Good Vaccine News

This isn't actually good news, it's fantastic news:

Here's the key fact: All five vaccines with public results have eliminated Covid-19 deaths.

...all five of the vaccines — from Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Novavax and Johnson & Johnson — look extremely good. Of the roughly 75,000 people who have received one of the five in a research trial, not a single person has died from Covid, and only a few people appear to have been hospitalized. None have remained hospitalized 28 days after receiving a shot.

Posted 2nd Feb 2021 @ 09:10

My thoughts on Sathnam Sanghera's episode of Ways To Change The World

I'd encourage any brit to go and listen to this episode. My own thoughts on Britain have changed a lot of the last few years and almost in line with how Sathnam describes his experience.

The Empire was always championed as a wonderful thing that Britain did for the world and yet do Brits really understand how the Empire came to be? To be the nation 'we' think we are, we need to do better and one of the first steps has to be confronting 'our' past.

Posted 1st Feb 2021 @ 19:49

CDC orders mask mandate for planes and public transportation

Good to see that America isn't ignoring the obvious anymore. It's a real shame that the UK hasn't officially mandated masks yet, almost a year into the pandemic.

A brief family walk to get some fresh air yesterday was quite surprising and disappointing for us as we were the only ones wearing masks. Both common sense and respect for each other are sorely lacking in this country.

Posted 1st Feb 2021 @ 18:18

Apple in 2020: The Six Colors report card

I've commented on the apparent lack of interest in the iPhone 12 Mini a few times since it launched but this point from Rene Ritchie is one we actually wrestled with before opting for a Mini and I had completely forgotten about it!

Rene Ritchie said, “Splitting low cost from small size with separate iPhone SE and iPhone 12 mini models is going to take a while to process, and 5G seems to be as much dead weight as accelerant right now, but overall the 12 series is a solid, steady update.”

Back when my wife's phone first had issues in the middle of the year, we held of buying until September and made do until then. Of course the phones were not available until later and the Mini itself even later still. The question was always do we go for the current iPhone SE (released early 2020, same spec as the iPhone 11 range internally but single camera and Touch ID), or an iPhone 12 model?

The price difference is huge, I mean the SE is almost half the price after all. We went with the iPhone 12 Mini so that we had the latest camera hardware, the phone should last a number of years (at least one more than the SE we would hope). But because the price saving was so significant it wasn't a straightforward choice at all. Combining the sales figures for the iPhone 12 Mini and the 2nd-gen iPhone SE could be a better indicator of the 'small phone' format's success.

Posted 1st Feb 2021 @ 13:40

Trust in science helps New Zealand avoid COVID-19 lockdown again

The evidence is clear, control the virus and you can get back to normal. Try to put it on an equal footing with the economy and you're doomed to a spiralling death count and repeat lockdowns.

This has been obvious from the beginning. Late to lockdown, still not enforcing the wearing of masks, forever changing tiers.

While I have confidence in the vaccine rollout, there's every chance the virus mutates enough to make it a temporary measure.

People need to grow up, care about others and we need this virus gone.

Well done, New Zealand ?

Posted 30th Jan 2021 @ 08:29

How effective were national responses to COVID-19?

Obviously, New Zealand are top but I'm surprised that the UK is as high as 66/94. The response has been catastrophic here and we're seeing death rates higher than most other nations. Even compared to the rest of Europe combined.

Posted 29th Jan 2021 @ 14:08

GM plans to end sales of gasoline powered cars by 2035

They also aim to be carbon-neutral by 2040.

By the numbers: GM said that tailpipe emissions account for 75% of its carbon footprint. The new pledge comes as the automaker has been speeding up rollout of new EVs, with a number of models hitting showrooms in the next several years.

The company plans to offer 30 all-electric models by the mid-2020s and says it's investing $27 billion over the next five years on electric and autonomous vehicle development.

Posted 29th Jan 2021 @ 11:53

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