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"Lots of great news and photos to check out" - @cass905
21st September 2018/Issue #284
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giffgaff Happeningsby bluemoonbaz
Are there any methods of payment you'd prefer to use?
@prescilla_g and the giffgaff team are interested in hearing about what you currently think about our existing payment methods and if there's anything else that you'd prefer to use which we perhaps haven't implemented yet which we could possibly take a look into. Current payment methods for goodybags/credit:
Using your existing balance
What are your thoughts on this one, could or should we introduce a new method? Head over here and have your say.
Activation with PayPal - Ongoing trial format for new SIMs (Sept 2018)
@riaz7 brings us an update from the previous post: Back in April, giffgaff found a couple of issues with the PayPal implementation that meant members were getting stuck or lost once we sent them over to PayPal. We’ve been working closely with PayPal to find solutions to this problem and we think we're almost there, but there's still one or two issues to iron out. So giffgaff will be doing a new trial for a few months on the PayPal option during activation.
This means that some members will not be able to select PayPal as a payment option during their activation, similar to how our first trial ran. This is so we can be sure our changes are making a positive impact. It’ll only affect people who are activating SIM cards fresh - once they’ve activated, they’ll be able to add credit or a goodybag with PayPal if they choose. If you’re currently a PayPal user, you can still use PayPal as you normally do.
Evolving charity nominations from December 2018
We're heading towards our next nominations and you may have missed this discussion. The current nomination period uses these rules, and you can read more and nominate a charity over here. However, that doesn't mean it has to stay that way for the rest of time. This thread, posted by @t_will, is to check in and see in what ways the charity nomination and voting process should be for December 2018 and beyond.
What parts work, make sense, and benefit the right causes, and what parts of the process aren't pulling their weight, or could be better at benefiting giffgaffers' favourite charities. What parts of the process would you like to change, what parts are important enough to keep, and why? Click here to share your thoughts.
Lab Highlightsby as7861
The new Labs Homepage has been released.
The first new aspect you will notice is that the first aspect you will see is the how it works page.
The second part is more intuitive and is able to change the type of spotlight. You have three options: Most Popular ideas, New ideas, Tending you can change this by clicking the mini arrow next to one of the three headings.
Also, there is a new banner on the top.
@fadlur_f is guiding us through a journey and bringing us along too. The next part journey for the labs included the Labs Knowledgebase article. It is currently being finalised.
New / Old / Amazing Ideas (written by @ijustcantdoit)
Give newcomers a sticker by @onthelash. Do our newcomers need this, or should they just wait until they hit a milestone?
Bring Back the visible Paypal email address after choosing in the payback window by @ijustcantdoit. I still feel that this would help members and it costs nothing to implement.
Updated Super Recruiter Programme by @bullittinbfd. Should giffgaff give the members an option to stay outside the super recruiter programme?
Say Hello!by kathleen414
Welcome @mr_os aboard over here.
Find our newcomer @h_2003 right here.
Welcome @jon7777777 over here.
Photo Of The Weekby brulaw
This week's featured photo is The only way is UP by @themrbarso. Some of the comments included: "A lovely miniature fairy kingdom" (jeanlk), "Oh that is beautiful" (frenchielove), "Love this" (thesepticpheasant), "Getting down is the only way! Lovely result too" (markulous), "All it needs is a fairy perched on top" (illneverrememberit), "Cracking picture once again and really love how this wee fungus is reaching up into the sky from the fresh grass" (the_bookie).
Click here to see the original post. Thank you everyone, great pictures. Please keep them coming.
High-Tech Highlightsby jammydodge
Jellyfish robots to watch over endangered coral reefs
A fleet of robotic jellyfish has been designed to monitor delicate ecosystems, including coral reefs. The underwater drones were invented by engineers at Florida Atlantic University and are driven by rings of hydraulic tentacles. The robots can squeeze through tight holes without causing damage.
The flexible, 20cm-wide bots are modelled on the appearance of the moon jellyfish during its larval stage. The design is intended to be less environmentally disruptive than a drone submarine, according to Prof Erik Engeberg, of Florida Atlantic University. "Mini-submarines are rigid and typically use a propeller for locomotion," he said. "The propellers can chop up the reef and the tough shell of a sub can cause damage to delicate ecosystems if there is a collision. The soft jellyfish robot can avoid these problems with its unorthodox design and locomotion strategy, inspired by biology."
To move, the robots use eight silicon rubber tentacles powered by pumps. Water flows into the tentacles, filling them up and then - as the pumps are switched off - it flows back into the surrounding sea again. This propels the robot jellyfish forward and produces a lifelike flapping motion.
Basing a robot on a real organism is "a great idea", according to Prof John Turner, a marine biologist at Bangor University. The drone's jerky movement might not be ideal for recording video or sound, but Prof Turner said it could monitor the health of the reef, for example by spotting changes in oxygen levels, or evidence of erosion. "Of course one risk might be the drone being consumed by turtles, sea mammals and large fish," he told the BBC, noting that the robot could have "a harmful effect on the unfortunate animal that swallowed it". He said the designers should consider adding an acoustic warning device, or giving the jellyfish an "unpalatable taste".
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