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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

JosKarith Re:Yay! (786 comments)

The EU is actually really useful for the UK - or at least it was until Tony B.Liar gave away a whole load of our hard-bargained for advantages to make cheap polititical capital for himself.

11 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

JosKarith Re:Yay! (786 comments)

Says the AC...

yesterday
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

JosKarith Re:Yay! (786 comments)

It's clearly aimed at luring voters away from UKIP who are getting increasingly frustrated at EU interference in every level of UK life but are uneasy about voting for the "swivel-eyed loons".
As you said, another populist soundbite that will be quickly forgotten. The only advantage to teaching kids Metric was that learning to do all the conversions helped practice mental arithmatic but in an age where everyone has a calculator on their smartphone that's really not so important anymore.

yesterday
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

JosKarith Re:Takes two to tango (120 comments)

I didn't realise the EU court had moved from Strasbourg to Ireland...

2 days ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

JosKarith Re:I would like to see a return... (120 comments)

I see that BS line trotted out by companies all the time - "If you don't give us favourable treatment we'll go play with our ball somewhere else". I say that government should call their bluff - the next company that tries it just gets their licence to trade pulled and their shares suspended. See how quick the other companies back down.

2 days ago
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BT and Coke To Offer Free Rural Wi-Fi In South Africa Through Vending Machines

JosKarith Re:inb4 "evil corporate plot" allegations (71 comments)

I'm just surprised they didn't do a system where there's a code on the side of the can good for something like an hour's access. Would drive sales nicely.

5 days ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

JosKarith Re:Everyone loses (474 comments)

"This was the Tory plan all along. They saw the financial crisis as a huge opportunity to undo some of the damage that 13 years of the Tony'n'Gordon show did to the UK" - TFTFY. And no, I'm not a Tory voter - I hate them almost as much as I hate nuLabour. Politics nowadays is like saying "Here's a pint of sick, a pint of piss and a pint of dysenteric shit. Which one are you going to drink?"

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

JosKarith Re:NEWS FLASH! (474 comments)

45% x 85%(the turnout) x 95% (voter registration) = 36% - that's only just over 1/3rd of the population voted for independance. Lrn 2 Math.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

JosKarith Re:Everyone loses (474 comments)

It was about 30 years since the last referendum on independance. In 30 years time Salmond will be long dead and the North Sea oil will have run out. Unless Scotland magically comes up with some other means of funding itself then independance will be a death sentence for them.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

JosKarith Re:Everyone loses (474 comments)

"I wanted to see crows eat that fascist Cameron" - TFTFY

about two weeks ago
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Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

JosKarith Re:News for nerds (165 comments)

Well, I think we can expect to hear a "Look we caught a terrorist, this is why we needed all those powers" justification for running roughshod over everyone's right to privacy in the next few days. That's pretty on-topic for here - this is just the front-runner of it.

about two weeks ago
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

JosKarith Re:Nope! (137 comments)

Ironically that wouldn't penalise them - they're not maneuvering sharply or breaking speed limits so it wouldn't be logged...

about a month ago
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

JosKarith Re:Nope! (137 comments)

My old employer - one of the biggest insurance firms in the UK - has been running stuff like this for years. A little app on your smartphone that analyses your driving style for minor infractions and squeals back to the company so they can produce evidence for why your premiums have shot up...
And of course to get it working they tested it on... the call center staff. Seriously, any call center staff who had company insurance had to agree to this sh1t being installed on their mobiles to qualify for the staff discount during its testing phase. And the claims of anonymisation of data for the testing were proven to be BS the day the leaderboards of "Who's the safest drivers in XXX team" started going up to shame staff members who weren't good little boys and girls.

about a month ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

JosKarith Re:Effectiveness (134 comments)

Who needs a million monkeys when you have automated scripts...?

about a month ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

JosKarith Re:April's Fools Early? (134 comments)

Well, I always wondered what would be the straw that broke 4chan's back - now we know.
4chan is as good as dead, just like Alt.Tasteless before it. Time for the hordes of trolls, sickos, wannabes and script kiddies to find another pit to infest. Wonder where it'll be?
So long 4chan. It's been fun but in time, all things pass.

about a month ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

JosKarith Re:Interesting line from TFA: (212 comments)

Look up the DDT concentration pyramid - it doesn't take large doses in the creatures in the lower stages of the pyramid to build up to toxic levels in the apex predators - which would be us in this case.

about a month ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

JosKarith Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

Well, if the police have nothing to hide they have nothing to fear...

about a month ago
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UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

JosKarith Re:stealing identity (74 comments)

The identity of 3000 people who have been proven they are prepared to break the law? Or maybe the police reports on the true connection/affiliation of said people? Can't possibly see how that information could of be any use to organised crime...

about a month ago
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UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

JosKarith Re:As a former employee... (74 comments)

AFAIK Brazil was actually written partially based on Gilliam's dealings with the Civil Service. And MoJ is STILL using XP - they paid M$ £5m for the privilage of getting to use it for another year...

about a month ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

JosKarith Re:yeah (338 comments)

"We're not in charge, but we want you to behave as if we were cos' we might well be someday."
The sheer brass balls of his arrogance astounds me.

about a month ago

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