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  1. Lipid

    Ben Stokes - Not guilty

    Being a cricket fan, I've been following this trial closely. In my opinion, the So-Called BBC had the knives out for Stokes from the outset. Check out the So-Called BBC bias against him when compared with another source - both these articles were published regarding the summing up of the trial: the So-Called BBC article's headline is "Ben Stokes trial: Cricketer 'lied about self-defence'". It does not include any comments from the judge. The Cricinfo article headline is "Jury set to consider verdict as Ben Stokes awaits fate", and includes these comments from the judge: "The judge also suggested that Stokes' account had been "very consistent" from the first time he was interviewed by the police, on September 25, to his appearance in the witness box." "The judge also said that the recollection of Andrew Cunningham, the doorman at Mbargo nightclub who suggested Stokes was abusive and had bullied two gay men, was not entirely consistent." The only reason I still pay my BBC tax is so I can watch the cricket. I don't begrudge Sky for the money I pay for the cricket coverage as it is pretty good, but I'm pissed off having to pay the So-Called BBC just for the right to be able to pay Sky to watch the cricket.
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    Hard Work Books That Were Worth It

    Something a bit more modern: "Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon" by Tony Fletcher. It took quite a while to get going (about 150 - 200 pages I think), but once Moon's adventures are in full flow, I raced through it. The last two-thirds were both hilarious and sad at the same time.
  3. I've always wanted to sit one of these tests so I can copy what astronaut Pete Conrad did: From the above link: "On being shown a blank card by psychologists, he stared briefly before telling them: “It’s upside down.” He also presented his stool sample in a red-ribboned gift box and described a sexual account in the greatest of detail when presented with an Rorschach inkblot test."
  4. I was getting more and more wound up as I read more and more of that article, as it appeared to be presenting them as helpless victims, when the reality is that their problems are all of their own making, but if you read to the end, it says this further down: Note the phrase "final decision". That was the end of thier "mis-selling" hopes. At some point, the bank will pull the plug and repossess *its* house. I reckon that this article isn't designed to get people to sympathise with these "victims", rather that it is a warning for others in a similar situation that they need to take responsibility for their actions and sort out their finances before it is too late. However, I think it would have been better if this article was less subtle - if the other people in this situation didn't fully appreciate the contracts they signed, they probably won't read this article properly.
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    The end of Dr Who?

    Ah, what could have been...
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    Quiet hour

    Dimming the lights, turing off music, turning off escalators, no loudspeaker announcements - to me this sounds like a trial run in introducing some cost saving measures and they're using the autistic cause as cover. If any of these changes result in few or no complaints, I would expect those changes to be rolled out nationwide and for most (if not all) opening hours. Perhaps I'm autistic as the thought of all of those measures appeal to me.
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    Anyone with pharma knowledge on here?

    The real question is: Why is your wife anxious? If she thinks she is not good enough at driving to pass her test (and she isn't), then she shouldn't be taking her test. Cancel the test and have her take some more lessons until the standard of her driving improves enough for her to pass. If it's fear of failure, remind her that there's not really much of a penalty for failing - yes, it costs time and money to take the test, and maybe she might feel a little embarassment about failing it, but so what? You can take the test as may times as you need. Explain this to her, and get her to relax about it. If she incorrectly thinks she is not good enough at driving to pass, then it's a confidence problem, so something needs to be done to improve her confidence. (This was my problem. I didn't learn to drive until my late 20s.) Here are some things my driving instructor told me to help with my nerves: 1 - You can drive well enough to pass your driving test - I wouldn't have told you to book your driving test if I thought your driving wasn't good enough. 2 - If you make a mistake during your driving test, do not panic or assume you have failed - unless you have done something dangerous, you can recover from it. 3 - If you make a mistake during a manoeuvre, ask to attempt it again. 4 - All you have to do in order to pass the test is to be able to control the car, and to be able to drive safely in traffic. That's it. When I took my test, I made a mess of reverse parking and the car was way too far from the kerb. I asked the instructor if I could try it again, and they told me I could. I got it right the second time, and ended up passing my test. If she's going to take anything to ease her anxiety, it should be taken the night before to help her sleep, and the test should be taken in the morning, just after the rush hour traffic has abated. The reasons for this are: She doesn't have all day to get worked up about it, but doesn't have to contend with rush hour traffic. As Brian Clough said: "Preparation is relaxation." Once she's passed her test, you can then tell her what all experienced drivers know: It's only once you've passed your test that you really learn to drive.
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    Limp Toast.

    Same old Aussies - always cheating! :-D It has to be Marmite! I've tried Vegemite when in Oz for the Ashes a long time ago and it tasted pretty much like Marmite, but then again, it was on toast which had margarine on it (there were no packs of butter available at the time) and I didn't have any Marmite to compare it with, so please forgive my ignorance. Do you happen to know if the Vegemite in the UK is the same as the Australian version? If so, I may have to give it another go. I do miss Crown lager though. Speaking of which, screw top bottles with tops that look like they're crimped on? That's cheating as well! Even if it does make more sense...
  9. Lipid

    Limp Toast.

    Wait? There's a HOT water tap??????
  10. Lipid

    Limp Toast.

    Why not? I use my toaster in the bath to heat the water. You just have to remember to empty the crumbs out first. :-D
  11. I agree with your first two sentences, but not the third. I did say that you should not exercise your right to remain silent, and I did not say they you should not provide any information to the police when questioned. What I am saying is that you have the right to consult a lawyer acting on your behalf before being questioned, and you should insist on this. See this page for more details about having legal representation before being questioned: Should the police attempt to question you before you have spoken to your lawyer, you just keep saying "Give me a lawyer." unitl they do. Do not get drawn into a discussion about why you want a lawyer, just keep asking for a lawyer until you get one. It is in situations such as this that you can accidentally incriminate yourself even when innocent and telling the truth. Professor Duane's book that I mentioned earlier includes examples of this. It also details why you should not say things like "I think I need a lawyer." You just say "Give me a lawyer." Once you have consulted with your lawyer, then you do what your lawyer says.
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    Refusing Promotion at Work (or not)

    Reading this thread has reminded me of a thought I had about 20 years ago in my first programming job. There are two kinds of programmers: Type 1 are those that are only interested in programming as it is a job. To them, it is just like writing a report, plumbing, driving etc. Type 2 are those that love prgramming. They may have discovered it as a child or later in life, but they found it intriguing, so much so that they have activly sought out a career in programming because they really enjoy it. The Type 1 programmers will have no problem accepting a management role for extra pay. The Type 2 programmers will not want to be promoted. (Yes, I know all generalisations are stupid.) I do not believe there is any link between the ability of a programmer and which type they are - some of each type will be rubbish, and some of each type will be brilliant. I'm most definitely a Type 2. I don't mind doing a little extra unpaid overtime if it means I can solve a problem before going home, otherwise I'll only be thinking about it all evening. I did enough jobs on building sites and in factories when I was a student to appreciate I'm very lucky that I get paid to do something I love. If I were to move in to management, despite the extra cash, I know I would hate my job. From the comments on this thread, it sounds like most of the programmers here are also Type 2s. However, the reason for this long and rambling post is that I'm intrigued to know if we have any programmers here that would describe themselves as Type 1, and if they were offered promotion to a role with less development, did they take it or not, and did they regret their decision or not? I've just realised that now I'm going to be thinking about this for the rest of the night. I'll never get to sleep now...
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    Limp Toast.

    I think you're buttering to toast too soon. If you butter the toast when it's straight out of the toaster, the butter melts completely and soaks into the bread, making it limp. The solution is to let the toast cool for a while , then butter it. The butter will still melt slightly but not completely soak into the bread, ensuring you still have nice, crispy toast. How long you leave the toast before buttering it is down to personal preference. You'll have to experiment to get it just how you like it. For me, I leave it about 1 minute. Then I cover it in Marmite. :-D
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    Refusing Promotion at Work (or not)

    Yep. It is. All the developers are well aware that at some point, the company will be sold and things will go downhill either slowly or rapidly (and we will probably all be made redundant). Then I will look at contracting (as will some if not all the developers). But until then, we shall all continue to appreciate what we have as long as we can.
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    Refusing Promotion at Work (or not)

    Because not every company is crap to work for? I work at a small company where everybody gets on really well, all the development staff are good (and have been there for years), and the company treats us well. I've worked at quite a few places over the last 20+ years, and this is the best yet by far. I could probably double what I earn if I went contracting, but I can't imagine being anywhere near as happy, and that is what matters to me. It's also why, when, a few years ago at my current company, I found myself in the situation that Napoleon is in, I turned down a team leader position - I love programming but can't stand the thought of having to deal with the crap that is managing development resources and attending meetings. I have never regretted turning it down. The extra cash offered would not have significantly improved my quality of life, but the other duties of the position would have significantly reduced it. When I considered this, it was an easy decision to make. Good luck with whatever you choose to do Napoleon.