Mike Collins

Mike Collins

  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    Please accept my sympathy...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Waitrose is about the same price as Tesco and Sainsbury's for basic items. A lot of the goods are better quality and the atmosphere is better. Before I came to Norfolk I had never been in a Waitrose. It's the...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "I bought my last car with a check" Like many people in the U.K. I haven't written a cheque for years. I bought my last car with a debit card. The US is a long way behind....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Because it doesn't take any time You pick the item off the shelf, scan it and put it in your bag which is open in the trolley or basket. When you pay you don't have to take the items out...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Thanks for tbhat last link. A new view on things which were just drawings on blackboards when I first learned about them....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "While the cashier is scanning my items" With the system I was discussing the customer scans the items as they were put in the bags. So at the end all items are already bagged and scanned.You just scan a code...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Are you honestly stating that you've never been held up by someone fumbling for the correct money in a purse full of 1 and 2 penny pieces....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    It's a pretty slow policy. Waitrose have had self scanning for at least a decade and the majority still use tills....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Waitrose....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    The supermarket I use has job advertisements and is owned by its employees....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    EC is spinning the facts. The people who fumble for cards are the same people who spend ages searching for coins when they pay cash. If I have to queue at a till I have debit card and maybe loyalty...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    That makes Apple Watch about as fast as contactless. For Apple Pay with a phone you have to select the wallet and then fingerprint. But the whole business of queues at checkouts puzzles me. I went to Waitrose this morning...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Toxic Martian soil is hardly news. It's been known for decades from the Viking lander experiments....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    If you live in the USA you have Apple and Android pay which are contactless. They are slightly more fiddly than contactless cards but still faster than cash. They are however easier to find than sorting through multiple cards n...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "Queue at the till"? I shop at Waitrose. I go into the supermarket, pick up a barcode reader using a Waitrose card. Scan each purchase and put it straight into a bag. Then go to an automated till. Scan the...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Yes! I drove through Milton Keynes in the rush hour last week and found I was looking for traffic cameras as I was stuck in traffic jams....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Retrocausal quantum theory. This was implied by the Copenhagen interpretation. A competent observer at the end of the universe can collapse all the wave functions and cause the universe to exist. Have we been looking for god at the wrong...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    The NRA no gun policy seemed too good to be true. I checked on Snopes and it's fake news. http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/nraban.asp Pity! But your fantasy gunfight is still possible at least....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    For cooling the testicles a motorcycle when wearing ordinary clothes is adequate. No need for expensive equipment. (You can save a lot of fuel if you use a small motorcycle or scooter for transport.) When you have children a car...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I've seen this done very well in a crowded building. A few years ago my wife and I and my daughter's family were a a Center Parcs in the swimming pool when the alarm went off. The staff were very...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    When I was a fire warden at Leeds University I found it very difficult to get everbody -particularly those higher in the pecking order than me - to leave their offices and labs in the Old Medical School during fire...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I got my last job at the age of 53. Perhaps the NHS are more enlightened than private employers. Any interviews I've been involved with on the other side only used HR as a backup. HR had nothing to do...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Greg I have similar educational experience to you. ONC medical laboratory science,,BSc chemistry, MSc Clinical Biochemistry at age 40. Without the MSc I wouldn't have even been shortlisted for my last job....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Isn't that Kernenergie? The Germans have atomic kernels....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Huntingdon's genetics is not really straightforward. The disease gets worse across generations because the number of affected codons in the gene increases. http://web.stanford.edu/group/hopes/cgi-bin/hopes_test/the-inheritance-of-huntingtons-disease-text-and-audio/...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    It's not a new building. The green wall is tagged onto an extension of the old buildings which were cobbled together over decades to form the store....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Or maybe this (Marks & Spencer Norwich) but with vegetables. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=marks+and+spencer+green+wall+norwich&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-gb&client=safari#imgrc=XUJggTuSTW9KPM:...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Where I come from many of the peat bogs (known as mosses) were the result of the failures of early agriculture. They formed after humans had destroyed the land by poor farming. Restoration of peat bogs is not too difficult...
  • Commented on Bad Writer Dad?
    Kipling had a poem for married soldiers as well: https://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/kipling/married_man.html...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Forget the vertical element and green enclosed cities already exist. http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/farming/uk-s-largest-tomato-greenhouse-is-really-making-the-grade-for-local-freshness-1-4015151...
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