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    Historical pictures

    Far Right?
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    Movie streaming sites for ipad

    I wouldn't know anything about this sort of thing because I refuse to use services whereby you can watch copyrighted material without paying, but a friend of mine once told be about a website called cartoonhd.biz that apparently streams to pretty much all devices you can think of. This friend of mine was quite adamant that you should not use the cartoonHD app that is/was available on the app store because it's dodgy, and not related to the website I reluctantly posted above. Never used it. Never would. Seems to me the kind of place where you should only click on 'Watch' and not 'Download' though.
  3. Went to the chiropodist yesterday with an annoying and painful verruca on the ball of my foot. Turns out it was a corn. I'm fairly certain they only happen to old people. Come to think of it, the evidence backs it up because I do turn 40 next month.
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    Private Trackers

    Why would you want to track someones privates?
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    The Ailment thread

    Also toying with the idea of a vasectomy, but I just don't think I've got the......... guts. That's nothing to do with the heart thing though.
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    The Ailment thread

    I've got an arrhythmia, which presents itself in various ways. Every now and again my heart does a really heavy THUMP which feels a bit weird, and sometimes that is followed by anything up to 30 minutes of rapid but regular heart rhythms - sometime visibly beating out of my chest. Anyway, last time that happened to me was 3 years ago and I was fully checked out (private) and given the all clear in terms of blood pressure, furring of the arteries and all that. I figured I'd dodged a bullet and that's when I quit smoking. Move forward a few years and now I'm fitter than I've been in a long time, don't smoke, don't drink caffeine.. and the fast heart rate has happened again 4 times in about 6 weeks. Going back to the cardiologist on Monday for another check-up. It's annoying because if they can catch it in the act and give me an ECG, they can diagnose which type off arrhythmia it is and generally sort it out permanently. The chances of catching it happening are slim though. I'm going to request a monitor that I can just apply when it happens. The other option is to call an ambulance when it happens and hope they get to me in time to record it. Annoying more than anything, but can't help having that niggling thought in the back of my mind that I'm about to drop dead!
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    Router and VPN

    Get one that you can flash with DD-WRT or by one pre-configured. The other option is to buy a VPN router such as this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pre-Configured-Multi-Country-Router-White-Blue/dp/B017W43M4M/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1515156886&sr=8-2&keywords=vpn+router ..which you then plug into your existing router and you connect all your devices to it. This one comes with a month free sub to ipvanish.
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    Wanking at work

    Following on from the wanking in the shower thread, which in turn followed on from the peeing in the shower thread... Do you, or have you ever had a wank at work? I have. I probably knock one out in the toilets once a month. Usually on quiet days when there's nothing better to do than watch porn on the internet. A mate of mine said that once he went into the filing area of his office, laid out a bin liner, climbed up a ladder and shot his nut butter onto the bin liner! Apparently the contrast of white-on-black was something to be enjoyed! PS: Never done a poll before... hope it isn't too badly RiSed!
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    I met George Martin on Saturday.

    That is all. It was ace.
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    E-Cigarettes

    Don't know if you've bought that, but if you're looking for a choice then I would highly recommend one of these as a 'starter' kit. No settings to figure out. Just fill and vape. http://amzn.eu/eAROaDJ If you went for the kit DimReaper suggested, you won't be disappointed. Just thought I'd give my two cents worth.
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    Should UK also Ban Smacking?

    I was smacked as a kid and I do think it gave me certain boundaries. However I would still misbehave and I think the only thing I had in mind was "If I get caught then this is a smacking offence". I don't think it stopped me doing anything naughty and I think it spilled over into the lesser offences too. I don't smack my kids, even though the 6 year old has been a right twat on numerous occasions. When I was 7 I was leaving school with my pencil case that had my marble collection in it. I was throwing it in the air and catching it because I was THAT cool. Horror of horrors, it got stuck in a tree. So, being 7, I climbed up the tree and got it back. Easy. Except - on the way down, about 8ft up, a branch broke and I fell out. I put my hands out to break my fall and broke both bones in both my forearms! Not that we knew that at the time of course... but anyway my mum came rushing over, lifted me up by the wrist and smacked me on the arse! Never quite understood that one! Louis CK's bit on it is great: “And stop hitting me, you’re huge. How could you hit me?! That’s crazy. You’re a giant, and I can’t defend myself.”I really think it’s crazy that we hit our kids. It really is–here’s the crazy part about it. Kids are the only people in the world that you’re allowed to hit. Do you realize that? They’re the most vulnerable, and they’re the most destroyed by being hit. But it’s totally okay to hit them. And they’re the only ones! If you hit a dog they… will put you in jail for that… You can’t hit a person unless you can prove that they were trying to kill you. But a little tiny person with a head this big who trusts you implicitly, f(orget) ’em. Who (cares)? Just… hit–let’s all hit them! People want you to hit your kid. If your kid’s making noise in public, “Hit him, hit him! Hit him!Grrr, hit him!” We’re proud of it! “I hit my kids. You’re… right I hit my kids.” Why did you hit them? “‘Cause they were doing a thing I didn’t like at the moment. And so I hit them, and guess what? They didn’t do it after that.” Well, that wouldn’t be taking the… easy way out would it? “
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    Smart Watch / Fitness Band

    I've got the Apple Watch 2 and it's very good. Haven't worn a watch since I was a kid but i'm going out on the bike a lot these days and was using Strava on the phone. The watch give you real-time info as you're going, and being able to take calls and see texts is handy. It's got GPS built in. Also, the 'Workout' app is good in itself. There are quick-start buttons for several gym activities as well as outdoor, so I have a good record of what I've done and it genuinely keeps me motivated to do more. I'm finding that the apps I would mainly use my phone for have good Watch versions (Timer/Strava/Music 0 through Spotify and Songs controls) so I'm using the phone a lot less. Waterproof n'all but I haven't tested that yet.
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    The Ultimate Beer Thread (No Carling allowed)

    Missed this, sorry. I have. Lagunitas is a bit on the heavy side for me but a lovely beer. Definitely my 2 favourites. Got a few bottles of each in the fridge right now as it happens!
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    Mag 254

    A VPN would cover it for users, but they're really going after the sellers aren't they? I've got a zgemma with no issues. Could well be over subscribed. Bulky IPTV is still down I think, so if that's what you're using you're pretty shafted.
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    Mag 254

    Bulky IPTV has gone. Rumour is the guy running it has been arrested.
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    Mag 254

    This group on Facebook can help. I would endorse the idea of having an EPG so that might mean buying a box because as far as I can make out, apps for smart TV's etc don't support it. I could be wrong though. You may find yourself scrolling through (literally) thousands of channel names to get to what you want. Again, I could be wrong and I'm sure one of our esteemed Techy Nerds can put me right there. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1085745094902585/
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    Mag 254

    I'm thinking of doing the same thing. What VPN service do you use?
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    Mag 254

    It's decent, that's for sure. Lots of ways you can get it and lots of ways to watch like through Android Apps (Firestick, Smart TV, Tablet) or through one of these boxes mentioned (Mag or Zgemma). You pay your subscription for 1/3/6/12 months and the provider will either send you a config file or a link with username and password, which you install onto your device through SSH (Filezilla, Putty etc..). Problems are download limits on your broadband, and broadband speed needing to be decent. Also, some ISP's (like Sky, for example) have a 'blocker' on their routers. It's not hard to turn them off, but it's important to know. Some providers will offer an EPG and some won't. Again, I think it's something you have to look into and it's how important that is to you. In short, you can basically get any channel in the world and there's a good VOD service too.
  19. I work for a very small firm, doing their IT mainly, but as it's a small company you're also expected to do other things that need doing. Pros: Flexible working allows me to do the school run once a week when I work from home. Good pension contribution from work. Life insurance. Health insurance. Totally unsupervised expenses. We've got 2 credit cards and when we're out on work business we're expected to use them. Generally, we manage ourselves. Gym membership (local to the office) Cons: Small company means sometimes you get handed a shit job and you do it. No holiday. I mean, we get holiday but if something needs to be done it needs to be done. I'm always on call. Over 1 hour each way commute. The pros far outweigh the cons right now.
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    The XBMC thread - What it is, how it works etc...

    With Sky you'd need to turn off Sky Shield on your router because that can block it, but I don't think a VPN is required necessarily. I don't use one, but then again I might be arrested tomorrow.
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    Mag 254

    No but I am running it on a zgemma h2s and it's good. Seemingly any android box will run IPTV without issue, and I've loaded it directly into a Samsung smart TV and it's fine.
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    E-Cigarettes

    Often it's not enough power going to the coil that causes liquid going into the mouth. The ecig is not vapourising efficiently. There's usually a wattage range printed on the coils. If your below that the coil gets saturated, above it and it'll burn out quickly and not taste great. The mods (battery bit) are much of a muchness. Often style and power are the deciding factors. The tanks and coils are the business end and it takes a while to find one that works for you. Tanks with top airflow don't tend to leak. There are quite a few out there now. If you're trying to quit smoking then look for a tank that can take coils above 1ohm because you'd probably be drawing the vapour into your mouth and then inhaling, like a normal cig (mouth to lung).
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    E-Cigarettes

    Nautilus X won't leak. The coils for their new tank fit so if you're into sub ohm you can get the 0.6 coils, but I just use the 1.8ohm for mouth to lung vaping. For the mod, I use the eleaf iStick Power. It's big, but has a 5000mah lithium ion battery that will literally last you days on end. Best setup I've had. Literally no leaks and a battery that doesn't need charging very often.
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