* Posts by Lars

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Aviation industry hits turbulence as Airbus buys into Bombardier’s new jetplanes

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Delta CEO says "Bombardier innovation, not price is what attracted us".

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/17/delta-to-take-planes-at-center-of-trade-dispute-after-airbus-deal.html

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@Gis Bun

Apparently those C models will be assembled in Alabama so that it should rather increase the workforce in the US.

Now lets countdown for Twitler's twit about having created more work. And why not, it could, in a way, become the first time he doesn't tell a lie for a very long time.

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A few articles

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-17/airbus-boss-nails-bombardier-timing

https://www.forbes.com/sites/richardaboulafia/2017/10/17/bombardier-airbus-cseries-boeing/#1829d167491e

Short term I would assume NI is safe, long term I suppose it's about what the hell Brexit means Brexit means.

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Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas

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Re: If it's in Ireland ...

"I really cannot see what in f*cks' name the US Supreme Court has to do with respect to whatever goes on in Ireland.".

It's about data held by an American company (where ever). As far as I remember it was originally data about an American too, or was it, not sure anymore. This thing has gone on for several years now.

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Linus Torvalds lauds fuzzing for improving Linux security

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@AC

I don't think you got what he was writing about, in other words, you did not read it.

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By the way

Asking Dimitry Yukov if he believes in fairies and Santa Claus is not being mean about Unicorns. A bit sceptic perhaps. Then again searching for "sceptic" I get this:

"a person inclined to question or doubt accepted opinions."

"an ancient or modern philosopher who denies the possibility of knowledge, or even rational belief, in some sphere."

And searching for "skeptic" I get this:

"a person who questions the validity or authenticity of something purporting to be factual. 2. a person who maintains a doubting attitude, as toward values, plans, statements, or the character of others. 3. a person who doubts the truth of a religion, especially Christianity, or of important elements of it.".

(Wow, especially Christianity).

This would all make me very sceptical was it not for my spellchecker who demands me to be skeptical.

Quite frankly I think Linus should have gone with some nice swear word for less confusion and not risking being considered mean and breaking hearts.

(And once again I realize I am retired).

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"A new word for what in the 1960s we called "testing"."

Rather a new tool called fuzzing to use in something still called testing, according to the Wiki anyway.

"Fuzzing or fuzz testing is an automated software testing technique that involves providing invalid, unexpected, or random data as inputs to a computer program.".

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IT at sea makes data too easy to see: Ships are basically big floating security nightmares

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Re: How current is this?

@Tom Pain. Better not start a war with China then and apparently there are no good reasons to be disturbed if they should decide to build a few carriers too as they are so worthless.

On a more serious note, a carrier is a movable airfield so what would be the alternative if you feel you need one.

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Re: HMS Curacoa. Interesting story, but the collision was the result of miss understanding the situation and Queen Mary was a fast ship, almost 30 knots. From the Wiki-

"Commodore Sir Cyril G. Illingworth of Queen Mary continued their zig-zag pattern expecting the escort cruiser to give way........

At 13:32, during the zig-zag, it became apparent that Queen Mary would come too close to the cruiser and the liner's officer of the watch interrupted the turn to avoid Curacoa. Upon hearing this command, Illingworth told his officer to: "Carry on with the zig-zag. These chaps are used to escorting; they will keep out of your way and won't interfere with you."[36] At 14:04, Queen Mary started the starboard turn from a position slightly behind the cruiser and at a distance of two cables (about 400 yards (366 m)). Boutwood perceived the danger, but the distance was too close for either of the hard turns ordered for each ship to make any difference at the speeds that they were travelling. Queen Mary struck Curacoa amidships at full speed, cutting the cruiser in half.".

Do I spot a big ego problem there. And the "hard turns" after a ship has started to turn will need a "lot of time" before they have any effect.

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Re: Die Hard: Offshore

@John Doe 6

Big ships are very slow at turning (even slower at stopping "turning"), there is no way to hit a "war ship" unless it's asleep or just looking the wrong way (probably just forward).

They claim those Navy ships have only one crew member standing outside these days, and that can create a problem as standing on port side means you cannot properly see to the starboard side and vice versa. A very poor performance from those ships all the same.

I am not all that surprised though, I have entered the bridge for my watch on a merchant ship with both guys fast asleep with just George at the helm.

As for slow turning, a guy I knew told me about a (mad) prank he did to a mate he did not like. He took an oil tanker full circle in the Mediterranean in a starless night. It took him the whole four hour watch to do it without getting caught (hoping the captain would have a look at the voyage data recorder later).

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Top of the radio charts: Jodrell Bank goes for UNESCO World Heritage status

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Re: what is Unesco?

I have to assume you don't know Wikipedia.org either.

As for status, they have as much as countries give them and according to some Americans too much.

A list of World Heritage sites in the USA you find here:

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

As far as I can remember some Americans have opposed some of the new sites added to the list because it prevents them from exploiting them economically. In case Obama is in some way involved I have a feeling I can guess who is behind this change. and why, but I would need an American to add the numbers. An example of the status they have, is for instance. that say McDonald's is not allowed to hang their name on the Statue of Liberty.

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OnePlus privacy shock: So, the cool Chinese smartphones slurp an alarming amount of data

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Re: And I'm still here...

"why I should be worried my phone manufacturer can link the details of the phone it made to my phone number and network".

Because it's non of their business.

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Alibaba's Jack Ma says: Relax, we're too wise for robots to take our jobs

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Re: Famous last words.

"A healthy understanding of our past (who we are, why we are who we are, how did we get where we're at and why) would probably help us to avoid some painful own goals".

Yes, that would have prevented the referendum and Brexit.

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Microsoft is Putin a stop to Russian-sanctions-busting IT resellers

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Re: Most amusing.

Referring to Zimbabwe somehow confirm that sanctions might actually have worked.

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Установка Linux, Дмитрий!

Installing Linux, Dmitry!

Very funny, or is it Shaun.

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

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Re: Lack of "cool"...

Cannot see why you mention TomTom as they use Linux. I believe Ballmer simply got obsessed with Nokia. He came twice to Helsinki to persuade them to produce MS phones to no avail as Ollila, the boss then, refused. He was asked on the Finish TV how he felt about it. A rather pissed off looking Ballmer said "I just have to try harder". It's almost like he managed to get his revenge eventually. A sad story, but MS is alive and so is Nokia all the same.

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Zuck shows Virtual Empathy by visiting Puerto Rico in VR

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Re: Maybe Zuk & Co can make a virtual donation

What Zuk should provide is a huge amount of brick and mortar.

Here up in the North houses like theirs would collapse after a week of snow, not their problem, but still sad to see how unprepared they are for something that most likely will become the new normal.

PS. If I sound like a pesky northerner, it's not my intention.

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Smut-watchers suckered by evil advertising

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A hum

Should I point out that "P0rn" is not, I think, specifically related to just the English language, then of course, I wouldn't know about this as I use Linux.

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1,000 jobs on the line at BAE Systems' Lancashire plants – reports

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Re: How to solve Brexit.

"That the Germans, Spanish and Italians will have their primary fighter aircraft built by a non-EU country soon?".

You don't seriously believe it's all British built do you.

You should also not take this one sentence:

"While nominally a multinational aircraft, the Typhoon is effectively a BAE design from top to bottom and under the sovereign* control of the UK.", too seriously.

https://www.eurofighter.com/about-us

With only the 33% share BAE has, I wouldn't pay much attention to "under the sovereign control of the UK". (Airbus 46% and Leonardo 21%.)

(I am not sure one could say that about BAE either).

An interesting and a very long story, the Wiki to your help.

Will it survive, for instance, the assault from Rafaele, interestingly they have been able to sell both to Egypt and India.

Sadly I have come to realize some Brits have this overly developed ability to "look at the bright side", like Mike Richards with "Not a widely-known fact, but the UK is the world's second largest aerospace nation after the US". Complete bull.

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/2/2017/09/28/britain_boeing_bombardier_brouhaha/

* sovereign, the Brexit link of course.

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Moon trumps Mars in new US space policy

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Re: correct title?

"irony in the USA being the United States of America". Well, the UK comes to my mind, too close for confort I suppose, lglethan.

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Re: Direction is one thing...

Forgot this clip about Ted Cruz, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peL7Qecg3qQ

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Re: Direction is one thing...

Directing NASA funds from anything "global warming" towards the moon is what Ted Cruz wants, perhaps that is all regarding the direction here.

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FCC gives Google's broadband balloons 'experimental license' in Puerto Rico

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"water, food and shelter". Google is not yet in that business.

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How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?

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Re: Enough is enough...

Cheer up man, this article clearly shows there are winners too in this Brexit malarkey.

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Boeing borgs robot aeronautics biz Aurora Flight Sciences

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Re: Will not gain acceptance

"It would be far easier to make trains". I still wonder why the US is still more or less the only country without fast trains in the world and still the perfect country to use them. So often in reality faster easier and a lot more comfortable to travel in.

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Amazon told to repay €250m in 'unfair state aid' from Luxembourg

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@ AC

"The Spanish government would have been better off letting the vote happen and then saying "so what - the referendum was unconstitutional".

I fully agree with that, and I am fully confident the British government would react like that should the Scots come up with something similar.

Personally I would hope Spain would suggest something similar to the autonomy the Åland Islands have with the rest of Finland. Works well for all involved.

But I did write about "power" and the EC or EU has no such power and they have expressed their opinion about the situation.

About a year ago I claimed the EU would become the source of all evil during the referendum which was understandable of course.

What is happening now, after the Brexit party is over and the hangover has started those same Brexit people have started to confirm their belief again blaming the EU, first claiming they have too much power but now about their lack of power to intervene in Spain.

When you write "seem to be implying that the BBC is a Brexit mouthpiece" you have indeed understood me very wrongly, reading comments on the BBC I think there are more of those claiming it's too pro EU. With both claims it's probably as it should be, and something to be proud about. While I am no expert I believe I can spot the rubbish press, "Enemy of the people" and such shit. I wonder i it is true that one of those twats admitted that it's a lot easier to control the British government when outside the EU than within, which of course is true.

Disturbing, also from a Nordic view as we have not yet gone that far down.

From here I feel I am looking at a car crash in slow motion.

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Re: re: are rampant tax avoiders and they really need to uniformly penalised

"Fix the tax law, and you have solved the problem.".

Yes you got it, and I think the dear lady is actually trying to do just that including forcing available laws. Some, like I, like it, some will oppose it, and then there are all the moaners.

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"sitting on the fence over the Catalonia referendum".

This seems to be a popular topic right now, at least on the BBC. "Dear EU why don't you do something". Which I find a bit funny to say the least. Those same people complain about the EU having to much power in domestic politics but now suddenly demand more power.

Would they really like a EU wide referendum on say Scottish independence, Wales perhaps, or NI or the status of one cliff in Spain, of course. Or would it be enough if the EU parliament had a vote on it.

Dear Brexiteers it's never too late to think, provided the "hardware" is in shape for it.

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European Commission refers Ireland to court over failure to collect €13bn in tax from Apple

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Re: "The Register has asked Apple for a comment. ®"

"despite writing the rules that permit it, ". Interesting, could you share a link about it with us.

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MH370 final report: Aussies still don’t know where it crashed or why

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Why should the Aussies know, why not write that we still don't know.

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HPE coughed up source code for Pentagon's IT defenses to ... Russia

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Re: Did I understand this right?

One advice, you could have tried a search for "IBM and the nazi", Google gives you 422 000 results for that. That does not prove anything but it will provide some proper links, (try "Microsoft and the nazi" and you get 787 000 results).

Lets not mix the past with the present, I, for instance, recently drove a Ford regardless of the fact that Henry Ford sent gifts to Hitler on his birthday, and I never accused the guys at the garage of having Nazi sympathies because of him.

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The UK isn't ditching Boeing defence kit any time soon

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Re: nowhere else to go and buy defence aircraft rather than Boeing

@Mike Richards

Hopefully more widely known facts.

Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of aerospace products during 2016:

United States: US$134.6 billion (41% of total aerospace exports)

France: $53.4 billion (16.2%)

Germany: $44.6 billion (13.6%)

United Kingdom: $21 billion (6.4%)

Canada: $10.3 billion (3.1%)

Singapore: $6.7 billion (2%)

Japan: $5.1 billion (1.6%)

Spain: $5.1 billion (1.5%)

Italy: $4.9 billion (1.5%)

Brazil: $4.8 billion (1.5%)

Ireland: $4.1 billion (1.2%)

China: $3.4 billion (1%)

India: $3 billion (0.9%)

Netherlands: $2.6 billion (0.8%)

Israel: $2.4 billion (0.7%)

The listed 15 countries shipped 93.1% of global aerospace exports in 2016 by value.

From a continental perspective, North America accounted for the highest dollar value worth of aerospace exports during 2016 with shipments amounting to $145.5 billion (44.3% of global total). In second place were European Union exporters at 43.3%

http://www.worldstopexports.com/aerospace-exports-by-country/

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Re: nowhere else to go and buy defence aircraft rather than Boeing

"The aerospace industry of the United Kingdom is the fourth-largest national aerospace industry in the world and the third largest in Europe, with a global market share of 6.4% in 2016".

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

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Canada-headquartered Bombardier

Rather call it a Canadian family company as the family still controls 60% of the company. A problem for the Canadian government when giving them state subsidies. May may huff and puff (and should) but it's a case between a US and a Canadian company and should be dealt with accordingly. The 220% is of course ridiculous. The company has an interesting history with ski-doo and what not.

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EU tells Facebook and Twitter: Obey us or we'll start regulating

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Disinformation campaigns

I have no doubt Russian interests meddled in the US election and in France and Germany, but what about the UK. Do people assume Brexit had no Russian help. Any information about that.

Have we by accident created Monsters with Facebook and Twitter because we are so weak at spotting disinformation.

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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"electricity does not grow on trees". Well, my comes out a wooden wall.

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Twitter reckons Trump's Nork-baiting tweet was 'newsworthy'

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Trump is unhappy

He looks at Putin speaking to his people who adore him, they smile and laugh, he is the boss, he is rich and powerful. He will stay in power as president, prime minister, president, prime minister ... as long as he wants.

And then there is that bloody fatman Kim, same story, for as long as he wants.

Poor Donald, less than eight years left, max. People make fun of him on the telly, nobody obeys him, not getting richer fast enough, perhaps forced to use own money next time, what the fuck, I am the worlds strongest and most important man, what is going on here.

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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

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"JET's future was handed to the UK Govt on a plate and .......". Some more down votes than up votes including my down vote.

Could it be that AC is not aware of "JET, the Joint European Torus":

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

Which makes the "the french to take .... under our noses" so damned silly.

Or could it be that AC is in the belief that tokamak is somehow a British invention.

Quoting the Wiki:

"Tokamaks were invented in the 1950s by Soviet physicists Igor Tamm and Andrei Sakharov, inspired by an original idea of Oleg Lavrentiev".

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

I wouldn't really mind about this topic but I did something I haven't done ever before months ago.

I spent about 12 hours during two days listening to the "lords" (not capital letters?). I was actually quite impressed by that house.

More for the EU than against it, some very good and decent speeches and people with good knowledge of trade and business. (Not the impression I have about May and her Don Quixotes.)

A very decent atmosphere with some guys at times in deep thoughts, not at all like that other house I have started to associate with the "whack-a-mole" game.

And then there was this question about Euratom and Brexit.

A topic a lord started with the "World Leading British Nuclear Technology" and an other who politely asked him to get serious and return to earth. Which he slightly reluctantly did.

The reason research like this tend to be international projects is not just the money but also the fact that the "brains" needed are not always born on an island. The results are better shared openly too and there is a better buffer against the politics of the day in one or an other country.

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Don't panic, but.. ALIEN galaxies are slamming Earth with ultra-high-energy cosmic rays

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Something wrong?

"a rate of one per square kilometre per year". And the earth is how many, anybody who had a look at the PDF.

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Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

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Re: 40,000 drivers out of work

Perhaps some will start driving proper cabs.

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UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum

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Re: 30% increase is far less than the fall in the pound.

Yes, that reminds me of a teacher I had long ago. I think the topic was called "business mathematics" then. His main occupation was with the stock exchange, why he bothered with us I do not know. Anyway, he told us he had this dream of some day being invited to the "parliament" to teach them how to deal with this magic % sign. According to him the country would do x % better then. I am inclined to believe he had a point there.

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Re: Markets are mostly psychology

"when you cannot sell to the EU". Much rubbish has been written, the Brexiteers well in the lead, but please, there will be trade between the UK and the EU in the future too, but the deal will be different. How different no body knows yet.

As for the debt, gentlemen pay 100% of their debt, remember the "British Gentleman" (coined in Britain though).

"and will get special treatment in exchange for it". Special treatment for not paying 80% of its debt, that would, in my opinion, be special indeed.

@Christian Berger "special rule after special rule for the UK". Those special rules were to the advantage of Britain like not being the second biggest contributor to the EU budget regardless of then being the second largest economy in the EU.

Some Brits seem to think they are very special indeed.

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RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

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Re: Different honours.

Came to think of it, I assume Shackleton has a statue but what about his captain who saved him and the crew.

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Re: And let's not forget this other bloke

Yes indeed, you also find him on "The untold history of the United States" like here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO45iDPV8ro&list=PLL_dafKivtbxxAnd2qvRz9mpfD-xdN5F1

There is also some Dr. Strangelove clips included in that video.

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UK attorney general plans crackdown on 'trial by social media'

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Re: Sometimes

"I do concur, that a jury of random people is not the best version. In our country we do not have jurys, but the "the people" anchor is provided by 2 lay judges in every criminal trial".

I was indeed referring to such a system but I would claim "a jury of random people" is what the British and the Americans understand as a "jury" system. And the Wiki has all about it, of course, and including the history.

To add the IT link, think about the SCO case where they tried and tried to get a jury because in practise it's more or less a lottery with a 50/50 chance of victory due to a random bunch of people who know nothing of the case and the technology.

Add to that the risks involved with intimidation, blackmail and even murder, as has been seen.

"Twelve brave men" was indeed a nice movie but also more or less a fairy tale.

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Sometimes

The solution is very simple, get rid of the jury system, like many other countries. It came to you from Norway after all. It's a rubbish system especially when it gets technical.

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Act fast to get post-Brexit data deal, Brit biz urges UK.gov

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Re: £240bn

@codejunky

You are such an optimist, EU in shock and such, do you hear in a similar way as Trump. Should I point out that Britain like many other EU countries belong to NATO and that Britain does not have any specific British rules regarding NATO. Then there are EU countries outside of NATO who have newer claimed anything regarding the military service from Britain.

I still think you just cannot comprehend that the EU is not a "country" but a union of 28 independent countries.

As for British exports and imports (the world 2016 est) $412.1 billion and $581.6 billion.

About 4-5 months ago on Yahoo there was a Brit so frustrated about the prospect of EU countries trying to "steal" some of the euro clearing from London that he started his rant with "We (the British) invented the world". Could it have been you.

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