* Posts by streaky

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London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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For like the 400th time he's perfectly entitled to leave whenever he likes. Stop pretending he's in some secret CIA prison in Antarctica. His confinement is *completely* self-imposed. Pretending the US is out to get you doesn't mean they actually are - if the US ever tries to extradite this man from anywhere it'll be in full view of the world and he'll be entitled to all rights availed any other US prisoner. Now personally up until Mueller went after his mates I didn't think the US could even figure out what to charge him with - now it's reasonable to assume the US thinks they might be able to prove he knowingly engaged in espionage against the US on behalf of a foreign power. Some of the Mueller docs you can totally see where names have been redacted it should say "wikileaks" or "Assange" - I wonder if he has anything to trade because Putin won't lift a finger to help him.

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Softcat warns of Brexit cloud forming over UK tech, vows: If prices rise, we'll pass them on...

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Re: There's always an excuse to increase prices, but...

They were all prominent people linked to the Leave campaign talking before the referendum.

Yeah and edited out of context to look like they were saying things that they weren't.

EEA doesn't allow negotiating free trade deals. And before you say it does - it very clearly doesn't which is why no members of it do. Technically yes, you're right in that legally speaking you theoretically could but the reality is it makes it impossible. EEA membership is as stupid as May's Chequers plan.

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Re: There's always an excuse to increase prices, but...

Also by the way looking at this again - the question in that poll makes it a push poll, the wording of the question is written to make the people being asked express a specific view AND the option they want to you answer is not an available option so it's worthless anyway. GJ BBC.

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Re: There's always an excuse to increase prices, but...

Dan 55 -

Several issues. Firstly selective editing is fun. Secondly those people don't speak for all leavers. Thirdly remainers like to get hung up about what was said in the campaign - all those things weren't.

Leaving the EU means leaving the single market and customs union - you don't do either one of those things and you're in the EU in all but name - and that's what everybody voted for. You stay in the EU you're not leaving either. Ignoring that all campaigns were *extremely* clear about what that meant. Weird how that linked poll screenshot massively oversamples remain voters though, was the groundwork done at the lib dem conference?

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Re: There's always an excuse to increase prices, but...

I can't work out, and no Brexiteer has managed to demonstrate, where all the boundless goodness is going to come from.

It's been explained millions of times.

The EU works out trade deals good for countries like Germany - then any time the prospect of a trade deal good for the UK raises its head they immediately scuttle it. The way they made TTIP completely untenable to all sides is a fairly obvious example of it but there's been many examples. A trade deal with the US is easy but the UK was going to net gain so can't have that. Lets talk about your regulation of swimming pool temperatures. Lets talk about US ownership of European public orgs. Fancy a chunk of the NHS? We can do that. Oh the UK won't like any of this, looks like a winner. Death spiral ensues. Scuttled *intentionally* by the EU. There are many examples of this. China is never going to happen, india, the Japan one the EU is pretending to have is a sick joke - they didn't even want it until we're leaving and it's a million miles from anything that even smells like a trade deal - it's an agreement to follow existing trade legal norms which both sides should be doing anyway.

The EU puts tariffs on things that Germany can't compete with. China makes very high quality solar panels that are cheaper than the ones Germany makes. It's a stated EU objective to reduce carbon (amongst other things) emissions. The technology to do this only useful when it's cheap but obviously one thing you can't have is a country like China outcompeting Germany on price and quality so obviously we need tariffs completely contrary to a major goal of the EU - that's leaving aside when it's British industry they couldn't care less, even when they don't have to pay but that's moot, the EU has rules right? Net result - reducing carbon emissions in the EU is more expensive than it should be. Now this is silly enough, Germany and Spain started this action, the EU fast-tracks the response (calls it dumping because obviously if we can't compete it must be dumping), tariffs applied - here's the kicker - Germany realises it's also buying many many of these solar panels from China itself because who in their right minds would overpay for something so important - especially when you're busy decommissioning all your nuclear power - and that because the German solar manufacturing industry isn't very big it's actually getting screwed both ends. Can Germany undo the almighty mistake it just made? No, no it can't - because the EU is a massive complicated undemocratic *mess* when you put something in motion you can't stop it nor undo it (the stupidity of the TPD and how it's going to kill millions of people is another fine example of this idiocy). The EU legally, politically and economically is a gigantic oil tanker in a hurricane that has lost power and dropped its anchors at the bottom of the ocean; it's going to hit land and piss oil out everywhere. It's just a matter of time.

As for why's the leaving thing and doing trade deals better than staying in and hoping the EU throws us a morsel once every few decades, well, because when we leave all trade with the EU isn't going to stop, even with a no-deal brexit. It's going to drop proportionally to the tariffs that are brought in. We know what those look like, and they are not scary. If that's all it was you'd probably be right and brexit would be a terrible idea - we have the chance to do trade deals very easily with people who are are our actual major trade partners - as opposed to pretend ones that aren't like the Netherlands - based on the concept of reciprocity. We like the deal, they like the deal, we cover the easy stuff and build from there. We can pick apart what deals the EU has and essentially copy-paste them (yes, it is a thing) into the basis of a new deal - we're trading on those terms today, there's no reason we can't tomorrow, in fact because we're not in the EU we have a chance to offer better terms than the EU gave these countries. You can start stacking up trade deals very quickly in that environment.

This is of course predicated on having a competent government, which is a different problem entirely - but the PM was picked by remainer MPs and I'm not responsible for that. An actual leaver in government would have been negotiating deals since 2016 ready to come into force the day we leave. Many have countries have said it's doable and they would and it's a huge shame this hasn't happened - unless it has which we won't know for a while - seems unlikely with May trying to anchor us to the sinking ship.

I mentioned the Netherlands. According to the stats the Netherlands is IIRC the UK's third biggest trade partner. We do significantly more trade with the Netherlands - especially on imports than we do with France. France actually produces things that we buy and has a far larger economy, the Netherlands doesn't (unless you count tulips - and no this isn't a meme, it's an actual fact) - so why is it that the Netherlands has a disproportionate amount of trade with the UK? You've probably heard of the Rotterdam Effect. It's estimated to be about 2% of our trade with the Netherlands - that figure is completely wrong. There's no actual way to untangle this but the numbers don't fit, it's probably closer to 50% than 2% (you can work out what they should look like by comparing similar countries) - and now the UK-EU trade figures don't look so good. Lets massively lowball it and say it's 10%; the UK is now missing out on hundreds of billions of pounds in taxes (VAT, tariffs) in a MAFF period that are being billed by the Netherlands and being sold as the UK end-destination but not taxed that way. We now have a problem.

Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, Starbucks. You've heard of these companies - there's a reason you've heard of these companies. They're using single market tax rules to completely synthetically book sales to other countries. RoI, Luxembourg, Spain, others. Net result - they pay almost no tax in the UK despite the fact we know for sure they're actually making huge sales in the UK. Amazon alone, their tax bill should be massive. Four pillars of the single market means they don't have to pay any tax here. The people who are most angry about these companies tax affairs are the very same people who want to remain in the EU - Phillip "Wonderclown" Hammond wants to think up massively excessively complex ways to make them pay tax when the solution is very very simple - leave the EU and this nonsense ends forthwith. Turns out, all things being equal, that we have online retail taxes - they're called duty and VAT - and that all you need to do to have them be paid is leave the single market. Easy. But then Hammond is a remoaner so it's not hard to see he's not pretending.

EU membership is a zero-sum game. The richer you get, the more you pay, so what's the point in getting richer as a nation within it? What's the benefit, why try to grow your economy?

These are just a few examples, the stupidity of the whole setup is well documented, there are many more like this, the EU has had many opportunities to sort them all out, reform (and it's not a personality thing because David Cameron as somebody on the continent claimed to me a few days ago else they wouldn't be spitting in the face of their Lord Saviour Macron over reform, they're corrupt and they want to keep it the way it is because they're getting rich as fuck doing it).

Aside from that the UK is world leading many areas of technology that I'm not going to list, but suffice to say they're game changers in energy generation, aviation and various other key areas and I don't want to see the UK asset-stripped any longer.

I can do this without even talking about the rabbit hole of idiocy and irony that is free movement and social dumping but I don't really need to because the economic case alone is cast iron. And yes, every leave voter knows all this, and that leaving the EU means leaving the single market and customs union.

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It's even simpler than that, if it all goes to pot we can just carry on as-is. Not sure the government knows it - but then it wouldn't with clowns like Hammond in number 11 - but it's completely feasible. It's the EU that would get in a massive tizzy about what to do.

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Re: There's always an excuse to increase prices, but...

He meant if there is a reduction in tariffs which there likely will be. The EU single market has very high tariff on imports from outside the single market.

More importantly the EU has started a trade war with both China and the US that we don't want anything to do with, ignoring the EU's pre-existing tariff regime. Tariffs *will* fall when we leave.

I'm not going to talk about the GBP because there are way way too many people in the debate about brexit on all sides who don't have the slightest clue how currency markets work or what happens when the Eurozone comes off life support when the German economy that the entire setup relies on is taking a nose-dive whilst it's still on it.

Back on topic: no, no they won't.

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Re: F*ck business

Is, I am assured, the correct Brexiteer response.

It is. Yes.

At the risk of reading between the lines it's "fuck business abusing our market and using EU single market rules to not pay any tax then crying like babies when a country rejects their bullshit". But yes, fuck business.

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Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit

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Re: And all we can do...

Non-binding referendum? Sure? Advisory? Sure. Advising parliament if they don't remove us from the EU they'll be removed from parliament forthwith.

Not for nothing though if referenda are non-binding why is it the people who lost the first one and will lose the second one are so desperate to have another?

I can't think of anything more dangerous for the UK than pretending that referendum didn't happen by doing nonsense like trying to keep us in the EU by the front door by keeping us in the single market and/or customs union or far more dangerous than that completely ignoring the result and keeping us in the EU or making an utter mockery of democracy in its entirety and having a second referendum but in case we do there'll be a UKIP majority in parliament within 10 years. It shouldn't need to happen, but it would.

This is the stuff civil wars are made of and remainers need to settle down and we need all the remainers in cabinet to step aside so leaving can be run properly and competently because remainers like May plainly can't do it.

You may now downvote me for speaking truth to stupid.

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Re: And all we can do...

Noisy minority. Try changing people's minds by talking sense and there might even be an electoral map case for a second referendum - because there damn sure isn't one today. Even the backdoor second ref "vote on the options" only gives remainers a hard brexit. Keep the dream alive though we leave next march.

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UK.gov withdraws life support from flagship digital identity system

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Re: Couldn't roll out ...

UK doesn't need an export tax system by definition, and if the import changes all goes tits-up despite the NAO stating pretty clearly that the HMRC is on track (albeit with risks) we can just continue to operate as we are. Even if the WTO rules don't allow it (and they do) we'd be in full compliance by the time the case was heard even if Trump wasn't grinding the entire workings of the WTO to a halt because they forgot security exemptions are a catch-all in the WTO rules.

This simply isn't a thing.

Also by the way it wasn't just oauth anyway, as I'm sure you actually know.

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Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

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Re: How can I put this?

Came here to say exactly this. I want to see photos or.. yeah, it didn't happen. This story has got wildly out of control and all we're getting is hearsay. If I don't start seeing evidence very soon it's time to start declaring this fake news and move on.

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Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials

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The story sounds a bit bull because of the compute power and the ways you'd have to screw with data lines at memory speeds and not introduce noise and not make the system massively unstable to make it a thing - it'd be easier just to screw with firmware like the NSA did with Cisco gear. If this is real then China is way way ahead of the west in both subversive technologies and technology in general and I have a hard time believing it. It's not that it's not a thing so much as how large the chip would have to be to do what's claimed, look at something like a PHY for display port and consider the chip would have to be more complex than that. Exactly. People would notice.

That said it's not really the company so much as the Chinese government infiltrating the company that is the risk. No reason SMC would ever have to know any more that Gemalto or Cisco or anybody else would. That being said you'd also have to mess with various design and QA processes - basically SMC would have to never inspect any boards going out the factory and coming back under RMA etc or do any continuous improvement to not be complicit if it's actually a thing..

It all sounds a bit miniformationy to me and I'm definitely *not* a tinfoil hatter.

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Sealed with an XSS: IT pros urge Lloyds Group to avoid web cross talk

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Full Disclosure.

If they're not even acknowledging you got two options. Send it to the ICO for one thing, secondly just release a PoC - they won't do that again.

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Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers

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Re: GDPR can't Fix this

Would GDPR fines apply in this case?

It wasn't that they were deliberately selling customer information - they got hacked.

Yes.

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Re: GDPR can't Fix this

What on earth are you on about.

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UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit

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Re: Hit the nail on that one.

@adam 40 - It is not allowed to say sensible things, please refrain.

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Re: Hit the nail on that one.

It's fundamentally false to suggest remain = young, leave = old, for one thing. Secondly particularly old people don't vote. It's a fundamental misreading of the data to suggest these arguments are blanket true. Here's a stat that will blow your mind too - inner-city muslims voted to leave in droves too. Sure there's a leaning one way in all these demographics but they're not as clear cut as people trying to paint a narrative would like you to believe.

They lost the argument and the vote and went straight for ad hominem before trying to understand the issues. Remainers at somewhere between stage 3 and 4; 5 will come. 40 years we'll be able to have an adult discussion about EU membership - we certainly can't have one now - but for now we're leaving in UK and EU law next march.

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Would you have voted leave if Jacob Rees Mogg had said he was transferring his investment business to Ireland?

Fuck I love Chinese whispers. Have you heard the one about Juncker and his crack cocaine problem?

It's not JRM's business and he's not transferring it to Ireland. Would you like to try again with the lies on ice?

In other news the guy with the whole if it was simple it would have happened by now - if we didn't have a remoaner government screwing everything up backed up by a remoaner civil service and even to the extent they're trying to get things done a remoaner house of lords with a SERIOUS democratic deficit bought and paid for by the EU, aka us - literally being taxed to do us self-harm by the way - it's simple, yes.

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JohnG don't say sensible things. P.S. they're not pretending - they actually don't know that the mobile networks did this long before the EU mooted it which is why the EU felt safe to do it in the first place. That plus the whole thing with them doing it with countries they are most definitely not required to would blow the average remainers tiny little mind.

Not for nothing but if they all reverted to the previous status quo they would in fact be a telco cartel and competition authorities would be forced to step in.

It isn't a cost it's a choice to charge and that's why people are so confused. The mobile networks already have enough stuff going against them, there's no reason to drive more people away.

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Its only a non story if you nexer stray beyond the safety of Dover

Or maybe, now I'm just speaking from personal experience here so what would I know - we HAVE travelled beyond Dover, like, before the EU was the EU and that we regularly travel BEYOND the EU and know that travelling isn't in any way difficult - or better yet we work with people, companies and do trade outside the EU and have had enough of people talking utter utter nonsense about things they plainly don't understand.

By the way speaking as somebody who's family was robbed by French customs (with some other families - they wanted bribes for completely lawful and normal entry and when they didn't get that they took to just robbing people) with no recourse and held at the Spanish border by the Spaniards for three days when we were supposedly all kumbaya happy friends anybody who thinks any of this is a thing has ZERO sense of perspective.

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Re: that's the point where things start to go downhill.

I literally maintain a harem of slaves.

We use these terms because they accurately describe what is happening rather than obfuscating and people need to find a grip. There's going to be an almighty pushback (see Trump for evidence) from this nonsense and if master/slave computing relationships triggers people they won't like what happens next. This silliness is NOT how you affect social change.

Newton's third law, look it up.

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Docker fave Alpine Linux suffers bug miscreants can exploit to poison containers

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During build

So not actually that dangerous after all.

Speaking as somebody who builds a lot of docker images I never really got the attraction to alpine - yeah it's smaller but layers render the whole thing moot; you could hide a full windows install behind layers and nobody would really care - YOUR layer might only be a few MB, that's the power of containers.

Seriously though, not convinced by the dangerous thing, it's bordering on the targetted by a state actor level - at which point you have bigger problems - and easy to fix.

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Revealed: British Airways was in talks with IBM on outsourcing security just before hack

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Re: Its the 3rd-Party Code that always burns you

Oh dear Alan Woodward has a 'reg account.

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Re: Its the 3rd-Party Code that always burns you

Professor in physics and engineering

Ah, well that explains it.

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Re: Its the 3rd-Party Code that always burns you

Alan Woodward doesn't have a clue what he's talking about, I've tried to engage him in the arena of getting him to stop talking nonsense multiple times. The BBC should stop using him. Not sure what he's a professor in but I hope it isn't compsci.

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Re: Aren't Vendors Supposed To NOT Store The CVV?

I believe BA explicitly stated that they don't although it isn't worth the effort going to look for a citation for that. All fingers IMHO point to the third party garbage on your payment pages meme that's been doing the rounds and almost nobody has learnt from. No confirmation of that but it strongly feels like it.

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Brit teen pleads guilty to Minecraft-linked bomb and airline hoaxes

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1337 as F. GL in prison.

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Strewth! Aussie ISP gets eye-watering IPv4 bill, shifts to IPv6 addresses

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Re: Has anyone truly made the switch?

*cough*

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Re: Has anyone truly made the switch?

You don't need to fully make a switch. Whoever is advising these companies is an utter retard and they'd be best not to listen to whoever it is. All ISP-side networks should be pure IPv6 and IPv4 outbound can be natted easily. CG-NAT is a very expensive and customer-frustrating way to not solve any problem an ISP might have. I say this as an extremely frustrated Hyperoptic customer who has to run their own VPN setup just to be able to pull inbound connections from the internet to our local network when IPv6 would do the job perfectly. It's just not on. Most of the internet you care about runs IPv6 now.

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UK-based Veritas appliance support is being killed off

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Re: O.M.G

They'll bring it back when it all goes to shit a la TSB. Golden parachutes for everybody!

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Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Re: They know exactly what they're doing

they wouldn't go to the trouble of issuing communique's with veiled threats of legislation for non-compliance

I've pointed this out a few times before. If it was such an urgent problem and above all other concerns they'd just do it and try to wait out the consequences. Obviously not going well is it.

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Re: They just want permission

There's capability to do it, but that doesn't mean it isn't computationally expensive. Even if they have "broken" crypto they have to find keys per user, and even if we assume things like TLS are deeply flawed (with little to no evidence this is the case) it's very unlikely this is trivial. Personally speaking, I like it that way - sure they can read my stuff if they really feel they have to but it shouldn't be so easy they can go on massive trawling expeditions which of course is *precisely* what they want to do. Basically it should be easy enough they can read a few thousand people's emails a year, but it shouldn't be so easy they can read a few million or billion, and I suspect that's probably roughly where we are.

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Privacy.

Privacy laws must prevent arbitrary or unlawful interference, but privacy is not absolute

I don't believe many people are saying it is.

There are reasons in a perfect world where privacy isn't the be all and end all of the conversation. The problem is there are technical and security barriers layered on top of the privacy issues. Five Eyes and also other foreign powers screwed the pooch - there used to be an element of trust and a large amount of secrecy - then Snowden told us what they were up to. One can only assume what China, Russia, Germany and others are doing is as bad or potentially given their laws; worse.

Unfortunately cryptographic services and ciphers are going to get stronger and stronger until they shut the hell up for 5 minutes. Every time they talk about this 10 new services pop up to keep them out. They can force all the companies they like, all they'll do is make people assume that they have the likes of Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Google et al backdoored and use other services outside their reach. We use services like Signal internally because of the risk of warrantless (both meanings) state access to internal communications provided by such companies. We're just going to end up with more of that more of the time and using stronger security.

This is all to say they're actively doing economic harm to their own states which in the case of GCHQ and assumedly many other such alphabet agencies the exact opposite of their reason for existing, they're supposed to protect the economic well-being of their respective countries, not actively harm it. "in the interests of the economic wellbeing of the United Kingdom" - says so right there in the Intelligence Services Act 1994.

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OpenAI bots smashed in their first clash against human Dota 2 pros

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Re: Training time

Given that the bots get 180 years of gameplay training in a day, and they still have to limit game complexity for them to compete, either they learn VERY slowly, or else there is some limit beyond which little or no further learning takes place with further training

It's because they're playing mostly against themselves so they don't really see the intuitive play that humans do, especially some of the cheese strats. When they do see this stuff they learn from it very quickly though.

Can a bot with 100 years training hold it's own against one with 200? Or is the bot with 210 years training comfortably beating the one with 200?

I would *assume* that was implicit. Difficult to test if the rules for the bots are constantly changing though - my guess is that there's an element of acceptance testing that it doesn't accept core strategy changes unless it can provably beat the previous strategy algo though, that's how I'd do it anyway.

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Re: why surprised humans beat a handicapped AI ?

why surprised humans beat a handicapped AI ?

Yep. I've been into Dota for many years and AI holds day job interest for me and I keep telling people that the bots are on easy mode right now and they're giving the best teams on the planet a good run for their money already.

By the way the more heroes in dota you learn the less complex the learning process. There's also comments I'd make about the AI having access to illusions and heroes that summon things you can micro and it being fa easier for the bots to do things with. I keep having nightmares about formation-flown treants and spiderlings.

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Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

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And at the end of last year, MPs on the Public Accounts Committee said the UK border could be left exposed thanks to “weak contingency planning” – a particular problem if the UK leaves with no deal.

Funny because the independent non-political entity who audits this stuff says otherwise. Central thesis is wrong. But it's not politically convenient for media (or MPs apparently) to speak truth any more.

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Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

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Re: It's dead, Jim, but not as we know it

Temps superconductors work at has NOTHING to do with things like plasma temps. It's the holy grail because one doesn't have to use extreme cryogenics to make superconducting magnets for things like plasma confinement. They're only sideways related. It just makes things a little easier though your actual plasma pressure is the key issue not what temp the magnets work at - it's how strong they are.

Why must people say silly things whenever the serious issue of fusion reactors comes up. While people make snarky comments other people are getting it done.

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Former NSA top hacker names the filthy four of nation-state hacking

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Re: Rofl

But your continued assertions, against a vast stack of publicly-available evidence, that Russia by technical means and those of financial corruption

Of course they have the means. We know they have the means - but I'm going to come to that.

did not try to influence the Brexit vote is just plain silly

But we're talking about evidence remember. The evidence we have publicly (nobody has spoken about military intelligence evidence but assumedly if it existed they'd have been shouting it from the rooftops - I have no problem believing that Novochok was the Russian state but the publicly available evidence is thin on the ground but we *constantly* hear about the attribution, if the security services thought that the Russian state had even slight involvement they'd be shouting it from the rooftops - we know about the civil service - and they just aren't).

It is by now beyond debate that just as Russia wanted Trump to win (because, duh, they've said so) and worked to try to make that happen (and failed, by nearly 3 m votes)

Of course. Remember what hard evidence we have is from the platforms they were using to push their ideology. It's the likes of Facebook and Twitter and others after being asked for evidence and taking another look at things they managed to produce data and create ways (and third parties have too) of tracking what Russian propaganda bots are doing. The truth of the matter is that on having looked multiple times nobody has found any actual hard evidence of this.

so it is conspicuously in Russia's interests to destabilise and weaken the EU

Yeah now we're in the crux of the matter. No it isn't. Outside the EU's instinct to appease we wouldn't be limited by the EU's thin sanctions regime and our sanctions would look far more like the US sanctions than the ones we're forced to have under the EU's "leadership" (using the word very loosely obviously). Outside the EU we can do many things that the EU simply doesn't allow and Russia knows this - they're either not bothered either way or not that stupid.

To pretend otherwise, or to claim they haven't tried damned hard to make it happen, is just ... fantasy.

If they tried so damn hard why is there no actual hard evidence?

could so easily search, as a start, for the UK Electoral Commission, follow its findings on Brexit

What has the Electoral Commission said about the involvement of Russia (which is what we're actually talking about) in the brexit referendum. Far as I'm aware they've said squat. That being said being a bunch of Momentum members I'm not particularly interested until the court cases (criminal and civil) are done - when that happens we can talk about the stunning impartiality of the Electoral Commission - because right now we only have accusations by a provably biased organisation.

You've been played like a fiddle. I've got my eyes open.

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Re: Rofl

If Russian *haven't* tried to influence the US and UK votes then their spooks just aren't doing their job properly.

But here's the thing. Mind blown, you ready?

Our spooks are doing their job properly. The yank spooks are. There's two investigations in parliament led by remainers. There's one in the US congress (might be senate I can't be bothered to check) - they've compelled evidence out of the companies that a) want the UK to remain in the EU and b) have no trouble finding the trump related bots, know what they're posting and know who they're posting about. When I say they didn't go on brexit I don't mean I don't know if they did - it's a fact, they didn't, the end. Unless you have actual evidence that isn't somebody trying to sow the seeds of chaos (they saw you coming btw) - you don't really get to make claims to the contrary. It just didn't happen.

If you want to know what did happen maybe give a shit about your fellow human and you might learn a few things about immigration, economics and leaving people behind - or just generally treating people like crap and expecting things to carry on as they are before; plus the whole we'll be richer out thing.

Fsking daily mirror readers, honestly.

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Re: Rofl

Russia can be as thrilled as they like - although again there's zero evidence of this - I have a hard time thinking Russia is that stupid and given how hard they go on people pro brexit and leave off remainers I see no evidence of any sort. Outside the EU's instinct to appease this doesn't end well for them.

Ignoring that we know who the bots are, we know what they're doing and we know that they didn't go on brexit. That's a fact, interview who you like.

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Remainers still trying to claim it was Russia wot won the Brexit vote despite there being no evidence of it turned up across at least 3 governmental and who knows how many military intelligence investigations of it on both sides of the Atlantic?

Every time you say this you look even more stupid.

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Can, can, can you buy it, CANCOM? Brexit's made it cheap(er), man: Firm inks OCSL deal

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Re: Rule Britannia

a) Yes

b) What difference does it make? Why is it that the same people who are so eager to stay in the EU are the people with the biggest problem with foreign ownership of companies?

c) Are people actually pretending that before we voted to leave the EU British companies weren't bought by foreign companies?

d) It's all FDI and FDI is good.

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Amazon meets the incredible SHRINKING UK taxman

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Many of the more 'important' tax havens are British protectorates

I understood what you meant, they're protectorates, we don't write their laws - they're independent nations. Stop trying to tag us with something that isn't us. I'm sure we could exert pressure, and we have been that's why the UK has a bilateral TIEA with some of these, but they're not the UK any more than Canada is the US.

Can't just throw our weight around, this isn't the 17th century.

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do you trust your politicians to be any better at clamping down on tax avoidance after Brexit? I mean, the have been quite defensive of tax havens generally...

Yes? As for defensive of tax havens we have very little say over the tax regimes of foreign countries. We *COULD* force them, but it wouldn't be cricket - as long as they're playing by the same rules as Switzerland it's hard to have a problem and the UK has been leading the fight on this - so what's your point?

As I pointed out elsewhere the EU avoidance directive is just a poor facsimile of UK law on this, [5] years later. We can only deal with what we can deal with is the issue at hand here.

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If you want corporations top pay more tax get the House of Conmen to change the tax laws. It's realy that simple.

There's literally no way to stop this, the way payments move through Europe is *literally* by design of the EU. This stuff isn't in any way complicated. If you tax Amazon fabricating sales in the UK to Luxembourg that's a violation of two of the four pillars of the Single Market (the one you remainers want to stay in). Literally impossible for parliament to resolve (today) - it would end up in the ECJ and we'd be fined millions per day.

You can't moan about this AND want to remain in the EU, it's silly.

By the way because it's a free movement of capital, goods and services viol it would also arguably be a double taxation treaty violation. Only those of us who want to leave the Single Market get to moan about this stuff, it's right there in the rule book.

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