Elderly Cynic

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    I have and, no, it wasn't. That's unjustifiable personalisation because, if they had died before they took office, similar events would have occurred. Raygun was almost entirely a symptom, not a cause - and, as was said at the time...
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    The far more important thing is that we might have lost the battle of the Atlantic - as it was, it was damn close, with the UK almost running out of fuel....
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    I don't actually see it being the USSR. Even if Germany had not invaded it, the USSR would have had enough on its plate in Europe, central Asia and China....
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    COVID is no longer under control in the UK - we knew that, but the test data shows it fairly clearly. https://imgur.com/gallery/N5tDL8C...
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    For all his faults, and he had plenty, Churchill was the leader we needed at the time - and you are right that he was a shrewd politician....
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    Several of my friends from Toronto said that they had never been as cold as when they moved to Cambridge (East Anglia) - and that's solely because we are a lot damper! But, for real damp cold, try the western...
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    We did not want to hear this :-( https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/coronavirus-vietnam-outbreak-danang-factories-cases-deaths-a9651141.html...
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    That is not true. Some vaccines are to provide the person with resistance aginst a disease that would otherwise kill: e.g. rabies, tetanus and anthrax. Herd immunity works only against anything that is almost entirely spread by entity-entity contact (and...
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    Right. But, as those (real) papers and I said, vitamin D is well-known to be important to the immune system and, as you say, it's cheap and safe. As my wife and I were discussing l;ast noght, the sane thing...
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    Superconductive Quantum Interference Device? Please elucidate!...
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    Turing machines can be effectively inconsistent, too, and can be genuinely inconsistent if you just add a true random bit generator. Any Turing program containing one of those can be emulated by an extended program including a pseudo-random number generator,...
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    No - I was referring to the codesets used by machines on which such old data were produced in the first place! Yes, there WERE both those and paper-tape punches which did not have a full range of digits. I...
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    I can guarantee that the Abel Tasman ones are still there - I have stayed in one, owned by one of my relatives....
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    This is a digression, but it's past #300, and is a reply to Mike A in the last thread. OGH and moderators: if it's too boring, please delete it. I apologise for using mathematical jargon, but .... I have got...
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    No, you aren't. I agree that it's more effective than carrying a fragment of The One True Cross, but only marginally. You could test that yourself, easily enough, if you felt like it....
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    Interesting. Very interesting. We are trying to set up a legal document, and had to correct just such an error. I remember when certain codesets didn't actually have separate characters, though it was was actually 'I' for '1' and 'O'...
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    Vitamin D is well-known to be important for the immune system, and there's some evidence it helps to protect against melanoma (sic), which is one reason that TOTAL sun-blocking is a good idea only for people with special requirements. In...
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    Mine is similarly dated, and not entirely relevant, but I recommend the last. My experience with similar systems is that facilities you rely on are quite often seriously incompatible or just plain broken in the new system, so you have...
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    Even now, I would have no trouble with doing heavy work (for me) at 40 Celsius - I was agreeing with Robert Prior that it's the humidity that is the issue, and pointing out that it's also adaptation....
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    Could she justify her position? If so, she's not a bot. Were I a transpondian, I would have backed Sanders. I wasn't happy about Blair and am not happy about Starmer, either, and the more of see of the latter...
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    Yes. I have been in the Sahara, at 49 Celsius, and it wasn't too bad even under the sun. It shows my age and lack of adaptation that I more-or-less flaked out today at 35+ Celsius and c. 45% humidity....
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    Just to cheer you up, abcesses are common in teeth with root canal fillings. On the other hand, I have one with a root canal filling and crown that has been twinging (and slightly loose) for 5-10 years now!...
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    And woodruff (Waldmeister), which smells of hay when dried and is sometimes used to flavour drinks. I find it makes apple juice much better but, when I served it at parties, I warned people not to have it if they...
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    No, you are wrong, but OGH is being unfair. Politically and economically, London is at least 60 miles, possibly more, in diameter, and includes the 'commuter belt', including much of the Home Counties. In that area, there are two Londons....
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    Things like 75 mg aspirin and 25 mcg vitamin D are pretty safe; beyond that gets rapidly trickier, and drugs that have a narrow boundary between therapeutic and lethal doses or potentially serious interactions or side-effects are definite red flag...
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    In this case, whitroth is right. My stepfather was on it, too. The problem is that warfarin is available online, and is is NOT something you should self-prescribe, or in response to COVID 19 symptoms. Even ignoring the risk of...
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    My wife points out that it is operating within a mouse immune system, so may not transfer to humans. So don't get your hopes up too far, yet. There are some monoclonal antibody treatment trials going on, but I don't...
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    I make a distinction between administrators, who attempt to ensure their organisation works effectively, and bureaucrats, who regard their job is to make Rules and Procedures and Apply and Enforce the Now Holy Rules and Procedures. In the case of...
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    I haven't posted any graphs, because there has been no change. There is slight evidence of an increase in positive cases, but the data are such a mess that the statistical confidence level is "well, possibly, or possibly not". However,...
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    That is NOT what I wanted to hear!...
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