jamie

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  • Has any one used computer glasses before???

    Yes, but not for glare. I just find that I’m now slightly too long-sighted to comfortably read text on screen wearing my normal glasses, and slightly too short-sighted to manage comfortably without. I have a pair of half-strength glasses for working and it has made a huge difference.

    I had started to get odd visual migraines (including developing a disturbing blind spot that was particularly inconvenient when driving…) but these have stopped pretty much completely since I’ve had my ‘computer glasses. Which is nice because I was starting to worry I might have a brain tumour.

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

    I think that the two main companies, Coke and Pepsi not changing the recipes of their main products speaks volumes about how their consumers will adjust in the long term.

    If the Sugar Tax was so effective in other countries then both Coke and Pepsi would have made an effort.

  • jamie posted an update 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Sugar tax on soft drinks… How successful will this tax be at combatting obesity?

    Coke and Pepsi are keeping their full fat flavours.

    • Interesting,.. maybe Coke and Pepsi are not changing their recipe because they already offer sugar free alternatives? Will Red Bull, Monster and all all the other energy drinks be affected? They’re bad news IMO.

      • Rather than taxing them I would ban them outright. I don’t know about the rest of the country but round here shops are filled with school kids every morning buying energy drinks.

        • Practically how would such a ban work? It couldn’t be on caffeine because of coffee and tea. It couldn’t be on sugar, because of Coke etc (even if taxed). Ban guarana or something?

        • Ban them on what grounds? Caffeine is legal, sugary crap is legal and drinks in cans are legal. I understand the sentiment but I’m not sure how you’d define them in law, and as someone against the criminalisation of most drugs I’m not sure how you could justify banning something that contains entirely legal substances when the likes of alcohol and tobacco are both legal and freely available too.

        • There is a voluntary age restriction that some retailers are signed up to http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43287125 but it’s not actually illegal to sell this sh*t to under 16’s. I agree that it should be banned outright, you might get away with drinking it every now and again and as an adult it’s your choice but I bet long term consumption causes all sorts of nasties.

    • I’ve noticed that my local Tesco Metro is selling Coke at the same price as Diet Coke, but in 250ml cans and 375ml bottles, rather than the 330ml cans and 500ml bottles for diet.

      • The packs of 24 are now down to 18 as well rather than changing the price.

        I think it’s more likely the tax will affect businesses and so make them switch. For instance, if you have self service soft drinks like Subway and Five Guys do, presumably you will have to remove the sugary versions from those otherwise you are forced to have staff checking what you get. (I assume it’s not legal just to charge everyone the tax and take it as profit on the non-sugary drinks, i.e. there must be a price differential?)

        • The sugar tax is a manufacturing tax so anyone along the supply chain could decide to absorb the rises rather than pass them on down the chain ie The Climbing Works, who buys stock from the Soft Drinks Company, could choose not to raise it’s prices. Soft Drinks, who buy from Coca Cola, don’t have to raise their prices. Coca Cola could absorb the tax rise.

          Coca Cola have raised their prices by more than the tax so of course Soft Drinks Co have raised theirs as well. we won’t raise ours straight away but will do once we have to re-stock at the new price.

          Of course if you bring a water bottle we will fill it with lovely low fat, low sugar, gluten free, vegan, dairy free water!

          • Ah, so the likes of Subway could just increase the price on all their soft drinks to absorb it and keep the “open” free pour machines. That in a way negates the point a little – I’m surprised it’s not a retail tax (like the bag “tax”) with a requirement for it to be charged on to the customer over and above the price of a low sugar equivalent – that way it’d be more successful in driving choice by forcing there to be a price differential, I reckon.

    • Will the sugar tax also help against tooth decay?

    • Sugar Tax? OMG they might be opening a bit of a Pandora’s Box there.

    • Russel Kane’s irreverent take on the sugar tax (it’s a little bit sweary)…

      I’m not totally sure what his point is but it made me chortle!

    • I think the 2014 introduction of sugar taxes in Mexico has been judged a public health success.

    • I think that the two main companies, Coke and Pepsi not changing the recipes of their main products speaks volumes about how their consumers will adjust in the long term.

      If the Sugar Tax was so effective in other countries then both Coke and Pepsi would have made an effort.

    • I don’t think it will work.

      Really irritating that a lot of manufacturers are introducing sweeteners (thus saving them costs) to products that didn’t used to have them, e.g. Ribena, lucosade. I’d prefer they pass the cost onto the consumer and gave people the choice. Sweeteners give me bowel issues and it’s getting increasingly hard to find drinks that don’t contain them.

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

    Some eejit on Radio 4 said the other day that claiming that a man was in a senior position because they were the best person for the job isn’t acceptable because that suggests that a woman isn’t the best person to employ and is therefore wrong. How does that even make sense?!

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

    Mode is so unfashionable, though…

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

    Not much to discuss. I suppose you could argue that they are suspects and alleged etc.

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

    AJ certainly looks the part doesn’t he ? I think they’re both likeable too which isn’t always the case with fighters , hope it lives up to the hype & nobody gets busted up too badly.

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

    With a cork yes. Old wines, port, etc the level drops and if liquid out then air in and it may have oxidized too much.

    But I never heard of it with whisky, mainly because old whisky is in the cask for a long time, and the bottle for a lot less. It doesn’t change in the bottle, unlike wine.

    With wine it’s bottle quickly and vintages will age in the bottle. Same with port. So it matters that the condition is good.

    I don’t see why a Macallan 1965 is worth much if it was bottled soon after (say a standard expression). Most distilleries aim to maintain a similar bottling with time. If it was a rare experiment maybe, but you can buy a 30 yo Macallan for only £3k and they’ve just released a 50yo for £25k. And these have that time in the barrel.

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

    Was it not Hartlepool that elected a monkey? Didn’t know about the history. Maybe more similar then but I still think the Jewish thing is a “bigger” prejudice and has lead to serious results (I understand Hartlepool is dump but I don’t think that’s to do with monkeys).

    • They elected the football club mascot as mayor. The mascot is a man in a monkey suit called “Hangus”. This is because during the Napoleonic Wars a live monkey was washed on the shores of Hartlepool, captured then tried and hung as a French spy.

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

    I’d say both are insensitive and rude. The one about money though links to a huge historical stereotype about Jews that has resulted in all sorts of horrors. The Hartlepool one is just a reference to a transient absurd election and nothing more. I’d say the former a shows prejudice and is arguably anti-semitic, while the later is just crass.

    • No the Hartlepool on has been around all my life, and was reportedly from the Napoleonic wars.

      So is time an issue in determining, degree of offence (couldn’t think how better to phrase this).

      And while I agree, it’s prejudice (probably *), is all Jewish prejudice anti-Semitism?

      * I can see where this might still be prejudice but not offencive.

      What if the MP had himself made the statement?

      I’ve heard similar from some of my Jewish friends, and given the circumstances where there were a lot of bananas to look after, I might suggest I look after them because of my background.

      • Was it not Hartlepool that elected a monkey? Didn’t know about the history. Maybe more similar then but I still think the Jewish thing is a “bigger” prejudice and has lead to serious results (I understand Hartlepool is dump but I don’t think that’s to do with monkeys).

        • They elected the football club mascot as mayor. The mascot is a man in a monkey suit called “Hangus”. This is because during the Napoleonic Wars a live monkey was washed on the shores of Hartlepool, captured then tried and hung as a French spy.

    • from the Jewish Voice UK

      “Today we’ve seen something new & very nasty. Non-Jewish people (mostly Tories) telling Jewish people (who support Corbyn) that they’re Anti-Semitic. In other words Non-Jews condemning Jews as Anti-Semites. What a horrible state Britain is in 2018”

      It was in relation to the protest and Ian Paisley MP, amongst others, being part of the protest. I thought it rather apt.

      Sorry I know this is a little off topic, but there were two counter Jewish groups arguing against each other.

  • Please enlighten me – and a few others in what data ‘they’ can gather that would result in a cancelled flight or a car insurance policy suddenly costing me twice enough?

    @dave-perry Your private data includes all text messages and voicemails you have sent, every e-mail, facebook message, whatsapp message, etc. etc. If you have a smart appliance, it includes data on when you go to the fridge, maybe what your diet is like. Your car is capable of collecting data on when you drive, where you drive, how fast you drive, what g-forces you generate. Your switch and store card habbits record exactly what sort of foods and drinks you buy, what clothes you buy, etc. Your phone can collect data on where you are every second you are carrying it, what apps you are using, etc. (and most of the…[Read more]

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

    True. Everyone must know about this by now though, it’s been in the news a lot in the last year. I’m more thinking it’s the current uses that have not come out yet, or not been picked up by the news yet or are not even happening quite yet but will in the future that should be causing people to worry.

  • 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 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 Alzheimer’s suddenly gets their bank account cleaned out via a phishing cold call?

    The fact that you couldn’t care less just shows that you lack imagination as to how data held on you will be used.

  • Among all my friends, family and relatives both my wife and myself are in a minority of two for never signing up to Facebook. I made the paranoid decision not to sign up as I thought it would collect too much personal info about me. Just because I was paranoid, did not mean I was wrong.

    However I have just read a BBC news article where the journalist discovered that Facebook was collecting and saving far more information than they knew about or were happy with.

    With no way of knowing, how much does Facebook know about me, and I betting there is no way of ever deleting that info either.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43539881

  • jamie posted an update 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    I work in a an office and after hours hunched over my computer I start suffering from really bad lower back pain. Usually this back pain goes away after I go home but recently I have noticed that I am getting more back aches and pains even when I’m not working on the computer. I am wondering if there is anything I can do help stop this? Thank you!

    • Do you take breaks when you at the office. Try stretching and standing every 30 minutes. Also maybe start wearing a back support whilst you are on the computer to stop you slouching and damaging your back.

    • May cost a bit but you could buy a standing desk to work on your computer stood up. May hurt your bank account but will save your back!

  • jamie replied to the topic Space and time in the forum General Chat 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    @scarymary @just-another-dave It is possible that in 4 dimensions all of spacetime is a composite whole traversed forwards by our minds, conscious and subconscious, supplemented in the reverse direction by the fact that they retain something of what has already been traversed in memory.

    Extra dimensions would allow parallel courses in which the flow of what we perceive as events could be different sometimes or always or different in the time dimension sometimes or always. There is an argument that free will allows a selection of which course at any one point on the time dimension we take. That selection would be limited to those physically possible from what went before.

    An event would therefore require more than 4 coordinates to determine “where”, how and whether it occurred …

  • jamie posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    I’m not a scientist, but I thought this idea of a centre of the universe, or of some kind of possibly infinite ‘body’, was something we were meant to have got out of our heads, post-Einstein (and, at the other extreme, post quantum physics, for that matter). Because it still makes us think of the universe as some kind of huge, expanding Newtonian ping-pong ball. From a philosophical point of view, it’s a very odd question too, because it has no conceivable interest beyond the totally theoretic. With the obvious concomitant mistake that the ‘centre’ has some kind of special importance, and that everything revolves around it (as in the Ptolemaic and Copernican way of seeing things). I suspect, when applied to ‘the universe’ (whatever we quite mean by that), it makes a lot less sense…[Read more]

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

    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.

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

    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.

    • 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. I couldn’t manage without any of those either or I’d be a dry, flaky mess and my skin would be raw and tight and very painful.

      I’d hate you to let your painful lips get worse by just giving up lip balms if you actually need a topical anti fungal gel or whatever. I can still remember how jolly painful it was when I gave up lip balm and there was nothing actually wrong with my lips except very dry skin.

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

    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”.

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