Dan H.

Dan H.

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Unfortunately, most of the studies on human sexuality tend to be more on the lines of "Just so" stories rather than proper trials as such. My training in science was a PhD on sex pheromones in a plant parasitic nematode,...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    A lot of these sorts of statistics regarding human sperm counts are, to my mind as a biological scientist, of somewhat dubious nature. If we start with what we do know of vertebrate sexual behaviour and work over to humans...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    To clarify what I said (and not what you read into the statement), the implied austerity in the UK at the moment basically isn't austerity as usually defined. State funding of things isn't decreasing. What is decreasing is the rate...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    A slight correction from we lunatic proto-simians on the right of politics is possibly in order, on the term "Austerity". "Austerity" is a decrease in State spending. Since the state has no money of its own, it can only spend...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Seeing as this is a Friday afternoon and I'm feeling downright contrary, I'm going to wilfully misunderstand what I assume the main thrust of your argument to be. So, if we look at the long-term record of Earth's climate for...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    A fair number of the climate change theories have needed rigorous testing, and this has to include rigorous code reviews of the computer code used to make the predictions. Unlike pretty much everyone else concerning the University of East Anglia...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    Unfortunately, I know what you must be feeling. My father died about a year and a half ago. A minor infection in the end that was just that little bit too much. So, for the next little while every so...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Looking at the fire risk from cladding problem, it strikes me that the easiest way to solve this is to do a couple of things: Firstly, set a policy that in the event of a fire alarm, tower blocks are...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Corbyn may be a huge vote winner amongst the youngest voters (i.e. those who cannot remember the incredible damage a high-tax hard-core Socialist government can inflict), but his economic policies are completely barking mad, and on a par with his...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    In my view, the major mistake made in the campaign was May not agreeing to a direct head-to-head debate with Corbyn. In amongst his many faults, Corbyn is a man who speaking in a long-winded and rambling manner, which on...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    It would be quite interesting to know at what point our ancestors developed distinct white eye irises, since this then makes direction of gaze obvious. This is almost unique to humans, and the ability to follow direction of gaze is...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    The other things to remember when dealing with horses is that horse fodder isn't all the same. Horses do best when fed large amounts of low-grade fodder such as hay. However, if you want peak performance out of horses, you...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Pictures from certain urbex sites seem to indicate that the bunker has been demolished, albeit at great expense and with great difficulty given the amount of reinforcing material in the concrete. Certainly recent aerial photos from Google show no trace...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I've always thought that Niven's Protector species sound like an elegantly engineered bio-weapon. They are hardwired in such a way that they are always going to be at war, and are almost never going to unite unless there is a...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    With regards human self-domestication, I would contend that this is a natural consequence of our having intelligence. Domestication is generally an increase in agreeableness and a decrease in aggressiveness and irritability, and one good driver of this is intelligence driving...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Speaking from my safe seat in New Crobuzon, I can see something like this being brought in. "No taxation without representation" to be complemented with "No representation without taxation". Basically, this is a bloody stupid idea and tellingly is an...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    All of this tends to fail if you have a property like mine. I live in a terraced house that is over 150 years old. It is made of local sandstone, which is a fairly good shield against microwave radiation,...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Certainly a number of criminals have worked out how to obtain industrial amounts of these illegal drugs, in a way not easily stopped by Customs and the police. The only real question is how this is accomplished. Possibilities include chemically...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    In the background to all of this was an interesting (to a biologist, anyway) study done in Rome some years ago and copied all over the world with similar results, which aimed to study what amounts and types of illegal...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Wodan, I do hope you realise that the phrase "Science has long predicted..." is such a scientific stereotypical phrase that these days it is effectively a running joke? What you see with science is a phenomenon my former PhD supervisor...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I rather think that you may be over-estimating the usefulness of bafflegarb. After a couple of run-ins with this character, I simply skip all such posts. Yes, there's probably a meaning there but I also seem to smell a strong...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    To be honest, several of the more evil sides of the Middle East are pretty much taking care of themselves. At the moment, the price that Saudi Arabia gets for its oil is lower than the cost of extracting it....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Lucky you. Me, I've got the WASP phenotype down pat. Blue eyes, light brown hair, very light skin (which is a bugger anywhere outside of cloudy, murky Britain; in sunny places I become the sunblock manufacturers' chief customer). Go looking...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    What you have to remember with Customs and indeed quite a lot of officialdom is that being a Customs officer or a TSA operative is not very well paid, and is really, stupendously boring. The few officers who actually *like*...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    As a working sysadmin, I would tend to have several comments on issues with a Microsoft product on Apple Mac. So, whilst you are locating the knuckledusters, length of lead pipe, cattle prod and war axe, I shall press on....
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    I would myself tend to be more of a pragmatist regarding taxation than anything else. I am unashamedly right wing, but apart from a drastic simplification of the British tax code, I would strongly support greatly increasing the tax-free allowance....
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Andy, do you know how a modern ISP actually operates? I've worked for one and the general idea is that you automate everything you can, and reduce the staffing costs and staff as far as possible in all areas. The...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    The problem with a marginal rate that is so high is that you create a tremendous incentive to avoid the tax. Different people meet this challenge different ways, the simplest one being to simply work less. In this case, congratulations,...
  • Commented on A reminder
    I think what we're seeing here is a clash of understandings about what an allotment is actually for. Those who have them understand that the name of the game is to use that plot of land to grow food, with...
  • Commented on A reminder
    One alternative to electric batteries, assuming you have lots and lots of electrical power, is to use zero-carbon fuels. Hydrogen fuel cells show promise, but hydrogen is evil stuff to handle and store. Recently though, some researchers at the University...
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