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Comment Mind the hacked Chinese ROM (Score 1) 29

I got a Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone a while ago (bought via HonorBuy) and found out that the reseller had put a hacked (internationalised) Chinese ROM on my phone. This meant that my phone would not be getting any official Xiaomi updates, let alone frequent updates from the reseller.

To solve this I had to create a Xiaomi account, ask Xiaomi permission to unlock bootloaders on their phones (received this after a few days) and perform a fastboot upgrade to the latest available Xiaomi international ROM.

After this I can update to the latest international ROM without issues, fortunately, which currently is 7.5.2.

Comment Re:As it's been said... (Score 1) 621

Oh sorry, second after "What does it mean to leave the EU." Thanks for correcting me and strengthening my argument. These people had no fucking clue what just happened the day before.


Here's another explanation.

But the real point is it's an irrelevant and stupid argument. I mean - even if one were to accept that X number of people googling a term a day after a particular event must carry more weight than all the people who might have googled the same term every day before that event - are you seriously trying to argue Google trends should direct how to run a country ?

That's a glib way to hand-wave away any argument.

Your argument is that you can't see any possible positive outcome, therefore it was a bad idea.

Comment Re:As it's been said... (Score 1) 621

Would you think a second vote would be more acceptable if as a condition of holding it, there could be no third vote?

No, I don't think there is any reason to hold a second vote at all.

And it's not deceitful to suggest that they made an informed and well-considered decision when the most popular search query in the UK the following day was "what is the EU"?

no it wasn't.

When the decision was objectively stupid unless you hate the concept of the EU's power more than the trillions in economic damage currently being wrought? The decision to leave is not a decision an informed populace would make for any reason other than an overpowering tantrum of xenophobia and jingoism, which didn't seem to match the public's mood. It was made due to extreme ignorance.

These are religious statements.

Comment Re:As it's been said... (Score 1) 621

Do you think there would be a petition for a third vote if the outcome was the same?


I don't think so. It's the same reason you usually don't ask a person if they're sure more than once, and important switches only have only one safety cover on them.

The "safety cover" was weeks of campaigning and years of debate leading up to the referendum.

Do not try to suggest the idea of leaving the EU was sprung upon the people with little warning. It's just deceitful.

Comment Re:Sir Winston (Score 1) 621

I don't give a shit. It's not the economy, stupid.

Let the economy suffer a bit. Some thing are more important, like having our own army, having our own territorial waters, and not being the most overpopulated country in the goddamn world. And I think you're massively exaggerating the problems we would have. Over half our trade is with non-EU countries these days anyway. The EU is a declining market and has been for many years probably because of the stultification of its economies its protectionism causes. The only economy really doing well is Germany. All the others are mediocre at best and many have massive levels of youth unemployment.

Comment Re:As it's been said... (Score 1) 621

The people's will is not being respected, their call to have their choice confirmed is being ignored. The people are being denied an opportunity to express their will. If it's the will of the people to leave the EU and they haven't changed their minds, they'll vote the same way again.

The only place this reasoning leads is perpetual elections.

Look at it another way - ~16 million people voted to remain. ~4 million signed this petition. So only about a quarter of those who voted remain could be bothered to "confirm" their choice.

"You'll vote, and you'll keep voting until you get the right answer" isn't democratic.

Comment Re:But now part of the historical narrative? (Score 3, Insightful) 621

Richard Dawkins, on this issue, is a fucking moron.

Presumably the people he would prefer to decide on our EU membership would be our MPs - a combination of backbench ignoramuses who do what their party leadership tell them, and frontbench EU fanatics who are fully signed up to the Brussels gravy train. Call me mad, but I'll take The People's vote.

And no I would hate the Norwegian model. I do not want the free movement of people. England is massively overpopulated as it is and we desperately need to control the influx with an Australian-style points system. The Norwegian people voted against EU membership, and their government signed them up to the single market anyway against their will!

Comment Re: As it's been said... (Score 1) 621

The Tories are the main right-wing party in the UK. Their leader David Cameron held the referendum, and he set up 2 campaigns. BSE (Britain Stronger in Europe, the in campaign) and Vote Leave (the "official" out campaign). Vote Leave was supposed to lose ("spoil" the referendum for Leave). Nigel Farage, a true Euroskeptic (and a fucking hero) allied himself with a real leave campaign, GO (Grassroots Out), and Vote Leave predictably refused to have anything to do with it. GO did not tell lies, and put out a powerful patriotic message. It almost certainly had a lot to do with pushing the leave vote over the winning line.

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