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General Discussion Area / Re: Useless shower
« on: 28 June 2018, 11:19:24 »
As I understand it Carilion was going to be heavily involved in the HS2 project, so given what has happened to them it is not surprising there has been a rethink of who will actually build the line. ;)

Of course they were. They were one of a number of UK companies who swarm around any hint of government investment like bees round a honey pot, hoping to snaffle as much public money as possible whilst delivering as little actual benefit to the public as they can get away with, as late as they can possibly get away with delivering it.


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General Discussion Area / Re: Bees Nest
« on: 27 June 2018, 23:39:13 »
Had some massive looking things flying in and out of our roof space at the weekend. Looked like hornets or something.  :-\

I leant from a nearby window and attacked anything that went in or out with a can of Raid for half an hour, then sprayed a load inside, and chucked a load of ant powder down where they were crawling in.

They appear to have admitted defeat, fingers crossed. Either that or they are re-grouping for a second attack. :o

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..and check where the wire from the alternator / starter is crimped into the battery connector. These frequently come loose and cause problems. :y

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General Car Chat / Re: Pollen Filter
« on: 27 June 2018, 15:04:32 »
Design !??? The French design things ?  ??? :D
Technically flair and panache are design processes  :D
What about screwing tacky bits of plastic together using self-tappers?
That's the practical process resultant of allowing a design ethos of flared panache fuelled by Gauloise/Gitanes and plonk Rouge to reach the production stage... ;)
Ahh. Having visited plenty of French companies on business trips, I can tell that's the bit they do after lunch*. ;)

* = 2 hours spent gorging oneself and doing nothing useful, over a couple of bottles of wine, and Gitanes.

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General Car Chat / Re: Pollen Filter
« on: 27 June 2018, 14:22:54 »
Design !??? The French design things ?  ??? :D
Technically flair and panache are design processes  :D
What about screwing tacky bits of plastic together using self-tappers?

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General Discussion Area / Re: No I aren't dead!!!
« on: 27 June 2018, 12:42:00 »
Been Rejuvenated  ;D

Was it painful ? Did it make you any less ugly ?  ;D
.. and can we still call you Daz, or is it Danni now the surgery's complete? ;)

Nice to see you. :y

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Omega General Help / Re: Head gasket 3.2 v6
« on: 25 June 2018, 09:21:48 »
Yes, or the heads have cracked, likely into the valve ports so it doesn't affect running too badly.

Either way, a pair of decent heads is the best solution, given that one's already been bodged.

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Omega General Help / Re: Brake imbalance
« on: 25 June 2018, 09:18:40 »
Yep, if the MOT brake tester shows an imbalance then it's clearly not down to the bushes. That doesn't mean they are OK, of course. ;)

I can't remember how the brake circuits are split on an Omega. A problem anywhere other than the caliper would affect both sides equally if they're on the same circuit, which I think they are. :-\

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Omega General Help / Re: Head gasket 3.2 v6
« on: 25 June 2018, 07:27:39 »
I'm wondering if most of that water ran out of the heads when they were removed.

I can't see an engine making half decent compression on a tester, and running at all, yet having head gaskets that let water dribble into all 6 cylinders. Fire rings look intact too, or at least not obviously knackered, from this distance.

I'd say the main failure has been between the water jacket and an oilway, looking at the mayo buildup. As we know, that's not a likely head gasket failure on these engines, so I'd be checking the heads over very carefully.


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General Discussion Area / Re: TV electrical woes
« on: 24 June 2018, 22:30:34 »
A good operating system is unobtrusive, transparent reliable standard software interface to the computers hardware. Linux performs this function for me and tends to run from one year to the next, not only on my local server but with the hosting company my biggest client uses. :y

As load demand varies considerable on the main live Linux server due to seasonal variations and demand through several xml feeds it does very occasionally get overload, but as soon as demand slows it sorts itself out unlike the Windows Server the company also runs that when that is overloaded it is a PITA as it crashes. :(

Yep. This is perhaps my biggest bugbear with Windows. All the fake plastic boobs they bolt on as eye candy and insist on changing every couple of years. ::)

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General Discussion Area / Re: TV electrical woes
« on: 24 June 2018, 10:42:49 »
But Rods2, Linux sucks.

Granted, it pays the mortgage and the bills, so I'm glad it sucks. But it still sucks.

Did I mention it sucks?

Yeah, so much it keeps running until the hardware croaks. ;D
Real Unix does. Linux, even now, craps its pants under sustained pressure.

Granted, partly due to that 1990s Windows problem where almost anyone could write an app/driver, and hence is was a piece of privileged 3rd party code that was just poorly written/tested - this is where Linux is now.

I hardly ever have to touch our real Unix servers, other than applying security patches. Linux, on the other hand...

But I'm happy, keeps a roof over my head, like Windows did 15yrs ago :)

You see, you and me, we're the same, but different.  ;)

I now go round telling people that I only use Windows machines when I'm being paid by the hour. They seem to get the hint and I no longer get a barrage of "this machine used to be really fast but now it's sluggish. Can you take a look? Oh, and the Norton site won't load." and "My printer driver doesn't seem to work any more". ::)

If a machine is really going to be flayed 24/7 then I'd argue that either operating system is a poor choice as they are too complex and general purpose right down to the kernel these days. Pare it down to what it needs to do and nothing more and it'll be much more stable. Embedded systems have been designed like this for years. I don't really understand why the internet hasn't followed.

.. but it also keeps a roof over my head, so we're both happy. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Old name revival
« on: 23 June 2018, 20:28:27 »

Without commenting on the politics around Brexit..............you are spot on Sir Tigger.  Why does the parts of a plane travel backwards and forwards across European countries to be completed?  What was wrong with building an entire plane in one country......like Britain as we were, and still could be, the best aircraft builders in the World?!

Let's revive the great British engineering centres and skills for British workers. ;)

.. because otherwise the French get in a tizz. It's exactly the same reason the EU parliament have to waste money relocating between Brussels and Strasbourg. ::)

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General Discussion Area / Re: TV electrical woes
« on: 23 June 2018, 20:18:24 »
But Rods2, Linux sucks.

Granted, it pays the mortgage and the bills, so I'm glad it sucks. But it still sucks.

Did I mention it sucks?

Yeah, so much it keeps running until the hardware croaks. ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: Insignia 2.0cdti auto as tow car
« on: 22 June 2018, 20:53:28 »
I keep coming across people with interest only mortgages these days.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Heathrow's 3rd runway
« on: 22 June 2018, 13:29:18 »
I thought Lockerbie was a bomb ?

It was.

I still take the view that increasing the density of aircraft in any one area, increases the possibility of a disaster, not necessarily by malicious intent. Where's my tin hat   ::)
Best look at a UK airways map then, and make sure you don't buy a house under any of them. Virtually all transatlantic traffic from Northern Europe overflies the UK and that amounts to many more flights than use LHR daily. Just look at all them blue lines :-)

https://skyvector.com/?ll=51.41256951653948,-1.7265014624360912&chart=304&zoom=4&fpl=undefined

And then there are the Military Training Areas, Military Air to Air Refuelling areas.

If a plane falls out of the sky you need a bunker, not a tin hat.

Might be the odd glider or two on a nice day, too:  ;)

http://glidertracker.org/#lat=51.198&lon=-0.984&z=11

.. but they aren't all predominantly 2 engined jets stooging around a couple of thousand feet up in prime bird strike territory like we have over London.

It might not happen often, but it happened to Sully. Luckily he had a big expanse of water to put it down in. Not sure a double engine failure at 3,000 ft above London would have been as survivable. :-\

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