* Posts by Lars

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UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

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"The Eurofighter was if it had any use to us and the expense of making it any use.".

I think you need one to explain that sentence, unless it's me who needs one.

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The "brilliant Mini"

Should one point out that the car would not pass even one safety test today. The same goes for the really brilliant Citroen CV2, so brilliant not much is left for the Mini.

But I can feel the nostalgia towards the Mini and still it was a rather dreadful car, as wet and cold inside as outside, absolutely lethal in snow and sleet in the night on the road among real cars.

But there was the Cooper, Monte Carlo, and rally drivers like Timo Mäkinen and similar.

I suppose my nostalgic feeling have more to do with that than having had to drive a not Cooper one.

Some on memory lane with the Mini and Timo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0RUpn8X6HM

The new Mini, a well built and proper car, is doing quite well in both Germany and the UK.

Finns talked about the "dog booth", was that invented elsewhere I don't know.

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Somebody tell the English

The war is over*, also Napoleon, Hitler and even Hammurabi are very dead indeed by now. Playing with tin soldiers end among normal kids at around the age of eleven.

And for those who are interested in the Eurofighter and its history try:

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

*might not prevent a new one, but it could be very different when looking for friends and foo.

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Reinforcement learning woes, robot doggos, Amazon's homegrown AI chips, and more

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As for cats opening doors, my cats are very good at it. They just jump up and hang on until success, no problem at all.

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Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!

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Re: Watch out, El Reg!

"What would be the benefit of watching a vulture eat the insides of a dead camel?".

Ten million views on YouTube and perhaps, if lucky, a link in a tweet by some daft person.

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Home fibre in the UK sucks so much it doesn't even rank in Euro study

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Re: *Shrug*

"because your tablet or PC decides to update itself."

Yes, well sorry, but my PCs just politely suggest I update at my leisure, you know penguins.

But more to the topic, my family of three seem to manage quite well with 12 down. Right now I feel my fingers are throttling my brain more than the internet.

Some years ago there was some nice lady asking me if I wouldn't rather have 100, and I said, yes please if you insist. Some weeks later there was this guy who told me "fibre is in the street they had torn up and filled up" and now we only need to pull that 60m to your house and get rid of that old copper you have, and it will cost you only 1000e.

So, you know, nice husbands, I asked my wife. And, you know, nice wives, told me she will let nobody into the house unless I first clean up my room.

And thus I have saved 1000e and the family is doing quite well with 12 down.

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Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

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Re: "Elop's time at Nokia cost him his marriage, don't forget."

Elop did not bring his wife, family (if he had a family) to Finland in the first place, so did he leave his wife or did she leave him. Not bringing his family with him gave the impression that his aim at Nokia was a short time effort like all his earlier efforts. He did not impress at any time*, either because he did not have it or because he had no intention to deliver had he had it, or the horse was the wrong horse.

But let's not forget that it was the board who employed him, companies rot from the head, but I suppose they, unless bought, believed they did the right thing.

But what the heck, lets read the book, and who has ever survived the touch of Microsoft. (Sendo anyone)

Still Nokia, as Nokia Networks, is alive and in 2017 employed approximately 102,000 people across over 100 countries, did business in more than 130 countries, and reported annual revenues of around €23 billion.

*foot in mouth, with that "burning platform".

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Hua-no-wei! NSA, FBI, CIA bosses put Chinese mobe makers on blast

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Re: Well, duh

What about asking "would you personally use a phone made with Chinese parts". (Foxconn has factories in China too).

It's hard to change a trend that has gone on for years. One could of course expect The MAGA to demand Apple to produce phones in the US from domestic parts only*.

Dr. Michio Kaku explains it well in 2011.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7D3_eGaO5k

*see icon

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NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

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Re: I really hate that man

"That's quite a bit of spin there."

No spin at all, have a listen to Cruz here. It's quite obvious what he wants to change and how the change corresponds to his aims.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peL7Qecg3qQ

And for GOP science guys, try this:

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

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Re: We don't need no education

@ bombastic bob

It's just possible that you have forgotten that some of the dumbest parts of the western world we find in the USA. To let those parts of the country choose what to teach their kids is just not such a good idea and that is why you need help from the "gummint", for what that is worth these days.

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Re: I really hate that man

Let's not forget that he has the Republican party behind him, Ted Cruz has been very vocal for such a change to NASA.

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MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

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Re: But it will be worth it

@strum

"This time, when we whine about the deal, they can tell us to fuck off."

No, I haven't seen much anything of that reaction, I don't think we, the 27, have fallen that deep, perhaps there is an itch, but the hot air and the confusion is still coming out of some Brits and out of too many in the UK government, not from the EU.

Quite fascinating actually if it wasn't about reality. And with three children I suppose I have some protecting shield when dealing with childishness.

For the IT-angle, oh well, what we have now, that we did not have in the same easy way before, is how the internet, with YouTube etc, actually has given us an time machine.

It's fascinating to listen to people talking about their vision about the future years ago, now that you actually know what happened.

Have a listen to Theresa May's Lancaster House speech 17Jan 2017.

Like a young enthusiastic kid going to war totally uninformed and unprepared to face the harsh reality of life and facts ahead.

There is a toll to that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GauFVjx5XXo

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Re: Self inflected nightmare

@ Smooth Newt

I agree, but what was there to expect. And I agree with Nick Clegg in this interview with James O'Brien about those characters and much more.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjPeS8hXoxU

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Re: Hmm

@codejunky

Are you deliberately screwing the facts or are you just ill-informed about the "Good Friday Agreement". Perhaps you should read about it.

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

"The agreement is made up of two inter-related documents, both agreed in Belfast on Good Friday, 10 April 1998:

1. a multi-party agreement by most of Northern Ireland's political parties (the Multi-Party Agreement);

2, an international agreement between the British and Irish governments (the British-Irish Agreement)."

There are a few very simple solutions for the UK to solve the problem they have created, that is, if honouring a agreement or not is a problem. The problem is not caused by the EU.

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Re: Anti-competitive?

@H in The Hague

Aston Martin has the same problem as they import 60% of their car parts from the EU, but it's the big companies too, like Honda, that might have real problems with 350 trucks of components coming in from the EU each day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F3LZTJOzSA

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Re: That sounds like getting in your excuses first....

@ John Smith 19

For those who did not grasp the "Make me an offer", It went like this:

In a recent private meeting between May and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the two leaders reportedly found themselves in a tragicomic conversational loop.

"May kept telling Merkel: “Make me an offer.” To which Merkel would reply: “But you’re leaving – we don’t have to make you an offer. Come on, what do you want?” To which May would retort: “Make me an offer.”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/03/imperial-fantasies-brexit-theresa-may

(and elsewhere)

Looking at the bright side, all sanity has not left Blighty.

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Re: Clueless on everything

"...still a member of the club, one is not allowed to enter into negotiations.".

That is what Fox is supposed to do now, that is talking, enter into negotiations, but trade agreements cannot be signet yet. Not that easy, everybody wants to sell you something but at the same time everybody wants protect it's domestic industry, farming and so forth, not to mention standards. It's a give and take and can take time.

There is an interesting story regarding "milk" between the US and Canada. The US is producing more than they need but Canada doesn't want to harm it's own dairy industry.

But despair not, The Mogg will soon provide cheap shoes for poor kids.

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Re: But it will be worth it

"4. Do you think EU want to encourage another country to leave?"

It has been clear from the very first day that you cannot have the same advantage outside the EU as inside. That's hardly hard to understand and it's all there is to understand.

The difference Britain has to make up as the new darling of global free trade, the Global Britain.

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Tech giants' payouts go to everyone but affected citizens. US Supremes now urged to sort it out

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Old news

Swift wrote in his novel "Gulliver's Travels" (pub. 1726), about an old woman who had five cows, crooks stole three and her layer the remaining two. A really old and in a way with a happy ending as these days you might end up in dept too.

Note to self, cheer up.

(The book became popular as soon as it was published. John Gay wrote in a 1726 letter to Swift that "It is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery)

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US Senate mulls giving Huawei and ZTE the Kaspersky treatment

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Then again

China could perhaps ban Boeing but, as it is, I think they are more adult than the US government today.

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Russian-monitoring Shetlands radar station was nearly sold off

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Back to this

Atomic Cafe is a collection of stuff I suppose all my age farts must have seen many times before. Makes me a bit nostalgic, probably the music, and who doesn't love a big bang.

We never did any "duck and cover" in Finland during those years, how about Britain?. Anybody who knows about Russia then.

Did the Americans, my age, ever recover.

https://vimeo.com/25154726

Also on Youtube.

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Anti-missile missile misses again, US military mum on meaning of mess

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Re: The problem with nuclear deterrents

"Is that invariably they don't work if someone is crazy enough to launch a first strike.".

Then there is the question if not the risk of a mistake is or is not greater than that crazy person to exist.

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Feeling big

I would claim North Korea uses the same logic as Israel, we are safe as we have nukes, not to mention the UK prepared to pay dearly for Trident, a useless deterrent but for feeling big. Better with a capable army.

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Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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In other news

Bombardier won that case against Boeing.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/01/29/bombardier-just-bested-boeing-in-a-trade-dispute-between-u-s-and-canada-heres-what-you-need-to-know/?utm_term=.2cb67304b6dc

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Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people

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Re: Open Source diversity ..

And Microsoft Office was based on and on........

The only "original" part I can think of is Visicalc.

What you copy is basically a demand for something.

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As Facebook pushes yet more fake articles, one news editor tells Mark to get a grip – or Zuck off

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Zuck is just too greedy.

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Oxford Uni boffins get things rolling at new electric motor factory

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Re: So whats special about Yasa electric motors?

There is yasa.com for more information.

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In America, tech support conmen get a mild slap. In Blighty, scammers get the book thrown at them

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Look at the bright side, outside of the EU you can introduce the death sentence again to have better parity with the USA.

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UK.gov mass data slurping ruled illegal – AGAIN

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Re: Watson, not Corbyn

Even more funny if you could understand how idiotic this either or, two party system keeps you stupid. Like drunken sailors, I have some experience, one step left and one step right, never achieving anything but one step left or one step right. Binary idiocy. Oh my good how idiotic you are.

Is it you, or just about the two idiots who run you, one step left and one step right.

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Trump White House mulls nationalizing 5G... an idea going down like 'a balloon made out of a Ford Pinto'

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Re: YHBT

Well, you newer know what comes out of the White House.

I had a listen at [audiobook] Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yumbVdnZQ0Y

And allegedly the White Chief created a lead balloon asking "why cant we give health care to everybody". Could it be he is a Democrat in a sheep's night robe.

Who knows, did he not actually fire Comey because he was mean towards Hillary, (an other lead balloon).

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Newsflash: Car cyber-security still sucks

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Re: Technology Moving Faster Than Security ???

"What we do need, is a backdoor to encryption. Does anyone know how it can be done, and if anyone would want it......".

You may find a friend in May.

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GOLD! Always believe in your role. You've got the power to know you're indestructible...

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Re: The start of a trend?

@ Martin Gregorie

Help me out, it's midnight and I am a bit confused.

I used to be quite good at celestial navigation long ago. But as Field of View is a circle, is it not, then does it really matter if you "define" it as latitude or longitude.

PS. for Scandinavian readers who find it difficult to remember which is "lat" and which is "long" just remember "lat är den som ligger". To my surprise Google translate does quite well here but is slightly missing the point still.

PPS is that "s" at the end in latitude and longitude actually proper English, it doesn't sit with me.

Icon for time in the problem of the longitude. (did I spot the solution here, even if the glass is empty)

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Non-'fiscally neutral' defence review is go, minister tells MPs

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Re: Defence is a white elephant

"The cases of Russians attacking someone first by comparison will be less than the fingers of one hand in the last 1000 years.".

If you are British I assume you know British history well but "foreign" history not at all. Russia attacked Sweden 1808 and took half the country, the part called Finland now. Finland again was attacked twice during the last war starting in 1939. Then again one has to remember that war was a sport among Kings and Tsars earlier, To quote the Wiki - "From 1551 to 1700, Russia grew 35,000 km2 (about the size of the Netherlands) per year.".

Super powers become superpowers for fairy obvious reasons and it's a bit hard to find any exceptions and that goes for Britain too.

Not sure about your point actually and I agree with part of it although I must ask you about which Russian capital you are referring to.

But on the more serious topic, scrap Trident it's worthless.

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Pope wants journalism like the Catholic church wants child sex abuse probes: Slow, aimless...

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Educated by priests

Not always a good idea. Take poor Ioseb Jughashvili who wanted to become a priest, was abused and picked up all the dirty tricks. Decided to become a bank robber instead, fairly successful too.

So far so good, should have stopped there but went on to become Stalin.

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Re: FTFY

"Their continued opposition to contraception".

The Pope is actually not against condoms but there is opposition because he is considered too "modern", even in Britain, to my surprise. This is not exactly my field and I find it funny that the only person a Catholic priest is not allowed to fuck is his wife. He is taking baby steps but the road ahead is long.

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It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs

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Re: slower than molasses

"I lean toward Opera.". There is also Vivaldi to consider.

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Linux 4.15 becomes slowest release since 2011

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Well

Still happy Linus has not been forced to release anything against his will or against his "better understanding", because of Christmas or something stupid. Keep it up.

I was at times, as a programmer, forced to deliver unfinished stuff for various reasons. My longest day was 54h nonstop with about 4h to go before new year. And yes, I was proud about it and I was fit for it then, and I smile about it now.

However the reason for this comment is that about say 15 years or something there was large headlines about Linus failing badly to deliver some new kernel version in time, and those headlines annoyed me because the real failure would have been to deliver shit in time and be mum about it.

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Anglo, French space agencies sitting in a tree, K I S S I N G

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Re: Now just imagine ...

Yes no problem, just take part in financing it as before and everything is forgiven.

Regards

pp, Junker

Tusk

PS. No freetards allowed

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Good

I am all for that, but before anybody claims the French are kissing up to the Brits I would point out that both the French and the Germans are ahead in that field, not that unsurprisingly.

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A380 saved as Emirates orders another 20 planes, plus 16 options

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"Emirate must screw the hell of pricing out of Airbus.".

I can hear your voice, but I wouldn't be too worried (and why should I) as it is also true that Airbus is also fully aware of what other choices the Emitate has and has not.

I am not concerned when business does business with business, both Airbus and the Emirate will shake hands with a smile for good reasons.

I am more concerned when hapless politicians to business with business and even more so when not so hapless politicians do business with business for their own good, sitting at the same time on both sides of the table, smiling.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/business/airbus-a380-emirates.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-0&action=click&contentCollection=Europe&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=article

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Don't panic... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

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Expecting

A tweet from, guess who, about it soon. Could it be Him or is it all about him.

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NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

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Re: Shameful

@Voland's right hand.

Yes Minister, I liked it too, but lets not forget that at times there is a difference between facts and fiction. And if there is a time to ponder about it, it's about right now.

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Former Cisco CEO John Chambers says insects are the new lobsters

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Re: Finland rolls out bread made from crushed crickets

@jake, Yes I know I have to try it, and indeed it's mental. Goes for dog too they claim, far away in some countries.

People who have tried it say it's like bread (not referring to the dog).

There is also a new protein product called "Pulled Oats" that seems to interest people.

http://goldandgreenfoods.com/

"Veggie" people seem to like it a lot.

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Finland rolls out bread made from crushed crickets

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42101700

http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/finland-news/domestic/15164-fazer-launches-bread-made-partly-of-house-crickets.html

But I think I will stick to rye bread for now.

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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They got their order after all

Emirates Offers A380 a Lifeline, Signing $16 Billion Deal With Airbus JAN. 18, 2018

The Dubai-based airline Emirates threw a lifeline on Thursday to the A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, putting in a $16 billion order for up to 36 of the planes to be delivered starting from 2020. The agreement, which includes a firm commitment to buy 20 aircraft and an option for 16 more, comes just days after Airbus said it would end production of the A380 if it did not receive more orders.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/business/airbus-a380-emirates.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-0&action=click&contentCollection=Europe&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=article

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Re: 380b?

"Ahh, Datsun. Whatever happened to them? Borged/renamed?"

Try https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datsun

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Re: Poor choice of words..gives Emirates the opportunity to squeeze the hell out of Airbus.

"Emirates has already asked Airbus to look at re-engining the A380".

Airbus doesn't produce engines but use RR and the American brands all doing their best to improve them.

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Re: 380b?

"Nissan rebadged the Datsuns for the same reason that Mitsubishi rebadged themselves from Colt in some markets - worldwide consistency in marketing.".

It was Datsun in Finland too, the first European country to import them (1962) also the first Toyotas came to Finland. I had a 1967 Toyota I bought as second hand, The joke then was "when will you get a real Yota".

For the name change, why not use the Wiki. (trying and trying to teach you commentards).

"Datsun is an automobile brand owned by Nissan. Datsun's original production run began in 1931. From 1958 to 1986, only vehicles exported by Nissan were identified as Datsun. By 1986 Nissan had phased out the Datsun name, but re-launched it in June 2013 as the brand for low-cost vehicles manufactured for emerging markets..........".

Japanese cars came as a shock for car makers around the world, cheep, reliable no fuss cars. It took some time for European producers to recover. The Brits never did although I suppose there was other deep reasons too.

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Google sinks cash into more submarine cables, plans more data centres

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Re: Brexiting mermaid

"Danish cable has interesting route. Bypassing the usual suspect...".

Certainly not a Brexit believer but it's simply faster and cheaper to pull a cable direct to Denmark than first to the UK, across the country and across the sea to Denmark, nor is it anything new,

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Wave Tata, Capita: You've lost mega-contract to rival outsourcer

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Re: 1000 jobs tranferred

"how long before slavery is just another tool to enhance shareholder value?".

Just wait for Brexit. Icon just for polite I am.

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