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2497 posts • joined 19 Nov 2007

Ex-Huawei man claims Chinese giant is suing his startup to 'surpass' US tech dominance

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I don't really care if he did it or not. It is a tiny fraction of the intellectual property theft that China and Chinese companies do on a daily basis. I don't see why Chinese companies should be allowed to hold any patents outside of China while China itself basically ignores ownership of intellectual property by anyone outside of China.

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SCISYS sidesteps Brexit: Proposes Irish listing to keep EU space work rolling in

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Re: What if they require some/all the work to be performed in the EU?

They have operations in France and Germany, as the article stated. It's just that their HQ will now be moved into the EU.

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Re: The big companies can mitigate this

"It's exactly what the UK government pensioners and people in the north of England and Wales deserve and will get."

Fixed that for you.

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Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors

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Re: You already know what happens next...

"If you didn't think Google had you by the short & curlies before... =-("

But a government has the power to regulate, and to tell Google to stop pulling shit or it will start imprisoning people. If they don't want to be in a market then fine, but once they've decided to be in a market, they eventually will be forced to play nice, take ownership of all the negative consequences of their actions, and be responsible for a change.

Silicon valley tech twats spend all their time disrupting, without worrying about the negative effects of that disruption. The reality is that before the Internet, for example, five year olds did not have access to pornography and beheading videos. They shouldn't have access to such things. Parental responsibility is important, but it should not be the only layer of defence. What the other defences should be is a matter for debate, but the correct time to have the debate is before it's done, not years afterwards once the problem is much greater. This also applies to the IoT, where security and longevity if the company goes bankrupt are afterthoughts, if they are thought of at all.

If Zuckerberg were a responsible person, he would have thought about how to deal with cyberbullying on his platform while he was extending it outside of universities, and probably even before then. But he's an utter twat, and instead thought 'I'm going to build this, make lots of money, and someone else can deal with the problems I create'.

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Tech hub blames tech: San Francisco fingers Uber, Lyft rides for its growing traffic headache

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Re: Just using Uber and Lyft as whipping boys

"Except now, they would be in private cars or taxis."

Private cars produce more parked cars, but less congestion. Obviously, since unless the taxi is very well organized, it has to come to you first.

Of course, in addition, taxis drive round looking for fares, increasing congestion. Taxis are generally bad for traffic and the environment, per passenger mile.

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Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

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"the sticking point for me is email (including the "instant" push notification of having received one - my "email-checker" currently is the "ping" of my phone...)."

I downloaded WeMail for that. Works like GMail, accesses your GMail inbox, but GMail was having some problems with its push notifications and so I have two e-mail clients. So if the GMail app goes bye-bye I just use WeMail, again for free.

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With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

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Re: No worries

"Yeah, but they run the Stargate program and you can't use that to get to Earth orbit unless you gate to a planet with a goa'uld mothership (and that would be bad)"

Don't you gate off-world, then gate back to the second gate from Antarctica, with a scavenged DHD plugged in so it becomes the default gate for Earth's address? OK, you have to get the second gate into orbit first, but that's a once-only thing.

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Re: Blaming the wrong part

"Whether that's due to incompetence or deliberate lies may be an open question, but at this point there's really no excuse for not understanding the challenges involved in getting to low-Earth orbit given that we've been regularly managing it for over 60 years."

Yeah, they must be incompetent. It's hardly rocket science is it? Oh no, wait, it literally is rocket science.

My guess is that you have never built anything in your life, and certainly not anything even moderately difficult.

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Re: Dirac shield

" "Dirac Hole generator"

Aha! I have one of those for my Dremel tool!"

It sounds like it should have a base plate of pre-famulated amulite surmounted by a malleable logarithmic casing.

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Re: space station boring

"Giving the spending there is very little coming out of running a space station. Not going to notice a little pause."

You might notice the flaming streak across the sky as it burns up in the atmosphere. It needs the constant runs to keep it up in space.

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Re: No worries

"I'm surprised we haven't already done the 'space force' thing, actually."

You have. It's called USAF Space Command.

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Facebook mass hack last month was so totally overblown – only 30 million people affected

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Re: The only solution

"are you going to shelve all those interactions or are you going to stick with it for fear of losing out on something?"

I did. I quit Facebook, losing connections with hundreds of people I've known over the years. I decided that it was worth it.

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The Obama-era cyber détente with China was nice, wasn't it? Yeah well it's obviously over now

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Re: China

"Just because the West's excesses aren't as visible as China's doesn't make them any less evil."

They really are less evil. China has a million people in re-education camps and has a proper 1984-style good citizen ranking. Seriously you guys, sort yourselves out. I don't see any of you rushing to move to China, which kind of suggests that deep down you know it's actually a whole lot worse.

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Indiegogo pulls handheld airport pervscanners off crowdfunding platform

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Re: "What a time to be alive"

"No, in spite of that, objectively speaking we're nowhere near "good enough" or even "acceptable". "

It is, however, the best time in all of history. Given certain existential threats (climate change, antibiotic catastrophe, killer AI) on the horizon, it might well be that this is the best time without restrictions.

And it's only nowhere near good enough because people are nowhere near good enough. Well, I say people, but I obviously mean everybody but me.

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Re: Creepier thought

"Enabling creepy behaviour is very creepy, I'd argue creepier than just being a sad lonely perv."

But it's been decided this is vapourware. So this is ripping off creepy people, which is...good? Bad? I cannot tell any more.

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Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court

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Re: You shouldn't be able to get to there from here.

"It [sic] it further means there needs to be an air gap between internal systems holding sensitive data and anything with a public internet access then that would be a good thing, too."

These are payroll computers. So they communicate with HMRC. What you are saying is that, every day, the updated HMRC stop orders, new tax codes, etc., should be verbally read off the office computer with Internet access, then dictated onto the computer that deals with payroll. (Because you also want no USB access for this computer as well.) And back again: updated PAYE details at the end of each month have to be dictated onto the Internet-enabled computer.

That won't lead to any errors ever. And still won't stop people with cameras.

Finance offices deal with invoices from companies, pay credit card bills for company cards, and many other things. All of which need the Internet.

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"Everyone appreciates it's not always possible to stop ne'er do wells doing what they shouldn't, and full-cavity body searches at pub o'clock are likely inappropriate, but the original hearing determined that Morrison's clearly had not done enough to prevent the theft of confidential data."

If the standard to which companies will be held is 'was it physically possible to stop this from happening by some means?' then all employees will have to be subject to the cavity searches, because small cameras exist.

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Pentagon's JEDI mind tricks at odds with our 'values' says Google: Ad giant evaporates from $10bn cloud contract bid

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"A spokesperson told Bloomberg: “Had the JEDI contract been open to multiple vendors, we would have submitted a compelling solution for portions of it … Google Cloud believes that a multi-cloud approach is in the best interest of government agencies, because it allows them to choose the right cloud for the right workload.”"

Hold on, I thought you said you pulled out because of your scruples.

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It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

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Re: There's a big assumption here.

"So, if we want a really bright source, how about feeding some stuff at just the right angle into a black hole?"

Personally I think that sounds more like a chemist than a physicist, but there's the personal prejudices showing up.

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Re: "You people are never happy"

"Until someone mentions Brexit.

Oops."

You mentioned it once but I think you got away with it.

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On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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Re: Not a parody

"Who is this hurting, despite Jobs' reputation?"

Reporting on all the bad shit someone does does not damage their reputation. It was the doing of the bad shit that damaged the reputation, it's just that the effects were delayed.

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Iron Mike Pence blasts Google for its censor-happy Dragonfly Chinese search engine

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Re: Ironic

"Refusing to even try and understand the other sides views only weakens your side."

Bollocks. It's all about control, nothing about being pro-life. You cannot be anti-abortion and pro-gun and be consistent. Guns kill people in the US, but he wants them. Abortions terminate foetuses in the US, but he doesn't want them. Banning guns is more consistent with human rights than banning abortion, so let's start there, and then we can talk about abortion.

And if it's really about people's rights, the right not to be sexually assaulted is more important than the right to be made a Supreme Court Justice, but these people seem pro-rape as well.

So it's hard to view it as anything other than an attack on women's rights.

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The fur is not gonna fly: Uncle Sam charges seven Russians with Fancy Bear hack sprees

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Re: Same guys?

"Sometimes. I the Russians involved obviously listed 'Security at Zork Industries' on their visa applications, so police knew they were a GRU. Otherwise, how would police know? It's one of those ironies where allegations against people involved an element of spying, but spying is bad."

Well, in the one case four guys were caught outside the place with a car full of monitoring equipment, all on diplomatic passports. So, you know, there is that.

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Re: Correction here

"Gee, that's not very convincing at all."

They have literally been indicted for the crime it was said allegations of which had been given up on. You might be technically correct though, inasmuch as they have now moved from allegations to indictments.

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Re: Correction here

"I think even the die-hards have given up on the "Russian interference in US elections" allegations, mainly because months of investigation has to date resulted in no such evidence."

You mean apart from the indictments of a dozen Russians over election interference?

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Re: Same guys?

"Seven people named but how did they get the names and photos?"

I think they call it 'policework'. It's what everyone on here tells the police to do instead of spying on everyone's phone calls and e-mails. Why are you not happy when they actually do it?

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Re: Correction here

"Yes, it is very likely that individuals from Russia are responsible for committing this kind of crimes, however the effort to connect them with the Russian government seems questionable to me, it has to serve a purpose. "

So the two guys who are definitely not GRU in Salisbury just happened to be available for a puff-ball Russia Today interview hours after being formally accused by the UK?

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UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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Re: RE: Mooseman

"And so we hold a vote to democratically determine the direction to go (2 actually in this case)"

Please stop repeating this. There was one referendum that just asked 'leave the EU yes/no', with no detail on what yes means. So soft or hard Brexit cannot be divined from this decision. Then there was a snap general election in which the two largest parties both campaigned on a Leave platform. They received, for example, over 90% of the English vote between them. The idea that 90%+ of the English population support Leave is insane, so maybe the GE was about more than Brexit. So the GE cannot be used to prove that the UK population want Brexit, and especially not the hard-to-pass super-hard Brexit we seem to be heading for.

To claim that there is a settled will of the UK population on this issue is being either disingenuous or deluded.

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Re: RE: Mooseman

"When you move out of a flat, does the landlord refund you all the money you gave to pay the rent?"

Ah, more analogies. The EU is a collection of nations, it does not exist outside of its constituent countries. So if one of those nations leaves, the assets should be split according to the financial contribution. Indeed, it's more like a divorce than a landlord-tenant relationship. But, of course, both of these analogies are wrong. It is whatever the treaties and contracts say it is.

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UK pins 'reckless campaign of cyber attacks' on Russian military intelligence

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Re: FUD

Does the UK spy on other countries? Yes. Indeed, the Foreign Secretary said that. What he said was that Russia is attacking targets that are not acceptable. unless you think setting the GRU on WADA is acceptable? It's not spying on military installations, they were unleashing chemical weapons on foreign soil against civilians. And if you had any doubt about that, I think the farcical Russia Today interview where the accused just really wanted to see the cathedral and other fantastic sights of Salisbury, and came equipped with all the facts Wikipedia has to offer about it, should have convinced anybody who isn't actually unhinged.

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Re: I've no sympathy with the Putin dictatorship

"Now, are you saying that Afghanistan",

I don't know if you remember, but the Russians also invaded Afghanistan. Best guess? Around 1m killed, mainly civilians. By the Russians. None of this 'killed by other people, but the US invaded first, so everything after that is their fault' indirect responsibility muck.

"Iraq"

The US invasion of Iraq killed around 50,000, almost all Iraqi military. Afterwards lots of Iraqis killed other Iraqs, for which the US is indirectly, but not directly responsible. If you blame those of the US, then you can blame all of the Afghan deaths on the Russians for their botched invasion in 79-89 that brought the Taliban in the first place.

"Libya",

Yeah, OK, that was badly done. I mean, Gaddafi wasn't exactly man of the year, so it's a different collection of people who are dead than would be if he were alive, but sure.

"Syria"

I think you'll find that the West more or less hasn't interfered there. You know who is mostly responsible for the bast amount of death and destruction? Oh yeah, Russia.

A few you have forgotten: Chechnya, Georgia, Ukraine.

The conclusion: the West hasn't been great at military intervention, mainly because they don't have a long-term plan in place for how to deal with the local population's bloodthirsty ways after the invasion, and a naiveté about democracy being a natural and inevitable form of government. Russia's methodology is that not only do they not care about the afterwards, primarily because they attack countries to annex them, but they don't mind a bit of the ultra-violence against civilians during the campaigns either.

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Re: I've no sympathy with the Putin dictatorship

"But having said that, maliciously interfering with other countries IT is surely less bad than persistent foreign wars that kill hundreds of thousands?"

Haven't you noticed that they have been doing both?

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Laser-sharp research sees three top boffins win the Nobel Prize in physics

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Re: Newspapers making big deal of 1st woman for over 50 years

"Yeah it's really tough being a man. I assume this 'backlash' will be coming from men angry that after 1000 years of women being 2nd-class citizens, men have allegedly been slightly penalised for about a decade due to an overcorrection. How terrible for us, that we might face minor inconvenience once in a while."

It's almost like you are wanting to punish some members of a particular sex because others from that sex did something bad. How sexist of you.

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Re: Newspapers making big deal of 1st woman for over 50 years

"Hmmm, my sister who was actively encouraged in the sciences by our parents was doing double maths A level, chemistry and biology with an IQ over 150 then decided she did want to do science and became a reasonably successful model.

Powerful stuff genetics money."

FTFY.

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Manchester nuisance-call biz fined £150k after ignoring opt-out list

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Re: overnment is planning to make directors personally liable

"Unless you think cyclists will collectively cycle the same amount of miles as cars then your statistic is irrelevant. Plus pedestrians fail to notice cyclists far more than cars."

Really not. You cannot use total deaths to decide which is more dangerous when there are far more of one variety than another. For example, many more people in the UK die of heart attacks than gun attacks, but guns are more dangerous.

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Re: overnment is planning to make directors personally liable

"This ignores the fact there are a minuscule number of deaths attributed to cycling each year contrasted with over a thousand caused by motorised vehicles."

You might not have noticed, but death by dangerous driving is already a crime. The current maximum punishment is 14 years, and that will be raised to life under the same proposals. So, you know, it doesn't ignore the fact at all.

Also, cyclists KSI (kill and seriously injure) a similar number of pedestrians to cars, per passenger mile.

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Screwed SAP salesman scores $660,000 jury award

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"You make an agreement you honour that agreement. Not go back on it the second the other party has left the building."

Robert Kilroy Silk, formerly of UKIP, put it well here.

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UK ruling party's conference app editable by world+dog, blabs members' digits

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Re: "Everything blamed on the firm they bought the app from."

"And what's the betting the actual app developer said 'Here it is, you really ought to take a little while and review it's security settings'"

Who ships an app with 'no security at all, just anyone can alter anything' as a possible setting? Well, these guys, for one.

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Too many apps

"Reasons like this are why in London cabbies still have to take the knowledge."

Partially. It's mostly about artificial barriers to entry to preserve lucrative jobs through restricting supply though. See, for example New York's medallions.

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Holy smokes! US watchdog sues Elon Musk after he makes hash of $420 Tesla tweet

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Re: One rule for one...

"Doesn't seem fair that 'investors' can make public (false) statements to undermine a company value for their personal benefit, but if the company hit back with public (false) statements, it is fraud."

I am highly doubtful that someone can make defamatory and false statements in public to manipulate stock prices without it being a crime. Can you give any such examples?

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Re: Maximum Hubris

"The established carmakers spent years looking at electric cars as a dead-end niche. The biggest testament to Tesla's success is that the established carmakers are going all-in on electric after Tesla showed that it could be done."

I'd take issue with this statement, not that it isn't based in fact, but that it is somewhat of an exaggeration. Manufacturers thought this because for decades they were a dead-end niche. Technology, particularly battery technology, wasn't there. Musk has popularized electric cars, but the real reason they work is that now battery technology is in a place where it's possible for a car to pull the weight of the batteries needed to move it along at any speed and for any distance.

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Building your own PC for AI is 10x cheaper than renting out GPUs on cloud, apparently

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"That’s a lot of hours - an hour every working day for 4 years. The only way this makes sense for a hobbyist is if they are gaming on it too."

Of course, if you are a hobbyist that doesn't plan on using it for more than an hour at a time, why not just use your normal computer and let it run overnight.

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"But no one actually works this way. [...] The number of people really keeping a GPU hot 24/7/365 is minuscule and if you did that with this rig you would need much better cooling. Most desktop GPUs are mostly idle most of the time, even for researchers."

But at $3/hr, the numbers say that if you plan on renting a GPU for more than 1000 hours, in total, you should just buy your own. And then you get a rig you can just about play Crysis on at the weekend.

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Crypto-jackers' best pal Monero resets the 'days since a critical bug' counter back to zero

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Cryptocurrency! Combine the many bugs of computer software with the high stakes of your own money. And put it on the Internet for everyone to have a look at.

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Open-source software supply chain vulns have doubled in 12 months

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Re: Software supply chain attacks?

"“The time required for hackers to exploit a newly disclosed open source vulnerability has shrunk 400% in the last decade.”

How can the exploit time fluctuate if the Source Code has been in the public domain all the time?"

I want to know how something can shrink by more than 100%, but there you go.

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Facebook sued for exposing content moderators to Facebook

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Re: I downvoted him

"If you can't take it, resign, quit, go on strike, etc."

If you are absolutely fine watching harrowing images 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, week in week out, I'd be worried about your mental health to begin with.

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Re: The 1%

"This is only a rough estimate, and I suspect social media has more of the reciprocating sort."

It doesn't need to. If there are a billion users, 1% is 10 million absolute dickheads running around. And 10 million dickheads can do a lot of dickheady things.

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Never mind Brexit. UK must fling more £billions at nuke subs, say MPs

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"Do you claim that the cost of the military police is not included in British defence spending?. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gendarmerie"

We don't have a quasi-military organization enforcing civilian law in the UK. I am very happy about that fact.

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"You mean the French still fund their police? How passé."

They don't need to, I guess. They appear to just let anyone turn up and start bashing heads, no contract or payment required.

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Re: Simplistic solution to two problems

"The larger the network, the greater the likelihood that conditions in one place will to some extent balance out those elsewhere. The move is from baseload to transitory backup, which can come from storage or gas."

This, unfortunately, is not true. There are several days a year where the entirety of Western Europe has no wind.

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