* Posts by disgustedoftunbridgewells

2060 posts • joined 14 Aug 2014

Spending watchdog doubts UK is capable of managing Brexit and coronavirus info campaigns at the same time

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Re: Didn't that happen already?

Funny but no. Thatcher is the answer you're looking for.

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To think, this site used to employ Tim Worstall for economics and the commenters were majority adults. It wasn't that many years ago either.

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Judging by the anti-sovereignty posts above it seems The Register has succeeded in its move from reality into leftism and storage.

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam

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Re: Disgusting

You are a child.

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How braindead must you be to confuse a membership of an international political body with whether or not we buy our network technology from a company which is controlled by the CCP.

Hooray! It's IT Day! Let's hear it for the lukewarm mugs of dirty water that everyone seems to like so much

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The only time I've ever had that was away at Burnley RUFC about a decade ago. Sadly I haven't seen it since, including in return visits to Burnley.

I'm told that club baths aren't allowed anymore for health reasons or something - some clubs still have them but they're never filled.

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"A pint is, of course, a perfectly reasonable size for a coffee mug"

A pint dimple mug is a perfect vessel for a pint of coffee of a morning. Classier than a Sports Direct mug too.

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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How incredibly dull.

Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain

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Re: Note

I particularly like the congnitive dissonance of 'Brexit will be a calamity' and 'Scotland will be rich if only we could stop getting the English to subsidise us'.

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Re: "Nasty little nationalist."

Are you special needs?

"One might look forward to an optimistic future of an adequately funded NHS, Schools, etc,"

Given the Barnett formula which massively subsidised Scotland and gives you far higher per head spending than the people who prop you up, why are you pretending that anything is underfunded in Scotland?

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Re: "Nasty little nationalist."

"blind jingoistic flag waving "We won the war" "Furriners go home" little Englander types."

Those people don't really exist anywhere other than the imaginations of those who Orwell described as more willing to be caught with their hand in the poor box than standing for the national anthem.

Yes, there are a few NF types around. But you fit them all in a school gymnasium nowadays

I really love how you people are in favour of single markets, but only ones that you have to cross the sea to get to.

"That's what I mean about delusions of grandeur - thinking of the English as a race. Another chap had the same sort of idea. He was Austrian, if I recall..."

You knew exactly what I meant. Why pretend I meant something else?

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Re: Neil Gaiman moved from New Zealand to Skye

Danny 2 (user 33577), "I encourage every rich sick person to travel there tomorrow", what is wrong with you?

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Re: Note

the oil fields are *Scottish*.

If you draw your own lines then yes, you're right.

If you follow international law of following the land boundary out into the sea, you will find that most of those "Scottish" oil fields would end up in English water.

So that isn't Scottish oil, it's English oil. But as we're in a union, it's British oil so it doesn't matter.

Nasty little nationalist.

"I'm more aligned to Europe than I would ever be to the "English empire"."

We can tell that. Anybody but the English. Racist.

'We're changing shift, and no one can log on!' It was at this moment our hero knew server-lugging chap had screwed up

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Re: It's easy to detect the Aarons of the world nowadays.

I used to work at a tiny firm that did, amongst other things, live video streaming. The chap who was mostly responsible for the video servers acted as though security was against his religion.

We found on at least one occasion football matches being pushed to and streamed from those servers.

I'm glad I don't work with that guy anymore. Moron.

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Re: Labels people, and read them!

And what about monitoring? Not to mention redundancy.

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register

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Re: And this is why the Aussies are on top of it

Banning foreign visitors ( which is what a quarantine would do ) is exactly what Trump was lambasted for, until the EU did it and suddenly the anti-boris-and-trump-whatever-they-do people went quiet and moved on to something else.

Britain didn't ban international travel because you may remember at the time it was believed that it would only delay the peak by 15 days.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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Turns out the theory that CV19 will get rid of non-problems like particularism was clearly wrong.

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS

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Re: Coming soon

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Web pages a little too style over substance? Behold the Windows 98 CSS file

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I'd prefer it if it had one of those awful sound themes. Like when a window opens it makes the door opening noise from star wars.

This hurts a ton-80: British darts champ knocked out of home tourney by lousy internet connection

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Re: Actually ...

I've got 500 and that's also fine.

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Re: Actually ...

Yes, many MP's behave badly. Some outright steal. I don't disagree with you here.

But the system itself is generally reasonable. The £10k isn't a gift. Why are you conflating multiple things?

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Re: Actually ...

Very good.

Point to the part where I said that individual MP's stealing was acceptable.

I'm defending the basic principles of the system, which broadly works because despite a dislike for pretty much anybody who would choose be an MP, somebody has to do the job and intentionally making their lives difficult isn't a way to attract better people to the job.

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Re: Actually ...

It's not a gift. Do you not understand that or do you not want to understand that?

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Re: Actually ...

'I can absolutely guarantee that if I paid for porn on the joint account, my wife would notice the line item.'

Yes, fine, she didn't behave well.

"Which would be much cheaper to serve with a few nights in the local Premier Inn and an expenses claim later. Its a scam. It was always a scam. It will always be a scam."

These people are supposed to be able to spend all week most weeks hundreds of miles from home. And you expect them to do so in a tiny hotel room ? Would you agree to do that job under those conditions?

"Its a scam. It was always a scam. It will always be a scam."

No it's not. Explain how.

"Worst case, if some provable need could be established then each consitutency can buy a flat in the same block (to reduce security costs) and the apartment goes with the job as a grace and favour benefit - same as Chequers is for the PM."

Fine, I suppose. Although you're not going to really save any money doing that, so unless your goal is to make life more uncomfortable for MP's, it's pointless.

"There is not now and there never has been any need whatsoever for MPs to buy a second home and throw seemingly endless amounts of taxpayers cash at it. Its a disgrace. An indefensible disgrace."

MP's buy the home on their own. While they are an MP, only the interest on the mortgage is covered. If they want to buy the house to own it afterwards, they need to pay the capital off themselves.

I'm not defending the behaviour of individual MP's, especially those who flip their second homes to steal money from the taxpayer. But the system basically is reasonable.

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Re: Actually ...

I'm not remotely a fan of Jacqui Smith, but that episode was clearly an administrative error - just chuck all the receipts in and get the money back. Maybe she was being unscrupulous in being more than willing to throw all the receipts into an expenses claim, but that's not the same thing.

The second homes are to allow MP's from outside London to have a home in the capital so they can visit Westminster for days at a time.

Do you expect these homes to be furnished? Should they go without a TV in their London home?

For God's sake, grow up.

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Re: Actually ...

I'm not sure, I just know it's been increased.

And the amount has been increased to reduce administration during a time of reduced (or non-existent) staffing. They still have to justify the expenditure.

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What actually happened is their expenses allowances were increased by £10k. The receipts still have to be filed as normal ( although presumably delayed ).

This 10k allowance increase is for official business only and isn't a pay rise.

Facebook sort-of blocks anti-quarantine events – how many folks are actually behind these 'massive' protests online?

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Although it seems El Reg readers do now, sadly. I've been called a xenophobic conspiracy theorist for saying that the virus likely came from a Chinese wet market.

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Re: What will Trump do

"Their"?

I'm repeating what is widely accepted ( by, as far as I can tell, all mainstream media ) to be likely the truth.

Where's the conspiracy theory? Why are you putting me in that group?

Is it because you want to muddy the waters?

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Re: What will Trump do

Tell me what is xenophobic or a conspiracy theory about repeating the widely accepted theory that the virus came from a Chinese wet market.

When did I say that it was developed in a Chinese lab?

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Re: What will Trump do

Urgh. Obviously I meant WHO.

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Ok, that's a lie.

I know the French government has been telling people that the Yellow Vesters are fizzling out, but that doesn't make it true.

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Re: Big rant, lots of capital letters...

Wow. Ten people upvoted a comment which basically said that people who have a different political opinion to you should kill themselves.

Amazing.

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Re: What will Trump do

China caused it by allowing the wet markets. China then covered it up. The WTO's China backed head happily helped them cover it up ( he having experience in covering up a cholera outbreak in Ethiopia his past ).

I'm not sure of Santa's involvement, but blaming the other two seems extremely reasonable.

Is Santa still travelling despite the lockdown? Mines the one with the fake white beard in the pocket.

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The French rushed into lockdown because Macron wanted to suppress the Yellow Vest protesters. He then quickly shoved through the laws they were protesting against.

( Whether or not quarantine was medically justified, it's hard to deny Macron was delighted by the opportunity ).

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Re: Factually incorrect

As an ex-smoker I am fully in favour of these findings.

Although my understanding is that the poor underlying health of BAME communities has been discounted. At least according to Trevor Philips in The Times yesterday.

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Somewhere in the middle of all this there remains a deathly microscopic virus that affects everyone no matter their color, creed, sexual preferences, religious conviction or political affiliations.

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That's not strictly accurate. According to an article in The Times yesterday, roughly and in Britain, black men are worst affected, Pakistani muslims are hardly affected, even when adjusted for population density, income, etc. So well off black men are more likely to die from CV19 than a poor Pakistani muslim.

Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK

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Re: I sh** you not

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These are the loonies who thought [...that if]... you sailed past the horizon you would fall off the edge of the world.

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No, but you might end up in France, which is worse.

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I have wondered if the Russians are behind this conspiracy theory. It would suit them to have westerners destroying their own infrastructure.

Yes, I am aware that that's a conspiracy theory about a conspiracy theory.

( Mines the one with UFO's for Dummys in the pocket )

Fitbit unfurls last new wearable before it's gobbled by Google, right on time for global pandemic lockdown

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It is uncomfortable to have a phone bouncing round in your pocket while you're running.

Even if it fits perfectly into the pocket, it'll then be restricting your movement and be irritating.

That's why I bought wireless headphones - so I wouldn't have to have my phone in my pocket on the treadmill.

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I'm hoping that Google taking over will fix the app.

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I quite like my Charge 3. The waterproofing which was new in this version was a welcome addition.

I'm not happy about them adding new features to the app and making them premium only - ie: paying a subscription to access them.

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots

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I'm surprised it's not done every flight as standard. You'd think that allowing systems to recover from dubious states would be normal practice.

Amazon says it fired a guy for breaking pandemic rules. Same guy who organized a staff protest over a lack of coronavirus protection

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That seems extremely reasonable. He's lucky he's not in prison for endangering the lives of others.

How many days of carefree wiping do you have left before life starts to look genuinely apocalyptic? Let's find out

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Re: Short but available

In asia the masks are there to protecting others, not the wearer. And they reportedly work.

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Brew it in the winter, drink it in the summer.

Do you not prefer to drink something dark and heavy in the winter, but want something lighter in the summer? I know I do.

Whether that's Guinness / lager, or cabernet sauvignon / pinot noir.

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It's bizarre that one bottle of beer is the same as one bottle of wine or whisky, in this rationing scheme, but it is a bit of a first world problem.

Plus the wine retailers are back delivering to existing customers now. And as the weather warms it's turning into lager weather anyway.

You're not fooling anyone on that vid-conference call: Walmart says shirt sales soaring, pants not pulled up

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Pants

This gets right on my tits.

Pants means trousers in the north of England.

It's only the south where they speak bollocks that it means something else.

Zoom's end-to-end encryption isn't actually end-to-end at all. Good thing the PM isn't using it for Cabinet calls. Oh, for f...

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Re: NZ cabinet used it too

To be fair, there's no reason to believe that the UK gov weren't doing the same re restricted materials.

Lost in translation and adrift in cloud storage

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Re: Reason #3641 ...

Or the fine art of disaster preparedness.

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