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  • Things that are just a bloody stupid idea
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    Premier Icon johndoh
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    I think my car has autonomous emergency braking but I’m not game to actually test it to see if it really does.

    I have experienced this feature ‘working’ once in a Volvo XC60 (I think it was some kind of pedestrian safety device). I was on a roundabout and a coach started to pull on to the roundabout as I was going around it. The car ‘sensed’ a pedestrian and slammed the brakes on which almost resulted in the bloody coach driving into the side of my car – the driver was furious and I simply had no idea WTF had just happened!

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    A lion, in a side car, on a wall of death. I can’t decide if it is a bloody stupid idea or one of the best things that has ever happened in the history of the world.

    I’d heard a story that the wall of death eventually got condemned, as it scared the lion so much it kept peeing itself, and the lion pee rotted the wood…………..

    Premier Icon Flaperon
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    And they look manky with greasy fingerprints.

    Get an anti-glare screen protector. Not only does it mean that I never have to stare at my own horrific reflection but it doesn’t pick up fingerprints.

    I think my car has autonomous emergency braking but I’m not game to actually test it to see if it really does.

    The sales tactic for my first V60 involved the salesman daring me to run him over with it. While I relished the opportunity the car did indeed stop me. Next time I spoke to him he told me that Volvo UK had forbidden this particular sales tactic following a couple of accidents where someone had turned the system off.

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    Next time I spoke to him he told me that Volvo UK had forbidden this particular sales tactic following a couple of accidents where someone had turned the system off.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    Gravel bikes – like road bikes but slower, like mountain bikes but less capable. We live in the UK, we do not have endless miles of graded gravel like they do in the US.

    Out I dunno, did the Saxon Way the week before last, 100 miles of mostly byways and tame bridleways that they were perfect tool for.

    Then went up to the Yorskhire Dales, even more actual “gravel”. Raydale where I was staying has 6 routes out of it. 2 are roads into Wensleydale, the other 4* are pretty much exactly what you’d imagine when someone says “gravel road”. Infact most of the valleys round there the gravel roads outnumbered the paved ones it was great fun.

    *half of which are the only routes out of the valley in those directions, so your road bike wouldn’t be any use.

    Premier Icon Trimix
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    67.37% of roads in the US are paved. So nearly 33% are roads not paved.

    (Roads, paved (% of total roads) in United States was reported at 67.37 % in 2008, according to the World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially recognized sources)

    In the UK I would be surprised if the % was even double figures. Sure, there are some farm tracks and old routes like the Ridgeway etc, but those are a rutty, muddy mess for a lot of the year. Not quite the gravel roads you see in the marketing when looking at gravel bikes.

    Premier Icon nakedrider
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    80…no 90% of the human race!

    Premier Icon miserablebird
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    Kettles in hotel rooms that are too big to get under the wash basin tap. Am I supposed to fill them using the shower head?

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    In the UK I would be surprised if the % was even double figures. Sure, there are some farm tracks and old routes like the Ridgeway etc, but those are a rutty, muddy mess for a lot of the year. Not quite the gravel roads you see in the marketing when looking at gravel bikes.

    Yorkshire begs to differ, miles, and miles, and miles (and thousands of feet of climbing to go with it) of the stuff.






    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    Anyway, back in the thread.

    Hydrogen fuel.

    It costs ~£12/kg to create hydrogen via electrolysis.

    It costs about £1.50/kg to make it on a refinery from methane.

    So it’s unlikely economically to come from a green source.

    Then you have to transport it in highly specialised and low volume tankers.

    Then it costs millions to build a filling station for it.

    So in the end you’ve got a car that cost roughly double fill up (about 10kg/£120) for 600 miles than the equivalent petrol (about £60 at 50mpg) at UK prices, with zero tax on it.

    Maybe when we finally get “electricity too cheap to meter” that’s been promised by nuclear for 50 years, and is still probably 50 years away it’ll make sense. But on a technological progress scale 50 years ago coil ignition was just replacing magnetos.

    Premier Icon dyna-ti
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    Brushed stainless steel fridges.
    Fingerprint nightmare. Clean, and clean and clean and open the door and clean some more.

    Well, the lion seems to be enjoying itself!

    You’ll probably find the lion is chained to the car. Or it would’ve eaten the driver first time out.

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    Things that initially solve a minor ‘problem’, but then cause a much bigger one when they go wrong.

    1) Modern powered handbrakes on cars.
    2) House boilers with automatic ignition that cannot be lit by hand when they go wrong.

    But the crowning turd in the water pipe for me is/was eject buttons on remote controls for entertainment devices that have physical media for storage. Why have an eject button for a DVD player on a remote when you have to be ‘at’ the machine to swap the disc?

    Premier Icon Bunnyhop
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    Changing the bulbs on modern cars is near impossible.
    My old polo was a breeze, reach inside take out dead bulb, replace with new.

    Premier Icon tomparkin
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    I said Brexit but worthy of a second vote.

    Much like Brexit itself, eh, what?

    Premier Icon didnthurt
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    Alloy wheels

    Metallic paint

    Incredibly wide cars with massive doors

    Cars with a boot instead of a hatch back

    White/beige sofas and car interiors

    Cheap bearings in factory built bikes

    Product packaging that is both unrecyclable and excessive

    How buildings are designed, tendered and built

    Watching the England football team play

    Sharing a bed and room with your partner

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Changing the bulbs on modern cars is near impossible.

    Doesn’t need to be that modern.

    I once got a phone call from a colleague, in Halford’s car park, going “will you come help, I’ve bought a headlight bulb and I cannot work out how to fit it.” After I’d done calling him a chump I drove over and I couldn’t work it out either. We both drove back to work and I looked it up. “Step 1: remove radiator.”

    Nothing exotic, this was an Astra van and at least 15 years ago.

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    Kettles in hotel rooms that are too big to get under the wash basin tap. Am I supposed to fill them using the shower head?

    I agree but two answers

    1/ use the cup you’re about to put the boiled water into – that way you’ll also boil the right amount.

    2/ Never use the hotel kettle, everyone knows that people piss in them for a laugh.

    But the crowning turd in the water pipe for me is/was eject buttons on remote controls for entertainment devices that have physical media for storage. Why have an eject button for a DVD player on a remote when you have to be ‘at’ the machine to swap the disc?

    Because my wife insists on controlling the remotes but muggins has to get up and change the DVD. I wouldn’t dare touch the controls!

    Premier Icon dyna-ti
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    Product packaging that is both unrecyclable and excessive

    My planer/thicknesser arrived on a pallet with an entire roll of bubble wrap(about 25m),wrapped around it. I very carefully unwound it all back into a big roll and used it over the next 2 years packaging things from ebay sales. 😀
    Shame they took the pallet back with them 🙁

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    On electric handbrakes, when was the last time any of you moaners had a cable pull? New caliper,

    every.

    ****.

    year.

    Both cars.

    Hateful things and I can’t wait to see the back of them. I’d rather have hill assist some of the time than none of the time.

    Premier Icon scc999
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    On electric handbrakes, when was the last time any of you moaners had a cable pull? New caliper,

    every.

    ****.

    year.

    Only ever had cable handbrakes except on hire cares. Never had to replace a caliper due to an issue with the handbrake mechanism.
    Replaced front calipers a few times over the years, only ever replaced one rear that I remember.

    Friends with electric handbrakes have had to replace rear calipers as the handbrake part of it failed though so it looks like it’s not as clear cut as all that.

    Agree with a lot of packaging in general, esp in supermarkets. Why do some checkout workers insist on trying to put already packaged things in extra plastic bags? Stop it.

    Car park ticket machines that only take coins. Really DCC? Why not join the 21st century and allow card or phone payments?

    Headlights on modern cars that consistently blind oncoming traffic. Self adjusting my arse.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    I saw my arse with electronic handbrakes the day mine decided to refuse to disengage. Whilst I was second from the front of a queue of cars lined up to disembark a ferry. The only other time I’ve heard that many car horns is downtown Chicago at rush hour.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Car park ticket machines that only take coins.

    I appreciate they’re all competing companies but, I really wish someone would have a monopoly on “pay by phone” apps. Another city, another app, my phone is full of the bloody things.

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    Adverts splattered all over forums and websites, especially those newer ones that blur out what you want to read until you hit close.

    I’ve been using the internet regularly since around ’97 and don’t recall ever clicking through any advert to purchase something.

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    2FA which uses txt messaging and doesn’t allow to use a 2FA app, especially if the timeout doesn’t give you time to walk out the house to the top of the garden to get reception.

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    Doesn’t need to be that modern.

    I once got a phone call from a colleague, in Halford’s car park, going “will you come help, I’ve bought a headlight bulb and I cannot work out how to fit it.” After I’d done calling him a chump I drove over and I couldn’t work it out either. We both drove back to work and I looked it up. “Step 1: remove radiator.”

    Nothing exotic, this was an Astra van and at least 15 years ago.

    Wheel, wheel arch cover, sump cover, battery, battery box and the hands of a gibbon to finish the job here.

    The design engineers who allowed this to get through need to be compelled to be on call to come fit the bulbs, in the rain, for the remaining useful life of the car. Then, when the car is back on the road said engineers should be fitted with an electrical rectal probe which triggers every time a car they designed squeaks or rattles after being disassembled to fit a consumable.

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Wow. That’s… certainly something.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    Benoit the Berlingo is 16 years old, weirdly one headlight is really simple. The other is the mirror image, but the air intake and wiring loom (a big thick 40mm bundle of wires, not just the bulb) run about half an inch behind it.

    You can get the screw cap off the bulb, but only if you have 3 hands the size of a small child but with the finger strength of a rock climbing jazz pianist.

    Being French and apparently being the wiring for the whole engine I’m expecting damage to that bit of loom will kill the car for want of a h4 bulb at some point.

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    the press the screen for contactless payment. So every single person touches exactly the same areas.


    @nickc
    I’m fine with what contactless payment means it’s more the fact you can make a whole shopping process without the need for the handling of good by multiple people (I also understand about Packers and stackers) the there’s a point that you take the contact from dozens to hundreds just because you all have to touch the same area of a screen when the till could be programmed to activate the card reader and money receiver automatically then close the one that’s not being used down.

    Premier Icon Trimix
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    Voting when the choice is rubbish (or worse than rubbish), voting when its not fair, voting when no one sticks to their promises, voting for liars, cheats and criminals, voting when idiots can also vote thereby undermining your intelligent vote 🙂

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    Agreed on headlight bulbs and handbrakes. Bought my much longed for T6 earlier this year – handbrake is cable which is good, but upgrading the woeful headlight bulbs was like keyhole heart surgery!!

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    Car park ticket machines that only take coins. Really DCC? Why not join the 21st century and allow card or phone payments?

    This. Our seafront car park has two ticket machines, one working, neither accept card or have an app. And you don’t find this out until you go to leave. The other ticket machines in town take contactless but, oh, only cards, NFC on your phone doesn’t work.

    Only ever had cable handbrakes except on hire cares. Never had to replace a caliper due to an issue with the handbrake mechanism.

    I must be really unlucky then, three cars in a row. Do you live inland maybe? Not particularly cold? Wondering if salt is to blame.

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    Benoit the Berlingo is 16 years old, weirdly one headlight is really simple. The other is the mirror image, but the air intake and wiring loom (a big thick 40mm bundle of wires, not just the bulb) run about half an inch behind it.

    Similar on my car, one is relatively easy. The other one I wouldn’t consider trying myself, it’s a garage job!

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    Being French and apparently being the wiring for the whole engine I’m expecting damage to that bit of loom will kill the car for want of a h4 bulb at some point.

    The last time I saw something like that, and I cannot for the life of me remember what it was but might have been a Peugeot (so there’s a common denominator here) the entire headlamp assembly came out of the body forwards.

    the press the screen for contactless payment. So every single person touches exactly the same areas.

    High contact areas like that and I try to press them in non-obvious places like the corner of the button rather than the middle, and I use a knuckle on my non-dominant hand. Same with things like door handles.

    Also I carry a pocket bottle of hand gel which I’ll use immediately afterwards. Remember back when this all started and hand sanitiser was as rare as unicorn semen and priced like printer ink, supermarket shelves were stripped bare and you’d more chance of finding toilet roll? What happened to it all, has anyone ever seen anyone actually using their own stuff? I haven’t. It’s been in Tesco’s “reduced to clear” section for months.

    There you go, there’s another bloody stupid idea. People.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    The last time I saw something like that, and I cannot for the life of me remember what it was but might have been a Peugeot (so there’s a common denominator here) the entire headlamp assembly came out of the body forwards.

    My previous Ford did that, you undid 2 torx screws (conveniently with big slots in them so you could do them with any screwdriver/blade/metal rim of the spare bulb if not at home) and pressed two tabs in (which then snapped off, saving a step for future goes) and the whole assembly popped out.

    Why can’t other cars copy that?

    Premier Icon pk13
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    Golf

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Many elements of VW design.

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    Fast cars.

    Premier Icon squirrelking
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    My previous Ford did that,

    Yup, the Mondeo is so easy to change a bulb on. The C8, on the other hand, is like a task from Saw that will leave you with a cramped and bloody wrist. The headlight is removable but only if you take the bumper off first.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Car park ticket machines that only take coins. Really DCC? Why not join the 21st century and allow card or phone payments?

    Because WiFi and Internet don’t seem to reach quite big chunks of DCCs area…..

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