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4919 posts • joined 23 Apr 2010

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: What about the stuff that we really don't want...

>a clean install of Windows 7 the OS you actually want.

Well many were quite happy with XP and moved to 7 with some reluctance. (*)

(*) Yes, I know XP has many security flaws and other limitations addressed in newer editions, but to many it is the UI/UX of both using the system and living with the on-going updates that defines whether an OS is good or not.

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Re: Commerce

>Windows 10 is no less stable than Windows 7, and is more stable than Mac OS. (In my experience.)

Well n my experience, I've had to rebuild more Win10 laptops/tablets than Win7 machines. However, part of this is down to the stupidity of MS update - the Win10 tablet has had to be factory reset etc. twice in the last two years because MS borked the update process.

I suspect if you could turn off MS updates then the underlying improvements might start to show.

>Also, if you find the flavour of OS you use affects your productivity, then you're using the wrong tools.

Duh! So if I'm good with MS Office (full suite including Visio and Project) on Win7, but find on W10 it's not so simple to switch between stuff, I should use a different Office suite, yet continue to use W10...

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Re: Oh, CALCULATOR!

>There should be some way to 'commit' OS changes so that after you feel comfortable that the latest patches haven't broken something you can eliminate the ability to roll back and save some space.

Typical MS basic functionality is available in Win7 using the Disk Cleanup -> Clean up System Files option. With Win10 the relevant functionality has been moved into Settings -> System > Storage

Although, I have read that you only need to manually do a system file clean up on Win10 if you want to clean OS update files before Windows automatic housekeeping gets around to it.

Obviously, the MS tools will only clean up the standard Windows areas and files, so you will still need to use CCleaner (with settings appropriate to your needs) if you want a single place to clean up after third-party applications.

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Re: Higher Power?

Didn't up or down vote but, the question has to be whether MS will respect the removal. So when the next big W10 update happens, all these (user removed) applications reappear...

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Re: Deinstall Win 10?

Whilst USB 2.0 is supported, my 'ancient' x48 speed DVD/CD-RW drive that I got some while back to ease the task of installing software on to a netbook, will suffice.

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Mobe networks battle to bring comms back after Hurricane Michael smashes US Gulf Coast

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Re: """Spending Money"""

>as it is likely you will be gone in 5 years.

Sounds a long-time, back in the 1980's, it seemed the norm in IT was to change jobs every 18~24 months.

>Second, there is that good old debate over CAPEX vs OPEX.

Well one requires lots of proposals, quotes, meetings, sign-offs the other simply comes out of the budget, requiring minimal approval "just do what it takes, but get it fixed fast!".

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Re: You'd think the Air Force would move the $150 million apiece fighters out of the storm's path

>A pity that's inaccessible to those of us who block marketing cookies or are in GDPR-land.

Worked fine from my laptop with Adblock Plus etc enabled and accessing the Internet via a UK region IP address.

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>a wooden utility pool should last for decades.

Probably find most of the wooden poles were installed in the 1950's :)

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Re: You'd think the Air Force would move the $150 million apiece fighters out of the storm's path

Re: TheDrive

Interesting article, raises many points, fundamentally:

1. Modern military fighter jets are much less robust and reliable than a WWII Spitfire.

2. the US military have got complacent and decided it doesn't need bomb/storm proof shelters/hangers...

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

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Re: Barrister BS

Not quite sure what spazturtle was actually saying. Although I think I understand what they were trying to say.

Fundamentally contribution and funding levels (and limits) (for final salary/defined benefit schemes) were set too low, hence why so many final salary schemes were closed to both new and existing members - to cap the liabilities.

However, as you note the law is very clear about the legal agreement between employees and employers over pensions. Hence why with liabilities still increasing even on closed schemes, we are seeing some (but not many) cases that are attempting to reinterpret the rules so as to reduce the liabilities.

I suspect BT will not win this challenge, leaving as spazturtle notes a shortfall that still needs to be funded from somewhere. The problem is, as Equitable Life demonstrated, the funding had to come from somewhere so in their case they 'raided' the monies from the "with profit" schemes, until this was exhausted and the company collapsed. with BT it would seem it's only option will be to reduce investment in new/improved infrastructure and milk the cash cow for as long as possible. Which effectively means slowing the deployment of large investment projects such as FTTP and getting more out of the existing copper and telephony infrastructure; but given the pace of progress this is risking suicide.

Alternatively, the directors at BT could do a Maxwell - yes the legal loopholes are still there, and use the BT pension fund to fund the FTTP investment...

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Rock and a hard place...

Fundamentally, the problem is that the then government called the new index CPI, rather than change the way RPI was calculated. Subsequent governments have for various reasons not bothered to fix the problems that have arisen.

Given the HoL Equitable Life judgement, I expect the Court of Appeal will tell BT that they can't alter the pension terms. Forcing BT to pay more into the pension fund leaving less money to invest in service improvement eg. FTTP. Naturally, Ofcom et al will complain that BT isn't investing enough into FTTP...

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Re: Barrister BS

>That was only 18 years ago!

The writing was on the wall in the early 1990's, before the events of 1993 which resulted in the House of Lords ruling in 2000 and near total collapse of what then remained of Equitable Life.

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Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit

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Re: And all we can do...

>Weirdly, my thanks go to Gina for putting the advisory argument to bed.

? The court case put to bed the idea that the Conservatives and the Executive could radically change the UK Constitution etc. without Parliament's consent.

The referendum did not bind Parliament, MP's could have and still can vote to end Brexit and there won't be anything legal Brexiteers can do to prevent it...

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Re: Conversation weit the MaYbot AI: or The Truth about Binary Choices

>Yes, we could get the Dutch to re-polderise Doggerland...

<sarcasm>

No we can't!

That would involve giving Dutch/EU nationals special rights and as we know from the recent lobbying from Conservative MPs that (their personal) Brexit demanded that EU residents got treated no differently to non-EU residents.

Now (if you talk to some friends/sponsors of the Conservative party, I'm sure they will point you in the right direction. I suspect that very cheap workers can be obtained from places such as Bangladesh; who's skills would be better utilised re-polderising Doggerland than preventing the inundation of Bangladesh.

However in saying that, the only challenge I can see with re-polderising Doggerland is agreeing the border with the EU...

</sarcasm>

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Re: Ha Ha

>I'm not sure how I'll work it once the planes are grounded but we'll see.

Ryanair is an Irish company, so expect them to continue flights that don't need UK airspace: so that looks like you'll be able to fly Dublin-Cork, but not Dublin-Paris...

Otherwise, there are the ferries...

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>usually ends with dead members of the government

Yes, I do think we should have had a few MP's heads on poles outside Westminster; it would most probably very quickly sobered MP's up and got them to focus.

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Re: And all we can do...

re: ironically, the people who are going to be most effected negatively are the ones who wants BREXIT.

The trouble is that those who want Brexit and are in a position to influence matters just can't agree on what sort of Brexit they actually want. From yesterday evening's news, I got the distinct impression the only area of agreement is an absolute terror of there being the slightest chance of remaining or the transitional arrangements becoming business as usual normal.

When 60+ Brexit supporting Conservative MPs can't agree on Brexit and Rees-Mogg is scared to publish "his" plan because it would be ridiculed (highly likely given the ridicule handed out over his plans for the Irish border conundrum), yet continue to jockey for political points, you know things will end badly...

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

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Re: Morrisons vicariously liable but not at fault

>so yes, my personal mobile goes into a locker before I go onto the trading floor.

Right now understand where you are coming from...

When I started work (pre-mobile phones) making private phone calls whilst at work was a hassle, I'm not sure if we can easily get back to this state of affairs or whether it is desirable.

As an external consultant, since the mid 1990's I have nearly always turned up at client sites with my personal phone and laptop (ie. my tools which are owned by my business) - only leaving them in the bag/car/at home when the client provides 'tools' and specifies non-use of third-party equipment on their premises.

However, for the probably the vast majority of enterprises it is now a well established practise for people to carry around their own personal mobile phone/tablet, which may or may not be connected to the corporate IT (whether on the guest network or in many cases directly on the corporate network!!).

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Re: For those against Morrisons

>...but you can have systems in place which record who access the data and what they accessed and maybe even flag up when one person access large amounts of data.

Yes, however these systems don't stop one person accessing large amounts of data.

Today I was on a client site, the FD was doing the payroll. For whatever reason, they had to take an extract from the DB and populate an Excel spreadsheet, which then got forwarded to the company that ran the payroll.

So in your example system, it would have flagged that FD had accessed the data and even that they had accessed a large amount of data, only issue is their access was 100% legitimate. However, once the data had been extracted it would be out of sight of the data access monitor and thus copied without oversight.

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Re: Morrisons vicariously liable but not at fault

>Why does the employee need a personal device in the workspace?

Remember BYOD?

Also I presume you have (successfully) lobbied your employer to ban employees having personal devices in the workplace and thus you yourself don't carry a personal mobile phone....

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Re: I don't have any sympathy for Morrisons

>Morrisons are fools for pursuing this case

Err no. You do realise that if Morrisons lose, JMW will have opened the door wide for all the other ambulance chasers...

Remember this case isn't about the data breach as such but "compensation for the distress caused". Given Morrisons was awarded £170,000 in compensation, it would seem that a cup of coffee from the Morrisons in-store cafe for every employee is about the right level of compensation...

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>I've worked close to these systems, and even had work machines contaminated with unnecessary personal data - but as I wasn't dodgy nothing bad happened. But it shouldn't have been possible.

It is surprising how many IT people throw their toys out of the pram when you limit their access to systems, many seem to think that it is okay that they can access ALL systems and ALL data because "they ain't doing anything dodgy".

In the new world, I wonder how many IT people realise that having such access now puts them at the top of any list of suspects when an unauthorised data disclosure happens...

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

>There is no reason for a finance computer to ever need access to ... anything apart from a few dedicated, preferably hard-wired, connections.

There speaks someone who has never worked in or observed an accounts/financials department...

You are also assuming the guy was accessing the (compromised) database from a finance department designated PC...

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Re: We are missing one important question...

>If he was just able to post it to Dropbox then yes there might be a case,

You only need a web browser with public internet access to achieve a file upload, so the question is whether it is reasonable to have a web browser installed on a company PC...

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Your pal in IT quits. Her last words: 'Converged infrastructure...' What does it all mean? We think we can explain

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Re: The new mainframe?

>Yep, but without all of the high priests preening and primping it into glorious life.

Once you start running Unix, Windows or Linux at datacenter scale, you'll discover they also have their own priesthoods...

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The new mainframe?

"Taking the converged approach to its logical conclusion is Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI), where everything is integrated into a single, highly virtualized appliance-like node, and storage is provided by pooling the direct attached resources across a cluster of these nodes. "

Sounds suspiciously like a mainframe being described in current lingo...

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HMRC rapped as Brexit looms and customs IT release slips again

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Re: TL;DR

>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?

Pushed?

I thought the UK effectively left the Commonwealth trade block. Now I appreciate that many members of the Commonwealth trade block suffered because of many of the trade flows involved the UK, but that is different to being 'pushed'.

>Euro

I suspect many of the problems with the Euro will be solved by the EU becoming a fully fledged state. However, ignoring the UK, I suspect there are many in the EU27 who would not be happy with this change, so it won't happen anytime soon. Thus the "ever closer union" remains an aspiration that won't be realised on the ground anytime soon...

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Re: no surprise

>Instead the jingoistic racists* just wanted to exit ASAP.

Careful there!

It seems France is coming to the conclusion that a no deal Brexit aka UK exit ASAP on 29-Mar-2019 is actually in it's interest. It only needa a couple of EU members to think similarly and a no-deal Brexit is what it will be.

The (ironic) laugh will be watching the Brexiteers complaining that a no-deal Brexit is the EU 'punishing' the UK.

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Re: Scale of Challenge

>She did, however, end her letter by emphasising that the committee was aware of the scale of the challenge.

Given the nature of their repeated complaints about the progress, HMRC are making, I suspect they don't really appreciate the scale of the challenge. I recommend the PAC take a day trip (or two) and familiarise themselves with the scale of the systems and the changes they are wanting to be effected in such short timecales.

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Send up a satellite to zap space junk if you want Earth's orbit to be clean, say boffins

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Re: Consider:

>And yet, after a few years on-orbit, the average set of solar panels look like the good ole' boys have been out with their shotguns and got bored.

Given all the meteor showers, passing comets and their tails, I wonder whether part of the problem is that we assume space to be a clean vacuum and not a rather dirty place with lots of small particles whizzing by on their various trajectories.

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Re: Centrifugal force?

>Having said that, the basic principle of using balanced beams to hold satellite A in place while knocking satellite B out of orbit works

It works better by having the hunter-killer satellite in a slightly higher orbit than the junk as then the beam would be working with gravity to hasten the junk's descent.

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Re: It all seems a bit far fetched, to me

The article suggests the impulse being applied for less than half a minute. Given that the device uses a balancing plasma beam suggests that the designers don't see a need to follow the target over this period of time.

@Doctor Syntax - think about it, both cleaning satellite and junk will be moving at high speed. So for anything more than a very short burst/shot, the cleaning satellite would need to follow the junk, in fact given the aiming problem, it would need to predict the course of the junk and effectively lead the junk down.

Given the size of much of the junk, it might be better to drift net stuff - either having your net run slightly faster than the junk or marginally slower. Obviously, with a carefully chosen orbit the net will automatically take the collected junk down, to be burnt up in the atmosphere.

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NSA dev in the clink for 5.5 years after letting Kaspersky, allegedly Russia slurp US exploits

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Re: Nobody else see the elephant in the room?

>Nobody else see the elephant in the room?

Yes wet wear of all ages and abilities can do dumb things.

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GDPR only applies to personal information. So your antivirus doesn't need your permission to automatically upload viruses it finds on your PC to a server to be analysed.

However, as the AV uploads an infected file, there is nothing to say that file doesn't or couldn't contain personal information. I think when I installed the latest edition of Kaspersky it did ask for permission to upload files.

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HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

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Re: The 'Trust' Factor: Toxic Patches / Firmware Updates

>most major brand laser drivers are based off the HP laser jet 3 and 4 driver...

I thought with business class lasers, if you didn't want the fancy stuff, they were either PCL3 or PCL5 (HP) or PS (Applewriter) compatible and thus the generic OS drivers were generally good enough.

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Re: When do we get compensation in the UK?

Re: A3 printer with continuous ink supply system:

Epson & Canon, using third-party inks:

https://www.cityinkexpress.co.uk/cheap-printer-bundles

Although their ink systems do support various Brother A4 with "occassional A3" printers. suggest you email.

If you can afford the US shipping costs, take alook at: https://adaptiveink.com

Basically, I would start by searching for CISS and then find resellers who are prepared to sell a printer+CISS bundle and thus prepared to take on the compatibility and support issues.

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Re: On the other hand...

>Had a friend in college who would buy a new printer, whatever was on the best sale, when his ran out of ink.

Bet the local reseller loved this guy! Many printers only come with "get you started" cartridges that are intended to fill the printer with ink and print 10~50 pages.

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

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Re: "The Astute problems all stem from not building any subs at all for a long time,"

> Why rely on the predictability of an (expensive) solid welding jig

Well with a jig you could set up a production line: 50? 100? 2? what! it will cost more to build the jigs than it would having them coach built.

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Re: Need quick cash? Sell the old subs to CANADA!

So? Just retrofit the old leaky subs with oil-burning diesel engines... We ARE CANADIAN! Hewers of wood

Doesn't quite go, perhaps if we made them wood burning then Canada would have a use for all that wood hewing

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Re: This is going to cause a war

>How many wars could have been avoided if England had no weapons. Sure maybe they would have lost the war to Germany, but maybe Germany wouldn't have had to go to war if England wasn't invading everyone.

Interesting twist on history, pray tell us the untold truth about the English invasions that precipitated WWI and WWII.

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>No, his suggestion was worse.

Agree, particularly if you remember that no one actually could or would confirm or deny whether the nuclear missiles deployed to Greenham Common did or didn't possess nuclear warheads...

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>Who knew introducing university fees would cause a drain on skilled people?

I suggest you take a look at Germany, where University is free, but they also have a problem retaining skilled people...

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Re: Simplistic solution to two problems

>Historically costs have excluded decommissioning and processing waste because if they did private industry wouldn't touch it.

But part that problem was down to politics.Back in the 50's and 60's scientists were seemingly making huge strides, so there was natural expectation that they would also be able to resolve the decommissioning and waste problem, however, this viewpoint failed to take account of politicians and their need to be popular if they are to get re-elected. Thus with the rise of the anti-nuclear movement, they couldn't be seen to invest in nuclear and so nuclear research got under-funded, which has resulted in the current mess.

I think with our society being addicted to energy, cheap'ish and plentiful, we will be making nuclear reactors; alternatively - but we might be doing this in any case, we turn the clock back a few centuries...

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"Even after Brexit, their expectation is that the UK taxpayer will dig into his increasingly empty pockets and pay for EU defence."

<sarcasm>

Don't really why you are taking issue, as we kept being told by the Brexit nutters, the UK willingly and overwhelmingly voted for this state of affairs...

</sarcasm>

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Securing industrial IoT passwords: For Pete's sake, engineers, don't all jump in at once

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Re: Stop using passwords

> i.e. the end device would initiate all comms and wouldn't allow any inward connections or remote logins at all. This wouldn't solve all of the problems but would remove some of them.

I think the issue isn't so much with the individual IoT device, but where several IoT devices (or a composite device) are effectively monitoring a single piece of real-world kit. So following the article example, the pump can have multiple sensors, but the pump only gets restarted once all are clear. Interestingly, this doesn't do away with the on-site engineer's physical lock - I wouldn't want to be working on a piece of heavy kit controlled from some remote CCC without having some certainty of a local override/protection from remote stupidity.

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Re: Stop using passwords

The article isn't really about passwords or or certificates as they don't really address the problem discussed in the article.

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In a race to 5G, Trump has stuck a ball-and-chain on America's leg

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Lessons (not) learnt...

You would have thought that after the US sub-prime mortgage crisis and the events across the world it precipitated, people would have been more aware of just how interdependent the modern world is. It seems that whilst the 'worlds' media (okay I'm sure there are some countries not watching) focus on the UK leaving the EU, they are missing the bigger story as Trump tries and takes the US out of the World....

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UK.gov isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either

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Re: "The UK however, is already a member of the EEA..."

>It's unclear if UK, which is part of EEA through its EU membership, will still be in EEA when it leaves.

I suggest you read the relevant treaties, it is totally clear they support continued membership; obviously, if the UK pulled this card, we can expect some to want treaties amended... But perhaps that is because I'm coming at things from a UK legal perspective: if it isn't explicitly barred then it is allowed, whereas my understanding of some other systems is that if it isn't explicitly allowed then it is barred...

The issues with the "freedoms" I suggest is more to do with the wants of the Brexit nutters and not necessarily what "Leave" meant; hence why all the discussion about differing flavours of 'Brexit'.

> is UK ready to accept it? I doubt.

I suspect this consideration applies to any Brexit deal, even the ones that Mogg et al desire. the problem is that the current generation of Conservative MPs have shown themselves to be weak and vacuous, so would you accept any 'deal' they had negotiated at face value?

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Re: "but on what mess they will be passing on to their grandchildren."

The hereditary system never worked well to create wealth for the largest percentage of citizens possible.

That is the challenge with all systems of representation, how to align the representative's personal interests with the interests of the country as a whole.

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Re: Here's my plan...

@codejunky - it is one of the reasons why I am not totally opposed to having hereditary peers (with children/grandchildren) in the HoL; their minds aren't totally on the next election and clinging on to office, but on what mess they will be passing on to their grandchildren.

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