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[PSA] Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration (Epic Games), Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League (Epic Games), Chivalry 2 (Epic Games) complimentary with Prime Gaming
  • One of these days someone should write a script that just automatically adds all the Amazon Prime games to your various Epic/GOG/etc. accounts.

    I say "someone", because I'm far too lazy to do it.

    But anyway, it would take a lot of work out of the job of mindlessly hoarding games I'll never get round to playing.

  • Netflix mulls introducing free ad-supported tier. The circle is complete
  • See, now I'm fine with that. I pay for Netflix and I want what I pay for to stay ad-free. Having an ad-supported tier with no fee in addition to that means that there are options for other people without enshittifying my experience.

    That's a world of difference to what Amazon have done where they've shoved ads into the service that I thought I was paying for, and then offered to charge me even more to get my original ad-free service back.

  • Going to the pub for the first time, I have some questions [wrong answers only]
  • When ordering meat or fish; you should be aware that, while much effort has been taken to remove any bone, meat and fish products are nonetheless served alive. You will need to slaughter them yourself. They have been pasteurised at birth, so cooking them first is not recommended, but advised.

    This is high art. Kudos on all the talent.

  • www.politics.co.uk Nigel Farage: I would lead ‘merged’ Reform-Conservative party

    Nigel Farage has said he would be willing to lead a merged Reform-Conservative Party after the general election.

    Nigel Farage: I would lead ‘merged’ Reform-Conservative party
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    inews.co.uk 'Bitterly disappointed': Tory despair mounting over polls pointing to catastrophe

    Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has urged voters not to give Labour a 'supermajority'

    'Bitterly disappointed': Tory despair mounting over polls pointing to catastrophe
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    www.theguardian.com Conservative grassroots campaign in ‘disarray’, say insiders and opponents

    Tories struggling in some areas from chronic lack of supporters to canvass and deliver leaflets, say sources

    Conservative grassroots campaign in ‘disarray’, say insiders and opponents
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    news.sky.com Sir Keir Starmer performed best overall in Sky News leaders' event, poll suggests

    Some 64% of those questioned said the Labour leader came out on top, compared to 36% who thought Prime Minister Rishi Sunak did better.

    Sir Keir Starmer performed best overall in Sky News leaders' event, poll suggests
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    48 Labour members quit party over Shaheen deselection
  • Most local parties have something in the region of 500 members, the vast majority of whom aren't active canvassers. Losing 48 door knockers would suck, but I'd bet good money that all 48 weren't door knockers.

    Losing 48 passive members would be nothing; membership fluctuates by almost that margin for mundane reasons over the course of a few months anyway.

  • Extend success of UK sugar tax to cakes, biscuits and chocolate, experts urge
  • It always seemed weird to me that most companies just discontinued their traditional sugary variety and went diet only, instead of having a diet version and the sugary version just at a higher price.

    The death of original Irn Bru is a bit of a tragedy, and I'm not even sure what the point of low sugar Lucozade is supposed to be.

  • PPE: the Oxford degree that runs Britain
  • I am completely satisfied with the idea that all doctors should be career doctors who have dedicated a large part of their life to the study and practice of medicine.

    I am not entirely as satisfied with the idea that all politicians should be career politicians who have dedicated a large part of their life to the study and practice of politics.

    Parliament would be a much richer and more effective place if it were populated by people from a range of backgrounds and specialisms. I don't think it's a good thing that a sizeable fraction of them all studied the same politics degree at the same two universities.

  • www.standard.co.uk Thames Water urgent 'do not drink' warning to hundreds of Surrey homes

    An urgent “do not drink” notice has been issued to hundreds of Surrey homes following tap water tests by Thames Water.

    Thames Water urgent 'do not drink' warning to hundreds of Surrey homes
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    Greens keep it short and sweet to avoid the don’t-want-to-knows

    www.theguardian.com Greens keep it short and sweet to avoid the don’t-want-to-knows | Marina Hyde

    The more people find out about the Green party’s policies, the more they tend to switch off. So today’s campaign launch was over in 15 minutes

    Greens keep it short and sweet to avoid the don’t-want-to-knows | Marina Hyde
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    theguardian.com PPE: the Oxford degree that runs Britain

    The Long Read: An extraordinary number of Britain’s elite studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford. But does it produce an out-of-touch ruling class?

    PPE: the Oxford degree that runs Britain
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    www.independent.co.uk Blow for Rishi Sunak as IFS says Tories oversaw ‘worst income growth for generations’

    A damning new report has laid bare more then a decade of languishing living standards under successive Conservative governments

    Blow for Rishi Sunak as IFS says Tories oversaw ‘worst income growth for generations’
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    Streeting announces he will "go further" than Tony Blair with NHS privatisation
  • I'm no fan of Wes Streeting, but the Canary is trash and is doing its usual of selectively quoting.

    We will go further than New Labour ever did. I want the NHS to form partnerships with the private sector that goes beyond just hospitals. Here’s one example. High street opticians have the staff and equipment to provide basic tests. Meanwhile 220,000 patients have been waiting more than 18 weeks for eye care. Specsavers have welcomed Labour’s plan to use high street opticians to cut waiting lists, saying they stand ready to help.

    Personally I'm not enormously bothered about high street opticians taking NHS appointments (within their competency). This is essentially the same model that GPs and dentists already follow (and always have done).

    There's plenty to be guarded about, but let's not catastrophise based on half-quoted electioneering material.

  • Internet Archive is continuing to face DDoS attacks after several days, says “this attack has been sustained, impactful, targeted, adaptive, and importantly, mean”
  • Realistically, they could just move their servers abroad to a country with less problematic copyright rules and wind up their US operations. It would make no difference to the end user, unless ISPs are also ordered to block access. And even then it'd only be a VPN away.

    The risk of total data loss is not zero, but it's also not the likely outcome.

  • Male birth control breakthrough safely switches off fit sperm for a while
  • Oh yeah, I'll just tell my wife that we're never having sex again because we've now got enough kids. I'm sure this will be a healthy and emotionally viable way of strengthening our relationship over the next 30 years or so until the menopause.

  • Redfield & Wilton: Labour are more trusted than the Conservatives on EVERY policy issue prompted.
  • That'd be the same Green Party who oppose nuclear energy, whose local politicians oppose solar farms due to NIMBY issues, who opposed HS2...

    They talk a good talk, and they've got the branding down, but their actual track record on genuine environmental policies is pretty blotchy.

  • Labour’s Plan to Make Work Pay: Delivering A New Deal for Working People
  • As a trade union official myself, I'd just like to say that that is some seriously good shit. It's practically a wishlist of all the things I feel would make my job of representing people in distress easier.

    I know Unite are critical, but other unions are less so. I'd suggest that Unite's criticisms are more about the strength of the pledges (i.e. how committed Labour are to implementing this stuff quickly) rather than the content of what's being promised. While they could always go further, this is nonetheless a really solid set of reforms.

  • Keir Starmer puts six key pledges ‘up in lights’ to win over swing voters
  • If anyone is wondering, these aren't (really) new pledges, they're just a voter-friendly glossy repackaging of material that they've already published in greater detail elsewhere. So for anyone saying "this is all so vague, what does it all mean?", you can dive into the full detail at the links below.

    The website for all their policies is here:
    https://labour.org.uk/missions/

    The high-level mini-manifesto is here:
    https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Lets-Get-Britains-Future-Back.pdf

    There are specific policy packs on each of their areas too.

    The economy:
    https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Mission-Economy.pdf

    Energy:
    https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Make-Britain-a-Clean-Energy-Superpower.pdf

    NHS and related:
    https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Mission-Public-Services.pdf

    Crime:
    https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Mission-Safety.pdf

    Education and related:
    https://labour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/Mission-breaking-down-barriers.pdf

    I think everything in these new "pledges" was already in the policy documents above with the possible exception of the "Border Security Command" thing, which is compatible with what they already announced but with a different name and a slightly different spin. That was announced properly last week, and the press release for it with a bit more detail is here:
    https://labour.org.uk/updates/stories/labours-immigration-and-border-policy-stop-small-boats/

  • Call for Eurostar to face competition to lower post-Brexit fares
  • A "rival operator" in the sense of route duplication seems utterly pointless. Assuming finite capacity and demand for tunnel crossings, that'll mean halving the customers for each operator carries, reducing opportunity for economies of scale, increasing complexity for ticketing etc. Unless there's some suggestion that Eurostar is price gouging (and they're hardly wildly profitable compared to other operators) it won't do much.

    What we do need is more diverse routes with different destinations (so that not everything is a transfer at Paris or Brussels). There probably is capacity for that, but Eurostar (and other operators who have dipped their toes in) have generally concluded that the demand isn't there to make the routes sustainable (at any price).

  • Natalie Elphicke: Former Tory MP defects to Labour
  • Well, if she does then Starmer can just kick her out again. He gets to have his cake and eat it that way; all of the embarrassment for Sunak of having an MP cross the floor, and the chance to performatively sack an MP that crosses a line.

  • I am not having a restful evening

    Shift handover with mum is at 2am, and it looks like the bab is going to take it to the wire tonight.

    There isn't, as far as I can tell, anything actually wrong. The mite just doesn't want to sleep...

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    Higher UK borrowing casts doubt on pre-election tax cut prospects

    www.bbc.co.uk UK borrowing casts doubt on pre-election tax cut prospects

    Government borrowing for the year was £6.6bn higher than expected, according to new figures.

    UK borrowing casts doubt on pre-election tax cut prospects
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    www.theguardian.com UK voters frustrated with politicians’ ‘desperate’ culture war tactics, survey finds

    Poll shows voters are put off by such messages and are prepared to show their displeasure at the ballot box

    UK voters frustrated with politicians’ ‘desperate’ culture war tactics, survey finds
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    www.economist.com A changing British electorate is propelling Labour towards victory

    Our data shows that the party is forging a remarkably broad electoral coalition

    A changing British electorate is propelling Labour towards victory

    Beyond the paywall: https://archive.is/Yf8bx#selection-2039.35-2047.566

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    www.mirror.co.uk Tories block Labour's bid to scrap pay-offs for ministers who quit in disgrace

    Labour sought to reform the rules after it emerged last month nearly £1million was paid out during the ministerial churn of Boris Johnson and Liz Truss's chaotic governments

    Tories block Labour's bid to scrap pay-offs for ministers who quit in disgrace
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    www.theguardian.com Government ‘does not understand how HS2 will function as railway’

    Parliament’s spending watchdog says cancellation of high-speed line’s northern leg raises ‘urgent questions’

    Government ‘does not understand how HS2 will function as railway’
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    www.theguardian.com Rishi Sunak accused of personally holding up deal to end doctors’ strikes

    Exclusive: Sources say PM has blocked talks due to concerns about knock-on effect of more generous pay offer

    Rishi Sunak accused of personally holding up deal to end doctors’ strikes
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    Voter ID rules could be seen to benefit Conservatives, warns elections watchdog

    Archive link: https://archive.is/ZsFYT

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    news.sky.com Water bosses have awarded themselves £25m in bonuses since last election, Labour says

    Labour says consumers are facing higher bills while water bosses rake in millions in bonuses - despite rampant sewage dumping.

    Water bosses have awarded themselves £25m in bonuses since last election, Labour says
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    www.theguardian.com Average UK person has lost out on £10,200 since 2010, thinktank says

    Comparing actual economic growth across UK cities with pre-2010 trends shows Aberdeen £45,000 poorer, with Burnley next at £28,000

    Average UK person has lost out on £10,200 since 2010, thinktank says
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    www.bbc.co.uk More than 40 Tory MPs call for extra council funding

    In a letter to the PM, the group warns of cuts to services without extra money for English councils.

    More than 40 Tory MPs call for extra council funding
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