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Comment Re:The price hike is minimal... (Score 1) 450

I can attest to this. I paid an extra $7 per month for a VPN service - money I would have been happy to give to Netflix to gain access to content available in other countries. Instead I gave it to a 3rd party. Instead I cancelled my subscription when they started blocking VPNs (and told them this was the reason).

Comment Re:The wording (Score 1) 238

I did vote remain, and had planned to do so for most of the time. The only thing that nearly swayed me was the scaremongering that Osborne et al came out with (some of which turned out to be more true than I expected). All I had to look at was the insane promises being made - if somebody is willing to utter lies that are so demonstrably wrong, then the rest of their argument is unlikely to stand up.

The problem is that the remain campaign was just scaremongering, they did try covering some of the leave lies. However it's difficult to fight "national pride" with facts.

Comment Re:The British government looks like Duck Soup (Score 1) 227

We don't even have enough trade negotiators - the few we have are working in Europe - because EU did most of of the work. The UK government is looking at getting people in from private companies, but some don't seem that keen - they'll be tearing down the agreements many of them put a lot of work into creating.

Comment Re:The wording (Score 4, Interesting) 238

It wasn't that hard:

£350 - nope, that was a lie.
71 failed no votes - true, but that amounted to 3%, we actually got our way about 90% of the time.
EEA without free movement - we were constantly told this wouldn't happen, and still are being told this.
Fisherman won't have to deal with quotas - even if that were to happen, how long would it take for them to be reintroduced after they return to over-fishing indiscriminately?
109 laws on pillows - John Oliver covered that nicely.
The EU need us more than we need them (trade deficit) - only if you ignore the fact the EU's GDP is five times greater than the UK's.

All you had to do is check if there was a modicum of truth in what you heard.

Comment Re: She's not going to win (Score 1) 208

Nit pick: The UK (and the republic of Ireland) isn't part of Schengen, unless you mean the next PM is so bad at negotiating with the EU that she joins Schengen by accident, which would be fucking hilarious!

Other than that, I think you're spot on. We'll leave the EU and fuck our economy up (even further) while we negotiate to get back to the position we were in.

Comment Re:End of Great Britain? (Score 1) 1592

As far as I can tell, the people who were most likely to vote leave are those that are least affected by the EU. The older the voter, the more likely to vote leave. What they did was take advantage of all the benefits the UK had from being part of the EU, and then say "fuck it, we don't need that stability anymore".

A good friend of mine got a message from his father along the lines of "sure, it'll be chaotic, but it'll work out in the end". The response was along of the lines of "well done, you've just injected a huge amount of uncertainty and instability for your children and grandchildren, and for what?"

The difference in reactions is also notable. I (and others) were looking forward to getting this whole debacle behind us. We weren't going to be happy if Remain one, we were going to be relieved. On the other hand, I've heard "Independence Day, gentlemen", and "it'll be fine, everything will recover, and it good because we'll get back control".

I know I'm biased, but I've seen a disturbing correlation between the people who are stupid enough to install ransomware, and people who think the outcome is great. It's basically the people who have no concept of consequences.

Comment Re: You made it, Syrians! (Score 1) 1592

The reactions of pro-leave MPs showed exactly this, they got what they campaigned for and now they don't know what to do now. Nobody's in a hurry to declare Article 50, so we're now stuck in a limbo.

Syed Kamall, a British Tory MEP who campaigned for Brexit defended Cameron's decision. He said: "Cameron is right to leave negotiations to his successor," arguing it does not make much difference when you trigger the procedure.

Apart from the fact we've had one of the most volatile days in UK market history - UK banks (Lloyds, Barclays & RBS are down 20%).

This reactions is echoed by some of my colleagues - one said "I'd really didn't think it happened" - Well done mate, you just knocked 16% of your pension*.

* His number, not mine.

Comment Re: If this is correct it should be easy to check (Score 1) 299

There's also the energy consumption to consider - will it require solar cells large enough to act in a manner of solar sails? And will the thrust on the solar panels negate the thrust generate by the EM drive?

According the fountain of knowledge (Wikipedia), the EM drive generates thrust in the region of 0.1 to 0.3 mN/W. Solar energy is about 1361 W/m2, and a solar sail generates about 7.81 uN/m2, which is the equivalent of 5.7 nN/W. Plus, thrust isn't ways going to be opposing sunlight.

Comment Re: Really? (Score 1) 301

I originally read the "Why this matters, WTH" comment as just referring to Trump's hair, not the actual lawsuit which is not only ridiculous but also a concerning attempt at closing down from of the press.

I really don't get the obsession about the man's hair though. Surely there are more important aspects of Trump to worry about.

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