* Posts by Richard 81

1031 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Stiff upper lips and sun glasses: the Chancellor bets on Brexit feeling

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Re: So to clarify...

@Phil: I'm pretty sure I did say "some of them will have rational reasons for voting out (honestly there are a few)".

To be clear, I do think there are good reasons for wanting to leave the EU, but on balance I favour the status quo. I don't, however, believe that most of those who voted out did so in an informed and rational way.

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Re: The Sky is falling..

"Put Up or stfu"

That attitude is getting much older, much quicker.

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Re: What is the purpose of this article?

Government "spending on research" doesn't mean the government directing research, it means the government giving a budget to a research council who issue grants to research organisations that apply for it. The only control the government should exert is in deciding which research councils should get some money and how much of it they get.

The Brexit angle is that, at the moment, some of that funding comes from the EU's central research councils. When we Brexit, we might be cutting ourselves off from that source of funding, so our researches will have to rely on the pittance provided by our own government.

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Re: So to clarify...

It's a bit much to call them racists. Some of them were/are, but some of them will have rational reasons for voting out (honestly there are a few). However most will have just been generally pissed off with their situation and had their minds poisoned by years of anti-immigration, blame the EU for everything, propaganda from our media.

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"Reflecting on Britain's legacy of Alan Turing and Cambridge research, Hammond reckoned the UK is already a technology world leader."

That's a bit like reflecting on the legacy of Julius Caesar and claiming that Rome is the centre of the known world?

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MPs want Blighty to enforce domestic roaming to fix 'not spots'

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Re: Up yours, Mobile UK

That's my preferred option. It would force phone companies to build more, while also being as price-competitive as possible; they're going to want to avoid having gaps in their network while at the same time having losing all their own customers to cheaper companies.

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Re: Stupid

Re. BTOpenreach, surely the problem is that the infrastructure owner is also in the same business as, and therefore a competitor of, its customers? If that's never allowed to happen, then it could work.

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Bloody robots! 860k public sector jobs to be automated by 2030, say researchers

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Re: Ummm

I take your point. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people end up being left behind though.

...unless we have another big war to soak them all up.

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Re: Ummm

Which is why we need to have an objective look at options like universal basic income. I know many people spit angrily when someone suggests giving people money for nothing, but when a huge part of the population is unemployable what else can you do?

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Aussie trams equivalent to 30 skateboarding rhinos

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Re: Standard Units

...and whether it was carrying a coconut.

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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

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In which case, it becomes the government's (with the consent of parliament) job to go for a form of Brexit that would be best for the country. Or, if that's not workable then forget the whole thing. The problem seems to be that government are going for the best political solution (for them), rather than the best scocial and economical solution for everyone.

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Re: The elephant in the room - stagnant wages because of the free movement of labour

...plus the employers may just bugger off.

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Can Facebook influence an election result?

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"If Facebook can control millions of votes [...], is that still democracy?"

This question doesn't seem to bother the mainstream media, so why should it bother Facebook?

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The wait is over: MoD releases latest issue of Ship Paint Monthly

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I hear grey is in this month.

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Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!

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Lets just call them Heidi Powell #1 and Heidi Powell A.

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Self-driving Google car T-boned in California crash

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Re: Is there a story here?

That's a fair point Xamol; until we can engineer self-driving cars that specifically identify white vans and BMWs and act accordingly, they'll never be able to prevent accidents of this kind.

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Re: Is there a story here?

To be fair, one of them was competently driven but it wasn't by any human.

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Brexit at the next junction: Verity's guide to key post-vote skills

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Re: I want Gregxit

Gregxit? That would be the independence of a certain inexpensive baked goods shop?

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

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Re: At least make sure your contract include TOIL

"Say what you like about the UK, at least our employment law does something to protect employees"

You just wait.

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The next Bond – Basildon or Bass-Ass? YOU decide

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Re: a female Bond

Not that the all female Ghostbusters are female alternatives of Ray, Egon, Peter and Winston, they're entirely new characters.

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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Re: Time Crystals?

It's all a bit wibbly wobbly timey wimey, isn't it?

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UK nixes Land Registry sale

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Re: The goose that lays golden eggs

"Only an idiot (or a person with a vested interest)"

That covers most MPs then.

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Kaspersky to 1337 haxors: take down our power grid. We dare you

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Re: Hacking a simulated power station

Presumably it's so they can be controlled centrally without needing a dedicated network.

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Hello, Star Trek? 25th Century here: It's time to move on

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Re: I have a speech...

Most scifi these days seems to focus on things going badly wrong, which probably reflects the mood that our best days are behind us. All very depressing, so a bit of optimistic forward looking would be quite welcome.

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Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options

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Re: What about the 3.5 million EU nationals already in the UK?

Anyone who thinks that people who are offended by the suggestion of mass-murder should seek help, should have "help" forced upon them whether they seek it or not.

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Re: IT skills shortage

That's what this "Pay to Stay" thing is all about. The problem is that the threshold outside of London is going to be £30k (household income). If you live and work in the South East, losing the council house discount is just going to push you into that dead zone.

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You should probably stop reading the Daily Mail. Or stop commenting here. Your choice.

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Oracle reveals Java Applet API deprecation plan

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I get that JavaScript is supposed to be modular, but it's missing so many basic features in its core API that you need third party libraries (or lots of your own code) to do anything. Remember that left-pad debacle last year?

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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Re: Not in favor of Brexit, but i would like to point out...

Yeah, they would since the default result should be the status quo. Since the result was a very narrow majority, it's not at all conclusive given the turn out.

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Re: @Charlie @AC 20-23 pages for EU citizens

"It is interesting how many disgruntled 'remainers' are of the opinion that many who voted to exit want Johnny Foreigner kicked out sharpish."

Not really, since that was the thrust of the Leave campaign.

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Re: @Richard 81: Home Office

Nobody said the EU was perfect, in fact there is a lot to dislike about it. However none of those things seemed worse to me, at least at the time of voting, than the cost of leaving. Not that Leave campaign discussed the genuine problems with the EU, instead it was based entirely on a pack of lies. Sadly the Remain campaign was bloody useless and completely failed to call out the Brexiters on their bullshit.

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Re: Oh well, better send this article to my girlfriend

You'd better put a ring on it.

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Re: Home Office

Not surprising, since the Leave side conveniently overlooked the fact that anything at all.

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Re: Propaganda by CEO's

...which suggests that what little labour protection we have will disappear completely post-Brexit. Assuming we have a Tory or even Tory-lite Labour government in power at the time.

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Re: ID Cards

I think my biggest problem with Labour's attempt at an ID card was being required to £80 to get one. £80 for something I don't currently need and don't really want? No thanks!

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Re: Let's hope

How dare you suggest such a thing! Rhubarb rhubarb, undemocratic, rhubarb rhubarb, take back control, rhubarb rhubarb, make Britain great again!

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Mozilla's trying on seven hot new spring/summer logo looks

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Meh

These all look really amateur.

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Former RN flagship HMS Illustrious to be sold for scrap – report

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Re: It's always hard

Personally I love that ships like HMS Belfast get preserved and I find it a real shame when one gets scrapped. I wish HMS Warrior had been properly preserved, rather than being turned into a hulk. The restoration is amazing, but a lot of it's based on guesswork since there aren't any proper plans. Unfortunately HMS Victory is looking pretty shabby these days.

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

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Re: downvote here

"I know im in the minority"

Thank god for that.

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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Re: "He was found not guilty, therefore he is innocent"

"I would support some sort of extra monitoring order for people like this"

People like who? This "no smoke without fire" nonsense makes a mockery of our legal system.

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Re: "He was found not guilty, therefore he is innocent"

"I don't think you understand the law too well."

You say this and then demonstrate that you don't understand how our legal system works.

Within our justice system there is no grey area; you are either innocent or guilty. If you are proved not guilty, then you are innocent. If there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you are guilty, then you are also innocent. The question of actual, moral innocence is irrelevant.

The fact that this sort of power has been given to the police is frankly horrifying.

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

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Re: Really ....

If she thinks that's what's best for the country, then that's her job. We live in a parliamentary democracy, so unless a legally binding referendum is held (which this wasn't), the only say the people have in how the country is run is in electing the MPs we want to represent us. In doing so, we defer to them decisions that need to be made on our behalf.

This referendum was nothing more than a poll to see what people thought should happen. Without setting an appropriate majority threshold, based on turnout, the whole exercise was pointless. Parliament is quite right to ignore it, if they think it's in our interest.

...also I'm sick and bloody tired of being told "you lost, get over it". This isn't a fucking football match!

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

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There's something rather odd about discussing the toxicity of a bullet.

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Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters

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Do people actually eat Richmond sausages? I thought they were just fakes for filling out part-empty supermarket shelves.

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Soylent adds coffee

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Re: You still have to put it in your mouth?

How about a handy suppository. Pop one in after your morning ablutions and you're away.

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

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Re: Wait until you see the next generation fighter...

Yeah, you're never going to get a government contract with that attitude.

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Re: None-story

@boltar: Oh year? Check the EULA.

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Microsoft adds useful feature to PowerPoint. Seriously

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Re: "add any other overly fancy use of language and management terms at will"

Updation? That's a new one on me.

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Re: This will make conferences hell - like prezi did

I once sat through a prezi presentation about the benefits of Second Life et al. to science. It managed to bore me senseless (I think every sentence contained the phrase "virtual world"), while simultaneously giving me motion sickness.

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