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brokenbetty

Member since Sep 2010 • Last active Jul 2020
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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Really, how much of the economy will get motoring when people are saving £15k in cash on their house purchases? Will they immediately go and spend it in WH Smith and Dixons?

    It’s not that, it’s to keep people moving when otherwise they might stay put. When people stop buying houses, house prices fall which makes a lot of people feel poorer so they stop spending. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that governments will do almost anything to stop house prices from falling in nominal terms.

    Plus people who move house then often start spending on building work, decorating, new furniture...

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    Toilet conundrum.

    In order to preserve a clean, smooth exterior surface, the bog seat bolts go into recesses that aren't accessible from underneath.

    These little beauties are put into the recess folded vertically then spring flat to form captive bolts.

    The picture is upside down. In use the flat bit sits outside the hole and the anchor shape goes into the recess. A threaded rod goes through both and tightens them together, and is also what the seat attaches to.

    One of our bolts has lost a wing, giving sitting down an extra drama as the seat lurches sideways.

    The end of the rod and what's left of the wing is enough to stop the assembly coming out altogether but with only one wing there's no way to stabilise it. I need to replace it.

    The screw is welded into the wing and plate by years of limescale (took 2 days of cilit bang and scraping just to see the screw and broken wing) and there's nowhere to get a decent hold with pliers. As far as I can tell from poking a wire into the recess there is no hole at the bottom.

    How the hell do we get it out?

    Best plan so far is to cut with a dremel, but we are restricted where we can cut without hitting the ceramic. The safest cut means we'll end up with the wing and end of the rod still in the recess - hopefully deep enough that they won't foul the replacement bolt but we won;t know until it's too late.

    Anyone dealt with this before?

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    I heard that only the barbour jackets sold in the UK have that distinctive mouldy old piss smell. Barbour jackets sold in all other countries moved to an odourless wax decades ago.

    Wait, what? It's the wax that smells? I thought it was the mouldy old bloke wearing it

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    Ha, we lived 5 doors down from that house. We did not have a bespoke hand -carved stone staircase, which is just as well since we were in the ground floor flat.

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    There is research showing that trans men have higher incidence of autism than the general female population - some examples below.

    Of course, it could be because no one looks for autism in females unless they are looking at them for another reason already.

    https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/­2019-07/aru-sft071619.php
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/ar­ticle/pii/S1750946719301540

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    Damn. I hate Pringles and everything they stand for, but that's really cool

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    Things I know about Pringles:

    1) they were invented to monetise waste oil from soap production
    2) they were designed to pack more efficiently than potato crisps, making them a more efficient product to ship
    3) the first version was a flop because of the taste, but the economic case for the product was so strong that they kept trying til they got the taste right
    4) the little lunchbox pringle holder was sized such that there will be a few spare Pringles left after the last filling, with the intention that the parent packing the lunchbox would also develop a Pringles habit

  • in COVID-19
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    Lovely, I feel the relaxation.

    Also....same pipe?

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    Love bean guy!

    bean being the start shape for torso and upper body

    Reminds me of this...which I'm sure isn't what they meant either!

    https://youtu.be/7fu0OW5tLy0

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    My young nephew wants a cheap projector for his birthday to use with his phone, Samsung A20E. It doesn't have MHL so I need a wifi solution.

    Option 1 is the cheap projector he's asked for plus a Chromecast for mirroring.

    Option 2 is a slightly better wifi-enabled projector. So far as I can see, they seem use Direct wifi/miracast whereas Chromecast uses the existing wifi network.

    The phone definitely supports miracast but I'm not sure if it can have simultaneous connections to the home wifi network to stream content and the direct/miracast wifi to mirror to the projector.

    Is this scenario something that's so standard I can just assume it will work?

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