Re: Eyeball upgrade
If that's your aim in life, I feel very sorry for the your missus.
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This, like Nest, does not have separate controls for water and heating. This is ok if you have a combi boiler, but if you don't, or if (like me) you think combis are the work of the devil*, then you're stuffed. A Nest for heating and a standard controller for your water is what you end up with.
Want to switch on the water while you're driving back from the airport? Forget it.
* Seriously, why would you want a cold shower everytime someone fills the sink to do the washing up?
People have been getting that one wrong since Metropolis was released. Writers especially are HOPELESS at predicting the rate of technological advance.
- Blade Runner was set in 2019
- Back to the Future 2 went forward to October 2015 (we have 3 months to develop proper flying cars sky, hoverboards, and Mr Fusion systems)
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Space: 1999
That's all well and good if you can afford it, and actually want the product. If I want to watch I'm a Celebrity and Corrie - paid for in full by the advertising - why should I have to fund the BBC?
The situation whereby a house on the breadline pays the same, mandatory fee as a millionaire, under threat of inprisonment, seems incontrovertibly unfair.
Add into that the adsurdity that watching catch-up TV does NOT require a license (just a PC or set-top box, which many poor households do not view as a priority) and the whole current system disappears up it's own arse.
Maybe, but the £400 a seat difference is three-quarters of f*ck all compared to the total cost of running 300 boxes in an enterprise. Staffing, software, 24/7 support, servers, bandwidth, peripherals, etc. Over three years it's pennies per seat, per day. Rounding error, in other words.
If you have a half-way compelling reason that Macs offer an advantage over PCs for your particular business, then the cost difference is so small as to be an irrelevance.
I think you have to make a leap and trust something to hold everything.
Pick a password safe (carefully) and lock it with the one complicated password you make the effort to commit to memory. Then write down that password on an anonymous and otherwise blank piece of paper and leave it in that decorative tea-pot your mother has. Just in case :)
Well bugger. I don't even have a decent excuse. I'll share a mildly amusing venn diagram as a penance.
These are rechargeable, aren't they? So comparing to a standard Duracell seems a little misguided.
I'd happily take a battery with 25% of the storage capacity of a Duracell if it would recharge in 5 minutes. Monster savings, both financial and environmental, to be had.
[Also, the fact that this made it into a publication as hefty as Nature gives me a lot of hope this will actually deliver something in the future.]
It doesn't leave a vacuum behind!
It will only continue to escape if there's a pressure differential. So leaking helium is either replaced by air or (maybe more likely) outgassing from internal components. That would leave a denser, more frictiony gas which may still cause problems as the whole set up is dependent on working in a low friction environmnet.
And 'frictiony' is so a word.
This. A hundred times this. Soap operas, game shows and reality shows should not be funded by a mandatory licence.
The BBC is now a hugely inefficiant, tentacled monstrosity which massively distorts the market. There's a place for the BBC delivering genuine, quality, non-commercial services. Most people would be happy with that, I think, especially as the licence fee would plummet.
EDIT for the AC: Farm it out to the private sector and bung a couple of ads at the start.
I'm not afraid of curry. It's delicious. That first twinge in the bowels though, some time the next day, makes my knees turn to rubber.
20 minutes of weeping later I have a backside like the Japanese flag, and I'm promising myself "next time I'm having a Korma". For some reason I never remember that ... wait ... hang on a minute ... damn you Turmeric!!
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