* Posts by Clunking Fist

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Steamer closets, flying cars, robot boxers, smart-mock-cock ban hypocrisy – yes, it's the worst of CES this year

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Re: Well, scale matters

"how many busses would you need to drop"

Enough to cover 3 football pitches? Or fill 6 Olympic sized swimming pools? Or cover the length of the Thames? And it depends: are you dropping form the height of 2.5x Big Ben*.

*You CAN drop from the height of Big Ben: it's height is about 0.93 QEII Commemorative Clock Towers.

Fake news? More like ache news. Grandma, grampa 'more likely' to share made-up articles during US election

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Re: Red herring

"Only in America can really complicated issues be boiled down to two simple choices:

You're a commie Leftie

or

You're a Fascist Right Wing Nazi."

Only in America, you say? Wow, you've not really been paying attention, have you? It applies all over the world. For eg, anyone in favour of Brexit is labeled a racist. Anyone dismayed at Angela Merkil inviting undocumented migrants to Germany is racist. Anyone pointing out the inequities of quotas is a misogynist or racist. Remember "right-wing" and "far-right" and "alt-right" are code words used by those who practice identity politics. And for sure there ARE racists in the word. But someone who believes in private enterprise, thrift & hard work, social welfare as a safety-net rather than a way of life, isn't a racist, but they ARE "right-wing".

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Re: Red herring

"It has to do with truth versus deliberate falsehood."

Yep, CNN etal never deliberately create fake news stories. Nor do they fail to report news due to partisan positions. Well done.

Amazon exec tells UK peers: No, we don't want to be dominant. Also, we don't fancy being taxed on revenues

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Re: Tax allowance for costs is a grace

"Shareholders have not asked for profitability only share price appreciation."

In most(many?) countries, share gains are taxable as either a capital gain (for investors & pension schemes) or trading profits (for share traders).

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Re: Tax allowance for costs is a grace

Starbucks?

So what you're saying is that Amazon buy their Samsung Galaxy S9s from Colombia for $10 and sell them to Amazon UK for $790 who sell it to UK consumers for $800?

Or are you saying that Trotters Ind Traders import a load of S9s for $790 and sell them on Amazon for $800 and Amazon gets $8 per trade for "facilitation"? Then Amazon pays tax on the profit from $8 (which is $8 less the wages of it's UK employees and the rent on its UK office and the cost of running their server farms and their internet connections?

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

"that as a country we seriously think our farty little island can really negotiate a better deal than at present."

Yes you can: most everyone agrees that "no deal" is a far better deal. So just get on with the preparations.

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

"It has always been the case that Joe public never gets given the information necessary to make an informed decision"

Thanks for that, Comrade Herr Adolf Stalin, but I'd like to continue to be able to vote thanks, imperfect as it is.

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

"Some people seem to have a very odd idea of what democracy actually means."

Actually, no: our representatives gave us the chance to advise them directly on an issue (they otherwise don't seem to listen) and we took that opportunity. Yay.

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

"For those of us who don't live in Maidenhead (and who the **** can afford that?), she's not elected."

By your measure, none of the EU Presidents is "elected" (not even the President of the Euro parliament, who is a MEP) and neither are the EU Commissioners. So why should I consider the legitimacy of those Presidents and Commissioners if you don't accept the legitimacy of our Prime Minister?

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

"But it isn't [undemocratic] - you have a eu parliament with MEPs voted for by the electorate."

Err, the laws are basically written and implemented by the Commission, not the 99% rubber-stamp Parliament. When did you last get the chance to vote for your Commissioner? Or the President (any of them)?

Sorry, Samsung. Seems nobody is immune to peak smartphone

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S5 Mini is only 16GB. Even with a big flashcard, hard to manage.

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

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Re: Mixed feelings

"[TAB] has been the [next field] key for the -also many- decades of HTML existence, it's strange that you would only notice it now."

And for many more decades of accounting system data-entry, both main frame and PC.

TAB has only ever been spaces in word processing, shirley?

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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Re: Merry Brexmas ...

"More like NAFTA, CETA, ANZCERTA and TPP"

Yes yes yes, if you want to be technically correct: those countries are free to sign whatever agreements they want to due to ... sovereignty.

All those countries are lining up to sign deals with the UK. So widdle ol' Britain (only 5 or 6 in the GDP stakes) will soon have a bunch of friends again in the new school.

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Re: Light the blue touchpaper....

I certainly stocked up on popcorn. But after seeing the tremendous reaction from Hilarity supporters after the Trump win, I had none left.

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Re: Merry Brexmas ...

"Yeah, sovereignty. The right to vote for whether the economy will be badly fucked or merely trashed, "

Haha, suck it up Englanders: you'll be up shit creek, with high unemployment, a fleeing populace and civil unrest like third-world, shit-hole countries under WTO rules like... USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand.

Seriously: you are toast. You have so much in common, from language, and in most cases, Westminster parliamentary democracy. Haha. When you sink below the waves of your own tears, you'll be forgotten, just like those other countries listed above that no one ever visits, trades with, try to emigrate to or even thinks about.

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Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal

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Re: Curious precedent on what is allowed

"I apologise for being a libtard snowflake that actually gives a shit about the planet "

So the fact that the USA is the only industrialised country to REDUCE CO2 emissions must please you? (Yes I know Trump is not responsible, but capitalism is: it is cheaper and cleaner to frack gas and turn your back on coal. Yet members of your beloved EU get to build coal fired power stations: Poland, Germany. So get a grip.)

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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Re: A national disgrace? No other nation wants to do it. Nobody cares.

So the Aussies can do it (possibly) for $450,000? Thanks for (possibly) confirming what many folk have said: Bloodhound was a waste of money AND it would (possibly) have been too late.

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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Re: Alternative solution?

"My point was US sanctions should only apply to US citizens and US corporations and US banks."

Ms Meng's organisation (a US subsidiary/associate of Huawei) is accused of buying US technology, on the express condition that it NOT be sold to Iran.... and sold it to Iran.

And they allegedly knew they were doing wrong, because, allegedly, the payment was laundered.

Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention

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Re: Cowtard ...

You have... vegan friends?

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Re: Which is better?

"freshly-cooked bacon roll from a roadside van (fat trimmed off) is often a delight."

Fat trimmed off? What are ya, a vegan?

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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Re: actually driving a teenager to threaten suicide?

"or what THE 'EDUCATION' SYSTEM has been doing for DECADES, making every kid "feel" like the world is gonna end tomorrow "

Yep, in th '80s, we were bused enmase to the cinema to watch some movie about nuclear winter. A few months later our English teacher asked us why we had become all apathetic and lazy since the start of the year. She was speechless when we explained to her about how the world was going to end and so test scores didn't seem to matter much. Many teachers aren't willingly part of any post-modernist drive to destroy western civilisation, so it is a bit of an eye-opener for them when they realise they may be implicated nonetheless.

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Re: Isn't it bad?

But there won't be any real labour cost: employees don't have a DB of copyrighted material in their head, so can't compare what they are watching to anything subject to copyright.

The solution will be technological: like the Shazam mentioned above. Or closure. Or (Netflix-like) subscription to cover the cost of reviewing. Or more advertising. Or all of the above.

So much stuff we see on utub is obviously ripped from another user and zoomed or cropped and re-uploaded. Sometimes the uploader states in the description "I don't own the copyright in this material" : perhaps Google could run a filter on that or similar phrases in description, removing all such vids, for a start?

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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Re: Why?

"Proudly Facebook free and always have been."

Are you sure? I've seen you in some of your friends' photos on Facebook. As I knew you, I tagged your face for the recognition feature in FB, now I can see you all over FB in other people's feeds and photos.

See, FB is seriously worse than one can imagine.

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Re: Off to the tower with Zuck

"Televise the event, put it on PayPerView to make some *serious* money, "

Pfft, why would I pay to watch that when I can just watch someones FB livestream?

Brexit: UK will be disconnected from EU databases after 2020

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Re: Ah, the UK gov

"This was inevitable, unless we want to fuck the economy into the toilet. "

The EU exports more to the UK than the UK sells to the EU. I think you (and Teresa May and other Remoaners) keep forgetting that. You also forget that most countries in the world are outside the EU, yet seem to get by just fine.

PS No one is ranting about "un-elected MEPS" as all Brexiteers know that MEPs are elected, but are essentially powerless.

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Re: Ah, the UK gov

"What the British want is not a divorce, "

Well, the British people do: it's Teresa May the Remainian who wants to fudge it.

ICO poised to fine Leave campaign and Arron Banks’ insurance biz £135,000

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Re: ICO and the Leave campaign.

"Except the EU is us "

Thank you, but as a Britsh citizen, I have had nothing whatsoever with foisting the Euro on to the PIIGS and causing widespread unemployment and structural rigidity.

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Re: Will of the people my arse

"So what does that make the people who supported Leave?"

Not sure, but those who supported remain and the ever closer political union, with the ceding of sovereignty to un-elected officials could be considered treasonous?

But that's probably not what you meant.

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Re: He doesn't care

SCream and shout and call people stupid, racist nazis, none of it matters if you get another vote. If you still lose, what happens next? A "People's" Revolution? Votes for 12 year olds? No votes for OAPs?

Stairway to edam: Swiss bloke blasts roquefort his cheese, thinks Led Zep might make it tastier

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Anything by Cheese and Dave?

Cheese Me by N*E*R*D?

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal man sits on Steve Bannon design tech shindig committee

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Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

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Re: Murica, land of freedom!

Aye, that's batsh*t crazy.

Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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Re: (Serious bit)

"Drug laws, seat belt and helmet laws" are designed to stop you becoming a drain on our socialised health services, as much as protect yourself.

"curfew laws" most def protect me from you, if you are a noisy vomiting delinquent.

"the inability of grocery stores to get liquor licenses" is about the protection racket for existing suppliers.

"the ban on alcohol sales on Sunday" doesn't protect anyone, but does leave those in favour of the ban with a warm feeling inside and a sense of power over others.

Euro eggheads call it: Facebook political ads do change voters' minds – and they worked rather well for Trump in 2016

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Obama campaign hooking into FB's analytics - GOOD!

Trump campaign for hooking into FB's analytics - BAD!!

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Re: Hot Oven

"It's be almost perfect as an voluntary extremist brainwashing service"

What? A gender studies course?

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Re: Gosh

"the ads are not about argument or persuasion, they're not even about spin or slant - they're straight-up lying."

Have you seen the ads, have you? Have you got links: I'd be interested to see them. Thank you

<doesn't hold breath>

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Re: @The Tick

" It sure angers me to see our country being flushed down the toilet,"

So what you're saying is: countries that aren't part of the EU are "shit hole" countries?

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Re: lots of capitals in mid sentence there

"and now more than half want to remain,"

Lolz, that'll be the same polls that predicted a Clinton landslide and a Remain vote then?

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Re: @The Tick

"Anti-democratic? All the MEPs are voted in democratically."

Crickey: you think they have a real say? You haven't been paying attention... LOLZ as they say

Who was your choice in the Presidential election? Who was your choice in the OTHER Presidential election? I.e. the vote for the President of the European Council or the European Commission? Did you vote for ANY of the European Commissioners? And did you vote in favour of the new EU Constitution when you were given the chance? (Okay, Jamie Jones, you may be French Irish or Dutch, in which case you DID get a chance to have your say. But you were overruled anyway for giving the wrong answer.)

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Re: Idiocracy

"I think you mean whoever gets the idiots so incensed that they go and vote."

Yes, whereas the other side get their idiots so incensed, they go on long marches, bang drums, blow whistles, trip fire alarms, push and shove, scream and shout... and forget to vote...

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"The US doesn't have confidence in democracy, so why should anybody else?"

True that: Remainians, Clinton supporters, the EU and Antifa have certainly given up on democracy.

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Re: With help from the press right here

"Here's another conspiracy for you: Trump colluded with Russia."

Oh, wait: lefties and the mainstream don't believe in conspiracies..

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

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Re: Lets Get Real

"A lot of fingers will be lifted, to be dampened by the condensation on the glass, then the now half empty pint glass is returned to the table. But nothing more than that. Although maybe a burp."

A fixing of sorts

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Re: I really hope he gets the boot

"TLA notorious for prisoners going poof"

He's wanted by the Saudis now? Well I never...

300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling

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Re: I blame the cursed one

"Economic genius that bloke!"

Why, thank you.

HMRC rapped as Brexit looms and customs IT release slips again

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Re: TL;DR

" when a First World nation crashes out of a trading bloc."

You mean, like when the UK pushed Australia, New Zealand, Canada and other commonwealth countries out of a free trade block when it entered the EEC?

Well, New Zealand never got over it: to this day we run around in bare feet and live in caves and think the world is a dark and dangerous place ruled by magic, esp outside of the 'shire.

Note to those who haven't studied any economics: when your currency falls through the floor, tourists flock in and your exports are in demand, esp if they are still "cheap" after the EU applies a tariff.

Danish pork will become expensive, making UK pork look like good value. We call this "import substitution".

(Incidentally, this is why the Euro is proper-fucking the PIIGS: they can't trade their way out of a slump, because their currency can't fall...)

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Re: TL;DR

AC, stop coursing!

I mean cursing...

Canadian security boss ain't afraid of no Huawei, sees no reason for ban

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Re: The boss is correct, Canada is very different.

"No system is perfect, but on the balance the Canadian system seems to work fairly well, "

"Well" according to what criteria?

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Re: The boss is correct, Canada is very different.

"In many countries with proportional voting, who gets elected is to a large extent controlled by the parties,"

In New Zealand (mixed-member proportional), that list has to be published before the election, so you have a rough idea who is going to get in if the polls are to be believed.

Yes, get rid of unelected lawmakers. Whether it is the EU or the House of Lords.

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