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Spectacular clouds at Glenshee today. 
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According to fire-fighters and controlled studies these things have a 55% failure rate in detecting fires. They're acknowledged as good at detecting burning fires, long after the smoke has asphyxiated anyone who happened to be asleep but they're good at creating annoyance when you burn your toast. 

Ionisation smoke detectors contain a very small amount of a radioactive waste product from nuclear power reactors. Bonded to foil and inside the detector it is no doubt perfectly safe. A sheet of paper is enough to stop the dangerous radiation the particle emits. 

But the half-life of Americium-241 is 432 years. So ten years after you bought it, it's barely any less radioactive than it was when purchase. Why then is standard advice from local authorities to dispose of them to landfill? Will our great, great grandchildren thank us for leaving waste dumps with millions of these things in an unknown state of crush and corrosion?

Especially when there's an alternative detector that is said to be much more effective and is mandatory in parts of Australia - that is the photo-electric type, which can be had for the same low price as far as I can see.

Can someone explain what is going on here, or start recycling and recalibrating Americium detectors?  
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Seems likely to me that the threat to civilisation is breeding too many guys like this fella. 
An Alabama man delivered a "Redneck News" report from his own backyard on Monday in a hilarious video showing anti-gay bigots the results of legalized same-sex marriage in the state.
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So, riddle me this. Why do B&Q sell only ionisation smoke alarms at the moment, but the "Help and Advice" photo attached show's a Nest Protect photo-electric alarm. 

Maybe here's part of why: 

http://www.theworldfiresafetyfoundation.org/brk
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I wonder how much of a contribution to environmental impact reduction it would make to stop the countless receipts that cause delay getting printed and end up in pocket, wallet, shoe-box or bin. 

What's more if some of them are for business expenses and designers are smart, will we be able to click on XML objects and load them straight into the expenses system? Saving millions of hours of wasted time across the UK each year?

As a retail customer I just want to know that if a product goes wrong, I can go back to the retailer and electronically show them a copy of the receipt. No longer losing them in the shoe-box, never to be found when the product fails a few weeks or months later. 

With a bit of imagination, could this stretch to train/bus/etc tickets too? There must be a million of them used in the UK each day, each expensively manufactured with it's magnetic strip. Just show your phone to the ticket reader, and on you go instead... want to check you were charged the right amount this month, it's in your mobile and your cloud service. 

Bring it on. 
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Kirknewton station this morning. Winter's not over yet.
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Really interesting ideas in this.

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Global Business: Shake Up Your Company 12 Feb 2015

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Peter Day talks to Gary Hamel, one of the best known management gurus in the world.

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Cranes with aircraft navigation lights above St Andrew's Square. Guess Standard Life Investment's project is going to be big. 
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Not the waterfall, the gibbon sanctuary. If their tales of mother gibbons being shot from the canopy so one baby can get its photo taken with tourists until it too becomes too much trouble and is killed doesn't bring a tear to your eye, you may be a way down the psychopathic spectrum. We got a taxi from Surin beach for 700 THB and the driver, Kay, sent a friend to pick us up when I SMS'd to say we were ready to leave. There's an elephant camp offering "jungle" experiences with elephants just off the main road and it's a ten minute easy walk to the park with a 200THB admission fee per person.
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Comfortable bed for the night, well run. If you want five star, pay for it. This is in the middle of an industrial estate at the end of a motorway. Food was tasty, but not well presented in my opinion - and I'm no sort of expert.
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Comfortable enough if you need a place to sleep. If you want a special place to take a special person for a treat, it's not here. The Brewers Fayre describe "beef and ale pie" as its "signature dish". The chips were OK and the pie case looked nice enough, but it sat above a large layer of atmosphere with not much below it except for a few lumps of beef an gristle in a bit of not-very-tasty gravy. There were no real ales on tap at the bar. You gets what you pay for I guess. It wasn't expensive.
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