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  • Commented on Dead plots
    You’ve not read Peace Talks yet then?...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    It’s implied but worth noting that many of Charlie’s caveats only apply if you are a fairly aware and socially engaged left of center tending author. I can’t see the [i]average[/i] Baen*author** being particularly concerned by many of them for...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    At the risk of getting a ban. Psionics :p...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    ME/US/CHARLIE:Could this timemine get any weirder? REALITY: Hold my pint....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I have the original 10.5” IPad Pro so I’m waiting for the cheaper - but hopefully just as functional Logitech version of the keyboard, which is available for a wider range of IPad SKU’s. https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/combo-touch.html...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I doubt Induction hobs are a significant contributor to the size of the copper market - they are pretty much a small fraction of the overall hob market in the Western world....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Complete change of subject, has anyone tested the mouse and keyboard functionality in iPadOS 13.4 yet - looking at Charlie? Typing this on my Magic Keyboard 2 and with my Logitech MX 2 mouse. Works reasonably well apart from the...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Not gonna happen. As soon as we establish a reasonable fatality rate ie something within an order of magnitude to flu it becomes the new normal. We might take staying at home when we get the sniffles a bit more...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    I take your Bezos and Zuck and raise you a Martin. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52018360 All that was missing was a bwahahaha. Total shitbaggery....
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Could some of those older novels be serials? Looks at my Dumas omnibus :)...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Your statements are not aligned with current UK medical thinking - disclaimer sample size of one - eldest daughter has a set of ASD characteristics that align with old school Aspergers according to her doctor. She has an ASD diagnosis...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Lasting power of attorney may be a workaround for that - especially if the proposed inheritance is simple. I'm about to bring the subject up with my Dad whose pushing 80...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    The cynic in me wonders how much that doctor gained when the stock went meteoric....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Boris has just requested all non essential travel is stopped. Work from home you filthy germ bags....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Bear in mind those travel call centers are busy with mostly non revenue generating work like cancellations and repatriation flights. They will be getting quieter and quieter. Also bear in mind that even for call centers working from home is...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I wonder if they have got the approach wrong. Surely a quicker route to higher production albeit with less peak potential is to supply BAE staff or similar to existing manufacturers of ventilators - assuming we have one or two....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I tend to agree but think if this was a giant experiment the UK's approach would be worth trying out. Sadly its not and history will be the only judge and it will be cold comfort to those of us...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I think its a mixed bag from Bozo and Chums. On the positive - they are acknowledging that this thing is here to stay and needs long term planning to deal with it. They have made some assumptions about immunity...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    That makes no sense - I suspect the comms has been garbled. AFAIK the changes just make SSP available earlier to those who are on it. They dont allow employers to reduce their current contractual sick pay to SSP levels....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Good explanation of some of the differences here. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21690003...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    I seem to remember that this particular problem consumes part of Merchant Princes #1?...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    For those budding/expert mathematicians among us who are assuming Covid-19 is exponential - there is quite a good body of epidemiological work that critiques that as a starting assumptions. Attached is one such. (Disclaimer skim read only - chosen only...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Leaving aside the exponential growth calculations for a second - I personally think you are wrong - simply because you aren't epidemiologists, also for my reasons outlined above. I think its more in keeping with this blog to start looking...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Your conclusions are wrong. Firstly they are only valid for those over 50. (arguably higher) Secondly its vanishingly unlikely that everyone in the population will get it - hence your growth rates are wrong. Even leaving aside people how have...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Unlikely unless you are looking over an entire lifetime. Even then not everyone has had vanilla flu, much less Spanish flu even in the early C20th. There is nearly always a cohort that has some natural immunity. Will it join...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    I'm not convinced any USasian style with prepping makes sense in the UK. Bear in mind the UK is roughly the same area as Michigan, but with almost 7 times the population density. Drop off the Highlands of Scotland and...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Also am I the only one who is disturbed by how close COVID is to CORVID? A feast for crows and all that........
  • Commented on COVID-19
    One possible positive outcome. If the South Korean and Iranian patterns are repeated there'll be a few less religious fundamentalists in the world so maybe we'll get a bit less asshattery over the next 5 years. Aside: Is shrine-licking really...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I have to agree with this. His arrogance in joining with Swinson to trigger an election is also worthy of note. Sturgeons actions are understandable as she was pretty sure she would come out better off, plus has a decent...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I spent the election night watching Godzilla King of the Monsters. Only with hindsight did I realise what a good metaphor it was what with it being about hideous monsters roaming around and destroying the country. Jo Swinson as Mothra...
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