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    LONQR 2

    Was going to Aberdeen Scotland for work on regular basis a few years back. Learned to order each topping specifically when, after the second time ordering a "supreme" or some such marketing term, the pizza came with corn kernels on it. I am in the upper Midwest USA, surrounded by cornfields, and we have never thought to put corn on our pizza.
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    LONQR 2

    Ha! Just had to change battery on my daughter’s car. GM Traverse, battery under floor in back seat. 10mm nuts clamping cables on. And the wiring harness going from battery to engine compartment still had tag on it that said “made in China.” I suppose if you buy enough containers of harnesses the dollars saved add up. No idea if they are still getting them from there.
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    Zero Turn Anarchy

    I don’t have personal experience, but regional landscape company that mows our company property uses commercial series Gravely(s). I believe it is an Ariens brand. Caveat that we are in Wisconsin, so use is maybe 7.5 months rather than year round. From casual conversations, the commercial Gravely products have a good reputation. No connection, though Ariens is a Wisconsin company. That may partly explain popularity around here, though I expect most lawncare companies look at ROI/reliability more than regional ties.
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    Evaluating a small business worth?

    This is way off topic of business valuation, but there seems to be a special school for purchasing and payables staff. It used to be that the supplier dictated payment terms. Now we routinely get letters from our customers saying "in order to meet global financial practices" and "standardize" cash flow, our payment terms are xxxx days. For years/decades, the standard was 30 days. Now receivables average about 58 days. We have a couple customers that went to 120 days, 75 and 90 are common. Many of our customers are huge multi-nationals (think P&G, Kimberly Clark, ArcelorMittal). It is pretty much take it or leave it. If we don't agree, our competitors will. We joke about how many years it will be until WE pay THEM to take our product.....
  5. NWS recently changed radar display, at least in our area. Sent them email yesterday as the radar link on mobile site must go to discontinued (?) address. I can get local NWS radar to display on iPhone if I go through the full site, but not through link on mobile site. Local office said they were not aware of that, but would forward information to their web folks. They said they were aware of some other bugs to be worked out. I interpreted their reply as bugs just related to radar change.
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    Robo Calls - WTH

    I agree with above—- don’t answer if not a known contact. Between friends, family and work, there are enough people to bother me - don’t have time for those I don’t know. Number of calls from unknown numbers has gone down quite a bit over last year or so of ignoring calls. Maybe 2-3 a month from 1-2/day. We got rid of landline year ago and had that number on do not call registry, but that seemed to have minimal effect. Won’t try again with mobile. I can ignore it when needed.
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    Docking. When it all goes wrong.

    Pretty sure this was posted somewhere around here a month or so ago. Maybe in cruising anarchy. But still entertaining to see again!
  8. Not sure where this belongs as may affect sailors and access to forecasts. It probably has political overtones, but I don't waste time there. So general interest as a compromise. From the Washington Post: National Weather Service faces internet bandwidth shortage, proposes access limits - The Washington Post "For the past decade, the National Weather Service has been plagued by failures in disseminating critical forecast and warning information that is aimed at protecting lives and saving property. In some cases, its websites have gone down during severe weather events, unable to handle the demand." As a publicly funded agency, the data and products from NOAA are "public domain." But private companies (Accuweather, (IBM now), and others etc.) use this data to create their own products (and revenue). From the article, NOAA suggests limiting download connections to 60x per minute per user. As a purely recreational user, I fail to see the problem with this. I use the NWS products straight from them, including observations, forecasts, and discussion products. Don't recall having connection problems (though the local NWS radar has periodically gone down - these types of issues no doubt illustrate the budget constraints the NWS operates under). I have a few weather apps on my phone, but do not pay for "premium" services. So I am hardly the audience the private companies are worried about. Certain industries/companies pay for independent analysis and forecasts (though I think most airlines have in-house weather folks, but need the observations and model outputs to run their own analysis), and I imagine that is where the big money is. Private weather companies claim this proposal will harm their products (and no doubt revenue). Arguably, until the advent of the public internet less than 30 years ago and subsequent investment in connectivity infrastructure, this data was not exactly instantaneously available to anyone. Times and expectations change obviously. Interested in comments from both other mainstream customers and those in private weather industry (DryArmour?) as to what they think about this. See public notice here: pns20-85ncep_web_access.pdf (
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    AIS Vessel Tracking Sites

    Probably because it costs a lot more to put satellites in orbit and they charge for that service. Suspect the nearly always available satellite info is more for commercial customers and the land-based receivers/web transmitters are geared toward general public/media, etc. The fee based services pay for all the necessary infrastructure (staff, servers, overhead, etc.) to publish the data to the web. And hopefully some profit to make all the investments worthwhile. Pretty sure there is no mandate to make the information readily available on the internet, just that the transmitters/receivers talk to each other out on the water. Private companies stepped in to provide the service, but they don't do it just for our enjoyment.
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    Moore sailboats Liquidating?

    I don’t think even a “small” manufacturing shop with expensive tooling, equipment and property really would rely on a a 5-6 line Craigslist listing to sell everything off. Could be wrong. But just the real estate must be worth a chunk of change that is worth professional marketing.
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    Amateur couple rebuilds salvage cruiser

    General liability.
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    World Sailing and China's Leadership

    This is all pretty far removed from the effects of a Chinese national as president of World Sailing. I don't know the by-laws, but suspect that with multi-national representation on the exec board and the fact that the "serious" money is tied to the Olympics, doubt that his election will have much of an effect on the average sailor, or even change much of the already chaotic selection of Olympic disciplines/classes. World Sailing and the various national bodies have been discussed/bashed at length around these parts, but outside of the racing rules updates, few sailors probably really care. As far as China/India in general, yeah, would much rather do business in India. Been selling to/visiting India in the B2B world for 15 years. While there is discrimination, corruption, and significant pollution issues in both countries, India at least is fairly democratic, does not require you to "partner" with a local company (basically hand over your intellectual property and good luck with any NDA's the Chinese company might sign), and India does not seem to have global ambitions beyond border territories with China and Pakistan. Oh, and you can criticize India government/leaders/bureaucracy publicly and not fear imprisonment the next trip you take to the country. Try that now with China. The new law may end up with more of a chilling effect on "off-shoring" there than any economic concerns.
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    RIP Austin1972 1972-2020

    Very sad to hear/read this. Never met him but certainly a great contributor to this online world and the real world. Condolences to his family, SO, and friends.
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    World Sailing and China's Leadership

    While no doubt rail is more efficient than cars or buses, the electricity needed to move those trains is still by created for the most part by burning of coal in China. So the emissions footprint isn't as simple as some may think.
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    Construction of a Pogo 50

    Yes, via St. Lawrence to the Great Lakes. Or canal system from NY with stick on deck or shipped separately.