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Erik of Hazelfield

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  • Birthday 02/09/1984

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  1. Erik of Hazelfield

    The world after the pandemic

    Sadly, I think everything will go back to normal, only a lot more bleak because there's no money for anything. Austerity measures everywhere, kind of like Greece after the financial crisis.
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    The Gallows Humor Thread

    You have to give him though that he manages to be part of the two biggest news items of our decade.
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    Covid Your Mouth When You Sneeze (Corona Virus/Covid-19 # 2)

    I don't know what to do with my planned skiing vacation in France next week. If you listen to Swedish and French authorities, they don't as of yet discourage anyone from going there. If you listen to some other sources, they tell you to avoid all non-necessary travels. It doesn't feel too good, but my girlfriend and I have been saving for that trip and looking forward to it. It's a big decision to just cancel it unless we get the money back, which as things look now we won't get. It's not that I'm super scared of the virus but I don't want to spread it due to the risk of it killing off the elderly and sick people. Plus there's the risk we might get stuck in some quarantine and not get home.
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    Careerchat III

    Counter-offers is a difficult game to play. It can backfire in many ways and it's hard not to feel disloyal towards one employer or the other. One option in such situations is to play with open cards. To tell your employer that you're looking for a new challenge and maybe considering joining another company, but also that staying is an option, especially if they see a potential for a promotion (or similar boon) in the short term. That way they get an opportunity to speed up said promotion without feeling that you've betrayed them, and it's also not burning any bridges with the new company. I think many employers would appreciate such openness.
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    UK Politics: And Brexit came swirling down

    Are there large groups of people above the age of 18 in the UK that don't have any identification of some sort? No ID card, driving license, passport? (It's an honest question from an ignorant foreigner.) Also, why is such a thing as voter registration needed in the first place?
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    How did you pick your screen name?

    It's my first name and then the place I grew up (or rather a translation of it). Because secretly we all made our own Houses with colors, mottos and animals, right? AT SEA AND ON LAND! HAZELFIELD! ... right?
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    Electric Cars - Advise?

    I'm not so sure shorter range EVs will be worthless a few years from now. They excel at one thing: to commute super cheaply. I think there'll be a demand for that in the future as well. Long range EVs are still expensive so I don't expect they'll flood the resale market anytime soon (or at least not the lower end of it). Teslas hold their value very well due to high demand and low supply.
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    Daylight savings time sucks spring 2020!!!

    "But it's sooo nice to have more daylight in the evenings!" Yeah, but why don't you just get up earlier and go to sleep earlier then? What's stopping you? Oh you don't fancy your alarm going off at 5 a.m.? THAT'S WHAT DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME IS! You get up one hour earlier. That's literally what happens. You don't gain one hour, you don't lose one hour, you just do everything one hour earlier. But since you can't actually tell people that, instead you mess around with time. Way to go. Daylight saving time: still sucks in 2019. Rant over.
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    Electric Cars - Advise?

    I didn't mean to derail the thread into an environmental impact discussion, but I want to add one more thing. It wouldn't matter much if a fossil fueled car under some circumstances was better, right now, regarding CO2 emissions. We need to change our society to a more sustainable model, not just because of climate change but also because we can't continue burning through the world's resources the way we're doing now. We'll run out of oil and eventually we'll run out of natural gas and coal too. Electric cars provide a path to sustainability - fossil fuel powered cars don't. Any problems that exist with electric cars - and I do acknowledge they exist; high prices, poor working conditions in cobalt mines, resource intensive battery production, long charging times and so on - they're all solvable. The problems of the combustion engine, on the other hand, are inherently unsolvable. A sustainable future simply cannot be based on fossil fuels. If the electric cars are not good enough, the solution is better electric cars.
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    Electric Cars - Advise?

    Congratulations! You'll probably find, like most Tesla owners do, that range is pretty much a non-issue if you can charge at home. Since the car is always well charged, the only time you really need the range is for longer trips, and even then it's perfectly fine with the fast charging networks that are out there nowadays. Many EV owners take their cars on trips through Europe, an eco-friendly and cheap way of traveling.
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    UK politics - The Yellowhammer Made The Robin Weep

    Why does Corbyn want so badly to be caretaker PM anyway? Couldn't he solve this mess tomorrow by agreeing to someone else?
  12. Yes, we've been through the difficulties of a second referendum before. My personal favourite is first a three-option vote (May deal, no deal or remain) with the two most popular options from the first vote going to a second and final final referendum. But the brexiters would cry foul, saying this procedure would be rigging it for remain, because a) the leave votes in the first referendum would be split, leading to remain being almost certainly in the final vote, and b) it wouldn't include any of the other more or less realistic deal options that are on the table. But this is all hypothetical. The main problem with any kind of new referendum is that parliament wouldn't be able to agree on doing it, let alone agree on how the question would be framed.
  13. Erik of Hazelfield

    Bull**it Jobs

    So far I see but one actual example of bullshit jobs: stock broker. Are there any more? I'm not entirely convinced that there are so many bullshit jobs. You have the feeling that there are lots of them, but very few people would admit to having one. Technically I suppose it could be said that I have one myself. I count costs, handle quality issues, manage projects... But all I ever accomplish is moving bits of data around, call meetings and send emails. Yet people depend on me. Does that make it a non-bullshit job?
  14. You guys haven't read your Rosling. Already today, the world average nativity is about 2 children per woman. Since there are more children than adults, population levels will rise in the coming 50 years - but then it will stop at around 11 billion people. This wonderful video shows the principle (if you can stand the Swenglish). https://www.gapminder.org/answers/the-rapid-growth-of-the-world-population-when-will-it-slow-down/ If we do want to accelerate the slow-down, we would do well to promote women's rights and better education in the world's poorest countries. No need for unpopular draconian rules about how many children you're allowed to have.
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    UK Politics: It's Life Pfeffel but not as we know it

    Ok, that post didn't come across as I intended it. "Trust me, I'm an engineer!" Yes, and that's pretty dumb in itself, isn't it? The EU is by no means blameless in this mess. Forcing May to trigger Article 50 before even starting the negotiations was, in hindsight, a mistake. It made it more difficult for everyone.