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  1. Ok, so going back to what I said earlier then: "And as for the Catholic church you attend, at some point you went through a fairly lengthy process of becoming a member that involved signing up to a load of doctrines, yes?" You addressed this question by saying you weren't a convert, but can we now say that yes you did go through a process of learning and then professing belief in various creeds/doctrinal statements? And that your being confirmed as a member was conditional on professing those beliefs? Now you say you don't know whether the chief priest or whatever would question your membership of the church if he knew you've since ditched some of those beliefs that were a condition of your being confirmed as a member. I suggest maybe he would. As for the Baptist church you go to, it sounds like folk 'self certify' and then they ask as few questions as possible. But I do wonder, if I asked to joined that church and I did as you did--told them that Jesus was my Lord and Saviour and made a public profession of it--and then it came out later, let's say over a cup of coffee with Pastor Steve, that when I'd said 'Jesus' I'd been referring to a giraffe at London zoo called 'Jesus', whether that would cause Pastor Steve to question my being a member of that church. And if the answer to that is yes, I wonder if other things, like being a member of a second church with very different doctrines, would be cause for concern in Steve's mind.
  2. Okay, well the lengthy process I was thinking of is called in the Anglican church 'confirmation' and it applies to folk born into the Anglican church as well as newcomers and it involves attending lessons about the creeds and, eventually, stating that you believe them. I assumed pretty much the same thing happened in Catholic churches. I'm surprised to hear that. I know that some churches, even some Baptist churches, let people partake in the Lord's supper member or not and no questions asked. I thought the Catholic Church was the opposite. Do you think there would be any grounds, for example if you told them you didn't believe in God? Well, maybe we can say that they don't want to know enough to ask. If that's so, perhaps all your joint membership means is that it's possible to find churches that aren't rigorous about membership.
  3. If you thought your pastor's knowledge of your Catholic church membership would affect his decision to let you become a member of this baptist church, would you tell him? And as for the Catholic church you attend, at some point you went through a fairly lengthy process of becoming a member that involved signing up to a load of doctrines, yes? If the vicar/head priest--whatever his title is--found out that you have since rejected half those doctrines, would that affect your membership and freedom to take communion in that Catholic church? Obviously the main thing I'm asking is, do you believe you're keeping information from the heads of your respective churches that they would want to know? Regardless of the reason--I get it you've said you're a private person--but would they want to know in your opinion?
  4. If you pull that off, you may as well try for Mormon Church membership too, hey even Scientology.
  5. I switched from NOD32 to Bitdefender when the latter started to consistently top the industry tests and the former went downhill. They used to have a Linux version too, which was nice. Yeah, although trying to ensure privacy on Windows 10 might be a forlorn hope, if you do adjust the settings like you've done, make sure you review them after significant updates. Microsoft routinely uses updates to reinstall software you've uninstalled and change settings back to defaults. That's been my experience anyway.
  6. Rosie, those noises could easily be explained by website adverts that you didn't notice were playing--happens to me all the time. But even so, the fact that some guy got onto your computer once makes me think you really ought to follow Dave's advice: save your files and go for a complete reinstall of Windows. The problem is that if you just try to fix your current installation, you'll never know with certainty that he's gone. It's very hard for security software to detect when a computer is being illegitimately accessed and/or controlled remotely, unfortunately. And not seeing him anymore will not in of itself be a guarantee. For example, he could choose to install a key logger, allowing him to know everything you type--including password changes--and then he could choose to go quiet and just observe your activities, waiting for you to log into your online email or some other important account. Having accessed your email, he could then trawl your sent items, looking for any personal information you've sent others in the past, such as your home address. The IP thing is nonsense, as others have said. A fresh installation is guaranteed to work, and if you hire a professional it will probably be cheaper for them to do that then clean up your existing installation. Just my view...I'm not an IT expert.
  7. While I don't understand everything that's being talked about here, it's obvious to me that Alan and InSeasonOut are putting their best efforts into keeping the discussion both on track and charitable in tone and I really appreciate that.
  8. Without wanting to play a numbers game, I think it's worth pointing out, especially since we're talking about Manchester, that most of the terrorist incidents in UK in recent memory have been to do with The Troubles, not the Koran or Islam. Nobody was killed by the IRA's bombing of Manchester in the 90s, I think because they issued a warning shortly before it went off, but many other bombings have been deadly.
  9. Loved Scarlett Letter. I haven't read it since I was a teen--should pick it up again.
  10. Hi NN, thanks for getting back to me. Yeah, scanning docs and photos. I don't scan much either, but my landlord does as part of his home-run business and a couple of years ago I agreed to help him with his ailing Pentium 4/XP combo. I told him a Linux distro might make his PC usable again and we could easily find equivalents to his Windows apps, since his workflow was pretty basic and he was already using Libre Office. But he really needed simplicity, since he wasn't confident using a PC and wouldn't be able to deal with endless workarounds and terminal commands etc., and it was this that foiled my plans in the end. For example, he needed scanning software more advanced than SimpleScan but simpler to use than XSANE. There was a really nice inbetween program available (can't remember name) but a bug meant it would crash when scanning in greyscale at medium or high resolution. Scanning in colour and then converting to greyscale was a potential workaround but the only simple photo editing program that could do that--gThumb--would sometimes not display changes made and other times display changes and not save them, i.e. it was also very buggy. These sorts of simple programs never seem to reach maturity on Linux distros. In the end I bought second-hand PC with Windows 7, upgraded it to 10 and gave it to him for his birthday.
  11. This implies my thinking on Linux too. I'm also a fan and prefer it for lots of things, for example GIS and database software and generally still being able to do stuff via the terminal. However, I find that standard bits of kit--photo editing software, office software, scanning software etc.--are bug-ridden despite being released and updated for years. And even though I stick to the popular distros, e.g. Ubuntu, I find I have to work hard to keep software running, since an app that's been fine for years may suddenly be incompatible with a new release of the distro, requiring me to spend time googling a workaround (it's always a known bug) or waiting six months for a fix. With 16.04 I found I couldn't VPN in to my work Desktop at anymore. The reason? A new bug in OpenConnect. I read that OpenConnect still worked if used via the terminal, so after half-an-hour of trial-and-error I got to my work desktop again and I set up an alias to make it easier in future. But there's always at least one thing like that...
  12. Invicta, but what about next time a thread on this topic appears, say in a month or three months--will you just make the claim again, as if this conversation never happened?
  13. I've heard that the Redwood is a good one for bonsai beginners.
  14. The forum used to have a statement of faith too but it seems to have gone.