harry

active 3 months, 2 weeks ago
active 3 months, 2 weeks ago
  • Really? You don’t mind if your car insurance policy suddenly costs you twice as much? Or the company you book your flights with for your summer holiday suddenly refuses to fly you and refunds the tickets instead? Or the relative you were talking about with altzheimers suddenly gets their bank account cleaned out via a phishing cold call?

    @jamie or personal information can be specifically tailored to attempt to influence the way you vote or choose not to vote through apathy.

  • harry posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Watched the press conference with my jaw in my lap. “Yeah, we planned to cheat and got caught. Obviously it was completely the wrong thing to do. Nah, I’m not stepping down.” WTF? Utterly cringeworthy.

    Who is this ‘leadership group’ Steve Smith refers to?

  • harry posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    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 sort of practical joke, but posting the video publicly is not training the dog. What would happen to someone shouting “gas the Jews” at a dog in public, even if the reasons turn out to be some elaborate bad taste prank?

    • 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. So if you don’t want to be offended by it then you can simply not click.

      So, sorry, but the two are not comparable.

  • harry posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    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 consequences. Some people seem to have real trouble accepting that “but the internets” isn’t actually a mitigating factor.

    • 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 freedom of speech, I dislike the idea of restrictions on that due to hate speech, as there is no clear definition on what it is. It depends on people’s willingness to be offended. Do I agree with a group of white supremacists chanting at young children from a minority and claiming freedom of speech? No, so I wonder what the middle ground is.

      There is a current trend of reporting out of context, Pie identifies this and it seems the judge did…[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 incongruity is the point.

      Whether it works or not as humour is subjective (to me, it is slightly funny but more just silly).

      To interpret this as anti-Semitic or the same as shouting “gas the Jews” in the street is just wrong. It is not in any sense advocacy of those sentiments, and it is certainly not advocacy of those sentiments disguised or excused as “just a joke”. The whole “joke” does depend on the video maker regarding those things as…[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 sort of practical joke, but posting the video publicly is not training the dog. What would happen to someone shouting “gas the Jews” at a dog in public, even if the reasons turn out to be some elaborate bad taste prank?

        • 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. So if you don’t want to be offended by it then you can simply not click.

          So, sorry, but the two are not comparable.

    • 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 and whilst I didn’t think it was all that funny, the humorous intent was never at all in doubt.

      Your example of running through town shouting “gas all the Jews” is different mostly because it could reasonably be interpreted as a serious suggestion.

  • harry posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Any error codes? You can get a generic OBDII code reader for a tenner that connects to your phone etc by bluetooth/wifi. Cheaper than a garage, and will do most fault systems (usually not airbag errors though).

    • Thanks. There are no engine lights on at present.

      • Always bear in mind that the dashboard lights can be fail too, so maybe the engine light does not light! you could perhaps try and force it to light by creating an engine fault situation

        Getting a code reader is a good double check if all else fails.

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

    “PLEASE be careful around these flood pipes, they look still, but the flow is unbelievably strong!! It could have easily been a child, let alone a dog!”

    It’s so easy to underestimate the power of moving water – remember, a cubic meter of water literally weighs a tonne. If you put your body in the way of the flow it doesn’t take much water to pile up before you’re subject to a *lot* of force.

    “Secondly, some advice. I know it’s probably not the best place to come, but I don’t want to burden anyone else with it, as it’s our friends who need all the support, not me.”

    It looks to me like you could do with a bit of support too. You’re traumatised right now. There’s no right or wrong to how you should be feeling, but try to cut yourself some slack as far as the guilt is conce…[Read more]

  • harry replied to the topic Plastic in bottled water in the forum Health 4 months ago

    Kind of strange they only tested water- you’d think if it was the bottling process then it would affect all drinks in plastic bottles

  • harry posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    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.

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

    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

  • harry posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    Why would that make mining easier?

    I’m guessing with quantum computing, it will make the problems just as complex that it would even itself out in difficulty to solve the mathematical mining.

    • mike replied 5 months ago

      Yes but the point is quantum computing will break through the Moore’s law technological/physics plateau.

      • Quantum computers are good at certain things, like factorizing, because there are algorithms that are inherently quantum in nature that can efficiently factorize.

        There is a misconception that quantum computers will be able to run existing (classical) algorithms much faster than existing (classical) computers, which is just not correct; in fact the opposite is true. Firstly you have to make the classical algorithm reversible to be able to simulate it with a quantum computer, which comes with an overhead; secondly, classical computer have had a 70-odd year head-start, so they will be much quicker to run the same algorithm.

        What makes you think they will be useful for mining bit-coin?

  • harry posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    They very possibly would. It was not a really serious suggestion. It seems that common sense would say that if someone wilfully parks on your private property without your consent, then there would be some action which you could take. I assume there’s a good reason why not – that it would leave a loophole for someone unscrupulous to exploit, but I struggle to see what it is in this case.

    I certainly feel your pain – whilst in no way comparable, there’s someone who feels that the zig-zag lines in front of our driveway entrance don’t apply to him and is more than happy to park there. Whilst it’s not been a problem yet (i.e. we’ve not needed to access in the time he has been there), it makes my blood boil that people can be so inconsiderate. Fortunately, out town has some fairly…[Read more]

  • harry posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    What about two big, sturdy steel stakes fixed into the ground just ever-so slightly further apart than the width of the car? They could of course get it out if they wanted to, but it would be very difficult to do without them removing a large amount of paint.

    I realize that laws occasionally have an apparent loop hole to prevent their abuse for something that the lawmakers didn’t intend. But why don’t you have the right to remove something from your property that has been parked there without your consent? What about the people that lob an old beer bottle over our garden fence on a Friday night? Do I have to look after it in case they might want it back?

    • A man smashed a side window and was searching my car in a back street when I approached. He chased me to the main road with an 18 inch blade. The police took an hour to arrive and were not really interested. But when Mr Nasty rang to say I had written on his windscreen with a felt tip pen, instead of laughing, they sent 2 officers. So why wouldn’t they come and tell you to remove your sturdy steel stakes ?

      • They very possibly would. It was not a really serious suggestion. It seems that common sense would say that if someone wilfully parks on your private property without your consent, then there would be some action which you could take. I assume there’s a good reason why not – that it would leave a loophole for someone unscrupulous to exploit, but I struggle to see what it is in this case.

        I certainly feel your pain – whilst in no way comparable, there’s someone who feels that the zig-zag lines in front of our driveway entrance don’t apply to him and is more than happy to park there. Whilst it’s not been a problem yet (i.e. we’ve not needed to access in the time he has been there), it makes my blood boil that people can be so inconsiderate. Fortunately, out town has some fairly…[Read more]

  • harry started the topic Does acupuncture work? in the forum Health 5 months ago

    Has anyone acupuncture tried before? If so, what did you think of it?

  • @duck Yes, my friend’s tractor got cloned and he got a speeding ticket for doing whatever it is in km/hr round the M50 in Dublin. At least they believed him when he said that his tractor couldn’t go that fast.

  • harry replied to the topic Non jobs in the forum General Chat 5 months, 1 week ago

    There’s also a lot of reverse-snobbery directed towards people who have non-manual jobs (pen-pusher is an obvious put down, forgetting that administration and organisation is one of the biggest advancements in society that pulled us out of the hunter-gather age).

    I grew up in a deprived, working class area where those lucky enough to be employed, generally did manual work. There was one computer programmer down our street but I don’t think I knew anyone else who worked in an office. I did student jobs, working in supermarkets and I used to get up at 3am on Saturdays to help my dad with his milk round.

    Now I have a well-paying office job in marketing. To many this could be seen as a ‘non-job’. I don’t produce anything physical and it doesn’t involve hard physical work. However I…[Read more]

  • Life evolved rather quickly on the early earth and left fossils 4ish billion years ago – we would find that early world utterly uninhabitable, and those creatures would not be able to survive in normal atmospheric conditions now, so I find this assumption that you require earthlike conditions for a rather similar life form rather limiting, and not very realistic.

    I personally will not be surprised if we were to find primitive life somewhere else in the solar system, somewhere on a moon with some kind of chemical sea and a way ot provide energy, or to find fossil evidence on mars. Life seems very keen to form , develop