Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson

  • Commented on Book day!
    An utterly minor point and one that only a former local with a friend who has ran a catering recruitment company in Amersham would know. Depending on where Nether Stowe house is, you would bus staff in from Watford /...
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    Off topic but something I've noticed over the past few weeks... I'm currently re-reading a lot of short science fiction due to travel and being up to date on most series I want to read so I'm revisiting Gardner Dozois's...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    You are missing another obvious reason for having an election now. Currently (believe it or not) the economy is in a good state. That isn't going to hold so its better to go now when people are feeling generally well...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    @296 A few of Brown's greatests disasters can be pinned down to decisions made in the early days of the 1997 Labour Government. Removing banking oversight from the Bank of England is one of those and the one that directly...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    @286 there is a general focus in both Firefox and Chrome to encourage sites to migrate towards https away from unencrypted http connections. This is being helped by https://letsencrypt.org/ who will happily provide a website with a free ssl certificate...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    It was a good enough reason for them. The fact you don't think its a good reason demonstrates why the destruction of the Labour party south of the border will occur in the same way its been destroyed north of...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    I'm not I will repeat my story from last week. 500 unemployed workers in a council estate next to a new Aldi. All of them look at the jobs and a lot apply for them hearing nothing or No Thanks....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    My inkling in the last week of the Scottish Referendum was that if the English had had a vote, Scotland would have got the independence it wanted. Sadly I don't think that has changed... @202, that was the reason for...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    My worry would be a Remain win of say 5-10%. You only have to look at the result of the Scottish Referendum as the catalyst for the SNP's 2015 results in Westminster and the destruction of the Scottish Labour party......
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Yep and far harder to extract yourself from (both here and in the States its explicitly excluded from Bankruptcy protection so will stay with you forever. This is of course utterly off-topic but its worth discussion at another time... Going...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    The problem is that its not education. You don't need a degree to stack supermarket shelves in Aldi... I think that's half the point of the anecdote. The jobs described could be done by any who had finished secondary education...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    There is a general problem that there are a lot of people who are doing well out of immigration (those that are educated and have money). However, there are an awful lot of people who have done badly from it....
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    There is no real need to tell people employees that money is tight. Just make the process of ordering so complex and random that employees give up and purchase the items themselves......
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    But Davey boy wouldn't be in with a chance if Labour hadn't messed up in Scotland and totally lost it.. If they hadn't lost Scotland Labour would be able to legitimately claim to be the biggest party and hence should...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    My real problem with this is that authors are giving what will undoubtedly be a very poor quality piece of software a lot of publicity... I product which would have at best played to a few people in Southern mid-west...
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    As a long term computer contractor its not that difficult to separate home and work expenses using a limited company although as the fixed rate for using your house is £26 a month its not much of a saving... The...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    Isn't 2 what Alan Cox does at http://www.etchedpixels.co.uk ? And as many have already said regarding 1 yes I would buy a newton case as soon as they were released and instantly move back to the iphone 6 plus from...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    It's a side issue but in theory I have no problem with charging for people who book a GP appointment and fail to attend. We need a way to ensure that GP surgery time is not wasted by people either...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    I think one big attack in Scotland that will ensure the SNP does well is simply that we have been promised Devomax but Labour haven't delivered it. Vote for us to ensure we get it. As for UKIP they don't...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    if you get that far.... There are an awful lot of people on here who will be very upset if you don't get that far........
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    But what can NO offer except for more of the same. If they offered anything there would be a very strong chance the rest of the UK would reject what was offered and the party(s) that offered at the next...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    I guess there is little reason in adding books to the pack when you publish all the non-series books in the category.......
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    Ironically, the current favourite for the Republican nomination, after Christie's self explosion, is a Mr J Bush of Florida....
  • Commented on Rinse, Drain, Spin ... more Laundry!
    Is it not the first part of http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/04/psa-new-book-deal.html I'm sure a tweet mentioned unicorns.... My pre teens have been looking forward to that for years....
  • Commented on The next moves in the Spooks v. News cold war
    My problem with that argument was why on earth was he carrying any information on him. Anyone who thinks for more than a couple of minutes would not be carrying anything important on their person. I learnt that many years...
  • Commented on Obituaries
    There is actually a large wildlife habitat on the Falklands nowadays were penguins thrive and humans rarely tread. Landmines have that effect on areas....
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    http://www.feedly.com have announced their Normandy project to continue to support their users. As I've used it for two years across browsers, iPad, iPhone and android without any issues I would highly recommend it as a rss feed reader....
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