I was both saddened and annoyed by the HS2 release, and I wrote an earlier blog on the issue. The fact is that the potential savings in journey time are a sick joke. How a 30 minute saving per person between London and Leeds can justify such a huge cost is staggering. I am reminded of the idiocy of the guided bus system which runs down sections of the York Road in Leeds. Here in a nutshell is how that works. Point one, add extra guide wheels to buses = extra cost. Point two, build a central roadway with a fabricated raised curb to guide the bus = hideous extra cost! Point three, provide additional passenger entry/exit points in the newly created central reservation = extra cost. Finally create massive interruption whilst undertaking the project = extra cost. All this could have been achieved by simply surfacing the full width of the road and painting suitable coloured lines to indicate the bus only lane down the centre. Minimum interruption and cost, any bus could have used the lane, not just suitably equipped vehicles; but no, like all these schemes, they, because it is not their money have no trouble throwing it away like it grew on trees! HS2 will be the same. Any way the idea of an eighteenth century technology “rail” guided motive transport is so stupid in the present age it beggars belief.
Archive for the ‘Computing’ Category
The following YouTube video about the sinister machinations of the global political elite, or more P.C. the world’s governments, to restrict the Internet is worth watching. Keep an eye out for the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), it’s being organized by a government-controlled UN agency called the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
It is important to keep governments out of censoring our use of the Internet make your voice heard. Visit whatistheitu.org for further information.
Quick test to see how easy it is to write post on an iPad! Simple, I really like the keyboard, much easier and quicker than an iPhone. I also note that if you type iPad, it automatically inserts the correct capitalisation. All done in a matter of seconds.
Sent from my iPad!
I have 958 photographs (as of todays date) on Flickr and I also have 2,381 views. But on looking at my pages I note that the stats are wildly adrift, on one page alone of pictures of the cellar at Parlington for example I have over 3,000 views! So what’s going on is this something to do with the sad situation of Yahoo… can’t they find the right people anymore to do justice to the sites they operate. It’s not that long since they threw in the towel on MyBlogLog, which was quite good at determining the users on a web site.
The end of the
Reality Distortion Field!
That’s what they used to say about your vision, you got the last laugh… arguably the most innovative company ever! and now possibly the world’s largest, some achievement Steve!
At some point during the evening of Monday 29th or the early hours of Tuesday 30th, this blog went awol! We are now back up and running with an older version of WordPress, apologies for any inconvenience.
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Those who know me will have no doubt that I am upset by the resignation of Steve Jobs… heck I’ve been using Apple products since the beginning of the nineties! I bought my first Apple machine in Hong Kong and remember looking at the “Next Cube” at an exhibition as an alternative and wondered whether it represented a better bet, but I stuck with my purchase of the PowerBook 140, I’ve never wavered since, despite some tricky times before Steve Jobs returned in 1997. Anyway its all history now! I’m on my nth Mac, a really slick 27″ iMac Core i7 with a screen to die for [2560 x 1440 pixels] running OS X Snow Leopard and with 16GB of RAM.