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by DaveReading
1 Dec 2019, 1:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris Johnson: Why is a proven liar in power?
Replies: 176
Views: 3469

Re: Boris Johnson: Why is a proven liar in power?

But spelling is so important. Say what you like about Benito Mussolini - his spelling was immaculate. Of course, he would have been familiar with Italian name forms such as Pinocchio. I'd have thought that either Johnson - senior or junior - making reference to Pinocchio was rather tempting Provide...
by DaveReading
25 Nov 2019, 2:44pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Using ANPR to deny fuel to uninsured/untaxed vehicles
Replies: 35
Views: 1240

Re: Using ANPR to deny fuel to uninsured/untaxed vehicles

Bmblbzzz wrote:
DaveReading wrote:
landsurfer wrote:The staff in my local Shell garage have ANPR.


What for ?

Bilkings.


I'm surprised that warrants ANPR, I'd have thought CCTV would suffice.
by DaveReading
24 Nov 2019, 10:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Using ANPR to deny fuel to uninsured/untaxed vehicles
Replies: 35
Views: 1240

Re: Using ANPR to deny fuel to uninsured/untaxed vehicles

landsurfer wrote:The staff in my local Shell garage have ANPR.


What for ?
by DaveReading
23 Nov 2019, 10:29pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Will I get fined if I overstay at the local petrol station?
Replies: 15
Views: 724

Re: Will I get fined if I overstay at the local petrol station?

mercalia wrote:Will I get fined if I overstay at the local petrol station?

No, because a petrol station has no authority to levy a fine.
by DaveReading
11 Nov 2019, 9:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shaft drive..why? why not?
Replies: 14
Views: 590

Re: Shaft drive..why? why not?

Reading's (now discontinued) local bike scheme used shaft-drive bikes:

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by DaveReading
10 Nov 2019, 8:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Google maps and OSGB grid references
Replies: 18
Views: 989

Re: Google maps and OSGB grid references

andrew_s wrote:give it file with "easting northing" rows like:
252286.34155 776198.44920 (this was closed due to asbestos, the last I heard)
186364.30688 810018.70322

I'm struggling to think of an application for OS grid coordinates that are accurate to 1/100th of a millimeter ..
by DaveReading
4 Nov 2019, 5:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle Warning Triangle Roadsign
Replies: 25
Views: 3173

Re: Cycle Warning Triangle Roadsign

Er, I provided actual stats from the US government, have a read back, over 200,000+ injuries annually from 700,000 recorded incidents (and there will be many, many more not) at stop sign intersections tells you that the statement made previously is simply not true. Yes, but all that those statistic...
by DaveReading
4 Nov 2019, 7:59am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle Warning Triangle Roadsign
Replies: 25
Views: 3173

Re: Cycle Warning Triangle Roadsign

The utility cyclist wrote:Show your evidence

Neither of us has any evidence, I'm just making an educated guess.

A fraction with only a numerator and an unknown denominator is meaningless.
by DaveReading
3 Nov 2019, 6:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle Warning Triangle Roadsign
Replies: 25
Views: 3173

Re: Cycle Warning Triangle Roadsign

Largely a cultural thing. Bikes are seen as a low priority. In the UK roadside cycle lanes have give ways every time they cross side roads or drives. In the USA in Florida there are similar bike lanes where bikes have priority. It is enforced by stop signs. And Americans stop at stop signs. What ma...
by DaveReading
18 Oct 2019, 11:47am
Forum: On the road
Topic: One solution to tailgating?
Replies: 138
Views: 43401

Re: One solution to tailgating?

If there is any significant amount of traffic, the braking distance is frequently being taken by people who think the gap is big enough to move into. I often end up going somewhat less than the speed limit because people change lanes directly into the space in front of me without enough braking dis...
by DaveReading
12 Oct 2019, 2:50pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Chip and Pin question
Replies: 51
Views: 1251

Re: Chip and Pin question

Why wouldn't a card reader be connected to your bank on an aircraft (when passengers are connected to Social Media, work, etc.). Even the Space Station has internet connectivity. Contrary to popular belief, many aircraft don't have satcomms/Internet connectivity All the long haul ones I've been on ...
by DaveReading
12 Oct 2019, 2:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Chip and Pin question
Replies: 51
Views: 1251

Re: Chip and Pin question

Maybe the 1st time you use the new card it asks the bank for the PIN (or the hashed form of the PIN the card might use). Remember that all these machines that use your card with PIN are connected to your bank. This sounds correct-ish to me. The machines aren't always connected to your bank. The cas...
by DaveReading
27 Sep 2019, 9:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Reported Road Casualties of Great Britain 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 569

Re: Reported Road Casualties of Great Britain 2018

gaz wrote:Shared, with appropriate credit. May I ask the difference between the layers of Severe Cycle Casualties 2018 (s) and (n)?

They appear to be south and north, respectively, of an imaginary E-W line passing roughly through Milton Keynes.
by DaveReading
22 Sep 2019, 1:13pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: When Pi doesn't matter...
Replies: 10
Views: 463

Re: When Pi doesn't matter...

Bez wrote:And it's going to be hard to manually measure the PCD.

True, but you can calculate it for a given sprocket size with some fairly trivial geometry.
by DaveReading
20 Sep 2019, 9:28am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 742
Views: 30945

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

Audax67 wrote:"Stick to" has been around for at least 150 years.

Quite so.

"Stick to" is a synonym for "adhere", one of whose meanings is "to continue to obey a rule or have a belief".