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Comment Re:End of Great Britain? (Score 1) 1577

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) 1577

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.

Comment Re: US disagrees (Score 1) 170

I thought it was some Spanish bloke who'd had is home repossessed.

The test case privacy ruling by the European Union's court of justice against Google Spain was brought by a Spanish man, Mario Costeja González, after he failed to secure the deletion of an auction notice of his repossessed home dating from 1998 on the website of a mass circulation newspaper in Catalonia.

EU court backs 'right to be forgotten': Google must amend results on request

It's an incredibly popular thing in Europe at the moment - censoring factual information. See the ludicrous ruling yesterday in the UK upholding a certain famous individual and their paddling pool related sexual antics. Something that is allowed to be published in Scotland (and of course the rest of the world), but not England and Wales. I have no interest in what people get up to, but the moment they try using their wealth and status to suppress information, then I'm going to make an effort to find out who it is. Celebrities don't understand the Streisand effect, but apparently their lawyers know how to use it to milk every penny from their clients.

Comment Re: I'm glad Slashdot posted this (Score 2) 410

It doesn't though. Look a the fatalities from recent suicide bombings in the West:
London: 52 (4 bombs in 4 locations)
Madrid: 191 (10 bombs in 4 locations)
Boston: 6 (2 bombs)
Paris: 130 (7 bombs in 3 locations)*
Brussels: 32 (3 bombs in two locations)

* Paris was quite different - it highlighted how infective bombs are compared to firearms:
Stade de France: 3 bombs, which killed 4 (including 3 bombers)
4 Restaurants: 39 people killed by automatic weapons & one bomber killed by his own bomb
Bataclan: Majority of fatalities caused by automatic weapons.

Bombs are for getting attention, not for causing mass causalties, unless you're also mid air at the time.

Comment Re: Driver Error Again (Score 1) 408

I was in a car with a friend and he hit a skip while using parking sensors. He reversed back using them, and just before he hit it he remembered that being a skip, it stuck out the top. Luckily he stopped just as he hit the skip so the damage was negligible.

Parking sensors tend to be low down - bumpers tend to stick out - and Tesla warn users about this, ie not detecting hanging objects. The car drove into the overhanging part (front) of the trailer.

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