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and toggling in programs from the front panel is tedious :-) (had to do that on a PDP once)

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Scooters can be better for commuting in work clothes I am thinking of the classic small wheel scooters like Lambrettas

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its not that much I am looking at a folding bike(only type allowed on train) and the light weight Brompton's are over $2k

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I would bet the same is true of John Lewis vs Lidl in the UK especially as John Lewis is a pseudo coop

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If they are true AI yes - the Machine in POI being an example.

And don't humans make babies out of non sentient stuff sperm and egg?

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But most seem to be w2 who don't get the benefits of being independent or employed.

Like most things in employment crappy poor employers spoil it for the rest.

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Interesting when I worked for the big telecom in the UK 20 years ago where give very strict instructions that NI numbers (uk' ss no) where NEVER to be used for any customer id purpose.

On pain of having the IB (Bt Security) jump up and down on you with size 9 boots - think the auditors in the laundry files but worse.

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Amex is expensive I recall we had a meal for all our our grads one year and the managers corporate amaex was refused - on of my colleagues had to put it on his personal card

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That's because of "extreme" societal pressures to get a "good" job though engineering is often seen as third best behind Medical and Lawyers.

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Mine was the lady bird book on how to make a radio

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Making-Transistor-Radio-ladybird-mak...

Though my dad did take over a bit - we actually used a gas powered soldering iron he had from the 40's - you heated it up over a gas burner

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That was my introduction to electronics too, I don't remember it needing any soldering though.

After this, my grandfather taught me how to make PCBs and more complicated radios.

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I think the book used a bread board - eventually we moved the radio to some stripboard which is where the 40's soldering iron came in

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