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The Law of Printers

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There can be few things more frustrating in life than working with computer printers.  They’re hungry, unpredictable and unreasonable beasts – right from setting up and first use.  And sod’s law being what it is, the problems always strike in their most severe form when you absolutely need to print that document on a very tight deadline.  I remember as a law student, I had some uncomfortably close shaves involving my old HP Officejet and getting assignments submitted for marking.  They were very  much “do or die” moments.Wisely, I abandoned inkjet printers two years ago now (and have avoided Epson printers like the plague since my first inkjet in 1999).  Still, for anyone still suffering with them, I think this picture sums up your likely experience very nicely.  ;-)Found here.Happy printing!

Finger lickin’ crazy

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From the Metro 20/09/12: A deranged customer who rammed his car into a KFC restaurant because staff refused to serve him a bargain bucket has been jailed.

Hugh Brown flipped (a burger? / the lid of a KFC bucket?) when workers would not serve him the £10.99 meal deal because the fast food shop had closed 20 minutes earlier. Ohh – I remember the time when a bargain bucket was £9.99 AND you got 10 pieces of chicken.  Those were the days! He flew into a rage reminiscent of scenes from the Michael Douglas film Falling Down after going to the drive-through window only to be told the outlet was shut for the day. Eewwph. Not pretty. Brown then drove his car into the front window of the building. CCTV pictures show him grabbing a 6m (20ft) metal pole from the debris and using it to threaten three members of staff. He sure was hungry. Or as the “have a go hero” aboard the bus in “Speed” might have uttered, “that man sure has a hard-on for a bit of Kentucky fried chicken”. (You’ll have to imagine…

Copyright Infringement: that’s an interesting approach

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You can find a lot of interesting shows stuff on YouTube these days. Don’t look at me like that.  I’m certainly not condoning copyright infringement but, you know, if it’s available on YouTube, what’s the harm in a quick butchers?  But be snappy about it: they might have pulled the content by the next time you go back.I’ve always had a penchant for a good detective series (even though there are some which I simply cannot abide). Whilst catching up on a classic mid-nineties episode of A Touch of Frost recently, I was amused by the attempt at a disclaimer the uploader had included: Ah – that’s all right then.  Ahem.  Now I’ve had my eyes opened, I’ve seen it used more and more. Watching laypeople wrestle with the concept of disclaimer can be an interesting experience.  More entertaining than the actual show in many cases. Btw, does anybody else get a kick out of watching compilations of TV ads from their childhood?  Perhaps it’s just me then.

Cotton wool culture is ruining our kids

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(Or it might as well be). You know I’m a one for sensationalist headlines.From: the Telegraph 04/09/12:A "cotton wool culture" of over-protecting children has contributed to a decline in freedom for them to play, heath [sic] and safety watchdogs said yesterday.They said that too often regulations were wrongly cited as an excuse when denying youngsters the chance to have fun outdoors.Children needed to be able to be able to take part in activities such as climbing and playing conkers to learn about risk and grasp the realities of the world, the Health and Safety Executive said in a joint statement with the Play Safety Forum.It comes in response to a "significant loss in freedom" for children over the past 40 years and proposes a more balanced approach which accepts children will often be exposed to risk and even danger when they play.Play providers should focus on "sensible adult judgements" rather than an overblown fear of litigation and prosecution, the …

How a Trust Deed can help YOU!

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Trust deeds are the Scottish equivalent of an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA). By using a trust deed, the debtor transfers their estate to the trustee to be held on trust for the benefit of creditors. Providing the debtor complies with the obligations set out in the trust deed (including the making of regular monthly repayments to the creditors) the estate held on trust remains untouched and is returned at the end of the relevant period. A trust deed protects the debtor from the specified debts being legally enforced against him once the deed has been registered as ‘protected’. However, it will not affect any creditor action taken before the trust deed has been registered which means that earning and bank arrestments will remain in effect. Unlike an IVA, it is normally only available to debtors who owe £10,000 or more and usually lasts for 3 years instead of 5. There is no court involvement and the existence of the trust deed and the debtor’s perilous financial…

Bikes and trains: an unhappy marriage

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Like many of my fellow commuters, I’m going I’m going to buy a bike and take it on the train to work each day. I’ve no intention of riding it. I just intend to take that cumbersome monster about with me on trains, station platforms, and along narrow pavements to be just about as damn awkward as I possibly can – exactly how my fellow commuters treat me. I can make a massive fuss trying to get my bike in and out of the bike rack on the train. I can wheel it along the platform with the handlebars bumping into all and sundry (even using them to whip a newspaper out of someone’s hands). I can bash people’s shins with my pedals and generally act like a mindless cretin on a two wheels. Oh, and them I’m going to try and hog a double seat on the train using my cycle helmet and dayglo backpack to ‘reserve’ that seat next to me. Don’t you just love ‘em? I’m all for cutting carbon emissions and cycling (not that I’d ever dream of doing so on the UK’s roads now where an RTA is a mathematical certa…