unnamed aerial vehicle"

Derek, we shall call it Derek the Drone.........

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Planned Espionage Act could jail journos and whistleblowers as spies

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Handy timing that

Just as the IP Bill becomes law and the government is hoovering up all that data.

Almost a de facto recognition they cannot secure it.

You don't want to get caught leaking the dwarf porn viewing habits of your local MP if this goes through.

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IETF 'reviewing' US event plans in the face of Trump's travel ban

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Re: Only the second week @Gumby

Ending of a visa waiver just means you need a visa.

Even countries within the visa waiver programme still have visa requirements.

So your comparison is nothing of the sort, you need to remember your audience here is clearly better educated than the shitkickers you drink with.

As for his plan to "counter the threat" its just going to be the same extreme vetting which already takes place for many people trying to get a US visa of any sort.

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Judge allows plan for Intel to reanimate McAfee. The brand, we mean

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Jedediah

Yeeee haaaaaw.......

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Mumsnet ordered to give users' real life IDs and messages to plastic surgeon they criticised

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makes a change

normally people just hack into mumsnet to get the information.....

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Seven pet h8s: Verity is sorely vexed

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I see a problem

"By the way, special mention for JavaScript, the runaway winner in this category: Broccoli, Brunch, Grunt, Gulp, Mimosa, Jake and Webpack, which list sounds like a roll call of firefighters in a forthcoming BBC puppet programme for the under-fives TheDonaldTrumpton."

Not sure Brocolli and Mimosa will qualify for visa's under Obersturmbahnfuehrer Rudd's new listing program....

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What's the biggest danger to the power grid? Hackers? Terrorists? Er, squirrels

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The local squirrels down here in deliverance

Like to get a little jolt from chewing the phone line, its not enough damage to kill voice but it really stuffs up ADSL.

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CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

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Facepalm

It will be horrific

Having had the joy of looking after tier 2 visa apps in my last job the paperwork alone will cripple business. Add in a £1000 tax per person and all those foreign language roles needed for a global trading economy will move to the EU.

How we expect to trade globally with a deficit of language speakers is going to be the big question, unless we expect everyone to speak English when they buy our innovative jams!

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Former car rental biz staff gave customers' details to phone pests

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Only yesterday

I rented a van from Enterprise and on collection I was asked to give a second phone number of someone they could contact in case of an emergency.

I said no, on the basis that I am an orphan so they would need Derek Accorah to contact my parents and that as my partner wasnt present I didnt have her consent to give her number. They insisted on a second number and so they got the broadband line which has no handset attached to it.

I explained to them that asking people for other peoples numbers was a dubious practice given the use of it for telemarketing spam and then today I read this article.

The best part was apparently this 2nd number was "enforced on the system" which was bollocks as I had rented a car 2 weeks prior and also have an enterprise account neither of which has never asked for a second number.

Got to wonder if the staff in my local branch of Enterprise aren't doing a little light data skimming?

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

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Re: IMHO, any modified vehicle should become immediately unfit for the road...@LDS

Your comment is all kinds of stupid.

Most "modification" to vehicles, for example changing the brakes means using stuff that is engineered to fit and work with the car to improve it. The same also applies to engine re mapping which is an extremely common thing to improve performance, economy, emmissions etc.

Putting better brakes on a car doesn't require type approval or crash testing, and neither does allowing an ECU overwrite or a new chip being added, the most dangerous thing in all the article if the fact the damn thing is connected to the internet!

Both our Land Rovers are chipped or remapped, as is one classic Lotus (which also has 8 pot calipers to stop it rather than the OEM Vauxhall crap that Lotus used in the 90's) and the 9 litre diesel horse lorry, the Landies to make them less rubbish, the Lotus to make full use of the turbo and the horse lorry because its now bearably crap. None of them are dangerous per se, they just work better.

However if you connected them to the internet and let the world loose on them that would be a different matter altogether.

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TalkTalk hacker gets iPhone taken away by Norwich Youth Court

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The real crime

Is that Talk Talk can get bent over and data reamed, not once, not twice, but three times and yet its still bonuses all round for Dido and the executive.

Whilst the ICO has at least got some dentures it needs real teeth and the criminal negligence of the talk talk leadership should be the focus and not some idiot with access to a vulnerability scanner.

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Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

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Trade deals

I did see on Twatter that Daniel Hannan the MEP had shipped himself off to Colombia to flog some "innovative jams" or whatever we have to offer.

The sad reality is that we don't set the world on fire with physical goods production and what we do build like cars, steel, chips etc are primarily foreign owned and ultimately can be relocated.

Most of our "exports" are service based and again are easily movable.

Our food production is driven by low skilled EU migration and again the larger food producing agro industries can move to fields in mainland Europe as we don't have any unique climate crops.

Apparently according to UKIP's Suzanne Evens we have some massive trade advantage as we buy lots of stuff, I get the feeling she, like many kippers doesn't understand how global trade actually works or how the UK economy is so dependent on easily movable businesses.

So its not just tech thats rising in price, food and energy is as well.

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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Re: What I don't get @2+2=5

Are you suggesting some kind of tapered relief approach?

I don't think the carrot mafia are going to be ok with a slow depletion of the animal stock and a bacon taper do you?

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Re: What I don't get

And thats the million dollar question the bacon dodgers like to avoid.

The reality is if we stopped eating meat we would need to cull millions of animals as no farmer is going to pay to fence and graze what has become wildlife.

Cows roaming free on roads, sheep randomly invading towns, pigs in your garden etc all breeding away etc.

Farmers would need to fence in crops, having seen how quickly escaped sheep can eat through an arable crop we could end up with food supply issues once we release all those cuddly ruminants and they graze through everything.

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

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Another great step forward

To 2014/15 when Lenovo did this on the X1 carbon!

How long before Apple go to court over that?

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Dyn dinged by DDoS: US DNS firm gives web a bad hair day

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Paris Hilton

Whats the DevOps angle?

See title!

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HPE UK overlord lines up sales generals, gives ra ra speech

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Paris Hilton

Surprised

He didn't go full Conan and say:

"To crush your enemies -- See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!"

Now that would motivate the sales team although the HR department might have some issues!

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Re: PWEI

Given what we have heard from our new home secretary Obersturmbannfuhrer Rudd and her penchance for lists is anyone surprised by this?

I think this is possibly a more appropriate PWEI track given the current state of the nation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xef60FAN6Vk

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Robots blamed for wiping 10 per cent off the value of sterling

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@Boltar

The UK has a partial membership of the WTO with much of its common agreements dependent on membership of the EU.

This gives a good overview from some legal experts in the field of the challenge the UK faces in re establishing full membership of the WTO if we do leave the EU/EEA/EFTA

https://www.monckton.com/brexit-mean-uk-wto/

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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

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visa free travel

As we are not part of the Schengen area of mainlaind Europe we currently rely on EU membership for Visa free travel within Schengen.

My colleagues from outside the EU (Australia, South Africa, India) have to purchase a Schengen visa to travel in Europe, currently France is the best value and once you have had a couple they will give you a longer duration one. Costs about £80 a pop!

Once we leave the EU and have 'taken control' of our borders we will be subject to Schengen rules and will need to get a visa unless a deal on that is done.

As for work, that will require work visa's for each country!

Less paperwork if we leave apparently, and £350 million a week to spend on roast beef, warm sturdy ale and the NHS!

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@Bolfar Re: I have said it before, I will say it again

"Good, fuck the human rights convention. A gravy train for legal parasites to make a killing preventing murderers and rapists being deported and allowing criminals to sue the police on spurious grounds. Go ahead mod me down, I'm not alone in my opinion."

Indeed you are not alone, which just proves that more than one person has no idea what they are ranting about!

Plenty of ECHR judgements which are very much in the public interest including challenges on sexuality and employment, military equipment to protect troops. Unlawful retention of DNA data etc.etc.

Not every human rights case is listed in the Daily Mail and most of those that are tend to be misreported!

Notwithstanding that one of the fathers of modern human rights law was Winston Churchill, who, I suspect has a little more gravitas than you do Bolfar!

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Disney rollercoaster helps pop out kidney stones

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Re: "Journal of the American Osteopathic Association."??????

I think you are confusing Chiropractors with Osteopaths.

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