Gaz

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  • My, very uninformed guess would be that someone who starts off as a total couch potato will improve more than a trained athlete over the same timescale.

  • Gaz replied to the topic Free iWatches for coronavirus? in the forum Banter 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    My intuition is that the way people think they will react now is not the same as how they will actually react when they start seeing people they know die or get put in intensive care for a month. They just said they are asking funeral directors to make preparations to run the crematoria 24/7. In my mind that kind of death rate is 100x more…[Read more]

  • Gaz replied to the topic Free iWatches for coronavirus? in the forum Banter 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    My guess is that this “something like this is going to happen anyway”, is wrong. I don’t think you’ll live to see a government mandating the wearing of health monitors.

    The Chinese will do it. They have already going a long way along that path with their phone app.

    The Chinese approach seems to be working better than what anybody else is doing…[Read more]

  • Gaz replied to the topic Free iWatches for coronavirus? in the forum Banter 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    No, I don’t want the government spying on me but:

    a. To a large extent that ship has already sailed. Knowing my location isn’t personal data I’d worry that much about. They’d just see me working at home, walking in the park and taking my kids to/from school.

    b. I would prefer a virtual quarantine with a watch to a blanket ‘don’t go outside…[Read more]

  • Gaz replied to the topic Free iWatches for coronavirus? in the forum Banter 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    No, not tongue in cheek. It looks like a technically practical thing to do and China is already moving in that direction.

    Absolutely, it is open to abuse but the potential upside of not having coronavirus, flu and possibly other diseases like the cold circulating every year is massive.

  • Gaz replied to the topic Free iWatches for coronavirus? in the forum Banter 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    It wouldn’t work unless the army went on the streets everywhere in the world at exactly the same time. Otherwise you’d just get reinfected from another country just like is happening now.

    The smartwatch thing could stay in force for a year or longer without shutting down the whole economy, immediately suppressing any new infections before they…[Read more]

  • Gaz replied to the topic Free iWatches for coronavirus? in the forum Banter 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    That’s a simplistic response.

    Right now according to Angela Merkel the expectation is about 70% of people will eventually catch coronavirus.

    If you shut it down immediately by detecting people who have got it before they start spreading it and/or tracing all their contacts with near 100% effectiveness that wouldn’t happen. Hardly anyone would…[Read more]

  • In China they have a phone app which tracks people in some way and you need to show the screen to get into buildings. No entry unless you’ve got a green tick from the government ‘big data’ software behind the scenes.

    If we wanted we could do something far more comprehensive. The new UWB chips in things like recent iPhones can locate each other…[Read more]