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  • in reply to: Reheating curry and rice #1217

    Sai
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    Personally, I’d bin the rest & eat the reheated rice..adding meat of course.

  • in reply to: First steps in running a successful business #1207

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    I don’t mind so much if they don’t answer phone calls or emails. My big bug bear is “yes I will be round at x time on x day” then they don’t show.

    When we got the kitchen done I contacted 3 places for a price, told them up front I was getting 3 prices to give them the option to back out if they didn’t think they would be competitive.

    Only 1 of the first 3 showed up so I had to book another 2 who didn’t show so I booked another pair, only 1 showed and I lost the will to live and based my decision on 2 prices rather than 3. The whole process took a few weeks of me getting home from work early to wait for nothing.

  • in reply to: How to speed up Synology NAS hyper backup? #1045

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    This is confusing me. I have just checked the Resource Monitor and at the moment the External drive is rocking a read speed of 49.9mb/s and a write speed of 16kb/s.

    Im guessing the write speeds are piss poor?

  • in reply to: Automatic Opt-in for Organ Donation. #1029

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    Im a donor, and I opted in recently for some reason I can’t remember! (some form I had to fill in for something.. I clicked yes) anyway. Point being, I had to think really hard about it, to be honest. I don’t know why. I was more afraid to say to my family “im a donor” than to actually become a donor. It was just a difficult choice to make! Not that I think my organs are worth much but then I really made myself think that if im dead they’re only worm food..so if any part of my anatomy is of use to someone no matter how small then that’s a good thing. I won’t need them. In fact, I might be quite willing to donate my body to science or to be mummified or something! Thad is cool.

    I do think we should have a choice as to what happens after we die or are deemed “brain dead” but opting out covers that. So frankly there is no reason to not have a total opt-in law. How many people could potentially be saved and go on to lead happy healthy full lives..

  • in reply to: Rear end shunt. #1021

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    This reminds me of the time some years ago when some pisshead had roared up the street, coasted across to the right-hand side of the road and hit a parked car (and knocked it about twenty feet across the verge into a garden). As part of the whole crash, a second car had been smashed in (mine) and three wheelie bins had been destroyed. The actual ‘driven’ car was ruined…the driver side front wheel was sheared off, but by the time I got downstairs, the driver was still trying to turn the engine to get away, unaware of the damage. I happily pulled him out of the driver seat, checked he was ok and when he tried to run, I picked him up, turned him onto his side, gently laid him on the grass, and sat on him until the neighbours called the police (sometimes there are advantages to being six foot four and weighing 22 stone)

    He’d “borrowed” the car from a mate at a party to go out and get some beers. the mate denied responsibility, so insurance was void. Went to court, the driver was found guilty and ordered to pay us £400 compensation. I think we got about six monthly payments of about £14 from the courts…and then they stopped. I queried it and was told that the guy had stopped making the monthly payments….but that we would start getting the payments again as soon as they started making the payments. If they choose not to, then tough shit

    Nice

  • in reply to: Basic maintenance to get a car through its MOT #987

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    MOTs are only really about making sure the car is working ok atathe very moment it’s tested, It’s not like a service that’s intended to keep the car running well for the next year or more. Things like tyres, if you have 1.7 mm tread over more than 75% of the tyre without any uneven wear patterns that would be a pass with advisory note but I’d never drive a vehicle with tyres in this condition. Brakes are a similar case, so long as they work on the rollers efficiency test they will pass but the pads or shoes could be really thin. Things like engine oil aren’t checked

  • in reply to: How reliable has your car been? #976

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    The most reliable car I’ve had so far has been a 55 plate focus I had for work. I put 150000 miles on it in 18 months, driving just about everywhere south of Birmingham, mostly motorway miles. It was serviced by ford when it was due, and from what I remember, nothing went wrong with it. The boss was a bit unhappy though, as it was meant to be returned to the lease company at 100000, with a fairly large charge per mile for anything over.


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    I don’t think there’s any reason not to work. But the person will not be able to claim for loss of earnings if they are employed elsewhere, so the final settlement, if they win, will be less any earnings, including the cash in hand stuff.

  • in reply to: Talking to people on buses and trains. Do you? #913

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    It depends if the person talking, like someone I met on a bus at Liverpool airport, was missing a shoe wearing a NHS branded jacket and blabbering that anyone who reads the Liverpool Echo is god and how he could kill everyone on the bus with a little blue Argos biro. If it wasn’t for the fact he could barely walk i’d have been quite concerned.

    On a more sensible note, the last bus home to my area on a Friday night is a proper good laugh, it’s full of well oiled old gits that all semi-know each other and are cracking jokes and laughing all the way.

  • in reply to: How much Oil Consumption? #890

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    The watchman wireless monitor we got with the new tank a few years back has been great – plug the receiver in to a socket as close to the tank as possible and it is simple to monitor the level – it even pops up a small filling nozzle when it gets down to approx 1/8 tank left to remind you to refill. Looking online, it seems you can get a wireless version (Watchman anywhere) that comes with an app for remote monitoring – possibly a solution that would give you the ability to discretely monitor the levels?

    It would also be worth checking the tank – if it is an older (>10yr) plastic or steel and un bunded, it may be worth investing in a new bunded tank, having had the fun job of syphoning off some 800 litres of oil from our 1900L tank after it split on a Sunday evening.

    We run a Rayburn and CH boiler in an uninsulated farmhouse from our 1200 L tank and order when it gets to less than a quarter tank – even if the oil company take a week to come out there’s still plenty of capacity (so far!).

  • in reply to: Is this legal? Domain registrar ignoring abuse complaints #1124

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    The registrar is based in Holland. The counterfeit drugs site is hosted by some dodgy Russian site. Godaddy for example if they find something dodgy on a domain registered with them they will inform you to get rid of the content within 48 hours or risk getting your domain deleted… this is how I found out that something dodgy was going on.

    There are probably millions of these sites set up by criminals and it is very much a whack a mole for the police getting them all… but I guess it doesn’t help when registrars and web hosts just pass the buck.

  • in reply to: Automatic Opt-in for Organ Donation. #1035

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    @nomad This was actually one of the reasons I didn’t opt in sooner. I didn’t think my organs would be good enough anyway and didn’t want to waste the time of the hospitals testing them. Maybe @hopscotch could actually answer this for me: if you’re opted in – and die – do they look at your medical history before deciding to take anything or do they take it then test it? id never want to waste anyone’s time even dead lol

  • in reply to: Automatic Opt-in for Organ Donation. #1034

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    I work in organ donation and I can tell you that even though it is changing to opt-out, the donor’s family will still get the final say as to whether donation goes ahead, and which organs and tissues will or will not be consented for (which is what happens now). The hospital will NOT go ahead with organ donation under any circumstances if the donor’s family decline donation. There are many rules and regulations in place to prevent donation going ahead without informed consent. The new opt-out rule has been put in place so that when the donor family is being approached regarding donation, it may make their decision easier if they know their loved one is on the Organ Donor Register/hasn’t opted out. There will also be safeguarding rules regarding under 18’s and people with limited capacity to understand the decision, and also for people who have been living in England for less that one year – these people will be exempt from the new rules.

    Ok, so whats the point then? Surely the person’s views on it should trump the families? Or do they need an “I actually didn’t opt out because I didn’t want to” card?

    I understand it all for the under 18s/people at risk, but for a standard person, it shouldn’t matter.

  • in reply to: How to speed up Synology NAS hyper backup? #1026

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    I’ve had my Synology DS214 for a few years and its done a stellar job chugging away in the background.

    The problem comes when you actually want to backup the NAS box. Have you used Hyper Backup yourself to an external hard drive?

  • in reply to: How to speed up Synology NAS hyper backup? #1024

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    Morning.

    My external drive is usb3 and plugged directly into the back of the NAS box.

    Yesterday I gave up and stopped the process. Using the NAS operating system, I reformatted the USB drive to ext4. It was previously formatted to NTFS as I normally connected it to my Windows computer.

    I then set off the NAS box to do a new Hyper backup, this time ensuring no encryption and no compression.

    After 13.5 hours running the backup is at 85% and still chugging along.

    Should backups, directly plugged into the Synology NAS box take this long?

    If I dragged and dropped from my windows computer to the NAS box I would get considerably faster speeds. Both are connected with cat6 cable and the NAS confirms a 1gigabit connection. However, I want to do a backup where I cut out any involvement from a windows computer.

    I have done a bit of searching on bing and it would seem that I am not alone with this problem especially as I upgraded the NAS operating system to DSM6.2

    My mate is thinking of buying a NAS box, what are people’s thoughts on a qnap box?

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