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  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    We've just been saying that we don't think Uber will succeed. Re: parking / congestion the whole point of an autonomous vehicle network is that the cars shouldn't actually be spending much time at all parked - vehicles as a...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Yes I think that's a big factor. Also capital efficiency - a truly autonomous electric vehicle in a well managed system is going to be utilised / occupied for ~95% of its lifespan (versus maybe 5% for the typical car...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I think that's fair. They've spent a load of shareholder money getting people comfortable with the idea of ordering a car through an app - suspect the true beneficiaries of that will be their successors. In particular I can't see...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    Isn't this essentially what Uber are building? The drivers are just a short-term solution until properly autonomous vehicles are available then they'll be discarded....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I understand he cooperated with the filmmakers. From the trailer I've seen it looks like Cumberbatch's performance is pretty nailed-on....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    This was certainly a big part of the Leave plan. In conversations with Dominic in late 2015 he expressed the view that winning the referendum required mobilising a number of very distinct constituencies: 1. The "left-behind by globalisation" lot (e.g...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Join the Greek Orthodox Communion. Solves most of the Brexit issues - we'll run out EU imports / exports via Mt. Athos (which has a particularly unusual territorial status) and will be able to operate within the SM / CU...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    And it's out!...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Anyone else waiting up for their ebook preorder to become available?...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Wonderful when read alongside 'Forever War' I think....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Ashcroft is pretty good on this - https://lordashcroftpolls.com/2016/06/how-the-united-kingdom-voted-and-why/...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    To be fair the Conservative & Unionist Party in the UK is really a permanent (?) coalition too and has been for nearly two centuries....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I agree. I was using conservatism as an example of a political viewpoint that resolutely fails to "die off" witb new proponents instead arising as their views change with age....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Jeff, There may be a flaw in your thinking - one could make the same argument about Conservative voters dying off. The thing is that people's political views do change during their lifetimes (broadly people become more conservative as they...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    That's where I think a second vote would be better. At least then there's some level of democratic endorsement of whatever path we finally take....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The situation really isn't very good is it? Brexit seems to have revealed the gross weaknesses in the British political system - we're now in a situation where we appear to be tumbling towards a No Deal / Almost No...
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    Reminded me of this: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/explorers-contract-flesh-eating-disease-honduras-rainforest-jungle-ruins-ancient-lost-city-monkey-a7523356.html...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Happy to answer. Been busy having cameras stuck inside me / biopsy so not been massively online. Guess your question is the NI one - will answer this properly tomorrow....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    So, 1. No it isn't ok. It's wrong. Breaking electoral law is wrong. If the allegations against VL are true they are really bad. 2. No. I thought your characterising of others who disagree with you as fools / idiots...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Ok interesting - currently in a pub chatting to a mate who does have professional expertise in this field. Apparently this *isn't* necessarily an issue if you have a nationalised rail service - you can maintain that status without a...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I mean, that's the reality of elections. Most people don't research topics in depth. That's why successful campaigns rely on emotional appeals ("Yes we can", "Vote Leave, Take Control"). Also: "I pity the fools who were suckered in by this...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Yes this doesn't sound great does it? Further to OGH's original post it is interesting that the Electoral Commission refused to even interview anyone at VL in relation to these allegations and has consistently refused to follow-up on similar allegations...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Sorry you don't like it. Given the time (about 10 weeks) and the budget (c.£300k) I think we did a reasonable job. Of course it's propaganda - it was always supposed to be. Given the constraints we operated within I...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The article I linked to explicitly mentions nationalising railways, Royal Mail, the energy companies and the water industry but if you still aren't convinced please take a look at the actual manifesto document: https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/labour-manifesto-2017.pdf Page 19 "Across the world, countries...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Serious points taken and agreed with - of course they had a big influence, and of course the distinction wasn't clear to most people. However I wasn't trying to claim that L.EU had no influence - I was responding to...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Firstly I'm glad we agree that the UK rail franchising model is daft (I'd probably have chosen a stronger word)! Secondly my understanding is that while a decision can be taken to allocate rail contracts / franchises to public entities...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I think you'll find that "at least from this side of the Pond" is the most important line in your response. You're clearly coming at this from a position of limited information. You (correctly) identify the disgustingly racist "Breaking Point"...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    No, as I've said repeatedly in this thread I actually think it's a good idea. The problem is that the implementation is being handled in a way which makes it doomed to destructive failure. Hubris / nemesis. In fact I...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    What's the reason for 6?...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I don't think this is incompatible with what I said - my issue is with the distancing and layering between the electorate (and the elected MEPs) and the law-making process. For clarity I'm not raving about "unelected bureaucrats"....
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