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Trying to be Greenish ?

Started by The Stig, March 20, 2018, 15:15:33 pm

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meharibear

Quote from: Alan Smithie on March 27, 2018, 08:54:33 am
Last time I flew was yesterday. The next time I'll fly will be Thursday. This has been the case for nearly a year, and will be the case for the forseeable future because I commute to my day job.

So I guess climate change is all my fault. Obviously I'm deliberately inflicting it on you plebs to indulge my evil and psychotic inner self. Who'd have thought it...

PDR
So the trend early in this millennium for online collaborative working spaces and video conferencing with virtual or enhanced reality thrown in so as to eliminate the need for anything but leisure travel has yet to reach your part fo the world yet Peter?  Or perhaps, has it been and gone?  As for me, with children in Canada and Australia I'm afraid we were forced to more than fly right around the world last year and the year before ....
Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.  (Terry Pratchett)

PDR

Been and gone. It turns out that while it works for the needs of lesser minds like project managers and commercial people (for monthly drumbeat meetings, contract status reviews etc) it is completely useless for any intellectual collaboration. As ever, the best engineering comes from a team of bright engineers (plus me) who are co-located and have acess to a room with no tables, low sofas and whiteboards* in which to debate, argue and generally spark off eachother to be creative (because engineering needs to come back to being a fundamentaly creative field of endeavor). You can't do that with sharepoint, video-conferencing and telepresence.

Also these systems cannot be used at the security classifications we generally work at. In fact never mind the HDVC and telepresence stuff - even UK telephone landlines are now security limited because BT cannot guarantee that the call will remain entirely inside the UK.

So we co-locate in one office, the company maintains its corporate air fleet so we don't waste time on the M6 and don't risk personnel driving hazards, and I return to Marriot Platinum status. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it...

PDR

* Ideally there should be a free bar as well, but whilst I've achieved the rest I have yet to get the company to buy into the "free bar" bit - the lastr bastion of stupidity has yet to be felled
There are no shortcuts on the long, hard road to success. But if your dad's rich there could a limo service...

PDR

Also, when you use video-conferenciung you struggle with the language issue:



:)

PDR
There are no shortcuts on the long, hard road to success. But if your dad's rich there could a limo service...

Michael_Rolls

Oh dear - probably the best argument for RAISING the voting age that I have come across in a long time!
Mike
Properly trained, a man can be a dog's best friend

SteveBB

Quote from: Alan Smithie on March 27, 2018, 10:40:51 am
Been and gone. It turns out that while it works for the needs of lesser minds like project managers and commercial people (for monthly drumbeat meetings, contract status reviews etc) it is completely useless for any intellectual collaboration. As ever, the best engineering comes from a team of bright engineers (plus me) who are co-located and have acess to a room with no tables, low sofas and whiteboards* in which to debate, argue and generally spark off eachother to be creative (because engineering needs to come back to being a fundamentaly creative field of endeavor). You can't do that with sharepoint, video-conferencing and telepresence.

Also these systems cannot be used at the security classifications we generally work at. In fact never mind the HDVC and telepresence stuff - even UK telephone landlines are now security limited because BT cannot guarantee that the call will remain entirely inside the UK.

So we co-locate in one office, the company maintains its corporate air fleet so we don't waste time on the M6 and don't risk personnel driving hazards, and I return to Marriot Platinum status. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it...

PDR

* Ideally there should be a free bar as well, but whilst I've achieved the rest I have yet to get the company to buy into the "free bar" bit - the lastr bastion of stupidity has yet to be felled




Don't they know who you are?????? That kind of backward oppression is what caused the fall of the Empire, I remember back when... (Cont: pp 94)
Rimmer: Step up to Red Alert!
Kryten: Sir, are you absolutely sure? It does mean changing the bulb.

PDR

Quote from: SteveBB on March 27, 2018, 17:52:09 pm
Don't they know who you are?????? That kind of backward oppression is what caused the fall of the Empire


You haven't heard the half of it - they only provide the one batman, and I have to get my own coffee. Oh yes, and since all that needless fuss over MP expenses I'm no longer allowed to reclaim the escorts as Room Service. This country is going to the dogs, I tell you - TO THE DOGS!!

PDR
There are no shortcuts on the long, hard road to success. But if your dad's rich there could a limo service...

SteveBB

Quote from: Alan Smithie on March 27, 2018, 18:30:01 pm
You haven't heard the half of it - they only provide the one batman, and I have to get my own coffee. Oh yes, and since all that needless fuss over MP expenses I'm no longer allowed to reclaim the escorts as Room Service. This country is going to the dogs, I tell you - TO THE DOGS!!

PDR


A great rally car but I'm not sure why they could double as room service, but what do I know?  :study:

Rimmer: Step up to Red Alert!
Kryten: Sir, are you absolutely sure? It does mean changing the bulb.

PDR

You can have your preferred type of escorts if you wish, but pardon me if I stick to mine...

PDR
There are no shortcuts on the long, hard road to success. But if your dad's rich there could a limo service...

The Stig

It went to the dogs years ago !
When I started at BSEL , us qualified engineers got a bottle of beer  and waitress service in the staff canteen , It did not last long when Rolls -Royce merged with us , and soon the onsite bar was banished ! There was only one solution , get a job in Customer Service and travel the world building carbon foot prints with millions of air miles .
cheers

Bad Raven

An application for 1400 new family homes is in for the only farmland left in the immediate area. It's likely to be OK'd.

It's only access will be onto a road, originally a country lane, that is already badly congested all day every day, including such "features" as a blind S bend past local "village" shops with only on street parking. There is also a very old once true village located now urban church popular for weddings that has no off road parking and creates massive hold ups whenever there is one, and that is most Saturdays. There is also a primary school that generates extensive badly parked vehicles twice a day.

The remaining road space is single track even for cars, there are effectively no passing gaps for considerable distances, so buses can sometimes get stopped by opposing traffic and wait several minutes while cars in a growing queue try to reverse back to unlock the jam. It is a major bus route, no route avoidance possible.  The ONLY saving grace is that the bus operator had the sense nearly three years ago to put hybrid double deckers on the route so while they sit unable to move or crawl a length at a time they are not emitting exhaust.

This congestion has been going on for years, getting ever harder to traverse, and now we will have 1400 extra homes, likely 2800 plus extra vehicles using it?
The user formerly know as Bravedan........... Well if Prince can do it....................

PDR

Start rumours about a WW1 anthrax cache which your grandad said was buried on the site...

PDR
There are no shortcuts on the long, hard road to success. But if your dad's rich there could a limo service...

pooh

or a great crested newt and a few bats (they won't all be in the same place  :'' )
Confucious he say "more than one aircraft in the same airspace leads to structural failure"

PDR

Or a bat infected with anthrax...

PDR
There are no shortcuts on the long, hard road to success. But if your dad's rich there could a limo service...

Bad Raven

Quote from: Alan Smithie on March 28, 2018, 08:48:53 am
Start rumours about a WW1 anthrax cache which your grandad said was buried on the site...

PDR


I wish............don't think that or the newt/bat (or rare irradiated two headed worm) will make any difference. A mile from my place (in a 1935-1938 housing area) a while ago a triangle of land left as grassland but formerly used as a scrap metals dump was given permission for housing. Despite proof the soil was heavily contaminated with heavy metals, cadmium, lead, etc, building went ahead on the basis that owners were not allowed to dig more than a spade deep (so no burying Granny in the back garden then). It is noticeable that trees etc planted are not their normal shape or vigour. (so maybe a few grannies did get buried?)

Pretty obviously this soil disturbance restriction didn't last, people moved on, people chose to quietly forget the restrictions, etc. Recently one house had a major extension, so two metres plus deep disturbed, no care being taken with spoil taken out.  A road alongside the site has been closed for 10 weeks while major under road sewage piping has been replaced.  No care being taken with spoil.

I doubt even if the soil was glowing with radiation they'd stop, the desire to cram as many as possible into the area and make a quick buck on it is too high.

Going back to the 1400 family homes, from my experience, all practically reachable local Schools, Doctors, Dentists, etc are already long term overloaded, so that will generate more pollution from increased journeys, etc.  Little local employment forcing commute to town travelling, and who these days walks a mile and a half when he can park closer and half block across someone's drive for the day.  No rail access within a mile, one passing bus route already overloaded and already running at less than ten minute intervals with five mins at peak (and subject to above congestion delays making three in a line not that uncommon and being turfed off while the bus short turns to get back on schedule).

The odd electric car (and most of them ARE odd!) will make no positive difference, certainly "Trying to be green" round here still seems to consist of buying Tesla Model S. Seen rapidly increasing numbers.  All but five metres long and two wide, that'll help................not.  :banghead:

My "Green" friend arrived at our Indoor meet last night and sat in his BMW Mini Hybrid with all lighting on and I.C. engine idling for ten mins waiting for time, pumping exhaust over the all weather pitch and the kids using it.   ::)
The user formerly know as Bravedan........... Well if Prince can do it....................

Old Geezer

Quote from: itsme on March 22, 2018, 08:46:09 am
We are clogged up with cars. I have just been involved in a crash, caused by a young woman coming out of a side road with traffic parked both sides and tried to jump in to a space and clouted my drivers side passenger door. She was careless (and has admitted full responsibility) and its going to cost her dear, as a young driver. But the real blame is the thoughtless people who parked on the corner of the junction. I came across an old Mk 1 Cortina the other day and was amazed at how small it was. Nowadays a 'Mini' is hardly that.

Slightly off the subject - but your gratitude to said young lady for taking responsibility for the collision ain't gonna help you a lot with your insurer. You can expect a greater than expected quote for next year, despite your NCD cover and yours being a no fault (paid in full by the other party) claim. I was shunted whilst parked with engine off in a slot in a Sainsburys car park - shunter's insurers paid up without a whimper - but my quote for renewal is up by 50% - as they all share data now, competing quotes are similar. I guess being 75 years old doesn't help a lot either!
Can someone remind me what I came in here for.

itsme

Quote from: Old Geezer on March 30, 2018, 07:16:05 am
Slightly off the subject - but your gratitude to said young lady for taking responsibility for the collision ain't gonna help you a lot with your insurer. You can expect a greater than expected quote for next year, despite your NCD cover and yours being a no fault (paid in full by the other party) claim. I was shunted whilst parked with engine off in a slot in a Sainsburys car park - shunter's insurers paid up without a whimper - but my quote for renewal is up by 50% - as they all share data now, competing quotes are similar. I guess being 75 years old doesn't help a lot either!
Yes, so I gather. Its totally unfair. I am 75 too so despite the fact I was stopped with my handbrake on makes no difference to them. Its a way of charging more. And if you were to 'keep it quiet' and just claim off the third party, if your insurers find out they could hammer you. That happened to someone I know.

Michael_Rolls

There are liars. damn liars and car insurers
Mike  :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
Properly trained, a man can be a dog's best friend

Bad Raven

Quote from: Alan Smithie on March 27, 2018, 11:06:23 am
Also, when you use video-conferenciung you struggle with the language issue:



:)

PDR


That young lady has done a string of videos, I particularly like the "England is near Jupiter" and my particular favourite "I hate Minions so much".

Def a future Oscar winner there.....................................
The user formerly know as Bravedan........... Well if Prince can do it....................

paulinfrance

Quote from: Bad Raven on March 30, 2018, 12:55:02 pm
That young lady has done a string of videos, I particularly like the "England is near Jupiter" and my particular favourite "I hate Minions so much".

Def a future Oscar winner there.....................................



here we go again, new computer, and still no Video, it's obviously Brexit,,, $%&


as for insurers, my Motor bike was knocked over in the street ( proper parking ) 10% of the repairs for me and 25% up in the price. :banghead:
Mode 2 THE only way to fly

dart16

Tried a different browser?.. :xx   Can't be Brexit.. the videos work here....    oh. except Vimeo... Vimeo doesn't work.. that one *could* be Brexit


paulinfrance

Yes it works on Firefox thanks, but if that's the youth in the US, have we got problem's, and them !  :banghead:

They want to leave our language in ruins after what has been done with countries,,,
Mode 2 THE only way to fly

SteveBB

Quote from: paulinfrance on March 31, 2018, 11:22:12 am
Yes it works on Firefox thanks, but if that's the youth in the US, have we got problem's, and them !  :banghead:

They want to leave our language in ruins after what has been done with countries,,,


Just be thankful the POTUS isn't a narcissistic, demented, racist, misogynist with the mental capacity and emotional maturity of a wilted lettuce leaf, who surrounds himself with yes men who he couldn't care less about unless they demonstrate unwavering devotion that isn't reciprocated. Then it would be a problem.
Rimmer: Step up to Red Alert!
Kryten: Sir, are you absolutely sure? It does mean changing the bulb.