• PeterJ @PeterJ Slough updated 2 days ago
    This should be sounding alarm bells for the community, not just in the Slough-Eton-Windsor area, but nationally. Eton College were ahead of the game in March 2020 when they closed down weeks ahead of government instruction for state schools to do the same. Cases of Covid are still rocketing in this country, 45,000 last Thursday alone -- that's 45,000 new cases in one day -- with 800 hospitalisations, and 100 deaths, per day. The UK tops the league tables for Covid, and that's not a great place to be. (Why is the government still pretending that all is hunky-dory?) https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/eton-college-covid-lockdown-students-b960669.html
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  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough updated 3 days ago
    ...inside the box, Schrödinger's cat plans its revenge.
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  • I took these photos in August, so I hope it's still there. Someone put a great deal of time and love into making this. (Just by the doctor's surgery in Stoke Poges.)
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough updated 8 days ago
    Just found this new Wikipedia article. Yes, the John Oliver in the title is the British-American comedian who has a late-night show on US television! It's a short but amusing read. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Oliver_Memorial_Sewer_Plant
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  • This is a revealing (non techy) article about long distance Internet data traffic, who owns the cables, and why. Useful general knowledge for the tech-minded. https://www.wired.co.uk/article/facebook-google-subsea-cables
  • This is an interesting article, posted by SLBroadcast from The Entrepeneur loop, but the summary presented is too short and doesn't really make sense. The full summary presents a much more compelling reason to read the article. The full summary is: "The linearity and pragmatism of technology and operations professionals seem diametrically opposed to the abstract thinking and future-focus of entrepreneurs. But the opposition makes them uniquely suited to high-achieving collaboration." Just wondering if it is Scooploop's processing, or the length of the text presented by the source page, that truncates the summary excessively. (Ignore the additional truncation of the internal link text below (that's not the issue!) and follow the link.) https://www.scooploop.com/thread/why-entrepreneurs-and-tech-ops-professionals-make-a-powerful-team
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough updated 11 days ago
    Apparently, Microsoft have been a bit naughty, again, and Windows 11 is unhelpful if you want to use a browser other than MS Edge. This Article was presented to me today and is straight forward to follow, so I thought it would be helpful for others. (The process isn't difficult, but it is tedious.) I haven't needed this myself yet, but here it is for when we do. https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-change-your-browser-in-windows-11/
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  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough updated 12 days ago
    Cartoon for German national day, 3 Oct, marking unification of East & West Germany, 1990: Travel agent to customers: “For the Day of Unity we recommend trips to empty British supermarkets, so that you can get that feeling of being in East Germany again”. (Courtesy of Andrew Levi on Twitter.) 🇩🇪
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  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough updated 13 days ago
    Not sure this even counts as satire, feels like more than a grain of truth is hidden within.
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  • Volunteers will be meeting this Sunday morning (3rd October) for the monthly clean-up along parts of the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal. This month is slightly different as one work party will be litter-picking, and a second work party will be attending to the two pollinator patches and planting new flowers. The Friends of Slough Canal organise themselves through a group on Facebook -- follow the links for more information. FoSC FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/191327457654862 Tidy-up: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=4533176480100589&set=gm.4288295267958040
  • Seeing that post about Steve 'n' Seagulls reminded me of this wonderful old clip! (Posted to YouTube twelve years ago!) https://youtu.be/pDHzK3Xe7Yw
  • For posts prior to 10th September 2021 (especially those by Slough Borough Council, @SloughBC) please visit the Local Loop for Burnham. (By a strange quirk of the recent location database upgrade, Slough residents were all transposed to Burnham! Enquiries are continuing to see if this problem can be resolved.) https://www.scooploop.com/loops/burnham
  • I think this area covers what used to be called 'Myrke'. There's also a loop for Slough, of course, which is more likely where I will be posting.
  • We have our own Local Loop now.
  • There's a new Scooploop event for Photo London, a photography festival at Somerset house from tomorrow until the weekend. Just posting here in case anyone is interested, or wished to share it with the photography loop. https://www.scooploop.com/thread/photo-london-photography-festival
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough updated 1 month ago
    Posted from android, although that shouldn't make any difference. Just wondering if menu is working on my post...?
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  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough updated 1 month ago
    I would like to recommend a new medical news feed in the "Public Notices" loop. A GP in Burnham collates a weekly email for his patients covering the major medical news stories from the past week, and a copy is being posted on Scooploop I think it's a useful read, and among other things, provides a helpful overview of the continually changing topics of Covid-19 and vaccination. https://www.scooploop.com/thread/this-weeks-message-from-the-doctor
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  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough updated 1 month ago
    I would like to recommend the new medical news feed Derek has sourced for the loop "Public Notices". A GP in Burnham, Bucks, collates a weekly email for his patients covering the major medical news stories from the past week. Derek receives a copy and is now posting it, for the wider community, in Public Notices. I think it's a useful read, and among other things, provides a helpful overview of the continually changing topics of Covid-19 and vaccination. https://www.scooploop.com/thread/this-weeks-message-from-the-doctor
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  • Reminded in another thread of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, this is a timeless example of how talented they were (and still are, as the Blockheads have continued touring since Dury's death in 2000). Lovely guitar work, both lead and bass; real drumming, soaring sax and great keyboard, all blending into a mellifluous, multi-layered backdrop for Dury's expertly crafted lyrics -- and you can hear every, single, word. Can't get tired of this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmopROxBnBU
  • Shared by a friend on Facebook, and too good to not share here! (You may need to click on the photo to see the caption.)
  • I know this is another engineering discipline, but I think we can sympathise with the UPS maintenance engineers in the following... (Found on Facebook.) . After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a "gripe sheet" which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots ("P") and solutions recorded ("S") by maintenance engineers: P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement. S: Almost replaced left inside main tire. P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough. S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft. P: Something loose in cockpit S: Something tightened in cockpit P: Dead bugs on windshield. S: Live bugs on back-order. P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground. P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear. S: Evidence removed. P: DME volume unbelievably loud. S: DME volume set to more believable level. P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick. S: That's what friction locks are for. P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode. S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode. P: Suspected crack in windshield. S: Suspect you're right. P: Number 3 engine missing. S: Engine found on right wing after brief search. P: Aircraft handles funny. S: Aircraft warned to: straighten up, fly right, and be serious. P: Target radar hums. S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics. P: Mouse in cockpit. S: Cat installed. P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer. S: Took hammer away from midget
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough updated 2 months ago
    This SL page is from the BBC News feed. It is an important read for anyone who has not heard the term 'incel', or has but hasn't realised what it means or its growing importance. This was ultimately the motivation behind the Plymouth shooting. https://www.scooploop.com/thread/incels-a-new-terror-threat-to-the-uk
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  • Slough Town FC completed their pre-season in grand style at Arbour Park, on Tuesday evening, against a team from Premier League side Arsenal. A capacity crowd watched the National League South side take on a young squad packed with stars of the future in a friendly match. Slough Town dominated the first half, with two goals from newly-signed striker Tom Derry in the first 15 minutes. Further chances for Slough could have seen them four or five ahead at half time. Arsenal rallied in the second half and had several chances themselves, but could not break down Slough's defences, nor the arms of new 'keeper Jonathan North. Final score: Slough Town FC 2 -- 0 Arsenal XI A scoreline to delight any Slough Town fan! The first match of the 2021-22 season takes place at Arbour Park on Saturday 14th August against Chelmsford City. Match highlights from FC Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2Pls1LQUqY Official match report: https://sloughtownfc.net/reports/5437
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough updated 2 months ago
    I just bumped into a report I made that certain phrases were still having problems, but I think they are OK now. SO here is a post to test them: -- A&E-- M&S-- B&M-- O&K
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  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough updated 2 months ago
    That has to be one of the most iconic images to ever appear on an album cover. Good choice!
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  • (Posting on behalf of Slough & Windsor Railway Society) Experience John Coke's unique style of auctioneering, join in the witty banter, and bag yourself a bargain, or ten... Yes! It's nearly time for the legendary SWRS Auction!! (raising money towards the upkeep of our steam locomotive 'Slough Estates No.3'). So, dig through your cupboards, lofts and shelves for any spare railwayana, unwanted Christmas presents, and all those other things you never use. Bring it along on the night, for us to sell... ...and don't forget your wallet: we need you to buy things as well! For more details about the auction, what to bring, etc, please see: http://www.swrs.co.uk/swrsweb/html/special_events.html#swrs_auction Details of how to get to The Manor (we don't have our own postcode!): http://www.swrs.co.uk/swrsweb/html/location.html
  • In a way the meaning is obvious: a jumble, an assortment, a collection of disparate things. But what is the origin of the phrase 'a mixed bag'? (I haven't tried an online search. I thought someone might like to share their knowledge!)
  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough updated 3 months ago
    Simon & Garfunkel's classic "The Sound of Silence" is one of those songs that you cannot imagine anyone covering, at least, not in a way that's a patch on the original. This stunning cover, however, is sufficiently different to be able to stand alongside the original masterpiece, but more than good enough to establish a reputation of its own. (Don't be put off by the thumbnail! The singer, David Draiman, has an incredible voice.) Disturbed - The Sound Of Silence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4
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  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough updated 3 months ago
    I like getting a notification that someone has reacted to one of my comments, but wouldn't it be quicker if you could see their reaction (icon) in the notification? I know this wouldn't help all of the time, but it would mean you didn't have to keep revisiting the thread (and locating the comment) to find out what each reaction was. Something along the lines of: [@User] reacted 👏 to your comment [comment...] on [thread...] and [@User] (💖 ) and [n] others reacted to your comment [comment...] on [thread...] The first one is a bit more natural-flowing than the second, which is necessarily more clunky to avoid giving misinformation (people's reactions may have been different). I am not suggesting removing the hyperlink to the reacted comment -- you may not remember which it was from the text snippet -- but on a busy thread, where there are comments, sub-threads, replies and reactions galore, it would be quicker if you don't have to click on every notification.
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  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough updated 4 months ago
    I may well have reported this bug before, but it's still happening... If I type the abbreviation for "accident and emergency" (A & E) in a comment, without using spaces either side of '&'.... Then on posting, the system removes the '&' and everything following, leaving just 'A'. Now I'm sure that it applies to other words and abbreviations, but it can be very difficult to spot during proof reading!
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  • PeterJ @PeterJ Slough updated 8 months ago
    Summary: notification takes you to incomplete thread. Today I followed an Android notification to a comment on a group thread I had previously contributed to. I immediately replied to that comment, but on refreshing, discovered that about five further comments had been made in the meantime. (I don't mean added while I was writing, they had already been posted, but were not displayed.) Following another Android notification to the same thread, I found the same problem. The comment to which the notification applied appeared as the last comment in the thread, with subsequent comments (such as the one I had just written) hidden from view. The behaviour I expect is to be taken to the specific comment, but viewed within the entire thread -- ie I should be able to see any comments posted subsequently so that I know the discussion has moved on. [Update: appears to happen on iPhone app too (see comment below). Don't know about website.]
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