Re: Good and bad
Do baptists do the communion wine thing?
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One wonders if long-term use causes enough heating to stress the comb and shift the frequency spreading. Although I guess with that kind of device it has to have rock solid thermal management - i.e. a massive heatsink, like a lump of silver, and a Peltier to bleed off the excess heat in a controlled way.
My iPhoneSE turns Bluetooth back on at the start of every day anyway. I'd have to hammer it home that I need it off in order for it to stay off. It's gone from a stance of "turn it on for specific purposes but otherwise it's off" to "You can turn it off for specific purposes, but otherwise it's turned on".
I've always been slightly mystified by the rash of recent pairing protocols for smart things and health trackers, where you have to hold the phone close to the device, like under 6 inches away, to pair, then suddenly it works from 30 feet away or more over Bluetooth. I know that the devices are also passing WiFi details sometimes, depending on their purpose, but it's still slightly perplexing that this works. I mean, it's almost harking back to the days of having line-of-sight for an IR beamer.
If your airways are liberally coated in slime then there are fewer cell surfaces for the particles to bump into. Then there's all the other muck that the mucus is trapping. Tar and nicotine and carbon monoxide all have horrible effects on lipids and proteins, which are the compounds that the outer shell of a virus is made from. It's why hand washing, alcohol gels and bleaches work - soap and alcohol works on the lipid, peroxide and hypochlorite works on the proteins. UV destroys the nucleic acids, so get out in the sun too!
You also have a heavy stream of mucus moving up and out, carrying the trapped viral particles out of the body. Very effective. Smokers do seem to get fewer but more serious colds. Been known about for years, so why it's a surprise for some medical professionals, I don't know! And it doesn't shock me in the least that healthy fitness fanatics who regularly inhale outside air right down into the very bottom of the lungs through nice, big wide open bronchioles seem to get the virus really bad if they come down with it.
Ah, but you only upload your blob list WHEN you have symptoms. So not EVERY movement will be traced. At least not during the first few weeks and months... but seeing as though eventually EVERYONE will get this virus... EVERYONE'S blob list will end up in Big Brother's library.
And I do mean everyone will get it. For those who wondered about it and thought it's SAFE to come out once the all-clear siren has gone off and you won't get the disease... remember the purpose of lockdown is to FLATTEN the curve - it still has the same area underneath - that area, that integral, is the absolute number of deaths. Still going to be the same number of deaths from the disease itself - it just won't be higher than it needed to be as a result of life saving (or death preventing) medical intervention being denied due to over-demand.
Do you actually NEED to decode the phone number to send the notification? I mean, I've not really looked into Push Notifications in anger yet, no need with my work, but surely it just requires some form of unique ID for that device and a hook into the Apple notifications system. Presumably Apple keep some sort of centralised register of "keys" that enables a push notification to be sent to a device. Notifications housed to work on iPod touch, for example, and there's no phone circuitry in one of those - it must be hooked through the iOS somehow.
I mean you upload all the blobs to central servers but THEN what happens? No description of the important bit. They what? Decode the installation ids then send a push notification? Or do they send a daily amber and red list of blob signatures that my device might have seen and then the local blobs I have stored are compared to that list?
So until a FULL description of how it works is published they can go whistle.
Tom Cruise was "acting" at a film studios near my home, and staying in the 5-star hotel about 0.5 mile from said studio. He used to get a helicopter to ferry him to and fro. An acquaintance of mine was the cook appointed to prepare all of Mr Cruise's meals at the hotel - from then on I referred to him as "The Short-Order Chef".
Oh yes it is! Though it has developed a tendency towards context variability of late. Different roles see different controls and this can be a bit daunting when "playing on your own" to find out what it can do. Nowhere near as bad as Teams though which has possibly the least consistent UI of all time. Want to hold a video conference in Teams? Better make sure you know the difference between Chat and Channel, how many people you are going to be calling, if it's private or public... the controls jump from top to bottom of the screen, using different icons and there are some circumstances when you can only have a meeting by booking it in the calendar. It's the most confusing piece of garbage I've ever come across. And that's before you even get to live events mode.
I think the tax should shift to the subscription services. It seems fair to squeeze a few % off their profits in order to pay for a free-to-air, advertisement free set of basic channels for those who choose or are forced by circumstance NOT to pay a media subscription. I mean, if The BBC disappeared then people would be forced to pay for any TV at all. Of course if you did that, then the people who choose not to pay for a subscription service are getting something for nothing then, which seems even more perverse that the present system. The price of The BBC is as low as it is purely because of the numbers of people who pay for it - essentially everyone. And those who say that ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 is free-to-air, you pay for those through the goods and services you buy. The take home message is there's no such thing as a free lunch, so why get all het up about the way The BBC is funded, really? It's not like you're forced to watch it, so it can't be that you disagree with the output. I'm paying for loads of stuff I don't use and other stuff I don't agree with through various other taxations - it's just more visible with the TV License Fee. I barely ever watch ITV for instance, but tot up the penny on a packet of cornflakes over a whole year, and it's costing me a fair bit - I'm not baying at the door of ITV house asking to be let off, am I?!
Do you know I reckon when alien archeologists land on Earth and they start digging they are going to be able to pinpoint an exact time point in the compressed layers of our towns and cities - a layer of fossilised tins of canned gooseberries, rhubarb and tinned salmon. No one's ever going to eat those. That's all the supermarkets have left but out of desperation and mass hysteria even those will sell and spend the rest of the millennium quietly rusting away in pantries all over the land in the same way peas pudding, marrow fat peas and goblin suet puddings did in the past.
I've heard that oddly they're not seeing quite the upswing that they thought. I'm surprised! It may come later if the WFH rules stay in force for longer. Not many people have dual 24-core Xeon PCs with 192GB RAM, 90TB RAID arrays, dual Quadro RTX6000 graphics cards and twin 32" UHD screens. Not that you could KVM the bandwidth of 4KUHD down an IP pipe less that a 10Gb fibre... Not even the magic of 5G could do that. Remote infrastructure my bottom.
I believe they are also double wound isolated transformers too, and capacitative coupled for minimum noise transmission, which means that both terminals are floating with respect to ground (which is where your body is at). You could only get a fatal shock if you touched both legs, one in each hand, so the current runs across your chest, or if some bozo has wired one of the terminals to earth in the back box. You get a tiny current to earth if you just touch one of them - enough to trip the main supply incomer RCD I hope.
DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. Your mileage may vary, and your insurance will be null and void.
I actually found a research paper online that argued that a consideration of public interest in any infringement proceedings should be removed from the US Statute books because it's anti-competitive. In fact the article goes on to reason that the patent system actively encourages research investment as manufacturers etc try to find alternative ways around the patented solution / component. All that does is actively encourage professional patent writers who tighten up the filed designs etc so much that they monopolise entire classes of things.
You couldn't make it up!
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