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  1. synaesthesia's Avatar
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    Yeah it's all separate but Silverstone themselves try and co-ordinate all together. Glad to hear people actually there were in decent spirits all things considering! That's one thing us Brits are fantastic at
  2. Heebeejeebee's Avatar
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    I know - that's why I praised them separately.

    All staff were good.

    HBJB
  3. glennda's Avatar
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    @Heebeejeebee The Campsites run completely seperate are they not from the actual Silverstone circuit i.e you book a ticket to the race track but have to get camping from a third party? That was always my understanding of the situation silverstone all the times I have been there.
    Updated 9th July 2012 at 02:41 PM by glennda
  4. Heebeejeebee's Avatar
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    ... Oh and I've been to Donnington and it was worse.

    HBJB
  5. Heebeejeebee's Avatar
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    Having just got back from Silverstone I cannot fault the track and the staff at all. They were sympathetic, helpful and generally top notch. The camping however could have been better organised if a wet weather plan had been devised. This could have prevented the following:

    Firstly the car park was about a mile from the campsite, only had one row that had any boards laid down for traction and was already churned up on Thursday. Most people had to do four or five trips per person from car to tent to get all their gear in - this didn't help the mud situation at all.

    Although I understand the reason for not letting cars park next to the tents it might have been easier and probably would have caused less foot traffic and therefore less mud churning to let them park at the top of the field they were parked in.

    More loo blocks (that don't leak into the mud ).

    Better paths (stones rather than sandy/dirt stuff).

    A decent exit strategy: I queued for about four hours to get out while cars were being pushed and pulled in all directions through the mud. It was so muddy tractors were getting stuck. All the while the camper vans were being let out first from a different field. If this was a planning thing then people should have been informed so. The piece of paper we were given just said the car park exits would be open.

    Having said that there was no ill temper from anyone and the car park staff were also great.

    Certainly the rain that had been constant before Thursday didn't help, nor the previous events held there in the past weeks. The fields simply could not recover in time. My tent virtually slid down the campsite on top of a river of mud. I was cold, wet and a bit fed up for most of the weekend but at least the sun came out for the duration of the race. Sadly I wasn't expecting it and got my head and nose burnt

    Freak events compounded by no respite. That's all.

    HBJB
  6. sonofsanta's Avatar
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    People love a bandwagon.

    "They should have seen this coming, it's Britain after all" - indeed, we all predicted flash flooding in July, that happens every year, doesn't it?
    "Donnington would have done it better" - that being the Donnington that almost got given the GP but didn't at the last minute as its infrastructure wasn't up to scratch? Genius.

    And they wonder why the country is going to the dogs.

    (insert joke about going to the greyhounds after being unable to get into the GP)
  7. glennda's Avatar
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    I say having been and worked at this place it makes some places look very very small in comparison. Crowds are at around 130,000. Silverstone themseleves cannot be blamed for the Campsites AFAIK they are completely separate and if you turn up on other weekends in the year they have cows in. Major Investment has been made in the infrastructure around it (I've been around 20 times in the last 4 years) and a lot has changed. They are however also trying to push for more things like Music events to be held inside the track to raise funds towards more improvements.
  8. john's Avatar
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    The crowds at Silverstone are amazingly huge and I do think you are right some of the biggest in the world for F1 as I recall Sky saying that today in the build up show.

    I have been twice and both times have been fairly lucky with the traffic, however the last 2 years have been either baking hot or damp and sunny. I park on the grass carparks usually and they are damp but as has bee said they are farmers fields I would expect it to be bad if it rained like it has there is just too many people who have no idea of reality or how life works.

    I think the Silverstone team and those in surrounding villages who have put peoples tents up in gardens and given drives for parking for those stuck etc... deserve a medal and true credit to them they are worth it .

    It has been a bad year for them, they won't deny that, they will be back next year with lessons learnt from this I am sure of that and I hope that me and other geeks are there next year, this year there was just thescalfedone there.
  9. GrumbleDook's Avatar
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    The Right to Work and the right to take appropriate action to safe guard that right is part of international law and for very good reason.

    Yes, it can be abused ... in the same way employers can abuse how they treat employees too.

    Most unions will prefer to sit round the table to do deals rather than go down the strike route. Some will be more militant and take aggressive action but too many unions know that this is double-edged sword. It can the tactic that forces change of mind, whether political, ethical or economic ... or it can end up forcing even worse conditions. The risk of further tightening of laws are industrial disputes means that unions tend to get more success when sat round the table and coming up with compromises and everyone hoping that all parties keep their promises.

    But what happens when those promises are broken? Do you arrange another deal and hope that this time people will keep their word?

    Of course ... you then get some groups that are opportunistic and will use things like summer sporting events to justify more money for the same work! For me, they get little sympathy really ...
  10. TheScarfedOne's Avatar
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    Hmmm... on 64 bit - I believe it will check just the 64 bit folder. You may have to use the two direct references rather than variables.
  11. synaesthesia's Avatar
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    Just to add to the above, I also believe Silverstone gets the largest crowd of any world circuit - that's something I've heard a few times but can't find anything decent to back that up.
  12. X-13's Avatar
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    I know I need to force myself to do work and stop putting it off... It's just the fact that I want to do the coding, but I have to spend way more time than I planned to getting resources sorted.

    [Resources = animations, backgrounds, objects, characters, etc]
  13. sonofsanta's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13
    Not that much progress, to be honest...

    I've been trying to sort out our upgrade plan for the school's computers and playing [and finishing] Skyward Sword...


    I suddenly realised just how much work this is going to be...
    I know that feeling. So much work at the moment to try and get Windows 7 ready (including SCCM for FEP and new print servers and testing all the software and setting up all the 2k8R2 servers and blah blah blah) and it gets to the end of an evening and I sit down and think... meh.

    But I suspect that if I never get used to just getting on every day, no matter how busy I've been and how tired I am, I will forever have that excuse and never finish anything. Even if it's just half an hour a day, the habit of doing something every day has got to be better than perpetual procrastination.
  14. X-13's Avatar
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    Not that much progress, to be honest...

    I've been trying to sort out our upgrade plan for the school's computers and playing [and finishing] Skyward Sword...


    I suddenly realised just how much work this is going to be...
  15. Hacksawbob's Avatar
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    Philips are offering a similar product one of my schools will probably be going down this route....
  16. sonofsanta's Avatar
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    So, er, any progress then, or has real life bogged you down? (speaking from familiarity there atm)
  17. RabbieBurns's Avatar
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    Ive got SCOM set up and the agent deployed to a couple of servers..

    Is there any chance you could do a follow up post as to how I actually use SCOM please
  18. RabbieBurns's Avatar
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    Does entering %ProgramFiles%\ in the client software inventory look in both the Program files and Program files (x6) folders on a 64bit install?
  19. Hacksawbob's Avatar
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    Hinthanks for your input, The reflection cn be an issue depending on the orientation to the classroom, this needs to be considered if the opposite wall is full of glass. I still think a screen of some sort is a better replacement for a projector. If you can do without the direct touch interface and a wireless mouse/tablet then all the better, get a big led telly and kit out 5classrooms for the price of one.
  20. westleya's Avatar
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    We had one of these in for a test and it worked well...BUT...the screen is so reflective it's distracting. In fact, I you can see how reflective they are from the pics in this blog.

    Installed in our staffroom, we could see the windows, trees and buildings outside and everyone IN the staffroom behind you. And shutting blinds defeats the object of these in the first place.

    Projector screens are matt and don't suffer from this.
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