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...but normal for Western Europe.
What are retirement ages like there?
In the Netherlands it'll be 67 in a couple years. Right now it's 65.
They should do the same in France, imo. 62 is just ridiculously low.


Well Tilpo it's one reason why they live so long. Always a bit unfair that they eat a lot of unhealthy food yet have one of the highest rates for life-expectancy. One big reason is their medical is really good. Also their work benefits are really good. In the US you are more likely to get screwed over as the private sector goes unchecked most of the time and just get slapped on the wrist. Also our heath insurance is a joke. Combine that with all the stress and the taxes on everything (I bet it adds up to more than even Britain's taxes) no wonder Americans die much younger.


Edited by lee730 - 10/6/12 at 2:35am
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Thread Starter 

Flying Lotus' Until the Quiet Comes is a monster of an album. I'm really enjoying it.

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Finally sold of my HD650's.

It's ridiculous how many people say 'oh, nevermind' after corresponding with them for 2-3 days. Even more annoying are the people who show interest, and then don't reply to your emails even after a week.

It took me almost 4 weeks to sell them, whereas I was corresponding with at least one (sometimes as much as 3) people at a time.
In the end I sold it to someone in a matter of 1-2 hours.
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Yeah, I don't get it either. When I'm considering buying something, I'll waffle and hem and haw until everybody around me is annoyed, but I won't actually go ahead and contact the seller until either I've made a decision or have a short list of questions for them to answer. Usually when I buy through the forsale forum here, I'll have made the payment on the same day of my first PM.

 

There's no point in wasting the seller's time; you either want the thing or you don't; with the exception of truly unique one-off and customized items, the opportunity will arise again to buy the same thing when you're finally certain you want it.

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Finally sold of my HD650's.
 

 

Why did you decide to sell your HD650?

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Why did you decide to sell your HD650?

Because they didn't get enough head time after I got my SR-202's to justify keeping them. Plus I needed the money.
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Because they didn't get enough head time after I got my SR-202's to justify keeping them. Plus I needed the money.


I'm actually considering selling my e-Q7's for the same reason. I've had them for months but I've only put maybe 25 hours on them since I've acquired them. My EX600, W4, and K2 sp get most of my free time nowadays.

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Finally sold of my HD650's.
It's ridiculous how many people say 'oh, nevermind' after corresponding with them for 2-3 days. Even more annoying are the people who show interest, and then don't reply to your emails even after a week.
It took me almost 4 weeks to sell them, whereas I was corresponding with at least one (sometimes as much as 3) people at a time.
In the end I sold it to someone in a matter of 1-2 hours.

 

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Yeah, I don't get it either. When I'm considering buying something, I'll waffle and hem and haw until everybody around me is annoyed, but I won't actually go ahead and contact the seller until either I've made a decision or have a short list of questions for them to answer. Usually when I buy through the forsale forum here, I'll have made the payment on the same day of my first PM.

 

There's no point in wasting the seller's time; you either want the thing or you don't; with the exception of truly unique one-off and customized items, the opportunity will arise again to buy the same thing when you're finally certain you want it.

 

I have to admit, I'm guilty of this sort of thing. My initial impulse / greed makes me contact the seller to get more details, but then I get a cooler head and the rational answer (which is usually: don't spend so much gosh darn money!) kicks in.

 

Lately I've been avoiding the FS/FT forums because I've noticed this tendency in my own behaviour. I've worked in retail and I do agree that having your time wasted is deeply frustrating. Having had an opportunity to listen to basically every headphone I've wanted to also helps!

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I have to admit, I'm guilty of this sort of thing. My initial impulse / greed makes me contact the seller to get more details, but then I get a cooler head and the rational answer (which is usually: don't spend so much gosh darn money!) kicks in.

Lately I've been avoiding the FS/FT forums because I've noticed this tendency in my own behaviour. I've worked in retail and I do agree that having your time wasted is deeply frustrating. Having had an opportunity to listen to basically every headphone I've wanted to also helps!

I know how it feels too.

Recently when I bought my new fountain pen I spent more than half an hour in the shop comparing pens, all the while a shopkeeper was helping me with this. When I finally made my decision, I could have saved €5 on the pen by buying it online from a different shop. I didn't even consider the option for the simple reason that I'd have wasted more than half an hour of someones time for such a small amount of money.
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PM'd that dude selling the lightly used 840's because I kind of miss owning a pair.  They were my main portables from late-ish 2009 to mid 2011, but I sold them to a friend for 940 money and he broke them.  I've missed them ever since :/

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After searching around for a long while, I have a question about Ultrabooks that I'm struggling to find an answer for. I've noticed that some Ultrabooks have the option of being ordered with a 17W i7 ULV (1.9-2.8ghz on 2 cores) or a 35W i5 M (2.5-2.9ghz on 2 cores) series CPU.

Aside from the fact that having an M series CPU [by definition] removes Ultrabook status; which processor is more powerful? The i5 M versions are $200 cheaper.

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Sylverant, if you have model numbers you could check here

 

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmarklist.2436.0.html

 

Personally I kind of lost track on how to differentiate processors from each other going by their names after .. the arrival of pentium 4. All the dual cores, core 2 duos, and so on just kind of made me lose interest in keeping track of them. All I know now is that it's always easier to look at benchmarks (especially on notebookcheck) to see which one is better. Oh, and I know a bit about how they work and so on from university, but I've forgotten some due to lack of interest.

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Sylverant, if you have model numbers you could check here

 

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmarklist.2436.0.html

 

Personally I kind of lost track on how to differentiate processors from each other going by their names after .. the arrival of pentium 4. All the dual cores, core 2 duos, and so on just kind of made me lose interest in keeping track of them. All I know now is that it's always easier to look at benchmarks (especially on notebookcheck) to see which one is better. Oh, and I know a bit about how they work and so on from university, but I've forgotten some due to lack of interest.

 

My bad, I completely forgot to mention them. I'm referring to the i5-3210M and the i7-3517U. As to the Ultrabook in question, I'm actually referring to the Gigabyte U2442, which was reviewed on notebookcheck. Thanks for the link! I found the two CPU's in question, and from the looks of it the i5-3210M is more powerful:
 

Pos       Model                                       L2 Cache + L3 Cache TDP (Watt) MHz - Turbo Cores / Threads 3DMark06 CPU Cinebench R10 32Bit Single Cinebench R10 32Bit Multi Cinebench R11.5 64Bit SuperPI 1M* SuperPI 32M* wPrime 32 wPrime 1024
 49 Intel Core i5-3210M 512KB + 3MB 35 2500 ‑ 3100 2/4
3450.3
4145
8922.4
2.9
12.6
676.6
19.4
581.4
 66 Intel Core i7-3517U 512KB + 4MB 17 1900 ‑ 3000 2/4
3206
3988.5
8559.2
2.7
13
690.7
18.9
624.8
 


Its a great site, and a place I frequent often, as its one of the few places where you can really get hard data on as to how nice a laptop's display looks or an exact idea on how a graphics card performs in its laptop.

 

I was debating on whether I should get an Ultrabook with a dedicated card, or a full 17 inch desktop replacement. I've decided against Ultrabooks with dedicated cards now, as that Gigabyte has a subpar display and most Ultrabooks with dedicated cards are either using 640M LE's or cost around $1500. For my needs I'm more interested in having a home away from home so to speak; namely the Samsung Series 7 NP700Z7C-S01US that you recommended. Notebookcheck's review is for the German model, but it appears to be identical to the US model, which is rare.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Samsung-Series-7-Chronos-700Z7C-Notebook.76839.0.html

That 0.3 cd/m2 Black level and 870:1 contrast ratio look nice, despite limitations in the color space.

I really appreciate the conversations we've had here; there are so many laptops out there and sometimes its difficult to decide on what you want and why you want it. I've decided on the Samsung, which will be very convenient, given its balanced feature set. Now its just a matter of when I can afford it, so Thanks! biggrin.gif


Edited by Sylverant - 10/6/12 at 7:51pm
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Whoa, the audiophile DAP market is starting to heat up

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I have to admit, I'm guilty of this sort of thing. My initial impulse / greed makes me contact the seller to get more details, but then I get a cooler head and the rational answer (which is usually: don't spend so much gosh darn money!) kicks in.

Lately I've been avoiding the FS/FT forums because I've noticed this tendency in my own behaviour. I've worked in retail and I do agree that having your time wasted is deeply frustrating. Having had an opportunity to listen to basically every headphone I've wanted to also helps!

I know how it feels too.

Recently when I bought my new fountain pen I spent more than half an hour in the shop comparing pens, all the while a shopkeeper was helping me with this. When I finally made my decision, I could have saved €5 on the pen by buying it online from a different shop. I didn't even consider the option for the simple reason that I'd have wasted more than half an hour of someones time for such a small amount of money.

 

I find your thought; outcome, to be satisfying...well done!

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