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Comment: Re:The over-65's swung it for No (Score 1) 459

by Cederic (#47960319) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

Sorry, 40-50 of the 59 MPs voted in by people in Scotland were part of the majority Government and you don't think that Government represented Scotland?

The Yes campaign was bitching that "we didn't vote for this government". I was pointing out that they did vote for the previous one. I didn't say that their vote was solely behind the majority.

So yes I will be honest, and will put "Can do basic logic" on my next annual appraisal.

Comment: Re:Not sure (Score 1) 107

by danheskett (#47957269) Attached to: Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

You bring up a great point about the rule of law. This is something that attracts investment, and it's something is close to undefinable. Not being governed in a logical way is business negative, but it's a gray line of when you go from a country ruled by law, and not.

The US has been sort of the gold-standard on this. Most large business disputes are handled in Federal court, which despite the reputation of the government, is well regarded as efficient in the international business world. It's the "rocket docket", meaning cases move. In some countries a business dispute could take 5+ years to get to trial, or resolution. In most Federal jurisdictions, with motions, filings, pre-trial conferences, it's between 12 and 24 months, with many on the lowside of that scale.

There is an untold economic benefit to this. Investors are unlikely to invest large capital outlayws without assurance that if something goes wrong they have an avenue of legitimate relief. Russia and China goes through spurts of foreign investment, but it comes and goes, largely because of this issue. When Putin starts jailing critical corporate executives and nationalizing large businesses it creates a tremendous amount of consternation within the investor class.

This IPO is interesting because it's a test case for how well China can provide a code of laws assurance to the worldwide investor. So far, so good. But the Chineese system has a similar habit of disenfranchising shareholders, and in this case, it could happen in the blink of an eye.

Comment: He's not actually interested (Score 1) 122

by Sycraft-fu (#47956881) Attached to: NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs

It is AMD fanboy sour grapes. For some reason some people get really personally invested in their choice of graphics card. So when the other company comes out with a card that is substantially better than what their company has, they get all ass hurt and start trying to make excuses as to what it is bad. The nVidia fans did that back when the AMD 5870 came out and nVidia had no response. Same deal here. The GeForce 900 series are a reasonable bit faster than the AMD 200 series, and way more power efficient. At this time, AMD doesn't have a response, so the AMD fanboys are going on the defensive.

The real answer is, of course, buy the card that works best for your usage, which will vary person to person.

Comment: Re:The over-65's swung it for No (Score 1) 459

by Cederic (#47955557) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

At which point have I ever commented on whether No campaigners were misbehaving? Are you suggesting that justifies the violence, intimidation and lies from the Yes campaign that you find it so hard to acknowledge did take place?

As for Jim Sillars his other comments show him to be a small minded pathetic bully but no, that doesn't justify physically assaulting him.

Your denial is boring, I'm leaving this conversation. Be nice to people or get the fuck out of my country.

Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score 1) 443

by Cederic (#47952743) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

I've had that too - getting abuse for holding a door open for a woman.

Clearly she felt that she was a precious snowflake and that I was making an unwanted advance to her.

Curiously the other 17 men and women I held a door open for that day welcomed my advance, mostly going as far as to actually thank me for it. I guess they appreciated the simple courtesy of holding a door open for them.

Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score 1) 443

by Cederic (#47952731) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

Hint, pressing your body up against an unwilling partner is unwanted sexual contact.

Greeting someone with a hug is not sexual contact, unwanted or otherwise.

How the fuck is someone meant to know when you do and don't hug anyway.

It may be a social faux-pas, but trust me, it's equally fucking awkward when you have Aspergers and people actually expect a hug.

Or are you telling me that all those women I know are actually making sexual overtures when they expect me to hug them?

So sorry but I give no fucking credibility to a study that treats greeting hugs as 'sexual assault'.

Comment: Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (Score 1) 443

by Cederic (#47952719) Attached to: Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

At a recent professional meeting, a woman made suggestive sexual remarks to me about a computer program

I'm sorry, I don't know how to break this to you gently over the internet, but.. you've been sexually abused. You're a victim of harassment. You should seek support to help you recover.

Oh hang on - are you a man? No, go fuck yourself.

Comment: Re:The over-65's swung it for No (Score 1) 459

by Cederic (#47952641) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

The militant yes voters physically attacking no campaigners are a figment of your imagination

See, you've just demonstrated perfectly why the 'yes' campaign failed: A personal attack on someone because they made a statement you disagreed with, while pretending the evidence that proves them correct doesn't exist - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

Comment: Re:The over-65's swung it for No (Score 1) 459

by Cederic (#47952611) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

There were plenty of experts who supported the SNP's position on EU membership and currency.

The BBC reported both positions on EU membership and currency That includes the lawyers and politicians that said Scotland would be fine joining the EU and the senior politicians in multiple countries and in EU positions that said that membership would not be smooth sailing.

On currency the 'yes' campaign kept bleating that they could have currency union. Is it really journalistic bias to explore whether that's really the case, given the number of people that said "no, you can't". Currency was a major issue in the referendum and it was continually in the news in an anti-'yes campaign' tone because the yes campaign had no fucking answers.

Sorry but I get bored of the continual "the BBC is biased" bullshit. Yes, at times it is, but far too fucking often "the BBC is biased" is actually whining that "the BBC didn't show an obvious bias to my point of view" or "how fucking dare the BBC let someone else have an opinion". Guess where I'd place you.

On the referendum I see the constant stream of stories about Salmond and relative lack of challenge to his continual bluster, bullshit and rhetoric as pretty fucking clear evidence that there was not a bias.

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