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Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 360

Immigrants work in the UK, pay their taxes and then return to their own countries before they burden the UK for services that those taxes pay for - benefits, pension, NHS etc.

You have a citation for that? Because I saw a study that said, with much fanfare, that they're on average net contributors. And then another that controlled for age and concluded that's because they're more concentrated around the peak age for working; compare like for like and there's not much difference.

While you may think that supports your point, it doesn't. We don't know that they go home when they're old, because they haven't been here long enough to become old.

Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 360

There should be something like an associate member status and a probationary period, This basically is what happened in the US. A territory, once it had its shit sorted and kept it so, could apply and would be admitted as a state (or sometimes several).

Contrast this with Hungary's admission:

EU: Your economy is too state controlled and your political system is so corrupt it makes the Eyeties blush. Sort it, and you can come in.

Hu. We promise we will, really. Let us in!


[time passes]

EU: About those reforms ...

Hu: Nerny nerny ner ner!


Universe's Dark Ages May Not Be Invisible After All 52

Posted by Soulskill
from the if-you-have-a-big-enough-flashlight dept.
StartsWithABang writes: The Universe had two periods where light was abundant, separated by the cosmic dark ages. The first came at the moment of the hot Big Bang, as the Universe was flooded with (among the matter, antimatter and everything else imaginable) a sea of high-energy photons, including a large amount of visible light. As the Universe expanded and cooled, eventually the cosmic microwave background was emitted, leaving behind the barely visible, cooling photons. It took between 50 and 100 million years for the first stars to turn on, so in between these two epochs of the Universe being flooded with light, we had the dark ages. Yet the dark ages may not be totally invisible, as the forbidden spin-flip-transition of hydrogen may illuminate this time period after all.

Comment: Re:Explaining my thought processes: which tools? (Score 1) 407

by Hognoxious (#49762519) Attached to: The Reason For Java's Staying Power: It's Easy To Read

The original invention is in doubt, but typewriters first became mainstream in the US. They were designed for English. When they were adapted for other languages with more characters and/or squiggles, dots and the like something had to give because, due to economies of scale, the number of keys couldn't be changed. That something was the less common punctuation marks.

Unix, C and the like came from the US. They naturally make use of characters that are easy to type on a US keyboard.

Seems to me the job design is wrong. It's like complaining that it takes time to get changed when switching twice an hour between cleaning operating theatres and shovelling pigshit. Maybe you could go back in time and lobby for spelling reform in whatever godforsaken babble you mumble in.

For me, I set a UK keyboard to Welsh on the occasions where I've needed to add French or German texts to a program.