I saw recently that Seagate now sell a 5TB 2.5" portable drive. I hope Father Christmas brings me one...
306 posts • joined 8 Oct 2012
The 'roid in Spain drills mainly on the plain: Plucky Brit Mars robot laps up sun, sand and, er, simulated science
Re: What kind of conservatives want to tax everything?
"It's basic economics, and frankly anyone that can't plot this for themselves on a bit of graph paper does not belong in a polling booth. I expect the usual economically illiterate downvoters to appear enmasse, but facts are facts."
The trouble with economics, basic or otherwise, is that it's 10% mathematics, 10% politics and 80% guesswork. Facts may well be facts, but predicting what will happen with a tweak here or there, is too complex to model with any degree of accuracy.
Re: Not against immigration
"At the moment, I don’t think the UK does anything like enough to nurture the talent potential within its own borders,"
Certainly true in the case of doctors. Probably because it's far cheaper to import them than train them. I spent many years and many thousands of pounds getting the right qualifications and work experience in order to study medicine. I had five interviews, but still could not get a place on a graduate-entry course. Now, I'm struggling to find a job which pays a living wage. A bit of a waste really.
Re: Who knew they make roof tiles
Because solar panels on domestic roofs look terrible.
I saw the Tesla tiles a while ago and thought it was a great idea - although not a new idea. I think an Australian (?) company already makes something similar. Unfortunately, the installation cost would not make financial sense for me. We use about £1.80-worth per day, so it would take many years to offset the cost.
Re: More job displacement, yay
I paid to study for a Biochemistry degree (plus a one-year foundation), spent just under a year working as a Health Care Assistant in a hospital, paid high entry fees for various exams - all so that I could go on to study medicine. My exam results were good enough to qualify me for no less than four interviews at medical schools. I was not offered one place.
Now, I couldn't afford the fees even if I was offered a place (which seems unlikely at the age of 48), as there are no loans for graduate-entry medical degrees.
I wonder why there's as shortage...
Re: Eliminate the need
Oh what wits these ACs are.
"Plus, unlike a removable battery...with a power bank you don't have to turn the phone off to recharge it..."
I have the Samsung spare battery kit - a spare battery plus the charger. So no, I do have to turn the phone off, but only for the 30 seconds it takes to change the battery.
Next 'witty' comment please.
"And, I assume based on your level of sense, you carry around several of these fully charged spare batteries at all times?"
I have two spares, but only ever need to carry one with me. The other is in the charger.
Any other 'witty' comments?
"My current HD25-ii are the perfect travelling headphones for me"
Another vote for the HD25-ii. I bought a used pair and they've lasted for years. I have better quality ones, but they're the ones I use most often. Having a closed back, they isolate perfectly adequately on a commute.
Re: Can they do something more useful instead?
"how hard is it to change from summer to winter tyres? Is it basically the same as having four spare wheels but with the other type of tyres?"
Yes, unless you want to pay a garage to change the tyres on your existing wheels.
No, it would certainly not be practical unless you live in the mountains of Scotland or similar.
I think a set of wheels with winter tyres would cost more than my car is worth. Some folks have no idea how much some of us struggle to make ends meet.
I graduated with a biological science degree seven years ago and still haven't found a job which uses it. I even spent more time and money on a masters in biotechnology, thinking it would make me more appealing to employers. The Job Centre just pushed me into applying for office temp work. Maybe I'd have more luck if I lived near Oxford/Cambridge, but I can't relocate.
Originally, the plan was to get into medical school on a graduate degree, but the places are so scarce that I was turned down after all four of my interviews. There's no point in my applying again, as I couldn't afford the fees now.
I seem to be just one of the un-tapped resources in the UK. A potential medical doctor/researcher, now reduced to trying to scrape together cash in the gig economy.
It knows where the gravel pits and power lines are. So, Ordnance Survey, where should UK's driverless cars go?
Look on the bright side, Pebble fans. At least your gizmo will work long enough for you to get beach body ready
"Not sure how those weird veggies (you know, the ones that eat fish) stand on eating insects."
My partner is one of those, and since moving in with her, I am too. I wouldn't eat insects and I don't think she would either. There are plenty of other sources of protein that don't require death en masse. Perhaps, as a species, we should be progressing beyond what is rather barbarous if you think about it.
I'd have no problem with bio-engineered meat though, and that's where I'd invest if I wanted to invest in future food technology.
Addressing this point:
"work, in addition to fulfilling the practical need for money, can provide people with a sense of purpose and dignity."
I think this is a fallacy. Some people have jobs which are fulfilling and which give them dignity, whereas for many people, their jobs are drudgery. Once we get over the whole work ethic thing, we will realise that living to work is not the only way to exist. UBI will free people to do more of what they choose,which leads to a happier society.
"health benefits of using an axe over a chainsaw (a good workout, no fumes, no horrible noise, fewer unscheduled amputations)"
My chainsaw is electric, so no (local) fumes, not really noisier than a hedge-trimmer and pretty safe when clamped to its pivot on my log horse. Less of a workout than a manual saw, but moving heavy logs around and then splitting the cut bits with an axe afterwards,leaves me pretty exhausted!