Mike Collins

Mike Collins

  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Search the Sky by C M Kornbluth and Frederik Pohl has the generation ships going to planets which have sunk to primitivism....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Librarian? Maybe this one would do! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZHoHaAYHq8...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Water in the desert? https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170413141104.htm...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Negligence in England and Scotland is governed by the Donoghue v Stephenson case. The eventual outcome of this case was that a duty of care is owed by the provider of goods or services for any act or omission which...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    'Actually, that's not a solution.' Actually it is. I had to drive to work if the weather was bad for cycling because in the 1970s transport in Greater Manchester was bad and getting worse thanks to Thatcherite bus deregulation. There...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    'How about if you can expect the wind to be strong and unstable enough to make walking and even sometimes standing up difficult? We can get whole weeks of this sort of weather in some places.' You use a different...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    I think rather than building codes it's the fact that one developer builds all the houses on a development. I understand that in Australia it's common to lay out the roads and services on an estate and let owners build...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    This is a new housing development still being built close to where I live. Nearly all the houses have a roughly southwest or south facing roof. A lot of them already have solar panels. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.578719,0.9913823,284m/data=!3m1!1e3...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I haven't seen any mention of this in the thread. https://www.wired.com/story/bitcoin-drug-deals-silk-road-blockchain/...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I know where the filler is on my car. But half the time I can't get to the correctly side of the pump because of blocking by other cars. So I go to the other side. Almost all pumps have...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I do live in a had water area. But water softeners do a good job. The immersion heater is still working well after about 20 years. But I just had to replace the main cut-off tap in the house which...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    re iPhones and elderly. I saw an article recently describing a way to simplify jailbroken iPhones by removing unnecessary apps even those which Apple will not allow you to delete. This can be accomplished without jailbreaking by simply dragging unwanted...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I had a run-in with Leeds University libraries in the 1990s. As NHS staff (I was research co-ordinator for Pathology in Leeds and Bradford) I had free use of the university medical library but since I was not medically qualified...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I'm not a physicist so I can't comment Knowledgably but this theory could do away with the need for dark matter. http://www.uva.nl/en/content/news/press-releases/2016/11/new-theory-of-gravity-might-explain-dark-matter.html...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Greg From the Streetview you show there are at least two solutions. You could run an armoured cable under the pavement with a switch in your garage and a lock on the outlet. OK there may be problems with your...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    If this blindness was caused by folate deficiency there should also have been big increases in neural tube defects including spina bifida. It should also have been obvious from the number of cases of folate deficiency anaemia. There is a...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    They were available but I couldn't afford one. They had to be separately applied to the already written text....
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Did people who used BBC Micros go on to write their university essays using their BBC Micro? Did businesses run commercial software on it? Did scientists do real modelling on it? I've already written that I used it to type...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    I also used Wordwise on the BBC micro. I used it to write my MSc dissertation in 1990. The dissertation was stored on tape cassettes. The major disadvantage of Wordwise was that it had no spell checker....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    There are lots of questions like this on Quora. Usually posted by anonymous trolls or obviously fake IDs. If you want to see more follow the topic. Confession: I spend too much tome on Quora to the detriment of my...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    We were aware of the need for confinement. Note that our first attempt had a satisfactory bang. We were also aware of a lot more explosive and pyrotechnic mixtures which we tried. One of the 'others' I mentioned spent months...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    When I was a teenager in the 1960sI had a group of friends, all doing ‘O’ level and then ‘A’ level chemistry who liked to make explosives and rockets. Our first “bomb” using about thirty penny bangers and exploded using...
  • Commented on We get reviews (contd.)
    The UK of 1957 was arguably less democratic than today since most constituencies only had Labour or Conservative candidates . But you could also argue that it was more democratic in that the first past the post electoral system works...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I replaced all but three of my downstairs light with filament style LEDs about three years ago. 19 in all. I haven’t needed to replace any of them....
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    When I was nine years old I was walking in the Roaches with my father and two aunts who were all originally from the area. They pointed behind me and said “Look! A kangaroo”. I refused to turn round because...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    I’ve pre ordered Dark State from Amazon UK. There’s a download now button. When I selected it it lead to an order for Halting State. They’ve obviously got it mixed up. The Dark Sate pre order looked OK....
  • Commented on Excuses
    It’s not an argument for being in the wrong gear. It’s missing gears when changing up or down - particularly changing up. There’s no need for going through the whole set of gears in most driving. Skipping gears or block...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Use of gears. About a year ago I had to take a speed awareness course. Fort those outside the UK that means I had been caught by a speed camera and chose the course as an alternative to prosecution. At...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    SPAM ALERT Rejection letter thread....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Surprisingly she actually has type 1 diabetes....
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