Crud

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  • Crud replied to the topic How to get rid of rats? in the forum General Chat 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    I’m not entirely sure there are any ‘humane’ methods. If you do use an air rifle, make sure it’s a good .22

    Poison is the only method I’ve found to work with a big infestation. When we bought our place, there were rats and mice everywhere. We paid someone to take care of it. However that was baiting inside the house, and the stench from decaying carcasses afterward was terrible. I collected bags full of vermin out of the roof spaces. Subsequently, I have put bait stations around the perimeter of the outside of the house, and we have been rodent free for a couple of years. I rotate the kind of bait used and also keep them irregularly filled to keep population resistance from developing.

  • Crud replied to the topic Swollen Neck! in the forum Health 2 months ago

    A friend had this, all the medics advised getting a load of chewing gum and drinking lots of water to shift it!

    Apparently, people have stones all over their bodies and live with them with no symptoms. It’s only the occasional kidney or gallstones we get to hear about when they make a bid for freedom.

  • Have you seen the way people look after their (and other peoples) cars these days? I would think 80% of cars get at least one wheel curbed in their first year

    Aye. Incredible that these people pay extra for alloys.

    If someone’s driving a leaf they are unlikely to be someone who enjoys driving or is into cars.

    That’s a bit mean! It may have some of the most horrid feeling steering I’ve ever used (some like it but I find the electric power steering very neutral giving no sense of how much demand you’re putting on it – it’s very “video game” feeling), and it may not be that quick, but when I get to drive it on a weekend (my wifes daily runner), I thoroughly enjoy it. I still enjoy it after the novelty wore off; it’s a very different experience and one that has its rewards.…[Read more]

  • OK, I don’t know the answer to your question but the whole shebang has always struck me as buying things on the never-never reinvented for the no patience, must-have-it-now generation.

    I used to think of it like that.

    Now I see it as a way for the no patience, must-have-it-now generation to heavily subsidise dealer warrantied, low mileage used cars for purchase by grumpy old farts like myself.

    The automotive credit firms mug people so much with the initial PCP that they’ll let cars go for a song second hand on interest free HP to keep stock moving down the chain.

    The whole thing feeds the monster depreciation cars see in the UK. Part of me weeps with agony over this wanton waste of resources. Part of me makes happy noises every time I put my foot down in our second h…[Read more]

  • I have to be anal about parking to avoid door-denters.

    We looked at 5 ex-PCP leafs, all sub 20k milage.

    I couldn’t believe how knackered all but one were cosmetically – worse alloy and paint damage than my 95k miles 3-series and 120k miles X-Trail, as well as a scratched window and dents etc. How do you even do this to a car with an overhead 360deg camera view?

    It seems a lot of people don’t care what that hand back. I suppose they’ve paid so much over the odds, what difference does a bit more make?

  • I wonder how many people died as a result of alcohol (either directly e.g. liver failure, cancer or other alcohol induced illness or indirectly e.g. fights, getting run over, dangerous driving) over the weekend.

    I’d say, enough that it wouldn’t make it to the news, because it’s so common that it doesn’t make for interesting news.

  • California has legalised the selling and growing of marijuana. I’ve long believed we should legalise all recreational drug taking.

    My reasons are:

    Violent crime would fall. There is no way to legally recover debts from selling an illegal substance, so violence to recover debts will fall and turf wars will disappear.

    There is no way to stop people taking them, and we may as well admit that. We’ve been trying for centuries and failed. It’s a natural thing that both humans and animals want to do. Anyone who wants drugs can get them easily.

    Most deaths are caused by contaminated or suddenly over strong supplies (two at a festival at the weekend). Legalisation would allow testing and quality control and, better monitoring of users who cause themselves harm (like leg amputation due…[Read more]

  • I can sort of understand your concerns OP, but surely if there are 1000+ people on site, you should have access to proper advice, rather than posting on an internet forum? Or surely your company could point you in the right direction?

  • Crud replied to the topic New PC – any suggestions? in the forum General Chat 4 months ago

    The Dell outlet store gives you value for money.

    Get i5 or i7, with as much RAM as they offer.

  • Crud posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    Or tax for decades has been the tool to buy votes with short termist policies. While the costs of all public services has increased. Tax can increase to a point where people still value it. Having the funds for material products versus same day doctor access, better education, better care in old age, feeling safe on the streets. ..

  • Crud posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    No, I think people get the services they pay for, at the moment people expect the uk’s public services, police, NHS, education etc to be world class, whilst paying ever decreasing amounts of tax. If people expect better, they should consider the notion that these things need more funding. Borrowing to fund the annual costs of services is madness, there is essentially no return on the spending and it becomes a debt spiral. They should be funded through small progressive tax rises.

  • Crud posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    I’m self employed plus a partner in another and yes efficiency matters. But there comes a point where you also need to invest to improve things, be it in people, training or assets. None of this is free and often can’t simply be funded by small efficiency savings elsewhere. That doesn’t mean you don’t evaluate what you do, how you do it and why from time to time.

  • Crud posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    No amount efficiency will improve a service that wasn’t funded sufficiently in the first place and then given extra tasks. You can lean, time and motion, etc.. all you like, but sometimes you just need more resources to get a job done. That is what costs and must be paid for.

  • Crud posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    Any politician who told the truth wouldn’t be elected. People prefer to live in ignorant bliss.

    You get the public services that you pay for.

    • “You get the public services that you pay for.”

      Most certainly not.

      Anyone selling anything puts the price up if they can, and does less for the money if they can. Hard to stop for monopolies, and more so for public services. There has to be a constant war on waste and inefficiency, since those to blame do not lose directly from it. (Also a problem with big business.) Relying on people doing the right thing is doomed to failure. It’s easy to just keep paying more year on year for the same services.

      • No amount efficiency will improve a service that wasn’t funded sufficiently in the first place and then given extra tasks. You can lean, time and motion, etc.. all you like, but sometimes you just need more resources to get a job done. That is what costs and must be paid for.

      • “No amount efficiency will improve a service” Any extra efficiency will improve a service.

        We all get lazy if there’s no consequences. Not so much about making people work harder. Administration needs to be aggressively evaluating the whole operation and evolving. If you run a business you do this to survive. Without someone constantly worrying about everything, it quickly goes very wrong. It’s not about “We did that last year, there’s no more improvements to be found” Things change all the time.

      • I’m self employed plus a partner in another and yes efficiency matters. But there comes a point where you also need to invest to improve things, be it in people, training or assets. None of this is free and often can’t simply be funded by small efficiency savings elsewhere. That doesn’t mean you don’t evaluate what you do, how you do it and why from time to time.

      • I suggest you are not disagreeing with me. But you think the government should have set the proportions of spending on different things, verses the borrowing that would be required, differently. Which I have not commented on.

      • No, I think people get the services they pay for, at the moment people expect the uk’s public services, police, NHS, education etc to be world class, whilst paying ever decreasing amounts of tax. If people expect better, they should consider the notion that these things need more funding. Borrowing to fund the annual costs of services is madness, there is essentially no return on the spending and it becomes a debt spiral. They should be funded through small progressive tax rises.

      • The borrowing is there already. We are hoping to reduce it.

        You may be right about tax increases. However there is an optimum level of tax for best productivity and eventual tax revenue. Obviously if tax was zero then there would be no tax revenue. But if everything went in tax then nobody would bother to earn, and the result would be the same. So the level of taxation tends to be set by opinions on this, rather than required expenditure, which is more likely to be a matter of taking away from somewhere else. I’m glad I’m not in government.

      • Or tax for decades has been the tool to buy votes with short termist policies. While the costs of all public services has increased. Tax can increase to a point where people still value it. Having the funds for material products versus same day doctor access, better education, better care in old age, feeling safe on the streets. ..

    • Well the thread is “are politicians lying to us ?”

      I say generally not. They are doing their best based on their beliefs. Everybody wants to spend more on public services. Some believe that if we spend more, we will reduce our ability to spend in the future.

  • Crud posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    As I understand it, the legal power to remove one’s citizenship can only be applied where it has been granted by the Government throughout the process of naturalisation.

    The individual will have been a citizen of another state prior to this, and although it is a sweeping generalisation will have applied for citizenship following immigration to the UK either through seeking asylum or another legitimate process.

    Thinking about the individuals involved, if it is the former, to take arms against the UK would be contrary to the doctrine of sanctuary from the Quran.

    Whatever the circumstances, or the additional issues, if citizenship is granted by the state, it can be revoked by the state.

  • Simply dont post things you don’t want people to know, use or share. As for what they know about me, I couldn’t care less.

  • Crud posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    One match ban and loss of one match fee. Sufficient for soiling the whole game?

    listened to the interviews of other players who had been wondering just how the Aussies got so much reverse swing out of a ball. At least we know now, so if they think it’s OK then let’s all cheat?

    Trouble is the pressure on test match cricket is already immense from competitor sports. It will just fade away I guess.

  • Crud posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

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

    • 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.

      • 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 have this agenda’, he was getting a pug to do a Nazi salute to sieg heils and making it excited at ‘gas the Jews’. The second might be in really really bad taste, but I dunno if it qualifies as hate speech? Katie Price likening immigrants or asylum seekers (I forget which) to cockroaches was arguably worse. I don’t know, though, I’m torn.

        I think the line is blurred, and he’s in the blurred part between one thing and the other? It’s…[Read more]

      • 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, that’s more a mockery of Nazis and the over-anthropomorphism of animals than a hate crime. My own position is pretty much the variously misttribued quote:

        “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

      • 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.

  • @logi Thanks. I didn’t realise Kodi was no good for Amazon and Netflix. Maybe I will rethink.

    Roku is just so slow though.

  • @logi Out of interest why did you switch from Kodi to Roku?

    I have a Roku but I’m currently building a RasPi solution. Partly so I can record live TV, but also because the Roku is so unbearably slow and laggy that I sometimes just give up and read a book instead.

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