* Posts by 45RPM

785 posts • joined 26 Oct 2010


Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers

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I imagine that many voted then and are still not happy with the result, some may not have been able to vote and are doubly unhappy with the result, and some might have changed their minds and decided Brexit is a bad idea after all.

As for all this Will of the People bollocks, that’s a) uncomfortably close to a Nazi slogan and b) based upon a misunderstanding of democracy - which is that we have the democratic right to change our minds (and hence why governments are regularly elected rather than elected once and in forever more).

The problem with leaving, and especially with leaving on such a slender mandate, is that if we decide we don’t like it later then we can’t change our minds. If there was an overwhelming mandate in favour then that’s one thing, but there wasn’t and so, like it or not, leaving the EU is the undemocratic thing to do.

New Zealand cops cuff alleged jackasses who shared mosque murder video, messages online

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I think it is necessary to consider the footage on its own merit. Is it a historical document, with educational benefit (however distasteful) or is it merely a snuff movie for racist / creedist / prejudiced in whatever way perverts.

Make the decision and then, yes, censor as necessary. One of the ills of the internet is that it makes quality censorship nigh on impossible.

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Does it have historical or educational merit? If the answer is no then the footage should be erased. Who wants to see people die?

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Again, disingenuous. We need to remember the dead, learn from the tragedy and mourn the loss of innocent lives. These materials are necessary, educationally, to help disprove the lies that these holocausts didn’t occur. If it was possible to arrest people who get some kind of sick gratification from watching these films though you can be sure I’d support that.

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That’s disingenuous and you know it. The murder of JFK wasn’t a terrorist attack on an entire community. It was the targeted murder of one man for political ends.

Sharing that video doesn’t cause the same damage because any idiot wanting to do the same thing will be disappointed - JFK has been murdered already. Sharing videos of entire communities being killed, untargeted, their individual identities unimportant to the murderer, could well incite copycat attacks.

Now I’m not saying that it was right, and I certainly don’t want to watch the footage, but it isn’t the same thing at all.

And don’t forget Poppers Paradox which, in essence, states that free speech must be limited to protect free speech.

Freelance devs: Oh, you wanted the app to be secure? The job spec didn't mention that

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Ratfox and JimmyO. Sorry. Yes, absolutely correct - never reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to, and leave cryptography for the experts. My point, ineptly made, is that to use these tools and to care enough to look for the good ones, you need to have at least a passing familiarity with the subject and the motivation to do so.

Have a thumbs up each for making an essential point and my apologies for my poor wording.

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When hiring students fresh out of university I find that they invariably can’t code in C, and that they have only a passing familiarity with simple concepts like modulo arithmetic or prime numbers. This will, of course, hinder any attempt at developing a secure cryptographic algorithm. Nevertheless, I like hiring people from this group because they’re keen and eager - and, whilst I can’t teach enthusiasm, I can teach whatever their big-business sponsored degrees omitted.

Recent years have seen a worrying degree of freetardism creeping in to senior management. They can download apps for free so software can’t be worth much. And if software isn’t worth much then software developers can’t be worth paying very much either - they argue that it’s unskilled labour and all of a sudden it’s a race to the bottom. Which is all very demoralising - so is it any wonder that experienced developers do the bare minimum? They aren’t really motivated to do any more. A pox on senior managers in software development if they aren’t actually software developers themselves.

Level up Mac security, and say game over to malware? System alerts plus Apple game engine equals antivirus package

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Yup. Although that’s not particularly what worries me. A hardware killer is bad - a data destroyer that insidiously wipes out backups too is worse.

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Overconfidence is a huge problem - and we’re all guilty of it sometimes (I’m sure this USB stick my friend gave me is fine, yeah, I’ll plug that in). Nothing gives 100% protection but, at the very least you need a decent AV package (I use ClamXAV), a decent firewall (I use the built in firewall plus LittleSnitch), backups of important files in addition to TimeMachine, and caution about what websites you’ll visit and what software you’ll run.

This monitor kit looks very interesting - I look forward to checking it out of Git and, maybe, adding it to my arsenal.

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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Re: Why anti-conformists always end up looking the same

Similarly, I was at my nephews birthday party when he was three and there was a little girl in tears. The usual thing, she wanted her mother. Okay, said I, let’s find her. What is she called? “She’s called Mummy”, said the little girl.

Because ofcourse she is.

The infamous AI gaydar study was repeated – and, no, code can't tell if you're straight or not just from your face

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Hi Mage, yes. I agree. The alphabet soup is a mess - but that wasn’t the point. The point is the flag, a spectrum. Seen from a certain perspective that’s very inclusive. It covers all possibilities - there’s an infinite number of colours in the spectrum (although not, being pedantic, in the flag - which is merely the representation of a spectrum), and there are an infinite number of sexualities.

Which, let’s face it, makes homophobia, transphobia, misogyny etc etc all the more silly.

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The wonderful thing about the LGBTQ flag is that it’s a rainbow. A spectrum. I’m not convinced that there’s any such thing as 100% straight or 100% gay (well, perhaps an absolute minority). If you’ve ever ‘jokingly’ said if I were gay I’d definitely sleep with (insert name of same gender person) then you’re on the spectrum.

So given the wonderful range of sexualities that humanity has on offer, I’d be astonished if any computer program could predict whether someone is ‘gay’ or ‘straight’.

Prodigy dancer and vocalist Keith Flint found dead aged 49

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Thumbs up to Charly. Brings back memories of the Student Union or The Colleseum in 1992. Happy days.

Rest in Peace, Keith. I’ll raise a mosh to Funky Shit in your memory.

Correction: Last month, we called Zuckerberg a moron. We apologize. In fact, he and Facebook are a fscking disgrace

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Don’t like FaceBook, don’t use FaceBook, and I consider Zuck to be a weedy sociopath with no mates and, asymptomatically, poor social skills.

So why should I worry about his BOLOx list?

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Hear hear! But I, and many here on El Reg’s forums, have been singing this song for a while now. It doesn’t make a difference though because the uneducated, or only partially IT literate, masses will keep on using FaceBook as always arguing:

1. Fake News. FaceBook is good.

2. It isn’t really that bad, and they’re cleaning up their act or…

3. I know it’s bad, but I only use it to stay in touch with my friends.

Until people stop making excuses for facebook, the problem will remain.

The Great British Curry: Put down the takeaway, you're cooking tonight

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Re: metal frying pan?

Glass frying pans exist, as do ceramic pans, and I suppose that stone is a possibility.

Call me a traditionalist though, but I prefer a 100% cast iron skillet (iron handle, no non stick coating)

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All hail El Reg. This was one of my favourite series of articles - and a really good start to 2019 (Happy New Year, by the way) to see it resurrected one more time. But how about bringing it back as a regular?

(I’m just about to make a batch of Reaper Sauce for my hungover NYD bacon buttie)

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Re: And that's why...

Nope - that’s why VPN to your own private VPN server is a good idea.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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@Charles 9

Ahh yes. Good point. Nets it is then.

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I like the net idea - but it needn’t be a net, steel wire would be effective since that would tangle the blades. I take the point about risk to the chopper pilot - but surely you wouldn’t use a chopper. You’d use another drone.

In fact, this has practical applications in warfare since this anti-drone drone tech (which would have to be developed since I assume that it doesn’t yet exist) could be handy on the battlefield too.

Apple co-founder and former CEO has the most expensive John Hancock on the planet

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According to eBay

If you can find a Mac with Job’s signature inside, they’re very valuable and rare too…

…but, in reality, only slightly rarer than dogs eggs (and significantly less smelly). So if you have any Compact Mac up to and including the Mac SE/30 then well done! You have Steve’s signature (crack open the case and look at the inside back face of the bucket) - and I’ve saved you £40k.

Now, how much am I bid for my J. Hancock? Nothing? Well, I’m off for a J. Arthur then.

Apple heading for Supreme Court showdown over iOS App Store 'monopoly' gripe

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Surely this falls down because the iOS App Store is not the only way to legally deploy apps on your iPhone.

You could download, build, and install from source - and some apps have been delivered in exactly the manner, complete with easy to use tools suitable for noobs.

And has everyone forgotten PastryKit? It’s so quiet on the PastryKit front that I thought maybe the latest iOS doesn’t support PastryKit apps anymore. So I tried one (you can install this game yourself from here http://mrgan.com/pieguy/) and sure enough it still works.

I think that the reason the App Store is seen as the only game in town is because it’s the most popular game in town. It is a monopoly only by virtue of being so good (and no one made you buy an iOS device anyway). So all this legal action is just money grubbing lawyers doing what money grubbing lawyers do best. And there’s a word for that.


Roll up, roll up, HPE's composable infra charabanc is coming

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Once again, it’s not the technology - it’s the way that it gets used or abused that’s the problem.

Devops is just the way that we should be working. Composable Infrastructure has the potential to speed development and reduce costs. Easy to use composable infrastructure has the potential to reduce error…

…but it isn’t a substitute for experienced staff to wield this new tool. When DTP was first launched the world was awash with crappy design. DTP doesn’t replace the page layout person, any more than Word Processors, Spelling and Grammar Checkers replace the editor. Only a fool would think these tools can replace experts.

Sadly, it seems that many senior managers are just that (and I don’t mean expert)

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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I love the way that nearly all the Brexiteers are Anonymous Coward. Talk about having confidence in your convictions.

If you have an opinion and you sign @AC it’s tantamount to admitting that, deep down, you know that you’re wrong - but you’re too stubborn to publicly admit it.

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Sounds alright to me. I’d be quite happy with a federal Europe, and one European military. It’d save money overall - and give us a bigger stick to wave around too. No wonder the Putinists and Trumpists foment dissent over Europe - it’s just a pity that so many people believe their codswallop.

But… but…, I hear you whine, that’d be undemocratic (it wouldn’t - we vote for our European government - undemocratic is leaving Europe on a flimsy to nonexistent mandate), Brussels doesn’t care about us. Brussels doesn’t understand us. And no more it does - at least, no more than London understands Manchester. Sod it - London doesn’t even understand Oxford. So we’d be no worse off.

So how about this? Federal Europe for the big things - Defence, Trade, Human Rights, Galileo and so forth, and increased local government for the regions. That’s the way it was going before the simpleton / traitor Brexiteers screwed it all up. So thanks, ’tards.

And breath /rant.

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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Hey ShortStuff. Did you hear that “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.”

It’s worth bearing in mind before regurgitating nonsense from Fox / Trump / other unpleasant sources from beneath other slimy rocks.

And can I recommend that you consider taking a course in critical thinking?

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As many others have said (and as the original article said we shouldn’t), if Trump is saying something it’s probably a lie.

I tried to be a little fairer than that. I actually tried to work out the %truth vs %fiction - and then I realised that a) I have a hangover and concentrating for extended periods isn’t my forte at the moment and b) I can’t be bothered anyway (this may be related to a.)

I did research for oh, it must be at least 30 seconds before giving up. In that brief period my bleeding heart whining liberal gut (thought I’d better preempt the epithets which a Trumpist would doubtless hurl my way anyway) informed me that it sure feels like more than 90% of what Trump says is bollocks, and the remaining 10% is only partially accurate (and even then only accidentally - I mean, yes, Finland does have a lot of trees)

So, on the basis of this diligent research, the Twitter Trump bullshit algorithm would better if it was refactored as:

if (saying_something) {

lying = true;


Oi, Elon: You Musk sort out your Autopilot! Tesla loyalists tell of code crashes, near-misses

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Re: Say what you like about Teslas


I enjoy my car. It’s well over half a century old and it’s fun to drive. I like my modern car too, it’s comfortable - but, as with *nearly* every modern car, so laden with bells and whistles and driver aids that it’s actually quite dull to drive. But I love my bicycle. Taking your points:

1 I ride it in all weathers. Remarkably, I find that it doesn’t care or stop working because it’s wet out - so why should I? I once rode it for over 250 miles in driving rain and wind.

2 ...and the Brecon Beacons didn’t present a problem either.

3 See point 1. But, as you’ll remember, I did say electric cars FTW for longer distances. Or when carrying heavy loads.

4 Yeah. But no. I’m closer to grave than cradle, and my dear old mum is in her 80s. She still rides 60 mile plus distances - and uses her bike for everything since she doesn’t have a car.

So those are just excuses. Not very valid ones either, I’m afraid.

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@Lee D

I cycle thousands of miles a year (usually - this year I've been lazy and only cracked 1,000) but, whilst I agree that cycling can be risky given the number of utter morons daydreaming in their steel cages whilst (erroneously) imagining that they own the road*, the only way that it's going to get safer is if more people get on their bikes.

When in more enlightened countries, like the Netherlands, I've noticed that the roads are safer (for pedestrians too) and the air is cleaner. All because people leave the car at home for short journeys and get on their bicycles instead.

The future has to be pedal powered for short journeys (electric for long ones)

* Before anyone complains that cyclists don't pay vehicle tax, I'd like to get a preemptive 'Wrong' in here. Most adult cyclists are also motorists and hence most pay vehicle tax. Furthermore, I've never heard a complaint levelled against me for not paying vehicle tax on my classic car, or my wife not paying vehicle tax on her greener-than-thou-mobile. Out of three cars, we only actually have to shell out for one - but it's the bike, the one that uses the least space, and does the least damage, that people whinge about. Crazy!

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Damn. You’re right - have an upvote. Tesla have made Electric Vehicles cool and acceptable - and forced the traditional manufacturers to up their game. The Tesla itself might be a bit rubbish but what they’ve done can’t be overstated. And, put like that, it would seem an awful shame if they couldn’t reap some of the reward. Now if only they could stop focusing on sexy and focus instead on what’s actually good…

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Whisper it…

The sad truth is that Tesla cars aren’t actually very good. It shouldn’t be surprising that they’re aren’t good cars - Tesla has grown remarkably quickly, and the technology hasn’t had a chance to mature. The result is that some parts, notably the batteries, are excellent, some are undercooked (the software isn’t ready yet) and others are shoddy (for the price, build quality springs to mind).

The biggest problem though is the cult of personality surrounding Elon Musk - he’s always chasing what’s sexy and newsworthy, which is why Tesla’s are so quick (sexy), push autopilot although it isn’t ready (newsworthy), have unnecessary toys and eastereggs (sexy - for geeks, anyway), and end up in space (sexy sexy). Tesla’s focus is not on safety, except when necessary to comply with the law - and sometimes not even then.

The Tesla is a gadget. It isn’t a good car - although it might become one one day. The problem Tesla has is that traditional car manufacturers already produce very good cars and some are even surpassing Tesla on technology. So all Tesla is left with is the games and Easter Eggs - neither of which are foremost in my mind when I choose a vehicle.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Re: The word they're looking for is 'scapegoat'

Try as I might, it’s difficult to feel inferior to a nation which voted for Donald Trump. And I say this as a citizen of a nation which voted for Theresa May and Brexit which, in my book, makes us pretty much inferior to everyone (or, at least, most nations in Europe)

One of the few things that we do have right though are our gun laws - to quote the late, great, Bill Hicks -

“England, where no one has guns: 14* deaths. United States, and I think you know how we feel about guns – whoo! I’m gettin’ a stiffy! 23,000 deaths from handguns. But there’s no

connection, and you’d be a fool and a communist to make one. There’s no connection between having a gun and shooting someone with it, and not having a gun and not shooting someone…”

*actually about 50 for England and Wales

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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I don’t accept free USB sticks anymore, although I have sometimes wondered whether I might be safe with one from a reputable vendor (HPE, Microsoft and so forth) - although the reputable vendors don’t seem to hand them out anymore.

Even with fresh, sealed in box, USB sticks I plug them into a non-network connected Raspberry Pi which automatically repartitions and formats any drive plugged into its USB port. If it’s an obvious bit of malware, this will wipe it. If its one of those electrocution gizmos, I don’t care (it’s a Raspberry Pi! Nice n cheap!) Of course, there are more insidious ways of compromising USB devices - but I haven’t yet thought of a way of getting around those. All thoughts welcome!

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

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At that price I’d expect solid security, and a dedication to not sharing my data. Sadly, much of what makes Android great (such as an advanced and working AI (Siri, say ‘goodbye’ - here’s what I found on the internet about Goodbye) is predicated on sharing data - that’s what makes it work.

For my use-case that doesn’t work - but my use-case isn’t for everyone and, in those cases, it seems that you can get ‘as good’ for less.

Russian computer failure on ISS is nothing to worry about – they're just going to turn it off and on again

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@Admiral Grace Hopper

Have an upvote! That is inspired - and I'm soundly kicking myself for not thinking of it.

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And the bar man starts singing Daisy, Daisy?

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Wow. Your argument is as convincing as your typing - and, I'd argue, incorrect, at least as far as Ada is concerned. There are documented refinements to Babbage's design, by Ada, without which it could not have approached Turing Completeness. As far as Rosalind is concerned, I don't know enough about the subject - but I do think that, owing to the significance of her contribution, she should at the very least have had a name-check at the time.

In addition, there's a seriously worrying lack of women in STEM subjects - so I'd argue that, even if no worthy recipients could be found (which isn't the case - there's an army of unrecognised women out there), the bar should be lowered.

Were you frothing a bit as you typed that post? Come on, you can admit it to me. I won't let anyone know. I appreciate that many great contributions have been made by people who can't spell - but come on, usin uh spel-chequer shud bee uh know braner.

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I’d go for Rosalind or Ada myself. In my view, and in the interests of getting more women into technology, the honour has to go a woman. But I’d be a lot happier if it was the five pound or ten pound note - you know, a note that people actually see, use, and (sometimes) talk about.

iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe

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Re: I’m Struggling…


It is, and I do. I like Linux a lot, but the MacOS is still more polished. Critically for me, MacOS users are also more willing to pay for software. Much as the utopian ideal of free software seems desirable, the wheels fall off when you try to pay for food or for the mortgage.

If you want to enjoy MacOS on older hardware, I believe that you can use the Mojave Patcher Tool (http://dosdude1.com/mojave/), YMMV. In my case, I use a 2009 model Mac Pro with newer firmware than officially supported and a new Radeon RX580 graphics card - in so doing I can run the latest MacOS without any odd patcher tools.

My concern is that the Tx chips will close this door - even as they have closed the door on Linux for newer Macs. No Tx chip? No MacOS.

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A ha ha ha

A ha ha ha ha ha

My sides are splitting. He said crook. Such scintillating wit! And he explained his joke too. So clever.

Just to be clear, I have no objection to the sentiment nor do I have any objection to crap jokes (I make enough of them). On the other hand, I do have an objection to trolling by mindlessly calling names (just trolling in general really). Just because Donald does it doesn't make it right. In fact, if Donald does it then it probably makes it wrong - and that works for social discourse, financial affairs, eating, putting up umbrellas, politics - just about anything really.

Calling names as Anonymous Coward just makes it worse somehow.

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I’m Struggling…

…I can see the benefit of the Watch 4, but the phone doesn’t feel like that much of a step up from the iPhone 7 - or even the iPhone 6. I don’t watch films on the phone so the bigger screen is moot, I don’t play games so the increased performance is unnecessary, I have a (real) camera so the built in shooter is not required. As far as I can see, the only real benefit is that the day of its obsolescence from an OS perspective is further away. So perhaps the best thing to do is wait until it is obsoleted - and replace it then.

My biggest problem is with the Mac - and, specifically, Apple’s restrictions on what OS can be run on its latest systems. Presumably the inverse is also true - future versions of MacOS won’t run on systems not equipped with a T1 or T2 chip. Since I run Mojave on a 2009 Mac, this could be a problem for me in the future and, unless my app sales pick up to compensate for the increased hardware spend, maybe I’ll have to jump to an all Linux world.

'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat

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Re: "Trump, for all his faults, has swung from Democrat to Republican"


Oh. I thought that you meant in the sense of a

dick who looks like a potater(sic)

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Where to begin unpicking this? Perhaps I'll start by saying that just because Donald Trump, the Whitehouse Press Office and Alex Jones, Info Wars, Fox News or Sinclair Broadcast Group say that it's fact doesn't actually make it fact. Quite the opposite in fact.

Unemployment Rates: They were as low during the Clinton presidency, and rose during the W presidency. In the second term of the W presidency they were falling again, but they never reached Clinton lows. Unemployment rose steeply at the beginning of the Obama presidency, but started the fall that takes us to today in his second year - so it could be argued that the fall Donald boasts of was largely engineered during the Obama presidency. Looking further abroad, the spike in unemployment during 2009 appears to be global and more down to the global downturn than the actions of a single president or political party. Sources: Wolfram Alpha.

Minority Employment: This is a difficult one - typically, minority groups have very poor quality jobs - part time and zero hours contracts, they live hand to mouth and, whilst the figures make unemployment look lower than it actually is, they should properly be considered amongst the ranks of the unemployed.

Stock Market growth: Yes, it continued to rise - but have you noticed? It's faltering now, and a crash seems likely. It could be argued that the Obama booster is running out now - and the true effects of Trumpism are about to be felt. Duck and cover. Source: Personal opinion.

Wage growth is a weaselly issue. Certainly, for the highest earners, it has soared. Unfortunately, the disparity between rich and poor in the US is so great that it masks the real-terms fall in earnings for those in full-time employment in the middle and lower income bracket. And, let's face it, this is where it really counts - the rich have more than enough money to care for themselves and their families, so an increase here is irrelevant. It's whether income has increased for the very poorest that matters (and it hasn't) Sources: Wolfram Alpha, Business Insider.

GDP. Yes, it's still going up (although whether that is, in itself, healthy is another matter). In fact it isn't going up any faster than it has at any time in the past 10 years. Barring a slight hiccough during the global downturn, the rate of growth over the last 20 years has been broadly static. Source: Wolfram Alpha.

Crime: Oh please. Trump isn't claiming the credit for this is he? Crime has been falling steadily since about 1990. This has nothing to do with the current administration. Source: Wolfram Alpha.

As for global threats and the environment, any claim that the situation here is stable or even improving is fatuous in the extreme. Trump is tearing up environmental regulation, protections against global warming (even as weak as they were) and scrapping arms treaties. You'd have to be walking around with your eyes shut and your ears covered to think that the situation is healthy.

As for the claim that claim that immigration has toppled governments… where? I mean, recently. I'm not talking about European immigration toppling the status quo of the indigenous people of north and south America, or of Africa or Australia. I mean, recent examples? It hasn't happened, except in one of Steve Bannon's or Nigel Farage's fever dreams (both from immigrant families themselves, you'll notice).

I'm astonished - genuinely - that you claim Bush the Younger was moral. This was the chap who took America into war on false pretences, remember. Moral compared with Trump, perhaps. But nothing more than that. You provide no evidence that Clinton was more corrupt than any other president - I suspect that he probably wasn't. He certainly found it difficult to keep his fly zipped up but, frankly, that's none of your business provided that his business was consensual. Your historic facts are hogwash.

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Excellent work! And besides, we don't live in a bubble. Politics intimately affects IT, and could determine whether we even have a job this time next year, let alone whether or not we can afford the next shiny gewgaw. Ditto the environment.

We could probably ignore sport and celebritainment, but variety is the spice of life - and it makes good sandwich fodder.

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Re: words or actions.

And this is a perfect example of what I’m talking about when I complain that Critical Thinking is a rare commodity - so we’ll done, Bob, for illustrating it so clearly.

Name calling, and particularly name calling by repeating what someone else has said, and entrenched partisanship.

A lack of Critical Thinking leads to a My [Party|Country|Tribe] Right or Wrong mentality and, often, an inability to see that there is something wrong.

Trump, for all his faults, has swung from Democrat to Republican - he isn’t entrenched - although, in his case, it was for entirely self-serving reasons.

The intelligent view is to vote for whichever party currently aligns with your own worldview most closely, and who will deliver the result you feel is best. For my part, I have at some point voted for all the main UK parties (and (get your downvotes ready) am currently aligning LibDemwards because, well, Remainer). To say that Republicans are always wrong or Democrats are evil is the height of blithering idiocy.

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@Martin Summers

Which would be fine if critical thinking wasn’t such a rare commodity these days. As it is, many people seem unable to distinguish fact from fiction or right from wrong, so instead just parrot imbecilities like ‘FakeNews’, or ‘SnowFlake’ or ‘Brexit’. #sad. Oh shit! Now I’m doing it!

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Re: "Hitler was right"

Only accidentally though. Mostly he was just far right and as wrong as everything that that entails.

Just as the Republican Party appears to be now.

Top AI conference NIPS won't change its name amid growing protest over 'bad taste' acronym

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I’m glad you liked it. But if I’d got my point out then I really would have been in trouble. Woohoo! As it is, I think I only just missed out on a few nights in the clink. Close shave there.

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Well either someone boobed or people are getting breastacularly upset about… well, the wrong thing. The Japanese might have cause to be upset but (hang on, as a bloke, let me check on this crowded train*) yes, I have nips too. We all do. And, dare I say it, we have noses too. And belly buttons. So if it’s considered inappropriate because it’s a body part then we, as a society, have got our priorities desperately wrong.

*and now I’m being arrested for indecent exposure. Jesus! People are so oversensitive!


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