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Postby morriswalters » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:32 pm UTC

I thought 5 foot vertically was a lot when they drove into my house. They ought to get some kind of award for getting the second story.

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Postby ObsessoMom » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:13 pm UTC

Spike in ear injuries from yucca plants

Or should that be "spike-in-ear injuries"?

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Postby pogrmman » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:22 pm UTC

ObsessoMom wrote:Spike in ear injuries from yucca plants

Or should that be "spike-in-ear injuries"?



That’s exactly why you don’t plant yucca (or agaves for that matter) next to pathways. Personally, I think agave stabs are a heck of a lot worse than yucca ones. Also, some kinds of yucca (like Y. rupicola) are a whole lot less stabby, but still look nice.

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Postby addams » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:18 pm UTC

morriswalters wrote:I thought 5 foot vertically was a lot when they drove into my house.
They ought to get some kind of award for getting the second story.
oh,...yes.
You had a car come to visit.
How have the repairs gone?
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Postby ObsessoMom » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:21 pm UTC

pogrmman wrote:
ObsessoMom wrote:Spike in ear injuries from yucca plants

Or should that be "spike-in-ear injuries"?


That’s exactly why you don’t plant yucca (or agaves for that matter) next to pathways. Personally, I think agave stabs are a heck of a lot worse than yucca ones. Also, some kinds of yucca (like Y. rupicola) are a whole lot less stabby, but still look nice.


I have both yucca and agave in my front yard, and the agave has definitely injured me more. For one thing, the sap when I cut it back makes my skin blister horribly if any of it lands on me, even if I evade the pokes and scratches.

I don't dare plant my favorite kind of yucca, which is one wildflower that will definitely always remain wild:

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I fell off a pony onto one of those (which wasn't blooming) when I was a kid. Still have the scars on my thigh. When I see those plants in bloom, though, all is forgiven.

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Postby morriswalters » Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:46 am UTC

addams wrote:
morriswalters wrote:I thought 5 foot vertically was a lot when they drove into my house.
They ought to get some kind of award for getting the second story.
oh,...yes.
You had a car come to visit.
How have the repairs gone?
Not too bad, I've actually find it funny, kind of, looking at it from a distance. I'm teaching my grandson in law carpentry. Silver linings and all that. Just when you think the world has your number you find that the RNG has a sense of humor. Physics is hysterical.

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Postby addams » Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:56 am UTC

morriswalters wrote:
addams wrote:
morriswalters wrote:I thought 5 foot vertically was a lot when they drove into my house.
They ought to get some kind of award for getting the second story.
oh,...yes.
You had a car come to visit.
How have the repairs gone?
Not too bad, I've actually find it funny, kind of, looking at it from a distance. I'm teaching my grandson in law carpentry. Silver linings and all that. Just when you think the world has your number you find that the RNG has a sense of humor. Physics is hysterical.
I'm so glad Time has revealed the Funny..

We did not Dare to laugh, then.
Your front door was gone and you were Not in the mood.

umm...What color is the replacement door?
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Postby Sableagle » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:52 pm UTC

morriswalters wrote:They ought to get some kind of award for getting the second story.
Considering how high the driver was, in both senses, and how fast he was going, a Darwin Award would be ideal.
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Postby morriswalters » Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:44 pm UTC

addams wrote:What color is the replacement door?
The door is still red, he missed it and took out a large window instead. And a porch post. And a lot of wall.
Sableagle wrote:a Darwin Award would be ideal.
My first thought in my case was to help him along. However the impulse passed. The RNG protects drunks and little children. Sometimes.

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Postby addams » Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:12 pm UTC

morriswalters wrote:
addams wrote:What color is the replacement door?
The door is still red, he missed it and took out a large window instead. And a porch post. And a lot of wall.
Red...That's nice.
I'm glad you had Time to fix the damage before the Winter Weather hit.
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Postby morriswalters » Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:44 am UTC

addams wrote:
morriswalters wrote:
addams wrote:What color is the replacement door?
The door is still red, he missed it and took out a large window instead. And a porch post. And a lot of wall.
Red...That's nice.
I'm glad you had Time to fix the damage before the Winter Weather hit.

I like red and the house was green, it seemed fitting. On being fixed. No such luck. I got it closed, but not fixed. There are some structural issues that the insurance company declined to fix. Which left me on my own. Tomorrow I intend to jack up one corner 1.5 inches. I'll either break the house I won't. News at some future date. Maybe. It's been amusing in a twisted kind of way. It's interesting to find out how much you know versus what you think you do. :lol:

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Postby addams » Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:30 am UTC

morriswalters wrote:
addams wrote:
morriswalters wrote:
addams wrote:What color is the replacement door?
The door is still red, he missed it and took out a large window instead. And a porch post. And a lot of wall.
Red...That's nice.
I'm glad you had Time to fix the damage before the Winter Weather hit.

I like red and the house was green, it seemed fitting. On being fixed. No such luck. I got it closed, but not fixed. There are some structural issues that the insurance company declined to fix. Which left me on my own. Tomorrow I intend to jack up one corner 1.5 inches. I'll either break the house I won't. News at some future date. Maybe. It's been amusing in a twisted kind of way. It's interesting to find out how much you know versus what you think you do. :lol:

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Gasp! Jacking the house up for less than two inches??
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I saw a lot of houses being jacked up and moved.
They had walked off their foundations during an earthquake.
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New Regulations were put in place.
Houses in earthquake areas MUST be tied to their foundations, now.

The Europeans that built those old houses expected the weight of the house to keep it in place.
After a hurricane took the roof off of the garage, my grandfather tied it down with metal straps.

If a house is not tied to its foundation,
It really will walk off into the garden.

And; That is rough on the plumbing.


In Fact; I helped jack my own house up, once.
It was, kind of, fun. I also used house jacks to move the GreenHouse.

But...If the Floor Struts are weak or broken from the car crash....oh, dear!
Yes! Please keep us informed. I will live my DIY dreams vicariously through you.
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Postby Ginger » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:01 am UTC

A real news stories from my town: A Shop with a Cop event. Held at... Walmart. And EMTs, cops, fire fighters... would shop with younger girls and boys? And Santa came apparently. To make things merry and festive.... And the cops, fire fighters, and EMTs. Had a Pizza Party. W/Some young girls and boys. How funny? If I can find any articles I be sure to post them. <3
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Postby ColletArrow » Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:45 pm UTC

Aldi lorry blocked lane in Clydach near Swansea

This sounds pretty mundane, but have a look at where it got itself on Google maps. Zoom in where Mynydd Gelli Wastad Road meets Heol Dywyll, roughly in the middle, and look at the street view.
Why? What on earth did the driver think they were doing? I can't see how a diversion route from the M4 Eastbound would take you there.

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Postby Soupspoon » Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:56 pm UTC

It's funny because of the relative lack of Sais vowels! (At least it just needed the heddlu to respond, and not an ysbyty due to the cerbyd nwyddau trwm having fell down a slope of many llath onto an ysgol brysur due to mwd ar y ffordd.)

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Postby ColletArrow » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:12 pm UTC

Nice Welsh-ing! I did have to google the latter ones, but I knew the first handful just from living/studying at Swansea University since September. I guess the acronym for HGV isn't used in Welsh though. And no, there weren't any ysgolion nearby, nor anything really apart from a couple of tai and lots of coed. Although we've had plenty of glaw, so there probably was llawer o fw, which wouldn't have helped.

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Postby HES » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:19 pm UTC

ColletArrow wrote:I can't see how a diversion route from the M4 Eastbound would take you there.

Motorway closed > forced to take exit > sat-nav re-routes down inappropriate road.

Happens all the fucking time. We get a ton of complaints every time we close a road because suddenly there's a load of heavy traffic going through a village, despite a proper diversion route that sticks to the main roads. We can only sign the diversion, can't force people to use it.
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Postby Yablo » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:38 pm UTC

A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y. Every once-in-a-while, W, because screw English.
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Postby Soupspoon » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:52 pm UTC

How else would you spell "bws" without using English orthography and having it then sound like "bees" in Welsh? ;)

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Postby Sableagle » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:53 pm UTC

Related old news:
Pensioner following satnav takes wrong turn and ends up dipping car into canal

A pensioner took a wrong turn and drove half a mile along a canal tow path before getting stuck at the water's edge.
Sat-nav puts driver on rail line

A takeaway delivery driver caused train delays after he misunderstood sat-nav directions and drove onto a railway line in Suffolk.
Sat nav driver's car hit by train

A 20-year-old student's car was wrecked by a train after she followed her sat nav system onto a railway track.
When Lynne Regent's satellite navigation system told her to turn left at a railway level crossing, she did exactly that.

Mrs Regent, 52, a senior NHS executive, found her silver Ford Fiesta immovably perched on the Brighton-to-Hastings line.
Oh, Willie McBride, it was all done in vain.

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Postby commodorejohn » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:08 pm UTC

But self-driving cars will definitely be 140% reliable!
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Postby Mutex » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:47 pm UTC

Well, there'll probably be fewer of them stuck in the side of buildings about 20 feet up.

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Postby CorruptUser » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:19 pm UTC

Self driving cars will get stuck in loops when the sat nav acts funny, but they arent going to drive into ditches. Probably.

Problem with robots is that follow directions EXACTLY. As an aside, I'm tempted to write a short story about all the different robot apocalypses due to human error. First is that government bans all GMOs, but due to humans containing non-simian DNA from horizontal gene transfers, robot apocalypse. Next is that government bans all radioactivity, but since humans are naturally radioactive, robot apocalypse. As you can guess, I don't think scientifically illiterate people should be allowed to make laws.

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Postby Chen » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:15 pm UTC

commodorejohn wrote:But self-driving cars will definitely be 140% reliable!


Each of those 4 cases was the driver not properly reading the sat nav. Those are all examples of WHY self-driving cars will be better.

Also the first article mentions NOTHING about sat nav except in the headline. And the last 3 articles are like 10 years old.

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Postby morriswalters » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:07 pm UTC

commodorejohn wrote:But self-driving cars will definitely be 140% reliable!
I would settle for them being more reliable than the average driver.

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Postby CorruptUser » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:23 pm UTC

They already are more reliable. Maybe. Problem of small samples, but so far 1 death per 134m miles driven, vs human drivers of 1 per 100m miles. If you remove drunk drivers and such, humans are probably much better than robots, for now, but robots will get better much faster than humans, short of some serious genetic engineering.

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Postby eran_rathan » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:45 pm UTC

Chen wrote:
commodorejohn wrote:But self-driving cars will definitely be 140% reliable!


Each of those 4 cases was the driver not properly reading the sat nav. Those are all examples of WHY self-driving cars will be better.

Also the first article mentions NOTHING about sat nav except in the headline. And the last 3 articles are like 10 years old.


You do realize that barring more expensive tech and better satellites, GPS is usually only good to +/- 10 feet? And in areas where there is significant multipath (like urban canyons) its more like 30-50 feet (10-20m)? Look at how often a phone will tell you you're driving on the next street over, and give you directions based on that.
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Postby ConMan » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:09 pm UTC

Chen wrote:
commodorejohn wrote:But self-driving cars will definitely be 140% reliable!


Each of those 4 cases was the driver not properly reading the sat nav. Those are all examples of WHY self-driving cars will be better.

Also the first article mentions NOTHING about sat nav except in the headline. And the last 3 articles are like 10 years old.

Recent anecdote: When my wife and I were driving back after visiting my parents over Christmas, we had to leave the main highway to refuel before the long stretch. When we resumed our journey, our car's satnav told us to *not* immediately get back onto the highway, and we figured that the entrance lane must be weirdly located or something, so we followed its directions. Some time later, we realised that it had put us on the *old* highway, which meant we were still heading home but not as quickly and following a much more scenic route. About 45 minutes later, we hit a T-junction. The car said turn right to go through a town, my wife checked Google maps and it said turn left to get back onto the main highway. We turned left, got back onto the main road, and our car's satnav readjusted by telling us to take the very next exit, go through another small town, and get back onto the old highway. When it finally figured out that we were sticking to the new road the rest of the way, it reluctantly readjusted again and wiped about half an hour off the expected travel time.
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Postby elasto » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:35 pm UTC

eran_rathan wrote:You do realize that barring more expensive tech and better satellites, GPS is usually only good to +/- 10 feet? And in areas where there is significant multipath (like urban canyons) its more like 30-50 feet (10-20m)? Look at how often a phone will tell you you're driving on the next street over, and give you directions based on that.

GPS is only a first-approximation navigation tool. When combined with crowd-sourced data the accuracy goes up way further.

To take ConMan's example, within a few years his experience will be self-correcting. His sat-nav would learn from its mistake and not only drive him the correct route next time but inform everyone else to drive the correct route too. This is the second-wave of the information revolution: The revolution of Big Data. The benefits are enormous (as are the dangers, as ucim will happily point out to anyone who asks :D)

This is how AI can rapidly evolve beyond human capabilities: Humans are self-contained and every person has to be trained from scratch. If I learn to drive better that doesn't in any way help you to learn to drive better. There is a limit to how good a person can become in one lifetime. But once a car learns to drive better, all cars based on the same technology learn to drive better. AI has no limit.

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Postby addams » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:45 pm UTC

ConMan wrote:Recent anecdote: When my wife and I were driving back after visiting my parents over Christmas, we had to leave the main highway to refuel before the long stretch. When we resumed our journey, our car's satnav told us to *not* immediately get back onto the highway, and we figured that the entrance lane must be weirdly located or something, so we followed its directions. Some time later, we realised that it had put us on the *old* highway, which meant we were still heading home but not as quickly and following a much more scenic route. About 45 minutes later, we hit a T-junction. The car said turn right to go through a town, my wife checked Google maps and it said turn left to get back onto the main highway. We turned left, got back onto the main road, and our car's satnav readjusted by telling us to take the very next exit, go through another small town, and get back onto the old highway. When it finally figured out that we were sticking to the new road the rest of the way, it reluctantly readjusted again and wiped about half an hour off the expected travel time.
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Postby ColletArrow » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:49 pm UTC

HES wrote:
ColletArrow wrote:I can't see how a diversion route from the M4 Eastbound would take you there.

Motorway closed > forced to take exit > sat-nav re-routes down inappropriate road.

Happens all the fucking time. We get a ton of complaints every time we close a road because suddenly there's a load of heavy traffic going through a village, despite a proper diversion route that sticks to the main roads. We can only sign the diversion, can't force people to use it.

I guessed that, heck we had a pretty large bus end up in our cul-de-sac because the driver hadn't been told about the temporary route when the main road through our village was closed.
In the case I originally posted, it just didn't seem like a logical route to take as a diversion. I guess it didn't want to go through the city center, so went the rural way and got stuck.

Sableagle wrote:Related old news:
Pensioner following satnav takes wrong turn and ends up dipping car into canal

A pensioner took a wrong turn and drove half a mile along a canal tow path before getting stuck at the water's edge.
Sat-nav puts driver on rail line

A takeaway delivery driver caused train delays after he misunderstood sat-nav directions and drove onto a railway line in Suffolk.
Sat nav driver's car hit by train

A 20-year-old student's car was wrecked by a train after she followed her sat nav system onto a railway track.
When Lynne Regent's satellite navigation system told her to turn left at a railway level crossing, she did exactly that.

Mrs Regent, 52, a senior NHS executive, found her silver Ford Fiesta immovably perched on the Brighton-to-Hastings line.

I'm very familiar with these types of stories unfortunately. There have been countless repetitions, mainly of less-aware drivers at skewed crossings in the dark where the combination of circumstances leads to mistakes. Even so, I still can't stop myself thinking "Really, though?" whenever I hear them.

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Postby Yablo » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:01 am UTC

elasto wrote:GPS is only a first-approximation navigation tool. When combined with crowd-sourced data the accuracy goes up way further.

Even then, there's no guarantee two feuding companies won't strand you somewhere just because they can. My wife (girlfriend at the time) and I drove cross-country from Tennessee to Arizona to Washington and then took a ferry to Alaska when she moved here.

This was during the time when Google and Apple were having a pissing match over their respective mapping technologies. She had talked me into getting an iPhone at some point, but I still trusted Google Maps more than I trusted Apple. As it turns out, Google Maps on iPhones back then would straight-up lie to you. My wife still won't let me navigate due to the "Dallas incident."
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Postby elasto » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:13 am UTC

Yablo wrote:Even then, there's no guarantee two feuding companies won't strand you somewhere just because they can. My wife (girlfriend at the time) and I drove cross-country from Tennessee to Arizona to Washington and then took a ferry to Alaska when she moved here.

This was during the time when Google and Apple were having a pissing match over their respective mapping technologies. She had talked me into getting an iPhone at some point, but I still trusted Google Maps more than I trusted Apple. As it turns out, Google Maps on iPhones back then would straight-up lie to you. My wife still won't let me navigate due to the "Dallas incident."

I dunno. That sounds like it has class action lawsuit written all over it.

If Apple deliberately slowing old devices to preserve battery life is actionable (and I think it is), a company deliberately placing people in physical danger sounds far more actionable.

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Postby Ginger » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:18 am UTC

Sableagle wrote:Related old news:
When Lynne Regent's satellite navigation system told her to turn left at a railway level crossing, she did exactly that.

Mrs Regent, 52, a senior NHS executive, found her silver Ford Fiesta immovably perched on the Brighton-to-Hastings line.

Oh that's terrible. Why we even have unreliable computers in re: cars? It too complicated and mechanics now charge extra fees to fix them.
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Postby elasto » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:22 am UTC

Ginger wrote:Oh that's terrible. Why we even have unreliable computers in re: cars? It too complicated and mechanics now charge extra fees to fix them.

There are over a million deaths on the roads every year, and goodness knows how many injuries.

If the tech isn't already safer than human drivers it's not going to be too many years before it is.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby morriswalters » Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:54 am UTC

I'm so glad I grew up before GPS.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Soupspoon » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:27 am UTC

(I'm very much an OS Map person, preferably. If not using some old Bartholemews ones, fabric-based and frequently featuring dotted lines with labels saying "Roman Road (Under Construction)".)

Here's an interesting junction, if the over-complicated URL gives you what it does me*. See the No Lorries sign perpendicular to the road you're on? That's a depiction of a Satellite at the top. Move slightly in towards the junction and then take the arrow into the junction, and you'll see the junction transform (currently!) into the Streetview imagery taken prior to the road being downgraded/now being a dead-end. ;)

(* - Testing, it doesn't hold the power of its Streetviewness in that, and I can't be bothered to try to find out if it can. You'll have to work that bit out yourself, to see all that I mean.)

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Ginger » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:20 am UTC

Women can fix cars now who knew?

An article about the state of women in the automotive industry, specifically as mechanics. AND I tried... to do the URL trick and it doesn't work when I make my posts? </3
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Deva » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:48 am UTC

Ought to look like this.

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[url=https://womenautoknow.com/the-awkward-question-of-women-and-auto-repair/]Link Text[/url]
Changes its form depending on the observer.

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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby Ginger » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:11 am UTC

THANK YOU SO SO MUCH Deva. You are a forums rock star~ <3
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