Mike Collins

Mike Collins

  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    NHS IT We keep getting news items about NHS computing as if it were a monolith controlled by the government. It's very far from that. It's a mishmash that's different everywhere. I retired three years ago from NHS biochemistry labs....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    There are examples of downlift breeding in some stories such as Jack Vance in The Brave Free Men and the Dragon Masters, Also some which come close - The Time Machine, A Deepness in the Sky. Maybe the house chimps...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Your advice is too late. My son is already a marine biologist....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    A heavy duty builders' wheeelbarrow is 175 litres / 220 Kg. My allotment wheelbarrow is 90 litre and I use it to transport 110L bags of water to my allotment, A cubic yard is just under 765 litres. More than...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    From Wikipedia However, R. W. Wood in 1909 constructed two greenhouses, one with glass as the transparent material, and the other with panes of rock salt, which is transparent to infrared. The two greenhouses warmed to similar temperatures, suggesting that...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Greenhouses are not heated by the "greenhouse effect". They allow in light and heat but the roof prevents heat loss by convection. And as you say anyone who had access to IR spectroscopy can verify the absorbance and emission spectra...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    My last-but-one car was a diesel Fabia. My first diesel. At the time the main problem with diesel was considered to be particulates. It wasn't well published that particulates are worse in diesels in cities but worse in petrol engines...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    For chronic bronchitis the Aswer seems to be no. http://www.sahsu.org/publications/cross-sectional-associations-between-air-pollution-and-chronic-bronchitis-escape-meta That unit has loads of information on geographical health distribution....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    The main cause of non environmental; emphysema is alpha - 1 - antitrypsin deficiency which can be easily detected in the lab. This causes lower lung emphysema, AAT deficiency is exacerbated by environmental conditions. Welders and hairdressers were the examples...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Here's a simpler way to find the plough (Big Dipper) http://www.stellarium.org/ Free for PCs Cheap for tablets and phones...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I've posted this before. The service now discontinued as far as I know owing to lack of demand. https://youtu.be/aZU0wnpyhF8...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    What do you use the salts for? It could be a resource not a waste product. We mine salt now a lot of which is used on the roads. It's a feedstock for the chemical industry - the chemical industries...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Salt could be removed from irrigation water before delivering it to the fields.Ion echhange resins or zeolites would harvest the salts. On a small scale plants have be grown in clay or resin pots with ion exchange properties using salt...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Fermented human sewage sludge has been used as a fertiliser in the UK for a long time although paradoxically it can't be used on organic farms. Pathogens are destroyed by the treatment process with the possible exception of the eggs...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    The majority of Madagascar plants are not found anywhere else in the world. Cancer drugs have been developed from the Madagascar vinca. It's not unreasonable to research their plants and folk medicines. Theranos had been operating clinics in retail premises...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    It was pretty obvious to me (and this was my speciality) that Theranos was not what it claimed. Even the claim to run precise chemistry tests on capillary samples was dubious since capillary samples are difficult to take without contamination...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    The tech is sufficient to suspend belief because it works. Dracones were originally proposed as tanker replacements but the idea never took off because of the development of supertankers and fears of oil spillages. They were to be towed by...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    The Trans Siberian Railway electrification was finished in the early 2000s....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    You protest too much about electrification difficulties. There must be technical fixes for all the problems you raised. It's the will that's lacking. Since you have diesel electric locomotives already it shoul be fairly trivial to design a hybrid diesel...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    For those of us who don't live near major hubs delays can be even longer. I could fly from Norwich to Amsterdam and take a connection from there. The problem is that it's almost always much more expensive than driving...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Predicting the end of science is like predicting practical fusion power in thirty years time. The end of science has been proclaimed for over a century. There's always more to know....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I seriously considered replacing my mk2 Fabia with a VW Golf GTE plug in hybrid but the fairly poor fuel economy on a long journey and the high purchase price put me off. However I could do most of my...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I hve owned two Fabias. They are a lot smaller than Golfs. Fabia boot 330L, Golf boot 380L, Leaf boot 390L....
  • 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...
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