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  1. Many providers have been cutting down a lot on how you can roam in Europe and the Isle of Man, especially long term. Voxi stopped, Smarty stopped, EE are changing their roaming terms for Europe, Vodafone I think have already changed it too.
  2. Finance deals can be designed to trap you into them. Who wouldn't like the idea of a newer car on PCP for less than they'd spend on a hire purchase agreement? However, the price you'd pay at the end to keep the car is usually a sizable sum to the tune of thousands and thousands. At the end, you can either pay the final payment, or, you can trade the car in for another finance deal. Turns out, it can be quite hard to pay that final figure, but you need a car, so you chop it in for another. The island can be quite hard going if you don't have a car at all. There are enough commutes that'd be impossible by public transport. Note that the people working the least sociable hours tend to be doing so out of necessity, penalising them for getting to work, when there's little other option at 4 in the morning may not be the right approach.
  3. Massive randomized study is proof that surgical masks limit coronavirus spread, authors say https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/09/01/masks-study-covid-bangladesh/ The researchers estimate that among a group of Bangladeshi adults in the study that were encouraged to wear masks, mask-wearing increased by 28.8 percent after the intervention. When tracked, this group saw a 9.3 percent reduction in symptomatic covid-19 seroprevalence, meaning the virus was confirmed by bloodwork, as well as a further 11.9 percent reduction in covid-19 symptoms. …Because the research team was only able to document cases in which people were symptomatic and were seropositive for the virus, Ranney agreed that results may be an underestimate. “To me this is the minimum effect of mask-wearing in a community,” she said. “I would expect the real effect of masks is much higher, given the limitations of how they were able to measure covid in this study.”
  4. Actually you'll find that the shallower the cycle the better. A battery cycled between 40% and 80% can last thousands of cycles longer than a battery going from 80 to 20% for example. Vauxhall/GM did it with the Volt/Ampera, the battery has 15kWh but only allows you to use 10.8kWh. There are maybe a handful of battery failures, and no signs of degradation even on high mileage ones over the last 8+ years. They were built to meet the 15 year warranty required by California.
  5. It’s for higher performance engines, it burns slower under compression. Some engines won’t run on regular fuel without pre-detonation. Some cars are able to run on both but run slightly better/with more power on the better fuel. In the UK, branded ones like V-Power tend to advertise extra detergents and additives in too which they claim makes a difference. Anecdotally, the V-Power diesel doesn’t save money but doesn’t cost money for the extra handful of MPGs it nets you.
  6. Depends what you drive. I’ve got one vehicle which specs 95 Octane/regular unleaded but will, on a hot day and under heavy load, start knocking. It’s carburettor fed and has a compression ratio is around 12.8:1. On Super, it never has an issue. But, it has not got a clever ECU, and is quite highly strung. Either way, it’s a moot point when the manufacturer has said that it can’t use E10. It’ll be stuck running super.
  7. You mean the potential disasters that scientists have been worrying about for over 40 years, and since then it has only gotten worse? That one? You've got swathes of the planet on fire, glaciers that have been frozen since the Vikings melting, hottest temperatures ever recorded left right and center. Texas froze over. Remember the Australian fire devastation just before COVID kicked off? We're currently on track for one of the hottest years in history, and July was the hottest month ever recorded in the past 142 years. Yeah, it's definitely imaginary.
  8. The garbage at the end of the link is a Facebook click identifier. Used to do analytics on how links are being shared and followed.
  9. They're claiming now that they're hoping to go through the regulatory process to have a Manncoin exchange. https://manncoin.im/faq I still wouldn't touch it with a barge pole, the FAQ raises more questions than it answers.
  10. Or, if you read the press release for the study… “Ideally, Yarusevych said, the evidence shows that high-quality masks and proper ventilation should be used in combination to mitigate the threat posed by indoor aerosol accumulation as much as possible.”
  11. Being vaccinated reduces your odds of catching it, having it and of passing it on. Vaccination passports are a very good incentive to getting the jab. Especially in places that are a bit more reluctant towards taking it up.
  12. Ah, but you'd notice that in your jab for sure, especially if the monkey was in there too.
  13. If you really want a microchip, some of the biohacker folks are doing some quite cool stuff. But, these aren't exactly subtle. https://hackaday.com/2019/08/29/pegleg-raspberry-pi-implanted-below-the-skin-not-coming-to-a-store-near-you/ The closest we've got in implantable tech that's usable is stuff like the chips that go in dogs. But you need a reader right next to you to get any useful data back, and you'd notice that being snuck into your Pfizer dose.
  14. The app uses data your GP and the NHS already hold. That's it. You're not exactly supplying anything new. If you look at the App Store permissions listed, they can collect anonymous coarse location data, user identifiers and some usage data. Your phone, Android or Apple, is already collecting all sorts of data about you. Even down to the length of your stride as you walk down the street. As well as everything from who you socialise with, to where you spend your time, to how fast you drive. There are even studies around detecting your emotional state from smartphone data. Social networks fill in the blanks for people that aren't on their platform too, even if you don't use Facebook, you can bet they know where you fit in various groups of friends/family etc. Quite simply, there's no need to bother making the NHS app a data collection exercise, when people already hand it all over willingly anyway.
  15. Great analogy, except that, it's not correct. https://theconversation.com/covid-19-masks-faqs-how-can-cloth-stop-a-tiny-virus-whats-the-best-fabric-do-they-protect-the-wearer-146822 An older article, it's from late 2020, but, it gives you an idea of why the chain link fence analogy is poor.
  16. Focusing on the source control rationale, I reckon there's likely something to it. Typically, when you breathe out, without a mask, you're expelling a stream of air out in front of you with some force to it. Just look at how your breath spreads in winter. A mask completely disrupts that flow, and if you're unlucky, just fogs up your glasses instead.
  17. https://www.pnas.org/content/118/4/e2014564118 The paper also discusses quite a bit of evidence around the impact of mask usage. Have a read, it links a lot of studies too.
  18. Have you got any evidence for that? Evidence I've seen proposes that they do afford some benefit, but it's less than 'proper' masks.
  19. Arctics and >7.5t lorries are limited already to 40mph on the Island by law, even on de-restricted roads.
  20. So, you're suggesting that little Doris who does her run from Onchan to Douglas twice a week in her little 1.5 diesel spends out on replacing the entire car because her journeys don't suit it? Realistically, a DPF delete in those circumstances falls under the least environmental harm compared to replacing the car. Equally, I loathe the de-catted Fiesta STs with pop and bang maps that make them sound atrociously antisocial. Note that 'sports cats' are MOT compliant, and insurers will happily cover them. Think of the sheer volume of metal, plastic and rubber that goes into a new vehicle, that all requires manufacturing, shipping and assembling into a vehicle. The environmental costs of which are already spent. A new car, or EV as some suggest for these use-cases has a significant environmental overhead, and leaves you with a vehicle that needs recycling and will generate more waste in the process. Your EGR may be easy, some are. You should see the ones that aren't, some VWs are known to be absolute nightmares, and when the EGR fails, it can actually end up needing an engine replacement as the most economical option. What's the environmental overhead of the plants making said new engines? I'd reckon there's an interesting research paper you could get to work out that trade-off. From a quick Google, Toyota reckoned in 2004 that for a car's lifetime emissions, 28% of them were made in manufacture and transport to the dealer. Another analysis puts that at nearly 50% of lifetime CO2 before it's even driven away from the dealer. EVs are significantly better over their lifetimes, but, you still have that start-up cost to pay back environmentally. I would argue we need regular vehicle testing over here, you see cars driving about with smoke billowing, badly lowered on cut springs, dodgy HID headlights and transits with more rust and holes than solid metal.
  21. Quackers isn’t it? Who’d pay that bill? Whoever set up the pricing is clearly suffering some form of mallardy.
  22. You can quite happily de-cat a petrol too, often you can get away with not even fiddling about with the computers, a nice little spacer ring can suffice on the oxygen sensor. Petrol cars are coming with gasoline particulate filters nowadays, but they’re seemingly surviving better. DPFed diesels struggle on the Island and there are some dealers who would decline to sell customers diesel cars who they knew would struggle with managing to let them regenerate. Of course, when your choice is remove the DPF for the remaining lifetime of the car or, scrap the car and replace it with the manufactured resources of a new one, what is more environmentally harmful? Especially when you consider that you are having to burn extra fuel for each regeneration, whether that’s powering the regeneration, or pumping fuel into the exhaust to heat up the filter. Even manufacturers have been fiddling emissions since the 70s. That included Ford, Toyota, General Motors, Chrysler and VW back then.
  23. They’ll still be chucking out about the same amount of CO2, they’re not taxed on their NOX emissions, which are what EGR is designed to reduce.
  24. Out of curiosity, have you ever seen black box/event data recorder data pulled from modern cars? It’s my understanding that modernish cars will log a bundle of conditions in the last few seconds before an airbag deployment. I believe it has been used as long ago as 15 years ago across for prosecutions. I would wonder whether knowing that data could be pulled would act as a bit more of a deterrent to those who are driving recklessly.
  25. Taking the Cat and Fiddle as an example, it took them years to sort out average speed cameras to be effective there. They introduced average speed cameras, but the manufacturer of the cameras actually got told off by the Advertising Standards Agency for claiming the cameras had reduced accidents. Now, a lot of bikers just avoid it as it has lost a lot of the charm they perceived to be there. I would not be surprised if visitor numbers dropped significantly if the Mountain Road and other good roads became policed, especially if by average speed cameras. You'd just go over to somewhere like the A683 around Kirby Lonsdale instead where you can have a cracking run, and not bankrupt yourself for the ferry. The speed limits there will be fondly ignored. Anecdotally speaking, it's rare to see bikes sticking to the 50 limits between Ramsey and Sulby for example, they'll disappear off from in front of you at a rate of knots. License-wise, if you passed your test onwards from about 2000, you are limited to 3.5 tonnes. That's a big Transit/Sprinter/Merc etc. You can do your C1 license, which is essentially a driving test in a big van, and you can drive anything up to 7.5t. Think big horsebox or small lorry. There's no stipulation on what performance you can have. A 125cc motorcycle is generally about as slow as a little old 1.2 fiesta, for rough comparison. So they're really not comparable to any performance vehicle at all. Motorcycles >500cc you already have to be 24 for in most of Europe, or have over 2 years of experience with a full restricted license. A 125 you can ride after dallying around a playground for a couple of hours, followed by a couple hours on the road. 0-60 gets tricky very quickly, most electric vehicles will do very well in that respect. Do we outlaw the majority of cars that people will soon be able to buy for those learners? Regular shaped EVs will often do 0-60 in around 6 seconds. Teslas will almost halve that. By comparison, a 'small' petrol car might do it in 12 or so. A Countach could only manage it in 5, to give some historical perspective. The 'fast car = danger' can be a false equivalence too, whilst being quicker, they also tend to have bigger brakes, better tyres and more computers than an office block. Unless turned off, the electronics are constantly monitoring the speed of each wheel, the yaw (sideways force), steering input, and even watching the road with cameras and radar to make sure that the car is going in the direction you're asking it to. If it isn't, the car can actually start braking individual wheels to put it back on track, and this has been in and evolving in cars for the last 30+ years. The technology has filtered down and become mandatory as time has progressed. The Island is arguably using its roads as a selling point for tourism, and how much money that actually brings in, may well be up for debate. But, it is fairly unique in that position. If we introduce speed limits, it'll be a one way road. No MHKs want to go down as the ones that got that wrong. Fundamentally, I think we need to up the standard of driving of bikes and cars, as that is what will make a difference. Bikesafe in the UK is an example of something that goes down really well with bikers and is a good way of actually getting them to think about their riding a bit more. Essentially, you spend the morning in a workshop, talking to traffic police and you're taken out in the afternoon. A copper will follow you to assess your riding, and get you to spend a bit of time following them too. Breaking the speed limit during these sessions is not frowned upon where safe to do so.
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