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|>>|| No. 91916
Has there been one single actual advantage of Brexit yet?
|>>|| No. 94195
'One Britain, One Nation' has heavy 'One Country, Two Systems' vibes.
|>>|| No. 94210
>Mobile operator EE will charge new UK customers extra to use their mobile phones in Europe from January.
>Those joining or upgrading from 7 July 2021 will be charged £2 a day to use their allowances in 47 European destinations from January 2022. EE, which is part of BT Group, previously said it had no plans to reintroduce roaming charges in Europe.
>It is the first UK operator to reintroduce the charges since the EU trade deal was signed in December. Since 2017, mobile networks in EU countries have not been allowed to charge customers extra to use their phones in other EU countries.
We've taken back control of roaming charges!
|>>|| No. 94212
Happy 'One Britain, One Nation' Day lads, I can't believe it's that time of year again.
|>>|| No. 94250
I've had a quick look on Indeed and there's lots of HGV jobs advertised between £40k and £55k, plus all the handjobs you could ever wish for from your driver's mate.
|>>|| No. 94262
If you're genuinely up for it, there is a national shortage of HGV drivers as they're all ageing out. My mate was a warehouse picker for ASDA and got offered the training and now works for ASDA as a n HGV driver, on considerably more money.
|>>|| No. 94265
How long, though? I assume the technology is almost certainly already there, it's just the public perception/politics hurdle to go, but I'm not quite convinced that's an easy step. The other thing is liability, has anyone worked out whose fault it is when a driverless HGV crashes? I can see a very silly world in which a 'driver' is still required to sit there and just be there 'in case'. This is mostly how aviation works, the technology to automate an entire flight has been possible for decades, but the flesh sacks in the two seats in the front are still required to be there. This is obviously a simplification I have adopted to wind up pilots, but it's not incorrect.
|>>|| No. 94268
I think as more automated lorries pop up, the price for drivers for lorries that don't drive themselves will similarly just keep going up, as it'll become even more specialist. There's, I'm quite sure, a lot of specific lorry jobs that you'd need/want humans for - would anyone on an active building site ever trust a glorified Roomba to dump 8 tonne of stone safely and accurately? Will self-driving trucks ever be signed off for dangerous goods transport? Will an airport ever let their fuel trucks be unmanned? (I can almost certainly say they will not).
There's also companies like mine that just bought 15 lorries to move things between our sites, and would never in a million years have paid the extra upfront cost for automated ones. Until it's as cheap to buy an AI truck as it is to buy a ropey LDV and pay a bloke's salary, I'm sure there's plenty of medium businesses with specific infrastructure who will have no financial incentive to change.
I'm by no means denying the coming change, it's happening, but I also don't think having an HGV license will become useless entirely in our lifetime.
Also, I for one cannot wait for bands of roving Mad Max style car gangs to patrol the M1, looking for automated lorries to board and rob, while being chased by police robot drones that transform into metal bobbies and fight them on the top of the speeding lorries.
|>>|| No. 94269
>There's also companies like mine that just bought 15 lorries to move things between our sites, and would never in a million years have paid the extra upfront cost for automated ones. Until it's as cheap to buy an AI truck as it is to buy a ropey LDV and pay a bloke's salary, I'm sure there's plenty of medium businesses with specific infrastructure who will have no financial incentive to change.
I reckon it will work like electric initially, you'll have higher upfront but it will be offset by lower wear and tear.
Still I get your point, we'll probably get some form of high-speed lines for automated vehicles only that will be used to deliver bulk to depots. Perhaps with passengers cramming into special 'carriages' like farm animals. These 'rail' vehicles will be like proof of concept in what is a less arduous environment where routes can be largely controlled centrally perhaps by some 40-something man in a basement.
|>>|| No. 94270
>offset by lower wear and tear.
One of the things I'm most looking forward to with the EV revolution is I'll actually be able to understand / fix a car if it's electric. All that oil/grease/combustion scares me, but give me electricery and batteries and I'm all over it.
It's the mechanics/garages I feel a bit sorry for. For sure, there will be a very long tail (30 years+) of servicing combustion engines, but a lot of those jobs will change drastically.
|>>|| No. 94272
Fortunately, proprietary software tends to be much less tamper-proof than the manufacturers would hope. I reckon that in the electric future, car repair will be more like phone repair - most of the job will be keeping up with the latest workarounds and sourcing grey-market parts from China.
|>>|| No. 94273
>It's the mechanics/garages I feel a bit sorry for
I don't, they all seem to either be dickheads or criminals from my experience.
|>>|| No. 94275
It's a rite of passage in life that you find a local, trustworthy, cheap garage to service your cars that isn't a main dealer. It took me 22 years driving a car to find one. I take brand/very new cars to mine and he charges me about £150 a year for a service and the MOT.
Same probably goes for plumbers, but I know all the Polski peeps so that bit is easy.
|>>|| No. 94276
No it's that the mechanics work as mechanics for a reason because it really is a bad job in winter while the manager is up to his elbows in low-moderate level crime and sleaze.
Probably different with official dealers but on the whole we could do without the industry. And the related debt slavery of Big Tool.
|>>|| No. 94277
It really is a whole process. It's even harder when you mostly do you own work, like I do, because then you're only really looking for someone infrequently, and you're probably wanting them to do something laborious, boring, or that requires specialist equipment - and finding garages that even want to take these jobs at all can be difficult, let alone stumbling upon an actually good one.
The mobile mechanic bloke that does my mum's annual service (I'd do it, but I don't think she trusts me, given that half my cars are perennially broken) charges a hundred quid for the full whack, including MOT. If he has to do anything major like replace discs, it's £160. He also charges £50 to take your car for an MOT and it always, always comes back with no advisories, so he's a useful man to know. Aside from that dodginess, I can tell he's a good mechanic, because I once asked him how much he'd charge to change the water pump on my R53 Mini and he told me to fuck off, so he definitely knows his onions.
|>>|| No. 94278
I wish I knew enough about cars to know if my mechanic is good or not. I think I've found the good one now, but for years I lived in a much more urban locale and my only real option was a Halford or a Kwik Fit, and I didn't trust either of them as far as I can spit on them.
That said I'm horribly lazy with car maintenance anyway because it means taking a day out of my very busy schedule of sleeping through the day and wanking to obscure porn all night, and walking ten minutes back from the garage. I'm pretty sure my front brakes are on bare metal by now. You don't need brakes, right?
|>>|| No. 94280
>I'm pretty sure my front brakes are on bare metal by now. You don't need brakes, right?
I get you're jesting but if your pads ever did wear down to the metal, you'd likely be shelling out for new brake discs too, so I'd not recommend it.
Home car maintenance is a tricky one, it'd be easy for me to say it's simple, and in theory it is - changing brake pads, for example, is really incredibly basic, you just undo a bolt, pop a thing out, and pop another thing back in. But to get that far, you need a jack, a wheel wrench, ideally at least one axle stand for safety, a socket set, and a space to actually do all this in, and so on. They're just big meccano sets, but it's the size of them that really makes them tough to DIY.
At the same time, keeping a car running at least safely should be the bare minimum expected of a driver. And it is, in some ways, but I just think most folks don't realise how dangerous something basic like an underinflated tyre is - and there's certainly people on our roads who have no idea how to inflate a tyre, let alone what pressure they should be inflated to, or how to find that information.
|>>|| No. 94281
Kwik Fit are one of those outfits that I think gets a worse reputation than they deserve, I think a lot of their negative press comes from people who do take their absolutely knackered, never been serviced Micra there and are outraged when they get an £800 bill to repair all the horrors they've inflicted on it over the years and decide they've been scammed.
I think chain garages work just like any independent place, in that it really depends on who's running the place. I get my tyres done at the local ATS Euromaster, and the gaffer there is knowledgeable and, as far as I can tell, exceedingly honest. I suppose it doesn't make any sense for him to rip his customers off, it's not like he'd be seeing the benefit. If they offered a bit more of an extensive jobs list, I'd probably give them a lot more business.
|>>|| No. 94282
Nah I had expected it to be both pads and discs anyway, they were on their last legs already when I got the car. That's why I've put it off as long as I have. Might as well push it as far as I can under the circumstances, and I haven't been driving as much as I might have over the past year for obvious reasons.
I get the impression with those sorts of places, it's just that if you're taking your car there for it's regular servicing or what have you, it's going to be a very quick and impersonal job. They're working on all kinds of cars all day for all sorts of people, they're not going to take the time or have the attention to detail to notice something a smaller time, less rushed mechanic might notice and bring to your attention. That way, preventable things don't come up until they're an actual problem or MOT fail and by then it's more expensive to sort out.
That and they always seem like gormless wankers who simply couldn't give two shits. But that's obviously just down to the individual place and its staff more than anything. I usually get that impression whenever I've been to one though.
It's like the car equivalent of a Maccies though to me, you don't expect it to be good, you just go there because you forgot your MOT was up in a week and they're the only place with bookings available.
|>>|| No. 94283
I'm in the process of finding a new garage after the one I regularly used for the past five years has closed. It's a pain in the arse.
|>>|| No. 94286
>take their absolutely knackered, never been serviced Micra there and are outraged
I hear exactly the same about WeBuyAnyCar - I've sold them a couple of cars, in both cases they gave me a really good price (and exactly what they said they would pay) - people have very strange ideas about what a car is "worth" and what prices they actually sell for.
>keeping a car running at least safely should be the bare minimum expected of a driver
Couldn't agree more. I'd suggest that changing a wheel, checking tyre pressures and basic weekly maintenance should be part of the test.
|>>|| No. 94289
I've used them before too, I do know I could have got maybe 10 or 20% more if I'd sold a car privately, but that would also take about 100% to 200% more effort and annoyance.
I have found they seem to undervalue 'enthusiast' cars, I could sell my MR2 for about five grand but they would give me £1000. I get why, though.
|>>|| No. 94336
"Haha! We lied and they pointed it out! Exactly as planned!" I'm going to have to watch this interview now to understand this so-called trap. I freely concede that "Let's fund our NHS" is not a promise to fund the NHS, and many Remainers seem convinced that it was, but the idea that Brexiteers lied openly and it was all a big trap to fool the people who saw through it is a 4D chess move I really cannot get my head around.
|>>|| No. 94337
Surely it's just a mixture of dead cat strategy and rote repetition? If they're talking about the £350m lie, they're not talking about something else. If they're quibbling about the amount, the topic remains "we are sending Europe money" (and there they always concede "Well yes, but also if you look at the net amount..."), and if they're constantly going "Let's talk about the £350m, now, that's not quite true" the key words being repeated are "The £350m", so by attempting to refute the claim on a logical level they actually wind up spreading it on a practical "most of the audience is only half paying attention to the telly because the dog's barking" level.
|>>|| No. 94338
Is 14 years in prison for journalists who
write about the embarrassing things the government has done "embarrass the government" an advantage of Brexit?
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