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Current Events / Re: Another Mass Shooting
« Last post by Dave on Today at 08:34:50 AM »
And, my obvious Trumpetine prediction has come true - "The FBI failed to catch the killer because they spent too much time and effort trying to frame me!"

Not sure about the exact structure of the FBI but guessing that those two very different types of investigation, local/criminal and national/political, use rather different resource pools. But, who cares about that if the unthinking masses can be gathered to your side against those dastardly federal types by misrepresenting things? Politics, ennit?

It is also perverting tragedy for personal gain.
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: Reasons To Be Grumpy thread
« Last post by Dave on Today at 08:08:20 AM »
That wound in my mouth is still being a pain in the ass! Er, hang on, I mean . . .

Been four days now and still hurts to swallow and still a little blood, will seek an appointment for it if it's not improved my tomorrow. But a bit difficult to put a plaster or bandage in there . . .

No obvious swelling, no fever, not gastric upsets do I assume no infection. Age, being on anti-coagulants and aspirin and possibly a bit light on vitamin K does not help. Really cold "Indian" tonic water, with quinone, held in the mouth until it warms, seems to help.

Things like curry and oranges are no extra problem to eat but tomatoes are like a strong acid! Yikes!
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Science / Re: The decline of scientific research in America.
« Last post by Dave on Today at 07:42:17 AM »
Hermes, Chown mentions Io's behavior and explains it sufficiently well. 

Dave, I have S.P. Thompson's book.  I use it regularly.  He was an accomplished teacher and he does make calculus look easy.  I also have Lancelot Hogben's book: Mathematics For the Million.   The math student needs look no further than that book. It covers just about everything a serious student might need.

The Brits have been generous with their learned instruction over a long period of time.

Many of the most generous Brits have been Quakers. Something good in the ethos of that sect even if the practices sre not for the likes of us.
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: Should we talk about the weather?
« Last post by Dave on Today at 07:34:58 AM »
.... Left front foor unlocked, just in case that was only a starter. No aftershocks so far.

What's your address? I need a few things.

Ah, that's only the "street door" to the stairs, that needs a key to get it open! There are separate front foors to the flats that are more easily opened from the inside.  Seconds spent fiddling with keys can be important if your house is falling apart around you!

:)
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Current Events / Re: Another Mass Shooting
« Last post by Dave on Today at 07:28:46 AM »
I feel your dismay there, Icarus. As you imply using srmed guards (and bullet proof back-packs) are an admittance of defeat, of ignoring the only civilised solution.

There was a sound clip on the radio ss I was reading that, if a rally in Florids with the female speaker "calling BS" on all the excuses for lax gun control, with a chorus of the same phrase from the audience.

Now there is a gun apologist trying to justify keeping guns. "We have to make sure mentally ill and bad guys don''t get guns..." being part of the pattern. So do you subject every gun owner to regular psychological testing to make sure they are not in danger of flipping, are maybe harbouring a festering grudge about an imagined insult to their person? I think it takes a degree of inherent paranoia and/or aggressiveness to want to own firearms for any other use than purely sporting, just the sort of person who should not be allowed to own them.

The argument, "Maybe we should ban trucks as well since they have killed so many in the hands of terrorists..." was also voiced.
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Miscellaneous / Re: Microcomputers
« Last post by Dave on Today at 07:06:57 AM »
Dave, have you managed to solve the Bluetooth problem?

Not to my satisfaction. They claim the problem is in the Android app but it seems that iPad users have similar. You can download one program then you have to go through the whole pairing procedure again to load another. I gave up using Windows 10 machines with Bluetooth..

On my laptop I have to do as instructed, download the file via the online compiler then copy it to the Micro:bit via Fike Explorer. Strangely on my Windows tablet it downloads directly to the mubit. It can be saved on the computer for future use of course.

Still trying to get my head sround Java and Python - not quite as intuitive as BASIC and there is a desrth of explanations about the functions of brackets. One good little book ecplains what all the eords and some of the symbols means but seems to ignore brackets altogether.

Otherwise it is a cool tool as an intro and good as a way of introducing interfacing microcontrollers to external electtonics. Like a one transistor amplifier snd a 9v battery to drive a loudspeaker. I have made the competitive reaction time game for use at the Gadget Day. Then enhanced the basic code to add extra flashing lights, noises etc.

It is good fun but, in support of my voluntary function at the library, I have also spent a lot of time finding and listing links to useful sites for bits, projects, technical advice etc. Luckily we are not expected to be complete experts but to at least know where to look!
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I wanna know who the "fuck you" came from. I like their attitude.

Me too.
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Miscellaneous / Re: Microcomputers
« Last post by hermes2015 on Today at 04:23:18 AM »
Dave, have you managed to solve the Bluetooth problem?
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Laid Back Lounge / Re: Should we talk about the weather?
« Last post by hermes2015 on Today at 03:35:33 AM »
.... Left front foor unlocked, just in case that was only a starter. No aftershocks so far.

What's your address? I need a few things.
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I wanna know who the "fuck you" came from. I like their attitude.
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