* Posts by CrazyOldCatMan

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OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

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Re: Past meets future

I was going to go for a OP6 but got put off by the price (I had a OP3 before). I ended up getting an Honor 10 - I use Nova Launcher so don't really care about the look and feel of EMUI.

The one thing that does bug me about the H10 is that it keeps popping up notification about the Huawei Cloud. The date I get an account there[1] is about the same as the heat-death of the universe..

[1] Needing an account on one mass-intrusive entity (Google) is bad enough. If the iPhones were more reasonable in price for a new-ish one I'd go back to Apple.

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Re: No headphone socket - no sale

I agree, losing the headphone socket is a real own goal

Not for me - I haven't used wired headphones in years. Other than linking the phone to the car, it's the only thing I use bluetooth for.

(I'm aware that this is an indivdual choice)

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Court doc typo 'reveals' Julian Assange may have been charged in US

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Re: Bah!

a special team of fur-work experts can spirit the cat to a secret location

So, theoretically speaking, would the contact details of an elite squad of former military felines who escaped from unjust imprisonment and now roam the country solving crimes be of any interest?

Not that I know about such a team though. Obviously not!

(I have no wish to face weaponised hairballs being aimed at me)

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Re: No surprise

It can't be any surprise that the USA have an interest in him. He made it his job to annoy them

And then made the tactical error of supplying information to Trump (probably thinking that it would make him one of Trumps friends). Trouble is, Trump friendship is about as reliable as going to sea in a sieve..

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'Unjustifiably excessive': Not even London cops can follow law with their rubbish gang database

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Met Police: 'We welcome the scrutiny'

.. and any suggestion that ICO staff are suddenly having lots more police problems are purely supposition..

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Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

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Re: 'One day he'll give up and take a dump on my pillow instead'

+1 for Brilliant use of nesting to the point of incomprehension :)

Well, in a former life I was a mainframe assembler programmer - old habits die hard.

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Re: 'One day he'll give up and take a dump on my pillow instead'

I've never seen so many footnotes. (No, not even on AFP).

One tries. As a former lurker on AFP myself I like to think I'm keeping alive a great tradition..

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Re: loose flaps

If an interloper cat is deranged enough to enter One (or more) of the resident cats will either have their wicked way with the interloper* and / or rip it to shreds.

Sadly, our two males are getting too old for this[1]. However, since Junior Female has reached the age of 1, intrusions by strange cats[2] has decreased noticably..

[1] Senior male cat was never too interested in fighting - he made friends with every cat[2] around and simply couldn't be bothered. Junior male (the ginger of very little brain) saw what bosscat was doing and did likewise. Away from the house however, he was perfectly up for a scrap. But he too is getting a bit old for that.

[2] We have a neighbour who has a number of cats, including an intact male[3] that she neglected to neuter. Since un-neutered males are the top of the cat social ladder, our neutered males won't stand up to him. However, female cats generally don't worry about male social standing and so our senior and junior female cats[4] are both prepared to shred him whenever they see him.

[3] Said un-neutered male has decided to become a stray. As I've said before, cats simply won't stay somewhere where they are not happy (or at least, not if given the option to leave).

[4] Oddly, both black cats. Senior is 7.5kg, junior (being only a year old) is 2.5kg. But still prepared to lay down the law if required.

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Re: Implanting ourselves with animal tagging tech?

AI face recog is where the real money can be wasted

I forsee a boom in dazzle-pattern facial makeup..

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Re: Poor Reliability.. better idea

beware of the one who's number is six and six and six

Which, if you knew anything about Biblical numerology, would equate to humans (6 is the number of man and something repeated three times gives emphasis).

It's only those who believe in a lteral devil[1] that think it's anything supernatural.

[1] If God is omnipotent then why does the devil still (allegedly) exist?

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those fitting any subsequent security device to such a door

And those monitoring the door entry systems - something like that *should* generate a 'door forced open' message which, if security were awake, should lead to them investigating and having a quiet chat with the perp behind the bike sheds..

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Re: As someone who currently designs chip-enabled cat interface devices...

one who gives the device a smack before attempting to use it - a born engineer

Or - if a ginger cat[1] probably believes in the pre-application of force in lieu of thinking..

[1] We have one. In D&D terms, his prime stats are Str & Cha and his dump stats are Int and Wis. He's the one that's addicted to my earwax.. (which if not offered on the tip of my finger is quite happy to slobber in my ears. This seems to be a male cat thing, none of our female cats will touch it but the older male cat[2] will. And they won't accept earwax from anyone not related to me - they will take earwax from my nephew, but not my wife).

[2] Who is an-otherwise very intelligent cat (being half Siamese). Prime stats for him are Int, Dex and Cha with no dump stats. Obviously rolled well..

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'One day he'll give up and take a dump on my pillow instead'

One of our cats (the autistic calico one) will use the usual location of the cat tray whether it's there or not[1]. And (if it's not) will still scrape at the carpet, trying in vain to cover over what she's just.. deposited.

We tried putting a plastic cover there permanently so that at least the stuff would stay on the plastic until we could clean it up but her claws are sharp enough to penetrate most flexible plastics and so the liquids just ended up seeping through un-noticed.

[1] Every so often we take it away to give it a good clean[2]. As in 'boiling water with detergent[3]' cleaning, followed by rinsing with lots of fresh water. And, of course, that seems to be the time that her digestive system really, really has to lighten itself..

[2] Even using good wood-pellet[4] cat litter, the urine smell builds up over time. And she won't use the tray if it smells of anything other than wood-pellet cat litter and cat waste.

[3] See above. We tried bleach - she refused to use the tray (and we had to replace it). We tried the various things like nilodour that claim to take away smells - she won't use the tray. The above is the only thing that will both clean the tray and ensure that she uses it afterwards.

[4] Her siblings went o other people - one of whom came cabk to us to say that they wouldn't use the cat trays. We gave them some of the wood pellet cat litter and the cats started to use the tray properly. So that whole brood may be somewhat autistic. Our *hates* change - even moving her favourite bed slightly will mean she won't use it. And, when she wants to go out, she insists on *me* opening the cat door[5] - if my wife tries, the cat won't go out.

[5] Another of her oddities - she'll come *in* the cat door, but refuses[6] to go out unless I open it for her.

[6] She did use it of her own accord one - but that was because she was being chased by an interloper male cat. Who was being chased by our dog..

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Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?

grocer's apostrophe

AKA "feral apostrophe"

Or that's what we used to call it in my Usenet days.

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If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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Re: Vista anyone? Anyone?

Kubuntu doesn't look too shabby either

Initially I read that as "Kabuki doesn't look too shabby either"..

I think my nightly watching of the current Sumo basho[1] is getting to me..

Go Takayasu[2]! Go Tochinoshin!

[1] Many years ago we used to get it on one of the random channels on Swindon Cable. And, when they dropped it, via VHS tapes.. It's now on NHK HD as a nightly half-hour highlight programme whenever there's a basho on.

[2] AKA 'Butterball' (according to Mrs COCM)

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I think it's an extremely laboured reference to the Titanic.

To be fair - Bombadil Bob is a rabid Republican so you can't expect *too* much in the way of thought processes from him..

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I am old enough to remember before the abbreviation of Quality Assurance had an ampersand in it.

And I'm old enough to remember doing it when there was an ampersand in it..

(Don't get me started with Agile and QA - no really, don't get me started becuase I want to go home sometime today..)

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Trump in Spaaaaaaace: Washington DC battles over who gets to decide the rules of trillion-dollar new industry

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'no law passed through Congress'

You don't expect Trump/Pence/et. al. to worry about trivia like that - laws (and constitutions) are for the Little People, not the 1%..

Mind you, I'm struggling to think of any laws they've actually managed to pass other than the 'tax cuts for the rich' one - despite owning all the 3 branches of the US government (up to now).

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Super Micro chief bean counter: Bloomberg's 'unwarranted hardware hacking article' has slowed our server sales

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Re: Amazon, Cisco etc no Angels

Your point is somewhat damaged by:

1. Including Cisco in this (they were not part of the Bloomburg 'story')

2. Suggesting that Apple co-operate with the NSA and pre-backdoor their devices. Given that they stood firm against the FBI when requested that they do just that, it's less believable that they would roll over for the NSA..

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Re: I'm puzzled about all the controversy here.

It would have been easier to just install a modified firmware on the boards

You mean - like the CIA/NSA did with Cisco routers & switches before they were shipped off to foreign shores?

(My thoughts on this lie with SuperMicro/Apple/Amazon being correct - Bloomburg/Business Insider are bottom feeders and pretty much scrape any 'sensational' news they can without bothering to test veracity. After all, doing *actual* pre-publication fact-checking would mean someone else might publish it first and get all those ad-revenue-generating clicks!)

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Facebook's CEO on his latest almighty Zuck-up: OK, we did try to smear critics, but I was too out-of-the-loop to know

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Re: "they seem to have only targeted right-wing (presumably) Americans."

No, the trolls targeted both camps to stir division

And it's by no means limited to the US - look at Myanmar and the refugees or India and the huge surge in killings based on fake news spread by FB and/or Messenger.

In short, give fanatics of any stripe an easy (and cheap) propaganda platform and they'll use it, regardless of the consequence to the targets of their bile. Human nature sucks.

(This doesn't absolve FB/Google of the blame for aiding this and placing their income/share price over the cost to people and society)

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Sorry, Mr Zuckerberg isn't in London that day. Or that one. Nope. I'd give up if I were you

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'until perhaps Zuck quits as CEO'

AKA "the heat-death of the universe"..

(I can't ever see him leaving - he can't be forced out since he owns 60% of the votes and probably owns all the IP that keets FB running..)

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excuse their Enclosure of the Commons

Henricus VIII? Is that you?

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Block FB until he becomes available

You seem to have mis-spelt 'fine them the maximum amount under GDPR on a montly basis'..

Blocking them will just make them martyrs (and won't work anyway) - fining them will hit them where it hurts.

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Google: Our DeepMind health slurp is completely kosher

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Re: You would think

The book is part of Moorcock's long-running Jerry Cornelius series.

Which is one of his least readable and enjoyable..

(IMHO of course.)

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Japanese cyber security minister 'doesn't know what a USB stick is'

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I doubt that he has any expertise in any subject[1]

There - FTFY.

[1] Other than 'Backstabbing 101'. And even that he wasn't any good at..

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Creepy or super creepy? That is the question Mozilla's throwing at IoT Christmas pressies

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Re: Why buy this stuff in the first place?

and open a point of attack into my network

You mean you don't have a separate wifi network just for IoT?

(Pats Ubiquiti APs fondly)

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Re: Why buy this stuff in the first place?

I don't need to monitor my pet's dish

You obviously don't have cats.. (or do have cats that don't have a problem informing you, loudly and often, when the food level drops below 25%).

In our multi-cat household we have 4 that (mostly) eat only kibble[1] and 3 that eat mostly cat[2] meat (although will eat biscuits as well since they are available). The meat only gets given them in the kitchen, but we have two large bowls of kibble upstairs for the more shy cats.

[1] Expensive stuff (for sensitive stomachs) - two of our cats were very, very ill when they came to us as rescues (green runny stuff coming out of the backsides of a 8-month old mother cat and her five three-week old kittens in never a good sign - especially when the mother isn't cleaning the kittens. One kitten died within a day or so but the other 4 survived. We ended up keeping the mother cat[3] and one of her kittens[4]). They were left with very sensitive stomachs and so need specific foods to stop them being ill again.

[2] And not cheap tinned stuff - certainly not! Which means bulk buying of pouches when on special offer in the local supermarkets. Several of them do supplement their diets with warm, fresh meat.. And then insist of telling us about it, at high volume, at 3am..

[3] Which really, really didn't impress our senior female cat since the mother cat was (theoretically) above her in the pecking order. Even after the mother-cat was spayed, she still had to give boss-female a wide berth..

[4] Naturally, the one that the mother-cat liked the least. The one who, if cats had autism, would be diagnosed as somewhere on the spectrum. She's a remarkably pretty calico cat though (to go with our remarkably pretty tortie).

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Re: When you aren't drinking enough, it glows. Which is fine.

and if moonshine don't kill me,

I'll live till I die.

And even if the moonshine kills me,

I'll still live till I die.."

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My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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Re: Vinyl

but still have two boxes of classical LPs

That's another thing that used to annoy me about vinyl - different industries used different grades of vinyl which had a considerable effect on quality of sound and longevity.

It didn't really matter that singles used the cheapest grade since they were short-lived but some record companies also used that grade for albums which, theoretically, should have a longer life.

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Re: Vinyl

Many of them are better (or at least more authentic)

I never ever got the fetish for vinyl - I hated it at the time (no matter how good your setup was, the sound quality inevitably degraded when you played the record and you had to be really, really careful about how you stored the records[1]) and I still hate it.

Yes, the remastered versions are often not as 'authentic' as the old records but to my mind that can sometimes be a benefit. Especially when 'authentic' means a crackle-laden mushy sound and several skips during the song... Which might not matter so much on craptastic pop tunes but very much does on prog songs - especially longer ones.

[1] Which is why I used to play the records as little as possible - once to make sure it was OK and then a second time to record to tape[2]. And only thereafter if I needed to re-do the tape.

[2] Which was itself a degradation on sound, even on metal tapes with a good tape deck and Dolby.

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And I have:

Two bookcases full of boxed software (including OS/2 Warp 3 *and* 4 as well as an (unopened) copy of the Brief editor as well as loads of games)

Several boxes of misc hardware - 3com network cards, various SCSI 1 and 2 cards, sound cards, and (maybe) a Voodoo graphics card as well as a couple of ISDN cards.

Several bits of Sun hardware - Sparc 1 and Sparcstation 5 bit as well as SCSI cables and drives (100 Megabytes! Ohh the space!).

A Sun 17" CRT monitor - still in use on the odd time I need to see the console of my virtualisation server.

Various piles of old drives (mostly non-working of so small to be of no practical use).

Pretty much all the mobile phones I've ever bought from an old T-Moble M2 (Windows CE) to a Palm Treo (PalmOS) to a OnePlus 3. All in pretty mint condition.

A Nokia 770 and 800 and an Apple Newton - again, all still working..

I keep meaning to sell it on Fleabay but can't actually get the energy to do it.

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Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

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Ahhh assembly language - you need to keep really, really close tabs

Or (as we used to say in my TPF days) "variables won't and constants aren't"

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Google vows to take claims of sexual assault, harassment seriously, just like privacy

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More like you are sincerely sorry this has gotten into the media

"Don't let me catch you doing that again"

"You won't"

"What?"

"Catch me.."

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If Google takes this as serious as they do privacy

Of course they take privacy seriously - their own. Just not everyone elses..

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This just in: What? No, I can't believe it. The 2018 MacBook Air still a huge pain to have repaired

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Re: Death by Apple?

it eclipses shiny iBaubles by an order of magnitude

My 2011 Macbook Pro is still very much up and working (with upgraded SSD drive & RAM - it had the motherboard replaced after about 5 years for free even though it was out of warranty).

It also weighs several tons and has a nice dent in the aluminium top where a (full, still with cork in) bottle of wine fell on it..

Yes, the Chinese slaves produce very pretty gadgets for Cupertino

And HP. And Dell. And Acer..

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Re: Mac Mini 2018

No it doesn't have replaceable/upgradable storage and they market this something which can do server work

Couple it with a decent external Thunderbolt RAID array and you would have a decent storage server. Although the MacOS Server has been neutered almost to the point of uselessness..

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He then passed 48V across it for a few seconds from his bench PSU (the chip was rated at 3.something to 8,something volts, IIRC)

At school (many, many years ago) I put 240v AC through a 12v transistor. It glowed like an LED for a short while before suffering rapid unscheduled disassembly (which left part of the metal cover embedded in the suspended ceiling tile..)

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If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

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Re: I doubt she'll ever be Home Secretary, but...

debilitating damage that previous "proper socialist" Labour governments

That would be back in the 70's. The governments of Tory Blur and Gordon Broon don't count..

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ICO poised to fine Leave campaign and Arron Banks’ insurance biz £135,000

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Re: Will of the people my arse

with the ceding of sovereignty to un-elected officials

Like the House of Lords you mean? Or senior Civil Servants - who have a great deal more power than most people realise..

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Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Re: Anti-intellectual?

I ask again: what the hell is happening??

Appropriate question from someone using the username of Milton..

Paradise isn't so much lost as misplaced behind the sofa.

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Here in God's Country

Yorkshire has its own currency? Who knew?

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I will have to stop taking the pills.

Or take more - that usually works for me.. (until the nausea kicks in).

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Re: Electricity

is a fine tribute to Tesla

There's also a very fine album by Australian Prog band Unitopia which is (almost) all about him:

http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=28241

I don't know whether they are still a going concern (like most good prog bands they seem to go in and out of existence that the drop of a stage costume) but, if they are, they are well worth seeing.

One of the few bands better live than on record.

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IT Wi-Fi kit bit by TI chip slip: Wireless gateways open to hijacking via BleedingBit chipset vuln

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The new "testers" and the people who PAID to buy the kit.

And (given that this vulnerability is in a 3rd-party component embedded into the AP) there seems to be a whimsical belief that other suppliers selling kit have also done their research and testing..

Which is (quite clearly) wrong.

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Need electric propulsion for your satellite? Want a 'made in Britain' sticker? Step right this way...

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Re: Lucas, Prince of Darkness..

What could possibly go wrong?

I present for evidence the last 5 years of the Morris Minor service/MOT.

*Every* year at least one bulb needs replacing and very little else.

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Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee

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Re: An inspection by the RSPCA might ...

"You know, eventually your dog will decide *YOU* don't love him enough to count as proper masters

Same *very* much applies to cats. They will *not* stay somewhere where they are not happy. And, unlike dogs, they don't have the pack instinct..

Which is why I'm quite pleased that our 7 cats seem to enjoy living at our house and show no signs of wanting to leave. Conceding to their every whim might have something to do with that though..

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An inspection by the RSPCA might spur a little more care out of him.

[Cynical Mode]

Which the RSPCA will ignore unless there is political or monetary capital to be made out of it..

(Yes, yes, I know they have changed Chief Execs recently and the new one seems to want to get back to their stated purpose (to look after distressed animals) rather than to concentrate on making money and bribing^W influencing politicians but I'll wait to see if anything *actually* changes).

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Re: Fido used to leave his mutt muck in our garden

Our mutt (and most mutts I know of) used to roll in whatever foul-smelling thing she could find

Yeah - but that's to *hide* their own scent. Which being covered in their own crap wouldn't..

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WTF has Type 2 diabetes got to do with it ? - doesn't stop me doing anything

It has stopped me eating sweets.. (But very little else.)

It's also responsible for me heart attack (which definately, really, really didn't have anything to do with my bottle-of-red-wine-a-night habit..Honestly..)

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