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  1. Quite a change hey? And yes, an even older one is still lurking in my inbox, but I'll respect your good lady's privacy as it includes her too. Given the picture above may I beg forgiveness for posting this, and of course will edit if you disapprove! Keep well ... when you ride the buses to 开发区 I bet they are no longer as rough as they were nearly a quarter of a century ago when a younger me headed into 天河! Ah, 广州 I miss ya! 干杯, Alan, and glad we can still talk bollox across many thousand miles!
  2. There’s no doubt Boris is frit of gaffes and questions on decorum and is hence avoiding debate. Keep quiet seems to be his strategy to winning. Shows lots of faith in his abilities, not.
  3. My main point I have is that I don’t think mr Field behaved particularly differently than 1000s of doormen and bouncers removing a disruptive person from private property. I reiterate you are allowed to use reasonable force to remove trespassers. That doesn’t mean beating them up, it doesn’t mean kidnapping or detaining them. It means you are allowed to physically remove them. The precedent set by criminalising Mr Field for Doormen simply doing there job and behaving essentially identically would be disproportional. I find comparing the actions of Mr Field to those of the Chinese Party State naive in the extreme. A Chinese policeman or bouncer is allowed to remove someone being disruptive they aren’t allowed to beat someone up, torture or disappear them. I am not that bothered by the former I am extremely concerned about the latter and find the accusations of hypocrisy totally overblown. Get over yourselves.
  4. You taught me the phase harridans of hate. Not everyone’s daughter is a wall flower. Please note this peaceful activist had something in her hand and twisted to thrust it at the man. She was resisting and trying to push past him, then after he gained control he had her twist and thrust something at him. It’s oh so easy in hindsight to clearly identify her as peaceful and not in the harridan category. In my view he was totally justified in using reasonable force to keep her at arms length and moving.
  5. Great topic and interesting contributions. Thanks. Daniel Dennett is one of my heroes and in this talk he is 1) very pessimistic about AI and counsels against developing strong general intelligence algorithms but 2) thinks it is far harder than we think. His ideas on strict liability and insurance for those using AI are very interesting and the total opposite of what google etc are doing to with driverless cars and I was intrigued by his views on keeping AI cute but dumb - a guide dog for companionship and to collect slippers but not a seer to make policies we are unable to comprehend. Robots should be slaves was one of his slides and he emphasised the loss to humanity if it left analysis and critical thinking to machines while we headed into the Brave New World of carefree hedonism. Such a path is to our danger and he saw no reason for an effectively immortal engine capable of being backed up and reloaded to multiple new locations to view wet ware emphatically. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhsiFjDoxgk
  6. You are able to use reasonable force to remove people trespassing etc. That is exactly what he did. He turned her round and moved her out. It is something 100s of bouncers and doormen do every night. She was a protester, there to disrupt and was removed. Shock horror. If you take direct action you suffer the consequences. She wasn’t assaulted in roughed up. She wanted to force her way to make a political point and failed via being pushed and pulled. Didums.
  7. Farce continues. Have you stopped beating your mistress, Mr Johnson? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48721211 Carrie Symonds could be heard telling Mr Johnson to "get off me" and "get out of my flat". ... in the recording - heard by the Guardian, but not by the BBC - Mr Johnson was refusing to leave the flat and telling the woman to "get off" his laptop before there was a loud crashing noise. Ms Symonds is allegedly heard saying the MP had ruined a sofa with red wine: "You just don't care for anything because you're spoilt. You have no care for money or anything."
  8. So so pretty: Nebula Westerhout 40, as seen in the far-infrared by Spitzer Space Telescope. It’s around 1000 light years away ... !
  9. It’s going to be Boris. That is who the Tory shires want. Gawd what a situation. Boris, three basically identical charisma free candidates and Rory Stewart trying to be I’m different honest speaking John. I’m not sure who I’d pick.
  10. A huge victory for people power in Hong Kong, but with the passage of the law only suspended, not cancelled, there is still a risk the Hong Kong authorities will force through legislation clearly lacking in democratic support. The consent of the governed is a vital principle of liberal democracy. The CPC has no understanding of the concept. Also by creating such a dichotomy between themselves and ordinary Hong Kongers the CPC is driving and creating the separatist/independence rhetoric as that is the only way to oppose imposition of unwanted laws. If the CPC insists it is our way or the highway, don't be surprised by the growth in the number of highwaymen. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-48649077
  11. Lovely example of how seemingly disparate areas of maths are in fact connected.
  12. Is there any evidence to bear on this issue what is the mountain road accident rate compared to say the A537. Does the IOM Police traffic department publish figures on accident rates? If not why not?
  13. JAXA Hayabusa2 asteroid explorer comes in for a bounce on the asteroid Ryugu
  14. The very first post in this thread was about Galaxy Zoo which has now morphed to become Zooniverse. Galaxy Zoo gets volunteers to classify Galaxies, as humans are still better at this sort of thing than computers! If enough people classify the same galaxy consistently astronomers can be pretty sure the crowd sourced data is pretty robust and saying something about the classification of galaxies. Recently the people who run the research published a paper in the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society. Edwin Hubble is the grand-father of galaxy research creating the first large set of galaxy observations in the 1920s and he came up with a Tuning Fork classification model: E0 to E5 (and beyond - they go up to E7 I think) are elliptical galaxies - these are thought to have been the result of galaxy mergers were multiple galaxies have smashed together to create amorphous blobs of galaxies without an obvious structure - they're basically symmetrical with cores and a blurr of stars orbiting in all directions about the centre. This is the wonderful fact of the universe - it is still young - over billions upon billions of years they will settle down and re-emerge as huge accretion discs as the average angular momentum of these huge agglomerations of stars tend to the mean via the law of large numbers, but at the moment stars are orbiting all over the place and hence the overall lack of structure. Beyond the ellipticals there are the spirals - the classic accretion disc galaxies with spiral arms. There are basically two types - unbarred, or barred. The causes of the bar, and the spiral arms are really really complex; involving density waves, star formation rates, and orbital resonance, but the end result is the two basic types - we live in a barred galaxy and these seem to predominate. Hubble thought there was a correlation between how the bar, the galaxy core and the tightness of spiral arms interact. The bigger the core the tighter the spiral arms will be. It now looks that this correlation was based on too limited a data set and when Galaxy Zoo brought far larger numbers to bear it disappeared. Thousands of volunteers have been able to apply their hive mind and see things missed by experts and super-computers. I think that is quite cool!
  15. ScotsAlan was wondering about accretion discs off in the thread which shall not be named. They are wonderful things and their ubiquity on huge scales is a wonderful challenge for astrophysicists to explain. There are a couple of goes: The description of the second video gives the basic explanation of why they form: In this simulation, gas clouds with random positions and motions coalesce under their mutual gravity, forming an accretion disk. It illustrates how the average angular momentum of the initial gas ends up defining the plane of the accretion disk. A gas cloud will have an average anglular momentum whether it is going to form a solar system or a galaxy. That average angular momentum will be preserved as the constituents of the cloud bounce into each other transfering energy and angular momentum, but conserving the overall amount of these two features. The result - an acretion disc.
  16. Zaphod went on a virtual galactic cruise inside Zarniwoop’s office. If he’d been exposed to the real total perspective vortex even his ego wouldn’t have survived. Which seems to be what Woolley is saying too.
  17. Now where’s Stinky to complain about Imperialist manipulation and Geopolitical meddling? It’s all going on.
  18. God you are pathetic and paranoid. Manxy and PGW are different people with very different personalities. TJ clones don’t change personality.
  19. The Hong Kong students and young people demonstrating against the extradition bill going through the local Hong Kong legislature are brave. The CPC would crush them in an instant if it had its way. Something it is working hard to achieve chipping away at one country two systems. I wonder how news of this seeps across the border into Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Keep strong Hong Kong. Stay different.
  20. Oops forgot the link. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00729d9/episodes/player
  21. This year’s Reith Lectures are quite brilliant and discuss the role of law in politics. Whether it is the human rights act or referendums ex Supreme Court judge Jonathan Sumption tackles them with incisive clarity.
  22. No one gone down to get a photo of the carcass? A part of me wants to ring up an IOM based relative with a lack of squeamishness and an axe to head down there to see what they can scavenge. I’d quite fancy a whale skull.
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