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  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Timeline isn't right. He promised the referendum BEFORE the last election when he didn't have a small majority, he was part of a coalition with a comfortably large majority. I suspect he promised it because all the polls said he...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    She always hated it, even more than the rest of the Tories. I'm surprised it took her this long....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    You could, if you had enough money, apply for judicial review on the basis of "The bastards lied M'Lord." Now, both sides lied to a certain extent. They're politicians and their mouths were moving. There's a BBC page about most...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Corbyn is massively unpopular within the PLP. He only got on the ballot last time because one of the other candidates (I don't remember which one, I think it was Andy Burnham) signed his nomination papers so there would be...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Which is partly why The Metro is actually quite a good paper. It doesn't do deep investigative reporting, but it is a free paper so it makes ALL its money from advertising and doesn't run a strong editorial line like...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Oh, I agree totally. If Callmedave had any balls, he'd have raised two fingers to UKIP years ago, not promised the referendum and we wouldn't be in this pile of poo. I don't know where we'd be if Vote Leave...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    You're misunderstanding the role of the press. They (mostly) don't report any news. They report opinion occasionally wrapped in wrapper that fools people into believing it might be news. Even the 'quality press' falls prey to this far too often...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I do know it was written with the idea that a parliament might want to leave, not that the EU would want to push someone out. But I don't think anyone wrote it with the shilly-shallying we're seeing from BoJo...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I didn't catch the fine details (it was a 2 minute news bulletin) but Angela Merkel is already rowing back on the hardline stance it appears, saying "no need to be nasty about Brexit negotiations."...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    2 will only happen before 3 if Callmedave leaves it as a fuck you for his successor. Which I hope he does but I doubt it. 1 depends on other factors - I imagine England will still be quite popular...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Agreed. While I sympathise with the EU's desire to want the UK to start Article 50 asap (and part of me hopes Callmedave does it as the last thing before he resigns as a massive two fingers to his successor...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Again IANAL but one of the solutions I heard being fairly seriously discussed this morning was that the UK parliament should enshrine ALL of the laws and regulations from the EU as UK law, then repeal the bits they don't...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    IANAL but the Queen has a somewhat limited right to refuse to sign acts of parliament into law still I believe. Royal Assent is still required for an act to become law. In practise it would be a constitutional crisis...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Unfortunately the hiring committee will not be looking for the best candidate. Assuming more than one person stands (that seems certain), the 1922 committee (that's the Tory backbenchers) get rid of their least desired in a sort of balloon debate...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    I'm about a decade older than Mo's written and I recognised all her choices. (I'm not a super-powered assassin but her professional choices about what to wear to work and so on.) I made a very different choice to her....
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    I did quite explicitly go on to say I didn't want to adopt all of their systems but the old naval model did work for quite prolonged expeditions so bears looking at, at least. And a space colony/prolonged expedition would...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    Until your colony is big enough, I can't see summary justice by execution being likely - how many people do you kill before it becomes non-viable? So that makes crime and punishment interesting. I think you might need to go...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Routinely block access to all generic online help sources with the company's firewall. Stack Overflow, php.net (or equivalent) for your tools. Disable all search engines. Implement, grudgingly, partial mirrors of certain resources - make sure they're not for the currently...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Not based on actual practise AFAIK, but a comment from a well known 1% from his startup days. On a random day per month, any one not in before the boss or leaving before the boss will have their employment...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    As a variation to a comment I heard from Bill Gates on Desert Island Disks, implement a policy that anyone arriving after the CEO or leaving before him on one day per month will be fired (even if they are...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    I think you want to look at ecosystems and interacting populations, which we do model somewhat successfully I think, rather than modelling the immune system for your stochastic system. Novel groups, either in the form of new mutations within a...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    I don't recognise your model of the group mind but I can play in paradigm. 1) Is relatively simple, at least to describe. You simply require variable awareness of others and a mean level for everyone over a set period...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    I guess I am. Like you I've seen big differences within English-speaking cultures too. For a small (but decidedly not trivial) recent UK-based example you only have to look at how the news of Margaret Thatcher's death was received. Everything...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    As for the rest of your comment, I'm not sure you can have a homogenous world culture without a single language. The example I have best, albeit really very limited, experience of is British-speaking and French-speaking Canadian cultures which are...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    I was on my ancient iPhone with struggles to open 1 web page let alone a second and couldn't remember which was the larger of the two Chinese languages. Sorry for pressing your buttons, it was a function of bad...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Having just read my RSS feed and then read the comments it seems one of Charlie's acceptable definitions of a hive mind is, in essence, functionally indistinguishable from a single human global culture. Given the readership of the list, it's...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    The non-vote on the EU was almost certainly not a factor for anyone. Maybe one or two people, literally, amongst the electorate. Labour had been in power for 13 years by then, and had run out of steam very much....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I suspect you're right, in part. You can add to that if he wins, he can tell the awkward squad to STFU the public have spoken. If he loses, he'll just resign early. He's already said he's not going to...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    More or Less the Radio 4 programme did a piece 3-4 weeks ago about a lovely piece of rhetoric where you hear someone declaim about the number of words in the Lord's Prayer, the National Anthem and EU regulations on...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Yeah, you need to be quite careful about how you read the data about people killing themselves with methadone. Some people on methadone die of overdoses and other drug-related problems but you need to poke the data quite carefully. Last...
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