flyguy

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  • flyguy posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    If a politician states something, it’s a lie and if a report contradicts it, then the report is true?

    Perhaps there’s a grey area in between, is every report automatically the truth?

  • It’s important to keep your toaster clean and free from crumbs which stick to the elements and can catch fire. I have just such a fire (fortunately minor, although it set off the smoke alarms) last week when a bit of of sultana from a previously toasted hot cross bun caught fire. I wasn’t in the room and was alerted by the alarms. It produced a…[Read more]

  • flyguy posted an update 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Happy Easter everyone!
  • flyguy posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Not really as there is a big chance that they could be released/broken out in Syria which is after all a very unstable war torn country. Best to send them to Guantanamo bay never to be seen again.

  • flyguy posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Considering Jewish history- yes it is offensive.

    I would watch Simon Schamas’ last programme on Civilisations about Art in the machine world to gain an understanding of why.

    You come across as a thoughtful person.To be honest I am even amazed you are asking the question.

    • I didn’t say it wasn’t offensive, I wanted to know if it was anti-Semitic.

      Assuming it might be, I don’t really know hence the question, what if the MP had said it himself?

      Is it offensive then? If it was anti-Semitic when someone else says it, is it still anti-Semitic when a Jew says it.

      Like I said, I have many example of my Jewish friends…[Read more]

      • I think the big issue with this sort of stuff is when it feeds into a culture that does real harm, or reinforces the idea that such a culture exists and is acceptable. So with the Hartlepool example I’d probably consider it to be harmless piss-taking among mates in Middlesborough, but totally unacceptable from, say, a posh tutor to a student at…[Read more]

        • I’d say it has to do with intent, at least for some instances. But in same vein, some people want to be offended, then obviously there’s the deliberate intention to abuse.

          One of my difficulties, is offence always anti-Semitic? Or is there still a place to be offend and not claim anti-Semitism.

          And of course your correct in the general usage of…[Read more]

  • flyguy posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    They elected the football club mascot as mayor. The mascot is a man in a monkey suit called “Hangus”. This is because during the Napoleonic Wars a live monkey was washed on the shores of Hartlepool, captured then tried and hung as a French spy.

  • flyguy posted a new activity comment 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    Should sue youtube for taking the video down for no legal reason only subjective opinion.

    • I imagine that a clip that causes a lot of complaints because it’s construed as racist or antisemitic breaks their guidelines and they can take it down if it’s giving them a bad name. Their sandpit and all that.

      While it’s the role of the law to ensure support freedom of speech (first and foremost by not making jokes or opinions illegal) it’s…[Read more]

      • > they can take it down if it’s giving them a bad name. Their sandpit and all that.

        Last time I looked, just after the verdict, the original video had been blocked or removed but several other people had uploaded copies of it that appear when you search for it. It could be that the original author had chosen to take it down but it seems more…[Read more]

    • Youtube, control what you can and can’t say on their platform. We should be, and generally are, free to say pretty much what we want, but no one is required to provide us with a megaphone with which to broadcast our views. And if you own the megaphone, then it’s your choice who to give it to.

      The state has, I think, responsibility to ensure that…[Read more]

  • flyguy posted a new activity comment 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    No, it really doesn’t. YouTube is a perfectly convenient way of sharing video content with a group of friends. For every famous new-media celebrity getting millions of views, there are thousands of low-profile people using the platform to share things with a handful of mates.

  • flyguy posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    At the risk of sounding like a dullard (and I appreciate it might not be possible to explain all aspects of physics to non scientists such as myself) – how do we know that the Universe isn’t shaped like a rubber glove?

  • flyguy posted an update 2 months ago

    Where is the center of the Universe? Reading a copy of Focus magazine, it says…

    “As the Universe may not have a physical edge, there is no sense in the idea of an ‘absolute’ position. Hence, it is meaningless to think of the ‘centre’ of the Universe; something of infinite extent has no ‘centre’ as the point at which it began is also…[Read more]

    • logi replied 2 months ago

      Think about where is the center of the surface of a sphere.

      • logi replied 2 months ago

        Also when blowing up the balloon the surface area is expanding everywhere.

    • For a simple 2D model draw some dots on a party balloon and inflate. All dots will increase their distance from each other. Now imagine that the balloon was initially so small that all dots overlapped.

      Also, popular science is often sloppy in distinguishing between “infinite in size” and “having no boundary”, these are two independent properties:…[Read more]

      • At the risk of sounding like a dullard (and I appreciate it might not be possible to explain all aspects of physics to non scientists such as myself) – how do we know that the Universe isn’t shaped like a rubber glove?

    • jam replied 2 months ago

      The center of the knowable universe is centered on the observer, no matter where they are. The knowable universe is limited by the fact that the universe is expanding (in all directions, from all observers as best we can tell) – faster than light speed (note that’s space expanding faster than light speed, NOT that galaxies are moving in space…[Read more]

      • Ali replied 2 months ago

        Not at all sure about this, if the universe began with the big bang, and nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, the suggestion that galaxies are receding to quickly for their light to reach us to me implies that they are traveling faster than light…

        • jam replied 2 months ago

          No, it implies that space is expanding faster than light speed. Nothing is moving in that space faster than light speed. Bit of a mind bender, really.

        • “if the universe began with the big bang, and nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, the suggestion that galaxies are receeding to quickly for their light to reach us to me implies that they are traveling faster than light…”

          They are traveling faster than light away from us in the sense that (increase in separation)/(increase in…[Read more]

    • “How can something infinite expand?”

      Even if the universe is infinite*, there is no reason why it should not be expanding – all points in space would just be moving apart.

      If it is infinite, then it must always have been infinite, since something cannot expand from nothing to infinity in a finite time. So it must have been infinite at the time…[Read more]

    • “How can it be that something might have a physical edge?”

      Basically, in the case of the universe, because we can’t just nip over there and have a look. We have to come up with mathematical models for how the whole operation might work, and then see whether a) they accurately describe the stuff that we _can_ see and b) whether the universe that…[Read more]

    • Adam replied 2 months ago

      I just can’t accept the universe is infinite, or what I should say is that my limited understanding of the evidence for it is not enough to convince me it’s true.

      By infinite, I mean containing a truly never ending number of things whether that be atoms, stars or galaxies however thinly spread they might be. The implications would be that…[Read more]

      • cam replied 2 months ago

        Why are you unconvinced about this?

        • Adam replied 2 months ago

          I know it’s not very scientific but it just seems too mind blindingly far out to be true. If eventually we find indisputable proof that it truly is the case then okay but right now I think you need some pretty extraordinary proof for such extraordinary claims.

          Odds or rarity would no longer have any meaning, if the chance of it happening is more…[Read more]

      • guy replied 2 months ago

        I have more trouble getting my head round a finite universe than an infinite one!

        • I’m not a scientist, but I thought this idea of a centre of the universe, or of some kind of possibly infinite ‘body’, was something we were meant to have got out of our heads, post-Einstein (and, at the other extreme, post quantum physics, for that matter). Because it still makes us think of the universe as some kind of huge, expanding Newtonian…[Read more]

        • There are privileged positions on the number line. If we consider multiplication for example, 0 is the only number that gives you the same result no matter what you multiply it by, and 1 is the only number that always gives you back the other number. -83.24 whilst I’m sure interesting doesn’t as far as I’m aware fulfill any of these special…[Read more]

          • kal replied 2 months ago

            “Re the universe being infinite, my understanding […] is that it’s not infinite, …”

            Well we don’t really know, since we can’t see further than the observable horizon. The default model assumes that it is infinite (but that just means “large compared to the observable horizon”).

            ” … it’s been expanding from a size of effectively zero at…[Read more]

            • “Well we don’t really know, since we can’t see further than the observable horizon. The default model assumes that it is infinite (but that just means “large compared to the observable horizon”).”

              Exactly, just like no one in particle physics believes that the results of the Standard Model of particle physics will hold up to infinite energy…[Read more]

    • rob replied 2 months ago

      “As the Universe may not have a physical edge, there is no sense in the idea of an ‘absolute’ position. Hence, it is meaningless to think of the ‘centre’ of the Universe; something of infinite extent has no ‘centre’ as the point at which it began is also meaningless.”

      That seems a bit casual. Take the integer number line, it is infinite in…[Read more]

      • I’ve arbitrarily decided that the centre of my number line is at -83.24. But you stick with 0 if you like. I actually think it has no centre.

  • flyguy posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Here is another guide written by an idiot.

    So the position of each piston is determined by the position of the crankshaft, ok?

    If a piston is at the top of the cylinder, in the first revolution of the crankshaft it goes down and then up (induction and compression strokes).

    The spark plug fires, igniting the fuel/air mixture, and during the next…[Read more]

  • flyguy posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    OK, very simply, and probably a bit inaccurate…

    Inside the engine is a crankshaft. Initially this gets spun by the starter motor.

    The crankshaft is connected to the pistons by..er..connecting rods. As the crankshaft goes round a clever bit of mechanics means the pistons go up and down in the cylinders. The movement and position of the pistons…[Read more]

    • Thanks for the idiots guide to the internal combustion engine)). That has helped my understanding.

      What makes the plugs fire each time? The ignition coils on every bang?

      • Here is another guide written by an idiot.

        So the position of each piston is determined by the position of the crankshaft, ok?

        If a piston is at the top of the cylinder, in the first revolution of the crankshaft it goes down and then up (induction and compression strokes).

        The spark plug fires, igniting the fuel/air mixture, and during the next…[Read more]

  • flyguy posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Yes. If was a diesel I’d suspect a clogged fuel filter due to the cold weather, but that’s unlikely with petrol.

  • flyguy posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    No matter what the potential “benefit” I think it’s rather doomed to fail unless an element of personal responsibility, and self respect, is engendered at the same time. Just taking away choice, or prohibition, will not work, and will heartily piss off people who do not need nor want Nanny State in their dining room.

  • flyguy posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    But is that any reason for us all to have state imposed limits on our choices?

    • Well it is, isn’t it? There’s a reason we don’t allow under 18s to buy addictive substances and it’s partially around their lessened capacity to cope in the face of addiction. Part of the accepted public understanding on addiction is that part of the reason we ban, say, heroin, is because people cannot control whether they get addicted or how…[Read more]

    • @nutter You’re absolutly correct to compare it to addiction.

      Its all about addiction to food. It’s our environment making us unhappy which makes us eat. It’s the reward chemicals the food ‘industry and manufacturers’ are loading the food with. It’s the constant bombardment by advertisers that push us to eat when we are not hungry.

      Telling a…[Read more]

    • Doesn’t it come down to ‘net harm’ and ‘net benefit’ in the end, though? The cost of alcohol going very high in Norway may have resulted in more people brewing their own alcohol, and in people going over the border to get drunk, but overall it’s improved the health of the population.

      It’s not so fair, one might say, on the more responsible…[Read more]

    • No matter what the potential “benefit” I think it’s rather doomed to fail unless an element of personal responsibility, and self respect, is engendered at the same time. Just taking away choice, or prohibition, will not work, and will heartily piss off people who do not need nor want Nanny State in their dining room.

    • ‘ But it has to be a blanket thing doesn’t it? Smaller burgers, less sugar, less fats, low alcohol, it’s not like we have the ability to exercise personal choice in our diet, exercise or drinking habits, Nanny State must choose for us.’

      @flyguy To think about this earlier post of your’s, except for the smaller burgers, there’s nothing to stop…[Read more]

  • flyguy posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    But it has to be a blanket thing doesn’t it? Smaller burgers, less sugar, less fats, low alcohol, it’s not like we have the ability to exercise personal choice in our diet, exercise or drinking habits, Nanny State must choose for us.

    • At what point might it change from it being the Nanny State, to it being an act of compassion to help lessen any suffering people experience because, despite the information being out there, which it clearly is imho, they’re not making the choices to make themselves healthier? I’m not pointing the finger here, btw, in saying the information is…[Read more]

    • I’m not hugely pro “nanny state”, however I don’t think it’s fair to say we either have total freedom or govt intervention.

      Basically, certain private companies have engaged in a race to the bottom, producing food loaded with salt and sugar that we’re wired to crave and to a degree bypasses our capacity for rational self-control. At a certain…[Read more]

      • A couple of flaws in your (otherwise good) plan

        1. Tax is not hypothecated, so £300 pppy raised may not all be spent on the NHS

        2. It would be a regressive tax – a millionaire wouldn’t notice, somebody on benefits definitely would.

        3. The obesity problem has taken years to build up, if taxation affects consumption then your tax take would drop…[Read more]

        • it’s not really intended to be a serious solution. Human behaviour is complex. Government intervention is essentially a hammer and often unsuited to nuanced problems.

          I’m primarily trying to highlight two things.

          First, doing nothing isn’t really an option. 2/3 (let that sink in) of adults in England are obese and the problem is…[Read more]

    • We do. But the evidence would suggest the majority of the populace neither have the inclination to exercise or control their food habits.

      • But is that any reason for us all to have state imposed limits on our choices?

        • Well it is, isn’t it? There’s a reason we don’t allow under 18s to buy addictive substances and it’s partially around their lessened capacity to cope in the face of addiction. Part of the accepted public understanding on addiction is that part of the reason we ban, say, heroin, is because people cannot control whether they get addicted or how…[Read more]

        • @nutter You’re absolutly correct to compare it to addiction.

          Its all about addiction to food. It’s our environment making us unhappy which makes us eat. It’s the reward chemicals the food ‘industry and manufacturers’ are loading the food with. It’s the constant bombardment by advertisers that push us to eat when we are not hungry.

          Telling a…[Read more]

        • Doesn’t it come down to ‘net harm’ and ‘net benefit’ in the end, though? The cost of alcohol going very high in Norway may have resulted in more people brewing their own alcohol, and in people going over the border to get drunk, but overall it’s improved the health of the population.

          It’s not so fair, one might say, on the more responsible…[Read more]

        • No matter what the potential “benefit” I think it’s rather doomed to fail unless an element of personal responsibility, and self respect, is engendered at the same time. Just taking away choice, or prohibition, will not work, and will heartily piss off people who do not need nor want Nanny State in their dining room.

        • ‘ But it has to be a blanket thing doesn’t it? Smaller burgers, less sugar, less fats, low alcohol, it’s not like we have the ability to exercise personal choice in our diet, exercise or drinking habits, Nanny State must choose for us.’

          @flyguy To think about this earlier post of your’s, except for the smaller burgers, there’s nothing to stop…[Read more]

  • flyguy posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    It excludes primary carers so borderline discrimination in my book, depending on whether missing the session will impact on your ability to perform more effectively, get promotion etc

    At the least, it’s ridiculously inconsiderate.

  • flyguy posted a new activity comment 3 months ago

    A stay at Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons

    https://www.belmond.com/hotels/europe/uk/oxfordshire/belmond-le-manoir-aux-quat-saisons/

    It is sublime. It really is the best place I have stayed. The rooms are magnificent, the ambiance is outstanding, the food incredible, the staff amazing.

    Oxford isn’t far if you want to have a wander about.

  • flyguy posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    A man smashed a side window and was searching my car in a back street when I approached. He chased me to the main road with an 18 inch blade. The police took an hour to arrive and were not really interested. But when Mr Nasty rang to say I had written on his windscreen with a felt tip pen, instead of laughing, they sent 2 officers. So why…[Read more]

    • They very possibly would. It was not a really serious suggestion. It seems that common sense would say that if someone wilfully parks on your private property without your consent, then there would be some action which you could take. I assume there’s a good reason why not – that it would leave a loophole for someone unscrupulous to exploit, but I…[Read more]

  • Wait until the parcel come back and just refund.

    Yep, this. You will have to refund the money as the buyer doesn’t have the goods. Even if they’re a total PITA, they can’t be expected to pay for something they haven’t got.

    I’ve had a pretty good relationship with e-bay apart from one incident with a set of dog clippers. Buyer reckoned they were…[Read more]

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