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  • in reply to: Reheating curry and rice #1227

    holycow
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    I’m the youngest, and ate reheated rice for 20 something years, and my family probably ate it for longer before I appeared. I guess it might come down to the statistical risk and how likely one thinks it is to happen (I’ve no idea about the odds)? It seems worth avoiding doing if you’re a western person with food to spare.

  • in reply to: My dentist has given me toothache :( #1159

    holycow
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    Should have brushed your teeth!

  • in reply to: How reliable has your car been? #970

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    03′ Seat Ibiza 1.9 turbo diesel since 2013. Got 130,000 on the clock.

    I would say I spend about £500 a year on servicing. Its had new tyres, brake pads and a…. dashboard. Dodgy electrics meant the indicator light wasn’t flashing which is an MOT fail.

    Only one roadside call out due to the engine coolant perishing with age.

    Apart from that its great on the motorway and non-urban driving at around 50mpg. And its better than the Polo diesel I had before known affectionately as the ‘rust bucket’.

  • in reply to: DIY building an inspection pit #901

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    Could you look into (safely) modifying some drive on ramps to make going underneath easier by making them taller?

    Going through the concrete and then digging the inspection pit and dealing with any water/damp issues, not to mention what to do with the soil you remove, it sounds like the mother of all jobs.

  • in reply to: Exercising a dog on a lead – how hard is it? #865

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    Mine couldn’t be trusted off lead for most of his life, so I kept him on the lead unless we were in a secure fenced off area and no one else around. It’s not ideal, but it was the best option for that particular dog.

    Dogs should be under control in public places. Some dogs have good recall and are able to be controlled off the lead. Many don’t. I’m a dog lover, but I think that if a dog isn’t reliable off lead then it shouldn’t be off lead if it’s going to bound up to people.

  • in reply to: Can a new employer find out about previous salary? #833

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    I don’t think that’s the case. Employers have to give fair and accurate references. I see no way in which giving a person’s leaving salary could be described as unfair or inaccurate.

    @abdul As I said before, there needs to be permission from the employee otherwise it’s a potential violation of the data protection act.

    My understanding is that if I receive a reference request for person A from company B, that I should only answer it with permission from person A. As I said in my previous post, this person may have given permission to their current employer. Just imagine; I write to your employer asking for a reference for you – but I’m doing this to find out information about you for my own interest not as part of a job offer. Congratulations, your employer just released data about you to a malicious third party and without your permission.

    Any business disclosing an employee’s salary and other information without directly seeking their permission needs to check their procedures before May 26 when we switch from the DPA to the GDPR… My understanding is that the person’s status as an employee may even qualify as protected data under GDPR.

    Employers have to give fair and accurate references.

    The first sentence of your link says they *do not have to give a reference*. There is nothing in there with regards the data protection aspect. Your reference is regarding the seperate fact that any reference if made must be factually correct. More I suspect to do with libel etc. There is also nothing about an employer being *compelled* to put any particular thing in there, only that what is their must be accurate.

  • in reply to: Can a new employer find out about previous salary? #827

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    As part of the references can the new company ask my current HR department

    Without your explicit permission, your current HR department would be breaking the Data Protection Act 1998 if they told the new company your salary present salary – or indeed anything about you. If you put your current employer down as a reference then you may have given them such permission?

    or perhaps calculate it on my P45.

    Whoopsie. Let’s hope that submitting false information in your application isn’t grounds for instant dismissal. It is where I work. Wouldn’t want that hanging over me. Between that and plagiarising someone else’s question without reference (that’s a new one on me) some people might start to form a view.

  • in reply to: Apple trolls #809

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    For me, when I say ‘it just works’, I’m talking more about usability.

    Bugs/Problems happen in every area of tech, it’s inevitable and unavoidable.

    Why people like apple is the ease of use, hence, ‘it just works’.

    Not only that, the computers ‘just work’ for quite a while. I’ve been running Macs since the early ’90s. I’ve had six Macs over that time. Two of them are still running – a Mac Mini circa 2009 and a MacBook Pro from 2011. Somewhere in the attic we have five inoperable Windows machines (plus a couple that would be fixable if we could be bothered) that we’ve had over the last fifteen years. One or two of the older ones aren’t actually broken – I installed Linux on them – but they wouldn’t run an up to date version of Windows. So although I wouldn’t say Apple are perfect (I think they’ve taken their eye off the ball a bit interface-wise in recent years), they do make substantial machines that last.

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  • in reply to: Chiropractor- yes or no? #803

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    Thanks for the input everybody 😀

    I’m going to do my other two sessions and see how I go. To be fair to get she has sorted my shoulder a treat and I’ve now got no pain and a good range of movement – I’ve told her I don’t want any neck twisting,cracking or popping and she’s fine with that.

    Ongoing I’m going to look for a good physio/sports massage to keep me ‘on the road’

  • in reply to: Chiropractor- yes or no? #799

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    Thanks guys. I’ve given her a call and she said the other shoulder pain is normal – she said it’s probably always been there but because my ‘bad’ shoulder was agony I wouldn’t have noticed it as much. The shoulder she worked on is loads better so I think I will give it a couple more sessions.

    I also said I didn’t want my neck ‘cracked’ again and she said that was fine she won’t do it.

  • in reply to: Cost of dental treatment #795

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    It could be the tooth, if it has become reinfected and the toxins around the apex are leaking up the gum line then it could be that and he may or may not experience pain with it, but he would likely get a bad taste in his mouth from it.
    This sounds really grim, but it’s what we used to suggest to clients in the chair: floss between two rear molars, and then smell it. If it’s a similar smell to what his breath is like, it could be just having a deep clean will sort it. Other possibilities is tongue, harbours loads of bacteria, so include brushing it in cleaning regime. Dehaydration can also cause bad breath. I would suggest if it is a new issue, its best to get it checked by a pro to ensure nothing that requires treatment is going on. Peace of mind really!

  • in reply to: Tinder Dating safe? #775

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    I met my OH on it. I didn’t have any dodgy messages or contact with anyone other than seemingly well-intentioned men, but then I was very fussy and only ‘swiped’ on people who had gone to the effort of filling out a bio about themselves amd that came across well educated and in it for a relationship! I met a good man quite quickly, we’re well suited as we share a main interest (very easy to tell with App dating)

  • in reply to: Narcissism taking selfies? #740

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    Aren’t we all slightly narcissistic?

    We probably are, and some more than others. If I stood on top of Everest, I would want my photo taken

    But is it a healthy trait?

  • in reply to: How to go off the radar? #736

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    You can always just go half way. Go self sufficient for power, heating and water. Dump the phone, TV, internet, let your passport and driving licence lapse. Use cash where possible.

    Of course this makes it all the harder to engage with society when needed, health and family reasons.

  • in reply to: Basic maintenance to get a car through its MOT #984

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    What does this achieve?

    Makes sure the DPF has regenerated and is working at peak ability would be my guess.

    I have a shamefully old diesel that’s pre DPF; I try and avoid ever going over 2000 rpm as the resultant filth from the exhaust horrifies me. These days it’s my 2nd car and is only used in proper northern winter conditions, proper floods and for the occasional large load. I’d replace it but I don’t know what with. It’s a 2003 X-Trail; all the newer SUVs have rather lost the robust agricultural engineering and morphed into expensive school run wagons. The next natural step I think is a Hilux or similar. I’m holding off in the hope of Nissan releasing an electric Navara and me winning big on the premium bonds…

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