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Thomas C King

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  1. True. I think in this case because someone might not 'know' that the shopper should tell them if e.g., the engine cooling seems sufficient, it would be hard to draw up specific terms. Trust though, is a longstanding mechanism. Look at 'Which?' for example. Ideally the shopper would have detailed description of why they think it is a good boat ('easy to find parts for this engine', 'good insulation').
  2. I think there is a lot of value in someone providing a service somewhere between a surveyor and a personal shopper. Many comments on this forum suggest that marinas such as Whilton have some good, some bad and some ugly boats. I'd have paid a few hundred to get someone to help us choose a boat prior to having the survey done. There is just far too much for the average first-time buyer to know, especially those of us who work longer hours and have less time to do the research. Embarrassed to admit, but I offered the asking price on our Whilton boat, didn't have a feel for whether we could have offered less (in hindsight, yes we could have).
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  7. Yes, but what is art? Is a philosophical question, ask a BA. Black art? Has existed in the African content for millennia. I don't have a BA...
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  9. Yes, the geeks are still at the bottom of that hierarchy. But all modern Comp. Sci. degrees have a bit of 'real world' stuff where you learn how to alienate your team mates.
  10. Personally I think the hardest bits of Comp. Sci. are actually formal-philosophical. A mixture of mathematical formalisation, with philosophical analysis, and theorems that have deeply philosophical implications. And most of the science bits, in the sense of empirical science, are really about using computers as a modelling tool for x (e.g., society), which isn't comp. sci. any more than astronomy is telescope science. The other science bits around how people use computers, including empirical science around the usability of languages, is partly psychology, and in some cases wholly. It's a mish mash.
  11. The hangovers from being one of the oldest institutions. Physics was taught before BScs were invented, and before they were invented Oxford didn't allow you to study hard science until you had studied a liberal art (too difficult, innit). Hence, to allow an undergrad physics degree, it has to be a BA. But, you can get an MSc in a hard science because by then you would have studied a BA (a hard science one or not). Another example: most doctorates are not in philosophy in the modern sense, but they are in the old sense. So you get a PhD, unless you do it at Oxford, in which case it's a D.Phil...
  12. Phew, some balance. I'm a newbie so was wondering why our trad stern has a stool if it's so dangerous. I sit on it if I just need to nudge the tiller occasionally with my elbow. Otherwise I stand in the engine bit. We do have gennie cables as an exciting trip hazard, though.
  13. I thought most people would. I don't like the fumes so I turn it off after a short while.
  14. You mean whatever carbon capture processes are used in industry, they are too expensive or not physically scalable down to what the average boat needs, or something else? I don't really know anything about the physics of it. Fizzy drinks? Pumped into the ground for fracking? Something else?
  15. Question, are any of you doing anything to capture carbon from flue gas? A cursory search brings up more large-scale solutions for industry.
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