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  • guy posted a new activity comment 1 day, 16 hours 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]

      • “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]

  • guy posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    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]

  • guy posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    I don’t know of any runner that tries to get themselves hurt when out running in the dark though some don’t do themselves any favours with their choice of route or clothing.

    Hi-viz, headtorch and running facing the oncoming traffic is indicative of someone trying to do the right thing.

    I run about 1500 miles a year at the mo. Plenty of that is…[Read more]

    • Good post.

      I would also point out to the OP, who seems like a good guy and did the right thing, that people who feel they might have almost been killed (regardless of who might be to blame) are often a little shaken up and might not behave as you want them to.

      Well done for stopping to check on them and showing your concern though. I am sure…[Read more]

  • guy posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    If you park your car across the drive on the highway you’re causing an obstruction. That works both ways. If you block someone in or they block you in.

    You’re not obstructing the public highway if you’re on your own land or if someone else has parked on your land.

    You have grounds for obtaining the registered keepers details from the DVLA if it…[Read more]

  • guy replied to the topic I've given up diet drinks in the forum Health 2 months, 1 week ago

    I cant stand the taste of any artificial sweetener, hate the fact that a lot of drinks, cordial and fizzy have this stuff in them, As Cinnamon toast said, try naturally flavored water, I love fizzy water with just about any fruit juice added. Just a hint of fruit is refreshing…that saves me calories so I can keep drinking wine/beer
    Seriously…[Read more]

  • guy replied to the topic How to get rid of Norovirus in the forum Health 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    I always find “fat” lemonade is very good when dealing with a funny tummy. The bubbles are gentle on the system and as it is loaded with sugar, it gets your blood sugar up which can make you feel a bit better.

    I remember having it the December I was due to go to Olympia – worst week of my life, not sure whether to sit on the loo and be sick in a…[Read more]

  • guy replied to the topic Best Robot vacuum cleaners? in the forum Tech 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    The Maybot is like one of those cheap vacuum cleaners that is very good at sucking up dirt but blows most of it out again the other end.

  • Call them!
    Explain your side, explain issues, they could see all messages.

    I had a couple in the past. One, when buyer claimed wrong item sent (with a couple of strategically taken fotos) and I proved otherwise, ebay gave her money back itself and hadnt charge me.
    Couple of weeks ago a smart arse has changed address on her account after I posted…[Read more]

  • Take a look at for good comparisons between energy companies.
    Put the word out at work / with friends that you are looking for furniture…there is always someone looking to offload some furniture cheap / free. Or charity shops, here we have a Dorothy House shop that is purely furniture.
    Do you need to pay rates or does the…[Read more]

  • People mentioning buying second hand furniture but be careful if buying second hand soft furnishings they can have bed bugs or other infestations and they are a nightmare to get rid of you normally have to get rid of everything and spray several times, I know as a friend of mine bought some chairs that had bed bugs living in them and she ended up…[Read more]

  • guy replied to the topic Getting taxation right in the forum General Chat 3 months ago

    @jack Rail operating companies borrow money from banks and pay the government a franchise.