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  • nutter posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    I agree with the thrust of what you’re saying, but you’re being vague. What do you mean by the boundary of free speech? Do you mean what should be legal to say at all, or what should be accepted on youtube for anyone to access?

    I think that there is very little that should be illegal to say; but there are lots of public situations (and almost no…[Read more]

  • Photoshop isn’t deisgned for graphic deisgn, rather editing photos. Alot (but not all) of its functionality has been bundled into Lightroom these days – at least for my purposes. Anyway, it’s pants for graphic design – you’re essentially trying to create a Turner seascape with a biro.

    Illustrator is the Adobe package your after, and naturally is…[Read more]

  • nutter posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I’m firmly on the side of seeing technology as a net benefit (surgery without anaesthesia anyone?) but I have to disagree with your sentiment.

    When we moved from the industrial age into a largely service-based economy, humans were heavily displaced by machines in manual jobs, but we still had our cognitive skills with which to create new jobs and…[Read more]

  • nutter posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Well it is, isn’t it? There’s a reason we don’t allow under 18s to buy addictive substances and it’s partially around their lessened capacity to cope in the face of addiction. Part of the accepted public understanding on addiction is that part of the reason we ban, say, heroin, is because people cannot control whether they get addicted or how…[Read more]

  • nutter posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    it’s not really intended to be a serious solution. Human behaviour is complex. Government intervention is essentially a hammer and often unsuited to nuanced problems.

    I’m primarily trying to highlight two things.

    First, doing nothing isn’t really an option. 2/3 (let that sink in) of adults in England are obese and the problem is…[Read more]

  • nutter posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I’m not hugely pro “nanny state”, however I don’t think it’s fair to say we either have total freedom or govt intervention.

    Basically, certain private companies have engaged in a race to the bottom, producing food loaded with salt and sugar that we’re wired to crave and to a degree bypasses our capacity for rational self-control. At a certain…[Read more]

    • A couple of flaws in your (otherwise good) plan

      1. Tax is not hypothecated, so £300 pppy raised may not all be spent on the NHS

      2. It would be a regressive tax – a millionaire wouldn’t notice, somebody on benefits definitely would.

      3. The obesity problem has taken years to build up, if taxation affects consumption then your tax take would drop…[Read more]

      • it’s not really intended to be a serious solution. Human behaviour is complex. Government intervention is essentially a hammer and often unsuited to nuanced problems.

        I’m primarily trying to highlight two things.

        First, doing nothing isn’t really an option. 2/3 (let that sink in) of adults in England are obese and the problem is…[Read more]

  • nutter posted an update 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Google AI used in drone strikes: It has been revealed that Google AI is being used to determine who gets bombed and who’d doesn’t in Drone strikes. Murderers.

    https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=16531092

    • Even though some one has to manually press the kill button.. how can they possibly give google this much power which essentially gives them the power to determine who lives and dies. Aren’t Googlers content with just merely destroying peoples livelihoods online by nuking them with their algorithms and now want to nuke people in real life as well???

  • nutter posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    I tried them for a week and found they didn’t actually improve my eyesight so I went back to my previous arrangement – my eyes adjusted really quickly but they generally do 🙂

  • nutter posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    I was in California for a while at the wife’s uncles and got roped into tracing an electrical fault with the exterior ground lights (large property) I was warned in no uncertain terms to be extremely careful opening up all the junction boxes and digging around in the bushes etc because of the danger of brown recluse spiders, scorpions and r…[Read more]

  • nutter posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Definitely fine as a lender/business.

    For your purposes however, as others suggested, for a relatively small amount like that the 0% card might be a winner. If you have the strength of character to ‘wean yourself off’ credit cards you should be fine to take a fresh one out with a ‘0% for x months on all purchases in first X months’ deal on it,…[Read more]

    • Second this.

      I used 0% cards when interest rates on mortgages were higher, use them to put all your shopping on (note: never ever use a card for a cash advance) and keep the money in a bank account offset against the mortgage. Pay off 1 week before its due. Repeat. Had maybe £6-7k on cards at one point between me and wifey. Its a bit scary, but…[Read more]

  • nutter posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Could be worse and all that computing power could be used in weapons research or focused on taking down a country’s IT infrastructure.

  • nutter posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/12154142/Angry-homeowner-gets-revenge-on-commuter-who-parked-in-her-driveway.html

    Fair play to her.

    I assume you could just block the offender in with another car, which is what I’d be inclined to do if I was in this situation. I think you’d only be at fault if you where in turn blocking…[Read more]

  • I suspect they have a very long life if you use them for WORM

    (Write Once, Read Many). I have many that have been written once and I suspect they probably might be safer than flimsy/quickly obsolete optical or mechanically sensitive magnetic storage

    I would anticipate refresh once every few years by reformat and bulk copy

  • Thing with broadband is, you have to pay a line rental, so if you don’t use your landline, then it makes sense to use Mobile!

  • There could easily have been other comparable life in the universe already, and after the human race has gone. If you just consider earth and the past 4 billion years, humans have only been able to send or receive signals for around a hundred years. The odds of two independent species arising in the universe at the same time and communicating or…[Read more]

  • The alternative would be to believe in something that there is no evidence for.

    @frog Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

    Especially when we know that we are not able to gather that evidence (lack of suitable technology) and when the evidence we are able to gather (exoplanets) is starting to show that our star system is in no way…[Read more]

  • nutter replied to the topic Should plastic be banned? in the forum General Chat 4 months ago

    @katy Yes I think companies need to start taking responsibility too. There’s only so much the public can do as some plastic use seems completely unavoidable.

    I’ve now ordered my first veg box from riverford because I can’t stand the packaging used in supermarkets. I’ve also just found out from a friend who worked in Tesco Supply Chain that most…[Read more]

  • nutter replied to the topic Should plastic be banned? in the forum General Chat 4 months ago

    Our nearest butcher is pretty far away but I’m thinking it’s worth it – good idea!! I don’t eat much meat anyway and prefer to collect game from friends when in season. I hate the fact meat comes in black (not recycled here) and cling film/sealed film.

    Our milk is delivered in glass bottles so feeling happier about that and eggs are from farm…[Read more]

  • Obviously this problem was highlighted well before BPII, but now that it has had the platform to project this into the mainstream, I can’t see that there is much change at the commercial or legislative level (banning microbeads doesn’t even start until 2018). There is so much big organisations can do… not give out straws to people perfectly…[Read more]

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