I expect them to rename it, just as Trump suggested. Then the majority who aren't aviation geeks forget.
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I think physics is stacked against it, both regarding sound and energy efficiency.
If anything I think commercial aircraft speed has gone down the last decades, ever so slightly. It saves a bit of fuel, and with all the time wasted at the security circus anyway who notes?
I have tried to calculate the door to door average speed from my mum's in DK, with train to the airport, change of plane somewhere (with 1h connection), to here in the Algarve. In several cases it was less than 200km/h. Any private jet could at least double that, all included.
In Denmark and here in Portugal it is quite normal to have 3 phases on your fuse box. You then distribute the photos to various sockets and appliances, and if you want you can get a 3 phase socket. Good for charging your electric car.
Many cookers in DK are 3 phase (to distribute the load between phases I guess, I am no sparky), and we once had one with a phase and neutral swapped in the socket. Water got boiling in no time, and the oven light was rather blinding as long as it lasted. Sparky got the bill for fixing the oven fan.
I don't know about UK, but here in Portugal you can buy a bike for €80, and chances are you will get home on it. That in itself is impressive.
Experience in maintaining working bikes for our guests has taught me that is too cheap, for €120-€160 you can get something that will do 2-4 years without too much hassle. Then the transmission seizes up, due to dust/salt on one of the nearby bridlepaths. And that price is impressive too, really.
I am not particularly unfit but got one to use in the summer here (cycling in 30C requires more dedication than I have). And a trailer for shopping.
It is great fun! You do get some exercise, but all the dull bits like uphill in headwind are less of a hassle.
I hope at least some of the target group see benefit from the scheme.
It depends what the pro is shooting. For many purposes, a 5 year old high end body is still just fine. Some pros rarely leave the studio.
It is a pity there has been so poor integration with smartphones though. To be it would be obvious to use the GPS on the phone via Bluetooth, and do integration with Instagram or similar.
If it is Leica you just may get money for them. The faux SLR's (I assume you mean high end mirrorless) have quite good AF these days. Thom Hogan shoots sport with some.
If you don't care about being behind the curve, pick up a slightly older model DSLR and you get a lot for your money. I have done basketball with mine and it copes well.
The advantage of mirrorless is less weight and bulk. You can even pick up an Olympus OM-D on firesale + lenses and be happy for years.
I would not write Nikon off - their move to high end mirrorless seems much more clued up than Canon's. You can use the same lenses on both APS-C and full frame to start with.
Panasonic seems to target video with a bit of still in m4/3, Fujifilm is struggling in spite of good products, and Pentax is to all effects not there. Leica will probably go on because, well, it is a different business.
The problem is that the total market for interchangeable lens cameras has been in serious decline for years, and all makes have plenty of old but still very capable models in shops and at online dealers. For APS-C, you don't find a much better sensor than what is in my 5 year old Nikon D5300. AF is not bad either. If you need to improve in quality, get better glass (the kit lens is even decent) or a tripod.
And as pointed out, the quality from phones is for many Good Enough, and it is much easier to share the pictures.
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This reminds me of a good story: Hardened steel tend to go brittle at higher temperatures than mild (aka carbon) steel. Some burglars therefore brought a styrofoam box and dry ice, and packed it around the troublesome lock parts and then gave it a whack with a hammer - worked a treat.
My metallurgy teacher thought it was nice someone had listened.
My wife and I run a tourism rental and live in the property too. It is very hard to switch off and relax, you can always see what you should be doing.
During the spring we had a month where we did not touch work email during the weekend - we would have gone bonkers otherwise. I think there is a reason most societies through history spent time on religious activities.
Even if your work colleagues are not close friends, there is still a place for aquaintances. As moderately extrovert, I certainly feel better if I have had small pleasant chitchats than if I have not.
I also think it is easier to bounce ideas off others informally if you meet face to face.
As usual, working on one axis only is too simple.
Take a look at https://www.politicalcompass.org
Economically, Germany in the 30es was fairly centrist (as in role between the state and private sector) and a lot of policies were what Keynes (who's ideas were since abused) would have agreed to - public works to get the economy going. This is of course ignoring the ban on jewish activities and ownership.
But had Hitler and Stalin avoided economic issues they would probably have found a lot to agree on regarding the importance of a strong and firm leadership.
I am reminded of the (alleged) exchange in a South African court a few decades back:
- how come you call yourselves black when you are actually brown?
- how come you call yourselves white when you are actually pink?
Perhaps we should use pigmentally gifted/challenged? In any case, the cultural background is more interesting and not necessarily identical to ethnicity.
Back to the discussion, I think it is right to find substitutes for the more crass cases such as master/slave. I do have sufficient empathy to realise how someone who knows their ancestors were enslaved could be at least reminded of it all the time. There are other cases where I would't bother (pot, kettle, black).
Fridges have not been bad, in seven rental houses and our own home I think we have had two replacements and one repair the last ten years.
Smart TVs are bothering me at the moment, we have 3 or 4 LGs that keep the satellite programming but looses the terrestrial programming when you put it on standby.
And the law insists we have Portuguese TV, and we are getting guests who are likely to Cara.
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