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1946 posts • joined 19 Mar 2012

Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed

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Re: X.25

Solaris? Really?? Isn't that obsolete?

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Here's another headline where NASA is dragged through the mud for cheap Mars wise cracks

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Re: At least...

Wind erosion there WOULD definitely be a problem!

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Well to be more precise *barely* exist. There is SOME wind erosion, but it is slow. If the slab is tilted away from the prevailing breeze it is probably already protected enough to not be a problem.

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CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

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Stories like this reinforce my strong belief that in any company that has a tier you'd call upper management they aren't actually needed for the continued survival of a company. They could all drop dead tomorrow and the company would just merrily keep ticking along. Sure they have a value in pulling in new clients, for long term strategies and for keeping an overview (if they are actually doing their work) but little of that has any effect on the day to day operations. Replace them with new people with NO idea what the company does and the "underlings" will have them up to speed in no time flat.

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Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture

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Re: Why do people have so much problems with Ikea?

Actually I am like you...

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Why do people have so much problems with Ikea?

Step 1: Convince the girlfriend/wife/SWMBO* that going on a weekend is a bad idea and it's better to take an afternoon off when it's sunny out

Step 2: Convince the girlfriend/wife/SWMBO* that you got this and she doesn't need to come along.

Step 3: Use the website to locate all items and their locations at your Ikea location

Step 4: Go to the store

Step 5: STUDY THE MAP at the entrance. Locate where your items are and where the shortcuts are located, they're not all marked but they are all on the map. Plan a route

Step 6: Pick up your items

Step 7: Use the self checkout tills to minimize friendly chitchat and old folks trying to pay with haypennies

Step 8: Load up the car and go home

Step 9: Argue with the girlfriend/wife/SWMBO* over the stuff you "forgot" to add on the list and didn't bring

Step 10: Piss off girlfriend/wife/SWMBO* enough that she won't try to help assemble the stuff

Step 11: Assemble the stuff correctly, first time, without problem

Step 12: Show new furniture to girlfriend/wife/SWMBO* and make up for arguing.

*Strike through as appropriate.

Seriously, I've had more flat pack furniture gone wrong because people try to help but just don't bloody listen when you tell them stuff than because I got it wrong. (Let's not mention the one closet where I assembled the 2 sidewalls the wrong way round)

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Elon Musk's latest Tesla Model 3 delivery promise: 6,000... a week

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Re: Replacing the batteries.

Power != Range.

The RANGE of a 10 year old petrol car won't have degraded all that much. It's power might have a bit, but then again, in normal road use you don't really use all of it most of the time. And a good service will bring back many of the lost horses to the stable.

The range of a 10 year old Tesla is diminished. And so is the power (maximum amperage the batteries can deliver also diminishes). I'll take the 10 year old petrol car most of the time (depends on the engine if it's a good choice)

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Super Cali health inspectors: Tesla blood awoke us

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I wouldn't be surprised if in all the broohaha over "too much automation" (Which is probably bullshit) and bringing in more and more human workers, the safety of those meatbags took a back seat.

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Facebook's login-to-other-sites service lets scum slurp your stuff

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This

This is exactly why I don't use "social" media sign-on. Anybody with half a brain could/should have seen this one coming imho.

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Don’t fight automation software for control, just turn it off. FAST

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Re: The old adage...

Aviate, Navigate, Communicate. In that order.

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Re: "the aircraft’s autopilot system will trim against the control column force"

On many light aircraft the autopilot doesn't control the actual control linkages (Which are mechanical) but only the trim system, which has enough control authority to perform normal "autopilotable" maneuvers.

In this case the pilot pulled on the yoke causing the nose to rise. The autopilot doesn't know better than to try to correct this so trims down. The pilot probably instinctively just pulls a little bit more on the yoke, but this cause the autopilot to trim down even more. The elevator loses a lot "nose up" control authority when the trim is full down. So it might nog have enough to keep the aircraft climbing at lower speeds. When the pilot relaxes force on the yoke the aircraft immediately goes nose down into the terrain.

This could have all been avoided with proper training for use of an autopilot on a light aircraft, and the TO is as much to blame as the pilot.

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Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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Uhuh, less exciting than for instance 1988, where the MP4/4 with Senna or Prost was guaranteed to win every race?

It's not the first time in F1 history that there is little overtaking and the battle is decided by strategy and pitstops. Sure the sound was more impressive but that was about it.

And little on-track skill shown?? Have you WATCHED any of the recent races? Plenty of skill shown by multiple drivers.

Yeah, F1 could be a lot better since the aero heavy cars make overtaking difficult and the sound of the V6 turbo's doesn't come close to the V12s, V10s or V8s of the past but it's still the pinnacle of racing. The speeds achieved are INSANE and only the LeMans LMP1 class comes close, even the slightest error can mean these guys miss a brake point, clip the inside curb on the apex then lose the back end on the exit ending up in the gravel or the wall (or the nice flat run-off asfalt if they're on one of the Tilke-temples). It's not for the faint of heart and not every driver can make it.

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That was just one example that popped into my head when thinking of interesting/exiting races I'd seen myself. There were enough good races in 2017 as well.

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Re: F1 is a Car Crash

Formula E... The "racing" sport that's less exiting than a go-cart race, that gives a random reward to whomever manages to win that weeks social media likes competition, that races over really narrow race courses with super high fences that makes it feel like they are racing through a viaduct and hides any and all ability to view the scenery, that switches camera view every 3 seconds to make it feel dynamic and fast but only makes you nauseous, that can get away with making their cars look like they came from a "Speed Racer" comic because they are so slow the aero doesn't actually do much, that can't actually have a single car complete the relatively short race and needs to switch cars midway through a race. Yeah... No... --> The one with the driving gloves in the pocket -->

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Agreed, Olav Mol should be replaced. The guy is too often an idiot and his English is atrocious (Which is annoying when he tries to "translate" team/driver radio transmissions). I vastly prefer to listen to the British commentary when possible.

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Then you really haven't watched any of the more interesting F1 races. Last weeks race in China didn't start out very exiting (though there were some nice overtakes) but ended up very close.

F1 isn't always exiting, and some races ARE snooze fests, but then sometimes something happens like last weeks crash between Gasly and Hartley causing a safety car and the whole race is back open. Or a race like the 2016 Brazil GP (wet race, plenty of exitement).

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 poised to fling 350kg planet-sniffing satellite into Earth orbit

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Not that weird actually. Due to the spinning of the earth they have to launch at a certain time to hit the correct orbit. Since TESS is a relatively light load they have some wiggle room for correction, hence the 30 second window. When launching to the ISS they are close to max load, and have to hit a moving target in an inclined orbit, which means launch windows are instantaneous, launch at the exact second you need to or stay on the ground.A 30 second window is a luxury basically.

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Re: Launcher

It would be normal if Orbital ATK was just another satellite builder, but Orbital also builds launch vehicles itself. I bet they would have loved to launch it on one of their own vehicles.

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What most people think it looks like when you change router's admin password, apparently

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Got that covered

My router password is so secure I can't even remember it myself. I'll have to run a reset to factory defaults on the thing at some point because for the life of me I can't remember what the hell I set it to. It's definitely not what I am convinced I set it to...

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eBay has locked me into undeletable Catch-22 trap, complains biz bod

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Ebay will die a slow death

With sites like Banggood, DX and Aliexpress growing stronger and stronger (and building a reputation of actually being reliable enough to trust with business) ebay is going to lose a lot of the chinese tat sellers that seem to be the driving force. Let's see how long they last.

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European Space Agency squirts a code update at Mars Express orbiter

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Re: "This guy seems to be about 20 years old "

Mars express was launched just a tad shy of 15 years ago. Take 5 years to build and start of design 10 years before that, the tech used was at best state of the art 30 years ago. Most likely it was well proven tech 30 years ago (and thus at least 40 years old by now). I'd think it was possible for Mars Express to still have mechanical gyro's for its orientation/navigation platform, however, that's not the issue here. The issue is the attitude control system. The article incorrectly uses Gyroscopes for what should actually be called Reaction Wheels. There is also an attitude control system called a Control Moment Gyroscope, but that's not what is on Mars Express from the info I can find. Mars Express uses "simple" Reaction Wheels.

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How do you get drones talking to air traffic controllers? Pretty easily, says Brit startup

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Re: Drone overload

As said, I suspect these flights will be filtered from the normal views and only shown when it strays from it's filed flight path by an automated system. A similar problem happened about 2 years back when mode-s transponders became mandatory on gliders. Turns out ATC couldn't handle a few thousand extra gliders on their screen on a sunny day and very quickly all glider traffic was filtered out. The big aircraft TCAS systems now also usually filter out GA mode-S signals unless they are on a direct and close collision course (>30s from collision iirc).

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FLARM systems could be built much smaller, but unfortunately right now only the expensive, heavy and large PowerFlarm systems are available new from the manufacturer. Mostly, it seems, because FLARM is are a bunch of money grubbing ass-hats. Also, I wouldn't want FLARM to become any sort of official standard since it's proprietary and the FLARM company has shown to be idiots when it comes to safety (like bringing out an update that stops updated units from talking to unupgraded units and initially preventing some old units from being updated in the first place. Great, a anti collision system where half the equipped aircraft can't see the other half and all of the equipped aircraft STILL can't see the unequipped aircraft.

(No, as a glider pilot I'm not a fan of Flarm. I can see the advantage when stuck to a hillside/ridge at 160 km/h, but over relatively flat land like north and west germany, the Netherlands and northern france imho its actually detrimental to safety as it stops pilots having a good lookout. I've experienced too many times where FLARM gives either false alarms or no alarm when it should)

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Hey, so Europe's GDPR privacy deadline for Whois? We're going to miss it ... by a year or so

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Re: @ boltar

As opposed to countries outside the US listening to the US's fanciful whims as has been the case for decades?

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Nope, you're still a transport biz, top EU court tells Uber

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Re: As far as Uber's pretence that they are not running a taxi service is concerned.......

As long as it doesn't have 8 inch long razor sharp claws attached to it, it's probably a duck. If it does, you won't live long enough to care :)

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Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat

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Re: Although...

It's actually the other way around from what you are thinking. If YOU are registered to these services with a "dotted" email address, then someone can steal the account by creating an undotted email and then getting all of YOUR email. Including account password reset emails. Good luck getting your account back.

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Ignoring dots when registering is a good idea. Doing so for receiving/sending mail however is not.

As to why I'm saying they should ignore dots when registering? My dad has a mail address that is my.dad@provider.com. Someone else named the same has the address mydad@provider.com. Forget the dot and the emails go to the wrong person. The other address was registered 2 years after the "dot" account and should imho never have been allowed in the first place for being too similar.

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COPPA load of this FTC complaint: YouTube accused of collecting children's data

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Gee, what a surprise....

Or maybe not.

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My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

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Re: Fifty shades of tea

A PROPER earl gray is quite drinkable. It's just that the swill most people call tea isn't, let alone so called "earl gray" often offered nowadays.

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Ariane 5 primed for second launch of year after trajectory cockup

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Re: Better get it right

Straight upwards?? Not really. If it's going to orbit it'd better be going pretty much horizontal by the time it reaches 70 to 80 km altitude. Being in orbit doesn't mean going far enough ^^ that way. It means going fast enough ---> that way. (Or <----) Doing it high enough to be out of atmosphere just means you keep going around instead of slowing down again.

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*Thunk* No worries, the UPS should spin up. Oh cool, it's in bypass mode

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Re: Floodplains

Lord Buckethead doesn't but maybe amanfrommars does?

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I left a few years later but the last I heard the company had spent several million pounds on a new site built directly on a flood plain with the IT hardware in the basement.

You'd be surprised about how many people don't even know what a floodplain IS, let alone the consequences of putting important infrastructure there. Even in the Netherlands (a country known for it's water management) some companies and homeowners have had to learn this lesson the hard way.

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Danish Navy expert finds no trace of exhaust gas in private submarine

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Re: Has he ever come up with a story ...

Afaik that is also how it works in Denmark and most other countries. A jail sentence can see you released early with parole and a bonus for "good behaviour". If you go the insanity route your conviction only has a MINIMUM term, and you could be locked away for the rest of your life at the discretion of the doctors treating you. The insanity plea basically is only a good idea if you are indeed so insane you need to be committed because its unsafe to put you in a normal jail. If treatment and coaching will improve your mental health enough to at some point allow you back into society you might get out, but it is in no way guaranteed.

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Re: Has he ever come up with a story ...

No, that's captain Blackadder and lieutenant George. Obviously!

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What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA

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Re: Thumping 'eck or Ecky Thump

Or alternatively, very very right

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Need a needle in an artery? Move over, doc, there's an app for that

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This. Good proof of concept, now it's time to implement it on stuff actually designed for medical use. If this works on the color change on a smartphone CCD it should work using one of those cheap disposable pulse-oximeter sensors already in use in hospitals..

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Elon Musk's mighty erection fires sperm at orbiting space station

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Re: LOHAN

Because the crew would like to stay alive during anx after recovery of the craft?

Also iirc Venezuela is almost 100% dense vegetation, not great for recovering a balocketplane.

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Re: There is an easier and cheaper way of getting a usable sample.

I for one would laugh my ass off seeing an astronaut on the ISS trying to deal with a confused and terrified bovine and it's "leavings".

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One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

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It's all much simpler. Make site operators liable for the ads they allow to run on their site. Including liability under the new privacy rules. That'll kill tracking right quick.

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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And the US fallsanother notch

On the places I'd like to visit list

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Donald Trump jumps on anti-tech bandwagon, gets everything wrong

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Re: Time for Twitter to bring down the ban hammer on the Trump

@Bob:

For a politician running one the most powerful countries in the world actively interfering in civil wars happening in other continents and having a large influence on the worldwide economic system?? HELL YES!!!!!!!

THE most important thing as leader of a country is to keep those that might in the future come in handy on your side and those that are enemies appeased enough not to do anything stupid. Trump has been alienating pretty much everybody else. With China gaining power in Asia, Russia renewing it's posturing, Europe getting overrun with economic "refugees" and ACTUAL war refugees and in the the tail end of an economic crisis (caused by the US I might ad) that is a VERY bad thing. The US should either go FULL isolationist, pull out off all countries they are operating in and leave the rest of the world to do whatever they want, or he should have some actual foreign policy. It's not he sort of thing that can be done off the cuff. The confusion on what the hell Trump is actually planning to do is having repercussions worldwide and it's NOT a good thing.

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Re: Time for Twitter to bring down the ban hammer on the Trump

Wow, way to fly off the handle and miss there Bob.

I'm not saying Trump should be banned from speaking. I'm saying it would be funny as hell (and probably better for the US) if Trump got booted off Twitter. Maybe that'd give him enough pause to think for a bit. Even better if all the other "social" media do the same at the same time. IMHO a US president shouldn't be using commercial products like Twitter for communication in the first place. And a, shall we say, less patient politician like Trump especially can be a danger to political goodwill because he doesn't filter (or think) what he says on media like Twitter.

I'm not saying the guy is an idiot, but he certainly doesn't have much of a filter between what he thinks and what he says...

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Time for Twitter to bring down the ban hammer on the Trump

For spreading falsehoods and fake news. Even better if they do it in concert with all the other "social" media companies.

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Autonomous vehicle claims are just a load of hot air… and here's why

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Re: For God's sake, why?

"from the end of the year Waymo will have a autonomous taxi service up and running in the US without any safety drivers."

Or so Waymo claims...

I'll believe it when I've seen it go 2 months without causing a big accident.

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NASA stalls $8bn James Webb Space Telescope again – this time to 2020

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Re: "Perplexing Apollo Questions for NASA" at FauxScienceSlayer

Just go pleasure yourself somewhere would you. None of those questions are perplexing or even difficult to answer if you'd just bother using google. Seriously, as an example of the idiocy displayed: "How did the astronauts transfer from the CM to the LM when there is a rocket engine in the way".... They didn't. The first move in space was to detach the CM from the upper stage, flip it around, dock it to the top of the LM and extract the LM from the upper stage. Then it was a simple matter of opening the hatch and transferring the crew. It's not hard, that info is out there on 10 gazillion sites. Are you REALLY that thick or does being told you're a moron make you feel special?

To those wondering why I bothered giving this idiot a click on his website: I couldn't resist looking at just how mindbogglingly stupid this guy really is. I've ignored his posts on here for so long I could no longer resist and just had to see what idiotic flavour of "they didn't land on the moon" this moron believes in. Consider my curiosity sated.

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Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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Re: F1 is in the pits

Show them the on board footage of Senna qualifying on a wet Monaco track in 1989 (And turn up the volume). Maybe then they'll understand why in the past people watched F1 races.

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Re: Not a Lewis Hamilton fan

Pretty much ALL F1 drivers (at least those that are employed because they have talent) started in Karting. It's where talent scouts come to find out how has talent. If you can be really fast in a Kart you might be fast in other (faster) vehicles.

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Re: Same concept...

Because some traffic actually leaves the highway from the inside lane, allowing it to move a bit. All those people then joining however don't want to stay behind/between the trucks on the inside lane or make room for the cars taking the next exit and all the extra weaving causes traffic on the outside lanes to slow to an even lower pace. The inside lane is also often occupied by trucks. Since truckers have a much better overview generally and have enough patience not to go *THROTTLE**BRAKES*THROTTLE**BRAKES*etc, like all those other plonkers out there and let their vehicle coast with some space to the vehicle in front, the flow on the inside lanes is usually better.

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Skip-wrecked! Boat full o' rubbish scuppered in Brit residential street

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I doubt a scrapyard would want a polyester hull though.

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Seems like a still decent hull. Why not just sell it? Dumping it seems like more work than putting out a "free, pick up only" advertisement on the local flEabay equivalent.

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