* Posts by Lars

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Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

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Re: @ wolfetone

"As for using it to improving the economy. Ha. Not while tied to the Euro.".

Try to get over it, or do you still believe the EU was going to force the Euro upon you as the Brexiters claimed.

Just get over it although it's a bigger currency than the Sterling, and by the way I cannot have too many of them.

The Eurozone is a monetary union of 19 of the 28 European Union member states.

Free up your mind, think about the Rand for instance.

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UnBrex-pected move: Amazon raises UK workforce to 24,000

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Re: What's the Brexit angle?

The Brexit angle is a stupid effort to try to hide there is world outside England.

"Amazon to create record 15,000 new full-time jobs across Europe in 2017"

"Many of the roles will be in new fulfillment centers that have been announced over the past several months and are currently under construction in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and UK".

https://www.amazon.eu/p/feature/dxd673pupxt68qv

@ Alexander J Martin was it really this difficult to include this link to Amazon. And why did I guess it.

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Round-filed 'paperless' projects: Barriers remain to Blighty's Digital NHS

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Re: Having watched

"I'm happy to stick with the green bits of paper thank you.".

If I a want a paper one then I ask for one, no problem, thank you. But I (old man) must admit I am a bit pissed off with doctors who politely asked me if I have heard about this new exciting e-prescription system.

"But the doctor mailed it yesterday"

I am writing about the Internet, like with bank transactions, not mail pidgins.

Which reminds me of a true, or not so true, story about people who tried to outrun the computer system, when the first ATMs came, by running to the next ATM in the hope they could get the same money twice.

And there are two more advantages with the e-prescription. First should the sum of my pills exceed 640E from the start of the year then I will pay only 1.5E for my prescription at the pharmacy for the rest of the year, and that is automatic, while if I use paper stuff I have to work it out and send it in to the "NHS" my self.

The second advantage is that if I, at the pharmacy, find out that my prescription is used up, then I can ask them to phone my doctor to extend my prescription right there and then. And in case they cannot get in tough with him they send a message to my phone when it's OK and I don't use time and energy getting that new "paper" prescription.

I know systems are different in different countries, I did study Computer Science in England many years ago (and liked it) but I also know that the words "world leading" at times doesn't quite mean what some of you Brits think it means.

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"Are you saying that emailed prescriptions go to a "central point" from where they can be accessed by any pharmacy; ".

Yes exactly, although I cannot understand why you think one would use emails to make an entry into a data base.

It's a scary world, I use a bank, actually two, I drive a car and electricity enters my house.

PS. how wide is your geographical assumption of "any pharmacy",

PPS. "sitting somewhere at a common location from which they can be hacked". Are you serious!!.

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"you can't take your prescription somewhere else to be dispensed.". When, years ago, pharmacies agreed on a common data base for prescriptions that problem disappeared. Not rocket science really.

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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

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Seriously

"I feel pretty safe speaking for the masses here". How pretty, I have perhaps a post Valentine's Day hangover too but but but I try to get over it in a less vocal manner, oh well.

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Soz telcos you're 'low priority' post-Brexit, says leaked gov doc

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Re: hmm

"That after all is what freedom of speech is about, it includes the freedom to make yourself sound like a prat.".

Yes, but freedom of speech doesn't force anybody to listen to it (or to repeat it or to publish it).

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@ heyrick

Apart from that the white paper also admits the UK was always sovereign but that some Brits did not quite get it. I am also slightly surprised about how often the "car manufacture" is mentioned when it's totally foreign owned producing cars for the UK and the rest of the EU. I have no doubt they will in the future produce cars for the UK market but what will happen to the production for the EU market. And what about Airbus.

What a fucking mess you Brits have created for yourself and worst of all you have started to lose friends in the EU because you just cannot hide the arrogance, and that's not just at the top.

What you, May, finally have to understand is that while the UK is almost as important to the EU as France or Germany, the EU is more important to the EU than the UK is to the EU. This is not only about money there is a lot more to it,

My advice to you Brits would be to stop voting in those "Eaton" guys like Cameron, Mogg, they don't live in the past, as I have sometimes claimed, they just don't know the past is in the past.

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GRAPHENE: £120m down, UK.gov finds it's still a long way from commercial potential

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About the APT

About the APT.

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

Judging from some of this, is history repeating itself.

"APT became the focus of a storm of negative press reporting, with every failure extensively reported on and continued claims that the entire project was a white elephant." ................... the press dubbed it the "Accident Prone Train"

"The introduction of the Squadron fleet designated APT-S did not occur as had been originally envisaged. The APT project succumbed to an insufficient political will in the United Kingdom to persist in solving the teething difficulties experienced with the many immature technologies necessary for a ground breaking project of this nature. The decision not to proceed was made against a backdrop of negative public perceptions shaped by media coverage of the time.[31][32] The APT is acknowledged as a milestone in the development of the current generation of tilting high speed trains.[citation needed] 25 years later on an upgraded infrastructure the Class 390 Pendolinos now match the APT's scheduled timings. The London to Glasgow route by APT (1980/81 timetable) was 4hrs 10min, the same time as the fastest Pendolino timing (December 2008 timetable). In 2006, on a one off non-stop run for charity, a Pendolino completed the Glasgow to London journey in 3hrs 55min, whereas the APT completed the opposite London to Glasgow journey in 3hrs 52min in 1984".

As for the Italians:

In 1982 Fiat Ferroviaria purchased BR's active tilting patents for development of their own tilting train concepts. They had previously developed the locally designed ETR 401 using the Talgo-like pendulum arrangement and tested it in the 1980s. For its second-generation machines, the ETR 450, the company used BR's active tilt. These entered service between Rome and Milan in 1988. This led to a series of newer designs, known collectively as the Pendolino.[24][c] Italian Pendolino systems incorporating original APT technology have since been sold internationally, including, ironically, the British Class 390 Pendolino introduced on the WCML from late 2003 onwards

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Roses are red, violets are blue, HMRC confirms Verify can STFU

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Re: What's up ElReg

@ quxinot

So sorry, as there was no white I assumed the Scots have decided to leave the United. Too bad, should have remembered before my wife came home.

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What's up ElReg

Roses are red, Roses are reddish, violets are blue, Oracle is red, you are feeling blue, you are over the moon. What happened at the venue, are you in need of mental help.

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Russia and China bombard Blighty with 188 cyberattacks in 3 months

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The UK arms industry is fairly successful and the number five exporter behind the USA, Russia, Germany and France with China as number six according to the Daily Mail.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arms_industry#World.27s_largest_arms_exporters

Industrial espionage is hardly anything new but I agree it must be hard to prove exactly who is behind every hacking attempt (and I am sick and tired by the word cyber for now, and so is my spellchecker).

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Linus Torvalds decides world doesn't need a new Linux today

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Re: Thanks, so-called Linus

See Orlowski, Norman Nescio used the Wikipedia, not the Daily Mail.

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Sarcasm

Do we need a sarcasm icon.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

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Re: It's all a media conspiracy!

I wouldn't worry about Sarah Palin. Was anybody ever angry about her, surprised yes, as a possible vice president. But seriously we laugh at Larel and Hardy and similar while we know they play "stupid", Sarah on the other hand does not play, she is totally genuine.

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Re: I like Americans...

So do I, but now let me revel something very funny, I know more twats where I live than American twats, And I hope you will understand that without first studying statistics and logic. It just happens that I don't find Trump suited to be the president of any country regardless of him being black yellow pink Muslim Jew or an Eskimo.

I have both studied and worked abroad and travelled in more than fifty countries and you meet people you like, people you agree with and at times you rather change table or topic and it would not surprise me if there are more twats in the USA than in say Greenland.

Lets not dive into that black hole where all logic and humanity disappears and we start to hate people for no reason, out of fear.

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Re: Don't let Trump speak officially in the UK.

Some English seem to have fallen in love with Trump and are determined to have the speaker of the house thrown out because he doesn't like Trump to speak in the house. The vote on this could be quite revealing regarding the balance between decency and imaginary relief from responsibility.

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Re: "SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!"

"Trump can't be elected for more than two terms.". Yes that*s a problem but could explain his admiration for that guy in North Korea and Putin. A strong leader is a leader for life no doubt.

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SQL Server on Linux? HELL YES! Linux on Windows 10? Meh

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Re: Back-asswards

"Commonly users want Windows because of it's significant performance advantages for gaming, IO, etc.".

That's probably true as those games are made for Windows. But if the Windows kernel was in any way better/faster than the Linux kernel you would find a lot of Windows among the top500 supercomputers but you don't and as I remember the last stock exchange there was running Windows had to go to Linux because more speed was needed. Don't get mixed up with the word "micro" kernel, Linus discarded that idea because it makes the kernel slower with all that internal "pushing stuff around". For some reason "micro" sounds more modern but that is all there is to it.

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Re: Back-asswards

That would be Windows with a Linux kernel. I think Torvalds was asked about it more than 15 years ago and said something like - "Yes, that would be nice". There is nothing preventing MS to do it. But then if they did it the same way as Windows is done, mixing the kernel with the GUI they would have to fork the Linux kernel too.

I cannot see much sense in that. And if they did a GUI on top of the kernel then it would become a competitor to Gnome and KDE and all the rest. The question is, is there anything in the Win 10 GUI that is so superior that it's worth it. Then again why not, they have all the channels to sell it and charge for it as before. Perhaps they should have done it 15 years ago and the amount of landfill Windows would be smaller.

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Re: Jumping to conclusions much?

"That's all this is in my opinion: the search for more revenue.".

So name me a company, open source or closed, US or China .... not in search for more revenue.

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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"How do they propose this works?!?". It won't and so far it's only that one idiot speaking about it, let's hope it stays that way. Oh dear, have I become an optimist suddenly.

I will give them "Lars" on ElReg and I will be welcomed with a smile.

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Re: So will I be barred ?

"all the sort of things mates say only to other mates".

In these trump days it's called "locker room banter".

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IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

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Oh please ElReg

You don't face the axe, it hits you in the neck, learn from history.

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RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears

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Re: playing with a stick between his legs

Depends on which stick you are playing with.

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Elon Musk joins anti-Trump legal brief

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" the legal challenge itself will still go ahead and determine whether the President has overstepped his authority.".

Yes indeed, Tricky Dick claimed that "when the president does it, it's legal". You find that interview on YouTube. And the rest is history as they say.

Göran Persson, a former PM of Sweden, has revealed a daydream he had. The dear old pappy (DOPY) was elected without much support from the GOP on the Hill and now he is fully dependent of them. Sooner or later, and rather sooner than later, they will kindly walk him back to his golden tower where he will feel much better again and more at home, twitting to his hearts delight..

One can always hope

As for companies assisting the Leader. A few generations ago, in Germany, such things happened and one can of course argue about that too.

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Brexploitation? Adobe gets creative with price hikes

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Re: Darktable

Your comment is: "None of my Linux system have a GUI, command line only.".

What do you mean by that. In *nix you always have a command line and if you need a GUI then choose one.

There are many to choose from, like KDE, Gnome and many more, all for free, just check your Linux distro.

From the link:

"Up till now there is one technical thing that unites all developers: None of them is using Windows as operating system. Some are using Mac OSX, Solaris, etc, but most run some Linux distribution. "

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Re: Sweden also

Hello Sverige. There are some positive opinions about the Trump presidency your old premier Goran Persson has expressed. Any link, preferably in English.

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Re: Does not compute

@Shadmeister, what do you think I tried to explain.

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Re: Does not compute

"just let me pay in $, regardless of location.#.

Could well happen, that's the easy way out and how companies deal with odd and unstable currency like with African countries. Some of the American companies mentioned in this article did that and were duly up voted by some commentards. With some luck I will eventually be able to be charged in $ and not in this problematic Euro, the lack of sovereignty seems to be the problem I have.

Life is complicated, I have met Americans who claim they have had price hikes although they pay in $ and in the USA. And then there are people who complain and complain about no wage hikes in years, and when I ask them why - "are you going to work harder", I manage to make them speechless. To be honest, such a good feeling.

As for Adobe, look, both "up or down."

"As part of doing business globally, Adobe monitors currency exchange rates in order to make adjustments to our pricing up or down as needed.".

May's speech must have impressed them, all those promises, all that uppidy up.

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USA! USa! Udia! India! India! Apple nudges iPhone production base

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"UK welfare standards being higher". Lets hope that will be true after Brexit too. This article is not totally sure about it.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/27/brexit-disastrous-britains-farm-animals-eu-laws-cruel

"Brexit would be disastrous for Britain’s farm animals"

"EU laws currently protect British animals from cruel farming practices. With these removed their lives would be incalculably worse"

"If post-Brexit business lobbyists call for the relaxation of rules that protect farm animals, the Tories may well listen."

Many ifs but better look out.

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'Mafia' of ageing scientists, academics and politicos suck at picking tech 'winners'

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Graphene

Long and interesting story behind that one word (as always).

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

And looking for Manchester we find:

"One of the very first patents pertaining to the production of graphene was filed in October 2002 and granted in 2006 (US Pat. 7071258).[37] Titled, "Nano-scaled Graphene Plates," this patent detailed one of the very first large scale graphene production processes. Two years later, in 2004 Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov at The University of Manchester extracted single-atom-thick crystallites from bulk graphite......"

Well done Manchester for attracting then two foreigners.

Andre Geim

"Andre Geim was born to Konstantin Alekseyevich Geim and Nina Nikolayevna Bayer in Sochi on 21 October 1958. Both his parents were engineers of German origin.[30][31] In 1965, the family moved to Nalchik,[32] where he studied at a high school.[32] After graduation, he applied to the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute .............".

Kostya Novoselov

Konstantin Novoselov was born in Nizhny Tagil, Soviet Union, in 1974.[14] He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology with a MSc degree in 1997,[1] and was awarded a PhD from the Radboud University of Nijmegen in 2004..........".

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Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

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Lets look at the bright side

Lets hope he has overestimated the stupidity of the American people, he has after all overestimated his own intelligence huugly. Came to think of it have you ever met or heard of even one intelligent person boosting about how intelligent they are (apart from Idi Amin). My advice would be to challenge his physical fitness and get him out running.

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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Re: Special relationship? My ass.

"Anything to be in power and now clutching at straws."

Very true and very normal and in any country. In politics it's always domestic politics first and always about the next election. She will now act and speak to Brits the way she believes will win her the next election in 2020. It would perhaps be easier for her if the election came earlier. So what does she actually believe in, does she believe in all that "open for business" and "free trade world power". Do you. As it is today she has to speak nice to the Brexiters while not forgetting the rest of the country either as It's all about the next election, and she has to watch out for the backstabbers too.

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Re: Not that bad

I wouldn't be too worried about HRH's feelings either. But I would guess Trump will demand some nice "America cousin knighthood" and that could become a problem if he insists for too much.

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Re: Executive Presidential Orders are part of the US system of governance

"Trumps policy on immigration may well be poorly implemented and targeted but it is not as complete break with the past as some seem to be claiming." True, but Mexico paying for the Huuge wall is where the man child reveals himself, and he has already made a fool of himself.

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Now Doctor, don't drop your syntax.

"So what sort of head of state would you prefer? The sort of product of the sort of process we've see in the US?"

If you want to compare "head of state" in the USA and the UK it's about the president and the prime minister, Trump and May. And you know it very well and I believe most Americans know it too.

Kings and Queens in Europe have no power and are on the whole accepted, it's about tradition and while there is a certain cost to it, there is also some on the plus side. You could, in a way, compare the Queen to the Eiffel tower in Paris. Our friends in Paris won't chop it down because of the costs as they know there are very similar "somethings" on the plus side.

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It's so damned funny

Suppose some kid started to piss on your shoos or pulled his trousers and farted towards you, would your first reaction be to hit him over the head, perhaps, but as an adult you would probably pull your feet away and start looking for his parents for help, as the adult you are. Many of us, I would guess, have had some bastard kid behind us kicking our seat in the back in an airplane. Murder comes to mind but again we are looking for help from parents or what ever there is as an alternative.

The day Trump started the name calling, Bush this, Rubio that, they should have understood that now they have to go with the "kindergarten rules" and should have started to laugh and name calling him all together, and that would have been easy and so entertaining. But they did not because they were adults.

As adults we also know that kids lie at times, - did you wash your hands, did you read your homework, did you smoke and so forth. At times they lie, and we let it be. What kids would never understand is if we days later brought up that question again, They sort of live for the day and they assume lies from yesterday are forgotten. The problem Trump has with the press is that they keep, bastards, referring to what he happened to say days ago. Trumps mental development stopped around the age of thirteen, women are objects to show up and shitting in a golden potty makes him feel important.

Poor May, I cannot blame her, open for business (never knew the UK was not), burning bridges getting global and all of that. But still the "stunning victory*" and the invitation to the meet the Queen, quit frankly, a bit like toys for a dog.

Dear Americans, that guy ended up in the wrong house.

The petition at 1.4 million and counting.

* I would not have gone for the "surprising victory" either but what about election.

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Zuck quits anti-social Hawaiian land title lawsuit

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Re: That's quite a commute

"But hey, at least someone finally wised up!". Won't happen to Trump I am afraid.

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Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?

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Re: @JWG "they don't know the difference between a republic and a pure democracy"

@ Tom-1. Don't be stupid. the American people never choose to become a "oligarchy" and as for being gullible you Brits are quite good at that too. Let's instead keep the feet of our politicians to the fire and pay attention to what they are up to, where ever they live.

Here some fun for the weekend:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM8iWOOLlls

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Re: Time to look for places other than US...

"They're MIT's numbers not mine - type OEC into Google.". No they are not, are you mixed up with the US and the EU too.

http://atlas.media.mit.edu/en/visualize/tree_map/hs92/export/gbr/show/all/2014/

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Re: Time to look for places other than US...

@AC "OEC stats (MIT) accurately put exports to US at $51 Billion (US) - a fraction of EU exports".

The "a fraction of EU exports" doesn't compute at all as you can see from this: (and the reality)

Perhaps you could share with us your numbers.

Exports UK ($436.2 billion (2015 est.)): US 14.6%, Germany 10.1%, Switzerland 7%, China 6%, France 5.9%, Netherlands 5.8%, Ireland 5.5% (2015)

Just the four "biggest" EU export countries make up 27.3% against 14.6 for the US.

As for imports.

Imports UK ($627.7 billion (2015 est.)):Germany 14.8%, China 9.8%, US 9.2%, Netherlands 7.5%, France 5.8%, Belgium 5% (2015)

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/uk.html

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Devonians try to drive Dartmoor whisky plan onto rocks

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Re: A small correction...

So true, ice turns to water and ends down your knees and eventually makes walking unstable, said with some personal experience.

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'I AM TWEETING TRUTH TO POWER: AND YOU CAN'T STOP MY FACTS, MR PRESIDENT!'

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Re: Hail Trump!

@Potemkine, Why so confused, happy you asked. There is no difference between Nazis and Fascists, nor is there any difference between the far right or the far left. A fascist regime is a fascist regime regardless of being supported by the west or the east. As for Jews and Arabs and why not Mexicans, no difference there either, when you understand it's all about being "those others", somebody to blame. The west is only to the west if you are east of the west and should you be west of the west then the west is to the east. And PS, Hail, Heil, no difference there either, if I got you right, right!.

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"As government employees, shouldn't they be working and not faffing around on Twitter?".Yes, try to tell that to Trump first.

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President Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangers

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Re: Democrats overlooking Obama's record

@ Triggerfish

One of the reasons, perhaps the biggest, to this divide in both the USA and the UK is the two party system. It's always about us or them, in most European countries the governments are coalition governments more or less around the centre and it's less bloody. The "normal" reaction to this among Brits tends to be that the British system (like the British weather) is superior because it's British, and will probably never change. But in the USA I think it could, and I think it should change. As has been pointed out on this thread the Americans now had to choose between two very unpopular candidates, and the whole campaign was exceptionally dirty.

And yes I know there was that "Aleppo" guy and the green woman, but it's also quite clear that those two parties will always keep any competitors at bay because they can, and because, for some damned reason, they have been handed the right to write the rules too. But perhaps by braking them up it could be possible. And the Americans have shown that they can form grass root movements.

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Re: About time

@Big John. You do know that most of the world is not part of the US government, and I wouldn't call China all that "Democrat" either..

"As of December 2016, 194 UNFCCC members have signed the treaty, 127 of which have ratified it."

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

I would suggest for you a less stressful approach to all that "'climate change' (previously Global Warming)" stuff and go for clean air good, dirty air bad, clean water good, dirty water bad. Not a bad approach at all, and much to my liking.

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Re: ...you're not the most powerful man in the world

"Neither is he.". Lets just settle for the dumphest president then, eventually we have to agree on something so why not start with the easy bits first.

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