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  • nutter posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks 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 private ones) where if what you’re saying is going to have a demonstrable negative impact, you can rightfully be told to STFU. That’s not an infringement of free speech, it’s being asked to cease antisocial behaviour. Being told to STFU (e.g. having your video taken down off youtube following complaints) is a very different bag to being charged with a criminal offence – which do you see as defining “the boundary of free speech”?

    A good…[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 wildly expensive. Inkscape is a free, albeit occasionally frustrating, equivalent.

  • nutter posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week 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 generally stay superior to the machines. I’ve never ‘lifted a finger’ in my 20 years post-uni career (did a few manual jobs at college) but have used my brain to have quite decent career in a jobs that never even existed before the late 90s.

    The next wave will be machines/software that are far superior to humans in cognitive skills – better drivers, better advertising writers, better lawyers, better doctors. Even better computer…[Read more]

  • nutter posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week 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 they’ll respond. (I don’t think addiction is this simple, but it’s not that important to this debate and I’m just trying to highlight a point).

    That’s not to say that I think we should impose similar restrictions on food, or that food and heroin are remotely similar. I’m just arguing that the debate is about where we draw the line.

    We need better labelling and education etc… I think, as the debate around smoking shows, people are…[Read more]

  • nutter posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week 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 growing.

    Second, it’s going to have to be govt intervention, the private sector isn’t interested in us being thin (that’s fine) because they don’t bear the costs of it.

    Long and short of it, I would expect to see a sugar tax (beyond the current SSB plans) in the UK in the next 10 years. It would have been sooner, but other things have derailed govt business over the last two years.

  • nutter posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week 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 point, government intervention is about mitigating the other forces acting on a person. For a much more extreme example, that’s why we have minimum wage laws (I in no way think these are equivalent).

    Alternatively, if you want people to be truly free to choose, then they need to bear the weight of their choice. The NHS currently spends ~£16 billion on obesity and diabetes related interventions. That’s £300 per person per year in taxes. C…[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 but demand may very well remain

      At least you’ve come up with an idea though, I’m buggered if I can think of a solution!

      • 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 growing.

        Second, it’s going to have to be govt intervention, the private sector isn’t interested in us being thin (that’s fine) because they don’t bear the costs of it.

        Long and short of it, I would expect to see a sugar tax (beyond the current SSB plans) in the UK in the next 10 years. It would have been sooner, but other things have derailed govt business over the last two years.

  • nutter posted an update 4 months, 1 week 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 4 months, 4 weeks 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 4 months, 4 weeks 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 rattlers!

    Never saw any of the nasties but found the fault, and the dead gofthor that chewed the cable.

    Did see a mountain lion though, wonderful sight

  • nutter posted a new activity comment 5 months 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, set up a DD to pay the loan off within interest free period and cut up card straight away. Cancel it formally once all is paid off.

    The second step to ‘sorting finances’ is getting to a stage where you can safely use or have access to credit and use it when beneficial to do so. Paying interest on a loan if there is another route to the same outcome that doesn’t involve paying interest falls into that category so long as you do what you set…[Read more]

    • jack replied 5 months ago

      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 you sound diligent enough to use cards this way, so why give anyone 8%? Also look at, and you really need to do your sums here, at the end of the term on the card, look at a balance transfer to extend the 0% time with someone else, but check what the cost is of doing it. Often a percentage~e.g 1.5%. But paying this may be lower than the interest on the card and extends your payback time.

      Always loved the idea of using one bank to pay…[Read more]

  • nutter posted a new activity comment 5 months 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 5 months 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 the highway, so not a lot the offender could do to extract their car?

    Some people really are twats.

  • nutter replied to the topic How long do SD cards last? in the forum General Chat 5 months ago

    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 even knowing of each other’s presence is low, but that doesn’t reduce the chances of either existing.

    Personally, I think if life evolves through similar means, DNA etc.. then it’s just a matter of time before intelligence comes along due to evolutions very nature.

  • 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 special, unusual or extraordinary.

    The alternative is to remain open minded.

  • @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 of their “fresh” veg is kept in nitrogen warehouses for anywhere up to a year! That’s just disgusting to me.

    Burning plastic is highly toxic so I’m not sure about incineration…. maybe others know better.

    I’ve written to my council about plastic use in supermarkets. Especially since most of it is black plastic, not currently recycled in my area. So they never hit their recycling target. If they put pressure on the giants to reduce…[Read more]

  • [quote quote=3330]What’s BPII?

    There is a starch-based replacement for plastic that is used as an expanded foam to replace polystyrene,especially the chips used as loose bulk packing and to replace LDPE in plastic bags (try googling for “thermoplastic starch bags”).

    I try to buy loose vegetables and fruit, packaged in paper bags, that I carry home in reusable bags or in my rucksack. We get some veg each week from an organic farmer who delivers to my wife’s work, similar to what @gregory described, and the paper bags get sent back for re-use.

    I also tend to buy meat from a butcher’s shop, not from a supermarket; so it’s wrapped in paper (either waxed or with a thin film of plastic) and then it goes in a reusable bag.

    Most of our drink, apart from milk (plastic bottles for…[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 capable of drinking from the lip of a cup, not wrap vegetables in plastic, offer only aluminium drinks. I was shocked to read only 7% of plastic is recycled, the rest is buried or swept out to sea. I do as much as I can, take glass bottle to drink at work, try not to buy plastic wrapped veg/food (so hard to do sometimes).

    I’m looking for ideas to help me change my consumer habits – is there anything you do to reduce your plastic footprint?…[Read more]

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