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Scotland Votes No To Independence

u38cg Re:The over-65's swung it for No (405 comments)

>>wondering how did this happen

Because you looked at the polls and the betting markets and you thought you knew better. Once again, you were wrong. Remember a guy called Kerry?

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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

u38cg Re:This isn't scaremongering. (488 comments)

Most of those numbers are incorrect, if not downright false.

2 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

u38cg Re:Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign sa (488 comments)

Yes, but when you are running countries, you burn through billions pretty quickly.

It is not the Bank's debt; it is the UK government's. You can read the DMO contracts if you like. And the debt does not have a monetary purpose: it is issued to finance government spending.

You're right, sterlingisation can't be blocked, but full-on currency union certainly can. I don't think anyone in the Yes camp gets that no-one in Westminster is interested in entering into a currency union - not with Europe, and not with Scotland either. What's in it for them?

2 days ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

u38cg Re:Of course they do (949 comments)

So why are so many terrorists engineers?

2 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

u38cg Re:Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign sa (488 comments)

The largest field discovered in the last 25 years produces 0.2m bpd - included in the 1.5m figure - and you think that supports your argument how, exactly?

You make the assumption that the planet will not transition to a primarily renewables energy mix. Given that a number of renewable sources are already competitive with fossil fuels and investment at scale is only beginning in this sector, I would suggest that is a hell of an assumption to hang your country's prosperity on.

2 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

u38cg Re:Ho hum (488 comments)

Yes, but a startling proportion of that 1/3 is vertical. Or loch.

2 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

u38cg Re:Thinly veiled campaigning (488 comments)

Sadly, the chances are it will be cataclysmic. Scotland's spending and tax revenues balance at the moment only through using oil money. Oil will last for ten, fifteen, twenty years if we're lucky. Then we will be sitting on an NHS with an aging, sicker population. No-one - and I really do mean no-one - has a cogent explanation of how Scotland will deal with this.

2 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

u38cg Re:Not going to be as rosy as the YES! campaign sa (488 comments)

No, I'm afraid you don't understand a few things. Firstly, Scotland's oil is small beer on the global stage. The North Sea produces ~1.5m bpd, OPEC alone is something like 30m. Scotland could turn off the taps and the planet wouldn't even blink.

So, the inrush of global partners wouldn't happen. More to the point, why would they rush to jump into bed with a government that has already stood up and said it is seriously considering reneging on UK debt? Which, by the way, is not the norm for newly independent countries and would be remembered by the markets. If they lent at all, they would certainly require paying for it. You really want to pay Greek interest rates on your government debt?

Think Venezuela, not Norway.

2 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

u38cg Re:at least the nuclear weapons will be gone (488 comments)

Correct. There is a missile in Bumfukski with Glasgow's name painted on it. Kicking nukes out the Clyde won't change that.

2 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

u38cg Re:Thinly veiled campaigning (488 comments)

I don't think it's entirely unreasonable to consider the practicalities of a major upheaval.

2 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

u38cg Re:at least the nuclear weapons will be gone (488 comments)

Even now, Putin is hovering over the list of first strike cities, ready and waiting to strike Glasgow and Edinburgh from the list. Let me save you, he whispers gently. Expel those weapons. You'll be so much safer.

2 days ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

u38cg Re:Tax? (321 comments)

While I agree with your philosophy, in practice what happens is that companies become massive tax avoidance holes. People put their personal wealth in investment companies, which simply accumulate and accumulate income with no tax being paid except on that which the owner withdraws, which once you've bought a house, farm, car, helicopter and country club membership is not all that much.

2 days ago
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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

u38cg Re:Gotta say... (122 comments)

Richy, this is the 19th century. 19th century, meet Rich. 19th century, Rich wants to hear about the good old days when a minor cut would routinely kill through infection.

In all seriousness, better hygiene is doing most of the heavy lifting to control it. The problem comes when you're in a situation where that's not enough, like being in hospital with another health problem.

2 days ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

u38cg Re:My wife just died of cancer this week (140 comments)

Sorry, I meant that the spending capability is there if the financial case justifies it.

And no, there aren't massive swathes of potential avenues of attack. There are only the pathways that bacteria don't share with humans where the drug has no other toxic effect. There will be new antibiotics - no question - but its questionable whether there will ever be another sulphonamide or penicillin.

4 days ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

u38cg Re:Here's a crazy idea (140 comments)

We did have a little thing called "smoking" which was quite popular in the 20th century. A second order effect was something called "industrialisation". Another second order effect was the fact you became ten times less likely to die of accident or disease. Yeah, certain cancers in certain cases are driven by environmental exposures, and other cancers have trends we don't have explanations for. From there to "it's getting worse" is an unsupportable leap.

4 days ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

u38cg Re:didn't have to be worse.. (205 comments)

No. The iPhone was announced January '07. The glass replacement was decided in early May. The release to consumers was the end of June.

4 days ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

u38cg Re:Here's a crazy idea (140 comments)

A large part of the quadrupling is simply increased survival at all ages increasing exposure to cancer inceptions, plus better diagnostics of boring, non-dangerous cancers.

4 days ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

u38cg Re:My wife just died of cancer this week (140 comments)

Wrong. Antibiotics as a chemical class are pretty much played out. There is plenty of funding for research - big pharma would love a MRSA killer. The substances simply don't exist.

4 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

u38cg Re:But what about... (588 comments)

(1) You don't know they would be dead. (2) If that criminal was rehabilitated and changed his ways society would be better off.

4 days ago

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"Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop

u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 5 years ago

u38cg writes "Usman Asif's quote summarises the position for public photographers today. Arts student Sebastian Przygodzki was today fined in a Scottish court for photographing a woman being sick outside a bar, after being charged with breach of the peace. This was despite Member of Parliament Austin Mitchell's Early Day Motion earlier this year, which gathered 240 signatures from across the House. Bruce Schneier blogged earlier this year on the "War on Photography", the tendency among authority to try to restrict public photography. It's been an issue for a long time; here's an article from 2005 which treads the same ground. And lastly, for the benefit of Sebastian and his fellow snappers, here are some handy guides to the law for the United States, the UK, and Australia (in PDF)."
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Harry Potter Lexicon infringes copyright.

u38cg u38cg writes  |  about 6 years ago

u38cg (607297) writes "In a frankly bizarre ruling, Judge Robert Patterson has ruled that the publication of the Harry Potter Lexicon, an encyclopaedic reference to the Potter universe, would infringe on J.K. Rowling's copyrights to the Harry Potter books."
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u38cg u38cg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

u38cg writes "A team of US and British scientists have created a 'meta-material' that successfully cloaked a small copper cylinder from passing microwaves. Not quite Star Trek, just yet, but says David Smith of Duke University: 'It shows what can be done with artificial materials. It gives us some insight that we can design something that we wouldn't have been able to do with any existing material'.

The Duke University press release has a link to a YouTube video detailing the process."

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