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Re: This may be a dumb question
"Hmmm. That's a bit like saying that I'm not sure whether to vote Conservative or Labour - give me a nicely balanced site to help me chose...!!"
Well surely its more sensible than saying give me a massively biased site that lies and obscures truth behind bullshit and statistics? How are you supposed to work out what's the truth if you already know they are biased?
Re: This may be a dumb question
Thanks for the answers Dodgy
The Why, I am not looking at this data to find out (I'm interested in wildlife and diving so I read about this stuff because of that). I was asking if it implied that they were evidence (whilst trying to be aware that correlation...).
Many people do use these reports as proof.
However to be fair the reports have come from a mix of sources and not all of them do use it as proof one way or another, for example the Japanese scientist report they say it is an example of migration due to global warming, but some of the other examples have come from just things like dive reports - comments on coral bleaching at dive sites spread around the world, some of the invasive species stuff comes from places like Glaucus.org, which just tends to report sightings and encounters (with just the facts, such as found it here, it was this long, it looked healthy etc).
I'm with you on 2 you see. IMO The science has become screwed up by becoming too political and too full of soundbites that people use to support their almost religious belief (on both sides), and trying to make sense of whats what is a real is a PITA. I don't think you can easily get to know if you are hearing the truth if one bunch of people are using a evidence one way without having an idea of the flaws and counter arguments. I don't think you can really form an opinion or come to the truth without looking at your own theories and then being a bit brutal and trying to disprove them and seeing if they still can hold water.
I think one of the biggest problems with climate science at the moment is that you can try and find info on the net and there's a thousand voices screaming my gods better than yours and its hard to figure out sometimes who is telling the truth and who is speaking bullshit.
With that in mind if anyone can recommend good sites that do look at it dispassionately and are happy to criticise claims on both sides by just sorting through the facts then please let me know ta.
Unfortunately not young any more, willing to go on the possibility of dumb.:)
It tends just from a bit of observation (just comparing to local weather from other people in nearby places - maybe hearsay is more accurate) to have a more warmer microclimate here nestled in a valley.
Its definitely been a case with the lemongrass etc of suck it and see with left overs rather than a proper attempt to grow. Weirdly out of the two stalks, the one that's produced roots doesn't seem to be shooting new greenery (and has been planted) the one that had been sitting in water and hadn't produced roots yet was going to be chucked but seems to be sprouting new fresh green growth (and as such has had a stay of execution.
I had a feeling the rhizomes may have been suffering since they have just been plonked in the same dirt trough as the mint, coriander, basil has been growing in. So have had the feeling it may be too damp and cause rot, but I was being lazy and to get to the bag of compost I had would have required emptying out the whole of the cupboard under the stairs. (sod law whatever you put at the back you need).
Next time I will try and rig up something like you suggested.
Window space is still premium at the moment as I am still growing bits of moss over wood etc, after that I think microsalad and sprouting seeds is going to get a try. I may even try rigging a mini hydroponic type set up, but I am also contemplating once an open topped fishtank is built planting in shower caddies around it and running some of the tank water through it or having it partially dipped in there and seeing if it wicks up - on the theory that its going to get nice warmth and a decent lighting from the tank lighting .
This may be a dumb question
But I am asking it genuinely so can some one explain it to me.
There seems to be some evidence that a marine and animal life is starting to migrate to areas outside of there norm, for example corals near Japan now seem to be establishing themselves further North where its cooler, certain Mediterranean species are starting to be found off our coast, coral bleaching, things like this.
Is this not an indication of waters getting warmer?
BTW it may sound it but I am not asking a rhetorical question to prove a point.
You know it never even occurred to me to think that it was a jibe at transsexuals.
I thought that episode was excellent the fight scene was magic.
Re: Mr Hawking, you should listen to “Palestinian academics”
You missed out the fact that both sides want to ban eating bacon that's a massive black mark imo.
And agree with the other poster, bible, monethism etc are not fantastic contributions to our society.
Question 2 you missed off the option for "No"
Question 4 you missed off the option for "Not at all"
Question 5 you missed off the option "None"
I have a sort of ad hoc germination station for my tank plants, a fish tank with cling film on the top and a heat mat underneath.
Did you find the lemongrass needed heat? I seem to read mixed opinions.
All the lemon grass, galangal, and krachai has come from basically having some left over from buying in a supermarket and just thinking lets see if I can grow it, so at the moment its a no loss (and frankly minimal effort on my part) poke it in some dirt experiment rather than a serious attempt to grow it.They are on a W-SW windowsill in Yorkshire, the krachai seems to be rooting, the lemongrass has been in water and is starting to poke some roots through, think the galangal has died though.
Just my opinion but I think there's a little bit of an art to growing as well as science,wherever you put your plants they tend to have a slightly unique environment (light/shade humidity, drainage, soil makeup/structure), there's a lot of plants I grow just by checking them and deciding when to water or not, move the plant etc tempered by what I know of their conditions and how the plant looks like its doing.
I actually quite like this part of growing the observation and fiddling experimentation its like a little science experiment you can potter about with.
Re: I disagree with most people here.
It seems to me that the buyer weren't that stupid (at least to fall for the scam). From the last paragraph it looks like a lot were corrupt sods who were willing to line their own pockets, because they didn't care about the poor sods who were going to be on the front line, and knew it wasn't going to be them working that front line.
Would have been interesting to see which ones had personal bodyguards relying on these, or whether they were using something different.
I have a couple of windowsills that are quite wide on the inside. The one downstairs has a trough with herbs growing coriander, mint etc.
Its a deep trough with about 3 inches of gravel at the bottom, it keeps it low maintenance (imo) because you can water it heavily once a week and it acts like a water reservoir, give it the odd trim when the herbs get to crazy, water it each week with a load of water from the fish tank change (good water for plants), it seems to have been working so far.
Have a few odd things I'm attempting like galangal and lemongrass not sure if its going to be warm enough for them though.
Haven't decided on the top windowsills yet, currently using one to experiment with growing some emersed fish tank plants. But I am thinking of trying micro salad or maybe some sort of veg.
I've lived in houses or with people who have veg patches and it is some work, or light exercise depending on how you see it, but even simple things like chips made with newly dug potatoes that are sweet and earthy....
I can understand why people bother.
Re: 'tis good
Yeah I have my first initials and surname with no need for a string of numbers in my hotmail account. I quite like it for the same reasons, plus it means I got in first (ish) :)
Well I've used it since the beginning. Its survived several changes of company me living here and abroad, and has meant I haven't had to worry about maintaining my own domain name through all that time.
People I have met during those times can get hold off me, some of them I don't hear from for months or more. Everyone who for me its worth knowing and keeping some form of contact with gets my hotmail address. Everyone else gets the junk ones I create or emails that may eventually expire for some reason or another.
I can understand maybe someone clicking on it out of curiosity, it the 3000 likes I find disturbing.
endeavour to secure a protection
Is that code for...
We'll have a brief discussion, weigh the negatives (it will cost us, we'll have to pay lawyers) against the positives (ooh everyone's IDs for marketing and selling on), and say well we tried. Now lets see who wants to buy these lists.
With fried rice it depends on how much heat you can get to your wok.
Asian gas suplies for wok cooking chuck out a lot of gas the oil is vapourising almost straight away, after lighting.
The average crappy UK stove top (even if it has a wok burner) just doesn't deliver enough heat. So you often have to fry in parts and let the wok heat up properly between as the food cools it.
As for me I was always told the rice should be slightly al dente, dry and cold (apparently it takes up less oil or something when you do this).
Re: Whilst I can see the value.....
Of course they can, anything that costs them is a cost that has to be absorbed by a consumer as a price rise.
Any saving is a cost still absorbed by a consumer that now pays for the MD's new boat.
How many times when gas /oil / electricity wholesale prices etc drop did you see them quickly cut their bills to you?
How many times when it rose?
Re: isn't what I call music. Not even remotely.
Well I would still that not all of the dance and rap and the variants are just there to maintain a beat, not all go for repetetive compositions either, although your more likely to find that tendency out of pure dancing in clubs music (although some is more tuneful than you think) admiteddly if you arent into the music its also unlikely you'll be hearing it) since its rarely heard on the radio, and I would agree with you that I am not a major fan of that sort of dance music either because its boring to me.
Some of the variants outside of the club, trip hop for example has plenty of tunes and variations.
Also when do you define that a song has to many repetitions. What about a waltz, or some heavy metal tracks?
Does that not devalue the tunes of other songs for example how about something like Yngwie Malmestein (sic) track that basically is just a delivery vehicle for him to indulge in some guitar onanism?
Rap is not all like that. I cant really identify with that get my gat macho shite either tbh, I grew up in a relatively ok part of London, drive buys with my hommies were not part of growing up.
It leaves me cold as well.
But how about something like "disposable heroes of hiphopcrisy" that rapped about things like literacy falling because everyone's watching the television, and lyrically is clever.
Or the Massive attack, they use rap quite a lot. There are rap bands out there that don't do all that, its just seems to be the fashion to be this over the top gangster stuff hats the problem.
But have noticed that in other genres, shoe-gazing indie, heavy metal that sounds like the singers vomiting into the mike (dunno what style you call that), rock with funk (chilli peppers, faith no more) etc
Just to be clear I am not saying you are wrong for not liking a style. Theres plenty of stuff I don't like either. But don't see the point of being so closed either, there's usually a song or two from most genres that you can turn around and go hey that's actually rather good.
Re: Nice shopping
Uuurgh BBC search is awful. Cant find the articles from a couple of days ago.
I wouldn't begrudge the pepper bit. But they worked out the whole value of the recipe like that the same way you would do for a resteraunt dish.
So it meant they were saying things like add 5p baked beans, 10p bacon, 7p of wine etc.
In other words can you feed yourself for a pound a day from a fully stocked food cupboard, not just condiments or herbs and spice.
Turns out yes you can, who'd have thought.
You did better than the beeb, who had a load of people who said look recipes are easy, then mentioned you just add 30p of this, 5p of that.
I think the weekly shop for all the goods (since buying 1p of pepper is not possible) they mentioned came to about 30-40.
Re: @Sabroni "Music" is the problem
You know there's plenty of quality music in other genres, even if you don't like it.
The arrangement on some quality deep house tracks can be just as impressive as other music for example, and friends who dj are just as fussy about audio quality they are playing somewhere.
I can't see how people who call there themselves music lovers can blindly stick to just one genre and dispel others with such prejudice, and so much music shares its roots or is influenced by another form.
You like rock, but think blues or some folk would be automatically be shit, what do you think Page and plant where listening to then?
Being like that with music is like the comment made by audiophiles earlier its just daft willy waving.
Re: Maybe @Psyx
I don't doubt there are. Maybe also the ones I have met because you get to know the group and their friends tend to skew my perspective and so I only tend to meet those who have integrated (as much as you can in some cultures).
But can't see why you think its only Brits, I have met the same idiots from plenty of other countries as well. Its not just some British disease.
Bull I know plenty of Brits who have made a good life abroad and live within the culture, and Americans and French and Germans etc. There's also plenty who are twats (and usually they tend not to stay long, or are on holiday and don't give a shit), nationality does not define the individual.
Re: Maybe @NomNomNom
Excessive use of hyperbole methinks
I agree you respect the countries culture you are in.
I have also traveled in a few Asian countries where being a foreigner means that you are not as strictly bound by some of their social conventions than you would have been if you had grown up there, they expect you not to know because you are now Johnny foreigner.
This has included sitting and having chats and drinks with some guys and then being very surprised on a night out when local shopkeepers start bowing to them and showing far more respect than I have who was treating them as equals. Being outside of the culture does get you some leeway when abroad in some surprising ways sometimes.
Re: @mickey mouse
I'll have to correct myself, apologies.
The sentence seems like it was low because they were tried as juveniles, and it was actually a minimum sentence they can apparently be kept in detention until the age of 21. (Still low though that's 5 years and 4 for them)
Looks like a grand jury is being convicted to look into how the case has been handled as well.
Re: It comes with a price @Ledswinger
But I guess you can factor in things liike in the UK we then subsidise these companies with tax credits due to low pay, and the fact they can hire and fire by the day with temps means they have a nice flexible workforce that they don't have to commit to (labour laws etc), which we keep on tap by benefits in between and having to provide an infrastructure that processes benefits at each change.
Oh and at some point you could be in that position, you know that they came for the Jews etc.
Well we let them erode the lowest workers rights and if we stand by and don't care? Then one day in a depressed economy, you could be looking at your skill set and get asked for a massive amount of IT skills, or hell just need a job anywhere, and find yourself being paid a pittance for all the effort that it took to learn it, I mean I know there are no jobs out there like that at the moment and everyone in IT is gainfully employed....
Unfortunately yes I do use Amazon, and things like supermarkets over my local butchers etc. Because I don't have enough spare cash to subsidies the difference can't help think we are shafting ourselves long term though.
No that was in Ohio, two of the boys (according to wiki) were convicted as minors, one got 1 year another got 2, plus an extra year for distributing child porn.
I cant comment on this, mixed feelings part of me thinks anonymous are would be doing the wrong thing if they released the names, another part of me thinks them blackmailing the police to investigate in this case is laudable.
The thing that disgusts me most apart from the sheer horrifying crimes (I guess alleged in this case) both of these are is the sheer reluctance of the police to investigate in this case and the previous, (as well as the subsequent low sentencing).
Not sure what you are supposed to think when you have to blackmail the people who are supposed to protecting you into actually doing that.
Re: RE: unique to iPhones?
Yes happened to friend recently, there's was a droid phone but can't remember what make. sent back because it was acting up, and report came back they had checked the strip and it had been water damaged. They live in a pretty damp house, but I believe them when they say they hadn't got it wet.
Strikes me as a good way to get out of warranty repairs, open in some repair shop not in your presence their word against yours.
Re: @Chris W - Before anyone moans about her... @LarsG
Tony Blairs smile takes me back to childhhood, its like benig grinned at by an aquaphibian.
Re: Man i/c of enormo-pervassive new dole system says "no problems here"
"The questions is what propotion to they get of the overall total. Just becuase your 1 ina hundred if you geta 1000 times more than anyone else, then you make a big difference!"
Just a quick calculation, but working from a minimum payment someone would get ( single person living on their own HB+JSA+CT), then you would have the person claiming a 1000 times as much getting paid £8704000.
Even the daily mail hasnt gone that far. :)
For those who want some similar reading try this blog.
At a remove.
One other thing that does occur to me is this, sorry if to long
You can be at a distance from the problem.
Why am I saying this, well for a time I temped for the council and one of my jobs was arranging repayments of council tax. This means I phoned up people in debt and tried to get them to pay back, we had some leeway to make our decision however final decision is made by backroom CT officers who and this is important never had to deal with the public.
So sometime you get people who have fallen behind, and after a while and because you can see previous records you get a sense of whose bullshitting (ok not 100% accurate) you and who genuinely seems to be have problems at the moment, now you can get them to pay (in fact a lot of the genuine cases were quite willing, (people do weird things round debt and troubles at times by ignoring them or not dealing with them quick enough)) but it might not be the amount that's enough to get someone to pay by the new CT bill, maybe some months over but they'll pay and it probably helps them at least survive their current problems and get straight again.
Something like that could quite often get squished, and then pursued through things like attachments of earnings, for a larger amount straight out of there wages, so causing them further problems (I guess).
You see they don't have to talk to those people and so they are at a remove, its easy to be faceless and just see it as some numbers to crunch like that, its easy to ignore the impact it might make.
Its very easy for a computer to say no.
Re: Recently made unemployed.
"To be fair you can get good net access at your local library ..."
Understand your sarcasm in the post.
But since that's one often trotted out......
Here's an example I was a 9'ish mile walk to my nearest library with net access, on the bus that's a 3.50 journey there and back on JSA of 65 quid a week, that's a fair bit. (and yes I have walked that and back I have been that skint, its a fair old walk for reasonably fit me especially because its hilly where I lived at the time).
Oh and the library well a lot of the computers were locked down (no emailing on most, likewise restrictions on time, try doing a CV online in 15 minutes since you cant load up from a usb key something you have already prepared). since that library was also near a local uni getting a seat in the first place was also a pain.
The library excuses really doesn't stand up to the real world at times.
Re: Suboptimal surveying techniques
If you claim benefits you are still registered with the tax office. So technically you count as a taxpayer, its just that you do not get enough to pay actual tax on JSA/ income support.
CT benefit is a discount from what you pay rather than an earning.
Housing benefit is non taxable income.
Re: That could be a lie!
Depending on how deep the cables are you may not be able to stay down that long, especially if you are diving just on air, plus one of the tricks of staying down for a long time is less minimal effort in everything you do, sawing away for 45 minutes at depth would burn through your supply pretty quickly I would think.
Re: The mystery of the mysterious operatives
Underwater cutting tends to be a bit dangerous as well, good chance of build up of explosive gas bubbles around you from what I remember.
Orange are shit
Tried to charge me for two phone lines, I had transferred my number on the mobile across to them.
So they tried to charge for the original contract number as well, I say charged, they sent no bills they just sent baliffs round a year later with a big bill for a number I had never owned.
There customer service is atrocious, different departments that don't talk to each other, and who apparently don't share notes, so every time you phone up you can repeat your complaint again and again, then get passed round just to repeat again.
Their supervisors do not ever call back, (if you manage to talk to one).
They are a phone and communications company whose complaints department will only allow themselves to be contacted by a PO box number, this should be fair warning in itself.
From what I understand it doesn't bring a high enough price to fill your hold with compared with other things, it doesn't taste as good as snapper etc so they fetch a far higher price.
Supermarkets in the UK used to sell shark, pressure from the Shark trust caused them to stop selling it a few years back.
Re: "Why IT teachers are seduced by pretty, but wholly unsuitable toys?"
I hoped that wasn't true, then found out my friend had been asked to teach IT at his school.
Lovely bloke, great at other subjects but feels that technology should have stopped around the age of sail., he doesn't even have an email, it took us years to get him into the idea of texting. He wasn't even offended when I just laughed down the phone as he realised how silly it was.
Standard days method
My ex shared a house with a girl who used standard days method, (didn't want condoms or using the pill, etc)
It was either 3 or 4 abortions she had by the end of uni. (sorry cant remember exactly long time ago and lack of sympathy from me about the trauma of their abortions), anyway that as a mehod for birth control compared to condoms is a fail.
Moss side carnival.
One tent about thirty foot long, step in less than thirty foot of space, the rest is taken by two opposing walls filled to the top with speakers, some sort of heavy dub jungle thing.
It wasn't noise so much as two shock waves trying to pass through you in opposite directions.
I'm still amazed people were dancing in there.
It strike me that rather than a usability lab full of geeks, they'd be better of releasing it to the admin staff and making the devs sit next to them and explain themselves, every time some poor bugger stares at a doc they're working on and crys out "Whyyyy?".
Anyone thinking of taking a marketing degree
or whatever they call it.
If you walk into university and the first lessons do not involve them holding up examples of this, Ratners, Streisand, Sony, EA etc with big letters saying "Fecking learn".
Walk out your course is not up to date.
You'd think if this was your job you'd have a bloody clue.
Re: No SD no sale
I agree, its a really really nice phone.
Its a fail for me because as I stated above I like the flexibility of using it like a USB drive and tend to travel to areas with patchy wifi, but if I was somewhere with lots of access to wifi, or my own computer I could see it not being as big an issue.
It still seems a bit silly though considering its probably quite low cost to add in SD card functionality, when you are setting out to make a S4, iphone killer. I'd have thought it would be a case of here's our phone its got everything, you sure you want to buy the rivals?
talks about kettle