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Comment Re:Difference (Score 1) 80

People already have a computer in their pocket, as suggested in the first sentence. Besides a universal I/O bus, what does this offer? Why not just create a universal expansion port for cell phones? The market will be far larger there, instead of creating another entry into the home-brew computing line-up.

Batteries (and screens) take up a lot of space that one could otherwise use for more useful things. Still, I can't see what problem the Compute Card (or phone docking, for that matter) will solve; if you're going somewhere with a free KV&M there's probably already a computer there.

Why would you want to carry around a computer that you can't use on the way?

Comment Re:Drugs are bad for you (Score 1) 456

In an era where people are calling for legalization of drugs...

Are there many people calling for the legalisation of cocaine? might want to consider that people had motives for banning drugs in the first place.

Indeed. It turns out that reduction of harm rarely makes the top three, otherwise tobacco and alcohol would be banned and I imagine we'd all be buying marijuana and ecstasy from what used to be liquor stores.

Comment Re:Traitors. (Score 1) 442

The UK did NOT "vote for Brexit". It was a referendum. A poll, if that's easier for you to understand.

Semantics. There was a referendum on whether or not the UK would leave. Whether or not the result is binding is immaterial in this context; more people voted for leave than did remain. (I didn't, as it happens, so don't bother lumping me in with the "Brexit means Brexit" crowd.)

There is no law or legal obligation to actually go out and withdraw from the EU as a result.

Technically true, but actually going against the result would be political suicide even if the whips could manage it.

The current government, a right-wing government (Trump), agreed with the outcome of the poll...

No more right-wing than the last one*, and fuck all to do with Trump. It's debatable whether or not they agree either; the government's official position before the vote was to remain in the EU. We have disingenuous frauds like Farage, duffers in the Tory back benches, a lacklustre remain campaign and unprincipled media outlets to blame for the leave vote.

...and hopes to stay in power by implementing the result preferred by 51.9 percent of the people.

Well, duh. Of course they hope to stay in power, have you ever seen a politician who didn't?! The result was actually 37.4% of the electorate voting for leave, vs. 34.7% voting remain. Only 26.7% of "the people" voted to leave the EU. Sorry if that sounds petty but I cringe whenever I hear a politician waxing lyrical about their so-called mandate from the people when they have don't even have a majority of the electorate behind them.

They have no legal obligation to do this.

No, but as said earlier they'd be insane not to follow through. The best they could hope for is a second referendum on whether to accept the terrible deal we'll end up with.

They have already lost one legal challenge, which they are appealing and will likely lose a second time.

You're talking about the high court ruling, which was that the government cannot trigger Article 50 to begin the process of leaving without a parliamentary vote first. On face value one might think that they really want to leave, but the government is likely just worried that either MPs (on both sides) will not vote in favour of leaving or that somehow the UK will tip its hand when it comes to treaty negotiations, so they want to be able to start the leaving process without public scrutiny. In reality I don't think the government wants to leave the EU any more than I do but that's Cameron's fault for not standing up to the old guard in the Tory party and giving us a referendum in the first place.

*So far, anyway. I'm of the opinion that home secretaries make bad PMs: their job is to maintain order and they tend not to be too concerned about liberty when they go about it. When they have that mindset and actually have the power to follow through on it we end up with things like the snooper's charter.

Comment Re:"did not obtain legal advice when it set up" (Score 1) 160

...I still maintain and use my Steam account I buy very little new stuff from them at this point ...

Me too. In my case, though, it's because it's nearly impossible to find anything in the store without being bogged down in F2P crap and indie games using 8-bit nostalgia as a crutch for lazy graphics work. There really is no way to filter out indie games.

The last thing I bought from Steam was Doom, and that's only because I could search for it by name.

Comment Re:Or people are just under/wrongly medicated. (Score 1) 432

When life feels like shit, you want to take everyone down with you.

For you perhaps. I've been through some very dark times myself, but in my case the only thing that stopped me doing something... permanent... was the thought of how it would hurt the people who care about me. What really scared me at the time was that if things carried on as they were then sooner or later the scales would tip the other way.

Comment Re:Does that mean? (Score 2) 188

Alchemy is ... real? I'm not talking about turning stuff into gold but turning some elements into others using certain ... what-looks-to-be chemical reactions?

By definition you can't change one element into another using chemistry. Nuclear reactions on the other hand always produce different elements or different isotopes. Making gold is not economical and I read somewhere that it's actually easier to turn gold into lead than vice-versa, but in theory one could turn a profit by transmuting iridium (around $30 per kg) into rhenium (~$6,000 per kg) and optionally then turn the rhenium into osmium (~$10,000 per kg). That is if one happened to have a slow neutron source lying around and a lot of time on one's hands. The trick, I imagine, would be separating the stock material into its isotopes. This is an exercise left to the reader, as the saying goes.

Comment Re:They are going out (Score 1) 78

and yet they sell millions of Wiis and DS handhelds.

Handhelds maybe, but this thing is outselling the Wii. When your flagship product is gathering dust on the shelves and you can't restock your retro item fast enough you've got problems. I'd hoped that Nintendo would have toned down the gimmicks for the latest Wii but the way things going I have my doubts about their long-term future. At least they have the DS to keep them going.

Pokémon Go wasn't actually made by Nintendo, by the way.

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