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The books of the Yes Minister scripts are presented as if they were academic historical research based on cassettes dictated by Hacker late at night post-whisky. The introduction says that the inconsistencies "have been preserved as they allow us insight into the mind of this great political leader" or words to the same effect. Although Yes Minister was entertainment (or maybe we should class it as infotainment) it seems that fact has ambushed fiction and a similar argument could be made for preserving the Trumpetings.
"The sooner Oxford & Cambridge colleges are closed (and the facilities razed to the ground, just to make sure) the better."
I understand that they do actually have real science and engineering depts as well. Just close down PPE courses - or, even better, require a STEM degree for entrance.
"Is Twitter only now used as a way for people to whinge at the PR depts of companies when they have some minor grievance"
Given that in most businesses customer facing staff are powerless to deal with the most minor complication, not even having the ability to escalate it, it looks as if Twitter is just about the only way of getting the attention of anyone in the business with any nous* this looks as if it's becoming SOP. It's yet one more instance of making the customer do the work, in this case escalating a case.
*Assuming such a person exists
"This. It depresses me how many people said they were voting for May or Corbyn when they are actually voting for their own local MP."
Why shouldn't they vote that way. It might make a difference if their local MP makes it clear they're going to oppose the party leader on some topic or other. I corresponded with my local MP over surveillance. He stuck by the
party May's line. I told him I wouldn't vote for him as long as she remained leader and I didn't.
"There's nothing in the rules to say a party can't change their leader, and hence who becomes PM, 5 minutes after the election is won."
Probably not 5 minutes after it's won. After it's lost is a different matter. In any case if a leader who voters aren'tt prepared to support is replaced then the voters can act accordingly.
"So much so that even the press started calling the Tory Manifesto the May Manifesto."
In which case what's wrong with refusing to vote for her proxy, the local candidate?
"Also, as the Lib Dems found out,
our their voters don't seem particularly patient with the policy compromises that PR forces."
It was they who suffered, quite unfairly, I think by this. It would have been grossly irresponsible in 2010 to let the country slip back into the hands of Brown or to saddle it with a government too weak to start sorting out the mess that Brown had left behind. Sadly their supporters haven't forgiven them for temporarily becoming more than a party of protest.
"Politician that triangulate peoples opinions and polls are not leaders, but, almost per definition, followers."
To some extent I can sympathise with this. However the last several years should have taught us one thing: politicians of all parties - here and in the US - got completely out of touch with what the electorate was thinking. You can't lead if you take peoples' willingness to follow for granted. Leadership needs more than sound-bites.
"you would instinctively change the password on first use as you did on that shiny router you bought. You would also have to enable ssh"
These are aimed at kids (my 8-yo grandson for instance). They won't necessarily have basic sysadmin skills. Also, as he did, they might forget the P/W if changed. (Actually in his case it was a different OS with a different default P/W. An OS update appeared to have reset it probably back to the OS default. I'd tarred off his home directory and re-flashed the OS before I realised the default was different.)
You're right in that they'd have to enable ssh. On Raspbian that's done through the same menu as changing the password but unfortunately the two aren't linked.
"recent-ish Raspbian versions warn you every time you login via SSH if you retain the default password."
Also, IIRC, Raspbian ships with sshd off by default. Turning it on is an option in the raspi-config script. It wouldn't be difficult to add a step to the script to require a password change at the same time.
There are probably conflicting requirements here. While we - and, I'm sure, the Raspbian team - know that this would be a Good Thing the device is aimed at youngsters and it's quite likely that they'd lock themselves out by forgetting the password. However, flashing a new card would be a quick fix for that.
"As regards further punishment, it would be sweet if some sort of proceeds of crime order could be made against all those convicted to recover the missing £66m, just as they are about to be released from prison."
I'd hope recovery proceeds have already been started. However AFAIK this goes to public funds rather than to the victims. Still, they may have to pay a £15 victim surcharge.
It's a long time ago but AFAICR it wasn't anything to do with the instruction set but with presenting the processor with a consistent API to the hardware. The kernel is still compiled to the native code of the processor but the developer doesn't have to worry about what sort of bus etc that the CPU can see. I'm not sure how this relates to the drivers; maybe their job is to present the HAL API.
"he would without hesitation have declared unreserved and irrevocable loyalty to the Presidency."
No, he would have said something which the President would have believed to have been an expression of unreserved and irrevocable loyalty to the President bu whicht, when examined more closely, and with proper guidance would, in due course, have been seen to have been capable of a different interpretation and, indeed, whatever interpretation circumstances might require as dictated by those same circumstances as they might change. I could clarify it at greater length, of course.
"If its a bluff then its only as effective as long as you don't know the answer to the question."
It's also only effective if Comey knows his account is different to what actually happened. Give or take the vagaries of personal recollection there are only two people who know what happened and Comey is one of them. If what he said is what he recollects and he's satisfied his recollection is sound then he's not going to be bluffed. If he recounted what happened then why should he worry about tapes unless they're doctored?
"However, the pardon would remove the leverage the special prosecutor would have over Flynn to get him to roll over on Trump - it would be the threat of prison rather than the threat of a show trial that motivates him to sell out Trump."
I've no idea whether this is a realistic situation you're discussing but this would be a total travesty of legal procedure. One doesn't have to be a Trump admirer to see that although I suppose it helps to be a detached bystander.
"Super-Kipper is dusting off his action man suit and ready to lead the party again if there is another election."
That wouldn't surprise me. I always said the leadership was a revolving door with Farage in most of the compartments. What would be surprising would be if he found a party to lead.
"There might very well be a revolution if she didn't plough ahead with it."
Think about this for the moment.
Remember that the original vote was close.
Now observe what happened to UKIP - their vote collapsed.
Consider what happened in the areas which predominantly voted Leave. The Conservative vote went up but not enough for them to win seats from Labour.
Finally, consider what happened in the areas which predominantly voted Remain. The Conservative vote went down in large enough amounts for Labour to win seats.
May's majority disappeared because of Brexit. The argument that the country was solidly in favour of Brexit was never really valid given the narrowness of the majority. What the current vote seems to be telling us is that that majority probably doesn't exist any more. Electorates are volatile at best and we're now seeing the effect of Remainers who didn't vote a year ago turning out now to do what they can to make their displeasure felt. That's why some of us have been saying all along that a binding vote should require a supermajority to change the status quo and being bound by an advisory vote that produced a fairly even split was wrong.
She'll plough ahead with it if she's left in office out of sheer pig-headedness. If she was replaced by someone who didn't there'd be no revolution. The result tells you that.
I think her cabinet are hopping mad about the campaign decisions she took on the advice of her SPADs and without consulting them. As she now has to pay a lot more attention to what her party thinks I expect her special advisers are going to be on a short lead in future and that's assuming they're not ushered out through those gates at the end of Downing St.
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