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  • Commented on Cough Cough
    "Don't y'all at least get to go outside for exercise?" Mostly... A significant number of people (maybe ~ 1.5 million ?) have been asked to "self-isolate" for up to 12 weeks as a result of being especially at-risk of serious...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    The downside of NSAIDs is of course their tendency to attack the stomach lining over time; some people seem more susceptible to this and cannot take NSAIDs without a buffering additive (which reduces the stomach pain and extends the period...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I remember using a Basic dialect in the mid-70s where a RETURN n statement returned control to the statement n lines before or after the line following the matching CALL statement. Always seemed a tad counter-intuitive to me....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Technically modern English does still use declensions with some words/forms, but its rarely taught as such. Other British languages such as Gaelic make greater use of declensions, although as a result of their recent history less so in speech than...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    The Apple-Google system is essentially an sdk with an API; one thing an app built to use this API might do, for example, is to require a passcode before someone can register as infected. That passcode would come from, or...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    In both US and UK the heaviest impact has been on the poor and on ethnic minorities, neither of which are (generally) major supporters of the current governments. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-52354430...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    I suspect there are senior people in the governments of the US and Russia, and possibly China, who already see climate change as something they can "win" against the rest of the world. In a way Trump has jumped the...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Ok, that was a weird moment - we have (a) St Brides school two doors down from here....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    In the UK we also have limited liability partnerships - after extensive lobbying by lawyers and accountancy companies. To nobody's suprise LLPs have since become the vehicle of choice for money laundering, tax evasion, and most other financial shenanigans....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Weekly public applause for health workers accompanied by a neighbour playing bagpipes this evening - not sure if that would work as well in larger towns but it suits a small village with the sunset reflecting off the remaining snow...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    The universities in the UK are moving to 100% online for lectures, seminars, exams (apart from finals). Following on from this some of them are telling their students to 'go home now' for the rest of the academic year. One...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Hmm, my wife has been taking paracetemol daily (4 doses) for nearly 20 years as (some) pain relief from osteo-arthritis - its not clear what alternative options could be used over that period of time. Co-codamol in the UK comes...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    My daughter tells me that the shortage of pasta has caused a tremor in the force^W student consciousness - its their #1 staple when cooking meals....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Italy has a highly fragmented health system with little information flow between the various components. It provides free care for those earning below a certain threshold, after which costs increase roughly in line with income. Some things are a tad...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I had great fun driving an automatic in California (way back when) - not least how I could spend the first 15 minutes of the drive to work without touching the accelerator pedal....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    As the EU and US have a fundamentally different approach to many areas of trade it is not possible to be "closely integrated" with both at the same time. I must admit I thought that Boris' team would spend some...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    "So Remain sort of got their "confirmatory referendum" " Indeed: 48% voted for brexit-supporting parties and 52% against...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    The only place I saw the figure of 55 seats for the SNP was in the reports of the exit poll used by the broadcast media to fill the time until the first results came in. I'm sure the SNP...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    It looks like Farage's ploy of trying to limit the Conservative successes in order to bolster the power of his fellow travellers in the Tory party has not worked, although he has managed to deny them a couple of wins...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    One of the side effects of the NHS in the UK is that private medical insurance tends not to cover emergency treatment, since private hospitals dont have A&E departments. This contributes to such private cover being significantly cheaper in the...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    There is currently a head-to-head debate on BBC TV between Bozza & Jezza (PM and leader of the [main] opposition). Before the election interrupted things, this specific TV time slot was occupied by the quiz show "Would I lie to...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    No one would have believed, in the last years of the twentieth century, that middle-class finances were being watched keenly and closely by intellects cool and unsympathetic, which regarded the accumulated pension funds with envious eyes, and slowly and surely...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I remember installing Xenix on a PDP-11/23 (with one fixed disc and one removable - backups had to done... carefully) around 1980/81. IIRC the UK agent was Logica and the 'manual' was a set of photocopied sheets in a 3-ring...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    An old fart speaks... The DEC-10 and DEC-20 were 1970s mainframes, often used as bureau machines. The PDP minicomputer family had 8-/12-/16-bit word variants; the (very) successful PDP-11 range was 16-bit but had 16-/18-/22-bit addressing. An Irish company, Mentec, continued...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    If someone does produce a user-friendly voice interface that becomes widely adopted then it will probably follow a similar evolution to that of the prevalent visual interfaces with the words/sounds becoming less and less recognisable with longer gaps between them...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Does that tie in with the concentration of land ownership in the UK in a useful way? I suspect the main issue for the wealthy wrt UK land ownership is to get rid of the Scottish "right to roam" before...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    One reason for preferring the idea of US rather than Russian backing for the current contretemps is the intention to remove import tariffs on agricultural products, so as to reduce the risk of food shortages/price rises immediately after (and hence...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    The classic problem with trucks and satnavs is that the driver is using a bog-standard system rather than a more expensive version that allows you to enter the height (and sometimes length) of your vehicle before suggesting a route. Meanwhile,...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Davis announces subsidies to UK farmers (well, the big ones) to compensate for their loss of sales due to tariff-free imports; the WTO point out that such subsidies are not allowed under their rules; the UK and US leave the...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    non sequitur alert: quote from a gentleman in Cheshire ( discussing a minor tornado near Manchester ) "When the gusts passed, a tree ripped up and fell over into a field of llamas." A cheering reminder that things aint what...
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