Mike Collins

Mike Collins

  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Dave. It didn't work that way in Norfolk. Got a phone call from GP surgery not a text. They text about everything routine. The GP surgery stopped cars outside the surgery car park and checked name, address and time of...
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    "It's plainly incompetence - don't stand for it" Vaccine scheduling seems to be a mix of competence, belt and braces, and the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. I had a phone call from my GP...
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    Actually it’s The General Infirmary at Leeds. But is now usually called LGI and Leeds General Infimary. I worked there for fourteen years....
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    In most cases the tubes delivered to wards or departments. In the wards most terminals were in the nurses station (main desk). Main destinations like labs and pharmacy had horizontal open topped tubes about three metres long where incoming containers...
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    I haven't visited a large UK hospital this century which didn't have a pneumatic tube system. The one at Leeds Infirmary, which at the time had 1300 bed, was particularly good. All the containers had RFD chips coded for their...
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    How does the UK deal with malpractice claims and accidents? There aren’t nearly as many claims. For a start nobody has paid large sums of money for their treatment. And there are no insurance companies also worried about their money....
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    Thanks for that. It's only a half hour drive away. And it's very close to Grimes Graves so when lockdown is over I can take visitors to both. https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/grimes-graves-prehistoric-flint-mine/history/...
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    There are other examples perhaps even worse than the Tuskegee study. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemala_syphilis_experiments...
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    You can find single specimens all over Britain in parks. There's one not too far from me in Norfolk. It's about twice the height of all the trees growing around it and can be seen for miles....
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    New Zealand has redwoods transplanted from the USA. Particularly the forest in Rotarua where it is a protected forest and tourist attraction. It's useless for anything but carbon sequestration since the trees grow so much faster in New Zealand that...
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    Can openers? What kind of primitive country are you all living in. I do have a couple of can openers at the back of a kitchen drawer but I only have to use them when the tab on a tin...
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    I'm right handed. But ever since I first had repetitive strain injury I've alternated between right and left hands for using a mouse. It took about half an hour for it to seem natural. So I want a mouse to...
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    "The simple question would be: if you could work 40 hours per week on tasks that didn't threaten your health or sanity, raise and feed a family, certainly suffer occasionally, but also get time off to spend with friends, family,...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Viruses don't tend to become milder when they mutate. They just mutate. In a widespread virus the mutants which are less likely to kill will be advantageous since they will reproduce more. But the new more infectious variants will produce...
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    Hog roasts were not that common when I lived in Yorkshire but here in Norfolk every outdoor event I've been to has had a hog roast. Usually served on a bread roll with stuffing. There are lots of companies like...
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    15 psi for 15 minutes 20 psi for 10 minutes 10 psi for 20 minutes And I’ve used a pressure cooker as an autoclave in a small lab....
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    1 mL is not one drop. When I first started work I had to learn to meme 50 drop Pasteur pipettes using glass tubing and a fishtail burner for Widal testing. That’s 50 drops per mL. One mLis considered to...
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    When I started work in the bacteriology lab at Wythenshawe Hospital in 1966 we saw penicillin resistance every day, particularly in burns patients on the plastic surgery wards. New antibiotics like gentamicin were already added to our antibiotic sensitivity plates....
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    "Whatever small thing it turns out to be that the Mars colony desperately needs, it probably won't have it." They will probably be able to print it....
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    I would expect most cargo transport to Mars to be on a more efficient cheaper orbit like gravity capture (or whatever gets thought up in the next 50 years). So there would be a couple of months extra in which...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    You say you were born in the early 1970s and couldn't afford to go to university. My daughter was born in 1975 and got a grant with no tuition fees. My son was born in 1978 and had a student...
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    Are you confusing this with the trivial name for DDT. A mosquito was heard to complain That a chemist had poisoned his brain The cause of his sorrow was Para-dichlorodiphenytrichloroethane....
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    "You need to pay people enough money to make them happy with their work and not feel that people doing less valuable work are paid more." Do you think most people will be happy to work in a job which...
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    Did you actually read what I wrote? "You need to pay people enough money to make them happy with their work and not feel that people doing less valuable work are paid more." How does this not cover paying the...
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    “ So why do billionaires carry on working? ” Why does anyone carry on working? It's basic management theory that people do not work for money. The basic motivators of work are achievement and recognition of achievement. Money, by this...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    As a Labour supporter I'd like to believe the conclusion of this poll. But the next election will be in 2024. Remember Harold Wilson's saying. "A week is a long time in politics."...
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    "And some Brits are so dimwitted that when everyone else starts pulling over they go "hey wow, look at all this space" and drive down it themselves." This happens on motorways. They're not (necessarily) dimwitted. They're selfish. They know somebody...
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    British drivers are very disciplined where emergency vehicles are concerned. When they see the flashing blue lights and hear the two tone signal they pull to the side of the road the let the emergency vehicle pass....
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    To stop glasses misting up when wearing a mask rub a little washing up liquid on both size of the lenses and then polish them with a dry cloth or tissue. This worked perfectly on my reading glasses. I tried...
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    Greg What you sat about the over forties is not universal. I also did an MSc when I was forty two. It was in clinical chemistry and I was working in the NHS part of the University lab running the...
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