Niles

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  • #4235

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    @guy I’m not sure how you could compare the two, it’s not a like-for-like comparison and the ‘fitness spectrum’ is huge in both professions; are we talking Paras, WRENS, the bloke who feeds the regimental goat, Detectives, CTSFO’s, beat cops?

    If we assume that there is such a thing as ‘yer average’ (there isn’t), it would still be difficult to make an accurate comparison. Many squaddies join-up at 16 and leave 22 years later at the age of 38. Some are ultra-fit, others live unhealthy lifestyles and scrape through the fitness assessments. Bobbies are generally older, they often join in their mid-20’s and retire at 60. Just like the military, some of them are impressively fit and some aren’t.

    If you’re trying to compare the fitness level of ‘yer average’ squaddie against ‘yer average’ Bobby, clearly the younger man will win. Indeed, given that many ex-Infantry types become armed officers after they leave the forces, you’d be matching someone against his older self (again, the younger man would probably win).

    That said, if you take a 60 year old police officer and compare him to a (long retired) squaddie, I wouldn’t be surprised if the poor old fella whose been forced to maintain his fitness at level 5.4 on the bleep is in better shape.

    With regards to the ‘real question’, it depends on the role. Assuming we’re talking about ‘street cops’, they do indeed need to be fitter than the people they are trying to catch. The fit ones are fine and the fat ones need to shape-up.

    I don’t see that detectives or data analysis need to be fitter than any other office worker…like their uniformed companions, the military, and people in general some are fit and some are not.

    Next question, which are better a ballroom dancing, plumbers or sparkies?

  • #4233

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    @guy You seem to be suggesting that Level 5.4 Bleep is an aspirational grade for all unarmed police which they struggle to achieve – and that unarmed police officers are a uniquely unfit group of people – in reality they’re no different to any other group of people. There are no shortage of fit sports men and women in the police, like anywhere else, and no shortage of lard arses, like anywhere else.

    5.4 is nothing more than a basic minimum standard that all officers, of all ages, are required to pass if they want to keep their jobs.

  • #4231

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    The 5.4 bleep test for normal police is widely ridiculed within the service, as well as on this forum, for being pointless. Although, it should be pointed out that this is a ‘one size fits all’ fitness assessment and they’re expected to pass it until retirement at the age of 60.

    For new recruits, the bleep test is run until everyone has dropped out…so low level passes are unlikely to progress to the next stage of assessment.

    Police firearms officers must achieve 9.4 for ARV and 10.4 for OPS and CTSFO, they use the 15m test which is considered by some to be slightly more difficult than the 20m test because there are more shuttles, so more stop / start / turn. Again, the fitness assessment is run until exhaustion. If you drop out on 9.5, you’re unlikely to progress to the next stage.

    For armed officers, the bleep test is pretty much irrelevant because a far greater level of fitness is required to pass the Initial Firearms Training Courses – which involves rather a lot of running around whilst wearing ceramic body armour, ballistic shields and firearms (the shields alone weigh 25KG)…followed by exceptionally accurate shooting, at a level that exceeds general military standards.

    This is particularly true of CTSFO’s who work hand-in-glove with Special Forces, and are therefore exceptionally fit.

    ARV officers have to achieve 9.4 regardless of age – unlike the armed forces where fitness standards decrease with age. By the time you’re in your early 40’s the level armed police officers are required to achieve in the bleep test exceeds that of similarly aged military personnel.

    Not sure about dog handlers, but they’re as fit as you would expect for someone who spends the majority of their working day on their feet, exercising dogs.

    I await a mountain of anecdotal information about overweight police officers….

  • #4220

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    GDPR should put a stop to this!

    Come 25th May (when GDPR comes in to force) you can ask Facebook to tell you everything they know about you for free (under the existing law they could have charged up to £10). It’s called a Subject Access Request and you can do it any way you like: e-mail, telephone, write them a letter. They are entitled to verify your identity before handing the information over (obviously) but they have to respond within 30 days.

    Does GDPR apply to you if you cannot be identified I hear you ask??

    GDPR is quite clear that personal data is data that relates to “an identified or identifiable natural person”. “Natural person” means it doesn’t apply to companies, or to the deceased. “Identifiable” means that, even if the data doesn’t include your name/address/phone number, if there’s other information in there which could be used to identify you – including, for example, things like your IP address – then it’s personal data.

    If the data is completely anonymous then it doesn’t count as personal data and GDPR does not apply.

    GDPR doesn’t apply to – in the sense of impose legal obligations on – individuals or data subjects: it applies to companies that process personal data (data controllers and data processors). It does give data subjects certain rights, but it’s the data controllers/processors who are obliged by law to fulfil those rights when a data subject chooses to exercise them. If they only hold data which was collected anonymously, or which has been anonymised and the original data destroyed, then when you come along with a subject access request they are perfectly entitled to say “we don’t hold any of your personal data” – because it would be true. But you’re still entitled to ask, because otherwise how will you know?

  • #3894

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    In my case-sports massage sorted it out, also had a steroid shot for an impingement but also had something similar to what you describe prior to that. I am very one sided (or I was) thought lots of manual work etc which brought it on. I had massages monthly for about 6 months, job done. wouldn’t ever use a chiro.

  • #3879

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    It depends a lot on your risk profile. But there are occasionally viruses which do not require any activity, foolish or otherwise, on your part. I would say antivirus is still advisable on Windows 10, and essential on earlier versions.

    No need to buy though, there are perfectly functional free ones. I would recommend Bitdefender or Avast. Both may nag you to buy the full version, but both provide adequate protection through the free version. In fact if anything I would turn off some of the extra features in Avast.

  • #3816

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    Couple years ago talking to an inanimate object as though it was a real person would get you put in the nut house.

    These products to me seem to serve Google/amazon more than they would serve me. I have a cd player, computer that can do everything these things can do and I get to keep my privacy.

  • #3790

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    1) If you are buying new, decide on what you want and then contact every dealer in the UK asking for a quote for the specific model, engine size, extras etc. that you want.

    2) Take the cheapest quote and contact everyone who replied again asking them to beat it.

    3) Repeat 2 (optionally you can knock another £X off the price and lie about the quote you have if you think its still too high and nobody is quoting very well) until you have only 1 or 2 people left with enough motivation to try and really cut you a genuinely good deal.

    4) Buy vehicle.

    That’s what I did for my last van and it worked pretty well.

    My experience of a dealer is that you pay a premium for the vehicle and it isn’t worth it.

    My experience of buying from a random person second hand has generally been good. Most important thing is to judge the person you are buying the car from. If they really try to sell it or they have a number of cars or they are overly chatty, try to pressure sell, anything like that, don’t do it…. Ah, the internet is full off advice about buying from someone second hand, take a google, there are all sorts of articles with solid advice.

    Single most important thing is to know what you want before you start talking to anyone otherwise you are open to being persuaded that you want all sorts of other things you really don’t.

  • #3765

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    @peter In developed countries the birthrate is falling and hence the natural population will shrink over time.

    Luckily we are able to prevent the population from retracting by immigration.

    The Chinese found that limiting the number of children is economically disastrous. The main problem being old people had no one to care for them. To maintain their productivity they had to bring masses of people into the towns and take them off the farms.

    People eat far too much and create too much waste due to consumerist economic policies, not due to population size. There’s no need to introduce population control, population controls itself. What we need to do is control rampant consumerism. Don’t confuse consumerism with capitalism, they’re different. Capitalism works well as long a controls are put in place.

  • #3749

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    As countries develop their birth rate drops. There are a few reasons for that. One is more children make it to adulthood so couples don’t have to have extra children to compensate. Another is children start going to school, so they’re not productive members of the family working on farms or factories. Another is better availability of contraception.

    It’s more expensive to bring up children in a developed country.

    Im sure there are others.

    What is your source for these claims?

  • #3737

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    What about other junk drinks like coke etc?

    I know someone who had a minor stroke age 30 and he was told it was from drinking red bull excessively and working long hours (farmer).

    I only drink highland spring sparkling water. I just hope they don’t find a health risk with that!

    @scarymary Anything with artificial sweeteners in… Aspartame was banned in the US but is in everything here.

    Your farmer guy sounds like his stroke was caused by stress.

  • #3726

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    @howard Interesting, thank you. I read it in the Telegraph, and that failed to point out the flaws in the study.

    I’m sufficiently concerned with the correlation, given that my dad had ischemic strokes on a regular basis before he died.

  • #3711

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    Word of mouth. Failing that if your local area has a “mums” page on Facebook, as they are a great place to get recommendations.
    Down south, going rate is £10-15 an hour. For a one off clean, try a company such as Molly Maid.

  • #3624

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    And is DNA generic throughout the Universe – I suspect that it is

    Have a google of ‘panspermia’

    Interesting. Maybe panspermia could be harnessed in some way to permit ultra distant space travel.

  • #3556

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    @troll I agree that the US are very stingy when it comes to helping people in need.. but that is their problem. These big tech companies avoid tax not just in the US but across the whole world in countries strapped for cash. For example a couple billion that google avoids paying because of a deal they struck with George Osbourne could have gone a long way in helping people in the UK when government budget cuts targeting the most vulnerable in society.

    Putting blind faith in a “few” big tech companies is not good idea, the bosses that run the company’s are not saints for example if you look at people like Eric Schmidt (he is a sex pest and Nazis). I wish there was MORE competition in the tech world so that the wealth is not just concentrated in California.. and that will mean even more powerful growth that benefits more people. BUT these tech company’s like google don’t want this and game the system by paying governments and making deals to stifle competition so they remain in control. Bad not just for people but also innovation.

    • This reply was modified 7 months, 3 weeks ago by  Niles.
  • #3552

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    @muhammad Hardly they simply wish to control and be at the top.. if they really wanted to make a world a better place they would start by paying taxes as that is one way to help society… but because this isn’t on their terms and what they want to do they dont. Although Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and even Zukerberg aren’t the worst of the silicon valley bunch I have to admit. I can think of a lot better things to do then read a biography of someone talking about all the good deeds that they have done like a robber baron.

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  • #3316

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    [quote quote=3315]My girlfriend works in the public sector. She’s a civil servant at the DWP. If she gets a particularly good annual review she gets a ‘bonus’ of a £50 Argos voucher.[/quote]

    She gets her bonus after she has sanctioned enough vulnerable disabled people for no reason? SCUMBAGS!

  • #3303

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    Under your scheme, however, the company will have to pay tax at 20% in country A and can only secure an eventual deduction against CT in country B in later years and then only at a rate of 10%, leaving them unfairly out of pocket.

    @jimjam How is that unfair? If they make a profit in A, why shouldn’t they pay tax on that in A. What goes on in B isn’t very relevant to the citizens of A who need the tax revenue.

    Isn’t this part of the problem – that by shunting profits and losses around internationally large, obviously hugely profitable companies with a little sleight of hand claim to make no profit anywhere.

  • #3279

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    There should be no private companies given any government contracts that don’t hold their tax accounts in the UK.

    @nev I would agree with that. However what would you say if the NHS used a company that cost 20% more because it did not manage its finacial affairs as efficently as possible.

    Its same old same old, people want public services, but always seem to want someone else to pay. Its just like DFS with its interest free thing, everyone wants to get something for nowt, so everything needs to be smoke and mirrors.

  • #3276

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    So far my computer is playing nicely. However my NAS drive is no longer visible on my computer and I don’t know or remember how to map it.

    Agg, fekin aggg.

    Edit.

    The sodding update has removed some applications that I installed as well.

    I fekin hate the fact that Microsoft can remove what ever software it wants from my computer without telling me.

    I am now going to have to re-install google music manager. Why the fek did Microsoft remove that?
    Its not exactly damaging my computer.

    This Windows 10 is getting too big for its boots.

    If the USA wanted to go to Cyber War with whoever it wanted then Windows 10 could do some real damage on the nation’s behalf.

  • #3268

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    [quote quote=1230]According to a BBC news report I watched a recent poll has revealed that approximately half of the people living in the UK believe in some form of life after death, and 1 in 4 believe in angels.

    I wonder how this compares with the beliefs of people on utterz?

    I believe in life after death. for the record and that by accepting Jesus free gift (It doesn’t hurt accepting it as it doesn’t cost you anything) you will live forever.[/quote]

    It’s interesting to see the debate that your post has generated, especially the scientific arguments against there being a life after death.
    The many billions of people who are religious would almost certainly disagree with the science based approach which is certainly a minority viewpoint in numbers of people terms.
    Perhaps there are some things in this world, or the next, that science cannot explain.
    Personally I think that there is something after death but then I also believe that God made the world in under a week.

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