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Comment Re:Why stop there? (Score 1) 106

The fans of this Jack (whom I've never heard of) probably won't have much worth stealing. What you want to do is persuade them to get account numbers and PINs of their parents. They'd probably do it for something trivial in return, like a signed photo or, as stated, a personalized message in social media.

And why was the password required anyway? If you have less than 50 followers on Twitter, which I assume would be the case for most people, then any mention of your @accountname stands out. Although there is a risk of missing something if you assume, like I do, that any mention is spam because they usually are.

Comment Are other Apple products a hint? (Score 1) 132

While it would seem certain that an Apple car would certainly be aesthetically pleasing (and sure to include design features not patented in a century of car design), will they diverge from what seems to be their standard approach with consumer technology devices?

Will it have a unique recharging cable? Or can only be recharged at outlets that also have the Apple vehicle charger?

Will it only run on Apple-approved roads?

Will you be able to change the battery?

Comment Re:Yay! (Score 3, Insightful) 255

Well the industry may involve questionable ethics but the fact that the lactase persistence mutation is so prevalent among European descent indicates that there was a time (admittedly thousands of years ago) where adults able to consume the milk of a different species survived better than those that couldn't. If it had made no difference to survivability then the mutation would be less common and most of Europe would be lactose intolerant.

Comment How does that compare to US? (Score 0) 72

Just wondering if that's more than or less than the money used to bribe, I mean make campaign donations to, politicians in the USA.

If it's less then Google may well see that as a bargain.

Of course plummeting Sterling means that UK politicians are going to be cheaper than most at the moment but it's a pretty small market that now comes with zero European influence, so that's unlikely to be money well spent.

Comment Re:Brexit (Score 1) 89

I suspect most of it will just be kept as-is

Yeah, 'cos our MPs would never favour the wants of their corporate chums over the needs of the general public.

But then most of the leg work is going to be done by unknown civil servants (probably aided by highly paid consultants since the civil service is going to be struggling to meet the deadlines) with parliament just rubber stamping it and maybe a few MPs throwing in suggested amendments. I don't think it's going to go smoothly.

Comment Re:Cause (Score 2) 71

Certainly possible and exactly the sort of thing that can be asserted during incident investigation, in which case it wouldn't have been mentioned in the article if that assertion was considered true. But applying realism we know that the two most likely reasons are that the vehicle had a female driver that the policeman liked the look of or that the vehicle made a maneuver that annoyed him but unlike most drivers, who are generally constrained to shouting, swearing and pushing on the horn, he had the option of finding out more about the vehicle.

Comment Re:Don't Panic, Britain is not going to exit (Score 1) 535

There is not politician who could take Cameron's spot and would be willing to invoke Article 50.

Well he is certainly leaving a poison chalice for his successor. The Tories won't want to be seen as ignoring the referendum result and will probably find an expendable fall guy who will have a brief Premiership during which they invoke Article 50 then be ousted and replaced by someone that can reassure the electorate that they will "sort out the mess that [expendable fall guy] has created". Boris might fit that role since he has inexplicable public appeal.

If they don't invoke Article 50 then UKIP, enlarged with more Conservative defectors, will run on a "we will invoke Article 50" ticket at the next Westminster election. But since that would then not be the straight in/out vote of the referendum it's by no means certain that they would win a Westminster majority.

Comment Re:Democracy restored (Score 1) 1592

They proposed a ridiculous electoral reform in 2010. Basically the Conservatives agreed to put one to referendum that nobody would want in order to keep the support of their coalition partners the Liberal-Democrats. The Lib-Dems should have seen it was a turkey but gave the Conservatives the required support in exchange for an unwinnable referendum. Cretins.

I voted for it anyway because it was so bad they'd have had to fix it had the referendum been won (or subsequent elections could have been a hilarious experience, which might have been better than how they actually turned out). I know people that wanted electoral reform but actually voted against the proposal so that they could support a better reform later. My argument that it was being set up to fail to ensure there would be no further reform for decades wasn't believed. People are easily conned. Cretins.

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