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I just received a nice e-mail from 'Nat West' informing me they had discovered several error[sic] with my accounts and they provided a nice url to visit to rectify the mistakes.
i. I have never had any dealing with Nat West, let alone currently holding an account.
2. The URL was from a .ru TLD.
c. They filed to yous a spilling chicken.
My email system is set to move them to a Junk folder, which gets reviewed once a week and phishing mails are always forwarded - if we don't, then the bank (or whatever) involved doesn't get a chance to help its customers by shutting them down. OK, the banks aren't too good at it, but...
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
I used to get a lot of scam spam from Russia. Fortunately my service provider has excellent spam filters. I put the entire .ru domain on their black list. Now I don't get offers from would be brides in Russia anymore.
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There has (in the UK at least) been a backlash against buying online and people not buying locally.
As local shops close due to the pressures of fighting Amazon and other online retailers. Fair enough, I for one like record shops, looking through them you never know what you will find. I can sympathise that a local store cannot beat Amazon on scale of buying prices will be higher. The experience I had over the weekend and today trying to find liquid hydrogen peroxide. I kept being told I would have to contact a hair care supplier if I wanted a liquid rather than the foam. In frustration at local chemists and dry cleaners I went to Amazon, found exactly what I wanted for less than £5.00. The service and help from the local shops was totally worth the Amazon cost. Is is now accepted that you only find what you need on Amazon and wait for the postman? Or can you get anything locally any more?
In the good ol' days, you did not find everything immediately at your local stores; you had to order it and wait for it; or you had to go to the city (before the big subburban box stores) and go to a store that has it.
That was normal.
Now we want it and want it now; and want it cheap.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Acetone are the key ingredients in a rather well-favored explosive material made by terrorists.
That being said, 3% H202 is very widely available in the US as a disinfectant.
At one time, 30% was available, too -> it's a rather nasty substance, giving you burns, insidiously, that leave your skin pure white and smarting for a day or two. This may only be available for professional hair-salon usage (as in bleach-blond). At his level of concentration it can be used for any number of evil purposes. Including bleaching hair.
At closer to 100% pure, it's the fuel in those rocket-belts - decomposing rapidly to water and O2 with enough force to let you fly. It can/was also used as one of the components of liquid-fuel rockets.
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Ooh Believe me! I know what high concentrations will do, had a friend who used to like blowing things up (OT he is an IT teacher now!) but I was only after a at most 6% solution commonly kept in chemists as a disinfectant, the brand that was recommended for the purpose was the own brand of this particular chemist.
Some 20 years ago with the advent of large supermarkets here in leafy Surrey, our local village stores died. Gone were the greengrocer, fishmonger, off licence, butcher and baker. In the last few years, as people have realised the value of good taste over price, they have all returned except the off licence. That is a role filled by our very good Coop.
We're fairly lucky - we have a local bakers, pharmacy, newsagents, butchers, and cafe in town - despite also having a Tesco and an ASDA within easy reach. But...we don't have a grocers. Or a hardware shop. Or as many banks as we did. Or ... you get the idea. I think it's a matter of "community spirit" to an extent - if the people in the town don't care about the shops, then the center of the town starts to rot and die. It's not just about internet and pricing: though they help to accelerate the change - I can buy something in Hong Kong, and get it shipped here in a couple of days for less than it costs to send a second class letter across town, much less make the item itself...and that's got to be wrong somewhere.
But yes, I buy from the internet as well. I bought Sage (the herb, not the accounts package) from fleaBay yesterday because I can get it for half the price Mr Tesco wants me to pay. But if I could buy that from a small shop, would I? Probably, yes - it I was going past it anyway.
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
Its the whole thing these days, friends looked in awe at me because I fixed a friends Electric Piano. These days there seems to be a use it once throw it away attitude, notably with anything that might require the case coming off.
The problem with many bricks-and-mortar shops (especially big box) is that the sales droids (a) are almost impossible to find, and (b) when found, rarely know anything about the products they are supposedly selling. If I am paying a premium for the bricks-and-mortar shop, but not getting anything extra in the way of service, why should I patronize the shop? Buying on Amazon and the like is less frustrating, and I don't even need to leave home!
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.