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Nojay

  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    I don't expect any better of dipshits like Matt Hancock -- who ordered a few million COVID-19 tests that, er, don't actually work The orders for antibody tests are contingent on the tests actually working. The sample tests provided by...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    The highly competent medical officer you talk about had just stepped away from the national podium in Edinburgh after ordering everyone in Scotland to shelter in place or DIE! She then went off on a jolly to the other side...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Something I just noticed, and actually on topic for this blog entry -- both the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow and the London EXCEL Centre have been converted into temporary hospital facilities to help cope with the expected increase in...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I just helped someone convert a 240V suicide-breadboard controller system into something he could use in a kitchen without taking out the lights for half the street. It had a number of problems, mostly temperature overshoot that required a PID...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    In cell cultures That stage of research is years, decades perhaps away from a deliverable drug that can be used medicinally in quantity ten million by Joe Public. We have a new game we can play in these trying times,...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    And we have about 2-3 orders of magnitude fewer human salmonella cases. Actually it's only single order of magnitude less salmonella in the EU compared to the US -- well, 13 times less per capita if the numbers I Googled...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I live on a (normally) very busy street in central Edinburgh, the A8. Rush-hour can have as many as a hundred buses and coaches an hour passing along with trucks, vans, cars, cyclists, taxis etc. I just took a look...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Viral RNA is not itself a virus, it cannot replicate itself without the virus as an intermediate stage injecting its payload into a suitable host cell. There was a great foofaraw in the news about tests made on one of...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Best of all is if you live near a farm that sells it in personal-scale quantities without even being pasteurised... My comment on an email bounce in reply to an Old Phart who was going on and on about the...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    The problem is that a number of the materials used in disposable masks won't tolerate several cycles of exposure to 70 deg C and maintain their filtering capacities to meet N95 standards. I could, for example, envisage the N95 filter...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Medical masks (the world-famous N95 design) are made cheap and disposable because it's simpler to issue them, use them, dispose of them, collect them and incinerate them in terms of logistics and maintaining sterility around patients. That assumes perfect supply...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Churchill and Roosevelt actually had an encrypted voice telephone line system to allow them to talk back and forth during the war. It used some kind of recording as the key with synchronised gramophone disks on either end of the...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Update on the update: Apparently the Chief Medical Officer Proffessor Chris Whitty (ObUS: head of the CDC equivalent) is showing symptoms of coronavirus after meeting with PM Boris Johnson a few days ago....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    New update on the news, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also tested positive for coronavirus....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Charlie was at a dinner party fund-raising for the Australian bush fires on, I think, March 8th. One of the people in attendance tested positive for coronavirus a day or two later so everyone at the party who could tracked...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Fifty Years of Victory is used as a tourist ship during the Northern Hemisphere summer, taking wealthy sensation-seekers to the North Pole. Hiring it for exclusive use for six months and heading up to 90 deg N would put any...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Cruiseliners and high-end yachts are harbour queens in the main, they're not designed for endurance. Fuel supplies, for example -- a cruiseliner is designed with quite small fuel tanks since it hits a harbour every few days and they'd rather...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    More immediately effective would be water supplies (which are generally controlled remotely) "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" by Heinlein -- Adam Selene, the computer that ran EVERYTHING on the Moon reversed the sewage pumps connected to the Colonial Administrator's...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Charlie, I recall one time sitting in your study, opening one of the hardcover author copies of one of your books and my eye was caught almost immediately by a typo (a doubled word IIRC, the same word at the...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    The N95 disposable masks are good if only one or two are needed per medic per shift in an ER or similar. A front-line medic treating suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases might need a dozen masks a day to both...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I happened to check the online catalogues of a couple of industrial over-the-counter suppliers near where I live a couple of days ago. A full-face mask with dual N99 (a lot better than medical N95 standard) HEPA filters cost about...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    The 500 billion dollar fund is under the personal control of a Trump appointee, Steve Mnuchin and intended to bail out large businesses, but details of the payments, how much and to who can be kept secret from Congress and...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    The Senate bill includes an unaccountable 500 billion dollar slush fund the Executive can use in any manner to support businesses and/or get themselves re-elected. The Democrats object to this, not surprisingly since, under the Constitution all financial expenditures are...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Rather than "knit-your-own" masks you might consider escalating to proper PPE gear like a full-face respirator mask. It has to be Personal, the first letter in PPE, you can't borrow or loan it out to prevent cross-contamination but they're not...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    More and more I'm coming to respect the design of the horror-comics "plague doctor" mask. https://www.purecostumes.com/GH26821/plague-doctor-steampunk-adult-mask.html It has a large surface area meaning the filter material can be thick yet not restrict airflow and impede breathing. It has goggles in...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    A lot of early-period Victorian "novels" were three-volume trilogies which were reprinted later as single volumes....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    "The Masque of the Red Death" is perhaps worth a (re)watch if you're in that sort of a mood with Vincent Price chewing the scenery that Roger Corman repurposed from a bunch of old vampire movies....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    The problem is, are people willing to keep on doing it, downloading "snitch" apps to their phones that continuously report their movements to the government so that when the next outbreak occurs the data about where they were, who they...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    The Lord of the Rings is six books, published initially in three volumes....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    The countries credited with successfully restricting the growth of COVID-19 cases and beating back the peak spread are the ones that have employed systems of intrusive public surveillance and social controls that have been roundly condemned previously on this blog...
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