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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Maquis196 Re:No it will not. (375 comments)

Makes sense though, all parties here saying it wont happen is designed to make it a NO vote, by saying "sure, it could happen" will make a yes much more likely to happen since its one of the biggest issues as you say with the whole thing.

We'd probably say no to it assuming a yes vote just to prove a point, but if Iceland with its 350k people can have their own currency, I'm sure Scotland can too, what could possibly go wrong.

Shame on Alex for putting his fingers in his ears and hoping something happens. Need a better plan then that mate.

about a month ago

Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Maquis196 Should be interesting RE- Nato (375 comments)

I believe Alex has mentioned before that "when" Scotland breaks free, they'll try and use their current position of being British to just seamlessly slot into NATO and the EU. I wonder if theyre allowed to stay Nuclear free zone whilst being in NATO.

More likely, the threat to remove the Nuclear weapons is a way of renting out the bases from the new English Commonwealth (or whatever us English will end up calling ourselves, most tend to coin the nUK moniker) goverment. Its a great distraction amongst the fact they'll not get a monetary union, Spain will veto their EU plans (over their own want-to-breakaway regions doing the same thing in the future).

I for one would be interested to see how an independent Scotland fares I wish them all the best, but more then anything, it will mean England finally gets their own parliament as well, kinda stupid that Scotland has power over England but not vice versa. Devo Max (if they vote No) would just make us even more jealous/angry over the whole situation. Maybe the marriage has run it course since our integration. Shame the Tories will be our government forever whilst we lose all the Labour voters north of Hadrians wall...

This was long then expected!

about a month ago

NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

Maquis196 I'm extra screwed then (361 comments)

I'm a Linux sysadmin, run Tor at home and vote Green Party. (In UK were considered domestic extremists -

I do wonder how that Ice cream van outside stays in business, its not even hot outside!

about 3 months ago

Valve's Steam Machines Delayed, Won't Be Coming In 2014

Maquis196 Linux games waiting on this (134 comments)

The rumour mill suggests that some games like Civ5, Rome 2:TW and XCOM are waiting on the steambox being released so theyre seen as "release" titles. If this pushes back long enough, hopefully the games will come out anyway.

about 4 months ago
top Domain Name Suspended

Maquis196 Re:Criminal scum (226 comments)

City of London top brass also in cahoots with Scientology as well from what I understand. Theyre an honest bunch

about 4 months ago
top Domain Name Suspended

Maquis196 Re:Now a redirect (226 comments)

hate replying to myself, but after proxying through my home server (on BT infinity), is certainly not blocked. Way to go UK!

about 4 months ago
top Domain Name Suspended

Maquis196 Now a redirect (226 comments)

I got redirected to and I can't tell if this is blocked by British ISPs like was...

So no service problems. Good job internet.

about 4 months ago

China: The Next Space Superpower

Maquis196 Re:Medicare (250 comments)

really? turning a discussion about Chinese space efforts into a rant about Obamacare? Guess being that I'm British I dont have to worry about such things. UK space program is barely worth calling a program :)

about 9 months ago

China: The Next Space Superpower

Maquis196 Best news I've heard in a while (250 comments)

Nothing seems to get goverments spending money on space like any kind of race. Just a shame China don't just say "Mars would look great in China Red", that would soon get the budgets for NASA and to a smaller extent ESA raised a bit.

Rather co-operation on this, I know there is some. A Chinese moon base? Like America would let that stand!

about 9 months ago

53% More Book Banning Incidents In US Schools This Year

Maquis196 Information is dangerous (360 comments)

Words can hurt you, won't someone please think of the children!

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

Maquis196 Re:Its what we had! (285 comments)

Be honest, youve got some great memories :).

It's probably why I spend half my gaming life in dosbox and wine playing older 90's games.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

Maquis196 Its what we had! (285 comments)

BIt of a pointless exercise this, I grew up playing Sonic, Gods, Falcon 16 CGA because that's what I had, why push my childhood on my kids? Nostalgia blinds us to the games we play (although some of them are truely classics imho).

When my daughter is ready, she can play games, but like other posters have said, I want her outside getting hurt playing in dirt first. She has her entire life to sit behind an organic stretchable LED display.

about 9 months ago

60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

Maquis196 Re:Get rid of those things (944 comments)

Its just the up front cost that can suck for people, considering the long term savings and the how much money that can be saved buying them in bulk, I am suprised a local/regional/state/country government doesn't just force the issue and issue a "Incandescent for LED trade scheme".

Country uses less power, poor people don't suffer (thats where the up front cost can hurt) and no one can complain that I can think off.

I'm in the process of switching my house to LED, but some rooms simply never have their lights on, the payback period is immense, I'll gladly replace broken with LED but they just won't die on me. First world problems eh?

about 9 months ago

Unmanned 'Terminator' Robots Kill Jellyfish

Maquis196 Re:Who's next (149 comments)

But all the amoeabas are in politics, they have nothing to worry about. Keep voting them in people!

about a year ago

UK Mobile ISP Blocks VPN, Citing Access To Porn

Maquis196 There really could be a simpler explanation (195 comments)

Bottom line is thus (and im a Giff-Gaff customer), is that it's a pay as you go network. From what I understand, these are designed to lock down on adult content (including betting sites I learnt the hard way) because anyone can buy a payg sim card. I had to put my driving licence number into the website to prove I was older then 18 (which is ironic considering in the UK you can have one at 17 but I digress...).

There was no "opt out of Tory porn lockdown" button to click, and giff-gaff will let me watch porn till my hearts content now. I'm not agreeing with the porn filter, that's evil, especially when out of a Tory policy, but this could be looking at the wrong thing.

1 year,10 days



MP wants to fine CC companies for anon payments

Maquis196 Maquis196 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Maquis196 (535256) writes "Labour MP Geraint Davies wants to to fine credit card companies because their customers can purchase pre-paid credit cards and use them to buy child pornography online. His argument is that because you can buy a £100 card anywhere on the high street and register as whoever you like; then the companies are endorsing anonymous payments.

Child pornography used as an excuse to try and stop anonymous payments? Or has Garaint Davies got a point?"

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