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Old January 24th, 2014, 10:24 AM   #23901
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Our beloved politicians issued a law few days ago, without consulting before with anyone from the respective industry. The law states that every "unmanned flying machine" (drone) has to be registered at the aircraft authority and that you need a special permit to fly with it. One of the problems is that you have to request that permit with minimum 45 days before the flight... but how can you know that in 45 days the weather conditions will permit you to fly your drone?

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Old January 24th, 2014, 03:48 PM   #23902
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Btw. Chairman of Slovak parliament proposed a law restricting freedom of press. Every journalist who will record drunk MP will be sanctioned by losing his/her license. It seems Ukrainian flu is contagious and we are about to come down therewith.
Not cool. Not cool at all. But can they do that? Is there protection for freedom of expression in your own constitution? And even if not, isn't there something at the EU level?
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Old January 24th, 2014, 04:03 PM   #23903
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In some cold places in Russia, Canada, Scandinavia frozen rivers and lakes are regularily crossed by vehicles during winter. The ice surface is made smooth with buldozers and the ice road is closed when ice is too thin.
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1446857
There's even a TV series about the life of a group of truckers who cross the frozen and desolated Canadian Arctic.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Road_Truckers
In Estonia the first official ice road of this winter was opened today. It's 3.5km long and spans the gulf between Haapsalu and Noarootsi peninsula. (green dot on the map)

This is 1 of 6 potential official ice roads than can be opened during winter in Estonia. The longest possible route is between mainland Estonia and Hiiumaa island - 26.5 km.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 04:13 PM   #23904
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Not cool. Not cool at all. But can they do that? Is there protection for freedom of expression in your own constitution? And even if not, isn't there something at the EU level?
There's the European Court of Human Rights, that force member countries to remove or changes laws who are against human rights.
However the freedom of press is a quite controverse topic, since it's difficult to draw a line between reporting a true fact or expressing an opinion (allowed in democracies) and defamation or hate speech (illegal even in democracies).
It generates a paradox thypical of democracies: everybody has the same rights regardeless his political view, religion, gender, ethnicity, everybody is allowed to express his political opinions but... expressing opinions against democratic rights (for example discriminating some categories or supporting past totalitatian regimes) is an offence in most democratic countries.
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 04:15 PM   #23905
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In Estonia the first official ice road of this winter was opened today. It's 3.5km long and spans the gulf between Haapsalu and Noarootsi peninsula. (green dot on the map)

This is 1 of 6 potential official ice roads than can be opened during winter in Estonia. The longest possible route is between mainland Estonia and Hiiumaa island - 26.5 km.
Have you ever driven in one? is it scary? And how do you travel between islands and the mainland when the ice is too thick for ships but too thin for cars?
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 04:44 PM   #23906
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Have you ever driven in one? is it scary? And how do you travel between islands and the mainland when the ice is too thick for ships but too thin for cars?
Yes, I've driven on an ice road a couple of years ago. It's not scary at all, to be honest. At times the road can be a bit bumpy but that's about it. The ice conditions are checked every day so there's no real danger either.

The ice road is on a different route than the ferry route and most ferries travel regardless of ice conditions. Trucks and buses are too heavy for ice roads (at least in Estonia) so they still have to use ferries to travel between the mainland and islands. Here's a photo I took in 2011 while driving on an ice road, note the ferry in the background

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Old January 24th, 2014, 05:32 PM   #23907
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Not cool. Not cool at all. But can they do that? Is there protection for freedom of expression in your own constitution? And even if not, isn't there something at the EU level?
So far, it would be valid only in Parliament. But I still find it very dangerous. I think, drunk politician should be forced to hand over his mandate and not be protected.
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Photos taken in October 2013. What about Google Street View images of Slovenia taken in July or August 2013?
Supposedly on Thursday.

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Old January 24th, 2014, 10:05 PM   #23909
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Speed limits in Italy

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Old January 24th, 2014, 10:16 PM   #23910
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And the stop sign ahead is meant seriously or as an accessory
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Old January 24th, 2014, 10:42 PM   #23911
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30 sign is just temporary due to some road works, I guess...
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Old January 24th, 2014, 10:58 PM   #23912
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But then cover/take down the 70 sign
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Old January 24th, 2014, 11:11 PM   #23913
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A funny conclusion posted on Facebook
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"The British and the Germans are afraid Romanians and Bulgarians are coming
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Old January 24th, 2014, 11:45 PM   #23914
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Iit's very clear. The 30 sign is a little bit nearer to you. So you have to drive 30 for approx. 40 centimeters, and then you can accelerate to 70.
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Old January 25th, 2014, 12:01 AM   #23915
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Iit's very clear. The 30 sign is a little bit nearer to you. So you have to drive 30 for approx. 40 centimeters, and then you can accelerate to 70.
Still enough wide to fit a radar there
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Old January 25th, 2014, 12:02 AM   #23916
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Old January 25th, 2014, 02:38 AM   #23917
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So far, it would be valid only in Parliament. But I still find it very dangerous. I think, drunk politician should be forced to hand over his mandate and not be protected.
Unfortunately politicians keep their mandate after doing far worse things that being drunk (corruption, stealing money, abuse of power,...)
I may overlook private vices of politicians (alchool, sex,..) but abuses in their office are unforgivable.
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Old January 25th, 2014, 03:26 AM   #23918
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I think we should re-instate tradition of ancient Persians, where politicians had to vote twice on proposals, once when sober and once when drunk
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Old January 25th, 2014, 11:55 AM   #23919
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As I said in another thread, in Italy where two speed signs are conflicting, the lower one wins. It's also easy to understand: if you go below 30, you comply with both signs.
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Old January 25th, 2014, 01:14 PM   #23920
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what do those arrows below the signs in Italy mean?
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