jack

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  • I get this all the time and it totally ruins the game. Really annoying when you have just completed a war match and then it disconnects at the final cut scene moments away from collecting my xp. Dont think the call of duty devs will fix this as they are more bothered about selling loot boxes..

  • jack posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    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 subject.

    The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence

    The AI Revolution: Our Immortality or Extinction

    The second and more immediate thing is who gets to use, profit from and control the technology. At the moment we seem to running towards a system where an elite will control and profit from technology but many will not.

    • 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 more concerned about the intrusiveness of technology into our lives. The way that data is gathered, stored and shared about us. While I do my best to frustrate this process by giving incorrect personal details about myself whenever possible I am under no illusions that this is particularly effective. Once the IoT (Internet of Things) gets up and running and your fridge starts building a picture of your eating habits and your television…[Read more]

  • jack posted a new activity comment 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Depends on your relationship with the bosses and if you think it might be necessary if you want a promotion.

    Like you I’ll do some work at evenings or weekends if absolutely necessary, or if someone at work I like suggests a few of us going out for a beer then great.

    Team-building bollocks on my own time? Nope.

  • jack posted an update 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    4DX at Cineworld – am I missing something? So, went to see Black Panther, the new Marvel film yesterday, and since we have unlimited tickets, we thought it would be fun to try 4DX for another fiver each.

    The seat shook, but not so you needed a seatbelt, they poked you in the back like a child behind you kicking your seat, there was only one smell (and I get that every time I use the screen wash in the car!), bullets and swords whistled past your ears (identical) , there was a tiny bit of water spray ( you can turn it off), some flashing lights during gunfights, and some wind effects.

    It was a fun gimmick, for ten minutes, and I wouldn’t pay to do it again.

    Am I missing something? A bottle of wine first, maybe?

    PS film is OK. Big political message, lots of fighting.

    • Yep. I’ve been in a 4DX in the states. It’s novelty for 20 mins and then gets tedious

      Although I did almost kak myself when the big dinosaur suddenly turned and roared in my face complete with seat tilt back and water spray.

    • Sounds like an ordeal to me but I hate going to the cinema anyway

    • Nope, not my thing.

      I did just discover a local cinema that lets you sit in sofas and you can order food and drink to your sofa! bliss.

  • jack posted a new activity comment 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Blistex cream – It’s brilliant.

  • jack posted a new activity comment 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    I’m sorry, but what you’ve written is (a) not clear to me and (b) doesn’t apparently address my point that a student who repays £0.00 before their loan is written off does not pay anything for their degree and therefore isn’t eligible for a “refund”.

    My simple point is that a “refund” to the student is not justifiable as some students will never pay a penny for their degree, and that a reduction in their loan is fair and defensible.

  • jack posted a new activity comment 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    Why do you persist in ignoring the fact that – unlike any other loan – many students will freely and legally walk away without repaying a single penny of their student loan.

    Consider a student who is never required to repay any of their loan, and then has their loan cancelled with no penalty. Have they paid for their course in the same way I paid for my lunch on my credit card?

    I can’t see any sane argument that they have paid for their degree. None. Feel free to enlighten me.

  • jack posted a new activity comment 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    Jolly good. As you paid for it, that’s only fair.

    “I got the money, not my credit card company.”

    Yes, but you owed the money to your credit card and short of bankruptcy you will have to repay it generally within months. Not so for student loans – many students will never repay a single penny of their loans as they will go on to earn below the repayment threshold, so how is it fair or right for them to get the cash when they won’t repay the loan and therefore won’t ever spend a penny on their fees, unlike your rail ticket? Obviously we can’t predict with certainty at the undergraduate stage who will go on to repay and can therefore fairly be given cash, and who won’t.

    Now, I know that from past debates you do understand how and why a student loan is almost entirely different…[Read more]

    • A student has paid for their course in the same way as anyone else who’s taken a loan to pay for something.

      The terms of that loan might be ridiculous, or counter intuitive or frankly nonsensical, but it’s debt.

      I was merely pointing out, using the only comparison I could think of, how it is entirely possible that students could get that money without giving it to the SLC, who would probably lose it anyway.

      • Why do you persist in ignoring the fact that – unlike any other loan – many students will freely and legally walk away without repaying a single penny of their student loan.

        Consider a student who is never required to repay any of their loan, and then has their loan cancelled with no penalty. Have they paid for their course in the same way I paid for my lunch on my credit card?

        I can’t see any sane argument that they have paid for their degree. None. Feel free to enlighten me.

  • jack posted a new activity comment 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    But they’re not paying. They’re building up a debt they may or may not have to repay. Some of the petitions show no understanding of this what so ever – eg https://www.change.org/p/the-university-of-york-compensate-students-for-strike-action

    It’s not difficult. I would expect anyone at university to be able to understand it and to structure their petitions accordingly.

    Mind you international (non-EU) students pay real cash up front, and pay a lot more then £9k. They have a more direct case.

  • jack posted a new activity comment 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    Yes but they come from – and should be returned to – the student loans company. This is different to student led calls for “compensation”.

  • jack posted a new activity comment 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    This might seem like pedantic hair splitting, and I am not intending to comment on the (un)suitability of student loans, but…

    Students demanding “their money back” show a typically poor understanding of the fees/loan system. They’ve not spent a penny – and some will never repay a penny of their “loan”. So no, they can’t get money “back” as at the undergraduate stage they’ve not given it away.

    If they were asking for money to be returned from the universities to the student loans company, and to have that money deducted from their students loans, then that would seem logical and sound.

    • The UCU has encouraged students to request a proportion of their fees to be returned.

      • Yes but they come from – and should be returned to – the student loans company. This is different to student led calls for “compensation”.

    • I’ll admit I didn’t fully read the article, I took it as wanting a reduction of their fees, not cash in pocket.
      I’d be wanting it, as a skint teenager, having to pay £9250 pa, when academics, with their cushy little jobs striking because their enormous pensions are under threat.

      • But they’re not paying. They’re building up a debt they may or may not have to repay. Some of the petitions show no understanding of this what so ever – eg https://www.change.org/p/the-university-of-york-compensate-students-for-strike-action

        It’s not difficult. I would expect anyone at university to be able to understand it and to structure their petitions accordingly.

        Mind you international (non-EU) students pay real cash up front, and pay a lot more then £9k. They have a more direct case.

      • I hope you’re joking. Even if academics had “enormous pensions”, if you had agreed to do a job and were told that you would be getting a certain pension scheme, then your employer turned around 6 months or twenty years down the line and told you you would get 10 grand less, in your old age than was agreed, you’d be pissed.

        Yes, it sucks for students. That doesn’t mean academic staff have it in for students, in fact several colleagues have been deliberating over whether to strike, precisely because it will hurt students who have no influence over the pension scheme whatsoever.

        I hate to break it to you, academia is not a “cushy little job” either.

        • I know, having to lecture and give tutorials with those pesky undergraduates, nightmare. Why have a career in academia when you could earn many more times salary in industry?

          • You’ve described a third of the job. Admin (ever increasing) and research also exist too. Long hours are common, and at the bottom end of the career ladder job security is non-existent, 9-24 month contracts are the norm. I have no personal experience of industry, so can’t comment – I’m sure others can. People have a career in academia because they want to, and find it fulfilling – that doesn’t mean they should be treated like disposable shit.

            Regardless, you’ve missed the main point. An employer is proposing to reduce the pension pot of its existing employees, including those already well progressed on the scheme. There have been over 6 months of negotiations between the union and umbrella body representing different, but identical employers in the pension scheme. The employers…[Read more]

    • I paid for my annual southern rail season ticket with a credit card.

      When they were on strike I got a refund.

      I got the money, not my credit card company.

      • Jolly good. As you paid for it, that’s only fair.

        “I got the money, not my credit card company.”

        Yes, but you owed the money to your credit card and short of bankruptcy you will have to repay it generally within months. Not so for student loans – many students will never repay a single penny of their loans as they will go on to earn below the repayment threshold, so how is it fair or right for them to get the cash when they won’t repay the loan and therefore won’t ever spend a penny on their fees, unlike your rail ticket? Obviously we can’t predict with certainty at the undergraduate stage who will go on to repay and can therefore fairly be given cash, and who won’t.

        Now, I know that from past debates you do understand how and why a student loan is almost entirely different…[Read more]

        • A student has paid for their course in the same way as anyone else who’s taken a loan to pay for something.

          The terms of that loan might be ridiculous, or counter intuitive or frankly nonsensical, but it’s debt.

          I was merely pointing out, using the only comparison I could think of, how it is entirely possible that students could get that money without giving it to the SLC, who would probably lose it anyway.

          • Why do you persist in ignoring the fact that – unlike any other loan – many students will freely and legally walk away without repaying a single penny of their student loan.

            Consider a student who is never required to repay any of their loan, and then has their loan cancelled with no penalty. Have they paid for their course in the same way I paid for my lunch on my credit card?

            I can’t see any sane argument that they have paid for their degree. None. Feel free to enlighten me.

    • When our kid graduates in a few years time with a £60,000 debt at the age of 22, accruing interest at 6.1%, of course she won’t have to pay it off if she doesn’t earn more than £25,000 pa for the next 30 years.

      Then when she does exceed the limit, that’s money she can’t put into her pension, and she’ll be paying more tax as a higher earner.

      • I’m sorry, but what you’ve written is (a) not clear to me and (b) doesn’t apparently address my point that a student who repays £0.00 before their loan is written off does not pay anything for their degree and therefore isn’t eligible for a “refund”.

        My simple point is that a “refund” to the student is not justifiable as some students will never pay a penny for their degree, and that a reduction in their loan is fair and defensible.

  • jack posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    How low?

    I’m looking for sub 4% recommendations. Ale not lagers.

    • Had one last night:

      Mad Squirrel Bijou; ‘Vermont Table Beer’, 2.9%

      Nice balance between malt and hops. Full flavoured, and didn’t taste ‘lightweight’ at all.

      This seems a pretty accurate description:

      https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/mad-squirrel-bijou/583807/

    • 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 a staple. If you want very hoppy then Badger’s Hopping Hare is 4.0%.

      If you want more malty and less hoppy beers then you could look at milds. Traditionally lower in alcohol than a stout, and a bit sweeter. I did a quick search and a few new ones are >4% but you can find the odd 3.5 %. It’s not really my cup of tea, but I’m sure someone will suggest a good’un.

    • mike replied 6 months ago

      Kernel brewery do a reasonable table beer. It’s 2.5% and probably about as good as you’ll get sub 3%. It’s really quite a challenge to brew beers with gravity this low that aren’t either as thin as water or just way too sweet. Nanny state is absolutely disgusting.

      Closer to 4% is fine. Harvest pale from castle rock is under 4% and is pretty decent. Lots more british ales to choose from between 3.5-4%.

    • matt replied 6 months ago

      You should try some Berliner Weiss beers. They are fermented and soured with a sourdough culture before being boiled and fermented with an ale yeast. Hawkshead brewery do one called solar sour which is 3.3% and absolutely delicious and very refreshing on a hot day.

  • jack posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    Second this.

    I used 0% cards when interest rates on mortgages were higher, use them to put all your shopping on (note: never ever use a card for a cash advance) and keep the money in a bank account offset against the mortgage. Pay off 1 week before its due. Repeat. Had maybe £6-7k on cards at one point between me and wifey. Its a bit scary, but you sound diligent enough to use cards this way, so why give anyone 8%? Also look at, and you really need to do your sums here, at the end of the term on the card, look at a balance transfer to extend the 0% time with someone else, but check what the cost is of doing it. Often a percentage~e.g 1.5%. But paying this may be lower than the interest on the card and extends your payback time.

    Always loved the idea of using one bank to pay…[Read more]

  • jack posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    The Environmental cost of datacentres has been reported for some time.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43030677

    Who’d ha thunk it?

  • jack posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    This is the bit I’m struggling with here too.

    So if, by parking on my drive, they prevent me from being able to open my garage door, then they’re committing the criminal offence of obstructing because I can’t get my motorbike out, no?

    But if I didn’t have a motorbike and tried the same argument with my pushbike, any workshy officer would point out that I could carry it out the back door and round the side of the house, so no obstruction?

    And does obstruction only count when it’s a vehicle? What if, by parking on the drive, they are preventing me from having furniture delivered or construction work carried out? Civil matter?

    • guy replied 6 months ago

      If you park your car across the drive on the highway you’re causing an obstruction. That works both ways. If you block someone in or they block you in.

      You’re not obstructing the public highway if you’re on your own land or if someone else has parked on your land.

      You have grounds for obtaining the registered keepers details from the DVLA if it’s a repeat offender and prosecute for trespass. If it’s a one off, there’s nothing much you can do if they’ve moved the car.

      Note: it’s the registered keeper and not the driver who is to blame. Which makes it easier/trickier depending on your point of view.

  • jack replied to the topic how to cure muscle spasms in back? in the forum Health 7 months ago

    Physio, core work, exercise that is aimed at strengthening your back and other areas so that they do not fatigue as quickly.

    Christmas 2016 I was having a lot of trouble with my back and since I started working with a personal trainer to improve strength and posture I’ve had no issues. Late summer I took a few weeks off training and spasm returned. Straight back into training and a couple of weeks later I was ok again.

  • jack replied to the topic Population growth in the forum General Chat 7 months, 1 week ago

    Unfortunately I would have thought that it’s already far far too late. There are of course so many ways in which individuals can reduce their impact on the planet but people are so accustomed to what is considered normal that anyone who even dares to question it is laughed off.

    Wrapping paper at Christmas is clearly pointless and a massive waste of trees, yet when I tell people that’s why I don’t use it they laugh at me…

    The issue isn’t whether people understand their impact on the world, but whether they either care or will do anything about it. Fat people know that their diet/lifestyle makes them fat, but most do nothing to change this even of unhappy with their situation.

    Its blindingly obvious that there’s a problem with overpopulation already, but no one in a position…[Read more]

  • jack replied to the topic I've given up diet drinks in the forum Health 7 months, 1 week ago

    I don’t believe in drinking or eating anything with the word diet in it!

  • Its far, far, far, far too low. You should be aiming for a level of 125. The stuff you get on prescription isnt worth taking. I take 10,000mgs currently and drop to 5000mgs in the summer. For me thats a maintenance dose. Most people need somewhere in the thousands daily though.

    You need a decent oil based D3, magnesium and K2. With regards to B12 insist this is done and get a copy of the results. Under 500 is deficient no matter what your GP says and you need to be aiming for a level of 1000. Anything less than 500 and you really need to be pushing for injections to rectify it, but get the test and result first. Make sure your thyroid has been checked as well. Again, this runs hand in hand with vitamin D/B12 deficiency.

    What were your levels of ferritin and folate?

  • When we are still discovering new life forms on Earth and finding them in more and more unexpected places the form they take will be myriad. We are discovering more and more planets that have the same conditions as gave life on Earth. The odds just go up every week. We may discover life within our own solar system in the next 5 years and not on Mars. Another exciting mission in progress.

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