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Comment Re: Coming next ... Office desk telephones (Score 1) 395 395

Don't buy brand name phone on a contract. I bought a generic Chinese android phone from Aldi (German supermarket chain) it cost about $150, has two sim sockets, microsd socket and is MINE to do whatever I want with. Change plan, change carriers, use two carriers at the same time, go overseas and use my local number AND my international number... If a carrier is giving you a phone for "free" why would you expect anything other than to be royally fucked by that carrier?

Comment Re: 1 thing (Score 1) 583 583

You might not be great at it, but I find it hard to believe you couldn't get better with practice. I know a few people with aspergers symptoms who have trained themselves to function "normally" in social situations. Sometimes this involves rote-learning "safe" responses to dozens of situations, because they can't "read" the situation on the fly. It's not easy, it takes a lot of time, and you may never be fantastic at it, but again, I find it hard to believe that by studying interpersonal situations you couldn't get better at managing them.

Comment Re: You can replace Windows... But not the battery (Score 2) 133 133

I have a Dell XPS from 2012 with similar problems:
- no number pad, despite plenty of room for one.
- sealed battery
- slot-load optical drive, which died and took a disc with it.

I only bought it because it had an HD screen which was hard to find at the time. Who cares about an extra 2mm of thickness if EVERY other part of the computer is a compromise?

The Toshiba Satellite p50 looks promising though - a UHD (4K) screen and none of the trendy eye-candy that other manufacturers seem to force on you. Drawer-load optical drive AND a number pad.

I am not employed by Toshiba, but having looked long and hard at various UHD laptops recently this looks like the most useful model if you actually plan to do work with it.

Comment Re: Agreed. (Score 1) 302 302

I agree with everything you say except the bit about debating. In debating equal time is given to the "wrong" opinion. Rhetoric and emotional arguments often beat logic, facts and reason. Debating is someone's entertaining to watch, and great for raising a generation of politicians, but terrible at teaching kids how to work out what is true and who is trying to mislead them.

Comment Re: Cd of 0.36 in the 21st century??? (Score 1) 128 128

Your commodore has a roof. An efficient sedan shape will have attached airflow over most of the the upper surface, with the air possibly leaving the surface halfway down the rear window but rejoining the skin somewhere along the boot (trunk) lid. A convertible loses this laminar flow as soon as the airflow leaves the top of the windscreen. I'm not sure exactly how big the effect is, but it's significant.

Comment Re: Good (Score 1) 126 126

I had a woven stainless steel wallet (for money) and be warned, their abrasive edges wear through your pockets really quickly.

There are Faraday cage wallets that are leather on the outside (presumably they have metal foil inside?) that will be kinder to your clothes.

I've traveled a lot with both kinds and never had any hassles.

Comment Re:Last time I voted... (Score 1) 268 268

Got any references for those "bird kill" numbers?

Early wind turbines, built in response to the 1970s oil crisis, were indeed a hazard to birds. However new wind turbines are bigger and spin at lower RPM, so they are easier for birds to see and avoid.

I don't know about the USA, but most countries also require and environmental impact statement before building wind turbines. These days, if they are proposed right in the middle of an area with high golden eagle populations, they don't get off the drawing board.

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