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Gamal
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Re: Brilliant ideas!

November 29th, 2022, 9:47 am

Lentil sabotage. Even terrorism is going to the dogs.
 
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Re: Brilliant ideas!

November 29th, 2022, 1:27 pm

Saving the planet, one lentil at a time.
 
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Re: Brilliant ideas!

November 29th, 2022, 1:48 pm

Update: A dozen cars in this neighbourhood with flat tyres, not just SUVs but also electric cars. Is the latter revenge for the former?!
 
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Re: Brilliant ideas!

November 29th, 2022, 4:56 pm

"Flar tires matter"
Speaking of, I was in Okura hotel, Amsterdam last Sunday, Two Lambourghinis were parked at the front door.
In Joburg, parked Bentleys get a dedicated guard.
They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care; They pursued it with forks and hope; They threatened its life with a railway-share; They charmed it with smiles and soap.
 
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Marsden
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Re: Brilliant ideas!

November 30th, 2022, 10:53 am

I've just been targeted by tyreextinguishers.com! They don't like my car. (If they ever find out I have four cars, one of which does 8mpg...!)

They take the cap off, put a lentil in and screw the cap back down. The air slowly escapes, tyre goes flat. 

Their website very helpfully explains how to remove the cap in the first place, lefty loosey, righty tighty. Clearly they are as thick as planks.

And, yes, they really use a lentil! A lentil! Sorry, kat, but a lentil! I think that says everything you need to know.

Anyway, brilliant idea...removing the caps will mean they have to crouch down while the tyre deflates. Which they probably won't do. But that's not ideal for the health of your valves. So how about a dummy valve? It looks like an ordinary valve, protects the real valve like the cap, but confuses the heck out of people of low IQ.

(The regular anti-theft dust caps often use standard hex/allen keys, too easy to remove. I did think maybe smearing some dog poo...readily available at the side of the road...on the cap would be a quick solution.)

Who's in?

lentil - Copy.gif

Lentil in bottom right of photo.
Not a GREEN lentil -- ?

Disappointing.
 
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Paul
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Re: Brilliant ideas!

January 29th, 2023, 7:49 am

A Stupid Index! Maybe it already exists. Or a Stupid Clock, like the Doomsday Clock. 

Maybe just measure how frequently Amazon drivers leave your valuable deliveries on the doorstep of a busy London street. 

I suspect it would be highly correlated with people born since the invention of the internet.
 
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Re: Brilliant ideas!

January 29th, 2023, 5:31 pm

Maybe just measure how frequently Amazon drivers leave your valuable deliveries on the doorstep of a busy London street. 
Using that as a Stupid Index assumes they care whether your parcels are stolen or not.

Apparently UPS (do they have that in Britain? It's a delivery service, probably the oldest ongoing and the biggest in America) originally required signatures for receipt of deliveries, which meant that if no one was available to sign, they'd leave a note and try to deliver another day. And then after a few failed attempts to deliver, the note would say where you had to go to collect your package.

But they decided -- hopefully based on actual data -- that it was more efficient, even with thefts, to just leave deliveries at the door when no one was there to receive them.

Now you can request deliveries with signature required, and they require signatures to receive booze, but the standard is they just leave it.

Similarly, it can be surmised that credit card fraud is not a serious problem, because credit card companies -- and at least in America, you are generally limited to a $50 loss in the event of credit card fraud, and I think usually they won't hit you even with that -- are very slow to bother to do anything about it: in America, the chip-in-card system that was broadly used in Europe was not adopted for at least ten years after the technology was available and had been thoroughly tested.
 
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Re: Brilliant ideas!

January 29th, 2023, 7:12 pm

When I told Amazon about the latest stupidity and theft they told me to leave a bad review…for the product. Then they told me to stop being rude to them.
 
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Re: Brilliant ideas!

January 29th, 2023, 10:30 pm

I guess they did their homework and decided that you’re the kind of guy who just does what he’s told. Another AI meets the world…