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Steph

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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1125 on: July 21, 2019, 08:02:17 pm »
Should've gone to Mercsavers?
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1126 on: July 26, 2019, 07:59:41 am »
What on earth is the justification for blanking out the reg plate ?
The reg seems to be blanked out in this photo too – even though the accompanying story names the driver.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/26/man-73-and-his-two-dogs-survive-four-days-lost-in-oregons-remote-high-desert

(It's a story of ill-judged audaciousness and good fortune rather than parking)
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1127 on: July 26, 2019, 09:39:54 am »
What on earth is the justification for blanking out the reg plate ?

I think that started when people got worried about being found out via Google Streetview.  Who then got so bloody overzealous that half the street-signs in their pics became illegible.
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1128 on: July 26, 2019, 12:01:45 pm »
What on earth is the justification for blanking out the reg plate ?
The reg seems to be blanked out in this photo too – even though the accompanying story names the driver.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/26/man-73-and-his-two-dogs-survive-four-days-lost-in-oregons-remote-high-desert

(It's a story of ill-judged audaciousness and good fortune rather than parking)

The amazing thing is that it took about the same time to summon an ambulance to Nowhere, Oregon as it does to get one in Sible Hedingham.   :o
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1129 on: July 26, 2019, 04:32:32 pm »
The roads which do exist out there have an amazing amount of no traffic on them :D
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1130 on: July 26, 2019, 05:46:28 pm »
What on earth is the justification for blanking out the reg plate ?

I think that started when people got worried about being found out via Google Streetview.  Who then got so bloody overzealous that half the street-signs in their pics became illegible.

You mean like the gentlemen pictured receiving a professional hand with his tensions in, IIRC, Manchester? Or the Prague gentleman seen in a solo performance in a window seat? Both have been blurred out. Ditto for my own appearance on Streetview, which doesn't involve an act of moral pollution.
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1131 on: July 27, 2019, 09:50:18 am »
I once discovered a postie having a quick whizz round the back of his van, somewhere south of Dunkirk.  AFAIK he's still there.

At least grundyish blankings-out aren't impediments to route-planning.  Seeing street-signs blurred out because Gargle's algorhythm method takes them for car-numbers is bloody annoying - reminiscent of removing road-signs and railway-station name-boards in anticipation of the invasion in 1940.

I've yet to see a car number-plate reading "Rue des Acacias".
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1132 on: July 27, 2019, 10:10:03 am »
The amazing thing is that it took about the same time to summon an ambulance to Nowhere, Oregon as it does to get one in Sible Hedingham.   :o
As the Mayor says, no traffic and easy navigation, plus – though I don't know what happened in Sible Hedingham – presumably some triage is involved and this case really was urgent.
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Kim

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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1133 on: July 27, 2019, 01:14:01 pm »
I've yet to see a car number-plate reading "Rue des Acacias".

That's half the problem, I suspect.  No simple algorithm for determining whether a random string is a car number plate.
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1134 on: July 29, 2019, 12:13:11 pm »
I've yet to see a car number-plate reading "Rue des Acacias".

That's half the problem, I suspect.  No simple algorithm for determining whether a random string is a car number plate.

There must be a simple algorithm for classifying "random string on a car" and "random string on a post"

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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1135 on: July 29, 2019, 12:31:39 pm »
I've yet to see a car number-plate reading "Rue des Acacias".

That's half the problem, I suspect.  No simple algorithm for determining whether a random string is a car number plate.

There must be a simple algorithm for classifying "random string on a car" and "random string on a post"

Absolutely.  It's called a neural network, and while the algorithms themselves are simple, they're computationally expensive and only as good as the data they're trained on.  They're also notorious for taking unexpected shortcuts: You might think you've trained it to recognise numberplates, but it might actually have learned to recognise a specific font or background colour or proximity to a wheel or the 137 individual models of car in the training set or something.  This is basically the same class of problem that self-driving cars are up against.

It's worth the effort for google to use it to avoid data protection headaches, but since they want to avoid false-negatives, they accept the high rate of false positives.
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1136 on: July 29, 2019, 05:55:20 pm »
Don't they have ranks of poorly paid people in the Philippines to do this?

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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1137 on: August 02, 2019, 11:17:47 pm »


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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1138 on: August 08, 2019, 05:06:05 pm »


 :facepalm:
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1139 on: August 08, 2019, 05:55:53 pm »

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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1140 on: August 08, 2019, 06:13:58 pm »
Our local Tesco Express one house back had a disabled parking bay that overlapped the cycle stands, so it was impossible to use the parking space and the stands simultaneously.

I probably don't have to say that the only disability required to use that parking space seemed to be the possession of an oversized car.
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1141 on: August 08, 2019, 08:21:40 pm »
Worth a cable lock to see how much trim they’d lose when reversing. :demon:
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1142 on: August 09, 2019, 11:28:35 pm »
Worth a cable lock to see how much trim they’d lose when reversing. :demon:
That thought crossed my mind also ;D
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1143 on: August 10, 2019, 08:36:03 am »
Worth a cable lock to see how much trim they’d lose when reversing. :demon:
That thought crossed my mind also ;D

What a delightful idea... ;D
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1144 on: August 10, 2019, 01:26:11 pm »
Either that or lock the bike to the front drivers side wheel.  :demon:

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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1145 on: August 15, 2019, 08:48:11 pm »
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“Once you’ve parked your car, think to yourself: ‘Can you get a fire appliance or an ambulance through that gap and if the answer is ‘no’, then maybe you should park somewhere else, because the next call that we’re coming to might be someone related to you."
https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/britains-parking-hell-channel-5-3207076
(I have a feeling I've posted that video before) Anyway, perhaps they should just fit the fire engines with bull bars and shove the parked cars out the way.
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1146 on: August 16, 2019, 10:28:35 am »
I think I've said that at the small estate I managed, when I pointed out that someone parking where they did would prevent a fire engine getting around the corner readily agreed, that yes, it would, but you see, there was nowhere else to park so what where they to do?

Eventually, they acceded to parking elsewhere in principle, instead just leaving their car there at night in the hope that no one noticed (when challenged: we'll move it if a fire engine needs to get around). Seriously.

We solved it by physically obstructing the space with a large planter and tree.

Half the streets around us would, I expect, be inaccessible to fire engines, particularly from the evenings onward.
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1147 on: August 16, 2019, 01:09:31 pm »
This is on my commute
 
The roads around here are so narrow and so tightly parked with cars of an evening, that a fire engine has absolutely zero chance of getting around the corners, or within 1/4 of a mile of this.
Effectively, this thing burned until it burnt itself out, causing enough damage to the the road that it needed to be re-surfaced.
And yes, a couple of days after the fire, the council did put a clamp on it, even though I doubt there was anything left on the car by which it could be identified. ???

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1148 on: August 16, 2019, 03:21:37 pm »
What's happened to the clamp? If it was a rural area I'd say shotgun practice, but... ?
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Re: People who park like fuds
« Reply #1149 on: August 16, 2019, 03:45:05 pm »
Looking at the full size picture, it appears to be a custom paintjob.
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