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Comment Re:A cure for which there is no disease (Score 4, Interesting) 249

A few years ago I was working for a power retailer who were the first to start pushing smart meters in my country. The first meters were still read by human meter readers, and the data was downloaded. We were also collecting meter readings from customers who wanted to track their usage on a more regular basis than the meter readers would come round.

Anyway, what we discovered from these various collection mechanisms was that the human meter readers were making up an awful lot of readings and not actually visiting the meters at all in many cases. If they're not going to bother going it'd have been better for our customers if they just didn't report rather than making up a number, we could model a more accurate number .

Comment Re:Imma Dash Store Relocator (Score 1) 65

Yes. I didn't purchase Dash through the App Store originally and I'm pretty glad of that. I've seen the App Store bugginess with other apps, and I wish I'd had the foresight to not use it with anything.

Saying that though, Dash has been driving me mad with it's own bugs and slowness recently.

Comment Re:moving all the time is dumb (Score 1) 491

My wife and I have moved every year since we got together in 2003, 4 of those times internationally. Had our first kid when I was 25 in 2008. Yes you're correct, we'd be wealthier and could have afforded our own home by now had we settled. I don't think it's a swap I'd want to make though, money isn't the end goal.

Looking at my peers now, some have managed to purchase places, others not. Usually the determining factor is having had help from their parents, which was never coming our way. We've now scraped together enough to consider buying or building a house in a rural location. But I couldn't say if we'll be settling, my wife is already talking about getting friends to live there to care for our animals while we take off again. It's far easier to move your kids than your cats, although we managed and must have had the most well travelled domestic cat, 1.5 times around the world and 17 US states.

Comment Re:Thank you, Pres. Trump, for putting America fir (Score 2) 221

I don't know your nationality, but I'm British and here is my view on it: For a long time British people have been very wary of overt nationalism for a number of reasons that have left a mark on our subconscious. Our view of WWII plays into it. Our view of America and overt patriotism too plays into it, somewhere between thinking it crass and feeling that we can't compete so won't bother. Then there's the way the nation is split up into countries, which can make that feeling of identity a little vague.

Patriotism - it's just not a word that's in common use in the same way. It evokes in me a sense of history, or the feeling that the context is American. It's not a dirty word, just not one we use.

"Britain First" were just another bunch of thugs, of which we get a roundabout of many. The guy selling stuff with the British flag on it didn't get into any trouble at all. Some people off the street commented on the name of his shop for reasons connected with the above. You're allowed to do that in Britain, comment on things. I mean he called it "Really British". That's not a very British thing to do is it.

Comment Re:They forgot... (Score 1) 212

I've got the new 2016 MacBook Pro 15" through work. I also had the 2014 model, which I ended up owning after being let go by a previous employer. I don't use any peripherals so I'm not bothered by the ports issue. The flatter keyboard on the 2016 model is actually nicer, more clicky, the old one feels mushy now. The touch bar is a nice gimmick, it works OK. But meh, I wouldn't have purchased one with my own money, I'd have probably gone for a Dell XPS with 32GB of memory provided I could get Linux working on it.

I've also still got a MacBook Pro retina from 2012. It's surprising how little things have changed since then.

The best thing about MacBooks: They keep resale value. I sold the old one for a significant amount and used the money to buy a nice coffee machine.

Comment Re:Or people are just under/wrongly medicated. (Score 1) 432

That's a terrible thing to say, I can't understand why you would respond in such a way. It was a terrible ordeal for me. I saw a psychologist privately via my health insurance. My doctor wanted me to see a psychiatrist, and she really tried, but she was unable to get a referral to something suitable in the time I was in the country. I visited a psychiatric ward (by referral) for an assessment, and they explained that I could be admitted but they didn't do outpatient services, so being admitted meant staying in the ward.

Timing was also at play. Had I been assessed in the agitated state I was in before taking Sertraline (or the first week of taking it which was worse) then maybe things would be different. But by the time I was someone I had calmed down quite a bit. The other problem was that because it was anxiety I was convinced I had a serious illness, and I insisted on getting referred to a neurologist, who I have to say was brilliant and went a long way to assuring me my symptoms were the result of anxiety.

Comment Re:Or people are just under/wrongly medicated. (Score 1) 432

Denmark also has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.

I lived in Denmark. It's a nice place, but it's not filled with overly happy people. My belief is that they've used their tax and welfare system to bring up the happiness of the worst off. That's probably a good thing. But in your socioeconomic strata the people there aren't experiencing a greater daily joy. There were some quite negative aspects too, definitely some racism and superiority problems.

I also had anxiety while I was living in Denmark. I resisted taking the drugs offered and took myself to a phycologist. That was probably a mistake, I don't like the drugs for the unpleasant side effects, but had I taken them straight away I'd have skipped.a whole period of almost debilitating anxiety, and I could have worked to come off the drugs. Instead I got worse and worse until they seemed to be the only option. 18 months later and I've just come off of the SSRIs.

Comment Re:Irish Brexit? (Score 1) 71

The point is they gave the tax breaks selectively, which IS against EU law. You can have a tax of 0% so long as that tax rate is available to any company.

In this case the EU bureaucrats and paper pushers are trying to re-interpret the existing rules covering this situation

You mean they're actually doing something in favour of the tax payer for once? Something that they should have done years ago.

and then apply penalties retroactively.

All penalties are retroactive. You don't get penalised for something you're yet to do.

Comment Re: Surprise (Score 1) 67

The other far more difficult thing is getting coffee to go. It's a pretty much given that a coffee shop in Australia or the USA will serve it to go, not so in western Europe where it's much more a sit-down affair.

I can't relate to that from my experience. Denmark has so many walk in/walk out cafe's and coffee carts. You can sit in, but it seems more common to take away than not. Sweden/Norway/Germany/Hungary not as good as Denmark for coffee but certainly the same sort of cafe culture. I can imagine that it might be different in France, Spain and Italy, I've not visited those places in recent times. Also we may be talking about differing types of dining experience, I mainly get coffee and cafe's during the day with breakfast or lunch, not restaurants for an evening meal. Coffee at restaurants is usually awful, I often order one just to see if they can top the yuk scale.

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