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  • guy replied to the topic New PC – any suggestions? in the forum General Chat 3 months 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 3 months, 1 week 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 3 months, 2 weeks 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 remuneration.

    As an example (anecdotal I know) there is a Malaysian Process Engineer I know who actually wanted to study English Literature at uni but her parents basically told her ‘no way’ and steered her towards chemistry as she was bright enough and had the grades to enrol on such a course. She resented her parents at first but now concedes that in hindsight her parents were right to intervene as she now has a career that has seen work on…[Read more]

  • guy posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks 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 options, women much less likely.

        In that sense it looks much more that the gender pay gap argument is not about equal pay, it’s about getting women the wage they want for the jobs they like doing.

        I think you’d have to agree that Theresa May has been very weak on this again, claiming that the figures showed a ‘burning injustice’ when they do nothing of the sort.

        May seems to be jumping on the passing bandwagon rather than offering a…[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 possibilities.

          More developed and wealthy countries, where we have social welfare and minimum incomes, take that pressure away and people can instead choose to study areas they desire – be that art history, underwater ballet, or applied mathematics.

    • 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 with there only being very small differences between males and females on average. For example, if you looked at how many woman and men were 5’10” tall, you might get a 30:1 difference. But if you then looked at the number of men and women who were just a little bit taller, say 6′, the difference would swing to about 2000:1. Distributions simply get more skewed the further you move from the mean.

      Naturally, the top positions in any…[Read more]

  • guy posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks 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 promote engineering as a career and to put it bluntly the phrase ‘you can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink’ comes to mind when dealing with female pupils. The teachers I deal with are trying hard to promote engineering as a career to these girls but at the end of the day there is a general disinterest no matter how bright these girls may be. From my observations the boys are the only interested ones when discussing big…[Read more]

    • Have you got a link to that ONS report, I’ve had a quick google, I’m struggling to find anything that matches your assertion.

    • Something here

      In the Guardian, to be fair. Seems to be condradicted by the ONS link higher

    • “Engineering departments are not exactly known for their bawdy macho sexist culture and the stereotype of nerdy types still kind of holds true today, it is basically still seen by many as being a deeply uncool subject up there with computing.”

      Interesting to hear that. Where I first went to university the engineering departments across the country had the premier reputation as the biggest drinking pools of macho culture. They were essentially the football jocks of the university, and universally so.

      I seem to recall few females expressing an interest in the sector then too. The take home point may be that, if we accept the pay gap is largely a myth and instead focus on “institutional” issues such as the culture in the places of study that lead into these sectors, we might…[Read more]

  • guy posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks 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 form for deliberately ignoring unhelpful facts and spinning others to suit their ‘its sexism’ agenda when discussing differences in pay when the reasons for pay disparity are often a bit more nuanced and complex.

    I mentioned the ONS report published a few years back as that actually went to the trouble to do proper statistical analysis and compare pay for like for like jobs. The Ryanair data you cite above, for instance, shows that there…[Read more]

  • guy posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks 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 forth or in short comparing like for like. Even when the ONS published a report that showed women between the ages of 22 – 39 actually earned marginally more then men they completely ignored it

  • guy posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks 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.

  • @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?

  • @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 factor in that all Army personnel will do a AFT/CFT/PFT and it would be interesting to see how the average booby would fare in those tests…

  • guy posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks 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 anti-Semitism is to put black instead of Jew in any situation (might require some other changes). Is the result racist? If yes then the original was probably Anti-Semitic.

    Like all these things it’s not black and white. (Should I have said that? Should I have said it’s not jew and gentile? Would that be Anti-Semitic? Does me being Jewish make a difference? Complicated eh?)

  • guy posted a new activity comment 3 months, 4 weeks 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 ping-pong ball. From a philosophical point of view, it’s a very odd question too, because it has no conceivable interest beyond the totally theoretic. With the obvious concomitant mistake that the ‘centre’ has some kind of special importance, and that everything revolves around it (as in the Ptolemaic and Copernican way of seeing things). I suspect, when applied to ‘the universe’ (whatever we quite mean by that), it makes a lot less sense…[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 functions.

      Re the universe being infinite, my understanding (particle physicist not cosmologist, so I defer to more appropriately learned colleagues if they come and contradict me) is that it’s not infinite, it’s been expanding from a size of effectively zero at finite rate for a finite time, so it can’t be infinite. However, it does extend out past the distance we can see because at some points in the history of the universe the rate of…[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 finite speed for a finite time, so it can’t be infinite.”

        Not really. We don’t have physics that would apply at time=0, size=0, since we know that currently known physics breaks down at the Planck scale and we don’t have working quantum-gravity theories. The default model would thus assume an infinite extent of stuff round about the Planck time.

        “However, it does extend out past the distance we can see because at some points in the…[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 scales, I presume no one in cosmology believes that the Standard Model of the universe actually works perfectly outside the region we have data.

          “Not really. We don’t have physics that would apply at time=0, size=0, since we know that currently known physics breaks down at the Planck scale and we don’t have working quantum-gravity theories. The default model would thus assume an infinite extent of stuff round about the Planck time.”

          Yes,…[Read more]

  • guy posted a new activity comment 4 months, 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 but demand may very well remain

    At least you’ve come up with an idea though, I’m buggered if I can think of a solution!

    • 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 growing.

      Second, it’s going to have to be govt intervention, the private sector isn’t interested in us being thin (that’s fine) because they don’t bear the costs of it.

      Long and short of it, I would expect to see a sugar tax (beyond the current SSB plans) in the UK in the next 10 years. It would have been sooner, but other things have derailed govt business over the last two years.

  • guy posted a new activity comment 5 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 in the dark. At this time of year the verges are muddy, slippy and a recipe for a fall. In my very rural location some of the footpaths are so mud-coated and slippery that they are dangerous to walk on, let alone run on.

    We can’t speak for the runner in question, but it sounds as though he was doing his best to stay safe on his run.

    Why didn’t he use the verge? How does he know that the verge is nice and flat, doesn’t suddenly end,…[Read more]

    • mutt replied 5 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 they might think about it later when they have calmed down with less adrenaline pumping!

  • guy posted a new activity comment 5 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’s a repeat offender and prosecute for trespass. If it’s a one off, there’s nothing much you can do if they’ve moved the car.

    Note: it’s the registered keeper and not the driver who is to blame. Which makes it easier/trickier depending on your point of view.

  • guy replied to the topic I've given up diet drinks in the forum Health 6 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 though, fruit n fizzy is lovely, especially mandarin, or make up your own mocktails.

  • guy replied to the topic How to get rid of Norovirus in the forum Health 6 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 bucket or do it the other way around!!!

    Plus. living by yourself means no one to help clear up! My family would come nowhere near me while I was ill – so much for family solidarity!

  • guy replied to the topic Best Robot vacuum cleaners? in the forum Tech 6 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 and then promptly opened “not received” case while I was scratching my head how the heck could I have sent to a wrong address. Ebay closed the case immediately.

    Preloved and FB selling pages are biting ebay’s backside big time, they are trying not to loose sellers.

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