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It's a bit shallow and simplified, but it is comprehendible to a wide audience - which is quite important for this issue as it seems like something that more people need to know about!

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I spent quite a lot of time advocating the use of segments for media over the last few years. A lot of the detractors would say "but nobody uses chapters" - which I always thought was a rather narrow minded idea of what a segment can be. YouTube got it (mostly) right, they've got simple tools to make chapters in videos with timestampsp in the description. But that's just the start... youtube.com/watch?v=xMW3TFKYFt

Incidentally, I don't - my hands are extremely average. Obviously I'm not especially protective of this information, but I'm curious to know whether that would/could happen

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Question: if the Oculus hand tracking feature records "estimated hand size", and "We use the information we have to deliver our Products, including to personalise features and content" - does that mean if I have small hands I'll start getting adverts for specialised hand jewelry for people with small hands?

Laundry detergent advert writers: UV light doesn't make "dirt" glow. Comparing clothes that have been washed with your product and a competitors under UV light is completely pointless and misleading.

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TIL: during the brief period when I connected Spotify to Facebook, it made a post every time I listened to anything 😲

tl;dr: a basic, repairable piece of tech to perform a basic task proves to be generally better than a very clever but fragile one.

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But yes, they do use bags! Oh no! But actually, if that extends the life of the motor (by acting as a filter), and is one less mechanism to fail (like the bin latch on my old Dyson) then is that really worse? It might be a consumable product, but so are binbags and we seem to cope OK with those...

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Energy efficiency is not an easy thing to calculate with a vacuum cleaner - as so much of the "efficiency" is down to how you use them. But I *can* tell you what's not
efficient - vacuuming half your house then having to put the thing on charge for an hour then finishing it off later!

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These vacuums are known to last forever. The only people I've known that get rid of their Henry (or, in my case, Harry) are because they've wanted to "upgrade" to something new. Not because it's broken. You can get almost every part that could break as a spare. They are from an era where there was an appliance repair store on your high street that was capable of repairing most appliances.

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When I moved house, I was in a position where I needed a new vacuum cleaner. I had a cordless Dyson. It was very clever, light and swishy. But, it broke - a key piece of plastic snapped in a way that was entirely impossible to fix without buying a new machine. After considerable research, I came to an odd conclusion. Despite the fact this little fella contains a heck of a lot of plastic, he's a lot more sustainable than many others on the market.

My block's recycling bins went missing in June 2020. We haven't been able to recycle since then. I feel quite guilty about it, but other than chasing up the council weekly what else is there to do 🤷

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Idea: a tv show where people get a comfortable amount of time to make nice things

Also, they think I'm a 26-35 year old between 46 and 55. Obviously.

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And I note table names like `lp_prod.MR_ELECTORAL_ROLL_OCTOBER`. Do they seriously have a seperate table for every month of Electoral roll data? But... why?!

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I'd also point out that whoever generated this doesn't know how to do a JOIN properly - there are SO many duplicated entries it's ridiculous.

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