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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Grumpinuts Re:at least the nuclear weapons will be gone (488 comments)

From Minutes of the UK Defence Select Committee...


    33. Acquiring Trident gave the UK a greater nuclear weapons capability than it could ever have achieved on its own. This enhanced capacity, however, had significant consequences.
    34. The fact that, in theory, the British Prime Minister could give the order to fire Trident missiles without getting prior approval from the White House has allowed the UK to maintain the façade of being a global military power. In practice, though, it is difficult to conceive of any situation in which a Prime Minister would fire Trident without prior US approval. The USA would see such an act as cutting across its self-declared prerogative as the world's policeman, and would almost certainly make the UK pay a high price for its presumption. The fact that the UK is completely technically dependent on the USA for the maintenance of the Trident system means that one way the USA could show its displeasure would be to cut off the technical support needed for the UK to continue to send Trident to sea.
    35. In practice, the only way that Britain is ever likely to use Trident is to give legitimacy to a US nuclear attack by participating in it. There are precedents for the USA using UK participation in this way for conventional military operations. The principal value of the UK's participation in the recent Iraq war was to help legitimise the US attack. Likewise the principal value of the firing of UK cruise missiles as part of the larger US cruise missile attack on Baghdad was to help legitimise the use of such weapons against urban targets.
    36. The most likely scenario in which Trident would actually be used is that Britain would give legitimacy to a US nuclear strike by participating in it.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Moving From Tech Support To Development?

Grumpinuts Re:If you can (133 comments)

If you can't, just love what you do.

about 6 months ago

20 Freescale Semiconductor Employees On Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

Grumpinuts Re:Uh, doesn't every company? (190 comments)

Don't think so...would have cost them a fortune as part of benefits package was 9x annual salary payout for death while travelling on company business. Much cheaper just to sell us off to another company and have them do the nasty layoff stuff about 6 years later. Which is what they did.

about 6 months ago

20 Freescale Semiconductor Employees On Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

Grumpinuts Re:Uh, doesn't every company? (190 comments)

OK Try IBM. Worked for them in the 90's, some of us got flown out from the UK to a recognition event in San Diego. There must have been 30 of us on the same flight. They tried to get the other 20 making up the same party on the same flight but it was full.

about 6 months ago

Dick Cheney Had Implanted Defibrillator Altered To Prevent Terrorist Attack

Grumpinuts Re:Dick? (242 comments)

Richard the Third = Turd (Shit)

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Experiences Working At a High-Profile Game Studio?

Grumpinuts Re:just before I saw the draft (189 comments)

I take it the job doesn't involve online proofreading, then.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Experiences Working At a High-Profile Game Studio?

Grumpinuts Re:take the job (189 comments)

Not according to Morrissey....and Heaven knows he's miserable now.

about a year ago

Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

Grumpinuts Re:Who is this guy? (242 comments)

Funnily enough, as a callow youth in Glasgow, he played in a punk band with Craig Ferguson.

about a year ago

Apple Retailer Facing Class Action Suit Over Employee Bag Checks

Grumpinuts Re:The incredible irony of.. (353 comments)

Story I got told about a car plant, long closed, not far from where I live. At the end of a shift, a group of workers leaving were milling around, laughing and shouting at one lad who was perched on top of his mate's shoulders. The security guard asked one of them what all the fuss was about. The worked replied "Oh that's Wullie, it';s his stag night tonight.". The security guard smiled and waved them through. Once out of sight, Wullie and his carrier took off their jackets revealing the complete exhaust assembly they'd had hidden up their backs (It was a small car btw),

about a year ago

So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

Grumpinuts Re: Equal rights (832 comments)

Wish I had mod points today would up your post. I work with kids in crisis and we are seeing more and more with attachment issues. Parents for whatever reason lacked the parenting capacity to bond with the child in the first months after birth and it causes real and measurable cognitive and developmental and social issues as the child grows. I was lucky enough to be around for my youngest daughter when she was under 12 months and I still regards those days as the happiest of my life and it is a source of guilt and regret that for mainly financial circumstances I hadn't been able to do that for all my kids.

about a year ago

Germany Fines Google Over Street View - But Says €145k Is Too Small

Grumpinuts Re:How big of a fine for Google to notice? (106 comments)

Know what you mean....I'm pretty slow at typing as well and this dyslexic keyboard doesn't hlep.....

about a year ago

Fox News: US Solar Energy Investment Less Than Germany Because US Has Less Sun

Grumpinuts If Germany is so sunny..... (644 comments)

...why do all the Germans decamp to Spain in August and leave their towels on the sun loungers?

about a year and a half ago

The Biggest Financial Fraud of All Time

Grumpinuts Why this pisses me off... (470 comments)

I'm Scottish, and while I was growing up RBOS had a branch in every Main Street in Scotland. They had a history hundreds of years old of being a solid reputable institution with a high degree of social responsibility and integrity that ensured that in the global finance world, my small country of 5 million people could punch above its weight. The word Scotland was synonymous with prudence and fiscal excellence and businesses such as RBOS were large profitable concerns employing many thousands of my fellow countrymen. The actions of individuals such as these have dragged the good name of my country into the dirt. Part of the collateral damage is that many blameless employees of the bank have lost their livelihoods, and the damage done to reputations will take generations to expunge. But what really pisses me off is that RBOS have the gall to hijack Flower of Scotland, the semi official Scottish National Anthem on one of their radio adverts. After all the damage that's been done they try to appeal to our patriotism (apparently they sponsor the 6 nations rugby competition ). Sorry but in RBOS' s case I feel anything but proud and patriotic.

about a year and a half ago


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