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  1. On 20/06/2020 at 15:10, the_bloke said:



    It's to connect it to an external screen. I wouldn't say it's essential if you can't find the cable, as long as you have the USB you can charge it up and transfer data from it.

    Yes, I'm now doing this, using the standard USB lead sets up the camera's video software on the laptop.

    13 hours ago, alchresearch said:

    It might be their own style.  I had a Sanyo or Sony camera with its own type of cable

    Strangely enough, i found (in a drawer) a plug/ lead that fits from a Pentax Optio S camera that i had years ago, but this lead only has 2 RCA plugs.

  2. 1 hour ago, Halibut said:

    How does the following sound to you ''I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place."?

    Certainly, that was racist thinking (socal Darwinism); the white man superior to the black man. The UK which was running the Empire were superior in organization, military, technology and (arguably) the arts etc, and like other Empirists (an age he was born into) he believed that it was in the best interests of the afformentioned to be dominated but it didn't mean he hated them. 


    The Red Indians weren't peaceful, the tribes were at constant war with one another

  3. 3 hours ago, Halibut said:

    Do you now accept that Churchill was a racist?

    It depends what you mean by racist, Halibut. Before WW2, half the country could have been racist (or rather prejudiced) in some sense. In Sheffield, my mother told me that black people were relatively rare and people would stop in the street and stare. In fact, it was considered amongst many that it would encourage bad luck to befall any houshold that let a black man over the threshold. Prejudice I know, but that's how it was.  Africans in there own countries would be thought of as natives or savages wearing a loin cloth and holding a spear.

  4. 7 hours ago, catmiss said:

    But only the wealthy can afford the fees of the top notch accountants who can seek out and implement the loopholes. Might be legal but moral??????

    They're not always loopholes. In answer, this is a quotation by Lord Clyde, a senior Scottish judge:


    "No man in the country is under the smallest obligation, moral or other, so to arrange his legal relations to his business or property as to enable the Inland Revenue to put the largest possible shovel in his stores. The Inland Revenue is not slow, and quite rightly, to take every advantage which is open to it under the Taxing Statutes for the purposes of depleting the taxpayer's pocket. And the taxpayer is in like manner entitled to be astute to prevent, so far as he honestly can, the depletion of his means by the Inland Revenue"

  5. 3 hours ago, catmiss said:

    I don’t hate millionaires or billionaires as long as they and their companies pay the relevant taxes

    If they didn't, they would likely be prosecuted for tax evasion.

  6.  Doubt if it's a sump plug, it looks a bit too long and we don't know whether its magnetic. Dipstick possibly, although the hexagon doesn't really make sense for that. As I suggested earlier, it resembles a piston T.DC. tool (as in Janus's pic) the hexagon is for screwing the large thread into a 12mm or 14mm plug hole, it then slides out as the piston rises (presuming it is a slider) and they are usually graduated in mm, as in Janus's pic.

  7. Presuming the shaft slides through the thread (and it corresponds to one of the common plug threads), it looks like a tool for gauging piston top dead centre when screwed into a plug hole.



  8. The one's I use outside Yorkshire Bank at Hillsboro are bright and clear even in strong sunlight; must use different technology, like the large roadside advertising screens that are appearing here and there.


    To add- my £500 Samsung phone screen is useless in sunlight, you have to guess when taking a pic. Same with most small cameras, I won't buy one unless it's got a viewfinder, something the makers are shy on providing. How folks in the hot sunny countries cope with these things I don't know.

  9. 4 hours ago, Mr Fisk said:

    Yes you may possibly be right, but surely if these groups or people carry out such actions, then they are by law of Islam,  themselves guilty.


    So under an Islamic run state, which adheres to the Quran and Sunnah, would see these people face serious punishment.


    Justice is at the heart of Islam.

    Are there any states which hold themselves (in your opinion) as an exemplar of the faith, and apply the sort of justice that you admire?

  10. 9 minutes ago, Mr Fisk said:

    Wherever that takes place, which is wrong- does not mean it is advocated in the slightest by Islam.


    What some people do does not mean it represents the religion as a whole.

    Perhaps not, but it is being done in the name of Islam. I presume it's by people who hold a literal interpretation (how many are there?) and select  the verses that give them the excuse to carry out their agenda.

  11. 17 minutes ago, bendix said:

    We need to define the word tolerant, and again we need to focus on historical context.  


    As the Prophet Muhammed became more influential and Islam spread, the pantheist ruling classes sought to oppress and attack Islam.  The hostility of the pantheist authorities determined to convert Muslims back to their view, or finish them off. Battles were fought. Treaties signed and broken.  It was only in this context - of being attacked and persecuted - that the Quran were allowed to be fight back.


    Even then, war was to be avoided.  Allowed to live in peace side by side, the Quran says that "There is no compulsion in religion" (2:256) and those polythiest and other non Abrahamic religions who keep peace with Muslim and allow freedom of worship are tolerated and celebrated (9: 1-15), those nonbelievers who seek safe conduct should be protected and kept safe (9:6) etc.


    There is nothing in the Quran about intolerance to other religions, except to those who actively want to suppress Islam and attack its believers.  On the contrary, much of it is about living in peace with people of all beliefs.

    In many parts of the world christians are being killed/persecuted; it doesn't bode well for being a christian in many of these lands.

  12. 11 hours ago, bendix said:

    Unlike other holy books, the Koran acknowledges the above point about interpretation. 

    In the third sura (roughly chapter) Allah says in one of his messages to the Prophet: “Some of its verses are definite in meaning - these are the  cornerstone of the scriptures - and others are ambiguous. The perverse at heart eagerly pursue the ambiguities in their attempt to make trouble and  to pin down a specific meaning of their own. Only God knows the true meaning.”  

    This is to be expected.  It’s not a scientific text.  Any important text - religious, literary, philosophical - will be open to interpretation in different ways if you focus on single lines or verses. 

    As those holy texts have been handed down (to earth) and are deliberately ambiguous with the true meaning being withheld, then it is no surprise that readers have no other option but to invent their own interpretations without hope of clarification.  What then, is the point?


  13. 6 hours ago, Friendly Muslim said:


    How about yourself? What is your understanding of the concept of God and do you belive in God?  I was thinking of doing a post on 'Who is Allah?' because I imagine that most members on here are probably unaware/misinformed about the concept of God in Islam. Do you think that would be a good place to start?  

    No, I don't believe in God or gods as depicted in the major religions.


    We have always wondered what is the origin of life, matter and the universe and what becomes of us after death; perhaps one day it will be discovered but until then (for many of us), a God will fill the gap. In other words, if we believe  everything was created by a higher intelligence, problem solved!


    As for your proposed new post on Allah please proceed, but be prepared to be subjected to awkward questioning as post about religion attract more sceptics than potential recruits, so to speak!

  14. As Apelike says, trying to promote a religion through science references is, at least, tenuous and problematic in today's scientific world. I do believe that there are many more appropriate aspects of the religion which can be appealing to enquirers.


    Despite all these "facts" (even if true), they have never been a source of consultation by later scientists in their quests for knowledge and discoveries; that has been accomplished from other sources. Belief in a religion in itself though has given inspiration to enquiring minds.

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