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  1. Depending on the technology you're using, some wireless broadband can be massively impacted by rain etc. Fibre optic on the other hand is just glass fibres, they're pretty waterproof, as evidenced by the fact that we have quite a few of the cables running through the Irish Sea to keep us online.
  2. Supply chains have been a bit skewed for a while anyway with COVID rolling around. Everything from toilet rolls to computer parts to motorbike tyres are impacted.
  3. Howie just told Paul off too for interrupting Ashford.
  4. Lots of 3rd world countries doing better than England are, plus, have you ever been to Morecambe? Bits of that feel rougher than a lot of places. Though, given that the risk is increasing, albeit to a still very low level, I'd rather be asked to wear a mask and keep everywhere open and operating as normal, than to have to go back to where we were at first lockdown.
  5. There's no way in hell they'd be bringing in a lockdown now, there's simply no good reason to, unless they're about to reveal a big community spread. Though, given the New Rules On Isolation, and the fact that families are far more likely to mingle with the isolators and contract it, there could be a bit of a different approach being brought in. The new rules mean that quite easily, person A could come home asymptomatic, pass the virus to person B, who doesn't develop symptoms until they've been quite merrily enjoying their freedom after 14 days. Possibly a recommendation of face cov
  6. Looks like people are getting upset about the notion of telegraph poles going up. http://www.iomtoday.co.im/article.cfm?id=59017&headline=Fibre+internet+poles+are+a+backwards+step&sectionIs=NEWS&searchyear=2020 I imagine they're the same people complaining that their internet is too slow or too expensive. The costs of sticking a few poles up pales in comparison to digging all the streets up, then they'd have to pay for their driveway to be dug up too, which I'm sure they'd be overjoyed at too. Never mind the signal issues mobile phone companies have over here, as soo
  7. Having returned, as a PhD student, just before the borders closed the first time, we did exactly that. I didn't even see my family for the entirety of the self isolation period, bar through the window when I was in the garden once or twice. We'd cordoned off a bathroom, so I had two rooms I could go between and that was it. Food was delivered to the door, a knock, wait a minute and then I'd return to my hovel. Anything I touched was wiped down by me with cleaning spray and the same would be done again when I'd gone back in. So don't assume that people won't stick to it, the students have
  8. As soon as Jimmy has had a negative result, it might, despite the whole household being in isolation, encourage contact with other members of the household. 'NEGATIVE' on paper will make you feel much more like you're in the clear. Doesn't matter that Jimmy is incubating and about to pass it onto family, partner or children, who could quite happily incubate it well past those 14 days. If Jimmy becomes infectious around day ten, and infectees do the same, they've been at a week of normal business before something goes amiss.
  9. You know that in most degrees, they do work them pretty hard right? Whilst you hear the odd tales of an easy ride, you tend to be doing 6 modules concurrently, with assessments for each due around the same time as you proceed through each term. It's not 'aw bless, how precious', it's equally, little Jimmy has worked his arse off for a first so needs a break. Uni halls aren't exactly the best living accommodation, and you tend to be cooped up, especially at the moment. Many don't have sofas or a living room, your options are bed desk or kitchen table.
  10. Well, based on the first outbreak, people living together passed it between themselves about 10% of the time. That's around the figure I've heard. When you've got your biggest bulk influx of any group of people, you want to manage that risk. The change happening in the course of a week is what has fucked people over, nothing else. Howie had been hinting at it, but at no point had he given a definitive timeline for it. Either they've got to get on the plane before Thursday, or people are having to take time off work so said students can isolate. Even with the accommodation subsid
  11. Which part? Realistically, there's two ways you can apply pneumatic brakes. You can either let the air out, engaging the parking brake, or you can hold the service brake on by shutting a solenoid. Ain't exactly rocket surgery. I wasn't really trying to earn any of your respect, you come across as grumpy and wanting to argue with anyone. But let's go with pretty pictures. To anyone that hadn't had it pointed out to them, that would look like the brakes were on. Especially if you were more concerned with fixing a problem on the bus.
  12. Well, technically it is contingent on the normal braking system. The literature suggests it just holds the service brake on for you. Note that the message it gives is 'Bus stop brake active'. Unless the driver has been made to read every page of the manual, there's nothing that suggests don't leave the cab and isolate the batteries with just this brake applied. You even get the red (P) symbol to suggest the brakes are on. See page 170 https://buses.mercedesbenzmena.com/media/1503996/articulatedba_citaro_eurovi_c62823.pdf
  13. It's more comparable to the hill-hold assist that many modern manual and automatic cars have, which modulate brake pressure using the ABS pump. I'd guess that it works in a similar way, holding the service brake on. Take away power, on car or bus, and the mechanisms involved just release. Automatic cars have a pawl that engages to lock the transmission in place, and will hold a car on a hill. This however causes the transmission to be holding the weight of the car, which isn't ideal, hence the handbrake. I imagine it'll fall under human factors, you don't always think when something
  14. You're making some pretty broad accusations there. Arguably, there have been procurement issues for various services in the UK, but that's not unusual. Given that it's not uncommon for Tory mates to be awarded contracts for things. It's just the way they have it. Over here on the other hand, they're using an old machine that was barely used until now from DEFRA, and reagants are supplied at cost to Rachel. The rest is done in Noble's by a team of their microbiologists. Of which Rachel happened to be one, notably being treated as staff, rather than being paid contractor rates which wo
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