Aarav

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  • in reply to: Automatic Opt-in for Organ Donation. #1039

    Aarav
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    I welcome it.

    I’m an organ-donor-in-waiting. I can only hope I am not a recipient in waiting, but who knows?

    I do understand the reasoning, but I am appalled that family members can overrule the wishes of a relative who has expressed a clear wish for their organs to be used to help others. I understand and accept that relatives should have a veto on the opt-out; I absolutely disagree that they have a veto on the opt-in. My body, my choice.

    I have left my body to science as a back up in case my organs are no good. I know the wishes of close family and will follow them.

    Why would I refuse to help someone live when I am dead and past caring?

  • in reply to: PayPal sucks :( #950

    Aarav
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    I’ve had this too, SC – once upon a time I lived next door to a big Waitrose store so Paypal had set them up as a delivery address from doing click & collect from John Lewis. I deleted it and had my home address as the default but it came back years later when PP resurrected it and tried to send something from a completely unrelated company there. Weird. Problem is it’s just so convenient for ebay/facebook purchases and lots of show centres use it for entries etc too.

  • in reply to: NHS pay #927

    Aarav
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    I’d happily take 6% rather than the net pay cut (before inflation) that I’ve received in the public sector.

    I wonder how combat medical technicians might feel about the comparison that NHS workers are the only ones that experience pressure. An interesting job comparison maybe? I wonder, is stress and therefore deserved reimbursement reduced when someone is trying to kill you whilst you manage a patient?

    My comparison isn’t to suggest that X or Y is more worthy or deserves more pay. Far from it. Merely to suggest that whoever shouts the loudest gets the best deal. And 1.3 million people can shout pretty loud.

  • in reply to: DIY building an inspection pit #899

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    Apart from exhausts and oil changes what’s a pit actually good for? Most jobs in the corners of the car you need access from both under and outside the car. A pit isn’t really much of a substitute for a ramp. For similar effort could you make some more headroom in the garage?

  • in reply to: Exercising a dog on a lead – how hard is it? #875

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    We have a couple of German shorthaired pointer pups 4 months old. They are enthusiastic, energetic and a bit bitey in the way pups are. They are lovely and won’t hurt you but they might enthusiastically nip you or scratch you with their sharp little puppy claws – both of which are completely unacceptable behaviours. As dog owners we fully understand we have to teach these pups good manners and acceptable behaviours – dogs should be controlled by their owners not the other way round (although sometimes it’s hard not to be coerced by them). Running free is a luxury we have as we have fields and we let them run loose – would I do it in public? not until their manners are excellent and we have sorted out their recall, neither of which we have achieved yet – dogs jumping and barking at strangers in public places counts as an out of control dog in my book – there are no excuses the owner is responsible not the victim. If they do it to people my guess is they’ll do it to livestock and that only ends with tragic results.

  • in reply to: Can a new employer find out about previous salary? #828

    Aarav
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    The P45 will be a clue. But I was an HR/Employment law advisor. I certainly never ever looked at someone’s P45 it always ended up with payroll.

    That assumes he is joining a large company so it might not be so cut and dried.

    If you end up being challenged about it just say that regardless of previous salary this is what you are worth and one of your reasons for leaving is being undervalued by your current employer.

  • in reply to: Apple trolls #815

    Aarav
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    A text that can crash a handset isn’t really a bug?

    … isn’t a big bug. There’s a difference.

    There is potential for all sorts of problems there if the bug can be improved upon.

    True so let’s hope that the way this has been found prevents that and Apple respond accordingly. Usually fixes for these things appear in a day or two after the news item which either indicates a very fast response, or that they have been working on it for longer than it has been public.

  • in reply to: Apple trolls #813

    Aarav
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    I think there are two things going on here. One is Apple’s complacency, which it has made a big thing about but which is really a legacy from when only 1% of people had Apple computers so the hackers didn’t bother with Apple. Nowadays, with a significant percentage of the world’s population having Apple products in their hands, the various Apple operating systems are much more worthwhile targets.

    The second if the Press’s tendency to give Apple problems more attention. Example – the Intel bug from a week or so ago which actually effected most of the computers in the world, but was presented (for a while at least) as an Apple problem.

    And the Text Bomb bug isn’t that big a bug really.

  • in reply to: Tinder Dating safe? #774

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    I think it is sad that people can no longer meet ‘normally’ the number of desperate singles seems to increase every year.

    That’s due to a change in society though – longer working hours, decline of the local pub, and smaller, more scattered groups of friendships etc etc. Much easier to sit and swipe or scroll!

    I think it can work, I’ve made good friends out of guys I’ve met online, and know a number of successful long term relationships and/or marriages. The trick is to a) choose a decent site, not a hook up app like Tinder, and b) go in with the attitude of meeting and making new friends first.

    What it doesn’t help is the constant ‘oh there may be someone better, I’ll multiple date’ attitudes so what I’d call proper dating, or courting has died out somewhat.

  • in reply to: When is the right age to retire? #753

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    I think it depends on what you mean by ‘retire’. I retired in order to accompany OH abroad with work and also lived away from home in the UK with him. We bought a house last summer and that kept me busy for a few months but then I started to get the urge to work again so I’ve started selling my pictures through small galleries and gift shops. Provided the work doesn’t start taking over my life I’ll be happy with this level of work because I also have a busy social life but I shudder at the thought of doing nothing but sitting around watching daytime TV and being aimless. I’m pretty sure that’s not your intention though OP so I say ‘Go for it’ if finances allow

  • in reply to: How to go off the radar? #735

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    How much comfort do you want? You could just sit on the pavement with a bottle of cider asking for change. Many people would actively avoid looking at you.

    Providing you didnt need any medical help or get arrested you’d be ok. You’d need to watch out for other homeless people robbing you, drunks beating you up etc.
    I’m sure that in a big city, you’d be totally anonymous and off grid. It wouldn’t be my choice of existence, but one that you could do at a moments notice.

    If you wanted some sort of luxury, then a prepaid credit card or two would help. Load then up with cash, and provided you could get to mainland europe, you could buy a bike, panniers, tent etc and travel (most of) the world.

  • in reply to: How reliable has your car been? #962

    Aarav
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    The only roadside breakdown I ever had in a high mileage car was my 306 HDi. It turned out to be a corroded pin on an electric multiplug through a bulkhead front passenger side of the engine bay. The connection was between a fuse box and a relay in the power feed to the in-tank diesel pump. Both the fuse box and the relay were in the rear part of the engine bay on the driver’s side. Unbelievable. I assume at some distant point in the past there was a reason for the cable to cross the engine bay, then someone routed it back again after a change… (the corrosion raised the resistance just enough that the pump wouldn’t always manage to start up when you cranked the engine).

    A nice little bodged made it right and the faithful pug got us all the way from North East England to Calaa Gonone and back during Eyjafjallajökull. The pug definitely enjoyed wagging its tail on some mountain switchbacks whilst avoiding the autoroute in Italy…

    Now I’m a decade older and have some spare savings I keep toying with the idea of buying a 306 Ralyee edition or doing an EV conversion on an HDi – not many left now though

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