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  1. - Power sector under fire for using massive diesel generators on wind farms - Whistleblower exposes environmental health and safety concerns - Diesel generators used for de-icing wind turbines for up to six hours a day - Windmills connected to fossil fuel supply due to grid fault - Technical faults and oil leaks from hydraulic units reported - Turbines drawing energy from the grid instead of producing it - Cabinet secretary highlights Scotland's offshore wind potential - Question raised about the evidence behind the 25% claim - Minister seeks more information for further discussion - Power sector faces scrutiny, confidence questioned
  2. It's the Swiss Army that amazes me. How they've managed to defend their country all these years armed only with little red penknives is beyond comprehension!
  3. Horrific mutilation! ... (Sorry if this upsets anyone but this forum does not allow spoilers in posts)
  4. https://twitter.com/MetroUK/status/1659495442801999873?s=20https://twitter.com/MetroUK/status/1659495442801999873?s=20https://twitter.com/MetroUK/status/1659495442801999873?s=20
  5. I asked a librarian if she had a book about Pavlov's dog and Schrodinger's cat... She said it rang a bell, but she wasn't sure if it was there or not!
  6. Tuesday Lobsang Rampa. Supposedly a plumber from Plympton in Devon named Cyril Henry Hoskins. That aside, I have owned and read many of Rampa's books from The Third Eye onwards and, although he may have been a bit of a charlatan, the books were a great read and were popular with many at the time. My opinion is that, even if the author and the stories are questionable, they fired up the imagination and prompted people to investigate things outside of their normal, humdrum lives. That can only be a positive.
  7. Ok, back to the main thread. I took a list of the top 100 baby boy names for 2022 and asked ChatGPT-4 to do some work on it. Here's the prompt ... list these names in alphabetical order, drawing a horizontal line after each letter group and ignoring the numbers: 1. Muhammad 2. Noah 3. Jack 4. Theo 5. Leo 6. Oliver 7. George 8. Ethan 9. Oscar 10. Arthur 11. Charlie 12. Freddie 13. Harry 14. Zayn 15. Alfie 16. Finley 17. Henry 18. Luca 19. Thomas 20. Aiden 21. Archie 22. Teddy 23. Lucas 24. Ryan 25. Kai 26. Liam 27. Jaxon 28. Louie 29. William 30. Jacob 31. Ali 32. Caleb 33. Isaac 34. Joshua 35. Jude 36. James 37. Jayden 38. Adam 39. Arlo 40. Daniel 41. Elijah 42. Max 43. Tommy 44. Ezra 45. Mason 46. Theodore 47. Roman 48. Dylan 49. Reuben 50. Albie 51. Alexander 52. Toby 53. Yusuf 54. Logan 55. Rory 56. Alex 57. Harrison 58. Kayden 59. Nathan 60. Ollie 61. Ayaan 62. Elliot 63. Ahmad 64. Kian 65. Samuel 66. Hudson 67. Jason 68. Myles 69. Rowan 70. Benjamin 71. Finn 72. Omar 73. Riley 74. Zachary 75. Brodie 76. Michael 77. Abdullah 78. Matthew 79. Sebastian 80. Hugo 81. Jesse 82. Junior 83. Oakley 84. Abdul 85. Eli 86. Grayson 87. Mateo 88. Reggie 89. Gabriel 90. Hunter 91. Levi 92. Ibrahim 93. Jasper 94. Syed 95. Zion 96. Luke 97. Seth 98. Aaron 99. Asher 100. Blake And this is the response ... Here is the list of names in alphabetical order, with a horizontal line after each letter group: Aaron Abdul Abdullah Adam Ahmad Aiden Albie Alex Alexander Ali Alfie Archie Arlo Arthur Asher Blake Brodie Caleb Charlie Daniel Dylan Eli Elijah Elliot Ethan Ezra Finn Finley Freddie Gabriel George Grayson Harrison Harry Henry Hugo Hunter Hudson Ibrahim Isaac Jasper Jason Jack Jaxon Jayden Jesse Jude Jacob Jack Kai Kayden Kian Levi Liam Logan Louie Lucas Luke Mason Mateo Matthew Max Michael Myles Muhammad Nathan Noah Oakley Ollie Omar Oliver Oscar Reggie Reuben Riley Roman Rory Rowan Ryan Samuel Sebastian Seth Syed Samuel Sebastian Seth Syed Teddy Theodore Thomas Theo Toby Tommy William Yusuf Zachary Zayn Zion Good so far! Another tweak of the prompt and we get this ... Here is the list of names in alphabetical order, grouped by the starting letter: A Aaron Abdul Abdullah Adam Aiden Ahmad Ayaan Albie Alex Alexander Alfie Archie Arlo Arthur Asher B Benjamin Blake Brodie C Caleb Charlie D Daniel Dylan E Eli Elijah Elliot Ethan Ezra F Finn Finley Freddie G Gabriel George Grayson H Harrison Harry Henry Hugo Hunter Hudson I Ibrahim Isaac J Jack Jackson Jacob James Jason Jasper Jayden Jesse Jaxon Jude Junior K Kai Kian L Levi Liam Logan Louie Luca Lucas Luke M Mason Mateo Matthew Michael Myles Muhammad N Nathan Noah O Oakley Oliver Omar Ollie Oscar R Reggie Reuben Riley Roman Rory Rowan Ryan S Samuel Sebastian Seth Syed Samuel Sebastian Seth Syed T Teddy Theo Theodore Thomas Toby Tommy W William Y Yusuf Z Zachary Zayn Zion It's really good at working with lists.
  8. 'Tories and Labour are two cheeks of the same arse!' Haha! Love it!
  9. Main Points (provided by ChatGPT-4 ) ... One baby died, and nine others were hospitalized due to an "unusual" cluster of heart infections in South Wales and southwest England. The World Health Organization reported a rise in severe myocarditis among newborns and infants between June 2022 and March 2023. Out of 15 affected babies, nine tested positive for an enterovirus, a common pathogen that can cause respiratory illness and other conditions. The prevalence of cases peaked in November, and the risk to public health remains low. The increase in myocarditis associated with enterovirus infections in newborns and infants is considered unusual. The UK Health Security Agency is investigating the situation in England to determine if similar cases have occurred. Paediatricians in England have been asked to review babies in intensive care to assess the presence of a broader outbreak. Experts believe further investigation is needed to determine the significance and potential long-term implications of the cluster. Welsh and English health officials are investigating whether the cases in both regions are linked. The investigation is similar to the UKHSA's previous inquiries into an unusual hepatitis outbreak in children, which was eventually traced to an adenovirus. Baby dies and nine more admitted to hospital in ‘unusual’ cluster of heart infections WHO warns of a surge in severe myocarditis – a potentially deadly inflammation of the heart – in south Wales and southwest England By Sarah Newey, Global Health Security Correspondent 17 May 2023 • 10:03am One baby died and a further nine were admitted to hospital in an “unusual” cluster of heart infections in south Wales and southwest England, according to health officials. Late on Tuesday night, the World Health Organisation said there had been a rise in severe myocarditis – a potentially deadly inflammation of the heart – in newborns and infants between June 2022 and March 2023. A total of 15 babies – 10 in Wales, five in England – presented with the condition during this period, the WHO said. Of these, nine tested positive for an enterovirus – a common pathogen which can cause respiratory illness, hand, foot and mouth disease, and viral meningitis. In very rare instances, young babies can develop myocarditis. The prevalence of cases in the UK peaked in November, the WHO said, adding that the risk to public health remains low. “The reported incident represents an increase in both the number and severity of enterovirus infections in infants under the age of one month,” the WHO said in Tuesday’s announcement. Only one case had been identified in Wales in the six years prior to 2022. Paediatric review of ICU babies “Although enterovirus infections are common in neonates and young infants, the reported increase in myocarditis with severe outcomes in neonates and infants associated with enterovirus infection is unusual,” the agency said. In the South Wales area, 10 babies received hospital treatment for enterovirus and myocarditis, one of whom died, Public Health Wales said earlier this month. All were aged under one month. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said a “higher than average number of cases” of enterovirus had been observed in “very young babies” in Wales over the autumn and winter months. Dr Shamez Ladhani, a consultant paediatrician at UKHSA, said officials were “investigating the situation in England to see if any similar cases have been observed here and whether there are any factors driving the increase in cases.” The Telegraph understands that paediatricians across England have been asked to review the babies in intensive care to determine whether there is a broader outbreak, as the UK does not have routine surveillance in place for enterovirus-linked myocarditis. Professor Paul Hunter, an expert in medicine at the University of Anglia, suggested there was no cause for concern. “The big problem with these types of cluster is knowing whether this represents a real change or a random clustering with little long term importance,” he said. “Most but not all apparent clusters do not go onto pose a consequential threat to public health. “Nevertheless, you cannot afford to assume that they will not progress and you have to investigate them.” ‘An extremely rare occurrence’ Dr Penny Ward, a visiting professor in pharmaceutical medicine at Kings College London, said health officials will investigate whether “there is a change in pathogenicity” of the enteroviruses found in the recent cases. She said it “is quite possible” that the uptick in myocarditis cases was driven by a “larger scale outbreak of enterovirus infections – as we have seen quite a number of viral infections increased in frequency since Covid became less of a problem, but as we do not routinely look for these viruses in the population at large it's difficult to know.” Welsh health officials are investigating whether the cases in Wales and England are linked, as they have emerged in two geographical clusters. At the start of May, the country’s health minister, Eluned Morgan, said doctors have been asked to consider whether babies presenting with sepsis – a life-threatening reaction to an infection – could have myocarditis, but stressed “this is still an extremely rare occurrence”. Experts say that a child may have sepsis if he or she: is breathing very fast; has a fit or convulsion; looks mottled or pale; is very lethargic or difficult to wake; and feels abnormally cold to touch. Parents should call 999 if their child is presenting with these symptoms. The current investigation into enteroviruses and myocarditis is similar to the UKHSA’s enquiries into an unusual hepatitis outbreak in children last year, which was eventually traced to an adenovirus.
  10. The main thread was supposed to be about AI. Anything else about data storage etc has nothing to do with the main title so would be best in a thread of its own.
  11. We should open a thread about this. It has swayed from the original topic!
  12. That is so true. I think possibly the worst thing to backup onto (and many people do) is an SSD. Yes, they're wonderful: small, low energy, and fast, but you get NO warning of when an SSD is about to fail, so there is NO chance of retrieving your data.
  13. Is it an external HDD and also disconnected (ie. USB lead unplugged)? You should only connect your external backup drive when you actually need to transfer files, and make sure you are disconnected from the internet. TOTALLY. If not, you may get a ransomeware attack that will destroy your backups. Unplug your drive again as soon as your file transfers are completed. I've accumulated Terabytes of data but, as I say, the important stuff that I never want to lose is kept on a handful of DVD's and an external drive.
  14. Believe me, hard drive crashes are more common than you think. Have you ever opened up a drive and seen how femor they are? (BTW, don't do that with a working drive! They're hermetically sealed and a speck of dust can make them inoperable). I've got DVD's from over 20 years ago that still work fine. You can always copy them onto new discs every so often if you're concerned about it. Remember, I only keep IMPORTANT info on these to limit the amount I need.
  15. The thing is, you can't live your life in constant fear. I've said and posted stuff for years that would incriminate me if they so wished. I can't let that worry me, and I can't turn back time, so I just carry on with my life enjoying what I can and passing on advice to my family.
  16. When I had an important HDD crash on me a couple of years back I tried everything I knew to retrieve the data, to no avail, so I took it to a good friend who owns a computer repair shop. It was complicated because the HDD was part of a RAID system so he had to ask another mate for a RAID board that matched mine. Luckily he got one and after 3 days managed to retrieve most of the important data. I asked him the best way to keep backups to stop this happening again. Of course he mentioned the cloud and external drives etc, but said the best way was to burn DVD's. They'd probably last the rest of my life and weren't prone to virus or ransomeware attacks. So a tip is to keep all of your verey, VERY, important files on DVD's (and duplicate those too for extra protection).
  17. In fact, to be honest, I don't have a lot of data that would interest them anywa, at least not enought that THEY would go to so much effort to steal it.
  18. All of my data is on external backups. Hard drives, thumb drives and DVD's. Anything I have in the so-called 'Cloud' is backed up on physical media too so, unless THEY knock on the door and take away my backups, then there's no other way they can lay their dirty paws on them. It's got nothing to do with AI. I also have hard copies of important stuff incase of blackouts or if the internet disappears.
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