Mike Collins

Mike Collins

  • 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...
  • 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)...
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