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  • Almost indefinitely from a human rather than a geological perspective. If they’re not subject to abuse the standards used to encode and organise the data will die out decades before the hardware stops working.

  • Mick replied to the topic Continuing headache in the forum Health 1 month, 1 week ago

    Is she dehydrated. I got flu in January and have been struggling with dehydration every day. Most days I get a mild headache until I drink 4 or 5 pints of water.

  • I sold a coat on Ebay this week and as soon as the auction ended, the buyer contacted me to say she didn’t mean to put in the last bid (the one that won) and could she have the coat for £10 less which she meant to be her maximum bid. I genuinely believed she had make an honest mistake but the cost would then be barely worth selling for me. So I…[Read more]

  • It’s shit like this that makes my blood boil: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-42789610

    If you apply for benefit then you should look for work, I don’t have a problem with that. What I do have a problem with is people being screwed over by a dysfunctional and callous system that seems to assume you’re a work shy scrounger.

    When Labour come to…[Read more]

  • I had a seemingly similar pain, I thought it was in my right shoulder blade, in a place where I just couldn’t quite reach. It turned out to be a strain of the muscle between two of my ribs, underneath the shoulder blade. I saw a physio for two intensive sessions on the area, and I revisit her periodically for maintenance sports massages.

  • I am wanting to buy something from America (only can get it from America). Seeing as Uk and us have different electrics I don’t want to overload it and blow it up. I am no electrician.. with this sort of thing my knowledge only stretches as far as how many prongs on a plug. Do I need just a power plug converter or do I need a converter that will…[Read more]

  • Mick replied to the topic Do you need antivirus? in the forum General Chat 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    Thanks everyone for your replies. I think I will try some free anti virus.

    I use Norton at the moment and for me it slows my computer down to snails pace with all the intrusive scans that it does.

  • Is anti virus necessary in this day and age?
    Do I need to buy expensive anti virus if I am sensible and don’t go around downloading dodgy stuff?
    Correct me if I am wrong but most of the recent hacks are because of outdated windows versions..etc? and most of the time if you keep your browser and computer updated there is no need for anti virus?

    I…[Read more]

  • @nobroo we’re not getting 2 carrier strike groups. We’re getting 2 carriers. That means 1 carrier available, one in refit/workup. Which means we should always have a deployable carrier strike group available, a capability no country (other than the US) has.

    The french are deploying aircraft to a us carrier as their single carrier is in ref…[Read more]

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  • Mick replied to the topic How do you buy a car? in the forum General Chat 2 months ago

    Just about all the car supermarkets deal with that kind of thing, and the best thing about it is that they tend to price keenly so if you hate haggling you can avoid it (or just do a bit as a nod to it) without being thoroughly ripped off.

    @nobroo I have not used a car supermarket but I would probably get my next car from one.

    The cynical view…[Read more]

  • Mick replied to the topic how to cure muscle spasms in back? in the forum Health 2 months ago

    Friend who also has lower back problems kindly came over recently(when mine was bad,) and showed me all sorts of slow stretching exercises. Apparently(which is hard to believe with all the physical labor many of us do,) our lower back pains come from TOO MUCH SITTING? The stretching of back leg muscles, that are apparently tied further up the…[Read more]

  • So where does the concept of god fit with the concept of aliens?

    @luke Does it matter, if you’ve got both I’m sure they can be mashed together in a messy but serviceable compromise (just don’t pick at the edges or think too hard). It’s not like individual religions present especially coherent pictures of their gods before you add aliens.

  • Mick replied to the topic Worst pubs ever in the forum General Chat 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    The ‘good companions’ was our local for years in Edinburgh.Chance of finding any in there would be slim.
    Has a flat roof and bad reputation. We stayed clear.
    search for it for some of the news reports of riots, stabbings etc.

  • I’ve got it too and have had a horrendous cough for about 4 weeks now – I always get a bad cough with even a mild cold though, the doctors don’t know why despite trying chest X-rays, antibiotics and steroids on me

    The only thing that works for me to stop me coughing is codeine linctus – it is absolutely brilliant!!! The codeine stops the ‘ti…[Read more]

  • @emmas I’ve just bought a turkey with a user before date of the 27th that we’re having on the 26th, I’ve just kept it in the coldest part of the fridge. So i wouldn’t have bothered putting yours in the freezer. I would give it at least 48 hours in the fridge to defrost, longer if it’s a big one. In my experience they always take longer to defrost…[Read more]

  • Insoles do help to correct things such as over pronation which can occur when you walk and cause overstretching and overuse of the ligaments in your foot. Get rid of overpronation and you are less likely to get injury in your feet and lower limbs.

    1+ for footreviver insoles they are the best and I wear them all the time when I go out running and…[Read more]

  • Mick replied to the topic Cataract Surgery in the forum Health 3 months ago

    So I understand, but it’s speed of post op recovery that concerns me.

    I had something which I think was not quite as routine as catarct and the surgeon said I was ok to drive about two-three weeks later.

  • Mick replied to the topic Cataract Surgery in the forum Health 3 months ago

    Not had it but I believe it’s quite quick, maybe circa 30mins.

  • Mick replied to the topic Secret tunnels under London in the forum General Chat 3 months ago

    @ali Manchester is full of holes.
    There is, apparently, over 100 miles of coal mines beneath the city. As well a a big old nuclear bunker stretching from just behind Umist up to Salford Uni.

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