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  • guy replied to the topic New PC – any suggestions? in the forum General Chat 6 days ago

    Desktop or Laptop?

    If it’s a Desktop, consider getting a Barebones Bundle from somewhere like Novatech.

  • Its a total scam in my opinion. You would be much better off going to a casino and playing roulette instead.. at least it wouldn’t be as fixed and that way you have a better chance of getting some money back.

  • guy replied to the topic Fibromyalgia and memory loss in the forum Health 1 week, 3 days ago

    Are you on any medication? I don’t have fibro, but arthritis and I can never tell whether its the drugs, or the underlying condition but my memory is absolutely shocking. I am constantly losing keys etc and just having no memory of having gone outside/upstairs with them and other things.

  • guy posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    These are both good points and echo my observations.

    Most of the women I have worked alongside with in my industry are not actually UK nationals, they generally hail from Malaysia, Iran, Nigeria, Azerbaijan etc (other oil centres basically) and it is obvious that a huge emphasis is placed on university courses that offer decent careers and…[Read more]

  • guy posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Is it due to lots of perfectly capable and qualified women being denied the opportunity for their careers to progress to that level due to discrimination, or is it due to the pool of women with the desire and the capability to select from being vanishingly small.?

    • Anecdotally, there’s an awful lot of the latter. More about desire than capability, but it would be interesting to see some proper research on it.

      There is a risk that a lot of resources are put into trying to get women into jobs that they don’t actually want to do.

      • I saw a study this week that showed that the more gender equality in a society the less likely the women in that society are to study/work in STEM fields.

        So especially, for example, in developing countries where there is less choice of degree, more women go into Civils, in the Nordic countries, where there is a wide range of degree and career…[Read more]

        • The rationale I saw for that was that the countries where women more readily gravitate towards STEM tend to ones at the lower end of the socio-economic scale. That is, if you are lucky enough to get the opportunity to go to university you damn well make sure you choose a field of study that will afford you the greatest employment and earnings…[Read more]

    • There is evidence towards the later, it being argued that if you compare the normal distributions of any traits between males and females you find greater variability in the male bell curve. You simply get way more males at the top and bottom ends of any distribution – more geniuses and more dunces as they say.

      This is also entirely compatible…[Read more]

  • guy posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    I’m an engineer and have worked in the oil and gas industry for twenty years and while things are slowly improving in terms of women entering the industry we are a long way from parity. My company works closely with several local schools in terms of arranging work experience, attending career fairs or giving presentations to pupils in a bid to…[Read more]

  • guy posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    I actually agree, I have no issues with the data being collected. Where I get frustrated though is the way the data is often presented in some quarters where maintaining the approved narrative or editorial line seems more important then actually having a proper discussion.

    I singled out the Fawcett society and the Guardian as they have appalling…[Read more]

  • guy posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    The Guardian, the Fawcett society etc spent years blaming sexism for the ‘pay gap’ which they calculated as simply being the difference between the average earnings of all men and the average earnings of all women. They completely ignored inconvenient data like career choices, hours worked, subjects studied, time away from the work place an so for…[Read more]

  • guy posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    I’d imagine the pension difference correlates well with the income difference when they were working and how much they invested in it. It’s a non article by the guardian; it is a pre local election bit of anti rich elite vote chasing on behalf of momentum.

  • guy replied to the topic Police fitness standard in the forum General Chat 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    @niles On a whole who are fitter? Squaddies or Bobbies?
    I would say that Squaddies are by fitter than Bobbies by a massively huge stupendous margin.
    However, the real question is, how fit does the average Bobby need to be? I would say that they need to be massively fitter than the general populous and maybe that isn’t paramount in current thinking?

  • guy replied to the topic Police fitness standard in the forum General Chat 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    @niles A worrying thing about your numbers, is that all the ‘superior’ fitness levels in the Police seem to relate to a very small percentage of the actual Police force as a whole. It’s all very well that the elite of the Police are exceptionally fit, but to be honest, I’d expect all of the Police to very fit as well!
    You obviously have to…[Read more]

  • guy posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    The MP’s story. Offensive, to some people yes. Ignorant, maybe. Anti-Semitic, again maybe.

    It all depends on context which includes the background etc of both the speaker and the recipient.

    What if there was a whole history of similar comments but two-way – then it might just be a continuation of some friendly banter.

    One good test of…[Read more]

  • guy posted a new activity comment 4 weeks, 1 day 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 month, 1 week 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 2 months 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]

    • mutt replied 2 months ago

      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 2 months 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 3 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 3 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 3 months, 3 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]

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