William T Goodall

William T Goodall

  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I was prescribed naproxen for gout attacks but I got urticaria and the skin on my feet peeled off so they temporarily prescribed prednisolone for gout instead before moving onto permanent allopurinol which has stopped the attacks for eighteen months...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Making voice calls is pretty much a legacy afterthought on smartphones. Just like people still have landlines only because they get the internet on them but don't have any phones plugged in....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    One can still buy a basic candy-bar phone that only does voice calls and texts and has a battery that lasts a week between charges for £20. The reason they aren't very common is that the vast majority of people...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    One of them is ASML in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. "Since 2010 its market capitalisation has grown tenfold, to around €114bn. It has nearly doubled in the past year alone. asml is worth more than Airbus, Siemens or Volkswagen." They...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I'm in the UK and if I visit Apple's UK website I see that the new iPhone SE starts at £419 and if I visit the Fairphone 3 UK site it gives the price as £420. And £420 is more...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    This whole "here's a huge clunky slow overpriced phone you can replace some parts of yourself for nearly the same price as getting a technician to do it for you" appears to be a solution to a problem that doesn't...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    And I forgot to add that you'd have to order the parts and wait for them to be delivered whereas if you take a phone into a shop it'll be ready the same day....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Yeah, costs more than the new iPhone SE with the performance and features of a phone less than half that price. And of course there's a huge market for refurbished pre-owned iPhones so it's not as if they go straight...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    mdive The UBI is dead for the simple reason that it would create a fundamental shift in power from the exploiting class to those being exploited. But that applies to the SNP as well, doesn't it? The SNP's principle concern...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    French researchers to test nicotine patches on coronavirus patients "Our cross-sectional study strongly suggests that those who smoke every day are much less likely to develop a symptomatic or severe infection with Sars-CoV-2 compared with the general population," the Pitié-Salpêtrière...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I've been using online ordering with home delivery for groceries since it was a novelty fifteen years or so ago. I've managed to book a slot every week so far and have the next three weeks booked in advance into...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Yeah, my dentist called me last week to cancel the scale&polish I was due on Tuesday. Yesterday I phoned my GP practice about the face-to-face I was supposed to have next week about adjusting my blood pressure medication. They said...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I went to my GP today for a previously booked appointment for a blood sample. There was a staff member in a mask outside screening people - only those with appointments got inside. Inside they had a tape line a...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    I'm 59 and in the last few months have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and hypertension in addition to the asthma I developed a few years ago. So this is getting quite personal....
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    It's Science Fantasy a genre which deliberately mixes elements of both fantasy and science fiction. It's like saying "I'll believe detective fiction and science fiction have clear boundaries when someone gives me a set of rules that definitively classifies Asimov's...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Cugel doesn't appear in The Dying Earth but in the second book The Eyes of the Overworld. The self-styled Cugel The Clever exemplifies Dunning–Kruger and amusingly repeatedly fails to learn from his failures. The Dying Earth is a fix-up of...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    The Dying Earth is a short and nearly perfect book that is probably the best example of the science fantasy genre. Some might argue it is surpassed by The Book of the New Sun but I feel that work is...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Oops - Kickstarter not Patreon....
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    I bought it last November when it came out and read it with a lot of enjoyment. My only minor niggle (and I feel this about a lot of books so it may just be a quirk of mine) is...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    You have some very strange ideas about the SNP which is basically a mainstream Western European social democratic party with added civic nationalism. It is Labour in Scotland who are associated with the Orange Order, Marching Season and all that...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Budae Jjigae (army stew) - as well as American spam, hot-dogs, baked beans, processed cheese and ham the stew/soup has ramen, scallions, garlic and other vegetables and the flavour comes from kimchi and gochujang. Kimchi is cabbage (or other vegetables)...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I voted on Thursday when my postal ballot arrived; filled it in and posted it back. The seat is vacant as the incumbent Tory was accused of sexual assault and 'resigned' and there is now a newbie on the ballot....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I learned FORTRAN in high school in the mid 70's by writing programs on coding sheets that were sent off to the local university (Aberdeen) to be punched onto cards and run on the ICL 4/70 there. We'd get back...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    (I'm going to stick my neck out here and assert that the typical commenter here is middle-aged-to-elderly, male, white, somewhere on the ASD spectrum, has a STEM background, and doesn't have children—or has adult children but no/limited contact with teenagers...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    I don't like wireless, for that reason. I also do my backup by copying files to the external drives. It may be slow, but it keeps them available - some of them go back 10 or more years. (I have...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    I'm sorry to hear of your bereavement. Take care of yourself....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I'm sure the EU would have strongly resisted that as a concept, but then they'd also face the problem of how to deal with a hostile UK indefinitely inside the EU tent.Article 7...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Chess is a fairly simple game, but the number of states is so large that your computer couldn't enumerate them all in your lifetime.This is true in the sense that your lifetime is shorter than the lifetime of the universe....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    They use reference points like Y2K ("Look at all the panic and the dire warnings, and then nothing happened!") I spoke with someone who used this exact argument the other week! She also thought American health care was better than...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The Scottish Unionist party only amalgamated with the Conservative and Unionist Party in England and Wales in 1965. Given that currently the UK Conservative Party is willing to give up Scotland as the price of Brexit (according to polling) the...
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