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1  Other / Serious discussion / Blockchain would be a great application for vaccination records. on: August 24, 2020, 11:05:18 AM
If we kept the records of the victims, the vaccines used, and their health characteristics, then it would be possible to track the long term effects, and the interaction between vaccines, adjuvants and other drugs. Of course that will never happen, as it would show up the damage done to immune systems in most of the population.
2  Other / Politics & Society / Safety note- Do not wash poultry before cooking. on: June 24, 2020, 08:15:51 AM
Yesterday I bought a price reduced meal from the supermarket - 3.75 reduced to 0.19, and I couldn't resist it.It was a ready to cook Fajita chicken strips meal with peppers and a sour cream dressing. I thought this would be great for breakfas. I'm a bit cautious about these prepared meals, so I read the ingredient and the warnings. One of these surprised me, and I'm not sure why it was included. As the thread title says, the warning was "Safety Note - Do not was poultry before cooking". So what has happened to our society that prompts warnings like this? It can't be that tap water is unsafe, as they exhort you to wash utensils after preparation and cooking.  It can't be the danger of spitting whilst stir frying, as they could have said ensure the pan has a lid, Or that the meat should be dried before cooking.

So has anybody got any suggestions about the changes to our society that prompt messages like this?
3  Other / Politics & Society / Why isn't anybody talking about hantavirus? on: May 06, 2020, 05:22:21 PM
This is the other virus that is spreading in Wuhan and China ( and it seems America). It is spread by rats, and the UK policy of closing refuse and rrecycling centres, and encouraging fly tipping will obviously help to spread the disease if it gets to the UK. We are entering a Grand Solar Minimum, and this is already leading to an increase in the fertility of vermin like rats and locusts.

Should we be planning for this to spread across the globe?
4  Other / Politics & Society / KFC opens 55 drive through food lines on: May 06, 2020, 04:46:22 PM
Of course this is in the UK. They expect to open more in the near future, and the ones opened seem to be causing massive congestion as queues can have over 100 cars in them.I really don't understand the appeal, and I wouldn't queue for over an hour to buy some over priced chicken bits. Burger King has been open for a few days as well, and the queues in Havant town can block one of the lanes in the main street through the centre. Don't people realise that ultra-processed meats are one of the reasons a mild virus infection can become serious.

Maybe McDonalds will open soon, so that I can use their WiFi in the car park. Smiley
5  Other / Politics & Society / Could cruise ships become safe havens? on: May 06, 2020, 07:20:34 AM
A cruise ship seems to be a self-contained world once it is at sea. It occurred to me that if one could ensure that anyone on board s free from the virus, or immune, then occupants could associate freely without risk. This would reduce some of the burden from society, and provide some income for the operators. They wouldn't even need to leave port to be effective. Of course they would need to have medical facilities on board, and any supplies or visitors would need to be checked thoroughly.
6  Other / Off-topic / Will bank notes replace toilet paper? on: March 17, 2020, 04:36:24 PM
Just a thought - quantitative easing is increasing, and fiat currencies are heading towards their true value of zero. There also seems to be a shortage of loo paper, and I wondered how long it will take for people to adopt an alternative use for banknotes. Smiley
7  Other / Off-topic / Battery electric mower fighting on: March 14, 2020, 11:57:05 AM
This seems to be a new sport. The idea seems to be to kill the other guys mower, and to keep yours still able to cut grass. People seem to want to fight with, or race, virtually anything. Smiley
8  Other / Politics & Society / What is the sense in forcing planes to fly without passengers on: March 13, 2020, 07:46:43 AM
I understand that air lines have to use at least 80% of their traffic slots, or they will have them taken away from them. As nobody wants to fly because of the virus, it means that the planes are flying empty. That can't be good for the environment, or for the profits of the company. They should be able to reduce their obligations, or maybe they should use the flights to carry freight.

Mentour pilot talks about ghost flights in this video -
9  Other / Off-topic / Fresh food supermarket shopping in the current virus insanity. on: March 12, 2020, 04:18:09 PM
Whilst supermarket shelves are being denuded of loo tolls, tinned tomatoes, soap, and other non-perishables, the fresh food seems to be being ignored. I've just bought some boxes of 12 free range eggs for 10 pence, and yesterday I bought a load of stuff including easpberries for 12 pence per box, and family sized boxes of mushrooms for 9 pence. The cost of living is extremely low for me during this virus pndemic..

I'm tempted to start a few cooking threads about low cost meals.
10  Economy / Speculation / Alternative to coinbase pro for the UK on: March 12, 2020, 11:16:32 AM
I was going to buy a few Satoshis, and I missed the last wick down. I've been trying to deposit funds into my Coinbase account, and they keep asking for more info. I've done the multi-factor authentication, sent them my driving licence image, and now they want me to enable my camera after writing some bullshit message.Well I haven't had a shave for about 3 months, so they will probably reject that image.

Is there another exchange that is as convenient for market markets as Coinbase Pro used to be? Include your affiliate code if you want me to sign up using it.
11  Other / Politics & Society / The US should abandon its position as the No1 oil producer on: March 12, 2020, 10:35:26 AM
It No1 slot is based on environmentally damaging and uneconomic shale oil extraction. Continued production will require considerable support for toxic debts, and the money should be used to support profitable industries. It can't compete with Russia, Saudi or even Venezuela, and it is losing its influence with the major producers.
12  Other / Off-topic / Quick checks for low blood pressure. on: March 12, 2020, 10:16:34 AM
If you stand up quickly, and don't feel dizzy, then your blood pressure is probably not dangerously low.
Another check is the capillary refill time. This check should be done when your hands are not cold. Place your hand flat on the table, and press down on one of your nails for a couple of seconds. When you remove the pressure, the nail will appear white, but should return to a pink colour fairly quickly. It shouldn't take more than a couple of seconds.

This is a quick health tip from Kuffy. I'll post some more if people are interested.
13  Other / Politics & Society / Tax rebates to reflate the economy. on: March 10, 2020, 11:47:30 AM
Governments are constantly trying to reflate economies by rewarding the bankers. This may help the yacht builders, but it doesn't really help the bulk of the population. I've always thought that the simplest way to rebuild an economy is to provide an earned income tax refund. If they based it on earning from the tax period of a couple of years ago, and restricted it to people who are current residents, then that should benefit the most important part of the population. A 10% refund would be cheaper than supporting the failing banks and stock markets.
14  Other / Off-topic / Has anyone used Bold Beast mobile phone recording? on: March 03, 2020, 09:00:08 AM
I need to record some of my telephone conversations for legal reasons. I have a Huawei smartphone, which is an Android based device. I have an assortment of recording devices, but the simplest option seems to be the use of an app called Bold Beast. This does not require root access, and seems to use the bluetooth connection in some way. I'm very cautious about installing apps, and this is why I would like some comments, and/or advice about this app.

The android page for this program is here -

Please note - I have no knowledge of this product, and have discovered it via Google and YouTube, but it appears to be reputable as far as I can see.
15  Other / Politics & Society / I was asked to use a hand sanitiser this morning. on: March 02, 2020, 08:09:06 AM
I've been visiting Somerset in the van for a few days, and last night I stayed in a picnic area and truck stop. This morning I went into the cafe for an early morning coffee, and I was offered a bottle of hand sanitiser, and asked to use some. This is obviously as a result of the Coron Virus appearing in the UK. I had no problem with complying, but I'm not sure how useful it is. Far more of a problem could be the communal use of the 'loos in my opinion.
16  Other / Politics & Society / The US, Corona Virus, and 5G on: March 01, 2020, 06:06:45 PM
World affairs are really interesting at the moment.

One thing that has come out of the news about the Corona Virus is that the bulk of the pharmaceuticals used in the US are manufactured in China, or use Chinese components. This leaves the US population vulnerable to long term damage to their health. This may have already happened, as I understand that over 70% of the US population is unsuitable for military service due to health problems. This seems to be tolerated, and even encouraged. On the other hand the possible use of 5G equipment manufactured in China has created massive disruption to trade. This is despite the fact that Chinese microprocessors are being used in advanced military equipment such as fighter jets.
17  Other / Off-topic / Why do people still smoke cigarettes? on: February 24, 2020, 12:10:25 PM
We know it messes up your lungs,and reduces libido. It also costs a fair bit of money. It messes up your skin texture as well, and you can see those middle aged women with prune lips and pasty faces. Now it appears that smoking helps the Corona Virus to bond to cells, and this makes it much harder for the immune system to fight the virus.

I just can't understand what the appeal is given all the damaging consequences.
18  Other / Serious discussion / Health and safety madness on: February 24, 2020, 10:21:53 AM
I'm in a McDonald's restaurant, and a guy is installing steel retaining cables above each of the speakers. Apparently this is a health and safety ruling in case on of the speakers escapes, and falls on a customer. They are installed pretty securely, and it looks as if the speaker is actually larger than the installation hole. There have been no recorded cases of speakers falling down on customers in any British McDonalds. What a stupid waste of money that is being forced on food retailers that are facing new economic challenges in a changing market place.
19  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Bitcoin core reindexing on: February 24, 2020, 08:16:38 AM
I've got 3 computers with Bitcoin core installed, and I decided to do this as a form of backup, as well as an experiment as part of my digital nomad life. I have Ubuntu installed on a Netbook with a smallish hard drive, so my wallet and the blockchain are kept on an external 250Gb Samsung SSD. It is a while since I synchronised this, and I decided to bring it up to date. It appeared to start correctly, but then told me it was reindexing the blockchain from about 7 years ago. This probably means there is a corrupted record on the disk. I could have copied the blockchain, and associated files such as chainstate from a backup drive, but I decided to run the reindexing to see how long it took. The wallet data seems to be correct, and I am able to see some early transactions. I stated this thread to remind new Bitcoiners to backup their files regularly if they are running their own node.

Whilst reindexing does not download the complete blockchain, it does try to reuse the data you have stored, and it seems to discard the  blockchain and chainstate indices, so it will still consume a large quantity of ISP bandwidth. I'm running this over public WiFi, so I expect it will take a couple of weeks to rebuild the files.

Please feel free to comment if I have misunderstood this process, or if you have any suggestions or comments about recovery from minor disk errors. I would also remind users of external SSD drives that they should "eject" the drive before disconnecting it - this ensures that write buffers are cleared to maintain the integrity of the data structure.
20  Other / Politics & Society / Want to fish in our waters - it's easy. on: February 07, 2020, 03:13:13 PM
Start a company in Britain,and register your boat here. Employ some British fishermen, and go fishing, but don't forget to obey the quota rules. Then you can export the fish to the EU to sell. There is an added bonus to this, you get to keep the profits in Sterling, and not in the bankrupt Euro. Smiley
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