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>> No. 91916 Anonymous
15th January 2021
Friday 1:42 pm
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Has there been one single actual advantage of Brexit yet?
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>> No. 94600 Anonymous
18th September 2021
Saturday 12:00 am
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Well, mine aren't. Not of the stuff I buy at least. Which remains packet noodles and frozen pizzas, but still.

I'll get back to making my own pasta sauces and fresh meat and veg one day.
>> No. 94601 Anonymous
18th September 2021
Saturday 5:24 am
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I've barely noticed the shortages that are meant to be going on at the minute. Lidl have been light on cucumbers but there's nothing else I've been unable to get.
>> No. 94602 Anonymous
18th September 2021
Saturday 8:04 am
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We really are going back to the good old days. Crowns on pint glasses. Mad cow disease.
>> No. 94603 Anonymous
18th September 2021
Saturday 2:26 pm
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Bushels need to come back too - proper bushels, with variations per county.
>> No. 94604 Anonymous
19th September 2021
Sunday 4:39 pm
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>CON 49 (+5)

Just a three point swing in Opinium's latest poll.


>> No. 14035 Anonymous
17th September 2021
Friday 2:36 pm
/job/14035 IT Career Guidance
I feel lost as to where to go in my career. I don't enjoy what I do and I've amassed what seems to be a quite mismatched skillset that I don't know how to employ.

I currently work as a QA Tester and have done for nearing 3 years. I was late to university as I was very sick for my early 20s, then did a computer science degree and joined a 2 year grad scheme which at the exact end of the scheme and mid pandemic, made every single QA person redundant. I've since joined another company as a tester but frankly its far less interesting/technical work than I was doing and is mind-numbingly boring and simple (almost entirely manual). I knew what I was getting into but needed the pay to survive.

Is there such thing as a proper IT career guidance counsellor?

I think I know the landscape of where I can go test wise quite well. For more interesting and future proofed work it would be to go full force into test automation, automation engineering, a dev-ops type role, or maybe even a developer role. I hate the idea of becoming a manager and I don't think a full time programming role is for me either. But outside of test, I really don't know what I can work towards.

And like I said, my skillset seems pretty all over the shop. In part because I find a lot of things interesting and go and down my own research/play about. In nearly all of these I have the basics down and no more:

Manual test experience and HP ALM/QC , Azure DevOps.
Bash scripting.
Unix system architecture.
Azure DevOps
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>> No. 14050 Anonymous
18th September 2021
Saturday 9:31 pm
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Thanks for your insight. To be honest a DevOps role is something I've had my eye on. Not just for the pay but because as said, my role as a (mostly) manual tester is rote by nature, boring and stagnant. Do you have any advice please for someone with my skillset (or lack thereof) in pursuing a devops career?

It feels incredibly daunting, but on places like reddit I'm seeing people 'go from qa to devops in a year' so it can't be impossible...
>> No. 14051 Anonymous
18th September 2021
Saturday 10:10 pm
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I can help with that; my job title is Head of DevOps for a big organisation.

1. Learn to script - python is great. You need to be able to automate almost anything you used to do on a command line. I can recommend

2. Do cloud stuff in your spare time. Get both the basic AWS and Azure accounts. Learn how to deploy a basic Windows and Linux server - then do it purely via code. You'll want to learn Terraform as it's almost an industry standard now, but Pulumi is also being strongly adopted. AWS is still way better than Azure and used in more companies, but in the beginning that matters less.

3. Learn how to build pipelines and run CI/CD toolchains - again, you can do this in Azure DevOps or AWS CodePipeline.

4. Learn to Docker and Kubernetes.
>> No. 14052 Anonymous
18th September 2021
Saturday 10:29 pm
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There's lucky that the other two of you work in incredibly relevant roles.

Thanks a lot for the help, really appreciate it. It feels good to have point 1, mostly, down already. I also have the AWS Cloud Practitioner although that's quite the meme cert I'm aware.

One question; I was told there is no such thing as a 'junior' dev-ops engineer, as the field itself requires a level of knowledge that a typical junior XYZ wouldn't have yet. Is that true? Or are there some forgiving entry level devops roles?
>> No. 14053 Anonymous
19th September 2021
Sunday 6:06 am
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Just a tiny question: what's the diffrerence between sys admin, DevOps and SRE in your mind?
>> No. 14054 Anonymous
19th September 2021
Sunday 6:42 am
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Version 0. System Administration
Version 1. DevOps
Version 2. DevSecOps
Version 3. Site Reliabilty Engineering

I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that SRE is a better practice than DevOps, because it is very well defined - there is an actual book and set of definitions - Google have done a superb job with it. There are huge overlap in the ideas - SRE is an instance of DevOps.

SRE solves some of the problems that people have conceptually when they encounter DevOps ideas for the first time. Most advanced technology organisations who have adopted DevOps principles have seen the issues around information security (and have therefore adopted a more DevSecOps mindset) and are rapidly moving toward SRE, because operationally it is better.

So to answer your question precisely - it's a progession and it's somewhat difficult to skip the stages. If you know nothing about the challenges around development and system administration, then you're unlikely to appreciate DevOps. If you haven't done DevOps, then you're unlikely to appreciate why you want to quickly get to DevSecOps. If you haven't seen any of these challenges in a production environment, then SRE will seem quite academic.


>> No. 23980 Cockernay
10th April 2017
Monday 7:45 pm
/zoo/23980 Immigrant chans looking for a handout thread. Stickied

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>> No. 24007 Raoul
18th June 2017
Sunday 10:18 pm
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>> No. 24298 Britfag
17th September 2021
Friday 3:36 pm
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>> No. 24299 Cockernay
19th September 2021
Sunday 2:33 am
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Buttery biscuit.
>> No. 24300 Fairy
19th September 2021
Sunday 5:02 am
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>> No. 5175 Anonymous
10th May 2020
Sunday 11:00 pm
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I'm relatively new to weight training. How much would you need to lift to have a body similar to Mac's? I know the aim is to continually increase the amount you can lift but I've genuinely no idea when looking at various physiques how much they'd roughly be able to and it'd be nice to have a mental benchmark to be working towards.

Thanks, lads.
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>> No. 5481 Anonymous
6th September 2020
Sunday 1:25 am
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I knew his lot were around today. You can smell them if you've got the nose for it.
>> No. 5877 Anonymous
24th August 2021
Tuesday 9:39 am
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I've started going to the gym since I got my second vaccination.

I used to be in alright shape in my twenties, but have neglected my body in recent years.

I've been trying to eat a caloric surplus to build muscle but I am getting mad night sweats as a result. Like I don't feel particularly warm at any point through the night, but I wake up to drenched pillows pretty consistently. If I eat based on my appetite I don't experience the sweats, so I'm pretty confident it's just due to the diet and not something else more sinister.

I'd like to stop this because it would be well awk if I have a girl sleeping in my bed and it happens.

Also I was eating that Bulk brand gainer but have recently switched over to Mutant Mass the latter being the most obnoxiously marketed protein I could find. Apparently the two shakes are pretty much identical in terms of nutritional content, but the Mutant Mass feels so much thinner. Why? I thought it was maybe that the Bulk one was using more fibre, but even this number is pretty consistent across the two products.
>> No. 5878 Anonymous
24th August 2021
Tuesday 10:11 am
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>feels so much thinner
They didn't put as much thickening agent in.

Just eat more normal food, skinnylad.
>> No. 5899 Anonymous
18th September 2021
Saturday 2:46 pm
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My workout app rotates through focus areas (arm & shoulder, back & chest, abs, leg) each "session", so I was going to do one every weekday, maybe more than once if I have the time and energy.

But there's some crossover in the exercises it'll tell you to do. So I might end up doing renegade rows (for example) five days in a row. There's no guarantee of a rest day for that muscle until the weekend.

Would it be best to:
A) Continue doing a session every weekday, never mind the occasional repeats.
B) Only work out M/T/W but do the same session twice (or more) each day.
C) Only work out M/T/W but do more than one, different sessions following the app's rotation.
D) Other?

The added complication is that none of these are cardio or very hard on the legs so I've been alternating runs and weighted marches on week days, but if those both use too many of the same muscles it's probably not ideal.
>> No. 5900 Anonymous
18th September 2021
Saturday 3:44 pm
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It strikes me as suboptimal to entrust your training to a workout app that randomises the exercise. If your goal is to grow muscle as efficiently as possible, it's really better to have some sort of structured programme with hypertrophy in mind.

It's okay to target muscles more than once per week (it happens with most compound movements), but unless you're really trying to focus on a skill (e.g. getting your bench press form right) doing the same exercise repeatedly in the same week has diminishing returns.


>> No. 66065 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 4:52 pm
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Should convicted sex attackers be referred to as 'naughty'?
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>> No. 69078 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 6:43 pm
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>Former Stoke-on-Trent councillor Randy Conteh appears in court charged with rape

Normative determinism is a thing.
>> No. 69582 Ambulancelad
18th September 2021
Saturday 7:28 am
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Charlie Elphicke has been released from prison and The Mail are reporting his wife has taken him back. Reckon their separation was for show so she could take his seat?
>> No. 69583 Auntiefucker
18th September 2021
Saturday 1:39 pm
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But yes it is, I can attest because it's also the reason i'm a furfag.
>> No. 69584 Paedofag
18th September 2021
Saturday 2:21 pm
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Oh Rex Yifferson.
>> No. 69585 YubYub
18th September 2021
Saturday 2:24 pm
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Please call him by his proper name, Tory sex pest Charlie Elphicke.

If Natalie has taken Tory sex pest Charlie back then I wouldn't be surprised to see Tory sex pest Charlie making another run for the seat in future.


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>> No. 5022 Anonymous
18th September 2021
Saturday 1:18 pm
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How can you take the square-root of a vector?
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>> No. 5023 Anonymous
18th September 2021
Saturday 1:19 pm
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Think about a simple 2d vector in cartesian coordinates.

We can represent it as a contravariant vector as in (1) or a covariant vector as in (2).

But what if we split it equally between the covariant and contravariant bases as in (3)?

Is there any use for this in quantum physics or something?


>> No. 18042 Anonymous
14th February 2019
Thursday 7:08 am
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Shamima Begum: Bring me home, says Bethnal Green girl who left to join Isis

On the day the caliphate suffered a mortal blow the teenage London bride of an Islamic State fighter lifted her veil. Her two infant children were dead; her husband in captivity. Nineteen years old, nine months pregnant, weak and exhausted from her escape across the desert, she nevertheless looked calm and spoke with a collected voice.

“I’m not the same silly little 15-year-old schoolgirl who ran away from Bethnal Green four years ago,” she told me. “And I don’t regret coming here.”

With those words and the act of lifting her niqab, a mystery ended. The girl sitting before me, alone in a teeming Syrian refugee camp of 39,000 people where she is registered as No 28850, was Shamima Begum, the only known survivor of the three schoolgirls from Bethnal Green Academy whose fate has been unknown at home since they fled Britain together in 2015 to join Islamic State.

Ms Begum may have reached comparative safety, yet she chastised herself for leaving the last Isis territory as Kurd forces, backed by the West, closed in.

“I was weak,” she told me of her flight from the battle in Baghuz, with something akin to remorse. “I could not endure the suffering and hardship that staying on the battlefield involved. But I was also frightened that the child I am about to give birth to would die like my other children if I stayed on. So I fled the caliphate. Now all I want to do is come home to Britain.”

Should someone who quite clearly doesn't regret going to join ISIS and is still sympathetic to their plight be allowed back in this country? Then again, she'd already been 'radicalised' by those closest to her in this country.
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>> No. 35337 Anonymous
17th September 2021
Friday 6:04 pm
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If he loves her then it wouldn't be a sham marriage.
>> No. 35338 Anonymous
18th September 2021
Saturday 12:32 am
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What does love have to do with marriage?
>> No. 35339 Anonymous
18th September 2021
Saturday 12:39 am
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It's the most important part of it.
>> No. 35340 Anonymous
18th September 2021
Saturday 12:44 am
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That's like asking what does a horse have to do with a carriage.
>> No. 35341 Anonymous
18th September 2021
Saturday 6:59 am
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We have horseless carriages these days...


>> No. 426868 Anonymous
16th May 2019
Thursday 5:49 pm
/b/426868 Dream Thread Mk. II
Fitter when she was fat edition.

You know the drill lads. Here are a few helpful links in order to help you further your proficiency at dreaming, and hopefully elevate the quality of discussion about our nocturnal adventures:
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>> No. 445751 Anonymous
18th August 2021
Wednesday 9:45 am
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I woke up to the feeling of something crawling on my arm, which turned out to be a spider.
>> No. 445781 Anonymous
19th August 2021
Thursday 5:28 pm
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I was selling some retro games to CEX, and the girl who served me was the typical mosher/goth/emo type, dyed purple hair, pale and spotty, heavy eyeliner. Anyway, I got £83 for my games which was alright, and then she asked if I was free in the evening. I met up with her after she finished work, and she said "you're either gonna cum up my arse, or I'll cum up yours", and I cheated on my gf with her.
>> No. 446057 Anonymous
9th September 2021
Thursday 9:23 am
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I was at my dentist's to have one or two cavities taken care of. He then suddenly handed me a written estimate that said it would cost over £10,000 which I had to pay myself. I said, "Oh you're having a fucking laugh!" and left.
>> No. 446237 Anonymous
17th September 2021
Friday 11:30 pm
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Last night I had my first experience with sleep paralysis.
Must have just drifted off then woke up soon after but I couldn't move. The strange part was I could hear a noise, similar to music being played through earphones rather loud and it was getting closer.
Felt like 10 seconds before I could move and the noise suddenly went.
>> No. 446242 Anonymous
18th September 2021
Saturday 5:26 am
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I keep having a dream that my girlfriend and I break up, she sleeps with someone else and then we get back together. It's happened so often I'm finding it hard to know for certain that this didn't happen, but I can't plausibly think when this would have happened.


>> No. 446191 Anonymous
16th September 2021
Thursday 9:15 pm
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Had the pleasure of meeting Sir Clive Sinclair at a charity do once. He was surprisingly down to earth, and VERY funny.
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>> No. 446204 Anonymous
17th September 2021
Friday 2:09 am
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The ZX80 and ZX81 were steps along the way to Sinclair's goal of having a reasonably functional colour computer for under £100. The original ZX Spectrum was the result of that. Markedly better than the previous two, but still notably limited compared to others on the market. You can definitely see why Sugar went in. He had been building his business on the idea that cheap doesn't have to be crap, and the strides that Sinclair Research was making made it clear they were at some point going to be able to deliver something that fit that pattern in the home computer space, and that was borne out in the 1986 sale of those assets to Amstrad.

For the best part of three decades, Sir Clive really was years ahead of his time. Adjusted for inflation, that £100 price point is now £360, which is in the range of budget laptops.
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17th September 2021
Friday 2:27 am
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>the 1986 sale of those assets to Amstrad

I agree - there's a very strong link between Amstrad/Sugar and Sinclair at that time. I believe the Sinclair purchase actually taught Sugar a great deal about the technology market - a year later, he was producing very cheap word processors and very early PC clones, such as the one picture here, which is also the first PC I ever owned.
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17th September 2021
Friday 10:19 am
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I guess you always get what you pay for. You can buy a cheap car, which will mean you will own a car, but just don't expect much for your limited amount of money.

You can always design products to a price point, and that was always a large part of Sugar's success. And it can help democratise the market for a product because you are making that type of product available to the masses who can't afford the more high-end variants. But in the end, it's not always a good idea to buy cheap, as a consumer. Even with a small budget.
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17th September 2021
Friday 1:43 pm
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I'd almost forgotten about the loading screens.
(For those of you not used to waiting, the game starts at 3:27)
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17th September 2021
Friday 4:07 pm
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This is really good too - a working model of the original calculator, with code.


>> No. 14029 Anonymous
16th September 2021
Thursday 9:25 pm
/job/14029 References
I am in the process for getting a new job. However, I'm scared that in my previous job I was dismissed due to poor attendance, and I don't want to put them as a reference as it wouldn't look good to the prospective employer that I was off for an extended period (all the time with doctor's notes, for a long term disability that my managers were aware of). Do I ask for a reference from a job further back, or does that look dodgy? Or do I say up front in the interview "I was off sick a lot because I was ill but now I'm not so don't worry"?
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>> No. 14030 Anonymous
16th September 2021
Thursday 10:33 pm
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In the current climate, employers in most fields are desperate for staff and can't afford to be picky. I think you're better off being straight rather than trying to hide anything - it won't come back to bite you in the arse, you probably don't want to work for someone who would discriminate on health grounds and there are loads of jobs going at the moment if it falls through.
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16th September 2021
Thursday 10:46 pm
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>all the time with doctor's notes, for a long term disability that my managers were aware of

I would still tell a prospective new employer. What else are you going to tell them that you did all day the last few years or however long you were at your old job. You didn't just play hooky, you had valid reasons to be off work. Even if they let you go. Honesty is still a currency at job interviews, at least if you can offer a reasonable explanation.

Do make sure to emphasize that your health problems are behind you now, and that it was really just some improbably bad luck that you were gone from your work repeatedly. Maybe even get a note from your doctor confirming that you're all better now.
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17th September 2021
Friday 12:35 am
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> Do make sure to emphasize that your health problems are behind you now

I would lead with that when/if you bring it up. Something to the effect of "Though it is behind me now thanks to the fantastic treatmeant I received from XYZ, I was forced to take extended time off which I communicated to my managers at the time". Rephrase that, of course, but you get the gist. Depending on how competitive your field is you want to make sure that the person reading your CV (if it's a machine, then god help you) is forwarned of any red flags so they can contextualise them before they form an unfavourable opinion.

We (more or less) only hire people with a few years experience, and for those we only call on the references if they make extraordinary claims: "I worked in the maintenance crew for the Eiffel Tower and single-handedly dismantled and re-riveted the structure in under 6 hours while a team of painters did their thing to keep up".

But your mileage may vary by a country mile depending on your industry.
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17th September 2021
Friday 12:58 am
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>if it's a machine, then god help you

I generally don't apply for jobs where HR think they can't even be arsed to have a human working out if you're a promising candidate. I know that that increasingly rules out a lot of major companies these days, but I've found that I am most comfortable working for smaller companies anyway, where people are a tight-knit group and aren't at the whim of management many levels of hierarchy above them. Smaller companies haven't quite adopted that technology yet in large numbers.

I applied for a job at a big tech service provider before the pandemic, and I got an e-mail telling me to call a number for a phone interview. Which turned out to be fully computerised. What the actual fuck. I hung up about four or five minutes in, after a few somewhat inane questions their computer saw fit to ask me, because if they can't find the time to talk to you on the phone in person, i.e. if no actual fucking human at their company can manage to take ten minutes out of their day to have a personal chat with you, then they aren't worth my time either.

Self sage for thread derailment.
>> No. 14034 Anonymous
17th September 2021
Friday 12:41 pm
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Don't you have a work mate? Give their details and let them act as your previous manager.

>> No. 91877 Anonymous
27th December 2020
Sunday 6:56 pm
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>LIZ TRUSS: Equality should be for everyone - not just for the woke warrior's favoured few

>Growing up in Leeds in the 1980s and 1990s, I was struck by the lip service paid by politicians to equality while, in the real world, children from disadvantaged backgrounds were being let down. At my comprehensive school, we had lessons in racism and sexism, but there was too little effort ensuring everyone had a grasp of maths and English.

>Leeds City Council – run by Labour and where Jeremy Corbyn’s former campaign chief Jon Trickett cut his teeth as leader – opposed the introduction of school league tables and anything else that might help children from poor families do better in class. Leeds was not alone. Many other councils considered high standards in schools to be secondary to their political projects – or even worse, they treated such efforts to raise children’s horizons as elitist. And since then, I have witnessed the spread of misguided, wrong-headed, and ultimately destructive ideas, which, sadly, have become steadily more prevalent in many aspects of British life.

>Take, for example, Labour-run Birmingham City Council. It recently announced plans to give six new streets names such as Diversity Grove, Respect Way and Humanity Close. Do councillors really think that names alone pave the way to real change? Too many people have jumped on this woke bandwagon and lost sight of what most people want: a life in which they can live happily in a secure home, work in a good job and send their children to a decent school. Rather than engage with these priorities, the Left has been swept up by a warped ideology and all its bizarre obsessions. As a result, there is a misguided emphasis on policing our vocabulary so as not to offend, rather than policing our streets. And the woke brigade is angrier about the ‘sins’ of historical figures rather than trying to make a better life for those who live today.

>Their answers are to introduce quotas, diversity agendas and so-called ‘unconscious bias’ training. But these crudely treat people as part of groups rather than as individuals. What’s more, those who do not fit in their cultural box-ticking – for example the white working class – are, in effect, written off. And despite their stated intention to improve society, I am convinced that these dehumanising, disempowering and dysfunctional ideas do nothing in practice to make life fairer. Those behind this pernicious woke culture see everything in terms of societal power structures. To these zombies, truth and morality are merely relative.

>The great irony is that with this moral blindness, the Left has allowed insidious practices to threaten equality. For example, it has failed to defend the single-sex spaces that were won by the hard work of women over generations. It has allowed the spread of antisemitism. It has allowed the appalling grooming of young girls for sex by elder men in towns such as Rotherham. It is vital that things change. The way forward is to ignore the Left’s empty gesture politics and give people more control over their lives. Compared with very many other countries, we can be proud about how far society has developed. Britain is more colour-blind and less sexist than ever. That said, we cannot be complacent. Families, especially those living beyond the South East, face serious hardships. Equality should be for everyone, not just for those groups that the Left deems fashionably worthy of such attention.

>What we don’t need is the type of patronising feminism symbolised by Harriet Harman’s notorious ‘pink bus’, which was driven around the country during the 2015 General Election campaign. It often repelled the female voters it was meant to woo. Let us not listen to a party that claims to champion women but which has never elected a female leader. The reason the Tory Party has had two female leaders and now has the largest ever number of people from ethnic-minority backgrounds in Cabinet is not because of positive discrimination, but down to positive empowerment.

>This Government was elected to level up the country – to fix the scourge of geographic inequality and ensure equal opportunity for all. This will not be achieved through identity politics, virtue-signalling or any other kind of right-on posturing. It can only be done if politicians are in touch with the real issues people face in their daily lives. This is a task already under way in government. The Treasury has made it crystal clear that it will assess all future big spending projects in order to guarantee that Ministers spread investment across Britain as part of our policy to level up the whole country.
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>> No. 94567 Anonymous
16th September 2021
Thursday 1:56 pm
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Personally I'm very sanguine about noted rational person Dominic Raab being made Justice Minister a day after Borison Johnson proundly joked that the UK is becoming the "Saudi Arabia of penal policy", to an audience of Tory donors.
>> No. 94568 Anonymous
16th September 2021
Thursday 6:40 pm
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The right has always strove to create caricatures of what a "leftist" is like and by and large it works.
There is a minority on the left who do stupid things and make stupid choices but the public has by and large been successfully convinced that these people are the mainstream left.
Liz complains that the left are crudely treating people as groups, doing so crudely treating the left as a group.
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16th September 2021
Thursday 10:07 pm
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>This happens repeatedly with anyone that tries to bring up the issue of class too close to the centers of power

ARE Liz done it in the OP.

>There is a minority on the left who do stupid things and make stupid choices

I think you're being a bit disingenuous here. It's a sizeable minority at minimum within political parties (or embracing extremism) that you wouldn't want to be cornered in a pub by and when you have a minority of very determined people in power there's no limit to doing stupid things and making stupid choices.

Call it the decline of mass politics if you want. One that I think everyone accepts has been especially traumatic to the left following deindustrialisation.
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17th September 2021
Friday 8:02 am
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>ARE Liz done it in the OP.

She gets tantalisingly close, but carefully skirts the issue. If you pay attention, it's the same old social mobility rhetoric that doesn't recognise any real economic inequalities. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds were being let down, yes, but why? Generations of inequality exacerbated by neoliberal economics? Increasingly precarious work for their parents? Completely different league tables for schools? No, they were just focusing too much on racism and sexism, and didn't have enough lessons in maths and English.

She mentions geographic inequality, but what does that mean if you don't recognise some regions have less money than others? She explicitly says equal opportunity, rather than equality of outcome. She also makes the point to repeat the smear of antisemitism about the only recent version of the left to recognise class, Corbyn's Labour.

This is just posturing against the "woke" enemy that the right themselves have constructed, trying to assuage a working class with vague niceties and score a few points without actually mentioning anything concrete.
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17th September 2021
Friday 8:06 am
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>Call it the decline of mass politics if you want. One that I think everyone accepts has been especially traumatic to the left following deindustrialisation.

Sorry mate, but have you been asleep the past few decades? Deindustrialisation could have been handled multiple ways, but we chose to outdo Reagan on Reaganomics and utterly destroyed our trade unions. This has broken the back of the organisations which the left was centred around. It was a power grab for the right, a pattern that repeated itself throughout the 20th and 19th centuries as soon as "mass politics" threatened to gain any relevance at all.


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29th January 2020
Wednesday 6:15 pm
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>ITV News presenter Alastair Stewart is stepping down from his role following what ITN called "errors of judgment in Alastair's use of social media".

>In a statement, the veteran broadcaster, 67, said: "It was a misjudgement which I regret." ITN said he had breached editorial guidelines, but did not elaborate on the reasons for his departure.

>The newsreader's Twitter account has now been deactivated.

What's he done? He's either offended some group or been caught trying to shag a young lass.
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>> No. 35307 Anonymous
14th September 2021
Tuesday 7:42 pm
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The only thing I'd really heard about it was people telling Are Nice he can't celebrate her success because he once said he wouldn't want to have a group of Romanian men move in next door.
>> No. 35327 Anonymous
16th September 2021
Thursday 7:53 pm
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Rupert Murdoch’s News UK has announced plans to launch a national television station called talkTV, which will be a rival to the floundering rightwing channel GB News and provide a platform for the return of Piers Morgan.

In a U-turn after similar plans were cancelled this year, News UK said it would hire “exceptional talent” for the station. Bosses believe Morgan fits in that category and is the biggest name to have signed up to the project.
>> No. 35328 Anonymous
16th September 2021
Thursday 8:15 pm
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I don't see how this can possibly work. If it was a good idea, GB News would have done better. Sure, they've had bloopers due to incompetent staff behind the scenes, but BBC News can't spell or done grammer rite in countless onscreen messages and updates, and nobody cares about that. GB News faced boycotts from advertisers; won't talkTV have that too?

And why can't we just have a generic highly-oppositional news channel? Have a few anti-woke stories, but also get ISIS warriors and communists and inc*ls. Let's oppose gay marriage but support sex changes for children. How would that not be exciting? I'm onto a winner here; I guarantee it.
>> No. 35329 Anonymous
16th September 2021
Thursday 11:41 pm
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>I don't see how this can possibly work.

Totally agree - it would be like launching a new physical newspaper. But then, Murdoch has money to burn, so maybe we should let him.
>> No. 35330 Anonymous
16th September 2021
Thursday 11:52 pm
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Remember Squarials? Murdoch does. He murdered it, with great big barrowloads of newspaper money and a Luxembourgish satellite.


>> 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.

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. 8973 Anonymous
16th September 2021
Thursday 7:46 am
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Britain has one of the worst state pension systems in the developed world, possibly the worst, but overall it's broadly in line with everywhere else once private pensions are factored in. The problem with that is there are huge disparities in what people can build up privately, so you really are fucked unless your employer offers a good workplace scheme.
>> No. 8974 Anonymous
16th September 2021
Thursday 8:17 am
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Throw in that the people currently retiring are basically the last of the final salary cohort, and benefits from private pensions are going to fall quite dramatically in future.
>> No. 8975 Anonymous
16th September 2021
Thursday 9:14 am
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On the other hand, the number of people actively in a private sector pension scheme has increased from 3.6million in 2008 to 11million in 2018, largely thanks to auto enrolment.
>> No. 8976 Anonymous
16th September 2021
Thursday 10:02 am
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On the one hand, that is true. On the other hand, most auto enrolment provision is shit with no matching. "Want to increase your contribution? Sure. Will we be matching that? Fuck you, take 5% and be grateful."
>> No. 8977 Anonymous
16th September 2021
Thursday 3:20 pm
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That's why you ask about pension contributions during the job interview. I always bring it up and use it as a negotiating tactic.

It's surprising more people don't ask about employee benefits beyond salary. I worked with someone who left for a job paying more money, but he didn't realise until he got his contract he'd be working 40 hours per week instead of 35; his hourly pay went down and he ended up noticeably worse off than if he'd just do 5 hours a week overtime where he already was.


>> No. 442884 Anonymous
23rd March 2021
Tuesday 12:43 am
/b/442884 Hypotheticals
I sometimes play out hypothetical scenarios in my head and what I'd do. I thought it would make for an interesting thread if I started listing them and getting some solutions, it might even be a learning experience as there's usually things I don't have an answer to.

So my first go:

If you broke one of your legs, how fucked would you be? How about both? That's not a threat. I was thinking about it the other night and how, frankly, I'd probably give breaking my legs a miss. My main problem is that I live up a few flights of stairs with no disabled access so I'd be trapped. I assume you can ask a delivery driver to come upstairs if you explain your position, so I wouldn't starve, but if both my legs are broken there's getting home from the hospital or going back as the legs heal.

I'd probably have to move out and live with my parents for at least a year. Do removal companies offer a service where they will pack your things up even if you don't organise? I don't much fancy my family finding my fleshlight.
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>> No. 446151 Anonymous
15th September 2021
Wednesday 11:15 am
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>pretty much hypothetical in reality

It absolutely isn't. I work in a bank and get all the same training; I've also worked in an AML/KYC department of a very well known ecommerce site. In that role I was, briefly, personally liable for any financial crime on that site - they chuck the fucking book at you if you mess around.

Look at some of the fines banks have had recently (eg HSBC).
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15th September 2021
Wednesday 1:39 pm
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KYC, "know your customer", is indeed an important part of AML regulation. In short, you have to not only establish and store personal info on your customer as to their identity and their motivation to spend or keep money with you, but if your customer is a business or a corporation, you also have to work out who owns that company, and who are the beneficiaries of its profits.

And then if you believe you have spotted suspicious activity in dealing with that client, you have to report the attempted money laundering or militant daft woggery financing behind your client's back to UKFIU, who will take it from there. Failure to secretly report suspicious activity can result in substantial fines either against your employer or you as an employee.

It means a lot of additional paperwork, and the larger your company, the more you have to have organisational structures in place that do nothing else all day. As a small business, you will get away with either doing it all yourself or naming one of your four or five employees who will be responsible on top of their usual daily work. But I guess it's for a common good, because any ease of money laundering promotes organised crime, it means lost tax revenue, and it's an unfair advantage towards competitors who stay within the law.
>> No. 446162 Anonymous
15th September 2021
Wednesday 10:42 pm
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Are you telling me Paddy Power has an MI5 dossier on ever Stever, Daz and Gaz who bets there?
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15th September 2021
Wednesday 11:09 pm
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>> No. 446166 Anonymous
15th September 2021
Wednesday 11:51 pm
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Not really. But they keep your name and personal info, and keep tabs on how much money you win or lose.

I'm not sure online casinoes are a good way to launder money though. At least not for the end consumer. The risk of losing large chunks of your illegal money is just too high.

"Real" casinoes, on the other hand, have always been a great way for organised crime to launder its proceeds. Especially in places like pre-revolution Cuba, with a corrupt military government looking the other way and the Mafia itself owning and operating dozens of casinoes up and down the island. There were lorry loads of cash money flown in from the U.S. to be laundered and turned into legitimate profits.


>> No. 8958 Anonymous
15th September 2021
Wednesday 7:25 pm
/£$€¥/8958 Small loan
I just switched to a new job, I am working from home at the moment but that would change soon. I am in dire need of moving, I have found a good house but I will have to pay 1.700 pounds for the deposit and everything else by the end of this week. At the moment I have 100 pounds in my account.
I will be paid my wage (2100 net pounds) on day 23th. What's the best way to cover for the short term need of cash? I will get the deposit back for my current house, but not before mid November.

Should I apply for a big overdraft with HSBC? Will they accept? I had an account with them since 2011 and I never had any problem, but I never asked for loans or overdrafts. In case they say "no", what options do I have? My credit score is about 975.

Thanks guys.
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>> No. 8959 Anonymous
15th September 2021
Wednesday 7:28 pm
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Ask for an advance on your salary.
>> No. 8960 Anonymous
15th September 2021
Wednesday 7:37 pm
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>My credit score is about 975.

You'll easily get an overdraft.
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15th September 2021
Wednesday 7:53 pm
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You will get an overdraft. If you don't, you'll still almost certainly score a 0% interest (for a limited time only!) credit card to get you by.
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15th September 2021
Wednesday 8:28 pm
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Thanks for the good suggestions


>> No. 90255 Anonymous
14th August 2020
Friday 3:38 pm
/pol/90255 Gavin Williamson
This guy is a useless penis.

How the fuck does he survive in post?

Is it because he knows where all of Boris' bodies are buried?
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>> No. 94555 Anonymous
15th September 2021
Wednesday 1:55 pm
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15th September 2021
Wednesday 2:08 pm
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Al Gore's office, circa 2006.
>> No. 94557 Anonymous
15th September 2021
Wednesday 2:20 pm
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Oh thats incredible. A Mac Pro with 3x30" screens - I used to have exactly the same setup.
>> No. 94558 Anonymous
15th September 2021
Wednesday 3:15 pm
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That must have cost forty billion pounds at the time.
>> No. 94559 Anonymous
15th September 2021
Wednesday 6:28 pm
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Good riddance to this utter fucking cunt. Not only is he a pillock, he's a class traitor. Despise this little creep.


>> No. 1795 Anonymous
27th May 2011
Friday 6:32 pm
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ITT: Workplace annoyances.

I'll get the ball rolling - having to bring in pastries on your birthday. I know it's cheaper if people bring their own in on their birthday instead of chipping in every time someone in the office has a birthday, but it's still fucking annoying having to fork out on your birthday.
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>> No. 14024 Anonymous
13th September 2021
Monday 10:19 am
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You wouldn't?
>> No. 14025 Anonymous
13th September 2021
Monday 1:12 pm
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This is the kind of shit i expect to see at the moment of my death, when life flashes before the eyes and you realise above all else the reason of your being.
>> No. 14026 Anonymous
14th September 2021
Tuesday 5:15 pm
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I've been working in a snack factory for about two months now and I'm impressed that their workers on the primary production machinery consist of 3 longer term employees, myself and one other new guy...that just quit.
I don't expect all that much from factory work but a coherent plan to get and keep employees that run their production machinery might be one of the few things I do expect. It's a fair bit of stress being told to look after finnicky machines that all the production is reliant on, while hauling around tons of ingredients - often multiple times for one batch because their genius solution to get things from a mixer to a hopper is hauling it in a fucking bin.

otoh it was the easiest hiring process ever, I practically just walked in and I get paid on time.
>> No. 14027 Anonymous
14th September 2021
Tuesday 5:57 pm
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Oh come on, what sort of snacks???
>> No. 14028 Anonymous
14th September 2021
Tuesday 10:38 pm
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Wotsits and wotsit accessories


>> No. 30888 Anonymous
11th July 2021
Sunday 11:52 am
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I am a 29 year old male, my partner a 29 year old woman. We've been together for 10 years. We lost our virginity to each other. Neither of us have slept with any one else. We both strongly consider each other our life partners.

I've always been more sexually minded than her, my libido is much higher. This has been a problem at certain points of our relationship that I have been happy to bring up. She always responds understandingly and it fixes temporarily.

But recently I've begun to really strongly desire other women. I think it has something to do with me turning 30 next year, despite it being an arbitrary number, really.

This is something I've even brought upto her in the past, during these conversations, and she even seems quite understanding. Recognising that whilst she herself doesn't really care, she respects it's important to me. That said anything beyond a simple recognition seems beyond us. It I were to directly ask "can I sleep with another woman?" she would respond (unsurprisingly) negatively.

I feel kind of stuck, really. What I have with her is absolutely incredible and easily worth never sleeping with someone else. But it eats at me. Not always, but enough. In the shower, during a post sex moment of clarity, when I'm served by a pretty barista, and so on.

What do I do? Like I said, she is actually quite receptive of me bringing this up. And as we age seems to be more and more understanding and calm. But I can see it from her point of view as well and it must feel awful. I've asked her if she feels the same sort of thing and her answer is basically "kind of, but I don't really care". Like I said she's not very sexually orientated anyway, even once a week is a bit of a stretch. Is this something I learn to just live with? I could never cheat on her, it would break my heart and obviously break hers if she found out. But I can't contend with this feeling all my life, surely.
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>> No. 31006 Anonymous
14th September 2021
Tuesday 6:10 pm
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It might be worth digging into the psychology of why you feel so compelled towards other women.

You mention a craving for variety, but what does this really mean? I think as blokes we tend to oversimplify ourselves with, "just biology innit", but you may be able to alleviate what you're feeling by reflecting on exactly what it is you're looking for.

For me, my need for attention from other girls was primarily a craving for validation and an ego boost rather than pure sex.

For you, it sounds like it may stem from the fact that your sex life has inevitably become a bit predictable and/or routine. There's a lot you can do about this, from seeking more harmless (and non-sexual) interactions with women to introducing a bit more variety with your current lass. If you love her as you say, it'll be worth trying before you go installing Tinder and nobbing the entire neighbourhood.
>> No. 31007 Anonymous
14th September 2021
Tuesday 7:44 pm
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Try this.

Get a few female mates you can flirt and banter with, maybe take out on pseudo-dates. Don't cross the line of shagging them, but have a friendship where flirting and a bit of naughty conversation isn't off the table. The chase is better than the catch as they say, and what I've analysed about myself is that it's that part I miss. Everything that's exciting about the early days of a relationship.

In my younger years I did cheat on my partners a couple of times, and while I don't really regret it, the interesting thing is that as I've got older, I've not felt compelled to go through with it. I've been in the position to plenty of times. For example, last year (before the virus and all) I went out with an old flame, stayed over in a hotel room with her, we even both kept it a sort of secret from our partners like there was a mutual understanding we might shag. But when we got there in the moment? I sort of just didn't really feel like it.

I still have the urge to prowl around and chat birds up like the sly dog I may well be, but I am no longer so desperate about it that I'm willing to go through that risky step where you lean in for the kiss, slip your hand up their thigh, and all that.

And it's weird, because my missus is shit in bed. She just doesn't put the effort in, and I can't really sugar coat it as shyness or whatever anymore, she just isn't interested in pleasing someone other than herself. She wants to get off and that's about it. In my mind I'd be quite well justified to actually cheat on her (I know I WOULDN'T be justified, but you know what I mean. The little devil on my shoulder says so), but I just can't really be bothered.

Once life has settled down a bit I'm probably going to bring it up as a sort of "look, I'm not going to sugar coat this anymore. Either you put more effort in or I go start shagging other lasses" ultimatum. But for the time being I'm actually not all that arsed. Or maybe you'll want to go down this route.

Maybe one day you'll be less arsed too. Maybe not. You never know. But just don't do anything rash.
>> No. 31008 Anonymous
14th September 2021
Tuesday 8:13 pm
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Thank you guys, these are thoughtful posts to my silly thread. I think you are into something with that idea. If I'm honest, I've been speaking to an American girl on Reddit. She's beautiful and funny but I feel this is taking it further than you lot intended. The talk started off sexual but has moved onto the definition of biscuits. But all it makes me want to do is fuck the hell out of her. It's been so difficult working from home . I started a new role and I don't even have any female colleagues, let alone have the opportunity to see them face to face.
>> No. 31009 Anonymous
14th September 2021
Tuesday 9:06 pm
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>The talk started off sexual but has moved onto the definition of biscuits.

My mind is boggling at the idea you don't see this as sexual progression.
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14th September 2021
Tuesday 10:10 pm
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>but has moved onto the definition of biscuits.
I really can't believe you'd do this kind of thing behind your girlfriend's back.

Wow, I must be in a weird mood because usually I threaten to kill people who want to cheat on their SO.


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>> No. 5014 Anonymous
6th September 2021
Monday 12:06 pm
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>> No. 5017 Anonymous
13th September 2021
Monday 1:00 pm
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Thankfully, the very first sentence in the video explains who its for: people who study physics. If you don't, it is irrelevant for you.
>> No. 5018 Anonymous
13th September 2021
Monday 1:03 pm
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Not sure how "Tood Terje - Inspector Norse" relates to physics studies, but okay, OP, you keep dreaming, big man.
>> No. 5019 Anonymous
13th September 2021
Monday 8:35 pm
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Sometimes the site code glitches out on phones and all of the videos get switched with other videos.
>> No. 5020 Anonymous
13th September 2021
Monday 9:07 pm
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You honestly think I don't know that? Did you really just say that to me? The fucking hubris.
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14th September 2021
Tuesday 7:34 pm
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I'm still laughing at this post.


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>> No. 94514 Anonymous
13th September 2021
Monday 6:55 pm
/pol/94514 Norway Election 2021
This woman is going to stay PM of Norway tonight as part of a strong and stable government. It's going to stop me losing a significant amount of money on the Norwegian oil and gas industry.

>Norwegians will vote on Sept. 12-13 to pick a parliament and government for the next four years, with opinion polls showing the centre-left opposition is poised to win power after eight years of Conservative-led rule. Exit polls and forecasts based on early votes will be published on Monday at 1900 GMT, and most ballots will be counted within three to four hours.

>Petroleum policy presents perhaps the biggest challenge for the next prime minister, and the future of Norway's largest industry has been front and centre of the campaign. Citing concerns over climate change, several small parties - the Socialist Left, the Liberals, the Greens and the Reds - seek to halt oil and gas exploration, which brings in almost half the country's export revenues.

>On the right, the Conservatives are dependent on the eco-friendly Liberals, who aim to halt exploration for any new reserves. Solberg is unlikely to accept that goal if she wins, but must find ways to satisfy her party's junior partner. If Labour wins, it faces a similar demand from the Socialist Left to stop drilling for new reserves. But Stoere's own party is wary of the job losses that could follow, and its other likely partner, the Centre Party, favours continued drilling.

>The strongest anti-oil stance is taken by the Green Party, which wants to immediately halt exploration and to end all oil and gas output in Norway by 2035. Stoere says he will reject the Greens' attempt at setting ultimatums.

I'm holding you personally responsible for whatever happens, Ecolad.
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>> No. 94540 Anonymous
14th September 2021
Tuesday 5:11 pm
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Obviously compared to your average 12-year-old Afghan girl right now, I'm absolutely crushing it. But my life has taken a hopefully temporary turn for the /emo/ and I was comparing myself to how I assume most of you live.
>> No. 94541 Anonymous
14th September 2021
Tuesday 5:16 pm
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Look on the bright side, lad. When your posho parents snuff it you'll be rich.
>> No. 94542 Anonymous
14th September 2021
Tuesday 5:37 pm
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You're not doing well, lad. I wouldn't call myself as doing well because I went to public sector in London instead of earning 3-4x times the money in the private sector, but I still have about 30k net worth.

How did you manage to not save buckets of money when it was literally illegal to go outside?

>the only extra requirement is sticktuitiveness.

I think this is something sorely underrated in our society. I wouldn't say I'm particularly bright, I'm just a weirdo who has a bit of self-discipline but that discipline has made a world of difference compared to my peers.
>> No. 94543 Anonymous
14th September 2021
Tuesday 6:17 pm
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>How did you manage to not save buckets of money when it was literally illegal to go outside?

I only landed this job in January, so virtually the entire 6k I mention has come from that.

Before that, I was buried in an overdraft and small loan taken to pay for paying for accommodation while studying for a postgraduate qualification in another country. Prior to that again, I was an NHSlad on a relatively mediocre payband, saving for the said move.

Basically, I've doubled down on my career and future earnings over current savings at every point of my young adult life, and I also didn't get any transfer of wealth from my parents (not implying you did, but it's a factor here). The result is that I've doubled my salary twice and have set myself up well for the future, but should probably stick around and just earn cash for the time being.
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14th September 2021
Tuesday 7:09 pm
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>How did you manage to not save buckets of money when it was literally illegal to go outside?

Big telly.


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