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Old May 3rd, 2016, 09:00 PM   #33941
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Ridiculous topic, but it reminded me when I went to Bratislava by bus (just young people with a tourist agency). Some guys were drinking a bit too much beer, so we had to stop somewhere along a country road. There was also a railway very close to the road, and just as they started peeing right beside it, a passenger train came from somewhere.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 09:20 PM   #33942
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I now work half of my workload in an office in Rotterdam with an impressive view, 22nd floor. I've never worked, or lived for that matter, so high up (I lived at 12th floor before years ago but that was it). I have a wide view all the way to Den Haag and, on a clear day, Leiden. It's possible to see Kleinpolderlplein knoopunt partially, and get a sideway view of planes landing and taking off Rotterdam International Airport.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 09:25 PM   #33943
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Time to change the topic and trains are good to start with

Last week I was on my way to business trip and as I did not wanted to spend my whole journey in an overcrowded compartment, I had decided to go to the very last passenger railcar that was old and dirty but empty. I was there alone but I realized the window is so dirty I could not see anything through. Then I found out the railcar is enough old to has a window that can be fully opened (so I can pop my head out). I was looking through the window for the whole journey and in one section of track I found a funny thing: Speed camera by the road at the beginning of built-up area that runs along the railway track. The speed camera caught the train, displayed flashing speed of 120 kph and the caption "SLOW DOWN!!!"

I hope nobody is scared while evaluating the data from the speed camera after having realized that every two hours there is a vehicle that hurtling through the village more than twice faster than speed limit

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Old May 3rd, 2016, 10:24 PM   #33944
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Time to change the topic and trains are good to start with

Last week I was on my way to business trip and as I did not wanted to spend my whole journey in an overcrowded compartment, I had decided to go to the very last passenger railcar that was old and dirty but empty. I was there alone but I realized the window is so dirty I could not see anything through. Then I found out the railcar is enough old to has a window that can be fully opened (so I can pop my head out). I was looking through the window for the whole journey and in one section of track I found a funny thing: Speed camera by the road at the beginning of built-up area that runs along the railway track. The speed camera caught the train, displayed flashing speed of 120 kph and the caption "SLOW DOWN!!!"

I hope nobody is scared while evaluating the data from the speed camera after having realized that every two hours there is a vehicle that hurtling through the village more than twice faster than speed limit

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This is a picture from January from the speed camera of local police some 40 kilometers north of Helsinki. The picture raised a discussion about the reliability of the speed camera traps.

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Old May 3rd, 2016, 10:51 PM   #33945
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I've worked with traffic counting radars (temporary setups). It required very precise mounting and adjusting the angle, otherwise you would get very strange results, especially with vehicle classification, but also speed.

Back then, a rubber tube counter was much more reliable and easy to set up than a radar. They could very precisely record speed up to 180 km/h, whereas rubber tube counters are typically mostly used on low-volume secondary roads (those without permanent counting stations). I never used them on roads with a speed limit over 80 km/h, and even traffic counting on 80 km/h roads was rare, as those roads tend to have permanent counters.

Temporary mobile speed traps tend to be less reliable, this is one reason why several countries use a greater margin or 'tolerance' than with fixed speed cameras. Ideally you would verify the mobile speed trap with a laser gun, to make sure you're not getting incorrect results. Even when the equipment is reliable and accurate, the setup may not be as accurate.
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Old May 4th, 2016, 11:02 AM   #33946
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Yesterday, in the centre of Milan, in front of the famous theater "La Scala", a police car tried to overtake a tram, but another tram came in the opposite direction and it didn't end well:



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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 May 4th, 2016, 02:51 PM   #33947
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Old May 4th, 2016, 10:47 PM   #33948
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You are lucky guys. I replaced the current one less than year ago.
It happened twice this year. Once, the windshield had to be replaced, last time it could be repaired. It happened in early 2014 and early 2015 too and the windshield had to be replaced. Previously, it didn't happen for 15 years (since I have my driving license)! I don't understand why it happened so many times in just 2 years...

I had to pay 150 € for replacing the windshield. The rest was paid by insurance.
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Old May 5th, 2016, 04:51 AM   #33949
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are all those prices at "reputable" garages ?

In Canada you can typically get Chinese windshield for most cars installed for less than $200 CAD / 125 EUR or so, but you have to say you are paying yourself, or you get "insurance price"...
I had a quote to have the windshield on my Mercedes for like $160 (110 EUR)...
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Old May 5th, 2016, 04:57 AM   #33950
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Greetings from somewhere in the Rockies... I'm climbing a 4400 m high mountain in a few day.
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Greetings from the top of Mount Elbert
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Old May 6th, 2016, 07:32 PM   #33951
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are all those prices at "reputable" garages ?
Yes. In addition, my windshield has defroster.
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Old May 6th, 2016, 09:28 PM   #33952
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are all those prices at "reputable" garages ?

In Canada you can typically get Chinese windshield for most cars installed for less than $200 CAD / 125 EUR or so, but you have to say you are paying yourself, or you get "insurance price"...
I had a quote to have the windshield on my Mercedes for like $160 (110 EUR)...
The windscreen is a significant component of the chassis structure in most modern cars. It much more than just a piece of glass. I would never enter a business with a less reputed garage selling windscreens from unknown sources.
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Old May 6th, 2016, 09:37 PM   #33953
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I also had a crack in my windscreen, but since it was on the passenger side I drove with it like that for about an year. After the crack started "moving" to the driver's side, I changed it.

I have a Ford Focus from 2013. It has rain/light sensors, as well as 2 or 3 cameras that check the road and warn me if the speed limit changes, if overtaking is allowed or forbidden or if I leave the lane with signal. It also has heating, so during winter I don't have to scratch the windscreen. Pretty nice features overall, but so many sensors make the windscreen more expensive.

I asked at the official Ford workshop for a price, and they said it was around 800 Euro for an original one. As I did not have insurance for it and the car is already out of warranty, I changed it somewhere else for 325 Euro (it is not the same brand as the original one, but this workshop does only this... changes car's windscreens and windows). The new one is installed since January and everything is ok... just like the original one.
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Old May 7th, 2016, 12:14 AM   #33954
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Greetings from the top of Mount Elbert
This is the highest point of the Rocky Mountains? I had no idea, I just knew about Denali (Mount McKinley) and Mount Whitney.
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The Rocky Mountains are much smaller in geographic area than most people think they are. They do not extend into Alaska or the westernmost states. Mount Elbert is the highest point of the Rocky Mountains. People often think of the Rocky Mountains as all mountains west of the Great Plains, extending to the Pacific, but in reality they cover a much smaller area along the Continental Divide.

Mount Whitney is located in the Sierra Nevada. It is the highest peak in the lower 48 states (the difference with Mt. Elbert is only 20 meters though).

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And Denali is apparently in the Alaska Range.
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Mount Whitney is located in the Sierra Nevada. It is the highest peak in the lower 48 states (the difference with Mt. Elbert is only 20 meters though).
I thought the highest peak in Sierra Nevada was Mulhacén, which is also the highest peak in mainland Spain, standing 74 meters higher than Aneto, the runner-up.

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Old May 7th, 2016, 02:23 PM   #33959
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An interesting feature of the Rockies is how easy it is to climb most of its peaks, compared to other North America's mountain ranges. No massive rock walls or things like that. The mountains are big to the natural eye, very massive, yet looks like erosion did a longer job there.

Which is why these mountains are good for skiing combined with the drier snow that commonly falls there.

I also think many people are completely oblivious to the geographical features of anything between the Rockies and the West Coast except the Southern deserts or the Colorado River canyons. The Great Basin is a big unknown.
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Old May 7th, 2016, 10:53 PM   #33960
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Last week we had snow, now we have summer; up to nearly 28 °C today in the Netherlands. Benelux was reportedly the warmest area of Europe, which is not common at all. The normal maximum temperature this time of the year is 16 °C.

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