* Posts by Lars

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Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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Re: More likely

Something like that*, but it's also more likely that some Brits forget that Galileo has other third party members too, and in a ruled based system that might create very logical conflicts to take into account too.

* the no money, no honey will apply as before, however, as running the system needs a budget.

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Oracle nemesis MariaDB tries to lure enterprise folk with TX 3.0

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Re: Postgresql is the real winner

Postgres is one open source database of many choices.

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Zuckerberg gets a night off: Much-hyped Euro grilling was all smoke, absolutely no heat

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"That is why the EU only has an effect in the rules it passes not in anything it debates.".

Yes indeed, rules and laws are needed, nasty or less nasty questions by whoever, where ever will make no difference. However, this applies to any country or jurisdiction not only to the EU.

The debates are needed to agree on rules as the EU is not a system run by a one party government with a toothless, if loud opposition.

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UK digital committee fumes: You didn't answer our questions, Facebook. (Psst. EU. Pass 'em on)

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Re: Guess what!

"While the EU does write the laws on data protection,". And I would claim there are Brits who would claim the laws on data protection are actually written by the British. Go figure, become a Brit.

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Re: Guess what!

Size matters, Facebook has more users in the EU than in the USA. The French, for instance, could also say "No one cares about France any more" because he didn't go to Paris, but they are not that dumb, perhaps.

Apart from that, Zuckerberg knows the EU has been able to take actions against American companies, like Microsoft and others in the past.

Then again I suppose you were perhaps just kidding a bit.

The evidence he gave to the European Parliament wasn't worth much as he didn't really answer the questions, but he is not off the hook by any means.

You find it on youtube.

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Re: Guess what!

food.inc is still on youtube, there are good reasons to have a look at it.

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Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers

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Re: Um… Why?

Some very well known Hollywood stars did that too to have the appropriate grin, and why not. All that gold has become old fashioned, if not everywhere. To some part I think that has happened to lipstick too unless you are about 80 and American. Smile.

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Undocumented alien caught stealing orbits in our Solar System

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...or a solar sail...

That will take you downwind only, like a balloon in a steady wind. Nice but totally rudderless, and you will start out with the speed of the earth around the sun of about 108,000 km/h. There is really no sailing, as we who know, know it, in a solar sail, no rudder no lateral plane. You would leave the sun like a corkscrew, round and round, further and further.

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Boffins detect antimatter thundering down from Hurricane Patricia

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Re: What I want to know

Instead of a CT scan ask for a MRI.

"Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a safe and painless test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the body's organs and structures. An MRI differs from a CAT scan (also called a CT scan or a computed axial tomography scan) because it doesn't use radiation."

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Re: What I want to know

bananas?

Pleas don't pull Brexit into every thread, anti-matter?.

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Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets

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Re: I just want to say . .

Yes, have a listen to Tillerson, it's almost like he spoke about some moron he got to know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkJ5-jspPd4

(Or perhaps he is thinking about the Brexiteers)

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Honor bound: Can Huawei's self-cannibalisation save the phone biz?

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HMD global

HMD Global Oy, branded as HMD, is a Finnish mobile phone company, made up of the mobile phone business that Nokia had sold to Microsoft in 2014, then bought back in 2015. The HMD Oy (limited company) began marketing smartphones and feature phones under the Nokia brand on 1 December 2016, the firm develops and markets. The company has exclusive rights to the brand for mobile phones through a licensing agreement. It was created by inheriting Microsoft Mobile's feature phone business, which was sold by Nokia in 2014. They are in a "close partnership" with Google and use the Android software on their smartphones, whereas on their feature phones the Series 30+ platform is mainly used.[ The HMD brand is only used for corporate purposes and does not appear in advertising, whereas the name Nokia Mobile is used on social media.

HMD is headquartered in Espoo, opposite Nokia's head office, and the company is largely run by former Nokia executives. The first CEO was Arto Nummela, a Nokia veteran for 17 years, until July 2017 when President Florian Seiche took over as CEO. Manufacturing is outsourced to Foxconn. Nokia has no investment in HMD but remains a partner, setting mandatory requirements and providing patents and technologies, in return for royalty payments. HMD use a marketing strategy advertising the Nokia phones as "pure, secure and up to date" (referring to a stock Android interface and its commitment to fast updates) as well as brand trust and nostalgia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMD_Global

Or is this information old ( last edited on 17 May 2018, at 04:29.)

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How could the Facebook data slurping scandal get worse? Glad you asked

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Re: On curves, and being behind them.

Just the Robber Barons of to day.

"Robber baron" is a derogatory metaphor of social criticism originally applied to certain late 19th-century American businessmen who used unscrupulous methods to get rich."

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Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

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Re: Blown or sucked....

"blown out or sucked out. High to low pressure would suggest blown"

Such an important question indeed, but from the point of the pilots I would agree the window was blown out. But then again in a similar accident in the USA the woman who later died was no doubt sucked almost out of the broken window.

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You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

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The joke is a reference to the USA

Seen from Europe (not sure about NI) it's a very sad "joke" about a country where religion and men still believe they should have the right to decide if a woman can or cannot have a legal abortion if she wants one.

A very sad joke.

Having had a look at the link "Mexico_City_policy", it is also a sad joke about a two party system.

"The policy is a political flashpoint in the abortion debate, with Republican administrations adopting it and Democratic administrations rescinding it. The policy was enacted by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1984,[3] rescinded by Democratic President Bill Clinton in January 1993,[4] re-instituted in January 2001 as Republican President George W. Bush took office,[5] rescinded on January 23, 2009, as Democratic President Barack Obama took office[6][7] and reinstated on January 23, 2017, as Republican President Donald Trump assumed the office.".

I give Stallman credit for sticking to his guns.

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Mike Lynch's British court showdown v HPE pushed back to 2019

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Re: Caveat Emptor

"Naturally Autonomy said they were worth more than they atually were".

While that is normal it tends to be about the future value not about cooking the books for that purpose.

The company involved with "due diligence" also would assume the books are real.

The EU also assumed when Greece applied for membership that the books reflected reality.

Odd all the same.

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NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

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Re: Don't understand

The first response to your question would be, - yes what a shame, but there is the budget, the people, the project of the day first.

As has pointed out, the first problems seems to be to find the way (hardware, new or old) to read the media, tape or what ever. The next problem is to understand, find out, what those bits, the record, actually represents.

The rest like the language is probably less difficult.

There is an immense amount of data lying around from space exploration, from several countries, that will never be used.

Is that a problem, probably not, as there is an immense amount of new data created all the time.

It's the same in many other fields too, there is more stuff in museums about what not, that will never be studied in detail.

It's a bit like having a bunch of people, and a budget, to watch each new video on YouTube, they will never catch up.

And my point, FORTRAN, summer 1967, Helsinki University, free of charge, how smart we felt about it, and it was all IBM, of course.

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Eurocrats double down on .eu Brexit boot-out

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Re: In Next Month's News

"I love upsetting remoaners.".

With what?

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"what on earth is going on within the European Commission when it can emit two directly contradictory statements within a month of each other.".

Influenced by Davis perhaps.

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Incredible Euro space agency data leak... just as planned: 1.7bn stars in our galaxy mapped

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Re: Exciting

Are you sure you have enough pixels.

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Re: Obligatory

More like 1035 miles an hour at the equator and some 6000 around the sun.

As for maths I think some on this thread think about it more like arithmetic.

Doing some copy past:

Is there a difference between math and arithmetic?

(1) the study of the relationships among numbers, shapes, and quantities, (2) it uses signs, symbols, and proofs and includes arithmetic, algebra, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry. The most obvious difference is that arithmetic is all about numbers and mathematics is all about theory.

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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Re: Yet Another Satellite Navigation System

"There is a reason the Royal Navy doesn't rely on GPS".

So very true, long ago, like when there was no GPS. Learning navigation using the sun and stars is a tradition in many navy's.

Before GPS there was Decca and Loran.

(or did you just forget the Joke Alert icon with your comment)

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The European Commission, no that would be like claiming Britain is run by the 'unelected' bureaucrats, right now, perhaps a good idea, however, why do you think Britain, a member of the EU can leave, if the Commission is in charge and why is it that the UK can veto decisions in the EU,

Give Radoslaw Sikorski, a former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of National Defense, a chance to explain how it actually works, in his speech at the University of Greenwich.

(and why so many Brits don't quite get it)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI54yarKz_o

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Re: EU friends apparantly @ ArrZarr

"One of the key reasons is precisely that Galileo is European." Which is the least compelling reasoning I have ever seen.".

If you want to fall behind in technology and let your industry rot, then indeed, why bother with Galileo and similar. Britain showing the way?.

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Yes.

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"if I could vote on who was in charge of the EU".

Out of curiosity, who do you think is in charge of the EU.

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Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister

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Re: all its very same golden-year grey heads that largely voted for Brexit

"I'm over 65 and most certainly did not vote to leave".

Ah please AC, we all know that all over 65 did not vote leave, so cheer up and have a listen to this video, in it a rather young pro Brexit panel speak a fair amount of rubbish and the only one in the audience, who has had enough and stands up, is a guy your age perhaps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J6LUmOt0O0

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Re: all its very same golden-year grey heads that largely voted for Brexit

"What is known is that there was more leave than remain.".

What is also known is that an ill informed, gullible population will in a referendum produce an ill informed result.

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Re: a pointless exercise

"The EU is PURPOSEFULLY making it a mess".

No it's not, There has to be a clear advantage of being a member compared to not being one, there will be no free ride regarding the advantages provided to the members. Just ask the 27 (Boris and May have been running around asking but seem to be a bit mum about it), this was agreed at the first meeting after the referendum and well known in advance too.

Just common sense, no money no honey, as the girl said.

PS. capital letters never work the way you think they work.

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Re: EU big, EU right

"Our membership of ESA predates the EU's, but it appears the EU now decides who qualifies to participate".

I would point out this:

Founding members and initial signatories drafted the ESA charter which entered into force on 30 October 1980.

Framework Agreement establishing the legal basis for cooperation between ESA and the European Union came into force in May 2004.

The UK was a EU member then.

As Canada has been mentioned, Canada is a Cooperating State of ESA.

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Re: all its very same golden-year grey heads that largely voted for Brexit

"But go ahead and downvote me." If you say so, it's done.

What is known is that there were more remain among the more educated and more leave among the less educated, more remain in the younger generation and more leave in the older generation. And then there was regional differences and then there was all those who did not vote and those who had no vote. And that's about it.

Pointing fingers at individuals who voted as they voted is unfair and useless.

What annoys me are all the cowards among your MPs who refuse to stand up because they are afraid of ending up as "enemies of the people" in some rubbish rag.

Cowardice is a trait wherein fear and excessive self-concern override doing or saying what is right, good, and of help to others or oneself in a time of need—it is the opposite of courage. Wikipedia

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Re: ESA is not an EU organisation

With the UK outside of the EU the status of the UK will change for several reasons like:

" Some 20 per cent of the funds managed by ESA now originate from the EU budget."

Or if you use the Wikipedia you find apart from the obvious like:

" The European Space Agency (ESA; French: Agence spatiale européenne, ASE;[4][5] German: Europäische Weltraumorganisation) is an intergovernmental organisation of 22 member states[6] dedicated to the exploration of space. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, France, ESA has a worldwide staff of about 2,000[7] and an annual budget of about €5.25 billion / US$5.77 billion (2016)."

But you also find this:

"EU and the European Space Agency

The political perspective of the European Union (EU) was to make ESA an agency of the EU by 2014,[66] although this date was not met. The EU is already the largest single donor to ESA's budget and non-ESA EU states are observers at ESA.".

I have no doubt Britain will take part in the future too, but what has to happen first is that the clowns in and around No10 will have to sort out their red lines.

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ZTE to USA: Sure, ban us, but you cannot afford such victories

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"The US is a world power in decline, and that decline is accelerating.".

I hope Americans don't start to feel and act like that. While it's true that the USA once produced about half of what was produced in the world then we all know it's not possible today. To believe otherwise would be to be unable not to smile at the British lady who wrote - "we did it once and we can do it again". Need I tell you that she was talking about the Empire.

The USA has had the immense advantage of a large rich internal market, something the EU has not without success, but so much later managed to partly copy.

But what I think and hope the Americans would start to understand (many do) is that if you make the middle class just poorer and poorer then you kill that great advantage of that internal market. If people cannot afford new cars and the occasional flight then many companies, like the whole country, will end up in decline.

To be, with delight, a bit blunt, the so-called "triple down economy" is based on the assumption that rich people wipe their arse more often than the poorer and thus they will create lots of work for a lot of lumberjacks and high technology.

I have my doubts. The problem the Americans have is internal, not external and that goes for our British friends too. Greed is good, and then again...

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@ Voland's right hand

The Euro is ok on the street too, and why not, but you tend to get as much as for a dollar, speaking about experience from years ago though.

But about the e500:

Is the 500 euro note still legal tender?

The ECB says the €500 banknote remains legal tender and will always retain its value. It will stop issuing the note around the end of 2018, when it will bring in new €100 and €200 banknotes.

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"or even use the dollar".

Quite a rant there, but it doesn't work like that. You probably have no idea how popular the dollar is in Russia and how much is pushed around. The only way of taking full control of the dollar would be to let it tank completely, give up on the petrodollar for the petroeuro, and nobody would use it abroad, although I suppose the Russians would use it internally as before, as a piece of paper is worth as much as people agree it's worth .

But I doubt Trump would like to wreak the dollar, although he might do it accidentally.

The US is the world power, no doubt, but it is also a mere 330M country with an ailing, poorer and poorer middle class, due to dumb politicians, and not the "market place" it used to be.

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Re: Protectionism

@Dan 55

There is no need to forget or downplay the Alibaba Group, incl. Alibaba.com and AliExpress. A tenth of Amazon but growing.

Regarding the earlier comments about US monopoly on smart phones I have a feeling it would be easier for the Chinese to put together one with domestic parts than it would be for the USA. Especially now that they have ARM. Then again I don't see any intelligence in any trade wars. This is not to say I don't understand the US concern but if you import more than you export you will always have a problem and there is newer a short term remedy for that problem.

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Here's another headline where NASA is dragged through the mud for cheap Mars wise cracks

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"I just wonder how mud on supposedly exposed rock has managed to survive 3.5 billion years of wind erosion?".

Perhaps it become visible only a million years ago due to the wind erosion.

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Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS

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@ElReg

Why do you have this link to FB, do they pay you for it, do you assume we need it, why not simply get rid of it, I will not miss it. If they pay for it then do as you please.

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I can understand why I did not sign up to FB, although I suppose they probably have my data too, for what ever it's worth. But what I cannot understand is why successful big international companies want to do it. it's like grownup men wanting to piss with teenagers.

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ID theft in UK hits record high as crooks shift to more vulnerable targets

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Re: makes me happy

Try Deutsche Bank like Trump. (and make new friends).

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Re: shipping it around

"Why cant we we (and everyone else) do their own recycling?".

Britain is not too good at recycling whatever.

What is the country that recycles the most?

Leading the list with a whopping 52 percent of its waste being recycled is Switzerland. This is nearly double what the United States has. Number two on the list is Austria with 49.7 percent. This is a close match for number three-ranked Germany with 48 percent and number four-ranked Netherlands with 46 percent.

Japan's plastic waste utilization rate stood at 83% in 2014, up from 73% in 2006 and 39% in 1996, according to the nation's Plastic Waste Management Institute [35]. The figure for the UK is about half that of Japan's, while the figure for the US is around 20%.

As for Gove's deposit return scheme, many European countries have had it for many years now.

But I suppose island people have a temptation to just dump everything in the sea.

PS. I hope leaving the EU doesn't make you shit in the Thames again.

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Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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Re: F1 is a Car Crash

"it could be made more interesting". What about having the drivers change their tires alone, one by one.

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UK rocket-botherers rattle SABRE, snaffle big bucks

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Re: That's good, but...

"Colossus was years ahead of everyone else".

No it wasn't, you find this about the Colossus:

"Colossus was a set of computers developed by British codebreakers in the years 1943–1945 to help in the cryptanalysis of the Lorenz cipher. Colossus used thermionic valves (vacuum tubes) to perform Boolean and counting operations. Colossus is thus regarded[2] as the world's first programmable, electronic, digital computer, although it was programmed by switches and plugs and not by a stored program.".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossus_computer

But then you also find Konrad Zuse:

"The Z3 was an electromechanical computer designed by Konrad Zuse. It was the world's first working programmable, fully automatic digital computer.[1] The Z3 was built with 2,000 relays, implementing a 22-bit word length that operated at a clock frequency of about 5–10 Hz.[2] Program code[3] and constant data were stored on punched film.

The Z3 was completed in Berlin in 1941.

Thanks to this machine and its predecessors, Konrad Zuse is often regarded as the inventor of the computer."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z3_(computer)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad_Zuse

Now compare the pictures and think again, who was years ahead.

What I don't know is if the Germans are moaning as much as you and telling porkies because, after all, the German computer industry isn't that stellar either.

See there is a world outside Britain.

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Re: That's good, but...

"I could go on and on".

I know you will go on and on for the rest of your life.

But we would have computers and jet airliners totally regardless of England, civilization did not start in Britain, hopefully it will not end there either.

I would like to help you but I am afraid you are beyond help.

I have hope in the new generation of Brits who understand that innovations are, and were, made all over the world, not only in Britain. Companies come and go, errors are made and inventions tend to go where there is capital for the purpose.

Perhaps it would help you if you manged to come to the conclusion that Britain is part of the world and not the whole world.

And please do not pollute the minds of your children.

I give you some credit, however, for writing "an inventive nation" and not the "most world leading inventive nation in human history" or something worse.

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The true victims of Brexit are poor RuneScape players

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Re: do you need a ladder or a cherry picker to reach your horse

"Democracy is exactly what it is having worked and serviced the behemoth that has become Brussels, that is where democracy died .".

I have no doubt you made your decision based on your knowledge and experience. But there are also those who have more knowledge and experience and can explain from where that knowledge and experience came. Can you.

Try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI54yarKz_o

There is some spice I like in this speech.

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Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

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Re: Glossing a commercial t

".... which will then land and I'll get off, leaving a 30 min turn around time before you get on.".

Or you would be asked to leave your bed 1h before landing and the beds would be fine and ready for the next flight.

If this idea is to fly, it will be made to fly. Back to the past, just like the Zeppelins did it, but less expensive.

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Re: Glossing a commercial turd

"The notion of what has happened where you lie, potentially just an hour previously".

Those bunks would be dedicated to you (alone) for the whole flight.

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What the hell is this author babbling about. Of course every passenger will have a seat for taking off and landing or when ever. The beds would be used only during the flight.

It's so damned obvious.

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While Zuck squirmed, Reddit revealed it found and killed 944 Russian troll factory accounts

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Re: I don't believe it.

"The right way to combat propaganda is with Truth. Every time we tried that it works. Every time we try to do a Boris instead it ends up as a clusterf*ck."

That sentence is interesting if we think of Brexit, truth did not help remain much at all while simple propaganda and slogans won. Boris is indeed a clusterf*ck, or are we talking about the same clusterf*ck.

Education and a responsible press helps against propaganda but the sad fact is that Christopher Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica guy, knows how well it works, much too well.

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