oldnag

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  • oldnag posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    Although I have no empathy whatsoever for these guys and as far as I am concerned they can rot in hell, I am very much firmly against removing citizenship to anyone, especially at the discretion of the state and without due legal process.

    Not only it’s pointless and unworkable, but it creates the precedent of a “two tier citizenship”.

    Before you…[Read more]

  • oldnag posted a new activity comment 4 weeks ago

    It subtly (or not) changes the environment so that “real” anti-Semitism is more acceptable!

  • oldnag posted a new activity comment 4 weeks ago

    I’d argue that in liberal western countries it’s not that the word gay has changed from being an insult so much as the fact that being gay is no longer seen as odd or shameful (However, that doesn’t make western society right).

    The example you gave of jokingly asking the Jew to look after the money is hideously offensive because the Nazis used…[Read more]

  • I also used to find that free deliveries would regularly arrive much earlier than expected and that was part of the reason why I rarely used to pay for delivery. I don’t order enough to be very confident of a significant pattern but it does seem like free deliveries are arriving slightly more slowly in recent months.

    Can’t say I blame them, if…[Read more]

  • No help Op sorry but –
    My filling came out leaving only the outter wall on Wednesday I booked an appointment yesterday and she removed the wobbly wall and said the only thing left is to leave it as is with just root – a false tooth or a implantement which would cost £ 2000. So I opted for falsy so next week need to go have an appointment to mold…[Read more]

  • oldnag posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    I received two texts purportedly from the DVLA telling me I had a vehicle tax refund due, this morning. I deleted them along with the one supposedly from Apple telling me my ID had been locked

  • oldnag posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    I’d check the plugs and the rest of the ignition system.

    Poor starting and petrol smell both suggest this. Spark plugs can just give out for no good reason. If you have a look in the dark tonight with the engine running you should be able to see if you have an insulation issue.

  • oldnag posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    You did a great thing trying to save Silva and preventing anyone else being hurt. There are so many stories of people drowning trying to rescue dogs. You did the right thing. Speak to your friends, they will understand. These guys may be able to help you organise your thoughts, even though Silva was not your dog:…[Read more]

  • oldnag posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    @troll I agree 100%! I am wary of tech, can see benefits but the control / know all element is becoming more Orwellian. Would never have that Alexa thing or any thing similar, but most of us have net access and wifi. Ultimately what’s in scifi will happen as most are walking towards tech with tunnel vision.

  • oldnag posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    To all:

    Have put a valid question here then.

    But no one has yet answered the question would they actively rebel or destroy tech they did not agree with? That’s either now or in future.

  • oldnag posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    No because its your phone. If however you were only allowed to drive at certain times and speeds (this tech is already here) but you could disable it on your car? Or only drive on permitted routes. So many possible things we could be limited / stopped to do because authorities wish it. See China now to how it could be in any country if we let it.

  • oldnag posted an update 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Britain needs to go on a diet….

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-43201586

    on a diet of what? If the top health official doesn’t understand the meaning of the word diet then perhaps they shouldn’t be the top health official. Just one of my pet peeves, ‘ im on a diet’…

    • I think you can take that as being regulated diet, as opposed to just eating whatever you feel like without thinking about it at all. We all know what it means.

      Kind of annoyed that they’re trying to make my rare Burger King burger smaller (and for exactly the same price I imagine) personally.

      • But it has to be a blanket thing doesn’t it? Smaller burgers, less sugar, less fats, low alcohol, it’s not like we have the ability to exercise personal choice in our diet, exercise or drinking habits, Nanny State must choose for us.

        • At what point might it change from it being the Nanny State, to it being an act of compassion to help lessen any suffering people experience because, despite the information being out there, which it clearly is imho, they’re not making the choices to make themselves healthier? I’m not pointing the finger here, btw, in saying the information is…[Read more]

        • I’m not hugely pro “nanny state”, however I don’t think it’s fair to say we either have total freedom or govt intervention.

          Basically, certain private companies have engaged in a race to the bottom, producing food loaded with salt and sugar that we’re wired to crave and to a degree bypasses our capacity for rational self-control. At a certain…[Read more]

          • A couple of flaws in your (otherwise good) plan

            1. Tax is not hypothecated, so £300 pppy raised may not all be spent on the NHS

            2. It would be a regressive tax – a millionaire wouldn’t notice, somebody on benefits definitely would.

            3. The obesity problem has taken years to build up, if taxation affects consumption then your tax take would drop…[Read more]

            • it’s not really intended to be a serious solution. Human behaviour is complex. Government intervention is essentially a hammer and often unsuited to nuanced problems.

              I’m primarily trying to highlight two things.

              First, doing nothing isn’t really an option. 2/3 (let that sink in) of adults in England are obese and the problem is…[Read more]

        • We do. But the evidence would suggest the majority of the populace neither have the inclination to exercise or control their food habits.

          • But is that any reason for us all to have state imposed limits on our choices?

            • Well it is, isn’t it? There’s a reason we don’t allow under 18s to buy addictive substances and it’s partially around their lessened capacity to cope in the face of addiction. Part of the accepted public understanding on addiction is that part of the reason we ban, say, heroin, is because people cannot control whether they get addicted or how…[Read more]

            • @nutter You’re absolutly correct to compare it to addiction.

              Its all about addiction to food. It’s our environment making us unhappy which makes us eat. It’s the reward chemicals the food ‘industry and manufacturers’ are loading the food with. It’s the constant bombardment by advertisers that push us to eat when we are not hungry.

              Telling a…[Read more]

            • Doesn’t it come down to ‘net harm’ and ‘net benefit’ in the end, though? The cost of alcohol going very high in Norway may have resulted in more people brewing their own alcohol, and in people going over the border to get drunk, but overall it’s improved the health of the population.

              It’s not so fair, one might say, on the more responsible…[Read more]

            • No matter what the potential “benefit” I think it’s rather doomed to fail unless an element of personal responsibility, and self respect, is engendered at the same time. Just taking away choice, or prohibition, will not work, and will heartily piss off people who do not need nor want Nanny State in their dining room.

            • ‘ But it has to be a blanket thing doesn’t it? Smaller burgers, less sugar, less fats, low alcohol, it’s not like we have the ability to exercise personal choice in our diet, exercise or drinking habits, Nanny State must choose for us.’

              @flyguy To think about this earlier post of your’s, except for the smaller burgers, there’s nothing to stop…[Read more]

      • Yeah, that’s where I’m at.

        I can see your fast food regular just ordering two meals (or adding more side orders) if they make the meals smaller but what do I know.

        I suspect that unless you’ve also got to jog 10 miles to run down and overpower a BigMac, the calorie count per menu item isn’t going to make a hell of a lot of difference.

      • A rare burger king sounds disgusting

      • This is essentially the main problem and what the government needs to address.

        We see the value of what we eat tied in with the quantity and nothing else. The more we get for our money, the better value we think we are getting.

        The food part of the price is a very small factor. So ‘manufacturers’ can make their products more attractive than the…[Read more]

    • How about the Diet of Worms?

    • That list makes me want tomato soup for starters, a double egg, sausages and crisps butty on ciabatta with olives, chips and a large Cornish pasty for my lunch.

    • My own thought is that obesity is too wrapped up with political correctness.

      Surely there would be more to gain if obesity was made as socially unacceptable as drink driving and smoking.

      • I think political correctness is probably a long way down the list of causes.

        The main problem is that bad food tastes nice and people are short on will power. Britain has had a bad diet since industrialization separated the people from the land, it’s just that a 14 hour day down the factory and poverty wages kept you trim.

        Bad food also m…[Read more]

    • I think Britain needs some exercise more than it needs to diet, there are also other benefits to exercise that simply eating less won’t give you.

      • Well I agree with you, but that could lead to awkward questions. The squeeze on council spending means that discretionary services like sports facilities and parks have been hit harder by austerity than pretty much anything else.

        • Not to mention the steady loss of school playing fields over the past couple of decades. There’s so much which needs to change in this country.

        • Would be a good phd study. Cost of subsidizing leisure centers more, building better cycle lanes, versus estimated cost of diabetes etc.. over the next 50 years.

          • I think we both have a very good idea how the sums would add up.

            I am aware that just building facilities is not enough in itself. They have to be well managed / marketed and you somehow have to reach a critical mass, but it is depressing how un-joined up the UK is. There are a lot of brand new schools in the UK from the Blair era. How many of…[Read more]

          • One little snippet.

            In wales, council spending on sports/recreation was cut from £40 a person in 2010 to £26 a person in 2017.

            Current diabetes spending in Wales is estimated at around £500m (or £170 a person)

    • I have believed since the 80s that when you eat has a lot to do with it. We are eating far too much too late in the evening – it’s a cultural change that needs a real kick. I put no weight on at all, in fact I couldn’t, until I had a long spell of working away and eating my main meal in the evenings.

      • Lifestyle can have a massive effect. I now work in an environment where I am in around 7am, take no breaks and end up getting home about 8pm. If I cook I am usually eating abut 9:30-10pm and taking in most of my calories for the day before heading off to bed an hour or two at most later. This is not having a good effect on my waistline.

    • In general I would like to see restaurants catering for children’s needs better. The children’s menu in most UK restaurants usually consists of burgers, chicken nuggets, pizza or fish fingers, all of which are usually served with chips. Why is it considered acceptable to offer healthy menu choices for adults and only the above offerings for…[Read more]

    • There was a sachet of low sugar sweetener in the bowl of sugar at the table in a cafe I visited recently. According to the ingredients it was 99% Maltodextrin ( a carbohydrate with the same calorific value as sucrose) 1% sucralose. I wondered what the point of it was when it contains just as many calories as a sachet of sugar?

    • There’s a cultural meme that being fat is okay. Fat is beautiful, saying people are fat is “fat shaming”.

      • Cancer Research’s campaign to raise awareness of obesity as a significant cancer risk seems important and worthwhile to me.

        It is undeniable that being obese is not good for a person, but there is also widespread bullying of fat people and to some degree this ‘meme’ is a reaction to that. So perhaps things are a bit more nuanced than you…[Read more]

        • Celebs such as Sofie Hagan and people like her encourage others to be fat, they encourage people to not do anything about their health and that attitude seems pretty widespread to me. People like her, and they’re very common, are not going to change their habits because portion sizes change they know exactly what they’re doing. They are the…[Read more]

    • Some people are thin no matter what they eat or how much exercise they do. Luck?

      I do lots of exercise and eat a good, healthy, home cooked diet. I just about manage to remain in the healthy weight range if I avoid all rich foods. If I so much as sniff some chocolate I put on weight! I don’t drink any alcohol or soft drinks. Luck? It would be…[Read more]

      • Indeed, it is all biology and genetic, and that is purely luck! No matter how much will power and good judgement i have, the body type I have is down to luck.

        Indeed, thin and healthy are very different things, which is why judging someone on their weight isn’t a good idea! I’m a little overweight at the moment, but exercise a lot and eat very…[Read more]

  • oldnag posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    We are thinking along similar lines on this subject. Thanks for taking on board a serious subject that some on here surprisingly think its far fetched. We all like our tech but some have not realized the path we are going down, despite there being alot of media of various kinds on this.

  • oldnag posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    To all. It is a serious question, am not joking. When you have no job , either at home or work you have been redundant because some tech has replaced you. Could be software that does your job far better than you ever could.

    Robotic technology is not science fiction it is here and now. It maybe ten, thirty or fifty years down the line when it…[Read more]

  • oldnag posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Hardly being a member of the rebel force is it? Please try better

  • oldnag posted an update 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Would you damage or rebel against tech that you did not agree with? So may have taken your job, invasion of privacy, creep you out looking human or not etc etc. Legal issues ok but just go with the question.

    We use tech here of course but this is just the very early stages of what will happen. No doubt Skynet / Matrix will happen if we let it.…[Read more]

    • I regularly pull a funny face at security cameras.

      Does that count?

    • I’ve got my sabots to hand where do you want me to chuck them?

    • I refuse to send email read receipts in a passive aggressive manner.

      Mostly that is to annoy irritating HR people rather than technology.

      I regularly tell Doris (my satnav) to f&*^ off and that she doesn’t know where we are going. However as she is an older model with no voice activation this has little effect.

      On a serious note, I…[Read more]

    • I once shouted at some software I didn’t like, then uninstalled it and defragged my hard drive! That showed the bastard…

    • “Would you damage or rebel against tech that you did not agree with?”

      Of course. I destroy every tin opener I can get my hands on – usually illicitly in friends’ houses

      The vicious tin openers are going to take over the world. DESTROY YOURS NOW

    • To all. It is a serious question, am not joking. When you have no job , either at home or work you have been redundant because some tech has replaced you. Could be software that does your job far better than you ever could.

      Robotic technology is not science fiction it is here and now. It maybe ten, thirty or fifty years down the line when it…[Read more]

    • I think future robots and AI will be very psychologically damaging to a lot of people knowing that they have nothing to strive for and that a robot will be able to do everything that they can do and more. The devil makes work of idle hands.

      I think robots will spell the end of capitalism all together and then what will the elites do when is…[Read more]

      • We are thinking along similar lines on this subject. Thanks for taking on board a serious subject that some on here surprisingly think its far fetched. We all like our tech but some have not realized the path we are going down, despite there being alot of media of various kinds on this.

      • There’s plenty of organizations which need volunteers, though, and charities. There’s many ways of feeling useful which don’t involve working for money.

      • They could come up tournaments to entertain the masses – call them the Hunger Games or something.

    • I agree there are some potentially dystopian outcomes possible.

      I see two things that need to dealt with: AI surpassing human intelligence, if it can surpass our own a little then it can surpass it a lot but we don’t know how it will ‘think’. These are good (and scary) posts on the…[Read more]

      • Well we should control it and I don’t see why not. The sort of stuff that’s being discussed comes out of silicon valley type companies, Google, Apple etc and ultimately therefore we know where the money goes. There’s no reason we shouldn’t tax them in a way that provides a universal income but keeps the economics of the world ticking over.

        I’m…[Read more]

    • In all seriousness, the tin foil hat brigade may be onto something. Some modern TVs are voice activated. Voice recognition works by sending the instruction to a server which compares against a large database. So your conversations while watching TV are being sent via the internet to some big server somewhere. If you have a TV which is turned on by…[Read more]

    • I think we are all aware of the concerns. I somehow doubt smashing an iphone is the solution, however.

      • No because its your phone. If however you were only allowed to drive at certain times and speeds (this tech is already here) but you could disable it on your car? Or only drive on permitted routes. So many possible things we could be limited / stopped to do because authorities wish it. See China now to how it could be in any country if we let it.

    • By replacing all workers with robots and not paying anyone anything you kill demand.

      No jobs.

      No one buying stuff.

      No need for robots.

      • Exactly this.

        Just look at most of human history (pre-industrial revolution).

        We had a wealthy elite/nobility, and essentially everyone else was dirt poor.

        The economy didn’t expand, there was no such thing as growth and nobody had any incentive to borrow money (not that anyone would lend it) to invest and grow. As a result things chugged along…[Read more]

        • Maybe Google/amazon want to regress to 1700’s economy. Google’s whole business model is based upon controlling the internet.. monopolizing what people can and cannot see online unless companies pay for adwords etc. Also we already seen how various tech company’s including amazon.. uber etc treat their human workers.

          • @oldnag clone why would Google want to take the world back to the 1700s? No one would have any money to spend?

            Why do you that what they want matters? We in the West live in democracies where we can tell companies how they are to behave, not the other way round.

            • It not about money is it though its about control. For example Mark zukerberg made a speech about giving everyone free money.

              Also its bit pathetic talking about democracy and then referring to me as “oldnag clone” just because you disagree with me you want to undermine the legitimacy of my comments by making out im just a clone.

            • @troll You’re not making much sense. Zuckerberg (and many Silicon Valley billionaires) support some for of UBI.

              Again, this is so that everybody has a basic level of income to spend on consumer goods. Which are of course advertised on Facebook. The way you word it, it’s some kind of Dr Evil plot to enslave the world. I’m not saying there aren’t…[Read more]

            • @troll So Mark Zukerberg is evil because he wants to give everyone free money?

            • @ericPoints Mao, Mariam, Pol Pot , Stalin all wanted to give people free money too because it just that simple.

              Your missing my point. For example lots of tech company’s are worth billions but do not even make a single penny in profit…but are worth so much because they CONTROL their market.

              What would the value of money be if everyone gets…[Read more]

            • @troll I agree 100%! I am wary of tech, can see benefits but the control / know all element is becoming more Orwellian. Would never have that Alexa thing or any thing similar, but most of us have net access and wifi. Ultimately what’s in scifi will happen as most are walking towards tech with tunnel vision.

          • No, Google need to sell advertising. In order for advertising to work, companies have to be able to sell products to consumers. Therefore consumers have to have disposable income. Take that away through mass-unemployment and Google go out of business.

            • You just have to do a product google search to find that this isn’t the case! Google and amazon are fixing the online economy together.

    • We seem to have two issues here.

      One is being a Luddite. I would suggest you go look at all the jobs that have been created in the tech sector. This fear of tech taking people’s jobs shows the same short sightedness of the machine breakers of the textile mills. Just because some jobs becomes redundant, doesn’t mean new jobs aren’t being created…[Read more]

      • I’m firmly on the side of seeing technology as a net benefit (surgery without anaesthesia anyone?) but I have to disagree with your sentiment.

        When we moved from the industrial age into a largely service-based economy, humans were heavily displaced by machines in manual jobs, but we still had our cognitive skills with which to create new jobs and…[Read more]

    • To all:

      Have put a valid question here then.

      But no one has yet answered the question would they actively rebel or destroy tech they did not agree with? That’s either now or in future.

    • Rebelling against Tech? It’s not going to happen. Look at how many billions of people are quite happily living their brainwashed, by Apple for one, lives. We’ll just sheepishly accept whatever’s thrown at us. They’ll just moan about on social media with their mobile devices.

    • Any tool you create can be used by anyone for any reason. Sometimes good and sometimes bad.

      Why damage the technology when the real fault lies with the people who manage the implementation and the end user. The only problem with social media (if it is a problem, and not just a by product) is that it’s a prosumer environment. The people using it a…[Read more]

    • If stackoverflow is anything to go by then the future is doomed and will be ran by a bunch of pedantic boring nerds.

  • oldnag posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Any little town in Italy! Fantastic food, fantastic weather, lots of outdoorsy stuff to do if you pick the area, plus those sorts of areas have very sweet little vernaculars (SP?) train things that go up the mountains.

    Lucca is lovely in particular, but I would be bored there more than a day really (although I’m very much a buildings/artyfarty type!).

  • oldnag posted an update 2 months ago

    A few years ago, I took some photos at a “friends” wedding. This person has had the decent photos but I obviously didn’t send her, the blurry out of focus, slightly too dark photos since they were not quality and you can’t see a thing.
    This person, now wants every single photo I took which is fine. I still have them. She can have them.

    However…[Read more]

    • Wow, that is really odd.

      What is her claim actually for? Honestly, if she instructs a solicitor I suspect she will be told she hasn’t a case. She sounds barking!

      Don’t let it stress you. Focus on enjoying your own wedding.

    • I would say that it’s down to her to prove that there was a contract and what it included. As the contract is likely to have been verbal, this will be difficult for her.

    • What a bitch! That is all. She has absolutely no case on you, so dont worry about that. Id send the photos to her but no further contact at all.

    • em replied 2 months ago

      How very odd! My friend and neighbour is an amateur photographer and he is doing our photos. He didn’t want to be paid but has agreed to me reimbursing him for missing a day at his usual job. We have talked about the type of photos we want, and all I’ve asked is that he doesn’t use our photos anywhere else, which he wouldn’t anyway, but I just…[Read more]

    • Ali replied 2 months ago

      Very odd, indeed.

      In any case, not only will it be on her to prove that there was a contract and what its terms were, but also how can she convince anybody that there are still “photos” in your possession?

      You didn’t state whether these was digital or film photography; didn’t state whether the “photos” as you called them were supplied as files…[Read more]

    • Your friend, ex friend? sounds weird. You surely didn’t have a contract? I’d wait for the solicitor’s letter to appear before I did anything other than avoid this peculiar woman.

    • Sounds like a nut job.
      I’d honestly block any contact from her and just ignore her – surely no solicitor would back her.

      Honestly don’t give it another thought.

      If you do get a solicitors letter through (I doubt it) you should be able to get some legal helpline on your house insurance

    • Sounds like a Facebook ‘hunni’, with nothing better to do with her time, using the word ‘solicitor’ to try and put the frighteners on you.
      I’ve actually received fake solicitors’ letters in the past, a quick Google of a non-existent business address and a check on Word document revisions (IE not even a PDF with a signature on it!!) confirmed it in…[Read more]

  • oldnag posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Following with interest.

    I have short sight, with bad astigmatism in one eye so am currently on one astigmatic lens and one regular lens. However due to being generally decrepit and falling apart, I also now need reading glasses. I would love to have lenses that did it all… will ask the optician at next visit