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Posted in: Post-Brexit, Britain may need 'Hotel California' model See in context


...splitting single market access from free movement would actually threaten British manufacturing jobs.

What there are left of them.

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Posted in: Have terrorist attacks over the past 12 months in Europe and other places made you change your travel plans? See in context

@Jeff Huffman

SenseNotSoCommonJUL. 04, 2016 - 06:36AM JST

Sad to say, but we avoid the States, as there's a much higher risk of sudden and deadly violence.

From . . . ?

I believe I can guess why. My response to that is that even though the second amendment exists and that it is misinterpreted by some, it doesn't mean that every American is out to gun you down.

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Posted in: Famous manga artist avoids drawing one everyday item in his comics for the sake of future readers See in context

I take it that CrisGerSan doesn't like Elfin Lied. I must admit that I have to be in just the right mood to watch it but I'd stop short at making such an accusation as "disgusting bizarre perversion". Strong, maybe, and certainly not for everybody, but it has its moments.

What I do agree with, however, is the point being made about anime and manga being produced as a product of its time. I think there is room for both, to be honest. I can still watch shows that feature phone boxes and not be phased by it, and I don't mind watching high school kids mucking about with flip phones or smart phones as long as the story is good.

Goodness knows I'm not above watching shows like Monty Python's Flying Circus, even when they make reference to shillings, guineas and so forth! It's still funny. I've read Miyuki too (I like a bit of Adachi) and the same thing applies - the story is appealing so why worry about the appearance of a 500-yen bill?

In other words... meh!

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Posted in: Microsoft readies Windows 10 update, answers critics See in context


Win7, popular as it is, hasn't stopped people from not buying PCs anymore. PC (and Mac too) sales have been decreasing year after year. The market has to move away from that.

Agreed to a great extent. Business is geared towards the regular upgrade of computer systems. The machine I'm typing this on is about three years old now, the oldest machine that I still use on a regular basis is about double that (both running Linux, oddly enough!) However I spent quite a bit of time during my final year with one employer reconditioning ten year old laptops and selling them on, and they had buyers waiting! Yes, I was using Windows XP and Linux on these (it was a few years ago now) but people wanted them.

The relatively recent blurb from Microsoft about how Windows 10 is supposed to be more amenable to use on older systems is an indication that perhaps they now realise this but when you see Gartner and other pundits and manufacturers bemoaning the drop of sales in new PCs, you have to wonder if some folk really have a grasp of basic economic principles such as market saturation and supply and demand. Moore's Law allowed Microsoft, Intel and others to run roughshod over these principles for years and now that physical limits are preventing that Law from operating properly, the market is slowing down all over.

As for me, I suspect that I'll be changing my main server at some point in the next year or so depending on if the motherboard holds together (long story, told elsewhere). Otherwise I'll probably spend much of my time making manufacturers miserable by prolonging the lifespan of my cluster of systems well beyond the date they would probably like to see them consigned to silicon heaven. They work, so I'll keep using them.

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Posted in: Have terrorist attacks over the past 12 months in Europe and other places made you change your travel plans? See in context

@TrevorPeace - And so the terrorists win. QED.

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Posted in: Have terrorist attacks over the past 12 months in Europe and other places made you change your travel plans? See in context

I am not changing my travel plans, mostly because I don't have any.

Changing plans due to terrorist threats might seem prudent but in effect it just means that the terrorists win. Terrorism survives by disrupting normal life then feeding off the misery and the media coverage that follows that, so by carrying on as normal, we frustrate the terrorists.

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Posted in: Microsoft readies Windows 10 update, answers critics See in context

@Nippori Nick

Every single operation system update has always had its share of luddites and detractors.

Quite so. In the end, the only person that can say how much they like a system is the user.

The problem there is that it's easy to point at a naysayer and call them a luddite, a detractor or whatever if your view doesn't coincide with yours. It doesn't necessarily make it so. One of the biggest reasons why Windows 10 had a start menu added to the desktop was that people complained about its removal in Windows 8 and provided plenty of evidence showing how it wasn't fit for purpose. They weren't luddites.

It is quite obvious that Microsoft want to steer its customers in a certain direction; towards Software as a Service, towards computing in the cloud and away from the more traditional operating system environment. Of course there will be resistance to that direction but what Microsoft needs to do is to listen to the reasons why that resistance is there or the popular push against Windows 10 is likely to continue. And not everyone pushing is a luddite. Microsoft can only gain by backing off with the pressure to change and listening to users.

After all, Windows 7 didn't become as popular as it did by pressing and nagging, and it was never a "free" upgrade either.

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Posted in: Microsoft readies Windows 10 update, answers critics See in context


Another Windows fail.

It's more of a corporate fail than an OS fail. The shortcomings of Windows 10 are more of a fault with execs and marketing pushing features that aren't wanted. If they would only remove the data slurp, Cortana, the push into the cloud, the App Store and the compulsory patching, then I'd be happy to...

...oh wait. I already have all that on Windows 7. Never mind; as you were! ^^

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Posted in: More than 2.5 million and rising sign UK petition for new EU referendum See in context

@Joeintokyo Just been reading about that on the BBC website. 4chan are claiming it, the report mentioning something about the perpetrator set up the script then left it running while he went to take a shower!

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Posted in: More than 2.5 million and rising sign UK petition for new EU referendum See in context


Funny that it was mainly the old folks who won't be around to see the mess they voted yes for, the dim witted (lack of education) that have no clue why they really voted yes, the racists which have tunnel vision and the DOLE riders that blame everything on anything but themselves.

That's odd. This assumes that you have an idea about who actually voted. Now how could you have that knowledge?

Referenda, as Nicola the Fish is finding out, don't answer everything, especially when people don't contribute because they can't be bothered. If you can't be bothered to vote then griping about the result afterwards would generally point to you being some sort of idiot. That's what a large number of Scottish people found out the day after their independence referendum and that's what some people are now realising following the EU referendum.

As for your quips about old people and dole claimants, please check your discrimination credentials at the door before you start playing the race card. I know plenty of older folk that despise rascism and all forms of unfair discrimination and more than a few younger folk that are so rascist that they could put the fascist dictatorships of the twentieth century to shame, and dole claimants are people too with just as much of a varied view of the world. Let's see what you would be like on JSA or Universal Credit!

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Posted in: British PM says Brexit poses huge risk to economy See in context


"At this point, I'm having trouble trusting anybody." - comments

With respect, this sounds wonderful large for expansion. Please do.

When you don't know who to trust, trust nobody. I don't trust Cameron because of the lies told on the campaign trail when he was trying to get back in at the last general election. Since then his lies have been uncovered (though to be honest I had an idea that he was bending the truth anyway).

I have trouble trusting Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage too. Boris has been the court jester for quite a while and some of his deeds during his tenure as the Mayor of London make me cringe. Farage, on the other hand, is the leader of a group that has been shown to be at least casually rascist.

With the huge and sudden shift of certain business interests at the last minute I am sure that more than a few of them are scared that leaving the EU would put their personal fortunes at risk. But these are the types that have been pushing the agenda in their own favour for a very long time so I can't really trust them either.

I also can't really let the general politician off scot-free either. It will take a very long time for me to forget the whole expenses scandal; it wasn't just the money that mattered there, it was the overall trust.

That's what I mean by "I'm having trouble trusting anybody". Finding somebody who can tell it like it is without some perceived personal slant is nearly impossible.

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Posted in: Led Zeppelin singer tells jury he composed 'Stairway to Heaven' See in context

It's a string of chords lasting no longer than about 3 seconds. Nothing more.

This is just yet another money grab. Simple as.

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Posted in: 'Frozen' coming to new books, Lego animated shorts See in context

I agree with Sven.

He said... meh.

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Posted in: British PM says Brexit poses huge risk to economy See in context

The problem is that Cameron has been shown to have been lying about a number of things including the whole immigration control business which is one of the primary topics of the whole Brexit debate.

Even if he is absolutely correct, chances are that Mr. Pig has done as much damage for his own credibility and the credibility of the campaign he stands for as that idiot who murdered Jo Cox in the name of "freedom for Britain" did for his opponents. At this point, I'm having trouble trusting anybody.

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Posted in: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page testifies in 'Stairway to Heaven' trial See in context

I'm saying little here since I already blogged about it elsewhere but I'll just mention the main reasons why I believe that the whole case is suspect:

Too similar to other cases of the same type where no actual plagiarism has been proven Too much time has passed since both were released (50+ years) Too much money involved

The fact that this case has been brought nearly twenty years after the death of Randy California also makes me very suspicious. Also good luck trying to jog the memories of all concerned about things that happened back then!

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Posted in: Babymetal shows maturity as rude UK award presenter repeatedly interrupts speech See in context


And here I thought ALL Brits were respectful people. At least that's what I learned in that National Lampoon's European Vacation movie.

I can tell you that that movie used a stereotype for the British, but then that's nothing unusual for American made media. As you can see from this business, we have our own share of arseholes as much as any other country.

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Posted in: Babymetal shows maturity as rude UK award presenter repeatedly interrupts speech See in context

Webbe? Is he actually anything special in metal?

Mind you it has been many years since I last read Kerrang, mostly because it was losing touch both with my own tastes and with the general fandom. It seemed to be pushing its own agenda rather than reporting on what was actually out there. Hope that changed.

Mind you, it seems that rudeness is a staple in comedy these days. It's that shock element, and it's something that has been overused. Once the shock value has gone, all you have left is the rudeness which gets boring very fast. Webbe ought to learn this once he sobers up.

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Posted in: Japan's first 'naked restaurant' to ban overweight diners See in context

Todgers and fannies and tits... oh my!


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Posted in: Toyota threatens action over Brexit camp logo use See in context

To be honest, if we can point the finger at Cameron and Osbourne for the worst that the Remain camp has to offer, then surely Boris is the same for the Leave campaign. I've even seen Boris compared with Drumpf on a few occasions and I can certainly see why.

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Posted in: Sequels, once a sure thing, are slumping at the box office See in context

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

Fool me many times as has become increasingly the case with sequels, remakes and the like, and even the fools start to wise up. I was only reading today that The Who are being publicly critical of a follow-up to the cult movie Quadrophenia (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36481894), producer and band manager Bill Curbishley putting it brilliantly when he stated that "Quadrophenia is a significant and influential film based on The Who's music, not some Carry On franchise".

That's not to say that the Carry On franchise was bad as a result of so many different versions, but note that the franchise involved many different ideas and stories and didn't wholly rely on a prior idea to prop it up. If anything, I'd probably refer to the Police Academy franchise rather than the Carry On franchise.

Hollywood, as I've said so many times in the past, is currently creatively bankrupt. Hopefully somebody will find a way to make it start doing worthwhile things again but for now all we get are superheroes, flashy effects, retells, remakes, reboots and not a lot of originality.

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Posted in: 6-year jail term sought for man who cut off love rival's penis See in context

Hmm.. never hear of Wayne Bobbitt anymore, do we?

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Posted in: Twitter's 140 character limit: time to ditch it? See in context

No, I still believe in the whole premise of the 140 character limit. It stops the over-verbose from flooding readers with huge wads of text. It's unlikely, for example, to see the admonishment "tl;dr" on Twitter as it stands.

To go beyond that...

Have you ever heard of Usenet?

tl;dr, for those that aren't up on it, is short for "too long; didn't read".

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Posted in: Brexit in spotlight at G-7 meeting in Japan See in context

Whether it does or not isn't the case here. Osbourne should keep his notions to himself. Giving out opinions during such meetings as this about the possible effects of Brexit, one way or another, is highly unprofessional.

It's just yet another case where he and his boss, Cameron, are using their current political status to push their own agenda. It's bad enough when they do it in their own country but inviting high ranking foreign politicians to visit and back up their views as well as going abroad to summits like this one and likewise using it as a platform for their views ultimately gives them an unfair advantage and calls the whole referendum process into disrepute.

Between this and the scaremongering being carried out by both sides of the debate, I am heartily sickened by the whole thing and yet again have become mistrustful of anything any politician has to say about this matter or anything else.

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Posted in: Do you support Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics in view of the scandal concerning a $2 million payment for "consulting fees?" See in context


The issue is that public funds are used to pay for and promote these events, money which Japan does not have, and which it must borrow from the taxpayers. The corruption in the process greatly increases the costs in hosting the games, and increases the risk of financial loss to the host country.

I can certainly agree with this and accept your point about Greece, an especially poignant one considering that this was a country that has suffered extreme problems with their economy since then.

It was touted by the Olympic committee in London that a good reason to bring the Olympics there in 2012 was to generate income and provide new jobs. While the income was there, it was swallowed up by the extra costs required as, just as with Japan, the budget overran. The whole thing broke even which is about the only thing that you can say for it. What becomes of Rio de Janeiro's version, already padded out with Brazilian taxpayer funds, remains to be seen.

Japan called bullshit on that stadium. Good for them, but that's but a small part of what is to come. I just hope it isn't another disaster.

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Posted in: Do you support Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics in view of the scandal concerning a $2 million payment for "consulting fees?" See in context


I would not call Tokyo a victim in that story, nothing forced them to pay 2 million USD to a shady company for services yet to be disclosed and nothing forced them to host the game in the fist place.

Well no, I suppose that nothing forced Tokyo, the city, the people who live and work there, to pay that sort of money to a shady company etc. etc. or forced them to host the games. I doubt very much that they were even asked about it.

Unfortunately they will have to live with it, though.

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Posted in: Do you support Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympics in view of the scandal concerning a $2 million payment for "consulting fees?" See in context

If it was just about the sport then I'd be a lot more amenable to it but with big business, corruption, cheating and so forth being increasingly a part of it I have little time or trust for the whole process. The IOC appears to be a corrupt moneymaking scam which fools countries into shovelling sizeable amounts of their wealth into a bottomless pit that feeds the IOC and the various corporates that leech of it, leaving a monstrous debt behind afterwards while people chase their tails after cheating competitors who come up with new ways to fiddle the results each time.

Tokyo is merely the latest victim. I'm just waiting for a host to suddenly come to their senses and call the IOC and their shills out. I really hope that Tokyo does it first.

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Posted in: Do you agree with U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump's call for Japan to drastically increase its financial contribution to maintain American military bases? See in context


To protect Japan surely is NOT the only reason why the U.S want it's bases here, don't they want to keep the bases in Japan for their strategic reasons?

Of course it isn't, but then I doubt that Drumpf really gives a toss about that.

Any headline that he can play up to the great unwashed that would be at the expense of those "foreigner leeches" that gives him even one extra vote is a headline that he will use, even if the rest of the world begins to view America as an insular pariah on the rest of the world.

He has done it with the Mexicans. He has done it with the middle east. He's doing it now with Japan. Who's next, I wonder?

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Posted in: Leicester's magic hailed globally as the party goes on See in context


My last hope for this season is West Ham sneaking into the top 4. I can't see it but this has been a strange one and it would be fitting.

It would be nice but having a close season end is part of the thrill. Far better than having a runaway winner.

Having said that, even though I don't support them, it's good to see a club like Leicester finally use its talent for its own ends rather than supply other teams and win the whole thing.

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Posted in: Disney announces 'Jungle Book,' 'Maleficent,' 'Mary Poppins' sequels See in context

@NathalieB Reading this makes me assume that your only yardstick where success is concerned is the bottom line. Pandering to the lowest common denominator is certainly a surefire way to a healthy bank balance, at least in the short term, but without actual creativity this cannot be sustained. If I'm a minority in this case, consider that I'm hardly the only person to argue that Disney and others spend far too much time, effort and that oh-so-important commodity that you prize so much, money, pushing short term goals that turn minorities like this into majorities.

Yes, they are a business, but a business that focuses too heavily on short term goals soon go out of business - there are any number of cases out there, especially in the media business.

I certainly agree that smaller companies do produce some fine productions and I have seen quite a few but they don't force themselves down my throat in the way that Disney, Sony, Universal and others continue to do and with nothing to offer but regurgitated product I have little love for any of them. I'm not stopping you from enjoying it if you really enjoy that sort of thing but I'm not going to sit idly by and let them continue down this road without a word of protest, connoisseur or not.

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Posted in: Disney announces 'Jungle Book,' 'Maleficent,' 'Mary Poppins' sequels See in context


Yes, so much hate on Disney, but for a reason. Like so much of the movie industry it is failing to innovate. The closest they have come in recent years would be titles like Frozen or Tangled which I applaud but the numbers of such shows are swamped by reboots, sequels, prequels and re-imaginings of titles that were great in and of themselves but in so many cases these follow-ups are shallow, meaningless drivel using the name of that original to get bums on seats. People are only going to get fooled that way so many times before the hatred becomes obvious.

"Don't like it? Don't go see the movies." I hear that argument so many times and while it seems like an obvious one to make, the trouble is that we won't know exactly how bad something is until we have actually seen it. Of course once we know that the rodent is taking us for sheeple then yes, we will avoid it. If enough of us avoid it then they will need to address the problem or go out of business. Simples!

As for the charity work, what has that got to do with the subject at hand? They do charity? Whoopee! However you will find that charity work is normally done either for the people that need it done, which is laudable, or is done to elevate a person's or company's profile, which is less laudable and, in some cases I've seen such as Jimmy Savile, totally despicable. Whatever the case, it has little if anything to do with what people think of the output from the Mouse.

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