@SDF Email sent from mastodon.sdf.org in response to a notification arrives with the From address 'notifications@localhost' where they used to be from 'mastodon@mastodon.sdf.org'.

Makes filtering them a bit difficult πŸ˜‰

@Ahuka Just been listening to TWiV where they were talking about the potential vaccine(s). They pointed out (as have others) that a vaccine may give 'sterilising immunity' meaning you can't catch COVID-19 again, or it'll give disease prevention meaning you can catch it but it will be very mild. Trouble is there's a likelihood that people with a mild case will be just as dangerous to others as people with the full disease since they'll be shedding virus. Masks will then continue to be needed!

@Ahuka A clever bit of science communication regarding the effectiveness of masks in relation to COVID in particular: youtube.com/watch?v=Y47t9qLc9I

@Ahuka Listening to TWiV 658 where they discuss the paper that followed the HongKong SARS-CoV-2 reinfection case that the news media were treating as apocalyptic. The TWiV team were much more rational in their analysis I thought. It's a case of protective immunity (mild symptoms) not sterilising immunity (complete eradication of the virus). I'd settle for that from the vaccine!

Can we please, please – PLEASE! not make the nonsensical US date format month/day/year the default in applications? πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ


And to all users of that format: it makes no sense, it's counter-intuitive, it makes collaboration frustrating, it introduces inconsistencies and errors... Just stop. Please. Use international standards.
(And don't get me started on your other units of weights, volumes and distances. Bloody hell.)

Boost if I'm right.

My son's away this week and he's let me borrow his Elecom Huge trackball because I was wondering if should buy one. An interesting device. Very different from the Logitech gaming mouse I usually use and initially pretty difficult to get used to!

@Ahuka Another YT channel I have found useful during the pandemic has been Dr John Campbell's. He produces a lot of output! His latest looks at some papers which show very strongly that immunity to SARS-Cov-2 is likely to be persistent, and that vaccines should be effective. youtube.com/watch?v=D5Z6wdu1eI

Very sad to hear that Julian Bream, the classical guitarist, died yesterday at the age of 87.


@Ahuka Apropos TWiV, you should listen to episode 640 with Michael Mina if you haven't yet done so. He has a testing proposal (a dipstick test using a monoclonal antibody) that could be cheap to make and easy to deploy without being a specialist. It doesn't have to be as accurate as a PCR test if you can do a test a day or every other day and it could be much faster.

@chalkahlom2 Hi! Not seen you on Mastodon for a while - though that could be because I haven't been on much myself! Hope all is well.

@archer72 Thanks for sending in a show to . Unfortunately there's no media attached. Can you email it in perhaps?

@thaj Hey man! Thanks for being the "Tag Warrior" on the NY show. Much appreciated πŸ‘ πŸ˜‰

@claudiom I'm just listening to the HPR New Year show number 4 where you mention that you're preparing tags for your shows 672 and 722. I don't seem to have received them. Did you manage to finish them and send them in, or was there a problem?


Apparently the Scottish Government have committed to "ensure that all premises across Scotland can have access to superfast speeds by 2021." I live in Edinburgh on the edge of the city, have an ADSL connection (pretty good, though only 18mbps at best). Most of Edinburgh, even the people up the hill from me have "Fibre to the Cabinet" but I can't get any sort of higher speed, nor any commitment to provide it. I could use Virgin Media's cable but then I don't have any choice of ISP.

@timttmy FYI many of the HPR people at are chatting on Telegram. Some of those who aren't there too!

@elmussol By the by, I think that mail to you from the HPR mailing list is bouncing. Local delivery agent failure

@clacke You wouldn't happen to be going to FOSDEM 2020 would you? We're running a "Free Culture Podcasts" stand on the Sunday.
[Hope this address is correct! Had a "senior moment" sending this earlier]

Levelled up by achieving septuagenarian status today. On my way to the octogenarian level next if all goes well πŸ˜‚

Cooked a vegetarian haggis tonight for dinner for my daughter and I. Not a brand I'd seen before "Simon Howie", but I thought it tasted pretty good.
Reading the ingredient list (afterwards) I notice it contains *palm oil*, a well-known Scottish product.
I feel like a jungle burner and orang-utan murderer now 😭

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