Mike Collins

Mike Collins

  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Ed Milliband gave us Corbin by changing the electoral system for leader and allowing cheap membership which led to entryism by both Momentum and stealth Tories who, for different reasons voted for Corbyn. Ed Milliband has resigned after the election...
  • Commented on Omicron
    All non medical NHS staff are on the same pay scale. Recently qualified nurses (Batchelor’s degree) are on level five. This is the pay scale of all State Registered NHS staff on qualification. The levels actually start with level two...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Around 40 people are killed and 200 injured by road accidents involving deer every year in England (2019 figures). One particular stretch of the A11 going through Breckland is one of the contributors to these figures. it’s reasonably common to...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    “British (and Swedish) reconnaissance aircraft of the 1940s and 50s were painted blue” Except for the ones which were painted pink to reduce visibility at dawn and dusk....
  • Commented on Omicron
    Was that a pun? Because it’s an element in the Apple TV Foundation!...
  • Commented on Omicron
    The availability of procedures and Repeat/Until made BBC BASIC much easier than ZX81 BASIC. I wrote a planetarium program in ZX-81 basic which was riddled with GOTOs. With the BBC micro there were no GOTOs and it was much easier...
  • Commented on Omicron
    But these tests are already being used to treat the patients and there is little need to apply dubious machine learning procedures which will make little difference to the treatment. Important tests for COVID (and all other intensive care patients)...
  • Commented on Omicron
    'They chose 35 lab parameters for the machine learning exercise.' "I think they used whatever diagnostics the participating hospitals performed - convenience sample/variables to test the model." Yes they used the data they would have easily had available. But there...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    I just ordered the Kindle edition from Amazon UK....
  • Commented on Omicron
    The Nature Scientific report you quoted seems to be a non-event. I’m not medically qualified or an expert in statistics but it looks like the people involved in this study were not lab professionals. They chose 35 lab parameters for...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Those vaccination figures are shockingly low compared to South Norfolk’s 90%/67%/52% figures even allowing for the older population. Are people rushing to vaccination centres?...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Redundancy is not sacking at will. Anybody made redundant has to receive redundancy pay which depends on how long they have worked and their current salary. For redundancy the job must not be replaced. I was made redundant at the...
  • Commented on Omicron
    President Eisenhower was reported to have been shocked when he discovered that half of all Americans had below average IQs....
  • Commented on Omicron
    I wrote this post after an exhausting day. I ended up writing HIV instead of Hepatitis B vaccine....
  • Commented on Omicron
    .” You're a well educated man who understands (at least rudimenatary) biology and so on.” I’m not a biologist. My MSc is in clinical biochemistry. My wife knows much more immunolog than I do. “If you are an American Citizen,...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Nobody with a functioning brain expects all vaccines to last for life. I’ve had flu vaccine every year for over twenty years. But I’ve only needed polio and smallpox vaccine once. I’ll only need pneumonia and shingles vaccine once. Anti...
  • Commented on Omicron
    My house faces East - West. Like many old houses in Norfolk it has a steep roof at the East (front) elevation and a shallow West facing roof which has about twice the area. According the the table in “Which”...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    I’m just suggesting a Schrödinger’s cat universe. God opens the box and suddenly the universe is real as the wave functions collapse....
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    The interesting thing about this cosmology is that the universe is created at the end not the beginning. Or at least not necessarily at the beginning. God observes the universe and collapses the wave functions causing it to exist. I...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    If you chose the Woody Guthrie dong there would be endless disputes about the two verses on private property and unemployment....
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Redwood forest in New Zealand near Rotarua https://photos.app.goo.gl/kKTfjpEhKmb1Aoax6 All planted for timber. All useless because they grow so fast that the timber is too soft. Now a tourist attraction. Once established redwoods grow faster in the UK and New Zealand...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    This is my local cellphone tower. https://photos.app.goo.gl/QFFkTtDJVeB6kDip9 I understand there are lots of churches in high income districts of the USA....
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Many of the roads near me are like this. This as about 2 Km from my house. https://photos.app.goo.gl/Dmk1pWUSjtmPCy3L8 If there is much traffic these roads slowly widen with each resurfacing until the road reaches the hedge....
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    “For "navigation" I'm still stuck back in the old days where you planned your route in advance. I do have paper maps to consult if the situation on the ground doesn't match the pre-planned route, but again I only do...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    I live in West Norfolk. It’s not flat. There are valleys nearby which can lose signal for a couple of minutes but iPlayer just restarts with no gap in the programme. My Google app has off lines maps and doesn’t...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    British FM radio stations have regular traffic reports in addition to the normal broadcast ones. To access them you select the TP option on the car radio. Americans driving hired cars in the UK are often surprised when the radio...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Not using your phone while driving? I use my phone as satnav, car radio and podcast player. Even in rural Norfolk there is a strong phone signal almost everywhere. So I’m on the motorway and there’s a road closure or...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    My car (6 years old) has a standard VW group steering wheel. It’s possible, but doesn’t often happen, to activate the two outermost buttons on the steering wheel when turning the wheel. It;s not much of a problem since they...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    I got an ebike at the end of the first UK lockdown. I had decided on a Raleigh Motus Tour with crossbar. I searched in vain for a supplier within 150 miles. Events I found a dealer in Cambridge with...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Vernor Vinge did this in "Across Realtime". A "bobble" stasis field was mused to rescue hostages from the top floors of a tall building by enclosing the top of the building in a huge stasis field in the afternoon which...
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