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by Vo2max
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 253889

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/24/mps-drop-cross-party-peoples-vote-amendment-second-brexit-referendum So in practice the only route now left to another referendum is by May calling one and parliament supporting her. But a public vote on her terms would be no different really to the c...
by Vo2max
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 17118

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

...the standard kilogram is known to have changed mass over time (exactly how much is unclear) Well no, the standard kilogram has always stayed at exactly the same mass. Everything else in the universe has slightly changed mass over time. :D Well, kind of. I mean, there's the physical concept of ma...
by Vo2max
Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 17118

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

rmsgrey wrote:...the standard kilogram is known to have changed mass over time (exactly how much is unclear)


Well no, the standard kilogram has always stayed at exactly the same mass. Everything else in the universe has slightly changed mass over time.
by Vo2max
Fri Jul 20, 2018 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 253889

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

What would it take to convince Labour to add either of those? A change of leadership, which is currently impossible. Corbyn is a good man but he confuses consistency of principles (good things like actually making ordinary people's lives better and trying to avoid wars) with unwillingness to change...
by Vo2max
Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 253889

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I think there will be carnage if parliament doesn't vote for leave. Personally I think most will vote to 'respect the wishes of the majority'... What I'd ideally like to see is the UK negotiates our new status outside of the EU (trading tariffs, contribution to the EU budget, rules for migration et...
by Vo2max
Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling out numbers in different languages
Replies: 19
Views: 9496

Re: Spelling out numbers in different languages

wraith wrote:
Vo2max wrote:In Welsh, dau (2) and wyth (8). Beyond 10 there are spaces.


Shouldn't there be numbers lexicographically bigger than wyth, then? 8000? 88?


wyth mil or wyth deg wyth.
by Vo2max
Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling out numbers in different languages
Replies: 19
Views: 9496

Re: Spelling out numbers in different languages

In Welsh, dau (2) and wyth (8). Beyond 10 there are spaces.
by Vo2max
Wed Aug 27, 2014 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"
Replies: 91
Views: 22400

Re: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"

In Formula 1, EVERY driver started saying "for sure" instead of "yes" a couple of years ago, and they're still going. I'm not sure if the F1 "for sure" is applicable to every situation where "yes" would do, but it is widespread as a term of agreement or confi...
by Vo2max
Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:44 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Female equivalent for "guy"
Replies: 49
Views: 28042

Re: Female equivalent for "guy"

1. Gotta have a term to refer to all people of that general age group, i.e., the point of this thread. Well, 'guys' is quite informal - it's not the same as 'men/boys/women/girls' which are used in all registers of speech and writing. And if you're talking to/about people you're familiar with , pre...
by Vo2max
Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0053: "Drain the Oceans"
Replies: 121
Views: 78821

Re: What-If 0053: "Drain the Oceans"

It would actually take hundreds of thousands of years for the ocean to drain. Umm ... what am I missing? A rate of 1cm/day should only take 275 years to drop 1km. Should it be a thousand years (hundreds of thousands of days)? Should I rush home and fill the bathtub, this instant? The rate will get ...
by Vo2max
Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 39614

Re: 0990: “Plastic Bags”

In Europe they charge for plastic bags. Not a fortune, but enough that you feel chastised for not bringing your own. It has really upped my use of my reusable bags. A few shops tried that method out in the UK, but they stopped, now they offer loyalty points to those who use reusable bags, and boy d...
by Vo2max
Mon May 09, 2011 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British voters say "no" to AV
Replies: 94
Views: 9251

Re: British voters say "no" to AV

Griffin wrote:Here's the thing - no voters tend to be either Petty, Stupid, or Ignorant, or a combination of the three.


If you just think people are thick and can't be trusted to vote then shouldn't you be arguing for getting rid of democracy altogether rather than a twerking to the way it works?
by Vo2max
Mon May 09, 2011 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British voters say "no" to AV
Replies: 94
Views: 9251

Re: British voters say "no" to AV

Maybe you have the two systems mixed up based on the bolded bit of your quote? :) It's AV which will send the least unpopular candidate to parliament, FPTP often sends someone disliked by >60% of the constituency. That's a very common misconception. Voters have opinions on all of the candidates, no...
by Vo2max
Mon May 09, 2011 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections
Replies: 46
Views: 5161

Re: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections

I wonder if an independent Scotland would join the EU. They would if they are smart. They've got a lot to gain from it. But how smart are nationalists? Anyway I don't think Scotland would necessarily do worse on its own. Smaller countries do not perform worse than big ones, and might even do better...
by Vo2max
Mon May 09, 2011 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British voters say "no" to AV
Replies: 94
Views: 9251

Re: British voters say "no" to AV

But our system is not designed for voting on a government or manifesto. Your vote elects an MP, who is your representative in Parliament. They are supposed to argue in favour of things that will benefit you on a local level. However, because the UK then picks its Executive from the Legislative Body...
by Vo2max
Mon May 09, 2011 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections
Replies: 46
Views: 5161

Re: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections

The UK wouldn't even lose that much influence if they played it properly - England is still a big and influential country in Europe, and London is still an important power centre, swift renaming to United Kingdom of England, Wales and Northern Ireland (or UK for short) and everything can carry on a...
by Vo2max
Mon May 09, 2011 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British voters say "no" to AV
Replies: 94
Views: 9251

Re: British voters say "no" to AV

Well, that isn't really the typical view in the UK. Most people here see the point of an election to be "choosing a government" and like the idea of there being a clear winner and clear losers. The system we have reflects that feeling very well No it doesn't. If it's about choosing a gove...
by Vo2max
Mon May 09, 2011 10:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections
Replies: 46
Views: 5161

Re: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections

Also interesting is that you will have Cameron campaigning for the Union, even though in reality he'd be better off without it The conservatives might be better off in terms of seats they'll have. But Brittain would be smaller, and thus lose significant power on the world stage. Also for Cameron pe...
by Vo2max
Mon May 09, 2011 8:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections
Replies: 46
Views: 5161

Re: Nationalist landslide in Scottish elections

Interesting times indeed. The polls at the moment suggest a no vote, but momentum for yes seems to be building and there is almost the perfect storm. The three unionist parties in Scotland are all in a mess and there is no strong Scottish leadership other than Salmond; the Conservatives are back in ...
by Vo2max
Mon May 09, 2011 8:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British voters say "no" to AV
Replies: 94
Views: 9251

Re: British voters say "no" to AV

If anything, most people in the UK will come away with the conclusion that FPTP is more fair than AV, since the candidate that convinces more people than any other candidate, you know, wins the election... that's clear, it's simple, it has an obvious fairness about it. The 'yes' campaign simply fai...
by Vo2max
Mon May 09, 2011 7:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British voters say "no" to AV
Replies: 94
Views: 9251

Re: British voters say "no" to AV

Well it's easy to dismiss people who disagree with you and say that they just got it wrong. I actually voted 'yes' but on reflection I probably got it wrong. This 'no' decision was a fair democratic result - there seemed to be support for 'yes' before hand, but during the campaign there was a big sw...
by Vo2max
Fri Feb 25, 2011 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shop sells breast milk icecream
Replies: 51
Views: 5175

Re: Shop sells breast milk icecream

It would be very sweet though, I don't think it would make a particularly nice icecream.
by Vo2max
Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democracy 2.0
Replies: 35
Views: 5014

Re: Democracy 2.0

We're about to have a referendum here in Wales on 'giving' full law-making powers to our National Assembly (Senedd). I'm a natural yes voter on this, but it raises a few issues for me that hopefully are relevant here: a. The proposal is for law-making in a unicameral parliament where the executive i...
by Vo2max
Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 10 reasons we should revive the Dark Ages
Replies: 66
Views: 6828

Re: Top 10 reasons we should revive the Dark Ages

um, isn't the tone just a rhetorical technique to get people to learn some stuff about the Middle Ages?
by Vo2max
Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK University fees and funding
Replies: 99
Views: 8116

Re: UK University fees and funding

I'm really not sure what to believe, which is mainly why I started the thread - to try and get other views on the subject (if there is one thing that generally happens in N&A, it is many opposing viewpoints). At the moment, I mainly see it as the government trying to put its failures at educati...
by Vo2max
Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: (UK) Legislation forces archaeologists to rebury finds
Replies: 20
Views: 2509

Re: (UK) Legislation forces archaeologists to rebury finds

The difficulty here is drawing a line between "ancient artifact" and "somebody's great-great...great-grandparent". Clearly there's a line somewhere but it seems like this ruling didn't draw a line, maybe anticipating that there would be a future more in-depth ruling that did.
by Vo2max
Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cops Deploy Bouncy Castle for Jumper
Replies: 15
Views: 2196

Re: Cops Deploy Bouncy Castle for Jumper

Surely you can jump a few meters to the side of the castle, if your aim is to kill yourself? By the time you have decided to jump onto the castle, you might just as well turn around and go down with the elevator. Which is apparently what happened. I suspect that is exactly the point of the castle. ...
by Vo2max
Thu Dec 23, 2010 10:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assange arrested, in custody
Replies: 220
Views: 18933

Re: Assange arrested, in custody

As a man, I always feel annoyed and left out whenever feminists are debating. Wtf? I hear they even let men be feminists now, crazy huh? For this particular case. It seems pretty obvious that these actions, while dubious sounding on paper, were consensual. I mean these woman were throwing parties f...
by Vo2max
Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Britain increases tuition, met with violent protests
Replies: 148
Views: 12937

Re: Britain increases tuition, met with violent protests

Meanwhile the cap is probably too low for the very best universities - Oxford and Cambridge take most of their students from private schools where mummy and daddy are already paying about £20k/year - if you were running Oxford you might as well have that £20k/year coming to you, so why not just pul...
by Vo2max
Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Britain increases tuition, met with violent protests
Replies: 148
Views: 12937

Re: Britain increases tuition, met with violent protests

:roll: at all the 'my degree is better than your degree' stuff. A few things on the protests: 1. The Lib-Dem's made 'no increase to tuition fees' a central point of their election manifesto, knowing that they tend to do well in areas with large student populations, then a few months after getting el...
by Vo2max
Fri Nov 19, 2010 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: German/ french magazines or easy books for A level
Replies: 4
Views: 1702

Re: German/ french magazines or easy books for A level

Okay to help with my fluency and gerneral interest in both these languages I would like to spend some time reading each day. I buy Die Welt already but I always have to throw away the financial supplementary cause it bores me to death, it's a high brow broadsheet and although with lots of time I ca...
by Vo2max
Fri Nov 19, 2010 10:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male field hockey player.
Replies: 120
Views: 10060

Re: Male field hockey player.

Two things: Like I said above, in my sport I compete regularly with world class, including Olympic and World Championship gold-medal-winning, female athletes. And we are about equal in performance (where I am an amateur male who competes for fun at a club level and trains around work, and they are s...
by Vo2max
Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Male field hockey player.
Replies: 120
Views: 10060

Re: Male field hockey player.

There is a complicating factor here in that the article seems to imply that Tietze has maybe just moved over from Germany where maybe he was playing in a very competitive male league and actually maybe if a German girl had gone over to the States she would be dominating in the exact same way because...
by Vo2max
Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: My Princess Boy sparks gender furore
Replies: 68
Views: 7715

Re: My Princess Boy sparks gender furore

Some people just don't react to bullying. Some people value other things more over being bullied. That's their choice to make. Telling a kid to stay within "acceptable" lines is subtly indicating disapproval of whatever trait they're expressing. No, this isn't an ideal world, but it's not...
by Vo2max
Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: My Princess Boy sparks gender furore
Replies: 68
Views: 7715

Re: My Princess Boy sparks gender furore

Sorry but part of our role as parents is to protect you and prepare for the way the world actually is, even when we agree with you that it isn't how it should be so sorry but you can't go out in public wearing a dress." That is bullshit. EDIT: Sorry, I should have some content here. I think th...
by Vo2max
Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: My Princess Boy sparks gender furore
Replies: 68
Views: 7715

Re: My Princess Boy sparks gender furore

Once he's grown into a confident young adult then he'll be strong enough to find out who he really is, and if he wants to wear a dress then then good luck to him. How in the world will he grow into a confident young adult if his mother is basically telling him that he (in wanting to wear dresses) i...
by Vo2max
Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: My Princess Boy sparks gender furore
Replies: 68
Views: 7715

Re: My Princess Boy sparks gender furore

Once he's grown into a confident young adult then he'll be strong enough to find out who he really is, and if he wants to wear a dress then then good luck to him. How in the world will he grow into a confident young adult if his mother is basically telling him that he (in wanting to wear dresses) i...
by Vo2max
Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: My Princess Boy sparks gender furore
Replies: 68
Views: 7715

Re: My Princess Boy sparks gender furore

I still worry for the kid. One thing is to let him pick from a selection at daycare, and another thing is to facilitate his tastes by buying him the dresses. All the love and support of parents will not remove the likelihood of the kid being singled out for bullying to a degree that kills his spiri...
by Vo2max
Wed Aug 11, 2010 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sexy Accents?
Replies: 121
Views: 21460

Re: Sexy Accents?

Scottish seems to be doing well - personally I'd specify an Edinburgh voice for a woman. Definitely not a Glasgow one. I really like the accent of someone whose first language is Scottish Gaelic speaking English, either sex. For a man: a Richard Burton-esque old-style-posh-Welsh voice, I don't think...
by Vo2max
Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Day Secession
Replies: 61
Views: 8625

Re: Modern Day Secession

This is currently a very legitimate question in international politics. Even the oldest, most consolidated nations are facing a host of secessionary movements, such as the United Kingdom and France. Belgium and Canada have already been noted. There are more . How this will all pan out in the future...

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