just another Dave

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  • just another Dave posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    I forget which interviewer it was (Paxman or Humphreys would be my guess) that said their attitude when interviewing a politician was “Why is this lying bastard lying to me?”.

    Adoption of a similar attitude could serve us all well at times.

  • You saying that everything is predetermined?

    In my opinion the universe is made of particles that follow the laws of physics. Everything that happens is caused by the things that happened before it. Luckily, you can’t predict everything (even in principle, let alone in practice), so this doesn’t cause us any bother.

    But if you appreciate that the universe is causal like this, then good luck trying to justify any notion of free will*.

    Just thought I’d add that to clear things up.

    *I know compatiblists think they can, but that’s just unconvincing goal post shifting IMO.

  • just another Dave posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    “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 of the big bang, so the big bang would have happened at all points in infinite space simultaneously – which seems a bit weird but I believe there is nothing known which rules this possibility out.

  • I’ve done this for a couple of people. Exporting the site content should be quite easy from the admin section. The media might be more fun. When I have done it I set up a temporary site for the new hosting and moved all the content and media over (when importing I’m sure you could import the media from the existing site so that site still needs to exist). The plugins are more fun to sort out. On the sites I did I had to sort out some different plugins to do the job. Just make sure you own the domain. Buy it through someone like 1&1 or GoDaddy etc as they are he registrar and you will be the registrant.

  • just another Dave posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    Had one last night:

    Mad Squirrel Bijou; ‘Vermont Table Beer’, 2.9%

    Nice balance between malt and hops. Full flavoured, and didn’t taste ‘lightweight’ at all.

    This seems a pretty accurate description:

    https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/mad-squirrel-bijou/583807/

  • just another Dave posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    Exactly. I was not suggesting anyone was in the wrong or that you were incompetent or homicidal, merely that it pays to have the approach of ‘What might go wrong here?’ rather than ”I know my rights’ – which might fit nicely on a tombstone

  • just another Dave posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    Some people seem to have a rather undeveloped sense of self-preservation. They may feel they are in the right – and they may well be – but they will still be dead. As a runner, cyclist and driver I usually operate on the basis that everyone else on the road is totally incompetent and quite possibly out to kill me. It is an approach that has served me well over the years.

    • the problem being, because of the conditions he was invisible, but wouldn’t accept that at that particular moment he WAS invisible, through no fault of his or mine.

      • Exactly. I was not suggesting anyone was in the wrong or that you were incompetent or homicidal, merely that it pays to have the approach of ‘What might go wrong here?’ rather than ”I know my rights’ – which might fit nicely on a tombstone

  • just another Dave posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    Oh, I must have been thinking of ethereum which are mined through GPU’s then.

    • Yes, but it’s not exactly scientific research that is missing out when the GPUs are used to mine Ethereum. Maybe there’s a net economic benefit from all those scientific researchers spending less time gaming.

  • just another Dave posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    Good point. Although the recent NHS ransomware hack which was done to gain bitcoin could be classed as that.

  • just another Dave posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    All that computer power power that could have been used for things such as scientific research wasted on mining bitcoins. Its not even as though hardware/graphics cards are going down in price and more powerful ones being developed… bitcoin has had the opposite effect now its so much more expensive to build a decent computer unless you settle for burnt out ex-mining parts from ebay.

    • Could be worse and all that computing power could be used in weapons research or focused on taking down a country’s IT infrastructure.

    • Luke replied 5 months ago

      Mining is all a bit unnecessary. Some cryptocurrencies they just release the coins. Ripple isn’t mined

    • Not true. Bitcoin is mined with ASIC chips which are no good for anything other than mining Bitcoin. Trying to mine Bitcoin with a PC CPU or even a GPU is pointless, you’ll get so little it won’t come close to paying for the electricity.

      • Oh, I must have been thinking of ethereum which are mined through GPU’s then.

        • Yes, but it’s not exactly scientific research that is missing out when the GPUs are used to mine Ethereum. Maybe there’s a net economic benefit from all those scientific researchers spending less time gaming.

  • just another Dave replied to the topic Does acupuncture work? in the forum Health 5 months ago

    A few years ago one of the biggest health insurers in Germany ran a study demonstrating its efficacy for a couple of conditions including chronic back pain and tension headaches, but e.g. not for migraine.

    The interesting bit is that they used two control groups: One untreated, and one where the needles were placed at random places unrelated to the “meridians” prescribed by TCM.

    Both groups worked the same, and both better than the untreated control, so these conditions seem to be very amenable to treatment by placebo, which is a valid treatment anyway!

    My dentist usually pokes a needle under my lip. I know that there are no special neuronal structures, but the little pinprick pain for some reason (psychology / placebo effect) helps suppress my urge to vomit when he is doing…[Read more]

  • There’s something itching the back of my mind, but all this leasing does not seem right.

    There has to be a catch?

    I rent now too. I’m still wondering what the catch is……..but still went with a PCP finance deal (after always buying cars outright in the past). The deal works for us, get a new car at an affordable price per month with options at the end to either walk away, buy car outright or get a new deal. I’m sure ultimately we must be the losers in this but 80% of cars are bought on PCP now. It works well for us, but we’ll see what happens….

  • just another Dave replied to the topic Population growth in the forum General Chat 6 months ago

    Population is still on the up, but the birth rate is in decline worldwide.

    https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.DYN.TFRT.IN

    whether the environment can support more humans given our rapacious behavior we’ll see but there is some hope that in the long term we will reach a steady state.

  • I have a total Diet Coke addiction but have given up on a number of occasions – I felt no better at all, so I don’t bother about it now.

  • My wife is a manager of several district nursing teams and we employ one of her retired DN sisters as our cleaner. Her husband does the garden in the Summer. We had great fun leaving her notes addressed as Dear Employees and getting them back as Dear Management.

  • I have footreviver insoles, not cheap but do help and last.

    I wonder seeing a foot person though, mine were the responsibility of my physio and I have fewer issues since I took myself barefoot.

  • To find out if there are aliens you need to find out if DNA generic throughout the Universe – I suspect that it is.

    Have a google of ‘panspermia’

  • Your growth plates at the ends of your long bones would have fused by now so that rules out human Growth Hormone treatment.

    I guess you could go the full Jude Law/Gattaca and have your leg bones sawn then wired & braced with gaps so they heal longer. It would mean 6-8 weeks off walking and maybe up to 6months from doing anything more than casual walking in terms of impact whilst the bone remodels. You could expect to be taller in around 18months post op but is apparently mind bending excruciatingly painful!

  • A couple of reasons come to mind why game are allowed to get away with this:

    – Formally, you are not gambling for cash, or anything of “real” value – or so the game operators can claim.

    – The games may be run from places having less strict legislation (or less strict enforcement) in place in general, including gambling laws.

    It would seem like there are two paths forward:

    – Litigation, claiming that companies are breaking current gambling laws

    – Legislation, making these practices explicitly forbidden.

    Things will be complicated by the fact that the player and the game server are likely to be in different countries, possibly even different continents.

  • Robot vacuum cleaners sound like a fad to me and I bet they are not practical at all.

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