* Posts by tentimes

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Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear

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Why the Windows 10 hate?

I don't get it. What's wrong with Windows 10? I use it fine, more productive than 7, looks better, runs faster, gets more out of the hardware. DX12. Apps that can run on the desktop so I can pin my twitter where I want it etc.

Right click on the start menu icon to get all the bits and bobs like control panel, command line, disk manager etc. Really easy. Works well with three monitors. Detects all hardware instantly and has a better hardware base than 7. I didn't have to go searching for drivers when I installed it.

So, what's not to like?

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Re: So what do they know that we don't know?

I think your premise is wrong.

I have been using Windows 10 for about a year now and find it to be an excellent OS, better than Windows 7 (which I also like). I really don't see the downsides to upgrading to 10, apart from the caveat that you always want a fresh install. An upgrade install is always asking for problems.

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No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

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Living in a bubble

We need to get some external "real" people in to call the rules on this. Facebook seem to be totally detached from reality and are living in a bubble.

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Why Uber threw top engineer Levandowski under self-driving bus

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What if he doesn't have the docs?

Then there is nothing he can hand over and he is effectively going to lose his rights regardless.

Let's speculate that he either (a) Never had the docs, or (b) Has deleted them all (a likely option if he knew the Feds were coming to get him)?

What then? No docs - anything they do to him he can surely sue them for?

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Netgear 'fixes' router by adding phone-home features that record your IP and MAC address

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Why is this so bad?

Can someone explain why this is such an awful thing? This is not a troll - I genuinely don't understand. So they have your MAC and IP address.... what can they do with that?

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SpaceX spin-out plans to put virtual machines in orbit

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FBI won't be raiding this server!

Perfect safe place for encrypted data.

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Boffins supercharge the 'hosts' file to save users plagued by DNS outages

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Re: Missing the obvious solution?

What usually happens though is that Primary and Secondary DNS are provided by the ISP automatically to the modem/router. I would say this is the case in well over 90% of DNS's set.

If there was a simple system that backed up DNS records this would help.

Yes, maybe I am being silly and should go off now and set my DNS's manually?

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Expedia IT bod gets all-expenses-paid trip to prison after hacking execs' emails for profit

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I wish he'd got away with it

Who cares? He should keep the money for his ingenuity.

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

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Re: IPad Pro owner

Try dropbox

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Phones are now big enough

I stopped using my fondleslab when I started buying larger phones. I can now do what I need on my phone.

Meanwhile, my iPad 2 is a stuttering mess with the OS updates and is totally useless anyway. That put me off fondleslabs for good.

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BT's Openreach to hire 1,500 engineers

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Re: The Elephant in the room - PIA / FTTC/Vectoring by two or more Telcos.

I am not really understanding what you are saying. Do you mean that if someone gets FTTP installed in an exchange no other Telco can then do either FTTP or FTTC in that local exchange and BT are rolling FTTP out to take control of exchanges? I think I have it wrong but maybe you could explain a bit more?

It wouldn't surprise me if BT have outfoxed Ofcom again - they have been running rings round them for over 30 years.

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I know their first day is spent learning to put their finger up their ass, the training is a week long and they take people off the street for it.

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Will they stop sabotaging competitors lines?

After reading a LOT about Openreach's response to faults I believe they have been deliberately sabotaging competitor lines through policy and actions to undermine competitor offerings.

If you go onto any ISP forums in the UK you will see endless complaints of mistakes and actions taken by Openreach and their engineers. The ISP's are hamstrung by Openreach and totally beholden to them.

Having worked for BT, I am personally convinced that this was deliberate. I also changed to BT because of how Openreach dealt with problems on competitor ISPs network. Lo and behold I had only one problem in 5 years and Openreach had it resolved in an hour versus the weeks it would take for them to repair another ISP's problems (that are due to the BT network or equipment).

For the first time in five years I have now taken a leap of faith and am going to another ISP as a direct consequence of Openreach separating from BT. This whole changeover will be down to Openreach so I will see first hand if the changes mean anything. I have very little faith that I won't get screwed over and be without internet for weeks, but I live in hope.

I wonder if Openreach is now truly separate from BT.

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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

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Happens so often

I deliberately didn't choose AWS because they have a long history of catastrophic outages. Nice to see it is still going. I made the right choice with the right redundancy.

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Planned Espionage Act could jail journos and whistleblowers as spies

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It's Fascism

This is a big addition to our (already) Fascist state. 20 years from now it will be worse than it was in cold-war eastern Europe. Get ready for the Stasi. Goodbye hard-fought civil liberties.

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Canada fines Amazon seven hours of profit for false advertising

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Drumroll please

Oh Canada!

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Ofcom to force a legal separation of Openreach

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Openreach to the installs & repairs - facours BT customers

Anyone who has ever had a broadband fault and is not with BT know the response they get when it isn't fixed "It's with BT Openreach Engineers" and they favour BT and leave the other competitors to rot. A good tactic to get people back on BT's network and that is what I did. Any fault I have since is fixed almost instantly (presumably by the same people).

So, it is WAY past time Openreach was separated.

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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I'll pay to watch that film! hehe

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Web meltdown: BT feels heat from angry punters

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A small number of our customers MAY be experiencing...

Small my arse!

Why do companies use this phrase when they know it is almost everyone who is affected? Get's right up my chuff it does.

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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You have 20 seconds to comply....

Robocop anyone?

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Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

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Cheap labour? Wait until the Convervatives get busy

The author cites the availability of cheap labour from the EU whilst ignoring the fact that the minimum wage here is £7.20 and a huge amount of the workforce is on just that.

Do you really think they will pay more now? There is a pool a people ready to jump at £7.20 and long will it continue.

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Re: Tidal?

And to hell with the fish and other wildlife?

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Work begins on Russian rival to Android

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Re: "Trusted"

They will probably have a built in keyloggers and recording apps.

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Lauri Love: 'Britain's FBI' loses court attempt to evade decryption laws

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Extradition to a Police State where slavery for black people still exists

I am totally against the extradition for computer misuse. For minor offences the should be a trial in absentia with any slap on the wrist to be served in the UK. I do not trust the US Jury system one iota after watching lots of documentaries on it. And they have a police state and jails almost exclusively for black people - slavery continues.

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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

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It's a one man band

This is the one guy who runs everything and he is emotionally fragile given recent events. As someone else said, an employee would never answer emails like this. My guess is all the emails, including from "accounts" will be signed "Monster Cloud" as there are not really separate departments.

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There’s a module for that: LG launches G5 smartphone complete with 'friends'

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Inventing solutions for problems that do not exist.

This seems like a misstep by LG. All those "add-ons" sound like fluff to me. And who now hasn't got a portable power pack that they take in their rucksack for recharging phones? I go away for a weekend with one of these and I don't need to fanny around changing batteries.

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Silent Nork satellite tumbling in orbit

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Re: " Soviet SS-1 "Scud" powerplants"

Which itself was based on a version of the beta engine!

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Goodbye, Hello Barbie: Wireless toy dogged by POODLE SSL hole

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Hello Barbie - Let's go party!

*in the voice of Chicken man from X-Factor*

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Europe launches search for Einstein's space-time ripples

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The search for Einstein's nipples?

Surely even more epic than the search for Spock!

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Touchnote breach: Wrote a postcard with us? Thieves have your pal's name, address

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It's ALL of the customers, not some - as usual

What I HATE about these confessions is that they always pretend that "some of our customers" were affected.

If there was a breach then safe to say the infiltrators did a bang up job of getting the whole DB, as per usual.

But we have to have this minimisation poppycock as usual. Makes me sick.

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PC sales will rise again, predicts Intel, but tablets are toast

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Re: Tablet

That's the thing with tablets - once you have one there is not much of a reason to upgrade. I am still using my iPad 2 (even though I hate Apple!). It is slow but I cannot justify the £400 to get a new Android one, given the amount that I use it. I actually use my phone more then the tablet.

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It's BACK – Stagefright 2.0: Zillions of Android gadgets can be hijacked by MP3s, movie files

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OTA updates DIRECT from Google to Branded phones

I see the big problem here being the delay between Google making a patch and Manufacturers/Operators incorporating that into their patch. If the Google could just patch straight away and al devices were updated at the same speed as Nexus devices then this would go a long way to helping mitigate the problem. As it is, manufacturer patches are MONTHS behind urgent Google patches.

Now, I don't know how hard this is to do (even though I am currently learning Android and have written a couple of basic apps - doh!) but it simply has to be done. The firmware has to be compartmentalised such that a pure Google path can be done on every phone (and is done in cases like this).

This kind of security flaw really erodes faith and trust in the platform and we cannot go on like this.

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FATTIES have most SUCCESS with opposite SEX! Have some pies and SCORE

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Methinks Fatties are lying

Bigger porkies!

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Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer found guilty of code theft … again

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About the book, Flash Boys

Well worth a read. I got it on audiobook from audible and it was a really good listen.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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Would rather have a download on demand lossless format

So I can download anything I want in WAV format and use it how I want.

You can currently get this from Beatport/HTFRD etc, but they have a very limited catalogue. I want ALL music available from ONE place that I can download in lossless format and keep. I will pay for it.

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Crack security team finishes TrueCrypt audit – and the results are in

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Re: Useless on GPT partition tables (i.e Windows 8)

But we all know that MS encryption will have back doors for the NSA, government departments to snoop on you - I would have no faith in any Windows encryption product whatsoever.

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

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Re: Mithers - Better option: 3 InTouch app

Actually 3 have a new app, "3 InTouch" which runs on your mobile directly and places calls and SMS over your home wi-fi. Even on a bad wifi signal I get excellent call quality.

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BT Infinity ‘working to fix problem’ after three days of outages

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Re: Could be GCHQ that is playing up. Also, it's in Northern Ireland too

Then why was it attached to TWO IP addresses and streaming all contents of the first to the second address. I have no doubts about it even after reading your "debunk".

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BT "internet helper" utility eating 25% CPU during this outtage

Just in case anyone is as stupid as me and had BT's connection health/helper program installed - it is eating 25% in spikes of CPU whilst this problem is going on. I don't know why I had it installed, but I noticed it's process eating huge spikes while this has been happening. It was making Inquisition unplayable with stuttering.

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Could be GCHQ that is playing up. Also, it's in Northern Ireland too

Myself and next door neighbour have had intermittent access for 4 days now. Also, when you go to their service status and type your number in they say everything is fine.

I can't stream video and have regular interruptions to online games. What annoys me most is BT trying to minimize it and pretend your line is fine.

In the past BT's DNS has been notoriously uppy/downy and I had another router, but you can't get their TV service through another router so I am stuck.

It could also be a GCHQ problem as all BT modems stream your data through GCHQ (you can search for that one if you want - some guy proved it with some very low level work on the modem for those with a BT home hmub 3 and an openreach VDSL modem. The modem was connected to two IP addresses and streaming all requests to the second.)

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Northern craphouse

And they ditched Formula One, which can now only be fully seen on sky, just so they could get some Northern gits in to read the sports news - that cost about £300m and saved nothing.

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BBC 3 on Youview?

Will we be able to watch it with the service they piled cash into, Youview? I don't have a computer in the living room or bedroom. Having to watch online is a huge hassle.

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

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Actually it's a GREAT idea (if amended slightly)

Several companies trying to duplicate the same infrastructure is the cause of having poor reception in many areas for most users. It is terribly inefficient.

If all companies pooled resources and paid pro-rata for their part in the investment in masts it would be a far better system, with further reach, less notspots, better data rates and jam for everyone.

Can you imagine the internet if all ISP's stuck to only their own backbones? Well the mobile network is in a conversion to be in IP network like teh interwebs and they need to come to similar peering agreements and stop duplicating masts. It is just not realistic (given the profit margins) to continue as they do.

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Intel offers ingenious piece of 10TB 3D NAND chippery

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2 years for mainstream, 4-5 for pricing

They will milk the life out of this technology on release, selling to enterprise only. I doubt we will see it at a good price point for consumers anytime soon. Think about the start of SSD's and price accordingly, because this is a replacement technology again now for HD's.

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Intel Skylake processor release date slipping – reports

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Re: Broadwell = toast

And hardly any gaming performance over my 2500k clocked at 4.3GHz. I am still sitting on Sandybridge and just cannot see any value in upgrading.

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

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It's not calls from the UK that are the problem

The vast majority of annoying calls I got where from India or similar.

I bought one of those BT handsets that blocks calls and won't accept calls from unknown or overseas numbers. That was the only thing that helped.

I suppose I still do get the odd one from the UK, so this is helpful, but there has to be a solution mandated for FREE that will allow callers to block overseas and unknown numbers. Currently it is charged for (not cheaply) by telcos. This solution should be available free for privacy.

BT's privacy at home and the preference register are both totally useless and made no difference even to UK calls I received. Some chump who had the number before me (Mr Neally grrrrr) had given his number to everyone out there.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Listen to the same song on FLAC and MP3 - there's your answer

The two sound very different. FLAC is much netter. Anyone that doesn't hear this must be deaf.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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A sick video - why would anyone watch it?

I have to ask why a human being would want to see another beheaded. I would not click on the link simply because I never want to see such a disgusting inhuman act. As for the police, well I expect they were desperate for this not to become a sick tribute to the killers. Maybe they fumbled it, but I still can't understand why anyone would link to it - it is just too sick.

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Going to call myself an expert here, and...

I import green beans and roast them myself. After many years of brewing too I think I have found the best way. Firstly, remember that coffee scalds at temperatures over 90 degrees C.

1. Buy an Aeropress - it makes the best single cup you can get

2. I use my beans within a week of roasting them, so if you buy them, use in a week

3. Don't grind too fine - a medium courseness gives best flavour

4. Use any ground within a day. If you buy ground then do yourself a favour and switch to beans

5. Use 80 degrees C hot water in an Aeropress, next add the milk, then top up, then microwave for 30 secs.

6. A burr grinder is better than the bladed ones as you can get consistent size ground

The thing about coffee is that it hits it's peak about 4 days after you roast the beans and fades after about a week. If you are keeping ground coffee in your fridge you will really notice the difference in taste after a few days.

Traditionally people seem to go for almost black coffee beans or "rich" roasts, but in my opinion the best roasts are the lighter ones with good beans, where you get more of the taste of the bean and less of the roast.

If you are thinking of roasting your own, do some reading and definitely have a go - it is a great hobby and I can think of nothing better than drinking my own coffee each morning - fresher than anything you can get in the shops - it tastes so much better fresh :)

P.S. Pennine tea and coffee sell decent beans at a reasonable price. Try the Monsoon Malibar!

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Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol

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Pain is caused by faulty muscle memory

I speak as someone who was on Fentanyl patches, along with many other pain killing drugs. I read a book called "The hidden psycholgy of pain" by James Alexander, and I researched article on pain really being caused by faulty muscle memory.

After 6 months of working through it I ended taking any painkillers and rely now on exercise and occasional physio to get my muscles out of their chronic pain state,

I am in a hell of a lot less pain than I was whilst on painkillers, some days even pain free, and I am convinced that the only way to fix the problem is by accepting, even if told different by doctors, that *chronic* (not acute!) pain is caused by a combination of psychology, painkiller feedback and faulty muscle memory.

Exercise, however hard at first, is the only answer. It took me 6 months to work up my exercise regime to that of a semi-normal person, but I am now in a much, much better place both physically and mentally. At one point I wanted to die the pain was so bad and I had lost all hope.

I would implore anyone who's life is blighted by pain to think the unthinkable and try something different like I did. At one point that view would have made me extremely angry thought.

To anyone in bad chronic pain, you have my sympathy - I know what it is like.

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