mike

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

    We had a similar discovery when we moved into our current house.

    Humane traps don’t work. Go for lethal snap traps. Council pest control disposed of the bodies for us.

    It took us a year and a half to find their access point, so no matter how many we killed, we were stuck with them! Eventually found short bit of pipe going into the subfloor under the front doorstep. The rats tunnelled under the slabs at the front and then straight under the step. Once we sealed that they didn’t last long.

  • It would explain a lot

  • But despite being asked the OP has not said why they thought it was cocaine?!

  • Very will done for not giving up, I’m sure plenty of people have, and for being smart in pointing out to the judge what would happen if he closed the case.
    I will never use Britannia Hotels now you have shown their appalling attitude to customers.

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

    “I’m sure we could find more from all sides of the political spectrum. Why do they lie and how can they get away with it?”

    Generally they don’t which is how they ‘get away with it’.

    They do however frequently focus on narrow interpretations minutia tangent to the question or waffle then answer a different rhetorical question or employ a number of other tricks so as to give a misleading impression on difficult topics. It’s not lying but it’s not honest either. It’s also the way the majority of competent visible politicians are ‘communicating’ at the moment which is a shame because it’s corrosive and if it persists it’ll ultimately prove dangerous for our democracy but they’re locked into a bit of an arms race it’s hard to find a way out of. That said, communication styles do…[Read more]

    • “That said, communication styles do change and what works in one time or place doesn’t elsewhere, it’ll only take for someone to achieve some electoral success communicating more straightforwardly with the public to trigger change”

      I think you’ve missed the transition: five or ten years ago successful politicians used to play the games you describe. Droning on until people forgot the question and then answering a different one and such like.

      Trump and Boris Johnson have changed that. They communicate extremely straightforwardly straight at the prejudices of their base and they don’t give a sh*t about whether what they say is true as long as it is emotionally appealing. It’s been such a successful tactic that more politicians are copying it rather than trying to compete…[Read more]

      • “Trump and Boris Johnson have changed that. They communicate extremely straightforwardly straight at the prejudices of their base and they don’t give a sh*t about whether what they say is true as long as it is emotionally appealing.”

        Trump does, it’s not entirely clear how much of that is compulsive and how much is calculated. It apparently works but that’s not surprising given his barely literate base and Praetorian guard of right wing news filters. Johnson in general still doesn’t though he’s had a few little goes at outright populist nonsense, mostly he still errs on the side carefully distorting the truth and maintaining deniability (the bus for example, everyone stood in front of it but nobody is responsible for it) rather than flagrantly making stuff up.

        “It’s been such a…[Read more]

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

    Is the pain worse first thing in the morning? Does it feel like your feet are really sore and on fire? You could have plantar fascitiis. There a number of different thing that you can try out to help ease it. The most important thing is to make sure that you get rid of the underlining causes.. which are usually things like over pronation when you walk or wearing shoes that do not support your feet properly or are toot tight. Wearing arch support insoles can really help. When I had plantar fasciitis I wore some footReviver insoles which really helped me.

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

    Removing citizenship, from British born citizens, before guilt is ascertained through due legal process.

    What do I think of that? I think it’s an incredibly dangerous precedent to set, that is typical of the current government’s short sited pandering to media driven public opinion.

    I would sooner support public execution then revocation of citizenship without due process.

    My gut feeling is that if we have the evidence, try them as anyone else, lend them to the Americans and Israelies for questioning then leave their corpses hanging off tower bridge to feed the ravens.

    My sensible voice tells me that we have to be better than the scum if we are ever going to prevail, and that having a trial then housing and feeding two scroats until they either genuinely and fully rep…[Read more]

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

    So much is based on conditioned stereotypes. I wonder whether the western world’s view of Jews is still that they’re wealthy. Ask yourself (not just you) whether that’s part of your image.

    Sure, some Jews are wealthy, but not all (certainly not me), and there are many poor Jews as well.

    Just in case you or others don’t know, the rich Jew image stems right back to hundreds of years ago when Jews were not allowed to be in other trades or professions but were allowed to be bankers/moneylenders. They needed to make significant charges because so often the kings,queen’s,nobles,etc defaulted on paying loans back by basically kicking the Jews out.

    Amazing that the situation from maybe 700 years ago can still cause stereotypes.

  • mike posted a new activity comment 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%.

  • mike posted a new activity comment 6 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?

  • mike posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    Just wait for quantum computing

    • 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 6 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?

  • mike posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    A few years ago I used to work in stage lighting, and it wasn’t uncommon to arrive at a theatre at 6am to load in and find some git parked (illegally) in the way. The police never did anything, and even if they were willing we couldn’t afford to wait for them to tow it away. We just dealt with it, by a bunch of guys bouncing it down the road, or attaching it to the truck with a chain and dragging it. No one ever got in trouble for it, even though it would have been clear who moved it.

    The best story I heard was at a venue in Glasgow where the stage crew were legendary for showing off their strength. They picked up the car and carried it up the steps of the venue, leaving it sideways on between two pillars – so the only way to remove it would be to carry it back out. Apparently it…[Read more]

  • mike replied to the topic How do you buy a car? in the forum General Chat 7 months ago

    @peter PCP stands for Personal Contract Plan.

    It essentially works by you paying a deposit then monthly payments, but instead of owning the car you are effectively leasing it, and the payments are based on the depreciation rather than the full value. At the end of the period (normally 3 years) you either buy the car outright and keep it (essentially for its value at that point) or you give it back and have nothing to show for it at all.

    Where you get an issue is if it’s not worth what they think it would be at the end but less. In that case you owe them money simply to return it (insurance policies exist to cover this difference if it’s written off and you’d be mad not to take one, but not to cover you simply mistreating it or doing more mileage than planned). If it’s worth…[Read more]

  • mike replied to the topic How do you buy a car? in the forum General Chat 7 months ago

    Do not believe a single world a dealer tells you about PCP. Whilst sat waiting for a test drive I had to force myself not to interrupt a sales person talking to some potential victims about it… Sure, you can have something great for little up front cash, but the same is true about buying all your gadgets on a credit card and only making minimum repayments…

  • Just wondering if you’re aware of Masai Barefoot Technology and their (very pricey) shoes. It might be worth a browse on their website.

    https://www.backinaction.co.uk/mbt-info

    They take some getting used to but they are very good.

  • mike posted a new activity comment 1 year, 1 month ago

    Getting rid of these jobs is going to make a lot of people out of work and very angry.. I wouldn’t be surprised in future if riots break out. It is bad enough that the economy is in the shape that it is. McDonald’s jobs are amongst lowest paid jobs going and in an economy where self employment and small businesses simply don’t exist, and where people bite the bullet and do them despite the humiliation associated with these jobs just to survive, it really is a kick in the teeth for these people.