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silburnl

  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    'Conspiracy against the US' sounds nastier than it actually is - it's a pretty standard charge in money laundering cases AIUI. The really interesting news is the stuff about Papadopoulos IMO - he was arrested several months ago apparently and...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Correction, the first two episodes went out last Tuesday....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Greg @808: P.S. Is "the Vietnam series" available here, non-streaming? It does not appear to be so. The first episode was broadcast two days ago (25/9) on BBC4. Regards Luke...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Beats me. But opening up banks to third party payment providers is thought to encourage competition and innovation, so next year it will happen. There's also an account information provision which will regularise the position of outfits like mint.com or...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Hey, when PSD2 comes in next year the supermarket will be able to set up as a payment services provider and take the money straight from your bank account. Just download their app - it'll be so much smoother and...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    No, the charge isn't part of the interest - it's only levied once, when the debt is arranged, so it shouldn't be included in the interest compounding calculation. Principal = 100N, Fee = 10N so initial Debt = 110N. This...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "Which strongly suggests to me that you are using the same false model as the UK for calculating Annual Percentage Rate. [snip] ...by saying "charges over 1 month are 15% of the loan principal, and there are 12 months in...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Suggestions for the latter gratefully received. I have the Killfile browser extension loaded into my Chrome browser - it's also available for Firefox and Opera, dunno about others. Regards Luke...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I have just finished the first part of Ian McDonald's 'Luna' diptych, which was marvellously written but I had some issues with the world building (mining He3 from lunar regolith is the cunning insight that made the protagonist family's fortune?...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I'm really not the one to judge, given that BoJo's upper class twittery act leaves me cold but if anyone from the Brexit side of the fence could pull off a govt of national unity it's him....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    What Boris wants and what Boris gets are likely to be two different things. I suspect that his 'loveable buffoon' act won't cut much ice on the other side of the channel....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    The PM must command the confidence of the house, so a coalition of parties us possible albeit extremely hard to pull off....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    It *is* subject to interpretation, but I don't think the commission are the ones who do the interpreting. The text is clear that it is the member state's constitutional mechanism which applies for activating the trigger, which means any interpretation...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I would be surprised if the EU could reverse the polarity of article 50 just on their say so. It seems out of institutional character to go so against the wording of the relevant text like that. But I've been...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Thanks all for your plugin tips to help with my minor chrome woes. I have some A\B testing to do at the weekend... Regards Luke...
  • Commented on Gratuitous Self-Promotion
    Thanks for an interesting peek into how the some of the sausages get made Charlie (and Ed James also, as your interlocutor). I hope the signing goes well tomorrow. See you on the other side of the *British* political singularity....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Since we're in the 600s now, a tech support aside - of late I find that reloading these megathreads bounces my reading 'cursor' up to around post 100. It never used to do that, I could read to the bottom...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    What's BANANA activism? I tried googling but mostly found links to vegan message fora or websites documenting unionisation campaigns in central american banana plantations. Regards Luke...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Here's my suggested question: Following on from an article I read on Medium a couple of days ago which postulated a pattern for technology waves in the IT space roughly 10-15 years apart (examples given were PCs, Internet, Smartphones but...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    "Well, until this moves to a medium with a kill-file I'm off then." There are browser extensions which can add killfile functionality to comments. I use Blog Comment Killfile (versions for Opera and Chrome) which works fine with Charlie's site....
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    "Sonos: I don't do Sonos because the Apple ecosystem gives me an alternative." Heh, I had an Airport gizmo hooked up to our old amp as an early experiment in music streaming and picked Sonos precisely to get away from...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    I always end up getting to these threads after the strange attractor threshold has been breached, but still here are the year's shinies for me: A Nexus 9 to fill the 'mooching around the house idly browsing stuff' niche and...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    According to the map below, November was much warmer than July in the UK I take it you are referring to the anomaly map? I concede that our autumn/winter has been very mild this year (largely because it's been miserably...
  • Commented on Bombing Syria Considered Stupid
    Short term aim? Making sure that any independant Kurdish state dies in the crib. Da'esh are a useful proxy for that objective. Longer term? Well to quote a Turkish govt official from the article Charlie linked upthread in post #58:...
  • Commented on Bombing Syria Considered Stupid
    I think you are misplacing some decimals Heteromeles. It doesn't help that you are comparing daily and annual figures. Carsbad's 50 million gallons/day becomes 18.26 billion gallons/year (this assumes 100% uptime of course). Thus to match the 650 billion gallons...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    ""Any programmer who has suddenly realised that he can't fit all of the code he's working on into his head understands Lovecraft's concept of knowledge that the human mind can't process." True of probably all disciplines." There's an item in...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    "A couple decades breather to get things done would be welcome, and maybe people will be more ready to do something if they think it isn't hopeless." I'm more pessimistic/realistic (strike as appropriate). Based on the chatter we've had from...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Yeah - there's a 3-bed terraced place that's just been sold on my street that was on with a guide price of £750-800k and it wasn't up for sale long enough to suppose that they didn't get the asking price....
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    "How much does a policeman of Jim's rank earn?" According to the Met website, a Superintendant's salary starts at £63k and increments to £75k (plus a £6k London weighting). Regards Luke...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Not sure. It sounds like something someone might have said about Meatfucker in Excession....
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