* Posts by Dave 15

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Shut up and take my money! AI luminaries go gooey for Graphcore's smart chip tech

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will they be able to run windows 11?

Assuming of course it is made passably better performing thanthe current offering

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Re: Jesus, NO!

Next of course...

banning running any form of combustion engine in public (be it coal fired or petrol)

banning any combustion based power generation

banning bonfires

banning fireworks (they smell as well)

banning deodorant

banning perfume

banning....... oh what the hell ban everything and lets return to living rough out in nature with no clothes and hunting with our bare hands, at least it will reduce human population and global warming at the same time

What annoys me most is the mps that ban all this are busy helping themselves

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Re: Jesus, NO!

Lighting farts is great fun as well... if yours are rich enough :)

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Another Brexit cliff edge: UK.gov warned over data flows to EU

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Rot

At worst it will cost a trivial amount to filter some data that can't be sent. This can be done 'in the pipeline' and doesn't even require multiple copies. Its not rocket science nor is it expensive. Most companies already have multiple data sites if for no better reason than backup.

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Re: Stupid people don't know they're stupid

I assume from the nature of the thread that you are speaking as if leaving was the stupid thing to do...

a) I have nothing against you speaking out against it IF you are relying on fact not name calling. There are plenty if good reasons to leave not least the cost of staying and the serious lack of benefit that accrues for that cost. (and a trade deficit is NOT a benefit!!!!!)

b) If the concerns are legitimate and have no work around then I would agree they need looking at, this load of cobblers is neither a legitimate concern nor one with no workaround (in fact it is a very simple workaround that has been used many times before)

c) It is undemocratic to ignore the majority whether you think them right or wrong.

d) I fail to see how leaving could possibly end up a bigger disaster than staying. Before we joined we had space programs, built our own planes, had armed forces worthy of the name (and not equipped by Spanish tanks and Belgium guns), control over our own sources of power (not told we can't burn coal and must import French energy), could grow and sell any apples we wanted, could produce enough milk for our needs, could sort out taxation as we wanted, could make enough steel for our industry and decide if an industry was strategic and important enough to support etc etc etc

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what?

Pay for access.... pay to have access to a trade deficit, I know our politicians are thick as pig shit but even they can't be that stupid

Influence... what damned influence? Cam-moron went to them asking for some stuff when they knew full well us leaving was a strong possibility, what was their response... sod off with bugger all as we don't care about you, your wishes or your country.

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Re: "The potential downside of not getting this right is very serious,"

First, clearly not a disaster, in fact not even an issue. Translating data from one format to the other is not new nor rocket science

Second, it is clear we have little to no influence at the moment, at least once we are out we can decide not to store and share banking info with the USA (for example) if we wanted (I suspect our weakling governments will still fall over themselves to lick uncle Sams...)

Third, I have never understood why you remain people think that voting to continue to make a massive payment to lose control over trade relations, energy policy, tax policy, purchasing policy, ability to support industries we consider vital, important or strategic while at the same time also suffering a massive trade imbalance with the group is actually somehow the brainy thing to do.

This last one I equate to a simple analogy...

I pay my next door neighbour a fee (£10 a month). This allows me to sell my car washing service to him for £10 a month. He sells me his grass cutting and window cleaning services for £15 a month. This allows me to sit idle most days.

Meanwhile the fee I pay him:

allows him to setup all the car washing, washing up, grass cutting and window cleaning deals in the country

allows him to create a rule that requires me to take the lowest price for everything

and what is left of the fee is then used to subsidise his other neighbours children so they can do the washing up cheaper than my children.

All in all it seems to me that I would do far better to cut my grass and clean my windows, pay my children to wash up and tell him to stick his fee where the sun doesn't shine. Still, I guess it must be nice to know others think the original story is the most beneficial version and clearly gives me great control over the dividing up of washing up in my street and not agreeing makes me a total idiot.

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Iconic Land Rover Defender may make a comeback by 2019

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Re: thanks to EU regulations

ho hum... typical Brit

Europe produced rot boxes in the '70s with second rate steel and poor box section design without proper internal protection. This included Renault, Citroen, BMW, Mercedes and of course the infamous Alfa and Fiat. Even if you go further afield and look at 70s Jap cars, American cars and Russian they also had much the same afflictions. That is why 70s cars of any make are actually pretty hard to find.

Don't think it was just the Morris Marina that rusted... I know mine did ... but all makes also rusted (my dads Citroen was amazing, basically only the roof was present in its original form the entire rest of the car was fibreglass).

But all was not bad, I, like most of my friends, learnt to weld.

Now British built cars are fantastic, many far better than the foreign equivalents. Its a pity too few people in the UK realise the poor quality of the 'German brands' compared to the cars made here.

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Re: "The Car Will Tell YOU What is wrong"

Go round the wheels and suspension, wiggle the wires, find which one triggers the issue and replace it.

OR

Go and buy a decent car.... BMW stopped making anything of quality many years back and rely on people thinking they are still good while sticking the cheapest and nastiest parts in they can (and yes, I did work for one of the suppliers and can tell some horror stories)

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Built abrroad

Disgusting. But then HP sauce is also made abroad.

Many reasons:

a) Try getting funding to make something in the UK.... 'oh you can't do that, no, that will never do'

b) Try paying the energy bill in the UK (all that gas from Russia and nuclear power from France... far too expensive, and the EU stop us burning coal)

c) Factory space... well, no chance of that my son, we may once have had factories but they have been sold off for yuppy housing - to foreigners of course who rent them back to the tax payer for the poor to live in

d) Equipment... well as all our equipment manufacturers have been screwed over by the means above that is all imported, so rather than move it here you might as well stay there

e) Rules and regs... for every employee with a spanner you will require 15 managers and 25 health and safety advisers.

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UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

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Re: Shame (the libs)

Abandoning democracy... yes, voting until you get the right answer then stopping is exactly that. This is what the EU has set up in every situation where they failed to get the answer required (Ireland, Denmark, France etc.)

This government are doing the same.

And as to 'advisory' as the MPs are in place to represent their constituents, no more and no less, then the advice 'get out' is exactly what they should do.

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Re: Shame

Brexit... if you think May has changed then you believe in the tooth fairy, santa and the famous spot changing leopard.

Let me tell you what is happening...

a) All EU law is now in our law so leaving is pointless

b) The whole 'negotiation' idea is being set up to fail in a big way to make the leave deal a disaster

c) She deliberately lost the election - yes, that level of messing it up could not have been an accident - to make sure she has an excise to claim we need a 'revote'

So in a couple of years time she will present us with a referendum pitting a disastrous exit which achieves nothing the British people want and costs billions vs staying in because she gets defeated in the House of Commons over the proposed exit.

Then hey presto the leavers will vote against the deal because it is terrible. The remainiacs will vote against the deal because they dont want to leave. May gets what she wanted all along.

This prying into peoples private viewing material was started during Blairs time and continues regardless of Europe, and actually encouraged by it... after all its all about big brother controlling your every thought and move lest you should question their authority to screw you (in the wider sense)

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yup, as we all know censorship works wonders

Of course this is going to mean that they will have to scan all cameras, tablets, phones, laptops, disks, usbs, cds etc coming into the country as well.

Its all bollocks but then frankly have you yet met an MP wit a brain? I never have, they are just about able to find ways to fiddle the lax expenses system and get a back hander from an interested company

Guess some porn sites want to be able to sell your credit card details on...

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I see a massive opportunity

I will sign up to a huge number of porn sites.

I will then wait for the obligatory hack.... all these sites will have my details and I suspect several of them are rogue or criminal in origin.

When the said credit card is used by one of the hackers I will sue the UK government for all it is worth on the grounds that they forced the situation above

Stupid egits, they really haven't a clue

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Electric driverless cars could make petrol and diesel motors 'socially unacceptable'

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Re: Bollocks...

Reasons to commute by car...

Council stop the only direct busservice and tell you that you can use 2 busses instead (that take 5 hours in and 4 our out for a 25 mile journey)

Government giving the unemployed a stack of cash to live in a house next to my office that they can't afford while I (stupidly trying to earn a living) have to commute every day because I can't afford the house I am paying for through my tax

Companies that think if I work from home I will be shopping.... and ignoring the fact I am doing it on the itnernet from work anyway!

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Look who's joined the anti-encryption posse: Germany, come on down

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Aren't we living in the 'free' west?

Thought the 'west' was all about democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of movement etc etc etc

I thought the bad 'east' the other side of the iron curtain was all about intrusion, spying, a guy in the next room ratting you out to the authorities, predawn raids and locking people up for saying things the government doesn't like

Frankly the USA and Europe make North Korea and Stalins Russia look positively friendly. 'Ban encryption because it stops us spying on the people'.... what bollocks. Its time for a revolution to throw off these big brother police state fanatics.

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

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Re: Issues With Automated Traffic

Remote accessible... of course they will be. First they already do take commands from your smartphone to do things like unlock and start. They already have 'conversations' with servers to give away your position, driving habits and the state of the car. They all have ways of upgrading... in theory only when plugged into the computer but how long is that going to last when some idiot politician decides that updates must be done via wireless to make sure everyone is as safe as possible (or when garages realise that updating everyones autonomous cars software takes 12 hours a car and they dont have time.... and I jest not because the update of some cars 'emergency phone service button software' takes at least that.

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Re: Lesser of two evils?

BTW there is a cure for tailgating... depending on the reason...

Reason (a) ... the most common.... get the f**k out of the overtaking lanes (middle and outside) when you are not f*****g overtaking anything. You may think you are doing the speed limit and I shouldn't be in a hurry but maybe I have someone in the car who needs to be in the hospital, don't run my life and I won't run yours!

Reason (b) .... next most common.... put your f******g foot on the accelerator and finish your overtaking manoeuvre in less than an hour - frankly you may want to saunter past the lorry but I want (or need) to get on!

Reason (c) ... the guy behind is an idiot in a BMW (or Merc or Audi... they have all spent more on their heap of German junk than it was ever worth but think they need to prove how huge their dick is to justify their stupidity in the showroom)... this is solved by a handful of ball bearings. You take a handful, put your hand out of the window, place the ball bearings on the roof, listen to the roll backwards and watch in the rear view mirror as the idiots windscreen is covered in nice little chips.

Have fun all :)

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Re: I'm in charge of me

Sense or otherwise it will mean massive more profits for insurance companies,.... most of which exist because of rich shareholders called MPs who make the law that says we have to be insured...

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Re: I'm in charge of me

All of them.

Seriously I am sick of the 'no risk is allowed' culture, I am sick of the 'can't do anything in case someone stubs their toes' and sick to death of being dictated to.

I would like a self driving car for the occasions when the distance is great, I am tired, I want to talk to the kids etc etc but I also want a car I can take the pleasure of driving. Its like I want to go to the supermarket and buy some tomatoes, but I also want to be able to grow them myself and go into the garden to eat them!

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Re: I'm in charge of me

In charge... oh yeah... you never fly, never sail on a ship, never use a train? You control what the other idiot drivers on the road are doing? You control the earthquake and the standard of the building you are in? We all take risks all the time.

The question is which is the better risk/fun equation. I would quite happily let a car drive the 5 or 6 hundred miles of motorway when I go home if I was tired and could sleep instead of dying in a car crash. On the other hand on a nice sunny morning when wide awake and on a fun curvy interesting road with few cars and some nice scenery, window down.... then I want to be in control

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That minutes-long power glitch? It's going to cost British Airways £80m, IAG investors told

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80million?

Are they off their heads? What about the people who look at the shambles and book with ryan air... who don't seem to have the same level of disaster

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Brilliant

Cant wait to see the DUP get their way on this. The bbc with its over paid 'stars' and shoddy programs and vacuous 'news' can go and crawl into a corner to die. No more stupid threatening letters because I dont have a tv licence because I would rather do without tv totally than fund the bbc

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Lockheed, USAF hold breath as F-35 pilots report hypoxia

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Re: It may have been designed to kill off less skilled pilots,

Buccaneer, now that WAS a plane... and British to boot :) Why the hell we are buying yankee crocks of shit when we can, have, and would if given a chance build BETTER ourselves is quite beyond me, maybe our lords and masters are so busy sticking their tongues up the sun not shining parts of the yanks that they are scared we would show the yanks up.

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Re: "A lot of software is complicated. But this has gone on so long to be this sick...?"

oh please...

tight resource constraints... let me guess several gigabytes of memory, some flash storage a dozen or so arm cores ... or put another way more power than an 80s cray.

memory leaks... haven't you heard there are static code analysis tools out there and an idea called testing... both are pretty good at sorting this shit out, and frankly any half decent system can be made to show you the leaks

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Re: Awesome...

Who wants to join in creating a copy of the old tsr2, put a modern engine in, call it tsr3 and we would have a winner... cheap, fast, manoeuvrable, good range, good payload... if we fix the landing gear a wonderful plane... we could probably even make use of its slightly slab sided shape to reduce radar footprint

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Re: I'm surprised...

Not that grim

A fair list of crashes but a large percentage are aircraft abandoned suggesting the pilot probably survived, some were losses due to failure on the ground, some obvious stupidity and a number of combat losses. True not the safety record of a commercial airliner but hardly being used in the same way.

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Re: Why slight the Tiger Moth?

Again, at least the Moth flies... something the F35 seems to find a limitiation

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Re: O2 many issues

No room?

You are jesting? These are the biggest carriers the royal navy has ever had and smaller carriers (like hermes) managed to provide steam. FFKS my kettle is a steam generator and is hardly huge. If we had been half intelligent these carriers would have been nuclear... but then again defended by crap planes like the f35 these carriers will be clutter on the ocean bed before the first fuel tank is empty

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Re: O2 many issues

The weapons issue is easily handled using short take off... with or without skijumps. The f35b isnt even as stealthy as the eiffel tower when it heads back to top op the fuel tanks that it empties so quickly... which is why it will get shot out of the sky with ease.

Frankly you can add manoeuvrability in the mix as well, the harrier is old but has tricks the f35 doesnt that means it stands more chance of evading the odd missile that might lock onto its radar footprint. If you were very worried about stealth you could take the rather sensible single engine concept and redsign the outer box to make it angular and stealthy.

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Re: O2 many issues

Inferior? Yeah, right, at least it could fly, it could fly near a thunderstorm and managed to fly more than once.

Hermes managed to land fast jets ... they use arrester wires and always have .. even nimitz size does.

True that the airframe needs to be up to handling that sort of brake. They could probably have done wires on illustrious etc but the harrier having only wheels in the centre and a couple of supports at the wing edge is not an ideal arrester wire candidate

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Re: O2 many issues

er Harrier crap????

Seriously idiots like you said that and were roundly proved wrong when supersonic french built planes fell out of the sky in the Falklands, and again when we needed air power in the middle east.

These days it is as much more to do with the ability to be where needed with a decent missile or two than to travel fast. The missile needs to catch the plane it needs to destroy not the launch platform. The harrier is better

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Re: O2 many issues

ROT!

Hermes flew fast jets before they removed the catapults and arrestors and put her skijump on

The little carriers we had were a bit too small for a fast jet but actually not that much too small

Our current two large floating targets (no planes so not carriers) are more than big enough for fast jets being several times as large as the eagle or ark who both (being bigger than hermes) also flew fast jets... and actually BRITISH fast jets at that

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Re: O2 many issues

er... what have you been watching or smoking? Faced with a Russian Sukov (or 3 as they are much cheaper) 95% of the time the f35 ends up a smouldering wreck and not back at base.

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BMW climbs into IBM Watson's cloudy connected charabanc

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More intrusion and spying

And of course the insurance companies will just insist on seeing the info or no (or unaffordable) insurance, and the need for insurance is forced on us by law... they cant lose and they can pretend it is for our benefit but we will all pay AND lose control of who sees what we do and where we go

I already know of one lady who is being stalked by someone who has friends in the police who are accessing her phone information so he can track her... yes folks it happens unsurprisingly and hardly new information there are crooks in the police

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Telegram chat app founder claims Feds offered backdoor bribe

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Re: Secure Chats

D-day, the instructions to start the campaigns in France were sent to everyone during a standard broadcast by the BBC. Code words, code language, simple to arrange and easy.

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Hand in your notice – by 2022 there'll be 350,000 cybersecurity vacancies

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Re: It's all total...

Other suggestions than biotech...

for girls, get boob implants and get on a tv show... plenty of follow on work for a big boobed star (no brains needed)

for boys, go and kick a football around a park

for either try doing a few hours of acting school then if you can't do film work you can be a politician or CEO (basically they are both just acting roles)

All of these pointless activities lead to multi-million pound salaries for the lucky few, multiple chance by reward and decide that it pays better to try ... and fall back to the dole in a quiet cheap corner of the UK if you fail, nothing to lose really.

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Re: £87,000+ ???

85k in London vs 55k next door... with the excessive commuter fare and the extra 3 hours a day travelling.. not enough by a long stretch

And still not the 87k the report claims

I agree with the posters that say ...

a) if you don't have exactly the right experience you won't be considered (even though government ministers can go from managing hospitals to managing defence etc. and CEOs can go from crashing banks to running chemist shops).

b) Companies just dont pay, which is why people aren't interested in doing engineering jobs of any description, 50k pa? yup, sounds good but then look at what it costs you (home near work in the expensive areas of the country... Cambridge, Reading, London, degree, suit, car, travel) and compare that with sitting at home all day watching tv and playing on your xbox in Cumbria on the dole with housing paid for ... suddenly doesn't look so good

c) Training... just a joke, companies never have and never will in this country, they just dont have the foresight

d) Outsourcing... yup, the answer to all 3 of the above, despite the continual failures of the idea (BA latest example whatever they claim... a pound to a pinch of the proverbial it was a bodged software upgrade)

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At the feet of the Great Monad, or, How the functional programming craze plays out

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ah yes those were the days

When you could manage to fit an OS and a useful piece of multi-user code on a machine with 512k or ram and 32Mb of hard drive... of course not nearly as exciting as using 8mb of ram just to get started :)

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Raspberry Pi gives us all new 'Pi Zero W' for its fifth birthday

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Re: Android Things?

Ah, you mean a teasmaid... I recollect my grandparents had one 40 years ago, the only thing was it didn't catch viruses from an ip connection

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Re: Everybody loves Pi

What? Are you real?

The BBC supporting something British... not a chance in hell, no, it would only be any good if it was from Apple. Even if that means made in a far east sweatshop by a bunch of slaves

The British government buying something British, or supporting British industry, oh please, have you noticed they won't even buy a tank or police car from this country. I closed down a business because the BRITISH government would rather spend BRITISH tax payers money on getting Microsoft (a large American corporation) to create a 'software apprenticeship scheme' rather than helping a BRITISH company created by BRITISH people in BRITAIN who already had a functional 'software apprenticeship scheme'.

The idea of either the BBC or the British government (independant of Conservative or Labour) supporting the British is just laughable.

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US Coast Guard: We're rather chuffed with our new Boeing spy drone

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Re: Roboat?

NO NO NO

Do NOT buy foreign

You forget that if you buy local a huge chunk of the 'cost' comes back as tax, unemployment and benefit savings and the savings in policing because people in work need less watching

What you need to do is buy sufficient of the ships to make it worth while (so instead of 8 buy 80... there is one hell of a lot of sea and if we ever did end up in a war again we need to protect our food supplies). When we are building that number we can build them cheaper and fix the problems then manage to sell them to others... the French manage to sell to the Russians, the Chinese and Indian navies are often buying not to mention the Australians... a great opportunity awaits

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Re: Is the U.S, Coast Guard lending personnel to the RN?

No I wouldn't, in fact I would advise them to steer well clear. Even if you do get deployed you daren't shoot the enemy in case you get locked up for life, even though if you don't shoot them they will surely kill you either in the street outside your barracks or on patrol. Your personal equipment will be inadequate, your training is how to clean and disassemble your gun to the point you can do it blindfold ... not that it actually needs cleaning because you won't get to fire it even on a range... apart from the SAS a soldier gets to fire a gun on training no more than 3 times a year because the accountants worry about the cost... lives are cheap but bullets aren't). Then you will notice every government (including Thatcher and Blair) send the forces to war only to make half the survivors redundant, my suspicion is they realise that letting an enemy shoot our guys is cheaper than a redundancy package.

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Re: @ Ledswinger -- £10m a year for a drone?

The Americans screwed the British in WW1 with inflated prices then shafted us with the Washington naval treaty (because we owed them so much cash), then repeated the exercise in ww2 (here, we will take all your gold, all your companies all your foreign bases, saddle you with a huge debt, then stir up trouble in your empire because we are jealous so you and the Russians can fight the Germans until we can walk in at the end and make sure we mp up the whole of europe for free).

Since then the Americans have forced us to abandon the Suez with financial threats, involved us as lapdogs in multiple small wars, forced again with economic force to abandon successful British planes, missiles and technology and replace it with expensive American junk (like the F35).

With friends like this who needs enemies? And as for the state of the British military - apart from our own governments entirely antiBritish stance the meddling of the Americans has cost us a huge amount

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Re: £10m a year for a drone?

I have said it before, once the armed forces are cut below a level at which they are actually useful you might as well forget it and scrap them totally. We passed that threshold probably 30 years back. The current situation is stupid and pointless. Take the whole of the armed services and they couldn't successfully defend the Isle of White from a bunch of paintballers far less anyone with a real gun.

Its not the fault of the front line soldier or airman but equipment such as a huge aircraft carrier with only half a dozen aircraft that fall out of the sky in rough weather or run out of fuel 20 seconds after take off and present a radar footprint the size of an Americans backside on the way back to top up the petrol tanks is pointless - even more so when they are in bits all over europe for upgrades and repairs we aren't allowed to carry out. The airforce is so small it is pointless, tied to airfields because the one plane capable of not using an airfield is now sitting in a desert in USA in bits just means it will be wiped out in a single bombing raid by any intelligent enemy (in ww2 the Germans nearly succeeded before mistakenly turning to bombing London and the airforce in those days was actually big enough to call a force), and as for the army, a few tanks from Spain with German engines so they cant be replaced when they get shot up, not enough bullets to fight for more than 24 hours and not enough body armour for the less than Wembley stadium sized army.... for heavens sake the whole British army is less than a football crowd.

Pointless, a waste of money.

If I were PM I would be building 10 large nuclear carriers with catapults and arrester wires, 20 smaller Hermes size also equipped the same (including nuclear propulsion) because ALL of them can fly either Harrier or conventional planes (Hermes DID fly conventional jets before the addition of te ski jump), this would make 10 carrier groups for deployment around the world each group would need a selection of probably around 10 or so anti aircraft, anti sub and anti surface destroyer/frigate/cruisers. There would then be another 20 resupply fleets capable of dragging food, planes, fuel and consisting of supply ships and support/protection vessels. Resupply submarines and attack subs. All to be made and equipped in the UK with UK equipment including UK planes. Similar would add a few hundred heavy and light tanks , helicopter gunships and harrier squadrons to the Army along with upping its front line strength to 250k kitting all with British made uniforms (not the chinese shit they have at the moment) along with British guns and British bullets. The airforce would need new Harriers possibly extra speed, tsr2 reinvigorated and completed, a low radar tsr3, fuel tankers, large bombers (new vulcans/victors/valients), transport planes, drones and helicopters.

Yup total package would cost a lot, but it would mean we could actually defend ourselves and if we buy British it would provide us with short term jobs and then a longer term future as a nation able to produce and sell arms. I know its not to everyones taste to sell guns etc but we are happy to sell cars that polute and kill along with other dubious practices so why not sell something we have historically been very good at making?

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Euro Patent Office staff warns board of internal rule changes

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Re: "seize private property" ?

I guess if you sign a contract saying you will allow your employer to come round and sniff around in your dirty laundry then they can. I can't see how they can retrofit such an intrusive feature to a contract. Of course though the easiest way to deal with this is to all get together and tell him where to stuff his new contract.... requires you all to stick together

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

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Re: Take back control

Stop looking East and look West for the real threat.

While I dont dispute that Russia is scary and probably not pleasant look at the behaviour and stance of the USA.

US military spending 611bn

The next 9 countries added together... 640bn

this is not defence but active offensive spending

Interestingly of course the US also controls the armed forces of some of these 9 - e.g. UK (we do as we are told without question... ask Blair).

Now it turns out that not only do some of these forces (the UK ones) act only when told to but because we are totally dependent on American supplied planes, missiles and even in our case maintenance of our supposedly independent nuclear arsenal , suggesting that the American military is even stronger than on the surface could be believed.

Looking to Navies..

US 10 aircraft carriers, 22 cruisers, 62 destroyers and a pile more other stuff

Next place...

China 1 carrier (like Russia, UK claims 1 at the moment but it has no planes, a second is to be commissioned but will not only have no planes but a stack of mothballs and no crew). 0 cruisers, 25 destroyers and some other stuff

No the UK navy once upon a time was the strongest in the world but was only the size of the next 2 added together, not in possesion of over half the worlds fighting ships.

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Re: Take back control

I thought the Apple autobreak after repair thingy was patented

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Re: Take back control

Some of this of course dates back to the USA screwing europe during ww1 and ww2, especially the Brits who the yanks have always hated.

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Dave 15
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Seems the good old TSR2 was faster, went further, carried more, turned better, climbed harder.... we apparently have a part complete TSR2 (the forth one they made but didnt finish) to use as a starting point. True we might consider it worth fixing that landing gear but hey, what a wheeze, restart production of a 60 year old British aircraft because it is better than the yankee one of today

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