What "positive action" is permitted under discrimination legislation? | FAQs | Tools | XpertHR.co.uk
It is lawful under s.158 of the Equality Act 2010 for an employer to take action to compensate for disadvantages that it reasonably believes are faced by people who share a particular protected characteristic (ie age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation). Separate provisions allowing positive action in relation to recruitment and promotion in limited circumstances are contained in s.159 of the Act.

Positive action is lawful if it is taken to:

enable or encourage people who share a protected characteristic to overcome a disadvantage connected to the characteristic;
meet the needs of people who share a protected characteristic where those needs are different to those of people who do not have the characteristic; or
enable or encourage people who share a protected characteristic to participate in an activity in which their participation is disproportionately low.
The employer can encourage people from disadvantaged groups to apply for work, and can provide training to help equip them for the particular work, but the decision on whom to select must be made on merit alone, except in circumstances where the candidates are "as qualified as" each other and s.159 applies.

For example, an employer that has records that show that its employees from a particular racial group are under-represented at management level could run a management training course targeted at employees from that group. However, the employer could not favour candidates from that group, at the expense of other candidates, when recruiting managers (unless s.159 applies).

Section 159 of the Equality Act 2010 allows an employer to treat an applicant or employee with a protected characteristic (eg race, sex or age) more favourably in connection with recruitment or promotion than someone without that characteristic who is as qualified for the role. The employer must reasonably think that people with the protected characteristic suffer a disadvantage or are under-represented in that particular activity. Taking the positive action must be a proportionate means of enabling or encouraging people to overcome the disadvantage or to take part in the activity. Employers must not have a policy of treating people who share a characteristic more favourably; they should decide whether or not to take positive action on a case-by-case basis.

The position in relation to positive action in favour of disabled people is different because it is not unlawful to discriminate in favour of a disabled person and employers have a positive duty to make reasonable adjustments to compensate for disadvantages related to disability.
hr  positive  action  discrimination 
2 days ago
VAT: costs or disbursements passed to customers - GOV.UK
an airline ticket that you buy to visit a client or to travel to a job, if you recharge the cost to your client you must charge VAT because the flight was for you, not for the client
trains  vat 
16 days ago
The Hindu : Masala <I>vs.</I> genre
RECENTLY RE-SEEING Ram Gopal Varma's "Deyam" ("Pey" in Tamil) on video made me wonder why there aren't more genre films in India. "Deyam", one of the few exceptions, is the most stylish and scariest Indian horror flick to date. It has you in suspense and keeps you — from start to finish — nervous and amused.
genre  bollywood 
25 days ago
Only Connect: 12 genius Victoria Coren Mitchell quotes - Radio Times
If you’re the sort of person who watches the show on your mobile, I can only hope you weren’t interrupted by too many friends calling. Except of course you weren’t, because you’re the sort of person who watches quizzes on your phone.
5 weeks ago
Nut roast recipe | BBC Good Food
1 tbsp olive oil
15g butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 sticks celery, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
200g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped
1 red pepper, halved, deseeded and finely diced
1 large carrot, grated
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp smoked paprika
100g red lentils
2 tbsp tomato purée
300ml vegetable stock
100g fresh breadcrumbs
150g mixed nuts such as walnuts, peacans, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts, roughly chopped
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
100g mature cheddar, grated
handful flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
recipes  nut  loaf 
8 weeks ago
Some Contacts not showing up but are still stored in iPhone 4 - Ask Different
I actually figured it out playing with it today, the contact would not appear in my contacts but if I searched my phone they would appear, so if I couldn't find them within contacts...I would first search for the contact...open it...and then edit the contact, then they would show up...

Seemed strange but it works and new contacts are now being added as normal, must have been a glitch at one point as all the contacts that I cannot see were added in about a 2 month span.
iphone  contacts  bug 
9 weeks ago
Excel display formula rather than result
Sometimes a bug in Excel results in the application displaying the text of a formula rather than the result of the formula in the spreadsheet. I have not been able to find a pattern of when it does it, but I have some spreadsheets that do this consistently.
excel  bug  workaround 
10 weeks ago
Untitled (http://everynoise.com/engenremap.html)
"an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space"
from twitter
10 weeks ago
iPhone X vs. iPhone 8: how to pick between them - The Verge
The notch that houses the front-facing camera and other sensors. It’s just kind of there all the time, and Apple is embracing that. That should be perfectly fine in apps, but the notch is likely to obscure content from time to time. We’ve already seen that it sticks out into videos if you play them full-screen in landscape orientation. Are you the kind of person who can ignore that? I’m not sure I am.
apple  iphone 
september 2017
Reddit - DrugNerds - report: Codeine - 54 tablets 30 mg each
Thanks for the post! That is double the LD50 for the average, opioid-naive person, so I'd definitely classify the dose as high. Have you ever tried pretreating with antihistamine for itch prophylaxis? It doesn't work in all patients, but many find relief using this trick, not to mention the euphoria is synergistic.
september 2017
Article: Cutlery stainless steel grades '18/8', '18/10' and '18/0'
Compositions of '18/8', '18/10' and 18/0'

These figures relate to the chromium and nickel contents of the steel, respectively.

'18/8' is probably the most commonly used stainless steel and contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel.
This steel is also known as '304' (in the American AISI grade designation system) or 1.4301 in the European BS EN 10088 standard.
It is an 'austenitic' type of stainless steel and so is not (or only very weakly) attracted by a magnet.

'18/10' is a designation used on some cutlery and holloware as an alternative to '18/8'. This designation is claimed to indicate a better quality steel than '18/8', and is essentially the same as the '304 (1.4301) grade . In practice the "10" does not indicate an actual higher Ni content and is purely a marketing ploy.

'18/0' is a 'ferritic' stainless steel type, which is attracted by a magnet (like pure iron). This steel is known as '430' in the AISI system or 1.4016 in the European standard.
It is used where corrosion resistance is not too demanding as an alternative to the '18/8' 304 type. The chromium content is optimistically said to be 18% but is nearer 17%.

Applications for these grades

The austenitic and ferritic '18/8', '18/10' and '18/0' stainless steels cannot be hardened by heat treatment and so can only be used for knife handles, forks and spoons.
Hardenable martensitic types of stainless steel, like the ferritics, contain only chromium, but with additional carbon. This enables them to respond to hardening heat treatments and so they can be used for knife blades.
The best quality table knives are made in two pieces using a martensitic blade and an austenitic (18/8 or 18/10) handle, bonded together.

Less expensive cutlery is often made as single piece martensitic knives, forks and spoons. This steel is not as costly, as it does not contain the nickel of the 18/8 - 18/10 types, but consequently has lower corrosion resistance. The corrosion resistance of cutlery made in this way should however be adequate for normal tableware use.
Cutlery manufacturers may choose to limit 'life' statements or guarantees on these lower cost pieces.

More information can be found on cutlery at the Cutlery and Allied Trades Association website.
august 2017
New sugar free Lucozade only 3 calories per can WTF
from twitter
august 2017
Went to your Kentish Town shop this evening to eat burgers based on the info in your twee…
from twitter
june 2017
RT : Love it when I see a familiar face pop up on my timeline. Dominic has channel solo coming up, drop him some pennies…
from twitter
june 2017
Discontinuous Innovation Definition from Financial Times Lexicon
Radical innovation and discontinuous innovation are synonyms. Disruptive innovation used to be a synonym until 1997. Since then the term has been strongly associated with Christensen’s model. Incremental innovation is the opposite of radical innovation.
june 2017
What is the difference between 'disruptive innovation', 'radical innovation', 'discontinuous innovation' and 'breakthrough innovation?' - Quora
I would say:

Disruptive innovation, as defined most articulately by Clayton Chistensen,  represents a new product or service that enters at the low end of the market and gradually moves up-market, displacing existing, established products. The change driving this disruption may, in itself, be a minor or incremental technological innovation.
Radical innovation represents a major technological breakthrough.
Discontinuous innovation is a new technology applied to solve an existing need in a new way. The HP Inkjet printer is the classic example here, having displaced earlier impact printhead technologies with a new and better way to put ink on paper.
Breakthrough innovation is an "out-of-the-blue" solution that cannot be compared to an existing solution. Sterolithography, or 3- dimensional printing, applied to model creation (as opposed to the old bench-tech, hand-crafted approach) would be a good example here.
june 2017
sectioning - How to add an extra level of sections with headings below subsubsection - TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange
I have a document which requires many levels of sectioning. I have sections, subsections and subsubsections, but require one more level below that. I can't change the sections to be parts and move everything up a level, as this document will eventually be included in another document which has parts/chapters already.

I see that the \paragraph command is used for defining the section level below subsubsection, but that doesn't produce headings in the same way that subsection and subsubsection do. Is there any way to either (1) change the \paragraph command so that it works like subsubsection but just adds another number - ie. or (2) create a \subsubsubsection command to do the same thing?
latex  subsubsubsection 
june 2017
Powering Ring Doorbell without doorbell kit? - Devices & Integrations - SmartThings Community
I had a similar situation, Ring Video Doorbell and no pre-existing setup. I bought the transformer from B&Q, Byron Transformer 8V, Product code: 5013529777006 and wired it up, without issue and without Resistor.

At first the system was charged to around 55% and the software recognised that it was hardwired and charging, however in the first few days 'hard use' of the ring the charge was declining.

I then read about the resistor, searched Maplin etc and they said that they didn't do any at the resistance needed, and it was a VERY LARGE resistance BTW.
I then found RS Components did a similar one just for a few pounds so went ahead and bought it.
part number: 8506424, Manufacture part: HL05006E25R00JE, Wirewound 25ohms, power 50W, tolerance 5%

Then it turned up and it is massive so not quite sure it is the right thing after all. (about 100mm long and 10mm diameter) Anyway, I went to install it yesterday and checked the system health and its 95%, so seems to be charging correctly without this resistor, so I think I'll hold off installing as I'm not sure it is needed at the moment.
ring  resistor 
june 2017
How many watts does the Ring Doorbell draw? : ringdoorbell
I wouldn't worry too much about wattage1, since AC loads will pull only the current they require. Most transformers should allow at least 10A of current, which should be far more than 2 Rings will need. Your house wiring probably will only allow 10-15A (check the breaker or fuse on the circuit to confirm) anyways.
ring  power 
june 2017
Doesn't using resistors serial to LEDs all the time waste a lot of energy? - Electrical Engineering Stack Exchange
Yes, and no. When current passes through the resistor, it generates heat and therefore wastes energy. However, if you took the resistor out (and therefore drove the LED at a higher voltage) you'd be driving more current through the circuit and thus actually burning more power than with the resister in place.

Remember that with constant voltage, current is inversely proportional to resistance. The more resistance you inline into the circuit, the less current you pass, and therefore the less power you consume. So while the resistor itself plays a part in generating heat in the circuit, its presence there actually means that less heat will be generated overall.
resistor  power 
june 2017
Newport Sands (Traeth Mawr or Big Beach) nr Newport Golf Club, Newport Pembrokeshire Wales
This is the largest of the beaches at Newport with almost a mile of flat sand stretching across the bay below Newport Golf Course.
beach  wales 
june 2017
7 Mistakes You’re (Likely) Making with the Two Beat Kick | Sea Hiker | Vancouver Swimming Lessons & Coaching
1. Kicking first (too early)
2. Bending your knee to “kick” yourself forward
3. Your Legs Stay Rigid.
4. Swimming flat
5. Crazy feet
6. Wide scissor
7. Disconnected Kick
swimming  kick 
may 2017
Death to Bullshit
We're bombarded by more information than ever before. With the rise of all this information comes a rise of the amount of bullshit we're exposed to. Death to Bullshit is a rallying cry to rid the world of bullshit and demand experiences that respect people and their time.
design  web 
may 2017
The web looks like shit | The Outline
Auto-play videos lurking in unopened tabs. Pop-ups that won’t go away. Photos that won’t load. Text that’s invaded by ads. It’s hard to complain about the internet without feeling like a mom struggling to post on Facebook, but going online has started to feel like an assault on the senses. The internet so often feels like that joke from Annie Hall in which two old women complain about dinner: “This article is terrible.” “I know — and so hard to read!”
design  web 
may 2017
Like Totally Whatever by Taylor Mali (Remixed w/ Transcript) - YouTube
In case you hadn't realized,
it has somehow become uncool
to sound like you know what you're talking about? You know?
Or believe strongly in what you're, you know, saying?
Invisible question marks and parenthetical “you know?”'s
and “you know what I’m saying”’s
have been attaching themselves to the ends of our sentences?
Even when those sentences aren't, like, you know, questions?
poem  question 
may 2017
Ending A Statement With A Question Mark?
“In case you hadn’t realized, it has somehow become uncool to sound like you know what you’re talking about? Or believe strongly in what you’re, like, saying? Invisible question marks and parenthetical ‘you know’s and ‘you know what I’m saying’s have been attaching themselves to the ends of our sentences? Even when those sentences aren’t, like, questions? Declarative sentences, so called because they used to, you know, like, declare things to be true, as opposed to other things that are, like, totally... not?” -  Taylor Mali 
poem  question 
may 2017
Sideways Dictionary
Sideways dictionary — it's like a dictionary, but using analogies instead of definitions. Use it as a tool for finding and sharing helpful analogies to explain technology. Because if everyone understands technology better, we can make technology work better for everyone.
reference  dictionary 
may 2017
Don't Buy a New MacBook. They're About to Get a Lot Better :: Tech :: News :: macbook pro :: Paste
When will we see some of these announcements come? Apple usually holds an event in March, which is when the company first unveiled the MacBook back in 2015. Last year the event was reserved for the launch of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the iPhone SE. This year our prediction is a return of focus to the MacBook and updated iPads (both Pro and mini) for its March event.
may 2017
New MacBook 2017 News: UK Price, Release Date, Features & Specs - Macworld UK
When will Apple update its 12-inch MacBook? We round up rumours of a new 12-inch MacBook for 2017, and cover its likely design, tech specs, new features and UK pricing. Latest: after Apple's March product update included no Macs, here's why we expect new Apple laptops this summer, with Kaby Lake chips & 16GB RAM
may 2017
MacBook: Everything We Know | MacRumors
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, next-generation MacBooks could include up to 16GB RAM as a higher-end upgrade option. Current MacBooks are limited to 8GB RAM, with no 16GB option available.

Production on a 2017 MacBook is rumored to be starting early in the second quarter, which begins in March. Updated models could see a spring or early summer release date.
may 2017
Light Switches - where to start? (UK) - UK & Ireland Specific News & Discussion - SmartThings Community
Before we get too theoretical, I just wanted to do a quick recap of the options that are available right now for those in the UK.
lighting  switches 
may 2017
Virgin Money Giving - Sorry there's been a problem
Am swimming the Channel solo in July for & . Please give if you can to make my arms go faster!
from twitter
april 2017
The web looks like shit | The Outline
RT : A tragedy of the commons > The web looks like shit
from twitter
april 2017
With $1.1M In The Bank, Graduway Launches To Help Schools Reinvent Alumni Networking | TechCrunch
Graduway founder Daniel Cohen admits that it’s an ambitious goal and that the company has a long way to go, but he sees plenty of opportunity. In spite of the fact that there are already a handful of competitors in the alumni networking space — including Harris Connect, Alumni Magnet, iModules and Easyalumni, to name a few — the majority of schools today still struggle to maintain positive relationships with their graduates. Most of the platforms in use today are littered with outdated personal information and suffer from low engagement levels, Cohen says.
april 2017
MS Word: Split window VERTICALLY - how? - Ars Technica OpenForum
Microsoft Word can split the window only horizontally, not vertically. If you prefer to work in two "panes" that are arranged side by side instead of top and bottom, open the document in a second window. Do this by clicking New Window on the Window menu, and then arrange the two windows as you want them.
microsoft  word  split 
march 2017
AS2016: flat rate VAT for limited cost traders rises to 16.5% | CCH Daily
This will affect a business that supplies a service on or after 1 April 2017 but either issues an invoice or receives a payment for that supply before 1 April 2017. When considering the limited cost trader definition, any such supply must be treated, for VAT purposes, as taking place on 1 April 2017. Any invoice or payment that covers continuous supplies of services that cross this date must be apportioned.
march 2017
Standard Deviation and Variance
If we just add up the differences from the mean ... the negatives cancel the positives:

  4 + 4 − 4 − 44 = 0
So that won't work. How about we use absolute values?

  |4| + |4| + |−4| + |−4|4 = 4 + 4 + 4 + 44 = 4
That looks good (and is the Mean Deviation), but what about this case:

  |7| + |1| + |−6| + |−2|4 = 7 + 1 + 6 + 24 = 4
Oh No! It also gives a value of 4, Even though the differences are more spread out.

So let us try squaring each difference (and taking the square root at the end):

  √( 42 + 42 + 42 + 424 ) = √( 644) = 4
  √( 72 + 12 + 62 + 224 ) = √( 904) = 4.74...
That is nice! The Standard Deviation is bigger when the differences are more spread out ... just what we want.

In fact this method is a similar idea to distance between points, just applied in a different way.

And it is easier to use algebra on squares and square roots than absolute values, which makes the standard deviation easy to use in other areas of mathematics.
march 2017
Introducing Save for later | Help | The Guardian
Update, 6 February 2017: The “save for later” feature is no longer available on our website. We regularly have to make difficult decisions about the features and products we are able to maintain given the limited resources at our disposal, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. The feature remains available on our iOS and Android apps. Dedicated apps such as Pocket and Instapaper provide similar and more extensive functionality, and a number of browsers also have the facility built in.
guardian  website 
march 2017
15 ways of innovation by combinations | 7 ideas
When Gutenberg was asked how he arrived at the invention of the printing press, he confessed it was as simple as seeing a new connection between two existing products: the wine press and the coin punch.
innovation  combination 
march 2017
Try Weird Combinations
Someone put a trolley and a suitcase together and got a suitcase with wheels.
Someone put an igloo with a hotel and got an ice palace.
Someone put copier and a telephone together and got a fax machine.
Someone put a bell and a clock together and got an alarm clock.
Someone put a coin punch and a wine press together and we got books.
innovation  combination 
march 2017
SCAMPER - Creativity Tools from MindTools.com
SCAMPER is a mnemonic that stands for:
Put to another use.
innovation  scamper 
march 2017
Amorino - la Glace Italienne d’Excellence. Glaces, Sorbets, Granités, Macarons al gelato…
Amorino offers Italian gelato, served with a spatula without limits in the choice of flavours.
march 2017
Is there a way to change the startup color? | Philips Hue API
Before I dig into the API or IFTT, I need a simple question answered.  Can the default color on the BR30 lights be changed?  I'd like it to be a cool white instead of a warm white.

I would even be OK with starting up as warm white, but switching to cool white within a few seconds.  Do the bulbs report coming online to the bridge?  Or...could I have a 30 second loop that checks to see if the color is warm white and changes it to cool white? (ignoring other colors)

Please tell me this is possible somehow!  I know the bulbs are designed to never be turned off at the switch - but my house is fully automated and this is just not possible.
automation  lighting  hue  limitation 
february 2017
Stamps - Pay for Postage | Royal Mail Group Ltd
Stamps without a specified monetary value are described as Non Value Indicator (NVI) and are typically First and Second Class stamps. These do not have an expiry date, therefore can be used regardless of the length of time you've had them. Stamps with a monetary value also do not have an expiry date and can be combined to make up the value of postage required.
february 2017
An impressive large staircase in a turn of the 20th century house made the circulation generous, light and airy, but its dominance compromised the entire layout. The challenge was to replace this once favoured staircase whilst enhancing this previous spacious quality.

The perforated timber treads and risers, and balustrade of the new staircase let through light and air, but in a more compact overall configuration and an essence of the airines from the original staircase can still be experienced. Traces of engraved e-mail dialogues between the client and architect appear on the stair stringer and handrail suggesting that the contemporary time factor also supports the stair structure that serve future stories. Following the texts by eye, voices echo in one's mind as if the sounds resonate in the air passing through the perforated structure.
february 2017
Stack Exchange clones - Meta Stack Exchange
Stack Exchange has released an updated, feature-complete version of the Stack Overflow engine which is now available for enterprise use. You can read more about that here

The Stack Exchange engine is available for use

but if that does not meet your needs, there are several third-party tools that try to clone at least some of the functionality here.

Most active that look like the best bets

Open source

ASKBOT: Python/Django. Hosting, code, docs, import. GPLv3
Biostars: Demo. Python, Django. MIT license
LampCMS: Demo. PHP 5.3, MongoDB. LGPL3
Mamute: Demo 1, Demo 2. Java. Customizable. Apache 2 license
PaizaQA: Demo, MEAN (MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, and Node.js), MIT license
Kliqqi: Demo. PHP, MySQL. Different look, hosting. Not active, CC-BY 3.0 license
Question2Answer: Demo. PHP, MySQL. Fairly active. GPLv2+
Not open source

AllAnswered: Django. It allows any community to create their own Q&A site. Free.
AnswerHub: Java. Live site. Enterprise Q&A by the people who created OSQA. Not free.
Confluence Questions: Java. Enterprise Q&A developed and supported by Atlassian. Not free.
Haydle: SaaS, free 30 day trial. Haydle is focused on being a private, internal Q&A system.
Q&A: Live Site. WordPress Plugin. Actively developed by a company that looks reliable. No longer free; $19 to download (with no membership)
Rootbuzz: Django, hosting, actively developed, non-free
SabaiDiscuss: commercial WordPress Plugin
february 2017
Payroll Charges
Minimum charge per pay run

Per end of year form P14/P60
february 2017
David Ainsworth: There are more than twice as many charities in the UK as you’ve been told
Traditionally quoted figures about the number of organisations in the charity sector are completely wrong, says David Ainsworth.

This morning, I read someone writing about the charity sector, and they said there are 160,000 charities in the UK.

This is a pretty commonly quoted figure – you see it everywhere, not least all over the national newspapers – but it’s wrong. By quite a long way.

Next time someone asks you how many charities there are in the UK, here’s the actual answer: nobody really knows, but it’s probably more than 400,000.

There is a serious, fundamental problem to this – quite apart from the fact that it irritates those of us who like to get our numbers right. It means we are significantly undervaluing the sector’s contribution to national life.

I believe the traditional figure is based on the number of charities registered with the Charity Commission. But when you look at the Charity Commission facts and figures page, you see they recognise more than 180,000 charities in England and Wales. Some of those are linked organisations, which share trustees, rather than independent organisations. But they’re still charities.

And the Commission only regulates England and Wales, and there are another 24,000 registered charities in Scotland. Nobody knows how many charities will appear on the Northern Ireland register, because they’re still being signed up. Between 6,000 and 10,000 is the best guess.

So even if we only talk about registered charities, there are well over 200,000.
dom  charities 
february 2017
spacing - Unable to Remove Vertical Space Before and After Lists within longtable - TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange
All the tricks to remove vertical space before and after itemize lists (using enumitem) seem to work well in table/tabular environments, but not in longtable. The following MWE illustrates the difficulty I'm having to get the First bullet at the same level as the Left item.
latex  formatting  itemize  space  longtable 
february 2017
lists - itemize, removing natural indent - TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange
Any customization of a list environment, such as itemize, enumerate, etc, is most elegantly handled by the enumitem package.

You can use leftmargin=* locally,

\item one
\item two
\item three
or else you use

latex  formatting  itemize  space 
february 2017
spacing - How to remove the whitespace BEFORE itemize/enumerate? - TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange
\item Item 1
\item Item 2
\item Item 3
latex  formatting  itemize  space 
february 2017
Methylene Chloride Decaffeination
Does any of the chemical remain on the bean after the decaffeination process is complete?
Minute traces. Methylene chloride evaporates at 100 to 200°F; beans are usually roasted at a temperature of 350 to 425°F and coffee is brewed at 190 to 212°F. Any amounts of methylene chloride left in brewed coffee would be less than one part per million.

Does methylene chloride cause cancer in laboratory animals?
According to a report published by the American Medical Association in August 1985, studies of rats fed regular and decaffeinated coffee (at doses equivalent to 70 or 80 cups of coffee per day) or fed methylene chloride in their drinking water (at doses equivalent to 125,000 to 625,000 cups of decaffeinated coffee per day) showed no evidence of carcinogenity… Hence scientific evidence suggests that methylene chloride is safe for use as a solvent for decaffeinating coffee.
If the process is non-toxic, inexpensive and the decaffeinated coffee tastes good, why are consumers so wary of it?
The dreaded ‘C’ word – exaggerated reports of suspected carcinogenity. UK and American roasters agree that the process is safe, inexpensive and produces a great tasting cup of decaffeinated coffee. They also agree that MC decaffeination will eventually cease. Not because it is harmful, but because of the public’s perception that it is harmful.

The best thing to do is make up your own mind. If you are the type that doesn’t take aspirin, eat white sugar, has low cholesterol and exercises every day, you probably won’t want to take the one in several million chance that you may develop cancer as a result of drinking coffee decaffeinated with methylene chloride. If you are like me, and want to be able to drink a great tasting cup of decaffeinated coffee occasionally, then keep an open mind about it and give the coffee a try.
decaf  health 
january 2017
The dangers of decaf - is it really a healthy choice?
Several health scares have sprung up in the past surrounding decaf - one such study carried out in Iowa showed that drinking four or more cups of decaf a day led to an increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis, however other studies have found no link. But there's no denying that exposure to methylene chloride in other forms can cause headaches, skin irritation, dizziness and faintness. We know that the traces of the chemical left in our decaf drinks are not really enough to pose a healthy risk, but do you really want to be drinking something that is treated with the same chemical used in aerosol sprays and paint strippers?
decaf  health 
january 2017
e-Buddhism: Stephen Hawking’s Beautiful Message For Anyone With Depression
Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”
hawking  advice 
january 2017
List of professional associations in the United Kingdom - Wikipedia
The following is a list of professional bodies in the United Kingdom. Membership of a professional body does not necessarily mean that a person possesses qualifications in the subject area, nor that they are legally able to practice their profession. Many of these bodies also act as learned societies for the academic disciplines underlying their professions.
dom  professional 
january 2017
Recent charity register statistics: Charity Commission - GOV.UK
£500,001 to £5,000,000 – 8,972
£5,000,000 plus – 2,201
dom  charities 
january 2017
Britain's top 1,000 charities ranked by donations. Who raises the most money? | News | theguardian.com
There are around 160,000 general charities in the UK. According to the UK Civil Society Almanac 2012, these charities have a combined income of around £37bn. Big household names such as Cancer Research UK, NSPCC, Oxfam and the RSPCA with annual incomes above £10m make up less than 1% of these charities, yet these few hundred charities account for almost half of the total income. Take the next 4,000 or so largest charities, with incomes of between £1m and £10m a year and we still have less than 3% of the total charities in the UK. In contrast the majority of charities (54%) are very small, local volunteer-run organisations with less than £10,000 a year coming in.
dom  charities 
january 2017
When to gain weight for a channel swim? - Marathon Swimmers Forum
Interesting! I guess I am not skinny (217 lbs and 6 ft 2) so should be OK, but I don't want to get skinny, and it was happening. The weight was falling off, and I am swimming 'only' 25 km a week. The high fat snacks and regular curry are helping... I have managed to halt the fall.
swimming  channel  weight 
january 2017
horizontal alignment - Fixed column-width table with text left-aligned in cells - TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange
latex  formatting  table  justification 
january 2017
Silicone Tally: How Hazardous Is the New Post-Teflon Rubberized Cookware - Scientific American
So while most of us will probably not have a problem with silicone cookware, those with chemical sensitivities might want to stay away until more definitive research has been conducted. In the meantime, cast iron and anodized aluminum cookware remain top choices for those concerned about harmful elements leaching into their cooked foods.
cookware  silicone 
january 2017
How can I name desktops/spaces in El Capitan? - Ask Different
There IS, actually, a way to name your spaces. SORT OF.

That is, you can't change the name that appears under them when you use Mission Control (which I will go on record saying is one of Apple's biggest mistakes--Spaces was a million times better, even though it too was crippled in some respects), but you can assign names to them and make it easier to tell them apart.

The trick is that you can assign different desktop images to each 'space' (now called a Desktop). This will help make them easier to tell apart. As far as naming, this will be a huge pain, and definitely not ideal. But a kludgey solution is all Apple leaves open to us. You have to put the name on the image. Yup, open an image editor and add some text on top of those lily pads, or that lion's head, or whatever.

Yes, that sucks if you'd like to regularly name and rename your spaces. But if you have a few that you use most of the time, you can create a few desktop images with the names on them, and just live with it. I wish I could give a better solution, but it's out of my control obviously. This is, unless someone discovers an as yet hidden setting somewhere in OS X, or until Apple realizes their mistake and fixes Mission Control, the best we can do.
mac  missioncontrol 
january 2017
Longtable: page breaks within row possible? - TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange
pagebreaks inside a cell are in general not possible but you can work with a trick if you really need a break. However, it makes no sense if you have a lot of such tables or pagebreaks.

Set the long table as usual and have a look into the pdf output of the cell where a pagebreak maybe usefull. Now insert in that cell at the last word of that line

first col & ... some text\parfillskip=0pt \tabularnewline
& and the follwing text which is on the next page.
latex  formatting  table  longtable  pagebreak  workaround 
january 2017
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