• Why do we seem to being limited to 3 links in an answer now?

    That doesn't do anything to prevent people posting spam etc. All it does is prevent you from giving a detailed argument with links to back up each of the separate axioms upon which your argument is founded.
    That doesn't do anything to prevent people posting spam etc. All it does is prevent you from giving a detailed argument with links to back up each of the separate axioms upon which your argument is founded.
    2 answers · Yahoo Answers · 4 years ago
  • Can both religious freedom and employers rights be respected?

    Certainly people should have the right, within the law, to act in a way that they have decided is morally right. But one can equally appreciate an employers right to have whatever job done they are paying for. In the cases currently being judged in the ECHR, in which these rights conflict, do you think anything can be done within the law to... show more
    Certainly people should have the right, within the law, to act in a way that they have decided is morally right. But one can equally appreciate an employers right to have whatever job done they are paying for. In the cases currently being judged in the ECHR, in which these rights conflict, do you think anything can be done within the law to satisfy everyone's rights? I can appreciate both the arguments in this clip: http://www.christian.org.uk/news/govt-la... That if a person can get another job that agrees with their religion, they haven't been discriminated against (after all, I wouldn't get a job at a bookmakers and then complain that it disagreed with my religion - although it must be said that the elements that these people disagreed with are things that changed AFTER they'd already been working there for years) But on the other hand, you wouldn't use that argument in many other cases (after all, we don't make that argument about disability law - while I find it questionable whether we should, as explained below, rightly or wrongly the law DOES force employers to make changes to accommodate disabled people rather than just telling the disabled people to find jobs they can do - so should it do the same with other groups too?). The best solution I can think of would be to change employment law entirely. Although the law clearly disagrees, I've always been of the opinion that an employer should be free to spend their money as they wish - which implies hiring and firing according to their wish, and paying people as they wish. That way appropriate wages would be set by supply and demand - if some people worked harder than others and got more done, they would be paid more, and so be it. People who felt they were being paid unfairly could go and look for better pay elsewhere. That system sounds a lot fairer for employers than what we have now, and in many ways for employees too since employers could judge them on their current financial benefit to the company, instead of the risk of what the law might force them to pay out in future! But of course that solution would require changing dozens of laws, perhaps hundreds, and isn't going to happen. Can anyone think of a more realistic solution that balances people's rights? What do you think will be the outcome?
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 years ago
  • How do I stop my computer changing DVD region?

    My old computer won't play DVD's anymore. It used to play all my DVDs, but then I got given a box set by a friend, and though they are in English, they are NTSC (I am in UK so usually have PAL). I now find that my computer won't play any DVDs except for the ones in that box set, and has run out of DVD region changes even though I have... show more
    My old computer won't play DVD's anymore. It used to play all my DVDs, but then I got given a box set by a friend, and though they are in English, they are NTSC (I am in UK so usually have PAL). I now find that my computer won't play any DVDs except for the ones in that box set, and has run out of DVD region changes even though I have never once changed it manually. Evidently the computer has been taking it upon itself to change the DVD region. Fortunately this all happened just as I was planning to get a new computer, so my new one is OK for now. I know to avoid that particular set of DVDs again, but how do I know I won't one day get another DVD that will do the same thing without me realising? I noticed with the new computer that the DVD region was initially unset and had 5 changes remaining - after putting my first DVD in, it has automatically changed to Region 2 (the right region for me) and only 4 changes left, so obviously Windows Media Player is capable of automatically changing that setting without asking your permission. Can I stop it from doing this? I would rather have it refuse to play one set of foreign DVDs than end up not being able to play most of my collection!
    2 answers · Software · 7 years ago
  • What technically is a religion?

    There's so many laws that involve religion, it has articles involving it in declarations of human rights - one would assume the people who come up with these things see the need to establish a definition of what a religion actually is. You can't just define it as any belief about God, because religions like Buddhism or ancestor worship... show more
    There's so many laws that involve religion, it has articles involving it in declarations of human rights - one would assume the people who come up with these things see the need to establish a definition of what a religion actually is. You can't just define it as any belief about God, because religions like Buddhism or ancestor worship don't have a God. The dictionary defines it as a set of beliefs, often (but not always) involving a deity, intended to explain the origin of the universe, and sometimes (but again, not always) including a set of moral values. But that's such a loose definition it would include the Big Bang theory as a religion. The guy in this case seem to be claiming in court that his religion is the BBC. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvand... I've decided that a religion is what determines your morals and your way of life. That definition is of course subjective - Money is just a convenience to me, but I'd call it a religion to a person who was greedy and spent all their life trying to make more money. But since my definition is so subjective, it's difficult to see how it can be applied in legal cases. According to the first ammendment, my definition would mean that American schools can't teach kids to make money, because that's a religion to some people. I would assume courts want a more concrete definition, a definition you can test something by to say definitively whether it is or isn't a religion. But I'm not all that sure that they do. Does anyone know of such a definition?
    12 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • Evolutionists, if you think it's wrong to say life got here by chance, what do you think chance means?

    I've often seen it claimed that it's wrong to equate evolution with 'life got here by chance'. Yet if that's so, what would you say the word 'chance' means? When you roll a dice, you know that the dice is being acted on by all the laws of physics, that where it lands is determined by the height it's thrown from,... show more
    I've often seen it claimed that it's wrong to equate evolution with 'life got here by chance'. Yet if that's so, what would you say the word 'chance' means? When you roll a dice, you know that the dice is being acted on by all the laws of physics, that where it lands is determined by the height it's thrown from, the speed and angle it was spinning when thrown, etc. And since the dice is certainly too big to be influenced by quantum factors, actual uncertainty (assuming such truly exists, and doesn't merely appear due to gaps in our scientific knowledge) doesn't enter into it. Yet, nobody argues with the statement that the dice lands on a certain number by chance, because the definition, at least in common usage (which is what generally defines a word) of chance is, something that wasn't certain to happen or done deliberately. The fact that scientific laws were involved in the dice-throw doesn't change that fact that, since not all of the possible outcomes were successful outcomes, chance is involved. So who can argue with the statement that 'In the atheistic worldview, life got here by chance'? Further, creationists are often accused of forming a false dichotomy between evolution and creation. Since chance covers anything not caused by a deliberate act or that was certain to happen, surely those three form a true trichotomy, and it is reasonable to infer a deliberate act whenever certainty can be ruled out and chance can be ruled out to a reasonable degree (obviously chance can never be completely disproved). Indeed, is not the scientific method in a way based on this trichotomy - deliberate acts are ruled out by double blind studies, chance is ruled out by looking for a high enough degree of correlation etc., and what you are left with is certainty - the discovery of some scientific law.
    22 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 8 years ago
  • Why is it called a Geometric Progression?

    I understand the etymology of the word geometry, 'measuring the earth' is plausibly related to the abstract idea of geometry. But how are either of those concepts related to a so-called 'geometric' progression, a sequence in which term is the previous term multiplied by some common factor?
    I understand the etymology of the word geometry, 'measuring the earth' is plausibly related to the abstract idea of geometry. But how are either of those concepts related to a so-called 'geometric' progression, a sequence in which term is the previous term multiplied by some common factor?
    5 answers · Mathematics · 8 years ago
  • Why does the microwave make so much noise?

    I assume it's either: 1. A cooling fan, or 2. The microwave generator itself. I need to know, because our microwave now carries on making a noise for a while after the timer has stopped and the door has been opened. My parents don't seem to think there's anything wrong, but I'm fairly sure it hasn't always done this. And... show more
    I assume it's either: 1. A cooling fan, or 2. The microwave generator itself. I need to know, because our microwave now carries on making a noise for a while after the timer has stopped and the door has been opened. My parents don't seem to think there's anything wrong, but I'm fairly sure it hasn't always done this. And if the answer is (2), I'm pretty sure that would be really bad. I think we'd probably have noticed by now if our hands were being subjected to a lot of microwave radiation every time we took out our breakfast, but I'd like a second opinion anyway. It does feel warm in there, but I tend to just assume it's because of the lamp (which is of course also on when the door is open).
    4 answers · Engineering · 8 years ago
  • Water bill isn't dimensionally consistent?

    Most of our United Utilities water bill makes sense, e.g. Volume charge: 14 cubic metres at £1.374 each: £19.24 (which could be correct with some imagined rounding) But the part at the bottom reads like this: Unmetered charges: Wastewater Alt. Surface Water and HD properties with an RV Your premises charge value of £165 multiplied by the... show more
    Most of our United Utilities water bill makes sense, e.g. Volume charge: 14 cubic metres at £1.374 each: £19.24 (which could be correct with some imagined rounding) But the part at the bottom reads like this: Unmetered charges: Wastewater Alt. Surface Water and HD properties with an RV Your premises charge value of £165 multiplied by the £0.583 usage rate: £25.30 Now surely if you multiply one amount in £ by another amount in £, you should get an amount in £^2, not a another amount in £? So their explanation of this amount doesn't really make sense. 165*0.583=96.195, which seems to be an annual amount. The bill is for 8th Oct to 11th Jan, which is 96 days, and (96/365)*96.195 does come to about 25.30. But that still doesn't explain why the explanation isn't dimensionally consistent. Can anyone explain it? And, as a point of interest that this bill has made me consider, if this is a mistake, is there any actual application of an amount in currency squared?
    2 answers · Mathematics · 8 years ago
  • Why does my uncompressed AVI file appear black in any players?

    I've tried making an AVI file by using a freeware program (EasyBMPtoAVI) to put a load of bitmap files together. The resulting file is the expected size and length, and when you load it into Microsoft Movie Maker, the preview image is the first frame, as expected. But if I try to play the file, either on Movie Maker, Windows Media Player, or... show more
    I've tried making an AVI file by using a freeware program (EasyBMPtoAVI) to put a load of bitmap files together. The resulting file is the expected size and length, and when you load it into Microsoft Movie Maker, the preview image is the first frame, as expected. But if I try to play the file, either on Movie Maker, Windows Media Player, or Media Player Classic, the file just appears black all the way through. I thought it might be some kind of transparency problem because when you click on the file in an Explorer window, the preview shows yellow text that is on the first frame but not the dark blue background - however, I didn't think my bitmaps would contain any transparency information (I've tried saivng them in 16bbp and 24 bbp, and I was sure there was no transparency in 24 bbp). And it can't be a codec problem because the AVI file is totally uncompressed (68Mb for 6 seconds).
    4 answers · Software · 10 years ago
  • How to connect 240degree 5 pin DIN to RCA?

    We have a really old sound system with 240 degree 5 pin DIN connections. I can't find anywhere that sells leads to connect this to a phono socket or a jack plug. We previously had two leads with DINs one end and phono (RCA) connections the other, but one of them has broken. Does anyone know how I can make another one? I've noticed the ones we... show more
    We have a really old sound system with 240 degree 5 pin DIN connections. I can't find anywhere that sells leads to connect this to a phono socket or a jack plug. We previously had two leads with DINs one end and phono (RCA) connections the other, but one of them has broken. Does anyone know how I can make another one? I've noticed the ones we had included a resistor, but I don't know what for, and I couldn't undo it all to make out all the details and what connected to where. I've seen some simple circuit diagrams online, but none of those seemed to include a resistor. They also seem to be mono-directional, whereas the ones we have seem to work either way - it's not important that the lead be bi-directional, but it just makes me wonder whether I'm looking at the right specifications.
    2 answers · Music & Music Players · 1 decade ago
  • How can you not be closely related to yourself?

    I've read a comment sometime by some scientist saying that he laughs when he reads that we have 98% of the same DNA as a chimp - you aren't that closely related to yourself. Can anyone explain what he meant by saying that you aren't that closely related to yourself? Surely you have 100% of the same DNA as yourself?
    I've read a comment sometime by some scientist saying that he laughs when he reads that we have 98% of the same DNA as a chimp - you aren't that closely related to yourself. Can anyone explain what he meant by saying that you aren't that closely related to yourself? Surely you have 100% of the same DNA as yourself?
    2 answers · Biology · 1 decade ago
  • Why do junk emails keep offering silly penis sizes?

    Every day there's loads of junk emails, many of them are repetitive on various subjects, but the ones I find strangest are the ones advertising a way to get a 12" penis. I mean, how would you be able to walk with that in your pants? And what would be the point, seeing as most references on the subject say that no human woman has a... show more
    Every day there's loads of junk emails, many of them are repetitive on various subjects, but the ones I find strangest are the ones advertising a way to get a 12" penis. I mean, how would you be able to walk with that in your pants? And what would be the point, seeing as most references on the subject say that no human woman has a vagina that big anyway? Why do these emails keep advertising something that wouldn't be at all desirable?
    14 answers · Men's Health · 1 decade ago
  • How to get detailed UK maps for a GPS device?

    My friend has asked me to help set up their Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx GPS system. It comes with MapSource TOPO Great Britain (v 6.9.1) and more codes than the Enigma device - and however many codes they've written down, the website keeps asking for more codes that we don't have. MapSource won't unlock the detail of the maps without a... show more
    My friend has asked me to help set up their Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx GPS system. It comes with MapSource TOPO Great Britain (v 6.9.1) and more codes than the Enigma device - and however many codes they've written down, the website keeps asking for more codes that we don't have. MapSource won't unlock the detail of the maps without a customer registration code (the username, password, unlock certificate code, and serial number won't do) and having logged on to the website with the user name and password, there's nothing to help and no way of getting any code sent. So is there a way of getting some decent maps for free, or of making it unlock the maps by some other means?
    2 answers · Other - Electronics · 1 decade ago
  • Effect of repressed hostility to younger sibling once move away?

    I know these sisters - call them Alice and Bethany. They apparently fought a bit when they were younger, but now that they're in their twenties, they're really close. Alice, the older sister, is very antagonistic toward people who are very similar to Bethany (including, but not limited to, me), even though she gets on so well with Bethany... show more
    I know these sisters - call them Alice and Bethany. They apparently fought a bit when they were younger, but now that they're in their twenties, they're really close. Alice, the older sister, is very antagonistic toward people who are very similar to Bethany (including, but not limited to, me), even though she gets on so well with Bethany herself and has very good social relations with most people. I was puzzled by this until I learned a bit about Freudian psychology, and that this could be attributed to Alice having hostile feelings toward Bethany, which she later repressed, and now she shows reaction formation with her relationship with her sister, and transfers the hostility onto people who are similar to Bethany. THE QUESTION: 1. Is there a specific name for this kind of repressed-sibling-hostility so that I can look up more about it? 2. If Alice moves out, so she isn't spending so much time with Bethany, could I reasonably hope that her hostility toward me would decrease?
    3 answers · Psychology · 1 decade ago
  • People who think you're going to heaven: What do you think you're going to do there?

    So many people are convinced that they are going to heaven, I can't help but wonder what they think would be God's purpose in bringing them to heaven. Since the Bible says there were already angels in heaven before man was created, why do you think God created you on Earth if he wanted you in heaven? Why do you think He didn't just... show more
    So many people are convinced that they are going to heaven, I can't help but wonder what they think would be God's purpose in bringing them to heaven. Since the Bible says there were already angels in heaven before man was created, why do you think God created you on Earth if he wanted you in heaven? Why do you think He didn't just create you in heaven in the first place, like the angels?
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago
  • In 'Les Miserables', when is the song 'Little People' sung in the original script?

    I have only seen and heard the recent version fully, so I know how the cut down versions fit in, that is, the one Gavroche sings to Javert after revealing his identity and the one he sings just before he dies. But in a cut down CD I have heard of an older version, there is a much longer version of the song, quite a bit earlier in the play (but... show more
    I have only seen and heard the recent version fully, so I know how the cut down versions fit in, that is, the one Gavroche sings to Javert after revealing his identity and the one he sings just before he dies. But in a cut down CD I have heard of an older version, there is a much longer version of the song, quite a bit earlier in the play (but still sung by Gavroche), and wikipedia says that this was later cut out. Where did this fit in to the script? When he sings that fella's laugh at him because he is small, is he referring to the students or some other characters? And who is the professor referred to in the line, "Listen here professor with your head in the clouds"?
    1 answer · Theater & Acting · 1 decade ago