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Today’s Trivia


Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

France and Scotland were allies between 1295 and 1560. (Source)

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Coriolis and your bullet for Dummies

Gunwerks has been kind to break-down the Coriolis Effect, which simply put, is the world spinning and the bullet wanting to fly straight. This phenomenon has to be accounted for or bullets will miss by as much as 4″ to the right or left (depending on your hemisphere) if one were at the North Pole.


– Firearms Blog


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You know our privacy laws are rooted when they are being used to protect meth cooks

It beggars belief that wombles are upset over the use of drug dogs to detect meth cooks in apartment buildings.

Only a Newspaper on Sunday could take the side of meth cooks.

Sniffer dogs are being used to scour city apartment blocks for drugs.

The specially trained dogs are making regular patrols of common spaces in up to 80 Auckland apartment buildings, where body corporate committees have hired them from a private company.

But a tenants’ advocacy group has questioned whether neighboring residents would be told if drugs were detected in their building – and the Privacy Commissioner has expressed concerns.

NZ Detector Dogs managing director Janet Williams said demand was “huge” and increasing since they began offering the service about five years ago.

“We don’t have to advertise. It’s all from word of mouth.”

The dogs were only used in common areas, including passageways, and did not enter apartments. If they smelled drugs that information was passed to building managers, Williams said.

“It’s similar to having a smoke alarm in a hallway. There’s a risk, we need to maybe just find out where the smell is coming from and follow up. It’s not about people smoking dope in their apartments, it’s about P labs. It is protecting people’s investment and the health and safety of the entire building.”

If a lab was suspected the company recommended building managers call police, she said.

However, Tenants’ Protection Association manager Helen Gatonyi questioned whose responsibility it was to contact police and inform other residents of a suspected P lab.

“I suspect a lot of people would not want to inform police because it’s $50,000 to remediate.”

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Why do we need trains when driverless technology is upon us?

Trains are locked onto rails…they can’t divert around network outages and are horribly inefficient especially for passenger transit. Basically they don’t work unless massively subsidised.

If we look at the billions poured into Kiwirail since Labour bought it back at an inflated price you can see just how bad and inefficient it is.

I’ve often said rip up the rails and create heavy transport lanes on the land instead, sending buses and trucks down the nice even gradients.

I’ve also said driverless technology will solve transport issues. The video above shows how it can work for bus transport and the Daily Mail also has an article about the advent of driverless trucks for heavy transport.

Self-driving cars have long been confined to the storylines of futuristic films and the engineer’s drawing board but now they finally being tested in real traffic on a German autobahn.

German carmaker Daimler has been trialling a self-driving truck under real traffic conditions on a German motorway for the first time.

The standard Mercedes-Benz Actros truck was fitted with the ‘highway pilot’ system, allowing it to work without a human driver, and travelled from Stuttgart to the town of Denkendorf.   Read more »

Comment of the Day

Union Jack commented last night in Back Chat:

Here is something which has been getting at me lately so I will throw it out there and see what you guys think.

Nearly every week we see someone up in court for benefit fraud and the end result always seems to be to pay back the amount stolen which is quite often $50 -$100000 at $20 a week out of your benefit which is basically saying keep it because you will never pay it.   Read more »