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Comment Re:Low cost? (Score 1) 990

If the range was very slightly higher, I'd be driving a Nissan Leaf to work right now, and it would have cost me £0. I did the sums, and what I would pay in rental payments and electricity, was very slightly smaller that what I currently pay in fuel costs. However, I was only 95% confident that the range was sufficient to get me home again at night, in the winter, with the cab heater on, after a couple of years of battery wear, etc. etc.

Very, very close to being a 'free' car though. Give it a couple more years.

Comment Re:Queue the feminists (Score 1) 131

instead of being attention seekers

I take issue with that kind of language being used to describe someone who chose his shirt for the day with two aims 1) To fight the stereotype of scientists as detached figures, unrepresentative as role-models for kids choosing their path in life; 2) To publicly show the female friend that had made it for him that he appreciated his gift.

Comment Re:The tech industry turned toxic. (Score 1) 264

My IT job:

1) 8% of salary goes to a pension that will pay ~60% of my final salary, plus a lump sum.
2) 27 days paid holiday, + about 10 days of fixed mandatory holiday, + national holidays
3) 36.5 hours workweek and TOIL if I work outside that
4) The NHS (don't knock it until it's saved your child's life, for 'free')
5) Niche speciality that's unlikely to be outsourced

I'm the only male in my office.

It's really down to what kind of 'IT' and where you are doing it.

Comment Re:The future of telescopes. (Score 1) 185

Well, I reasoned this out myself, so maybe I'm wrong, but basically superconducting cameras are able to register every photon that sees them, sending off ~18000 electrons per photon hit. CCDs, on the other hand, send off 1 electron for every photon hit (I read that a while ago but I think those are the numbers).

Since CCD sensors are so much less sensitive...

Actually, they are equally sensitive. They are both capable of telling us that 1 photon impact occurred. You can't get any more sensitive than that.

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