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  • I’ve been there and it can be heavy. After some time I realised that I simply didn’t understand it and shouldn’t convince myself I did. And actually my best contribution was simply not making it worse with my own behaviour.

  • I get what you’re saying, and I was always very careful with maintenance. I had a bad run with that Yeti: a £10,000, four year old car managed to leave me stranded a few times. In the course of the next two years, there was a problem with the turbo dropping it into limp mode (eventually traced back to a software update that had been missed), a sparkplug lead that burned through because it was located too close to a hot manifold (this apparently plagued the 1.2TSi engine at first, and was fixed with a little clip that held the leads away from the hot part), and a mis-fitted oil filter causing a leak that brought her to a halt with the red ‘do not start, have me recovered to a garage’ light on. Somehow the car always knew when I had a really busy day on, and those three faults…[Read more]

  • I spent the first 20 years of my driving career thinking that anyone who drove a brand new car must be mad – that the only way to get value was to buy at about four years old and sell at about eight, so you’re not taking the hit of depreciation.

    Then I was persuaded to look at it more carefully, and realised that the overall cost of running my five-year-old Skoda Yeti was much higher than I thought. When I factored in servicing, maintenance, breakdown, MOTs, VED, tyres, and the decreased fuel costs, I found that it cost me about 70p/day to switch to a brand new hybrid on a three year PCH. Admittedly this was influenced somewhat by the fact that the new car is hybrid and I do my daily commute on battery alone – I’m saving about £4500 on fuel over the thre years.

    The thing that…[Read more]

  • You absolutely need legal advice. Your organisation must surely have access to a lawyer.

  • stew started the topic BT Broadband Scam? in the forum General Chat 3 months ago

    I had an interesting chat with BT today.

    I currently pay a lot for unlimited fibre broadband, which promises speeds of up to 72mb. However they concede that in my area, its only likely to be “up to 52mb”.

    Using various broadband speed checkers I find that I get around 23mb.

    So I enquired: “I can only get 23mb on your top fibre package, so it seems to me that it’d me more value to have your Standard package which promises up to 17mb. I’m bound to get that speed right?”

    “No sir, the 23mb is only on fibre cables, the standard package only uses copper cables, so you’d get a lot less than 17mb.”

    “So although you promise ‘up to 52mb’ on fibre but only deliver 23mb, and you promise ‘up to 17mb’ on the standard package, you would reduce that by switching me from fibre to copper…[Read more]

  • stew posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    Seems as though Googlers are all a bunch of losers who cannot take the truth that the company that they work for is EVIL.

  • More cloth is used, so why should this be subsidised by people who pay the same for smaller size clothing?

    Not just more cloth, also more sewing so more manufacturing cost.

    My guess is the more significant thing is that ‘extreme’ sizes sell far fewer units and are another inventory item for the manufacturer and stores to carry which takes space and a risk of being left holding inventory that might need to be sold off at a loss. For example, without outdoor clothing it’s the XXL jackets that get the 50% discounts in the last week of the sale.

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

    I don’t disagree that added RAM improves performance but I do wonder what everyone needs it for. I control my business from a <£500 laptop with only 4GB of RAM running multiple concurrent applications. Speed isn’t an issue. Your computer is only as fast as the slowest part and it’s no good having lots of RAM or a fast processor if the hard drive is slow.

    Therefore, and to hugely simplify the task of selection, confine your search to laptops with an SSD (solid state) drive.

  • Can you add student loan thresholds in there? As they are effectively a graduate tax.

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

    I agree he “was being a @#$&.” but I also think he should not be jailed. Training the dog to respond to “gas the jews” is tasteless and makes me feel very uncomfortable , but I do not feel it is criminal. That said, maybe I am just as bad… in isolation, I would probably have laughed at a dog being trained to respond to “Seig Heil”. To me, that’s more a mockery of Nazis and the over-anthropomorphism of animals than a hate crime. My own position is pretty much the variously misttribued quote:

    “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

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

    We do. But the evidence would suggest the majority of the populace neither have the inclination to exercise or control their food habits.

    • But is that any reason for us all to have state imposed limits on our choices?

      • Well it is, isn’t it? There’s a reason we don’t allow under 18s to buy addictive substances and it’s partially around their lessened capacity to cope in the face of addiction. Part of the accepted public understanding on addiction is that part of the reason we ban, say, heroin, is because people cannot control whether they get addicted or how they’ll respond. (I don’t think addiction is this simple, but it’s not that important to this debate and I’m just trying to highlight a point).

        That’s not to say that I think we should impose similar restrictions on food, or that food and heroin are remotely similar. I’m just arguing that the debate is about where we draw the line.

        We need better labelling and education etc… I think, as the debate around smoking shows, people are…[Read more]

      • @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]

      • Doesn’t it come down to ‘net harm’ and ‘net benefit’ in the end, though? The cost of alcohol going very high in Norway may have resulted in more people brewing their own alcohol, and in people going over the border to get drunk, but overall it’s improved the health of the population.

        It’s not so fair, one might say, on the more responsible people, but any changes in society often seem to be broad brush when it comes to legislation. Smaller burgers and reduced sugar in things aren’t that much of an attack on one’s freedoms anyway really. 😉

      • No matter what the potential “benefit” I think it’s rather doomed to fail unless an element of personal responsibility, and self respect, is engendered at the same time. Just taking away choice, or prohibition, will not work, and will heartily piss off people who do not need nor want Nanny State in their dining room.

      • ‘ But it has to be a blanket thing doesn’t it? Smaller burgers, less sugar, less fats, low alcohol, it’s not like we have the ability to exercise personal choice in our diet, exercise or drinking habits, Nanny State must choose for us.’

        @flyguy To think about this earlier post of your’s, except for the smaller burgers, there’s nothing to stop anybody ‘adding’ sugar or salt to their food, or choosing something with more alcohol in, so it’s not as if it’s taking away any choice in what people put into their bodies at all, not in the bigger picture.

        Which makes me ask so what if sugar and salt are reduced in commonly consumed foods, why should a certain amount of sugar or salt by the ‘right’ amount – that is – why does it matter if levels are reduced with health reasons in mind if…[Read more]

  • stew replied to the topic Changing broadband provider in the forum General Chat 6 months ago

    If you’ve got a good 4G signal, sounds like it might be an idea to look at using your mobile data instead…

  • stew replied to the topic Does acupuncture work? in the forum Health 6 months ago

    I was very sceptical, so someone I know that is a qualified acupuncture…ist(?!) did it to my hamstring area. I went from only being able to extend my leg to about 120deg, to fully straight with no discomfort at all.

    I don’t know how placebo works, but I don’t think it can make you more flexible? Only lasted about 10 minutes, but if you were trying to rehab a complex and painful injury, that would be enough to allow manipulation etc.

    I remain unconvinced about “a needle in your ankle will clear a cold” and similar claims, but the way it was explained to me about it causing increased blood flow to the area the needles were in to promote recovery, seemed like a reasonable explanation to me.

  • That equation doesn’t really deal with the likelihood of life actually arising though does it? The chapter “Fraction of the above that actually go on to develop life, fl” touches on it saying that for one reason and other it appears to be a fairly likely outcome given the right conditions, but then this:

    @mo No it doesn’t – but it pretty much shows that even using very modest values, there is a very high chance of there being intelligent life out there (and by extension, non-intelligent life is even more likely than that).

    “From a classical hypothesis testing standpoint, there are zero degrees of freedom, permitting no valid estimates to be made.” Does not the whole usefulness of the equation rather hinge on that? That’s not a rhetorical question, I don’t know much about…

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  • Surely since to our knowledge life has only ever arisen once on Earth, all other things being equal, the possibility of the rise of life itself might be seen as being pretty unlikely?

    @mo No. Even using very pessimistic (but yes – still guessed at) numbers, the probability is pretty high we’re not alone:

    (note this equation is apparently just for the Milky Way galaxy – as there are trillions of trillions of galaxies out there… things get a lot more positive looking).

  • stew replied to the topic Extensor tendonitis in foot in the forum Health 7 months, 2 weeks ago

    I have something like this but on the other side of my foot, Its from the underneath of my little toe down the outside edge and into my ankle, it’s constant agony and when standing I can hardly weight bare.