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  1. You are right Monsieur Crutch, the issue is that I do not believe the electricity doing Bitcoin mining operations is usefully employed for human society. To be clear, I consider many banking activities to be a complete waste of energy too. However they are not, as far as I know, deliberately wasting energy.
  2. I hope you consider how much oil you waste... which is way more valuable than electricity. Yes, fossil fuel usage does concern me. This is why I am, after looking into it, anti-Bitcoin. It is quite simply the largest waste of fossil fuel burning in the world at present. Other industries may use more, but at least they produce something useful.
  3. I would imagine most industrial estates all across this country do more damage in terms of consuming electricity than the whole bitcoin mining operation... Mr Pig, I am afraid you are out by orders of magnitude. Bitcoin mining is currently using the same amount of electrical energy as a medium sized country, say Argentina or The Netherlands.
  4. And it is not as if they do not have better things to spend it on right now.
  5. If this happens as advertised, then it will be another dreadful abuse of power by this current Big Government nightmare. in effect it will mean that my (tax) money is being spent by the government against my will on something that is directly opposed to my best interests and those of my family and friends. it should be illegal in any sane society.
  6. Have fun getting hot. Other industries that use similar levels of TWhs of electricity are doing something useful for our society. The few that are not, would also not get my support. I have tried to find value in the Bitcoin mining process but cannot - remain to be convinced though! I do not buy the “some of it is renewable” argument. It is a bit like the “some of the BEV electricity is not renewable” argument: true, but not relevant. We all make decisions on what we support based upon what we think is important. I include a view on their net value to society, and for me, Bitcoin is negative. I will stay poor.
  7. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2021/feb/25/why-bitcoin-is-so-bad-for-the-planet-video-explainer I recognise this will not be popular here, but hopefully there will be a continued drop in Bitcoin price until mining ceases.
  8. I have been to the Faroes many times with work. Lovely place. Eat fish. Drink like fish too. My memory is that it was quite similar to the U.K. in that there were supporters of EU membership in both the large parties. They were generally seen as cranks by the locals though, with EU membership (and Euro currency) only really seen positively as a way of getting independence from Denmark.
  9. Ah! And I thought the pissing competition was between the BJ Brexiter government and the European Commission! My mistake!
  10. I do not think this is seen as “extended testing”, more a way of identifying students who have the virus before they enter the classroom and isolating them in order to allow the school to start the term virus free. It will serve no purpose at all once the “numbers of potentially vulnerable are right down“ and will presumably be stopped.
  11. I think you have misunderstood. The testing is going ahead in secondary schools already for keyworker and at risk students. However, the tests are optional, not compulsory. And they are self-administered by students. There is certainly no way I would support “medically untrained adults inserting things into the nasal/oral orifices of children” and I doubt anyone else would either. I agree with you though, even doing the tests themselves will no doubt be distressing to some students I cannot agree with your comment that this disease has no impact on Children. In my experience they have been affected by this pandemic more than any other group other than over 80s and those medically shielding.
  12. I listened to a podcast on TWIV nearly a year ago and they pointed out that all the clever Western vaccines that were being developed were targeting the spike protein only. They likened it to having “all your eggs in the same basket”. I think it is worth pointing out that although by funding early, the U.K. government has perhaps done a bit better than the EU commission on this one, it is likely the Chinese Sinovac vaccine being given to African countries, and the Russian Sputnik 5 being given to Palestinians that will be seen as the “best global actors” by those outside the Western Democratic bubble.
  13. Hmm. Mr Whitty is proposing a staggered return to schools where pupils are tested before returning to the classroom to potentially spread disease. My understanding is that he is against the plan being pushed by BJ that all pupils return to school on day 1 (March 8th) and go straight in to classrooms without the school having the opportunity to test them all first. To be clear, schools have been given the materials and have the space to set up clinics that should be able to test about 60 students and teachers per hour. This equates to testing one school year per day. To test all teachers and students twice before classroom schooling recommences will take about 3 weeks. I know which of the above approaches i think is misguided, and potentially even evil. Hint: it is not Mr Whitty.
  14. Sorry. I do not think this is fair. PCR tests that are negative to beyond 35 cycles are thought to be dominantly from people who are not infectious and do not harbour significant viable virus. Yes, they have had close contact with viral material, but no, most of them are not ill (and are not shedding virus). If your definition of “positive” for CoVid is actively being ill with the disease (which was certainly the definition at least until CoVid started), then many high cycle PCR tests will indeed provide “false positive” test results at high cycle and actually be representing people who have had recent contact with the virus, rather than actively have disease. Even your source says this. This might be why the ONS community survey decline since the start of 2021 lock down has significantly lagged the daily Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 results (the latter being dominated by new instances of disease, whilst the former also catching the tail end of illness in some tests, and close contact without illness in some tests, as well as those with genuine disease). Fauci was I believe stating this difference between finding traces of viral material, and active illness. He may not have said it eloquently, but he was not “dead wrong”.
  15. Perhaps “the guidelines” we are following are based on how flu is transmitted, rather than how CoVid is transmitted? The mantra of washing surfaces with antiviral spray and regularly washing hands (to stop transmission by fomites) and keeping 6 feet away from each other (to stop transmission by droplets from a cough or sneeze) is classically for influenza. As we learn more about CoVid it seems clearer that it transmits most by aerosols and that, actually, just being in a room for long enough with a person who is shedding virus will do it, regardless of whether people are following the social distancing rules.
  16. psychology noun the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour in a given context. There speaks a Physicist perhaps?
  17. The inflation party was a bit boring to start with, so they opened up the free bar. Unfortunately, as well as getting a pint at the free bar, most of the party goers also bought a bottle of whisky for later. 🥃. By the time the free bar is closed, the post-party inflation hangover will be a certainty.
  18. Ah, sorry, hadn't spotted the sarcasm, thought you were coming from the vaccine panic and suspicion direction (I can't always remember who's who with that view on here, one or two rather obvious cases aside). No. I will definitely be taking a vaccine when my time comes around over the summer. This is not because I am at significant risk of death 💀 from the virus (relatively young and relatively healthy) but because we need to stamp on this virus as quickly as we can to limit risk of further mutations before winter 2021. However, I do believe we are in an evolutionary “race” with SARS-COVID-2. Lockdowns with schools/colleges open may give evolutionary advantage to variants that spread more easily in younger cohorts. Repeated convalescent plasma treatments given to immunocompromised individuals may give advantage to variants that are less susceptible to tagging by the particular antibodies in the plasma. And, yes, vaccination will also potentially lead to selective pressures on the viral genome. Incidentally, we will “win” this evolutionary race, I just want us to do so in a way that minimises future deaths and risk.
  19. Almost sounds like places where lots of trials are going on will have lots of closer investigation and analysis of cases. Indeed. Correlation is not causality.
  20. Not sure. Before FDA / MHRA approval for use and mass vaccination yes, but many hundreds of thousands vaccinated in trails before this. And the two most reported “vaccine dodging” mutations have come from Brazil and South Africa. These are two of the main test sites for vaccines before Approval.... might be coincidence I guess.
  21. Not sure. Before FDA / MHRA approval for use and mass vaccination yes, but many hundreds of thousands vaccinated in trails before this.
  22. The BOE has printed 450 billion pounds over the past year. I think that's between fifteen and twenty percent of all economic activity. Spot on. And in my view this has to be added to the 9.9% decline recorded despite this stimulus for us to see the complete effects of CoVid (and Brexit). We will eventually accept that Economic activity went down by 1/4, and I do not expect that to all be recovered in a hurry.
  23. Yep. Painful for many, not necessarily easy to justify as "fair", and probably not remotely a goer from a popularity viewpoint. However, I still think this is a valid disincentive for wasteful use of land and property (such as second homes and single occupiers of large detached houses). I also believe it will provide benefit by allowing easier mobility of labour and better allocation of wealth to more productive assets. I also think it will natually limit property prices.
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