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Old Sep 22nd 2014, 10:37 am
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Let's see if the Unionists deliver what was promised in "The Vow" the day before the vote.

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Old Sep 22nd 2014, 3:24 pm
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Originally Posted by scot47 View Post
Whether they deliver or not, I doubt the timeline is realistic - but then we are talking about politics and politicians here. I already see whinging from the former Yes camp, and it's only 3 days since the result of the referendum was known.

Of course the Yes camp would have delivered all of the wondrous benefits they were promising by Christmas, I'm sure.
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Old Sep 22nd 2014, 3:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Steerpike View Post
Not sure how widespread the notation is, but "<>" is the symbol I've always known for 'not equal to'. Other forms from a standard keyboard are != and possibly /=, but <> is what I've always used.

While 2 is certainly < than 3, my point was that 2 is not 3 ...

Perhaps .NE. would be another choice...
Ah, that's a new one on me, never heard of <> meaning N/E to.
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Old Sep 22nd 2014, 3:46 pm
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Originally Posted by dunroving View Post
Ah, that's a new one on me, never heard of <> meaning N/E to.
Also post #2151, above.

"<>" used to be a standard boolean code in BASIC programming, and also maybe COBOL, but the last time I did any programming was in the 1980's so I am not sure what the current usage is, though as there still isn't a combined "=/", I suspect "<>" is still used.
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Old Sep 22nd 2014, 3:52 pm
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Originally Posted by dunroving View Post
Ah, that's a new one on me, never heard of <> meaning N/E to.
It's from computer languages where < is "less than" and > is "more than" and the combination <> is "not equal to".

I think the symbols have the same meaning when used in statistical analysis.

The usage is so common in computer languages that we sometimes forget that it is not necessarily common in every day use.
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Old Sep 22nd 2014, 4:40 pm
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Originally Posted by dunroving View Post
Whether they deliver or not, I doubt the timeline is realistic - but then we are talking about politics and politicians here. I already see whinging from the former Yes camp, and it's only 3 days since the result of the referendum was known.

Of course the Yes camp would have delivered all of the wondrous benefits they were promising by Christmas, I'm sure.
The problem with the timeline is there is going to be a general election in the middle of it. Parliamentary sovereignty means those promises are close to useless.

Besides Labour would never agree because it condemns them to being second fiddle to the Tory party in England.
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Old Sep 22nd 2014, 8:49 pm
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Originally Posted by sir_eccles View Post
The problem with the timeline is there is going to be a general election in the middle of it. Parliamentary sovereignty means those promises are close to useless.

Besides Labour would never agree because it condemns them to being second fiddle to the Tory party in England.
Seems invariably politicians have to offer something they can't really give in order to be elected (or in this case, to win the referendum). Then the losers get to criticise them for not delivering. Salmond/Yes were promising all sorts they could never have delivered.

If politicians told the complete truth, they'd never get elected.

Amazes me sometimes that people still get worked up about the business of "politics as usual". A leopard doesn't change its spots.
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Old Sep 23rd 2014, 10:06 am
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COBOL and BASIC ? Our retired Lieutenant Colonel is giving away his age !
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Old Sep 23rd 2014, 11:43 am
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COBOL and BASIC ? Our retired Lieutenant Colonel is giving away his age !
Still a lot of money in COBOL programming.
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Old Sep 23rd 2014, 1:25 pm
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Originally Posted by scot47 View Post
COBOL and BASIC ? Our retired Lieutenant Colonel is giving away his age !
Well I suppose it proves that I first learned to program some time during the last 50 years, which puts me somewhere between 7 and about 80, or so.
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Old Sep 23rd 2014, 1:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
... which puts me somewhere between 7 and about 80, or so.
Well you are, aren't you?

Couldn't be arsed reading every single post I missed while I was in the UK for the vote, but was there as much sour grapes on here as there was on arsebook from the deluded ... I mean, the yes camp?
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Old Sep 23rd 2014, 1:44 pm
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Originally Posted by SultanOfSwing View Post
Well you are, aren't you? ....
I might be.
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Old Sep 23rd 2014, 1:46 pm
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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
I might be.
You're either an octogenarian with all (or most of) your marbles or a textbook six-year-old
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Old Sep 23rd 2014, 2:03 pm
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You're either an octogenarian with all (or most of) your marbles or a textbook six-year-old
I vote 78
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Old Sep 23rd 2014, 2:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Garbatellamike View Post
I vote 78
Falling within his original range, interestingly enough.

Why, now, do I have a mental picture of Rowley Birkin, QC?
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