Yet another website negletcts to take into account that not all its users have the latest, fastest hardware! I now have to wait while the page slowly scrolls, and yet nothing significant seems to have been added, I type a sentence and have to wait for the cursor to catch up with me. Why is a site that is mostly text now so slow as to be almost unusable on a 2.0GHz Pentium 4? Is Slashdot in league with the hardware manufacturers, trying to get us to upgrade perfectly usable PCs to their new, all-singing, all-dancing, bells and whistles overloaded, environmentally-unfriendly computers that most of us can't afford because of the current financial situation?
This was on the local news channel a couple of days ago! (BBC South East or Meridian, can't remember which). He wasn't allowed to go higher than a few feet and there was a crash-mat below him due to H&S.
What's going to be the next scare over -- the radioactive americium in smoke detectors? Haven't you read 'The Radioactive Boyscout'? I have only had two CFLs blow prematurely, but at 34p each, I'm not going to sweat it! And the shops I buy them from are obligated to dispose of used CFLs under the WEEE directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment).
Leave the bulbs and add the cost to the sale price of your house. If everyone did that, no problem! Otherwise you might me moving to somewhere that needs more or less bulbs. I don't think the cost and lumen output of current LED bulbs is that much of a problem, just have more light fixtures/bulbs and you have more control over where and when you have light, as well as the colour!
Sounds like you read my mind! I 100% agree that there needs to standardisation, like in the computer industry. I have tried using 'Meccano' which is ok but very heavy. I was thinking of using polystyrene (as used by modelers) but its a bit too flexible. Looks like I'll have to build a wooden robot! (Strong, light and easy to work with) The electronics are not a problem, there are some good robotic modules available and I can design and build my own, and the software would depend on what processor I choose, but I am not a mechanic!