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Everything posted by wrighty

  1. I think it came across perfectly well, at least to most that read it. If you have a non-acute, complex issue, such that the facilities required to sort you out are beyond what we have on island, then getting on a boat may be a sensible option. It was however meant as just a slightly tongue-in-cheek response to a typical Mr. S. post. Don’t take stuff so seriously.
  2. Depending on both the acuteness and nature of your problem, the Sea Terminal could be a good choice
  3. I don't know about this specific case, and even if I did wouldn't comment on it. I would like to add a bit of balance in defence of radiology though. It is difficult. Interpreting scans is not an exact science - contrary to popular belief a scan usually doesn't give a precise yes/no answer to a question such as 'is there any cancer', instead, a radiologist interprets the scan and assigns a probability. This is not numerically precise, and there will be variations between individual specialists. Flagging up cases with a low probability can result in harm - it's already the case that something like 9/10 mammograms reported as 'suspicious' turn out to be negative for cancer once further investigations have been done. And these investigations have risks such that some patients will be harmed in getting a negative diagnosis. Not to mention the psychological stress of a potential cancer diagnosis. A further issue is so called 'interval cancers'. These are ones that develop between screenings. When this happens previous mammograms will be scrutinised, and it may be that there are signs that in retrospect a different radiologist says 'oh yes, that cancer was apparent on the images from 2 years ago'. Hindsight is always 20/20. None of this is to defend this particular radiologist in this particular case. But it is difficult, it is somewhat subjective, and it is inevitable that there will be some women who develop invasive cancer after a negative breast screening.
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    Which were you. Laurel or Yanni?

    Weird this one. Yanny on my phone, but when it was on radio 4 through the car it was clearly Lauren. I assume the tiny speaker in the phone has a higher frequency spectrum than the ones in the car. A caller on the radio had the same effect when removing her hearing aid. So my conclusion is that if you filter out low frequencies, or boost high frequencies you get Yanny. Probably.
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    70 Years....

    Cue Declan to comment that it's a much better guitar solo than anything ever recorded by Dave Gilmour or Brian May
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    Yet another Tory Plant wilts (BBC Question Time)

    I've given up on QT because it's so boring! This sketch gets it spot on.
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    Tax avoidance?

    You make some valid points, but I still think it'd be the right thing to tax fuel and scrap ved. A quick calculation, backed up by a bit of googling, suggests that petrol would have to go up by about 25p a litre to compensate for the loss of ved. I think the plumber/gardener/electrician could cope with that. Taxis may have to put prices up by 20% or so. The main issue would be road haulage. The current system is therefore a government subsidy for road haulage companies who do most of the road damage (in UK - not necessarily over here) and pay only a flat rate of duty rather than what they ought to be paying if they were charged appropriately for the mileage (and hence road damage and pollution) they did. If the system were changed, perhaps rail would come back to the fore as an economic means of transporting stuff around? As for electric, the system would no doubt have to change when the take-up of electric vehicles is significant. Maybe as John Wright hinted at earlier a levy per mile, all calculated by in-built GPS technology?
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    Tax avoidance?

    Only for those that travel more than average. For the other 50% it’ll be cheaper. So, I accept there is a downside for some, but I still feel it’s fairer.
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    Tax avoidance?

    The level of fuel duty could be set so it is revenue neutral. If you drive an electric car - good for you, pay less tax. Isn’t this already the case with those cars being free of v.e.d.? And as for haulage, yes prices will go up to cover, thereby encouraging more local produce or more energy efficient ways to transport stuff (rail perhaps) via market forces. I don’t see a downside.
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    Tax avoidance?

    To me this just shows how daft it is to set vehicle duty in various bands based on alleged emissions levels. All the CO2 produced by a car comes from the fuel it burns, so just stick the tax on fuel. Those that do most miles and guzzle the most gas pay more tax. Simple.
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    Dangers on the road

    It's something cyclists need to be more aware of too. There have been several instances of them being killed being hit from behind with the car driver totally blinded. I've told my kids that if they're riding a bike along a road and are blinded by the sun they should get off and walk with it on the pavement, because if they're blinded, car drivers will be too. Cue replies from cyclists saying that car drivers need to slow down etc, and I'm sure they should, but whereas they'll end up with a dent, the cyclist will be the one left worse off.
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    La Colombe's Random Stuff

    Random tuning drift or whatever can be simulated digitally, and is incorporated as an option in some of the digital synths I've come across. Most guitar FX pedals these days are digital, certainly delays. The old Dunlop Wah pedal apparently took several years to mature, and guitarists used to seek out true vintage ones - something to do with changing characteristics of one of the inductor coils over a long period of time. It can still be simulated digitally though.
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    La Colombe's Random Stuff

    It's definitely digital once it's been transmitted over the net. My point being that it's impossible to tell by listening, and probably pointless to discuss as digital mock-ups of analogue synths are so good these days. I can't understand why anyone would choose a real analogue synth over a digital, unless going out of tune when the room warms up is part of the attraction.
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    Long Tails

    It's never a good idea to either introduce or eradicate particular creatures. The example in the OP was returning the island to its previous rat-free state - they were brought over on ships and are not natural inhabitants there. If we got rid of them here there would undoubtedly be unpredicted negative consequences.
  15. Is there anyone on island who is authorised to carry out repairs on ASUS laptops without invalidating the warranty? We seem to have a loose screen connector, such that if the lid is opened up beyond 90 degrees the display goes black. Probably the sort of thing we could do ourselves, but since it's only about 3 months old don't really want to. It is however a bit of a faf to pack it up and send it away for a fix. The perils of buying from Amazon I suppose, but any helpful advice would be welcomed.
  16. Picked up by DPD. When I say picked up, I mean Manx Independent Carriers stuck a card through my door and I delivered it to them the following day. Had an email from ASUS saying it had arrived. So far so good.
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    Ribena - Stockpiling

    I cannot stand the taste of artificial sweeteners. Even 'full-fat' stuff has them in addition to sugar these days. Not that I drink it, but original Ribena was one of the last bastions of proper sugary drink. The kids used to have it all the time - never the 'tooth-kind' stuff - and they all have a perfect set of teeth with no fillings. Sugary drinks aren't inherently bad - it's what you do with them that's important. I wouldn't be surprised in years to come that we find out that artificial sweeteners are responsible for obesity (by altering gut bacteria perhaps?).
  18. I'm quite comfortable fixing stuff - Me and my son (whose computer it is) have done several iPhone screen replacements, I've replaced a HDD in a MacBook, and he's built his own gaming PC. If it was out of warranty we'd do exactly that, my concern however would be if I needed to replace a ribbon cable rather than just reconnect it. As it turns out I called ASUS, and they're arranging for the laptop to be picked up, fixed, and re-delivered. Will post again here when it's done, in case anyone's interested.
  19. Don’t think it does. Neuronal leakage is not a phenomenon that I’m aware is a problem. Heart has a nerve supply (the vagus) but works just as well without - in a transplant for example. There are no signals sent directly from heart to brain - pressure sensors in the neck take care of that. Lungs don’t have a nerve supply, or at least not much of one.
  20. For your first point, no you wouldn't. You would be dead in the bucket, and your body would be inhabited by whoever's brain I'd popped in. You ARE your brain - the rest of you is just its life support and mobility system. As for the other point, duplication - Red Dwarf covered this in a great sequence where there were two Arnold Rimmers. I seem to recall it's better in the book than the TV version.
  21. All the brain needs is oxygen and glucose to keep it alive. I could certainly envisage a scenario where a decapitated head is kept alive in a portable, mobile even, life support unit, such that it remains conscious, can see, hear, and even speak. Voluntary control of the mobility of the life support unit is also not far off, with current technology. Plenty of science fiction works about this (Iain M Banks for example) and it is not far off reality. Downloading a full set of memories and emotions however is probably far off, if not impossible. The 'Red Dwarf' example where your entire consciousness and personality is downloaded onto a disc, enabling a holographic computer simulation of you post-death is not likely, in my opinion. Whether this is sensible or ethical however - I'll leave others to debate.
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    Manx Driving

    This morning I noticed the guys painting the kerbstones at Quarterbridge in readiness for TT. Within minutes, presumably, some tit has driven over the kerb leaving white paint tyre tracks in the road. #typicalmanxdriving
  23. I know that, not what I meant - I buy loads of stuff from Amazon. My point was that if I'd picked it up from Currys I could take it back and get them to sort it all out rather than getting it picked up etc.
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    Manx Driving

    Regarding roundabouts, I never trust anyone's indicators. Many indicate right when exiting, which is wrong, and many seem to think that you should indicate right to go straight on. I appreciate there may be some debate about that, as shown by some of the protagonists here, but this further justifies my view that it's best to ignore indicators on other cars as they may not know what they're doing, or they may simply be doing it differently to you. It's bad enough at simple junctions - waiting to pull out of the hospital car park one day turning right, an approaching car indicated left. I almost pulled out, but since she was going a bit quick I didn't. Sailed straight past me and turned left at the next road. Just don't trust anyone until you can see where they're going. I do find the general level of consideration to other road users to be poor. If overtaking a parked car for example, oncoming traffic will often accelerate towards you in some sort of punishment for daring to stray onto their side of the road, when a simple backing off of the accelerator would enable everyone to get where they're going smoothly.
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    Prince Charles - head of the Commonwealth

    He’ll have been DNA tested, probably many times, at the behest of newspaper editors. Can’t be too difficult to get a hair or saliva sample from both Harry and Hewitt. If he wasn’t Charles’ genetic son it would have been all over the Sun/Mail/Express years ago.