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    dgul got a reaction from whocares in Companies doing free school dinners for kids   
    Quite.  The solution isn't to give them more money, but to force them to learn the required skills.
    However, these days I think that gov doesn't actually care about all that.    If they give money to me I'll spend it sort-of wisely and maybe save some, whereas if they give it to the feckless they'll spunk it all before the day is out.  Ie, give £100 to me and I'll slowly drip it into the economy, give the feckless £100 and it'll be shovelled into the economy by teatime.  Hence the economic impact is greater if you throw cash at the feckless.
    [There is a moral hazard in all that.  I suppose it'll rear its head at some point.]
  2. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from whocares in Companies doing free school dinners for kids   
    I can kind-of see why* they might get free meals at school, but I can't understand why they need to have the cash equivalent when they're at home -- parents could cook for them (many are at home full-time or short-hours working) and once in secondary school it isn't outrageous for a child to be able to cook something for themselves. 
    For some reason I'm expected to pay for them to eat in a restaurant every day.  This is bonkers.
    [*Actually, I can't.  My children (mid teens) prepare their own school-day lunch every evening.  A few days a week they decide to go for a school meal.  Oh, but the poor kids need their nutritious (ha!) school meal because they don't get anything cooked for them at home -- my kids will prepare evening meals for the family a day a week or so, and will prepare their own evening meal a few days a week.   It appears that I give out cash so that feckless people don't have to bother with all that effort.]  
    The way it is presented it is as though all poor people are completely useless and can't even prepare something for themselves for lunch.  Well, I suppose that might be the case if we keep on spunking cash on them so that they can stuff themselves with KFC every day.  Perhaps a little tough love is required, not more indulging the buggers.
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    dgul got a reaction from lid in Companies doing free school dinners for kids   
    I can kind-of see why* they might get free meals at school, but I can't understand why they need to have the cash equivalent when they're at home -- parents could cook for them (many are at home full-time or short-hours working) and once in secondary school it isn't outrageous for a child to be able to cook something for themselves. 
    For some reason I'm expected to pay for them to eat in a restaurant every day.  This is bonkers.
    [*Actually, I can't.  My children (mid teens) prepare their own school-day lunch every evening.  A few days a week they decide to go for a school meal.  Oh, but the poor kids need their nutritious (ha!) school meal because they don't get anything cooked for them at home -- my kids will prepare evening meals for the family a day a week or so, and will prepare their own evening meal a few days a week.   It appears that I give out cash so that feckless people don't have to bother with all that effort.]  
    The way it is presented it is as though all poor people are completely useless and can't even prepare something for themselves for lunch.  Well, I suppose that might be the case if we keep on spunking cash on them so that they can stuff themselves with KFC every day.  Perhaps a little tough love is required, not more indulging the buggers.
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    dgul got a reaction from Lightly Toasted in Home office ditches the £35,800 minimum salary to settle in the UK   
    I'd suggest that:
    All sorts of people for all sorts of jobs should be let in. But, for every job type, there should be a plan for UK self-sufficiency.  This should include things like subsidised HE, free training, etc.  The length of the plan should depend on the length of training required. So, for eg, for nurses (#lovetheNHS), we should import nurses to satisfy demand, but future demand (at the about a + 5 year point) should be able to be satisfied by UK resources.  to get to that point, gov should offer subsidised (potentially free) nurse training so that we'd get to the levels required (x thousand per year) so that we'd not need to import any further staff.
    And, for eg, for hand car wash operatives, they should be allowed to come in for about a day or so, until home workers have been trained to wash cars by hand.  
    That approach would actually allow the UK to keep on running, but would also help UK plan for future needs (rather than the current mess).
    Also, the real cost of that training would help focus minds at gov about what they should be investing in.
     
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    dgul got a reaction from Great Guy in Home office ditches the £35,800 minimum salary to settle in the UK   
    I'd suggest that:
    All sorts of people for all sorts of jobs should be let in. But, for every job type, there should be a plan for UK self-sufficiency.  This should include things like subsidised HE, free training, etc.  The length of the plan should depend on the length of training required. So, for eg, for nurses (#lovetheNHS), we should import nurses to satisfy demand, but future demand (at the about a + 5 year point) should be able to be satisfied by UK resources.  to get to that point, gov should offer subsidised (potentially free) nurse training so that we'd get to the levels required (x thousand per year) so that we'd not need to import any further staff.
    And, for eg, for hand car wash operatives, they should be allowed to come in for about a day or so, until home workers have been trained to wash cars by hand.  
    That approach would actually allow the UK to keep on running, but would also help UK plan for future needs (rather than the current mess).
    Also, the real cost of that training would help focus minds at gov about what they should be investing in.
     
  6. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from Van Lady in Home office ditches the £35,800 minimum salary to settle in the UK   
    I'd suggest that:
    All sorts of people for all sorts of jobs should be let in. But, for every job type, there should be a plan for UK self-sufficiency.  This should include things like subsidised HE, free training, etc.  The length of the plan should depend on the length of training required. So, for eg, for nurses (#lovetheNHS), we should import nurses to satisfy demand, but future demand (at the about a + 5 year point) should be able to be satisfied by UK resources.  to get to that point, gov should offer subsidised (potentially free) nurse training so that we'd get to the levels required (x thousand per year) so that we'd not need to import any further staff.
    And, for eg, for hand car wash operatives, they should be allowed to come in for about a day or so, until home workers have been trained to wash cars by hand.  
    That approach would actually allow the UK to keep on running, but would also help UK plan for future needs (rather than the current mess).
    Also, the real cost of that training would help focus minds at gov about what they should be investing in.
     
  7. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from longtomsilver in To PC or not to PC   
    Yes.
    Decades ago you had to get a new pc every few years just to keep up with requirements.
    These days a 5ish year old PC will be able to do everything that is wanted to be done.
    I pretty much only buy corporate refresh machines.
  8. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from longtomsilver in To PC or not to PC   
    I can't see that you're asking anything special from it.  Unless you're doing something very special, GPUs are for gaming.
    I'd have thought any current 'cheap thing' would be fine (and would certainly be significantly faster than your iMac).  Given the graphics thing it would probably be sensible to not get a bargain-bucket 4gb and consider at least 8gb (which isn't much in this day and age).
    You'd be fine with a laptop, I'd have thought.
    If you want to do video editing then Kdenlive is free and pretty good for 'normal video stuff'.
  9. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from janch in Companies doing free school dinners for kids   
    I can kind-of see why* they might get free meals at school, but I can't understand why they need to have the cash equivalent when they're at home -- parents could cook for them (many are at home full-time or short-hours working) and once in secondary school it isn't outrageous for a child to be able to cook something for themselves. 
    For some reason I'm expected to pay for them to eat in a restaurant every day.  This is bonkers.
    [*Actually, I can't.  My children (mid teens) prepare their own school-day lunch every evening.  A few days a week they decide to go for a school meal.  Oh, but the poor kids need their nutritious (ha!) school meal because they don't get anything cooked for them at home -- my kids will prepare evening meals for the family a day a week or so, and will prepare their own evening meal a few days a week.   It appears that I give out cash so that feckless people don't have to bother with all that effort.]  
    The way it is presented it is as though all poor people are completely useless and can't even prepare something for themselves for lunch.  Well, I suppose that might be the case if we keep on spunking cash on them so that they can stuff themselves with KFC every day.  Perhaps a little tough love is required, not more indulging the buggers.
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    dgul reacted to Snark in To PC or not to PC   
    If you want a reliable PC, NEVER share one with anyone else, and certainly not with the kids. My nephew is 12 and i've got 3 laptops on which he has either set and forgotten the bios password, or filled it with malware to the point where it can't be saved and needs wiping.
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    dgul got a reaction from Sucralose Ray Leonard in Those poor unaccompanied child migrants are so vulnerable   
    The things people will do to get free school meals.
  12. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from The Grey Man in Those poor unaccompanied child migrants are so vulnerable   
    The things people will do to get free school meals.
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    dgul got a reaction from Great Guy in Those poor unaccompanied child migrants are so vulnerable   
    The things people will do to get free school meals.
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    dgul got a reaction from Bear Hug in Buying a Car   
    Just a few thoughts (rather than recommendation that others have done):
    When you factor in size of car vs cost it might be effective to buy a folding bike rather than full size (eg, I have a Montague -- 700c wheels but fits in my saloon's boot).  I also don't get the issue with taking off a front wheel.  A cycle carrier would also sort out the issue (albeit also 'with other impacts').
    A FWD car on 'Mud & Snow' tyres will often do better than a 4x4 on 'normal tyres'.
    If there are lots of potholes to worry about, get a car with wheels with higher profile tyres (rather annoyingly, this is getting more difficult).
  15. Agree
    dgul reacted to spygirl in Companies doing free school dinners for kids   
    Food is cheap.
    Takeways are not.
    When I was a ... student   ... my daily day time diet consisted of a large amount of oats. Being a lazy veggie I just used to stodge up with soy milk porridge.
    Thing is, chuck in some fruit n veg and its bordering on a pretty ideal if a bit boring diet.
     
     
  16. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from Bedrag Justesen in Buying a Car   
    Just a few thoughts (rather than recommendation that others have done):
    When you factor in size of car vs cost it might be effective to buy a folding bike rather than full size (eg, I have a Montague -- 700c wheels but fits in my saloon's boot).  I also don't get the issue with taking off a front wheel.  A cycle carrier would also sort out the issue (albeit also 'with other impacts').
    A FWD car on 'Mud & Snow' tyres will often do better than a 4x4 on 'normal tyres'.
    If there are lots of potholes to worry about, get a car with wheels with higher profile tyres (rather annoyingly, this is getting more difficult).
  17. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from M S E Refugee in The economy is totally and utterly fucked   
    Well, I'd say 'the trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples' money'.
    The squeals will be deafening when that money runs out.
  18. Lol
    dgul got a reaction from whocares in Those poor unaccompanied child migrants are so vulnerable   
    The things people will do to get free school meals.
  19. Lol
    dgul got a reaction from LC1 in Those poor unaccompanied child migrants are so vulnerable   
    The things people will do to get free school meals.
  20. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from MrLibertyRedux in Companies doing free school dinners for kids   
    I can kind-of see why* they might get free meals at school, but I can't understand why they need to have the cash equivalent when they're at home -- parents could cook for them (many are at home full-time or short-hours working) and once in secondary school it isn't outrageous for a child to be able to cook something for themselves. 
    For some reason I'm expected to pay for them to eat in a restaurant every day.  This is bonkers.
    [*Actually, I can't.  My children (mid teens) prepare their own school-day lunch every evening.  A few days a week they decide to go for a school meal.  Oh, but the poor kids need their nutritious (ha!) school meal because they don't get anything cooked for them at home -- my kids will prepare evening meals for the family a day a week or so, and will prepare their own evening meal a few days a week.   It appears that I give out cash so that feckless people don't have to bother with all that effort.]  
    The way it is presented it is as though all poor people are completely useless and can't even prepare something for themselves for lunch.  Well, I suppose that might be the case if we keep on spunking cash on them so that they can stuff themselves with KFC every day.  Perhaps a little tough love is required, not more indulging the buggers.
  21. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from One percent in Those poor unaccompanied child migrants are so vulnerable   
    The things people will do to get free school meals.
  22. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from Frank Hovis in The economy is totally and utterly fucked   
    Well, I'd say 'the trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples' money'.
    The squeals will be deafening when that money runs out.
  23. Agree
    dgul reacted to Ash4781b in The economy is totally and utterly fucked   
    I heard that Welsh gov‘ bod talking about a candle purchase. It sounded essential to me when the rolling electrical blackouts come in. The photos above has duvet and clothes in. Seems all essential for Winter to be honest.
  24. Agree
    dgul reacted to Myco in The economy is totally and utterly fucked   
    Wales is going to be decimated after this is over, not that there was much economic activity there beforehand. 
     
    I wonder how many amazon shares drakeford and his cronies have? 


  25. Lol
    dgul got a reaction from SpectrumFX in Those poor unaccompanied child migrants are so vulnerable   
    The things people will do to get free school meals.
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