* Posts by Jess

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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Re: Volswagen realise they will lose the entire UK market

The devaluation in sterling, red tape and decimation of the UK economy will be far bigger problems than import duties.

I think they will ease out the sanctions against Russia to take up the slack, they already got free trade with Canada.

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Re: UK had voted overwhelmingly to end open borders

Actually, Wales was only a smidgen over the National vote, hardly overwhelming.

The only overwhelming result would be England, if you exclude London.

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It is all for the benefit of the Tory Party.

If they didn't want it to happen, it is easy to turn around.

It was a no lose gamble.

They would have been happy with the reverse result, which would give them more power in Europe, all the time they were in control of the UK.

However this result allows them to remove all the individual and environment protections that come from Europe. replace generally liberal europeans with conservative non-europeans. It guarantees them the next election. And if they lose Scotland and NI, then they could be in power for the forseeable future.

If it wasn't what they wanted they could turn it around easily. Second referendum with proper questions. Or simply just leave the EU and nothing else. (This would lose them prestige on the world stage though.)

But they want a hard brexit. This will have the added benefit of punishing those who voted against the EU as a protest, meaning they will be less likely to bother again.

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Re:And what does it have to do with the European Court of Human Rights?

EEA members have to be signed up to it.

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Re: Wait!

Columbo brexit

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Re: the UK decided democratically that we were out

Of the EU. By under 2%. Nothing else was asked.

This is purely being done for political benefit.

There is no democratic mandate other than to leave only the EU.

Of course the aim could be to punish the protest voters who allegedly swung the vote.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: Netflix gets my money

And my household's too.

No TV licence. No iPlayer app installed. No Live streaming.

Netflix, ITVPlayer, 4oD (or whatever the current brand is, some very good stuff on there - Humans) My5 (There's usually one series worth following), plus flixster for UV.

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

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Device sold with no networking

$20 to add networking.

Easy for desktops. Reasonably easy for laptops. Tablets do-able. Phones - not really.

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EU tosses Europe's cookies... popups

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@codejunky

I was being facetious.

I could just as easily (and probably more accurately) say that they left all this stuff until we voted to leave because they were sick of our privileged position negotiated by Mrs Thatcher, our constant sabotage of legislation to protect individuals and the environment, our pushing of business interests of the US (TTIP) and China (no blocks on cheap steel) ahead of Europe's, our constant whining that we have it so bad and it's all so unfair, our blaming every mistake our own government makes on them and generally not being a team player, and wanted to encourage us to leave.

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So we commit to leave

and they start fixing all the stupid crap.

Thanks EU, couldn't you have started that a year or two ago?

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Why the UK is unlikely to get an adequacy determination post Brexit

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Re: It's another to assume that she won't have to change them.

But Brexit means Brexit.

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Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'

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Apple have a patent for a system that would have prevented this.

Either the patent is for something that doesn't work or the lawyers have a good point. Apple are quite happy to install tech that prevents piracy and even people using apps they don't approve, but not something that saves lives.

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Sneaky chat app Signal deploys decoy domains to deny despots

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Re: without- having to register a phone number

The obvious way for authorities to disable or access telegram is via the telco.

Intercept the SMS for the number. Register an account (out of hours so the notification isn't noticed immediately, copy everything and delete any notifications. (This wouldn't give secret messages or any that have been deleted.)

You could log out other phones, or close the account.

Similar should apply for any system reliant of SMS or phone messages.

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Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs

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Re: I'd settle for a Windows 98

Linux Mint.

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BlackBerry sees a rainbow just around a corner

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BB10 is a great system.

Or at least it will be when it is finished. (Or would have been.)

It is still missing features I used at lot on the old BB system. (Though they have implemented many of the omissions that seriously annoyed me when I first bought my device).

I think the lack of compatibility with the old BlackBerry servers was a seriously bad move. (And the lack of compatibility for old apps too)

They really should have made the first few generations of BB10 devices dual boot with the old BB system.

I have bought Apps for BB6, playbook and apps and movies for BB10. (I also did for symbian).

I'm not buying into a new BB platform again (or Nokia for that matter). I don't see myself bothering with a new smartphone. I have an Android 10" tablet (which works as a phone too). If I ever need a personal pocket sized phone, then I will probably either go for a dumb phone, or an old BB or Nokia with a qwerty.

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Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

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Re: Nothing to do with brexit/remaining

If we get bad results due to removing the safeguards, it's the fault of the things the safeguards protected us from?

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EU accuses Facebook of providing incorrect info on WhatsApp buy

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Re: just one word ....Signal !!!

That only works if you have a supported smartphone, correct? (Like whatsapp, unlike telegram and ICQ)

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technical possibility of automatically matching Facebook IDs with WhatsApp IDs existed in 2014.

The possibility of matching the IDs of a system that uses mobile phone numbers for the primary ID with another that encourages you to supply your mobile number (and has a mobile app) wasn't technically possible?

Either the commission were incredibly inept or perhaps they were very clever. Perhaps they knew they couldn't stop it even without this claim, but they allowed it to pass under false pretences, they could monetize it later on.

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Beeb flings millions more £s at Capita for telly tax collection

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Re: Fuck them

I wouldn't go quite so far as that, but I stopped having a TV licence years ago. (I only had a black and white portable anyway, I had always had a separate monitor for watching video disks.)

I was working away from home a lot and hadn't been able to renew it due to it no longer being via the post office, and none of the little shops I tried could issue one. I realised that I'd only watched live TV for about 5 hours in the previous year, and the TV wasn't even plugged in. I would have been happy to pay it if I could, because I watched a bit of iPlayer. However I let it slide, intending to sort it out when I was back home full time.

However I received letters accusing me of being a criminal, and that annoyed me so much, I gave the TV away. (Useful in a caravan) And ignored everything from then on. When they changed the rules I deleted iPlayer, and found that the other channels offer some good stuff. (Humans is particularly good).

I do think the new rules are wrong. (Not that I think the BBC should be forced to let people have catch up for free, but it was nice of them to allow it for so long). The BBC should be behind a paywall unlocked by the licence, and streaming other channels live should not require a licence.

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'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump

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Clinton got a couple of million more votes than Trump. Trump is president elect and it's the Russians' fault?

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Data use rules set to be loosened under new EU e-Privacy laws - report

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Re: Whatsapp and Skype

Down voters obviously not sharp enough to get the implication that the issues highlighted in the article are a big factor why I no longer use them.

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Whatsapp and Skype

I used to use them.

(Actually I still have a Skype account and connect via the pidgin plug-in just in case, but the delivery of text messages is just as unreliable as it always has been. The last one I received was sent 6 days before.)

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A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way

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Re: help Trump / delegitimize the election process.

So Hilary gets 2.8 million more votes, but loses the election and it's either the Russian trying to make the election look illegitimate or it's their fault Trump won?

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Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

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Re: New legends?

Pretty sure that goes back to Windows 7 at least.

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Re: supporting my elderly father with his windows 10 machine

Presumably he took your advice in the purchase?

So why does he have a Windows machine?

Every IT person I know (myself included) makes sure every family member or friend that they support for free has a Mac. (Or failing that a PC with Linux mint).

My parents have an old white macbook, after about 10 years it's just getting to the point where they will be thinking of replacing it, I would have expected them to go through 3 or 4 cheap PCs or maybe a couple of decent ones in that time.

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Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

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Re: cost me £10K in the first month

Have you thought of relocating to Eire?

Hopefully the pre-existing freedom of movement for UK citizens should still apply after any form of Brexit.

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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Email alias

That part of the job should be pretty smooth providing (as previously pointed out) it is an additional alias.

There would be benefits in standardisation (visible to the outside world) and little disruption. People accidentally using the old alias would still get their emails.

Changing the login name is where things get horrid. And for no real gain.

I would add the aliases (script). Check there are no issues over a few days. Then make the primary address the new format one.

Then I would raise the issues about the login. If 2ic is any good he'd realise that the good parts of his plan were done, and cancel the rest. If not then I would suggest that a 3rd part were hired to do the move or that it be done a few users every day, until complete (one letter of the alphabet a day perhaps). I would make sure HR had a copy of my recommendations on file, just in case I was overrules and it all went titsup.

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Moscow says writing infrastructure attack code is a thought crime

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Title misrepresents the article.

The title implies creating it is a crime.

The article states if it is used, it will be a crime.

Somewhat different.

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BlackBerry's final QWERTY floats past the rumour mill

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The issues with my Q5 are down to it having an unfinished OS, the way the OS is now, is the way it should have been within a year of release of BB10. (Still no auto power on/off facility)

They probably should have made the top end and corporate phones dual boot BB10 and BB7, (they could even have had the choice of Corporate mode , Home mode 7 and Home mode 10 for business users)

Generally the android compatibility is pretty good, problems being lack of play services, some DRM stuff and the screen being square.

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It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

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Re: leave the SM as the price of reducing immigration by 70%.

The only effects leaving the SM will have on immigration.

1. EEA citizens who have been living here for 5 years will no loger have an automatic right to residence. (Presumably meaning a big bump in applications after article 50).

2. With no more freedom of movement, migrant worker numbers for the EEA will drop (given paperwork, hostile attitude and loss of value of the pound) this will will leave a vacuum which will be filled by immigrants.

3. Since our economy will likely literally be decimated (at best), there should be less demand for immigrants to take up the slack.

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The problem with RAID

They far too often take the 'I' too literally.

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Sh... IoT just got real: Mirai botnet attacks targeting multiple ISPs

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It's other ISPs too

My ZyXEL router has been dropping connection since before the weekend, so has a friend's (on yet a different ISP). Until reading yesterdays articles, I had assumed either co-incidental failure, or an problem or a compatibility issue at the local exchange.) Yesterday I had no connections and reboots didn't work.

Today I reset it and it appears to have done an update and seems OK since.

However this is a potential man in the middle (etc) attack. Hopefully the Opera VPN I have been running will have mitigated it, and also I would hope that mint's update system would not be compromised. But would things like a Seagate NAS possible be compromised?

I'm a bit annoyed about my ISP not at least sending out a warning email. They knew about it at least first thing Wednesday.

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Brexit means Brexit: What the heck does that mean...

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Re: Goldsmith lost in Richmond because of it. Apparently.

In case you didn't notice that was an election of an MP rather than a referendum on an issue that surrenders personal rights. So the question is totally different.

And the referendum - Democracy? My arse.

If it were democracy, Scotland would already have had indy ref 2, we would already be in the process of leaving the EU, but not the EEA, or anything else that doesn't require EU membership. Our currency wouldn't be stuffed. Businesses wouldn't be sitting on their hands unable to plan more than two years ahead. And we wouldn't have looked like the most stupid nation on the planet (until the US election).

If they wanted a mandate for a hard brexit, they should have asked the question should we leave the EEA. That question was not asked.

I am pro remain, but what I am seriously pro remaining in is the EEA. I can see some advantages to leaving the EU in that situation, but I don't see it's worth the effort, but the decision has been made. I suspect you'll rind most pro remain people are of that opinion.

Hard Brexit betrays those leave voters who ignored all the bullshit in the referendum and simply took the question at face value.

It's a bit like a doctor asking for consent to remove a badly damaged little finger that would be tricky to repair, and then, after you say ok go ahead, telling you he's actually taking it off at the wrist, or maybe the elbow.

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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re:it also stinks

That is down to flavourings.

I am very sensitive to cigarette smoke, aerosol sprays etc. The unflavoured eFags are fine. I can sit in a car with someone using one.

But the flavoured ones are a totally different matter. Some of them are almost as bad as real cigarettes. I couldn't sit in a car with one.

I think light use of unflavoured ones should be at the discretion of the businesses, and flavoured ones should be treated the same as cigarettes.

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Small ISPs 'probably' won't receive data retention order following IP Bill

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I'm guessing Opera might see a spike in popularity

With its free built in VPN, (plus ad blocking)

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Facebook to hire 500 more in Blighty

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This and Google's plan seem like hedging their bets.

If we end up with a hard brexit then the 60ish % of multinationals whose EEA HQ is not in the UK will need to set up UK (or English) HQs.

(This will offset some of the loss caused by the other 40% downsizing to handle 12% of the population).

However, if we remain in the EEA, but outside the EU then those multinationals that get up to shenanigans to avoid tax might find the UK more advantageous than the Republic of Ireland, now the EU is looking into them.

I suspect the desire for the latter is the reason the announcements have been made now, rather waiting for those in charge of the Dogs' Brexit finally come up with something first.

Soft Brexit might actually turn out to be advantageous to our sector. (Hard Brexit would be a disaster.)

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British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows

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They didn't learn from OS/2

OS/2 partially implemented the Windows API, but they stopped short to encourage native apps. We know how that one worked out.

Microsoft started developing an Android app layer, that according to the reports worked nicely. They cancelled it to encourage native apps.

(But of course BlackBerry were more stupid, they got their one working rather well, then pulled the plugs anyway.)

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VMware joins Brexploitation gang, double digit price hike in the offing

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Re: Stop whinging

Upvoted but -

> We're getting what we voted for as a country.

Not exactly correct. (Although we voted for what anyone who actually thought about it knew we would get with that result.)

What we were actually asked was about leaving the EU. Nothing mentioned about leaving any of the other arrangements that allow our economy to operate.

The situation is like going to a doctor with a badly broken little finger, and the doctor saying it will be tricky to fix properly, and asking you'd like it amputated. After very narrowly deciding to sign the consent form, the Doctor tells you they are going to amputate it one inch below the elbow.

A real Dog's Brexit.*

* I wish I'd thought of that one.

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

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re: copy-n-paste of a Russian proverb.

>> Друг познаётся в беде́

> A gold star for the effort

But not for the implementation.

Russian Cyrillic does not contain 'е́'

That would be a stress mark added for the benefit of us latinistas learning the language.

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Google: If you think we're bad, you should take a look at Apple

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The thing I hate about bundled apps

isn't that they are there, it is that they are not easy to remove like apps you add yourself.

If they were simply pre-installed and not system apps then all would be fine. (The same goes for manufacturer crap too)

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'Trust it': Results of Signal's first formal crypto analysis are in

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Is this app any good?

Is it independent of a smartphone?

Are there apps for Mac (10.6+), Windows and Linux?

Is there a pidgin plugin?

Otherwise I think it's stick to ICQ and Telegram.

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Mythbuntu busted as last two devs working on media centre distro quit

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Re: sudo apt-get install mythtv

Wouldn't you also want to also install at least the low latency kernel?

(And then tweak grub)

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Facebook 'fesses up to WhatsApp privacy blunder in UK

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Back to ICQ for me

I was already going to drop WhatsApp when they drop support for Nokia and BlackBerry. This just moved me forward a few months.

I installed ICQ on the Nokias. The old version still works fine with an old account. The new version works like telegram, but with video calls and old accounts can be linked to a telephone number, so they also work like new accounts on the new versions.

A year or two ago I made a comment about not having used ICQ for several years on a Reg comment. Of course within 24 hours of that I'd had two conversations with two different people on it.

Telegram for the BlackBerrys.

Unlike WhatsApp (and Viber) both of these systems can be installed stand-alone on tablets and PCs. And both have an identity that can be used independently of the activating mobile number.

Also gone back to regular SIP for voice and video.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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Re: uncertainty and procrastination is doing more damage to the UK economy

I partially agree with you.

Simply leaving the EU (as was asked in the referendum) would really do little damage to the UK.

Leaving the EEA would do serious damage to the uk, and leaving the customs union too would be even worse.

Letting people think the latter is going to happen could eventually cause almost as much harm as actually doing it.

Had on the 24th June Cameron said we will be triggering article 50 very shortly with the intention of remaining in the EEA, no-one would even be talking about it now.

Had he said we are triggering it shortly with a view to quitting everything, at least we would be benefiting from the two year firesale already.

However the result we have is a slow erosion, that potentially could leave us not knowing whether we will be in or out of the free market until long after businesses need to start re-organising to cope with a full exit, so they will assume the worst and move.

At that point the only real difference in outcomes would be the potential for them to come back and the right of our citizens to follow them.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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Re: The vast majority of brexit voters are slowly realizing the error of their vote

I would disagree with the 'vast majority' statement, but result was so close it only needs a tiny proportion to realise the error so you have an extremely valid point. (If 1 in 25 leave voters have changed their mind, then the result is the other way.)

Of course people might argue that the vote has been made and should be acted upon, regardless of the lies etc. In which case then the only thing that should happen is act on the question asked; leave the EU. Not the EEA, not the customs union, not the ECHR.

I would be happy with either of those options, given the fact that we have totally blown all credibility I would think leaving the EU better at this point, providing that is ALL we leave.

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Re: like the Remainers accepted the majority decision

If the answer given by a slim majority to the actual question asked on the ballot paper were the limit of what Brexit meant then I'm sure most of us would just mutter a bit and put up with it and that would be that.

However it isn't.

So any claims of what is on the cards as being a majority decision or the will of the people is complete bullshit. As is any call for us to accept that it is.

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Re: referendum again but with 5 options

I like that idea, but it does still leave the potential issue of the different nations wanting different things.

I suspect the results might be England - Soft Brexit, Wales - Soft Remain, Scotland and NI Hard Remain. Overall Soft - Brexit.

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Democracy? My arse.

If it were democracy, Brexit would mean what was asked on the Ballot paper. (Leave the EU, not leave every associated organisation that doesn't require EU membership too)

If it were democracy the Nations that voted against it would not be being dragged out against their will.

And that is all before you even think about the lies that got the result.

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Tableau revenues drop due to weak UK sales, fingers sales bods not Brexit

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Re: they want to get rid of some of their UK sales staff.

That is an interesting idea.

Blame the staff - easy to get rid of them.

Blame Brexit, not so easy because it isn't their fault.

If you are right that could happen a lot.

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Stiff upper lips and sun glasses: the Chancellor bets on Brexit feeling

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Re: On the bright side...

How does that one work out?

The issue I see is that the EU has now set a precedent of giving a country exactly what the Brexiteers want. However giving such a deal to a European country would be the end of the EU.

So the scenario I can imagine in the negotiations is the EU sticking to EEA or nothing and the UK saying CETA model or nothing.

I would be surprised if either side blinked, so we will end up with nothing.

(Or maybe they can't chuck us out of the customs union automatically, which would sort out Nissan and the Ei/NI border issue, but do nothing for our service industry).

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