* Posts by TeeCee

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BEELION-dollar lasso snaps, NASA mapper blind in one eye

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Re: And this is why Science is a waste of money

When they started offering "alternative" therapies on the taxpayer's pound?

Personally I can't see the difference between that and teaching fairy stories as science, save for the fact that the former is our idiocy whereas the latter is one from the septics.

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Wikipedia’s biggest scandal: Industrial-scale blackmail

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Re: When Wales Can Fly.

When whales can fly[cetacean needed]

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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

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Don't like Google's prudish speech recog?

Well fork off and do it yourself then.

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Greater Manchester plod site targeted by nuisance DDoS attack

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Black Helicopters

either non-native English or fairly sophisticated stylometry-foiling jargon,

That and amanfrommars is conspicuous hereabouts by his absence.

Coincidence? I think not......

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Self-driving CARS? BORING. We want self driving, LIZARD dodging GOLF CARTS

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"It was this stop-and-go game over who's going to do what,"

Hmm, wasn't there an article recently featuring a Google self-driving vehicle and something that exhibited exactly the same behaviour as the lizard?

Ah yes. It was that urban hazard familiar to most, a lizard-brained cyclist of course.

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Bloke clicks GitHub 'commit' button in Visual Studio, gets slapped with $6,500 AWS bill

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Re: Trawling

Depends whether or not the crew have internet access and nude pics of you....

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Jailbreaking pirates popped in world's largest iCloud raid – 225,000 accounts hit

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Re: Walled Guarding

You cannot put a full alternative browser on your device.

AFAIK Internet Explorer is never likely to be made available for iOS. I believe that's the only one now available that isn't WebKit underneath.

Since WebKit was originally and still is built as the Safari engine, what are the others but "Safari with a coat of paint" (okay, some plaster mouldings too) anyway?

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US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018

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Re: versus?

Actually the A10 is more likely to survive over a battlefield than any other type.

It's built with horrendous levels of redundancy and designed to fly home having been shot to shit. The only single point of failure is the pilot and he sits in a heavily armoured tub.

AFAIK it's the only aircraft where more than one of them has returned safely[1] after taking a SAM hit. Small arms, RPGs and conventional flak aren't much of an issue.

Anyone toting something that can knock down A10s is going to see a load of F35s as a sort of upmarket coconut shy.

[1] For a given value of "safely" that includes being shy of an engine, a wheel, much of the control systems and most of a wing.

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Vodafone: Dammit Britain, your emergency services need 4G!

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Next week:

Rabbit farm pulls figures out of hat showing that the emergency services need more rabbits in order to do their jobs effectively.

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Boffins clock MONSTER BLACK HOLES inside quasar-hosting galaxy near Earth

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Re: Intriguing potential explanation for what a quasar really is

Slightly more bleedin' obvious is that Quasar formation is the province of young galaxies.

Once they get older, the central black hole has hoovered up the majority of the loose material in the middle and has ended the "feeding" stage of its lifecycle.

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Spaniard claims WWII WAR HERO pigeon code crack. Explain please

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Re: IP over Avian Carriers RFC 1149

Hmm. You've never had firsthand experience of African telecoms then?

My money's on the pidgeon.....

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Re: Useful

Apparently we're skipping 3 and going straight to WW4.

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Google tells iOS 9 app devs: Switch off HTTPS if you want that sweet sweet ad money from us

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WTF?

FFS!

Ads over HTTPS as a "must have"?

For the love of god, WHY?

First rule of security: Horses for courses.

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

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track cycling sprint races

The most incorrectly named sport of all time.

Bloody funny on TV though. Listening to a commentator trying to make two blokes riding incredibly slowly and/or standing still on bicycles sound exciting is comedy gold.

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Take two mobes into the shower? I didn't before, but I do now

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Really?

The idea is that because the gizmo can fit in your wallet, you can ignore the fact that it is there.

Presumably the ability to ignore it's there is also dependant on the good graces of the battery recharge fairies.

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Fugitive UK hacker turned ISIS recruiter killed in Syria

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Re: Expecting

If they elect that rabid twatspanner, it really will be time to impeach the electorate and select a new one.

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Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

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You think planned obsolescence is annoying?

Not too long ago you needed a TV license and a SKY sub to get everything.

Now you need a TV license, a SKY sub, Amazon Prime, Netflix, BT, etc ad-bleedin-nauseum and even then you can't guarantee that some bunch of greedy shitstains won't leap on the bandwagon, start a new service next week and corner the market in something interesting.

There were idiots who used to describe SKY as ripoff merchants. I do hope they are bloody happy with the new "competitive" world.....

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Google Cloud in nine-hour storage SNAFU

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FFS!

The whole selling point of this bloody "cloud" thing was that redundancy came free with it as, with nothing in one and only one place and with no single failure points in a global network, you could always get at everything in it.

With that bit so obviously bloody missing from all the major offerings, I'm struggling to see why[1] you'd want to use one of the things.

[1] Apart from "It says in the Technology Pages of the FT that this 'cloud' stuff is The Next Big Thing. We must have it now", of course.

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Password 'XXXXairocon' pops Wi-Fi routers from ASUS, ZTE and others

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Re: "...recommends blocking telnet and SNMP..."

As for why telnet and not ssh...

You mean so that once your intruder has logged in using its predictable password they'll have a secure connection to it?

That'd be nice for them.

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Krebs: I know who hacked Ashley Madison

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Let me fix that.

OzzieAussie hard rock heroes

Otherwise you'd be talking about Black Sabbath.....

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Perhaps the AIpocalypse ISN'T imminent – if Google Translate is anything to go by, that is

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Re: Re:He said 58 words in the first film :)

On a relevant and related note; IIRC Arnie is always dubbed into German by someone else, despite speaking the language natively. Apparently he hails from a rather bucolic corner of Austria and nobody is scared of a killing machine that says:

<Wurzel>

Oi'll be baaaach!

</Wurzel>

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NHS site defaced with screed protesting Syrian conflict

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And as the world's come over all hand-wringy at the sort of extremely heavy-handed military intervention required to keep a lid on it, long may it continue.

Unless we can find a suitable psychopath to run the place and ensconce him with a heavily armed bunch of elite sadists to keep the theocrats ground down, I don't see a way forward.

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

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Yes, but....

The Oneplus 2 is in the same price range as the Storm, similar on spec and gives you a Snapdragon 810........(!)

That's an awfully big grunt hike for the sort of extra quiddage the sheep normally associate with adding a "Hello Kitty" branded cover.

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Using SQL techniques in NoSQL is OK, right? WRONG

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A couple of things.

... these engines have done away with table joins.

Sounds like the answer here is to resurrect the toolchains and associated languages designed to work with large data sets in such structures[1]. RPGII/COBOL and SORT off the old System/36 spring immediately to mind and I'm sure there are others.

Secondly, just about everything said about SQL structures and sequences and their importance apply equally as well to SQL databases. The query optimiser is not a worker of miracles and it's amazing how much performance improvement you can get by pointing someone who knows what they're doing at some abortion slung together by those who think that a query optimiser is both psychic and infinite in its wisdom.

[1] There is nothing new here, just Old Skool 2.0.

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BT commences trials of copper-to-the-home G.fast broadband tech

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FTTC 2.0?

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Ashley Madison spam starts, as leak linked to first suicide

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Yes, the data was stolen illegally. However, whether or not it's then illegal to publish it online is a case for argument.

Does receiving/handling stolen goods apply to data?

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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He's obviously saying:

"If I hold my hand like this, some arsehole will probably photoshop an iPhone onto it."

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Collective noun search for security vulns moves into beta testing

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Sounds like the ideal use for Sir Pterry's wonderful neologism.

An embuggerance of flaws says it all really.

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Re: Not that enamoured of the presented options but please

Flashmob?

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The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?

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Re: "The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?"

I just love that attitude.

Okay, maybe we don't like Ashley Madison. Still, the gleeful "you got hacked / ripped off / fucked, now I get to make some free money out of you in court" thing is just wrong. Smacks of kicking a man while he's down or necrophilia to me.

Most litigants are worse than those they sue and in this case, we know they're all scumbags before they sue. Why so happy?

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Android apps are flooding on to jailbroken Win10 phones

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Reports suggest that at this stage, far more Android apps crash than run well.

More like 'write once, FAIL anywhere' then.

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Re: Remember OS/2 Warp

Yes, but the reason they did that is that OS/2 was already dead-but-still-twitching[1] by the time Warp came out. IBM had to do this as nobody was developing for OS/2 by that time and to keep it on life-support at all, Windows applications were a "must have". The alternative was to try to convince potential purchasers that living with the limited and severely aging set of native OS/2 applications was a good thing[2].

[1] Ok, maybe it is the same as WinPho then.

[2] And when it comes to selling really bloody awful things to the public, even Goebbels would call that one a dead loss.

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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WTF?

getting to the sort of level of knowledge of the roads that Google has, of every stop sign, traffic light and feeder lane

Why would you want to? Relying on that information would be dumb, dumb, dumb. First set of roadworks, accident, diversion, failed lights and its oops big time.

There's a bloody good reason why conventional cars are not driven by memorising the route and then playing it back while blindfolded.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. For any driverless car system to be acceptable it has to operate entirely autonomously based on what it "sees". Even without considering the slight snag that connection availability on the move is (to put it charitably) spotty, anyone should be able to think of at least five showstopper reasons why this should be so without trying to hard. Any "always on" connection is therefore more about scarfing data about your commuting habits than about making the thing work.

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Act of God damaged data on Google cloud disks

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It's probably in Central Europe.

There's a reason why the house I had in CZ was covered in effing great lightning conductors, as were all the others in that area.

Power outages due to electrical cables, substations and such being repeatedly struck[1] were all too common.

[1] Or, on one memorable occasion, struck once very, very hard. I saw the bolt and it was like the finger of god.

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

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Really?

OnHub therefore represents a welcome change in router design.

Funny that. I've always made a habit of turning off any remote admin / update features in anything internet facing, as that's the route the miscreants usually take to pwn it......(!)

A bit like sorting the problem of the inadequate lock on your door by removing it entirely.

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US Air Force: 'Loose tweets destroy fleets'

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Or...

One careless Twitter and we take it up the shitter.

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Veedub flub hubbub stubs car-jack hack flap

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Typical.

after Volkswagen spent some two years suppressing the work discovered in 2012.

They have form here. There are at least two cases of nailed-on candidates for recall[1] that VW spent years resisting claims from affected owners and baffling the regulators with bullshit over, rather than just take it on the chin.

They're also one of the worst manufacturers for getting "goodwill" out of (a contribution to the costs associated with a major component failure when the vehicle is just out of warranty)[1].

I'm amazed anyone touches the ruddy things with a bargepole.

They must have the world's best PR department, as the actual quality of their products and their attitude to customer service is pretty much the exact opposite of public perception. Presumably their legal department is always busy keeping a lid on anyone or thing trying to tell the truth. If everything in life really were as reliable as a Volkswagen, the human race would have died out eons ago.

[1] Look up VW ABS/ESP unit failures (mainly Golf models, but most affected) and Passat injector failures here.

[2] Exploding 1.4TSI engines for a start. Those make the legendarily iffy Rover "K" series look like a paragon of reliability.

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Choke on it! Brit police squeeze pirate site advertising money trail

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Aha!

an advertisement for Lexus cars washed up on a bestiality site.

So even the advertisers have a problem with targeted advertising now?

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Boffins nail 2FA with 'ambient sound' login for the lazy

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Right question?

.....is preferable to Google's popular two factor authenticator app....

Not sure that "popular" is quite correct here as while it might literally cover "foisted on a hell of a lot of people", the spirit isn't quite there.

What I see here is a correct identification that current 2FA systems all have in common the fact that they really, really, really suck to use. (Missing here is that Google's "app" solution becomes ludicrously unwieldy if you have your phone's lock screen doing something constructive - i.e. you actually give a shit about security).

Not sure this is the right answer though as it still has a problem that's common to many. Google and their ilk are getting my bloody mobile phone number shortly after hell freezes over....

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

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Yes, but.

there's plenty of sensible left-leaning economists out there who do know one end of a curve from another.

The slight problem with that approach is that anyone with any basic knowledge of economics knows that this "anti-austerity at all costs" approach is economic suicide. Look at France under Hollande[1] for where that particular five-year plan leads.

To find an "economic advisor" who's actually prepared to produce an economic plan based on that populist but mind-numbingly stupid platform, you have to step outside the field of economics.

[1] I'm not convinced that knowing that Corbyn, if elected, would likely end up in the same position as Hollande of being the most unpopular leader ever, amidst the economic wreckage of the country, is any comfort.

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How many pre-loaded Win 10 PCs did disties have 7 days after release?

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WTF?

That headline.

I take it that it is a trick question and the correct answer is: "Who gives a shit"?

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China laments 'wild guesses and malicious slurs' on state hacking

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Re: The Rules

Sorry, but anything coming out of the UN is the ne plus ultra of bureaucratic bullshit and should be ignored by any right-thinking organisation.

Now, if that were a "bill of rights" (a succinct statement, written so that anyone can understand it) I'd be interested, but it isn't. It's the UN declaration of human rights, probably the worst piece of text ever produced by a committee of B-grade politicians with nothing better to do and full of irrelevancies, over-complication, linguistic gymnastics and sops to axe-grinding tossers appointed to the committee on a "Buggins' turn" basis.

If you're going to criticise the US, at least pick something that they're being bloody daft about. It's not like there isn't enough to choose from.

(Yup. That was my "pet hate" button you just thumped.)

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Drone racing sells robot soul to Mammon with launch of racing league

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Drone racing.

I can't help thinking that some enterprising hobbyist is going to turn up with a good, old-fashioned, racing radio controlled aircraft and hand all the drone 'copter lads their arses on a plate.

Tagging 'em with the D-word doesn't make aerial ROVs anything new......

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Cheers, Bill Gates. Who wouldn't want drinking water made from POO?

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"diseases caused by poor sanitation kill some 700,000 children every year"

Aha! Eat shit and die, I've heard of that.

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Huge explosion kills 44+ in China, blasts nearby supercomputer offline

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Re: Talk about risky locations..

A mate worked in SoS semiconductor research, back in the eighties. They used to get Oleum shipped in in glass-lined tankers which they would then dilute as required to etch wafers in the research facility. They lost one of those in a motorway smash once.......(!)

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Exploding Power Bars: EE couldn't even get the CE safety mark right

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Dodged a bullet there.

Presumably if they were correctly CE marked and subsequently proven substandard, EE could be nailed to the cross for breaking the CE rules.

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Google ready for another pop at India, with Android One in hand

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Re: Cricket?

You should be safe doing that, as long as you're not Australian.

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Tesla still burning cash: each car loses $4,000

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So?

The ruddy things are already priced at "if you need to ask, you can't afford it" as a rich man's toy.

Stick the price up by 4k. Nobody who was actually going to buy one will care.

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Has Microsoft saved the Apple Watch with Outlook improvement?

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Re: Hidden Agenda or no Agenda

You mean within the corporate world, not the unwashed masses that this wristjob is aimed at.

Meanwhile, in the real corporate world, every chair-polishing tosser with enough clout to override policy has a ruddy iPhone[1]. I'm sure they'll be getting the accessory for it in due course.

[1] Usually courtesy of a rattle-out-of-pram rant....

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Re: Lane merging

Nope, UK is slow to fast (to the left rather than right for obvious reasons), with the sole[1] exception of the crawler lane at the southern end of the M6. The only one that actually bloody works.

Tim's spot on here, slowing a vehicle travelling at 80 to merge into a lane doing 65 is a damned sight easier and safer than moving a heavy truck doing 50 sideways into a lane where everything else is doing 65[2]. What really doesn't help is that roads are built on a "cheap as possible" basis, so the mile of crawler lane that allows trucks to regain speed on the flat / downgrade after the incline is always missing.

The other thing common on continental motorways which I really miss in the UK is the restriction of trucks (7.5t and up) to lane 1 at peak periods and at all times on many two lane sections.

[1] Only one I've found anyway.

[2] This causes sudden braking and "bunching", the No 1 cause of motorway shunts.

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