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Comment Re:I call BS (Score 2) 118

The referendum was the worst possible way to settle this issue.

- The question was too vague. Remain in or leave the EU, but what about the single market? Freedom of movement? What kind of deal should we try to get? Norway model, fall back to WTO rules?

- The "debates" in the run up were awful, a complete shambles.

- The whole thing went post-truth almost immediately.

- Most voters were extremely ill informed, by design. They wanted to know things like what the economic consequences would be, what sort of deal we would try to get, and the leave campaign was careful to avoid offering a plan that could then provide answers to those questions.

- The while EU issue was conflated with immigration, which we could control today without leaving if we wanted to.

Comment Re:Distances (Score 1) 105

It seems extremely unlikely that maglev would cost more than a hyperloop tube. The tube still needs the same support under it, maybe a little less due to smaller cars but a little more due to the mass of the "track" being higher. It's more material to fully enclose the area, and would need air pumps all along it to create the partial vacuum.

Maglev may ultimately be faster too. The problem with hyperloop is that you have to balance the need to fly on air bearings and the need to shift air out of your way in an enclosed space. When you get up to higher speeds you need to pump the excess air from the front to the back. They are hoping they can keep improving the vacuum but then you waste more and more energy maintaining it and a failure becomes more and more catastrophic.

Maglev can push the air aside with a long nose cone because even tunnels are not nearly as confined as the hyperloop tubes.

Hyperloop is relying on being able to exceed the normal speed of sound without a sonic boom due to the lower air pressure, but it looks theoretically possible to design a maglev that could cross that threshold without the boom disturbing people. It's something JAXA is working on for aircraft and which JR has put a lot of effort into for current trains which would run faster if not for the noise.

Comment Re: I call BS (Score 1) 118

In that case, why not argue the opposite? Extend the vote to the entire EU. If other EU country's citizens don't bother to vote, that's their problem, but the result is democratic and binding on all of them.

In any case, there was no question about hard or soft Brexit, staying in or leaving the single market.

Submission + - Dropbox Kept Files Around for Years Due to 'Delete' Bug (

An anonymous reader writes: Dropbox engineers have fixed what appears to be a very ancient bug that during the past two weeks has resurfaced previously deleted folders for several Dropbox users. In some of the complaints users reported seeing folders they deleted in 2009 reappear on their devices overnight. After seeing mysterious folders appear in their profile, some users thought they were hacked.

Last week, a Dropbox employee provided an explanation to what happened, blaming the issue on an old bug that affected the metadata of soon-to-be-deleted folders. Instead of deleting the files, as users wanted and regardless of metadata issues, Dropbox choose to keep those files around for years, and eventually restored them due to a blunder. In its File retention Policy, Dropbox says it will keep files around a maximum 60 days after users deleted them.

Comment Re:If Edge is as good as MS says it is... (Score 1) 150

I've given it a couple of chances. It's a substandard piece of software. It just doesn't work very well. There's a reason that despite all of MS's efforts to promote it, including fucking with people who use Chrome, it's still used by an incredibly small minority of Win10 users. That's because it's just fucking awful.

Comment Re:Try focusing on your real competitors (Score 1) 150

It says something about far Microsoft has fallen that not even leveraging their power over the operating system can get them any penetration with their built-in browser. I'd say they have not only lost the browser war, they're no longer in the same browser universe. Part of it has to do with the fact that Edge is truly a horrible piece of software, and part of it is that Google has basically colonized Windows with Chrome.

Comment Re: Non Issue (Score 3) 150

As much as I dislike systemd, it's hardly the same thing at all. IE and Edge are applications that should be no more or less embedded than any other application. Systemd is a system-level component/utility. The equivalent would be demanding that Microsoft take out, say, the event logging system.

Comment Re:I call BS (Score 2) 118

Was there anything in that Brexit referendum that drew such a nuanced line b/w a 'hard' Brexit vs a 'soft' Brexit?

Yes. Depending on which Leave campaigner you asked (there was an official campaign, an unofficial campaign, a lots of random people weighing in) they were either demanding an extremely hard Brexit or trying to reassure people that it would be a soft Brexit and little would really change.

There is no mandate for a hard Brexit. The Leave side only won by 52% to 48%, and it's doubtful that everyone who voted to leave also wanted a hard Brexit. At best, the question wasn't even asked.

Submission + - Trump Administration Freezes all Grant Activity at EPA

PvtVoid writes: From the Washington Post: An email went out to employees in the agency’s Office of Acquisition Management within hours of President Trump’s swearing-in on Friday.

“New EPA administration has asked that all contract and grant awards be temporarily suspended, effective immediately,” read the email, which was shared with The Washington Post. “Until we receive further clarification, which we hope to have soon, please construe this to include task orders and work assignments.”

Comment Re:I call BS (Score 1) 118

The Brexit the UK seems to be heading towards is not the Brexit everyone wanted

Statistically, about 26% of the population voted to leave. The rest either voted to remain, were unable to vote or didn't bother. Of the slim majority who did vote to leave, it seems that less than half favour a really hard Brexit. Once you start asking them how much they are willing to pay to get a hard Brexit, that number falls even further.

Comment Re: I call BS (Score 1, Interesting) 118

If the UK does what it thinks is best for the UK

It's actually worse than that. It's more like "if England does what it thinks is best for the UK", because you have to ignore the wishes of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar if you want a hard Brexit with an intact United Kingdom.

I'm really hoping the EU's plan to offer associate membership for individual citizens comes through. The government will naturally oppose it, but it might be a way for Soctland and Northern Ireland and Gibraltar to remain inside the EU and/or single market, while also providing an escape route for the people who don't want the UK deal.

Comment Re:I call BS (Score 3, Insightful) 118

With the announcement by May that she wants a hard Brexit, companies have started to announce that they are either leaving or starting to plan for that eventuality. HSBC has already announced 1000 jobs moving to France.

It's highly relevant because now is the time that we really need to fight to set the goals of the negotiation. Today's High Court ruling is only a partial victory for the ignored majority who don't want hard Brexit. We need to lobby our representatives now, by the time we leave in a couple of years it will be way too late.

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