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UK Town To Get Driverless 'Pods' Mixing With Pedestrians

Manic Miner Re:Really? (111 comments)

While that's a fair comment - it is the butt of jokes. However it is usually from people who've never actually lived there, and those who are such bad drivers they can't cope with a roundabout ;) It's build on a grid system, so would be familiar to US readers, only instead of traffic light intersections it has roundabouts. What this means in practice is that using the major roads it's possible to get everywhere quickly and easily, even in rush hour you don't get caught for too long. Because these grid roads are also isolated from the housing areas, usually by banks or trees the road noise is not too bad either, and it has lots of parks open space and water. Yes it's a bit soulless but practically it's very well thought out.

about a year ago

"No Scan, No Fly" At Heathrow and Manchester

Manic Miner Write to your MP (821 comments)

If are not happy with the way this is being handled. And you live in the UK. You can always write to your MP.

there is a great website:


Which makes it really easy. Simply enter your post code, select your MP, then write them an email.

I've had positive results doing this in the past. If enough people agree then your MP will take notice.

more than 4 years ago

My sense of direction is ...

Manic Miner Re:Lake Wobegon Effect (520 comments)

It has a "grid road system" which is vaguely grid like, and names it's roads things like H and V.. but doesn't actually line up with North South East West which makes it harder to spot :)

There is a reasonable picture illustrating it on this page here:


Which took me a while to find on google, and I personally find yellow on black hard to read, but at least it gives a good overview of the road system.

I also don't get why people don't like MK, I lived there for ages and loved it, rush hour traffic = taking 5-10 minutes longer to get across the city. Fast roads meaning you can cross the city very quickly. Great cycle paths (separated from road traffic) meaning you can cycle most places very easily. Lots of parks and open spaces. Nothing not to like tbh :).

As for navigating you quickly get used to it, certainly way better than trying to navigate around somewhere like Southampton.

more than 5 years ago

UK's FSA Finds No Health Benefits To Organic Food

Manic Miner Re:from TFA - it tastes better too. (921 comments)


I eat organic for 2 reasons, one is I don't want my body filled with the left over amounts of pesticides (in the case of fruit and veg) and antibiotics and hormones (in the case of meat). I especially don't want my 1 year old son's body being subjected to those if I can avoid it.

But to be honest the main reason I do it is because it tastes so much better. Carrots actually test of carrot rather than crunchy water taste you get from a standard supermarket carrot.

We get organic veg delivered to our door from a local farm and it last much longer due to shorter pick to delivery time scales. There is also the added bonus of getting a wider variety of veg.

As a result I eat a wider range of vegetables, it tastes nicer, and because of the longer shelf life I throw less away. This means that it costs me the same or less than buying normal super market veg. Couple that with the convenience of it delivered to my door it is a no-brainer really!

more than 4 years ago

Guaranteed Transmission Protocols For Windows?

Manic Miner IBM WebSphere MQ (536 comments)

It costs money, but buy the file transfer edition. You get reliable and encrypted data transmission.

Simple :)

more than 5 years ago

Bike Projector Makes Lane For Rider

Manic Miner Re:Cities breed misplaced self-righteousness (856 comments)

So let me get this right.... you think it is the cyclists fault if a car driver passes them on a blind corner and then has an accident? If it's a blind corner then the car driver should wait until they can see! Would you blame a tractor or other slow moving vehicle if you had a crash while trying to overtake them on a blind corner??

Cyclists cycle out from the curb because it is the safest way to cycle, otherwise they frequently end up getting run over / pushed off the road as cars try and squeeze past while traffic is in the other lane. I've been run off the road by a car trying to squeeze past then suddenly realising there is a truck coming so they need to move over more.. right into me.

I used to try and cycle in a way that made it easy for car drivers to get past etc. But I've been nearly hit, cut up and run off the road too many times. Now I cycle out from the curb and car drivers pass me properly and I've had no issues with being cut up, it is by far the safest way to cycle.

more than 5 years ago

US To Require That New Cars Get 42 MPG By 2016

Manic Miner 42mpg - that is rubbish fuel consumption (1186 comments)

My 6 year old family car (here in the uk) averages 42mpg with ease, I can get 48mpg on a long journey with careful driving. The new runabout we have bought for my wife gets 5* on crash safety and does 50-60mpg. Now these are small vehicles but I would never consider, right now, buying a car that did less that 40mpg regardless of how big it was. I'm shocked that anyone considers 42mpg is some sort of great target to achieve!

more than 5 years ago

Some Large Dinosaurs Survived the K-T Extinction

Manic Miner Fossil records cannot be show extinction dates (269 comments)

I would have thought this was obvious. The lack of fossils after a certain point in time only shows that there are no fossils. You cannot logically infer anything else from this, other than the fact that you haven't found any newer ones. I'm not saying they didn't die out when they claim, but trying to "prove" a concrete date is going to be neigh on impossible. The reason we haven't find any newer fossils could be for several reasons, they could have all died out, or it could be no more of them were fossilised, or we simply haven't found the newer fossils yet.

more than 5 years ago

VIA Open Platform Mini-Notebook Serves up Linux

Manic Miner I wouldn't buy a via system again.. (111 comments)

I bought a via system for my home media centre, sold by the promises of Linux support and low power hardware - never again! I've got the worst performing badly supported and buggy heap of junk, lots of things simply don't work even with the latest kernels even when you use Via's nasty binary only drivers.

On the other hand the Asus machine will come running Linux, so hardware support will be there from the work go.

more than 6 years ago



Flash 10.1 beta no acceleration for Linux

Manic Miner Manic Miner writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Manic Miner (81246) writes "Adobe have been working on 10.1 for a while with the promise of hardware accelerated h.264 video playback, to help the likes of youtube, hulu, BBC iPlayer etc. And it has been released on Linux, Windows and OS X. However there is one slight catch, only windows gets the hardware acceleration. There is a short note on the last page of the release notes: "Linux currently lacks a developed standard API that supports H.264 hardware video decoding". Seems odd that despite working closely with nvidia (http://www.nvidia.com/object/adobe_flashplayer_plus_nvidia.html) it seems that Adobe still hadn't heard of nvidia's VDPAU api.

There is a thread on the 10.1 beta forums is anyone wants to comment: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/525931?tstart=0"


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