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40 k is incredibly reasonable as medical devices tend to be quite expensive, when the prosthetic limbs became available they cost way more then this, and its cost will come down.
Its awesome that these are starting to deployed for testing, apart from just the obvious regained mobility these have the side effect of reducing muscle atrophy and with passive sensing can allow us to model and greater understand the effects of time on limited/paralysed limbs.

I've seen a few people pointing out the military potential of a lot of these, especially when the Japanese rice farmers were using the one that gives them 50kg upper body lifting capacity, but I really think their military benefits will be lacking as they will come with a trade off of speed. Their good applications outweigh the bad.

Techmology and Scientism / Re: The Infinity Burial Suit Techmology
« on: February 10, 2016, 01:55:36 pm »
One step away from Last Of Us style apocalypse

Its also not truely chronological, it hides posts from people you havent clicked on in a long time. Facebook decides who you're friends are.

That's pretty cool, does he know you are discordian?
You should hand him a cease and desist written on the Illuminati letterhead

That situation sounds all too familiar, I was in a place like that a few years back.

You wont be fired, because you haven't strictly done anything wrong. They could be trying to manage you out though. If you like what you do or the coworkers you work with, and even if you don't and would like a change I would say either way send out applications while comfortable to do so.

When you get an offer (which is likely soon in IT when you have experience), see how your boss takes it. If they want to keep you, they will counter offer. This is where it gets funny, because even if they wanted to let you go: getting an offer undermines any performance metrics, gossip etc, it makes your boss look bad to his boss because another company has placed a value judgement on you, which may contradict what your boss was saying, it can be in their interests to promote you, if they let you go, they are probably looking to downsize the whole department anyway.

At least if you move to a new place you get the honeymoon feeling all over, even another misery pit is glowing stars for the first 3 to 6 months.

Nigel, that's fantastic!  Congratulations!

Thank you! Now I just have to nail the interview... I think I will be OK because I already have a prospective advisor. I don't think I'm going to feel like this is real until I get the official offer in the mail, though!

That sounds like an amazing oppertunity, congratulations, it sounds like they were already interested in you if they are willing to pay for the transport there and you have an advisor.

Bring and Brag / Re: WEIRDOVERSE
« on: January 20, 2016, 11:55:04 am »
I didn't realise the Hero with a thousand faces references Finnegan wake. It was talked about a lot in Illuminatus! but I've never read it. Will have to give it a try.

To be honest, you probably got lucky there.

London does have many fine museums, art galleries and hotels with excellent dining facilities...but aside from that, I wouldn't recommend it.
That... seemed to be the case. We got to the British Meseum and it was beautiful, you could almost spend a day on each section. The natural history Museum was cool too but was too overrun with kids. I want to come over again though to comic con, because the way things worked out I ended up missing it twice.

[Vent/Nostalgia] Moving back to Ireland on Saturday. I regret not having done more in the UK in the last year and a half... I've been into London exactly four times (got to see a couple of musicals), and got up to Edinburgh, Oxford and the lake district which was nice, but overall the last year and a half of my life has been consumed by work, which is something I’ve got to fix.
I'm going to miss Chelmsford, as it was a really pretty place and the weather is so much better then back home.

10-hour journey on Saturday, between driving and ferry’s.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Job Search Question
« on: January 16, 2016, 12:52:44 am »
A personal introduction makes a huge difference, avoid breakfast or times that they will be busy.

Cant say I ever saw Bowie and Rickman in the same place at the same time.

Wait. Pepper spray is banned in the uk?

What are pointy sticks banned too?

If you are thought to be carrying it about with intent to use as a weapon then yes, I think they are...

What's next? no closed fists. You might be preparing to hit someone.
I know its hard to put it in context when you live in a place that cant go three months without a school shooting, that pepper spray will seem quite a tame thing to ban in comparison, but it doesn't have any public uses other then assault, and self defence.

There is an argument to use it for self defence but its proven very ineffective in this regards as such it remains banned in most EU states.
Security guards can be licensed for it, police have it as standard I think so its not like its completely unused, just restricted to the public.

Same deal with tasers in most of the EU, oddly even more ineffective then pepper spray, and much more fatal then most people realise.

You have a very relaxing voice

Lol, it even fell within the predicted percentage bands.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Comic Reviews and discussions
« on: January 07, 2016, 09:51:52 am »
Yeah I definitely find that with him you really have to be in the mood for him or it can be frustrating. American gods frustrated me on the first read, but I gave it a month or two and loved it then.

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