ben

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  • As several people have pointed out, the difference in production cost will be negligible.

    I think this will be more about retail space.

    Shops have a limited amount of space in which to display their wares, and will typically require to make a certain amount of profit per square unit of area per unit time. (Certain areas of the display may be premium, too – where things sell better, so it’s best to have more profitable items on display.)

    If something sells in large quantities, they can get by with making a smaller margin on each sale; if it is purchased less frequently, they’ll need to make more on each sale, or remove it from display and replace it with something which does better.

    So it may just be that fewer of the large fit items are sold, so it isn’t worth selling them…[Read more]

  • If I was you I would stay well away from Google adwords or their shopping ads. It really is not worth it if you sell low cost items because it just eats away at your profit margins and is a lot of hard work and hassle for very little return(if any).

    You will probably get better return on investment from using more conventional forms of advertising such as leaflets and placing ads in newspapers and magazines related to your niche.

  • How best to make them work. My girl is moving back up north today and I’m staying in Hertfordshire for the time being, so give me all your best tips and hints please.

  • ben replied to the topic Fibromyalgia and memory loss in the forum Health 4 months, 1 week ago

    Sorry you’re suffering OP but what is fibromyalgia? I’ve Googled it but am none the wiser. Brain fog sounds awful to be honest

  • ben posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    I work in a large engineering and manufacturing company. Here women earn more than men on average.

    In this case I think things are skewed because the shop floor is dominated by men to a greater extent than the design/engineering side. Shop floor earns less on average.

    It’s an interesting flip to the norm but not sure what other conclusions I can draw.

    • Likewise, a BBC article this week showed that in the mining industry the ‘gender pay gap’ favours women. They didn’t see fit to comment on this but my guess is that more women work in higher paid administrative roles than as miners themselves. Let’s see a campaign to get more equality in the mining industry! #morewomenunderground or something…..

    • These are both good points and echo my observations.

      Most of the women I have worked alongside with in my industry are not actually UK nationals, they generally hail from Malaysia, Iran, Nigeria, Azerbaijan etc (other oil centres basically) and it is obvious that a huge emphasis is placed on university courses that offer decent careers and remuneration.

      As an example (anecdotal I know) there is a Malaysian Process Engineer I know who actually wanted to study English Literature at uni but her parents basically told her ‘no way’ and steered her towards chemistry as she was bright enough and had the grades to enrol on such a course. She resented her parents at first but now concedes that in hindsight her parents were right to intervene as she now has a career that has seen work on…[Read more]

  • ben posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Isn’t this just the unfortunate conclusion to the over Political Correctness that has proliferated social media in the last few years or so?
    It seems that social media (and utterz is not immune to this) goes into a frenzy whenever anything is deemed offensive and with people demanding that the offender loses their job (gets banned), etc.
    In fact, I would say that some of the posters on this very thread, quite often get enraged if for example Clarkson/Boyle say something racist/bigoted/homophobic/sexist, etc. I’m not saying that those some posters would call for Clarkson/Boyle to be jailed, but it doesn’t take much imagination to see that others would see that a bloke encouraging a dog to do a Nazi salute is a hate crime and that hate crime seems to be something that the Police…[Read more]

  • ben replied to the topic Plastic in bottled water in the forum Health 5 months ago

    It’s quite bonkers when you think about the range of products that include plastic: Milk, toothpaste, mouthwash… it goes on and on. Many of the ingredients in our food will have been transported or stored in plastic before being turned into the final products we consume which may not be packaged in plastic.

    Maybe we need regulation like drugs. Drugs are carefully tested, the “drug product” is the medicinal substance in its carrier formula within its container, this is treated as a whole to account for any changes in state whilst being sent from factory to ending up in or on a person. Things like the dye used in the coloured pill capsule or ratio of drug substance to air within container ratio mess with stability and are closely monitored in a drug product stability progr…[Read more]

  • ben posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    By replacing all workers with robots and not paying anyone anything you kill demand.

    No jobs.

    No one buying stuff.

    No need for robots.

    • Exactly this.

      Just look at most of human history (pre-industrial revolution).

      We had a wealthy elite/nobility, and essentially everyone else was dirt poor.

      The economy didn’t expand, there was no such thing as growth and nobody had any incentive to borrow money (not that anyone would lend it) to invest and grow. As a result things chugged along pretty much the same as they did the previous century.

      Then industrialisation came along and the cost of production went down. Therefore the cost of goods went down. Workers could afford to buy the stuff they were building and the rich elites realised the benefit of investing profits in more means of production and the economy grew. Suddenly the concept of continual economic growth, based on rising demand tied to an expanding consumer…[Read more]

      • Maybe Google/amazon want to regress to 1700’s economy. Google’s whole business model is based upon controlling the internet.. monopolizing what people can and cannot see online unless companies pay for adwords etc. Also we already seen how various tech company’s including amazon.. uber etc treat their human workers.

        • @oldnag clone why would Google want to take the world back to the 1700s? No one would have any money to spend?

          Why do you that what they want matters? We in the West live in democracies where we can tell companies how they are to behave, not the other way round.

          • It not about money is it though its about control. For example Mark zukerberg made a speech about giving everyone free money.

            Also its bit pathetic talking about democracy and then referring to me as “oldnag clone” just because you disagree with me you want to undermine the legitimacy of my comments by making out im just a clone.

          • @troll You’re not making much sense. Zuckerberg (and many Silicon Valley billionaires) support some for of UBI.

            Again, this is so that everybody has a basic level of income to spend on consumer goods. Which are of course advertised on Facebook. The way you word it, it’s some kind of Dr Evil plot to enslave the world. I’m not saying there aren’t dangers, but do you really think that’s the motivation?

            Also, for the most part these are publicly traded companies answerable to shareholders (eg. mine and your pension portfolios) who demand maximum return – so quite frankly they’re not going to do anything to jeopardise their business model.

          • @troll So Mark Zukerberg is evil because he wants to give everyone free money?

          • @ericPoints Mao, Mariam, Pol Pot , Stalin all wanted to give people free money too because it just that simple.

            Your missing my point. For example lots of tech company’s are worth billions but do not even make a single penny in profit…but are worth so much because they CONTROL their market.

            What would the value of money be if everyone gets free money? But this wouldn’t bother these tech billionaires because they control all the tech that will service us in the future so it doesn’t matter to them if money becomes worthless because they will be ones with all the control.

            If Mark zukerberg and others really wanted to help they would give away 99% of their wealth still leaving them with enough to never have to work again.

          • @troll I agree 100%! I am wary of tech, can see benefits but the control / know all element is becoming more Orwellian. Would never have that Alexa thing or any thing similar, but most of us have net access and wifi. Ultimately what’s in scifi will happen as most are walking towards tech with tunnel vision.

        • No, Google need to sell advertising. In order for advertising to work, companies have to be able to sell products to consumers. Therefore consumers have to have disposable income. Take that away through mass-unemployment and Google go out of business.

          • You just have to do a product google search to find that this isn’t the case! Google and amazon are fixing the online economy together.

  • ben posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    The correct course of action if someone is parking on your driveway without your permission is to make notes and take photos of the car every time they park there.

    Place a note on the windscreen explaining they are parking on private property and to remove their vehicle as soon as possible. Also state that if they continue to park then they are trespassing and you will take legal proceedings against the keeper of the vehicle.

    Once you have all the evidence you contact the DVLC and for a small fee they will give you the keepers details.

    You then engage a solicitor and take them to court.

  • ben replied to the topic Does acupuncture work? in the forum Health 6 months, 1 week ago

    It’s placebo plus a small infection risk in exchange for your money. What is feeling like you’re doing something worth to you?

  • ben started the topic Non jobs in the forum General Chat 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    I was listening to this http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09pmbdf and a Sociologist (oh the irony) speaks about people doing “Non Jobs” And during the recent storm about the Presidents club, I heard one person say that women should be able to do these jobs as at least its better than cleaning toilets. It strikes me that there is an attitude in Britain which I suspect is supported by our academia that any manual or service type job is of less worth and that anyone doing them could do far better.

    Maybe this is why we need migrants to pick strawberries and to work in pubs and mend our plumbing and build our houses. Maybe we should respect and value these jobs a lot more, and tell sneering sociologists to go and get a proper job.

  • @flyguy I see!

    You can only open a dispute if the item has not arrived in the time you have stated on your listing. They opened the ‘item not received’ dispute as at that time they had not received the item. You shouldn’t have posted it after the dispute was opened as you have just cost yourself the postage money. You should refund the buyer.

  • I’m confused as well as to why you posted after the buyer has clearly shown itself as a PITA.

    I would say, ebay’s response would be “have you received you item back? yes? then refund the buyer and *likely* suck the postage up”.
    Re postage, I don’t know if there is a room to wiggle and probably worth asking ebay.

  • @josh Surely it’s good that the Government are open to the idea that a wheelchair user can work?

  • I can’t believe China wanting to ignore thousands of years of keeping to itself to wanting to seek world domination.

    @ben Thousands of years of keeping to itself ? Try telling that to the Tibetans, Vietnamese, Indians or any of the nations that have a stake in the South China Sea.

  • ben replied to the topic How do you buy a car? in the forum General Chat 6 months, 4 weeks ago

    I would not go with PCP for new cars. PCP deals on new cars tend to be a total higher cost than a personal loan or a hire purchase agreement. Certainly in the way they are regularly used in practice with people walking away from 2-3 year old cars and starting over again.

    There are plenty of other people – far more credible than when it comes to finance – suggesting PCP is a dangerous bubble.

    It’s no skin of my nose if people want to buy new cars and spend more to have more certainty – I accept that although if differs from my view. Few people claiming this reason for buying new consider aftermarket warranties for used cars. Great – more highly depreciated nearly new used cars for me.

  • But just because it is tolerable, doesn’t mean there’s anything about to tolerate it in the first place, necessarily.

    @mo True. But were know the compounds required. We now have a reasonable understanding of star destruction, planet forming, plus the goldilocks distance from a sun. It just comes down to statistics that a planet will form in the required distance from a sun, etc.. whilst mathematically quite possible it does not of course mean it’s guaranteed to happen.

    I guess it comes down to belief or lack of. And that’s before you even consider multi verse theories.

  • @mo Life on earth can tolerate a few hundred degrees temp range. In water, air and other gases. Given the number of stars, solar systems etc.. it would be more surprising if we alone in the universe.

  • Lets consider the Medical profession for example. Currently so much new research and medical advances, together alerts is published daily that no human being has the ability to keep up with it. Imagine all this constant data being obtained, stored, analysed, and acted upon by super computers which within micro-seconds can make a diagnosis and recommend treatment almost instantly? If a patient presents with a new unknown disease in the depths of the Amazon, it will be almost instantly available for comparison throughout the world. If a certain treatment regime fails and another succeeds, that information will become available throughout the world.

    @dizzy Computers that can synthesize factual information in this way will be extremely useful in medicine. However, until they can…[Read more]

  • I think there are a a few of separate issues with AI worth considering:

    First is the inevitability of automating our jobs, and us having to find new ways to do an economy. Good little clip here:

    Then there’s the questions surrounding making machines that are somehow human-like in the way they can communicate which either:

    a) seem so much like humans that we form relationships with them, even though they aren’t conscious; or

    b) we actually make something that is conscious and have to give it rights

    These are interesting questions, but we’re absolutely nowhere near making something like this. Look at the most advanced chatbots, e.g. the interview by the bot presenter on the Today Programme this morning…no one’s passing the Turing…[Read more]