Dan H.

Dan H.

  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Influenza has a nice, big pool of different RNA varieties that it can recombine from. It is actually rather weird as viruses go; a gut disease of birds that can jump to mammals. China once again is the source of...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    The 2008 sub-prime mortgages can probably best be understood if you look at how drugs such as cocaine modify human behaviour. The biggest bit of "Let's all you idiots believe..." in the whole debacle was the way that mortgages were...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    The cruise line business relies on several preconditions. You first of all need a lot of middle-aged to older people with lots of disposable income and not much to spend it on. Then you need a world that doesn't mind...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    When I first spotted that chloroquine was a candidate drug for use against this virus and bought some, it retailed in the UK as an over-the-counter medicine for £15 for a box of 40 pills. I spotted this after using...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    On the other hand, why not simply drop inheritance tax altogether? The amount of offence a tax on already-taxed assets causes is huge, and if you force people into weird and wonderful legal measures to dodge inheritance tax, all you...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Bill, the New Skin product uses ethyl acetate as the solvent; that is mostly what you can smell. For all that it is termed a wound sealant, be careful not to get it onto an open wound, because it really...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Oh, but there's a few more things that will lead to more and more people getting the virus. A few years ago, a raft of corporate bullshit came out extolling the virtues of huge, open-plan offices. All of the virtues...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    To my mind, one of the less discussed parts of this election is the way that in the Labour Party, everything was hijacked by the far left. Thus Corbyn and McDonnell presented a manifesto which was pretty much pure old...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Dearie me, you mean that you actually think that the people whom the top-levels of income tax are paying that tax? It is actually quite nice to be reminded that non-cynics do still exist. However, I rather think that if...
  • Commented on Downtime coming up
    I do believe some of my customers would have very much liked to have called me something like that, when I refused to go ahead with a system re-install because the brand new, shiny, just out of its packet hard...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Dear me, this gave me a flashback to walking past a gathering of newly-minted MBAs at work, on my way out of the Manchester Business School canteen (decent enough grub, but you'd be wise to keep a bottle of Tabasco...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Thinking of the Laundry series, to sell such a series you need advertising. The best form of advertising for the Laundry would, I think, be something very like the 1970s "Lonely Water" public information films: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonely_Water This was the scariest...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Unicorns were never really all that nice; the supposed source of unicorn legends was an especially gracile Ice Age rhino species. Now, given the general descriptions of black rhinos in Africa (A Peter Hathaway Capstick terms them "Old Dimwit" and...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Most wealthy people do not accumulate large amounts of actual currency, or currency sitting in a bank account. What they do is invest their money in various investment vehicles, which end up being stocks, shares and the like. If you...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Charlie, Just a wee correction regarding coal mines. When you're mining coal using what used to be termed the Welsh Method (because the Welsh coal miners were, a couple of hundred years ago, at the forefront of mining technology) and...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I think that when we are looking at modern protests such as the state of politics in the UK and the French Yellow Vest movement, we may be being blinded to the broader picture by a couple of special cases....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Actually what may be going is something slightly more sinister. The current Labour leadership are very strongly left-wing interventionists by nature, and are directly stating that they would like to make some fairly large alterations to the UK economy. Things...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    One thing that is very hopeful is the slow adoption of electric vehicles, without a simultaneous improvement in the nature of electrical transmission grids. This sounds barking mad on the face of it, but a very useful feature is hidden...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    OK, serious suggestions time: the deal negotiated by May is a shit sandwich and should be dropped. Default to a no-deal Brexit and trade on WTO terms, with reciprocal zero-tariff deals being offered. All EU citizens currently in the UK...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    As OGH intimates earlier, we are in grave danger of becoming slaves to our monetary system. Please note, this is not, repeat NOT as argument in favour of blockchain currencies, but merely an observation that money probably has limitations in...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    One thing that strikes me is that sooner or later, someone has to invent something better than money. The original idea wasn't too bad; use something rare and hard to duplicate as a proxy for stuff that you wanted. However,...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    OK, another daft supervillain idea for you. Take a biologist, a DevOps engineer and an academic and put them in a pub together. After several pints, they start talking about how good it would be to build massively parallel neural...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Unfortunately Mr Corbyn, for all his virtues is something of a Marxist and unfortunately seems not to have the wit to keep quiet on this belief system. Karl Marx in life made a number of predictions about the likely future,...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Referencing levels of drug smuggling, I would like to draw your attention to the flurry of papers which followed an innovative drug use survey carried out in Rome: http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/topics/pods/waste-water-analysis_en The results of these surveys are actually rather enlightening and quite...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The other problem for the Tories, aside from a migration of voters away from them, was the fact that at that time a certain Jeremy Corbyn was still enjoying something of a honeymoon period as a new Labour leader. For...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    You may just be forgetting the original reason for holding the referendum; I can assure you that the May administration have not forgotten the meteoric rise of UKIP. UK politics is generally a slow, staid sort of an affair. We...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I would like to add a few other possible conspiracists to the mix, if that would be OK? First of all, we have that rarest of beasts the sensible economist. Over in the EU we have a situation brewing whereby...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    He's being too optimistic about governments and a cashless society, and that is paradoxically a cause for hope. To understand why, you have to work out first what happens when a population cannot escape taxation by a state. Answer: the...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    Well done sir, for producing probably the best-written and least tedious GDPR disclaimer I have yet seen, and I have had to complete the standard GDPR and Personal Information Handling course where I work. I prefer yours; easier to understand...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    I dare say this has already happened. You *did* read our gracious host's introduction about the Green family, didn't you?...
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