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Hardware & Technology / Re: Don't bank online
« on: March 12, 2023, 09:49:26 AM »
you use your desktop to transfer funds to Revolut and fund up the card, then you use that to pay when abroad. Am I getting close?

yup, it a bank, without the protection of a bank we are used to in the UK. Another is Monzo...

Water Cooler / Re: EV tidbits
« on: March 12, 2023, 09:47:05 AM »
I thought the Rivian was designed to be tow charged?

Hardware & Technology / Re: Don't bank online
« on: March 11, 2023, 07:21:21 AM »
This brings me back to the method my neighbors use when traveling. They bring a debit card that they fund with just the amount they think they will need on the trip and use only that card. They may carry a backup card with their passport for emergencies, I don't know. The point being that the only card they pull out during a trip is one with a max downside of say $5000.

I use revolut when travelling. That limits my exposure, AND gives me easy currency. I also carry Amex and Mastercard, but not on my phone. The only way to load revolut is from a home PC with all the widgets and passwords.

I suspect there are flaws in how I use it, as I also have 2 phones, one with wifi for when I can get it with (Usual phone) and one with a local sim for any calls. Last trip to the USA I lost both, at different times, (the problem there was having 2 on both occasions, habit has me checking for 1 phone, a dual sim would be better!)

Main Bank apps on the phone?... no way. Cheques can go to the post office in the UK. Still works.

Watching older folks deal with money in this digital age is scary.

Its supposed to be cheaper selling online. Online has the advantage of no stores.

This seems like the wrong way round.

Water Cooler / Whats in your google spam folder?
« on: March 10, 2023, 10:52:39 AM »
Couldn't help sharing this with you guys, hope it makes you smile too.

there are a number of important emails that google continually put into spam, regardless of how I flag them, but these are not important to me, but I do wonder how they end up as a self spam.

I was thinking it would fizz in water, then checked my chem, and it needs some vinegar too.

>> $100 per tonne

Weems cheap to me.  I wonder how it compares to the comparative forest.

Although the carbon absorption capacity can vary, it is generally considered that a tree can store about 167 kg of CO2 per year, or 1 ton of CO2 per year for 6 mature trees. This means that more than 67 trees would have to be planted a year to offset the CO2 emissions of a single Brit

So 6 trees is $100 per year roughly.
200 trees per acre.....


This new approach, using off-the-shelf resins and other chemicals, promises far greater efficiency and lower cost, say the scientists involved.

The research team have borrowed an approach used for applications in water, and "tweaked" existing materials to remove CO2 from the air.

In tests, the new hybrid absorbing material was able to take in three times as much CO2 as existing substances.

Be interesting to see if the level changes in lake Mead.

RC I knew you were mad.... you just confirmed it  ;D  Ha ha ha.

Priceless.  Love your Dads answer.

Water Cooler / Re: The potential danger and challenges of Bird Flu
« on: February 08, 2023, 09:02:52 AM »
Lots of Chicken farms in this area.  Bird flu warning signs have been about for a year, probably longer.


Proud to have studied in Birmingham :) Never a big fan of BS, I think Sue saw them at Donnington in her rock days, but Ossie has just cancelled his farewell tour apparently, as he is too poorly.

so on a positive note

Also Never knew this:

When he was 17, the future Black Sabbath guitarist worked at sheet metal factory in Birmingham. He lost the tips of the middle and ring fingers on his right hand thanks to a horrible accident on his very last day in the job.

In hindsight, heavy metal started right there as the musician had to completely re-think how to play the guitar.

Water Cooler / Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« on: January 14, 2023, 05:00:29 PM »
What I've learned the most from Harry's book is that so many of the headlines don't have a shred of truth in them.  It's not like some of it has a little bit of truth to it and was taken out of context.  It's flat made up.

>but Megan is still being toxic. 
Toxic?  Really?

Grnidone, not going to get into this an further, as I did not intend to upset you,  except to defend my use of the word toxic... yes, to the Royal Family. Unfortunately.
I also understand that his book is being fact checked. His memory is also flawed, as all our memories are. I am quite sure they are inadvertent, but do prove the fallibility of any memory.  Those picking them out are likely just trying to discredit him, which is sad.
He was once a Favourite Royal. He still could be.
I will repeat.  We all know the press lie? Why on earth do we read it! NOTW died in 2011. It was an appalling rag. No better than the internet today.  I do believe that some new sources are starting to be held more accountable.  But still not all.

Thx for the Sanderson tip.

Water Cooler / Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« on: January 13, 2023, 05:59:11 AM »
Listening is when I drive... 6 hours yesterday.

I think we all know the Press lie, as we know it. Interesting about RM in particular. Maxwell did  not shower himself with glory either (or some of his family)

Perhaps a good will come from the book. Maybe the more who read it and learn about the press the better.  I feel there is too much acceptance of what is read. Perhaps Friendface is a better place to get news .  (Only half kidding)

Water Cooler / Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« on: January 12, 2023, 07:08:52 PM »
You might find this interesting ... comparing some of Kate's and Meghan's media coverage for similar things. IMHO the double standards are wildly unfair and absolutely toxic.

That list has been standard fair for some time.  The answer is see how Kate got hounded before Megan came along. The Press are horrible.  No one is denying that.  Its how they are dealt with that important.

  I have started listening to the Spare.  Much against Sues principles. :) The Firms line is not to answer back... on the basis it pointless.

The general view over here (Big general, not absolute) is that Harry would be welcome back, but Megan is still being toxic.  Trouble is He loves her.  "What Megan wants Megan Gets"  (Its a good mantra for a good husband)

Not knowing them, and knowing how toxic (if I can use the word again) the press are it difficult to know what to believe.

Buckworks... YOU are to blame for me bothering to listen to it  ;) :) :o

Water Cooler / Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« on: January 12, 2023, 08:49:52 AM »
I started listening to Prince Harry's book Spare as soon as I was able to download it yesterday.

I've enjoyed it so far (first third). The writing is good (helped by a ghostwriter) and Harry is an exceptionally fine reader.

One thing is clear to me ... what some of the media gossips are saying about (projecting onto!) the book is wildly different from what it actually says.

... which kinda reinforces one of his major themes ...

Which bits? Because over this side of the pond they are seen as self obsessed and whiny, and M does not understand duty, or how to treat a family .

It does all seem a bit "all about me".  How he hopes to get back with his brother and Dad I really don't know.  If he does, it shows true understanding from them.

I am guess thats from the media then :)

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