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    Rave got a reaction from onlyme in Best AA Nimh Rechargeable Batteries   
    I just use Lidl's NiMH batteries, and have done for years. Never tested them against any other brands, but they work OK, and are literally half the price of proper brands. For the last few years they've been doing low self discharge ones. Keep an eye out at Christmas, they've done packs of 8 in funky graduated sparkly colours for the last couple of years for £5.99 (AA or AAA), and I daresay they will again this year.
    Alternatively, for the true skinflinterati, have a grub through the battery recycling bins by the tills, people quite often throw rechargeables in them, might be able to get a functioning set together for nowt  .
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    Rave got a reaction from Cunning Plan in Things you wish you didn't know.   
    Rennet is the enzyme that calves produce to help them digest the milk. I believe they get it by pressing one of the glands in the calf's stomach, rather than by 'chopping it up'.
    But they're killing the calves anyway, so it makes sense to use it- they don't kill the calves purely to get the rennet, they kill them because male dairy calves are an unwanted byproduct of dairy farming. I know you're a vegetarian because you find the idea of eating animals repulsive, but really from a moral perspective it would make more sense to either carry on eating cheese, or avoid dairy products in their entirety, because killing the male calves is simply how the industry operates, and has done for a long time.
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    Rave reacted to azzuri82 in Credit deflation and the reflation cycle to come.   
    Do you have a full bus/coach licence?
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    Rave got a reaction from Cunning Plan in Things you wish you didn't know.   
    Rennet is the enzyme that calves produce to help them digest the milk. I believe they get it by pressing one of the glands in the calf's stomach, rather than by 'chopping it up'.
    But they're killing the calves anyway, so it makes sense to use it- they don't kill the calves purely to get the rennet, they kill them because male dairy calves are an unwanted byproduct of dairy farming. I know you're a vegetarian because you find the idea of eating animals repulsive, but really from a moral perspective it would make more sense to either carry on eating cheese, or avoid dairy products in their entirety, because killing the male calves is simply how the industry operates, and has done for a long time.
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    Rave got a reaction from Cunning Plan in Things you wish you didn't know.   
    Rennet is the enzyme that calves produce to help them digest the milk. I believe they get it by pressing one of the glands in the calf's stomach, rather than by 'chopping it up'.
    But they're killing the calves anyway, so it makes sense to use it- they don't kill the calves purely to get the rennet, they kill them because male dairy calves are an unwanted byproduct of dairy farming. I know you're a vegetarian because you find the idea of eating animals repulsive, but really from a moral perspective it would make more sense to either carry on eating cheese, or avoid dairy products in their entirety, because killing the male calves is simply how the industry operates, and has done for a long time.
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    Rave got a reaction from Cunning Plan in Things you wish you didn't know.   
    Rennet is the enzyme that calves produce to help them digest the milk. I believe they get it by pressing one of the glands in the calf's stomach, rather than by 'chopping it up'.
    But they're killing the calves anyway, so it makes sense to use it- they don't kill the calves purely to get the rennet, they kill them because male dairy calves are an unwanted byproduct of dairy farming. I know you're a vegetarian because you find the idea of eating animals repulsive, but really from a moral perspective it would make more sense to either carry on eating cheese, or avoid dairy products in their entirety, because killing the male calves is simply how the industry operates, and has done for a long time.
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    Rave reacted to SNACR in Another Foreign trucker asleep at the wheel   
    To update this, apparently the bus driver had ample time to stop but was on camera in the bus distracted talking to a passenger stood next to him who was a local half-sharp who he talked to everyday. 
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    Rave reacted to eight in 5g and Bristol University suicides   
    Unbelievable!
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    Rave got a reaction from onlyme in Best AA Nimh Rechargeable Batteries   
    I just use Lidl's NiMH batteries, and have done for years. Never tested them against any other brands, but they work OK, and are literally half the price of proper brands. For the last few years they've been doing low self discharge ones. Keep an eye out at Christmas, they've done packs of 8 in funky graduated sparkly colours for the last couple of years for £5.99 (AA or AAA), and I daresay they will again this year.
    Alternatively, for the true skinflinterati, have a grub through the battery recycling bins by the tills, people quite often throw rechargeables in them, might be able to get a functioning set together for nowt  .
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    Rave reacted to leonardratso in Waitrose Rename a Sandwich Because It's Sexist   
    (wo)manwich.
    Waitrose is to change the name of its Gentleman’s Smoked Chicken Caesar Roll because feminist campaigners said it was sexist.
    Its being renamed to 'Gentlemans Large Cock Ceasar Roll' . Ladies vesions are available (Hen sandwich).
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    Rave reacted to Happy Renting in Numberphile   
    I got to -1/12 straight away because I started counting from the other end.
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    Rave reacted to JoeDavola in Deluded Old Scrapper Birds On Dating Sites   
    So...
    I tidied the flat. Stocked up on johnnies, wine, ect...
    Invited her over to the flat before we headed out, but she suggested just meeting outside the apartment block. Fair enough, I wasn't going to beg her to come up.
    Beautiful day in Belfast today; we ended up spending over 3 hours walking a loop of the most picturesque parts of the city along the water's edge, beautiful weather ect... Was kind of like the best first date ever, minus the lack of sex (which I actually don't mind). Conversation flowed really easily as we have a ton in common, far more than I'd actually thought as I'd never spent more than say 10 minutes with her before. Ran into a mate of mine at one point which was nice as proof that....ya know....I actually have mates. 
    She casually mentioned, in a not terribly enthusiastic tone, about being 'with' someone toward the end of the meeting, and mentioned something regarding that. I just ignored it and kept talking about what we'd been talking about. As we approached my flat at the end she was saying that she had to go back to her place for dinner blah blah. I invited her up anyway and she declined. I know I'll get mocked for this, but I didn't kiss her, based on the reception to touch earlier in the meeting and the general vibe. I told her I'd had a good time and gave her what was hopefully a non-beta casual hug, i.e. a hand around her waist/lower back, pulling her in ect. No hoverhand. As I said, I know people say I should have gone for the kiss but it really didn't seem the vibe for that.
    I actually feel great now. She is exactly the kind of person I'd like to date; she's exactly the kind of person I'd like as a long term relationship. But here's the thing; I won't be contacting her again. She seems effectively unavailable. And I think there's a good chance she doesn't fancy me, even though we had a great time. And this is the good thing that I've learned about myself compared to say 5 years ago; I've become red-pilled enough that I won't be falling into a state of Limerence and pining after her. I seem to have lost the 'oneitis' gene, which is a massive thing for me. What I certainly won't be doing is being the brainy beta that she has interesting conversations with before and after she's being screwed by the big alpha rugby player boyfriend (they are the embodiment of Joe Jackson's "pretty woman walking with gorillas down my street" lyric). I'm making myself scarce again, getting on with life, and if she enjoyed the time with me enough that she wants more it'll be as a dating relationship. Maybe she'll be single again in a few months and we can resume things then, who knows. I can't choose whether she's attracted to me or not, but I can choose not to invest time as a frustrating 'friendzone' type relationship that just ends up breeding contempt both for myself and her.
    Here's the odd thing that I'd never have guessed before this - the most prevailing feeling after this is a desire to start dating other women, as opposed to chasing after this one. Like several at once if need be. I think it's restored my mojo a bit after years of not going anywhere near a woman. This has been a good thing for me. And my flat's tidy.
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    Rave reacted to MrPin in The Ubermensch commeth   
    Real Rugby players don't eat the ball, but they they pretend they are not gay in the showers.
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    Rave reacted to MrPin in The Ubermensch commeth   
    You get enough for a Rugby team, and then you can do mice rugby, with a peanut.
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    Rave reacted to MrPin in The Ubermensch commeth   
    Making mice is not diffucult Sarah. You start off with two and you end up with loads. I don't think there is much science in it.
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    Rave reacted to Democorruptcy in Ways to earn extra money   
    I've been involved in the betting industry for a long time but never fancied poker online. I have a friend who works in security for one of the large firms and he spends his time trying to identify which players are colluding at the same table. It all seems very dodgy to me and like real gambling where you could lose money. Even if you are coding your bets I'm not sure it would stand up to cheats. It's no good skimming a few profits and then losing that and more at one bad table.
    Like you I was a software developer but for the gambling industry. I'd always been interested in betting and started using exchanges in my spare time, saw the potential, took a redundancy and now haven't worked for 15 years and just gamble. With exchanges you don't have to pick winners because you can back and lay, so being right about price movements is enough. You could have a look at Betfair first and they have an Betfair API
    Unfortunately Betfair floated and have got greedy with their charges but there are also Betdaq (has API), Smarkets, Matchbook and maybe others.
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    Rave reacted to SNACR in Sensible lightweight motorbike suggestions   
    The current Tracer 900 GT is a model revision/upgrade and has supposedly fixed the suspension problem but without an older one to compare it with it's hard to say. I haven't really pushed it hard through any corners yet.
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    Rave got a reaction from Bedrag Justesen in Sensible lightweight motorbike suggestions   
    I must admit that on hot days I will risk bimbling around town just wearing shorts and t-shirt, but I would never, ever ride a motorbike without leather gloves. The number of people I still see riding with bare hands amazes me. In the 90s when I was a regular reader of Bike magazine they did a feature to see if you could kit yourself out in protective kit on the cheap by buying from industrial PPE suppliers, think they went to Arco. They then destruction tested the gear and found that only a £200 pair of hand made BKS gloves outperformed a £6 pair of leather welding gauntlets- though they commented that you'd probably want to modify them by fitting a wrist strap to stop them being pulled off if you went up the road elbow first.
    I don't know whether they've fixed it now- was the bike new?- but when the MT-09 first came out pretty much every review I read reckoned it was a potentially great bike spoiled by having really poor suspension. A new shock and a fork revalve might be worth considering.
    And I agree it's worth experimenting with tyre pressures- though my experience of that is limited to finding that I much preferred the front end feel of my ER-5 with about 20psi in the front tyre as opposed to the recommended 30. I doubt that was good for tread wear, fuel economy or outright grip though, and so had I kept it I might have tried to bodge on a steering damper.
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    Rave got a reaction from Fischer in Terminator development thread.   
    Aaaalright...fucking Gretsky over here...
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    Rave got a reaction from snaga in Sensible lightweight motorbike suggestions   
    I agree that top boxes are ace, I could get a 12-pack of cat food tins with a couple of loaves of bread on top in the one on my scooter. Could usually fit the rest of the shop under the seat. Made the handling a little bit sketchy but I wasn't usually in a rush to get the one mile from Lidl to my house.
    The Vulcan appears to have a rack already, however you'd probably have to remove the sissy bar, otherwise it won't fit properly on the rack. I've seen people stick them on anyway, leaving a triangular hole between the box and the sissy bar, but that looks shit.
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    Rave reacted to Libspero in Minister for Pizza   
    I don't see why the government feel responsible for saving everyone.
    If fat people want to be fat, let them be fat. If they don't, then let then take responsibility for themselves.. or at the very most just make help available to those who want it.
    What I want from my government:
    Army to protect me
    Hospitals to repair me
    Fire service to help me put my house fire out
    Police to stop everyone nicking each others stuff
    Bin men to collect my rubbish
    Very basic welfare safety net
    Basic education system
    Transport network
    Basic level of essentional national infrastructure
     
    Honestly,  that's pretty much it. Everything else is politicians with idle hands doing the devils work AFAICT.
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    Rave got a reaction from Fischer in Terminator development thread.   
    Aaaalright...fucking Gretsky over here...
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    Rave reacted to lid in Terminator development thread.   
    If I can send it down the offy for 8 cans and 20 smokes I'm all for it 
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    Rave reacted to snaga in Sensible lightweight motorbike suggestions   
    finally, deposit down ...

    18 months old with 3k miles.
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    Rave got a reaction from null; in Cake no more   
    My wife worked in one for nearly 10 years, she was at Druckers when they bought them. She left in February. I always found it amazing that they sold enough coffee and cakes to pay the rent on a large unit in a big suburban shopping centre, and the equivalent of probably 8-10 full time staff (wife was part time), but apparently the store was profitable.
    But I agree that it's most likely a case of private equity buys a smallish business, takes out a load of debt to massively expand it, and then floats it for profitzzzz . There's a Pat Val concession in Beaconsfield services, I have never seen a customer there as I walk past on the way to McDonalds.
    Come to think of it, I've had similar- ended up working for Jessops when they bought Tecno, was there while they went for massive expansion and a float, left before they went bust. Next time the wife or I leave a company I'm shorting the shit out of it.