* Posts by NerryTutkins

144 posts • joined 9 Jan 2018


Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea


Re: Training data?

Yes, probably their shell suit collars were visible in the pics.

Reminds me of when I was a student. One day the cops came in to our mess hall and were going round apparently randomly talking to people, then they came over to me. Turns out they were doing an ID parade that evening, and wanted people who were roughly a certain age, height and colouring to take part alongside the suspect.

When we turned up, the guy's solicitor, with the suspect were allowed to pick which of us they wanted in the parade. The suspect had turned up in a nice suit, obviously trying to look as uncriminal as possible, then gets put in a parade against a bunch of scruffy students. When asked if he had any objections, he did say that he stood out because we all "look like a bunch of fucking students".

I remember getting 20 quid for couple of hours doing nothing except sitting round and standing in a line briefly, and the police station had a bar so we got a couple of rounds in between performances and had a great time.

The three different witnesses all picked the suspect out. He was definitely guilty, because when he was standing next to me and they were about to bring in the last one he whispered "this fucker will get me for sure because he's an ex-cop".

Microsoft emits a colourful Windows Terminal preview


Re: it ain't json

This is one of the reasons I just don't get this obsession over the last few years to adopt JSON everywhere for config files. Microsoft is at it in .net too.

Technically comments aren't in the spec, and config files without comments is absurd.

There was nothing wrong with XML. This whole JSON thing is just because it's fashionable.

JSON makes perfect sense for Web API stuff, returning data in a format ready for client side use by javascript. But using it for terminal stuff or server config files makes no technical sense at all. I wish Microsoft and others would stop just chasing the latest thing and don't just change stuff for the sake of it.

Meatspace meetup Web Summit reckons you'll be ready to revisit the world in November


A lot can happen

I am in Portugal, half hour south of Lisbon. Generally the virus has been dealt with fairly well here and hasn't been anywhere near as bad as in the UK.

The country is reopening now, and focusing on the critical July/August tourist season. I get the impression they know it will likely cause some virus spikes, but the importance of those two months for the tourist industry is so high, they're just going to do it and deal with any problems later once the people have left. Which could mean more restrictions later in the year, again.

But even if it does go ahead, they need to start selling tickets etc now... how many people are going to be buying tickets, booking flights and hotels now in the current circumstances? Even aside from whether it runs or not, would I really want to be getting on a plane and flying anywhere unless it is absolutely essential, let alone attending an event with people from everywhere all in close proximity?

GitHub to replace master with main across its services


To be fair, the stupidest thing I've seen today is southern NASCAR fans who are outraged over BLM protesters taking a knee during the national anthem (it's unpatriotic!) now being even more outraged because NASCAR has banned them from bringing the Confederate flag to races.

I mean, nothing says "True Patriot" like turning up with the flag of the losing side that fought the United States in the bloodiest war in its history.



As an old white guy (which I suspect is the main demographic on the Reg), I really don't get the outrage.

Watching a video of a cop standing on a guy's neck until he dies... that I can understand people being outraged about. Everyone should be outraged about that.

But if those people running software projects decide to rename certain terms, especially if the sentiment is good, then what's the problem? Why all the anger? Let's say for example that they decided to rename something in honour of Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams... I am sure everyone would be fine with that. So what's the problem here?

If you don't like it, fork the code, put in all the white supremacist terms you want.

Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets


Re: Foot in mouth

Probably true, for human spaceflight.

But let's be honest. Human spaceflight is a waste of time at present. What the hell do they do up there for months on end? Going round in circles, convincing us they're researching the long term effects of spaceflight, so they'll know more when the next couple of guys go up for another 6 month stint.

If we as humans really wanted to expand our knowledge, and potentially find places worth sending humans to, we'd be doing robot missions to some of the moons of jupiter and saturn, sending submarines or airships or whatever and maybe looking into the more exotic proposals to get miniature probes to the nearest star. That would really be interesting.

Instead we get to marvel at the unquestionably impressive technical achievement of humans going into space (first done 60 years ago), and then the less impressive spectacle of them floating around a space station doing fuck all useful or interesting stuff for 6 months except 'inspiring' us.

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen



My mrs has just bought a Bimby. It's basically a cooking pot, food processor and scale combined. It has a little screen where you can search for recipes, then it tells you what to do step by step, it weights the ingredients as you add to the main pot and sets the timer and temperature for each step then tells you what to do next. I doubted we needed such a thing, as we're quite capable of cooking the old fashioned way. But she insisted.

So far, it's made awful overcooked but liquidized scrambled eggs, undercooked rice, and soup that we could have easily done in a pan on the hob, and then liquidized with the handheld thing we have.

I know at some point it's going to have problems connecting to the internet or the recipes it relies on will all disappear, but more than anything, I don't think it's saved us any time, or cooked anything we could not have easily done the old fashioned way without finding any recipe.

TsoHost swings axe at 'legacy' DIY website builder MrSite, giving customers a month to find alternative arrangements


Re: Do The Right Thing

Looking at it from the business point of view, if you're going to lose those customers anyway, there is little to gain by expending time and money on helping them go somewhere else.

People could probably do 'save as' from their browser anyway to get a reasonable approximation of the page in HTML, assuming just static pages and no active code like forms.

It's always a risk when using a proprietary platform that you are not just locked in if they decide to raise prices, but potentially unable to move anywhere else easily if they stop operating.

Though one month's notice seems a bit out of order. Unless this was an emergency decision because of some unexpectedly dire business development or security issue, 6 months would seem a reasonable period to give customers to transfer away.

We're number two! Microsoft's Edge browser slips past Firefox in latest set of NetMarketShare figures


Re: Why the decline of Firefox?

For me, the biggest plus features of Firefox:

- ability to do some basic customizations like moving buttons around, changing basic behaviour (bookmark links replace existing page or open in new tabs, etc.)

- ability to tweak all kinds of behaviour by using about:config to access hundreds of different default settigs and to change them


Re: Why the decline of Firefox?

I've used FF since it was Firebird. But in the last 6-12 months, it's really gone downhill. It just crashes on me far too often, several times a day. It wasn't the quantum update, it was something a few releases after that. Something snapped, and it's not been the same since. It does the same on both my laptop and desktop, and my desktop machine has 16 GB ram, so it's not because I have a lack of resources.

I have installed the new Edge, and performance wise, it's a mixed bag. It seems more reliable than FF (not crashing) but switching youtube videos to full screen seems to take several seconds.

And the interface is still the god awful chrome one, where you cannot move buttons, you cannot tweak anything and add-ons are clunky buttons added to toolbar, and that's about it.

For the life of me, I just cannot understand why there are all these Chrome clones around, and they're all shit. None of them provide any differentiation that might be useful, like being able to move the basic browser buttons around, and access some internal behaviour of tabs, etc. with an about:config like feature.

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin


Re: Naomi Klein

I think you'll find that unlike the terrorist bogeymen, this virus is 100% real, and its effects are able to be mapped and predicted with a fairly good degree of accuracy.

It ain't lingering. It's exploding. Just watch the numbers over the next few days if you have any doubt.

I find it quite amazing how many of the people who think this virus is some kind of hoax, or no big deal, are the same people who were crapping themselves about the 'emergency' of mexicans, demanding a wall and lock down over muslim immigration.


Re: Naomi Klein

To be fair, this is clearly a massive threat to huge numbers of people, as evidenced by what is happening in Italy. That's basically where the UK is going to be in the next two weeks, because it seems the UK government is still thinking it can kind of ride this out.

I understand the risk of the government enacting emergency powers. But it's clear that this is not just some secret squirrel people telling us there are all manner of nasty foreigners plotting to kill us (but presenting no evidence other than 'trust us'). This is a pandemic that can be modelled, and you only need to watch the deaths accelerating to see how entirely predictable the trajectory is. This is no longer a theoretical risk.

I do find it quite ironic to observe, in the US in particular, how the very same people who shat their pants daily over terrorists and mexicans, and demanded a wall, seem so chilled about something which is now killing hundreds of Americans, and by next week, will surely be killing thousands, and then 100s of thousands.

Sir John Redwood backs IR35 campaign, notes review would have to start 'immediately' before new off-payroll working rules kick in


Re: let the shafting begin

Followed an old link and back here 3 months later.

Still no russian interference report. So much for being approved for release almost immediately after the election, eh? What's the hold up?

You starting to feel a teeny weeny bit like you've been lied to yet?


Re: let the shafting begin

But the select committee already cleared it, as did the intelligence services. It was the PM who blocked it. So why the further delay if number 10 has now OKed it for release?

It's because reconstituting the committee is an excuse; a wheeze to insert another delay. They'll no doubt rewrite things, and so what will eventually be released won't be the same report.

Of course, they will release 'a' report. It just won't be 'the' report.

You only need to see what Trump's AG's edited highlights of the Mueller investigation looked like in comparison to what the actual version looked like, to see where this is going.


let the shafting begin

It's a well established tradition that the days immediately after a major vote are dominated by the winner rolling back all their promises, and generally blaming the public for believing them "it was an aspiration, a suggestion, not a promise" (the 350m for the NHS being a classic example).

Has Boris Johnson published that report on Russian interference, the one he blocked before the election but promised would be released afterwards? I must have missed it. Maybe Dominic Cummings' russian handlers decided best to keep it under wraps.

Let's Encrypt? Let's revoke 3 million HTTPS certificates on Wednesday, more like: Check code loop blunder strikes



Been using CertifyTheWeb on IIS for a while for letsencrypt certs, they have a new version, if you go in and apply the update, you can then ctrl click the 'renew all' button and it will force all certs to renew, even ones that have not expired.

Just done three servers in about 10 mins. So all in all, I think while the error is a bit of a howler, all parties involved in the clean up seem to have stepped up.

'Developers have lost hope Microsoft will do the right thing'... Redmond urged to make WinUI cross-platform


Re: Microsoft is at a revenue crossroads

I am not sure that is really true these days. Microsoft canned the old .NET platform, and focused on .NET core which is cross-platform, and has some compromises baked in as a result. They also produced Visual Studio for Macs and SQL Server for Linux.

They do seem to be pushing Azure hard, and maybe they see it as a way in. But to me it seems very unlikely that they will encourage many Mac and Linux people to adopt MS technology. More likely, they will just encourage those who were on the MS train to look at Linux servers when previously theyd' have no choice but to use Windows.

Assange lawyer: Trump offered WikiLeaker a pardon in exchange for denying Russia hacked Democrats' email


The UK should demand Sacoolas in return, extradition only works if it benefits both sides.

Of course the UK won't, because as with Huawei and everything else, it's not taken back control, it's just exchanged a seat on the board of the largest single market in the word for being the bottom in a one-sided abusive relationship with the new hard-right American reich.



I love the way trumptards throw around the word 'liberal' as an insult, and then go on to explain why it's really not important that their orange jesus fucks porn stars while his third wife is pregnant.

Those kind of attitudes seem really rather... erm... liberal.

Then again, Bill C got a blowjob from a consenting intern, and they exploded with rage.

I am pretty sure when this is all over, Trumpism will be revealed as some kind of brain disease, probably created by the russians.

One man is standing up to Donald Trump's ban on US chip tech going to Huawei. That man... is Donald Trump


Re: "Such a rule would, say, block Huawei from buying chips made by Taiwan's TSMC"

I am sure they could impose contractual demands, at least on future purchases.

However, such things only damage US industry. Not only because they'll lose sales in the short term, but because their clients will simply be forced to source equipment from elsewhere, or develop their own domestic capacity.

The US is important, but not important enough to be able to destroy China's tech industry. Far from protecting US interests, the US would find that all it does is give overseas companies the golden opportunity to take over a market the US dominated.


Re: Trump leads where others follow

When I saw Trump and Johnson together I could not help but notice the similarity.

Both are fat blokes with a privileged upbringing, trying to sharpen their "man of the people " chops while shitting on a solid gold toilet */ quoting the classics* (delete as applicable).

Both seem to have a problem with marital faithfulness, and seem to favour younger trophy wives.

Both seem to have flip-flopped politically during their lives, as it suits them.

Given Trump's inability to keep it in his pants, and the fact that rather too coincidentally Boris Johnson was also born in NY city, I feel a paternity test is probably in order.

Microsoft brings the pane: You'll be looking at Xamarin and React Native to design apps for dual-screen gizmos


Re: Having had...

I really don't get how Microsoft could do their android launcher and not make it work similarly to Windows Phone. I loved the tiles interface, it was just a shame that Microsoft was too late to the mobile party and screwed up by having two or three attempts at getting the right code base. And when they did get it right, they just didn't run with it and develop it to keep up with android and ios.

There are a few third party Win Phone launcher apps, but they're not really close to what Microsoft could do if it put its mind to it. The Microsoft launcher is ok, but it's virtually indistiguishable from every other android launcher.

Ever wondered how Google-less Android might look? Step right this Huawei: Mate 30 Pro arrives on British shores


it'll bomb

It doesn't matter how good the specs are, or how much most people who work in IT don't like Google. The fact is the average phone buyer wants apps, and is going to be pretty annoyed if they buy a 900 quid phone and find they can't use Google Play like they're used to, and the alternatives don't have anywhere near as much stuff.

It's basically what killed Windows Phone. Lack of apps. This phone could be awesome in every other respect (as some Windows Phones were, I had one) and it may have the most popular apps like FB and WhatsApp (just like Windows Phone did) but it won't matter because there will be plenty of apps that aren't.

That said, longer term there are so many Chinese manufacturers, that the US government's ban is likely to backfire. It's not just chinese manufacturers, because it's not really about security. It's economics. Trump thinks that US companies can be used as leverage to rebalance trade. The problem is that could equally be applied to Samsung (and other Korean companies), as well as all manner of other Chinese and far east manufacturers. So there will start to be a centre of gravity around establishing a shared app store that is free from such interference, maybe based in a neutral country and run independently. So the US might find its heavy-handed approach longer term just reduces its leverage and damages US based companies in the future (who would want to rely on US based services when they could be used later as leverage for other purposes)?

Jeff Bezos: I will depose King Trump


Re: To be honest ...

I love it when Trumpies go on a rant about "liberals".

I would suggest that if you're absolutely fine with a guy running the country who fucks porn stars while his third wife is pregnant with his nth child, that would probably make you erm.... pretty liberal?

European Space Agency chief will quit 'perfect job' in 2021 after 'dirty games' to oust him


What's in a name

"European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) prepares to become the EU Space Programme Agency (EUSPA) in January 2021. "

The name change suggests that the EU intends to have a broader remit with its space programme than satnav in the future. That may well start to eat into the ESA's turf, if EU nations focus on keeping certain space programmes in-house rather than in the broader ESA setup (including the UK), or that the space programme will increasingly focus on intelligence and security programmes.

Who knows, one day Europe may have a proper visionary leader and they can rename it 'Space Force' with a camp logo and everything, after they've built a wall to keep the Brits out.

Brits may still be struck by Lightning, but EU lawmakers vote for bloc-wide common charging rules


Re: Rule makers and rule takers

The great thing with us not being rule takers is that we're actually going to be in control of the whole world. Because we're going to be trading on WTO rules. And of course, becuase "sovrinty, innit", we're only going to be following rules that we make, so it follows logically that we must therefore be the ones making the WTO rules.

The sunlit uplands will truly be amazing. Who'd have thought we'd have gone from having to agree common standards with our neighbours to single-handedly dictating trading rules to the rest of the world?

We're taking back control... of the whole WORLD!


Re: Hopefully the UK will follow this

Apple perhaps, because it has a lock in on many users who are invested already in its (expensive) hardware add ons as well as Apple only services and apps they've bought. I suspect virtually every android manufacturer will ship UK customers the EU version.

Similary with cars, the UK will essentially follow EU standards regardless. If it relaxed its crash tests, nobody is going to redesign a car that no longer meets the stricture EU ones, because it would be more expensive since they've already done that work. Equally, if the UK had more stringent crash tests than the EU, nobody would both designing cars to meet it for what is a relatively small market where the extra work would not be justified. It's going to be costly enough just to have to certify products for both markets, even if the actual standards are effectively the same so no redesigning is required. The UK will end up, in reality, effectively just doing away with its own standards body and using the EU standards.

The alternative is to accept US standards instead. I think that much less likely, because it would be more costly to have a wholesale change from what are at present EU standards. But even if it did happen, it's still clear the UK will just be a rule taker, and not a rule maker after Brexit.

Boris celebrates taking back control of Brexit Britain's immigration – with unlimited immigration program


Re: Like Brexit or loath it...

You completely missed the point.

My old hometown had a huge influx of British immigrants from the north and to a lesser degree, London, during the 80s and 90s. And the immigration of EU citizens, by contrast, has been very small. No, it does not have the infrastructure, etc. And even now, there are far more UK citizens moving in from distant parts than there are Europeans.

But my point was that there is freedom of movement within the UK. How does the town stop UK citizens coming in? It cannot.

If you argue that market forces won't control immigration and so those in places that face being changed or overwhelmed by the number of immigrants, then that surely needs to apply to UK citizens too.

So, how does a small market town in Hampshire stop the influx of northerners chasing better jobs and lower crime, etc. plus Londoners looking for a leafier, more pleasant place to live?

The point is these factors are not eliminated based on national borders. They apply just as much within the country.

Brexitters frame this in terms of numbers, but they don't care if towns services are overwhelmed by Brits.

Like I said, it's not about numbers. They just don't like foreigners.


Re: Like Brexit or loath it...

I often hear the refrain "it's just about numbers" from brexitters when it comes to immigration. The suggestion is that their problem isn't that the people are Polish, Bulgarian or whatever, only that there are already too many people (although many brexitters are on benefits and have 5 kids, so the 'too many' argument apparently didn't apply when they were busy popping out sprogs).

I point out that the UK benefits from (for example) EU immigrants with engineering degrees, but they still insist there are too many people.

So I point out that I have an engineering degree, but I now live in Portugal thanks to freedom of movement, thereby helping relieve the overcrowding in the UK. At which point they suddenly become angry at the fact MY education was paid for by the UK, but I am now working and benefitting another EU country!

Honestly, it really isn't about numbers. Because not only do they hate foreigners with engineering degrees coming to the UK, they hate Brits with engineering degrees leaving too, and they have no problem with Brits have kids, even ones they cannot financial support themselves. In theiir perfect little world, they'd just be surrounded by English people "like them" (I am nothing like them). This is something many people talking about FoM don't appreciate - to your brexitter, stopping talented British people leaving is just as important as stopping johnny foreigner coming in.


Re: Like Brexit or loath it...

I am always a little confused by people who say this.

It's just a question of where you draw borders. I grew up in a leafy Hampshire town in the 80s, and in my class at school probably about a third of the kids were from up north, or their parents were. There was a mass immigration, encouraged by Norman "Get on your bike" Tebbit, of people from the north to what was a relatively prosperous southern town. It put a lot of pressure on local resources, such as schools (not helped by the fact we had a Tory government, so state school spending was never going to be a priority) and forced up house prices, etc.

There is freedom of movement within the UK. Now, my parents leafy town had maybe 15,000 people, and they lived in one of the nicest streets with maybe 60 houses. But there are SIXTY MILLION people or so in the UK. What happens when they all decide to leave their miserable towns with shuttered coal mines, and move to this town? Clearly these kind of arguments are ridiculous, but we see exactly the same ones made as to why the UK is going to be flooded with Poles or Bulgarians or whatever.

I personally don't have a problem with European immigration, because (a) it's based on reciprocal rights (and I say this as a Brit who has worked in Germany, and now living in Portugal for last 7 years) and (b) Europeans don't typically blow themselves up on trains or go on sword-wielding killing sprees.

Of course, the old 'keep us safe from terrorists' is another popular Brexit argument, yet they also insist on keeping a free travel area with Ireland. I suppose that's because there is definitely no reason to believe that Irish people would ever be involved in terrorism, eh? Unlike those swarthy French and Portuguese....


Re: Good, good.

Didn't he also propose spending even more money on building a bridge from the UK to Northern Ireland? When it comes to spunking money up the wall, bridges are definitely his thing.


Re: Good, good.

I have dealt with people at the home office dealing with immigration several times, and I can attest that if anywhere is in need of some high calibre individuals, it's the home office. Forget scientists, let's just find some people who can read and who have basic comprehension skills and replace the knuckle draggers in the home office as a first step.

BT: UK.gov ruling on Huawei will cost us half a billion pounds over next 5 years


not about security

I understand the risk of very complicated kit being provided by country that might spy on the UK, but when you mandate that no more than 35% of a network's non core equipment can be from Huawei, that suggests it is nothing to do with security and simply about restricting trade.

Either the stuff is safe, in which case the government should not be involved in telling UK companies what kit they can and cannot use. Or it's dangerous, in which case none of it should be allowed, because if a third of a telco's equipment is stuffed with bugs and wiretaps, most probably 100% of their traffic would be vulnerable (assuming info passes through multiple devices and it's not as simple as everything installed in parallel).

This smacks not of a decision by the security services (the UK ones seem to have no problem with Huawei kit, if properly overseen) but by the government pandering to Donald Trump's whims. I suppose the UK had better get used to this kind of thing, because apparently it's taken back control from a place where it had a seat on the board, and now looks like it is pitifully and slavishly having to do whatever Uncle Sam tells it to.

Microsoft: 14 January patch was the last for Windows 7. Also Microsoft: Actually...


Re: This won't be popular...

Windows 8 was an abomination, no doubt. 8.1 wasn't much better. I remember the early dev builds where they removed the start button and forced half the functionality to full screen which you couldn't minimize, had a separate vertical taskbar down the side for 'metro' apps. The top questions on the feedback app were "Where the hell is my start button" and "how can I remove this metro app crap". If MS didn't realize removing the start button was a massively stupid idea in whatever meeting some idiot suggested it, the feedback should have surely have rung alarm bells. Alas, they pushed ahead and the rest is history.

But windows 10 fixed pretty much all of my issues with Windows 8, it was basically how it should have been done all along.

But I do agree that Microsoft should offer a Windows 7 'classic' mode on Windows 10. I know they're trying to force people to their new thing, but if they want people to switch from 7 to 10, they need to smooth the path, and a classic mode on Windows 10 would be an obvious and simple way to neutralize what is probably the most common argument against upgrading.

That said, I do find it slightly curious that many of the people who're quite happy to install their desktop of choice on Linux seem to have a massive problem with Windows 10 due to the interface, when it's trivial to install classic shell and basically have a Windows 7 interface.

Clunk, whirr, buzz, whine. Shared office space can be a riot and sounds like one too


wang king

Huang is most definitely NOT a rewriting of Wang in Chinese.

Wang is a common surname, and Huang is too.

I used to work for a company where my boss was Mr Wang and his assistant was Ms Huang.

Wang is most commonly 'King' and Huang means 'Yellow'.

It did amuse me once when I saw Wang written with the English translation afterwards in a book

Wang (King).

One-time Brexit Secretary David Davis demands Mike Lynch's extradition to US be halted

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Microsoft boffin inadvertently highlights .NET image woes by running C# on Windows 3.11


Re: "Visual Studio is a paid-for product"

There is a community license version which is free - at least for individuals, small companies (up to 5 users) and academic use. So there isn't really a cost barrier to learning or using it, at least in terms of the entry level.


"and the fact that Visual Studio is a paid-for product."

The community version is free for individuals and small companies (up to 5 users), as well as for academic use, open source development.

I happen to be a white male in his 40s, but I am interested now in looking at alternatives where I might be able to mix with hip ethnic minorities in their 20s.

You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes


Re: Those moneychangers...

I think more than this, management simply had no interest in the product.

It's exactly what went wrong with the British car industry. German car companies were run by engineers who cared about cars and who wanted to make them better. UK companies were run by bean counters who knew nothing about cars and made decisions looking at pricelists of components and financial predictions.

Squirrel away a little IT budget for likely Brexit uncertainty, CIOs warned


Re: 2019?

High tariffs? The EU has done some blockbuster trade deals, such as the one with Japan which will virtually eliminate tariffs.

It's not a case of hiding behind the EU. It's simply that the UK, with some 60 million people, is simply not big enough to have clout negotiating its own deals. Collective bargaining as the EU, has given European countries enormous clout that they would simply not have on their own.

The EU never forced the UK to adopt any particular foreign policy with respect to Iran or any other country. Such positions were agreed collectively by the EU. The UK's access to the single market, and hence borderless access to a market accounting for half our trade was never restricted or even threatened based on the UK's foreign policy positions.

Now we see that the UK is not only going to have to bend over and part its cheeks economically for the US, it is going to have to follow whatever foreign and domestic policy goals the US demands.

The UK is going to find out just how much protection it got as a member of the EU, and just how much it is going to have to whore itself out after brexit. Nothing will be off the table, not the NHS, not the UK's 5G providers, or foreign policy.

Brexitters never cared about the UK becoming a 'vassal state'. Indeed, for the right wing loons who pushed this, their wet dream was being a vassal state of the USA.


Re: 2019?

Fortunately the UK is blazing a trail and has broken free... ah, independence.


So this is how this great new independence is going to manifest itself. Donald Trump's crazy right wing loons shout commands, and the UK has to follow slavishly, or lose its magic trade deal.

The UK had a seat at the table at the EU.

It's exchanged this for a wet patch of carpet just under Donald Trump's desk, where it'll have to do whatever he demands when he unzips his pants, or the trade deal isn't going to happen.

So glad I left years ago.

No Mo'zilla for about 100 techies today: Firefox maker lays off staff as boss talks of 'difficult choices' and funding


Microsoft didn't help

IE/Edge was long overdue for being taken outside and shot. But when they decided to dump it and use an open source engine, they could have picked firefox.

It probably still wouldn't have stopped Edge's decline. But it might just have saved Mozilla, given MS an opportunity to innovate and avoided the web becoming a monoculture.

Sadly, I don't expect Mozilla to last long now, there is simply too much money and effort on the chrome side now. Pretty soon, there is simply going to be no alternative to chrome, and we'll be back in the bad old days when web standards don't matter, and any vulnerability will lay waste to masses of users, with no practical alternative to switch to.

Starliner: Boeing, Boeing... it's back! Borked capsule makes a successful return to Earth


Re: Calypso?

For some reason, I always think of this


Those crazy UKIP guys. They sure know how to organize a party (of the booze and fighting kind, not the political kind, obviously).

But to be fair to Mike Read, casual racism and hatred of foreigners is pretty lightweight stuff considering what most of his BBC Radio chums got up to.

Fuming French monopoly watchdog is so incensed by Google's 'random' web ad rules, it's fining the US giant, er, <1% annual profit


no smoke without fire

Gibmedia, meanwhile, denies any wrongdoing.

"Gibmedia has never been convicted of any deceptive practice

This is not exactly a ringing endorsement of their honesty. I am willing to bet most of the Nigerian princes and "Microsoft" support staff within indian accents who contact me about viruses have never been convicted either.

Email blackmail brouhaha tears UKIP apart as High Court refuses computer seizure attempt


Re: Odd to defend the phrase "wouldn't even rape"

"Like "they let you grab them by the pussy" except you leave out the part about them letting you, that gives it greater impact because it sounds like you just sexually assaulted someone."

I am really not sure your interpretation of it constitutues 'consent'. Harvey Weinstein could presumably mount a similar defence, arguing that anyone who did not physically fight him off, consented to whatever he did? Because that was exactly what Donald Trump was saying - that he sexually assaulted people, but they 'let him'.

Let's not forget too that there are several plausible claims of rape against Donald Trump too. And that's aside from his fairly unsavoury behaviour (porn stars, adultery, etc.) which is a matter of public record.

But I suppose it could all be politically motivated though, since the MSM never reported on all Obama's sexual assaults and affairs with porn stars!


smoking gun

"Subject: You're [sic] ukip emails"

Am I the only one thinking the bad grammar and phrasing in this email is just a little too good to be real? I almost expected it to sign off with: "ITS A DISK RACE!!!!".

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands


Humble brag

I'm not bothered so much by name-calling over my genius level intelligence. It's the ones about my irresistible sexual magnetism and massive cock that upset me most.

Americans should have strong privacy-protecting encryption ...that the Feds and cops can break, say senators


Re: Really?

They tell you gun control doesn't work, then you turn on the TV and see a terrorist in London can't get one, so has to turn up with a knife and a fake suicide vest.

And he then promptly gets wrestled to the ground and has the shit kicked out of him by passers by before the plod turns up to really ruin his day. When you have gun control, even a guy with a narwhal tusk ripped from a display case is enough to stop a terrorist. In the US, they need swat teams to stop a skinny kid at school or some fat bloke in a hotel from mowing down dozens of people.

But, they say, knives are *just as dangerous* as guns, as are cars. Yet, they still insist that US troops be armed with assault rifles rather than potato peelers and toyota corollas, so you know they don't believe it.


Re: Really?

So the US constitution permits that states or the government *can* apply rules that say certain types of weapons can require special permission, checks and costs that effectively prohibit ownership by most citizens?

And furthermore, the weekly school and workplace massacres in the US are almost always NOT perpetrated with such 'illegal' assault weapons, but instead with consumer versions that are easier and legal to obtain.

Fascinating. It's almost like gun control doesn't conflict the the constitution, and is effective?

Absolutely smashing: Musk shows off Tesla's 'bulletproof' low-poly pickup, hilarity ensues


Re: looks horrible

My twin brother lives in North Carolina. My parents visited year or two back, the hire car place didn't have the medium sized saloon they'd booked, so they gave them... a Dodge Ram pickup. But fair play, the landscape gardening where he lives is first rate.



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