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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1647038)
Posted 2 hours ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Was watching the Chicago cam earlier and all you could see was snow, luckily it cleared up and just got this.

Yet another ACS-64 hauled up from Florin CA.

If they are numbering them in order then nearly half way through!!

Sky looks pretty good as well!!

That is the Lake Shore in the foreground turning on the wye.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1647027)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
From an article on Newswire--

DARIEN, Conn. – Genesee & Wyoming Inc. has agreed to acquire 95 percent of the shares of Freightliner Group Limited from Arcapita and other shareholders for about $755 million and to assume approximately $13 million in net debt and capitalized leases. Headquartered in London, Freightliner is an international freight rail operator with operations in the United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Australia.

Get ready to see garish orange paint on everything there.

I hope not! Personally I like the 66 in Freightliner colours, better than DB

I really don't think orange will suite them at all!!
3) Message boards : Number crunching : One Computer will not download (Message 1646890)
Posted 9 hours ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
I suppose it couldn't be the "hosts" file with an entry for georgem?
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Splitting an internet feed (Message 1646782)
Posted 16 hours ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor

Didn't I answer this thread back on Message 1644917 with all the main detail?...

Or was my brevity too brief?!.....

Ahh but you didn't include a pretty picture. :-)

Also confusion as to what an "internet feed" might mean, phone or LAN (for those who might still be confused the title of this thread should have really been "Using a Y adapter on a LAN")

Now what else can we talk about ;-)
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1646288)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
I wouldn't be too sure that a "quick blow" would stop all those who amble cross crossings without a care - we have barriers, bells, lights, warbles and still folks insist on crossing, or should that be start to cross - too many of them end up finding that catching a train with ones anatomy is not as pleasant an experience as waiting for one at a station...

My hobby as a "railfan" has seen me join a site that has several "railcams" located at different places in the US one in patricular is in Chesterton IN and looks down on a grade crossing

As you can see a very good view. The trains here are nearly all very long freights that would not be able to stop quickly, yet everyday I see cars and in one case a truck, driving around the barriers.

Even in one case a pedestrian walked right up to the side of a speeding freight waiting to cross.

I don't believe the average person appreciates the real dangers of rail crossings and railways in general
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Splitting an internet feed (Message 1646108)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor

So of course that begs the question ....

Why are these things sold and what are they used for? Blowed if I know!

This allows you to put two phones on the same line. If you have DSL you can filter one side and put a phone there with a landline phone with your modem on the other and all will work just fine. (I even have one that looks like this, basically, that separates the four wires in a phone line.) I used to have two different wired phones and used a single wire for both.

Edit: Sorry Mark, I did not see your post.

Not the one Chris is talking about, his has absolutly nothing to do with phones. His has an RJ45 plug on one side and two RJ45 sockets on the other. Not sure how it is in the US but you can't plug a phone into an RJ45 as in the UK our phone plugs and sockets look like this

Chris's splitter uses the fact that cat5 has 8 wires but only uses 4 so a second LAN connection can be run over the spare wires. However that needs two splitters and two sockets on router or switch.

The other type has all 8 wires connected straight through and allows 2 pieces of equipment to share a LAN connection, just NOT AT THE SAME TIME.

If you read the description on several retailers websites it explains the difference and how they are to be used.

Now there is a splitter made for phones in the US that looks similar to that but would not work here as we use the 431a plug not and RJ11
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Splitting an internet feed (Message 1645973)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
I think this diagram explains it best, and the clue is you need TWO

one at each end.

It is for using two computers down one cat 5 cable, you still need two ports on the router/switch.

Cat5e has 4 pairs, so in normal use half the cable is redundant, these splitters make use of that.

This is only for speeds up to 100meg, 1GB uses all pairs.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Superfish (Message 1645909)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Lenovo's security advisory says "This advisory only applies to Lenovo Notebook products.
(ThinkPad, ThinkCentre, Lenovo Desktop, ThinkStation, ThinkServer and System x products are not impacted.)"

Also, the previously linked removal instructions appear to only apply to Win 8/8.1.

Well the original article did say Superfish was only installed for three months I believe from October to December last year so it is unlikely Lenovo were selling any Windows machines with anything other than Win8 on.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link #78 (Message 1645906)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Word Link #78 (Message 1645709)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
11) Message boards : Number crunching : FrozenCPU/Heatsink Factory Trouble, might be closing down (Message 1644834)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Their website says nothing about not taking orders.

Actually it does under "Latest News" dated today

Site down until further notice
February 21, 2015 will not be taking new orders or processing pending orders for at least the next 30 days.
We currently are attempting to hire new staff to get things moving again. We apologize for this inconvenience. - Mark Friga Jr.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (95) Server Problems? (Message 1642785)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Malwarebytes have a program called "Chameleon" that will install Malwarebytes on an infected compute which I am afraid to say yours is.

Download here:
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1641482)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Of course it is a fairly useless to try and compare UK rail with the USA.

UK - Miles of mainline - 9,788
US - Miles of mainline - 149,000
US - Miles used by Amtrak - 22,000

Railways in the UK had to fit on a small island that was already inhabited.

Rail in the US created towns and cities as it moved west.

Whilst both suffered from the car, truck and plane because the UK railways had been nationalised for many years it was much more integrated. Having one body in charge of the track makes it easier to control train movements. With the freight railroads owning and maintaining the bulk of the track in the US it means that passenger services are the poor relation.

You cannot run a passenger service with these sort of delays on a daily basis

That is today from Amtrak's own website and is far from unusual. Mostly held up by freight trains. Amtrak are supposed to get preference over freight, but watching the webcams on US rail-sites, there is just and endless stream of freight these days.

Even on the East Coast corridor where the Acela express runs, mostly on Amtrak owned track, from Boston to Washington via New York, it can never really be considered "high speed" why, because it has to slow down at places like New London CT, where it would be much to dangerous to travel at high speeds as the track pass right through the town. It doesn't stop here just slows to a crawl.

I took this picture standing on the road, nothing between me and 2023.

There is just a small half barrier that separates track from the town and river.

To have proper high speed rail you need dedicated tracks that do not cross roads and foot-ways, most of the US seems to treat railways like roads, no fences or dividing the track from the surroundings. Whilst we only have 9,788 miles of track, most it is fenced off and difficult to access.

It is expensive to build high speed rail, it cost £80 million per mile to build High Speed 1 and HS 2 is coming in for all sorts of protests.

It can be done but it would take a dramatic reorganisation of the railways in the US and the will to make it work. I for one believe it would work there given the distances.

I do not however expect to see it in my lifetime.
14) Message boards : Politics : Your patience levels? (Message 1641443)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Well I had thought better of both of you but I see we have descended to name calling and insults.

It is not pretty, has absolutely nothing to do with the other posters on these forums so please take it off line.

Further posts that snipe at each other will be hidden.

You both know better.

Thank you.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : statistics question (Message 1640667)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
refuse to put chrome on my machine.

For those out there who would like the positive side of Chrome without the risks can I recommend.

Comodo Dragon Browser.

Or if you prefer Firefox there is

Ice Dragon

Have a look at the links and see.
16) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1640230)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Lets just put is totally correct

Drivers in England will be banned from smoking in their cars if they are carrying children as passengers.

There is a difference very a very small and totally insignificant difference but it is a difference I for one support.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : statistics question (Message 1640092)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Working fine here with Firefox, but didn't someone mention a month or 2 back that there was a problem with that site when using the latest I.E.?


Yes it is a problem with the latest update to IE.

Apparently other browsers work fine.
18) Message boards : Politics : M E T Two (Message 1640086)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Such negativity. Which is why I didn't post in one of your newest threads. BTW, care to try to spread lies about me again? Go on. Have a whack at it.

??? Care to explain yourself?

Whatever differences you two have or seem to have this is not the place to discuss them

Take it off line and please get back on topic.

Thank you.
19) Questions and Answers : Web site : CSS style sheet issue (Message 1639666)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
On any forum page, in the user names on the left, the send PM message button now overlaps other elements.

Hit F5 and now all is good.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts VI (Message 1639476)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Bernie VineProject donor
Indeed the weather here in the UK lives up to expectations

My local park last Tuesday

And today with the crocus in bloom

A day and a half of snow was quite enough!!

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