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Comment Re:Great! (Score 1) 260

Paying money to paypal for the privilege of paying. Paypal fees are f**ing ridiculous

Ha, you should check out the bank fees.

Bank fees are quite reasonable and easily avoided.

I can only assume that you meant to say credit card fees. They're the killer for a business. Seriously, go and look at how many parties take fees out of a credit card transaction.

Besides this, PayPal's fees stack with bank fees and credit card fees.

When you introduce more parties into the mix, each of them has their hand out for a piece of the pie and no-one is willing to give up the tiniest fraction of their slice for the new guy.

Comment Re: Great! (Score 2) 260

This is the nihilism that online anonymity and toxic 4chan culture has engendered. They're terrorists who are simply too lazy to leave their moms' basements.

Calling them "Terrorists" is giving them way too much credit. Terrorists typically believe strongly in something. These people are just losers who have too much time and a far to comfortable life*. They're just losers and idiots with an internet connection. They're not even proper nihilists, they're not contemplating the futility of their own existence... in fact they think the end of the world is running out of pop tarts.

* Please note, I don't think our society needs to be harder/more authoritarian... in fact I believe it needs to be less authoritarian... but we need to be able to call proper idiots, idiots whilst collectively ignoring the shrill cries of "SJW" and "PeeCee gone Mad" or whatever thought terminating cliche they like to defend their stupidity with. Every now and then, even I have to agree there is an arse missing a boot though.

Comment Re:Is that all (Score 1) 565

WTF is the point of spending years training to become a nurse / midwife if they just decide to ignore evidence of the efficacy of vaccination and promote woo? Anyone pushing antivax nonsense should be barred from practicing as a nurse or midwife. It should be that simple.

The thing is, people are fallible, the oft quoted smoking doctor. He knows better than most what he's doing to himself but hes got flaws like the rest of us.

However this was pushed by the nurses themselves, the nursing unions and the hospitals. Nurses are trusted to give accurate and helpful medical advice, they need to be relied upon to do this even when their beliefs contradict it. Its the same with faith healing, a doctor may chose to practice it, but may not prescribe it to their patients. Being a medical professional imparts significant responsibility to their customers (patients) and the general public, giving known bad medical advice is at odds with that responsibility. It also brings the entire profession into disrepute, which is why nurses are so adamant about opposing it in their own ranks.

It's like being a pastor and a porn star... The two careers are at odds at each other and I think the church would expel anyone who even tried... and no one would bat an eyelid over it.

Comment Conspiracy theory bollocks. (Score 1) 565

Things are rarely black-and-white, though most people seem to see it that way. It's dangerous when our leaders loose color vision, but it is easy to understand why. Just follow the green.

Ahh yes, it always ends up in a conspiracy theory... despite the measles vaccine not actually making any money, especially not next to vitamin supplements and erection pills.

And that conspiracy theory is what points out the rest of your post as complete and total bollocks. You have no niece, just soundbites from an anti-vaxxer site.

I have a nephew, I'm glad my sister has made sure he has had the full suite of vaccines required for him. Why? because I've actually seen people disfigured from Polio because they weren't lucky enough to be born in a first world country like me. Vihn's parents didn't get the luxury of refusing a vaccine whilst being protected from debilitating illnesses by the rest who are not so selfish. Nope, Vihn got Polio because 30 years ago in Vietnam, vaccines were rare things, yes only 30 years ago.

Polio cases dropped from 350,000 in 1988 to just 74 in 2015. Vaccines alone did this.

If we stopped vaccinations for measles alone, the cases would increase by 60% worldwide... We'd be looking at more like 90% in developed nations as that 60% figure includes developing nations without extensive vaccination programs (mainly due to local problems like wars and oppressive governments, its getting access to people that's the problem). So I'll give your the benefit of the doubt, consider what your daughter went through and then look out side and tell me, say aloud to yourself... I think 9 more children should have to go through what my niece did. 9 more parents should have to suffer like my siblings did.

But you wont, because it would mean questioning your beliefs. I'll just leave this here:

Comment Re:USB soon disappear? (Score 1) 307

I'm wondering because I've heard much of military (not sure if entire DoD) prohibits USB sticks. Also many companies warn their employees to not insert USB sticks into company computers including personal because don't know if the stick contains bugs. Maybe get rid of USB and be done with that problem. What bugs me are many systems not on the internet and also optical media is being phased out.

Yes, the old story of a bank that had security seminar of scammers that dump USB sticks in parking lots, tempting employees to pick them up and insert into computers. Then the next day bank IT security people do a test by dumping sticks in parking lots, and find that half the seminar attendees took and inserted the stick into their computers!

USB will not disappear unless something better replaces it.

So far that's nothing. Most businesses I know of still use USB for portable storage. This is because you can have many types of storage with USB from high capacity hard disks to small flash drives so cheap they're almost disposable to adaptors for every other kind of storage.

And USB is not just for storage, try finding a wired KB or Mouse that isn't USB, half the Bluetooth peripherals use a USB dongle. Every phone comes with a USB cable for charging, printers, cameras and more, the lot use USB because USB is everywhere. USB headphones are more popular than ever.

Very few businesses restrict USB, most of them have very specific reasons for doing so (I.E. DOD/MOD or PCI/PII requirements). The oft quoted "USB sticks in the parking lot" hasn't been a credible threat for years as OS's no longer use autorun.

So if USB is soon to die... What is going to replace it? I've just bought a new gaming PC a few months back, heaps of USB ports but not much of anything else. I cant even remember if it comes with PS2,

Comment Re:MagSafe have save me tons of money (Score 1) 307

I can't count the number of times I've tripped over a laptop cable. I've lost multiple hard drives but only one broken screen with my Windows laptops. Thanks to MagSafe I've lost zero anything on my MacBooks.

I can count the number of times I've tripped over a laptop cable and lost a hard drive or broken a screen.

Its zero.

I use this revolutionary technique called "looking where I put my feet". Next week we cant talk about the advanced technique of "stopping when you feel pressure on your shin".

Magsafe is a good argument for Mac Users being completely uncoordinated.

Comment Re:No MagSafe would be a step backwards (Score 1) 307

That would not be good. I've tripped over my power cable far too many times and been grateful for having Magsafe.

You need to be less of a klutz.

I've tripped over my power cable enough times to never have even thought of requiring something like Magsafe. With British and US plugs, they pull right out of the wall anyway, not like the AS/NZ3112 plug used in Australia that requires force to dislodge.

Comment Re:COURAGE (Score 1) 307

Fair enough. I basically stopped using flash drives when I realized I could tether to my phone and upload single-file backups to my computer at home without having to fumble around with a USB device that's thicker than my laptop.

Because that one device can be plugged into anything with a standard USB port from my computer to my car, doesn't require me to carry around a separate cable and is cheap enough that I can just give them to people without worrying about getting it back or missing a phone call.

Beyond this, we're talking about Macs, so it's logical to assume the owner has an Iphone. Apple does not permit them to be used as mass storage devices.

Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 1) 301

You see, when you "buy" a Tesla, what you're really getting is a time unlimited lease agreement with stipulations on how it can be used. Much the same as if you "bought" a DVD or Apple product, it remains the sole property of the manufacturer and you're just permitted to use it in exchange for money.

That purpose might well be a revenue-earning ride sharing thing

Then they don't have to worry, your Tesla will depreciate faster than you could earn from Uber at its sub minimum wage levels. Then we have consumables and limitations (after the battery runs flat, you'll need to charge it for a few hours), towing costs and what not.

Comment Re:Seems like common courtesy to me (Score 1) 196

If I were to move to, say, France, I'd feel obliged to learn French, preferably before I actually moved there, but as soon as possible upon arriving there otherwise.
Same would go for any other country I might find myself living in. It's rude and absurd for someone moving to another country to expect everyone else to learn your language, you should learn their language, especially if you have a job where you interact with the public-at-large all day long.

To be fair, there are quite a few countries that you can live in with minimal to no knowledge of the local language. Popular retirement spots like Thailand, Spain and the Philippines are full of British (and Americans) who cant speak a word of Spanish, Thai or Tagalog.

Although I largely agree with you, if I were not working in the country or didn't have a requirement to learn the language (I.E. English is spoken well enough where I frequented) I wouldn't go out of my way to learn it. I.E. if I took an expat package in the ME I wouldn't bother learning Arabic beyond the most basic words as I'd eventually go somewhere else when I'd earned enough money.

Comment Re:Requirements for London Cabs? (Score 1) 196

London Black Cabs are known for having extremely rigorous training requirements. They are trained on the city layout and must know the history of various landmarks. More along the line of tour guides than just drivers.

True, however "private hire drivers" covers many other vehicles such as Hackney Carriages and Mini-cabs including Uber which is basically a mini-cab company thats haemorrhaging money. Mini-cabbers have no requirement to pass The Knowledge like Black Cab drivers, in fact the requirements for entry to a private hire license are pretty minimal at best.

Comment Re:Imagine that (Score 1) 196

No it really isn't. That whole racist thing is just how the remainers and media devisively painted it as a lame attempt to discredit Brexit through PeeCee-ism.


This is just a media puff piece about nothing changing at all. London has always required English competency in its private hire drivers.

This is just PR from TFL as another city (cant remember who, I think Birmingham) removed the English language competency for private hire drivers.

As far as I can tell, for most people that voted to leave (including me) the actual issue was the massive amount of corruption/cronyism in Brussels, and the EU's apparently still ongoing attempt at creation of a single federalist super-state that would have nothing recognisable as actual democracy.

Strange, all I heard from Leavers was guff about taking "our" country back from foreign invaders. All Bollocks of course as they happily paid the Pole to clean their house at wages not English would accept whilst complaining about the evil immigrants "turking their jurbs" out of the other side of their mouth.

Comment Re:What does this even mean ? (Score 1) 365

Driving is about anticipation of events way more than reaction time.

This. A good (defensive) driver anticipates hazards and acts to avoid them. A bad (reactive) driver waits until a potential hazard becomes a real one.

Driverless cars might seem better than a bad driver because they're both reactive, but they're nowhere near as good as a defensive driver who is proactive. Nor will they be until AI can reliably make decisions about potential hazards.

The only reason the Google car has not had more than 1 at fault accident is because there was a driver behind the wheel all the time ready to intervene. Given I've worked with the HDL-64 LIDAR systems they use, if there had of been one on my drive this morning in the rain of Southern England it would have crashed without a doubt. There's a reason all the testing has been done in sunny California. I used the HDL-64 for terrain mapping, if there was any rain or cloud cover, it was useless.

Comment Re:Uh, the name... (Score 1) 275

That's like naming a place "Beijing-ia" or "Tamil Nadu-ia"

Thailand in Spanish is Thailandia. So it does happen.

Other languages do tend to conjugate nations and nationalities using their own conventions. We call people from Germany, Germans where as they often refer to themselves as Deutschlanders and vice versa refer to English as Englanders.

Not that I'm arguing with your very eloquent point sir, I am merely saying that Asguardian is a perfectly acceptable anglicisation of a Nordic word.

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