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This I am asking for a friend - because if there is one really valuable legacy my father left me was his genes  for an incredibly healthy head of hair. In fact every barber I have met says that I have a staggeringly thick shock of hair. And they should know.

This question is asked for a rapidly-balding friend of mine who has lived on the South Downs all his sad follically challenged life.

His theory (or feeble excuse) is that "It is all down to the local water".

I, of course, tend to pooh-pooh this idea but, to be on the safe side, is there any likelihood that the quality of local water determines how quickly people go bald?

In fact, does water affect the rate of hair loss at all?
Consumer affairs / Failed deliveries by couriers
« Last post by Duffield1 on 20 November, 2018, 08:11:59 AM »
I recently ordered some bathroom tiles and arranged for Parcelforce to courier them to me from the supplier.  I have had a notification on all eight boxes that they are being held at the central depot as being 'hazardous' - looks like someone has been chucking them around, broken them, and they have pierced the packaging.

I took out extra insurance, but now I think that may be invalid as they will be classed as 'ceramics' which, apparently, are excluded from cover.

The Parcelforce fee was nearly 100.  If they fail to deliver, should I get that money back, even if I can't claim compensation for the broken items?
History / What does the High Bailiff in Britain actually do?
« Last post by P-Kasso2 on 11 November, 2018, 06:42:36 PM »
I ask this because, on the telly this evening (Remembrance Sunday) there was a broadcast of the Queen at a Remembrance Day Service at Westminster Abbey.

And guess who was there to greet the Queen at the door? Sir bleedin' Roy Strong. When I knew him back in the 70s he wasn't a Sir - he was the somewhat dusty but quirky head honcho at the V&A museum. Now he's looking perky all dollied up in medieval robes on telly shaking hands with the Queen and chatting to Prince Charles like they're old mates. Cripes! Was I gobsmacked!

And then the BBC commentator says in his hushed tones "And here's Sir Roy Strong, the High Bailiff".

High Bailiff?

Never heard of the High Bailiff. What does the High Bailiff actually do for us?

How much does he get paid? Or is it just a comfy totally 'non-job' for ageing arty farty old farts like Roy Strong?

What does the High Bailiff do to earn his dosh? Does he actually do anything important? If so, what?

PS Here below is a photo of Sir Roy Strong pictured in his nightie in his back garden before he grew his new daft Catweasel handle bar tash and pointy Hogwarts's beard.
I couldn't find any pics of him in his daffy High Bailiff's togs. In fact, I couldn't even find any pics of the High Bailiff's ceremonial robes at all, with or without Sir Roy Strong inside them. I must be doing something wrong. Help!
I think the BBC's coverage and the special from the Albert Hall has been nothing short of magnificent. And the documentaries and the sentiments and stories from relatives of WW1 victims has been heart wrenching.

And then I suddenly thought, hang on, how are the Germans celebrating 100 years since the ending of World War 1?

I can imagine that they might not feel they have quite as much reason to celebrate as much as we the victors do.

So, question time. How are the Germans celebrating 100 years since the ending of World War 1? 
Technology / Re: Of the search engines available today which is the oldest?
« Last post by moonzero2 on 11 November, 2018, 02:45:34 PM »
Just done a bit of light digging on the Net...and it paid off.

Surprisingly, the oldest search engine still alive and kicking-ish is the 24 year old WebCrawler, started in 1994. At least, that's what the web site I found called MakeUseOf.com says (see footnote at the end).

I've never heard of WebCrawler -  always thought a web crawler was just a generic term. Today, WebCrawler apparently just aggregates results from Google and Yahoo. I presume WebCrawler is Americano.

2nd oldest still available is Lycos, born out of America's Carnegie Mellon University, also started up in 1994. (Lycos I won't use under any circumstances because they bought, mangled, neglected and destroyed a previous very fine Q & A site that older members of IA will fondly remember with a tear or three in their eye.)

3rd oldest still available is Excite.  I have never heard of that before either but that's what MakeUseOf.com says.

Hope this answers your question, Cosmos. Does it?

Here's the website I googled - https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/7-search-engines-that-rocked-before-google-even-existed/

Bit of a surprise there, \i thought Lycos sank after they butchered the answers site.
Technology / Re: Why doesn't my ad blocker block the bliddy ads on my Facebook page?
« Last post by moonzero2 on 11 November, 2018, 02:42:13 PM »
trhr Thanks Siasl for the glum news. So, it looks like I'll just have to grit my teeth and bear it where FB's unwanted but unavoidable ads are concerned.
What really narks me most is that these ads are what FB smarmily calls 'Announcements I'd like to see'! Or words to that effect.
If only FB knew how close I come to leaping on the train to Kings Cross and legging it round to Facebook's shiny new Brock Street HQ with a flamethrower...

Flamethrower? way too tame, get a couple of military friends to run through the ground floor in some tanks.
BTW I accidentally hit the report button when moving my mouse, Sorry, the buttons are a bit more sensitive than i am used to.
If any mods are on please ignore that one.
While it may be a possibility, I would have thought they would have included limpets in any study.
cant, see where geckos would come into it.
Technology / Re: If you buy a Sky Q box second hand, are you handling stolen goods?
« Last post by moonzero2 on 11 November, 2018, 02:31:37 PM »
sky has this on their community page.

Well if it belongs to them then they are responsible for any repairs/breakdowns...

Old sky equipment can be sent back free of charge.
When we upgraded to HD, Sky replaced our box. I asked why he was taking the old one and he said it belongs to Sky and they recycle them for parts.
I argued that they wanted to charge a neighbour for a repair, if it belongs to Sky then why do take ownership when swapping out??

He gave me the option of keeping it. I made a lovely noise when we smashed it up!!

If this is the case they should take responsibility for repairs, not charge the customer.
Perhaps a class action from sky customers would clear the matter up.

Technology / Re: Is there any way to permanently stop a program installing on Windows 7?
« Last post by Anon on 26 October, 2018, 04:22:00 PM »
An old trick, but if you know the name of the directory that it installs to, then you can create a file of that name in its place.

Then when the installer tries to create the directory it fails, halting the installation.

Of course, a suitably aware installer might use an alternate location, or use a randomly generated directory name to circumvent this simple method.
Technology / Re: Of the search engines available today which is the oldest?
« Last post by Anon on 26 October, 2018, 04:16:55 PM »
Archie is usually accredited as being the first web search engine, dating way back to 1990.

A legacy Archie server is still available for use, it's hosted in Poland.

I don't think I can post a link, but the info is on wikipedia.
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