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  Reply # 1826456 21-Jul-2017 12:02
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kryptonjohn:

 

Geektastic:

 

kryptonjohn:

 

Butter conditioner? I don't understand it. Why have a compartment in a fridge that is kept from being cold? Why not just store the opened stick of butter in a container in a cupboard?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you American, by any chance?

 

 

 

 

Heh... "stick" of butter?

 

But no, Kiwi born and bred, but have lived in the US...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes! One of those linguistic tells.






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  Reply # 1826495 21-Jul-2017 13:12
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Geektastic:

 

kryptonjohn:

 

Geektastic:

 

kryptonjohn:

 

Butter conditioner? I don't understand it. Why have a compartment in a fridge that is kept from being cold? Why not just store the opened stick of butter in a container in a cupboard?

 

 

Are you American, by any chance?

 

 

Heh... "stick" of butter?

 

But no, Kiwi born and bred, but have lived in the US...

 

 

Yes! One of those linguistic tells.

 

 

I like a good shibboleth


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1826498 21-Jul-2017 13:17
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Geektastic:

 

kryptonjohn:

 

Geektastic:

 

kryptonjohn:

 

Butter conditioner? I don't understand it. Why have a compartment in a fridge that is kept from being cold? Why not just store the opened stick of butter in a container in a cupboard?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you American, by any chance?

 

 

 

 

Heh... "stick" of butter?

 

But no, Kiwi born and bred, but have lived in the US...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes! One of those linguistic tells.

 

 

Heh!

 

What do we call it - a block? Sounds like cheese. A pat? Sounds like the other thing a cow makes!

 

 


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  Reply # 1826500 21-Jul-2017 13:25
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Users who call the helpdesk 3 minutes before something is due, then bitch and moan because you can't fix their problem in 3 minutes and then hang up on you


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  Reply # 1826642 21-Jul-2017 15:36
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nzkiwiman:

 

Users who call the helpdesk 3 minutes before something is due, then bitch and moan because you can't fix their problem in 3 minutes and then hang up on you

 

 

This is required reading for dealing with end users like that:

 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/11/13/bofh_2015_episode_16/

 

 





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  Reply # 1826756 21-Jul-2017 19:15
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Getting my rates bill today, and finding out they have gone up by more than 9%.





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  Reply # 1826812 21-Jul-2017 20:16
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Heh!

 

What do we call it - a block? Sounds like cheese. A pat? Sounds like the other thing a cow makes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

a pound of butter





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  Reply # 1828072 24-Jul-2017 04:41
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Geektastic:

 

I remain continually amazed that such houses are not condemned by Councils as Unfit For Human Habitation - or does no such thing exist in NZ legislation?

 

 

About the only thing there is is the Housing improvement regulations 1947 (No im not making up the bit about them being from 1947).

 

As for the building act. It only applies for new work (both whole new houses and the new parts of renovations)

 

Electrical rules say that if it complies with the rules that were in force when installed, and is not unsafe, then it is ok.

 

The council will probably have bylaws around public safety and nuisance. But things would have to get very bad for that to be an issue. So not much else in the law around old houses. And even for new buildings AFAIK only Hospitals, kindergartens, and rest homes have standards for min indoor air temp. So you could build a brand new, compliant house, with no means of being able to easily heat it.






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  Reply # 1828624 24-Jul-2017 18:57
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When the weather-girl gives farming advice after the forecast during Country Calendar.

 

As if farmers dont know there jobs.

 

Last episode the advice pretty much amounted to having a good breakfast before going outside.

 

Eye-roll time.

 

 





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  Reply # 1828907 25-Jul-2017 10:46
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Visas for tourism. If all you want is a free $200, just charge me when I arrive at passport control.

 

This ridiculous pretence that I need some sort of sticker in my passport because somehow my passport is not adequate in and of itself is a curse on modern travel.

 

The Indian application is insane. For a tourism visa they want your name, address, employer, position, previous employer, nationality, previous nationalities, spouse name, place of birth, nationality, father's name, nationality, place of birth, previous nationality, mother's name, nationality, place of birth, previous India visa number if any, all countries visited in the last 10 years (then an online form not long enough to contain the list..), cities you visited in India before, address whilst in India (because obviously a tourist will have one...) - the list goes on. Just for a sticker so I can come to your country for 3 weeks and spend money....






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  Reply # 1829052 25-Jul-2017 13:01
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freitasm: They obviously have a large number of overstayers wanting to get tech jobs at Microsoft Windows support call centre.

 

 

 

Ha - possibly.

 

 

 

The crazy thing is that, having experienced Indian bureaucracy, they probably couldn't locate any of the details you're being asked for in less than 6 months if they needed them!






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  Reply # 1829056 25-Jul-2017 13:21
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There's some inconsistency in that logic - you'd have thought they might have wanted to encourage Nigerian visitors, due to their long established expertise in using the internet to help place lost money with rightful owners.  Alas no - it costs $575 for Nigerians to get a visa to India.


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Sigh. Visiting my parents who rather proudly have had 'fibre' installed. To find they've actually now got wireless broadband. So the landlines don't work, they've got very poor cell signal anyway (they're in a slight dip in Dunedin) and get worse speeds than they did on adsl.
I think I'll get the old man to authorise me on their account and get fibre installed. I couldn't work out why they were told to move the router closer to the window. Now I know. I'm not sure how it's happened really.

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Advising parents-in-law to use a Spark mobile hotspot on their road trip. It connects only 1/3 of the attempts. Suspect DNS issues on Windows 10 but obviously they don't understand so blame the Spark thing. Add to that they had to reload $50 three times because the 3GB per time wasn't enough - after installing Glasswire found out Crashplan is not respecting the network selection and uploading a 10GB backup on mobile data. Backup that I am pretty sure was 100% complete over fibre before they left.

And troubleshooting this while they are on the road, via remote connection.




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