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Comment Re:resistance is futile (Score 1) 195

How many terror attacks can you link to freedom of movement?

I believe the last two were attributed to people born in the UK. I think it would be the same with the one they arrested for the London City Airport attack on the 20th given the Rozzers have released him on bail. Flight risks stay in one of Her Majesties finest institutions until trial.

And if the Brits had enough of it, how come so many Brexiteers were hanging on to the hope of remaining in the ECC

Exit won by a narrow margin. Much narrower than the Brexiters like to admit. They think that Europe is going to bow down to British demands when it's the other way around. May was quite smart when she put three well known Outers in the three key Brexit positions because they'll take the fall for the brexit failure whilst May can walk away smelling like roses.

For some people this bubble will never be burst, but for most it already has and there is a huge amount of Bregret at the moment. If a general election was called tomorrow, any party standing on a Brexit platform would be massacred at the polls. Even UKIP has pretty much self destructed, now that there is no collective Europe to hate they've all turned on each other.

Frankly, I think Brexit was just an episode of national pique, and I suspect if you reran the referendum now, with at least some of the ramifications becoming clear (such as Norway objecting to continued British membership in the ECC), Remain would have a solid win.

100% correct there. Only 2% of those who voted leave need to have changed their minds.

Comment Re:Something's fishy (Score 2) 195

Okay, your imports cost more, so you should buy British stuff to have it cost the same. As an added bonus, your product will be cheaper than imports, making you more competitive......

Erm, you should have just wrote "I know nothing about economics" because that is effectively what you said.

This is my second favourite incorrect argument.

It is incorrect because new industries do not spring up just because things become more expensive due to the logistics and economies of scale. When you invest in new infrastructure you need a reasonable expectation you will get a return on your investment, selling low margin/high volume items exclusively to an impoverished nation is not conducive to an acceptable ROI.

Secondly, you wont be able to make most things cheaper than you can import them for because you have to pay for raw materials. If you want to build nails in the UK, you need to import the steel. An entire steel working ecosystem is not going to spring up to support a few nail manufacturers.

Thirdly, the UK is an advanced nation with high wages, wages will need to increase to maintain the same quality of life. Likely scenario is that the quality of life drops a little whilst wages increase a little. This means higher costs for manufacturing. As the UK is one of the worlds most advanced nations, we cant sell the widgets we make to other, richer countries because there aren't any, so any widgets made in the UK need to be affordable to the people who make them (Paging Henry Ford, Mr Ford to the white courtesy phone please). If it is not feasible to build your widgets in good economic times in the UK, it sure as shit is not feasible to do it in bad economic times.

So no new industries are going to pop up, things we import will become more expensive whilst fewer people will buy what we export because we've made an enemy of our largest trading partner... Just look at what is happening to Russia. It could be as bad as Russia because we haven't got eastern Europe by the short and curlies with out gas.

Comment Re:Something's fishy (Score 1) 195

This, 1000 times this.

Every time a brexiter in denial with "oh they're just using brexit as an excuse".

No, you dumb bastard

My favourite incorrect justification is "its just a currency fluctuation"

No it isn't, fluctuations go up and down by a few pence over the dollar, a drop by 20% is a big mother fucking drop, not a fluctuation.

A 20% drop in the pound is a 20% increase in the cost of everything you buy compounded by the fact that it's now 20% more to transport. The rise in the cost of fuel alone will do that.

Just as investment in the UK in general is now not so attractive,

Forget new investment, we're not even going to keep the investment we have. Why would Honda keep making the Civic in Swindon if they have to pay the import tax in the EU... They'll just import them from Thailand where it's cheaper to make them and close the Swindon factory. Same for all other major manufacturers, Ford, Vauxhall (GM), Nissan, Toyota. Even Aston Martin and JLR are foreign owned. The UK car industry has a real chance of being reduced to 5 guys in a shed in Leicestershire in a few years.

Comment Re:Because their pointless. (Score 1) 319

Workout accessory? Hardly adds much.

This part of the market is owned by existing companies, Fitbit, Garmin and others who got into the market 5 years ago.

I'm guessing the likes of Fitbit were left out of the "smartwatch" category because they'd make the Iwatch sales look tiny.

Failed experiment by electronics makers selling jewellery. They fell into the classic trap of trying to create a market for something which doesn't actually do anything that anyone cares about.

This, smartwaches were a problem looking for a solution.

Comment Re:it's a terrible SUV (Score 1) 126

Even when it works its awful. The 2nd row is short on room. The 3rd row is tiny. And you cannot fold the 2nd row seats so even if you fold the 3rd row down you can't fit a bike in it.

This is a case of Tesla not knowing its audience. The only people who want electric SUV's are middle aged, hipster-infused peddling pillocks who first insist on blocking the road with their oversized car, then on slowing the traffic with their bikes (who insist they must never use a path or permit any motorist to pass).

Tesla should have partnered with BRAKE in the UK, put bike racks in as standard (on the back as they cause scratches in car parks) limited the speed to 40 MPH and used those ugly side panels from a Citroen Cactus.

Comment Re:Monopolies are bad (Score 1) 70

But it's just an automotive fuse.

In 10 minutes, I can walk to any of three different places and buy an automotive fuse.

Why in the fuck would anyone bother with going online and manually enter everything including blood type, just to buy an automotive fuse? Especially if they're going to pick it up in person anyway?

First off, because if I order it online, they'll have already gotten it for me and keep it behind the counter. A 5 minute trip becomes a 30 second trip.

Secondly, same day delivery costs money, if I want the part today it's easier to collect.

Thridly, all I have to do is put in my license plate no and it comes up with my make, model and series, so then I just type in "fuse" into the search box and it comes up with the right parts. Simples.

Much easier than wasting someones time at an auto parts store whilst forcing 5 other people who were smart enough to order online to wait behind me.

Comment Re:Monopolies are bad (Score 1) 70

Brick & Mortar businesses' response has been to cut back selection. Just TRY to find good precision screwdrivers locally, for example. Sears, Home Depot, Lowes, smaller hardware chains, etc - no dice. Frys has some decent sets but they're not here in the northeast so they aren't an option.

This, a few B&M stores have adapted, Euro Car Parts here in the UK for example. I can go online, order a part (I.E a 10 amp fuse for a BMW 3 series) and either pick it up from a store or get it delivered.

However for the few times I need to see something before buying it, mostly clothes, large B&M stores have a very small selection. As for whitegoods, small electronics, so on and so forth I just go to Amazon first. Computer parts usually warrants a visit to PC Part Picker, then onto whichever retailer is the most reasonably priced. With Amazon Prime, I can get next day delivery on most things.

Comment Re:Not my wallet (Score 1) 70

The problem I have is that my local stores don't have most of the stuff I buy. Only the grocery store has a near adequate stock. For the rest of the stuff, I would have to drive an hour each way and go to a big box store which as far as I am concerned, is as bad (or worse) than Amazon. Much easier to just buy from Amazon or eBay, etc. since I can almost always find exactly what I need at a good price without spending hours driving and shopping.

Submission + - Is Disclosure of Podesta's emails a Step to Far? (

mspohr writes: Interesting discussion between Glenn Greenwald and Naomi Klein on The Intercept on the limits of disclosure and privacy.
"...the author and activist Naomi Klein believes there are serious threats to personal privacy and other critical political values posed by hacks of this sort, particularly when accompanied by the indiscriminate publication of someone’s personal emails."
The article notes that back in the early days, Wikileaks carefully vetted its leaks to avoid compromising personal information. However, the latest leaks of DNC email have no editing and contain personal information such as discussion of personal problems of individuals unrelated to any public purpose.
"But personal emails — and there’s all kinds of personal stuff in these emails — this sort of indiscriminate dump is precisely what Snowden was trying to protect us from. That’s why I wanted I wanted to talk with you about it, because I think we need to continuously reassert that principle."
Do Wikileaks or journalists have any responsibility to privacy?

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