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by Jon O'Neill
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 543
Views: 103790

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: 317

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: 543
Views: 103790

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: 24
Views: 1005

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: 543
Views: 103790

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: 543
Views: 103790

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: 198
Views: 49387

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: 543

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: 543

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: 2531

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: 24
Views: 1005

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: 24
Views: 1005

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: 24
Views: 1005

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: 543
Views: 103790

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: 543
Views: 103790

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: 543
Views: 103790

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: 543
Views: 103790

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: 915

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: 915

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: 456
Views: 38839

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: 13057

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.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 48
Views: 13057

Re: FOCAL scoring system

The change is a vast improvement. No scoring system is perfect if you want a transparent/easily calculable approach. I can understand why you'd want a transparent system - so you know where you need to finish to get x points on the day, for any event. The Zarte Method is clearly superior to both but...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 456
Views: 38839

Re: Religion

I'm a Christian. (snipped) This is a great post and I agree with the way you present the dichotomies of this debate. I've arrived at this point having considered the evidence, but also having met with God personally. (Perhaps the word 'personally' was a bit unusual, but if prayer is talking to God,...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C Fantasy Football
Replies: 174
Views: 40670

Re: C4C Fantasy Football

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:57 am
Robin did set one up, but I didn't see much advertisement, so I've autorenewed last year's too, which everyone who's playing has been auto-added to.
Is there a joining code available?
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (Men) sitting down for a wee
Replies: 98
Views: 11311

Re: (Men) sitting down for a wee

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:51 pm
By the way, to piss directly into the water you'd need to be a full-on psychopath or severely autistic.
I mean that's just ridiculous. It's the best place to aim and so satisfying. It's actually one of the best things about being a man.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (Men) sitting down for a wee
Replies: 98
Views: 11311

Re: (Men) sitting down for a wee

By the way, how much does it matter if a few specks of piss that you can't see or smell, and as far as you're concerned doesn't even exist, land on some of the surfaces near your toilet? You're not going to know. Also they say piss is sterile don't they? I mean, it's probably some bullshit myth, bu...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 91
Views: 29009

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can: computer games. I'm utterly useless. I'm not really into it, but I'm not fundamentally opposed to the pastime, and over the course of the past couple of decades I have occasionally, inevitably been exposed to FIFA, various shoot-em-up...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 444
Views: 128420

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Latest Black Mirror was disappointing. Was expecting good things after Bandersnatch but the new episodes were fairly weak. The cabbie one was probably the best of the bunch but still a bit bland. Think Charlie might be running out of ideas. Could do with getting some other writers. I liked them. Ki...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Countdown in Brinsworth 2019
Replies: 41
Views: 7123

Re: Countdown in Brinsworth 2019

Sorry - didn't realise that this was locked and cos I'm Off-Topic Mod I was able to post - I'll unlock in case people want to reply. Feel free to re-lock Ben if you disagree.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Countdown in Brinsworth 2019
Replies: 41
Views: 7123

Re: Countdown in Brinsworth 2019

Cathy has been more than fair in her responses. I can't see anything in Cathy's post that seems unreasonable in the circumstances. Is it really fair and reasonable to pompously assert that Ashton is either: 1. A very lonely attention-seeker 2. A paedophile 3. Mentally or neurologically challenged 4...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed May 22, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Negative picking
Replies: 20
Views: 4966

Re: Negative picking

The order of importance for picking any round - letters or numbers.
1. Winning the match
2. Finishing as high in the competition as possible
3. You just fancy a certain selection
...
9999. What your opponent thinks/perceived negativity/opponent is on for a high score.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri May 10, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 198
Views: 49387

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

That's a good one.
by Jon O'Neill
Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 444
Views: 128420

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

All three seasons of Fargo were astoundingly good, to the point where I see no need to try and pick a favourite or pick a weak one, though most other people who have watched it seem to want to do this. Absolutely enjoying the shit out of Fargo. Half way through season 3 and they're all individually...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Replies: 29
Views: 12534

Re: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Something I got to thinking about - hypothetical. Say I was going on the show. I know a lot of very good quizzers, for example Ryan Taylor on this board, but I don't really consider them a "friend" as such (remember, this is hypothetical). However, I'd really like to use them as phone-a-friend. It'...
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Celebrations - a ranking
Replies: 32
Views: 7741

Re: Celebrations - a ranking

Milky Way
Twix
Galaxy
Malteser
Galaxy Caramel
Mars
Snickers
Bounty
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What documentaries have you been watching.
Replies: 4
Views: 3117

Re: What documentaries have you been watching.

All the latest Louis Therouxs. All were great. Watched the first of the latest Attenborough (Dynasties) - pretty good. Watched the first episode of DOGS on Netflix. It was a bit too much about HUMANS and not enough about DOGS, in my opinion. Making a Murderer Season 2 was interesting. I've been on a...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 444
Views: 128420

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I don't know if this is just me, but some of the reactions that some people on here have to some television programmes is completely alien to me. I'm never "in bits" after watching anything, and to be honest I find it a little bit weird. Am I the weird one? You should try Louis Theroux's documentar...
by Jon O'Neill
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A load of old tats
Replies: 17
Views: 4576

Re: A load of old tats

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:05 pm
But you're saying "I definitely want to be scarred for life. That's a given. Now I just need to find the way of doing it where I look least like a cunt."
That's right, yes.
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: A load of old tats
Replies: 17
Views: 4576

Re: A load of old tats

I'd like a tattoo but don't think there's anything worthwhile enough to justify the lifelong commitment.
Open to suggestions though.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 253
Views: 84260

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Anyone seen the German film "Look Who's Back" ("Er ist wieder da")? It's pretty dark, but really funny (if you like that kind of humour) and I think has some interesting points to make. It's basically "what if Hitler came back in the present day and what would he do" and while they milk it (Hitler ...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 444
Views: 128420

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Recently watched Bodyguard - that was entertaining for something that made no sense.
Also watched Killing Eve - that was entertaining and made some sense.

Currently watching Making a Murderer Season 2. Not as good as the original (although how could it be?) Also I'm on the fence about who did it..
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 444
Views: 128420

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I feel sorry for anyone watching it on catch-up as they won't have that element of surprise. I will let you know No need, I already know the answer. The fact that it's available on catch-up at all means the twist doesn't work. Should still be an enjoyable watch though. Completely forgot about it un...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you think it is wrong ?
Replies: 16
Views: 4107

Re: Do you think it is wrong ?

The only thing that is used to counter potential upsets is the five point penalty per word challenge. In some American tournaments you lose your turn for an incorrect challenge, which is harsh. The 5 point penalty worked against me yesterday as one of my opponents played SALTIER then later hooked a...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you think it is wrong ?
Replies: 16
Views: 4107

Re: Do you think it is wrong ?

Back to topic, I'm not aware of any rating system which is particularly robust to (a) matches between players with relatively huge ratings differences, and (b) players who play relatively few rated games, which would include some of the Scrabble World Championship entrants. And to answer Gavin's qu...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you think it is wrong ?
Replies: 16
Views: 4107

Re: Do you think it is wrong ?

To be fair , most of the good players absent had visa problems anyway. I got the pleasure to play Mark Nyman today ( of this parish ) needless to say he beat me but it was nip and tuck until I picked up the Q late on. Still 2 wins from 8 will do me as I'm 73rd rated out of 75 so I'm currently 66th ...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you think it is wrong ?
Replies: 16
Views: 4107

Re: Do you think it is wrong ?

Yeah, it's dumb.

Although maybe the ratings system is not a good one if it's overly sensitive to lucky outcomes in your chosen game. But why are people worried about the rating change from (presumably) the biggest tournament in the calendar?
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How much do you tip?
Replies: 14
Views: 4367

Re: How much do you tip?

This can go up in relation to how much I've had to drink. I only tip the bloke who cuts my hair at Christmas. Do you have one hairdresser per religious festival? Like Gevin I just go along with tipping even though as a concept it is ridiculous. Under 10% seems cheap. Over 15% seems like you're show...
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 28
Views: 11802

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

1. Gives more attention to all 3 disciplines of the game (which unlike you I view as a selling point), 2. speaks more to tradition to honour the occasion, 3. likely takes fractionally less time, which I think is good for a game that only 2 people are playing (and which considering your other daft o...
by Jon O'Neill
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Clock music pitch
Replies: 2
Views: 1839

Re: Clock music pitch

VHS artifacts or YouTube audio compression?
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 361
Views: 111018

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Bournemouth saw just me doing the parkrun. The results out of 469 runners: 6. Gevin Chapwell - 18:30 (50 points) That's actually my second fastest parkrun time (my PB being 18:22 at King's Lynn last year). The overall points: 1. Gevin Chapwell - 360 2. Giles Hutchings - 106.7 3. Oliver Garner - 80 ...
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 14230

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:15 pm
That's just "funded sport" whatever that is.
Funded sport means sports that get government funding.
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:15 pm
Probably doesn't take into account people just turning up somewhere and playing.
It does.
by Jon O'Neill
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why don't you like basketball?
Replies: 66
Views: 14230

Re: Why don't you like basketball?

I would like to know the percentage of 6 foot 7 plus people living in the UK. I suspect that answer will explain the lack of participation. But never give up as it has taken decades for America to accept soccer as a viable sport and I suspect come 2026 they may come close to winning the darn thing....
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Susie Dent's Two Words
Replies: 18
Views: 5295

Re: Susie Dent's Two Words

Why are L's worth 3 points?
by Jon O'Neill
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Susie Dent's Two Words
Replies: 18
Views: 5295

Re: Susie Dent's Two Words

Just started playing. It's good, quick fun.
Currently have a 4-5 H2H against SusieBot which I think is just a "greedy" bot which doesn't take rack balance into account.
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Which words are the most useful to know?
Replies: 4
Views: 3258

Re: Which words are the most useful to know?

Yeah, this is great. Nice work. Only thing I would suggest as an improvement is to do some face-up shuffling in the simulated rounds (or weight against rounds with double or triple letters). It seems to me that the most useful words seem a bit skewed towards double-letters compared to https://www.ap...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu May 03, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Implicit Association Tests
Replies: 6
Views: 3561

Re: Implicit Association Tests

Quite good results for me..

I'm very ageist
Slightly homophobic
Not racist
Don't associate women with the liberal arts
by Jon O'Neill
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Book recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 3339

Re: Book recommendations

Jono is doing a book a week as his new year's resolution for 2018. He'll pop along soon with some of the highlights I'm sure. I copied some of them from what people recommended him on Facebook and will report back. I'm a little behind (3 weeks if I finish what I'm currently reading by Sunday). So f...
by Jon O'Neill
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music Covers
Replies: 25
Views: 5085

Re: Music Covers

Nirvana
The Man Who Sold the World