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DeeJayOne

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  1. The new 'Gaumont' building planned in Barkers Pool (the red framed old Odeon cinema/Kingdom nightclub/Embrace nightclub, etc) looks to be having some living walls built into it when it is done. https://www.sheffieldguide.blog/2020/09/18/plans-reveal-bold-new-look-for-barkers-pool-gaumont-building/
  2. American video, but some of the points definitely count here:
  3. Lots of dramatic views here. For me, it is what it is. The most controversial thing in my mind is that they maybe did a couple of laps to fulfil contractural obligation of having a classified event (sponsors, promoters, etc). The ramifications outside of this would affect the promoters, FIA and even the teams and drivers (remember, teams and drivers have sponsors and have to fulfil the obligations to their sponsors for a classified event too — there’s very little chance of any legal challenge around the championship based on points at the end of the season because it would open EVERYONE up to potential action or loss of revenue, including the teams). I reckon some promoters or linked organisations would go under in the current climate if full refunds had to be given all round. What can’t be argued is that it was unsafe to start the race ‘proper’ (without a safety car). So, fundamentally the right decision was made. They ran as much of the ‘race’ as they safely could in the circumstances. The FIA are now looking at the rules and have added it as an agenda item at the next big FIA meeting, so hopefully something will be done for the long term, but as things stand there is little argument that it was, in reality, the right thing to do.
  4. I thought September’s PS Plus games were Overcooked, Hitman 2 and Predator?
  5. That's a better, more concise explanation! It is important to note that Bitcoin was created to be totally decentralised and not controlled by any person, state or entity. The idea is to democratise currency on a worldwide level. Effectively, Bitcoin controls Bitcoin. It runs on a 'blockchain' system. Every computer connected and mining is also validating every transaction to prevent fraud and other issues (some of the complex computing problems being calculated are validations of the system, integrity and transactions, etc). It is really complex, as you'd expect for something like this... so it does take a lot to get your head around it and it is understandable people don't understand it properly (I'm not sure I do totally!).
  6. I'll try simpler... - There are really, really, REALLY complex mathematical equations that need to be solved to advance computing and computer science, etc (among other things). These are pretty much the most complicated mathematical equations ever attempted and constantly get harder and harder (as one equation is solved it creates more complex equations). - To solve these problems really powerful computers are needed to constantly run software to work them out. These equations can take literally years to solve even with the most powerful computers of our time. - In order to reward people for having their computers run these problems for such a long time, a bitcoin is awarded if your machine is the first to solve a problem. - Bitcoin is then used as a currency, etc, so has an intrinsic value to reward people for using their computers to constantly run and solve these problems. To put it in context, I think on average now it takes the more powerful computers of our time around 5 years to achieve one bitcoin.... so imagine the power needed to constantly run a massively powerful computer at its maximum computing power (and all the fans/cooling needed to stop it from overheating) for five years... Then expand that out to huge warehouses of 'mining farms'. That's the environmental problem we face with it.
  7. Thats the big question... and one that is growing in intensity. The big hit to Bitcoin's price in the last year came after Elon Musk denounced Bitcoin and Tesla stopped taking it as payment when they realised how bad the whole thing was for the environment (that's after Musk and Telsa essentially pumped the price beforehand though... but that's another longer story!).
  8. OK, in a simplistic manner (it can be far more complicated that this, of course). You can 'mine' Bitcoin electronically using a computer... think if it like getting a reward for being the first to solve a really complicated mathematic problem. So, people connect their computers to the Bitcoin blockchain (network) and it is constantly running equations that are solving various problems to improve computing and/or even just running the network itself (processing transactions, etc). If your computer is the first to solve a problem, then you get rewarded a Bitcoin for the effort. The problems get more-and-more complicated over time as things are solved and newer more difficult equations are then discovered, so essentially more power (i.e. more powerful processors and the power drawn by them from the grid) is needed to then solve the more complicated problems... hence the concerns that mining Bitcoin is actually damaging the environment due to the sheer draw on electricity grids. People buy more and more expensive processors or GPUs to run the problems (there are even companies that have set up giant 'mining farms' or warehouses full of specially built processing computers made just for mining bitcoin — this is pretty much the only way to mine bitcoin effectively nowadays, rather than the days of home computers doing the work) so more power is consumed, creating more difficult mathematical problems to solve which in turn requires more power... its kind of like a never-ending chain of self-propogating issues in that respect. It has even led to a worldwide shortage of the necessary components (which has led to a massive price spike in things like GPUs, which in turn has led to things like the shortages of the new Playstation 5/Xbox consoles, etc). ...again, this is a simplistic kind of explanation, but hopefully that makes a little sense?
  9. I'm not sure it is a regular thing on Saturday afternoons, but they do have DJs on at various times. There's always good music on in there at pretty much any time though.
  10. Dove and Rainbow? The Church House?
  11. Well, if they really do believe in Karma then it'll come back on them...
  12. Can't argue with that to be honest. I was more talking about "in race" decisions, but you're right... overall there is a mess there.
  13. There's also a limited pool of ex-drivers who are willing to spend a GP weekend cooped up in a small room assessing multitudes of footage and telemetry data instead of enjoying the GP weekend or doing other things following retirement... ...BUT, they find an ex-driver for EVERY race.
  14. And at the risk of monopolising the thread, here’s another “also…”
  15. Quoting myself here… It was Pirro:
  16. Also, for all the rivalry and shenanigans that went on this weekend, this was classy:
  17. I’ve totally forgotten who the driver steward was this last weekend. I want to say Pirlo, but I’m almost certain it wasn’t Pirlo…. A similar name perhaps?
  18. ^^^ As a Lewis fan, this is totally my point of view too. Full agreement from me. There is always a former driver on the stewards panel. I think it is ridiculous to suggest *current* drivers have a say in the potential disciplinary actions of a *current* race. Theres so much politics and bias behind the scenes that would just make it a farce. Personally I think the current set up that ensures at least one former driver on the stewards panel for every race is pretty sufficient — and for the most part the stewards get it right. It frustrates me when people say, for instance, there were “too many penalties” applied in the previous race — there were a number of penalties simply because there were a number of infractions. Similarly, the stewards on this occasion ruled based on their interpretation of the rules, with the input of a former driver on the panel. Fair play for me. A few years ago people were complaining about the stewards and FIA being “Ferrari International Assistance” or Ferrari-biased. They weren’t. They were just applying the rules on a case-by-case basis based on the interpretations of the time. They were often completely correct when you drill into it. Now, if the argument is that the rules need changing for various reasons (which would be fair), then the teams have the power to try to instigate those changes. BUT, complaining on this occasion was for emotional reactions and mindset reasons and not based on interpreting the rules in my opinion. Some teams want to try and influence the ‘ref’, so to speak… and likewise some teams want to get into the heads of close rivals if possible and influence the points going forwards if they can. It makes F1 fun and interesting… and we’re still talking and debating about it now, so something must be workingabout it.
  19. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel stayed behind to help the stewards/clean up crew to clean the stands of litter... https://metro.co.uk/2021/07/19/sebastian-vettel-tidies-up-after-british-gp-as-fans-leave-silverstone-in-a-mess-14950305/
  20. Definitely Plusnet, through this link: https://www.plus.net/refer.php?strReferralsUid=7a185b7bac9815d3ddefa194e4d06e24de72c89ba6ecb7641b37071704999396
  21. One of the big challenges they have been facing in creating this format is that they do not want to take away from the 'prestige' of the Sunday full race.
  22. I absolutely think that a 'sin bin' style suspension for a yellow is needed. Yellows have become more and more meaningless, especially in these days of multiple warnings from refs before pulling a card out. A yellow is basically saying "you're allowed to each cheat once and get away with it". I know people like to see someone "taking one for the team", but it is basically pure, cynical cheating. The other stuff on that list though... meh.
  23. Really enjoyed that. New rumour is that Bottas has signed up to move to Rallying next year.
  24. Did you see the Russell interview on The F1 Show? Basically said there wasn't going to be an announcement this weekend, but when pressed wouldn't deny it. Interestingly used the same line as Bottas last week "I'll have Mercedes power behind me".
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