* Posts by Naughtyhorse

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Re: A*holes all

I agree 100%.

In the article I would take issue with the statement that google were the new man, just like the old but worse.

I can't see that it's any worse. (and that is _not_ a good thing)

back in the day the recording label had exactly the sort of power that youtube do today - in fact more! they had the studios, pressing plants, distribution networks and retail outlets pretty much all locked up. even worse than google they then 'loaned' you the money to use all their kit, and levied hefty interest charges on the back end - which got paid back as soon as possible after release, meaning most artists made $0 from their first album -irrespective of sales.

sure google are fucking providers in the ass, but at least they give em a kiss first.

you were lucky in the old days to be able to get your trousers off first

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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Solution

Play it in F

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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not only but also

Indeed. If the following were true

"Apple, which has always derided fondleslabs that used any pointing device other than a human finger attached to a human arm"

if that were that case they would have patented the finger and we'd all be typing with bloody stumps

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Re: David Hockney has managed to do some good pictures

When? where?

All of his work I have ever seen consisted of utterly flat representations of hunky lads diving into swimming pools rendered utterly flat by the socal sunlight, and somewhat rushed by the artists desire to be doing something other than painting aforesaid lad, or badly mosaic-ed polaroids.

all of which eminently doable with a fondleslab and a small ball pein hammer.

Playmobil or it never happened

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Next....

How about those fucking ridiculous massive smart watches?

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Re: rising productivity raises wages

"Is your employer more likely to pay you more if they make a higher profit or a lower profit?"

or on the other hand if i produce more the employer will pocket the difference and fuck the workers.

"Your bargaining position is much better if you know they can afford to pay you more, and even better if they need you."

do you know how many people are on the dole?

"Actually, corporation tax is one way of pushing up wages - higher wages means lower profits thus lower tax, as well as (theoretically) better staff."

Actually, corporation tax is one way of pushing up profits - higher profits means lower wages thus higher tax, as well as (theoretically) more frightened staff. (the walmart model)

there fixed it for you

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Re: 13% !!!!!111!!11!

The CEO's of amazon and starbucks would commit suicide!

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Re: A cynic writes...

Obligatory XKCD ref:

(the economist is the one the sociologist is just off tot talk to)

http://xkcd.com/435/

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Re: nice in theory

Sockets _are_luxuries.

learn to solder properly :-)

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Re: I wonder - North London commuters

Yetanotherlocksmith

did you ever see what happens when you try and fit, say 3 tubes worth of pringles in 1 tube...

it aint pretty.

now think commuters.

and about that 'few thousand tonnes of concrete'... we want to put it in your front garden, is that ok?

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rising productivity raises wages

Say What?

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Robox: How good could a sub-£1k 3D printer be?

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Re: cost of consumables?

ABS & PLA rut to about 15 quid a kilo, which i think at 1.75mm dia is 300+ meters or so. A phone case would take a couple or three meters. which at fourpence-ha'penny a meter comes to... two bob?

'Bridge' Nylon is about 50 quid a kilo, ninjaflex (bendy!) about the same, polycarbonate about 30 a kilo

The machine runs off the equivalent of a bog standard PC power supply, so not much in the way of leccy.

You do/can get a fairly high failure rate while you learn the wrinkles of the system.

You can of course make your own filament from granules and that's a lot cheaper, and the kit is nothing special.

don't know about powders and resins, but I have heard the they can run dear

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Excellent stuff

couple of things...

you might want to rethink your filament delivery system with abs... it's a bastard for absorbing water from the air and it spits and farts when you print, if it's not on the printer you need to keep it in a ziplock bag with some dessicant.

and for the next machine... get the bits for a delta. I wouldn't recommend it to a schoolkid or a granny, but with all the other stuff you do you'll find it a doddle. And it's a much better behaved system, none of that cobblers with linear bearings and rods that flex and wildly differing masses on each axis.

plus watching it work is better than telly!

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Seems bloody expensive for such a tichy tiny build volume.

As I write this my Kossel delta is chuntering away by my side, all the features of this machine (except the marlin bed levelling works much better) and Im not locked into some gimmickey 'auto detect filament' almost certain con. (you should always measures filament first anyway and adjust the extrusion rate to get good prints)

half the price and a build volume of 250*250*300 in PLA, ABS, Bridge Nylon, Ninjaflex, & Polycarbonate with an option to use PVA support

(not to mention the awesome satisfaction of seeing a machine thrown together from bits scavenged from the net and assembles with these two hands leap into life and work perfectly)

interesting article tho :-)

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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Re: Heathcare?

Had to bring his wife back to the UK for treatment when their insurance ran out.

back taxes or fuck off :-)

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Re: So remind me again

We do

vat on cheesburgers

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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There's a fiat 500 4wd????

Why?

In case you want to park it with 2 wheels on the grass?

Fix

It

Again

Tony

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Norks SCOLD Prez Obama over Sony mega hack payback sanctions

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Targets

NK intelligence, NK arms research and NK arms manufacturers...

Given that NK is one of the worlds most oppressive regimes shouldn't we have been utterly opposed the activities of these organisations all along?

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

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pass on to the losers to help them shaft me in the future.

In my experience you only get stiffed if you write the contract badly in the first place :-)

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Xiaomi: It really ISN'T a biz-miracle idiot tax like Apple

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design costs

lol

China?

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Now Obama seeks China's help to halt alleged Nork HACK ATTACKS

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Re: Curious and Curiouser...

Even more bizarre the claim of innocence and in the next breath threatening to do it again, but worse.

Sounds like the fad lad is due for a shock.

sadly it would have to be a ground offensive, as flying over and bombing them back to the stone age would only lead to an unprecedented increase in the living standard of you typical nork.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Recent changes....

Site design... whatever

Changing LP's mind on global warming???

OUTSTANDING JOB.

(lets see if this post sneaks past the 'mustn't take the piss out of the painful awakening to reality of our glorious leader' filter)

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Car-crash IT: HUGE write-off for Universal Credit - PAC

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Hang on, there is one upside...

'one dole to rule them all' made me laugh every time I saw it.

thanx el reg

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Which country has 2nd largest social welfare system in the world?

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Re: Ah but, who do they spend it on?

it says nothing of the kind.

most of that figure is health insurance, which as has been pointed out time and time again, for more reasons than you can shake a stick at inappropriate in these figures. due to the vastly worse cost per outcome encountered in the US un-health business when compared to proper health care systems.

There is usually a god awful hole in Worstall's thinking, this week it's a doozie :-)

(we'll set aside all that bollocks about higher rate income tax being 40%, we all know it's closer to 19% - warren buffet told us, and he should know!)

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Re: so, let me get this right...

not health insurance per-se, but the HMO's

heard a tape of tricky dicky in the oval talking about setting up HMO's, he was against it, til it was pointed out that the 'market forces' would result in less healthcare not less profits for his mates in the insurance business, then he was all in favour.

only came out fairly recently i think

smoking gun here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmHTte8jRLk

Health insurance is not the issue, the 'free market' is. You could say is what we have in the uk... bit of a stretch but we all pay a little all the time for the time when we individually need a lot. I know the nitty gritty of it don't work that way, but from the perspective of an end user that's pretty much what it looks like. It's just 1/2 a century of political cowardice and piss poor planning that makes it not work like that.

As a card carrying lilly livered pinko subversive son of a bitch I loath and detest the free market, because i see the evil it brings every day.

As fully paid up, good ol boy 'fuck the poor' capitalist son of a bitch you see the opportunities the free market gives for your mates to make a shitload of cash. (or at least you play one on the internet)

and never the twain shall meet

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so, let me get this right...

Basically what makes the american tax system more progressive _and_ it's benefits budget seem per capita greater is health insurance.

a system introduced by tricky dicky, which should be proof enough of it's broken-ness, that 'charges' patients thousands of dollars for an asprin, on the basis that the patient a) doesn't pay much on the day, b) is not in a position to argue. and the hospital makes an enormous profit from, and the HMO also makes a bundle from - by sky rocketing premiums.

in stating that the US spends 30% of GDP on health you failed to mention that for that 30%of GDP around 10% of the population have no cover at all, and a further 90% of the population (i.e. all the rest) upon contracting a serious or long term condition have no cover at all.

The US _wastes_ 30% of it's GDP on the fig leaf of notional health insurance. which is of no practical use to man nor beast and it therefore not part of the 'common good' calculation.

there fixed it for you!

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NORKS: We didn't hack Sony. Whoever did was RIGHTEOUS, though

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Re: I'd still like to know

c'mon this is sony we are talking about.

encryption (shakes head and chuckles)

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'We're having panic attacks' ... Sony staff and families now threatened in emails

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Re: Could somebody explain this?

PS

I do hope the norks dont find out that norks means tits to us.

they will be livid

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Re: Could somebody explain this?

They are planning a movie that takes the piss out of kim jong ill (bloated son of the great pointer) in which he gets offed. the norks are pretty pissed about it.

well one nork is pissed off about it, but he's the only nork who's opinion matters.

Someday soon the Chinese will work out what the fall of sony would do to their domestic counterfeiting business and said nork will be told to 'wind his neck in' in no uncertain terms :-)

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morally bankrupt coward!

you do know this is the norks right?

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Violet, you're turning violet! Imagination unveils graphics-tastic hobbyist board

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XBMC

I was wondering what Randal Monroe had to do with it...

I guess Friday came early this week :-)

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Re: That's all right then...

Have to?

or choose to.... bloody weirdos

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High Court: You've made our SH*T list – corked pirate torrent sites double in a day

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Re: Yawn Infringement

This is the preamble to the 'every download is a lost sale' premise. which has been thoroughly debunked time and time again.

There is an adjustment needed in _everyones_ attitudes to this change in technology.

Though having spent the best part of 1/2 a century being screwed by these guy's (music biz mostly) it's a little bit hard to feel all that sorry for them getting a bit of their own medicine.

So technically the point is accepted: of course it's theft... but looking at the victims... meh :-)

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: Cack!

what about the long term effects of living with smog, soot, co2?

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without driving up construction costs...

We probably can't

But really there are no other options.

You need to do something radical, like for eg. abandoning the market (Gasps from onlookers, ladies fainting and all) It really hasn't worked for energy, and we have given it 25 years or so and a few restarts when it turned out that 'trading types' turned out, by and large to be sociopathic crooks (who'd have thought).

To build a nuke you need to be able to flog the resulting nimble amps for an agreed price _for the productive life of the station_ thats why edf needed to be given extra time in the comfy chair and blowjobs all round to build hinkley, and walked away from sizewell. with a bogus market in place, such price guarantees are meaningless.

The real killer for us in the UK is the way the regulator is letting the renewable gravy train runaway at full speed!

Just you wait until you see what they have planned next... actually you probably wont see it, as the lights going out is going to be a far more frequent occurrence than even your average Nigerian is used to.

We are chucking billions at this non solution, basically softening the fall for all the developers that suffered a hard landing when their plans to cover every flood plain in the land with houses met the economic meltdown caused (in no small measure) by flogging dodgy mortgages to idiots seeking to buy jerry built houses on flood plains.

The one upside is that I'll almost certainly be gone by the time the shit really hit's the fan, so file under 'someone else's problem' :-)

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

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Devil

Get rid of the planners you sez?

cool beans, :-)

makes it much easier to get my combined slaughterhouse and heavy metal band practice rooms off the ground.

great site, it's in bath, next door to what used to be a pub....

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Re:20 mph in town

So you want cars in town to run 30% faster?

you have my vote :-)

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

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Bad but....

Not their biggest fuck up of the week.

rip test pilot

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Maybe you weren't looking at smut.

...

well my grumble flickery was all tickety boo. :-)

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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How do you maintain a relationship if you shaft the customer?

work for apple... duhh!

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

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Re: Soon you will be able to connect your own PC to your smart meter

Because in the mind of the regulator frantic activity looks like progress, and progress justifies the existence of the regulator.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: Fuse wire

or even worse... full of SF6

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Re: copper v ali

Overhead line suffer (significant) aolean vibration if the tension on the line is much above 20% UTS of the wire.

this vibration has an amplitude of a few 10's of mm and a wavelength in the order of a few m, with a frequency of the order of 10hz. (the actual sums are horror stories Eigen this and Reynolds that) - quite hard to see from the ground, but easy to spot when a line that should last 40 years fails in 6 months.

the also gallop - huge low frequency ocillations couple of m in amplitude, and 10's to 100's in wavelength.

We can (sort of) design out aolean but galloping is more problematic

ASCR (steel core) wires are sooooo 1970, it's all AAAC - All Aluminium Alloy Conductor (except for the HTLS types, but thay are still rare-ish ) these days. ACSR was not used to save cost. the alloys of ali to do the job did not exist. As soon as they did, we used them. Grid has/had a massive restring program to replace all the quad zebra lines (ACSR) with triple Aurucaria (AAAC) - you may notice as you drive round, some overhead lines have 3 wires per phase and skinny insulators, some have 2 or 4 wires and big ol' porcelain or glass insulators

towers are under tension, anything under tension vibrates

terminations on OHL's occur twice per phase (4 times if you count the non-tension joints of the jumpers) at every angle in the line - typically every few km, often less

(i'll not pass comment on either the training or expertise of my linesmen :-D)

If you consider the implications of the point above, you will see that in fact I do have some experience with high current terminations. 100A into a starter motor is not going to keep me up at night considering I work on 3.5kA UHV terminations by day (potentially 60kA under fault for a few seconds). In reality it's just like any other electro/mechanical connection. you need to keep things clean, and use the correct tools... correctly

If you read my op you will not I did point out that using ali just made the wire harder to use - thicker and stiffer (we sometimes used copper conductors in distribution too-it's a nightmare - but that's all about tension, so does not apply here) the resistance per unit length & mass ratios are very similar, but LME prices make ali preferred, but that's only important if you are buying of tons of the stuff at a time.

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Re: copper v ali

Im not too sure about some of the points you make.

Crimp connections work perfectly well on ali-ali. It has to be clean (as does copper) as far as power is concerned to properly connect to copper you need bi-metalic terminals. you can cut corners and use heavily tinned ones, but it's not the same.

As for high current vibration prone connections.... have you ever noticed overhead lines? you know the ones waving about in the air, carrying hundreds of amps, with a worst case mechanical load of a few tons, and a 40 year service interval?

The key phrase in the OP is weight for weight. In terms of what the article is trying to achieve using ali achieves nothing other than a bigger, stiffer wire.

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Re: Fuse wire

that's what fuses are for.

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Re: Cruise control

I have long been surprised about the loom thing. As student, back in the 80's I recall being dragged out to a presentation by Ford's on 'the future of motoring-ing-ing-ing' or somesuch, that made exactly this case (indeed they even had a pair of looms for a sierra that graphically demonstrated the differences). Saved weight, Reduced cost, Reduced manufacturing complexity, and improved reliability. I have been patiently waiting for 35 years for this to appear! (file under jet-packs and having 3 pills for dinner).

Of course these days you could eliminate the control harness and use bluetooth :-)

Oh, BTW... put me down for one of them new thrugglewashers, my old one is covered in clag, i have tried fettling it, but it's not the same.

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

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Who would have thought it

The continually fuck up the upgrades and only 1/2 the bois jump ship.

I don't pay too much attention, apart from the fleeting 'Ha!' when something leaves the reality distortion field and turns out to be a turd.

but this must be the 4th or 5th time they have delivered this particular nutshot to the faithful.

It's prolly only their shit maps that allow the boy cook to avoid having a brick's through his windows™

almost makes metro forgivable.

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

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Re:current level of technical capability.

What?

you do understand that there is a difference between 'lifetime' and 'forever'?

You are aware that in making a carving knife that by carefully controlling the carbon content of the steel, and the rate at which the steel is heated and allowed to cool you can make a knife that will hold an edge a hundred times longer than a 9.99 special from walmart. and THAT knife will not need 'constant sharpening'

(really lame choice btw considering the existence of a) professional knives, and b) the now defunct tradition of gifting a quality carver to a newlywed couple - which would last a lifetime. til death us do part... geddit?)

Have you noticed the only old cars you see are good quality ones. I mean really old? 70-80-90 years old still running! how many austin allegros? Why is that do you think?

And what is wrong with maintenance? When I was a lad (cue soft focus & harp arpeggios) We had an electric kettle. A mass produced kettle, made of stainless steel with a big red on off switch in the handle. Made by Morphy Richards it was. And if you grew up in the UK in the 1970's you almost certainly had one too. There were millions of them made. And when they broke - inevitably the element - you know what we did? We put a new element in it. And it was good for a few thousand more cuppas.

When was the last time you saw a kettle element for sale in an ironmongers......

When was the last time you saw an ironmongers?

We have been collectively fucked by the eeeeevil capitalists.

I used to have a nice kettle that occasionally broke down, but the rest of the time was a nice kettle. My kettle. Now I have an endless procession of useless bits of plastic crap, the only saving grace of which is, they are so woefully shite at their job that they will die an a year or so, and I can get a different coloured piece of plastic crap to replace it. But it only cost 1/4 as much as the Morphy Richards I had for 20 years.

How exactly is my interest being served here?

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