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Comment: Re:Scotland Yard Not So New After All? (Score 2) 108

by Coisiche (#49093369) Attached to: Scotland's Police Lose Data Because of Programmer's Error

Actually, New Scotland Yard is the HQ of the Metropolitan Police in London and this disaster was only for Police Scotland.

Police Scotland is the recently formed amalgamation of the four or five police forces that Scotland had into a single force. The merger was to unify various systems, presumably so that something like this could affect the whole of Scotland rather than just one part.

Comment: Re:Questionable banking? (Score 4, Interesting) 129

by Coisiche (#49025867) Attached to: HSBC Banking Leak Shows Tax Avoidance, Dealings With Criminals

A BBC new site article yesterday had this passage...

The bank now faces criminal investigations in the US, France, Belgium and Argentina. HSBC said it is "co-operating with relevant authorities". But in the UK, where the bank is based, no such action has been taken.

Whether anything happens as a result of those investigations remains to be seen. And in case you're wondering why there is no such action taken in the UK, the reason can be inferred from the next paragraph...

The man in charge of HSBC at the time, Stephen Green, was made a Conservative peer and appointed to the government.

Comment: Re:Not horrific for Americans (Score 1) 645

by Coisiche (#49001537) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

I have heard of lynchings of blacks in the US where burning the victim alive occurred. I have no citations to provide, maybe someone who lives there knows the history better.

The "it was a different time" argument probably applies in that case but the current standard "western" cultural conventions are not shared across the globe .

Comment: I don't care (Score 1) 97

by Coisiche (#48688431) Attached to: My laptop lasts on battery for ...

This poll is really lacking an "I don't know/care" option.

My laptop is supplied by my employers and I use it for nothing else; indeed corporate policy says I can't. I don't travel for work and so for over 2 years on every working day the laptop is plugged into a mains supply during working hours. It has never had to run on battery. I guess I might find out if there is ever a power cut.

Comment: Re:The over-65's swung it for No (Score 1) 474

by Coisiche (#47960213) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

Perhaps they remembered that although Scotland didn't vote in the current Government, it did vote in the previous one which caused many of the current economic problems.

Fallacy.

Scotland has 59 Westminster MPs and historically about 40-50 of them tend to be Labour. The smallest majority of the Blair\Brown Labour governments was 66. Now 66>59, so tell me again how Scotland voted in these governments.

That's the real problem with the UK; the right-wing, swivel-eyed loons do such a sterling job with their propaganda that all of England automatically believes without question that there can't be a Labour government without the Scotland vote when it only takes simple fucking arithmetic to debunk.

So are you going to be honest and put "Can't do basic arithmetic" on your next annual appraisal?

Comment: Re:Youtube Comments (Score 1) 108

This is all reminding me of an episode of Odyssey 5 where Ted Raimi portrays an AI that learned everything from those aspects of the internet and was inadvertently housed in a synthetic body instead of the nastier AI the body was intended for.

He turned out not to be the villain that the Odyssey 5 crew had been expecting.

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