* Posts by captain veg

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EU axes geo-blocking: Upsets studios, delights consumers

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swadding Belgium

> they can always ensure exclusive rights in a particular language which solves the problem for Europe

The game's up for Belgium, then. And Switzerland. No independence for you, Scotland, but welcome to the new Catalan state.

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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Re: I know I'm dreaming, but...

Complete coincidence.

Both that and the Intel thing mentioned by Dave look promising, but there's a way to go before wither would fit into a phone chassis that people would want to use or buy. They're both too thick to fit a battery in the same enclosure. My dream evisages something much closer to a bare circuit board with a thin edge connector, more like a DIMM.

Thanks to both for the heads up though.

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I know I'm dreaming, but...

Wouldn't it be great to have a standardised mechanical form factor and electrical interface for a credit-card sized compute module? Kind of like a supersized SIM card, but with a SoC, RAM and flash storage on board. You could plug it in to a touch screen that has cellular hardware to use it as a phone, or a larger version of same (possibly without the cell radios) to use as a tablet, or a docking station to make it a desktop PC. Hell, if it were really standard, why wouldn't all flat screens have the necessary interface? And then you wouldn't need to carry the docking kit with you; it would be ubiquitous. Best of all, there would be competition. You might have x86 modules up against ARM, your choice of operating system, mix and match the compute-power you need with the external form factor that fits your lifestyle.

It'll never catch on.

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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Joke

this is why

> netsh winsock reset catalog

> netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log

And this is why Linux will never take off on the desktop.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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Re: "The old EEC"

Why is this rubbish still repeated?

The "old EEC" was a political union, not merely an economic union. The most casual skimming of the 1957 Rome treaty sets out almost all of what we now recognise as the EU. It is an insulting myth that voters in 1975 were somehow fooled into signing up to something different.

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Low-power transistors hint at alternative to battery bonfires

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Envision?

Did the author perhaps mean envisage?

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Facebook Yarn's for your JavaScript package

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Re: Why wont...

JavaScript does not need frameworks to make it easier to code. It already is easy.

JavaScript is not awful to code in once you understand that any syntactical similarity to Java is entirely irrelevant.

I admit that it took me a while to understand this, which is why I wrote up a summary of what I learned in the hope of saving others a lot of bother.

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Microsoft hails pointless Privacy Shield status for its cloud services

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reminds me of...

... ActiveX controls in Internet Explorer. To be accepted as "safe" your control had to implement an interface that permitted IE to ask "are you safe?" That's fox 'em.

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Nvidia: Eight bits ought to be enough for anybody ... doing AI

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Re: My CPU is a neural net processor

I was a Z80 man myself, so I might be wrong, but I don't think that the 6502 could do multiplication in hardware. The Zilog part couldn't.

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Double-negative tweet could be Microsoft Surface Phone hint

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Doesn't need to be magnetic.

It'll suck anyway.

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The Rise, Fall and Return of TomTom

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Re: TomTom just gets driving more than Google or Apple

OK, it's a long time ago, but...

I had Tom Tom maps on my Handspring Treo (PalmOS) and mostly loved it.

One day it gave me a route that took in the rue d'Alsace next to the Gare de l'Est in Paris. Fortunately I was on a bicycle, because that road incorporates a flight of stairs.

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

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Re: I smell a rat

There's plenty that doesn't add up here.

Doesn't matter how the people voted in the referendum. Doesn't matter what the opinion of the backbench bastards. What matters to the Conservative party is big finance and the NFU. One needs the single market, the other needs cheap labour and agricultural subsidies.

This should be fun.

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Re: Strange logic

> Have I missed something here?

Remittances.

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

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Re: CP/M didn't have windows

Neither did DOS. It only got subdirectories in version 2, which had to support the XT's hard drive.

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Re: MS gave IE away for free

No they didn't. They "integrated" it with the operating system, going way beyond "free" bundling by making it impossible to uninstall. This was judged to be an abuse of their monopoly position in the desktop operating system market, and rightly so. Neither Apple nor Googls has (yet) such an O/S monopoly to abuse. Now, if Chrome became a de facto monopoly browser, and Google used that to illegally manipulate some other market (online purchases, say), I would expect the competition authorites to take an interest.

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Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

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Re: Is there a difference between lawyers and politicians

Yes. The ones who are good at law stick with it. The pay's better. The less talented ones go in to politics.

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

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Re: "Judge Dredd was a comic strip"

And a reggae singer from Snodland.

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

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Just like to say...

Welcome back John Lettice. I for one have missed your insights.

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Email proves UK boffins axed from EU research in Brexit aftermath

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Re: Article 50

> That would be a very dangerous precedent to set.

What, asserting the primacy of Parliament? I think you will find that this principle is entirely unaffected by precedent.

> That certainly entitles the vote to be regarded as valid.

The vote is valid. However, completely unlike a general election, it is not binding. I really don't understand what part of the word "advisory" is causing so many people difficulty.

Countries that make a habit of putting constitutional matters to referendum invariably include some requirement for supermajority (as did Britain for the 1979 Scottish devolution vote). Of course, it would have been rather silly setting out the conditions for "winning" a consultation exercise.

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

captain veg

The wasn't a ban on encrypted communication. There was a ban on encrypted communication using keys that were specially weakened for the NSA. This was at the time that the American government seriously thought that no other nation was capable of developing strong encryption.

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We ain't in 1996 anymore, Dorothy: SQL Server 2016 proves it

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"800GB on cirrus"

Cirrus was the project name for what became Microsoft Access. It had a maximum database size of 1GB.

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It's 2016 and Windows lets crims poison your printer drivers

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Re: Software contains bugs

> ."Win10 has supposedly been re-written from the ground up".

> Wasn't that Vista?

I never paid much attention to Bisto, but it was certainly part of the spiel for Windows 95.

Perhaps they meant re-written from the ground up remains of DOS.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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So it's not just me then. What is it about bluddy "committed christians" that makes them want to be politicians, and how come so many of them get to lead their parties?

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Couldn't be arsed

I know a couple of people who were unable to vote for unforeseen reasons, they being respectively a severe health crisis and an unexpected work call-out to another country. Not every failure to vote was due to apathy.

The point was often made that older people were both more likely to turn out and more likely to be for Leave. I might add that pensioners also have more time on their hands to actually go to the polling station on a work day. Why doesn't Britain do like other countries and field votes on a Sunday?

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captain veg

We don't elect a government in the UK, we elect MPs. The Queen appoints the Prime Minister. She could chose who she likes, but by convention she selects whoever can command a majority in the Commons, possibly in coalition. This is usually the leader of the party with the greatest number of seats, but it doesn't have to be,

Democracy? We've heard of it.

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fantasy politics

Leadsom becomes PM, quickly loses confidence vote. In subsequent general election Lib Dems are surprise beneficiaries of chaos in Conservative and Labour parties and a Farage-less UKIP.

You read it here first.

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Mandate

There is no mandate. It was an advisory referendum, not a manifesto pleadge by the party with a majority in the Commons.

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A statement from Steven P Bong concerning alleged CV inaccuracies

captain veg

see also

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/politics/politics-headlines/andrea-leadsoms-cv-claims-she-already-is-prime-minister-20160707110382

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

captain veg

Re: you moron

Look up "supermajority", brainbox. It is pretty much universal in countries whose constitutions make a feature of binding referendums. Ours doesn't.

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Re: What about my EU Citizenship

I wrote to Martin Schultz begging to keep my EU citizenship. He didn't reply. Mind you, neither did the current MP in the constituency where I last lived in UK.

I wasn't allowed to vote in the referendum. Who, I wonder, is supposed to be representing my interests in the face of losing crucial (to me) rights?

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Re: From another angle...

Not only did the enabling legislation specifically state that the referendum was advisory, the wording of the question makes it pretty clear.

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union

Should. Not shall or must.

It's like the Ask the Audience lifeline in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Their opinion informs the decision, it does not dictate it.

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Blighty's EU science funding will remain unchanged until new PM triggers Article 50

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Re: A referendum. Is a snapshot. Nothing more.

Wonder if we could persuade the other 27 to adopt a different name*? Then we could be OUT OUT OUT of the EU without actually changing anything.

-A.

*Something like "British Empire" ought to do it.

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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Re: Customs tarrifs within the EU

That's a special rule for "motorhomes". Every right-thinking person hates them with a vengeance.

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Re: Interesting observation...

Quebecois films are subtitled in France.

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Re: Pedant alert

> And if it's spoken in France, it's also a French dialect.

For a given value of "French".

To take the example of Alsation, it is a dialect of France, but not of the French language (it's a variety of German). Breton is Gaelic, Occitan is a family of Romance dialects including Provençal, part of a linguistic continuum that runs from Italy through France and into Spain. French Catalan is quite markedly different in sound from that spoken in Spain, but a speaker of any Romance language could have a stab at understanding the standard written form. Basque is something else entirely.

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Re: Lingua Franca

I work in the international team of a global company. Let me tell you, in Latin America, Japan, China, large parts of Africa, pretty much no one speaks English.

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Re: Lingua Franca

Plenty of Asians speak French, Perhaps you meant South Asians?

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Pedant alert

Breton is not a dialect of French. It's basically the same as Welsh.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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Re: Of course the original referendum is only "advisory" it is not legally backed.

Geoffrey Robertson, QC, states that the first referendum had no constitutional significance and that a second is entirely redundant.

It was a sham, and judging by their subsequent backtracking, the leaders of the Leave campaign knew it all along.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Re: People being stupid.

> England will now be England again, Wales will now be Wales again.

What were they last Tuesday?

> The UK had vote on the EU

Yep. That's all it was, a vote. I can't predict the future, but I can state that it doesn't bind Parliament to anything at all. Sorry, but that honest decent Mr Cameron sold you a pup. At least he had the grace to be embarrassed about it.

> I presume you all had a vote

No. Like many other Brits living in Europe, I was denied a vote despite this being a matter of supreme importance to me.

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Re: run crying to the teacher

> what is is the bloody point of having a referendum

In the British constitution, there isn't any. Or, at least, the point certainly isn't to decide the issue on the ballot paper. Parliament is sovereign, and it draws that sovereignty from the Crown, not from the People. Yes, it really is that feudal.

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Re: Tories love not knowing stuff!

Vote Jump, take control!

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

captain veg

Singluar Kingdom

Or, given the profile of the Leave voters, how about Singular Kingdom of the Uneducated, Misguided, Bigots And Geriatrics?

If that doesn't get at least 17 million downvotes, I shall be very disappointed.

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Re: 'EU' -> 'UK' -> 'K'

Singular Kingdom of Southern Britain and Northern Ireland (provisionally). Or how about Narnia?

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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Re: It was a very, very close decision...

How exactly is "didn't give a shit either way" different from "OK with the status quo"?

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Re: Gutted

When I saw the projected result early this morning, after making sure that I hadn't misread it, I felt sick. I still feel sick. And very sad. It's not easy to be rejected by the people of your own country.

Britain joined when I was 9 years old. I've grown up with the European project as it evolved into a single market and a free movement area. For the past 20 years I've exercised my right to live and work in another member country.

I never thought I'd see the day when my own countryfolk would smash it up. And for what? To spite foreigners?

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Re: So then

Treaty obligation always trumps national law. It could hardly be otherwise.

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jumping out of an aeroplane without a parachute

Vote Jump, take control!

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Re: It was a very, very close decision...

It was a close result, but it wasn't a close decision at all. Approximately 17.5 million voted leave, 16 million voted to remain, and 13 million didn't vote at all. This puts the Leave camp at 37%, a minority.

It's been reported as a high turnout, but that's only when compared with elections. I expected much higher for such an important once-in-a-generation choice. Those that couldn't be bothered were, by implication, OK with the status quo.

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In brave new 5G world, data centres are pizza boxes... or football fields

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Pizza Box

Maybe it's the name of a restaurant chain? If not, it should be.

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