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General Discussion Area / Brexit Interlude 2
« on: 11 December 2018, 13:22:52 »
I was watching more interminable procrastination on the News when I spotted a bus drive by with a slogan which read as follows:

'dangle berries' to Brexit

Hadto google in case I was mistaken. I wasnt!  Is it partof a fleet with close to the knuckle slogans? I-bet th forum censor doesnt like it.

Yes the forum censor burst into action. The real word is similar to bullocks

General Car Chat / VW sat nav update
« on: 10 December 2018, 15:00:37 »
I have decided to update my Europe maps on the sat nav.

Three possibilities

1. Download the 24 gb file from VW website onto an SD card

2. Buy from VW dealer the update and SD card(with VW logo) 111 euros/£100

3. Ebay from Latvia VW logo'd SD card with update. about £30

Decisions decisions...... :-\ :-\ :-\

General Discussion Area / French Yellow Jackets
« on: 08 December 2018, 07:54:53 »
Anyone following these protesters?

No leader. They succeeded in gettting Macron to back down over fuel prices but they continue rioting and protesting. Will Macron resign?

Students now protesting.

Macron - for the rich?

It would be easy to dismiss the protests as “The French”.  Could the same happen in Britain post 29 March? Could the French yellow jackets get a leader and become a political party?

General Discussion Area / HMS Belfast ch5 wed night
« on: 04 December 2018, 12:36:57 »
Heads up, looks an interesting programme. 9 p.m.

Some years ago, I took my dad down to have a look around before having an old schoolboy reunion lunch

General Discussion Area / any mobile telecoms infrastructure techies?
« on: 30 November 2018, 13:58:32 »
I currently have limited Internet.  20Gb a month via satellite and the same via a 3g UK sim in a MiFi on roaming.

The only technology available here to give us unlimited is 3G (soon to be 4G) from in effect a wall mounted MiFi and a router. This is their rural equivalent of their fibre offering. It claims to be adequate for streaming TV . Apart from the 20Gb a month cap on the 3G roaming SIM, it streams but at peak times the service drops to nil. So four times a day when the schools convene or break up, four times a day for rush hour plus around 11p.m. at night. This happens regardless of what you are using the Internet for.

My question is to anyone who knows,   Do the Telcos set their unlimited 3G contention ( I think that is the technical term) differently to say a SIM in one of their mobile phones. By the same token I would expect a roaming service such as ours from another countries Telco to have the worst contention of all at busy times.  Anyone know?

General Discussion Area / Ukraine/Russia
« on: 30 November 2018, 09:40:25 »
Should we be concerned?

Will it just end with a bit more land grab? In this case the waters of the Sea of Asimov.

General Discussion Area / One for Migv6
« on: 25 November 2018, 21:39:40 »
And anyoneelsethat enjoys F1.

Cracking race. Some good drives. Bodes well for next year. Cant wait to see Leclerc in action. Not so sure about Gasly. I think he will struggle against Max.

General Car Chat / Twin engined cars
« on: 20 November 2018, 11:55:16 »

Interesting. I think there were a few twin engine mini rallycross cars.  I dare say rule changes put an end to them.

Anyone ever come across a twin engine car or better got one in their barn ;D?

General Car Chat / Car mileage clocking
« on: 17 November 2018, 09:58:28 »
One in 16 vehicles checked now has a mileage discrepancy, which means there could be 2.3 million clocked and potentially dangerous cars on UK roads, the LGA said.

How can the clockers get away with this when MOT records the mileage? Is it new vehicles before their MOT or systematic clocking e.g. every six months go in for a reduction with presumably a record being kept? Potentially dangerous? I guess in extreme cases the services would have been missed as not "due" yet!

As an aside I remember once trying it with a black and decker drill on a car in the early seventies that was probably 15 years old. The idea was to get it back to zero. I soon gave up.

Here is a newspaper article to the problem.

General Discussion Area / Nationalism good or bad?
« on: 12 November 2018, 10:34:59 »
There has been a lot in the media these last few days about nationalism. Macron rejected nationalism on Armistice day.

Here is the latest.

What is so wrong with nationalism ? People have always identified with their village, their country's football club, their county and so on.

I suspect it doesn't fit the globalisation or federal Europe agendas.

General Discussion Area / Brazil F1 might contain spoilers
« on: 11 November 2018, 10:39:48 »
I enjoyed quali.

Got to say I was surprised the stewards didn't penalise Hamilton for being in the way of a faster car(s). They were both on out laps so it was OK?

Vettels incident with the weighbridge was bizarre. The fellow operating it looked like a Mexican just emerging from his siesta and not someone switched on. It was a crucial moment for Ferarri. I know the stewards can and do bring folk in randomly for obvious anti cheating reasons but I had some sympathy with Vettel. Not sure what he was doing when it came to time to go though. ;D

There I never thought I would say something agin Lewis and For Seb in one post.

Bring on the race at daft o'clock tonight

General Discussion Area / Macron
« on: 08 November 2018, 08:55:37 »
I see he is trying to drum up support as his popularity falls.

Renewed push for an EU army.

Paying homage to Marshall Petain.  Nazi collaborator and that he died in prison seem to count for nought!

General Car Chat / Start stop Ford Fiesta
« on: 04 November 2018, 16:48:18 »
My dad has a new ( well it now has approx. 10 months on it) Ford Fiesta 1.1 manual. Lots of short journeys of up to five miles at a time. He has the air con on, heated windscreen, heated seat and heated steering wheel and why not.

The stop start has stopped working . Took it back to the dealer and they fobbed him off with thermo something or other. Now I could understand a car having an override if the outside temp is cold and you have the heating on and you haven't gone very far for the override to say " disable stop start until....

However  a quick search of the Internet shows up multiple other folk having similar problems.

I suspect his battery, whilst man enough to always start the car, may be struggling to provide the right voltage for electronic kit like Stop Start. Does that sound reasonable?

Like I have always thought these gadget rich cars will be a nightmare in ten years time

General Discussion Area / Robot package delivery Milton Keynes
« on: 01 November 2018, 00:02:35 »
Starting soon in Milton Keynes. You have your package sent to the depot and For £8 a month you can have unlimited deliveries

What could possibly go wrong! Let's see the robot could get stuck in a puddle, ice patch, fall over on a slope, be kidnapped ............ Run over by a real delivery truck that didn't see it, couldn't get up onto pavement as no dropped kerb. Contents could stolen. No one in when it gets there.

More info on the BBQ website. I dare say they will have teething problems but one day it will all be done by drones or robots.

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