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  1. Ok then, maybe 'carnage' was the wrong word to use. :D

    However, why fit high quality GPS to cars that don't need it?  My understanding is that, for an autonomous system to work, all vehicles must be singing from the same hymn sheet and that to disrupt any part of that system would throw it into confusion. 

  2. 15 hours ago, Eggy1948 said:

    I have to stop every time I write, sorry type any word with an 'i' and an 'e' together, is it ie or ei. At Bedlington Grammar School everyone sat Mock GCEs (previous year's exam papers) to get an idea what they would be like. I remember the teacher saying - Edgar you passed most then we deducted 1/2 point for every spelling mistake and you failed the lot, apart from the 3 maths - Arithmetic; Algebra & Geometry.

    I had gone all through the senior school indoctrinated with the phrase, that all the Barrington County Primary school teachers had repeated over and over so it became embedded into my brain - 'I before E except after C'.

    So I recEIved thIEr words and carried that phrase in my little brain for years and I misspelled simple words time after time after time, and I probably still do.

    [on a closing note...I have never spotted a spelling mistake in any of your stories]

    Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.


    Yes, it's always 'I before E except after C' .............. as every SCIENTIST knows!  :wtf:

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  3. I've got a Bluetooth OBD II connector (eBay = cheap!)  that communicates with the Torque Pro app on my mobile phone. Very nice setup. Apart from giving me all the usual fault codes and allowing me to reset them, it also displays a multitude of gauges and pages of data while driving. 

  4. Yes Malcolm, many folk I knew in my younger days used to swear by RedEx, and they'd probably know first-hand whether it worked or not as in those days we were always taking apart and re-assembling our cars, whereas these days most folk wouldn't recognise a piston if it hit them in the face.

  5. We've been talking about driverless cars in the main here, but for the system to work properly ALL road vehicles will have to be autonomous and that raises the question of losses of tens of thousands of jobs in the transport industry.

    The reason why I state ALL vehicles will need to be autonomous is the fact that, for this system to be 100% reliable, vehicles will need to be in constant communication with each other to avoid collisions and congestion. Any vehicle without this type of communication will be the weakest link in the chain and will not be allowed to travel the same roads as the autonomous vehicles.

    Another point relates to so-called autonomous vehicles which still have driver controls so that a driver may be able to take control in an emergency. Well, the way I see it, there will no longer be any truly experienced drivers to do that if over 90% of their road-time is spent sitting in an autonomous vehicle doing anything but actual driving. This is borne out by the lack of skilled pilots these days due to heavy reliance on autopilot.


  6. 23 minutes ago, mercuryg said:

    Not really my point, though (and they do frighten the horses! Terrible things! 

    The insurance problem is a clear legal one; if a driverless car causes an accident, who is at fault?


    It'll be an 'Act of God' most probably. 'God' being Google, of course, as we all know! (*** Bows down to the Big G***). :D

  7. 29 minutes ago, mercuryg said:

    Because a driverless car cannot predict the actions of a driver, who may make a mistake, for example. It can only be pre-programmed to take a set route. Until an absolutely failsafe system can be devised, it will also be uninsurable.



    Also, the car obviously uses collision avoidance algorithms, but what happens in the following scenario? ...


    Some kids run out in front of the car. The algorithm instantly decides it's too late to avoid a collision by braking alone and needs to swerve to avoid the children. Trouble is, swerving to the right would pile the car into a central reservation, putting its passengers in real danger of injury or death, while swerving to the left will hit a woman walking with a pushchair and 3 kids.

    What would the algorithm decide?

    On the other hand, what would you decide if you were the driver? I reckon I'd go right.


  8. No wonder they are gunning for the SME's. It's definitely in the best interests of almost any SME to support Brexit. The sheer weight of ridiculous EU regulations are not only killing existing SME's, but are discouraging many from even starting up in the first place. Large corporations, on the other hand, are laughing all the way to the bank, knowing that their smaller competitors are being annihilated in this way.

  9. A British aid charity is warning that by 2060 more than a billion people worldwide will live in cities at risk of catastrophic flooding as a result of climate change.

    A study by Christian Aid says the US, China and India are among the countries most threatened.


    How unfortunate then that the three countries listed as the 'most threatened' are amongst the top carbon emitting countries in the world.


    Rough justice? :D





  10. 7 hours ago, Symptoms said:

    Pilgrim's right about RedX dispensers beside the petrol pumps.

    They were conical in form, maybe 8"dia at the base and with a syringe sitting across the top.  You'd fill-up with petrol and fire maybe 4 squirts of the fuel additive through the syringe into the petrol tank.

    Throughout the 50s and 60s my Dad had a RedX Lubocharger fitted to his cars (same unit was swapped from old cars when he got a new one).  He'd drill and thread a small hole in the inlet manifold, insert a brass nipple into the hole to accept the copper tube that went to the RedX tank (maybe half a gallon capacity) via a small brass tap.  The tap was adjusted to allow just the correct amount of RedX to be drawn into the engine by the vacumn in the inlet manifold.

    Apparently the stuff is still available.



    Redex Fuel Additive Dispenser
    23CM TALL
    33CM WIDE

    This one apparently sold for $265 .....



  11. 10 hours ago, pilgrim said:


    I think this tips it for me -- its not a market cross - its the start of the Bedlington terrier - which makes it all the more valuable as a bit of local history except it appears that the accreditation is attributed to Bedlington in Northamptonshire??


    Thanks, but hat link is taking forever to load. I think there are some problems with the page. Anyone else having trouble with it, or is it just me?

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