• Deep Breath Everyone1 year 6 weeks agodrheaton wrote:I think I

    drheaton wrote:
    I think I speak for everyone enrique when I say that I've stopped reading your essays.

    Brevity is a virtue and you'd have much greater success at getting your point across with concise arguments and short, to the point posts.

    Actually Dr I for one not only read Enriques entire post but actually found it quite pleasant and an honest light hearted comparison between a real world financial company who are actually governed by rules and regs and road.cc who aren't , his comparisons around what could have happened and what has actually happened are quite accurate and also to an impartial viewer quiet enlightening on how this has been governed and handled ...

    Let's give him credit where it's due

  • Council withdraws 'sexist' leaflet advertising sportive1 year 6 weeks agoShould I get really upset

    Should I get really upset that Fairy Liquid adverts (or similar domestic products) always feature savvy good-looking women for example?

    Smiley face

    Like this annoying woman, Harriet I think her name is.

  • Cycle helmets have "major flaws" in safety, insists cyclist airbag firm Hövding (+ video)1 year 6 weeks agoSo, do we believe a

    So, do we believe a commercial company or do we believe research scientists? Only last week scientists published research confirming 100% the efficacy of helmets.
    It's likely that Hövding hasn't seen the most recent paper, published online in the peer-reviewed journal Accident Analysis & Injury Prevention, starkly titled "Bicycle helmets are highly effective at preventing head injury during head impact: Head-form accelerations and injury criteria for helmeted and unhelmeted impacts".
    The paper is by people who work in engineering, orthopaedics and biomechanics and who don't appear to have a vested interest in airbags.
    They conclude that helmets reduced peak accelerations in all impacts, helmets reduced head injury criteria in all impacts and, overall, helmets reduced risk of injury.
    If anyone has contact with Hövding, tell them they can read it at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000145751400061X

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 6 weeks agooh and if you do 3), don't

    oh and if you do 3), don't forget to keep on liking your own posts Thinking

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 6 weeks agoit's not going to be

    it's not going to be considered cheating, and it's not going to be reversed.

    you have three options:

    1) carry on
    2) have a £10 refund
    3) keep on posting in this thread if you think it'll make a difference.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 6 weeks agoBeaufort wrote:Find yer local

    Beaufort wrote:
    Find yer local backroads and stick to them if you're worried about traffic. I ride near Bedford - in the busy centre of the country - and can ride for hours, only seeing cars very occasionally. I have no interest in riding in towns or cities.

    Might work in Bedford, but not possible in large chunks of London, back roads = rat runs. Some councils stop the rat runs, some don't (Westminster does nothing about them).

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 6 weeks agoThat has no legal standing

    That has no legal standing whatsoever, when is the cheating going to reversed?

  • Cycle helmets have "major flaws" in safety, insists cyclist airbag firm Hövding (+ video)1 year 6 weeks agoThese look to be excellent.

    These look to be excellent. How many of you that drive cars would buy one without airbags ? If it saved my life I'd be happy to spend the necessary wedge on one.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 6 weeks agoStrict liability is a tough

    Strict liability is a tough sell to your average tabloid reader. It's also widely misunderstood to mean strict criminal liability. It's nothing of the sort, and only kicks in when deciding what (if any) civil damages to award to the victim of a traffic accident.

    Something similar already exists for accidents involving rear-end shunts, does that mean that roads are full of people carefully observing the Highway Code's recommended stopping distances? Rolling On The Floor

    Personally I'd like to see it introduced nonetheless. But it's not a catalyst for mass cycling. Make cycling normal, make it safe, and then worry about the obscure details of insurance law.

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 6 weeks agonorthstar wrote:Dave Atkinson

    northstar wrote:
    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    northstar wrote:
    So when is the cheating going to reversed?

    i refer you to my reply in the first thread. it's right at the bottom.

    Which is not addressing the problem at all, when is the cheating going to reversed?.

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    2) No, we won't be docking any points for the stage. No rules were broken. If you want to be angry at someone, you can be angry at me.

    I think that pretty much covers it in full. Just because it's not the answer you wanted doesn't mean it hasn't been addressed.

    The 'cheating' will not be reversed, that is the stated position and won't change. If this is a problem for you then take your £10 and stop playing the game.

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 6 weeks agonorthstar wrote: Which is not

    northstar wrote:

    Which is not addressing the problem at all, when is the cheating going to reversed?.

    i refer you to my reply in the first thread, again. also to the terms and conditions of the game, and specifically this bit:

    Quote:
    no correspondence will be entered into concerning missed deadlines or transfers for any reason whatsoever. Farrelly Atkinson will take reasonable precautions to ensure that the game functions correctly at all times and is available at all times when competitions are in progress, but cannot be held responsible for any unavailability of the game or issues affecting game play. By taking part in the game you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions, the game rules and the decisions of Farrelly Atkinson which are final in all matters relating to the game

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 6 weeks agoDave Atkinson wrote:northstar

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    northstar wrote:
    So when is the cheating going to reversed?

    i refer you to my reply in the first thread. it's right at the bottom.

    Which is not addressing the problem at all, when is the cheating going to reversed?.

  • Cyclist killed by tipper lorry in Central London - day after protesters call for improved safety1 year 6 weeks agopaulrattew wrote:It would be

    paulrattew wrote:
    It would be useful to know which building works the tipper truck was associated with. There are a lot of buildings being taken down / going up in that area and the various companies have made various promises regarding fitting cycle safety equipment to their vehicles. Was the vehicle associated with a construction project that had made such promises, and if so was it fitted with the extra mirrors and sensors?

    It appears to have been a truck full of recycled material / waste rather than one linked to the building industry

    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/cyclist-dies-in-crash-with-lorry-a...

  • Cycle helmets have "major flaws" in safety, insists cyclist airbag firm Hövding (+ video)1 year 6 weeks agobobcdc wrote:No comments on

    bobcdc wrote:
    No comments on how the thing looks but it's a bit dorky.

    Some of us think that cycling helmets "look a bit dorky" anyway. On a scale of 'dorkiness' I'd say that the air-bag collar (uninflated) is a lot less that most cycling helmets. Obviously, when it is inflated, then it is so dorky that it is off the scale.

  • What’s keeping Brits off the bike? In a word: fear, says new study1 year 6 weeks agoFind yer local backroads and

    Find yer local backroads and stick to them if you're worried about traffic. I ride near Bedford - in the busy centre of the country - and can ride for hours, only seeing cars very occasionally. I have no interest in riding in towns or cities.

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 6 weeks agoI think I speak for everyone

    I think I speak for everyone enrique when I say that I've stopped reading your essays.

    Brevity is a virtue and you'd have much greater success at getting your point across with concise arguments and short, to the point posts.

  • Londoner to take on Spring Classics routes - on a penny-farthing1 year 6 weeks agojust why? i really don't

    just why? i really don't understand the point.

  • Londoner to take on Spring Classics routes - on a penny-farthing1 year 6 weeks agoThere's just no helping some

    There's just no helping some people...

  • Deep Breath Everyone1 year 6 weeks agoenrique wrote:...nor was it

    enrique wrote:
    ...nor was it the intention of the competition organizer that the competition be held with that type of an advantage available to some users...

    northstar wrote:
    I beg to differ.

    I am in a marked disagreement from your assertion. I, myself, beg to differ as well... Thinking

    How shall I put this?.. Thinking

    Ok, let's take the investment analogy just a little bit further, if you will...

    Let's suppose there's a financial investment firm called Road.cc.

    Now let's suppose Road.cc has an office boy whom we shall call Mr. Gregory Campbell Wink Now, mind you, Mr. Gregory Campbell is not an employee of the company, he's just an ordinary office boy who helps out at the office, organizes the inventory, takes out the trash and gets to hang out at the office. One of the perks of being an office boy at Road.cc is that Mr. Campbell gets to play with the office computers and hang around the traders, which, of course, he is very proud of! Big Grin His dream, of course, as well as mine, is to one day, be one of those traders! Big Grin I digress... Big Grin

    At any rate, one day Mr. Campbell is at one of the computers when he realizes that the window to conduct trades on the company computer network has not closed, which is strange, because the normal trading hours are, usually, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Of course, you can place an order 24 hours a day, but the actual trades have to occur between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm because of some silly financial institution regulations with which Mr. Campbell is not very familiar with nor interested in, Wink .

    While he's at the office, the news are on the television and the anchor for the Financial News Program discusses a new company called Catalunya Breakaway and reveals that this company intends to compete in their market with a stated strategy of getting their products to market faster than their competition! Wink

    Now Mr. Campbell thinks to himself 'What a grand opportunity!'. The trading window is still open! I stand to make a killing!' Big Grin He then proceeds to invest his own assets in Catalunya Breakaway in hopes of making a killing in a currency known as 'Fantasy Cycling Points', which, apparently, are very valuable in certain parts of the world! Smile

    Then, in a fit of pride and exuberance at his feat, Mr. Campbell decides to post his triumphant and excellent transaction to the company bulletin board, Wink , 'I have invested in the 'Catalunya Breakaway Company'!'

    Firm clients respond 'How? I thought trading windows were closed at this time?' to which Mr. Campbell responds, 'Nay, not so, there was apparently an error in the server clocks and the trading window was still open!' Big Grin

    Of course, firm clients are upset! Some believe 'Waitaminnut! Waiting I missed out on an opportunity to make a killing myself (!)!', 'I, too, should have and would (!) have invested in Catalunya Breakaway if I'd had the chance (!)!'

    Big Grin

    Where do we go from here?... Waiting

    Well, let's take the analogy a little further...

    If Road.cc were truly an investment company several things could happen...

    First, when the office managers found out what Mr. Campbell did, they would have to decide how to manage the situation.

    Then, if they were truly a professional financial services company, and they were thinking of their relationship with their clients they might realize 'Wow. Some of my clients might be upset at the way we manage our business!'

    If it were truly a professional investment firm, they might have to conduct an investigation and, of course, deal with their clients inquiries as to how this happened, whether the trades will stand, and deal with their now persistent doubts as to why would an office boy be potentially 'playing around with the company network', and their doubts, did (?) the office boy tamper with the server clock or was this a programming oversight?... why does an office boy, an unpaid employee, have access to the firm's computer network, other doubts like, 'are my funds safe with this office boy around?' ... and 'who am I trusting with my funds?'... 'what kind of a firm is this?' ... 'who are (?) these people?', etc..

    Bear with me... I have to laugh out loud for a minnut! Wink

    Let us continue! Smile

    At any rate!... In the real world I can imagine several scenarios...

    In one, the firm puts out a public relations communication distancing their firm from the office boy... 'We discovered that Mr. Campbell placed some trades whereupon he traded his own assets to make an investment in Catalunya Breakaway... The trades were, we acknowledge, effected after normal hours of operation... blah, blah, blah...'

    There may have been a news conference and during the news conference Road.cc maybe would have said something like 'The balance of our clients' accounts were not affected. The gains made by Mr. Campbell in his transaction did not affect our clients, etc...'

    But, well, how shall I put this? Thinking

    Well, this isn't (!) a professional financial investment company, so (!) Wink as a private company, well, Road.cc, well, can manage its business as they please (!)...

    They can, as they have:

    1. Offer an explanation:

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    ... it's not ideal that the deadline was after the start....We try not to make mistakes, but sometimes we make mistakes.

    2. Clarify the firm's stance on the 'out-of the ordinary' trades. In this case, state that they will not void the trades placed on Catalunya Breakaway, in spite of the trades having been conducted outside normal trading window hours. After all, the trading hours in this industry are not (!) regulated or monitored, mind you... though maybe they should (!) Thinking

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    ... [W]e won't be docking any points for the stage. [We consider that]No rules were broken....

    3. Offer an apology:

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    ... [A]pologies for the mix up....Sorry.

    4. Offer a refund:

    Dave Atkinson wrote:
    ... I'll be happy to refund your £10...

    Now I can imagine that in many an office the office boy would be brought in, and, maybe, talked to... Thinking I can imagine someone saying 'Mr. Campbell, we like you very much, and you're very loyal to the firm and are excellent, I say, at removing the trash and organizing our stock room, however, you must understand that our clients view you as part of our firm and that therefore, should you continue to utilize our computer network, we expect a different behavior from you...'

    Well then, what then about the accounts of other clients, or traders, that noticed that the window had not closed because of a system clock error yet failed to act and place trades, be it for moral reasons, total disinterest or ignorance, or lack of an aggressive 'killer instnct' ? Well, in the real world, those trades would be nullified... But of course, which is of little consequence, you could still trade in Catalunya Break during the next day's trading, but (!) most of us know that that information would probably be useless by then Big Grin

    Anyways... Whew! That was fun!... Anyways... Who am I to bring all this to light, huh? Just a fan who loves the game... But, I'll tell you the truth... If I was Dave, what would I do? Probably what he did, probably. This is game, after all. Big Grin

    But if this were a financial investment company, I'd escort the office boy out of the office, or at least suspend him, and I'd get rid of my clients that took full advantage of the system error... I just wouldn't want clients like that... they make my other clients feel uneasy... But, crap *tongue in cheek* there's a huge (!) difference between running an investment firm and running a fantasy Cycling site... and in my mind, well, this is a well run site... Given all that, I admire your persistence and courage in the face of these of these insurmountable odds and joyfully await, please do not disappoint me, your coming response:

    northstar wrote:
    When is the cheating going to be reversed?

    I have to admit. You're my kind of guy! Smile

  • Londoner to take on Spring Classics routes - on a penny-farthing1 year 6 weeks agoMy testicles hurt at the mere

    My testicles hurt at the mere thought of this.

  • Damaged Braking Surface.1 year 6 weeks agoI ended up with a scraped up

    I ended up with a scraped up braking surface last year courtesy of a gap in a French pavement on my way into Paris at the end of the Avenue Verte (thankfully didn't bend the wheel).
    When I got home I set too with wet and dry and buffed most of the gouges out. Worked a treat, braking surface is near perfect again. Give it a go?

  • Council withdraws 'sexist' leaflet advertising sportive1 year 6 weeks agoI've never been to a sportive

    I've never been to a sportive but from the many images I've seen of such events it appears that about 95% of the participants are males in the 25-55 age bracket __ a bit like the bloke on the poster really.

    So ... Stockton Council are guilty of targeting their advertising at the demographic group who they think are most likely to be interested. How very *dare* they.

    Should I get really upset that Fairy Liquid adverts (or similar domestic products) always feature savvy good-looking women for example? Does the exclusion of men in such adverts indicate that men never do the washing up or are too stupid to understand the particular qualities of Proctor & Gamble's products? Or are P&G just targeting their primary demographic?

    What about the Ronseal "it does exactly what it says on the tin" adverts? I've never seen a woman feature on any of those. Why not?

    This is just utter PC nonsense as far as I'm concerned. All those feigning faux-outrage need to get themselves a life.

  • Hard Acceleration away from cyclists - increase in how many times this happens1 year 6 weeks agoIsn't it just that they have

    Isn't it just that they have slowed down, passed you, then accelerate back up to speed?

  • Hard Acceleration away from cyclists - increase in how many times this happens1 year 6 weeks agoIsn't it just that they have

    Isn't it just that they have slowed down, passed you, then accelerate back up to speed?

  • Just In: Sublime Six C Aero1 year 6 weeks agoQuote:(you don’t have to have

    Quote:
    (you don’t have to have this vivid green)

    But if you didn't, it wouldn't be quite so SubLIME.... Laughing

    I'll get my coat....