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  • ratface replied to the topic BT Broadband Scam? in the forum General Chat 1 week ago

    I have some sympathy with the providers because everyone will get a different speed and there’s no real way of them knowing what that will be. The theoretical maximum seems as good a way as any of doing it.

    But equally BT are hideous. Terrible customer service, awful tech support and pricing that’s so unclear it’s got to be deliberate.

  • I changed dressings every 2-3 days. I didn’t put anything on any of the areas (major wound or where skin was taken for graft) until they were healed. My most important find was Allevyn gentle border for the hole or the petroleum infused dressings for the skin donation site, the latter didn’t stick and really helped.

    Try not to keep looking at it…[Read more]

  • I used to have broadband with them and have since moved because it was really bad. I moved half way into my contract because couldn’t take how bad they were any longer. The broadband would be constantly down and when it wasn’t down it was a terribly slow connection. The customer service was also pretty bad all you got was a premium rate phone…[Read more]

  • ratface posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    Google are just pathetic and dont like anyone even daring to question their totalitarian system.

  • ratface replied to the topic What are schools for? in the forum General Chat 1 week, 3 days ago

    ‘m slightly replying in haste but firstly, I suspect many people like “faith” schools because in general they provide a good all round education. I know that that is what my children got at primary level, and the “faith” side (apart from a general moral grounding) was not strongly pushed upon them.

    Now, with two at different secondary schools, I…[Read more]

  • I was thinking that the demand for XxxxL sizes would be smaller so volumes being made in those sizes would be lower but these days……

    Fatties could avoid the problem by eating less so save money on the food bill and clothing!

  • Ask yourself what other route can poor but bright children take to receive a similar education to those at private school? Children from rich families can have a private education purchased for them but poor children don’t have this option. I don’t think that being poor should exclude anyone from receiving the education that they deserve and that…[Read more]

  • I heard a rumour that Dell would make components in such a way that you could only buy spare parts or upgrades direct from them, such as wiring up RAM chips the opposite way round to regular RAM chips.

    Was this just a rumour or do Dell actually customise components so that you have to buy from them?

  • I tried melatonin and I’m one of the unlucky that get the side effect of really itchy skin with it.

    I keep irregular hours with work – and when I do go to bed its’ usually running around in my head like a ferret on expresso

    So I use chamomile, calif. poppy, passiflora and valerian in combination. I buy them as fluid extract strengths from…[Read more]

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

    Do they lie habitually? Look at the on-going tale of Barry Gardiner (no I had not heard of him either but apparently he’s Liam Fox’s shadow).

    1. He gives a private speech playing down the Good Friday Agreement and problems of an Irish border

    2. Sh1t hits the fan

    3.Instant reaction? I never said. it. Accuses critics of spouting “nonsense on…[Read more]

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

    I saw a study this week that showed that the more gender equality in a society the less likely the women in that society are to study/work in STEM fields.

    So especially, for example, in developing countries where there is less choice of degree, more women go into Civils, in the Nordic countries, where there is a wide range of degree and career…[Read more]

    • The rationale I saw for that was that the countries where women more readily gravitate towards STEM tend to ones at the lower end of the socio-economic scale. That is, if you are lucky enough to get the opportunity to go to university you damn well make sure you choose a field of study that will afford you the greatest employment and earnings…[Read more]

  • ratface posted an update 2 months ago

    Should you get sent to jail for a joke? Jonathan Pie is on another rant, this time for a case heard in Scotland where a person could go to prison for making a joke.

    Does he have a point?

    Not Safe For Work.

    • Ali replied 2 months ago

      I agree with him, you start locking people up for stuff like this and things can get very bad very quickly.

    • I’d rather that people are free to reveal themselves as dickheads.

      I’d rather it wasn’t up to those in power to decide whether someone is funny or should be jailed.

    • rob replied 2 months ago

      “Gas the Jews” Hilarious. Ffs.

      Free speech doesn’t include hate speech.

      It was only a joke isn’t a defence against hate speech or antisemitism.

      • Crud replied 2 months ago

        Do you not think that he was taking the piddle out of the pug and the Nazi’s simultaneously?

        • rob replied 2 months ago

          No I think he was being a @#$&.

          Posting it on YouTube makes a mockery of his claims it was just a joke between him and his mates.

          Meanwhile in Scotland antisemitic attacks are up.

          • logi replied 2 months ago

            I’m kinda torn, what he’s done risks making a joke of what happen to the Jews, which isn’t on at all, and possibly makes light of antisemitism, but I don’t know if he should go to jail? The context in which he’s said what he did, wasn’t one in which he was promoting antisemitic views, ie ‘the Jews are like this, and taking advantage of xyz, and…[Read more]

          • stew replied 2 months ago

            I agree he “was being a @#$&.” but I also think he should not be jailed. Training the dog to respond to “gas the jews” is tasteless and makes me feel very uncomfortable , but I do not feel it is criminal. That said, maybe I am just as bad… in isolation, I would probably have laughed at a dog being trained to respond to “Seig Heil”. To me,…[Read more]

          • No, it really doesn’t. YouTube is a perfectly convenient way of sharing video content with a group of friends. For every famous new-media celebrity getting millions of views, there are thousands of low-profile people using the platform to share things with a handful of mates.

      • No, you’ve completely missed the point. Jonathan Pie is absolutely spot on (as usual). Hilarious as well. Goose stepping outside the court – brilliant

      • kal replied 2 months ago

        I don’t find the original video funny either, and definitely not as funny as he thinks he is. But do you think he has committed a crime, because in the context of a stupid video he repeats an offensive statement? Or even do you think the crime so bad that he deserves to go to prison?

        I don’t.

      • mo replied 2 months ago

        >”Gas the Jews” Hilarious. Ffs.

        The issue isn’t whether or not it’s funny, it’s whether it should be a crime.

        >Free speech doesn’t include hate speech.

        Freedom of speech is certainly a qualified right, and those who try to justify spreading hatred with “free speech, innit” are prats. There are a lot of them around.

        I haven’t seen the video,…[Read more]

        • I understand your point and yes, there are a lot of idiots out there spouting toxic crap but if you make people afraid to express themselves through fear of legal sanction then they just retreat to the internet, their likeminded friends or their extremist churches. The end result is that their views are reinforced instead of challenged and they…[Read more]

      • “Free speech doesn’t include hate speech.”

        “Hate speech” is a very vague term, and if we accept that “free speech doesn’t include hate speech” then we’ve lost free speech because anyone can shut down any speech just by claiming that it is hateful to them.

        Indeed, that’s how the term “hate speech” functions these days, it’s the modern version of…[Read more]

        • I agree with the thrust of what you’re saying, but you’re being vague. What do you mean by the boundary of free speech? Do you mean what should be legal to say at all, or what should be accepted on youtube for anyone to access?

          I think that there is very little that should be illegal to say; but there are lots of public situations (and almost no…[Read more]

      • mel replied 2 months ago

        Free speech doesn’t include hate speech? That’s a very odd statement. Stopping people saying they hate something doesn’t stop them hating it (anymore than stopping them saying they love something would stop them loving it). Given this, it’s surely better to let them speak and know where things stand and manage matters accordingly?

    • ben replied 2 months ago

      Isn’t this just the unfortunate conclusion to the over Political Correctness that has proliferated social media in the last few years or so?
      It seems that social media (and utterz is not immune to this) goes into a frenzy whenever anything is deemed offensive and with people demanding that the offender loses their job (gets banned), etc.
      In…[Read more]

    • Regardless of my views on the sentencing, I don’t think what he did is in any sense a joke as your OP suggests. It may be found funny by some people, but it doesn’t have a punchline or any other defining characteristic of a joke.

      My views on the sentencing: If I ran through town shouting “gas all the Jews” I’d expect similar consequen…[Read more]

      • josh replied 2 months ago

        I just watched his video on YouTube and he does introduce it by saying that by training his girlfriends dog up like a Nazi it’ll piss her off. I think it’s very hard to see that in any other way than as a deliberate joke. Whether it’s funny or not is another thing, but it is clearly introduced as something to wind up his girlfriend.

        I like…[Read more]

      • The attempt at humour is this:

        The video maker regards “gas the Jews” as among the worst things one could say and regards Nazis as among the worst things to be.

        The humour is mixing Nazi slogans (totally abhorrent) with the actions of a cute little pug dog**, where the dog is of course oblivious to the meaning of the slogans. That…[Read more]

        • Yes, I understand that for some people it was humorous. As I thought was very clear from my post, it was not a “joke”. The distinction is nothing to do with subjective matters of taste, or lack thereoff. Just like John Cleese strutting about with an over-the-top nazi march was humour but was not a joke.

          You could argue training the dog is a s…[Read more]

          • In a public “scene”, people can legitimately wonder whether their physical safety might be threatened. They also had no say in witnessing it.

            No-one can feel in imminent physical danger from a youtube video. And the only people who see it are those who choose to click on a video labelled “Nazi dog” where the contents are advertised up-front.…[Read more]

      • I don’t think I’ve actually seen anybody suggest that being on the internet IS a major mitigating factor. The mitigating factor is that, if somebody actually watches the video with their brain engaged, it’s impossible to conclude that he endorses, approves of or encourages the gassing of Jews. I did watch the video after seeing the news stories…[Read more]

    • Where has the nation’s sense of humour gone?

      The first thing that came into my head was that when I was growing up I’d see bikers going round with Iron Crosses on their leather jackets and swastikas on their backs. Did many people care? Not that I remember. Did the country turn into a fascist state. No? And I’m going back to when many adult males…[Read more]

    • Should sue youtube for taking the video down for no legal reason only subjective opinion.

      • I imagine that a clip that causes a lot of complaints because it’s construed as racist or antisemitic breaks their guidelines and they can take it down if it’s giving them a bad name. Their sandpit and all that.

        While it’s the role of the law to ensure support freedom of speech (first and foremost by not making jokes or opinions illegal) it’s…[Read more]

        • > they can take it down if it’s giving them a bad name. Their sandpit and all that.

          Last time I looked, just after the verdict, the original video had been blocked or removed but several other people had uploaded copies of it that appear when you search for it. It could be that the original author had chosen to take it down but it seems more…[Read more]

      • Youtube, control what you can and can’t say on their platform. We should be, and generally are, free to say pretty much what we want, but no one is required to provide us with a megaphone with which to broadcast our views. And if you own the megaphone, then it’s your choice who to give it to.

        The state has, I think, responsibility to ensure that…[Read more]

    • Duck replied 2 months ago

      Is this really ‘hate speech’?

      In my view it is quite the opposite. Someone like this taking the most sacrosanct Nazi symbolism of the entire regime and making such an open mockery of it is about as far from antisemitism as it is possible to get.

      To take offense is to totally and utterly miss the point.

      Outlawing offensive jokes should be far…[Read more]

      • Being able to be rude to or joke about the prime minister is free speech. Joking about the mass deaths of a large number of people due to their heritage isn’t in my opinion.

        I don’t agree with what’s happening in Turkey, but I don’t think it is the same.

    • For me this was hate speech.

      There appears to be a strong correlation between increase in hate speech and increase in violent hate crime. If people feel more able to say anti Semitic things, a number of them will feel it is ok to hurt people. Personally I think we should challenge hate speech strongly and I support the sheriff in this case. I…[Read more]

      • Can you give evidence of this, including evidence that there have been increases in “hate speech” (a very ill-defined thing) and violent hate crime?

  • ratface replied to the topic Space and time in the forum General Chat 2 months ago

    I think an interesting (I suppose psycholological) question is whether you see yourself moving forward through time or whether you see yourself static with time rolling towards you. Personally I think I see time as a really long unrolling carpet with me riding the roll!

  • I’d agree with this, it feels like they’re pushing people towards paying for quicker delivery or signing up for Prime.

    On the subject of prime, the free next day delivery isn’t very reliable and Amazon have ignored my emails of complaint.

  • When I had my wisdom teeth extracted at the Dental hospital, the advice was only to sip cold or at the most tepid drinks for the first few days as anything hotter can disturb the clot.

    Also if its an upper molar, try to avoid blowing your nose hard as it can sometimes rupture between the top of the tooth socket and your sinus – this happened to…[Read more]

  • ratface posted a new activity comment 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    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.

  • ratface posted an update 3 months ago

    How do you get rid of those nasty splits at the corner of your mouth..you know the ones, they suddenly appear for no reason and are agony?
    I’m piling on the usual chapped lip type things, Carmex Vaseline chapstick etc.
    It’s becoming impossible to eat apples and I can’t function without apples so it’s getting a desperate situation.

    • jack replied 3 months ago

      Blistex cream – It’s brilliant.

    • Crud replied 3 months ago

      No expert. But check diet. Sometimes that can help.

    • Do you use lip salves etc all the time OP?

      I did for about 15 years, it was like being a smoker-couldst leave the house without having some on me-used it all the time. went cold turkey a decade ago and have not used anything since-never have a problem and am outside a lot.

    • em replied 3 months ago

      Fucidin antibiotic cream from GP clears mine in 24 hours.

    • These are caused by being deficient in B12 or folate. Please go and get a blood test and have these checked!

    • OP please get these checked out, could be angular cheilitis which is caused by infection either fungal or bacterial.

    • Ali replied 3 months ago

      I had these one year too – drove me nuts. Do you have Bepanthem in the UK? It’s for babies bums, and worked brilliantly on the corners of my mouth and eyes where they had watered in the very cold weather and then chapped.

      Was a top hint from someone I knew who worked as a ski instructor.

    • Do you lick them all the time? I used to have them bad as a kid cause i sucked my “dodie” til i was about 7 despite my parents plight…i would hide them and when i didnt have one i would suck my tongue on the outside of my lips so my mouth corners were always wet and salivad! If you do, reallllllllllllllllllly try to stop that cause it makes it…[Read more]

    • matt replied 3 months ago

      Blistex worked for me, I don’t have them any more but it did. Once I had a really long lived one and I was prescribed fuciderm (I think it was called, or is that what the dog has!!??).
      Blistex does sting when you put it on, but not for long.

    • el replied 3 months ago

      I was told by a doctor many years ago that it was a symptom of zinc deficiency. I think he prescribed zinc supplements but I only took them until they ran out and have never bought any more.

      I don’t agree that eschewing lip balms helps everyone, some yes, but not everyone. I use plain vaseline at night and an unscented lip balm stick of any type…[Read more]

    • I had these, and tried all sorts of lip balms etc and it was the Daktarin that cleared it up.

      I was also using loads of lip balm at the time too, which with hindsight I don’t think helped, I now only use lip balm really occasionally if very dry.

      • el replied 3 months ago

        If you think you may have an infection then I agree that lip balm isn’t the answer. You need to seek medical advice because you might need treatment for a fungal infection etc. My own problem has always been dry/eczematous skin and lip balm works brilliantly for me. It’s just the same as using body lotion, facial moisturiser, hair conditioner etc.…[Read more]

  • ratface posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    Fingers crossed for you!

    I’d assume that once the decision has been made either way, the meeting would just be you and your manager? Doesn’t seem like the whole interview panel need to be there for it.

  • ratface posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    So you’re not after especially low, you’re after normal beers which are at the lower end.

    I used to love a pint of Flowers Best Bitter – not seen it recently but that was 3.3% and a lovely drop of ale. My local has Ringwood’s Razor Back as the pub beer, 3.8% again very enjoyable. Brakspear Bitter is only 3.4%, it’s okay but I wouldn’t want it as…[Read more]

  • ratface posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    “Would YOU continue to run on the actual road when you can see that two cars are about to pass each other,”

    No, and I would move to the verge for a single car before they would need to start preparing to pull out. If lacking a suitable verge I would stop and take up as little space as possible, assuming I’d made eye contact. This wouldn’t hap…[Read more]

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