Central government started all this by forcing Councils to charge for non domestic waste. Rather than pay to tip waste flytipping was created instead.
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I went into Wetherspoons last night and started reading their news sheet. There was a large write up about this, seriously debunking it all.
The writer was a science journalist and producer of the BBC Horizon. He contacted N.I.C.E. regarding the article and was sent a copy of the so called research. Go to .jdwetherspoon.com/news and see the blog.
Tim's Viewpoint - It is hard to fathom why a gastroenterologist with an anti-alcohol agenda was asked to pronounce on matters of the mind, but it’s no surprise that his emissions on the subject have a distinct whiff. All the press seemed to fall for it. Read the blog it is very interesting.
Mine's a pint for obvious reasons.
A bit of history. Some 25 or so years ago I used to record programs through the night, I worked days, and one was an American program about death from drugs.
This was no drug wars just freedom of information numbers on deaths from drugs. I cannot recollect the real numbers but I can give some ideas as to the totals. Presuming the dates were mid late 80's they were as follows;
Alcohol & tobacco were around 500000 then. Cocaine & heroin were maybe 500 or less, I am uncertain. Weed or marijuana was zero that I do remember.
This maker you wonder. Look what fortunes some people made from prohibition, the Kennedy's were one were they not? How about the mafia. I am sure there were more. I welcome comments from across the pond.
As is said above legalizing drugs will stop this major big business in it's tracks. However incarceration for drug offenses is also big business. So who has the best political pull.
I do wonder what will happen in the future.
You need a first class idiot! You know make something idiot proof and along comes an idiot that proves you wrong.
My sister a hematologist wrote some protocols re using a new ( then ) all singing all dancing machine in blood labs. They had the time so managed to get some idiot ( low skilled person ) to try it. They failed! After a discussion with the failing user the protocols were rewritten. They then became more user friendly.
This seems to be a form of testing that is rarely done in practice, too tight a deadline methinks.
I was a Bletchley Park ( BP ) a few times in the late 60's. It was then a Post Office telephones training establishment. The only odd things about the place was the large radio aerials and the fact we were told that if your radio ( Walkman, mp3 player of the period ) did not work in the accommodation you were in, try it outside where it would work. You were probably in a faraday screened building but we weren't told that..
Marconi was the preferred bidder. I worked alongside guys who were testing the narrow/broadband routers. The Marconi ones worked fine, they did design them.
They would carry on working, carrying traffic even while updating the software However the price was £4K and BT, especially a certain female politician board member didn't want to pay that.
Huawei got the contract for £2K a pop so there it was. The new kit wouldn't work anywhere near as well as the Marconi kit, it would fall over while updating for example. It all went down the pan. That was the once much vaunted 21CN ( 21st century network ) that was.
In BT I grew up with DOS to Win XP and also HI nets. There was also a large VAX cluster and all the command line exchanges, sysX & axe10.
I am too idle to go to Linux, windows it is, my son is a heavy gamer. I do not want win8 with that to me silly UI.
I bought a vista pc which I later upgraded to 7. Good enough for me I think.
BT have no control over OFCOM, the boot is on the other foot. I used to work in network & switch configuration ( datamanagement in BT speak ) and the problems we had with the then new Other Licensed Operators ( OLO's ) was terrible. One old example. I provided a new digital route to the then Mercury. This included C7 signalling & multiple 2mb 30 channel systems. It was enlarged, using precious scarce hardeware on this large BT trunk switch. All this sat there for several years and was never used. It was eventually recovered.
In a similar vein an OLO asked for us to cease some 2mb systems. These carried the C7 signaling links. We refused, and told them why! They got OFTEL to order us to do it. We did, they screamed, we told them so, still they screamed until OFTEL ordered us to restore it.
Whatever an OLO wanted, however stupid it was, they got it! We could do nothing right, they could do nothing wrong. What a palaver.
Does anyone remember the comic 2000 AD. Judge Dred, and the seriously fat bastards, c/w belly wheel fighting each other, or eating competitions with each other, in the arena. Now those were the sort of buggers that perhaps the car designers of today will need to be preparing for.
Lots of pairs in them thar cables. Around towns/cities there may be 2000 pair cables, I've seen them, ruddy big mothers an all. There are of course smaller ones and older ones. I have seen some national telephone company cables over 40 years ago, 15 pair, paper insulation and covered in lead, the de-facto standard till the 60's, usually.
Big brother is listening, it's built into the phone net!!!
It's a good bit of kit. I bought a 3Tb one from my local maplins. There is a problem though, should you use M$ backup, ( I have Win7 Ult ) it will fail at the last minute with an error message. It is something to do with large sectors I think. I did look into it but it seemed a bit involved & would probably need a reformat.
The drive does come with software installed, Memeo Sync, Share & send but I dont use them. What's useful is the instant backup, this works well, but it seems just to back up the profile you are logged into. What I really wanted was to completely backup the entire pc ( 6 profiles/logins ) in 1 go, but hey it does backup all my files etc but no Win immage.
Back a while when La Vache a Fer, ( maggie ) to most of you, took power a mole in the tax office passed a letter, to the tax inspectors from the government, to leave our friends alone ( the big boys in the city ) and go after the little people instead.
I dont think there has been any change in policy for the last 25+ years do you???
After the 6310 no Nokia mob appealed to me, oh sorry the 8800's toughness seemed good, but the price!!! Jewelry.
I've been watching other manufacturers catch up & overtake them, yet all I wanted was phone, text & camera ( 5 - 8 mb ) oh and of course style that appeals to me. My 7610 & 6310 were brilliant.
By by Nokia.
I am on O2 but my local cell is Orange. Over 2 years ago I needed a new sim, it was a 3G one. Next thing I know most calls in or out were failing.
Made a fuss over a long time with O2 and the advice was revert to 2G. This was ok for me but what about all the people here, north Cambridge, wanting to use 3G.
Wonderful service NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I want a phone. I want to text. I want to take 5Mb pictures at least. Oh yes I like touchscreens.
I currently back up to external memory then to my PC. For net & e-mail I use a PC. Anything else is a waste, I don't use it. Specifically I do not use the net or e-mail.
Where I live, a block of flats, there is an orange cell on the roof, great signal strength. However since 2007 - 8 I could not get service on 3G. My old sim died in Malta and the new replacement sim was 3G. Anywhere in europe 3G worked fine except at home. Incomimg calls failed and went to voicemail and my greatest No of call setup failures was about 50. I sent back 3 LG viewty's and an LG750. I now have a Renoir 910.
O2 my provider were useless. I eventually had to make ongoing multiple fusses on their web site, contact us, before anyone eventually contacted me.
I never managed to talk to a techie but the woman I eventually spoke to suggested that I revert to 2G as I did not use 3G. Not easy to find on a 910, but eventually Success!!! but every time I tried 3G no go.
I have spoken to other people round here who have 3G trouble telling them to try 2G. I am again now trying 3G again. We shall see!
I stay with O2 because I have a staff contract going back to BT Cellnet.
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