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Re: Had a chat with the Google Streetview man

16 May 2014 - 1:08pm
This raises the question: has anyone on here been 'caught' on Google streetview? I'm pretty certain I haven't, though I was passed on my bike by a TomTom camera car a few months ago, so I may pop up on someone's satnav (do Tomtoms have streetview built into them?) Also I recall overtaking a Google car on the M25, but that hardly counts...

Re: Cat saves boy on bike from vicious dog!!

16 May 2014 - 12:08pm
Although a serious attack by the dog,which was completely unprovoked .
It's a nice story too and seems the cat was protecting a perceived sibling or adopted son

That's my understanding too - the cat is apparently particularly attached to this boy and probably regards him as "hers". The fact (as has been pointed out) that she didn't hesitate to take the dog on (and then continued to chase it) suggests a degree of "ownership" you don't normally expect from a cat.

However, they do all act differently, and some will do all the posturing while others don't hesitate to jump in. One of mine will chase any fox that comes into our garden - no hesitation, she just runs straight at them. I've even seen her jump onto a fox (grabbing one of its hind legs) and try to bite it. The foxes run away pretty quickly! Her sister, on the other hand, makes a bee-line in the opposite direction...

Jan

Re: Captured the smallest vehicle with 'stay back cyclist'?

16 May 2014 - 11:32am
[XAP]Bob wrote:PNG is what I tend to use nowadays - it's not patent encumbered...
Descriptions of natural mathematical relationships (such as the JPEG compression algorithm) are not valid patents. If you tolerate that sort of thing (like the US seems to, among others), evil people will try to patent all of nature and charge things for living.

Re: Captured the smallest vehicle with 'stay back cyclist'?

16 May 2014 - 11:03am
PNG is what I tend to use nowadays - it's not patent encumbered...

Wikipedia excerpt comparing the two:
JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) format can produce a smaller file than PNG for photographic (and photo-like) images, since JPEG uses a lossy encoding method specifically designed for photographic image data, which is typically dominated by soft, low-contrast transitions, and an amount of noise or similar irregular structures. Using PNG instead of a high-quality JPEG for such images would result in a large increase in filesize with negligible gain in quality. In contrast, when storing images that contain text, line art, or graphics – images with sharp transitions and large areas of solid color – the PNG format can compress image data more than JPEG can. Additionally, PNG is lossless, while JPEG produces noticeable visual artifacts around high-contrast areas. Where an image contains both sharp transitions and photographic parts, a choice must be made between the two effects. JPEG does not support transparency.

Re: Captured the smallest vehicle with 'stay back cyclist'?

16 May 2014 - 10:59am
drossall wrote:Post pictures in JPG or PNG format if you want reliability. There are some others that work too. GIFs are OK, but not necessarily optimal for photos (OK for line drawings, sketches and the like). TIFFs can be uncompressed, so inefficiently large, and are not a recognised standard format for the Web.
PNGs are basically for similar situations as GIF but a bit nicer to use in some ways. PNG is still lossless compression, so complicated things like photographs can end up as large files.

Post photographs to forums as JPG almost every time - JPG compression is "lossy" and aims to discard the bits you notice least first. If you use JPG for something like a line drawing and set the compression too high, you may be able to spot "ripples" from hard edges, like you can on digital TVs which use a similar compression method. Not the end of the world, but if you dislike it, you can reduce the compression, or try saving as a PNG instead and see if the file is small enough.

Re: Had a chat with the Google Streetview man

16 May 2014 - 10:30am
cheesypeeps wrote:I'd reckon he'll be needed. Someone to ensure equipment is functioning etc. Always new roads being build so always new roads to capture.
But he'll be able to do the maintenance whilst the car drives itself around. No need for a driving license any more, just get a techie who doesn't suffer from motion sickness...

Re: Cat saves boy on bike from vicious dog!!

16 May 2014 - 10:29am
Dogs have owners, cats have servants. It has always been so, and cats will keep it that way...

Protection of ones servants is important.

Re: Captured the smallest vehicle with 'stay back cyclist'?

16 May 2014 - 10:20am
How far away would the average pedestrian have to be to read the sign? So drivers are just complete idiots!

Re: Captured the smallest vehicle with 'stay back cyclist'?

16 May 2014 - 10:02am
If I may derail this photography technique thread with a red herring about warning signs on vehicles. the other day I saw a roadworks van from a utilities company and it had large signs on the body panels along the lines "Pedestrians, keep well away from this vehicle at all times." The warning was easy to read but hard to obey as the vehicle had been parked blocking the greater part of the pavement while the driver popped into the newsagents.

No camera with me so I cannot demonstrate how to download pics to illustrate a post.

Re: Cat saves boy on bike from vicious dog!!

16 May 2014 - 9:13am
And the precursor footage makes it abundantly clear also that the little boy wasn't entering the dog's territory or being a threat in any way either.

Re: Cycle - You must be banned or poor

16 May 2014 - 8:53am
Bicycler wrote:For currency conversion we use Purchasing Power Parity Dollars (PPP$) in order to take into account the difference in cost of living between countries; PPP$ are also less susceptible to short term fluctuations.


Are you sure they do that - for example putting in an income of £12000 a year ie £1000 a month it says "your monthly income could pay the monthly salaries of 75 doctors in Pakistan". This means they are paid the equivalent of £13.33 a month. It's not likely that a doctor in Pakistan has a wage with the equivalent purchasing power of about 3 quid a week here. It seems a bit dubious.

Re: Cat saves boy on bike from vicious dog!!

16 May 2014 - 8:52am
kwackers wrote:I'm not so sure, I think we want to believe that but in my experience cats are quite happy to sit and watch you get eaten.
But it didn't do any posturing/warning which is the first reaction by cats to intruders on their patch which give the offender chance to retreat,it's got to be remembered that animals will do anything to ward off a fight as they're all too aware of the consequences,that cat was straight in,in the same way you or I would be if our children or partner were attacked,
IMO it was defending and it may even see the child as it's property/turf.
They're just not social animals and don't form a society in that way.
In their natural environment perhaps not but a pet isn't,it lives a completely different lifestyle and is looked after and treated differently,who knows how it sees itself in the order of the household.

Re: Had a chat with the Google Streetview man

16 May 2014 - 8:35am
I'd reckon he'll be needed. Someone to ensure equipment is functioning etc. Always new roads being build so always new roads to capture.

Re: Captured the smallest vehicle with 'stay back cyclist'?

16 May 2014 - 8:19am
If the photo's been compressed is it actually a pic of a 30ft limousine?

Re: Captured the smallest vehicle with 'stay back cyclist'?

16 May 2014 - 12:15am
Post pictures in JPG or PNG format if you want reliability. There are some others that work too. GIFs are OK, but not necessarily optimal for photos (OK for line drawings, sketches and the like). TIFFs can be uncompressed, so inefficiently large, and are not a recognised standard format for the Web.

Re: Captured the smallest vehicle with 'stay back cyclist'?

15 May 2014 - 11:37pm
Thanks very much. I did originally edit the post with an http link because my own browser wouldn't read the picture I'd posted. I never understood the reason.

Re: Captured the smallest vehicle with 'stay back cyclist'?

15 May 2014 - 11:26pm
TIFFs don't work in all browsers. Here's the OP's picture for users of Firefox and others.

Pretty small vehicle...

Re: Helmets and Insects

15 May 2014 - 11:20pm
Elizabethsdad wrote:Flinders wrote:I wasn't pretending to be Wiggo when I captured my wasp, quite the reverse, I'm so unfit I get boiling hot and have to unzip.
Though in populated areas I can't zip as low as you chaps, so have to zip back up a bit.
I didn't realise that getting hot was a sign of being unfit - I can get quite warm just going for a walk

I'm working on walking fitness for a trip to Skye. I fins that the fitter I get, the less hot I get on steep ascents.
Cycling, I find if I'm fitter I can go faster, so more 'windchill', so I;m cooler. Until I stop, at which point I boil. On a hot day I'm always cooler when cycling than walking.
But altitude has an effect too- the other day walking on Cadair Idris it was warm in the valley but darn cold on the summit............

Had a chat with the Google Streetview man

15 May 2014 - 11:01pm
Don't quite know what to make of this (Nothing possibly? Ed.)

Met the Google Streetview camera car man tonight - he was parked a few doors down. Works alone, covers the whole of SW England. Car is full of equipment of course. And no man on top shooting the film. He had just done some nice places in Cornwall. And was knackered. Presumably one day they won't even need him, just a driver-less car.

A modern day Francis Frith.

Re: Cat saves boy on bike from vicious dog!!

15 May 2014 - 11:01pm
reohn2 wrote:It's a nice story too and seems the cat was protecting a perceived sibling or adopted son
I'm not so sure, I think we want to believe that but in my experience cats are quite happy to sit and watch you get eaten.
They're just not social animals and don't form a society in that way. I reckon the simplest and most likely explanation is the cat didn't like dogs and the dog was on it's territory.

Our old cat used to walk at any dogs that infringed its territory sideways, back arched and hissing like a steam train. It wasn't a small cat either.
A guy used to walk his alsatian past our house and as it approached it used to cross over to pass the house and cross back once it was clear. I never saw the cat 'chase' a dog though.

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