• I’m not sure what money BC or SC have committed to this but they are certainly both aware/involved in the project. It’s got Sport Scotland backing and West Lothian Council investment too – the issue is all these things often depend on “well if the community really wants it they should put some cash in too”. A number of local cycle clubs, individ…[Read more]

  • Yet another idiotic, pseudo science half-idea from the current numpties driving the English parliament. Sooner we get on our way and get that border wall built the better..

    Its a devolved issue and will only affect England… I’m not sure if Scotland’s cities suffer the same levels of PM2 problems – but if they do then for once Scotland might…[Read more]

  • poly replied to the topic Met office v BBC weather in the forum Chat Forum 18 hours ago

    Dark sky.

    In a different league. Rain forecast is amazing.

    Small fee.

    Free on the website (perhaps paying would mean it remembers the things I care about – wind and rain, deg C etc?). I like it. I also like . If I really want to understand though I go for Grib files and see the detail…

    If two different weather models are giving…[Read more]

  • I’d write back to them suggesting a more senior officer reviews the case, because IMHO its not really their place to “not record it as a crime” unless the circumstances you described do not amount to a criminal offence. Taking no further action because there is nothing to go on, or because they have very low prospect of conviction is very…[Read more]

  • poly replied to the topic Dignity in Dying in the forum Chat Forum 3 days ago


    With regard to vulnerable people – if you cannot consent fully then you cannot be a part of this. thats pretty much a given

    Of course rigorous safeguards are needed and if that means some people could not avail themselves of the provisions then so be it.

    I get entirely what you are saying, and I probably subscribe to the “better some p…[Read more]

  • poly replied to the topic Dignity in Dying in the forum Chat Forum 3 days ago

    TJ – I should perhaps emphasise that I am generally in favour. But I think if we dismiss the “problems” that designing in safeguards have, we make it very difficult for the legislation to pass because the objectors can simply point to a loophole that lets people “get away with murder”.

    Places where this is legal this does not seem to be an issue…

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  • poly replied to the topic Dignity in Dying in the forum Chat Forum 4 days ago

    I was surprised that the Scottish assisted dying bill never made it to law. There seems to be support for it everywhere it is discussed, as there is in this thread.

    The easy explanation is organised religion has too much influence on politics but there were other legitimate concerns too. How do you stop anyone feeling “it’s best they go bec…[Read more]

  • poly replied to the topic Opticians. All the same? in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    All opticians have to pass the same exams…

    That tells you they all met the same basic level of memory / understanding when they sat the exam – it tells you very little about their people skills, current knowledge of your specific eye condition, understanding of the tools they have in front of them or ability to deal with difficult customers o…[Read more]

  • Also OOB the “tax raising” powers are very limited and designed intentionally to stop the SNP doing things they want to do.

    And yet there are things like council tax reform that they shy away from. Essentially though they, like all politicians, are too scared to “put tax up” they just don’t put them down when Westminster does – thats not lea…[Read more]

  • I don’t watch questiontime any more as its just shouty nonsense. However consider if you could put “Politicians” in the title and OP and still be just as valid?

    It looks like it was Joanna Cherry QC (a Westminster SNP MP) who was on? I don’t know what you were expecting her to take responsibility for – but its a bit like expecting Ruth…[Read more]

  • It’s on this weekend and only £7 with free parking. Is there likely to be much for the converting a van on a budget crowd or is it more your £40k starting price T6 conversions?

    I went to the Scottish one last weekend to convince myself I wanted a van.
    NEC is a bargain. SECC was £13/head + £11 parking.

    Nothing their that was less than £40k…[Read more]

  • This is why the disease will end up spreading in the UK and other Western countries, the rank stupidity of the inhabitants.

    A bit harsh to blame someone suffering from a potentially fatal disease for seeking medical help. I’m reasonably attuned to government advice – and have seen nothing telling me this is not what to do except for one poster…[Read more]

  • poly replied to the topic Test & Automation Software in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    I’d be surprised if you don’t set off some alarms at the bank by making repetative transactions… make sure its not your only account in case they lock you out.

  • poly replied to the topic do i want root canal? in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    so should i? everyone at work seems to think its one of the most horrible experiences ill have in life.

    I often wonder if the people who make such protestations have actually had root canal work or have lived a very sheltered life. The initial injection is worse than a normal filling anaesthetic but no worse than getting the tooth pulled. Early…[Read more]

  • I wouldn’t say anything officially as it could end up with the sender loosing their job.

    And if they thought it was a good idea to send emails like this without a good reason – surely that may not be a bad thing?

    Of course, the most logical reason for the email, in fact the only rational reason I can imagine anyone sending such an email is b…[Read more]

  • I suspect they reduce the life of the dimmer (with prolonged use) – based on the dimmers I’ve had to replace being used with the wrong type of bulb.

  • poly replied to the topic Micro bit block coding problem. in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    If you really want to do it in javascript or the block editor then jim’s link will let you translate what I wrote in python (that may be useful if I have any syntax errors there!).

    while True: is the equivalent of the “forever” block
    sleep is the equivalent of pause block

    Also – i’ve used “show” – if its more than 1 character you…[Read more]

  • poly replied to the topic Micro bit block coding problem. in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    @Ambrose I’ve edited the shake bit – because what I wrote was dodgy! I also found a “get values” which gives x, y and z with one command.

    Have fun.

  • poly replied to the topic Micro bit block coding problem. in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    Here is a crude suggested approaches:

    from microbit import *

    while True:
    gesture = accelerometer.current_gesture()
    if gesture == "3g":
    sleep(1000) # will wait 1s (1000ms) before moving on

    Note I’ve assumed you wanted the vertical (z axis)…[Read more]

  • poly replied to the topic Micro bit block coding problem. in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    You probably want it in some sort of loop, or at least to add a delay. You could manually do that in Javascript or using the block editor. JS is not my day-to-day but micro:bit supports python. I don’t have one to try… but can probably get you 1/2 way there. i’ll go look at the documentation…

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