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  Reply # 1764545 14-Apr-2017 21:37
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k1w1k1d:

 

Looks I am one of those horrible people that incorrectly verbalises my phone number.

 

When I first got my phone the number was 025 123 456.

 

Telecom then changed the 025 prefix to 0274, so as far as I am concerned my number is 0274 123 456.

 

I get totally confused when people read it back as 027 4123 456 or 027 412 3456.

 

 

The prefix is 027. 025 -> 027. Then there's 021, 022, 027, 028, 029. "oh two seven. Four one two three" not "oh two seven four. One two three"





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  Reply # 1764547 14-Apr-2017 21:40
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Rikkitic:

 

I absolutely do not understand the appeal of magical thinking. I can only assume it comes from low IQs and other genetic inadequacies.

 

 

Funniest thing today: walking around Petone (Wellington) I saw a poster "Myth busters" and thought it really ironic it was hanging on a crystals and other crap new age store... I thought it would be a workshop "Myth busters: crystals do work" but it was actually "Myth busters: employing disabled people works". 

 

 





 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1764592 14-Apr-2017 23:40
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Rikkitic:

 

I would just add to that all the flakes and idiots who for some unfathomable reason think the latest proclamation from some self-appointed 'psychic' somehow carries more weight than years of meticulous and painstaking scientific research. I absolutely do not understand the appeal of magical thinking. I can only assume it comes from low IQs and other genetic inadequacies.

 

 

 

 

People who believe in psychics and ghosts can be intelligent in other ways. Religious people can be intelligent too, despite believing that Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.  Faith and magical beliefs are a type of brain blind spot. 

 

This person has written a very good article about science and vaccinations ...

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/91586100/truth-abandoned-by-antihpv-vaccine-advocates

 

In particular....

 

"Even a thousand years ago it was recognised that human thinking was fallible and that it frequently led us astray. Ancient scientists developed the modern scientific method and the use of experiments to determine which ideas were likely to be true. Science is a truth tool and remains true whether you believe in it or not. This took has given us medicine, aeroplanes, microwave ovens, the internet, smartphones, and vaccines. Without science we would still reside in the dark ages where life was incredibly short. "

 

and you can hardly argue with this logic...

 

"If the vaccine caused harm then when we compare harms between vaccinated and unvaccinated then we would predict to see more harm in the vaccinated people. Simple science?

 

Global studies with not just thousands; or tens of thousand of people, but studies with millions have been conducted just assessing the safety of this vaccine. The results are unanimous. HPV vaccine is extremely safe"


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  Reply # 1764806 15-Apr-2017 20:04
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Spam mails that offer an unsubscribe link but you have to log in to do it and you don't know the login because you never subscribed. Very clever, I guess.

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1765234 17-Apr-2017 09:11
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Bank online/emailed statements that have a big box encouraging you to ... sign up for online/email statements?

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ASB bank charging you txt alert fees WHEN THEY HAVE NEVER EVER SENT ME A SINGLE TEXT IN THEIR LIFE AND HAVE MY CORRECT PHONE NUMBER TOO!!!!!! 

 

Wonder why i closed all services with them. 
Oh yes also when they charge you a 20c (txt alert fee mind you) on an account with $0.00 in it then it get a $10 arranged overdraft fee. Then you call them and they say its non reversible. 

 

I hope asb as a company get cancer.






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  Reply # 1766878 18-Apr-2017 16:51
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ASB charging fees and then spending them on a ball game team.





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  Reply # 1766879 18-Apr-2017 16:52
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Just went though an after-sales support ticket with an online retailer after receiving a defective product. No problems with the service; I got a replacement today. However, I also got a followup email asking me how the experience was, with two links; "I'm satisfied" and "I'm unsatisfied". I click on "I'm satisfied" and am told that the ticket is closed and can no longer be rated. Hooray...


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  Reply # 1766985 18-Apr-2017 20:57
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Hotels where your room card is needed to get the lift to go to your floor... But you still need to press the floor button....





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  Reply # 1767114 19-Apr-2017 09:37
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That I can never find a clean teaspoon in the kitchen at work.






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  Reply # 1767133 19-Apr-2017 10:04
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floydbloke:

 

That I can never find a clean teaspoon in the kitchen at work.

 

 

An email went out at work; "Where have all the spoons gone? Did the dishes run away with them all?" to which this came back:

 

 

Hi everyone,

 

Sorry, but we can't blame the dishes.

 

Unfortunately, what we are observing is a natural phemonena that has fairly recently been described in the scientific literature (Lim 2005).

 

Here, some epidemiologists studied the phenomenon of teaspoon loss to answer two fundamental questions:

 

     

  1. To figure out the overall rate of loss (defined, rather as ‘displacement’) of teaspoons at their institute, and
  2. To find if any possible correlation exists between the said displacement and the relative value of the teaspoons or type of tearoom,

 

The authors designed a longitudinal (involving repeated observations of the same variables over a period of time) cohort study, employing 70 teaspoons, discreetly numbered and placed in tearooms around the institute, and observed weekly over a period of 20 weeks, a total of 5668 teaspoon days (teaspoon days = sum of all the days on which the teaspoons were observed). They proceeded with great planning – doing first a small pilot study to determine feasibility, followed by a main study with a larger cohort.

 

During the main study, half of the total teaspoons disappeared permanently (defined as the ‘half life of the teaspoons’) in 81 days. The type of tearoom setting (communal vs. isolated rooms linked to specific departmental programs) affected the rate of loss, with more spoons leaving the former than the latter. The quality of the material (stainless steel) of the spoon was not a factor in the rate of loss.

 

The authors discovered that the incidence of teaspoon loss was high enough to warrant an annual purchase of estimated 250 teaspoons, in order to maintain a practical institute-wide population of 70 teaspoons, and concluded that office teaspoons, in their institution, are under constant threat of disappearance. Which is perhaps not surprising, given that, in a follow-up questionnaire, 38% of respondents (from a pool of 90-odd employees) admitted to stealing a teaspoon at least once in their lifetime, and 17% disagreed that stealing teaspoons is wrong.

 

Attempting to explain the phenomenon of uncontrollable teaspoon displacement, the authors drew analogies with the Tragedy of the Commons,  whereby there is over-exploitation of shared resources by individuals, who – in spite of being aware that the depletion of shared resources is ultimately detrimental to all users – nevertheless persist in that behavior finding no harm in the fractional loss via their own agency.

 

The author recommended the development of effective control measures to deter the migration of teaspoons, ranging from designing (or renovating) tearooms to equip them with continuously monitored surveillance equipment – to tagging individual teaspoons via Microchips and Global Positioning Satellite (GPS)-based tracking systems.

 




Lim, M. (2005). The case of the disappearing teaspoons: longitudinal cohort study of the displacement of teaspoons in an Australian research institute BMJ, 331 (7531), 1498-1500 DOI: 10.1136/bmj.331.7531.1498

 


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  Reply # 1767524 19-Apr-2017 18:49
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Fibre. Three outages to our fibre connection in a little over a year. Compare this with at most two or three network side outages with ADSL/VDSL since aaaaaaages ago.

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  Reply # 1767534 19-Apr-2017 19:34
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Time to move back to copper again, eh? tongue-out


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  Reply # 1767536 19-Apr-2017 19:40
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Could be! 😁




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  Reply # 1767553 19-Apr-2017 20:24
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Stu: Fibre. Three outages to our fibre connection in a little over a year. Compare this with at most two or three network side outages with ADSL/VDSL since aaaaaaages ago.

Hopeless

 

Were they caused by others getting connected and them being rough as with the splices and breaking them?





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