July 20th, 2004


userinfo senji
2004/07/20 11:23:00 - TESCO
TESCO is always a lot less busy at 9am than it is at 5:30pm. I'm not going to shout this too loudly because then other working types like me might figure it out...

Not that this helped this morning, when I had to go back once to get the beef that claroscuro wanted; and entirely forgot the spices from the shopping list[1].

I did get to use the new self-service express checkout though. I think I prefer the one with the belt; since you don't have to get picky packing details right straight away.

[1] Our shopping list exists on a GROGGS server running spurge. Most users connect with yarrow, but I use GREED.
Current Mood: [mood icon] incompetent
Current Music: Earworm -- Panic ("Hang the DJ")

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userinfo mobbsy
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2004/07/20 03:46:23
Where's the beef?

(sorry)

The title of that earworm is Panic

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userinfo senji
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2004/07/20 03:48:39
Thanks :)
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userinfo acronym
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2004/07/20 07:50:35
By, of course, the Smiths. It was a single released between "The Queen is Dead" and "Strangeways Here We Come"; you can get it on the Collected Singles and "The World Won't Listen" comps, plus a live version on "Rank".

- A (it says nothing to me about my life)
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userinfo sion_a
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2004/07/20 04:08:21
I very rapidly came to the conclusion that the self-service checkouts are not efficent if you're shopping on your own, since they they require one person to do both scanning and packing, as opposed to having the checkout operator do the scanning and the customer the packing. I've not seen the express ones -- if they have no conveyor, it might solve the problem of having to dash in the manner of an It's A Knockout game from the scanner to the end to prevent breakable items from being spat off the end at dangerous velocities (or, equally, heavy items being spat on to breakable items).
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userinfo senji
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2004/07/20 04:14:13
I find that they give me a bit of a speed increase because:
  • They often have less of a queue

  • I can scan faster than approximately 65% of TESCO checkout assistants

  • I can scan items in an order chosen to optimise my packing algorithm
The latter is the most important -- I only have one bag, therefore if an item that needs to go to the bottom gets delayed then my entire packing order is disrupted; and checkout assistants tend to reorder things on the belt while processing them (IME).

Packing takes a lot longer than scanning, also IME.
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userinfo itagne
2004/07/20 05:17:07
My brain is attempting to ignore the fact that you just used the phrase 'packing agorithm'. :)
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userinfo senji
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2004/07/20 05:29:06
What's wrong with 'packing algorithm'?
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userinfo itagne
2004/07/20 05:42:39
How long have you got? :)
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userinfo senji
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2004/07/20 05:45:02
Well, since this is an offline communication medium; as long as you wish to type for... :)
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userinfo sarabian
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2004/07/20 12:59:21
what is your packing algorith then?
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userinfo sarabian
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2004/07/20 13:00:52
algorithm. I seem to have merged your shopping with an Algroth
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userinfo senji
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2004/07/20 13:02:48
Put small things in until bottom of bag is flattish. Add large things. Add more small things. Finish.
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userinfo pm215
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2004/07/20 13:05:34
There's a potential buffer^Wbag overflow in that, you know :-)

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userinfo senji
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2004/07/20 13:25:57
Oh, yes.

If bag overflows; unpack and reiterate.
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userinfo pm215
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2004/07/20 16:02:25
Now you've got an infinite loop...

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userinfo senji
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2004/07/21 07:16:57
It's important not to approach the checkout with more shopping than can be processed.
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userinfo khendon
2004/07/20 05:54:49
It's more of a heuristic, I reckon...
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userinfo senji
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2004/07/20 05:57:03
I think item order selection is heuristic; but then there is an algorithm for packing each item (which occasionally involves unpacking some items and returning to the order-selection heuristic).
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userinfo emperor
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2004/07/20 04:24:13
Our weekly shop is usually done by 2 people, at which point it can be quite a big win, since I scan quickly, and also in the order optimised for packing.
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userinfo claroscuro
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2004/07/21 03:29:35
I'll second that... emperor scans really well.

But then, I get annoyed when one carefully lines stuff up on the checkout and then the checkout person equally carefully reaches right to the back of the pile to scan the eggs...
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userinfo ewx
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2004/07/20 04:53:28
Wikis always seemed like a better way to maintain a shopping list than a groggs, usenet or their ilk to me.
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userinfo mobbsy
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2004/07/20 05:26:19
I've always preferred a combination of memory, looking in cupboards before going out, and scribbling on bits of paper.
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userinfo senji
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2004/07/20 05:28:35
It doesn't work very well as a shared shopping list system.
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userinfo sheffers
2004/07/20 06:08:58
Pin the bit of paper up on to the fridge first? The everyone in the house can add what they need to it.
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userinfo senji
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2004/07/20 06:15:40
I can't access the fridge from work :).
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userinfo sheffers
2004/07/20 06:23:48
Rig a webcam up to look at the fridge with the bit of paper stuck to it:-)
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userinfo senji
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2004/07/20 06:25:37
That sounds like a WORM system...
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userinfo sheffers
2004/07/20 17:27:34
This is going to sound incredibly ignorant, but what is a "Write Once Read Many" system?
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userinfo senji
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2004/07/21 01:46:53
Compact Discs would be a good example -- you write to them once, but can read it many times.

It was a bad pun, though...
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userinfo sheffers
2004/07/21 07:01:45
If you write in pencil on the bit of scribble paper affixed to the fridge, things can be erased from it and it could be a write many times system as well.
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userinfo ewx
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2004/07/21 01:48:31
Then guests add "sprouts" and "fresh emu" to the list...
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userinfo senji
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2004/07/21 01:52:34
This is OK so long as you like sprouts, and noone's silly enough to buy emu.... :)
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userinfo ewx
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2004/07/21 02:33:24
We suspect they would have got away with it had it not been for the emu.
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userinfo sheffers
2004/07/21 07:00:33
Was it quite possibly a pesky emu?
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userinfo atreic
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2004/07/21 00:47:19
Sorry about dinner - a random chaos girl needed a lift back to Cambridge, and wasn't going to have anything to eat if I dragged her home before dinner. Given I spend too much of my life dependent on the kindness of strangers it seemed the only fair thing... but M tells me you did scampi :'(
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