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>> No. 23710 Anonymous
28th December 2011
Wednesday 1:27 pm
/x/23710 Face Thread II
Self-explanatory, really.
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>> No. 40435 Anonymous
15th October 2017
Sunday 11:36 pm
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15th October 2017
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15th October 2017
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15th October 2017
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>> ID: 57c52f No. 14344 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 10:41 pm

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/shed/14344 Thanks
You know what you did.
Thank you.
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>> ID: 5c556b No. 14345 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 10:50 pm

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>>14344
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>> ID: 955c0f No. 14346 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 11:05 pm

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>>14345

Purps read a book by Kafka and got it all wrong.
>> ID: 5bbad8 No. 14347 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 11:13 pm

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>>14346

Well I'd like to be the first to wish him luck on his new life as a giant beetle. May he oviposit neg holes to his heart's content.
>> ID: 33ec51 No. 14348 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 11:50 pm

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I have no idea what is going on, but it is the most interesting thing since that accidental r9k raid, so I am watching with eager anticipation.
>> ID: efeb8c No. 14349 Anonymous
15th October 2017
Sunday 6:58 am

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>> No. 6679 Anonymous
30th September 2017
Saturday 12:26 am
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How can I read faster?
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>> No. 6685 Anonymous
2nd October 2017
Monday 12:45 pm
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Skim the bits with little useful information, read the useful bits more slowly and take copious, well-organised notes. Learn about concepts like the forgetting curve, spaced repetition and chunking.
>> No. 6687 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 1:59 pm
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1. When I start a book, I read the first chapter, and if I'm not hooked by the end of it I skip the whole book.

2. If I'm still reading after the first chapter and get to a boring patch, I read the first sentence of every page until it gets interesting again.

3. If it's clear that the author is padding out his work, or intentionally obfuscating it to hide its meaning from the plebs (Edward Bernays, Daniel Kahneman, etc.), I read the last paragraph of the whole work.

Every so often, I'll pick up a book I skipped before and try it again. As I have gotten older, some books have started making more sense to me while others have lost their appeal.
>> No. 6695 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 8:43 pm
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>>6683
I FOR ONE DO NOT OWN A TELEVSION
>> No. 6696 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 8:33 pm
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>>6679

TL: DR
>> No. 6697 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 11:02 pm
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FUCKING MARXIST BBC SHIT TAX

TV LICENCE = COMMUNIST POLL TAX

TELL THEM TO FUCK OFF STUPID CUNTS

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>> No. 413276 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 8:58 pm
/b/413276 Fiscal study Locked
Omg tax the rich and everything will be freeee!

https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/9806

Key findings:
- After controlling for differences in workers’ characteristics such as education and experience, there is little difference between the pay of public and private sector workers. Continued public sector pay restraint would likely push pay in public sector relative to the private sector to historically low levels.
- Compared to private sector pay, public sector pay is lowest for highly educated workers. For the almost two-thirds of public sector workers who have completed higher education, pay is slightly lower compared to the private sector than it was prior to the recession. This group has also seen particularly large increases in the contributions they have to make to their workplace pensions. Public sector pay is also lowest compared to private sector pay in London and the South East.
- It is therefore among better paid and higher educated public sector workers – such as teachers or senior civil servants – and those working in London and the South East, that we might expect greater recruitment and retention issues and a more pressing need for pay increases.
- Public sector workers continue to receive considerably more valuable workplace pensions than the private sector on average. In 2016, 83% of public sector workers received an employer contribution to their pension worth 10% or more of their salary, compared to only 11% of private sector workers.
- Relaxing the pay cap and increasing public sector pay in line with inflation or private sector pay would cost public sector employers around £3 billion a year in 2018–19, rising to around £6 billion a year in 2019–20. Because of the relative sizes of the workforces, the cost of increasing pay for police or HM Forces is much smaller than increasing pay in the NHS, schools or the civil service.
Jonathan Cribb, a Senior Research Economist at the IFS, and author of the report, said,
“The government is considering lifting the public sector pay cap for at least some workers. If it decides to maintain the 1% cap, we should expect increasing difficulties in recruiting, retaining and motivating high quality public sector staff, reducing the quality and quantity of public services. But increasing pay for these workers implies substantial extra costs to public sector employers. The Treasury could provide extra funds for this by raising taxes, cutting other spending or borrowing more. Asking the NHS, for example, to fund higher pay increases from within existing budgets would be very challenging.”

(A good day to you Sir!)

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>> No. 413265 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 7:36 pm
/b/413265 Freedom of speech thread Locked
Lads

It is extremely worrying that freedom of speech is being stifled in UK universities, places where dissent and counter arguments / difference of opinion should be encouraged and debated. There is no longer a place for argument and counterpoint in high level education unless you fall in with the approved groupthink.

http://www.spiked-online.com/free-speech-university-rankings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKcWu0tsiZM

(A good day to you Sir!)
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>> No. 413268 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 7:53 pm
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Freedom of speech thread debased to /iq

The rot is worse than expected
>> No. 413270 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 7:58 pm
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>Your poor grammar

Exactly

>unwillingness to embed that YT video

I submit to no will you Na zi
>> No. 413271 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 7:58 pm
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>Freedom of speech thread
Because not being able to go onto private property and call out the muzzers, nignogs, bumders and lezzers therein is totally a restriction on freedom of speech.
>> No. 413274 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 8:18 pm
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>>413271

What you saying lad, you're on a ramble of thought.
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14th October 2017
Saturday 8:45 pm
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No, you're right lad. This sort of restriction is a serious limitation which nobody in academia should have to put up with.

Now back to /iq/ with you, adventurer.

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>> No. 58773 Billbob
11th October 2017
Wednesday 8:09 pm
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Lesbians should be banned from using dildos. If they have chosen the life of minge, then they should stick to it.
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>> No. 58813 Paedofag
13th October 2017
Friday 9:24 pm
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>>58812

The flip hole looks like some sort of cock-devouring robot from a sci-fi film.
>> No. 58814 Auntiefucker
13th October 2017
Friday 9:27 pm
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>>58813

>sharp edge

Jesus christ you'd think the translator would have caught that one.
>> No. 58815 Billbob
13th October 2017
Friday 9:41 pm
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>>58813
Good grief. Would not fuck.
>> No. 58816 YubYub
13th October 2017
Friday 11:24 pm
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>>58807
It's apparently a word filter for the opposite of bluepill.
>> No. 58821 Billbob
14th October 2017
Saturday 6:57 pm
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In Japan you can buy tsurupeta onaholes which are silicone rubber wank fannies for chinkychonks that like young girls but can't get a job at the bbc.

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>> No. 4365 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 5:48 pm
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What does gs think of Yoga?

Thinking of taking it up but I don't know of the health benefits.
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>> No. 4373 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 1:17 pm
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Strongly recommend it OP, seriously helped my back issues, plus it's great for flexibility and balance so I'm hoping that'll save me in old age.

>>4372
I've done it at several places in a couple different countries and I've never encountered anyone saying things like 'drawing positive energy in and expelling the negative'. Maybe try elsewhere or do it at home? That seems like a very small thing to stop you from doing it though.
>> No. 4374 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 2:23 pm
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You don't do it at posh places >>4372 does it at.
>> No. 4375 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 2:34 pm
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>>4373 Lad, back issues? like falling off a ladder? I did a year ago, it was only 4ft. and Christ, I'm glad the site had a hardhat enforcement policy otherwise it would have been a lot worse, but I landed on the ladder and royally fucked it. If it really worked ill probably give it a shot.
>> No. 4376 Anonymous
14th October 2017
Saturday 5:40 pm
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Here's a really good starter for anyone interested:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAmc9SNciTg
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14th October 2017
Saturday 5:49 pm
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I used to do weights as part of the man thing and became a tank, as I've got older I find yoga and calisthenics far superior to the crossfit shit. Lifting tears muscles and is bad for the joints, yoga is much better. I'm just as strong but half the size I was doing weights and feel much better.

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>> No. 12349 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 3:44 pm
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Lads,
Are there any other nice hot drinks that take milk? I understand how retarded that sounds but I'm starting to get sick of normal tea and coffee.
Hot chocolate is nice and all but not something I can drink all the time.
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>> No. 12355 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 6:55 pm
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Alphabet soup.
>> No. 12356 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 7:36 pm
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Milk.
>> No. 12357 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 7:55 pm
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Hot milk with vanilla, cinnamon and honey.
>> No. 12358 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 8:35 pm
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Chai Latte
>> No. 12359 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 11:35 pm
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I'm not really sure what you're looking for. Personally I stick with a nice red bush which has a great taste, numerous health benefits (like its vitamin c content) and won't keep you up all night.

As you can see their marketing department has some issues but it makes a nice alternative to tea that can be prepared in exactly the same way and costs pennies.

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>> No. 2715 Anonymous
23rd July 2017
Sunday 9:46 pm
/eco/2715 Kill everything in my garden
I've always lived in one of fire-prone tower blocks. I never really ventured outside the concrete jungle, and as such, touching anything green gives me really bad rashes and other weird outbreaks. I don't have to do much for it though, just an anti-histamine and rest gets everything okay again.

I'm now living in a house with a garden. The garden is overgrown and there are bushes and shrubs and whathaveyou everywhere. I want to kill everything so that it looks like the picture.

My plan is to buy loads of weed/pest killers and spray it everywhere. I hope it kills everything.

Any of you lads got any better ways of handling this to share?
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>> No. 2734 Anonymous
26th July 2017
Wednesday 8:39 am
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I'm set on my path, friend.
>> No. 2735 Anonymous
27th July 2017
Thursday 8:32 am
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Next up, either:
I hate this stinking desolate wasteland. How do I grow things in it?
Fucking weeds growing on my desolate stinking wasteland. Wat do?
Fuck me, gravel and paving is expensive. Any cheaper options?
Fuck me, spent a fortune on gravel. Weeds are growing through it.
Regrets, lad. You'll have a few.
>> No. 2736 Anonymous
1st August 2017
Tuesday 9:31 am
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When in doubt, turn to the Holy Book. Salt the earth, m62. You can thank me later.
>> No. 2746 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 2:15 pm
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>Would it work if I cut down everything and covered the whole garden with a patchwork of tarps held down my massive rocks?

I did this and it worked OK. You might have to dig stumps if there are trees growing in it.

I also had to till (I just used a pitchfork), fertilize, and sow grass seed on parts of the garden I wasn't using to prevent the weeds from coming back.
>> No. 2747 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 8:40 pm
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>>2735
You need to discover horticultural fabric lad. Stops all the weeds.

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>> No. 7913 Anonymous
20th September 2016
Tuesday 3:32 pm
/A/7913 Liberty Caps
It's the most, wonderful ti-i-ime, of the yeeaaar.

Do any of you lads like a bit of foraging for fungi each autumn? The season started early this year, but pickings have been slim for me. I'm going to go again in the peak district on thursday and I'll post my haul here.
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>> No. 7976 Anonymous
10th October 2017
Tuesday 10:59 pm
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For what its worth it could be Limbo.
>> No. 7977 Anonymous
11th October 2017
Wednesday 12:22 am
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Fly agaric is mildly poisonous and psychedelic. You can boil it to remove the poison but that also removes the drug so it's pointless. Stick to liberty caps.
>> No. 7978 Anonymous
11th October 2017
Wednesday 6:14 am
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>>7977 I can't even find them in east Anglia mate.
>> No. 7979 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 6:46 pm
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It's interesting the way things are going..

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/oct/13/magic-mushrooms-reboot-brain-in-depressed-people-study
>> No. 7980 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 7:37 pm
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Shame all good things are illegal. Including suicide.

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>> No. 58780 Auntiefucker
12th October 2017
Thursday 3:15 am
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>> No. 58802 Are Moaty
13th October 2017
Friday 1:36 pm
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Does it make any difference? When the explosion is going on, there's a hammer-cap-cash-table sandwich. Having that sandwich the other way up doesn't seem to change the stack.
>> No. 58803 YubYub
13th October 2017
Friday 1:40 pm
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>>58802
It would put more sheer force, assumingthe explosion size is bigger than the hammer width.
>> No. 58804 Billbob
13th October 2017
Friday 2:17 pm
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>>58803

I think the cap explodes from both sides, though?
>> No. 58805 Anonymous
13th October 2017
Friday 5:46 pm
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>>58803
The question you're really asking is whether that strip of paper is strong enough to make any sort of a tangible difference. Judging by that video, probably not.
>> No. 58809 Auntiefucker
13th October 2017
Friday 6:32 pm
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>>58805
It's not about the paper in the cap. If the cap is on top, the force of the bang goes out partly sideways and into the air. If the money is on top, that same force would hit the money, doing more damage.

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>> No. 25732 Anonymous
12th October 2017
Thursday 9:41 am
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I hate these ghosts they never leave they just hang around inside your head no matter how long or how you try to escape them or distract yourself. Why won't they just fuck off? Just fucking go, please.
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>> No. 25733 Anonymous
12th October 2017
Thursday 12:32 pm
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What ails you, lad? Try to be more specific.
>> No. 25734 Anonymous
12th October 2017
Thursday 5:48 pm
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Guilt or regret?
>> No. 25735 Anonymous
12th October 2017
Thursday 5:59 pm
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>>25734
Yes.
>> No. 25736 Anonymous
12th October 2017
Thursday 6:16 pm
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Guilt, then.
Only you can absolve yourself of it and it's up to you how it's done. I've read the word martyr a lot recently.

Are you doing this to me?
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12th October 2017
Thursday 7:23 pm
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Emily, your syntax has come on leaps and bounds; well done.

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>> No. 13682 Anonymous
8th October 2017
Sunday 4:52 pm
/news/13682 Neg holes beware!
https://www.independent.co.uk/california-hiv-infecting-felony-misdemeanor-a7988261.html

>California just reduced the penalty for knowingly exposing someone to HIV from a felony to a misdemeanour.

>Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill that also covers blood donors who did not disclose to a blood bank that they are HIV-positive.

>“HIV has been the only communicable disease for which exposure is a felony under California law,” the LA Times reported.

>“Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals,” on of the co-sponsors of the bill Democratic State Senator Scott Wiener said.

>Mr Wiener said the law finally treats HIV like any other infectious disease.

>The current law requires an element of intent to be proved in order for a felony charge. Mr Wiener said it discourages people from even getting tested for HIV so that the element of intent is not present and they do not risk a felony charge.

>He said this new law will actually end new HIV infections because instead of threatening people with jail time, the state is providing an opportunity to get tested and access necessary medical care.
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>> No. 13764 Anonymous
11th October 2017
Wednesday 6:36 pm
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>>13763
Yes.

>>13761
I'm not racist, but I generally don't like brown people.
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11th October 2017
Wednesday 6:57 pm
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>>13764

>I'm not racist, but

Ah, mirth.
>> No. 13766 Anonymous
11th October 2017
Wednesday 7:38 pm
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>>13765
Does that make you feel good?
>> No. 13767 Anonymous
11th October 2017
Wednesday 7:40 pm
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>>13765

Why the hell do you keep replying to him? Just call his posts "BRILLIANT" and ignore the wanker.
>> No. 13768 Anonymous
12th October 2017
Thursday 12:43 pm
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>>13767

Brilliant then.

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>> No. 26115 Anonymous
11th October 2017
Wednesday 5:36 pm
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I'm trying to get a domain name I can use as an email but I'm an idiot and I'm confused.

I'm looking to get 4 email addresses I can use , say bob@family.com. I don't want to just have a forwarding service to bob@gmail.com, I want to login to an actual mailbox client or webmail login and use that specific email to login.

I'm not interested in web hosting.

Is this possible, and if so where is the best place to do it? I've had a look about and I'm still none the wiser.

Cheers.
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11th October 2017
Wednesday 5:39 pm
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https://gsuite.google.co.uk/intl/en_uk/products/gmail/
>> No. 26117 Anonymous
11th October 2017
Wednesday 5:43 pm
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Easy enough to do, but not necessarily for free. You're looking at hosting your own email server, or using an off-the-shelf cloud solution like Google's G Suite or Microsoft Exchange online.

https://gsuite.google.co.uk/pricing.html?tab_activeEl=tabset-companies

https://products.office.com/en-gb/exchange/compare-microsoft-exchange-online-plans

I was lucky enough to get a Google Apps account back when they had a non-expiring 5 user trial plan. Still use it for all my domains.
>> No. 26121 Anonymous
11th October 2017
Wednesday 6:35 pm
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>>26115

> I'm not interested in web hosting.

Most domain resellers will offer basic hosting packages, web hosting, email hosting, or a combination.
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12th October 2017
Thursday 10:59 am
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>>26115
>I want to login to an actual mailbox client or webmail login and use that specific email to login.
I know it would be frowned upon to just call you grandad, but I'm curious as to the exact use case you're trying to satisfy here.

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>> No. 3936 Anonymous
27th October 2016
Thursday 1:45 pm
/fat/3936 Fat bastard weight loss thread
Get in here fatlads.

I've made an effort to properly lose weight but have stalled in the last 2 months - and it's starting to creep up. I used to lift weights 3x/week and control the diet, but I can't lift for a while until some medical stuff gets sorted. This has taken a bit of a hit on my progress - or more likely,ive used it an excuse to slack.

What's your story?

P.s. I track calories and weight using my fitness pal.
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>> No. 4360 Anonymous
9th October 2017
Monday 4:09 pm
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Why do my legs hurt the day after running? Is it that I didn't warm up properly? Or didn't stretch afterwards?
>> No. 4361 Anonymous
9th October 2017
Monday 4:12 pm
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>>4360
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delayed_onset_muscle_soreness
>> No. 4362 Anonymous
11th October 2017
Wednesday 9:53 am
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>>4361
So it seems I can reduce the DOMs by drinking some powerade afterwards. I'll try that.
>> No. 4363 Anonymous
11th October 2017
Wednesday 2:52 pm
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>>4362
The original recipe of Gatorade is apparently the best stuff ever for recovery, unfortunately Pepsi own the copyright and use the name to produce sugary shit that is less useful but more popular taste with the masses. I don't have a problem with consumer choice, corporations, and copyright/trademark law apart from that they are directly stifling a virtuous product.
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11th October 2017
Wednesday 4:59 pm
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>> No. 3840 Anonymous
19th September 2013
Thursday 10:03 pm
/£$€¥/3840 Pensions
The OFT have come out and said that many old (i.e. set up before 2001) pension schemes have high charges and offer savers poor value for money. They've also suggested a cap for auto-enrolment schemes, but it's going to be an almost meaningless gesture as you'd be very hard pressed to find a provider offering auto-enrolment terms with annual management charges greater than 1% anyway.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24153012

The pension scheme I'm in at work (contribution: 5% employer, 5% employee gross) has management charges of 0.6%, which I'm alright with as it's less than I'd get if I was investing in collectives through an ISA.

However, I've put the charges and contribution details into Invidion's pension calculator for an idea of what I'd get when I'm 65, 40 years from now, and if my salary increases in line with National Average Earnings and I took the 25% tax-free lump sum I'd be looking at a pension in today's terms of 27.5% of my current salary. If I wanted a pension that would be about two-thirds of what I'm earning now then I'll need to contribute, assuming the employer contribution stays at 5%, 15% gross (12% net) of my salary every year for the next four decades. This does depend on what annuity rates will be like then and I'd also be getting the State Pension, as long as they haven't upped the age you receive it to 80 by then.

If it wasn't for the tax relief and my employer matching my contributions then I doubt I'd bother and I'd look into other ways to support myself while I'm in retirement. What about you lads? What are your thoughts on pensions? In my opinion to have any form of decent retirement income you're at the mercy of your employer offering a good pension scheme.
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>> No. 7076 Anonymous
19th July 2017
Wednesday 8:40 pm
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They'd still be unaffordable for many, especially bearing in mind they say the percentage you should be contributing to your pension is half your age plus a quarter of all salary increases.

What's getting a lot of coverage recently is a flexible State Pension age. The current State Pension age is 65 and the average male has a life expectancy of 21 years. If they have, say, a State Pension of £8,000 per annum that's £168,000 they'll be paid. If someone chooses to take it at age 60 instead then that £168,000 over 26 years is a reduced State Pension of £6,461 per annum.

It's not going to be enough to retire on, depending on their private provision, but could enable someone to cut down their hours or get a less stressful job.

>>7074
Go on, lad. Explain how it is a literal Ponzi scheme.
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19th July 2017
Wednesday 9:01 pm
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>unaffordable for many
Maybe the state pension shoudl subsidise it to an extent, but something's got to give. The universal state pensions days are limited.
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19th July 2017
Wednesday 9:27 pm
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>>7078
The wheels have been in motion with this for a number of years already.

Automatic enrolment into a company pension scheme has simply replaced the Additional State Pension/SERPS/State Second Pension which used to be on top of the basic State Pension. The only substantial difference is the onus has been shifted from the government to the individual.

People had the facility to opt out of the additional State Pensions, or it might have been compulsory as part of occupational pension scheme membership; those in final salary schemes would have an element of their pension known as guaranteed minimum pension and those in money purchase schemes would have DSS contracted out rebates paid in the following April. What the new State Pension has done, as a bit of an oversimplification, is move from having a basic amount with additional on top to having the additional amount already factored in with a deduction for periods of contracting out.

It's largely young people who will be hardest hit by this, as the additional pension they would have been able to accrue would almost certainly be considerably greater than the maximum available under the new system. However most people don't understand pensions and have little interest in doing so and the government have used levels of obfuscation about the new State Pension that even the most unscrupulous pension providers and financial advisers would think twice about so have been able to get away with greatly weakening the State Pension for future generations. Those close to State Pension age at the time were barely affected by this, in part due to being more likely to be contracted out at some point, so were unlikely to kick up a fuss whereas young people were unable to contract out so had the scope for accruing much higher additional pensions that has now effectively been capped.
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Wednesday 9:33 pm
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>Go on, lad. Explain how it is a literal Ponzi scheme.
A Ponzi scheme is one where the returns are paid from deposits. The State Pension is paid out from the same pot that taxpayers pay into. Of course, that it's technically true doesn't mean "pensions are a Ponzi scheme" isn't an utterly dumb thing to say.
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9th October 2017
Monday 2:33 pm
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Savers may face a fresh raid on pensions as the cost of tax relief passed £50 billion for the first time.

Figures published by HM Revenue & Customs show that the total cost to the Treasury of tax relief on pension contributions jumped by more than 10 per cent last year as a record number of people saved for their old age. The tax break is now so expensive that abolishing it would allow the government to wipe out the budget deficit at a stroke, or halve the basic rate of income tax to 10p in the pound.

The £5.3 billion increase in the cost last year adds to the pressure on public finances resulting from expensive spending commitments made at the Conservative Party conference and the deteriorating economic outlook.

A source close to the Treasury said: “The cost of tax relief is only headed in one direction at the moment. There is widespread recognition that the cost trend needs to be reversed.”

Tax relief lets higher-rate taxpayers put £1 into their pension for every 60p they contribute, but basic-rate payers have to contribute 80p. More than two thirds of the value of the break goes to people who earn more than £45,000 a year, leading to accusations that it subsidises the wealthy. Almost five million higher and top-rate taxpayers benefit, by an average of about £5,000 a year.

The figures, buried in an HMRC document published last week, show that the relief costs the Treasury almost 50 per cent more than it did ten years ago, and has more than doubled since 2000. The increase reflects the success of the government’s automatic enrolment programme, in which workers without pensions are signed up to company schemes. Last year an extra one million people started saving for their retirement through auto-enrolment.

However, many in the Treasury question whether such a generous tax break is sustainable, particularly as the bill is likely to jump higher again in six and then 18 months’ time, when the minimum contributions for auto-enrolment pensions increase.

George Osborne ditched the idea of radical reform last year when he was chancellor but senior figures in Mr Hammond’s Treasury are understood to view the system as costly, and unfair on people with lower incomes. There is also disquiet that at least 70 per cent of the cost goes to members of final-salary pension schemes, who are usually older workers who already have very comfortable pensions.

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>> No. 413138 Anonymous
6th October 2017
Friday 5:13 pm
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I've just discovered a recent change in the law regarding raw tobacco; namely use of it is now treated as a controlled activity and you have to apply for HMRCs approval.

With this in mind, how would somebody interested in the personal use of raw tobacco leaf go about procuring the substance legally? If they were to simply buy leaves online, could they expect a visit from HMRC (or even their package confiscated before delivery)?

Raw tobacco as a controlled substance/activity as of April 2017 -
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/excise-notice-2003-tobacco-duty-the-raw-tobacco-approval-scheme/excise-notice-2003-tobacco-duty-the-raw-tobacco-approval-scheme

A more thorough article here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/excise-notice-2003-tobacco-duty-the-raw-tobacco-approval-scheme/excise-notice-2003-tobacco-duty-the-raw-tobacco-approval-scheme
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>> No. 413140 Anonymous
6th October 2017
Friday 5:38 pm
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The application process for an individual seems easy enough. You just need to write a letter to HMRC telling them what you're doing, including where you'll buy it from and how much.
I assume HMRC would mostly focus on the people selling raw tobacco, making sure that they're only selling to people who've gained a licence, and asking for records of just how much you're buying.

You'd want to make sure that you keep copies of all the paperwork for everything you buy.
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9th October 2017
Monday 12:26 pm
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I once brought home a tobacco plant in a pot from a shop in the Netherlands just for decorative purposes. Will that kind of thing be illegal in the future?

(the plant has died since... I forgot to water it before I went on holiday)
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9th October 2017
Monday 12:30 pm
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There are specific exceptions for botanical purposes.

>If you keep plants of the genus Nicotiana for horticultural purposes in the UK then you’ll be exempt from approval to hold or transport the plants when they die (at which point they are raw tobacco and subject to the approval scheme). To be exempt you must not:

>hold or transport an amount of waste raw tobacco which exceeds 2kg at any one time
>hold approval for another controlled activity
>manufacture tobacco products
>If you don’t meet these conditions then you must apply for approval.

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>> No. 26112 Anonymous
8th October 2017
Sunday 11:12 pm
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I figured it was time for me to drag my arse into the twenty first century and at least learn how to program a neural network. It doesn't seem that complicated, but it occurs to me that I'll need quite a bit of training data.

Where can I go to get piles and piles of files? I was wondering whether I could train an AI reading a bunch of novels in text file format and then set it loose trying to write semi-intelligible sentences. Even if it's not text files, it seems that you need loads of well formatted raw data to train any AI and this is one of the things tech companies are super hungry for these days. Any other sort of raw, open, free data would suffice if anyone's got any hints.

I was thinking about writing it in BASIC (which is the only language I ever properly learnt, at the tender age of five, and so has stuck with me my whole life) or maybe in an Excel/LibreOffice Calc/Google Sheets spreadsheet (in which case free .CSV files might be preferable) because it'd be more visually comprehensible. I can just about read C++, I could probably write a neural network with it if I applied myself.

Has anyone else worked with neural networks? Are they difficult to program? What's the best language?
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>> No. 26113 Anonymous
9th October 2017
Monday 12:01 am
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As far as I understand it, NNs work much better in object-oriented languages, so perhaps try Visual BASIC.NET instead of straight BASIC.
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9th October 2017
Monday 4:37 am
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https://www.coursera.org/learn/machine-learning

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>> No. 412820 Anonymous
16th September 2017
Saturday 9:25 am
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Twisted paedophiles are impersonating chicken nuggets online in order to lure unsuspecting children.

They’re also pretending to be ice creams and actual roads in order to attract school kids, according to social media safety expert Dr Maureen Griffin.

‘At primary school level, I have dealt with accounts set up pretending to be chicken nuggets and ice-cream in order to friend children,’ she said.


http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/15/paedophiles-are-pretending-to-be-chicken-nuggets-on-social-media-to-lure-school-kids-6931486/

Another filthy pervert set up a fake social media account and posed as a road outside a girls’ secondary school.

She said: “Over 400 girls at the school accepted the road as a friend. The owner of the account was a known convicted sex offender who made no effort to contact the girls, he didn’t follow them or meet them in real life or wait outside their school. He simply collected their photos, pictures from teenage discos, girls’ sleepovers and a range of selfies.”


http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fake-social-media-accounts-pretending-11175055

I'm finding it increasingly difficult to tell the difference between reality and satire.
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>> No. 413019 Anonymous
28th September 2017
Thursday 12:30 pm
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>I think I've already told you lads before how that little cunt unfriended me a few weeks later.

How incredibly rude. 12-year-olds should know better.
>> No. 413179 Anonymous
8th October 2017
Sunday 2:42 am
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>that little cunt

TL; DR
>> No. 413182 Anonymous
8th October 2017
Sunday 7:13 am
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What actually is the scientific name for a foot fetish?

Podophile?
>> No. 413183 Anonymous
8th October 2017
Sunday 9:43 am
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>>413182
That's the term for someone who has a foot fetish, but close enough.
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8th October 2017
Sunday 11:42 pm
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>>413182

On the next Jeremy Kyle: My stepdad keeps stealing my shoes.

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>> No. 25719 Anonymous
4th October 2017
Wednesday 11:40 pm
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I worry how much I love my girlfriend. I could just about take care of worrying about myself. The pain I'm set up for is immense. 5 years or 50 years down the line. My mind seems cruelly inclined to remind me of this in the sweetest most loving moments. That one day she'll fucking die, or be in pain, and I have to watch as the person I spent a lifetime bringing into myself is wrenched away. I have this for all my family members. My mother, my sister, father. I can't enjoy things. I looked into her eyes earlier on and I told her I loved her, she looked back with nothing but honesty and it made me cry, not because it was tender but because it scared me. I think I need help, what do you think?
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>> No. 25721 Anonymous
5th October 2017
Thursday 1:13 pm
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She'll probably cheat on you with some 6'4" black guy long before you have to worry about her death, lad. Chin up.

All things must come to an end. There really isn't a lot that can be done to shield oneself from it. Death is just the way of life. Then again, I've been exposed to death from quite a young age, I think all but one of my grandparents were dead by the time I was 22. You simply have to learn to accept it in the way we all do, I'm afraid.
>> No. 25722 Anonymous
5th October 2017
Thursday 6:33 pm
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>She'll probably cheat on you with some 6'4" black guy

Kindly fuck off back to 4chan, there's a good chap.
>> No. 25723 Anonymous
5th October 2017
Thursday 9:06 pm
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Isn't this one of the reasons to have pets? So you can get some practice at the crushing sadness of loss before it's your family, rather than diving in at the deep end.
Damned if I know, lost best mate at 16. Still affects me, 30 years on. All grandparents gone before I was 20 - meh, old people die (with some sadness, but not as awful, by any stretch).
A good life, and an OK death, that would do me.
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8th October 2017
Sunday 3:53 pm
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Make the most of the time you will have with them. If you outlive your girlfriend at an old age you will probably, like my grandfather did, take some solace in both saving her the pain and grief that will be put on you if she was in your position, and also that you made her life full, along with your family's when they go before her. Don't try to build up on the fact that grief is inevitable. Just focus on making the most of life and remembering the good memories that you shared with them.
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8th October 2017
Sunday 3:56 pm
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Also, there's a reason why it'll be the hardest thing to do in life if you try and only focus on the joy of life because, unfortunately, it's the only thing we can do. It's either that or we give up, which is th easiest thing to do, to not live life, and then ultimately kill ourselves. It's not all grave.

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