Cost of the Union to every Scot – ??2, 413 each year

Scots must pay ??12.546 billion every year just to stay in the Union according to Office of National Statistics (ONS) information. UK public sector net borrowing (excluding financial interventions) was ??139.4 billion in the year 2010/11 and so Scotland’s share based on 9% population amounts to ??12.546 billion.

This is at least the annual cost for Scots of remaining within the Union as Scotland’s national accounts show a surplus meaning none of the debt is accrued in Scotland.

According to world-renowned economic expert Professor Andrew Hughes Hallet Scotland’s economy, unlike the UK economy is in robust shape:

???Scotland???s accounts, rather than those compiled in London, show that Scotland has a small net surplus, rather than being a net beneficiary from the UK.”

The bad news for Scots is that the UK treasury is accruing debt which is accelerating owing to bad house-keeping south of the border and dragging the Scottish economy down with it.

LiLi Creates Versatile, Go-Anywhere Bootable Linux Thumb Drives – Lifehacker

Whether you’re looking to try out Linux or create a Windows troubleshooting tool, LiLi will create a powerful Linux thumb drive, letting you pick your distribution, save data between reboots, or even launch your mobile OS right from Windows.

While there are other tools out there that create live Linux USBs, LiLi is a bit more versatile. Not only can you create a live USB stick of any distro you want, but you can also store data and save your settings between reboots, making it a real mobile OS on which you can install programs, make changes, and even update software on. It also hides all your data, so snoopers looking at your USB drive won’t see anything you’ve saved onto it.

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The National Academies Press Makes All PDF Books Free to Download

The National Academies Press Makes All PDF Books Free to Download;
More Than 4,000 Titles Now Available Free to All Readers

WASHINGTON — As of today all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press will be downloadable to anyone free of charge.  This includes a current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports produced by the Press.  The mission of the National Academies Press (NAP) — publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council — is to disseminate the institutions’ content as widely as possible while maintaining financial sustainability.  To that end, NAP began offering free content online in 1994.  Before today???s announcement, all PDFs were free to download in developing countries, and 65 percent of them were available for free to any user.