Dirk Bruere

Dirk Bruere

  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    "As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious diseases (HCID) in the UK." https://www.gov.uk/guidance/high-consequence-infectious-diseases-hcid...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Funded survival places? What for? This is trivial. I just hope I don't get the flu while I'm on holiday. That would really be a PITA....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Since Italy ranks as No.4 nation in terms of life expectancy the system appears to be working....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Maybe even good enough for Mr Satoshi, when s/he/it decides to cash in and go Big....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Just imagine what you would need. A distributed database with lots of redundancy, spread across hundreds (or thousands) of isolated computers. Which is accessible from any Net connection for client convenience. Maybe with regular backups to a super-hardened server buried...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Elon Musk: Offworld banking. After all, its just encrypted numbers...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    You email the evidence to thousands of people. MPs, members of the Senate and HoR, journalists, newspapers, 4chan, RT, China Daily etc Time it to drop in the space of a few minutes after you enter the embassy of a...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqM6fT33B2I I'm off now, unless something exciting happens. Having a real job is a PITA...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    None of it was as easy, useful or convenient as modafinil and the racetam family. Have not worked up the courage to try Dihexa yet. Meanwhile, I intend to try some senolytics....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Vitamin D deficiency is associated with just about every nasty chronic disease/syndome you can name. Causation or correlation? Doesn't matter. I take 5000 units a day in olive oil gelcaps. One thing I noticed years ago is that it eliminated...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    "(Can you say Crony Capitalism Boys 'n Girls?) " Has to go some way to beat our HS2 railsystem, coming in at around $130billion for 300 miles of track. That's more than the cost of the average house in the...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    I don't usually follow up on such conspiracy nuttery - there is far more interesting conspiracy stuff out there. But actually having such FEMA camps would make sense to house people during natural disasters or act as isolation hospitals for...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    BTW, in the USA what happened to all those "FEMA Concentration Camps" the wingnuts were going on about a while back? Did they exist? Are they going to be useful? Will the wingnuts express gratitude?...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Are you referring to the Jesus Army? Bit sad about them folding, but for a commune/cult they had a good run (50 years). Still, hardly unexpected if you specialize in giving sanctuary to the mentally ill and generally fucked up....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    What lies? I suggest you provide some proof or retract....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    "I see, Dirk is a suburban asshole who doen't understand cities," Well, let's see... After graduation I spent 13 years living in London, and for the past 13 years I have spend nearly all my time except weekends living in...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    "I.e. let people die to protect GDP." There is a very strong argument for that, especially if you are one of those people who believes "austerity" has caused a lot of deaths. Also, getting it over quickly rather than dragging...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    I periodically turn up to see whether the terminal pessimism has dissipated. Everything from Charles 2016 prediction of Brexit dead bodies in the street (don't you just hate being virally right for the wrong reason?) to the ever popular "we...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    If you have a house that valuable why not sell it and live somewhere nice?...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    "Same principle as selling codeine mixed with paracetamol to make sure you die horribly if you try to get off on it." A tip for all you would-be junkies. In cold water (20degC) codeine is about 100x more soluble than...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Come on Greg - where's your sense of adventure? Think of it as a game of Russian Roulette, with extra bullets in the chamber for the over-60s. Of course, the real odds are a lot better. So, in the words...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    And while I remember, unless she is already bunkered down I don't expect the Queen to survive. If Charles also succumbs does that mean that its King Harry and Queen Meghan? Or are we talking King Pedo the First?...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    You're all so pessimistic! Look on the long term bright side - all those empty care home places, no more seriously long term sick to burden the NHS. Boris can finally deliver on his NHS promises. Then there are the...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Yes - I flounce off every 6 months or so. Come in here for a quick check to see whether the place is still packed with Old White Men who come here to die of terminal pessimism. FLOUNCE! See you...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Er... no. I joined the Conservative Party in 2016 (not UKIP) because I could see how the Establishment was going to try and derail the vote. I live in a Lab/Con marginal and wanted to be able to exercise a...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Prostate cancer - eat walnuts https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4259176/...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    This was about Brexit. No, Leavers did not change their minds. Swinson: "If we have another referendum and people vote the wrong way again, I will ignore them". Again. Goodbye. Corbyn: "I believe in Brexit, but am too cowardly to...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Every so often I drop in here to see what's new. The answer appears to be nothing. Still the hangout of the terminally pessimistic Old White Men. See you again in a few months....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Sagitarrius A* is the place where the Basilisk and friends hang out in Malament-Hogarth spacetime running the simulations in which we live. Send a message there - enjoy some recursion....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    BTW, all of the above have been done...
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