* Posts by jason 7

2914 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Erotica 2011 stands firm against rise of the sex machines

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Yeah its not the same anymore.

I went to the first three of the Erotica shows and whilst the first one was a bit rough the second and third were really good. I then didn't go for a couple of years then went to one around 2002 and it wasn't the same. Not the same buzz and far more porn sellers.

Dread to think what it's like now.

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Russian Mars probe heads into space WITHOUT ENGINES

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WTF?

Did the insurance company....

.....actually see what they loaded into the top of the launch rocket?

Could have been a busted old boiler filled with concrete.

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Gates: Novell are sore losers, Word trounced WordPerfect

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Meh

I prefered....

...Amipro but that's just me.

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Gov web boss: Our sites look like bleak council estates

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Hmmmmmmm....

...my other half built a website for HM GOV a couple of years ago. Was the first they had on time and on budget I think.

There is a reason the sites look the way they do and not like Facebook etc. They are not meant to be fun, just give information and the barest means of interaction needed to get the job done. Less is more.

I'll give him say 6 months tops. I can imagine the look on the mandarins faces when he goes after them asking for billions to re-build all the sites out there.

As taxpayer I'd just like to say I've already payed quite enough for the council estate. I don't really want to now pay for Alton Towers.

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Clooney fingered for Steve Jobs role in Hollywood biopic

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Tough job for Clooney.

I cant see him taking the role.

He just isn't that unlikable and whiny. Wont convince.

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Were Lavasoft's buyers once on its hit list?

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Not nasty sites usually.

The organised crime gangs behind this stuff now seem to target sites that more affluent web users would go to.

Cruise sites, holiday sites and finance sites seem very popular. No point putting drive-by virus stuff in free porn sites.

No they want the less confident users that they can terrify into typing their credit card details.

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Malwarebytes, not bad but not perfect.

Still misses a lot of stuff. You run Malwarebytes on a heavily infected HDD (no point running it on the infected PC, too late) and let it clean off say 43 items.

Then run it again and see what happens. And again....

Most folks will only run it once and think themselves clean. Then after three runs, run MSSE or Combofix and see that another dozen items crop up.

Its not perfect. Yes its worth using but not on its own. You need to use at least three products.

However, by the time you have run 3-4 full scans you may as well have rebuilt the PC from scratch.

Havent bothered with AdAware in years. As for Spybot S&D, christ, is there still a market for software that looks like it was designed in 1998? Lazzzyyyyyyyyyy!

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Ten... Blu-ray disc players

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No it wasnt dumb.

I was more than happy to buy them in ever better presentation up to the end point. I enjoyed that.

But now I've reached the point where enough is enough. That and having access to physical format movies isn't important to me anymore. My priorities in life changed.

I realised that much of my DVD collection had only been watched once, maybe twice and it really wasn't worth it with the downward trend in Hollywood output over the past 10 years to keep adding to it. Case in point about 8 years ago we would go to the cinema about 25 times a year. We now go maybe twice a year! That's how crap it's got. I bet we are not the only ones.

I therefore dumped most of my DVD collection into Oxfam. Haven't regretted it. Quite liberating in fact.

In contrast to my CD collection which I'll never part with, as many of the originals are better than the modern LOUD remasters.

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Not buying into it again.

I bought my movies on VHS.

I bought my movies again on Widescreen VHS.

I bought my movies on DVD.

I bought my movies on remastered DVD Directors cuts.

I'm tired. I'm not buying them anymore.

Its the local lending library or streaming from now on.

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In this age.....

..when everything is designed to fail the minute it gets past warranty why would you bother to spend more then £200 on such a mundane device?

Before anyone counters, yes I was one of those folks that would spend £1500 on a CD player. So I know all about the 'superior power supplies", "the enhanced DACs" for picture/sound quality etc. etc. However, that was many years ago when you could count on support for 10+ years on a device. So maybe it was worth paying the extra for that. Nowadays?

Now I see any electronics device, regardless of price as delayed landfill. That and I've grown up a bit.

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Maggie Philbin on tech, teens and cardigan fear

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Thanks Maggie!

...and Judith, Kieran et al. I actually think myself lucky that I saw many of the tech conveniences we see today many years before as a kid on that show. It was a truly great show and also a integral part of what made Thursday night the best night on TV in the 80s.

Top of the Pops then Tomorrows World then switch over to BBC2 for some great comedy.

Does anyone remember the night on TW when Maggie wore her hair pushed back behind her ears? I've never forgot that!

Sorry Maggie. I thought you were lovely though.

Oh and yes I'd buy Johnny Ball a pint too! Cant imagine a show like Think of a Number or the others he did on kids TV today. I guess no cartoon comics or lunchboxes to made from actual real educational TV.

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Seagate flings twirling terabyte platters at world

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Look again.

Not for long they wont be.

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Yeah price hikes.

Really bad. Was going to build a 8TB data storage setup for a customer but have advised him to wait.

Building on a flood plain...at least build the factory on stilts!

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Apple's iPod: ten years old

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The incease in use of such devices......

...has had a reverse effect on the amount of CDs I have bought over the past 10 years.

Generally the 'iPod' has become the benchmark for the level of audio playback most folks have access too. Hence why most CDs/recorded music now sound total garbage.

Thanks iPod! Wish you'd never been invented.

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TomTom Go Live TopGear Edition

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FAIL

Yes TomTom road maps seem stuck at around 2004.

I bought a TomTom One back in 2006 and updated the map with new ones three times and the same old turnings that had been physically gotten rid off years before still exist in TomTom land.

I then bought a new Live Via (whatever) TomTom a few months ago and sod me if it still thinks its 2004. Tells me to go down loads of lanes and roads that have been turned into bus or cycles only, years ago.

Appalling really.

Oh and the new USB cable design is a really bad feature. Not easy to fit without actually taking the device off the window and a poor fit to boot.

I think its the last TomTom I'll buy.

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Linehan turns IT Crowd off but NOT on again

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Thanks for the fun.

We loved the show and also agree its good to see someone know when to quit. The last series whilst better than most, was the lesser of the four.

However, I will always be thankful to Mr Linehan for that absolute classic episode with the Gay musical. That episode was the most funny laugh filled 30 minutes I've known in years.

The GF and I were in tears watching it. Doesn't happen often..well not in a comedy way.

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Ten... small screen HD TVs

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Yeah these are not small.

These are TVs for normal folks that have lives. 22" and below is what I consider small.

Having the TV as the center piece shrine in your living room is just sad. Oh and really tacky.

Plus it would have been nice if you stated what the actual size of the screens were instead of letting us work it out from the cryptic "WX223243XBC" model names.

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Ten... Freeview HD recorders

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Topfield - Dead as a Dodo

Long gone. I wouldn't hang around for them to come back.

Shoddy build quality and even with all your Taps and My Stuff, its still not a great user experience.

I'm amazed that after all these years PVR boxes are all still a dogs dinner when it comes to usability.

How difficult does it have to be?

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This Dianamania is a slur on Jobs

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Stop

The fact most folks getting so emotional over Mr Jobs...

...need to remember is that he didnt actually know you or care about you.

It was business. Nothing more, nothing less.

Move on.

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The $35 android tablet, a snip at $50

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Yeah, its the software not the hardware.

The increase in power has just allowed more and more sloppy programming.

In 1995 I was still getting by fine with a 33Mhz 486 with 8MB of ram.

In 1997 I had a Intel 150Mhz Pentium with 32MB of ram which surfed and played Quake just fine. Cost me £1300 and was to be the last actual PC I bought. The rest I built.

It wasnt till 1999 that I got a AMD 400Mhz K6-III and was running Quake 2 and Unreal like a champ.

So in 4 years I went from 33Mhz to 400Mhz. It all worked very well for the time.

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Can I have it sitting on the coffee table.....

..ready to look up an actor on IMDB in good order for under £100?

If so then it will do for me and do for most people.

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Ten... Androids to outshine the iPhone 4S

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FAIL

They are all......

....at least £100-£150 too expensive with the exception of the Monte Carlo.

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Don't bother with that degree, say IT pros

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Facepalm

Not so much degree envy

...more dispair that degrees have been pushed to everyone for the past 15 years and now its considered essential for any position above burger flipping by those less well informed in employment circles.

A friend of mine is a retired University lecturer and he always tells me "University wasnt meant for everyone, just those that needed the extra education such as doctors and lawyers. Estate agents, bank tellers and the like didnt need to apply!"

Just the top 20% so to speak. Not everyone.

Degrees are now a total barrier to entry for those of us that were encouraged years ago "to work your way up and get experience!"

It's frustrating. Oh well best get my apron on.

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It appears quite worryingly from posts here that.....

IT Managers are happy to look at applicants that do not have a degree but have the required experience.

Thats great...but...

In the real world of applying for jobs it becomes quite apparent that very few IT managers actually do any of the initial vetting of CVs. That unfortunately, is all done by feckless recruitment drones and Pam in the HR dept.

No degree = Delete.

Sploosh!

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For those of us over the age of 30....

....and who were told to get off our 18 year old arses and "get a bloody job!" this cant be said enough.

Thanks to Blair making degrees the equivalent of the maths/english GCSE, those of us of a certain age with no degree (as it wasnt expected of us) but 20+ years of solid experience cant get a bloody job worth a damn.

I can list all the IT skills I have, all the major IT projects I've delivered on time and on budget etc. etc. but as I dont have a crappy medieval studies degree I cant get an interview.

I do partly blame the dumb as ditchwater HR depts too. When you read the job description/requirements it bloody obvious they have just listed every IT term they could find in a computer magazine. It's almost like you have to have been genetically created for that very job.

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Faustian descent into backup hell: A play in two acts

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Never bother with full Backup

My Docs is all thats needed. Often quicker to just rebuild the PC from scratch and copy the My Docs back.

Its not like it happens often (if at all). If it does then you are doing something wrong or need to find a different hobby/role.

Cobian for me.

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Renault Wind Gordini roadster

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C'mon Ford.......

....give us the Puma Mk2!

It's been too long.

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HideMyAss defends role in LulzSec hack arrest

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Spotty Hackers.

That means chances are they are under the age of 25.

We all know that nowadays anyone under the age of 25 cannot be held responsible for their immature actions.

You hear it on the news after a stabbing, "Wahhh wahhh it's not my fault!"

Kids gotta learn consequences. In my day it was called getting a good slap on occasion.

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Panda Security axes jobs, gets new chief exec

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Their own fault really.

Them and other like em.

Products not good enough, too expensive, too shouty and ambiguous in use.

No wonder MS are cleaning up with MSE.

We all used AVG five years ago but now its like installing a sulky shouting teenager in your laptop.

Make your products more effective, cheaper, more singular in their approach (no mega range of security apps that all pretend to do stuff) and then make it shut the hell up unless something actually serious happens.

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Ten... all-in-one inkjet printers

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Wireless?

I'm getting asked more and more about this. Folks are using their laptops etc. more in the living room and dont want the printer in the living room. The router due to the oddity of sticking the phone socket in the hallway means the printer doesnt go there either.

I've been looking for a MFP laser with wireless as a lot of folks have wised up to them and they are really hard to find or very expensive.

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Neil Armstrong: US space program 'embarrassing'

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Facepalm

What do they use on a daily basis?

Are you a bit out of touch?

NASA and the shuttle have helped provide worldwide TV and telecoms, Hubble, medical research etc. etc.

I'm sure the US taxpayers would notice if they suddenly dissapeared.

The shuttle program made your life better. Just because you didnt get a ride in one, dont think it didnt.

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Its not really about cost.

It's just political manouvering and maybe the undercurrent of anti-science that pervades the US at the moment.

People always mention how expensive Apollo was but it wasnt. I bet at the end the Apollo project ended up making money and the US still reaps many financial benefits today from it.

All that govt money created thousands of jobs, hundreds of businesses, marketable patents and products, science programs, scholarships, blah blah blah. Fantastic stuff, never has such value for public money been given.

Inverstment in space and science makes money.

Nowadays here in the UK we dont bat an eyelid at pissing half a billion on empty 999 centres or 11Bn quid on another NHS nothing project.

Priorities skewed perhaps?

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45% of Android users to upgrade to rival phone OSes

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Hmmm make your minds up.

I thought about this time last year I read a similar report that said the opposite, of about 45% of iPhone users wanting to switch to Android.

Grass is always greener.......

Me? I'm a WebOS and sticking with it for as long as I can.

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Windows 8 secure boot would 'exclude' Linux

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FAIL

I think some folks have an inflated opinion of themselves....

...and their amount of importance/impact on the PC market...mainly Linux users.

Up in arms over possibly being shut out of modern hardware. How they will storm the barricades of computer tyranny (if there werent busy waiting for a torrent to finish or had to buy more crisps) etc. etc.

The other 99.8% of the computer using world doesnt either notice or care and carries on using Facebook etc.

The world keeps on turning.

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Sony BDP-S380 Blu-ray player with IPTV

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Ermmmm...

...I might just want to buy a fairly standard BD player that may last more than 6 months.

Thats why.

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Ok so for 98% of customers needs.......

....it plays Blu-rays fine then?

Just wanted to check.

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Blue Screen of Death gets makeover for Windows 8

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Me too.

Havent seen one in a long time. If I ever did usually it was linked to a crappy bit of hardware or faulty ram.

I often wondered if there ever was anyone in existance that could actually glean or understand anything from a BSOD or a MS Crash report log.

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Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray disc set

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Nope

Dont have a Blu-ray player so bit silly if I bought them.

To be honest, This whole saga has been messed around so much I've just lost interest in it.

I'm 40 now and I really cant be bothered. I implore others of my age group to just let it go and do something more important with their lives.

It's just not worth it guys. Move on.

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TouchPad sales doubled after it was discontinued

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Doesnt need to be fast or expensive....

...for the main living room use in our household.

The main use is "Ohhh where have we seen him or her before? Quick, load up IMDB..."

I'm sure many such instances are similar if honest.

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AMD snags Guinness World Record for clockiest chip

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Meh

I still overclock my CPUs. I dont remember quite why or really see any major benefit anymore but it must be habit I guess.

Its not like the old days when a changed jumper pin could mean the difference between Quake working like a dog and well...working.

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Most bosses monitor or block social-network use at work

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All well and good.....

..if your staff are mainly under the age of 30. But after a while you find one tires of working in an environment that resembles a sixth form college all the time. Your needs change and one has to get serious about ones career. Maybe even wear a suit and tie.

When you get above that age, most of that "cool&fun" style of management looks false and somewhat tedious. Not many 30+ folks enjoy that model they have grown up and other priorities.

You cant treat everyone like they are your party mate. It doesnt work in all work environments, might do for yours, not in mine.

You'll find out once you get there. We all learn.

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FAIL

It really isnt difficult......

...to find staff willing to do pretty much anything these days.

Money and debts are a far bigger motivator to work than access to Facebook.

And the reward is bonuses for good work. Not giving them freebie access to the web.

Fussball tables, dress down Friday and web access are just cheap distractions for staff. The smart ones look for the juicy bonuses and other real perks and incentives.

You need to play the long game my boy.

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Mushroom

@fiddley

"Apart from anything, you're just deflecting the slacking off to other areas - People will take their full lunch entitlement, and their sick day 'entitlement'. They'll arrive at 9 and leave at 5, they'll have extra long coffee breaks, even extra toilet breaks. I've seen people where their freedom is so curtailed, they resort to moving the box around an empty spreadsheet with the arrow keys, so adamantly did their minds demand some kind of non-work related stimulation."

Errm if my experience of the Great British workforce is anything to go by they do all that time wasting already so why give them more avenues to waste time?

I expect to work with mature slightly productive adults that signed on to do the job they are paid for. Not sulky socially inept 15 year olds crying cos their toys were taken away. If they dont like it they can find a job elsewhere..maybe with a cool fussball table and other childrens toys.

Take your skinny jeans, memes and white hipster plimsoles elsewhere.

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Seems fair to me.

If I was employing a group of people I'd want them to be working for me not dicking around posting about Torchwood or the new Starwars Blu-rays.

I love the "And it's stopping them benefiting from new collaborative technologies" bit. Yes like all those folks dicking around on social networks will be gallantly pushing forward my company to new ventures and triumphs. Well on or two might (i'm being generous here) but the other 438 wont be.

Not worth the hassle. Block em! Block em all! Thats what hometime is for after all.

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HP Pavilion dv7 17.3in Llano notebook

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Meh

I agree....

should at least have a 1080p screen on a 17" but it could have been worse.

Again its another one of those 17" laptops that falls into the jack of all trades bracket.

For me a 17" laptop should be one of two designs.

1. A desktop/workstation replacement, fairly robust and optimised for work/web/design. Dual HDD/workstation GPU/8GB+

2. A media centre with all the gloss and fancy media trappings (Bluray, HDMI,1080p etc. etc. )

This is another 17" that doesnt really appeal to either.

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Zalman ZM-VE200 portable virtual Rom drive

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Happy

Loved the bit about burning a CD at a slower speed.

Suddenly thought I was back in 1999 again.

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Dixons drops Motorola Xoom price... again

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Meh

Around £200-£225......

...then we'll talk.

Otherwise All tablets are too overpriced for my tastes. If I have over £300 to spend them I'm buying a laptop.

Yes I still call them laptops, big whoop, wanna fight about it?

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Nobody has any idea about new pension thing happening

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Dont get me wrong....

..I agree its not fair to blame them re. their pensions. After all how well will the system work to support them 30+ years into their retirements?

I think its the fact many of that generation were the ones that have put in place the total clusterf*ck of a world we have today and in which future generations will have to endure.

"Thanks folks, I've screwed it all up but now I'm off to my retirement villa in Italy!"

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Mushroom

Seems there are three types of folks in the pensions scenario.

1. Those that havent a clue and will go on regardless.

2. Those that think they have done well with their pension provision but will find it doesnt work when they get there.

3. Those that have tried and now know its pointless and just resign themselves to looking at their babyboomer parents in disgust.

I always get a feeling that those in the first group will probably fare much better.

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I did take stock. Still isnt working.

As mentioned I was in one of the best final salary schemes around from the moment I could join it. And at age 24 I spoke to an IFA about early retirement so made provision to pay extra into AVCs so I could get out at 55.

After all that the figures still dont add up and its not going to be anywhere near enough to get me to retire at 75 let alone 55. It appears the sums needed go up exponentially.

Dont rely on pensions. It appears property and hoping on the lottery are still better options.

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