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Comment Re:A completely unaccountable governing body (Score 1) 667

Not quite. One recent (well, 1950s) counter example being the Mau Mau Uprising.

One quote from this article;

On 12 September 2015, the British government unveiled a Mau Mau memorial statue in Nairobi's Uhuru Park that it had funded "as a symbol of reconciliation between the British government, the Mau Mau, and all those who suffered". This followed a June 2013 decision by Britain to compensate more than 5,000 Kenyans it tortured and abused during the Mau Mau insurgency.

Comment Re:Scotland just announced a post-Brexit independe (Score 1) 667

I realise you mean "English" for "Brits". However, I think it inaccurate to think of either "Scots" or "English" as some homogeneous entity. England may have voted in total to leave the EU, but many English (like yours truly) voted to remain. On the other hand, Scotland may have voted to remain in the EU, but many Scots voted to leave.

To be honest, if Scotland gets another referendum, it's not going to be an overwhelming majority whatever way they vote, which means that it, like the UK, is likely to remain divided.

(I know a number of Scots, who vary from those extremely passionate about Scottish independence, to those equally as passionate about remaining in the UK).

Comment Re:Helping my case? (Score 1) 667

Because the only possible way to maintain your sovereignty is to pay non-elected bureaucrats from other countries to dictate every aspect of your country.

Those ones. Dictatorial powers do not mean dictatorship.

I said the EU parliament had gotten involved in much more than _TRADE_ as it was originally founded and agreed to

Actually incorrect. The EU, and before it, the EEC, came out of the European Coal and Steel Community

Relevant quote:

The ECSC was first proposed by French foreign minister Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950 as a way to prevent further war between France and Germany. He declared his aim was to "make war not only unthinkable but materially impossible"

So, the main driver of the precursor of the EU was not just trade, but to "make war not only unthinkable but materially impossible".

By the way, what's up with the;

If you can't figure it out from the 2 examples given you are simply being dishonest to maintain a delusion (or perhaps just to be a liar for the purpose of propaganda). If you happen to be morally bankrupt, I can't fix your corrupt morality. I can only point out facts for bystanders to protect themselves from people like you.

Aren't you able to have an debate without insulting anyone your arguing with? I've looked at what I wrote, and certainly, no insults aimed at you!

Comment Re:Sure (Score 1) 667

Which non-elected bureaucrats are these? The ones that could be dismissed by a vote of the fully elected European Parliament? And what dictatorial powers? The ones that only allow them to propose legislation that needs to be both voted on by the democratically elected EU parliament and agreed by the Council of Ministers (democratically elected ministers from member states).

As to the non-elected bureaucrats, which I assume you mean the European Commission, the commissioners are proposed by their respective governments, and as a whole have to be approved by the EU parliament.

Rather like the US cabinet really.

And they can propose legislation, but not enact it.

Comment Re: Well, that's one thing (Score 5, Informative) 295

3. No limits on the maximum duration of the workweek. The EU's working time directive is a good start.

Luckily we do not live in the EUSSR. If I want to work 80 hours a week, that's my problem. If I don't, I can work somewhere else (H1-Bs can do that too).

OK. I'm in the EU (for the moment), so I'll respond to this. You as an individual can opt of the 48 hour week. That is your choice. However you can't be forced to opt out (expect in those occupations where it would be dangerous to do so).

https://www.gov.uk/maximum-weekly-working-hours/weekly-maximum-working-hours-and-opting-out

So what's with the "EUSSR" label?

Comment Re:One can hope (Score 1) 124

systemd is bad for servers. It adds nothing...

My understanding (which may be wrong) is that the impetus behind SystemD from the server side might be containers. Currently, these can't be managed centrally (AFAIK), but with SystemD...

Just something I heard in passing during a Docker presentation, so I can't provide references.

Comment Re:Downer sides of remote offices? (Score 1) 250

Currently I work from home two days a week, and go into the office on three. (Next year I intend to try and reverse this, going in two and working from home three. I'll play by ear as my line manager tends to more of a Marissa Mayer view to working from home!).

Looking at some of the points you raised;

High-bandwidth contact with co-workers. In the team I'm in there is one other at the site I work at. The rest work in different offices or at home, so we hold meetings via Lync (Skype for Business). That really means that even for the chap who works in the next desk, most communication is done via the laptop with the headphone on (although when at home I dump the headphones!) Also, liaising with other teams is always done via Lync, as none of them are based in the office I am in.

Security of documents. I find most (well, all) documents I use are electronic. Locally held - it is a corporate standard that all laptops have the hard drive encrypted (with BitLocker). When connecting remotely for secure documents, we need to connect via the corporate VPN.

Staying focussed. Surprisingly sometimes I find less distraction at home than when in the office (no background office banter). Also, given that Lync gives your status (available, away, busy, in a conference call, etc), others can 'keep an eye' on you. (And vice versa - I'll usually try and ping someone when not busy).

There are other advantages for me; not spending 40 minutes commuting each way, and saving fuel for the car, and I can be around for deliveries etc. OH, I'll have to heat the house while working, but as my partner is usually around anyway, she would heat the house in any case.

Finally, as to the decline of Slashdot. Yes, I must admit, I don't think I've see a mention of or a link to goatse for years!

Submission + - Oracle begins aggressively pursuing fees for the Java SE

rsilvergun writes: The Register reports that Oracle has begun aggressively pursuing fees for the Java SE product line.

Oracle bought Java with Sun Microsystems in 2010 but only now is its License Management Services (LMS) division chasing down people for payment, we are told by people familiar with the matter.

Oracle had previously sued Google for the use of Java in Android but had lost that case. While that case is being appealed it remains to be seen if the latest push to monetize Java is a response to that loss or part of a broader strategy on Oracle's part.

Comment Re: Those who something, something (Score 1) 588

From the article you linked to;

The report, ‘Unsettled Belonging: Britain’s Muslim Communities’, finds they broadly share the same views as the rest of the population. Despite the greater religiosity and social conservatism of British Muslims, their life-styles are largely secular with only limited interest in sharia finance or separate religious education. However, the report also highlights a mentality of victimhood in Muslim communities and a belief in conspiracy theories about 9/11.

and from the article it references, first two sentence of the foreword;

Britain’s Muslims are amongst the country’s most loyal, patriotic and law-abiding citizens. The truth of this is confirmed by the polling that sits at the heart of this report.

I still not sure this squares with the figures or impression given. As to victimhood and conspiracy theories, I don't think you need to be a Muslim to be be subject to these!

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