* Posts by Dave 15

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UK's new Data Protection Bill will be 'liberal' not 'libertarian', says digi minister

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Ah yes, of course that old chestnut.. sorry, if that is to work you HAVE to know who is using the internet which means you HAVE to be able to spy on everyone all the time. Which is exactly what we dont want.

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Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate

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Re: I will bite

Very good right up until the idea the BBC has people of the knowledge and calibre to deliver meaningful science or engineering programs. Just look at Rory Apple Jones

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Re: Yours is really the standard pro argument

Yes there alternative funding models for health:

The Germans have you use a 'private' health insurer (either privately or via compulsory basic insurance) - it costs more than the NHS and due to the fiddles and back handers makes a huge number of doctors and an even larger number of chemists extraordinarily rich (which is why there are more chemist shops in Germany than any other shop).

In USA you can buy health insurance if you are rich enough, if you aren't you die.

Comparing the NHS with BBC is really apples and pears territory anyway. The BBC is funded with a non-ability to pay related fee and the proceeds squandered on giving the likes of Clarkson and some of the even less desirable 'stars' more money than enough. And as for your private health insurance - fine, if the government were to choose to give you the NHSfunding back (as they did with pensions in Thatchers day) I would have no issue with that.

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Re: Yours is really the standard pro argument

There are better funding means - pay per view, subscription, advertising, any acceptable though I would prefer the first two without any adverts.

The most objectionable things about the licence fee:

The amount paid from it to 'stars' all of whom could simply be replaced.

The assumption that everyone should have a licence followed by the threatening letters and visits if you dare to be one of the few to buck the trend.

The requirement to have a licence so that I can then watch OTHER TV from other providers.

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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Re: Let's make planes that can't fly......

Frankly cobblers. We could finish the TSR2 and have a plane better than the f35, it would be ours and it would take very little time. We could take the Harrier and beef up the engine and thin the wings a bit to make it faster - that wouldnt take long and we could keep using the Harrier until its replacement is ready (at least we were clever enough to redirect the engine rather than create some awful fan arrangement with flapping doors that will fall off and mean the manouverability of the Harrier can't be matched by the 'new' plane)

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Re: Let's make planes that can't fly......

The only issue with the real thing was the landing gear - everything else worked, and worked damned well. Even the landing gear allowed landings, although it obviously did need some strengthening work.

As for reliability in general, don't forget we didn't lose any Harriers, or even have any Harrier 'down time' during the Falklands war.In fact they have proved to be be one of the more reliable planes in the Gulf

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Re: "That's how you win a war"

M1A1... nearly as good as the Challenger... but not quite - who has the longest tank to tank kill... nope, not the yanks, our very own Challenger.

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Re: Let's make planes that can't fly......@ veti

The USA tanks only 'won' at great cost to their 'cooked' crews because (as the Russians have planned for a long time now) if you have enough of anything you will nearly always win. The American tanks were no match for a German or British tank one on one.

As for planes the only half decent one was the Mustang once it had a Rolls Royce engine to make it go.

We gave up on TSR2 - a fighter in every respect better than eurofighter or f35

e.g. speed - tsr2 mach 2.35, F35 mach 1.6

range tsr2 2500 nmiles, f35 1200nmiles (combat radii... 750, 669)

tsr could also carry more if needed.

The quoted ceiling is the only thing the f35 has as an advantage, but frankly given the speed difference the tsr2 will have been and gone before the f35 has noticed.

Pity our government ditched our superior (now 50 year old) plane for the American garbage we have been saddled with since. Perhaps time to reevaluate this.

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Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

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Re: Warthogs

Just dust off the Harriers from the desert... at least they are decent planes

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Re: 'Use-Case'?

Yeah yeah, but unfortunately the Soviets fighter is better, a third of the price, can hit as hard and stay in the air while the F35 tries to go home with no petrol left... and presents an arse like many American s the size of Texas

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Crud at every level

A crud plane :

- a radar signature the size of Texas when it runs out of fuel after 5 minutes and tries to return

- a range measured in feet rather than miles

- a tendency to fall out of the sky at the first sign of lightening (amusing coincidence with the name)

And finally - we aren't allowed to fix the heap of crap AND it is made with American parts. Scrap the whole damned purchase and design and build our own! Reinstate the TSR2 - it was better after all.

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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Re: As Elop would say...

Elop moved a company from a burning platform still with the largest market share and hampered more by production capability than sales issues to a platform that had sunk out of trace 15 years earlier. What is galling is after costing so many thousand people their jobs and future the barsteward got handsome pay offs, massive pensions and has progressed on to f***k yet another company over (he has a 100% track record of wrecking companies he gets involved with).

The only other people even worse were the Nokia board who employed him and the Nokia shareholders who failed to kick the incompetent t**t and his backers out of the company

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Re: WTF?

Certainly MS seem to be doing masses of damage to themselves, every time I go to try something I used to be able to do it has disappeared or been hidden in some god forsaken corner. Then they continually try and choose bing and other crud for you.

However, looking at the info available it should have been pretty easy to move these custom applications, although I suspect some consultants were looking for a huge pay cheque for no real work (probably to make up for under quoting the original job)

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Re: Old apps won't run on Windows 10 Mobile

I wonder if the statement is actually true. While the manual update might be (though I even doubt that) the applications probably will recompile to the new windows.

My hunch reading some of the article is there is a wilful lack of understanding and New Yorkers are going to see their money wasted.

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thioughts

Do the phones and the custom apps work? If so why not just keep them, they are just a tool for a job, I have spanners that are quite old and I have no doubt I could go and buy a more up to date, more shiny spanner... but why bother?

I guess she got the job because of her outstanding technical ability and massively impressive CV and not the size of her boobs or her bank balance?

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

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Three options....

Either:

Vodafone pay you all so well that the reported 12p for a cup of hot water to make your tea is ok

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You are incapable of getting a job anywhere else

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You are too lazy to tell the tight fisted ****** s where to stick there job and move

It is amazing just how even a big company can be made to realise the error of its ways when people start leaving. Your skills are useful elsewhere and other companies provide tea, coffee, biscuits, bread for toast (and toasters), subsidised lunches, (even where I am free breakfast), cakes (when they haven't been made to feel guilty about their employees sugar intake), some places I have been at even supplied beer. If people actively decided to go looking then the best would soon be leaving, the rest would be following and suddenly things will change. Top that by the fact that I am not the only one who has NEVER accepted a job where they dont provide free tea and coffee and they will find themselves short of much needed and profitable resource quickly.

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: Poor Design

mm, didn't realise BA had already made the mod... strange then that they used the provided excuse to kill the best plane of all times. Still, you are right, not one of the bean counters who could have acted went to jail for not

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Re: Poor Design

As I recollect the problem was a piece of stuff that was bounced into the wing, punctured a fuel tank which then leaked fuel into the jet, which ignited and boom.

This could have been fixed with a self sealing tank.

I wonder though just how many other planes of the same era have essentially the same issue... perhaps even todays planes - they store fuel in the wings right next to the big hot engines. I would hazard more than a small bet that the tanks aren't self sealing.

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But there would have been downtimes for maintenance so I think I agree, the number sounds too many.

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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Re: Did He Have An Option ???

Illegal? TBH it is hardly my fault if your enforcement of your rules is so shoddy that it is obvious and simple to avoid it. This is like the people that complain when starbucks dont pay tax in the UK, they dont because the rules the government created mean they dont have to.

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Re: Did He Have An Option ???

The 0-60 time is an interesting one. Because it is very common to behave for the tests in various ways, e.g. only enough fuel for the test, removal of various things to lighten the car (sometimes even seats), over revving the engine to not waste time on gear changes a normal driver (owning and not wanting to kill the car) would use, I have even heard rumour of no engine oil and so on. I could certainly imagine a situation where rev limiters are removed etc. for the above. The industry has cheated at various things for decades, no one really cares.

Following orders wasn't a defence even at Nuremburg but it would be interesting to see the trail of instruction and email that led to this...

Yes you can fire people for not doing what you tell them, companies do all the time. The question is really still, is it fraud to game the system when the system itself is so badly and obviously broken

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Re: Did He Have An Option ???

Might not be that easy, I dont know the guys circumstances but he was in the states, maybe just on an h1b or similar visa which ties him to the one company.

It is also questionable whether he considered it a bit of 'fun' to achieve a good emissions result and a higher performance by a little 'trick' rather than some sort of deliberate exercise at breaking a law and defrauding. TBH if the test regime is so poorly done as to not test a cars real emissions under real conditions then the people doing the testing are the ones guilty of doing a botch job and failing to protect the environment, not the guys who see the loophole and exploit it.

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UK publishes Laws of Robotics for self-driving cars

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The storage and transmission of data is secure and can be controlled;

mmm, would that be encryption? Bet the home secretary has something to say about that... no mention of any backdoors here.

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Police camera inaction? Civil liberties group questions forces' £23m body-cam spend

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Re: Just because the numbers aren't available.

I think the uses being made of spy in the sky cameras to record through people bedroom windows and in their back gardens hints at some of the reasons we don't want coppers having this sort of stuff.

If - and only if - a camera not being on before during and after an arrest made it a scenario where the 'criminal' was immediately let off with a compensation package might it become semi-reasonable.

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Re: Two sides to every argument

What do they want...

They want evidence and proof of the use of the technology. It is fairly normal for the UK (and probably other) police to claim something and follow this up by measures. For example the claim about speeding and then the rash of speed cameras carefully hidden among shrubs, behind walls, behind signs and so on placed to catch as many people as possible as a money raising activity... what you never find are cameras near real problem areas like outside schools or in towns.

As normal we also know that the images will be scanned with face recognition and so on to track people 'to stop terrorism' (yeah, yeah, more like to stop the population getting fed up of what the rich and government are doing so the top dogs can keep us plebs under their feet). We also know the data will be stored indefinitely and shared with anyone and everyone they want (especially the USA)

Frankly the police and government long ago stepped over any line in the sand and are currently abusing their power in a disgusting way allowed on by the coronation street watching masses who think its all great because they think they have nothing to hide

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Tech billionaire Khosla loses battle over public beach again – and still grants no access

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Re: Why is this even an issue?

Public rights of way in the UK do not require rent or repair, frankly I think this is a better system than applies in the case we are discussing. Compulsory purchase a wide strip across the land for peanuts (its worth little as its not farm land), build a road, footpaths and a large multistory car park. Clearly a positive environmental impact because this tosser will move.

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Compulsory purchase

It would be great if the state did a compulsory purchase of a chunk of land right next to his house for a multi lane road, footpath and beach side car park (multi-story for preference).

Serve the egit right.

I suspect it would be trivial and more humane for him to have sorted a suitable access for those wanting to get to the public beach. Just because he has managed to acquire some money doesn't give him the right to be a richard cranium or biological digested product outlet

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We'll deliver 'in a few weeks' says troubled ZX Spectrum reboot firm

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Re: Crowdfunding

Its just a simple exercise... you have an idea, the idea needs money, sometimes it will work, most times it will fail... funding a company doing R&D of a new project is a risk. Having shares in any company doing R&D is a risk (even big drugs companies can fail as a result of pouring lots of money into things that fail).

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Plink: Lego swaps CEO for newer piece

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Re: Sales slowed down...

Then go and buy a shed load of white and black bricks and do it yourself. Really, the idea that Lego have to box just the write parts and give you piece by piece instructions is not what it was all about. The idea was to take the bricks, some imagination and go build. Best of that had to be James Mays Lego house (how the hell they failed to sell that I have no idea).

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Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

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It is NOT positive discrimination - no such thing exists

You can't positively discriminate. If you say you want someone from zzz because you have no one from there then anyone from xxx or yyy can't get the job... so just because of their origin xxx and yyy are discriminated against.

If you have no diversity it is because you fail to attract or find people of suitable quality from those places. Two possible reasons - first is there are none in which case go out and do some training (a positive act), second there are but your pay, your conditions, your work are not interesting to them - find out what is wrong and correct it.

Do NOT turn around and say we only want people from zzz so sod off if you are not, this is the sort of disgusting behaviour we see from several councils in the UK.

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HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

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'True aircraft carrier'

Who wrote that rot?

She will be base to a bunch of crippled non-airworthy crocks of shite. Not capable of flying any 'real' aircraft because some muppet was unable to sort out a setup with catapults, arrester wires and a little jump should we decide that it might be useful to have a battle proven harrier or two back.

These two ships between them boast less firepower than the 3 little carriers they replaced. And lets face it the little Hermes was able to fly real planes (buccaneers and later just to prove a point the crappy American Fwhatevers the egits in government had decided were preferable to building our own).

What never fails to surprise me is the incompetence of our governments in failing to look back and see that throughout history the yanks have told everyone how superior their crud is only to have it rudely pointed out in a real world scenario that it isn't as good as others...

'Tommy cooker' tanks in ww2

Fighter planes that were almost decent once they had the Merlin engines fitted but were still no match for a Hurricane or Spitfire

Jets that were so late we could have fixed the landing gear on TSR2 and finishde with a plane that is still today more than an equal to the eurofighter or anything the yanks currently have

And even today they bang on about their tanks, but it is still one of ours that holds the longest tank to tank kill ever.

The UK government should back the UK and put UK built planes on UK carriers, We should also build another dozen nuclear powered versions of the little carriers with some Harriers - they were better carriers and better planes

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Look out Silicon Valley, here comes Brit bruiser Amber Rudd to lay down the (cyber) law

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nope

We are still a world power. Still a large economy, still have a few semi functional weapons systems and occasionally can manage to find a squadie who has a long enough memory to remember the last time the accountants and managers at the mod found enough money to pay for a bullet for him to practice with....

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They have already made a first go

There was the planned bringing back of dog licences because clearly the law abiding drug dealing, gun totting pimps would join the queue with the dangerous grannies at the post office to pay the licence.

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New iPhone details leak: Yes, Apple is still chasing Samsung

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Can hardly wait for BBC Rory CJ to get on the wagon

By the time he has regurgitated the Apple press release, licked their collective bottoms and added to its claims I reckon the phone will save a life every nanosecond and the government should force everyone to buy 2 (just in case they drop the first from shock, awe and total amazement)

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NEWSFLASH Now even science* says moneybags footballers are overpaid

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Re: A can of worms has opened

Absinthe was one of the rare decent things the French gave the world....

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Why nto pay people their useful contribution to the world

Then politicians, footballers, actors and the rest would reap their true value... zero

People who do positive things actually get paid.

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UK waves £45m cheque, charges scientists with battery tech boffinry

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Wrong direction

Electric vehicles and batteries are a dead end requiring too many exotic materials and speculative research.

A simpler solution is with us now, cheap, easy to make, reliable.

Steam... or to be more precise fireless steam.

A container full of very hot water under pressure.

Tap off the steam and use in a simple or compound reciprocating engine (or maybe a turbine... doesn't matter). As a storage medium it is reasonably energy dense. It takes very little time to refill. The technology is Victorian and simple. I am pretty sure we could even create a reasonably safe container that doesn't break completely in an accident.

Topping up can be done in a repurposed petrol station.

Could use a heating element to ensure the (insulated) container stays warm at night.

The steam can be generated anyway - nuclear, solar etc etc

The French have an 'aircar' for city use already that works from the same sort of pressure as tyres.

Why try and invent something new when there is an existing viable solution?

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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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