* Posts by CountCadaver

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Google to pull plug on Play Music, its streaming service that couldn't beat Spotify, in favour of YouTube Music

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Re: Very moderately quite aggravating

Tidal for one, they have a really high quality tier and they are adding more and more artists to it, with good speakers and an amp you can hear the difference (especially on stuff like the "imperial march" from star wars...

Microsoft runs a data centre on hydrogen for 48 whole hours, reckons it could kick hydrocarbon habit by 2030

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Re: Hydrogen is not the answer

The current plan is seemingly to blend H2 with CH4 to produce a hybrid gas that reduces CO2 output with an eventualy switch over (potentially) to pure H2 (don't think that will ever happen) I think I've heard something like 30/70 H2/CH4 mentioned

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Re: Hydrogen is not the answer

Best solution I've heard is to use for example Scotland's surplus of renewable energy to produce hydrogen via electrolysis held in a storage vessel next to a converted gas power station (Peterhead for example) To use when you need a rapid input of power to the grid.

Alternatively blend produced hydrogen with methane to reduce the CO2 footprint of mains gas (something thats already being looked at seriously)

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Re: Hydrogen is not the answer

dry the brine and sell the leftover salt to colder nations for road salt? Or other industrial processes

Nokia 5310: Retro feature phone shamelessly panders to nostalgia, but is charming enough to be forgiven

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Re: bah...

8210 had THE most powerful vibration of any phone I ever had, it would dance across the table. When I upgraded my contract I passed it down to my dad, who took it to work with him and got metallic grit in the speaker which he then broke by trying to pick it out with a needle....

Said it was the only phone he could feel vibrating through a boiler suit whilst shot blasting

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Re: This is NOT that suitable for older people

Last year I bought my grandad (over 85 and technophobic in the extreme) a Doro candybar phone, £30ish, clear screen, loud ringer, easy to use, good battery life to replace a very old (2002ish) Nokia jelly key phone (I forget the number)

New SIM came from O2 with 3p per minute calls and replaced the 2002ish Virgin Mobile sim charging 45p per minute (so old it predated the requirement to register the sim, I had to register his details to get the PAC code to port his number over, even the customer service guy at Virgin admitted it was unusual)

Cut his mobile bill massively (If I'd known he was paying 45p perminute and putting 20 quid a week on at times, I would have moved him sooner but he never mentioned it till last year) I think he's put a total of £40 on in about 18 months of use and there was still about 15 pounds remaining when he had me top it up last time at Xmas...

51 years after humans first set foot on the Moon, a deepfaked Nixon mourns how Armstrong and Aldrin never made it home

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Re: Has anyone.....

Ditto Philip K Dick and Marshall McLuhan, I would have liked to have heard their thoughts on "reality TV" and Deepfakes...

After 84 years, Japan's Olympus shutters its camera biz, flogs it to private equity – smartphones are just too good

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Re: Sorry to see them go...

I stupidly sold my 9-3 Sportwagon for want of a new turbo core, a clutch kit fitting and some driveshaft seals.....replaced it with a Dacia Sandero (hateful thing) to attempt to get better fuel economy (brochure 55-70mpg, reality 30-40mpg out on the road...Saab diesel did 38 around town and north of 50 out on the road....dog misses the Saab also, her ears prick up everytime she hears anything with the same engine....)

Saab no more as GM were looking for cost savings and Saab was an easy choice...

Wow, Microsoft's Windows 10 always runs Edge on startup? What could cause that? So strange, tut-tuts Microsoft

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Now if win10 would stop searching the web

disabled websearch through every group policy object i can find and it still searches the web (Win 10 Pro 1909)

All your jobs are belong to us... Amazon is hiring 75,000 people but if you want US home groceries, tough luck

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Re: Must be hard to find 100.000 people..

and the conservatives did and still likely do have "fire at will" on their wishlist....

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Sounds very much like a quote from the then Earl of Airlie, who during the Boer War decreed he wasn't afraid of any Boer Farmer and then was hit and killed by a Mauser shot from said farmers, which from the account I was told, one of his grandson's told his father than Grandpa had been a damned fool and gotten himself killed through arrogance

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements

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Re: Ableist language is sadly everywhere

Also just because you don't know where it comes from, doesnt make it ok to use it

Otherwise schoolkids would get away with yelling racist abuse, they don't

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Re: Ableist language is sadly everywhere

Now you are just deflecting and making excuses to justify using a term which has severe prejudice at its root

Just because Glaswegians have forgotten its origins (and its a Scotland wise usage) then that doesn't change the discriminatory nature of the term.

We put "spaz" "spazzie" "spastic" into unacceptable terms despite them, being commonly used variants for "stupid" not that long ago ,its now time to put mental health slurs into the same category,

Its not a mild insult either, i've heard it used by plenty of "lowland" Scots as one of their upper end insults along with c*nt, usually being screamed at the top of their lungs while picking a fight

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Re: Proximity and stuff

As someone with personal experience of dealing with those with mental health issues, I can tell you that "sanity check" or anything else to do with mental health isn't something that should be used flippantly and unfortunately, much of society seems to think mental health is a joke, that depression is just a feeling "a bit down in the dumps" - its far more than that, that PTSD is just "bad memories" again its far more and far more horrid than that, that "bi-polar" is something that they "have a little bit of" etc

Along with co-opting various terms for intellectual disability as pejoratives, along with dreaming up a million more related to mental health that adds to the stigma

Yelling homophobic or racial slurs in the street will in most places land you in a cell for the night before an appearance before a judge, yet use insults clearly based around mental health and no one bats an eye....

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Re: Ableist language is sadly everywhere

I don't live in an urban area either, but Mongol was frequently used as an insult to mean retard or worse with a severe stigma about people with down's when I was a kid in the 80s and 90s and I've heard kids still using it today, showing that societal prejudice has not altered much...

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Re: Relaxed of Tunbridge Wells

Well done, its harder often to say "i'm wrong" or "i might be in the wrong" then it is to ignore things.

Its long overdue that we take a long hard look at our society and values, we claim to be better than our ancestors but all too often I seriously doubt that, look at the net, its rapidly descended into whats all too often a cesspit, when before it became mainstream, it felt different, somewhere where you could have a discussion without someone swatting you or cyberstalking etc, where you could trust you were speaking to a person, not a bot or some scammer

I met and still talk to a lot of people from back then in the late 90s, haven't had that in the last 15 years.

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Re: Ableist language is sadly everywhere

Problem is when the word is being used as a variant of its original meaning and society treats the intellectually disabled poorly then it conditions people to discriminate by default as it normalises it.

Racism and homophobia has only diminished as there has been a strong effort to make it socially unacceptable and to subject those using racist language to being excluded and ostracised and criminal sanctions for the worse offenders.

I just wish transphobia would go the same way and the mods here would take action against the myriad of openly transphobic comments often nor bothering with coded language. For all the effort to be progressive, there is a defined lack of action against transphobia vs racism and homophobia....and thats not right.

I generally disagee with ever more speech restrictions but on this I can't argue against terms with a loaded history being replaced, its a simple step and an evolution of my own position after some careful thought.

I will say that a colleague emailed Ms Black and they had a fruitful conversation and she apologised for any offence caused albeit inadvertently. So thats a good resolution, things change when people are willing to listent to the viewpoints of others.

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Re: Ableist language is sadly everywhere

I have to (respectfully) disagree with you, just because some people have forgotten the origin and meaning of the word, doesn't change its offence level, particularly when its still being used in the same way - referring to people deemed as "stupid" (mentally ill people were and are viewed as being "lesser" by sections of the public and the medical profession, the change in atttiude from doctors when they discover you have a mental illness of any sort is quite saddening, your immediiately treated wholly differently like a dangerous child incapable of understanding or making any decisions no matter your condition and current state of mind, which makes you feel even more stigmatised and unwilling to discuss mental illness with others)

I'm not a Doric speaker nor from that area, but I am Scottish and I've heard the phrase "he's gone daft" uttered all too frequently - meaning to have gone insane or lost his mind, so the usage is still current, even if people don't realise or see it.

By your example of Glaswegians using "dafty", then surely Geordies and others in that area are entitled to use the term "spacker" freely as they don't use it about cerebral palsy sufferers anymore.

Cretin is as bad, someone affected by Cretinism aka Congenital iodine deficiency syndrome, when you look at the word in that light and see its origins, to me at least it makes using it wholly abhorrent.

Mongol / Mongoloid again something I hear used all too often here and in the USA, another medical term co-opted as insult (down's syndrome)

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Ableist language is sadly everywhere

Even "inclusive" politicians like Mhairi Black freely use words like "dafty" https://twitter.com/MhairiBlack/status/1269583277494611968

For those who don't know, dafty is a word that refers to mental patients derived from "going daft" (historical context: Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon), its a seriously nasty term if you know its history and one that people shouldn't be chucking around as an insult.

Asked her not to use it due to its history - deafening silence in reply, shameful that people are only for equality in some respects....

Thiink how many mental health related slurs there are out there - fruitcake, nutter, headcase, fruitloop, psycho, loony, loony-bin, funny-farm, nuthouse, schizo the list keeps going on and on and on, stigmatising those with mental health issues and making it harder for them to seek treatment due to social attitudes about mental health, that people see it as a joke or something to deride people about. When mental health is anything but a laughing matter.

Others especially for those across the Atlantic - Spaz - means spastic meaning someone with cerebral palsy, so essentially like Trump using disability as an insult, same goes for spacker (a Newcastle one), dumb - referring to someone non verbal and yet co-opted to mean stupid, even moron comes from a clinical definition of a specific intellectual impairment / learning difficulty

So props to Google for doing more than the bare minimum and actually looking at things more indepth.

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Re: Let's keep crazy and mad and bonkers and looney etc

They are inexplicably tied to mental health and their use as a pejorative

Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)

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Re: with respect to the UK app

Correct "ALL UK politicians already sound like POTUS45" none of them have any modesty, they all sound like they are on the apprentice giving "2500% at all times"

Couple wrongly arrested over Gatwick Airport drone debacle score £200k payout from cops

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Probably as it involved more than one lawyer (I'm guessing 2 or 3 minimum to contest a case vs plod), several paralegals, several more admin staff, document request fees, court filing charges etc.... all adds up and rapidly so...

Logitech G915 TKL: Numpad-free mechanical keyboard clicks all the right boxes

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Re: Ouch on the price

Nah this just draws power via PS/2

Upvote incoming as I didn't know you got PS/2 to bluetooth

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Ouch on the price

I'm currently looking for a wireless keyboard, to replace my 20 odd year old microsoft internet pro keyboard, since I've had the PC powering the TV, as an interim I've been using an MS wireless Keyboard 800, but the markings are wearing off the keys and its getting tempremental after only 4 years use (and fresh batteries recently) its also nowhere as good to type on as the old internet pro keyboard from 1999 was.

Any suggestions for something mechanical and wireless? That or a way to convert ye olde wired PS2 keyboard to work wirelessly? Some form of PS/2 to bluetooth/wifi to PS/2 usb converter or some other black magic?

Photostopped: Adobe Cloud evaporates in mass outage. Hope none of you are on a deadline, eh?

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Re: "people can't use some of its stuff in the cloud nor access their documents"

So basically we have gone back to the 70s with mainframes and terminals then essentially?

Just you don't own the mainframe and your terminal is a bit less dumb?

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Re: Compliance

Nah this situation is beyond coloured pencils, so I've broken out the emergency crayons

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Bit like Pixelogic's Zbrush - You think Windows can be unstable? Zbrush takes it to whole heights for £700+ (and now some scary subscription price) The interface also is also a car crash, file menu being in the middle rather than the left hand edge and other stuff being here there and everywhere.

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My wife is an illustrator and designer and she's went to Affinity Photo recently and has had designer for the last couple of years. She likes them both and found the transition from Adobe reasonably easy.

A few things are different and some have slightly convulted ways of doing things (I'm guessing to side step a software patent or similar for example you can't import Indesign files directly into Affinity Publisher)

She's also now looking at inkscape (which is now "industry standard" due to it being mentioned in a growing number of job advertisements alongside the usual mentions of adobe products)

Signal goes Gaussian to take privacy to the next level: All your faces don't belong to us

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Re: Fix the bugs first

try also Wickr (https://wickr.com/) they have free and paid versions.

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Re: I'd use Signal a lot more than I do

I use signal but also wickr.me

Which seems to be wholly decentralised to the point they can't recover your password....signal has better usability albeit not as good security.

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

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Re: Never understood this

Neither Commie-Nazi

As witnessed by McBain when delivering Unicef pennies :P

BoJo looks to jumpstart UK economy with £6k taxpayer-funded incentive for Brits to buy electric cars – report

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Re: Electric or Hybrid?

You can buy a second hand leaf cheap.....why? because buyers are rightly VERY wary of second hand EVs (many are left with <80 mile ranges due to battery pack wear....)

Last year I was seeing 2016 leafs on sale for <£5000

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Re: And what happens to all the unwanted petrol cars?

No, you just send them to Africa where people will cut off the cats, EGR and all the other emissions control stuff, fill them with poor quality fuel and run them into the ground (as is happening with old lorries, tractors, vans etc etc etc right now)

All it does is shift the pollution elsewhere....

Angola kicks more CO2 than Scotland (0.08% vs 0.07% of world emissions) and it will keep increasing as more and more old cars head their way.....(frankly I'm in the "adapt and mitigate" camp rather than the fanatical millnerian camp (i.e. Greta) or the "lets mess with the climate despite having no idea what the repercussions might be" )

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Re: This does not happen

Pigs might fly...or hell might freeze over...

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Re: Restructure the Market

Get in to go to work

"Carbon allowance exceeded, weather forecast indicates optimal cycling weather, start permission denied, further attempts will incur a £150 fine and an extended vehicle lockout"

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Re: Auto da fe?

then there is whole issue with conflict mined rare earth metals - cobalt/coltan/tantalum etc etc from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country thats been in civil war for over 20 years now, where children etc are used as slaves and/or conscripted by militias, where the ecosystem contains many endangered species, risked further by pollution from illegal mining operations, a point emphasised by rare earth metal brokers admitting they had no idea if their supply chains contained conflict mined metals as the chain of custody just isn't there. EV evangelists will shout down anyone who makesthis point and claim that their tesla etc doesn't contain any of those and then shift the goalposts to "its only a small amount of xxxx and musk says it will be gone soon" followed by "but ICE cars poison the air making it too toxic to breathe"

I got booted from a DIY forum for describing EVs as "posh milkfloats", EV subsidies as regressive taking from the poor to give to the rich "but I pay road tax as its a luxury car and it costs more than the diesel so I'm doing my bit for the planet" as well as rare earth mining as "the next "race for Africa" and modern day colonialism

Give us a reason... not to buy a new handset? Samsung back-ports Galaxy S20 photo features to Galaxy 10 range

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last couple of updates for my S7 has started slowing it down and coincendentally the battery life started dropping right after the last one....

Does your camera app stop responding to the shutter button at all ever?

Mine does it sporadically despite trying factory reset, format memory card, replace name brand card with a different name brand card. Some days it works flawlessly, other days it shoots 1 or 2 images and then it hangs like its waiting on the memory card to respond or finish a write, closing camera and re-opening gets you a several second long black screen....bit of a headscratcher tbh...

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Re: "the ability to create customer photo filters"

only thing I've missed recently is the general skepticism about all claims no matter their origin, recently it seems "green" claims aren't subjected to the same Reg snarky skepticism and thats a shame as otherwise the emperor's new clothes start appearing without someone yelling "just a minute"

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

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Re: Unpasteurised milk

Other risk is Brucellosis

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Re: Right click

Anyone remember this commercial for time? Presented by Leonard Nimoy himself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9glUL8tKTAA

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Re: obvious

then the one after that without any buttons, the whole thing just pivoted, that was weird...even by apple's standards

Puck mice were an abomination though and in no way ergonomic

It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are

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Its to do with the EVAP system on US vehicles, system needs to be sealed to work properly and you also burn more fuel due to evaporation of fuel vapours without the cap, hence why the UK mot checks for

the presence of a seal on the fuel cap - so your car isn't spewing flammable vapours and ergo a mobile fire hazard

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Its not so much that, its the potential for static spark discharge due to different potentials building between the user, the car and the pump.

Particularly an issue for those wearing nylon/synthetic underwear and tights/pantyhose, can build up a static charge at quite a rapid rate, example lock on pump, go and get purse from car etc, walk back go to click off pump, static spark, potential vapour explosion (as its the vapour thats the biggest danger with petrol/gasoline)

Pumps we had, had the lockout catch ground off the handle casting at factory, we still had the rest of the componenets to lock it out though (inc the lever below the trigger handle) and so were visually identical to pump handles in the USA, it just wouldn't lock due to the piece ground off, to the bemusement of american tourists who would fiddle with it and then come in and ask if we knew the pump lock was broken and were equally bemused to find it was illegal, one local customer who brought a large plastic peg to clamp the pump trigger got strips torn off him by my boss, she read the riot act to him well and truly about it. don't think he got a word in edgeways

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Re: Details!

Then again Timmy's is a pretty low bar to clear....their peach juice for one is rank and chemically.....Their bagels are passable (well last time I ate one), tim bits aka timshits are ok if nothing else is on the menu or within visual range, albeit I did have a soft spot for a boston creme doughnut from Timmys

Haven't eaten fast food in about 10 years, subway in about 5 years...and tbh I don't miss it, albeit I do have a hankering for an Arbys (which thankfully for my waistline I can't get in the UK)

My wife (Who is a canuck, I'm just a nomad :P) was a both amazed and partly disgusted that I managed to eat not only most of 1 meal from wendy's but the 2 I was given gratis after they supplied me with a burger with green stuff I hadn't asked for on about 1/3 of it, Canada being almost as litigious as the states in some respects, manager promptly offered me burgers as compensation, her remark "I cannot believe you are going to eat both of them" my reply "you already said you didn't want one, I've not really eaten all day AND they're free"

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lsoas local petroleum officer (yes they exist) from the local authority could have invoked serious sanctions up and including revocation of petroleum licence IIRC (yes for my sins I worked in a petrol station for 4 years between end of high school, through college and up till I started university....(they are a kack place to work with hours as bad)

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

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Crash Gordon (due to all the BSODs)

Quick Q: Er, why is the Moon emitting carbon? And does this mean it wasn't formed from Theia hitting Earth?

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Re: It was the Apollo astronauts

Meh I like the taste of charcoal grilled meat but it takes too long to get going and after having a loan of gas grill, its where I'm going when funds allow, just as its quick and convenient and doesn't start with plumes of smoke (though recently I used my propane torch to get things going quicker, much less smoke on startup)

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Re: And this is why it's always a bad idea...

My concern is the zealoutry around climate change and the shouting down of ANY alternative hypothesis, the ostracising of any other views rather than rational discussion, whipping up mobs committing vandalism etc who hear carbon and think "death and apocalypse", who think if we miss 1.5C that suddenly everything and everyone on the planet drops dead right after,the rains will stop, the oceans will boil, every tree will burst into flames, crops will all fail en masse, that the seas will shoot up 20 metres overnight, that essentially it will be biblically apocalyptic and anyone who questions anything is tantamount to a murderer or a nazi.

Worse you have a growing clamour for highly experimental and incredibly risky climate engineering schemes, when even climatologists admit our knowledge of the way the climate functions is far from perfect and that there are vast gaps in our knowledge and that we are learning new things constantly.

Yes climate change isn't a good thing (and thats puttting it mildly), my concern though is "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" that we try and "cool" the climate and chuck the planet into an ice age or worse change weather patterns that make matters worse not better.

I'm also not keen on "per capita" emissions, seems a nice way to justify China and India belching out vast quantities of pollution and then using their massive population numbers to make it seem ok, How would the UK's per capita numbers look if the poorest in society still had 11+ children families (like my great grandparents did?) - i.e. those without a car, that can't afford a holiday, that keep the heating turned right down even in the coldest weather as they can't afford to run it due to various levies imposed, that buy secondhand and clothes etc get handed down sometimes through multiple families. I'd wager our per capita emissions would be a lot closer to India due to the sheer volume of people diluting the "unavoidables" like electricity generation, transport etc

IF we are going to cut emissions and stabilise our CO2 concentrations, then it has to cut across ALL countries at once, otherwise your into diminishing returns, you'd think britain emitted 40% of world emissions the way some talk, when the figure is closer to 1% and dropping (albeit not helped by greenwashing like biomass and wood burning, both of which never close the carbon circle)

However I don't see their being an agreement about this, I think we need to plan to mitigate the worst - flood controls, water diversion, dykes and dams, building new settlements on higher ground, planning for the extreme worst case and relocate the most low lying settlements / populations over time.

Lastly I really hate the way in which people (inc the BBC) greenwash electric cars, TopGear magazine even claimed ALL the rare earths etc are now "sustainably sourced" for electric vehicles, no they aren't, as recently as last year one of the major rare earth metal brokers could not guarantee the integrity of their supply chains, could not be sure that conflict mined materials such as those from Democratic republic of Congo were not being bought. the DRC where children and others are forced to mine rare earth metals at the barrel of a gun, where fragile ecology is being destroyed by militias minng to further fund the conflict and all so people in the west can claim moral superiority as they hop into their Tesla X/Y/3, Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe, VW E-golf etc etc etc.....and then have the audacity to deflect about how they are "doing their bit for the climate" and "it'll be leftovers from copper mining in the 1920s, no one is illegally mining there, govts wouldn't allow it" - it is happening, its just the UK media are either too lazy or too committed to the "green" vehicle revolution to report on it

Behold: The ghastly, preening, lesser-spotted Incredible Bullsh*tting Customer

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Re: There should be an IT Driving Test

unfortunately HR often think its a "top drawer" qualification, was turned down for one role because "you don't have an ECDL, which means you don't have the computer knowledge the role demands"

While ignoring my HND and BSc in Computing entirely AND the myriad of projects that had been done in relation to that amongst others.,...Jesus wept....

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

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Re: Not just 'rural' connections

BT has that sorted, due to "connections" and often local councils issuing contracts in their own areas (And thus thinking BT by default) their infrastructure arm Openreach is basically scooping up ALL of the contracts.

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