* Posts by Lars

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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Re: Bureaucracy

"Soviet bureaucracy was a lot easier". Well perhaps, you give them something and in return they give you something. See the problem, what a topic, I think we all know when it starts to smell with or without gifts.

And I think that as soon as we start this "they are all like that" and "those are all like this" then we are speaking a lot of "this" and "that", generally rubbish.

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Re: Casey Jones (1863–1900)

@ Charles 9

To be more precise.

The word engineer (from the Latin ingeniator[3]) is derived from the Latin words ingeniare ("to contrive, devise") and ingenium ("cleverness").

It then entered English through the French word "ingénieur".

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Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport

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@ VanguardG

Your message is apparently a strong support for the UN, lets hope the current administration feels that way too. But I must add that regarding New York, I would guess the USA would have been "slightly" against having it placed in say London, Paris, Montreal, or Moscow, in short anywhere but in the USA.

It's a bit like with financing NATO. Had, for instance, Germany and the UK suggested that they want to pay, say half of it, the USA would never have accepted such silliness weakening their position.

Vise men claim that understanding the past helps you to speak less shit about the present.

I prefer a simpler explanation, say windmills turning in the wind. Married men who suddenly think they made the wrong decision (I have met some). And as a personal experience, I have sometimes found that with more money in my pocket I tend to go for the Whisky, while then again, with less I just take a beer or I just go home.

Keep up your support.

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Re: I don't feel bad

Why would a passport be valid if it is has expired, a drivers licence, a bank account?.

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UK drops in World Press Freedom Index following surveillance and anti-espionage threats

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Re: And then I look at the Daily Heil

A toothlessness of the consumer too who pays for the Daily Heil.

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Dark times for OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source Solaris project

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Re: same death as OpenSolaris?

Spot on ST.

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Re: It was designed to fail

"Linux has spent years ripping off features from Solaris and illumos". If there is still something worth copying from Solaris or any other OS then it will be copied. That is how every industry works and should work. With copying I also mean "learning from". More people are today involved in developing Linux than in any other *nix* system. In the top500 super computer list you find only about 10 other *nix* systems, the rest is Linux.

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Re: It was designed to fail

@ Phil O'Sophical

Thanks for that information, I thought it was something like that, did not want to write "tilted". Annoying because it was always unclear who did it and why. For some reason silly stuff like that stays in your memory.

A similarly silly "shutdown" I remember is when we as a team were sold to an other company, software and all. In my room I had a PC and a SCO Unix tower on the floor, used by me and some other people. And then I had some minor hardware related problem and decided to find out about the technical department in that company (a large one). In comes a young girl, points to the Unix box, and I nodded. She then switches it off just like that.

I look at her rather perplexed and tell her that it's not the way to shutdown Unix and that there are a few more users and some databases running too. She says, sorry I thought it was Windows. Silly memories indeed.

PS. How long will people have religious feelings about the different shells and flavours of *nix", not to mention languages. They are tools, invented by us, like our Gods. I used what ever I was payed to use but at home it's Linux.

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Re: It was designed to fail

I much agree but the + in (10+ years ago) is almost 10 too. Oracle stated its support for Linux in 98, and bought Sun in 2010. We used Sun for software development among other *nix* systems for more than 10 years but never had a single Sun customer and it was expensive. The only odd thing with Sun Solaris was that if you switched off the console the whole system shutdown. (the Lego Sun hardware)

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The brave British boat men hoping to poke Larry Ellison's lads in the eye

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Re: Small correction...

The famous "there is no second".

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Re: Being a yachtie myself...

Same here. The cup was interesting as long as it was about R12 yachts. A fairly restricted rule for the yacht which meant the quality of the crew become more important.

The cup has in a way come full time round from very rich "playboys" like Lipton (I can never win) to guys like Ellison. No need to call it a sport. I think there is still a J class around somewhere, very impressive especially below deck.

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A very Canadian approach: How net neutrality rules reflect a country's true nature

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Re: Indeed

@ Hollerithevo

If your comment was for me, then please, I am not mixed up in that respect. Only some of the English can at times be a bit mixed up like here:

"That might be, but consider that Great Britain still has a number of countries under its commonwealth".

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2017/03/22/rockall_peak_blasted_off_navy_expedition/

What I have come to understand is that there are clear similarities between countries in the north like Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Scotland, Canada and parts of northern Germany and Holland and even in the non Russian part of Estonia. The similarities are in the attitude towards social security, health care, education and democracy.

I would claim that one of the main "feelings" among the Brexit voters was what I have described as a "post empire trauma" and some seem to refer to as "rule the waves".

The Scots don't suffer that disease in that extent at all.

And I find this vid quite revealing too with some straight forward words by one who has recovered.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiY5RPXyEfU

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Indeed

Canada is to the USA much like Scotland to England as clearly shown in the Brexit vote. Just more decent, more sensible and much like the northern part of Europe, nothing new there, just common sense.

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Swamp-draining Trump pushes ex-AT&T lobbyist to oversee AT&T mega-merger

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Re: Moving goalposts

I think you got something very wrong in "Mexico will simply slap tariffs on their exports to us". Also if things are getting madder with Trump than during Obama you cannot claim things were as mad during the Obama administration.

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Nokia plans comeback on back of virtual reality

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About Nokia Technologies

Nokia Technologies is indeed a very very small part of Nokia. This about them:

"Nokia Technologies develops advanced consumer and professional technology products in digital health and digital media. We are 800+ strong with locations in Beijing, China; Espoo, Tampere and Oulu in Finland; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France; Munich, Germany and four locations in the United States: Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Boston, MA, and our headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA."

And some recent news:

" Nokia partners with Lucasfilm to deliver an immersive behind-the-scenes VR experience of Star Wars: The Last Jedi".

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Re: Suicidal?

Nokia will not risk its network business, this is probably about using patents and technology they already have. And I would hate to see companies stop trying just because of companies like Apple and Facebook. After all Nokia did not stop Jobs from trying either.

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Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

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Re: Administrations go after leakers

"Global Warming, and despite a number of people denying it". Lets add Sessins and some fun to it like here, at 11:39

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK0R_06zOOY

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: Sweden

Not that it matters but it's Vasa like in http://www.vasamuseet.se/en

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Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

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Good on you ElReg

With more than one hundred comments, indeed, dog piss is more interesting than the "logic" behind Brexit.

In defence of cats and dogs I have to add this. First of all I must admit that I would trust a dog more than a 3 year old to wake me up in the night if the house was on fire. Not so sure about cats though as a woman I knew died with her cat and all, but then again we don't know if the cat tried it's best or not.

My "knowledge" regarding cats is due to the fact that my wife had a cattery for ten years. What I would like to point out is that when they piss on your laptop it's not because they want piss you they just want to mark that space for themselves in that way, in lack of better alternatives.

For the commentard who wrote about his dog shitting on the floor I would suggest that, perhaps, the dog has a message for him. Which reminds me of a woman who become the proud owner of one of our very special cats. She eventually found out that the cat refused to use the litter box unless it was dry clean and void of shit. And then she had three of them keeping at least one nice and clean all the time. And the cat nodded to her and said - you do flush the toilet before using it too, don't you.

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Re: Good on Jim

I don't agree, he could have easily saved the HD. And once again - beware of cats, they love to lay down on the warm keyboard and they seem to like the sound too. And now that I think about it, why have I newer tried to use my insurance.

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PACK YOUR BAGS! Boffins spot Earth-size planet most likeliest yet to harbor alien life

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Re: Gravity well problem

And I would feel awfully heavy and unable to move.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Re: Crooks caught in a RAT* trap?

"to show the EU we really don't care what they think:".

Why would they, they define the rules now. Look at the bright side, the more cool and intelligent part is in charge now and soon the unelected bureaucrats will take over and everybody will cool down.

Believe it or not, and isn't it funny, any country would survive half a year without even one politician but not even one week without its unelected bureaucrats.

I sometimes wonder if you Brits ever actually understood that old superb program "Yes Minister". Look again, who is up in the clouds and who is in charge. The damned truth is that there is only one profession where absolutely no qualifications are required and the unelected bureaucrats are not in that group. Hard as it is to understand, I have survived, regardless of the fact that my dentist is unelected too.

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Re: Who to choose?

"Labours core vote (the working poor) was the bit of the country voting most heavily in favour of Brexit".

You seem to believe they are all too dump to realize they have been conned. While there might be both winners and losers with a Brexit the working poor will not belong to the winners.

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The brexit party is over

The hot air is escaping the balloon. I think May has come to understand that the enthusiasm for a hard brexit is diminishing. And as always it's about the next election so she has decided there is more hot air in the balloon now than in 2020. And then there is, of course, the question if she was lying when she was against Brexit or has she been lying to you since the referendum. Politics. This time dear Brits vote using what you have between your ears and stop listening to the talking arseholes.

There is only one way to deal with the EU, take part, make it better, stop whining, it's a work in progress.

PS. nobody is going to steal the pound, Turkey is not joining the EU against your will, you will do well as long as you use your head for thinking, and you can restrict the number of immigrants just by using the EU laws available like some other EU countries do.

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In case you had forgotten, broadband body warns of risks Brexit poses to sector

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Re: Here's What!

"And I suspect that that is exactly what will happen." Exactly, and any all British "regs and policies" are totally worthless in the rest of the world for British export. Importing to higher or lower standards is all you can change. and still a trade agreement might not allow that either. The woman who says she "wants a trade agreement" will have to wake up and learn to understand the meaning of the word "agree".

PS. I don't much agree with the "by outsourcing many things to EU level" there was quite some competition for those agencies, bodies and institutions and I have no doubt the Brits shed a large amount of tears, like other EU countries.

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Boeing 737 turns 50

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Re: Clever design

Joe Sutter must have copied this then, such a new and clever design.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messerschmitt_Me_262

(I have a feeling I have seen props on the wings too)

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Re: The 737 will likely be operated for 100 years

Very much like Toyota Corolla then, more about the name than the actual product.

"The Toyota Corolla is a line of subcompact and compact cars manufactured by Toyota. Introduced in 1966, the Corolla was the best-selling car worldwide by 1974 and has been one of the best-selling cars in the world since then. In 1997, the Corolla became the best selling nameplate in the world, surpassing the Volkswagen Beetle.[1] Toyota reached the milestone of 40 million Corollas sold over eleven generations in July 2013.[2] The series has undergone several major redesigns."

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Printer blown to bits by compressed air

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Re: Dangerous

"injecting air into the bloodstream." I have been wondering about that. Had to stay some time in a hopital and there was this plastic bag of something "healthy" connected to me with a thin plastic tube. Looking at that tube I asked the nice lady where all those bubbles of air moving into me, end up. She wasn't all that amused and after some hesitation - into your lungs. The next time she had the bubbles out, customer service. Anybody outside IT who actually knows more about that topic.

Also I have known a few guys here in Finland who worked for SAP and quite happy with their fate. And yes, I don't know their customers.

I have also known some Indian programmers with well working brains.

So now that I have become, mean as I am, the first ever commentard on ElReg with a kind word both for SAP and some Indian programmers feel free to give me an up or down.

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Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

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Re: I suspect....

"Remember that the country was neutral in WW I, so Fokker made much money in Germany."

Anthony Fokker was Dutch but moved to Germany. He then moved back to the Netherlands and the Wiki has this to tell about that.

"Return to the Netherlands

In 1919, Fokker, owing large sums in back taxes (including 14,250,000 marks of income-tax),[5] returned to the Netherlands and founded a new company near Amsterdam".

The Netherlands, neutral or not had nothing to do with Fokker in WW I.

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Re: I wish him well

"many pilots were not issued with parachutes".

They were rather experimental in those years.

Lots on the history in the Wiki. including this and I''ll be damned if Leonardo da Vinci isn't in there too.

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

"Otto Heinecke, a German airship ground crewman, designed a parachute which the German air service introduced in 1918, becoming the world's first air service to introduce a standard parachute. Although many pilots were saved by these, their efficacy was relatively poor. Out of the first 70 German airmen to bail out, around a third died,[27] including aces such as Oberleutnant Erich Löwenhardt (who fell from 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) after being accidentally rammed by another German aircraft) and Fritz Rumey who tested it in 1918, only to have it fail at a little over 900 m (3,000 ft). These fatalities were mostly due to the chute or ripcord becoming entangled in the airframe of their spinning aircraft or because of harness failure, a problem fixed in later versions.

The French, British, American and Italian air services later based their first parachute designs on the Heinecke parachute to varying extents."

Regarding "the generals thought that pilots would bail out at the first sign of combat" I have a slight feeling it could be one of "those" stories, do you have a reliable link about that claim.

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Honor phone for paupers goes upmarket, assails flagships

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Re: pronunciation?

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a0/Huawei_pronunciation.ogg

And I still can't pronounce it, but so what.

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Steppe thugs pacified by the love of stone age women

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Re: Dont Tell UKIP or Britain First

English is the last Germanic language. Languages evolve from the mix of people and languages that took part in it. It's often easy to find the background using essential old words like for English, German, French and Swedish, mother, mutter, mère, moder. and father, father, père, fader or red, rot, rouge, röd or water, wasser, eau, vatten, and so forth. French a bit at odds here earlier influenced from the south or there are synonyms.

Next we have words from the more advanced part of Europe, with mathematics, democracy and of course religion from Greek, Latin and Arabic.

Next modern inventions like say telephone, telefon, téléphone, telefon.

What an interesting salad we have created fucking around in Europe.

The word "hooker" of course has a totally different background.

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Re: Mitochondrial DNA

As far as I remember, but did I understand, Lucy, our mother had kids with several men and that supposedly explains it all.

Eagerly hats and coats.

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Android beats Windows as most popular OS for interwebz – by 0.02%

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Re: Welcome to the new burning platform

"They re-invented themselves as Networks "

Not quite, I used Nokia modems around 1974, to quote a part of the Wiki on Nokia:

"In 1967, the three companies Nokia Aktiebolag (Nokia Company), Suomen Kaapelitehdas and Suomen Kumitehdas (by then renamed from Suomen Gummitehdas) merged and created the new Nokia Corporation, the current form of the modern communications company. Nokia Corporation now boasted many industries including rubber, forestry, cable, electricity and electronics. In the 1970s, the newly formed conglomerate started entering the networking and radio industry."

"In 1979, Nokia went into a joint venture with television maker Salora, to create Mobira, which would lay out the foundation of Nokia's future mobile phone division. In 1981, Mobira launched the Nordic Mobile Telephone (NMT) service, the world's first international cellular network and the first to allow international roaming".

The network part simply survived the phone era.

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Re: Oh wonderful

"We can also look at similar countries that are not in the EU like say Norway and Switzerland.".

Not similar at all as they are in the single market, follow their obligations and pay for the privilege. The Norwegians pay more per capita than you in the UK, too lazy to find out about Switzerland.

Be an optimist, but your comment seems to prove you have been listening to Farage & Co and trusted them.

Some due diligence is always worth it when making decisions.

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Re: The music has stopped ....... and the party's over. What do imagine comes next?

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All I would add is that Trump should stop whining when NATO has to pay for those.

What I find so astonishing and a bit disturbing is how we boys always find i so exciting to dream about weapons of great interest. My $DAITY how I loved guns as a kid, took me almost 18 years to get over it and here I am again appalled by a missing cannon

Here in Finland we are looking for new planes and I really hope it won't be those.

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Boeing and Airbus fly new planes for first time

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Re: Yes, they look beautiful

"What I am wishing for is something that shortens the time I have to spend in a cramped space with bad air and smelly fellow passengers that share the same armrest".

What i wish for America is fast trains.

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Alabama joins anti-web-smut crusade with mandatory opt-out filters

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Re: Sweet Home Alabama

Try this version and if you find it needs an explanation just ask me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jrg0X9H6FGU

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Re: Who wants to bet...

Yes, I think somebody should tell the poor sod that wanking is not an act against God no matter what he was told as a child.

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As a shock to absolutely no one, Uber is mostly pasty, male at the top

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Re: Shockingly, the numbers were presented without context.

Whatever, but that adds up to 79,8%, what about the 20,2%. A link perhaps, say for 2015.

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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Re: Lightswitches...

"There's nothing worse than waking up to a 2-pin socket and wide vulgar switch, to remind you that you're staying in a cheap French hotel.".

Where is your imagination. Not waking up. Her not waking up ...

PS. why staying in a cheap hotel.

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UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

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Re: Inventor of the radio?

It's very typical that different people in different countries work on the same "patent" at the same time building on each others experience.

About Fessenden:

"In the late 1890s, reports began to appear about the success Guglielmo Marconi was having in developing a practical system of transmitting and receiving radio signals, then commonly known as "wireless telegraphy". Fessenden began limited radio experimentation......".

The first patent related to steam engines was Spanish for instance.

One of the funnily mad "the world's first" is "the world's first war correspondent" in this story about the Crimea war (1853) I happened to see some time ago. Quite a good program actually in three parts, but that "world's first" is indeed ridiculous, the lie about the fortress Sveaborg, a bit British I suppose.

The comments on that program is annoyingly not available anymore.

Each time I read about "the world's first" I just have to check it, for very good reasons.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pqik0WDMDco

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Manufacturers reject ‘no deal’ Brexit approach

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Re: Who benefits?enbassador

Was there any claims of Russian meddling in the referendum. Putin is all for Le Pen and against the EU as it would be easier for him to deal with individual European countries than with an united block. Then there is that new! American twat, the ambassador to the EU who says he will "reign in the EU" and then there is the Twitter twat. I suppose the logic is that the EU has become a disturbing world economy.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: . . . from Rosyth, where she was assembled . . .

"welding giant-sized Lego blocks together". That is the way to do it today and nothing new. Have a look at how the Liberty ships were built during WW2 in the USA and why.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6A9ms26SaM

PS. Edd China was mentioned on some other thread, here saying good by, too bad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IB15T1LYiY

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Our Sun's been using facial scrub: No spots for two weeks

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Re: Scientific Papers Predict Cooling In Coming Decades

Notrickszone like "no spin zone" by the bullshitmountain man O'Reilly one has to assume.

Those seven Russian scientist don't deny climate change but guess it could all be about "Cosmic Ray Flux",

like this "Russian Scientists Dismiss CO2 Forcing, Predict Decades Of Cooling, Connect Cosmic Ray Flux To Climate".

Should we now tell the Chinese to burn more coal and tell people that if they cannot see their way to work to just get a GPS device, preferably one that works indoors too and remember to cough properly.

Just keep the air and the water clean and I am totally happy with the climate change and will dress accordingly.

Then there is of course the question about who is financing this Notrickszone to reveal all those great scientific stories like:

"Australian Psychologists Now Claim Climate Science Skeptics Are The True Moon-Landing Conspiracy Theorists".

"Dutch Expert: With Trump In Office, Now Safe To Expose The Many Myths Of Climate Alarmism".

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Huawei picks SUSE for assault on UNIX big iron

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Re: hot swapping - old news

"Also first time a Linux system is sold as a high-availability OS by Huawei.". To be more precise, assuming it's the first time.

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London councils seek assurance over Capita's India offshoring plans

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Re: Crapita

"We need to focus on our core business to achieve business plan and bring the business back into a profit…"

Could be worse, "Need focus core business plan to profit", or perhaps better.

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Decapitating Rockall: How a 1970s Navy expedition blasted the top off the Atlantic islet

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"Great Britain still has a number of countries under its commonwealth". Easy with the "under", unfair people could take you seriously.

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More Brits' IDs stolen than ever before

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Re: Should not be possible to open a bank account online

"what do you recommend I do". Let me do it for you. Just give me you information, I will provide the photo my self, just as a prank, if needed, I will try to do it by internet first and no need to thank me in advance. I would suggest two bank accounts too, just for safety.

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Dark matter drought hits older galaxies: Boffins are, rightly, baffled

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"If only I'd known I could do that back in my school days !!!". I am sure you did.

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