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  • robert replied to the topic New PC – any suggestions? in the forum General Chat 4 months ago

    Sorry! I’ve been procrastinating on a serious answer.

    I’d be tempted to look for a compact laptop second hand with 256 Gb SSD and 8 Gb ram from circa 2014/2015 from a big manufacturer.

    If you’re using this for stats packages is it educational? Does your institution have any links to suppliers with student deals?

  • robert replied to the topic New PC – any suggestions? in the forum General Chat 4 months ago

    but I do wonder what everyone needs it for.

    Inverting sparse matrices 282,429,536,481 elements in linear dimension…

    More seriously – with less than 8 Gb RAM a modern bloated OS and apps can struggle – swapping to disk a lot. You won’t notice that performance hit so much with an SSD but you might notice the increased wear and failure level on the SSD… I get buy just fine for everything except heavy maths with a 2012 laptop with 4 Gb RAM and an SSD, but it’s running Ubuntu not the current version of its original flavour OS.

  • Insurance policies for takeaways with fryers always specify wet chemical extinguishers and non-combustible blankets. Never seen wet chemical in a domestic property, mind. Personally, I would make sure I have what my policy requires but in the event of a fire….. just escape.

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

    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.

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

    Sounds to me you got plantar fasciitis. if I was you I would go to a podiatrist or a foot specialist to get your self checked out. PS, Make sure you go through NHS or else they might try to sell you something that you might not even need like really expensive custom insoles.

  • robert posted an update 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    UK IS duo stripped of UK status.. Personally I agree with their UK citizenship being removed however, the IS suspects feel this infringes their human rights.


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

    • Bloods still boiling to discuss rationally. However, whilst I fear we need to prove ourselves better than these servile scum, examples need to be made.

      • I’ve heard there are rooms still available at Guantanamo…

        • Which is an affront to all right minded people. Many people in Gitmo are there without charge.

          Surely, even for they bastards they deserve a trial and a very long sentence.

          Not sure about removing their citizenship, since they weren’t born here, but supposing you removed their citizenship and they were returned to their country of birth, only to be free men?

          So I’m torn between doing something alien to our constitution (Gitmo) or bringing them here. I suppose the best thing might be to pay some country to take responsibility for their trial, the country they committed their crimes in, and make sure they don’t get out. Though I think this might be difficult since we’re talking about Syria!!

          I’m against the death penalty, but I might make an exception for these two. But that…[Read more]

    • ‘Personally I agree with their UK citizenship being removed ‘

      I totally don’t. Citizenship is not the gift of government, the can’t bestow it or withdraw at will. If you are a UK citizen that’s it.

      And as for these scumbags; great. They are UK citizens, so subject them to UK law, which will result in them being locked up forever. Nor martyred; just pathetic.

      • Depends on the nature of their citizenship. Citizenship can be bestowed; naturalisation, etc.

    • 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]

    • As I understand it, the legal power to remove one’s citizenship can only be applied where it has been granted by the Government throughout the process of naturalisation.

      The individual will have been a citizen of another state prior to this, and although it is a sweeping generalisation will have applied for citizenship following immigration to the UK either through seeking asylum or another legitimate process.

      Thinking about the individuals involved, if it is the former, to take arms against the UK would be contrary to the doctrine of sanctuary from the Quran.

      Whatever the circumstances, or the additional issues, if citizenship is granted by the state, it can be revoked by the state.

    • Their crimes were committed in Syria, most of their victims were Syrian and they are still in Syria in the custody of a Syrian militia. Syrian laws regarding murder and war crimes should be applied by whoever has them in custody. That will render the citizenship question moot fairly quickly.

      • That sounds an ideal solution.

        • Not really as there is a big chance that they could be released/broken out in Syria which is after all a very unstable war torn country. Best to send them to Guantanamo bay never to be seen again.

    • Although I have no empathy whatsoever for these guys and as far as I am concerned they can rot in hell, I am very much firmly against removing citizenship to anyone, especially at the discretion of the state and without due legal process.

      Not only it’s pointless and unworkable, but it creates the precedent of a “two tier citizenship”.

      Before you know it we will be removing citizenship of naturalised Brits for minor offences, and it sends a message to all naturalised Brits that they are, after all, still lesser citizens than their counterparts who were born into it.

      Unfortunately this is part of larger move to undermining access to proper justice for foreigners.

      The latest immigration exceptions in the data protection bill are another example of how something initially meant…[Read more]

    • As I understand it citizenship was given to these two individuals by the government so I don’t see why they can’t take it away.

    • I have a vague recollection that it’s a violation of the Univeral Declaration on Human Rights to render someone stateless.

      A quick google cites Article 15. Anyone here who actually understands these things?

    • I can never understand why people like this just don’t disappear.

      • I suspect quite a few have, and TBH I think that’s the best thing all round.

        Unfortunately some will find their way back, and the likes of Matrix Chambers will be desperate to have them as clients. What better way to display your social conscience, (and maybe in time make a couple of million off the backs of the British taxpayer), by protecting the rights of mass murders and sadists?

      • I think that I am the only person who openly admits to wanting Capital Punishment on these forums. However, on this occasion, if the two remaining Beatles are found guilty of the alleged crimes then I would like them to be confined to solitary confinement for the rest of their natural lives. And I mean solitary, not even seeing their guards. I believe that this would be the most effective torture which could go on for decades.

    • In principle if you aspire to citizenship of a country and you then commit acts of terrorism against your host, the country which has protected, educated and sheltered you, you should be made to face the justice system of that country. In this case I can only think that a deal must have been struck with somebody who desperately wants to get their hands on the two.

    • “… in the custody of a Syrian militia.”

      There’s the rub. Who are this militia and do we recognize them as fit for applying the rule of Syrian law?

      If, say, an Australian had traveled to Northern Ireland, joined the UVF, allegedly committed murder in their name, and was captured by the IRA, would the Australian government say, “well he’s in the custody of a militia so let them deal with it”?

    • The other surviving ‘Beatle’, Aine Davis, was jailed for seven years in Turkey. Davis was involved in the torture and brutalisation of hostages, not to mention the execution of 27 captives whose ‘crimes’ included being aid workers and journalists. Ankara refused extradition requests from both the UK and the US.

      Regardless of the jurisdiction this pair end up in, I hope their many victims see a bit more in the way of justice than seven years.

      • Presumably he would receive a life sentence in either the U.K. or the U.S. Still can of course, once he has served his sentence in Turkey, which won’t be a holiday.

        • Turkey have set a precedent by refusing extradition once, wouldn’t put it past them to do so again, especially in light of Erdogan’s continued antipathy to the West.

    • They are in the country they are accused of committing crimes in, however they are being held by an anti-Government militia, Kurds. They are happy to hand them to the British, probably not so much the Syrian Government.

      • 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 fighters returned from the middle east, the risk I suppose is the evidence is weak, witnesses dead or unavailable etc, trials collapse or cases can’t be made then they go back into the general population to cause more problems. The alternative then is internment or treat them as prisoners of war but it’s debatable whether the end would even justify the means, it’s proven counterproductive before and it likely would again looking at the popular…[Read more]

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

    I believe it can do and often does this constantly, but is counterbalanced by the absorption of cold, weak black tea from the surrounding environment and thus often goes unnoticed.

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

    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.

  • 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.

    @jamie I think I heard the same report. What surprises me about these people who keep finding that Facebook has their address book is that you get specifically asked if you want to allow it access to your address book when you sign up, so they must have okay’d it at some time. A number of apps do this. I have always steered clear of doing this since most times it isn’t really important for the app to work.

  • robert posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    Sounds very similar to when the coil pack went on our car!

    • Yes. If was a diesel I’d suspect a clogged fuel filter due to the cold weather, but that’s unlikely with petrol.

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

    @nutter You’re absolutly correct to compare it to addiction.

    Its all about addiction to food. It’s our environment making us unhappy which makes us eat. It’s the reward chemicals the food ‘industry and manufacturers’ are loading the food with. It’s the constant bombardment by advertisers that push us to eat when we are not hungry.

    Telling an obese person to take control and eat less and move more is exactly like telling a heroin addict to stop taking heroin.

    Restricting calories probably won’t make a difference but making manufacturers think a bit about what they’re putting in their food may.

    I’m sceptical. Food growing and production shouldn’t be a massive privatised industry concerned only with making profit. It’s one of the only ‘industries’ that should be privatised…[Read more]

  • robert replied to the topic Does acupuncture work? in the forum Health 6 months, 1 week ago

    Whilst undergoing physio for a thumb problem the physio asked if he could try acupuncture, being open to new things I said yes (paid for the session anyway). He put needles in my hand around the area then did some in the other hand to “balance the flows”

    After my thumb felt great, no pain at all. For about 30 minutes then it was back to being painful. I doubt I would try it again.

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

    I bought a car in September.

    I did a bit of research on-line/ What-car magazine, arranged for a test-drive, asked them if they could match the What-car ‘target price’. They asked me if I was going to buy any add-ons (gap insurance, tyre insurance, resin bodywork protection etc etc), I told them ‘no’. They asked for £300 over the target price, I threatened to walk, they matched the target price.

    I really wanted to buy from a dealer, not from the internet, so this suited me.

  • Ultimately we will all be replaced be technology as a combination of AI and present programmed machines.
    Driving we all know is doomed.
    Supermarket checkouts are 90% self service now, it’s only a matter of time before all shops are the same.
    A lot of manufacturing is done using CNC machines.

    The only thing slowing down the rise of the robots is the cost, people are far cheaper but the balance is changing.
    The tech is getting better and cheaper.
    Humans are getting more expensive and have more rights.
    The minimum wage keeps going up, employers now have mandatory pension contributions, working hours are lowering (hardly a week goes by without some think tank calling for 3 day weeks so that we have to employ double the amount of people to cover the same workload but people will still…[Read more]

  • You have my sympathies.
    To get rid of it:
    Don’t eat anything for 24 hours. Only clear fluids – water, black tea and coffee. Vodka doesn’t count.

    Wash your hands a lot especially before eating. Wipe surfaces like door handles with disinfectant. Wash towels and bedding on 60 degrees.
    Good luck.

  • The NHS should not have to be where the buck stops. From the moment a reveller/binge drinker takes their first beverage to the point where they become at risk there were occasions where this could have been addressed.

    I realise that people pre-load with alcohol before going out for the night but shouldn’t pub and bar staff stop selling intoxicating liquid sooner rather than letting the cash tills ring?

    Or maybe the Police could further exercise their powers regarding drunkenness in a public place before people become further at risk to themselves and society?

    Maybe society could change its mindset and stigmatise binge drinking rather than celebrating the event?
    I’m sure many of us have heard people saying with pride “you should have seen me last night, I got so totally…[Read more]

  • Should have had these years ago.

    Maybe the Police could use their powers as well to curb drunkenness?

  • robert replied to the topic Cataract Surgery in the forum Health 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    I’ve had cataracts removed from both eyes recently. Surgery was over in probably 15-20 minutes. Not painful. No bending face down or anything strenuous for a few weeks – not worth it in case you cause damage. Watch out for your car insurance though. I was totally confused by everyone’s stories (next day to three months!) so spoke to my insurance company direct. They didn’t need anything from me, but asked me to ensure that a professional confirm that my vision was up to legal driving standard before driving or cover could be invalid in the event of an accident. My first op left me a wee bit unbalanced, but I felt ok to drive after a week or so and had my optician do another eye test to confirm I was legal again. Good luck.