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  1. Addendum: Never pay. Majority of times, there is no intention of ever restoring your system, and sometimes they don't even store (or generate!) the means of doing so.

    Furthermore, should you find yourself infected with something, the first step is always to stop what you're doing and not touch anything (unless you've got a recent enough backup you can revert to). Such as with WannaCry, the only potentially working recovery provided that I know of could only do its job if the computer had not been turned off in between.

  2. I second (third? fourth?) the person who would eventually like to see a pure plaintext editor - I tend to find myself fighting against everything and anything WYSIWYG. How it interprets the input seems very ... liberal.

    The color scheme is also *extremely* hard on my eyes - I had to override all colors browser-side to be able to semi-comfortably read posts, even if I might have missed some elements due to it. Too bright otherwise...

  3. hey guys, I kinda need some advice on something, basically I owe my dad £200 and I get paid roughly £300 this month. That wouldn't necessarily be a problem if it wasn't for my boyfriend being an idiot and getting fined for smashing a window, which he doesn't have the money or a job to pay for it so I said I would for the sake of him not going to court. Thing is this fine is £90, which means I have about a tenner to last me a month >_<

    My dads been waiting for his money for a while and I don't know if I should explain the situation or not?

    Also me and the bf currently live with our friend who took us in when we got kicked out, moneys tight as it is :/

    Is it feasible for you to pay your father back in installments? A fifty now as a sign of good will, and either the next 50, or 100, or the entire remaining 150 the next month, depending on tight it is for you then? It might suffice to just say money's a bit tight at the time being, but you want to start paying it off regardless -- 2/3 of your salary is not an insignificant fraction, after all!

  4. If on Windows, you should update - Microsoft released the patch for even XP, in spite of the technically long-gone support, which is something. Disabling the SMB file-sharing protocol might also be useful.


    As far as I know, versions for non-Windows machines don't exist, but as always - know what you're doing.

  5. "He" used to be gender-neutral in the past (as seen in some older texts - if the gender/sex was unknown or unimportant, "he" was used, and if need be, the sex/gender later clarified).


    The simplest solution I see would be to actually do away with "she" and all other singular pronouns for living beings, and have "he" just refer to "this one individual". Since I feel many would disagree with repurposing an existing pronoun (by falling back to its occasional archaic use) and doing away with everything else, "ze" works, too - if only we could make it the default and gradually do away with all the old ones... (I prefer the z-set because it makes more phonetic sense than the x-set ... x is too strongly a hard "ks" sound and xe tends to furthermore read as "xenon" in my mind...)


    There is no need - or even use - to sexed/gendered pronouns - those just add to frustration and social mishaps. My native language already doesn't have sexed/gendered pronouns, has never had them, and it sure does it spare a lot of awkwardness. I also feel that gendered pronouns in very tiny ways reinforce prejudices... We typically don't start by introducing people by (for instance) their race - why on Earth should we start by introducing them by their sex or gender? I certainly don't treat people different based on their sex or gender. People are people first.


    (Names are needed so we can refer to one very specific person in everyday conversations - we pretty much never need to identify a person specifically by their sex/gender before anything else, unless it's a dating site. I also find "one less thing to remember about someone who is not someone you meet on a regular basis" a very good thing - remembering names is already *difficult* to many. People who have known me for years still mix up my first name every now and then, and my first name literally has less than a handful of letters in it in addition to being fairly common. You could probably learn the pronouns to your friends and family, but not the tens of thousands of other people - including those whose any name you might have never even heard, let alone remembered - you have to occasionally refer to every year.)


    ~Edit undone; decided on a different solution~

  6. Kind of sounds like pirate speak though. Ex. I love me mommy.
    Makes me think of fantasy dwarves...


    My answer is, you can train your mind in typing the right word. You say you are a fast typer? Well, if you are writing formal letters, you take note of what you type and type slowly. And keep tabs of the words that you often misspell.
    I sometimes do things like that myself (though not with me/my). I used to consistently write "definitely" as "definetely", for instance - it'd appear I've gotten rid of that particular bug a few years back, though, as I've not seen it for a while now. More recently, I'll substitute 'g'-s in the beginnings of a few words with 'q'-s with frequency that goes beyond regular typos.


    While I'm a fast typist myself, it has absolutely nothing to do with typing speed, more with hand-to-mind coordination, automation and association (my ticks tend to hark back to phonetics). You don't think, your fingers just move. You don't look at the keyboard, either. The only thing that helps, really, is eventually outgrowing the tick as new neural pathways form (so yes, you can eventually lose it or train it out) - until then, it's just proofread, proofread, proofread ... and then, if possible, ask a friend to proofread what you just wrote, too, because noticing your own mistakes is always harder since the brain has the tendency to automatically substitute what it figures should be there in its attempt to optimize.


    Funnily enough, I tend to do it more commonly in pen-based writing than while typing ... the whole letter-substitution and/or skipping thing. And handwriting is both snail-pace and harder to correct. If anything, I'd say the slow speed is part of why I make more mistakes - I type notably faster than I speak, and think faster yet ... I can barely or not all keep up with speech while handwriting, and my thoughts would be who-knows-where by the time I'd even begin to catch up with my hands, so I figure my muscle memory runs out of buffer and I end up with the organic equivalent of general fragmentation fault. rolleyes.gif

  7. I cannot uninstall Avira because it's password protected. I bought my desktop second hand and it was pre-installed so obtaining the password isn't an option. Is there any way to uninstall it without doing illegal things?

    1) Safemode would probably work.

    2) Get yourself a GNU/Linux live boot USB (or disk) - you can use any old USB, and it's free, Ubuntu works. Once in the GNU/Linux OS, you can still access the Windows filesystem - and carefully remove it manually.

  8. It's a given that staff will be able to see your e-mail on nigh every "regular" site there is as soon as they take a look. I reckon he is aware of it - if not, then he should perhaps be informed that it's the case for almost every place he ever registers to. Most places also permit admins to view PMs and other similar content. It's a trust-based system at best.

  9. Different breeds / increase in production? Especially if you intend to extend your herd, a calf is also the desired outcome... A small community, in turn, might not always need more cows or milk-per-cow to supply itself.


    A lot of what agriculture produces (about 20%-25% of the harvested mass that initially goes into food processing, and all of the "non-food" part of the plant - canola greens, canola seed leftovers, grain stalks, grain processing leftovers, corn stalks, etc) is not fit for human consumption - we can't eat the cellulose-rich green parts, no one wants the mass left over when the seeds have been mostly drained of oils, or "the bits that were left on the big sieve and fell through the small sieve". This is usually cheaply sold to farms for animal feed and occasionally bedding. There is little other use for it, save for leaving it to rot.


    we have 22 times as many chickens (and 7,500 times as many chickens as Estonia has cattle)
    Estonia also has about 1/240 of the human population of the US of A, and an equally small fraction of surface area...


    I have insisted elsewhere that the US does need proper regulations on how animals can be treated, as well as actual checks on their welfare. Even big merciless companies understand the language of operation permits being revoked if they don't comply and live up to the standard even with unannounced checks (assuming those are also strictly enforced).


    Human population growth will eventually slow down and perhaps even reverse - the tendency of more developed countries is more often than not negative. The growth is mainly from countries which only recently attained modern medicine and haven't adapted to the lowered death rate yet.


    I am somewhat glad you agree on crows. I do, however, not agree that a state of human-centric pure optimization is ideal, or that consciousnesses other than ours should not be plentiful.


    (Thank you for being respectful and taking the effort to go over your facts!)

  10. But I would definitely support changes to factory farming to make the way we keep livestock more humane and sustainable.

    Which is a worthy cause. The US, I've heard, doesn't have half the regulations we do, I've heard...


    It is entirely possible to provide livestock better lives than most animals have in the wild - over here, you can usually see them free-range; with my country being not all that densely populated and land being cheap away from cities, as well as rainfall being quite abundant, it's often also cheaper/easier to have it this way during the warm period. Slaughter is also something that can easily be done much more quicker and painlessly than almost any other form of death - and death is an eventual inevitability anyway.


  11. But in any case, I don't think that confining billions of conscious animals, for life, to experience stimuli that have been engineered just to keep them producing, with no selection pressure for keeping them happy, would be permissible [...]

    I cannot for certainty make claims for all or even most farms in the US, but I can make claims of places here, and I can make claims of things I've personally seen and witnessed.


    Sources on the internet can often be assumed to be vandalized by people who are driving their own agendas, or even fully fabricated. I personally have edited Wiki articles - mostly on computers - which have no idea what they're talking about. And that's with details people aren't typically passionate about to try and deliberately falsify.


    If I can literally take a walk and see the cattle on the field with my own eyes, and even get into the buildings they're kept in during winter with pretty much no forewarning - and I can and have -, and spent half my life living practically with those animals (Do you think that I wouldn't have noticed if the cow my relatives had and I saw pretty much every day got pregnant and gave birth? Or the ones of the guy my father got milk from and we saw every couple of days later on? And so on and so forth...), then I have all the reasons to believe what I see over what a person with an obvious agenda says on the internet.


    Those farm animals I know and see have much better lives than most "wild and free" animals. Wild and free animals do not have "good" lives compared to captive ones. Most farm animals in decent farms would be no happier being wild then you'd be in a treetop in Africa. As for "keeping animals happy" - that's why laws and regulations are there. Provide your animals sub-standard living conditions, bye-bye licenses and income, hello court sentences and fines.


    On the flipside, plant industry, in addition to taking up habitats, will absolutely kill any and all creatures who as much as come near their fields, bullet, poison, net and machine. Creatures such as rats and corvids, for one, are also much smarter than cows. The only remotely animal-friendly way to grow plants outside of a patch in your back yard is greenhouses. Rows upon rows of greenhouses. But that's much more expensive than fields, and thus not so often done. No one will put wheat in a greenhouse. And humans can only eat the valuable parts of plants everyone wants.


    I've yet to seen one person who says they will not eat meat for "moral reasons" also genuinely fight to criminalize shooting crows - who are actually fairly close to human intelligence, and actually comprehend killing - even with "indirect" methods like guns - well enough to hold grudges towards killers of their kin, and teach their children who the murderer was, too. They will also know you by your face and disregard wigs and changes in attire. Crows are people, too. I have had the lucky chance to know a companion crow; he is like an oddly wise child. Sadly, his human companion (my great-grandmother) is now years dead, but the old crow still lives...

  12. Also, also, I'd like to point out that changing types is either really difficult or impossible, as each cognitive function takes up a different part of the brain, and the 'wiring' (so to speak) that connects it to the rest of the brain.

    That's not what a brain works like at all.


    There are no "left-brained" or "right-brained" people, there are no Jung-personality-type brains, and there are no distinct brain parts dedicated to each function as implied. The Jung classification is above all, still extremely arbitrary, and in terms of neuroscience, more or less considered an outdated concept. You can pretty much test differently depending on season, or be very in-the-middle, and in the end of the day, the brain is constantly rewiring itself in small ways.


    They're more fun tests to take for entertainment value than something you should base your life on, or seriously describe yourself after.


    For me, ESTP and INTP are about equally probable, for instance. And just as inaccurate.



  13. Hmm... Yeah, it definitely isn't a normal practice - only if you really want to keep them in the same cage with females, or as a last resort when a rat has severe persistent aggression issues (I know two cases where it was even tried, as mentioned - and I've owned 8 male rats and played with dozens of others' rats and read about hundreds more). 3 months seems too young to have developed aggression issues, so I suspect she might have had older females before? Or she / whatever vet did it was simply misinformed somehow...


    Granted, a lot of people have some odd misconceptions, so it's always better to point things like that out. Even many vets are not all that knowledgeable about animals who aren't dogs/cats... In Estonia I know a couple of vets who are considered competent with small pets in Tallinn/Tartu, not so sure about UK, might have to dig the old English forum up.


    Of my 8 males, I once introduced a pair of 3-month-old brothers to a pair of 1.5-year-old brothers - I could practically have left them in the same cage the same evening (separated them for the night, just in case). Theoretically, the most difficult introduction should be introducing a single 6-8-month-old rat to other established 6-8-month-old rats, since that's when they're the most, well, young combative adults. Very young rats to very young rats (one of my pairs was obtained from different stores when they were small, and I actually just let them together into their new cage almost right away), old rats to very young rats, typically no issue (just be careful to be safe, show them to one another in a place which isn't one or other's homeground etc, especially if there are significant size differences). If they're already familiar to one another, then typically they will stay that way.

  14. The rats I'm getting are both male, (and will of course be "done"), one is white with a black hood marking, and the other is what the breeder called a "cinnamon"

    "Done"? You don't castrate male rats aside of when you when you want to keep them in the same cage with females, or in the quite rare instance one of them just refuses to get along with anyone for extended periods of time and it's the last resort to try and make them more docile (so they'd be actually attacking others, teeth and blood - play-fighting may look/sound like someone gets hurt, but actual fighting looks quite different, as said). It's a much more dangerous operation than with dogs and cats, and since pet rats aren't exactly roaming freely outside in circumstances where accidental mini-rats could happen, it has pretty much none of the benefits. Normally, male rats get along just fine with one another - if anything, females tend to be a touch more territorial (I think I've only heard two cases where male rats have been castrated to curb aggression ... in one case it seemed to have helped, in the other very little changed).

  15. Do not get metal wheels or anything with gaps/spaces/bars that little ratty feet or toes can go through as it can be dangerous while running in it. Mine LOVE their wheels. It's also worth it to invest if better quality ones that don't make so much noise because of how much they like to run in them, if that bothers you.

    If you give them a wheel, note that its diameter must be 32+ centimeters for adult rats - else it hurts their backs in case they run in them!

    ((As a sidenote, never owned a rat who liked to run in a wheel... Out of 8 rats, all just ignored it, tried to chew it, or in case of one, occasionally slept in it.))


    Similarly, no side of a cage can be less than ~35 (so that a rat could stretch itself out in either direction. I've seen "2 cubic feet per rat" cited in a few places.


    But yeah ... feel free to throw in anything that's "natural" carboard/paper - egg rests, some small boxes, the leftover inner rolls from TP or paper towels... As mentioned: pine/evergreen bedding bad. If you want to put in wooden items, use deciduous tree material... some people have used apple branches (treated with boiling water to sanitize them).


    It's best to keep rats in same sex pairs or small groups. Two siblings would be the safest bet (if they "play rough" and squeak, don't worry, it really is just play/testing strength and they'll probably happily sleep in a pile afterwards; real fighting is something else entirely - approaching the other sideways with all hair standing on end, hissing/puffing, kicking up bedding towards the other, trying to bite).


    If you're contemplating over male/female - males tend to be larger and more calm sit-in-your-lap-and-be-petted-types, females smaller and more active (all mine have been male, but I know a few other rat owners). But that's a general tendency - they certainly have their own personalities. Older rats typically get calmer and more fond of being scratched etc. "Children" rats will be children. Some will wrestle with your hand, or play with a tuft on a string like a cat. My first pair, I actually taught some tricks other than just coming to their name...

  16. However I would not deny that woman her eighth abortion for one simple reason; if she considers that fetus to be something that can be so easily thrown away, just how important would she then consider the life of the child she was forced to have?



    Either the child'll grow up knowing they're an inconvenience (and may be further blamed for the mother losing her job, the mother's partner leaving them, etc - I know all too many people who have been told by their parents that they "have ruined their lives"), or they will go from foster home to foster home (relatively small percentage on children given up for adoption end up being adopted, and that's even less when they have something - like a medical condition - that sets them at disadvantage).


    Add to that that a person who does not want a child or care about the well-being of a fetus is likely to continue smoking/drinking, could be taking strong medications for other conditions, may even try to deliberately induce impromptu abortion, etc - do a bunch of things that are very much harmful to a fetus.

  17. Yeah'd, I'd be interested in a source for that claim since all I could find is that one million people commit suicide each year. And that stat is not even gender separated.

    It was earlier in this thread, I believe. *checks*


    Correction (confused the numbers a bit there - 10 million was the overall for (known? estimated?) attempts regardless of cause):

    10 million women attempt suicide every year. 4 million because of pregnancy. In the US alone, 14,000 women committed suicide because of their pregnancies in 2009. Another 3,000 were inconclusive with suicide suspected.


  18. It's not unheard of for people to be murdered or to kill themselves over a pregnancy.

    I've seen the estimation of about 10 million pregnant women every year killing 4 million women attempting to kill themselves due to pregnancy every year...

    ((Correction because recollection memory shuffled the numbers around a bit - 10 million is the total for attempts by women every year according to the given source.))


    And rare as it is, there are some cases of abusive partners secretly swapping their SO's birth control with something else, or poking holes in condoms, or... In one case I know of, it was the children of the couple doing it - I'm speaking children young enough to just understand that condoms are for something icky.