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post Jul 28 2017, 05:43 PM
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http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midla...d-life-13397647

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post Jul 31 2017, 04:08 PM
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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Jul 17 2017, 01:03 PM) *
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40628037

Now there are good ideas, there are bad ideas , there are silly ideas and there are downright stupid ideas, and this must surely fit very comfortably in the bloody stupid category .
Not so long ago some barmpot thought it a wheeze to bring the Red Kite back. Now the skies are full of them all circling round trying to find a meal. If you are going to encourage a top predator then make sure there is enough for them to eat without putting domestic animals at risk.
The Eurasian Lynx is a pretty big animal to have wondering about at the bottom of your garden, ( adult males can reach 100lb) , and I for one, would not like to confront it without a 12 bore under my arm.

Vaguely recollect someone wanted to introduce the wolf and the bear back into the Highlands a few years back. Thankfully this fell by the way but this proposal is in an English county so we can't even cite the independence excuse.

Just back from a months R&R in south of France and guess what? Farmers blockades on local mway in protest at predation by Wolves on sheep flocks! French government has issued a licence to cull 40 of them for this year. And, not far away a bear was responsible for stampeding 200 sheep of a cliff edge last week. That and having vultures in the sky overhead and sangliers rooting in the garden at night it's been quite exciting!
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post Jul 31 2017, 06:57 PM
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jul 31 2017, 05:08 PM) *
Just back from a months R&R in south of France and guess what? Farmers blockades on local mway in protest at predation by Wolves on sheep flocks! French government has issued a licence to cull 40 of them for this year. And, not far away a bear was responsible for stampeding 200 sheep of a cliff edge last week. That and having vultures in the sky overhead and sangliers rooting in the garden at night it's been quite exciting!


Gosh; glad we opted for Tenby!


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post Jul 31 2017, 10:16 PM
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jul 31 2017, 05:08 PM) *
Just back from a months R&R in south of France and guess what? Farmers blockades on local mway in protest at predation by Wolves on sheep flocks! French government has issued a licence to cull 40 of them for this year. And, not far away a bear was responsible for stampeding 200 sheep of a cliff edge last week. That and having vultures in the sky overhead and sangliers rooting in the garden at night it's been quite exciting!


Nature. Gotta love it. We don't need Wolves. Chavs with Staffies are more "UK"....
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post Aug 1 2017, 07:50 AM
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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jul 31 2017, 11:16 PM) *
Nature. Gotta love it. We don't need Wolves. Chavs with Staffies are more "UK"....


Does that mean a cull is proposed ? Will get the Purdey out. wink.gif


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post Aug 1 2017, 09:28 AM
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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 1 2017, 07:50 AM) *
Does that mean a cull is proposed ? Will get the Purdey out. wink.gif

I think a chavs head would just be the finishing touch up on the wall of the breakfast room.
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post Aug 25 2017, 01:34 PM
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-41038220

Sometimes I wish it was. In the sliding scale of bonkers this really is one in a league of it's own . tongue.gif

The frightening part is they are serious.


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post Aug 25 2017, 05:33 PM
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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 25 2017, 02:34 PM) *
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-41038220

Sometimes I wish it was. In the sliding scale of bonkers this really is one in a league of it's own . tongue.gif

The frightening part is they are serious.


Very glad they are serious and this 'trial' is public and underway. Arguably, far safer than driven lorries because for starters the controlling brain isn't going to be chatting on his mobile, texting his mates or just too tired.

Driverless vehicles, bring it on, sooner the better.


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post Aug 25 2017, 06:30 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Aug 25 2017, 06:33 PM) *
Very glad they are serious and this 'trial' is public and underway. Arguably, far safer than driven lorries because for starters the controlling brain isn't going to be chatting on his mobile, texting his mates or just too tired.

Driverless vehicles, bring it on, sooner the better.

Still all controlled by the lead driver though, so if hes not paying attention we get three crashing instead of one. Carnage.
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post Aug 25 2017, 06:31 PM
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So Mighty Beanz distribution hub send 3 lorries laden with their finest canned goods on their merry way . The first lorry is destined for Newcastle upon Tyne , the second is going to Exeter and the third Bruges .

Explanations please .


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post Aug 25 2017, 09:22 PM
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Aug 25 2017, 07:30 PM) *
Still all controlled by the lead driver though, so if hes not paying attention we get three crashing instead of one. Carnage.


No, not controlled, observed would be a better term. The lead driver could be in a drug induced trance and it would make no difference. Ironically, if the 'driver' deliberately chose to override, then, yes, you'd have big trouble. Nothing new in people being worried about technology, in the 1830s there were predictions of carnage because trains went a bit faster than horses; all seems well today.


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post Aug 25 2017, 09:41 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Aug 25 2017, 10:22 PM) *
No, not controlled, observed would be a better term. The lead driver could be in a drug induced trance and it would make no difference. Ironically, if the 'driver' deliberately chose to override, then, yes, you'd have big trouble. Nothing new in people being worried about technology, in the 1830s there were predictions of carnage because trains went a bit faster than horses; all seems well today.


What part of this
"Up to three lorries will travel in formation, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle.
But the head of the AA said platoons raised safety concerns.
In the platoons, the lead vehicle will be controlled by a human driver and will communicate with the rest of the convoy wirelessly.
The following vehicles will be instructed to accelerate and brake by the lead vehicle, allowing the lorries to drive closer together than they could with human drivers.
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post Aug 26 2017, 05:42 AM
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Wonder when they are going to introduce riderless bicycles?............................please!! tongue.gif

(Cause if they don't how are driverless cars / lorries going to cope wth them? Drivered ones cant!! laugh.gif )
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post Aug 26 2017, 06:19 AM
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Aug 25 2017, 10:41 PM) *
What part of this
"Up to three lorries will travel in formation, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle.
But the head of the AA said platoons raised safety concerns.
In the platoons, the lead vehicle will be controlled by a human driver and will communicate with the rest of the convoy wirelessly.
The following vehicles will be instructed to accelerate and brake by the lead vehicle, allowing the lorries to drive closer together than they could with human drivers.
did you miss.


The BBC isn't the only source of news or comment (thankfully) you need to see and understand rather more about this project.


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post Aug 26 2017, 06:30 AM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Aug 26 2017, 06:42 AM) *
Wonder when they are going to introduce riderless bicycles?............................please!! tongue.gif

(Cause if they don't how are driverless cars / lorries going to cope wth them? Drivered ones cant!! laugh.gif )


Well, that started a while back, with brainless cyclists..... wink.gif

However, the key is, of course, speed of reaction, so bluntly, where it is wholly the cyclist or pedestrian's fault just as now, there will be injury. I suspect that I'm not alone in thinking that this will demonstrate that the cycling accident rate isn't wholly down to motorists meaning we won't be able to simply pretend the real issue doesn't exist.


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post Aug 26 2017, 08:22 AM
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Maybe we should escalate to the logical conclusion of replacing humans with robots . This would take the frailty of response out of most situations , assuming the software is "foolproof" . A robotic cyclist is unlikely to ride blindside of an HGV but equally would possess sufficient processor memory when driving a car to use a phone , control the kids and paint it's nails at the same time without causing havoc .

Next stop , robotic children...........now that's a thought tongue.gif



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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Aug 26 2017, 09:22 AM) *
Maybe we should escalate to the logical conclusion of replacing humans with robots . This would take the frailty of response out of most situations , assuming the software is "foolproof" . A robotic cyclist is unlikely to ride blindside of an HGV but equally would possess sufficient processor memory when driving a car to use a phone , control the kids and paint it's nails at the same time without causing havoc .

Next stop , robotic children...........now that's a thought tongue.gif


The Governor of the Bank of England has fairly recently warned that many more jobs than might be imagined will be automated in the next decade or so, leaving us with an interesting conundrum. How will many of us earn a realistic living? It's quite an interesting excercise to properly analyse our own jobs to see that it is possible.


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post Aug 26 2017, 09:04 AM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Aug 26 2017, 07:19 AM) *
The BBC isn't the only source of news or comment (thankfully) you need to see and understand rather more about this project.

Funny that, watched it last night, good report on TV, strange organic lump in the driving seat using the controls was a bit odd, but ah yes, realised it was a driver! I know rather more about semi autonomous vehicles than you do my old China.
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post Aug 26 2017, 09:10 AM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Aug 26 2017, 09:58 AM) *
The Governor of the Bank of England has fairly recently warned that many more jobs than might be imagined will be automated in the next decade or so, leaving us with an interesting conundrum. How will many of us earn a realistic living? It's quite an interesting excercise to properly analyse our own jobs to see that it is possible.

Now this really is 'old news', when the car industry started to develop robotics for spot welding and for use in spray processes we were all told it was the end of the world, 'in twenty years the only people working will be the ones pushing buttons' was the universal wail! Unemployment has dropped since then, only the feckless, lazy dinosaur types got left behind. The rest of the world adapted.
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Aug 26 2017, 10:10 AM) *
Now this really is 'old news', when the car industry started to develop robotics for spot welding and for use in spray processes we were all told it was the end of the world, 'in twenty years the only people working will be the ones pushing buttons' was the universal wail! Unemployment has dropped since then, only the feckless, lazy dinosaur types got left behind. The rest of the world adapted.


Unemployment has dropped - but I wonder how much of this is down to government employment subsidies (tax credits) which make it easier for people to work part time. The figures are, to some extent, misleading - I wonder what they would look like if they converted the number of jobs to the number of full-time equivalents.
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