Mike Collins

Mike Collins

  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    You can't buy any of those since they aren't on the British Monopoly board. http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/0_MY_P_I/0_my_photographs_london_monopoly_board_ju31.htm...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    There's also Solip:System. The sequel to Hardwired....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    That should be has not hats. I suppose an HUD hat might work....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Cheap HUD hats been available for some time. http://navmii.com/2015/07/29/say-hello-to-heads-up-display-hud/ The Basic Navmii is free and the database is open source....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Navmii. It has a walking option but I wouldn't use a satnav on a bike....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Using a phone as a satnav in a modern car is not like talking or texting on a hand held phone. In my car the phone is clipped to the dashboard and connected by bluetooth to the car electronics. Using...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Part of my job a laboratory research coordinator in a teaching hospital lab (actually three teaching hospitals) was making junior doctors' research projects actually work. They have to learn so much to enable them to do their job in medicine...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    A lot of the Fenland was underwater until the drainages began in the 17th Century. Many of the houses there - and in a lot of Norfolk have a Dutch style with pantile roofs which were imported from Holland. Since...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I live in a village in East Anglia. Like most of the towns and villages around here we had a "Great Fire" which destroyed many of the timber framed buildings. In the case of my village (or town as some...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Guardian, Independent (online only), Financial Times...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    I find your negative view of the benefits of work alien. When I chose my O level subjects at school work had very little to do with my options. I was interested in science so I did all the science...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    I flew to Germany from East Anglia twice in a week and after I returned from the second trip I found a stiletto-like screwdriver in the torn lining of my laptop case. I thought I'd lost the screwdriver months earlier....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Your link shows this about the model. A 2003 study of bereaved individuals conducted by Maciejewski at Yale University obtained some findings consistent with the five-stage hypothesis but others inconsistent with it. Several letters were also published in the same...
  • Commented on Empire Games in the UK!
    We used to have the net book agreement but that's been gone for a long time. "Net Book Agreement" on @Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_Book_Agreement?wprov=sfsi1...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    It was Excel 97 which had the flight simulator Easter egg. You had to go to line 97 and type in a code. It was a fairly boring sim with varying shades of purple and black scenery which took you...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    I agree about medics doing research. My last-but one job was in part advising registrars and research registrars on making their research projects practical. They were so focussed on their profession that they needed guidance. A surgeon who had just...
  • Commented on A reminder
    My 2015 manual transmission car has cruise control. Hills are no problem since the car is manual. If I need to change down I can resume in a lower gera to maintain speed. Most of my driving is on rural...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Battery swap works for Tesla....
  • Commented on A reminder
    Battery swap always seemed a good idea to me. Tesla offer the service on the USA today and it can be done in less time than filling a fuel tank of a car. But yet are giving up on the...
  • Commented on The Day After
    You read tyhe rankings wrong. UK fourth equal USA tenth equal Canada about thirteenth equal. (I may have miscounted on this one)...
  • Commented on The Day After
    https://www.passportindex.org/byRank.php...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    I agree completely that there is not one good way of parenting. I had a colleague who did not allow his child to watch television, eat sweets or sugar and esposed him to both the religious of his parents. If...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    That's interesting. I found this a few minutes ago. http://wheredogorillasgettheirprotein.blogspot.co.uk/2010/01/where-do-gorillas-get-their-vitamin-b12.html?m=1 That suggests a method of getting enough B12 which is unpleasant but completely in the spirit of this topic....
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    When I was doing my MSc in Clinical Biochemistry in 1990 the vitamin lecturer stated that some eastern vegans had symbiotic bacteria which produced B12. I haven't found evidence for this on line yet but the existence of groups like...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    Haemochromatosis is fairly easy to diagnose by measuring seem iron, transferrin or iron binding capacity and ferritin. Any hospital lab can measure these. Vegetarians can get iron from cooking in mild steel woks. Gut bacteria in some populations can synthesise...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    I rarely wear "ordinary" shoes now I'm retired although I do have some pairs for formal occasions like weddings. I can't wear these for as long as the walking shoes. Modern walking shoes are very good and are usually fitted...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    Have you tried asking your GP to refer you to a biomechanics lab. A couple of years ago my feet were so painful I couldn't walk more than 500 steps. The local biomechanics dept tested my feet and prescribed custom...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    I know the distinction between precision and accuracy. It's been bread and butter to me for years in my struggle for better quality control. But in this context I'm using this definition: marked by exactness and accuracy of expression or...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    r=0.7 May not seem bad but look at the graph. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/10/12/1607398113/F1.expansion.html If you were doing a manual curve fit you wouldn't use a single straight line. The best manual straight line fit fit would have two lines one starting...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    I've just read the original paper and have come to ther conclusion that it's a load of crap. If you look at the curve fits on the graphs they are pathetic. Straight line fits on data which is all over...
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