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Marketing / Re: Tesla shifts all sales worldwide to online only
« on: March 01, 2019, 07:53:27 PM »
Do we really need car salesmen?

Most of the ones I have met have just irritated me. So no, not for me.   :)  (Thats probably more about me than them)

But Teslas announcement hit me between the eyes... I think this is seismic.

Marketing / Re: Tesla shifts all sales worldwide to online only
« on: March 01, 2019, 06:12:35 AM »
Quote Littleman:

Seems like all the corporations are in a race to downsize, no one wants to be the last below deck.

Not great news for Car sales jobs. I am sure there will be more now, with a discount for those who buy online.

Economics & Investing / Re: Brexit
« on: February 28, 2019, 06:58:46 AM »
Not sure if any this side of the pond could be bothered.  Enthusiasm for anything has been killed by 1000 cuts.

I voted say in, and now feel I would vote out just to be bloody minded. I am past caring.

The politicians all lie so none can make subjective decisions, so most will vote in their entrenched positions. London "in" the North out. The north will probably vote out stronger than before if anything imho.  There is no downside for them. Same with the old... still out... there are perhaps a few less oldies if it were run again.

Passed to Lucy who is doing Art with headphones on :)

Economics & Investing / Re: At what age do you want to retire?
« on: February 25, 2019, 09:36:59 AM »
The tough part is to *realistically* calculate what income you're going to need to support a tolerable lifestyle after you retire

Interesting thoughts here, but I think Mark touches on the above.  It is surprising what low income you can be happy on, although I am not sure we need to downsize just yet :) ( Re get a smaller efficient home, as the garage is always too small)

Also, its important not to forget that spending requirement changes as we age.  In our 60s we are hopefully but not necessarily still very active, still wanting to "do". Many of us continue that in our 70's and a few into our 80s.  But that vast majority of us will be dead in our 80s, and many of those still living will not want to spend too much time outside. 

When we are younger, we only see the active oldies.  Not those that cannot do anymore as they are sat in their chairs.

This is interesting I think:

Enjoy life today.... :)

Water Cooler / Re: Gonna have a breeze
« on: February 19, 2019, 07:40:09 AM »
It reminded me of a biogas installation I heard about in Germany maybe 20 years ago. They decomposed animals and waste and ran a generator from it.  I could not find it on the web, only small home stuff like this:

Somewhere someone would have been happy to get the gas from those chickens.

Water Cooler / Re: 288 million sq ft
« on: February 10, 2019, 05:37:35 PM »
Sends a shiver.....

Water Cooler / Re: Drainage basin & forest maps of the world
« on: February 03, 2019, 09:14:34 PM »

It’s complicated.

They are stuffed. Amz wins again.

This was actually the middle of last year.

Aircraft engine maker announces restructuring, with 4,600 jobs to go worldwide

alot of people I know work here. Mate is a fuel cell specialist.....gone.

Water Cooler / Re: Rupert fell down the smarthome rabbit hole
« on: January 13, 2019, 09:12:59 PM »
those little switches are repeater the seller tells me.

8.52GB of my 120GB drive available..... only programs on it... is SSD. It will kill my main computer!

Lucy has this one:
Acer Chromebook R13 CB5-312T - (MediaTek MT8173, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 13.3 inch HD Touchscreen Display, Google Chrome OS, Silver)
bought March 2017, so nearly 2 years old and still in regular use.  no requests for a replacement or an Apple :)

added... we paid £330 for it, its now £399 for the same unit NEARLY 2 YEARS AGO. (currency)

Can you run it off a back up battery?  Lucy has had one for a few years now, loves it... never had an issue with battery life so not looked.  But I would be surprised if it cannot be run the way a phone can off a secondary battery.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Hubitat
« on: January 06, 2019, 07:30:13 AM »
Just found the voices. What is your set up?

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