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  1. I overheard an interesting conversation today whilst out and about, a lady was most aghast about the "indoctrination of her child". They dared to teach them in school about the history of vaccines. There was some waffle about it influencing the collective knowledge etc. But quite simply, she wanted to know "how dare they spread this propaganda"? How have we reverted to medicine being again analogous to witchcraft? I get the feeling that living memory of the worst of them is dying out, and that's acting as a catalyst for anti-vaxxers.
  2. So, in other words, it's 'Tricky'?
  3. I'd argue there's a lot to be said for being in the workplace. Frankly, it's a pain not being able to pop your head in when you need to speak to someone. There's a lot lost in Teams/Slack/Zoom/Email. But, equally, I see how and why people far prefer a remote-based world. Bums on seats shouldn't be your only performance metric.
  4. You may deride working from home, but, a number of the world's largest companies are keeping it around. Turns out, happy employees are more productive. https://www.npr.org/2021/05/06/994123311/google-adapts-to-long-term-telework-offers-employees-hybrid-work-week
  5. You say this as though scientific advice couldn't actually be used to make a more informed and pragmatic series of decisions about how to handle outbreaks. Not many places have had a combination of local elimination, a genomics lab for what is a small number of cases, and the expertise to use it. Combined with a contact tracing team that are actually able to contact everyone. It's a near-unique level of insight and data-gathering on the global stage. Suddenly, you're in a position where you're both guiding and refining the contact tracing process, keeping us out of lockdown. The form
  6. You see stuff driving about over here that looks like it is long past that stage. There's a blue corsa about up North where most of the wing is now rust, and you can see where someone had a go with fibreglass filler.
  7. I have the problem where it'll also consume me if I stick any meaningful amount in for any length of time. I end up sat watching tickers up and down instead of doing useful things with my time.
  8. I've messed about with it here and there, but whenever I've been in a position to really buy in, it has always been at a peak. Of course, if I think about the number of Doge I mined nearly a decade ago, I'd feel sick, same with various altcoins, and even bits of Bitcoin. I think I lost a reasonable amount when Cryptsy went down too, I might even have had some in Mt Gox.
  9. Well, the fungibility of milk trays in the post is a hotly contested topic...
  10. It gets more complicated, most modern vehicles will draw quite a lot of current compared to their 'sleep mode', for about 15 minutes or so after ignition is turned off. Same when you first unlock it or open a door, the body computer(s) all start doing their thing. You'll also notice modern cars turning off interior lights after a number of minutes if they're left on and so on. Some, like BMWs, will allow you to force them to go into the low power state, but that requires diagnostic gizmos.
  11. Generally, if you're driving the car back, you'll tax it in the UK until it has a test. My understanding is, that it has to remain legal as far as the UK is concerned until it goes through the Manx test, that includes tax, MOT etc. The exception is when you're driving to or from a pre-booked test, same as with a UK MOT. You can drive it to and from one, but that's it without tax/mot. I think the police are really trying to pick up the cars they've known about for a while, rather than the fresh off the boat imports. There are plenty that have been here for a long time, the Andorran Me
  12. https://www.health.govt.nz/news-media/media-releases/update-genomic-sequencing Here’s an example of how it was used to determine the scale of response needed for an emerging outbreak. Nobody is aiming to replace track and trace. They’re complementary. This covers the timeline referenced by the above press release. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/437359/timeline-the-year-of-covid-19-in-new-zealand
  13. The fundamental point you miss, is that genomics validates your track and trace. Nobody does it perfectly, hence how we get community cases. Though, what you learn at those stages, can influence your future track and trace decisions and policies. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/27/5/20-4579_article To quote the abstract of this paper,
  14. You may find that just driving it won't pull it up above about 80%, a proper charger may be needed to top it right off. Though in my experience, I've seen that once a battery has gone properly flat a couple of times, it'll never be quite right after that. It's generally exacerbated with lockdown where we're doing shorter less frequent trips, with plenty of electronics in the background that do clever stuff. For example, the climate control might activate a fan to draw air over the sensor, so it knows the temperature of the cabin. Some diesels will start the glowplugs as soon as you o
  15. 2010 is the year they went to emissions based tax. 190g/km+ seems high for a modern diesel family saloon, I'd definitely look into it. You can check the old UK reg on the DVLA site to verify, or look up the model variant on various sites like Parkers. If unknown, the UK reg is listed on the Manx vehicle search here: https://services.gov.im/vehicles-driving/vehicle-search
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