Luke

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  • Luke replied to the topic Best dash cam to buy? in the forum General Chat 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    Nextbase are good and have been around for a while. The hardwire kits are available separately and they’re not hard to install yourself if you’re that way inclined.

    I wouldn’t buy one from Amazon. More often than not you will end up getting a cheap Chinese counterfeit that will stop working after a week… that’s what happened to me!

  • Luke replied to the topic Drawdown Pensions. in the forum General Chat 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    If you can afford to do it, the most tax-efficient way to proceed is to take your 25% tax free, then feed it into an ISA over however many years that takes. That way, you never pay any tax on that portion of your money.

  • Luke posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    “The regurgitating exams exist, but I would class them as simply lazy or even bad teaching practice!”

    I agree entirely. I don’t know about over in Germany (?) but here in the UK rote learning and regurgitation of formula keyed through Pavlovian training with certain question styles seems to the the main outcome of A-level sylibii and teaching.

    Kids talk about the “suvat equations”. Putting asside my distaste about the non-acronym nature of the name, or the use of arbitrarily chosen variables to yield the name, it distressed me that they think of “s=ut+1/2at^2” et al as physics, and of bunging numbers in as doing physics. They are solutions to the equations of motion under certain rigid constraints. They should be learning the equations of motion and how to solve them, not…[Read more]

  • The cost of policing it is horrific, I think that would be the main benefit to me. That and the reduction in fly tipping hydroponics, insulation and used growing equipment which has risen sharply in the last five years – the cost of clearance is a huge burden for councils and private land owners to bear.

  • And there’s a strict drug and alcohol policy but no company lawyer?

  • Drape a white bed sheet over your window so as to reduce the harsh light, move your computer screen, sellotape white paper over the window? If its just to get by before you can earn some money then anything home made will be better than spending money.

  • Luke posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    I agree it is time that Google was broken up as what google is doing to freedom of speech and small businesses terrible. What angers me how the “Googlers” pretend to be really liberal and right on but when it comes down to it they are just a bunch of pathetic people who are part of the google cult that think they are better than everyone else and hide out in their multi billion dollar hq’s censoring the internet and stepping on the small folk.

  • Luke posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Error codes commonly don’t trigger engine warning lights unless they’re serious. EMLs usually mean stop driving right now. I’ve got about 4 reoccurring error codes on mine and they’re irrelevant to normal use (e.g. pollution sensor failed), but don’t trigger an EML.

    MAF can sometimes be ruled out by disconnecting the wiring harness from it. The ECU will then see that it doesn’t have live MAF data and resort to pre-programmed values. Check it’s safe to do on your vehicle, but commonly it would be unplug the harness, start car, see how it drives for a short distance. Turn off, reconnect, same test drive – spot the difference. Check it’s safe to do on your car first, but can’t see why it wouldn’t be.

  • Luke posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Split hoses/leaks are definitely worth looking for. Might be worth working your way through the MAF and MAP sensors (if fitted), after checking the obvious like split vacuum hoses. These sensors are what the ECU uses to determine air flow rates and boost pressures, in order to add correct fuel quantities. If these are broken then it will either not run correctly, or resort to pre-programmed values stored in the ECU (although this should throw an error).

    Any fault codes?

    • No engine warning light, which I think would come on if there was a code generated?

      • It wouldn’t if you’ve got a bulb gone on the dash (more common than you’d think)

        I would have a good look at that EGR valve…. when mine went (twice) in my old jag neither time was there any indication other than a real lack of power especially at low revs (certainly no clouds of black or white smoke) also only one occasion when it went did I get a warning light (I did get an EGR position error code though when I got them read)

        could also be turbo related – Actuator not kicking in etc

      • Error codes commonly don’t trigger engine warning lights unless they’re serious. EMLs usually mean stop driving right now. I’ve got about 4 reoccurring error codes on mine and they’re irrelevant to normal use (e.g. pollution sensor failed), but don’t trigger an EML.

        MAF can sometimes be ruled out by disconnecting the wiring harness from it. The ECU will then see that it doesn’t have live MAF data and resort to pre-programmed values. Check it’s safe to do on your vehicle, but commonly it would be unplug the harness, start car, see how it drives for a short distance. Turn off, reconnect, same test drive – spot the difference. Check it’s safe to do on your car first, but can’t see why it wouldn’t be.

  • Luke posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Again you’re missing the point. The question should be “Are there gender-specific pressures that discourage women from wanting or applying to become pilots”?

    • I would imagine there are, like how would you maintain currency if you don’t fly for over a year?

      I think I just view the word ‘encouragement’ differently.

      What they should first be looking at is if the female and male pilots with similar experience are paid the same. This is a gender pay gap.

      What this survey highlights are career path variations, not pay.

    • 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

        https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/money/2015/aug/29/women-in-20s-earn-more-men-same-age-study-finds

        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]

  • Luke posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Gender pay gap is the difference between the salaries of full time employees over the whole economy. Calculating the gender pay gap is about identifying areas where the gap exists and using that information to tackle discrimination. It is to look for areas where education may help young women (or men) in pursuing careers traditionally considered gender biased. A good example might be Ryanair’s large gap explained by highly paid pilots being mostly male and lower paid cabin staff being mostly female: what can we do to encourage women to be pilots?

    The project is about identifying problems not some conspiracy against the male hegemony.

    • That would be a sensible approach but I’ve yet to see it suggested at all in the Guardian etc. Instead the focus seems to be on somehow trying to shame companies like Ryanair, and in some articles men generally, in to doing *something*.

      The ONS gives a lot of detail

      https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/articles/understandingthegenderpaygapintheuk/2018-01-17

      It points out 1/3 of the headline figure of 9% is accounted for by career choice and working pattern differences between men and women, leaving a difference of about 6% which doesnt seem huge. Then it notes education levels and career breaks will account for more, so the overall unexplained gap is at worst small.

    • Why do you need to encourage any women to be pilots? You make sure you provide equal opportunities, going right back to school and selecting the right subjects etc.. and then let women decide for themselves.

      It might be that is some sectors due to maintaining currency etc.. that career breaks are not easy or even possible. So a proportion of women will switch career after children and a natural male dominance will develop. Until men give birth and breastfeed for 6mths I don’t see this pattern changing.

      • Again you’re missing the point. The question should be “Are there gender-specific pressures that discourage women from wanting or applying to become pilots”?

        • I would imagine there are, like how would you maintain currency if you don’t fly for over a year?

          I think I just view the word ‘encouragement’ differently.

          What they should first be looking at is if the female and male pilots with similar experience are paid the same. This is a gender pay gap.

          What this survey highlights are career path variations, not pay.

        • 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

            https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/money/2015/aug/29/women-in-20s-earn-more-men-same-age-study-finds

            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]

    • 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]

  • Luke posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Their crimes were committed in Syria, most of their victims were Syrian and they are still in Syria in the custody of a Syrian militia. Syrian laws regarding murder and war crimes should be applied by whoever has them in custody. That will render the citizenship question moot fairly quickly.

    • That sounds an ideal solution.

      • Not really as there is a big chance that they could be released/broken out in Syria which is after all a very unstable war torn country. Best to send them to Guantanamo bay never to be seen again.

  • Luke posted an update 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    AJ v’s Parker , Your thoughts . . and considered opinions , gut feelings etc ?

    I think it has potential to be something exceptional , it should be a significant & memorable boxing event . The rational & logical part of my mind says Joshua but my instinct says Parker , I am somewhat conflicted although I reckon the indomitable spirit of Joseph is just edging it for me at present .

    They are both impressive in may ways a real tough one to call , what are your thoughts ?

    • AJ by TKO in the later rounds. Parker hasn’t fought anyone like as hard hitting in his career, and he only just scraped through his last few fights. No chance despite the hype IMO.

    • AJ will win most probably, but wouldn’t like to predict how or when, but probably something later in the fight.

      I wasn’t incredibly impressed by his boxing skills against Klitschko, but think his size and strength will win tonight.

      • AJ certainly looks the part doesn’t he ? I think they’re both likeable too which isn’t always the case with fighters , hope it lives up to the hype & nobody gets busted up too badly.

    • I haven’t checked the odds at all but on record alone AJ should be favorite really shouldn’t he?

      (but I’m still quietly rooting for Mr Parker over here).

  • Luke posted an update 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    I have been suffering from really severe heel pain recently.. it has gotten so bad that I cant walk properly. Has anyone got any suggestions that can help?

    • Is the pain worse first thing in the morning? Does it feel like your feet are really sore and on fire? You could have plantar fascitiis. There a number of different thing that you can try out to help ease it. The most important thing is to make sure that you get rid of the underlining causes.. which are usually things like over pronation when you walk or wearing shoes that do not support your feet properly or are toot tight. Wearing arch support insoles can really help. When I had plantar fasciitis I wore some footReviver insoles which really helped me.

    • Sounds to me you got plantar fasciitis. if I was you I would go to a podiatrist or a foot specialist to get your self checked out. PS, Make sure you go through NHS or else they might try to sell you something that you might not even need like really expensive custom insoles.

    • Do you know what brought on your heel pain? When I got really nasty heel pain it was because I over did it and didn’t stretch properly when I went out running once. Maybe you need better support in your shoes.

  • Luke replied to the topic What is dark matter? in the forum General Chat 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    You not alone. Dark matter cannot be oberved directly as it does not interact with electromatic energy. We infer its presence because it exhibits mass and therefore interacts with other non-dark mass through the force of gravity.

    The amount if dark-matter has been estimated by observing the dynamics of galaxies, and in particular it is required otherwise all of the non dark matter (mass) would fly apart under the rotation of the galaxy. The Dark matter mass allows the pull of the mass (dark and non-dark) to be sufficient to hold the galaxy together. I believe this goes for all galaxies.

    As all known matter is composed of subatomic particles it is reasonable to suppose that there is some unobserved dark matter subatomic particle that is either super massive ( and therefore…[Read more]

  • Luke posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    But the centuries-old conspiracy theories woven into anti-Semitism are what makes it more insidious than bog-standard racism. Racism against blacks or Asians tends towards what they *are* (savages, 3/5 of a human, smelly, whatever horrid minimisations people can come up with), whereas hatred against Jews is motivated significantly by anti-Semites’ view that Jews mean us ill (New World Order, Protocols of the Elders of Zion, blood sacrifices, f*cking “Rothschild”, no Jews died in 9/11 because Mossad tipped them off, etc, etc, etc), which gives people not normally pre-disposed to racism a reason (in their heads) that this particular kind of racism is justifiable. It’s incredibly dangerous.

  • Luke posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Racism has no doubt occurred for ever and everywhere, but in the European context is has centred on the Jews, partly no doubt because they have been the most obvious “others”. In a sense therefore, antisemitism is is “orginal sin” of racism. Hence the outrage at parts of the left being guilty of it and others overlooking it.

    The following is a brief summary of Incidents involving Jews in History…

    135 B.C Antiochus Epiphanes desecrates Second Jewish Temple; leading to Hasmonean Revolt against the Greeks.

    70 A.D. Titus took Jerusalem – second revolt. Over one million Jews killed.

    136 A.D. 580,000 men destroyed, 985 towns destroyed – third revolt.

    300 A.D.Purim festival celebrating God’s deliverance to Mordecai and the Jews through Esther and the fasting. Lies spread that…[Read more]

    • I’m aware of the persecution of Jews throughout history, admittedly I wasn’t aware of all the items in your list, but again I’m not sure I need to be.

      If you against racism in general then you really don’t need any historical background, indeed it could be said to people without the history, “well there’s no history of abuse, so why are you complaining?”

      • But the centuries-old conspiracy theories woven into anti-Semitism are what makes it more insidious than bog-standard racism. Racism against blacks or Asians tends towards what they *are* (savages, 3/5 of a human, smelly, whatever horrid minimisations people can come up with), whereas hatred against Jews is motivated significantly by anti-Semites’ view that Jews mean us ill (New World Order, Protocols of the Elders of Zion, blood sacrifices, f*cking “Rothschild”, no Jews died in 9/11 because Mossad tipped them off, etc, etc, etc), which gives people not normally pre-disposed to racism a reason (in their heads) that this particular kind of racism is justifiable. It’s incredibly dangerous.

  • Luke posted a new activity comment 3 months, 4 weeks 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.

  • It’s not free but Affinity is worth the money.

  • Luke posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    This is essentially the main problem and what the government needs to address.

    We see the value of what we eat tied in with the quantity and nothing else. The more we get for our money, the better value we think we are getting.

    The food part of the price is a very small factor. So ‘manufacturers’ can make their products more attractive than their competitors by increasing the portion sizes.

    No one is ever going to eat 80% of a burger so we are getting fattened up by stealth.

    The only way to stop portion sizes getting bigger and bigger and people getting fatter and fatter is to regulate the portion sizes.

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