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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cruise ships (Message 1635072)
Posted 46 minutes ago by Profile The Simonator
In the scramble for holiday makers and the race to the bottom in pricing terms, they've probably pared back everything that can be, now the chickens are coming home to roost!
2) Message boards : Politics : The price of oil (Message 1635030)
Posted 2 hours ago by Profile The Simonator
I don't have to buy diamonds....

If you knew how Debeers has controlled the world trade in those for 150 years you wouldn't buy one out of principle.

Understand. But...

Try and give your 'Significant Other' an Engagement Ring, without a Diamond.

What about an emerald or some other precious stone. How picky do woman get about rings?

Edit, ignore that last sentence, just realised it was a stupid question.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 22/12/2014 (Message 1634528)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile The Simonator
If someone had told me 25 years ago, that when i'd grown up there would only be eight planets, i would have imagined that something really exciting must have happens.
Reality can be so disappointing sometimes.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Your patience levels? (Message 1634511)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile The Simonator
My patience levels are proportional to how much i'm being paid in that situation.

Dealing with an undergraduate student who can't get the hang of even the most basic of practical lab techniques.
Payment, £23/hour.
Patience, 1 hour.

Dealing with a half-blind first year to whom i've been assigned in order that he doesn't do anything dangerous whilst in the lab.
Payment, £29/hour.
Patience, 3 hours.

Waiting for a bus to get me to work.
Payment, -£2.20.
Patience, nil.

Waiting for a meal in a restaurant.
Payment -£20
Patience, -10 minutes, i'm hungry dammit!

Waiting for a meal in a restaurant with screaming children
Payment -£20
Patience, -1 hour, boiling fury!

Of course, being British, i never actually say anything in the last three situations. I just quietly seethe and write a stiffly-worded letter in my head that will never be posted.
5) Message boards : Politics : The price of oil (Message 1634495)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile The Simonator
But I keep hearing that if oil goes below 30 Dollars a barrel its going to trigger a world recession.
Maybe Im stupid but dosent low gas pricees mean people have a few more dollars to spend On something else?

I heard it that low prices usually precede a world recession, not necessarily cause it.

The US needs something like $80/barrel for fracking to be profitable, the current low price is as a result of OPEC flooding the market to undercut fracking. Seems a risky proposition to me.

Still, the price of LPG has dropped to 52.9p/l at my local station meaning the car is costing me considerably less to run, and if there's another recession i might be able to afford a house, so i'm not worried.
6) Message boards : Politics : Greek Elections 2015 (Message 1634153)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile The Simonator
Simon .....


I heard David Mitchell say it on The Unbelievable Truth.
7) Message boards : Politics : Greek Elections 2015 (Message 1634064)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile The Simonator
- An Engineer as Prime Minister of a Western country? Finally someone broke the mold of lawyers and economists.

Sorry, the Germans did that first. Merkel is by origin a scientist in the field of quantum chemistry.

Thatcher was also a chemist.
Factoid of the day: Margaret Thatcher invented the 'Mr Whippy' style ice cream.

Edit: Just noticed WinterKnight beat me to it.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1634056)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Bet nobody is prosecuted

Why would anyone need to be prosecuted? It developed a list, so they ran it onto a sandbank to stop it capsizing and sinking, sounds sensible enough.
9) Message boards : Politics : 100 days to go (Message 1633566)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I'd discount the opinion of anyone who CBA to vote.
So with that third removed, half were happy and half weren't, those odds sound better.
10) Message boards : Politics : 100 days to go (Message 1633548)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Parent's paying the fees? Not in my experience.

My four year BSc (i did a foundation year) left me with ~£20k of debt. That's tuition fees, maintenance loan, other misc borrowings.

A student entering today will end up lumbered with £27k of debt after three years just from tuition fees, when you add the rising cost of living etc into the equation they could up up over £40k in debt, or roughly double mine. Which they'll have to pay back over 30 years, not the 20 that mine expires after.

By saddling these young adults which such high levels of debt early in their lives, it risks creating habitual debtors, who'll never quite grasp the concept of living within their means because they've never been in credit.

If i wanted to pick a hate figure for tuition fees, it would be David Blunkett, the rot set in when he first introduced them in 1998.
11) Message boards : Politics : 100 days to go (Message 1633536)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
My parents decided for the last election that they would vote for whichever candidate was the first to come to the door in person and ask them to vote for him. (That's not a sexist 'him', all the candidates happened to be male.)

As it happened, William Hague was the first (and only) to canvass them personally (they got leaflets from all of them, but that's too easy), so he got their votes.

I voted Lib Dem, my previous statements on that are a matter of public record that i'm not going into again.

I will concede that, despite my biases against certain coalition members, it does seem to be working. There are parts i'm not happy with, although there would be with any government; but the deficit is going down, the economy is growing (not massively, but any growth is an improvement), unemployment is decreasing, bins are being emptied, i haven't been stabbed whilst walking home, things are okay.

Cue three months of bluster, back-biting, propaganda and empty promises from all sides of the political spectrum...
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 22/12/2014 (Message 1633515)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Hi Julie and everybody. Brought over something we can all enjoy.

Want! Want! Want! Want! Want! Want!
13) Message boards : Politics : Hi. I'm Alex and I am an INTJ. (Message 1633513)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Honestly you two would argue about which drop of rain on a window pane was winning the race to the bottom!!!

It's that one you fool, that one i tell you! The one on the left that looks like WB Yeats!
14) Message boards : Politics : Hi. I'm Alex and I am an INTJ. (Message 1633510)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Interesting, but what you are describing is merely a correlation, not a causation. Those people (and Im one of them :P ) don't do better because they were born under a certain sign, they do better because of the way we have divided the year (based on harvest season). If we were to change the start of the new academic year to say the 7th of January it would be people born in January, Februari, March who would do better.

That was exactly my point.
15) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1633506)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Richard Dawkins says it would be immoral not to abort, others disagree. Downs

Richard Dawkins is a blatant sexist but more importantly, he's not a parent of someone with Down. He is in no position to tell people what to do or judge them afterwards. Really, telling people its immoral not to abort their baby is just as horrible as someone who tells people it is immoral to abort.

Is he not allowed to have an opinion?

The media outlets with an agenda to push immediately went out and found parents (largely mothers it appeared) with Down's babies to say that they loved their child and how dare Dawkins say he should have been aborted. As though Dawkins were proposing euthanising everyone with Down's. (Spoiler: he wasn't.)
None of them were asked how much harder their lives had become having to care for their disabled child. Also whether given the choice beforehand, would they not rather have a healthy child than a disabled one. (Which is what Dawkins was implying when he suggested "abort it and try again" on Twitter.)

I'm not a woman (as you may have noticed) but i think that if i were in that situation, faced with the choice between a long period caring for a disabled child, or an abortion at a time before it becomes a risky proposition, i would go for the abortion. Yes, it might be a bit distressing at the time, but less so than two decades of palliative care. But that's my opinion, i don't have personal experience and never will.
16) Message boards : Politics : Hi. I'm Alex and I am an INTJ. (Message 1633504)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
In that case, you heard wrong. Astrology has absolutely nothing in common with psychology and no, its not being used by the military, FBI or CIA because its complete and total nonsense. Let it be clear, but the position of the moon, planets, sun, stars and other heavenly bodies has absolutely zero influence on what you are like as a person.

It's true that the position of the stars has no relevance to one's actions.

But, one's astrological sign can be an indication of what you're like as a person. (Hear me out!)
I've read studies (i could find them if you insist), proper statistical scientific studies that show clearly that Libras and Scorpios do better at life (Greater salary, better job, higher life satisfaction) than Leos and Cancers. (On an overall average, never mind what individuals may achieve).
How can this be? We all know astrology is bunk!
Well, Libras and Scorpios are born September 23rd to November 21st. Which means that at school they're the elder ones in the class year. They're physically stronger during their formative years at primary school (which are so very important) and they retain information better when learning due to being just that little bit older. This head-start carries them onward through life. So there we have a scientific explanation for something that at first glance might appear to be tied to the motion of heavenly bodies, but actually comes down to a very simple earthly reason.
17) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects and Politics: DENIAL (#4) (Message 1631265)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile The Simonator
New Climate Change Study Just 400 Pages Of Scientists Telling Americans To Read Previous Climate Change Studies

Co-authored by several dozen of the nation’s top climatologists, a new climate change study released Wednesday by the U.S. Global Change Research Program reportedly consists of 400 pages in which scientists just tell Americans to read previous climate change studies.
18) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1631244)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile The Simonator
If Capcom's marketing department thinks that is what gamers are like its no wonder that they are doing so poorly. They would be pandering to a very tiny subset of people who play games.

We know that, i'm not sure they do.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Win 10 will be a FREE Upgrade to Win 7 & 8 Users!!! (Message 1631243)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Who's in charge of numbering at Microsoft?
1.01, 1.03, 1.04, 2.0, 2.10, 2.11, 3.0, 3.1, 3.11, 95, NT4, 98, 2000, ME, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10?

Not to be too pedantic, but I think it is important to point out that you're combining two different lines of Windows; one which is now defunct and one which started life out at version 3.1.

If they're both called Windows, that only adds to the problem.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link Discussion Thread III (Message 1631238)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile The Simonator
The Alkali-Earth metals are group 2 of the periodic table.

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