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  1. Yes, Microsoft OneDrive is great for this. You can set it up to sync all your user folders across PCs and have the same experience on both. Free student membership or a low monthly fee, 1TB of space.
  2. You're entitled to a replacement under UK law, even if the price has gone up.
  3. Plastic cups can be either wax or plastic lined. In this country it's more common to see the plastic ones, I've seen evidence to suggest that wax ones don't meet EU health and safety regulations. Paper coated with wax is still non-recyclable, yes it defeats the point of it being paper, which is why paper food products are generally a bad idea. No idea about the polished paper, surely the paper will still get wet because the hydrophilic structure is the same. Still needs to be coated with something to make it hydrophobic.
  4. This frustrates me about plastic straws, they tend to be made of polypropylene which is recyclable, but not commonly recycled by local authorities. Paper straws are even less recyclable though; they're coated in plastic, adding difficulty with separation (similar to paper cups). The ones that last longer tend to be less biodegradable and so more likely to cause environmental damage, and whilst plastics have very little carbon impact, paper straws have a higher carbon impact due to more trees being cut down. Another issue is that paper straws usually cannot use a high percentage of recycled paper, adding to their carbon footprint. There are new plans for plastic recycling in the UK where each plastic will have a UV-fluorescent dye in it, the dye will allow a machine to identify which plastic it is and therefore how to recycle it. I think this is pretty cool, when it rolls out by 2025-ish anyway. Hopefully it'll allow a return to plastic straws; the only problem with them is their disposal really.
  5. Reddit tends to produce communities of people who have a narrow selection of views about a topic. The upvote/downvote system doesn't promote actual debate and instead just reinforces opinions. All of Reddit is toxic like this.
  6. Mate, it seems like it'll take ages to earn enough for PC. The best jobs you can look to do are things like retail, gardening, paper rounds, chores around the house. Sometimes there is no way forward and you have to accept it, you'll have to work your arse off for a while to get anything. I'd try and be happy with what you have. Could be worse. At 14, I had a £50 nokia phone that I had had since I was 12. It had Bluetooth, I could blast my tunes, take pictures of my friends, I loved that phone. I was just happy to have a phone that worked, until it went through the washing machine and I bought a HTC Wildfire. No games worked on it except for a 2 year old apk of Doodle jump. My parents were really tight and we lit lived on £15k back then. I had hand-me-down clothes, toys, games. Don't define yourself based on what you have and keep cracking on.
  7. Mug


    Nope, of course not haha, anything that happens post-nail rub is purely coincidental. There was a child in a sex ed class the other day that I was teaching who asked whether eating kiwi stopped pregnancy, it's the same type of bullshit.
  8. Mug

    Broke Student

    If you've got a car then you could do something like pizza delivery. My girlfriend did this at uni and made a fair amount of money working at a pizza hut. If you don't then you're pretty fucked unless you have experience. I used to work at Screwfix whilst at uni but got my job through nepotism so it wasn't hard to get. Before that I worked at festivals during summer to make a few pennies but it really wasn't anything much, would make about £200 for a weekend but when you factor in your expenses the profit is negligible. What I'd do is get your overdraft maxed out if you need an immediate injection. You'll pay it off easily once you get a graduate job. My overdraft was £4k when I left uni but I had moved it to a savings account to accrue interest.
  9. If they're not going to cover it under warranty, bad luck mate. The only thing you can really do is focus your efforts on what actually is covered by your warranty, and what your legal rights are on the issue. In the UK for example, you can get your item fixed, or a partial refund providing the device hasn't performed as expected for up to 6 years after the initial purchase. Of course, this depends on the company's interpretation of the law but you can see how it goes.
  10. So is this not a societal issue then, why are women pursuing more artsy subjects rather than technical subjects? Like I'm a prime example, as a Chemistry teacher myself, and my girlfriend works in the council's public health department. In the past I've been in the petrochemical and pharmaceutical industry, and she's been a librarian and an HR lady. If it really was equal we'd see girls take these more technical and scientific subjects, but what tends to happen is they're not taken as seriously in them. I've seen this in the classroom right from kids coming from primary school, they're just not confident in their answers - and not being confident affects them moving up. By contrast, boys tend to be more cocky and confident in Science, regardless of knowledge. My theory is that in subjects like History or English there is no real correct answer, which appeals to less confident people more - whereas in Science and Maths, the right answer is the correct one which isn't going to appeal to people that aren't confident enough to get things wrong. This needs to change but current methods like using green pens for everything and insinuating that everything anyone says is right just isn't cutting it, these methods just put down standards.
  11. I think it's been a huge waste of time and money and he's an utter cunt. So he's wanted for a rape in Sweden? Well regardless of whether he thinks someone's trying to frame him, he needs to face justice for that, what a coward. Then he's also wanted in the US for being a twat too, he exposed so much military data man, literally getting people killed for what he saw was good. He needs to face justice for it if he committed a crime. If there was no crime that's also ok, but he needs a trial. What a cluster fuck this has been.
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    Dear Linus...

    Like any businessman, Linus understands that in order to keep up with the mmarke you have to move with the times. You can't do this by continually making the same stuff, so you have to constantly change to stay in the flow. I've been watching his stuff on and off since the NCIX days and think that his stuff is better now than ever. He's really managed to hone in on his audience. Like are you actually watching YouTube for in-depth analysis, or for entertainment? I see LinusTechTips as a top gear of tech, still has some nitty gritty tech stuff, but it's more about the entertainment value.
  13. Not gonna lie it sounds sweet, glad you didn't bring flowers haha Did you like her? If you did, make sure you give her a call and tell her that you enjoyed your time with her and that you'd like to see her again. About the sweat, my advice is to buy strong deodorant. I remember during my teens I bought driclor, which is basically aluminium chloride (stuff that makes you not sweat) and alcohol which evaporates. That stuff made sweaty me into sweatless me, put it on for 4 days straight and didn't sweat for a week afterwards, top stuff.
  14. Dress casually, jeans and a jumper or chequered shirt No roses Look for restaurants to go before/after Do what feels natural Pick her up from somewhere and walk there, wouldn't meet at the cinema. Like for me that would mean meeting at the nearest metro station to the cinema, then walking like 5 mins to the cinema, chatting, choosing a movie when we're there, sitting down, watching it. Try to think of things to say to your date, don't compliment her except at the start (ie: you meet and say how lovely she looks, then don't compliment her again for the rest of the date) because too many compliments is creepy. A tip I use is to look for screenings beforehand, then suggest booking one when you're there, then suggesting that you both get food, then go to a later viewing. Meet earlier, go home later. My first date with my current girlfriend was at an art gallery. We met at the metro station, got the metro to the art gallery, got talking, then we walked through the town the gallery was in, it was snowing and it was this really pretty old town. Then we got a spoons pizza together and went the cinema, got the metro back to mine etc. Don't ever feel too pressured on dates, it's chill. For a second date, think of somewhere that you could both go where you can talk, but there's enough to occupy you both if conversation is sparse.
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    Tinder in 2019?

    Always have been and always will be... Unless you find someone that likes that of course. Give it a thought from a woman's perspective: what attracts you to a man? Good social skills, takes you out on dates, lots of friends. If you're putting tech and video games in your profile it's likely a big enough part of your life to dissuade most women. Put your best stuff in your profile, what about you makes you actually different rather than a general interest in tech.