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by Jon O'Neill
Tue May 26, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cummings and goings
Replies: 45
Views: 503

Re: Cummings and goings

If you really can't see why people would be so galled by this then you must be severely lacking in imagination. It sounds like you have no appreciation for the sacrifices some people are making to maintain social distancing. I don't count myself in that number but I know of people who are in childca...
by Jon O'Neill
Sat May 23, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Favourite alcoholic cocktail or drink
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Favourite alcoholic cocktail or drink

Can't get my head round "cocktail or drink". Is a cocktail not classed as a drink? My personal Microsoft paperclip does it again. This is a brilliant comeback and I can't wait to use it on someone in real life. Gin and tonic is the drink for all occasions. Any gin is probably fine but a poor tonic ...
by Jon O'Neill
Sat May 23, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is picking the letters an advantage?
Replies: 33
Views: 2784

Re: Is picking the letters an advantage?

I took a quick look into this based on apterous data. I only considered games that are reasonably simulations of Countdown, i.e. human-vs-human games with normal rules and 30-second rounds. I also only looked at data for the last two years, because the move to the much bigger dictionary presumably ...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu May 21, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday January 24th 2013 (Birthday R32 #5)
Replies: 31
Views: 2763

Re: Spoilers for Thursday January 24th 2013 (Birthday R32 #5

Anyway it was nice to meet you and put a face to a forum personality. You were unfortunate to, as one of the all-time greats, and one of the all-time best pre-Apterous, be drawn against one of the all-time best. Way to slip in an under-the-radar "I'm an all-time best" comment. Which would only be t...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue May 19, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's your skin colour?
Replies: 37
Views: 2438

Re: What's your skin colour?

It does indeed. It's my home page , in fact, and it's super useful. Surely View Unread Posts is more useful? It's what my c4c bookmark points to. I've lost all respect I ever had for you. Probably for a second time, but I'd forgotten about this post. Active topics is better in every way. And you've...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed May 13, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Higher or Lower
Replies: 125
Views: 6448

Re: Higher or Lower

Just re-read this. Great thread. Still not convinced, myself.
by Jon O'Neill
Sun May 10, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Dubs or Subs
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: Dubs or Subs

I can't imagine wanting to watch anything, especially a film, so desperately that I would resort to watching it on a phone. I don't really agree with this. You can hold the phone a few inches from your face, with good headphones, and it's like being in the IMAX. It reminds me of when some film make...
by Jon O'Neill
Sat May 02, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Beat the Chasers
Replies: 3
Views: 345

Re: Beat the Chasers

I liked it for what it was but the format is surely flawed - it's probably easier to face 5 chasers than 1 or 2 in a 1-minute shootout.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: NHS-worship
Replies: 28
Views: 1234

Re: NHS-worship

I don't think anyone wants to begrudge the workforce for sure, that's never been an issue. The problem comes with the system, and the media deliberately convolution "a National Health Service" with " the National Health Service". The NHS, at present, is fundamentally flawed through the system of tr...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 538
Views: 150289

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Where is this information coming from Rhys? Particularly the phone call and details about coughing in the recording that you were counting.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 538
Views: 150289

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Quiz has now finished, and if I thought Ep2 was a little loose with the truth, Ep3 was flat out lying at points. - The suggestion that Celador added the coughs to the tapes is unfounded and ridiculous. The coughs were turned up for the trial , not as the original cut. Isn't the tape used at the tri...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Apr 15, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 538
Views: 150289

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Obviously they cheated, but the video with the coughing raised to the same level as Tarrant and Ingram's voices is a misleading piece of evidence. It feels like such a "gotcha" moment - I remember that feeling when I first watched the Major Fraud documentary. But that's obviously not what Ingram/Tar...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: NHS-worship
Replies: 28
Views: 1234

Re: NHS-worship

It's what separates us from the animals. It is therefore a huge source of national pride. It's just about the only thing I have any national pride in.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 72
Views: 3882

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Yeah I don't really get that one. I get that they closed the London parks because it would be difficult to keep a safe distance. But Snowdonia? I've never been but I can't imagine it was as packed as St. James' Park gets. I went to Hainault Forest Country Park on Saturday and it was very easy to kee...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: A massive apology to you all.
Replies: 34
Views: 2071

Re: A massive apology to you all.

Well done for owning up and apologising. It takes bravery to do that and everyone appreciates it.
You've still got a lot of growing up to do, but you're by no means alone in that regard.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Chess - advice for a beginner?
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Chess - advice for a beginner?

The trouble with knowing how to solve the tactical positions you will see in a newspaper is that you will only get to one of those positions very rarely, and only if you have outplayed your opponent up to that point. In any case a game between two beginners is usually just a succession of blunders,...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120736

Re: Politics in General

But what do you think generally about the points I made, other than disagreeing with how I worded them? Ok - there's a conflict in what you described as the prevailing liberal view. But you're wrong about what the prevailing liberal view is. Not suffering from gender dysphoria or knowing too much a...
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120736

Re: Politics in General

Going back to the trans debate, there's a BBC news article here about it and whether children can give informed consent to block puberty etc. Obviously we can go round in circles talking about what it means to be a man or a woman, but it's interesting that the prevailing "liberal" view seems to be ...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 170
Views: 22876

Re: You Are The Ref

I think everyone should use a pen to tap the table.. it's a sharper sound which makes it much easier to adjudicate. I've been using a pen on conundrums forever and it's definitely a competitive advantage to simply twitch your fingers than move your whole arm to bang the table, so I don't know why mo...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 170
Views: 22876

Re: You Are The Ref

1. c 2. b 3. b - Would be different if the host promised before the round to warn with 5 seconds left. If they promised to but didn't, and the player said their answer as soon as time was up, it'd be a very murky area. 4. b 4 (letters fall off before) - a. round ended when the letters fell off 4 (le...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Chess - advice for a beginner?
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Chess - advice for a beginner?

If you're bad and want to become below-average like me: Learn the main tactical motifs. Then do simple tactical puzzles (i.e. shouldn't take more than 5 seconds to solve) for hours and hours (it can be fun for someone of our ilk).
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 538
Views: 150289

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I didn't think it was that great. I mean it was OK but it wasn't very "Inside No 9". There was no twist or was I missing something? (Other than the bit that happened quite early on so doesn't really count.) I was looking at the clock - "10:28" - surely something has to happen now to make this episo...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Feb 18, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 538
Views: 150289

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

And Season 10 of Curb. Steer clear if you are a snowflake , woke or easily offended ( is that tautology ? ) As someone who has been described as a snowflake on a few occasions, you can safely ignore the steer clear advice - it's great. We all know that The 12 Days of Christine is the best episode o...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?
Replies: 20
Views: 2097

Re: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?

The main part of Gevin's post I'd disagree with is the bit about co-ordination being a "base" skill. Here I admit I'm drawing heavily on Matthew Syed's "Bounce" (which I gather draws a lot in turn from Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers"). Syed is a former British number one in table tennis but when he p...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Focal Talk podcast Episode 2 out now (featuring Ben Wilson and Conor Travers)
Replies: 13
Views: 1735

Re: Focal Talk podcast Episode 2 out now (featuring Ben Wilson and Conor Travers)

It's very good. i really enjoyed it.

Some sound quality issues with Conor unfortunately. In 2020 it seems like these should be solved by now but sadly not. An idea might be to get your guests to record the call as well then you can use their recording of them and your recording of you.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Code of Conduct
Replies: 23
Views: 4178

Re: FOCAL Code of Conduct

Good personal hygiene should be required.
Not washing hands after going to the toilet is a bannable offence.
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: In the current climate
Replies: 7
Views: 846

Re: In the current climate

How could we possibly function in this extreme society, where teachers aren't allowed to beat the shit out of a child, or comfort them? How are fictional men supposed to live with the sceptre of sexual assault accusations looming large over their heads every time they want to sexually assault someon...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Dec 27, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120736

Re: Politics in General

I always enter into these discussions as a blank slate and if people hold views that I find troubling, I'm happy to explain why I have arrived at my perspective, hammer out the points where we differ, and either agree to disagree or just move on. This goes for literally any subject matter, no matter...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120736

Re: Politics in General

Have you literally ever done any reading or research into this topic or are you just wanking yourself off on the proposition of a big fun C4C debate like a Braintree Ben Shapiro? I think I know which one it is. more liek gammon chipper lolzzz!! - is 'not renewing a contract' synonymous with 'sackin...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120736

Re: Politics in General

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/voices/stop-using-phony-science-to-justify-transphobia/ That is interesting but I'm not sure how much it changes. It starts off by saying that people with XX or XY chromosomes can still end up intersex, but clearly most people don't and that's not what this is a...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120736

Re: Politics in General

- Everyone who earns up to 100k will be better off - Those who earn between 20-50k will basically be getting a 10% net pay rise overnight - This will raise £6bn for the treasury Don't do any interviews with Nick Ferrari. Someone earning £100K pa would be pay a whopping £15K extra under your propose...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120736

Re: Politics in General

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:58 pm
What do you think of a woman losing her job for saying that people can't change their biological sex?
Why have both you and JK Rowling chosen to differentiate between a woman losing her job for that and a man (or other gender)? Why didn't you say "a person losing their job"?
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Dec 20, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120736

Re: Politics in General

75% was a nice round number that took the overall picture into "profit" vs. the status quo. What about National Insurance? Are you abolishing it or keeping it the same as it is now? Same as it is now for all other taxes, in the worked example above. Realistically I'd try to get rid of it by hiking ...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would you like to lead the labour Party
Replies: 30
Views: 2146

Re: Who would you like to lead the labour Party

The Lib Dems did get 1.4m more votes than the 2017 GE. So that's evidence of the effect. But who's to say the elasticity(/plasticity?) of Tory Remainers' vote is the same as Labour? It's a hard thing to know. I'd be interested to read more statistical analysis of all the above. There are some sweep...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would you like to lead the labour Party
Replies: 30
Views: 2146

Re: Who would you like to lead the labour Party

The Lib Dems did get 1.4m more votes than the 2017 GE. So that's evidence of the effect. But who's to say the elasticity(/plasticity?) of Tory Remainers' vote is the same as Labour? It's a hard thing to know. I'd be interested to read more statistical analysis of all the above. There are some sweepi...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would you like to lead the labour Party
Replies: 30
Views: 2146

Re: Who would you like to lead the labour Party

Sorry - I meant votes. Vote share as well.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would you like to lead the labour Party
Replies: 30
Views: 2146

Re: Who would you like to lead the labour Party

Labour got more votes and more seats this GE than the 2015 GE so to call it their worst defeat since 1935 is a little misleading in a discussion about how they fared. This was the Brexit election. UKIP got 3.9m votes in 2015 and the Brexit party got 600k in 2019. Where did the other 3.3m votes go? I...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2019 General Election Predictions
Replies: 5
Views: 1057

Re: 2019 General Election Predictions

Tory landslide, sadly.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120736

Re: Politics in General

75% was a nice round number that took the overall picture into "profit" vs. the status quo. With a high non-100% number there is still a financial reward for increasing income. At 100% this is not the case. Between 0% and 100% it's a sliding scale of how much financial reward you get. Apparently it'...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many jobs have you had ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1209

Re: How many jobs have you had ?

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by Jon O'Neill
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120736

Re: Politics in General

I'd be interested to know how much different it is. Let's say we start a business together and make £100k profit in year 1. What would be the difference between us paying ourselves £12k salaries and taking £76k out in dividends, vs. paying ourselves £50k salaries? I'm not being lazy... genuinely can...
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is Jeremy Corbyn electable as Prime Minister ?
Replies: 26
Views: 3030

Re: Is Jeremy Corbyn electable as Prime Minister ?

There is a general "Prime Minister after the December 2019 General Election" markets around but I can't find any hard and fast rules. I expect that the betting sites will just decide whether they should pay out after the event, in any of Graeme's examples. I don't think they'll be paying out in the...
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120736

Re: Politics in General

A 75% tax rate on earnings over 50K kills aspiration. Why would anyone start a small business, with all the risk and all the extra work bother? If you started a small business, wouldn't you pay corporation tax (which is much lower)? Unless you decided to pay yourself a pointlessly huge salary inste...
by Jon O'Neill
Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120736

Re: Politics in General

I endorse this proposal wholeheartedly. A 75% tax rate on earnings over 50K kills aspiration. Why would anyone start a small business, with all the risk and all the extra work bother? If you started a small business, wouldn't you pay corporation tax (which is much lower)? Unless you decided to pay ...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 244
Views: 59580

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Here's one that I think fits the theme of this thread perfectly.

Basic potato peelers work in both directions.
Also you don't even have to remove the peeler from the surface of the potato to continue peeling.
This has more than doubled my potato peeling efficiency, and feels a lot safer too.
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: ProRanks history video
Replies: 11
Views: 1931

Re: ProRanks history video

It's so nice that I won't take it personally that I have been excluded! I hope it's because of my stupid punctuated name rather than a personal vendetta.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: ProRanks history video
Replies: 11
Views: 1931

Re: ProRanks history video

Yeah it's a thing, and this is a great example of such a thing.
I remember Pendleton's rise to dominance. Amazing part of apterous history.

Nice.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Climate Change Deniers
Replies: 21
Views: 3791

Re: Climate Change Deniers

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:28 pm
https://www.researchgate.net/publicatio ... IiZbNT5rrE
Make of this what you will
The evidence is clear:

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by Jon O'Neill
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is Jeremy Corbyn electable as Prime Minister ?
Replies: 26
Views: 3030

Re: Is Jeremy Corbyn electable as Prime Minister ?

There is a general "Prime Minister after the December 2019 General Election" markets around but I can't find any hard and fast rules. I expect that the betting sites will just decide whether they should pay out after the event, in any of Graeme's examples. I don't think they'll be paying out in the ...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is Jeremy Corbyn electable as Prime Minister ?
Replies: 26
Views: 3030

Re: Is Jeremy Corbyn electable as Prime Minister ?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:56 pm
Jon O'Neill wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:35 pm
In 2017 you had "Next Prime Minister" which obviously doesn't do what Gev wants this time as the incumbent is standing.
The incumbent was standing last time weren't they?
Oh yeah. Who knows then. There must be a market somewhere with the right set of terms and conditions.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Is Jeremy Corbyn electable as Prime Minister ?
Replies: 26
Views: 3030

Re: Is Jeremy Corbyn electable as Prime Minister ?

In 2017 you had "Next Prime Minister" which obviously doesn't do what Gev wants this time as the incumbent is standing. According to this market Corbyn has about a 37% chance of being next Prime Minister (obviously has some assumptions built in): https://i.imgur.com/bje36uh.png Corby is 2.94 or roug...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120736

Re: Politics in General

Don't underestimate behaviour - Recent example - changes to the pension rules mean that NHS consultants are no longer working extra hours, because it simply isn't worth their time. Massive impact on the NHS. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/24/nhs-consultants-turning-down-work-avoid-hug...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120736

Re: Politics in General

If tax rates are very low, increasing them generates more revenue. Keep increasing them, and if you reach a point when a rate increase doesn't increase the revenue, you conclude that going above that point would actually reduce the revenue. There's a rate that maximises the return. Lengthy theorisi...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120736

Re: Politics in General

I was having a play around with some HMRC numbers to see what the impact of a completely different income tax structure would be. I'm calling this the Jono proposal and my idea is a 20k tax free allowance, then 10% on all earnings to 50k, then 75% on all earnings above that. - Everyone who earns up...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 629
Views: 120736

Re: Politics in General

I was having a play around with some HMRC numbers to see what the impact of a completely different income tax structure would be. I'm calling this the Jono proposal and my idea is a 20k tax free allowance, then 10% on all earnings to 50k, then 75% on all earnings above that. - Everyone who earns up ...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Ratings
Replies: 5
Views: 1689

Re: Ratings

Thanks - all a bit confusing! - but I like your quote on that ticket, which I would say remains true to this day based on my experience.... "If I was new to Apterous, I'd be thinking "What on Earth's going on with these rating systems?" " :) From what I can tell, the rolling ratings used to include...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: RIP Joyce Cansfield
Replies: 6
Views: 1613

Re: RIP Joyce Cansfield

A lovely lady and a giant of the game...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 473
Views: 46498

Re: Religion

OK, I'm going to have a go at replying to a lot of responses I've had. Sorry it's taken so long! Thanks for replying. You have an interesting perspective, possibly unique amongst the largely-atheist c4c. So it's interesting to hear. My first response is that one very positive result of posting on h...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 48
Views: 16809

Re: FOCAL scoring system

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:08 pm
people who'd literally go to a co-event inside a wardrobe.
You get 50 points for winning that event in Gev's system.
Just saying.