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Chrisj

  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "X" in homeopath mumbojumbo means "dilute by a factor of ten". So a "1X" arnica cream is 10% active ingredient, which is pretty strong; 1% creams are quite a bit more common, in which case Heteromeles would have meant a...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Re: 'Externally-caused birth defects are primarily caused by events in early pregnancy, ...' True. And because some are very serious, most OB/GYNs do regular non-invasive check-ups e.g., ultrasound to monitor fetal development. So it may be possible to obtain some...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Quoth Greg, re Bozo the "PM" For instance, he's been Mayor of London, he knows perfectly well that "driverless trains" are a non-starter for the Tube, yet he suddenly pops up with this repeated lie & apparently expects to geta...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    To drift back for a moment to the original topic, evidence continues to arrive that Covid-19 can cause terrifying (and potentially permanent) brain/neurological problems weeks or months after infection, and often in patients who had no respiratory symptoms. (First link...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Er, is that actually 120 feet in six seconds? Or in sixty? 120 feet in six seconds is 20ft/sec, or 6m/s. That's about 12mph; perfectly possible over short distances for an able-bodied human in good condition. (Yes, even if they're...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I'm currently too tired to go through it thoroughly, but it starts with an assumed mortality rate of 0.9% (tell that to the Italians) and then says that they think the true mortality rate "could be up to 5-10 times...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    A couple of side-notes that no-one else seems to have covered yet: One (absurd) factor I suspect is adding to Trump's push for an early "reopening" is that there is one big USian company experiencing a massive surge in orders,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    True dat. I should probably have said "misguided and monumentally stupid (but what else is new, with quitlings?) attempts to impose martial law despite not having more than about 1/10th the number of enforcers required". I do occasionally worry about...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Cool, dark, dry places, if at all possible. Remember to get at least a couple of days worth of bottled water, too, in case of supply interruptions. (Or suitable purification gear, if you live close enough to a river, large...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Why would you wait until October to stockpile? Stockpile now, because prices are only going to rise, and supplies will only run shorter, as time goes on. Also, the more people stockpile earlier, the lower the stress - both on...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I'm not convinced of that. While (allegedly) around 1/4 of the population is currently stockpiling, that leaves a lot of people who aren't but who might panic buy in the last couple of days before a crash exit. So while...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I'm somewhat alarmed by the number of people who think that the UK can resolve brexit-related import problems by just adopting really lax customs habits. There's a massive hole in that view, because every lorry that enters the UK needs...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    If someone told you that you HAD to name a stuffed toy tiger, what would it be called?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    gone straight to firing off A50 without thought for what comes next, There was absolutely nothing coincidenta about the timing of May's A50 notification. Like much else to do with Brexit, it relates to the absolute need of the UK...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    Least scary possibility is that the hacker alters an okayed doc (story) just as it sent to the printers. This actually offers you a potential way not only to bankrupt publishers and authors pretty much at will, but also to...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    You can also mix them together for variation; for example: Satoshi Nakamoto is a resistance agent from the future, sent back to convince the alt-reich that the Jewish banking conspiracy they talk about is actually real. The goal is to...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I see that Steam have declared they're no longer accepting bitcoin, because the value fluctuates too much and the transaction fees are too high. It seems likely that other non-blackmarket retailers who allow bitcoin for purchases will follow suit, for...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Charlie has probably already seen this, but it might be as new to others here as it was to me: "Blockchain-based competitor to Wikipedia proposed". Given that one of their arguments is that Wikipedia is too interested in covering history...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    The fact that "Billionaire announces plan to launch car into space" isn't even in the top five most implausible stories of the week shows just how lazy the writing for the 2017 season of "Human race" has become....
  • Commented on Excuses
    No, for maximum dystopian effect, the Charlie Stross in that universe doesn't do SFF at all; he makes his living from Harlequin/Mills and Boon romance novels, specialising in a semi-historical "Wild West" setting....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    That description is missing one vital point about smartphones though, isn't it. Yes, I have a more powerful computer I bought a couple of years ago for rather less money sat on my desk. But it needs to sit on...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    The most likely answer is that it'll get bought by one of the existing private agencies, who'll then be able to crank their prices back up since they'll no longer be competing with a non-profit-making alternative. That is, what matters...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Well, there's the curious case of the NHS' internal staffing agency, which well-known leftie news sources like the Financial Times report is being prepared for privatisation (paywall); a more recent story from Sky names bidders and says that "[the] sale...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Perhaps it is not to be wondered at that people with heads so full of soup as to even consider such a fucking ridiculous idea in the first place are stone blind to the existence of people who just won't...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Apparently, lost deposit money goes to the Crown, which is surreal. It must have made a bundle this year...) Crown as in central government treasury, and ha. Estimated cost of having the snap election was around GBP130 million, so to...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    The EU neither needs to stall (the UK is transparently quite capable of stalling ourselves at this point), nor does it have any desire to do so. All the wavering and uncertainty is bad for everyone; they'd like to know...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    There is quite a bit of variation in constituency voter count, yes. The smallest constituencies (in terms of eligible voters) are various Scottish island groups - I think the very smallest is Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Western Isles/Outer Hebrides in...
  • Commented on Bad Writer Dad?
    Does Peril Panda wear Joo-Janta 200 Peril-Sensitive sunglasses?...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Alternative alternative is that someone in US intelligence is leaking Manchester stuff because they think it'll shut down all non-vital sharing from non-US agencies (to the US) before someone else gets burned the way MOSSAD did. (And while sharing suspect...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Likewise, in case that wasn't clear. "Terribly convenient" is in large part shorthand for "No editor in their right mind would let you get away with this in a novel unless it was (going to turn out to be) a...
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