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  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    (did we not do this before with someone on this board, who was denying the figures?) Same guy, or at least the same 'nym, RalphB. He really really wants the world to work the way he thinks it should so...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    The World Health Organisation is slow to change its mind but that's actually a good thing in many ways. A lot of folks on this blog and elsewhere breathlessly trumpet news about cures and results based on preprint scientific publications...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Ah, I see the Seagull has your attention again, Greg. You may wish to disengage now before you respond further....
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    Martin Scorsese made a recent movie called "Gangs of New York" which was set well before Prohibition....
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    I just signed up to be a part of a phase 3 trial of a Covid-19 vaccine. Thank you for your service. Seriously. I've considered volunteering for a vaccine trial myself, I presume the developers are looking for a complete...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    people who rode them long distances (whether on their back or on a cart) often got off for climbing steep hills, because carrying a rider up those tired the horse disproportionately to the gain. It was common on public roads...
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    One thing is that drop from about sea-level air pressure to 8000 ft ASL pressure happens in a few minutes as the plane climbs. Modern airline operators have an incentive to get their planes into high thin air as soon...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Typically an airliner is pressurised to about 700mBar or the equivalent altitude of 2.5km (call it 8000 feet). Hopping off a plane in Mexico City after a long-duration flight from, say, Schiphol Amsterdam then you're already well on the way...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    A quick Google search shows the record for a human being running over a 24 hour period is over 180 miles. That's on a track with rest stops, water and food available on demand. People have been known to run...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    One of my Cheap Chinese Crap suppliers sells a multipurpose jammer -- it will kill GPS, WiFi, cellular phone service and even Bluetooth for at least a hundred metres around. Use cases include the White Van Man wanting to bugger...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Packs are for mules, not people. They're sure-footed covering rough ground, they can find forage where a regular horse would starve, they're less prone to illness than horses and you can get an assist from them going up hills by...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    CD == "Compact Disc" which has a very specific definitions for disc manufacture and data structures. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Books The team I worked in used the Orange Book mostly with occasional diversions into the "Cooked Orange Book" when necessary (Orange Book...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    (If it's really long term, then use the *OLD* CD standard where pits were burned into metal sandwiched between two sheets of glass.) Uh, CD writers didn't "burn" pits into metal... Pressed CDs were manufactured from masters with 160...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    I live in Edinburgh. I had vague plans to go off to, where else, Torremolinos some time in late March or early April before the summer lager-lout rush just to get warm and pick up some natural Vitamin D and...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    there's no discernible difference between going to Spain and getting blotto for a week and doing it in the local pub instead, The phrase that comes to mind about cheap and cheerful Spanish holidays is "Sun, sand and sangria". Going...
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    I can't find it in a hurry but an article from one of the epidemiological team who worked on Ebola and the original SARS outbreaks a decade and more ago, an experienced and knowledgeable expert said something to the effect...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I don't like Disney Princess movies *at all*, What, you didn't like "Aliens"?...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Saltwater crocs, are they poisonous? Do they fly? Explode randomly, emit dangerous radiation, protest against vaccination? Just HOW dangerous are they?...
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    Edinburgh's Festival and Fringe has been cancelled. That normally runs for a month or so over August. It doubles the population of the city and brings in maybe 500 million quid (some claim it could be as much as a...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    The problem with one-time pads is how do you distribute them securely with an absolute guarantee of non-interception of the pad details before they arrive at their destination? This is why the professionals LOVE amateurs who think they have found...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I have no problem using hardware and even software RAID and recommending it to others for its utility in terms of speed and/or high uptime with some resilience. I tear my hair out at the folks who think RAID means...
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    Please verify the 2TB drive's contents BEFORE you pack it up. Please? I've read of someone who was asked to help a friend sort out his backup drive -- the friend had pulled it from a NAS RAID array thinking...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    a robust architecture based on a command line with GUI only for applications that require visuals (e.g. CAD). DOS6.22 plus WfWG 3.11 fits that requirement nicely, and it all fits in less than 640k of RAM. Win!...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    No natural teeth at all for would-be colonists means no cavities, no wisdom teeth extractions, no caries, reduced gum disease etc., one less problem to have to make contingency plans to deal with. If you're not willing to commit to...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    An implant that goes wrong/bad on Mars doesn't get restored to perfection, it gets removed and the hole plugged up leaving a cosmetic hiccup. Tough. Dentures would be better, for one thing it would be easier to manufacture replacements on...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Dentistry for Mars colonists could be simplified by extracting each colonist's teeth on Earth followed by implants. Each colonist would be issued with a couple of sets of replacement toothcaps to cope with wear and tear and cumulative damage over...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Besides who knows what a Strange Child born on Mars would grow up to be like? Robert Heinlein wrote a whole book about that. In the manga and anime series Planetes the Moon-born children were a little odd, physically speaking...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Yes, I went to Usenet^W the Internet and found suggestions for things to twiddle and things were duly twiddled and after a couple of days Firefox was again using over 8GB of RAM in total for two windows and about...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    I run Firefox as my browser and it's careless with memory usage to the point where, with a maximum of 16GB DDR3 installed on this ten-year-old motherboard I'm getting hard memory faults and the system starts paging to the hard...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    A helicopter mechanic I know had a T-shirt that read something like "Helicopters don't fly, they beat the air into submission."...
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