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41) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1576553)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Spain: Ebola test drug out of supply worldwide

MADRID (AP) -- Doctors treating a Spanish priest who was repatriated from West Africa on Monday after being diagnosed with the Ebola virus said there were no samples of experimental drug ZMapp available in the world right now, and they were considering alternative treatments.44

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_SPAIN_EBOLA?SITE=MYPSP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-09-22-07-56-45

I can't say i'm surprised.

I'm working on an anti-malarial drug at the moment (i can't be too specific for IP reasons), and it takes me a week to produce 5 mg, sometimes longer.
Lab scale reactions are not good for producing quantities of drugs that can treat humans.
42) Message boards : Politics : Are humans born evil? (Message 1576540)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Does the Queen of Britain still have political Power?
Our King doesn't. 100 years ago since Kings and Queens had that.

In theory, the Queen has the ultimate authority over parliament, in practice she doesn't use it.
43) Message boards : Politics : Lump of rock or artwork? (Message 1576518)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I get back pain just looking at that sculpture!
44) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1576516)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I've invented an engine that runs entirely on compliments. To start it you stroke the manifold and tell it how nice its injectors look today.

Prove it you say, i have proved it, i just said it.

Clarification: The above is entirely sarcasm.
45) Message boards : Politics : Are humans born evil? (Message 1576512)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Gough Whitlam was dismissed by Governer-general Sir John Kerr, not by the Queen.

I know he acted as the Queen's representative, but they're recommended for appointment by the Prime Minister of Australia, in this case by Gough Whitlam the year previously.

The 1975 constitutional crisis was an entirely Australia-centric affair.
46) Message boards : Politics : Lump of rock or artwork? (Message 1576505)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile The Simonator
When it comes to the question of what defines a work as art, i'd answer it with a question.
"Does this need explaining?"

Examples:

Constable's The Haywain

This picture needs no explanation or justification as to what or why it is. This is art.

Man Ray's Cadeau

From the Tate website:
one of the famous icons of the surrealist movement. It consists of an everyday continental flat iron of the sort that had to be heated on a stove, transformed here into a non-functional, disturbing object by the addition of a single row of fourteen nails. The transformation of an item of ordinary domestic life into a strange, unnameable object with sadistic connotations exemplified the power of the object within dada and surrealism to escape the rule of logic and the conventional identification of words and objects.
That they felt the need to tack on an explanation shows this is not art.

True art speaks for itself.

That's my opinion anyway, you may now start throwing chairs.
47) Message boards : Politics : Lump of rock or artwork? (Message 1576504)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Pile of rocks.

Now if they redid the outer limestone layer, that might be art.

Well Erosion and several thousands years...

It just needed a bit of maintenance.
48) Message boards : Politics : Lump of rock or artwork? (Message 1574292)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Pile of rocks.

Now if they redid the outer limestone layer, that might be art.
49) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Jumbled word game (Message 1574265)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile The Simonator
How do you do that!!

I stare at it until the letters start to swim in front of my eyes, then it becomes clear.
50) Message boards : Politics : Should Scotland leave the UK? (Message 1574264)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile The Simonator
If that were near me i'd be tempted to go and modify it:

VOTE YES & NO VOTER'S TAMIFLU WILL BE SHOT!

Edit: Quick and naff Photoshop:
51) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1574239)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile The Simonator
...personally had no issues whatsoever updating my iPhone 4S via iTunes.

My sister used to have a 4S that she had no end of trouble with.

Especially Siri, it couldn't understand either of us.

She has a Galaxy S3 now and all is well.

Needing 5.8 gig of storage is ridiculous though, what the hell are they installing on there?
52) Message boards : Politics : Should Scotland leave the UK? (Message 1574230)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile The Simonator
In the Metro this morning there was a photo of some graffiti reading "No voters will be shot!"

Nice to know. Wasn't aware there may have been plans to shoot any voters, thanks for the reassurance.
53) Message boards : Politics : Should the west now send in the troops : ISIS & IRAN (Message 1574227)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Saw this story in the Metro this morning:



With that level of idiocy around, the sooner Isis is stamped out the better.
Or maybe we could just outlaw the congenitally stupid!

Edit: The image links to a larger version.
54) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 27/7/2014 (Message 1573904)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I just went to make a cup of tea, then threw the teabag in the sink and the spoon in the bin! I'm a clot!
55) Message boards : Politics : Lump of rock or artwork? (Message 1573828)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile The Simonator
My Volvo is limited to 125 mph (200 kph) as the 4-wheel drive system can't manage any quicker.
56) Message boards : Politics : Lump of rock or artwork? (Message 1573814)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Some have such cars to drive fast.
At least in germany.
If you ever drove 310 KP/H you will know what i`m talking about.
I`d prefer a Porsche tho.

That's 192 mph. Crikey!

Fastest i've ever driven was 120 mph down the straight at Croft racing circuit.
57) Message boards : Politics : Lump of rock or artwork? (Message 1573803)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Toy or a car used for transportation?

Both, but closer to the toy end of the scale.

Someone may commute in a Ferrari, but no-one buys a Ferrari to commute, you buy a diesel Ford Mondeo for that.

Edit: Correction, it is unlikely that someone would buy a Ferrari to commute. I realised after posting that a very few mad people might, one of my uncles for a start. (Ferrari 456)
58) Message boards : Politics : Should Scotland leave the UK? (Message 1573802)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Now I'm confused:) In order to be a member of NATO you must be a non-member
But Scotland (UK) is already a member.
If Think they have to stay in NATO until 2028.

The UK is a member of NATO, Scotland is a part of the UK.

If Scotland goes independent, they're no longer part of the UK and hence no longer a member of NATO.

Ergo, they would need to apply, but their application will only be accepted if agread by all existing members of NATO, which it probably won't be.
59) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Jumbled word game (Message 1573791)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Should I assume that was right?

Yes it was.
60) Message boards : Politics : Should Scotland leave the UK? (Message 1573788)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Scotland can only become a member of NATO if all current members (28 i believe) agree. Spain i feel is unlikely to agree as it'll give the Catalonians ideas.


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