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Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 396

Airstrip One.

The previous Tory leader - can't remember his name just now but he was a minister in the coalition government - absolutely loathed the EU to the extent that he apparently asked the Dubya administration if there was some way of joining the Mexico-US-Canada trading block. No.

Comment: Substantially correct, but . . . (Score 3, Interesting) 263

by Vlad_the_Inhaler (#49721079) Attached to: Book Review: The Terrorists of Iraq

What is meant by the U.S. government made the same mistakes in Iraq as it did in Iran.? The U.S. has not invaded Iran any time recently.

Just how the weapons became ubiquitous is also not touched on in this summary: Saddam Hussein had an armory. The U.S. forces took that armory. Then they carried on towards Baghdad, towards the major prize and *glory* (cue exciting music). One undefended armory.

One thing that totally stank is that the whole thing was then lost in U.S. party politics. The Republicans lied about having lied and all their supporters started claiming black was white and that the weapons of mass destruction had really existed. We are getting the same kind of crud now from the St Petersburg Propagandazentral with respect to the Ukraine.

Another thing that stank was the sacking of pretty much all Baath party members. Being a party member was a requirement for many kinds of job, sacking all these people created a large pool of disaffected people. This was known at the time but the idiots in charge "knew better". I found it difficult to believe that so much stupidity was not malicious.

Comment: Re:Pretty soon... (Score 2) 309

There was a court case raised recently - not sure if it has started or finished yet - by descendants of Goebbels' family. Yes, *that* Goebbels, Hitler's rentamouth. His family are claiming copyright for his words - they want cash for quotes.

70 years is just long enough to cover that.

Comment: Re:So they petition to protect their hard work (Score 1) 163

No.
What you have here is Government for Special-Interest Groups.
The ones who spend the most are ones in danger of being obsolete - owners of coal mines for example. There is no correlation between "working hard" and increasing influence this way.

Comment: Re:For work I use really bad passwords (Score 1) 136

by Vlad_the_Inhaler (#49479391) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics

That is exactly what I did for a while, and for the same reason.
Then I thought out a different system which fits the rules and provides me with new passwords I can use more often that I actually need them. They are still not *that* secure but having to change passwords every couple of months is incompatible with having strong passwords.

Comment: Re:Not a shocking revelation to be honest . . (Score 2) 237

by Vlad_the_Inhaler (#49473193) Attached to: Chess Grandmaster Used iPhone To Cheat During Tournament

No.
He is looking at a 15-year ban.
Even if he was not banned, he would no longer get invitations to tournaments. People would refuse to play tournaments where he was present.

I have no idea if he is going to lose his GM title or not, but it does not really matter - he won't be able to use it for anything.

Comment: Re: Trademark, not patent (Score 1) 111

by Vlad_the_Inhaler (#49410869) Attached to: Swiss Launch of Apple Watch Hit By Patent Issue

You appear to have either misunderstood the article linked to, or read a mistranslation.
The article is quite clear (although inconsistent in one place) - this is a *trademark* and not a *patent*. Trademarks can be extended by 10 years when they expire. The inconsistency is in that they say the trademark was last extended on 15 June 2005 so it expires in 2025.

If the trademark has not been used for 5 years, it expires.
Apparently Apple (Switzerland) is already advertising their new product which would indicate that they are confident of being able to sell it there.

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