oldguy

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  • Its the price we pay for having incredibly low cost clothing, which is only so cheap because we are prepared to outsource the manufacture to someone in another part of the world that has a much lower cost of living.

    We have been so conditioned into the low cost of goods there is an outcry when we have to pay more for something that fits anyone…[Read more]

  • oldguy replied to the topic What are schools for? in the forum General Chat 1 week, 1 day ago

    My main aim for sending my daughter to school was to teach her how to work with other people, deal with other people and hopefully make friends. Anything else is a bonus!

  • If all state schools became properly funded and allowed to run in a way that benefitted their pupils I would have no need to write this post but instead would be profoundly grateful that sanity in educational provision had finally prevailed. Since it hasn’t and there’s no imminent sign of it happening I believe that, just as not all of us are 5’…[Read more]

  • If the Earth was flat, I would be able to wave at you from my backyard.
    Seeing as I can’t, conclusively proves that the world isn’t flat.
    Things like hedges and stuff getting in the way don’t count.

  • I find it amazing to contemplate that we recently passed the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 6 in April 1968. A remarkable flight as it was the second test flight of the complete Saturn 5/Apollo spacecraft combination. Things did not go according to plan, with engine problems affecting the second and third stages such that the critical third stage…[Read more]

  • My daughter is in one, she visits every fourth week, he visits every fourth week but staggered so they see each other fortnighly

    Skype, messenger all work in the meantime.

  • Nicknamed ‘fibro fog’, I think sometimes you are just so focused on using all your energy to get the next task done, there isn’t enough energy left to remember what wasn’t ‘important’ at the time, if that makes sense. It’s a bit of an auto pilot thing at times and you usually don’t realise you’ve forgotten until you try to think about it.

  • Well done you for sticking at it and getting the result.

  • Might sound a bit counter-intuitive, but to avoid the need for the bathroom, try drinking more!! If you drink through the evening, so your body has got rid of any toxins etc before bedtime, then you shouldn’t get the urge part way through the night. I’ll drink at least a pint of a weak squash, just make sure the last goes down about 30 mins – hour…[Read more]

  • Yes, but that is not what I’ve said. The point is that the money is not put in a separate pot or anything of the sort, it is spent the same as any other taxes (in fact more is spent than is being raised)

    All there is a law that says that if you have paid NI for X years you’ll get Y of state pension at the end. Obviously there is zero gua…[Read more]

  • So what was all the National Insurance I have paid all about then?

    The NI you pay is all spent by the state with the rest of the taxes you pay and doesn’t go into any special “pot”.

    All it is income tax, but with a different name.

  • What are “computer glasses”?
    Are they just cheap non-prescribed glasses a bit like “readers” that have been around for decades, but marketed as being for computer/VDU use? What is the selling point?

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

    All politicians will cherrypick facts and stats to suit their argument. If there is the slightest wriggle room in interpretation they will take it. If they can find one expert to support them they will quote that expert and ignore the 99 who disagree. If they can come up with some form of weasel words that misleads but which they can defend later…[Read more]

  • Dry powder. You can’t use water in any form on oil fires, and CO2 can just blow lightweight burning stuff around the place.

    Edit: it seems from a bit of Googling that this “water mist” type is a new development which is good for oil fires unlike regular water…may be worthy of investigation. So I’m no help really!

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

    Google search results are useless..most of the time you can guess what they are going to be… I use bing.com it is so much better as it gives you a wider choice of sites and just has better results….plus if you have a Microsoft account you can earn reward points every time you search that soon add up and can be redeemed for vouchers including…[Read more]

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

    Practically how would such a ban work? It couldn’t be on caffeine because of coffee and tea. It couldn’t be on sugar, because of Coke etc (even if taxed). Ban guarana or something?

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

    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]

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

    One of the interesting aspects of this is how the figures can be distorted by a small number of individuals (ie.men) at the top. If, say in a company of a few hundred staff, 8 of the top 10 people are men, and they are being paid a few hundred grand more than the next layer down, that will massively impact the average numbers. It can account for…[Read more]

    • Doesn’t quoting a median, rather than mean, largely eliminate this effect?

    • 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]

  • oldguy posted an update 2 months ago

    I’m ashamed to be an Aussie. Sack the lot of them and bar them for life. What a bl**dy disgrace. The nearest example of such tactics is when Angelo Dundee deliberately tore Ali’s glove after ‘Our ‘Enry’ floored him back in the sixties.

    Grrr. Embarrassed or what?

    • Luke replied 2 months ago

      Shocking. I know they’re not the first to cheat with the ball (I’m still ashamed of Mike Atherton’s dirt in the pocket episode), but this was blatant planned cheating, and they sound pretty unrepentant about it.

    • Watched the press conference with my jaw in my lap. “Yeah, we planned to cheat and got caught. Obviously it was completely the wrong thing to do. Nah, I’m not stepping down.” WTF? Utterly cringeworthy.

      Who is this ‘leadership group’ Steve Smith refers to?

    • cam replied 2 months ago

      For someone who knows nothing about cricket, can you explain what’s happened ? Ball tampering, I appreciate. ..how does it actually work ? I really am clueless about such things.

      • pete replied 2 months ago

        I believe it has to do with roughing up the surface of the ball so it enhances the friction coefficient and therefore gets more spin. I think!

        • ted replied 2 months ago

          Not spin – swing through the air, before it bounces. Roughing up one side, while shining the other side, creates an imbalance in resistance/friction as it moves through the air, so it doesn’t go straight, it swerves, making it harder to judge and hit. This is allegedly more pronounced in some atmospheric conditions than others, though I’m not sure…[Read more]

    • I thought the interview was astonishing – how can they sit there, admit cheating and expect everyone to shrug and let them get on with it. Sadly I’d say all involved to any significant degree need to be sent home, even if this match does collapse. Certainly Smith and Bancroft. Being removed as captain but allowed to play on is a joke.

    • Well Smith and Warner have been stood down from their captain/VC roles a few hours ago, so that’s a start. I don’t think pulling them out of the current game, with two days play remaining, is realistic.

      Going by the media and public comments on articles here right now (Sunday evening AEST) there is pretty much no sympathy for them at all – it’s…[Read more]

    • Smith should have been remembered as a really good batter but now he will be remembered not only as a cheat but a bully who got a young inexperienced player to do the dirty work.

    • Crud replied 2 months ago

      One match ban and loss of one match fee. Sufficient for soiling the whole game?

      listened to the interviews of other players who had been wondering just how the Aussies got so much reverse swing out of a ball. At least we know now, so if they think it’s OK then let’s all cheat?

      Trouble is the pressure on test match cricket is already immense from…[Read more]

    • Duck replied 2 months ago

      There’s a lot of hypocrisy and crocodile tears going on. It’s professional sport. Cheating is inherent: think Atherton ball tampering, Dean Richard’s bloodgate (which was not a unique occurrence in rugby), and any number of football,, athletics etc etc cases of cheating.

      Smith’s initial refusal to resign just reflects the assumption across many…[Read more]

    • The bowler should be banned for 5 years, the captain for at least 10 (from ALL cricket, not just Tests). The same should go for the “leadership group”. This one match ban is a farce and will do nothing to deter anyone else doing the same.

      Maybe it’s about time cricketers were not allowed to wear trousers with pockets, might be the only way to…[Read more]

  • oldguy posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Can you give evidence of this, including evidence that there have been increases in “hate speech” (a very ill-defined thing) and violent hate crime?

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