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>> No. 7978 Anonymous
6th October 2020
Tuesday 7:50 pm
/£$€¥/7978 Crypto Currencies
Any interest in a general crypto currency thread? The old Bitcoin one dates back to 2013 and things have moved on a bit since then. I got interested in them earlier in the year and have invested a few grand now, have just been picking up some coins here and there when the prices dip. I'd previously dabbled in funds and shares but was looking for something a bit less dull and with a higher risk/reward ratio.

There are some interesting projects using blockchain technologies that sound like they have potential, I think the Bank of England and the EU are working on their own crypto-currencies and China has one nearly ready to launch. It will be interesting to see where things go over the next few years, one hot topic lately has been decentralised finance (de-fi) where all sorts of financial products can be offered using blockchain tech removing banks etc. from the process entirely. This seems like one of the major benefits to me, carrrying out transactions peer-to-peer without involving any third parties although all exchanges these days require you to provide ID so it's not exactly untraceable, and there is no-one that can help if you lose your private keys or get your coins stolen.
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>> No. 8202 Anonymous
14th January 2021
Thursday 6:02 pm
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Am I the only one who thinks he's a bit naive to think that his HDD is in any way serviceable any more? First off it ends up in a drawer because he spilled a drink on his laptop, then he chucks it out, presumably it goes in the big chompy-crushy bin lorry with all the other waste. Whatever arrived at the landfill site has now been sat there for seven or eight years suffering wind, rain, and other shite being thrown thrown on top of it.

I've had hard drives completely stop working from a 12" drop onto a tiled floor, I have no idea how he thinks his is going to be in any way recoverable after the near decade of torturous abuse it's received.
>> No. 8203 Anonymous
14th January 2021
Thursday 6:17 pm
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>I've had hard drives completely stop working

I think if you had a BTC wallet with 7.5k coins on it, you'd have tried a couple more data recovery techniques than you did at the time. I'm not saying his HDD is definitely preserved, but it's not inconceivable that a wallet would survive on even a shattered platter.
>> No. 8205 Anonymous
14th January 2021
Thursday 8:51 pm
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> but it's not inconceivable that a wallet would survive on even a shattered platter.

It's not, but it's within the realms of the very unlikely. Assuming that the superblock/MFT is almost definitely corrupted and given that wallet.dat is just a btree type Berkeley DB file, the only way to search for the data you want (the keys) is if you remember the blockchain address you had the coins in and to brute-force search for that pattern as the key in a KV pair - across the entire disk (or whatever parts are readable). In other you'd better hope that the file was small enough to be stored in sequential sectors or you're going to be SOL and you'd better hope against hope that the disk wasn't protected via Bitlocker or LUKS as if even one byte is corrupted you'll be unable to read all the other logically sequential bytes thanks to the wonders of Cipher Block Chaining.
>> No. 8206 Anonymous
14th January 2021
Thursday 8:57 pm
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This is why I defragment all of my storage media multiple times per day.
>> No. 8207 Anonymous
15th January 2021
Friday 1:18 am
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Forgot your IYKWIM.


>> No. 59246 YubYub
3rd January 2018
Wednesday 7:40 pm
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>A homeless man who stole a purse and a phone from victims of the Manchester Arena attack has admitted theft.

>Chris Parker, 33, was initially dubbed a hero after claiming he comforted a seriously injured girl. CCTV footage played to Manchester Crown Court showed him wandering between stricken victims. He kept returning to injured Pauline Healey, whose granddaughter lay dying nearby, before leaning over her and taking her handbag to steal her purse.

I don't get why bleeding heart do-gooders bleat on about the homeless. They're all scratters who are on the streets through choice, usually because they choose not to stay in a hostel as they know they wouldn't be allowed to do drugs there.
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>> No. 67845 Searchfag
13th January 2021
Wednesday 10:58 pm
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>> No. 67846 Crabkiller
13th January 2021
Wednesday 11:07 pm
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Thanks Nelson but how will you inject them without needles?
>> No. 67847 Paedofag
13th January 2021
Wednesday 11:11 pm
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You could put the vaccine into sweets, like haliborange.
>> No. 67848 Are Moaty
14th January 2021
Thursday 12:28 am
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Up the arse.
>> No. 67849 Moralfag
15th January 2021
Friday 12:26 am
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Turns out we can replace them with a load of Filipinos instead.


>> No. 5637 Anonymous
12th May 2015
Tuesday 11:26 am
/uni/5637 Collegiate System
There's something I'm not getting at all. So I managed to get accepted to Oxford (postgrad) and after that, I'm supposed to get a college. They just "forward" your application, nothing else to do but I managed to get rejected from the two colleges I chose semi-randomly based on how nice the building looked, and as a foreignlad I'm wondering what's the point of it, besides cheaper accommodation.
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>> No. 6411 Anonymous
8th February 2020
Saturday 11:11 pm
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Well this thread is still here.

I can safely say that after actually going there, being part of a college and graduating I still don't understand its function and can't explain it to anyone.
>> No. 6426 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 5:41 pm
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I also went to Teddy Hall, before you though. Norham Gardens was alright. Least you didn't end up at St. Cross or Cornflake College. You'd simply never want to wear the college tie at your club.
>> No. 6427 Anonymous
14th January 2021
Thursday 6:23 pm
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I used to work for one of them and still have no idea why the university is structured that way.
Like a lot of odd stuff at Oxford I suspect the answer is that it made sense 300 years ago and we cant change it now because tradition.
>> No. 6428 Anonymous
14th January 2021
Thursday 6:41 pm
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I work here currently, but am unfortunately not engaged with the College system at the moment (But it's not like there's much happening rn anyway).

I was trying to find a picture of a Formal from Hilary last year where the Hall was all decked out with anti-sneeze plastic cubicles and there were about 5 people sitting the length of an entire table.

Oxford is pretty quite these days. I don't think any Undergrads are here this year except Med Students. I think even Post-Grads are being encouraged to stay at home unless they are Research based.
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14th January 2021
Thursday 8:13 pm
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>> No. 7189 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 7:58 pm
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What are some "good" detective noir books, /lit/? I'm talking real classic, atmospheric ones with cheesy plots that you read for fun, nothing actually literary. Even le Carré would be too intellectual.
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>> No. 7190 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 8:16 pm
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Not particularly atmospheric, but you may enjoy the 'nursery crime' books by Jasper Fforde (>>7169).
>> No. 7191 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 8:37 pm
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John P. Marquand has a fair few books that I'd say fit that bill.
>> No. 7192 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 9:03 pm
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Raymond Chandler. The Big Sleep is a classic.
>> No. 7193 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 10:05 pm
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I'll take a wild guess at L.A. Confidential, although I've not read it, but the film is excellent.


>> No. 67653 Samefag
10th December 2020
Thursday 9:49 pm
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If I'd known no deal Brexit means we'll all be eating chips on toast I'd have voted for it years ago.
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>> No. 67835 Billbob
13th January 2021
Wednesday 2:59 pm
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The truth. I'm not picking sides, but when you point out that people should stop exaggerating when criticising the Tories, or anyone else considered the other, and should instead stick to the facts you get accused of defending them.

There's all sorts of valid reasons to criticise them for without having to make shit up.
>> No. 67836 Searchfag
13th January 2021
Wednesday 3:53 pm
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You don't suddenly have to pay retail for bulk orders of bread and apples just because you don't usually order them if you're a catering firm. The economies of scale are, if anything, more favourable on a pallet of bananas than they are mince or lasagne sheets.
>> No. 67837 Moralfag
13th January 2021
Wednesday 5:11 pm
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I heard Michael Gove eats babies
>> No. 67838 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 5:19 pm
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You missed the point. I'm saying your post (X) doesn't preclude corruption (Y), not that X = Y. The corruption is an entirely separate point that is being argued on other grounds, and nothing you said as far as I can tell is an argument against corruption, just that the companies might have had a hard time as well.
>> No. 67839 Crabkiller
13th January 2021
Wednesday 5:36 pm
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So you're adding 2 and 2 together and getting 5? Gotcha.


>> No. 29163 Anonymous
1st January 2020
Wednesday 8:49 pm
/emo/29163 How to thicken helmet skin? Locked
I want to thicken the skin of my helmet to reduce the sensitivity of my benin. I've been circumcised which has helped to reduce sensitivity a bit but I want to reduce it more.

Would soaking it in surgical spirit every day help? Would it increase my chances of getting dick cancer or something?

What about rubbing it with sandpaper for a few minutes every day?
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>> No. 30181 Anonymous
18th November 2020
Wednesday 8:28 pm
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Sorry to burst your bubble, but sanding your cock down to a nub doesn't warrant sectioning these days because it's not immediately life-threatening. Even before the pandemic, psychiatric inpatient units were working on a one-in, one-out basis and most units were routinely having to discharge actively suicidal patients to make room for even more suicidal patients.
>> No. 30182 Anonymous
19th November 2020
Thursday 2:56 am
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Another casualty of covid. RIP OP's knob.

We could always delete it and ban him if he comes back, but then we wouldn't be able to call him an arsehole in longform.
>> No. 30342 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 1:58 pm
30342 OP
I still can't coom properly. It just sprays or dribbles out instead of getting a full pumping action. Strange. It'll probably never be right again.
>> No. 30343 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 2:07 pm
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Can we ban him yet?
>> No. 30344 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 2:51 pm
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Heaven preserve. This isn't your blog. Unless you need help or advice with something, I'm going to lock this.


>> No. 7185 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 11:37 am
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Audiobooks seem a lot harder to come buy than PDFs and ePubs on torrent entirely legal filesharing websites.

Is there any particular reason why, and can you lads recommend any websites for this?
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>> No. 7186 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 1:53 pm
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Back2Cheltingham GCHQ crypto-nonce.

You'll never take me alive!

Also, does it really need to be said not to post links or otherwise provide information to sources of pirated copyrighted content on this website?
>> No. 7187 Anonymous
13th January 2021
Wednesday 12:40 pm
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If there's something specific you're looking for you could do the audible free trial.

There is also a lot of older content hosted on youtube and the like. Maybe even soundcloud and spotify.

I imagine the reason that there
are less audiobooks online because fewer people listen to audiobooks and the filesize is much larger than that of a humble epub.


>> No. 4526 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 10:31 am
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Is it true that own brand petrol from supermarkets gives you poorer fuel economy than say something from Esso or Texaco?
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>> No. 4534 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 3:48 pm
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She needs premium, dude! Premiuuuuuum!
>> No. 4535 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 3:52 pm
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I imagined that'd be the case, though the US octane scale is slightly different to ours - their '87' is our 95, meaning that it was still asking for our 98/100. Either way, I put the good shit in anyway since I only ever run it on unleaded if I really want to put my foot down or can't find LPG close. I fill it up at the Costco where it's the same price as normal fuel everywhere else.

It seems to understand fuel delivery somewhat as the MPG figures on the dash seem a bit lower when I'm on LPG, but that might just be confirmation bias as I'm not always staring at it. It does get confused though, since it's usually only running on LPG under heavy drain conditions (startup and heavy acceleration), it thinks half a tank of fuel will only get me about 20 miles.
>> No. 4536 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 3:53 pm
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s/running on LPG/running on unleaded/

Fuck's sake. Time to get off here and focus.
>> No. 4537 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 6:37 pm
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To me, it doesn't make much sense.

Supermarkets sell the product as cheap as possible to get people into the shop itself.
On the other hand, Shell/BP/Esso etc. have wafer-thin margins in urban areas and so whilst their prices are higher they make the product itself as low-quality as they can get away with because they need every last penny to turn a profit.

The premium fuels definitely have extra additives which might clean your engine, and the higher octane etc. might give better economy depending on your engine, but I don't believe that there is any difference at all between regular fuels.

However it is worth remembering that as fuel pumps measure volume, during a cold snap you can cram just a little bit more fuel by weight into the tank for the same price, but also I have heard that the refiners tweak the blends very slightly through the seasons to counteract this, as well as to control evaporation.
>> No. 4538 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 6:44 pm
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don't bother with redex, nowadays it's just kerosene with some red dye in since people get a bit antsy about some of the spicier chemicals that could be in there.
Get some of the cleaners sold by Forte instead, it's sold as a "trade use only" product, but it's easy enough to find online, and it gets well recommended by a lot of people in the trade who claim it can get cars through an MOT after failing emission checks.


>> No. 67794 Samefag
11th January 2021
Monday 11:27 pm
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Bring back Constipation!!
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>> No. 67804 Are Moaty
12th January 2021
Tuesday 6:35 pm
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Sounds like they’re just lacking moral fibre.


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>> No. 9544 Anonymous
26th June 2013
Wednesday 10:29 pm
/nom/9544 Recipes only, no comments. Stickied

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>> No. 14032 Anonymous
5th January 2021
Tuesday 6:49 pm
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It's sort of an Alfredo with extra bits and different cheese, but that'd probably anger italians too.

Briebonara Alfredbaconshroom would be an accurate name, if a little unrefined.
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5th January 2021
Tuesday 7:02 pm
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>> No. 14034 Anonymous
6th January 2021
Wednesday 3:25 am
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This is a pulses based dish. Some soaking required. In particular you want green or brown lentils and yellow split peas. Rinse and soak the lot for a couple of hours.

Fry off two onions and some garlic (use garlic powder if you find this fiddly) in a nob of butter (75g). Add fine cut bacon or lardons soon after, let them cook through on medium heat. Add thinly sliced pork belly to give it some browning. Shred a couple of carrots and a golf-ball's worth of celeriac root and add it. Stirr well, still medium heat. Spice to taste, I like some salt, MSG, coriander, chilli flakes and a pinch of turmeric; also polish sausages, any of them, chopped up. Simmer the lentils/peas while doing all this, they'll take an hour or two depending how well you soaked. Roughly drain the pulses and add them to the mix with half a glass of water. If you have extra veggies, you should know how long they take and add them as early as possible.

Let the concoction simmer for another hour, you now have a pea based stew. Enjoy on it's own or with a bit of bread.
>> No. 14042 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 5:58 pm
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500ml of 4.2% Guinness "Extra Stout" and 2tbsp "raw" apple cider vinegar in a specimen jar. Air-porous lid.


>> No. 23560 Anonymous
16th November 2016
Wednesday 6:49 pm
/emo/23560 Minor angst and existential dread, Mk. I
We tend to have a lot of repeated threads here, but I also get the feeling people don't tend to post in /emo/ unless it's a big issue.

With this in mind I suggest that we have a thread for stuff that's got you down a bit and you need to get off your chest, without it being major enough to make an entire thread devoted to it. We can also use it as a go-to for minor relationship advice, work problems, social drama, and things like that.

Everyone gets down from time to time, let's put some Sisters of Mercy on and wallow together for a while.
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>> No. 30330 Anonymous
3rd January 2021
Sunday 12:28 pm
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Otherlad here. Just out of curiosity, what age range are you, and where are you meeting these people?

If it's a non-committal culture like Tinder, then people almost treat it as standard for conversations to stop suddenly and without explanation. I agree it's a horrible practice, but most people don't consider the full implications of what they're doing.

Sometimes it's a change of heart, sometimes it's all for the sake of an ego-boost. It's probably best on not to speculate on the reason why it happens in each specific case, but you might just have to accept it and take it on as "part of the game".
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5th January 2021
Tuesday 2:24 am
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I wish I could make friends and focus on tasks, but sadly I'm weird and stupid.

Yours Anon, aged 6.
>> No. 30339 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 7:54 pm
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I can't help with the first, but on the second one, I've recently been enjoying something called The Pomodoro Technique; is easy and works quite well.
>> No. 30340 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 11:50 am
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I was thinking earlier "what should I do before having a shower?" but I realised that I've got nothing to do before getting a shower, so the tug of war in my brain about being clean is literally all I've got and it's still a struggle. Pathetic.

Perhaps it's worth a try.
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12th January 2021
Tuesday 12:05 pm
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Yeah definitely, Pomodoro doesn't work for me but it does for lots of people.


>> No. 13598 Anonymous
18th November 2020
Wednesday 12:55 pm
/job/13598 Just got 5 people sacked at work (1/3 of the firm). Feels a bit weird.
Hi gents,

Just woke up to a message from a colleague that he'd been suspended with pay, along with 4 other people including me, from our accountancy firm. He's fairly certain we're on the fast track to the sack. Excuse me if I ramble slightly.

We have a slack chat (yes, this is predictable) that I set up a few years ago, and that we got complacent about using in work outside of Microsoft Teams to coordinate, and sometimes vent about our boss. Over the years we became less careful and more vitriolic, and finally I was furloughed on a weekend and didn't go back into the office due to pandemic, leaving my work computer locked and logged on with a slack window open somewhere. Dum dum duhhhm. Everyone on it gets a call from HR warning of suspension, apart from the newest guy who gets terminated.

So, 2 of them are elated. They described it as being in a toxic relationship and suddenly having it ended for you. The 3rd guy was on the ropes with his relationship with our boss, who wasn't happy with his output and has been looking at sacking for a while, while the fourth guy is newly joined, basically trusted that he was being let into something secure, and I now feel very bad about him. We have contacts, we can provide references, so he's going to be able to get something else. Since he was so new he's been terminated for 'rude messages' apparently, officially 'misconduct'. Personally I was already looking for jobs because I've just hit my 2 year and that was my limit.

I'm about to go for a joint and buy a beer and sit watching Star Trek while it all seeps in. I've changed the password and deleted the workspace so nothing more can be collected, if anything was. I hope to god the boss has got some screenshots otherwise I might be tempted to ask for proof and be a dick about it. Anyway, he probably has so he can pass them on to HR. How does one prepare for a meeting where you know that someone you have absolutely no respect for is going to try and make you feel bad for mocking them? Also, if I'm on furlough and the HR lady is calling me on whatsapp, am I under any obligation to answer?

He's literally got 1/3 of his staff on line for the sack. He heard a few weeks ago of a woman who had £250,000 worth of client turnover and was doing the whole thing herself on Xero, so now he thinks "I have a million quid turnover, surely I can do this with 4 people", forgetting that she has dictated the client relationships and records processes from the start, whereas half our clients are builders or mechanics whose idea of good recordkeeping is to make sure that only half the crumpled receipt is covered in splotches. It's all going to end in flames for him, the remaining seniors are leaving as soon as their 2 years are up. Everyone who's been suspended is prodding at the idea of whistleblowing (our boss engages in dodgy practices) now that we have nothing to lose. Also leaving glassdoor reviews.

Anyway, I digress. I've got some jobs to look at now! Feel free to call me a twat for not practising good opsec.
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>> No. 13686 Anonymous
9th January 2021
Saturday 3:20 pm
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I'm very confused, why was making yourself a sandwich in the staff canteen an act worthy of 'gross misconduct'? Why did they object to this practice? Were they completely clear from the outset that sandwich-making was frowned upon round these parts?
>> No. 13687 Anonymous
9th January 2021
Saturday 3:32 pm
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>My eggability is debatable...

How many boiled eggs can you eat in one sitting?
>> No. 13688 Anonymous
9th January 2021
Saturday 3:50 pm
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This many.
>> No. 13689 Anonymous
9th January 2021
Saturday 4:50 pm
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I'm not that lad, but Managers in Hospitality do way too much cocaine.
>> No. 13690 Anonymous
12th January 2021
Tuesday 11:19 am
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Crowne Plaza are owned by IHG and therefore seem to have quite a strict code of conduct. It was classified as 'theft', can't say fairer than that.

It's the lifeblood of the industry to be honest. Surprised I never tried it on shift. I once did a pill at Bestival and it took me 15 minutes to make 5 mixed doubles. Only the senior staff were allowed to take the last hour of their shift off having dropped acid. Festival bartending is an interesting one.

Now I've got a phone call at 1330, references are mostly in pocket, I just need to not be a twat.


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>> No. 441550 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 12:57 pm
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So there's a fiery British preacher on Chicago radio

I'm wondering if that guy is syndicated from Britain or he lives here in the states
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>> No. 441569 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 10:05 pm
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I don't know what xis name is
>> No. 441573 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 10:26 pm
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We're going to need more clues.
>> No. 441574 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 10:30 pm
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The clues are there.
>> No. 441586 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 11:04 pm
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the radio station is in the low 90's on FM
>> No. 441588 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 11:06 pm
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Well, given that the range of broadcast FM is about 40 miles, it's unlikely we'll have heard that station in the UK.


>> ID: 9cd0ed No. 14494 Anonymous
26th February 2018
Monday 7:46 pm

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Where does The Wall allow us to enter from these days?

Asking for travel and VPN reasons.
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>> ID: acd590 No. 15632 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 5:52 pm

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Is he still around? I always found his ever more subtle attempts at introducing his 'ideas' to be amusing.
>> ID: a36a7b No. 15633 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 5:55 pm

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Pretty sure it was him the other day arguing about when the "magic responsibility switch" or whatever it was goes off in people's heads.
>> ID: 74120c No. 15635 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 6:19 pm

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No, that was me. I just want kids to be tried as adults, and for capital punishment to be brought back. How does that make me a seppo?
>> ID: 8468c3 No. 15641 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 7:28 pm

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>It's not worth walling the whole of the US
I couldn't disagree more.
>> ID: 364fb1 No. 15643 Anonymous
11th January 2021
Monday 7:48 pm

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I agree - there are far fewer US posters than you think, it's the yoof who have adopted their speaking/posting habits most of the time.


>> No. 24710 Anonymous
3rd January 2021
Sunday 10:54 am
/e/24710 VR
Just got an Oculus Rift S and they're on sale, so I'm looking for good VR games. I don't have a huge play area, so at the moment I'm limited to games where you can play them seated. So far I've got Boneworks, Half Life Alyx, Beat Saber, and Until You Fall. Any recommendations?
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>> No. 24746 Anonymous
10th January 2021
Sunday 4:12 pm
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"I have PSVR, so I cant play Alyx and I am very jealous" should have been the end of that sentence.
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10th January 2021
Sunday 5:56 pm
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I'm >>24712 and from what little I have played of SkVR I found archery to be near impossible. You can't draw the bow properly without smashing the controller into your face. Annoyingly as well the lefty swap option in Bethesda VR games renders it completely unplayable by swapping movement and menu controls so I have to play righty mode which isn't ideal. Either way I'm a pretty good shot with my right hand, now.

Borderlands 2 VR's lefty swap just changes the aiming hand but leaves movement controls where they should be (left analogue stick to move/strafe and right to turn).
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10th January 2021
Sunday 6:45 pm
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Playing on the Playstation as a lefty I found it to be ok. I couldn't really do the archery well until I got the eagle eye perk, and the move controller tracking is a bit gubbed, so you end up with your characters hands down by its knees during key moments of combat.

Blood & Truth was pretty fun too, being that it's like a Guy Ritchie movie with a Paul Verhoeven bodycount.

I really enjoyed the flying and combat of Iron Man VR despite the heinous loading times.

If you told me 5 years ago that there would be consumer VR systems and they'd not be utterly shite, I wouldn't have believed you. I think that the platform has a lot of potential and as more people buy it, more AAA titles may eventually be released.
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11th January 2021
Monday 12:27 am
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I do wish Fallout 4 VR had come to PSVR.
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11th January 2021
Monday 10:45 am
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It barely runs on a decent PC (I rarely get 80FPS); it'd probably be a PowerPoint slideshow on PS4.

Oddly enough, Skyrim VR runs perfectly fine, and it's practically the same game, so I have no idea how they fucked Fallout 4 VR. Also, not including the DLC for... reasons? Thankfully they can be fairly easily added in, but many of them run like (even more like) shit even with unofficial patches.


>> 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. 8185 Anonymous
10th January 2021
Sunday 3:09 pm
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That's really good. Most people have got fuck all in theirs. As you get older, and can afford it, you can add more money per month to it, too.
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10th January 2021
Sunday 3:50 pm
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Halifax have cut the interest rate on my help to buy ISA twice in the past year, I'm fairly sure. I find myself wondering what the point was if they can just arbitrarily decide "actually no, fuck you, you're getting a percent and that's it." I mean, I'm sort of committed to that account now given I've already got about four grand in it.

Is there a better alternative? I planned to max it out for the free three grand but what's to stop them just sending me a letter in another six months saying that's not even part of the deal any more?
>> No. 8187 Anonymous
10th January 2021
Sunday 3:54 pm
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At the moment it seems like putting money in an ETF has good yield/risk ratio, but it also seems like we are in a tech bubble the likes of which we haven't seen in 20 years and it feels like it could pop any minute.

I recommend just burying your savings in your garden.
>> No. 8188 Anonymous
10th January 2021
Sunday 4:47 pm
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You could always pop it in a LISA? I don't really know the difference between HTBISAs and LISAs.
>> No. 8189 Anonymous
10th January 2021
Sunday 5:06 pm
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Same, they're cutting it on everyones.
The fact that the rules of HTBISAs limit how much you can pay in have made it easy for banks to offer high interest in the days when no one had much money in then cut it back as the accounts have matured.
They're closed completely to new customers now anyway as they got replaced by LISAs.

LISAs are good enough, as long as you're going to use them for retirement or buying a house. If you take money out for any other reason, from this financial year onwards you'll actually lose a few percent of what you put in to begin with.
LISAs are probably the best place to put your money for retirement, but only if you've got money left over to save after you've maxed out whatever employer contribution you've been able to get from a workplace pension.
But of course the government is also completely free to change the rules on LISAs at any point in the next 40 years or so if they feel like they've been too generous.


>> No. 67781 Crabkiller
10th January 2021
Sunday 11:01 am
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>> No. 441527 Anonymous
10th January 2021
Sunday 6:39 am
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got this gpu
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>> No. 441528 Anonymous
10th January 2021
Sunday 9:29 am
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>> No. 5484 Anonymous
6th October 2020
Tuesday 12:13 am
/fat/5484 Chin-ups for breakfast
I've been doing one set of chin-ups every morning. I just pump out as many reps as possible, but without pushing it too hard and getting to the point I'm gritting my teeth and grunting.

Two weeks ago I could barely do one rep. Now I'm up to four. I want to get up to twenty eventually.
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>> No. 5485 Anonymous
6th October 2020
Tuesday 12:43 am
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Why would you post that picture? I hope you never get up to twenty.
>> No. 5486 Anonymous
9th October 2020
Friday 12:45 am
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I did 5 this morning, fuck you.
>> No. 5523 Anonymous
8th December 2020
Tuesday 3:03 am
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6 now
>> No. 5588 Anonymous
9th January 2021
Saturday 7:16 pm
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Down to 3 after stuffing myself over xmas.
>> No. 5589 Anonymous
9th January 2021
Saturday 9:18 pm
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Still can't get up to 20? It has been months, lad.


>> No. 27703 Anonymous
3rd January 2021
Sunday 9:23 pm
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Ok so this might be a long one, not sure yet...

(Before I go any further I'll make it clear that this could just as easily be a mental health question as a technology one. I really don't know anymore and this is basically the last time I'm going to ask before I throw myself on the mercy of the NHS. I don't think I'm wrong but I wouldn't, would I?)

Let's say there's a massively successful tech company whose name begins with G (From hereon "Big G"). Let's say Big G also owns a successful video-sharing platform. I spend a lot of time on this video sharing platform just listening to music and watching clips of TV programmes from back in the day. Occasionally, while using this service, I will be reminded of a show I loved so much that I use a completely unrelated internet-based service to download the entirety of it, it doesn't matter what the show is but let's just pretend for the sake of argument it's Friends.

I NEVER use Big G's services on my computer and I NEVER torrent on my phone. As far as Big G can tell I probably don't even have a computer. I'm not more or less likely to discuss Friends on chat/messenger platforms on my phone than I am for shows I'm not actually ever going to download (let's say it's Everybody Loves Raymond) but still might watch clips of on Big G's video platform.

Furthermore I always use a vpn on my computer and I don't ever bother with one on my phone. Further, furthermore, I'm a Linux user on the desktop. Not because I especially care about free software and/or privacy, I just genuinely find it a better, friendlier-to-the-user OS than the various alternatives. I don't run Linux on my phone because I have a life and stuff and just use an OS made by Big G (technically it's still Linux but not really). I have NEVER(!!!!!!) logged in to anything related to Big G on my actual computers.

Big G can probably tell there are more devices on my network than I ever actually use their services with but they shouldn't(?) be able to tell what those devices are. It might be a a Raspberry Pi with an external drive stuffed with pirated shows but it could just as easily be a phone used by another resident who doesn't use Big G's email service for all they know.

And yet... whatever show I've just torrented. The next day Big G will start recommending me clips of it. Any show. It's literally like they're watching me.

How do they do this?
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>> No. 27743 Anonymous
6th January 2021
Wednesday 7:03 pm
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> We know that your phone isn't actually listening to you, because it would absolutely hose your battery and leave obvious footprints in your data traffic.

This actually happened with an early version of Siri on iOS. It was found pretty quickly because users noticed that their batteries were draining and their data was getting rinsed. I don't think the official reason for the "mysterious behaviour" was ever publicly disclosed but there it is.

> In the case of >>27738, Google can very easily track your location through your phone. If you're carrying a phone, you might as well be logged in to Google on every computer you sit down at, because it's trivial to connect the two.

This is depressingly true. Even if I didn't use the same gmail account on my phone as on my laptop I'm sat here typing away on one while the other sits right next to me. It's quite disconcerting to think about. I can't wait to start getting ads for tranny escorts in my social media feeds. .

> Check this out and prepare to be perturbed:

Also depressing. Confirms that everything I do on every app on my phone is observed by Google and saved to my main google account history. I've now turned everything off and set it to auto-delete anything older than three months but I'm sure that's merely cosmetic and things are getting saved anyway.

Total whinge for being unable to escape "The Botnet" unless I fuck my phone into a canal. You know it's a funny old world when you start wondering if an iPhone is the lesser of two evils.
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6th January 2021
Wednesday 8:27 pm
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>when you start wondering if an iPhone is the lesser of two evils

In terms of privacy, it unquestionably is.

I also assume if you're this worried about privacy, you would be capable and/or willing to either root your current android phone and install something entirely non-google, or look into opensource or Linux phones.

I'm just at the point where if google want to watch me wank that's fine, as long as I can view my tabs and bookmarks and documents on whatever device I pick up immediately.
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6th January 2021
Wednesday 11:13 pm
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> I also assume if you're this worried about privacy, you would be capable and/or willing to either root your current android phone and install something entirely non-google, or look into opensource or Linux phones.

It's a bit of a bugger to be honest. Throwing a non-stock image onto an Android phone would potentially stop Google grabbing all the usage data for every app I use but unless I "de-google" myself completely (which means leaving gmail behind) then it's pretty much all for naught. Unfortunately I'm pretty much entrenched into gmail at the moment (whoever thought it was a good idea for your email address to be your main login attribute on the vast majority of websites has a special place in hell waiting for them, that's for sure).

I've been toying with the idea of deploying NextCloud on a digital ocean droplet and slowly migrating my calendar / notes / personal shared files onto that instead of using google drive. If I combined that with a de-googled Android image and only used my primary gmail and associated accounts in a separate sandboxed browser instance I could probably mitigate most of the privacy issues. Of course then the bugger is that I'd lose any apps that I've bought in the play store over the years, but I suppose I could always get a tablet for that kind of thing.

Sage for utterly uninteresting personal blog bollocks.
>> No. 27746 Anonymous
9th January 2021
Saturday 5:01 pm
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>It's entirely possible, though the number of people googling answers for the Times crossword is unlikely to be significant.
That's just wrong. Millions of people in Britain do a crossword every day. It's specifically recommended by doctors as a way of staving off dementia and similar.

Also, if you think Google aren't motivated enough to bump a national newspapers' crosswords answers each day in their search results then I suspect you're underestimating their degree of motivation. Which search engine are you going to use, the one that gives you the crosswords answers easily, or the one that takes a bit of digging? Old people are the least suspicious of any age group when it comes to advertising, which makes them the most attractive catch. Anything that can bring and keep them on your service is going to be an obvious win. I'm not saying that I know they do this, but I'd be more surprised if they didn't, honestly.
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9th January 2021
Saturday 5:09 pm
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>if you think Google aren't motivated enough to bump a national newspapers' crosswords answers each day

It's not a question of motivation - those search suggestions are the product of an AI algorithm that is autonomously trying to predict what people will search for. Google can manually hide certain words or phrases from the suggestions, they can tweak the underlying parameters of the algorithm, but they don't really understand how it works or why it produces certain suggestions.

Every time you use Google search, you're training that algorithm. If you pick one of the suggestions, you're telling the algorithm that it guessed correctly.


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