* Posts by Lars

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It's a phone with a peel, but you'll have to wait a bit more for retro Nokia

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What still annoys me

is that phones went from "one hand" devices to "both hand" devices, consequently I would like to operate it with one hand even without looking at it. Still right now I use a 15 year old Nokia but it's a clam cell bastard you open the wrong way every second time and sometimes you end the call by accident. And yes I know there is stuff you can (or could) push into your ear but I don't want any of that either.

(As for internet on a not so smart phone/screen, Opera mini is quite good.)

Well nothing is perfect.

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Nokia scores a $3.5bn deal to inflict 5G on T-Mobile customers

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Re: New is always good!

"And oh here's your 4GB data cap". The data cap has nothing to do with 4G or 5G.

Good for Nokia no doubt, and it's good there is some competition between not that many providers.

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How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?

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Re: JFGI...

"What's he going to tell CIO's?".

Perhaps, never forget the first law of betting - "never bet for more than you can afford to lose".

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British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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Re: Eh? Amadeus Best known for

The Wiki has this on the "Altéa Departure Control, a departure control system software package".

"In 2000, Amadeus was awarded the development of two new operational applications for British Airways and Qantas: the inventory management and the departure control systems.[36] These products were outside of the core expertise domain of Amadeus and were built with the expertise of the airlines. "

Also about Amadeus:

"Amadeus CRS is the largest GDS provider in the worldwide travel and tourism industry, with an estimated market share of 37% in 2009.[29] As of December 2010, over 90,000 travel agencies worldwide use the Amadeus system and 58,000 airline sales offices use it as their internal sales and reservations system. Amadeus gives access to bookable content from 435 airlines (including 60 low cost carriers), 29 car rental companies (representing 36,000 car rental locations), 51 cruise lines and ferry operators, 280 hotel chains and 87,000 hotels, 200 tour operators, 103 rail operators and 116 travel insurance companies."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amadeus_IT_Group#cite_note-36

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Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no

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Re: Tee hee. Trump is to Putin as --

@ FrozenShamrock

Perhaps you could elaborate a bit about this "only country":

"The only NATO country to invoke the mutual defense part of the NATO treaty is the US".

Using https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/North_Atlantic_Treaty#Article_5

I get this:

"Article 5

The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.

Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security. "

I agree very much with "we are now led by a loud-mouthed, crude, semi-literate bully".

As for NATO I don't think they are all that unhappy internally. Trump is a bypassing disturbance they have to cope with for the time being.

The amount of money spent on defence in Europe is actually quite "impressive" but that topic is for somebody else to write about.

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Re: Tee hee. Trump is to Putin as --

"is honestly ideologically aligned with Putin.". Perhaps not quite, but Putin is in Russia what Trump would like to be in the USA. Ideology, what's that. Look at the guy, full control, will never lose in any election he takes part in for as long as he cares to, very rich, and look at how they love him on telly, look at his numbers. And he likes me and he will like me to win again.

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Re: Don't get sheep herded by the fake news media

@ Voland's right hand

We also know each election has been rigged and every possible opposition candidate has been forced out of any election. The Russians know it too.

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Re: Well, with all of NATO being either personal foes or parts of the "greatest Foe"

"FL noted, "...270% import duties on US milk to Canada...".

The problem is that the USA produces a huge amount of milk in a very industrialized manner, and a lot more than they use. They would like to dump that on Canada but the Canadians know this would harm/kill their dairy industry and refuse to take it.

The kind and intelligent advice for the Americans is that they should produce less and avoid the problem.

There are those, including Brits, these days, who believe that trade agreements are quick and easy. In reality there are an immense amount of conflicts between similar industries between countries. A lot of giving and taking.

The Canadians, as far as I understand, do have this option regarding said milk.

For Brexit Brits who desperately need a trade agreement a sap, it is, as a matter of fact quite easy. Just have countries write one for you and then all Britain has to do is to sign it. Easy peasy, just ask Fox.

PS. Perhaps one should add that also the Canadians could perhaps produce milk in an equally industrialized manner but that would not solve the American problem.

And now for a Canadian who can tell us about import duties Americans put on Canadian products.

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Re: FAKE NEWS

tt's actually called the Stockholm syndrome. So Fake News indeed.

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

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Re: Tee hee. Trump is to Putin as --

There is, of course, the possibility that he's just quite a bit dumber than expected, or that he is the intelligent statesman as in Fox news yesterday.

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Privacy Shield under pressure as lawyers back MEPs' call for suspension

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Re: Trump to fix toxic U.S. political air

I would be silly and sad to think Trump represents the USA.

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UK.gov is ready to talk data safeguards with the EU – but still wants it all

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Re: Dear club we just stormed out off in a fit of rage

@SVV

Quoting Wikipedia on the Prüm Convention:

"While the Decisions were originally applicable to all EU member states, the United Kingdom subsequently exercised their right to opt-out from them effective 1 December 2014.[9] However, the UK committed to assess their future participation and make a decision by 31 December 2015 on whether to rejoin the Decisions.[10] On 22 January 2016 the UK notified the EU of its desire to resume participating in the Prum Decisions, which was approved by the Commission on 20 May 2016"

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Big contenders in the broadband chart this week, but who will be #1? Well, not Britain

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"Its time to scrap the copper!". Easy there, copper is not scrap at all.

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Now let's be clear about this, the UK is indeed the number one in broadband speed when we compute it in the one and only proper way for the one and only proper result. Look out my British friends we will indeed copy you soon and soon we will read about how the British invented and lead the way in broadband speed.

Calm down, just kidding, sort of, or not.

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Europe's scheme to build exascale capability on homegrown hardware is ludicrous fantasy

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Re: Remind me again why...

"Please don't give me the...but if we don't have what they have we'll be left behind" BS".

I am not that convinced I can see that BS all that clearly, I have felt left behind at numerous occasions when I haven't had what "they" have. I won't give you a list of "that" as that might be a bit embarrassing and the list rather long and for many rather familiar, perhaps.

Good for you AC, if you have never experienced anything similar.

As for commerce, a bit of the old "egg and chicken" thing. The EU is a 20 trillion commerce today, who is the chicken who is the egg.

India probably didn't have much of a space program some decades ago, so, is it commerce behind the reality today or is there something else too.

It's Friday after all.

PS. Brits tend to be proud about some world class universities, why, chicken or egg.

PPS. Some virus or chicken just ate my icons.

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No more slurping of kids' nationalities, Brit schools told

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Re: rural parochialism

"Even the Prime Minister seems to have this idea.......Makes her sound like she's never left the village she grew up in.".

The result of a "Enid Blyton" education!.

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Amazon’s Snowball snowballs as Google's clone gets real and IBM's comes to Europe

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Oh happy days when

IBM delivered smaller "snowballs", what a silly name, in boxes of 2000 snowflakes!.

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UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit

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Re: Don't be cretinous

Even more idiotic a la Rees-Mogg (with his read lines) is that he claims the UK will not set up a boarder with Ireland and thus let all EU members come across the NI boarder freely to Britain.

That is indeed controlling ones boarders.

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EU summons a CYBER FORCE into existence

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Re: international cyber-force

"Why can't the member states gather their own team of experts and cooperate with their neighbours?".

I have a feeling that is exactly what is going on here, and most of those countries are indeed neighbours and I assume it will include private companies with experts in that field. Why moan about it.

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I suppose your comment is not meant to be taken all that seriously. Take your tap water, do you seriously believe no regulations are needed to keep it reasonably safe, would you rather trust the market force for that. What about food, flying, building site safty and so on. Just look back in time and you will understand it better.

This is not to say that there are no obsolete dumb regulations hanging around too.

Mainly in the USA there is right now an almost religious "deregulation" mantra driven by forces you should be rather cautious with.

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

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Re: Fgs

"Wouldn't it make more sense to work together?". Yes, but why leave the EU to do that.

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Re: NATO...

"Galileo works "in combination" with GPS".

No it's independent on GPS.

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Exiting the European Union Committee | Guy Verhofstadt MEP

Guy Verhofstadt explains in detail the reality regardinh Galileo and what the UK can do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOvQI6kkeMs

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White House calls its own China tech cash-inject ban 'fake news'

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Re: Bah!

I think it was to Thailand not to a EU country.

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The strife of Brian: Why doomed Intel boss's ex86 may not be the real reason for his hasty exit

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Re: They could have used the "He said Jehova" excuse instead

"I must be stupid, but what on Earth is an N-word in this context? A noun?".

I think this clip should explain that well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7k_8EEkNRA

Larry Wilmore On Use Of N-Word at White House Correspondents' Dinner

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MOS-SAD: Israeli govt weighs in on Facebook privacy, promises action

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Re: Zuckerberg found dead in bed - suspected 'Heart Attack'

@AC

That you, Cliven Bundy, want to tell us about the negros too.

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EU negotiator: Crucial data adequacy deal will wait until UK hands in homework

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@AC

"public safety, effective policing or common defence?".

"The first two tend to be handled nationally, and the third via NATO."

The topic here has been about sharing information to aide public safety and policing. Most countries have an army some belong to NATO, some more, some less. All are worried by the guy in the WH and his view of the twit.

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Re: Will EU miss GCHQ information?

"Thats the EUs federal organisation (Brussels bureaucracy) NOT the individual EU states ".

No, the mandate is from the individual EU states. One of Davis dumbest claims was that all he has to do is to charm Germany hinting at the demise of the German car industry. Bojo has been running around (like Bannon) in the eastern part of Europe.

Oh my dear Brits, how is it possible that you have ended up like this, run by a bunch of caricatures.

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"'m not quite sure what the Commission think they're up to?"

So just read the article. There is absolutely nothing surprising or illogical there:

- the EU's chief Brexit negotiator once again emphasised the importance the bloc is putting on the UK's commitment to maintaining data protection standards, along with human rights.

– and indicated this would hinge on the UK gaining a data adequacy deal.

-There is no possibility for the EU to compromise on data protection

-The UK government has committed to doing so, but has also sought a souped-up data adequacy agreement that would also see it involved in some EU-wide instruments and give the information commissioner a seat at the negotiating table – suggestions Barnier has previously knocked out.

- a decision [on data adequacy] can only be taken once we are able to assess the new UK legal framework

- The UK will not be in a position to shape the strategic direction of EU agencies... UK representatives will no longer take part in meetings of Europol and Eurojust management boards.

Again, Barnier has to assume May is sane with her read lines. Barnier will never start a bazaar type of negotiation.

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"UK will just cave in to every Eu demand".

The EU is not demanding anything, just informing what is possible and not for Britain in light of May's read lines of today. Out means Out. The realism Barnier is asking for is to simply understand reality.

(I do agree with your comment per se)

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Re: Requoting from another thread

"Our negociators are clearly not up to the task of getting us a good deal.".

No gunboats to send to Brussels, things change.

PS. has David Davis not embarrassed himself at home already enough, still treated as a gentleman in Brussels.

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♬ Finland, Finland, Finland, the country for new cloud DCs ♬

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"While the Baltic freezes in winter".

I know that has happened but not that often completely so I had to check it.

"It is known that since 1720, the Baltic Sea has frozen over entirely a total of 20 times. The most recent case was in early 1987, which was the most severe winter in Scandinavia since that date."

"On the long-term average, the Baltic Sea is ice-covered at the annual maximum for about 45% of its surface area. ".

That 45% is in the northern part between Finland, Sweden and Estonia. And not for that long.

But I do agree most summers are fine and the water is warm enough, but it gets a lot colder if you dive a bit.

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Re: Hmmm...

@Ledswinger, I was referring to Google, but I could indeed have been more precise about that.

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Re: Hmmm...

"There was usually no other traffic - seeing another car was a rarity.".

Not that surprising, the density of people in northern Finland (Lapland) is 1.98/km² (98 984,36 km², 183 775p (year 2009)).

With that population density the UK, 242,495 km2 would have a population of some 480.000 persons.

I spent 2 week tracking and fishing in a group of eight years ago, we did not meet an other soul during that time.

PS. it's not the winter freezing but the spring thaw that breaks things, a never ending problem even on the best roads at times.

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Re: Hmmm...

On the other hand, from your link.

"Employers are obliged by law to provide occupational healthcare services for their employees, as are educational establishments for their students and staff. This can be done on public, or private sector."

I suppose it's the same in many countries.

Of interest would be to know the level of tax they pay in Finland.

Regarding lakes, no country has as many as Canada, not surprisingly.

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National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

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Re: @silverfern

I very much doubt the Commonwealth had anything to do with the decision of the UK to opt-out of the Schengen Agreement.

If somebody in Canada or India has a British passport then he is a British citizen like any other Brit. The Visa policy has nothing to do with it, that is, a Chinese* with a Visa to a Schengen country can travel in that area You might also look at Visa free countries to the Schengen states like Canada and Australia.

To quote:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Area#EU_member_states_with_opt-outs

"EU member states with opt-outs

The Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were the only EU members which, prior to the 2004 enlargement, had not signed the Schengen Agreement. Both countries maintain a Common Travel Area with passport-free travel for their citizens between them and the three British Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, that are outside the European Union. Gibraltar is part of the United Kingdom but neither part of the Schengen Area nor the Common Travel Area.

The UK declined to sign up to the Schengen Agreement, one argument being that, for an island nation, frontier controls are a better and less intrusive way to prevent illegal immigration than other measures, such as identity cards, residence permits, and registration with the police, which are appropriate for countries with "extensive and permeable land borders".[80] Ireland did not sign up to the Schengen Agreement because it "would not be in the interest of Ireland to have a situation where the common travel area with Britain would be ended and Ireland would impose both exit and entry controls on persons travelling between here and Britain and, in addition, on the land frontier"."

* China was (and still is) larger than the EU.

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Re: Why is ANYTHING needed?

"The problem was that the government had destroyed all records of these people coming over here. If they had kept those records there would have been no problem."

Perhaps, but I am not so sure about the "no problem". Your parents arrived around 1950 with you as a kid and now you try to tell them you are that kid on that paper record, could still be a bit more than a no problem.

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I wonder if that "mandatory" is fooling you. There is no fuss about having a passport (unless not blue) and I gather there is no fuss about having a drivers licence either (don't know about the colour). I also assume you cannot borrow money claiming you are Donald Duck either.

I could order an ID card for myself, it's a lot cheaper than a passport or a drivers licence too, but I don't need one as I have both the other cards.

British fussiness at its best.

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive (@ Shadmeister)

Hi Shadmeister.

I wrote this regarding that 10 days ago:

"Re: Well, duh

"Which one of them is going to take up the UK position in the financial world? Or pay the UK share of the budget?".

Don't worry, it will be a combination of the size of the budget, the amount payed out to some countries* and perhaps a slight increase for the ten who pay in more than they receive. Some business will leave the UK for the EU and be helpful in that respect. The UK is less than 15% of the EU.

Things will be solved as before, what would be the choice.

*thinking of Poland and Hungary who are on a dangerous traction since some time and might end up with much less support."

What is there to add, perhaps that the EU is a 20 trillion "business" and one trillion is 1000 billions. One billion here or there is really just pocket money.

You might perhaps wonder why a guy like me who is not British, if a member of the club, bothers to explain his opinion about Brexit or not Brexit.

Let me explain it like this. If I had a son who publicly wanked at a bus stop I would express my kind opinion about it firmly. If on the other hand (oh well) it was somebody "foreign" I would most likely sneer and look the other way. I hope this helps.

No other European country has, like Britain, since the thirties, undressed, exposing a rather weak education standard and a rather defunct political system. What else is there to say.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive (@ Shadmeister)

"The EU need to accept that we are leaving and rebalance their accounts to accept the reduction in funding, due to funding from the UK being withdrawn".

They will, that has been agreed upon in that first part. Asking for more time to leave having all the old advantages will not be "on the house", not that you asked for that, (not that I claim I understand your sentence fully).

The EU will not prevent the UK from leaving, only the British can, and I think they should, for reasons they have to grasp all by themselves, many have.

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Re: Ja, Christoph...

"sounds more like "want to make the cake and eat it too"

I would rather refer to the "cherry picking". It's also still in response to May's read lines.

Some times I wonder if British MPs have taken "Yes Minister" too seriously and think that showing some courage is off the table for them.

As for the billion, that will be recovered by the EU when Britain finally kicks out that awful Euro clearing malarkey.

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Silk road adviser caught, Kaspersky sues Dutch paper, and Vietnam's tech clampdown

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Re: Vietnam, uh?

Any specific country in Europe you are talking to.

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Dinosaurs permitted to mate: But what does AT&T Time merger mean for antitrust – and you?

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Re: "The US approach maximises consumer welfare"

Must have been a typo.

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Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

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Re: They learned from the best!

"Whatever happened to that treaty which got signed after World War II which prevented both the USSR and the EU from expanding their borders? So, like, who's the aggressor here? I have my own ideas about that.".

Not so fast, trying to explain history in one sentence is indeed <sigh>.

There was no EU then and independent countries apply to join the EU. There is no treaty against that. The USSR fell from inside and so did the wall, remember Gorba. So far so good.

There are indeed those who claim that the NATO expansion was against a not written promise but again there is no such treaty.

What has happened in Ukraine and the Crimea is clearly against a treaty however.

You could try Stephen Kotkin on that, among many others.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnWp_kr4tfc

PS. Try to base your ideas on facts.

PPS. Regarding Karspersky I have no facts, consequently no idea to share.

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First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

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Re: "From my experience (Emirates), I'd rather fly A380 than B777"

"My last flight to Washington with an Air France Airbus was quite uncomfortable.".

Somebody spoke French on that flight?.

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Re: This underlines one more thing

"Airbus had plenty of time to see that coming. "

Maybe so, but meanwhile they have, according to the Wiki:

"As of May 2018, Airbus had received 331 firm orders and delivered 226 aircraft; Emirates is the biggest A380 customer with 162 ordered of which 103 have been delivered".

And I assume RR is not too unhappy about it either.

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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"Born before or after the bomb?"

If you are 73 then you are probably born 1944, and before or after the bomb. If you try hard you may understand why I know it.

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Born before or after the bomb?

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Shock: Google advises UK peers against more legislation

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"A quick Google tells me that 300 hours of video are uploaded to Youtube every minute".

Who is forcing them to accept that amount.

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