* Posts by veti

3015 posts • joined 25 Mar 2010

Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

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I think you'll find that you pay VAT on phone calls, and have for a long time.

What's the difference?

WAITER! There's a Flappy Bird in my Lollipop!

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Re: So it scrolls from right-to-left ...

There are already about 20,000 Flappy Bird ripoffs^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hclones out there. For a brief period, about two years ago, it was the choice for young developers who'd never made a phone app before and wanted to learn the ropes.

Before that it was the one with the creature that slides up and down slopes. Before that it was, I dunno, probably Angry Birds, or Sudoku. More recently it's been Candy Crush, 2048, I don't even care what else. Any game that gets a reputation nowadays instantly inspires half a gazillion clones, and there are no copyright issues with that so long as each programmer writes theri own code and creates (or buys) their own art.

Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

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Re: Mission Shift

(Something tells me this is going to attract more down- than upvotes.)

I don't have the actual numbers to hand, but I'm pretty sure a lot more gets spent on traffic law enforcement than on counter-terrorism. So "the victims of reckless driving" aren't being ignored.

where “interesting” could mean paedophiles, terrorists, or peaceful protesters being a thorn in the side of a corrupt and authoritarian regime.

Yes, it could mean that. But this bloke, who is in a position to know far better than you or I, claims that doesn't happen, and couldn't happen without an enormous culture shift at GCHQ.

Of course we don't have to take those claims at face value. But in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, I'm inclined to give them some weight. Your mileage may vary.

"State surveillance", by definition, is not something you opt in or out of, any more than you can "opt out" of being in your timezone or your weather. If you, through the established political process, can put together enough support for the proposition that "this should be done differently", then you can change it. Until then, you can either put up with it, or emigrate.

What you don't get to do is decide unilaterally that "I should be immune to what the government decides to do to me". That's not how democracy works.

Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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Re: Special

On one side you get the supplier trying to pull the wool over your eyes and whispering to your higher level management that you're not up to the job or, even worse, you're being 'unreasonable'. On the other side, you get your own higher management blaming you if it doesn't pass because of 'minor and easily fixed' shortfalls

It's a game. A nasty, brutal, sociopathic game, but a game nonetheless.

Wherever you fit in the hierarchy, your job is to regulate pressure. You need to apply pressure downwards, into your own workload (and your underlings, if you're lucky enough to have any). But more importantly, you also need to apply it upwards to your own managers. If you don't tell them that the job is impossible and you need more something, they'll assume everything is fine. And if you don't tell them this on a daily basis, they'll assume that whatever you were complaining about yesterday is all sorted and they don't have to worry about it any more.

If your management is going to "blame" you for failing the software based on "minor and easily fixed shortfalls", then you don't really have signoff authority, and you need to explicitly delegate that authority (always upwards). Present your manager - daily, or weekly, whatever they'll tolerate - with a summary of all outstanding and resolved defects. (If you're feeling helpful, you could do some mathematical modelling and predict how long it will take to get the software into a state that meets the predefined UAT criteria, but that's risky, 'cuz you'll be held responsible for it.) But make it clear that you are prepared to continue testing at this rate until (a) your retirement, (b) the end of the world, or (c) the UAT criteria are fulfilled, whichever happens first, unless s/he - your manager - tells you to stop.

And when she does tell you to stop (or gives you another assignment, which is the same thing) - bingo, there's your signoff.

Martha Lane Fox: Yeuch! The Internet is made by men?!?

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Re: Just wait.

Really, there's pr0n? On the internets?

Won't somebody please think of the children?

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Re: Compulsory voting ...

You've always had one of those.

The name changes from time to time. For a long time they were known as the Liberals, then Liberal Democrats. More recently they've changed their name to UKIP.

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Re: Choice quote

It's our own fault. We expect the BBC to maintain all these correspondents, despite the patent fact that at any given moment, most of them have nothing useful to do. So they have to go out and find something they can pass off as news.

"I'll cover big news and I'll cover little news, and if there's no news I'll go out and bite a dog." - the journalist ethos in a nutshell.

Come to think of it, what do you think this story is doing on El Reg?

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Re: Barking

I have no strong opinion about compulsory voting. I have a long tradition of turning up to spoil my ballot in person anyway.

A few years ago, I would have thought it was actually quite a good idea. But then came Tony Abbot, and he sort of put that into perspective. Now it just seems another way of picking at random from the worst possible options.

Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

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Re: Sorry, no.

Why would I expect the fridge to track what happens to the beers after I take them out?

I'm not asking for my fridge to tell me "Buy more beer". That's no part of its job, that's why I need a separate "shopping list" app, and that's where I would worry about how much and what kinds of beer I want to have around the house this week, including beers that never go anywhere near a fridge at all. And my fridge would then interface with that app to answer the much more limited question, "How much beer, and of what type(s), is in it right now? Assuming the bottles all contain what they say they do."

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Re: Sorry, no.

Why wouldn't the fridge be able to cope with multiple users? That seems to me an unreasonably pessimistic assessment, unless you insist on charging out and buying "version 1" the moment it's announced without waiting for a few years' development to make it half-way useful.

Don't get me wrong, I have yet to hear a convincing use-case for this 'IoT' idea. But to assume that it will all be permanently stuck at a "proof of concept" level coded by know-nothing numpties who've never had to sell a product to an end user - seems unnecessarily harsh.

I can imagine a fridge that can tell me what's in it being useful - if it can interface to a shopping list app on my phone. Sadly, that's a piece of the jigsaw that no-one I've heard has actually mentioned yet, so I'm very much afraid it's been relegated to the "oh, that's just packaging" pigeonhole in the engineers' minds.

Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Brave words from the Anonymous Coward there. Good to see people standing up for what they believe in.

Except that if you trouble to read the fine article (I know, I know), you'd see the author has already covered the "it's not how much, it's what you eat" canard.

I suspect it's already an offence to shout that (conduct likely to result in a breach of the peace). I really look forward to reading of the first person to be jailed for it, though. Remember: it's not civil disobedience unless you do it openly and take the consequences. Anonymous passive-aggression on Internet forums doesn't cut it.

Researchers: Trolls have dark tetrad of personality defects

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Re: Trolling for suckers

Surely you realised that that para in TFA was trolling you?

Maybe you do, and you in turn are trolling me.

But as you say yourself, "most mainstream media" now sees trolling as not only valid and useful, but pretty much required tactics. And El Reg is a part of that.

Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

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Re: So why bother to send a letter of request to a foreign country...

I imagine GoDaddy would be upset in that scenario, but I don't see how the FBI would be involved.

Actually, I sympathise with the FBI this time round. If you want to conduct a search in foreign territory, where do you apply for a warrant? Whom do you serve it to? What if the territory concerned has no concept of a "search warrant"?

Clearly, what they should have done is to apply to the Icelandic police to do their dirty work for them, because they'd have the framework in place for jumping through their own administrative hoops. But I can well imagine scenarios in which that would be contra-indicated (e.g. if you don't trust the Icelandic plod not to say something to someone), and then they'd end up right back here.

I really don't see how you can blame the FBI for not following US law outside the US. If you want to criticise them for breaking Icelandic law then go right ahead, but that's a different rant entirely.

New EU data chief: 'We share common targets with the United States'

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What does this mean?

"some data protection rights for Americans shall be extended to non-Americans"?

In the first place, what data-protection rights do Americans have, exactly? What is it about those rights that restricts them to "Americans only", and how are those provisions legal under the 14th Amendment?

How are you going to "extend" them, and what recourse will non-Americans have if they are breached? How is, say, a British citizen supposed to pursue a case through US federal courts and even the Supreme Court, without voluntarily putting himself within US physical jurisdiction, with all the added costs and risks that would entail?

I'm not a lawyer, but I know enough to ask those questions. If anyone knows where to find answers, please do let me know, because the press isn't even trying.

Man brings knife to a gun fight and WINS

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Re: I think the use of the term "male" by law enforcement is entirely justified.

I disagree. If "male" is the only adjective you have, then by all means use it - once. But to keep repeating it as the only noun used to identify the suspect - that seems to give it undue prominence, as if his sex were the most important characteristic of this person.

Call him a "suspect", or "perpetrator", or even "person" if you really must. But "the male"? That's just gratuitously sexist.

Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Re: It's Dr Who

Sorry, that rebuttal doesn't work. What part of "basic, secondary school level physics" allows for - well, any of the points in the post you replied to?

What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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Re: I recall the 8088 machine I learned on...

There is some truth in that...

... but not as much as you and your upvoters may be thinking.

See, the thing is: using the command line (whatever the heck that even means on a modern PC) and "playing under the hood" - don't really help you to understand what most modern software apps are doing.

Take Word, for instance. Type two words. Press [Home] to return the cursor to the beginning of the line, press [F8][F8] to select the first word, then press [Ctrl-B]. Now use the mouse to click on the second word, click again to select the whole word, then locate the 'Strong' style from the styles list.

The two words are both bold. They look for all the world as if the same thing has been done to each. But it hasn't: the two processes have had very different effects, and those differences will unfailingly rear their heads and bite you in the arse at the worst possible moment.

And don't even get me started on what happens if you copy and paste from a different document...

That PERSONAL DATA you give away for free to Facebook 'n' pals? It's worth at least £140

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Re: Funny money

I've read the article, and I still have no idea where that "140 pounds" comes from.

The value of data isn't "whatever some random self-selected sample of people claim they'd let it go for if someone hypothetically offered it to them". It's "what someone, who presumably has a business plan in mind for making use of it, will actually pay for it".

The number of active profiles on Facebook, according to Facebook, is about 1.3 billion, and their market capitalisation is about $200 billion, which implies that the value of Facebook's total assets - including the company's brand recognition, physical, logical and human assets, legal and financial relationships, as well as just the raw data - is in the region of $150, or 93 pounds, per active user.

Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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Re: Will the preaching hate law ...

Only those who don't belong to one of the ruling cabal of parties. It's one of those irregular verbs. "I speak my mind, you are a demagogue, he has been charged under Section 17 of the Public Order Act 1986".

A BNP politician who preaches hate? Bang to rights.

A Tory or Labour backbencher? Rap on the knuckles, possibly booted from the party if the press won't shut up for long enough.

A Tory or Labour frontbencher? It becomes official party policy and is officially no longer "hate" but "honest and open discussion".

Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: I wonder what the true version number will be?

The way I hear it... Microsoft (discovered with Vista) that they can never again use a "x.0" version number, because too many apps used brain-dead version detection of the form:

if (majorVersion >= 5 && minorVersion >= 1) { run } else { forgetaboutit }

... which is why Win 7 is numbered 6.1, 8.0 is 6.2, etc.

Seems to me it wouldn't be too rocket-sciency to include a "compatibility mode" that just pretends to be a working version of Windows when running apps like that, but what do I know.

Labour outsources digital policy, Tories turn up to finish it

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Fairly obviously

... the consultants are writing promises that, they reasonably hope, will provide plenty of nice cushy jobs for themselves and their cronies, and a limited pool of largesse that they get to hand out to those they want to patronise.

And because none of the actual party faithful, on either side, has the remotest idea what they're talking about, it all goes uncorrected.

In Labour's case, the sad part is that once upon a time, it would have called its friends in the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association and other unions, and they would speedily have told it exactly what was wrong with Uber. But post-Tony Blair, they don't seem to be making use of those contacts any more. They're just getting (bad) advice from the same professional wonks as the other parties.

Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights

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Inspiringly enough...

Next year - 15 June 2015, to be precise - will be the 800th anniversary of the signing of the original Magna Carta.

Isn't it high time the British mania for meaningless anniversaries was turned to some useful account?

'Trust ASIO': Australia passes spook's charter Part A

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Australian media drops ball

Film at 11?

Seriously, the entire Australian press is cartoonishly incompetent, and "having complete amnesia about anything they couldn't easily google" is par for the course. Particularly when the subject is something serious, with minimal celebrity involvement or nudity.

This is the sector that gave us Rupert Murdoch. What do we expect from it?

'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'

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It's not just the grocery duopoly...

... everydamnthing is more expensive in Australia. Citation.

As to why Australians put up with this... well, I put it down to low population density, which makes for a much less organised consumer lobby. But the simpler view, that "the dollar is about 30% overvalued", seems about equally convincing. Take your pick.

4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

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Re: Saying they have "respect" for her

"Respect" takes many forms. It's not necessarily incompatible with lust, and certainly not with fantasy. Once you add the word "objectification" in there it becomes harder to justify, but still the first definition of "respect" I get from Google is:

"a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements."

- which doesn't automatically rule it out.

Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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Yeah, 'cuz 4chan's droids are so scared of lawyers...

I'm willing to bet there's a substantial number of 4channers who firmly believe themselves to be so 'leet that no lawyer will ever be able to trace them, and have just the right amount of testosterone to convince themselves that they'd be striking a courageous blow for freedom by doing this.

If they have the pics.

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Re: No ugly feminists

The Brontes did use noms de plume. Anne Bronte published as 'Acton Bell', Charlotte as 'Currer Bell', Emily as 'Ellis Bell'. Beatrix Potter was some generations later, and even then her attempts to publish about scientific subjects were rejected - the only things she was able to get into print were nursery-level children's stories.

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Re: But will it make a difference?

@MyBackDoor: Where does the article "target men", blindly or otherwise? I see nothing in it that prejudges or assumes the sex of anyone involved, except Ms Watson. It doesn't even use any gender-specific pronouns or insults.

And it in no way assumes or implies that "mean people" equates to "sexists [sic] men". It's your imagination that's interpolated that into the article. Which, I submit, says more about you than anyone else concerned.

Dotcom owns up: my name was 'poison'

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Re: Kiwi complacency

Never ascribe to malice, that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. Or in this case, rank incompetence.

NZ's media is painfully amateurish to watch at any time. They were just as feeble in dealing with Helen Clarke as they are with Key. There's no conspiracy here, they're just idiots.

"You cannot hope to bribe or twist/Thank God, the Kiwi journalist;

But seeing what the fool will do/Unbribed, there's no occasion to."

- after Humbert Wolfe

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Re: Please

In each of those cases, there's a legit business in selling a good/service, and what other people choose to do with that - is on them, not on the business that sold the service.

Kim Dotcom, on the other hand, has a long and dishonourable track record of taking other people's money and using it for his own purposes. He's still doing it today.

THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

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Re: Where's Worstall?

GDP (currently) *includes* "cars, physical things", but it's not *synonymous* with them. It's entirely possible that if we completely stopped making cars, today, forever, GDP would go *up* as a result.

That was what Thatcher did, and it worked.

Cars have a utility to people, which is reflected by how much money they're willing to pay for them. If you can take those same resources and convert them into something that people will pay more for, then you'll be adding more value. That's why cars replaced carriages in the first place.

There's a classic fallacy in production engineering, where the output of a process is hard to measure, so you measure the input instead and assume that it's related. This can work for a little while, but if you keep it up for any length of time, you quickly find that the input is going up and up, and the output (as far as you can tell) remains flat, i.e. the process rapidly grows less efficient. That's how we got into the mess of the 1970s. It happens because of one of the iron rules of management: You Get What You Measure.

This "equating input to output" is endemic in our political system. It's why we've historically spent so much time arguing about things like "teacher/pupil ratios", "time spent per doctor's visit", "miles of road built/added", "numbers of people in work", rather than what we really care about in each case (educational outcomes, health outcomes, traffic/productivity, generation and distribution of wealth). Because in each case, the output is hard to measure, but the input is far easier.

Focusing on "things produced" is another way of measuring input rather than output. "Producing things" is not the goal. "Making people's lives better" is. Measuring GDP as a whole, without trying to judge or differentiate between "good" and "bad" production (e.g. manufacturing vs services), is the closest we currently have to a way of measuring that.

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Re: If you give a politician 1£ ...

Budgeting by referendum is certainly one way of ... hurtling to disaster faster than the current trajectory.

If "the people" could be trusted to manage their collective finances, they wouldn't have got into this mess in the first place. Politicians have bought popularity, because that's what people voted for. What makes anyone think they'd vote differently, if they had direct control of the budget?

Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks

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Re: Daft

@Yet Another Anonymous coward: Great, another argument for capital punishment for spammers! Thank you!

Feds act to stop cyber-bullying, whatever it is, at some future point

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A few questions...

So cyber-bullying, whatever that is, of adults is A-OK, then? If the commissioner gets a complaint, what steps will they take to verify the age (and Australian residency, for that matter) of the victim before acting?

How will this law be applied in media where there is no central, moderating authority, like Usenet or P2P networks?

How will the law play out if one party creates "bullying" content and hosts it on their own site, inside or outside Australia? Are there defences for "fair comment" or "satire"?

Seems like a lot to be worked out in 19 days.

JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: Oh please, lets have a good majority...

Yep, and that's the real problem.

Whichever way it goes, half the population will feel cheated, and they'll instantly blame every problem Scotland faces for the next 20 years (and there will be many, starting with next year's NHS Scotland budget) on the outcome. It's going to stink up the place for a generation or more.

The same way people are now harking back to, and misrepresenting, the 1979 referendum. Only much, much more so, because the stakes are higher this time.

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The irony is, if the English voted to become independent of Scotland, they'd end up outside the EU, and Scotland (and any other parts of the UK that went with it) would inherit the EU membership status of the UK.

Of course that might suit the UKIP voters just fine.

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Re: If it's a Yes vote....

I know that shopkeepers outside Scotland tend to get antsy about taking Scottish banknotes. That's bad, and you shouldn't put up with it.

But it's completely optional. Nobody forces you to take those notes south of the border. You could just take your ATM card and take money out of a cashpoint in England to spend there, if you weren't so all-fired gung-ho to flaunt your "own currency" at the English. You'd get out one pound of money for every pound you take out of the account, give or take ATM charges. Or you could just use your credit card.

If Scotland becomes independent, that will change. There'll be an exchange rate, and conversion charges, and no way to avoid them.

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Re: I'm fine with Scottish independence if it's what they want.

Quite. The Scots have forgotten, and not really surprising as it's 300 years now, that the Act of Union was a Scottish idea to begin with. The Empire was built mostly by Scottish merchants and bankers (and merchant bankers, but that's another story). One of the proximate drivers of the Union was Scotland's public debt, incurred in trying to build a colony of its own.

The Union has been a great deal for Scotland; what England got out of it was mostly an end to periodic invasions from the north.

Now, somehow that history has morphed into "centuries of oppression" by the English. I blame Mel Gibson.

Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility

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Re: Obvious industry shill is obvious!

You don't have to "confine" it, that's the whole point.

If someone is actually asking for the detailed information, then they should automatically be bundled into the group that gets the detailed information. If someone asks for the Janet & John version, then that means they're in that group. You don't decide how people are categorised, they do.

It's like the difference between publishing a story like this as a standalone feature, like El Reg just did, and publishing it with a link to the source material. People can decide for themselves whether or not they want to follow the link, but at least you can make it easier, rather than forcing them to Google it themselves.

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Re: Obvious industry shill is obvious!

The sad part is, the methodology may actually be fine. But because they won't tell us what it is, we'll tend to assume the worst.

So why aren't they telling us what it is?

Well, one obvious explanation is that it's all a sham and they're hiding the true results. But in my experience (15 years of tech journalism), that's actually pretty unlikely: people seldom put out press releases they know to be bollocks, because they know they'll be called on it sooner or later. So I tend to a different explanation: they're dumbing down the results to "keep the message clear and simple".

Some people are afraid that if they release too much information, people will start nitpicking and bickering over it. And not a few are so insecure in their own analysis that they honestly think that they're correct, but also can't quite rid themselves of the lurking fear that, given the chance, someone else will prove them a complete muppet.

There's a fundamental conflict between "making your point as clear and forceful as possible", and "treating your audience like grownups and showing them your work". The simple way to resolve that is to release different sets of information to different audiences, but that's frankly beyond some of these people.

Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to hefty bills

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Re: If prices go up, we'll know who to blame.

Well, the question is really about whether redrawing the borders of a country, means automatically redrawing the borders of the EU as well.

The German precedent says Yes. The Spanish would also want to say Yes, they'd certainly want to exclude an independent Catalonia from the EU, and although I'm pretty out of touch, I suspect the Belgians would feel the same way. The Cypriots would also vote Yes to that, because they'd like to do a Germany themselves. The case of Spain taking over Gibraltar - if Britain remains in the EU then the question-as-framed doesn't arise, and if Britain left the EU then Spain would certainly want its repatriated rock to be part of it - so that's another Yes vote.

So happily, the principle lines up nicely with state interests.

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Re: Interesting interpretation of the source that......

the UK is - "The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" and we will still be physically attached to the landmass of Great Britain thus we are still part of Great Britain thus the passport is valid.... next.....

"You're voting to leave the UK, and hence the UK passport is still valid..."? Seriously, is this what passes for logic from the much-vaunted Scottish education system?

The UK passport is issued and backed by the government of the United Kingdom. If the government of the United Kingdom says it will no longer endorse a particular passport, then it's null and void. It would, in theory, be relatively easy for the UK passport office to simply cancel the passports of everyone who lives in Scotland. (Just ask Edward Snowden how that works.)

Then the Scottish government would really have no choice but to issue its own passports of some sort.

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Re: for an IT site

Wales and NI are not kingdoms, but neither is Scotland, or England for that matter. There is no such title as "King/Queen of England" or "of Scotland".

These places are all formerly kingdoms, now constituent parts of the United Kingdom.

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Re: If prices go up, we'll know who to blame.

This would be the first time an EU member state split, but there is still a relevant precedent: the reunification of Germany in 1990. There, after some negotiation, the merged state inherited the EU status of West Germany, lock, stock and beer barrel.

This is the same thing in reverse, and there is absolutely no plausible, principled or practical reason why "the bit that's voting to leave" should get any special treatment from the EU.

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Re: Royal Mail??

Obviously, ScotMail will continue to deliver at a universal-service level at the same price within Scotland, and recoup the expense by a surcharge on mail addressed to England, Wales and NI.

I'm making this up as I go along, but to me that seems so natural that you'd be hard-pressed to convince me now that it's not the official plan. Give or take some window dressing.

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Re: If they say yes...

The goalposts weren't moved in the 1979 referendum: they said "40% of the electorate" from the get-go, and the final result didn't get anywhere near that.

I believe the previous cavil was (rightly) calling bullshit on the claim that general elections don't get as high as 40% turnout, when they routinely score 60% or more (more like 75% in the 1970s). In fact, turnout in the referendum was significantly lower than in any general election before 2001.

Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign

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Re: False claims: NZ is on the outer with its former Allies.

>I don't see where he claimed anything about when the software was written.

Well, then you need to reread the previous post, because it clearly says that the function was "designed in, and required at a time when NZ was part of ANZUS", i.e. before 1985, i.e. 30 years ago.

>He didn't say the "Non-Aligned Movement", he said the "non-aligned group".

Actually the post said "the Non-aligned group of Countries". Given the erratic capitalisation, I picked on the only identifiable "group" that might plausibly meet that designation. To claim that you become a member of one "group" simply by leaving another, is to be speaking set theory rather than English.

>Key is left of centre when compared to most other countries.

In the first place, [citation needed]. In the second place, Key is not a country. In the third place, what on earth does it mean to be "left or right" of a country? In the fourth place... oh, the hell with this. Please define your terms more carefully if you want to make claims like this.

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Re: False claims: NZ is on the outer with its former Allies.

In so far as NZ has "reneged" on ANZUS, it did so in 1985. Are you really claiming this software was designed before then? And you are aware, surely, that the "Non-Aligned Movement" is an actual thing, with actual members, and NZ isn't, and never has been, one?

As for Key being left of centre, all that really tells us is something about where you (hilariously arbitrarily) consider the "centre" to be.

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I don't get why he'd fly for 40 hours. You can get to Auckland from London in less than 30. From Rio, where Greenwald lives, my googling suggests he should be able to do it in well under 20 hours.

Unless he's counting the time he expects to spend flying back.

But "what did he think he was doing" - I imagine he's doing something he believes in (telling what he knows, or thinks he knows), and Kim Dotcom is paying his expenses to do it. That looks to me like the Path of Least Tinfoil to an explanation.

As for the Internet Mana party tanking - well, it started from basically nothing, so it's hard to say it's gone far downhill. What the whole episode tells us is that Dotcom, for all his genius for publicity, doesn't really know much about politics. Yet. He's practising, and I'm sure he'll learn.

Personally, I think both Dotcom and Colin Craig are deliberately trolling us. They're too entertaining to be genuine.

Hey, scammers. Google's FINE with your dodgy look-a-like apps

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Re: Be kind!

Objection! There's no sign of Google selling my personal information to the highest bidder. I believe Google probably is the highest bidder, for 99.9% of the population at least. If they sell our information, then they'd lose their advantage at serving us ads.

Also, this isn't about Android security - this applies to anyone who has a Google account, including old-skool desktop users.


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