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starfish&coffee

Member since Jan 2009 • Last active May 2019

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    The prepositions you use contains the answer I think. War against would be too pricey, but war in would be doable. Set up a base and do a bit of shooting and bombing from time to time, never really fully defeating anyone. Good for morale.

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    My thinking is that for statements that are very much open to interpretation first time offenders should get the benefit of the doubt. A three strikes and you're out rule perhaps?

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    What packing friendly towels are you guys using?

    The micro/nano/antibacterial bla bla stuff can cost anything from £3 to £35 and I am unsure at what point of the price scale diminishing returns start to happen.

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    FWIW, I get a lot of use out of my AKG N60NC bluetooth. They fill their own little niche by being the only foldable, on-ear, noice cancelling bluetooth headphone and it was exactly the combination I was after. No doubt the market leading Bose and Sony over-ears are better, but personally I get tons more use out of something I can stuff in my pocket.
    These are yesteryear's technology, as far as I can tell there have been no updates or improvements since 2017. But at the same time they cost less than half of the Sony/Bose and I think their sound and NC capability makes them worth exactly that. The NC is effective, but crude. It basically only takes out consistent humming noise, but then again it does so very well. This makes them great on planes and trains or when working with machinery. In my experience the NC makes little difference when it comes to human voices. The benefit is that the plane captain's tannoy announcements comes trough clearly enough, but the downside is that it won't protect you from your inane co-workers of failing marriage. Sound quality is in a sense faultless as I reckon no part of the register is particularly suffering, and there is no noticeable muddle. But at the same time it seems that BT is just too much of a bottle neck for the sound to be considered in any way good. It's OK, nothing more.
    Physical execution is pretty good. Feels solid and is easy to fit on your head.

    Tl;dr
    Costs half as much as the Sony and Bose over-ear models, and worth exactly that much. A very worthwhile investment if you travel by plane more than a couple of times a year. If not, keep looking.

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    Other history podcasts I rate highly:
    Mike Duncan's The History of Rome
    Roger Carlin's Hardcore History - especially the bit about WWI

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    On the whole I resent how being a podcast fiend means my mental space is frequently transported to the US where I end up going in depth into all sorts of minutiae about US politics and recent history.

    Would like to find more international stuff.
    BBCs documentary series has a great range of global issues but feels hit and miss. Monocle is OK, but has the same smug elitist feel as their printed magazine. Futility Closet is usually great when they can find something from around the world.

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    Michael Lewis has it's own podcast now and it's as good as you would expect. All four episodes so far have been great. Like his books the topics are only US centric, but to follow the way he cuts trough issues is exhilarating regardless of how relevant the issue might seem to Europeans.

    I would also recommend to absolutely everyone the brief and now finished series How to Fuck up an Airport. You might not think you'd be interested in German airports, but again it's about how it paints a wider picture that feels relevant for all sorts of other processes.

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    I don't know enough about technology to argue on a basis of this or that type of code, but in general I don't subscribe to the "it's just a trade war" argument.

    Huawei were founded by Chinese army officers, and in early years predominantly functioned as a supplier to the red army. From my reading, mostly the Economist, it has been considered notoriously difficult to untangle where Huawei ends and the Chinese military begins.

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    But why did the 5G planning have to be so secret in the first place? It’s a piece of infrastructure like any other. We should be entitled to know who’s in the running for the contracts.

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