* Posts by codejunky

5105 posts • joined 24 Oct 2011

Fukushima studies show wildlife is doing nicely without humans, thank you very much

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Re: Ha

@AC

"Exactly. Better to scapegoat and point fingers rather than fix the UK's very real energy problems"

Eh? The real energy problems is that after tonnes of investment and growing reliance upon extremely unreliable and under-performing methods of generating electricity which requires gas backup has left the UK reliant on gas. Then we ban fracking which would give us a reliable source of gas. The fix is simple, stop subsidising the monuments to sky gods and switch back on the coal plants (as is being done in limited fashion because its necessary).

"At least with smart meters we can now have pinpoint accurate rolling blackouts for the plebs."

Probably the plan. Government refuses to build energy generation and so dictates a way to knock off the demand. All stuff pointed out way back when labour were doing this (cons continuing with it).

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Re: Ha

@Lars

"Affraid of using the B word."

Which B word?

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Ha

The disaster that wasnt. Fukushima had so much going for it to be a complete catastrophe and refused to do so, it is a great advert for nuclear power. Old design, backup generators in the wrong place, hit by both earthquake and tsunami which caused incredible damage and killed many and yet the power plant kept safe.

I am hoping at some point soon there is a massive backlash against the green lobby in the UK for our current issues around gas and energy supply. Where is all this plentiful cheap energy from the monuments to the sky gods that was promised? Instead the green dream brings gas shortage, high prices and lack of supply. Along with knock on effects of a gas shortage. Its a shame labour chickened out of its plans to build more nukes.

One-size-fits-all chargers? What a great idea! Of course Apple would hate it

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@ChrisC

"How many improvements are we talking about in reality though?"

https://medium.com/@diamondlitty62/history-of-cell-phone-batteries-and-advances-in-technology-9303f6cddd69

While that focuses on the battery the charging requirement has changed. Hell I even have a fast charger for my phone with a huge battery capacity that was not something I had with any of my first phones. Mobiles havnt been mass market products for long and tablets even shorter.

"So given how capable the USB C connector is"

USB started in 1996. I seem to recall that being very capable at the time. Forget mobiles people still wore pagers.

"would it really be so stifling to any further developments in cable-borne charging if the EU merely pressed pause on what type of physical connector can be fitted to a device?"

That is answered by the mere statement 'pressed pause'. It depends what happens with charging technology. It might make no difference so there is no need to pause, or it might leave the EU behind which would be bad to pause.

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Shock

"Nevertheless, the EU is prepared to plough on."

To the surprise of nobody I am sure. What a stupid idea. How many improvements have been made to charging technology over how long? And the central planning power mad nutters want to hit pause. Thats one way to be left behind. I expect manufacturers will now make a greater push for wireless charging.

Clegg on its face: Facebook turns to former UK deputy PM to fend off damaging headlines

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Re: 30 Years on, there will still be people paying back their student loans...

@AC

"But tuition fees came in (in England) under the Conservatives."

No they didnt. It was one of Blairs lies. He claimed no tuition fees then introduced them once elected. I know I was paying them when they first came in.

"And these were then allowed to rise at a staggering rate"

Very true (I was done before that). Because the cost of tuition is much more than taxpayers could support, useless degrees were popping up all over and everyone suddenly needed degrees just to sweep the floor.

"Thus education moved from being something we could all aim for to something only the well off can really afford to have"

I wont argue with that. So to return to that we would need to cut down the support for degrees and fund fewer students. That way the tax payer can afford to support the few that go and the rest pay their own way (likely with student loans with how things have changed).

"We've shot ourselves in the foot."

I dont disagree. People could get apprenticeships which fell due to the uni push. I am not disagreeing with you but the situation changed which is why you could go on the taxpayers dime (and probably worth it) vs now.

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Re: 30 Years on, there will still be people paying back their student loans...

@AC

"People taking useless courses? That's no way to talk about Computer Science graduates"

That did get a chuckle, but yes there has been a proliferation of useless courses just to soak up the money... erm attract students. Your free tuition was because a lot fewer people went to uni and that could be supported. Labours aim was 50% of kids going to uni, it was wildly unaffordable.

"Joking aside, your argument is unconvincing at best."

And yet what changed? You got taxpayer funded education when fewer students needed it and now that kids are shoved in that direction the tax payer cannot afford the bill. If thats an unconvincing argument I dont know how and you may need to elaborate.

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Re: 30 Years on, there will still be people paying back their student loans...

@AC

"The United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland.

How? Education was free at the time. (Circa 1986-1990)"

And that is why I asked. So that was when far fewer kids went to uni and so was more affordable to the public budget. Now people can take useless courses on left handed puppetry and when they find no market for their degree cry they have a loan and everyone else should pay for it.

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Re: 30 Years on, there will still be people paying back their student loans...

@AC

"I obtained two degrees for free: An engineering degree and a Masters. All paid for by the government."

Great. How and where (country)?

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@Friendly Neighbourhood Coder Dan

"as European citizen in the EU I can guarantee that Brits' issues with ID is one of the things that baffles us the most."

We saw how it went really wrong in Germany and are more libertarian than Europe. An issue also shown in UK law vs European.

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Re: 30 Years on, there will still be people paying back their student loans...

@AC

"The hatred will run deep for this man for those affected, because of his complete two-faced stance on tuition fees, to suck up student votes."

Cancelling tuition fees is a great promise to sell to people looking to benefit from it. But the reality is no, such a thing is not a realistic policy. The good news is that the target audience have little experience of life so they dont realise until they do their part

UK Ministry of Defence apologises after Afghan interpreters' personal data exposed in email blunder

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Re: Ouch

@AC

"(I'm a different AC, but I expect"

I had a similar assumption (hence my reply) but I wasnt sure. I also have a pet troll posting AC who apart from posting gibberish is desperate for my attention (see thread- https://forums.theregister.com/forum/all/2021/09/13/new_uk_ico_promises_to/#c_4334148).

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@AC

"Are you one of those QAnon-4/8chan/kun dweebs who believe President Trump is a 4D chess playing God Emperor ?"

Nope but are you that dumbass AC troll thats been following me around?

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@AC

"he was always completely on top of the situation, never lied about it, and never downplayed it"

At first he accepted what the WHO had been saying in downplaying the situation. That is why he got pissed at the WHO and withdrew funding for playing politics instead of doing their job. Trump has likely lied about plenty, he was still a president but without the polish.

I still dont understand the comment-

"From the man who, if he didn't actually bring you the coronavirus, market it across the US?"

Dunno if your the same AC but what does this gibberish mean?

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@AC

"Interesting. Why exclude President Trump?"

Because Trump called an end to the war (even though he was then voted out before withdrawal), set the aim of the engagement so it would finally end and Biden fluffed the exit. The idiot AC replying this is partisan seems to think Bush was a democrat. The war needed to end and Trump is the first to have done anything about it.

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@AC

"From the man who, if he didn't actually bring you the coronavirus, market it across the US?"

Eh? Trump blamed China for their terrible response causing the pandemic. Blamed the WHO for understating the problem and was trying to punish them for it. Also Trump did a great job at securing vaccine even if he pissed off the rest of the world by putting his country first.

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Re: Ouch

@AC

"Only blinkered partisan fools would find any positives from the US (& UK) involvement in Afghanistan. From Bush, through Obama and Trump to Biden."

Excluding Trump from that list I would agree. I would have been interested to see how he would have gone about it. Especially since he would have left sooner (he set the date for May)

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Re: Ouch

@Throatwarbler Mangrove

"Long answer: *waves vaguely at 2017-2021*"

A time that seemed more successful than under Biden.

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Re: Ouch

@lglethal

"You are aware that Trump signed the agreement for the Americans to leave AND set the leaving date"

Trump set the date for May to leave. Biden moved the date to August, so Biden set up the withdrawal to a new date much further away and fluffed it so hard the failure was shocking. Biden set the date and fucked up hard! He didnt stick to Trumps date. Leaving was not Trumps failure.

"But apparently he didnt do any sort of planning for actually meeting said date."

How would we know? Biden took over the show, moved the date and screwed the pooch. What has that got to do with Trump?

"Biden was an idiot for sticking with the date"

He didnt.

"but do not start trying to say that this wouldnt have happened if Trump was in charge. It would have"

You must be high. Leaving in the night leaving half the kit and loads of Americans behind. Doubt it.

"And it probably would have been an even greater clusterf%&k."

I know people are gonna tell themselves that but some people seem to believe Biden stuck to Trumps exit date. The truth is different.

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Ouch

Could be funny to do this intentionally with a list of ISIS members you want popping off but we really dont want to be shafting those who help us. I wonder if Americans are regretting their choice last election. Can anyone really imagine this seriously stupid failure under Trump?

Don't forget to leave a rating: Amazon chairman meeting with UK prime minister to talk taxes

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Re: he will discuss the “challenges” of taxing giant tech corporations in a digital economy

@SundogUK

The Stalin route 'it all belongs to the peoples'. Probably with a few goons to go break legs until people cooperate (god knows how many people going missing)

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Re: Philosophy of taxation

@David Nash

"Absolutely, as long as they pay a fair share of tax."

The problem is defining how much theft is fair. How much should be stolen at the point of a gun is fair? Thats not just for the rich but a question very well unanswered and with little by way of resolution.

And this is to governments with a golden track record of carefully managing peoples money for the good of the people (try to say that without laughing)

Beijing wants its internet to become 'civilized' by always reflecting Marxist values

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Re: the nearest to a success story is N.Korea and its all poverty every time.

@AC

"above respondent seems to be oblivious to when discussing the geopolitical reality of our world."

Not at all. The cold war was fought through proxies and the need for allies led to questionable acts for both sides. Yet sticking to the point that socialism made them all poorer and communists were vile bastards.

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Re: the nearest to a success story is N.Korea and its all poverty every time.

@sabroni

"What about Cuba?"

Isnt that the place where Cubans try to swim or make rafts to try and reach the US?

"And do we factor in the wests attempts to destroy all socialist governments when discussing this or are we going to conveniently ignore the billiions spent by the Americans and Europe to achieve this?"

Can do, but then the opposite was also true. The difference is that capitalist countries won the cold war and once the iron curtain fell the stark difference of the advanced capitalists vs the poor socialist countries was available for all to see. Hell socialism made Germans poor as east vs west showed.

"With capitalism causing global warming"

Oh christ that doesnt work. Even the 'science' behind it demands economic growth to deal with MMCC Co2 theory and socialism has so far demonstrated to be not the way to achieve that.

"Communism didn't destroy the planet."

I am not sure you know of communism. But its definitely highly destructive.

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@Al fazed

"It wasn't Socialism which caused the poverty"

In every example of socialist government the nearest to a success story is N.Korea and its all poverty every time.

"It's a human thing to blame others as a way of distracting attention from the greedy scoffing of everything that is going on everywhere there is a human being human."

Human being human is part of it. Trying to make a perfect society for a hypothetical creature that does not behave like a human but applying it to humans doesnt work.

"Why pick on the Chinese, or the Russians, when it's really the Isrealis doing all the dirty deeds............"

Eh? I dont understand that.

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Ha

A country catching up from its socialist poverty days by opening itself up to the free market capitalists in the world. Something socialists of the world need to seriously think about.

Amazon UK business swelled by 50%+ in 2020, and taxes soared. Lol, no, it means those paid by its staff

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@Falmari

"Yes, if it meant the return of local companies that Amazon has displaced who would pay more tax collectively because they do not shift profits out of the UK."

Doubt it. Small businesses with higher prices and lesser service. Not to forget that faster cheaper service being a great benefit to other businesses and so the economy.

"Amazon don’t create jobs they just shift them from other companies"

And why? If the other companies are so great why cant they compete? What is it that drives the customer to Amazon?

"They would not care they would buy elsewhere."

Then why dont they? I expect customers are happy with the service and lower prices and the knock on effect of reduced prices outside of Amazon to compete.

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Hmm

Didnt Dame Margaret Hodge write that awful book a while ago? I wouldnt be surprised if its still sat in the 'cheap books to buy' section at the library I donated it to after reading less than half of it.

Would the gov prefer Amazon to not be around to pay so much tax? Would the workers not want Amazon around so they dont have a job? Would the customers prefer Amazon to leave? Didnt think so.

Forget that Loon's balloon burst, we just fired 700TB of laser broadband between two cities, says Alphabet

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Re: Ha

Congo. Not a great film but seems to work for light entertainment

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Ha

A coms group working in the Congo with lasers. I wonder if there was an ape using sign language and king Solomons mines.

Might have to watch that film again soon

You can 'go your own way' over GDPR, says UK's new Information Commissioner

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Re: @Hubert Cumberdale

@AC

I notice pet troll is back. It is established that Barnier is running on a platform of arguing for a return of French sovereignty. So far its hearsay Truss might have said something but without any quote nor context around it.

Dr.N its too late to hide behind AC, your already known to be my unwanted pet troll.

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@AC

"She did."

Which is often wildly taken out of context and given an entirely different meaning when talking about her.

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Re: @Hubert Cumberdale

@Dan 55

"In the infinitesimal chance that you're not being deliberately obtuse, the source is Liz Truss at the Policy Exchange and the Politico journalist was present at the speech and this is reflected in the journalists own Twitter feed."

Not trying to be obtuse but if I took gossip of what someone said as truth then Thatcher said there is no such thing as society. There isnt even a quote to take out of context on that twitter feed, only an opinion of something he heard and cast judgement on. Maybe he is right but there is no original source for me to form an opinion on, only hearsay.

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Re: @Hubert Cumberdale

@Dan 55

"Liz Truss is on record to a Politico Europe trade journalist yesterday"

Thats a twitter feed which doesnt seem to link to a source.

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Re: @Hubert Cumberdale

@AC

"Is the above AI generated? It's not a very convincing piece of English prose.

I now understand why you remain AC since your reading skills are abysmal. Why you insist on following me around is still a question. Are you my pet troll but now posting coward instead of by name?

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Re: @Hubert Cumberdale

@MJI

"See the linked Brussels effect as well"

Yup.

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Re: @Hubert Cumberdale

@Dan 55

"By people who failed GCSE Geography."

An economic effect disputed by people who failed GCSE Geography? Maybe they were studying economics instead?

"If the UK allows food produced according to another country's standards to be imported, it's permitting those standards."

I think you are reading that the wrong way around (the statement is correct I just think your understanding might be wrong?) that the exporter must meet the importers standards for the product/service being exported. That is the norm for all trade.

"This is unlike the EU's approach which is only to allow food produced to their standards."

That is not correct. Its not just the EU approach, thats the norm for all trade. Only importing what is acceptable by the importers standards.

"British, Australian food standard differences causing angst in free trade deal"

And it would. The EU banned stuff which got carried over into UK law which needs scrapping. Even more-so there are things people here dont want doing here even if they still want the outcome. A none EU example would be our love of plastic only to send it to China to dispose of. But of course if people dont want it they wont buy it.

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Re: @Hubert Cumberdale

@AC

"A bit like Scotland then?"

No

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Re: @Hubert Cumberdale

@Dan 55

"(Brussels effect, similar to the California effect)"

Read my comment that you hit reply to. It literally addresses this point brought up by Tomato42. An effect who's existence is disputed.

"so it wouldn't need to be schizophrenic."

For a country to domestically follow the laws of all trade partners it would.

"Now it's just going to have to import any old shitty Australian beef."

What is wrong with it?

"And drop climate objectives in trade agreements."

We can dream. Unfortunately this gov still seems to want to be somewhat 'green'. This green energy being so good that prices have gone up, supply down and coal plants had to be fired up (ones that were suspended) just to cover shortfall.

I see your complaining I just dont see at what.

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Re: @Hubert Cumberdale

@Hubert Cumberdale

"I don't normally reply to your rants, as experience tells me it's pointless"

I have noticed. Thank you for pointing out the difference in psychiatric conditions (showing you know what was ment) but you are right in how pointless your reply is as it doesnt actually say anything in response to the discussion.

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Re: @Hubert Cumberdale

@Tomato42

The actual existence of this effect in the real world is disputed. While there is large discussion on the possible race to the bottom among countries competing for attention of internationally mobile capital, there seems to be some limited evidence that at least in some sectors the California effect can be observed.

From your source. While there is a world of evidence for the opposite. Also a country would be schizophrenic to adopt all the regulations in the world domestically.

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@Hubert Cumberdale

"We will always have to deal with the EU, and therefore we will always have to conform to their regulations."

Interesting problem. And yet we deal with the rest of the world too, and in our dealing with them comply with their regs but they dont dictate domestic policy. While members of the EU have domestic policy dictated to them even if it upsets their countries constitutions!

"Yay Brexit."

Damn right

When ERP migrations go bad: Games Workshop says project issues are delaying refresh of 'dated' online store

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Re: "The early concepts look amazing"

@RobLang

"My son wanted to get into GW WH40K but we worked out drugs is cheaper."

I can believe it. Other table top games are a lot cheaper, but also WH40K was seriously unbalanced.

UK promises big data law shake-up... while also keeping the EU happy, of course. What could go wrong?

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Re: Spectacular

@AC

"Hmmmmmm. Not open to correct your misinterpretations? Tant Pis"

You would have to say something to be correcting something.

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Re: Spectacular

@AC

"I can also read what Barnier++ said in the original French"

And will now add something to the conversation instead of your usual posting...

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Re: Spectacular

@AC

Good to know you can read. But you still dont seem to say anything relevant after talking pure bull. Stick to being a coward you troll

Fujitsu wins £5m contract to support the UK's troubled Border Crossing system

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Re: On a positive note

@AC

Nice link, nothing wrong with that, and now explain how that relates to my comment?

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Re: On a positive note

@AC

Which part does coward disagree with?

RAF chief: Our Reaper drones (sorry, SkyGuardians) stand ready to help British councils

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Hmm

To be fair if it can replace helicopter duties it should cut down on fuel usage for the police. Fly tipping has been mentioned a few times and would be a good reason to use these devices. Just hope nobody bombs a wedding

Amazon to cover 100%* of college* tuition* for hourly employees* in the US

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@all ears

"I don't want a piece of it, I want them to stop ruining the society I live in."

Ok. So dont use them. Its that simple. I am not sure which part of Amazon your unhappy with but if you disagree with them its that simple. If enough people feel the same way then Amazon gets less money.

Personally I am happy for the reduced prices through their platform and in general retail. I am happy for the wide variety of products I probably wouldnt have got without them. I am happy for the service and accessibility to alternative suppliers through their platform.

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