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Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 389

Yes, everyone seems to complain about mountains of 'red tape' without being specific as to what actual regulations they object to.

Hopefully, in the coming months more 'facts' will come out, and more 'myths' exposed.

Talking of figures, it seems the European Commission employed 33,197 staff on 1st January 2015, while the EU Parliament employes about 8,000. Not sure about Birmingham City Council's as they seem to be being hammered by staff cuts. However, the UK Home Office number of staff was 27,546 on 1st January 2013, while the DWP was 91,643 (or 80,281 Full Time Equivalents) in August 2014.

Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 389

Actually another option (in the medium to long term) would be Edinburgh, especially if Scotland leaves the UK in order to stay in the EU (which it will).

People don't realise it but Edinburgh is a major financial centre in the EU (beaten possibly only by London and Frankfurt).

It's not going to be plain sailing inside the UK if we vote to leave the EU.

(Note to self - I must plan to move to Scotland while I can!)

Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 389

Unfortunately I don't think you're alone in thinking we should go, and I'm in the UK. We (or, let's be honest, our government) haven't been good team players. That does not mean that all us citizens don't want the EU to develop and thrive. Yes, there are a large number of my fellow citizens who vote UKIP, but many more who don't.

The matter is going to be cleared up in a referendum, hopefully sooner rather than later. What I would like the rest of the EU to do is budge not one inch to Cameron. Give him nothing. Make the referendum not one on any proposed reforms, but one on the EU 'as-is'. OK, he will have to campaign for an exit, and if we then vote for an exit (most probably), then you get your wish and we'll be out. Then by all means continue with the EU project without us (but be willing to welcome Scotland when they leave the UK, as they will if the UK votes to leave the EU). Go forward with the fantastic vision that originally started the whole thing.

However, what I hope is that even with no reforms, we will vote to stay in (unlikely I admit). After we have agreed to stay in will be the time to think about any reforms needed (which there may be), but at least we'll (the UK) be committed partners rather than wreckers on the edge of things.

I understand the frustration, but some of us in the UK are pro-Europeans and would like to be together with the rest of our European neighbours in a vibrant, dynamic and strong EU.

Comment: Re:c'mon (Score 3, Interesting) 306

by Sesostris III (#49403333) Attached to: Al Franken Urges FBI To Prosecute "Revenge Porn"
So the suicide was purely down to mental illness rather than the revenge porn? I suppose it is similar to deliberately giving peanuts to someone with a peanut allergy - It was their peanut allergy that killed them of anaphylactic shock, not the person who gave them the peanuts!

(</sarcasm> - in case anyone was wondering!)

Actually, you don't say whether you think revenge porn should be illegal in the US, only that victims (mainly women) should be 'man' enought to put up with it!

(I'm pleased to say that in England and Wales (I'm in England) it is already illegal - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31429026. Scotland and Northern Ireland are considering it.)

Comment: Re:Armegeddon for indigenous marine life. (Score 1) 197

by Sesostris III (#49166343) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK
I should point out that four are planned for Wales, and only two for England. Wales != England, although both are parts of the UK, along with Scotland and Northern Ireland. Thus also England != UK.

Still, as you point out, the coastline numbers are quite large. See How long is the UK coastline? for details. The figure for the UK is given as about 19,491 miles (31,368 km). That said, this figure also include all the islands, so isn't just the mainland.

Comment: Re:Kudos (Score 1) 91

by Sesostris III (#49159833) Attached to: Xfce 4.12 Released
Indeed, I've never understood why there are numerous versions of Ubuntu. (Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, etc). Why not just get plain old Ubuntu and do "apt-get install de-of-choice" (where de-of-choice is KDE, XFCE or LXDE, etc.)?

The answer of course is that, perhaps, possibly, maybe, things are just a wee bit more complicated than that!

Comment: Wonder when it will hit the repos (Score 1) 91

by Sesostris III (#49158207) Attached to: Xfce 4.12 Released
Running both LMDE XFCE and Xubuntu 14.04 LTE I'll look forward to when this hits the repos. Unfortunately I'll probably have to change Distros to use it as LMDE is changing to using Debian Stable (Jessie) and it probably won't be backported. Similarly for Xubuntu and it probably won't be in Xubuntu LTE until 16.04.

I really ought to change to Arch or something!

That said,I'm pleased it's still being developed. I was worried that it was going to fade away and I'd have to start using Mate, Cinnamon or even Unity.

+ - Customer given a Community Order for uploading a pornographic image

Submitted by Sesostris III
Sesostris III writes: Be careful what you upload to demonstration tablets in shops! After changing the display image of a demonstration iPad to a hardcore pornographic photo, a Tesco customer in Wales, UK, has been given a 12-month Community Order by magistrates in Swansea.

The man uploaded the image a a joke, and panicked when he realised he couldn't delete the image. In court, he admitted the charge of "causing the display of indecent matter". The image was only seen by Tesco workers and not by members of the public.

The sentence includes 100 hours of unpaid work, a victim surcharge of 60 GBP and costs of 85 GBP.

Of course, the Tesco store, like most supermarkets, probably sells the Sun newspaper (prop R Murdock) with its famous (and ongoing) page 3 (NSFW).

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