2961 posts • joined 21 May 2007
Re: Majority of trade already outside of EU
Not really, it's more like 50/50.
Try this about "The gold export illusion".
PS. All EU countries trade as much as they can with the rest of the world, as they should.
Re: "there's a transition period after March"
"- Norway have a special customs relationship with Sweden".
Well, they have a land boarder with Sweden, the customs agreement is with the EU. The boarder is not an open boarder, apart from that, to quote:
"After the 1994 referendum, Norway maintained its membership in the European Economic Area (EEA), an arrangement granting the country access to the internal market of the Union, on the condition that Norway implements the Union's pieces of legislation which are deemed relevant (of which there were approximately seven thousand by 2010) Successive Norwegian governments have, since 1994, requested participation in parts of the EU's co-operation that go beyond the provisions of the EEA agreement. Non-voting participation by Norway has been granted in, for instance, the Union's Common Security and Defence Policy, the Schengen Agreement, and the European Defence Agency, as well as 19 separate programmes.".
And they pay for the privilege.
There is however a very simple, fast and economical solution to the NI boarder problem, to add a new slogan to the silly mix - "stop scratching blood out of your nose".
PS. Surpassing Germany and France, good luck with that, nothing wrong with trying.
"Can't be 4.8M in the Republic ..Maybe on the entire island, no?"
No, but 5,011,102 (July 2017 est.) according to:
As the Irish government denied any wrongdoing from the very start I assume they will stick to it and let the case proceed, reluctant or not. Some smiling in the corridors, who knows.
And they like Apple to stay, no doubt.
A nice sum of money but one has to compare it to something to understand it, say to the Budget:
revenues: $85.41 billion (2017).
One Brit and eight Americans
looking at the picture and the names of "The Voyager Imaging Team" and just a while ago at the "The migration advisory committee report" in Britain about education:
There is no evidence that parents’ choice is reduced by the migrant population.
Children with English as a second language perform better than native English speakers."
In that picture we have Carl Sagan, parents from now Ukraine, no introduction needed and Verner Suomi, parents from Finland, called the father of "satellite meteorology.".
And there is Larry Soderblom a very Scandinavian (Söderblom), no info on his background.
As there obviously are no native Americans, all the remaining guys have a background from probably Europe.
What made America great, at least then, is the influx of people from all around the world and that goes for Britain too. But people tend to forget it.
"Perhaps they did have politicians."
I believe we got both politicians and priests from very early on.
"Despite selective animosities Eire and the UK ought to be on the same side, and operating as coupled economic bloc".
Some "big brother" attitude there, "come save our arse with the boarder".
The Irish know they gain from membership with the EU and they are no longer as dependent on the UK as before. The biggest export country is the USA to day.
Brexit do create problems, all the same, as most of their exports go via the UK, and they might have to think again, supporting local ports perhaps or ship directly to Rotterdam or similar. No Brexit dividend there.
The "persona non gratis in Brussels" is nonsense. it's like claiming the UK is persona non gratis (to use your phrase) in Brussels because of some relation to tax-havens. I believe the UK government was as keen as the rest of the EU to tackle that problem.
Perhaps, indeed there is some truth in claiming the only Brexit dividend, and for the very few architects behind Brexit, has something to do with the tax-havens.,
PS. grata, while gratis fits your comment well.
"Article 50 which is unstoppable".
No it's not, it's quite clear, and has been pointed out that the 27 would accept it. Too much time and money has already been spent around the EU on this idiotic folly. All based on feelings, lies, not facts.
And by the way, no union likes to lose members, some Brits would not like too lose Scotland either, remember the Scottish referendum - "stronger together".
How mean and awful is a yacht club if they ask you to pull your yacht out of the marina and pay your debt in the bar and restaurant before leaving.
Re: C'mon Kieren
"both sides come along their lists of what they would like".
No it's not like that, if you negotiate a trade deal with say Brazil you say what you want but you cannot force it. Negotiating with 27 countries who can all stop "your what you want" is even harder and the problem is not the EU but the red lines put up by May. But you are still negotiating so we shall see.
Re: Official language(s)
The official language of the EU is, as Herman Van Rompuy put it, bad English. And then there are all the translations. English has become the second or third language in Europe, mainly because of the USA. It will not change and is out of British control, of course, Brexit or no Brexit.
Re: Thank you, Boris …
"Britain and Germany are the only countries that give the money and obey the rules".
Not true at all, eleven countries are net contributors. Ten can count, and know it's worth it. One is perhaps in the process of grasping it too.
Some simple googling could have prevented you from writing rubbish, then again perhaps not.
"Brexit, and the European Commission's aggressive response to it, "
The EU has been straight forward and consistent from the very beginning regarding what is possible and what is not.
The EU will not fall flat on its back confronted with ridiculous and unrealistic demands from a bunch of people who live in cuckoo land and believe in unicorns.
Should the EU some day decide to use Article 50 for the original purpose and kick out a member state that stopped behaving like a democratic country. Then perhaps some people might be able to claim the Commission to be aggressive.
The EU has shown an immense patience with a Government who doesn't know up from down and a bunch of idiots and clowns running around Europe huffing and puffing.
I believe more and more Brits have started to realize the whole idiocy was based on lies and dumb slogans.
Re: Fraud or fraud and hypocrisy.
@ Voyna i Mor
While the case is not about insider trading we find this on the Wiki:
"While the United States is generally viewed as making the most serious efforts to enforce its insider trading laws, the broader scope of the European model legislation provides a stricter framework against illegal insider trading. In the European Union and the United Kingdom all trading on non-public information is, under the rubric of market abuse, subject at a minimum to civil penalties and to possible criminal penalties as well.".
Re: PENCIL and paper
"That's why the ballot boxes are sealed-up and effectively guarded by a collection of typically honest Poll Workers.
Once you've cast your ballot, it's extremely safe.".
That is, so far so good, and all depends on the honest Poll Workers.
There are some good vids about how the ballot boxes are treated in Russia with less honest, if perhaps typical, Poll Workers.
If the whole system is corrupt there is no solution anyway, pen or pencil or what ever.
Re: Still won't fix the US'ans broken "Electorial college" system
To fix that you have to fix the two-party system first, same in the UK, good luck with that.
The funny thing. looking at it from outside, is that we all sneer at the one-party systems, but at the same time both Brits and Americans want that one party of their love the run the country and the government to the end of time. Just look at the mess in both countries.
I would hate that to happen in Finland regardless of party. It's as stupid and non-functional as having only one ISP or brand of cheese. Also elect the President directly by the people.
And yes, pen and pencil, ink. I would suggest that for Estonia too.
Re: taxation vs economic activity
@ bombastic bob
I think you should have added to your comment that the state/country need tax money to provide affordable education and health care, for roads and bridges and more. Have a listen* to this by John Oliver, as the saying goes socialism is for big business and the rich while capitalism is for the rest of the population.
* slightly reluctantly as I don't much care for his voice, but the team behind him doing the research is good.
"Their phones definitely don't smell Nokia, but rather of some China factory product ...".
No it's Foxconn and quite a few phones smell Foxconn.
But about HMD, according to the Wiki:
"HMD Global Oy, branded as HMD, is a Finnish mobile phone company, made up of the mobile phone business that Nokia had sold to Microsoft in 2014, then bought back in 2016. HMD Oy (limited company) began marketing smartphones and feature phones under the Nokia brand on 1 December 2016." ......
"HMD is headquartered in Espoo, Finland,opposite Nokia's head office, and the company is largely run by former Nokia executives. The first CEO was Arto Nummela, a Nokia veteran for 17 years, until July 2017 when President Florian Seiche took over as CEO. Manufacturing is outsourced to Foxconn. Nokia has no investment in HMD but remains a partner, setting mandatory requirements and providing patents and technologies, in return for royalty payments." ......
HMD are based at the Nokia Campus in Karaportti in Espoo, Finland, opposite Nokia Corporation's headquarters. HMD's other main offices are located in London, England; Noida, India and Dubai, UAE."
As for who owns the company try this link (in Finnish) :
"having to speak the a Mumbai".
Re: Any Reg readers living in Amsterdam right now?
"However, most Dutch people learn a bit of English in school. (this should change after Brexit)".
There is no such problem. Firstly Britain lost control of the language a long time. basically to the USA, nothing wrong or reparable with that. Secondly there is no "hate" towards Britain or the language because of Brexit (or not). Just surprise and disgust at the low quality in the rhetoric around that topic, and the low quality of the people, high up, driving it.
Personally I am not that surprised that people don't know much about the EU and are easily fooled. but what surprises me much more is how little Brits know about Britain and what makes it "tick".
Never have so many known so little about their own country.
Re: in Amsterdam no one needs a car.
"not all Dutchmen look exactly like the guy in the picture".
Well, not all Brits look (or speak) like Boris and JRM either.
Re: All a bit unnecessary?
"These are our negotiations". Well you intend to leave the EU, the EU is not kicking you out. And now you are negotiation on you future relations with the EU. How hard is it to understand that the EU will decide what is possible and what is not for the EU.
Britain seemed to be proud of being able to opt out of Galileo to later opt in (proudly!), and now some Brits seem to be upset because they cannot opt in to Galileo just like that when first opting out of the EU.
Re: Gaileo was willy waving
@ I ain't Spartacus
You might have missed that not so long ago France and Germany agreed to build the next gen fighter together. Too lazy to provide a link or two.
Re: Is their hardware history better or worse than their software history?
"transistor etc etc".
Julius Edgar Lilienfeld* patented a field-effect transistor in 1926 but it was not possible to actually construct a working device at that time. The first practically implemented device was a point-contact transistor invented in 1947 by American physicists John Bardeen, Walter Brattain, and William Shockley....
*a Jewish Austro-Hungarian-born German-American physicist and electronic engineer, credited with the first patents on the field-effect transistor (FET) (1925) and electrolytic capacitor (1931). Because of his failure to publish articles in learned journals and because high-purity semiconductor materials were not available yet, his FET patent never achieved fame, causing confusion for later inventors.
Also read about the Jump Jet.
Just return to paper and pencil (ink) and try to avoid internet connected paper and pencil. opinion by a guy who spent 35 as a programmer and who will never trust anything else, sad as it is. And please Americans, no punch cards either.
US taxpayers will pay for it, the dollars will return home but into MS pockets, but that does not change the fact that one shouldn't, as a MS customer. question the amount of money demanded.
What still annoys me
is that phones went from "one hand" devices to "both hand" devices, consequently I would like to operate it with one hand even without looking at it. Still right now I use a 15 year old Nokia but it's a clam cell bastard you open the wrong way every second time and sometimes you end the call by accident. And yes I know there is stuff you can (or could) push into your ear but I don't want any of that either.
(As for internet on a not so smart phone/screen, Opera mini is quite good.)
Well nothing is perfect.
Re: New is always good!
"And oh here's your 4GB data cap". The data cap has nothing to do with 4G or 5G.
Good for Nokia no doubt, and it's good there is some competition between not that many providers.
"What's he going to tell CIO's?".
Perhaps, never forget the first law of betting - "never bet for more than you can afford to lose".
British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage
Re: Eh? Amadeus Best known for
The Wiki has this on the "Altéa Departure Control, a departure control system software package".
"In 2000, Amadeus was awarded the development of two new operational applications for British Airways and Qantas: the inventory management and the departure control systems. These products were outside of the core expertise domain of Amadeus and were built with the expertise of the airlines. "
Also about Amadeus:
"Amadeus CRS is the largest GDS provider in the worldwide travel and tourism industry, with an estimated market share of 37% in 2009. As of December 2010, over 90,000 travel agencies worldwide use the Amadeus system and 58,000 airline sales offices use it as their internal sales and reservations system. Amadeus gives access to bookable content from 435 airlines (including 60 low cost carriers), 29 car rental companies (representing 36,000 car rental locations), 51 cruise lines and ferry operators, 280 hotel chains and 87,000 hotels, 200 tour operators, 103 rail operators and 116 travel insurance companies."
Re: Tee hee. Trump is to Putin as --
Perhaps you could elaborate a bit about this "only country":
"The only NATO country to invoke the mutual defense part of the NATO treaty is the US".
I get this:
The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.
Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security. "
I agree very much with "we are now led by a loud-mouthed, crude, semi-literate bully".
As for NATO I don't think they are all that unhappy internally. Trump is a bypassing disturbance they have to cope with for the time being.
The amount of money spent on defence in Europe is actually quite "impressive" but that topic is for somebody else to write about.
Re: Tee hee. Trump is to Putin as --
"is honestly ideologically aligned with Putin.". Perhaps not quite, but Putin is in Russia what Trump would like to be in the USA. Ideology, what's that. Look at the guy, full control, will never lose in any election he takes part in for as long as he cares to, very rich, and look at how they love him on telly, look at his numbers. And he likes me and he will like me to win again.
Re: Don't get sheep herded by the fake news media
@ Voland's right hand
We also know each election has been rigged and every possible opposition candidate has been forced out of any election. The Russians know it too.
Re: Well, with all of NATO being either personal foes or parts of the "greatest Foe"
"FL noted, "...270% import duties on US milk to Canada...".
The problem is that the USA produces a huge amount of milk in a very industrialized manner, and a lot more than they use. They would like to dump that on Canada but the Canadians know this would harm/kill their dairy industry and refuse to take it.
The kind and intelligent advice for the Americans is that they should produce less and avoid the problem.
There are those, including Brits, these days, who believe that trade agreements are quick and easy. In reality there are an immense amount of conflicts between similar industries between countries. A lot of giving and taking.
The Canadians, as far as I understand, do have this option regarding said milk.
For Brexit Brits who desperately need a trade agreement a sap, it is, as a matter of fact quite easy. Just have countries write one for you and then all Britain has to do is to sign it. Easy peasy, just ask Fox.
PS. Perhaps one should add that also the Canadians could perhaps produce milk in an equally industrialized manner but that would not solve the American problem.
And now for a Canadian who can tell us about import duties Americans put on Canadian products.
Re: FAKE NEWS
tt's actually called the Stockholm syndrome. So Fake News indeed.
Re: Tee hee. Trump is to Putin as --
There is, of course, the possibility that he's just quite a bit dumber than expected, or that he is the intelligent statesman as in Fox news yesterday.
Re: Trump to fix toxic U.S. political air
I would be silly and sad to think Trump represents the USA.
Re: Dear club we just stormed out off in a fit of rage
Quoting Wikipedia on the Prüm Convention:
"While the Decisions were originally applicable to all EU member states, the United Kingdom subsequently exercised their right to opt-out from them effective 1 December 2014. However, the UK committed to assess their future participation and make a decision by 31 December 2015 on whether to rejoin the Decisions. On 22 January 2016 the UK notified the EU of its desire to resume participating in the Prum Decisions, which was approved by the Commission on 20 May 2016"
"Its time to scrap the copper!". Easy there, copper is not scrap at all.
Now let's be clear about this, the UK is indeed the number one in broadband speed when we compute it in the one and only proper way for the one and only proper result. Look out my British friends we will indeed copy you soon and soon we will read about how the British invented and lead the way in broadband speed.
Calm down, just kidding, sort of, or not.
Re: Remind me again why...
"Please don't give me the...but if we don't have what they have we'll be left behind" BS".
I am not that convinced I can see that BS all that clearly, I have felt left behind at numerous occasions when I haven't had what "they" have. I won't give you a list of "that" as that might be a bit embarrassing and the list rather long and for many rather familiar, perhaps.
Good for you AC, if you have never experienced anything similar.
As for commerce, a bit of the old "egg and chicken" thing. The EU is a 20 trillion commerce today, who is the chicken who is the egg.
India probably didn't have much of a space program some decades ago, so, is it commerce behind the reality today or is there something else too.
It's Friday after all.
PS. Brits tend to be proud about some world class universities, why, chicken or egg.
PPS. Some virus or chicken just ate my icons.
Re: rural parochialism
"Even the Prime Minister seems to have this idea.......Makes her sound like she's never left the village she grew up in.".
The result of a "Enid Blyton" education!.
Oh happy days when
IBM delivered smaller "snowballs", what a silly name, in boxes of 2000 snowflakes!.
Re: Don't be cretinous
Even more idiotic a la Rees-Mogg (with his read lines) is that he claims the UK will not set up a boarder with Ireland and thus let all EU members come across the NI boarder freely to Britain.
That is indeed controlling ones boarders.
Re: international cyber-force
"Why can't the member states gather their own team of experts and cooperate with their neighbours?".
I have a feeling that is exactly what is going on here, and most of those countries are indeed neighbours and I assume it will include private companies with experts in that field. Why moan about it.
I suppose your comment is not meant to be taken all that seriously. Take your tap water, do you seriously believe no regulations are needed to keep it reasonably safe, would you rather trust the market force for that. What about food, flying, building site safty and so on. Just look back in time and you will understand it better.
This is not to say that there are no obsolete dumb regulations hanging around too.
Mainly in the USA there is right now an almost religious "deregulation" mantra driven by forces you should be rather cautious with.
"Wouldn't it make more sense to work together?". Yes, but why leave the EU to do that.
"Galileo works "in combination" with GPS".
No it's independent on GPS.
Exiting the European Union Committee | Guy Verhofstadt MEP
Guy Verhofstadt explains in detail the reality regardinh Galileo and what the UK can do.
I think it was to Thailand not to a EU country.