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  1. 10 hours ago, The Anti-Targ said:

    Surprise election announcement, MPs from his party pissed. Seems like he thought there was a credible threat to him being booted from the leadership.

    Either that or he knows that there is some really bad stuff going to break in the next few months. Possibly the forced renationalisation of Thames Water and the adding of its 16 billion debt to the national debt for one.

    Or possibly he has just has enough and wants to go back to running hedge funds. Or to move to the US.

  2. 10 hours ago, Madame deVenoge said:

    Try Indian food in the UK. 

    Oh I do, often.

    Both Anglo-Indian and straight Indian (even though the latter tends to be a bit too vegetarian for my taste).

    I am planning to cook a beef curry for this evening in fact.

  3. On 5/17/2024 at 8:43 AM, BigFatCoward said:

    We have a new system at work, it highlights spelling mistakes in red, but doesn't allow you to right click to correct them. I can't be fucking arsed looking up how to spell shit after no sleep, so i just leave them in.  Fucking stupid system, I wonder how much we paid for this piece of shit. 

    It may well be deliberate, if possibly inappropriate in your case.

    When presented with a list of possible intended words for a mis-spelling, many people pick the wrong word quite often. So in cases where accuracy is particularly important, you get a better result by forcing people to manually correct it - they are more likely to put the effort in to use the correct word.

  4. We really are talking past each other here, so I shall make some points and shut up.

    Lax regulation. For years the independent monitoring of water systems into which waste water has been slowly cut back, leaving the companies more and more to mark their own homework. The current public visibility of sewerage leaks is largely down to third parties and random members of the public increasingly noticing and experiencing problems that otherwise might have been swept under the carpet.

    On there being no instant solution, and how something needed to have been done years ago to have made the situation better today. Absolutely, no one is saying anything different. There is a long term under investment problem.

    As for the idea that "no one cared about it" 15 years ago. Most people have neither the time nor the ability to look at everything in the country and check that necessary standards are being maintained. We rely on regulators and governments to do that sort of thing. The problem is that corners can be cut for a long time until a problem becomes apparent or builds up to the point of being an issue. To use an example that has been argued before: nobody noticed that building cladding regulations had become dangerously lax until the Grenfell fire disaster (how could they without the relevant expertise and access?), and now there is a huge intractable problem that is going to cost a fortune to sort out (but has so far largely been ducked). Boeing in the US is another example.

    On spillages in 2023 being worse than 2022. Indeed this was because the weather in 2023 overwhelmed the system. And yes, in worse case scenarios some spillage is going to happen. The question is whether the system should not have been more robust and better able to cope with the heavy rainfall. However, this is all longer term issue than just one year.

    On lobbying. Example: a couple of years back Johnson tried to weaken the post Brexit laws on waste water disposal. With a quote along the lines of "our streets would be full of raw sewerage" if a relaxation was not allowed. Of course public outcry blocked that one. However Johnson did not come up with that idea all by himself. The water companies pushed him into trying it.


    For what it is worth though, I personally am happy to believe that water quality checks are still generally done well. After all that is something it would be self evidently stupid to cut back on, with corporate manslaughter charges a possibility if it was, even in today's world.

  5. 14 minutes ago, DaveSumm said:

    Can’t be arsed to look up others (see previous post on wading through pages of negative stories) but Thames haven’t paid any since 2017, and have stated they won’t until probably 2030.

    Because those offshore entities have carefully converted their equity into debt. For example, approx 10% of Thames Water's turnover now goes straight offshore as debt payments. And when Thames Water is, as is pretty inevitable now, re-nationalised they will be expecting the tax payer to pick up that debt. Thus basically avoiding any consequences for their actions. Indeed they have been trying to load Thames Water up with even more debt!

    Edit: though not to say that individual employees of the water companies are not valiantly trying to do their best. Basically much like the NHS, the system is held together by overstretched and under resourced people on the ground valiantly trying to keep things going. Though most of the ones I know have now given up and taken early retirement offers made in one of another of the companies cost cutting measures.

  6. It is kind of the problem. The public are justified in being "vehemently against" the monopoly water companies.

    When companies have a basically deliberate policy of releasing raw sewerage into the environment on an industrial scale because lax regulation (that they lobbied hard for) makes that more profitable than putting in the effort to make sure it gets processed properly ...

    That then makes it easy for the public to suspect than when a disease outbreak occurs then it might well be down to more corner cutting on the companies part.

  7. On 5/2/2024 at 7:03 PM, Craving Peaches said:

    Went for a walk in East Lothian once and the local council made sure to have tick warning signs which I thought was good. I usually try and wear long trousers/sleeves as a precaution but it can be too hot for that sometimes.

    Long trousers are not complete protection, even if tucked into socks or gaiters. Ticks will climb up clothing and try to find a way under it. They often attach themselves around people's waists.

    A manual or visual check of your whole lower body once you are home is safest.

  8. 1 hour ago, maarsen said:

    Computer programming is limited by Godel's Incompleteness theorem not to mention Turing's Halting problem. Human cognition seems to have bypassed these limitations so we can definitely say humans are not replicable by computers.

    Well, yes and no.

    Those theorems prove that often problems cannot be solved perfectly, you can't always be sure that your answer is correct, and sometimes problems can't be solved at all.

    Human minds can work with these limitations, but more recently techniques to help computers work round them are being used as well. Though this of course means that we can't be sure that the answers the computers give us are correct, we can only hope that they are reasonably good answers most of the time.

  9. 4 hours ago, Tears of Lys said:

    All I know is that I have a small swelling in that area and it itches now and then, two weeks later.

    Get your husband to watch out for a rash there, particularly a target like one with concentric rings. If in doubt go see a doctor and get antibiotics. Lyme disease is not fun and needs to be dealt with promptly.

  10. I see that they have successfully fixed Voyager 1. They worked out that a section of its memory had failed and reprogrammed its primitive computer to work round it. Voyager 1 was launched 47 years ago and is now nearly a light day away from Earth. As a retired software developer with some idea of what was involved, I am in awe of this achievement.

    https://arstechnica.com/space/2024/04/recoding-voyager-1-nasas-interstellar-explorer-is-finally-making-sense-again/

  11. On 4/18/2024 at 1:57 PM, Lord Varys said:

    In general, though, George is a much better novella/short story writer than a novelist. His greatest works would be his later short stories/novellas (including Dunk & Egg), not so much his novels. And ASoIaF is only as great as it is because every chapter is effectively written as a short story with a punchline/twist at the end.

    This.

  12. On 4/11/2024 at 8:18 PM, Toth said:

    ... so now I'm wondering whether I should pretend I am on good terms with her and talk normally to avoid the tense atmosphere at home to get worse. On the other hand, I just feel constantly miserable because I know my ideal self could talk to her about my sense of suffocation without making her go off... but then again, she has such a short fuse when she thinks I am acting to betray her that I absolutely can't risk it.

    Just to let you know, that bit about your "ideal self" is nonsense. Your mother is controlling you by throwing a tantrum whenever you try to go against her wants. That is her, not you, and there is nothing you can do to stop her reacting like that. All you can do is chose how you respond to her tantrums (or leave).

    You did not ask for advice, and I know you have heard it before, but any relationship where there is no open communication and one party has to walk on eggshells all the time so as to not trigger the anger of the other person is an abusive one. Frankly, your posts have given me new understanding of how someone in an abusive relationship has their sense of normal skewed by it and is reduced into constantly doubting themselves.

  13. 13 hours ago, Werthead said:

    There was a BBC News radio report many years ago (I think close to ten years ago) and police and legal services seemed to pull a figure that they believed the number of false accusations in the case of rape, sexual assault and harassment was something like 1 in 16, or for every falsified case they had 15 genuine ones.

    I have zero idea on what they were basing that on (definitely not convictions!), but that still seems to fall on the "generally believe the victim until evidence proves otherwise" side of things.

    That would be the police and legal services that have a fair number of sexual offenders in their own ranks, that have been widely accused of often failing to take rape seriously, and that manage to obtain a conviction for about 1 - 3% of rapes reported to them.

  14. The key issue is the ratios.

    What is the proportion or women who have been raped or otherwise abused to men who have been falsely accused? What is the proportion of women who go in daily fear of rape or other abuse to men going in daily fear of being falsely accused? What is the proportion of women who every day take precautions to avoid rape or other abuse (hint, that is close to 100% of women) to men who every day take precautions against being falsely accused?

    Personally I consider anyone who says those ratios are not wildly skewed are either ignorant young men or are arguing in bad faith. And this has to colour any discussion of false accusations.

  15. I seem to remember that in the very early days of D&D (my 2nd edition rulebooks are in the attic and I can't be bothered to get them out) a character had to take time out to level up after they had gained enough experience points. So it only happened at home base between adventures. This was a more "realistic" approach which avoided that problem. Though in those days characters tended to level up more slowly I think.

  16. 16 hours ago, Maithanet said:

    I can't comment on Dune Messiah, but just reading Dune alone, I did feel like he sought a path to avoid a huge war.  In a single battle, he decapitated the strength of the Emperor, Spicing Guild, and Bene Gesserit.  It wasn't a bloodless coup, but in terms of intergalactic suffering, it was fairly minor.  The idea that this was the path of least suffering available seemed credible. 

    This.

    I have always been convinced that was how the ending of Dune was originally intended to be read. The later sequels just retconned it so as to carry on the story. Part of the reason why I occasionally do reread Dune, but not the later books.

  17. 5 minutes ago, Heartofice said:

    Then you have stories like this where people are trying to get into Kate's medical records to see what is going on. It's driving a wave of hysteria!

    Well the tabloids have form in waving large amounts of money around to try to get access to private medical records. If someone had managed to get the records and sell them then the tabloids would have had a story. They failed, so now the tabloids get a different story. Win - win for them.

  18. 10 hours ago, karaddin said:

    I think its from some markets attached to the palace in some way? So given the lack of anyone reacting to them I assumed someone from the PR team was responsible for the video and TMZ doesn't care if it's actually them as it drives traffic either way.

    The royals had nothing to do with the video. It was a film of some random couple by a random nutter who sent it to the tabloids. They used it to get a day of headlines about Kate being spotted and then another day of headlines pointing out it was not her after all.

    3 hours ago, BigFatCoward said:

    If they know its not her they could release a statement to say so. 

    But if they do that, they will be forced into a cycle of having to issue a statement every time the tabloids whip up a story out of nothing. Which will only encourage them. I can see their point of view in following the late Queen's approach of ignoring the tabloids whatever they say. It is just getting harder to do in these times of constant mad conspiracy theories fanned by the internet.

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