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11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 1698456)
Posted 1 day ago by Sirius B
That surprised me as there are many here who are into planes, me included :-(
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 1698454)
Posted 2 days ago by Sirius B
Thought we had an aircraft thread, but if so I can't find it.

Spitfire

The Plane thread
13) Message boards : Politics : Tunisia (Message 1698166)
Posted 2 days ago by Sirius B
but the fact than any poster here would even begin to think that he had a point, is an insult to the dead, their families, Seti, and the rest of us

A question was asked, no views were mentioned. Just like science, questions are asked with many differing answers depending on the view of the scientists answering that question.

For you to post the above is certainly an insult to all that ask questions.
14) Message boards : Politics : Transport (Message 1698130)
Posted 3 days ago by Sirius B
It all depends on the class & the company. There are still many out there where they pay overtime at flat rate with some at time & a quarter.

No wonder there is a driver shortage.

I saw a C1 job advertised yesterday - £8.50 per hour with some overtime available - OT rate? Flat rate.

As those Loadstar reports show, there are three serious issues with the shortage in the UK.

1: Costs in licenses & training
2: Insurance (it's nigh on impossible to get a driver under 25 decently insured)
3: Experienced drivers handing in their keys with the dCPC being the last straw.
15) Message boards : Politics : Tunisia (Message 1698127)
Posted 3 days ago by Sirius B
Does he have a valid point?
16) Message boards : Politics : Codes & Cyphers (Message 1698116)
Posted 3 days ago by Sirius B
Interesting report showing the difficulties governments & businesses as well as individuals face.

Defending the last missing pixels

Undercover war online

A couple of good statements on this report which makes one wonder about all the issues being debated.

"A lot of cryptography isn't just about keeping things secret, a lot of it is about proving identity," says Bill Buchanan, professor of computing at Edinburgh Napier University. "There's a lot of naïveté about cryptography as to thinking it's just about keeping something safe on your disk."

"There are now so many ways that investigators can actually investigate someone who is suspected of committing a crime there isn't really a problem. This isn't going to shut the door." Good old-fashioned policing and follow-the-money are still the most effective ways of catching the bad guys."
17) Message boards : Politics : Transport (Message 1697842)
Posted 3 days ago by Sirius B
While reading some further links from those above, found this from the New York Times...

Nice video

...15% boost to capacity year on year...

...which links in nicely to the links in the previous post on freight costs increasing due to driver shortages. Increased capacity only makes matters worse, not better in the current logistical climate.
18) Message boards : Politics : Transport (Message 1697827)
Posted 3 days ago by Sirius B
I am aware we have a transport safety thread ongoing & that this can be slotted in there. However, there are political, economic & logistical ramifications which leaves it only suitable for this board.

I was very surprised to see that the US are suffering from similar problems & with the size of the US compared to the UK, find it amazing that such a large country would let their logistics head in that direction.

UK

Wake up call as truck driver shortage hits crisis point

Ticking time-bomb

Britain needs HGV drivers

Treat drivers better & it may solve shortage

UK's "modest budget" falls short of boosting haulage industry

Food supply threatened

Driver shortage threatens Heathrow

USA

No easy solutions in sight

Driver shortage as bad as it's ever been & getting worse

& finally, one to scare the crap out of all car drivers everywhere :-)

Sorry darling, just watching the latest DVD & will be home by the time it finishes

Oh & for those who think all freight should be by rail, bit expensive don't you think of having rail terminuses at each Tesco/Sainsbury's/Morrison/TKMax/Primark/Starbucks/McDonalds etc site.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1697734)
Posted 3 days ago by Sirius B
Some light relief, or in this case...

Return of the cannibals

..."well, it was roadworthy when I drove to the station this morning officer"
20) Message boards : Politics : It is time..... (Message 1697725)
Posted 4 days ago by Sirius B
We have some here who extol the virtues of that greatest of colonial empires - Great Britain & stand up whenever it gets denigrated, so

Will those very same people stand up & demand recognition for those who contributed to that empire?
21) Message boards : Politics : Tunisia (Message 1697381)
Posted 4 days ago by Sirius B
This how the British do it, as it should be done, and as it will always be done.


Why?

Wouldn't it be much better to give armed forces the right to take their gloves off & deal with it according to how their enemy deals with it. The Geneva Convention has no meaning for animals.
22) Message boards : Politics : 7: The Torch is Lit (Message 1697349)
Posted 4 days ago by Sirius B
EU upsets professional photographers

The paragraph that's causing the upset...

"On the “freedom of panorama” principle, such as the right to create and share images and photographs of public buildings, the text cautions that the commercial use of such reproductions should require authorization from the rightholder."

...so all those holiday snaps you took, sell some of them, have you obtained the authorisation from the building owner?

Also, the regulations the EU/EC/EP bring in are well worth reading. The wording is most important :-)

A little "birdie" told me that a possible/potential change to the dCPC could occur within the next couple of years - exams at the end of the course. However, as informed by that little "birdie", it is possible & legal to do another 5x 7hr modules whenever you wish as long as the 35hrs are completed before the expiry of the current DQC.

I've booked one module for August & from what I've seen from various providers, will be doing a further 3x 7hr modules in London. Very surprised to see that the providers here in carrot crunching land do not do them.

Courses available in London: -
Safe Urban Driving
Congestion Busting
Fire Safety Awareness/First Aid-Emergency Treatment

Leaving one 7hr module to complete the 35hr dCPC course which by doing so, will take my DQC to 2024.

By then, I won't give a ... for it's renewal as I'll have retired :-)

Thanks EU (About the only good thing you've done).
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 25 (Message 1695999)
Posted 9 days ago by Sirius B
Thank you. I may have to buy a 6 pack of Guinness, but it's just not the same as draft.

A couple of years ago my corner shop found in it's archives a bottle of Guinness Special Export (bottled in Nigeria??) Bejessus it near rotted my socks off, that was one strong gulp of Guinness I can assure you!! And nothing in the world like the draft version. I'd defy anyone to drink more than a couple of those without losing the plot :-)



6 bottles of Guinness? Piece of cake! 6 pints of draft Guinness, NBC (No B****y Chance)

Sheesh, the amount of certification in the Transport industry just to stay current...

...it's enough to drive anyone to drink :-)
24) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1694333)
Posted 14 days ago by Sirius B
Wiggo is correct, you're a waste of time in any debate. So MR Perfect, you have no faults whatsoever?

All bow to the king - funny thing is though, he has no clothes.
25) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1694329)
Posted 14 days ago by Sirius B
When she calmed down, my reply was "Opened your legs too early had we?" She burst into tears, I did delivery & left.

I believe Es99, and myself, will have the same opinion.

Es99: 'Go For It'

Sorry men & women are entitled to their opinion. Unfortunately as seen on various "reality" shows like Jeremy Kyle...

...my opinion is often shown to be correct, so yes, go for it.

Ok. I'll start.

You were/are in a Service Industry. As I, and many, many others.

Some Customers do Rant and Rave. So?

You just await their ending (Despite it being boring), and complete your assignment.
Your need to say "Opened your legs too early had we?", says something about you.

Not Feminism, nor women in general.

Quite correct there Sir. However, the woman concerned? Doesn't your statement also apply to her? Says something about your thought processes there does it not?
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1694327)
Posted 14 days ago by Sirius B
The tachos might be a lot more accurate but there's still ways to get around them im sure if you want to take the risk of getting caught ;-)

No thanks :-)

Like the ££££ I'm earning & the freedom from factory/office politics & getting to meet some lovely... :-)
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1694320)
Posted 14 days ago by Sirius B
Thanks guys, I'll do that.

Edit. Thanks again. that did the trick. Had it set to 500.
28) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1694313)
Posted 14 days ago by Sirius B
When she calmed down, my reply was "Opened your legs too early had we?" She burst into tears, I did delivery & left.

I believe Es99, and myself, will have the same opinion.

Es99: 'Go For It'

Sorry men & women are entitled to their opinion. Unfortunately as seen on various "reality" shows like Jeremy Kyle...

...my opinion is often shown to be correct, so yes, go for it.
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1694312)
Posted 14 days ago by Sirius B
Sorry Mark, should have clarified better. HGV drivers are not only on the DVLA database but on the dCPC database as well. Also the digi tachos are more accurate than the old analogue ones :-(
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1694303)
Posted 14 days ago by Sirius B
Can I be a cheeky monkey :-)

I'm on 100mb yet every time I view this thread, it tends to lag a bit before getting to the latest post. Due to all the photos maybe?

How about refreshing & starting anew?


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