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Comment Re: Atheist [Re:Free global markets != wonde (Score 1) 50

Tape worms? Below is an article. Some researchers say the claims are dubious and that ads or labels mentioning tape-worms don't necessarily mean the pills actually contained tape-worm eggs. It could be a lie. But the fact some co's openly advertised it itself suggests lax regulation.

Comment Re:there is a reason for that (Score 1) 90

Commercial iPhones optionally take multiple exposures for a single "snap" so that one can skip blinking subjects, for example. Just do similar for exposure time.

And I realize suddenly replacing all that equipment would be quite expensive, but at least make the next batch of cameras better than the last batch so the ratio of good cameras in production gradually goes up over time.

Comment Re:this is really getting tiring (Score 1) 166

the best person for the job regardless of race or gender is how it should be, nothing else.

I've been in the workforce long enough, including in interview panels, to know that raw merit is only half the game. Hiring and promotion decisions are largely social, especially when multiple candidates have similar merit credentials. Humans are social animals, and thus naturally biased.

Comment Re: Atheist [Re:Free global markets != wonde (Score 3, Informative) 50

and atheist (right and wrong aren't enforced socially in the same manner as Western countries)

Hogwash! For one, China is largely Buddhist (or variations of), not atheist.

Second, the USA started off industrialization in a similar poorly-regulated dog-eat-dog kind of way. Europe used to rib us about it. Poor people take more risks because they have less to lose. Read about "Muck Rakers". Tape-worm eggs were sold as diet medicine, for example, and nobody did anything about it.

Comment Re:Scotland just announced a post-Brexit independe (Score 1) 537

That was just the foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis. He doesn't really have a say. What he said is just bluster, because there isn't even a queue to join. It doesn't work that way, you join when you are ready and the order of application has historically made no difference on the order of joining.

It is up to the EU, and the EU has indicated it would welcome Scotland on multiple occasions. At the end of the process there would be a vote requiring all 27 members to agree, but it is unlikely that Spain would veto it at that point. It would only serve to bring the weight of Germany and other states down on it, and achieve nothing. In fact, it might harm its chances of getting some control of Gibraltar.

Comment Re:Europe is the one that should be scared. (Score 2) 537

In other words Brexit will not affect how many refugees we are able, required and choose to take.

It might. The French might decide they don't want a foreign border on their soil and stop preventing people trying to cross the channel.

They are already reneging on the immigration promises anyway. They also promised to make it easier for people form outside the EU to come to the UK, especially spouses and other family members, but of course that was just a lie.

Comment Re:Designers miss WYSIWYG (UI rant) (Score 1) 200

How is that combo different for client-side-auto-adjust testing? Testing one rendering engine for many sizes is STILL going to be easier than testing many sizes for say 200 rendering engines (browser brands x browser versions x OS settings, etc.)

Roughly 1/200th the work.

Also note one doesn't necessarily have to have infinite combinations: they could design for 3 sizes: small, media, and large; showing the closest fit. Sometimes you want to control what's shown anyhow for diff devices. For example, you may want to show fewer graphics or thumbnails for smaller devices to save room (phones & watches) than for tablets and screens.

User-adjustable client-side MDI windows or slide panels could also be an option for more complex applications. The MDI windows themselves could optionally be managed client-side. Treat each sub-window/panel as a mini application, in terms of how the rendering happens. (It does complicate the client a little bit.)

And one could also let scroll-bars automatically appear on the client for the vertical issue, somewhat like typical PDF displayers. PDF layouts are typically coordinate-based, but a vertical scroll-bar appears if the window doesn't have enough room to the show the entire thing.

Comment Re:So long (Score 1) 537

Just consider the position that the UK is in now.

The EU has total control over the Article 50 process. I gets to dictate timescales and what negotiations happen when. May pleaded with them no less than four times in the triggering letter to start trade negotiations in parallel with talks over the bill and EU citizen's right, but the EU has refused.

Yes, there is a bill. The UK agreed to contribute to various things and cannot now abandon those commitments without severe consequences. The bill is likely to be â40-60bn.

The EU thinks it will take about 6 months to work out the bill and what happens with EU citizens. They want to offer people in the UK "associate membership" on an individual level, so it needs time to work out. After that, trade negotiations can begin. There are about 12 months available for that, because another 6 will be required for the EU parliament to agree and ratify the deal.

In addition, if we try to negotiate any trade deals with other countries during that time, the EU walks away from the table and we crash out on WTO rules.

That isn't enough time to negotiate much, and the EU has already set out the basic deal on offer. The UK can get some access to the EU market, the amount dependent on how much of the EU rules we are willing to accept. So say we want financial services access, we will need to accept all EU financial services rules, no exceptions or negotiation, and if in future there are new ones they fax them to us and we comply, with the European Court of Justice overseeing. Also, we would have to pay in as if we were a member state, proportional to that access.

The only alternative is to crash out on WTO rules, which is economic suicide. The UK has no cards to play.

After the 2 years are up there will be a transition phase, during which we will still be operating under EU rules and the ECJ while everything is untangled. That will likely be another 2-3 years.

And after that, maybe five years from now, we will still be obeying EU rules if we want to sell stuff to them or have affordable medicines etc. And likely Scotland will have left, and maybe Northern Ireland, and perhaps Gibraltar.

Comment Re:And might barely, barely won that one (Score 1) 537

Ignoring that joining required a supermajority, this is not democracy. Democracy is reflecting the will of the people. All of them. 48% did not want this, and certainly didn't want a hard Brexit. In fact, polls suggest that a majority of the 52% of voted to leave don't want a hard Brexit either.

The democratic thing to do would be to compromise. Leave the EU, but remain in the single market. The mandate for a hard Brexit just isn't there.

Comment Re:Scottish independence (Score 1) 537

The effort to call us all "British" is actually relatively recent. Even up until the 1960s the UK Prime Minister was attending events and signing documents as Prime Minister of England. It's largely a response to nationalists wanting independence for their individual countries.

And they are called countries, officially. Scotland is a country of the United Kingdom.

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