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  1. It can vary significantly from person to person, although I agree there's definitely a strong element of that in most people (and one people fail to appreciate - it's part of my dislike of the march of automation).
  2. That's why they're a poor complement to just about any form of generation; really you need something large-scale for the base load, which wind and solar can't provide, and something rapidly controllable that they can't provide either (hydro is the only renewable that can do that). The only reliable way we've got with existing technology for minimising CO2 is nuclear baseload and gas top up. You can through a few renewables in I suppose that might reduce the amount of gas required if the peaks happened to align. I think that's an unduly pessimistic view of fusion. Progress in it appears to be accelerating quite rapidly. It won't come online in the short term but it I expect it within my lifetime at least (fingers crossed that I live an average lifetime that I'm roughly half way through). Better still just to not plaster everywhere in the wretched things, anyone who doesn't have a problem with the massive scale industrialisation of huge areas that a wind farm really is needs their head examining.
  3. It sounds like (as someone else has suggested) that if the pound's not falling against the Euro then it's more a case of the dollar becoming stronger than the pound getting weaker.
  4. No-one wants to believe they're on the side that's being murderous scum, which is why the propaganda machine is running full tilt in order to keep them believing that they're not. That's a big part of the point of propaganda, when people won't get behind what you're really up to. If they would there'd be no need for it. The amount of lying coming out of the Kremlin can only be because Putin fears Russians knowing and believing the truth (although I suppose there's a possibility that he's come to believe his own rhetoric too, which is always a problem when building yourself an echo chamber).
  5. I suppose we have to assume that a lot of Russians don't really agree with what's going on otherwise Putin wouldn't have to be piling up the propaganda and complete and utter nonsense to absurd levels for domestic consumption. He clearly doesn't want them to know what's really being done in their name.
  6. Oh there's no doubt that she played a big part in kicking it all off, but that's history now. There's been plenty of time to move on and change things. She's a big part of the history that lead to where we are now but she's not responsible for the situation *now*.
  7. Pretty much, which is why I don't use my real name anywhere (well other than personal emails) but don't go to any greater effort to hide. Another rather sad step further in to dystopia though. Never bothered with Twitter anyway.
  8. There's a question! I'm not sure what the rest of the world reaction to that would be either.
  9. No, but it would be extremely dangerous, unachievable, and wouldn't hurt those actually responsible anyway.
  10. As would everyone apart from Putin and his band of sycophants. I'd expect support from elsewhere for Ukraine would dry up if they ended up going for revenge.
  11. Still bloody worrying though and grossly irresponsible. Very much likely sabre rattling, trying to scare people off, but with someone off his rocker like Putin you never quite know. Any idea what the actual plan might be for Putin? Grab what he can by May 9th and hope he can persuade Ukraine to stop at that point, with those threats as the incentive to get Ukraine to agree?
  12. Still think it seems a bit crazy to start a second front against another country, although as was pointed out expecting logic from Putin's a bit much.
  13. When they're already having enough trouble with Ukraine? It would be a bloody stupid move indeed (not that that's stopped Russia so far).
  14. Trading one dystopian vision for another.
  15. That drop started before the end of free testing, and there's no sign of an obvious change in the rate that could be attributed to free testing. IMO that most likely indicates that the end of free testing has not had a sudden effect on the numbers, so it's quite hard / impossible to quantify how much of the current rate of change is due to the end of free testing and how much due to declining cases. Declining hospital admissions strongly suggest that a large proportion of the decline in detected cases is real, but it's hard to say how much. It will but in that particular case I'd be rather surprised if the number of people dying outside hospital is statistically significant. The point is that the number of people dying who get tested will not have changed by anywhere near as much as the wider population. The end of free testing and the continuation of automatic testing in hospitals (my assumption - does anyone know?) means that the percentage of tests likely to be positive has increased, the testing is actually now more targetted at people likely to have Covid.
  16. Anything Musk describes as a "future worth getting excited about" is probably a vision that makes me hope for an early grave.
  17. They won't suddenly plummet. There are a couple of possible reasons. Firstly even though free testing ended then plenty of people seem to have a stockpile of tests. So the level of testing will fade rather than fall instantly. The second possibility is that I'm guessing hospitals still test everyone who turns up anyway, and if most people die in hospital then they'll mostly be getting tested. It'll result in fewer (people who arrived in hospital today after a test four weeks ago), but not a massive sudden drop.
  18. Reminds me of their protest in Manchester where they were using diesel generators - their explanation was that they'd looked in to alternatives but they were too expensive. And still the penny hasn't dropped.
  19. Like it or not ultimately it is a necessity. The world is badly overpopulated, no matter how many people bury their heads in the sand about it. But there's no acceptable short-term solution to that problem, it's a long term one that has to come simply from people voluntarily having fewer children (which tends to be the case in better educated countries anyway, unfortunately we have those doing very nicely out of exploding population numbers trying their hardest to discredit it).
  20. And the plan is to do so by the end of the year. Don't make the mistake some other people have made, pretending that we can just stop instantly. People are incredibly impatient and all too frequently expect instant change with instant results, and that's never a realistic approach. Now whether or not the end of the year is too far out and unambitious a target I couldn't say, but all around phasing out as rapidly as possible rather than dropping completely right now doesn't really give Russia much more and makes it considerably less hassle for us. Germany, stuck with the consequences of its past mistakes, simply can't change as rapidly, no matter how much people whinge about them. So the question is whether or not it's making meaningful enough moves in that direction, not whether or not Germany is about to cripple itself.
  21. On this one I think the evidence was actually fairly convincing, if not conclusive. It all pointed towards Omicron being both more infectious but less serious. The more infectious part was taken very seriously, and the less serious part had certain people bending over backwards to dismiss by finding possible but to be honest not very probable explanations as to why it wouldn't be the same in the UK.
  22. It fits with him wanting to go out leaving some great legacy to Russia (instead of what he's actually leaving it) and not having all that much time. Not much point in having the switch if that's his goal.
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