* Posts by SundogUK

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UK launches 'consultation' with EU over exclusion from science programs

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Ukraine, Armenia, Israel, Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia are all associate members of Horizon Europe, and our deal with the EU on leaving provided us with the same. The EU are backsliding to punish us for leaving.

Nuclear power is the climate superhero too nervous to wear its cape

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Re: There's plenty

"That paper makes a simple misunderstanding of the technical meaning of terms like "reserves"."

Ironically the oil industry gets this all the time. The whole concept of 'peak oil' is based on this misunderstanding - 'oh my god, our oil reserves are about to run out! PEAK OIL!'

Then the price rises and suddenly a lot more becomes economical to extract.

Meta's AI internet chatbot demo quickly starts spewing fake news and racist remarks

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Re: Is anyone surprised?

Given that Zuckerberg spent about $400 million to ensure a Democrat victory in 2020, I think that's unlikely.

Twitter unveils US midterm election integrity plans, upsets almost everyone

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They're not blocking lies. They're blocking truths that reflect badly on the Democrat Party. See: 'Biden, Hunter' for details.

UK wants criminal migrants to scan their faces up to five times a day using a watch

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Re: What has immigration status got to do with criminal punishment?

"Her parents may have emmigrated totally legally in their day, but that immigration cause would now be illegal and they would be illegal immigrants under the new rules."

That implies they would have knowingly broken the law. There is no evidence for this. They would more likely have not emigrated at all.

Strike days should serve as 'wake-up call' to BT's top brass, says union

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Re: Maths

Those failures were a direct result of socialist governments intervening in property markets. If they had left well alone, we would have been fine.

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Re: Maths

The Scandinavian countries are the most capitalist in the world, they just have cultures which support high taxation. Unfortunately for them, mass immigration is killing that culture.

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Re: Maths

And you think any one to the right of Mao is a fascist.

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Re: Maths

The 'mass unemployment' was a result of the economic re-structuring required because of years of Labour kpw-towing to the unions.

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Re: Maths

"Is it time for someone to say the tower blocks now springing up all over the nation are "monuments to capitalist planning" ?"

It's time to start calling them "monuments to green stupidity, which means we can't house people any other way than in high density disease traps."

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Re: Maths

But they were trying very hard to make it so.

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Re: Maths

These are not "gargantuan" profits. BP, for example runs at about 10% margin. Their fixed and operating costs are enormous.

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Re: Maths

This completed contradicts your previous point...

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Re: Maths

Says someone who obviously wasn't around in the seventies. If you think 'capitalism' is bad, you should see the damage socialism can do.

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Re: Maths

The overall effect of increasing a single persons salary by 32% is insignificant when compared to increasing 58,000 peoples salary by 10%

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Re: Maths

No it isn't.

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Re: Maths

Increasing wages will increase demand exactly at the point we need to reduce it. This is economics 101.

Claims of AI sentience branded 'pure clickbait'

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Re: "When I look at my toaster, I don't feel it has those things."

Obvious in your head only, apparently.

UK Parliament bins its TikTok account over China surveillance fears

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Re: "Chinese law allows Beijing to compel local companies to produce data"

People are constantly mentioning "that US law allows Washington to compel local companies to produce data."

And the current bunch are definitely NOT the 'Good Guys.'

Amazon's carbon footprint spread 18% in 2021

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"How's that renewable energy transition going?"

I don't care.

Browsers could face two regimes in Europe as UK law set to diverge from EU

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Re: Bring back session cookies

Pretty much every browser I use (Pale Moon, Brave, Opera) has an option to delete all cookies when you close the browser - with an option to whitelist specific sites - so I don't really care about all this.

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Re: FUD?

Numbers?

What are server makers really doing to and for the climate?

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"What's the explanation behind such an efficiency?"

They're Chinese and they're lying.

SCOTUS judges 'doxxed' after overturning Roe v Wade

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Re: You have a dangerous misconception of how republican democracy works

Utter rubbish. The US is not a democracy. You do not elect the president one person one vote. You do not elect Congress one person one vote. The US is a Federal Republic and was always intended to be.

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Re: Pretty much on the nose

"...allowing officers like SCOTUS to claim rights they broadly deny ordinary citizens."

Where are they doing this? Where have they said they have a right not to be doxxed but other citizens don't?

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Re: The left no longer understand what democracy means.

They are not 'making the law' they are very specifically saying it is not the courts business to be making laws and that responsibility for doing so should be passed back to the States legislatures.

Choosing a non-Windows OS on Lenovo Secured-core PCs is trickier than it should be

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Re: Nice Strawman

Despising Soros doesn't make you anti-Semitic.

Elon Musk had secret twins in 2021 with Neuralink exec

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Re: Population collapse....

The global number of people in extreme poverty fell from 1.9 billion people in 1990 to 650 million in 2018

What caused this?

Capitalism.

https://ourworldindata.org/extreme-poverty

FBI and MI5 bosses: China cheats and steals at massive scale

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Bollocks. Even the article you link to says nothing of the sort. The ISC CEO got fifteen years for fraud and the US government had nothing to do with it.

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He means it only has 48 stars, therefore it's missing Alaska and Hawaii who joined in 1959

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Re: S IP mple gix

Because you can't rip off other peoples ideas is not a serious impediment on creativity. Come up with a new idea yourself.

Five accused of trying to silence China critics in US

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Re: Double standards

If the DHS went after Amazon for any of that they would instantly be in court for breaching the first amendment. I'm going to assume you are not a US citizen because American pig-ignorance about their own constitution depresses me. (And no, I am not a US citizen. I'm English.)

Boris Johnson set to step down with tech legacy in tatters

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Re: Direct your ire...

It's not a requirement. We live in a democracy and there are no 'requirements' to stand for public office. This is a good thing as otherwise the people who determined the 'requirement' would have control and we would no longer be a democracy.

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Re: More tech

It's almost as if, maybe, the government should just stop spending money...

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Re: Sub-sea nukes

"If we have to keep a few mothballed CCGT plants for exceptional still winter evenings so be it"

It doesn't work like that. These plants need to be maintained constantly and run periodically to keep them operational and safe. The engineers need to be trained in their use. Fuel degrades over time if not used. etc. etc. etc. This all costs money which has to be factored into the cost of 'renewable' energy sources.

UK signs deal to share police biometric database with US border guards

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That's not how the constitution works. While technically amendments, the bill of rights (the first ten amendments) were always intended to be part of the constitution. The base constitution, pre-amendments, describes the structure and functions of government and the relationships between the states. The bill of rights then adds a set of restraints on what the federal government can legislate over it's citizens.

Any part of the constitution may be amended or removed but it takes 2/3 of the states to bring a proposal forward and 3/4 to pass it. That simply isn't going to happen for the 2nd amendment.

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Absolute rubbish. The vast majority of firearm murders are inner city gang related.

British Army Twitter and YouTube feeds hijacked by crypto-promos

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Re: why?

Recruiting.

US imposes sanctions as Russia invades Ukraine

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Well that's pretty normal for a communist. Tell a lot of lies in order to promote central planning.

Conflict in Ukraine disrupts fragile supply chain recovery

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Re: "Russia will likely turn to Chinese vendors to bypass Western sanctions."

I don't disagree with that but I do think there is a difference. Saying that the Russians DELIBERATELY targeted the hospital is mainly about inciting hatred of Russians, which is only going to make things worse. Accepting that sometimes these things happen accidentally, in the fog of war, goes some way to humanize the situation and allows for the possibility of reconciliation.

114 billion transistors, one big meh. Apple's M1 Ultra wake-up call

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"Where I work isn't the location of most computer users."

I suspect a lot of this is semantics.

I don't believe a lot of productive 'work' is carried out on mobiles. Mostly it's still mainly 'communications' - which were previously carried out by phone/fax/whatever anyway. Nobody designs a car or runs their month end finance on a mobile phone.

What the article is talking about is actual PC users, and I think that is still (and probably will be for a while yet) dominated by gaming and work related users.

Half of bosses out of touch with reality, study shows

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Re: And the other half will bugger off…

His exact comment was:

"Any company that fails to offer hybrid working will struggle to attract the best talent."

The company I work for employs @ 400 people ON THE SHOP FLOOR, ACTUALLY MAKING STUFF.

If we offered them 'hybrid working' nothing would get built.

People need to stop thinking that the entire world works just like them.

UK spy boss warns China hopes Russia will help it take over tech standards

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Says someone who obviously doesn't know the meaning of the word "indoctrination."

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I have been interviewing people for IT jobs for twenty years and I can guarantee you the level of useful education has been dropping precipitously for the last ten and the level of self-centered woke bullshit has gone through the roof. We have dropped three new starters this year alone because they i) could not cope with normal work pressure/deadlines and ii) expected us to completely change our working environment to suit them. Universities are finished as feeders to actual work places.

French court pulls SpaceX's Starlink license

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If it was a waste of resources, people wouldn't do it.

Rivals aren't convinced by Microsoft's one-click default browser change

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Re: Browsers

Crap. Not anymore.

Twitter preps poison pill to preclude Elon Musk's purchase plan

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Re: 'I have much trouble agreeing with'

"I believe there should be some restrictions and they should apply to all."

I suspect you're lying. I suspect you would be very careful about how you defined "terrorism", "incitement" etc. to ensure what you wanted to hear was allowed but what you opposed was banned.

Twitter faces existential threat from world's richest techbro

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Re: Do what?

Right now, in the west, authoritarian = the left; freedom = the right.

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Re: Antifa and the Proud Boys

The original Nazi's were socialists and made no bones about it. The state always had the last say in economic decisions.

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Re: Antifa has and does constantly publish

"I have no connection whatsoever with anyone identifying as "antifa", but I'm certainly anti-fascist."

Define "anti-fascist."

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