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  1. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Nah MKR is showing signs of being back to it's best. No better deadpan comedy out there at the moment.
  2. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Bozz is going to protect the interests of Brexit voters by expanding global free trade? Did I get that right? What does he mean by that? Free movement of capital? Free movement of labour?
  3. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    There's an "add to ignore" thread?
  4. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Prety large majority for leave, at least to start off with. Just no agreement on the exact terms for leaving.
  5. rgeek

    Vakaros Atlas vs Racegeek D10

    Cool. Thanks for that. We're wary of recommending parts that aren't specifically presented as for marine use by the manufacturer but we'll give them a try.
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    Vakaros Atlas vs Racegeek D10

    Plenty of options for mast brackets. Here's a rather nice wrap around double stack made by Carbon Masts in the Netherlands. Locks 'em in tight with no slack or movement. I know Ed can sort the same for our US customers. Will Howden at SO3D has a 3D printed bracket available. The super cool thing is that he can change each print to fit the mast profile for individual boats. ... Installation wise by far the best option is to use an MMEA t-connector and 3 field fits. That will work for everything up to and including an installation with a masthead and analogue paddlewheel, and you end up with a solid ip68 installation without needing to get the soldering iron out. We've itemised the parts lists involved here: https://support.racegeek.ie/hc/en-us/sections/115000749845-Installation-part-lists ... It works great as one but the d10 isn't intended as a GPS only device. As a new company, you're up against a pretty solid incumbent in Velocitek there. Since the transducer drives the need for a 12v battery it's a challenge whatever set-up you're trying to run. At this price point, there is going to be a compromise somewhere. We didn't want to turn the d10 into a device that died after 2-3 years, and put the focus on the screen.
  7. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    English or Irish. Take your pick. Round here it's about 60% Irish born. There's everything else. The kids preschool is run by an Estonian and a Kiwi. Most of the staff are Spanish. Most shops have an eastern European section. There's a large travel camp less than a mile from here too. Our constituency turned out one of the highest votes for gay marriage and improved access to abortion in the country. The local community spirit is strong. Nearly all the kids in the girls class will be starting at the local GAA club this winter, and there are plenty of flags out when the Dubs roll on to another All Ireland
  8. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    The 2 big parties have been split ever since the civil war, primarily over the issue of NI but in reality on many other grounds as well. Now you might caricature FF as the party of brown paper bag corruption and FG as the party of neo liberalish economics and soft conservative values. The best economic management the country has had was when it was governed by the Troika! This current government is the first time the 2 parties have shared power, as the protest vote has rotated through the alternatives and now sits with Sin Fein. Partnership with SF is basically so unpalatable --- and SF are too smart to go into government as the blame target small party -- they have overcome their objections to work together. Not in government together but through a "confidence and supply agreement". It's basically a three-way split at the moment and either of FF or SF voting with FG can get legislation through. While it's slowed things down a bit and there are some big challenges that have gone unaddressed, such as homelessness, overall it's not been the end of the world for people to have to agree on stuff.
  9. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    I certainly appreciate PR int eh polling both. It gives me the chance to vote for who I really want to ... and then backstop it with the least unpalatable option from those likely to win. On the national scale in practice, it seems that there is a 20-25% protest vote that moves from small party to small party. They then take their turn to form a government with one of the big parties that would be the government under FFTP. By the end of that cycle the protest voters blame the minor party for all the shit the big party got up to and move on to another small party.
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    Vakaros Atlas vs Racegeek D10

    To be honest, no idea. Someone on the Vakaros thread may have a view? For me, it's all about usability and prioritization. In regatta mode we have it down to 2 options on each of 5 pages. Any more and the feedback was that it was overly complex and confusing. That really forces you to make choices about what has real value. Then there's a smart repeater mode where everything runs in the background, controlled from the phone APP, and you choose what to display. In the next update (v1.5) you can access the prestart page in this mode as well.
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    Vakaros Atlas vs Racegeek D10

    If you were to sail to the line at the current speed. The TTL you actually need to know is the time you'd arrive at the line if the sheeted on, turned to the upwind course that's available to you thanks to the boats around you, and then accelerated/decelerated to your target speed to get off the line based on your tactical objectives coming off the line. We've tried hard not to include anything in the d10 for sake of it; where there is a better alternative, where it would be overly complex to use, or it would detract from sailing as a sport of wind and water.
  12. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    The benefit of the UK system is that it is in most cases an elected dictatorship. Small swings in the vote can hand complete control of the legislative process to one party. Than enables that party to make real change. The checks and balances are the steadiness of the civil service and the drag of the la The big issue with the UK system is that it is in most cases an elected dictatorship....
  13. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    @LeoV Labour has been outmanoeuvred from the start. Ultimately their best option was to agree to the early versions of the May deal that is basically the deal that we have ended up with.
  14. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    You'll never get a straight answer to that one! There is a lot of shaking of heads at the massive dumbfuckery of the whole thing. For many with an interest in politics, it's also a sideshow ad distraction. Next years general election will interesting to say the least. The whole Brexit thing is a massive pain in the hole and will have a negative impact on the economy. If there's a general view it's that Irish best interests to be in the same economic block as the UK as they are a massive trade partner. But ultimately it's ever more important to be in the same economic block as Europe. We are the English speak bridgehead to the EU economy for the US in a way we are not to the UK.
  15. rgeek

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    What a car crash When the Liberals starting proposing loans as a means of fixing the housing crisis (i.e loading the interest and risk on money to end up with landlords on to the disadvantaged) you just knew they had no f' in chance. The Tories veering to the right giving Labour it's chance at a more polarised socialist vision? Maybe a little, but the Labour manifesto seemed to forget the folk memory of "the red wall" is as angry at the unions for creating the economics of the late 70s and the Labour party of the time for being incapable of taking power as it is at Thatcher. Add in a party that has lost of lot of the grassroots campaigners that delivered a credible performance against May and a campaign based on scaremongering on the NHS and attacking BoJos character and .... holey crap