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Comment: Re:Yay! (Score 4, Interesting) 777

by JosKarith (#48034207) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures
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.

Comment: Re:I would like to see a return... (Score 3, Interesting) 120

by JosKarith (#48018731) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe
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.

Comment: Re:Everyone loses (Score 1) 474

by JosKarith (#47952557) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence
"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?"

Comment: Re:News for nerds (Score 1) 165

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.

Comment: Re:Nope! (Score 5, Informative) 137

by JosKarith (#47824745) Attached to: New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones
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.

Comment: Re:April's Fools Early? (Score 2, Funny) 134

by JosKarith (#47824647) Attached to: After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy
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.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?