Ceres you say?
Just wait until Ceres comes speeding towards us due to some strange alien gloop.
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Just wait until Ceres comes speeding towards us due to some strange alien gloop.
Britain knows this one well... *looks at the 50 year old "temporary classroom" at his school*
OpenReach will only end up connecting the masses by being heavily subsidised by the taxpayer.
Without that subsidy, they most definitely are just as pick and choosey as the rest.
Does that not depend on the type and quality of fibre? You'd be hard pressed to get 1Pbps down an OS1 cable, for example. And I doubt they'll be installing fibre capable of 1Pbps to Aunt Jane's cottage.
I'd place money on their being a BT or OpenReach director living in that area...
"Just over 40% of our exports and 35% of imports are governed by non-EU deals. About 12% are with non-EU countries but controlled by EU rules."
The UK is unable to negotiate trade deals independent of the EU whilst part of the EU. So, the answer is "none". Its one of the main reasons brexiters have given for leaving!
So, you start your post with an immediate attack on Loyal Commenter. There is a big difference between attacking the concept of Brexit, and attacking the people and organisations that don't like Brexit. One is normal behaviour, the latter is the behaviour of people with no real arguments.
"Why should I provide solid information for the improvements from brexit when I am instead pointing out the lack of foundations supporting the remain argument?"
Lack of foundations? Odd idea, as the remain argument is backed by decades of excellent growth, the ability for Brits to move freely across Europe, and to move there (something a couple of million of Brits have done), security co-operation in the form of the European Arrest Warrant, passporting of finance services. The list goes on. We have all those things simply by being in the EU. When we leave, if we want anything like them, we have to negotiate to regain them - and when we do, we have to accept conditions for them, and then not have any say in the regulations regarding them.
You also fundamentally misunderstand sovereignty. Sovereignty is the power to pull the UK out of the EU. It is the power to change the UK's laws. Both of which the UK government has always had the power to do. Opting to be a part of the EU diminishes sovereignty just as much as signing a trade deal does. You lose whatever abilities you agree to in the treaty, and only get them back to the fullest possible extent if you end that treaty. Same with the EU.
With trade. I think you misunderstand. We don't have the border capability to handle our *current* amount of EU trade going through all the same procedures as international trade. Just look at the port of Dover. Operation Stack will become a permanent thing. It will massively damage the JIT nature of UK trade flows. There's zero evidence that leaving the EU will increase our trade, and plenty to show it will reduce it - simply by making a percentage of our trade with the EU not cost-effective. Even if they do magically get the technological and procedural aspects of border controls in place in time, you still have the added bureaucracy of now treating the EU like the rest of the world - a lot of small businesses will simply shut down those parts of the business.
So, another post and absolutely no solid way the UK will benefit from Brexit, but lots more obfuscation and attacks.
OK, give us an economic or trade benefit.
Its interesting, I've read your responses in this thread and come to the conclusion that Lord Commenter said way up near the beginning.
Instead of providing solid information as to how Brexit will improve our country, you have instead spent your time attacking everyone from Corbyn to the CBI to the EU. You give vague notions about sovereignty, ignoring the reality that sovereignty is always there - until we sign a trade agreement, at which point we have given away that bit of sovereignty for the duration of that deal. You hand wave about trade, ignoring the fact that our borders aren't currently capable of handling the volume of import/export declarations/inspections required under WTO rules.
The list goes on, but in reality, your arguments are just vague. Come on, give us a single hard and fast way Brexit will improve our country. Something measurable, something that people will actually be affected by.
There's plenty of journalists out there who present an unbiased piece - hell, this site has a number of them doing a great job. Orlowski, however, puts out article after article that belittles anyone who disagrees with the over the top copyright restrictions sought by big media companies, and presents his clear contempt for some companies whilst giving others a pass.
This article could've been unbiased - without pejorative language, and framing the article in such a way as to present the law as sensible and opponents as near enough hysterical.
This article is dripping with bias. Just look how he frames argument against the vote as "rhetoric" and not the arguments for, which are presented as being so very sensible.
This law is almost as bad as the USA's DCMA law, which has been massively abused since the day it was signed into law. There was an example just this last few days - a streamer on Twitch, Lirik, was suspended due to a DCMA takedown from UEFA. The takedown was based on nothing more than his having used the word "Streming" in his title, which UEFA claimed was a word often used by people broadcasting pirated UEFA content. They didn't actually watch his stream, or see any infringement, but they got his account shut down over a single mis-spelled word. Sure, he's in a rather unique position as he's very successful and is going to pursue UEFA via whatever legal avenues are open to him, but most small content creators aren't.
That's the sort of nonsense we can expect as a consequence of this poorly thought out law.
I know for a fact they run more modern OS's than 2003, at least in the Education part. So, not sure that part is accurate.
A lot of the bigwig companies have the ability to simply fork the software and move on, ignoring the original developers. Or maybe they are aiming for a different future - being bought out by one of the cloud providers? All the big ones could probably afford to buy them with their daily staff canteen take...
@bob - there's video footage of IDF soldiers beating children, and shooting a nurse and disabled man in a wheelchair. That isn't propaganda. That's reality.
13A plug on a telly? Think mine has a 5A. Not all plugs have the same fuse in them you know @heyrick. Got some with 3A in too, for those really low power devices. 13A is mostly for kettles, heaters and the like.
That's the thing though with SIMS - it is by no means cheap. In fact its about the second most expensive on the market.
The reason schools keep using it is that moving is a massive job and "everyone is used to SIMS". It takes a *lot* to convince management that changing how things are done would be a good thing.
@JohnMurray - that's not really true. SIMS was developed by a teacher (Phil Neal), and then further developed by Bedfordshire County Council thing IIRC, which became SIMS Ltd, which was later bought by Capita.
This is the final nail in the coffin for me - adding this to my push to move away from SIMS in our 6 schools. Capita just really don't seem competent in anything they do!
I wonder why? Is it because most other banks aren't bothered about their customer's money? Monzo is growing, so their customers and their money is the most important thing to them - if they don't behave like this, the effect of bad publicity could kill them quickly.
Whereas bad publicity for the big names? Just more to add to the pile.
There have been loads of things like this over the years.
Just look at the 360 scroll ball on the mouse they made around 2007. Constantly gunked up, and their advice was to vigorously rub on a moist micro-fibre cloth. Couldn't get the ball out to actually clean the mechanism, so it didn't really fix it at all. I had to get mine replaced twice.
Then you've got the trackpad in my MacBook Pro 2015 - the 2 buttons that you can press down to click on it get clogged by dust etc... With the "fix" being running a piece of paper through the gap to try and dislodge - doesn't really work.
Or more obvious design flaws - the under-mouse charging port on their current mouse.
There are plenty more examples. They just seem to not think things through! But, and this is an important but, they aren't alone in this.
"Hey, yeah, can you tell me your IP address"
"Errr... Have you got 20 minutes?"
That's my only concern with IPv6 stuff. The risk of errors goes up as well. But its a minor issue.
I think the result of that would be EU companies not using US registrars at all. So, all EU and UK businesses would use TLD's from their own countries etc...
So, no more .com for the UK, everyone uses .uk.
Surely they can just point at the fact that every search engine would have the files indexed too? No "hacking" here. Do they list on the site that you can only access files manually by clicking on each link by hand? What if he had done exactly that? Gone through and manually downloaded each document by clicking a link?
The entire case is absurd.
Schools are there to educate. Hospitals to heal.
It is not their jobs to police immigration status, and to the school it shouldn't matter their immigration status or nationality - they just need to educate.
If there are immigration issues, other parts of government can deal with it, and the resolution applied fairly. If it means being deported, then take the child out of school as close to the deportation date. They deserve an education regardless.
OK. So the product is supposed to be a machine which can run the old 2600 games via emulation, and run Linux for some other games.
Where's the hard part in making that? I mean, you can do the whole thing with a Raspberry Pi in a day. The only different bit would be the controllers - and there's companies that specialise in those so could knock something out for them in no time.
Then stick the R Pi in a nostalgia fulfilling case and you're done. The software is something a uni graduate could sort in a couple of weeks!
@stopthebollocks - sorry, but the police, as an institution, has been shown time and time again to be racist. A quick Google for "police institutional racism uk" gives you ample evidence of this.
The problem is not that all police are racists, but decisions made are made on the back of information that is itself biased and racist. Its why stop and search invariably targets young black men. Its why black men in the USA are more likely to be killed when coming into contact with police than white men are.
If you have a requirement for due process when fingerprinting, then you eliminate a type of misuse. If its as quick as forcing someone on the street to scan their fingers on the whim of a police officer, then you create a much larger chance for misuse and abuse.
And, depending on the reason I'd need to call the police, sure, I'd call them its kinda one of the things my taxes pay for. I don't hold the overall bias of the force against individuals. Or the actions of individuals against all of them.
The problem isn't with the technology - it never is. The problem is with overreach. Police will find more excuses to fingerprint people - usually following their biases (which time and time again come out to show the police are institutionally racist).
It also allows the police to use this same tech for further uses in the future - registering finger prints, etc...
Being taken to a police station affords you the right to legal representation - something you don't have on the street.
You can get a Quadra/Centris 650 on ebay for less than $100.
Loved the Quadra line. Was a great computer when I was growing up.
"Regardless of who's legally in the right or wrong, a self driving car hitting another vehicle is a problem."
Problem is, in this case, the self driving car ended up with 2 choices - 1. drive into the minivan that slowed in the other lane, completing the lane change maneuver, or 2. return to its original spot, which someone had illegally ridden into.
From any point of view I can tell, this seems clear cut - the software did the right thing... You can't always prevent an accident, but you can choose which accident to have.
You are comparing apples to oranges there. Sure, mechanical items can last years, with the right maintenance. But they don't offer the functionality that modern computerised devices do.
Take the Benz Patent-Motorwagen and that Google/Waymo car. Sure, they're both 4 wheeled motorised conveyances, but they are not comparable. Not in terms of capabilities, nor safety, nor usefulness.
Sure, you can see the time on your old watch, but the other features the new devices offer have a purpose too.
Pebble filed for insolvency in 2016 - Fitbit bought some assets, not the company. Saying they bought Pebble would be like saying I bought Tandy as I bought some of their last stock items when they were closing down in my local town.
@AC - you're a bit of a minority there. Google is still the most popular search engine, Android is the most popular phone OS, Chrome is the most popular browser etc...
The constant use of outsourced labour and the flooding of the market with more people, has reduced the pay prospects in IT dramatically.
I remember seeing IT jobs advertised as £30k per year, entry level jobs when I was a teen. Now, £30k is a mid-level job, if you've got a load of experience. Starting is £20k or less.
Or, people can go into engineering, construction, politics, business management etc... and earn a heck of a lot more, a lot quicker.
"As for dividends, do bear in mind that they are repayments to investors for their money, just as interest is a repayment to a bank in return for a loan. If you stop paying dividends those investors will want their money back, i.e. they will sell their shares, which will depress the share price. That won't matter significantly to BT, but it will matter to all the other pension funds who have invested in those shares. That sort of kee-jerk "soak the rich" reaction isn't actually going to affect the people you think it is, and another £1bn for the pension fund isn't enough anyway."
If the company has a massive pensions deficit, then those investments haven't yet returned any profit for the investors... So why should the investors get dividends?
Who actually owns .uk? Its a country ccTLD, so surely the ultimate owner would be the UK government? How would the rights to operate it change hands, should Nominet go all Dr Evil?
So, the government will have 2 years to implement some of the most complex government IT systems to date. Yeah. That's gonna happen. *Looks at the failed NHS IT systems*
Your personal car is not the same as infrastructure necessary for the prosperity of the nation...
The push for FTTC instead of FTTP simply kicked the ball down the road, allowing BT to milk every last penny from their copper infrastructure.
The UK government should have seen this and enforced FTTP rollout with the billions they handed to them.
We're just going to be hit with the same issue again in a few years when ultra-fast connections are a necessity. Then again, that'd be something for a different government to worry about wouldn't it?
Pretty sure they are targeting anyone who is associated with organisations that threaten violence. Colour/political leaning doesn't really come into it. Its just that most of the groups pushing violence, and doing so prominently at the moment, are white supremacists.
That's the thing - most of the cable network in the country appears to have come through other companies building it, going bust and the assets being acquired ever upwards until it hit Virgin.
Sadly not - they were paid to install FTTC.
Problem is, the Supreme Court in the UK is our court of last resort, and whilst we're a member, the ECJ above that.
This little tribunal is not any such thing, and appears to have the ability to make judgments which can't be appealed to either.
A tribunal which can determine its own jurisdiction, the extent of its own powers and cannot be appealed. Ridiculous and would be thrown out if it ended up in the ECJ.
4%? I wish our local bus service tickets went up like that. First increased passes by around 80% recently, and normal tickets by about 30%.
Happened to coincide with the bankruptcy of the only other bus company operating here.
People don't upsell on iPads really - they're bought at a spec for a task. What can you sell with an iPad? A case? The margins on cases are tiny too. There's only a few models of iPad available anyway.
Compare that to a PC or laptop? There's thousands of models, upgrades etc... You can sell software with them too, can't with an iPad.
But, the market is different now. There's less "value add" and "upselling" that can be done. I'd blame the advent of tablets for that really - can't really up-sell an iPad or add extras/upgrades, so the profit margin is what it is.
This sort of thing happens in lots of markets when things change. Some companies are surviving by changing the way they operate (not just box shifting), Misco didn't really change.
10Mbps USO, just in time to be left behind by the rest of the modern world as they speed ahead with 100Mbps... :)
It really doesn't. £68k in 7 years? They have £5bn a year income from bus and rail fares.
300 hours to get your ID back? That's an odd thing right there.
Surely that's just a regulatory issue? Don't let such a car get sold without a fully automated system in place.
No half and half. I'm pretty sure the various car manufacturers working on automation haven't indicated a desire to release such a half solution anyway.
So people not having to drive will reduce their driving skills? Shocker.
I'm sure tractor drivers have lost the key skills needed for riding a horse too.
The whole point of automated cars is that the driver doesn't need those skills, so what does it matter if they lose them?
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