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    [–] Do people steal packages from outside your house if left by the Postie? m0le 9 points ago in AskUK

    I had exactly this problem with a conservatory company. They would not accept "I have a 1st floor flat" as a reason not to have a consultation. Idiots.

    [–] How much was a pound worth in the early 80s? What were some average salaries or the prices of some everyday items? m0le 20 points ago in AskUK

    In Britain, you'd almost always quote salary before taxes.

    A pound bet is a traditional method of indicating that yes, you will put your money where your mouth is, but it isn't about the money.

    [–] Currently Manic: Can We Chat About Mania? m0le 2 points ago in BipolarReddit

    I'm hypomanic at the moment. I don't get hypersexuality (possibly because one of the less good side effects of my meds is basically removing my sex drive) but I do get pretty much all the other usual things. It's 6am here, and I've been assembling furniture for the last 2 hours.

    I spend money on silly things, and a side effect of that is I end up becoming obsessed with gumtree / shpock / ebay (the first two are a bit like Craigslist, but in the UK Craigslist is basically drugs and used underwear).

    I feel like my house is shrinking around me because every time I go up I end up buying furniture. Argh.

    [–] Industrial Paper Cutter m0le 2 points ago in specializedtools

    Guillotine (s, I guess given there appear to be 4).

    Its surprising how fast paper blunts steel blades...

    [–] They know exactly what they're doing. m0le 5 points ago in AdviceAnimals

    Piss between his legs into the urinal. If challenged, say "I though we were doing piss like an asshole day".

    [–] Useless Cycle Point: Bike Theft m0le 5 points ago in cambridge

    I foolishly locked my bike with my rest-of-the-UK standard chain lock when I first arrived in Cambridge, with predictable results (since upgraded to a gold-standard ridiculous onguard d-lock, and now I've moved back up north I look like Captain Paranoia with my cheap bike).

    Despite not having frame etc numbers, 2 months later, the police returned it to me!

    It's definitely worth reporting in as much detail as possible (including accessories - mine having the world's shittiest bell helped identify it as mine).

    [–] TIL: An exabyte (one million terabytes) is so large that it is estimated that 'all words ever spoken or written by all humans that have ever lived in every language since the very beginning of mankind would fit on just 5 exabytes.' m0le 10 points ago in todayilearned

    There are some wonderful experiments with genetic algorithms for electronics design. If you do it all in the computer, then you get weird but comprehensible designs, but one engineer wondered if we were missing a trick and used an FPGA (software-reconfigurable chip) to actually implement the designs in hardware each generation.

    The results were odd - designs where of the 100 cells, say 20 were electrically connected, but touching a further 10 of the apparently unused cells would cause the circuit to fail. There was no obvious connection to these junk cells, they must have been doing something like magnetically coupling or changing the capacitance locally.

    [–] TIL: An exabyte (one million terabytes) is so large that it is estimated that 'all words ever spoken or written by all humans that have ever lived in every language since the very beginning of mankind would fit on just 5 exabytes.' m0le 34 points ago in todayilearned

    I'm working for a big company ensuring that information is deleted when it should be - proper records management is serious business and will only become more important as legislation like GDPR start to bite.

    The web giants have a serious addiction to slurping up all data whether or not it is currently useful because it might be in future; with a bit of luck the privacy pendulum will swing back the other way a bit and that will be outlawed. You should only have information held for good reason (some nebulous "improving future customer experience" bullshit will not fly).

    [–] Britain’s richest man and prominent Brexiteer Sir Jim Ratcliffe to leave UK to ‘avoid £4bn in tax’ m0le 4 points ago in unitedkingdom

    It has always puzzled me slightly why Americans put up with that shit. I assumed it was just that comparatively few of them left and worked abroad.

    I can definitely see the argument for a wealth-based exit tax - if you've made your fortune in the UK, it is with the help of the social structure and services of the country so its not unreasonable to tax that if you're doing a flit to avoid ongoing taxes.

    [–] Billionaire Brexiteer Sir Jim Ratcliffe to relocate to Monaco in bid to ‘save £4bn in tax’ m0le 15 points ago in worldnews

    I'm pretty sure the French wouldn't mind taking over the UK, it'd certainly be historically one of their goals (not a current goal... probably).

    You're right about the conditions for French rule in the UK, though no doubt May would insist that its the best possible deal and if we aren't ruled by France we will be ruled by Germany so accept her deal.

    [–] What’s a small word that packs a lot of punch? m0le 3 points ago in AskReddit

    "You". It can be warm and sensuous, or bitter and cutting, or cold and despairing. It's amazing how much meaning can be packed into 3 letters.

    [–] Do you want to go for a drink? m0le 467 points ago in CasualUK

    "Bet you wouldn't say no to a quick BJ though would you?"

    [–] What are your thoughts on a law that would require every 65 year old to retake a drivers test every 5 years, every 70 year old every 3 years and everyone 80+ once a year? m0le 2 points ago in AskReddit

    I live in a not tiny but not massive town between two cities separated by about 20 miles (so 10 miles to each).

    Getting to one is easy, if slow - about 1 to 1.5 hours on the train with an average amount of wait.

    Getting to the other is like planning a mission to Mars - there is a hospital there, one of the places you'd expect to be well served by public transport, but it would take me 3 solid hours of travel on god only knows how many vehicles to get there.

    Public transport outside major cities sucks a huge amount, which is why everyone has cars (and in a nice bit of symmetry, having a car is miserable in the city which is why everyone uses public transport).

    [–] This letter that a lot of people in my neighborhood received... Do attend! m0le 2 points ago in WTF

    BP1 mania sometimes comes with a side order of psychosis (you know, so you can be super energetic and motivated to do all the wrong things).

    The more I learn, the more questions I would have if somehow it turned out there was a creator, and the angrier I'd be while asking them.

    [–] it was all worth it - not. m0le 3 points ago in bipolar

    The shed is pretty amazing but it's small for a party :P

    [–] Airline Flybmi goes into administration m0le 7 points ago in unitedkingdom

    A friend of mine imports stuff from China by container. Apparently there is a lot of difficulty at the docks now because they have no idea what the taxes and tariffs etc will be when goods sent now get to Britain.

    How ridiculous is that?

    [–] UK's Saudi weapons sales unlawful, Lords committee finds Report finds UK arms ‘highly likely to be cause of significant civilian casualties in Yemen’. m0le 1 points ago in unitedkingdom

    There are fairly major differences between weapon ownership by militaries and police forces (legitimate users of force on behalf of elected authority) and weapon ownership by John Smith, random citizen.

    [–] UK's Saudi weapons sales unlawful, Lords committee finds Report finds UK arms ‘highly likely to be cause of significant civilian casualties in Yemen’. m0le 2 points ago in unitedkingdom

    If you're leading a major government development, you have a budget of many billions of pounds to manage. That's a serious job that should be well paid.

    It should also be done by someone whose qualifications aren't "was sufficiently loyal to me and has a high media profile" but sadly that's politics (and why we have a civil service).

    [–] UK's Saudi weapons sales unlawful, Lords committee finds Report finds UK arms ‘highly likely to be cause of significant civilian casualties in Yemen’. m0le 1 points ago in unitedkingdom

    Sadly, standing in an election costs serious money. Entering a local election as an independent is basically pointless without circa £10k for advertising, and how do you get that? Donations. You can either somehow convince 1000 people to give a £10 donation (and most small boroughs won't have 1000 people interested in politics) or get businesses to sponsor you.

    Now you're a tool of business...

    [–] it was all worth it - not. m0le 3 points ago in bipolar

    This month, a shed, a nintendo switch, a laser projector (which turned out to be a scam, still waiting for amazon to deal with that), hue light bulbs, a TV, 50 IKEA drona boxes, a new TV stand cabinet thing, new light fittings, 2*8tb hdds, a load of usb3 stuff, and about £400 in gin