Re: Talk to a computer? why would I do that?
I understand the hostility against them, but Echo devices and the like, are very useful for those with disabilities which make typing difficult.
368 posts • joined 8 Oct 2012
Adjusted for inflation, those prices would be (in 2019):
£1.37 (13p in 1974)
98p (17p in 1978)
£1.21 (21p in 1978)
£1.50 (26p in 1978)
£1.62 (28p in 1978)
so, far from rising meteorically, the prices were lower in real terms.
A few weeks ago, I actually paid £8 for a pint of (admittedly very nice Beavertown Lupuloid IPA) beer!
"Actually I do still have my original Hitch Hiker towel"
I remember seeing one of those in the window of the old Forbidden Planet shop in Denmark Street. I couldn't afford it at the time (I bought the theme tune single instead), so I am quite jealous. I wonder if someone makes a reproduction...
"The research (commissioned by a major paper towel manufacturer) showed that bacteria would form on the floor"
Strange that hospitals have paper towels rather than driers then (at least for clinical staff).
Anyway, Dyson Blades blow upwards - so bacteria/viruses right into your face (exactly where you don't want them!).
"boy does that makes us popular on country roads with oncoming traffic that think we are driving with main beam on, with a intensity on that would rival some trucks."
I've been driving for thirty years (no, not continuously) and used to enjoy driving at night. Now I avoid it whenever possible, as headlights are mostly far too bright. Half the time, I can barely see the road markings, as my eyes are constantly adjusting to mild flash blindness. I have the brightest halogen bulbs I can get, but even at full beam they are half as bright as new car lights.
All the interviews I've had, might as well have been performed by a computer - they were all the same. I understand the need for standardisation, accountability and all that stuff, but the human element seems to have fallen by the wayside somewhat.
If you're good at making up stories about what you did in particular situations that saved the day (they don't have to be true of course - who's going to check?!), what your strengths, weaknesses and transferable skills are etc. In short, today's standardised interview is a measure of precisely one thing: how good/well-practised you are at interviews. I expect psychopaths are pretty good at them, since they don't tend to be anxious...
"£250M is loose change compared to the overall NHS budget"
True, nut how many doctors could they train for that?
I had all the necessary qualifications and experience, but tried three or four times to get a place at medical school, to no avail (due to the insane amount of competition for so few places). Then they put the fees up to £9000 per year, killing all my hopes.
"The idea that everyone in the 50% of the school-leaver population who were encouraged to go to university would actually benefit from it is crazy."
This policy was based upon the ideological fallacy that creating more graduates would magically create more graduate-level jobs, instead of what it has done - create more unemployed/low-paid graduates in debt and turned universities into profit-led institutions.
"needles are bad news because it requires very precise manipulation"
Testosterone is injected intramuscularly, which is about as precise as throwing a dart at yourself. Still, the possibility of drops of blood/testosterone floating around and getting into the equipment is probably something they'd want to avoid.
Of course it was not only the royals, but all their Norman mates who stole all our land and still haven't given it back after a thousand years.
It's funny really, the idea of claiming land ownership by way of brutish thuggery would be frowned upon these days, but we have done nothing to reverse those claims.
Perhaps a land tax would be a good step?
"I was able to get a prescription using a machine that looked into my eyes and dynamically adjusted focus a number of times and then printed out the result in a few seconds"
I've experienced that machine for several years at Boots, but they still also use the old-fashioned methods as well - presumably they use both as a comparison.
I buy good frames (acetate) online, then send them off to a 'reglazing' service. It's still expensive as I'm very myopic and prefer thin lenses, but still cheaper than the outrageous high street prices.
Tesla seems to attract the same blind devotion as Apple. I see so many people on Twitter praising them like they're a quantum leap in people-moving technology, when they're unaffordable by most and, from what I have heard, the least reliable cars on the road (which is bizarre considering how few moving parts they have compared to ICE cars).
I think what you're missing is that as a car driver, being hit from behind isn't as likely to result in your untimely exit from this plane of existence. As a cyclist, your ears are a useful safety feature. Actually, the same applies to pedestrians. I don't feel safe walking down the street with headphones on, as I am unable to hear approaching muggers or out-of-control vehicles (or people shouting at me to get out of the way of such hazards).
"As a lad they were either bobble hats, if with bobble, or ski hats if without bobble"
When I were a lad (70s), they were either bobble hats or just woolie hats. I'd never heard of a beanie until I saw Bob Clampett's Beany & Cecil cartoon. Beany wore a beanie (obviously) and it had a propellor and no peak.
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