Mick

active 3 days, 7 hours ago
active 3 days, 7 hours ago
  • I agree Google AdWords is a complete rip-off. Google is basically the internet mafia running an extortion racket.

    Google has been demoting and hiding small businesses in the normal search results for years now! Thanks to their search engine monopoly this means they can force small businesses into buying their worthless ads just to be found…[Read more]

  • Mick posted a new activity comment 4 days ago

    There are twice as many people trying to punch each other unconscious every week, consensually of course, than there are applying to be on a harmless TV show. That is far more worrying to me, as a member of civilised society.

  • Mick posted a new activity comment 1 week, 4 days ago

    I’d agree with the malign part but I don’t think it requires genius to spot obvious existing problems and disagreements in our politics and poke at them.

    Also, the evidence that he was interfering seems pretty clear to me but the extent of his success is much harder to judge and I doubt that anybody will ever know whether things would have gone…[Read more]

    • Intriguingly NYT has just published an article – Trump Tries to Destroy the West By DAVID LEONHARDT

      “There’s only one explanation that fits his behavior: He wants to break up the alliance that has dominated the past century.”

      ..and that’s all I can read as I’ve now used u…[Read more]

  • Purchased my wifes car on PCP. It was madness to do otherwise.

    Interest rate was 0.3% per annum = £36 interest on £4k over 3yrs

    I think I paid a total of £100 interest over the period as they charge the future value at a higher rate so the £3k final payment was probably at something like 0.6%.

    I loaded the mileage to as high as I could eve…[Read more]

  • The best place to start looking for info is https://www.gov.uk/income-tax-rates

    Its probably best to see what your accountant says you should do.

  • Mick replied to the topic Old vs new boilers in the forum General Chat 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Gas central heating. How Victorian.

    Have you considered a 21st C solution?

  • Mick replied to the topic Ethical banking in the forum General Chat 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    The Ethical Pension Fund offered by NEST for their Workplace Pension includes Nestle. Nestle aren’t high on my list of ethical companies!

  • Mick replied to the topic New PC – any suggestions? in the forum General Chat 2 months ago

    The only issue I have had with Dell is they had a tendency to use some custom hardware on the power/ front panel connections which meant if the motherboard died then replacement with a non-Dell one was more awkward. I also had one front panel fail which put the computer beyond economic repair. That said I have been mostly using Dell PCs for over a…[Read more]

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

    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 -…[Read more]

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

    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…[Read more]

    • 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…[Read more]

      • 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 -…[Read more]

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

    UK law does provide the facility to prosecute serious crimes committed abroad by British subjects doesn’t it? We use it against sex-abuse tourists and IIRC it was originally conceived to deal with Brits who killed business rivals abroad where laws were weaker or not properly enforced. Presumably where evidence is available we could prosecute…[Read more]

  • Almost indefinitely from a human rather than a geological perspective. If they’re not subject to abuse the standards used to encode and organise the data will die out decades before the hardware stops working.

  • Mick replied to the topic Continuing headache in the forum Health 4 months, 1 week ago

    Is she dehydrated. I got flu in January and have been struggling with dehydration every day. Most days I get a mild headache until I drink 4 or 5 pints of water.

  • I sold a coat on Ebay this week and as soon as the auction ended, the buyer contacted me to say she didn’t mean to put in the last bid (the one that won) and could she have the coat for £10 less which she meant to be her maximum bid. I genuinely believed she had make an honest mistake but the cost would then be barely worth selling for me. So I…[Read more]

  • It’s shit like this that makes my blood boil: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-42789610

    If you apply for benefit then you should look for work, I don’t have a problem with that. What I do have a problem with is people being screwed over by a dysfunctional and callous system that seems to assume you’re a work shy scrounger.

    When Labour come to…[Read more]

  • I had a seemingly similar pain, I thought it was in my right shoulder blade, in a place where I just couldn’t quite reach. It turned out to be a strain of the muscle between two of my ribs, underneath the shoulder blade. I saw a physio for two intensive sessions on the area, and I revisit her periodically for maintenance sports massages.

  • I am wanting to buy something from America (only can get it from America). Seeing as Uk and us have different electrics I don’t want to overload it and blow it up. I am no electrician.. with this sort of thing my knowledge only stretches as far as how many prongs on a plug. Do I need just a power plug converter or do I need a converter that will…[Read more]

  • Thanks everyone for your replies. I think I will try some free anti virus.

    I use Norton at the moment and for me it slows my computer down to snails pace with all the intrusive scans that it does.

  • Mick started the topic Do you need antivirus? in the forum General Chat 5 months ago

    Is anti virus necessary in this day and age?
    Do I need to buy expensive anti virus if I am sensible and don’t go around downloading dodgy stuff?
    Correct me if I am wrong but most of the recent hacks are because of outdated windows versions..etc? and most of the time if you keep your browser and computer updated there is no need for anti virus?

    I…[Read more]

  • @nobroo we’re not getting 2 carrier strike groups. We’re getting 2 carriers. That means 1 carrier available, one in refit/workup. Which means we should always have a deployable carrier strike group available, a capability no country (other than the US) has.

    The french are deploying aircraft to a us carrier as their single carrier is in ref…[Read more]

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