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Gadgets / Re: Nearly brain dead Zumo 660
« Last post by radon222 on Today at 02:37:53 AM »
Just to clarify -  When you're going thru a tunnel, you are most certainly not navigation by tracking satellites.   When the GPS receiver loses track on all birds,  it goes into "Dead-Reckoning" mode.

In other words it takes the last good speed and heading it had and uses that to keep on truckin' in a straight line until it gets another true fix.   The longer the tunnel, the more you change speed and/or direction while in satellite blackout, the more the model position will degrade. 

Once you get out of the tunnel, you may see  a jump to a new position as it corrects itself from the dead reckoned position to a GPS fixed position.
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Businesses aren't greedy. They're profit centers, and the "nicer" the place - aka dealer vs. mom-n-pop shop in a 70 year old repurposed gas station - the higher the overhead and expenses.

You voted with your wallet.

If everyone does that, then the ford dealer closes up. Then you have to weigh the option of driving x-number of miles/hours further to get to the next one when you do need them. If that's worth it to you, then continue voting the way you did.

But it's not greed. It's not gouging. It's simple economics; perhaps the simplest of all.

The stakes get really crazy once you go public and sell shares. Then the business becomes a money making machine for the shareholders, and they're a demanding lot.

Everyone should own and run their own business at least once in life. Perspectives change.
I understand what you're saying but...
I'm throwing the BS flag!
$720 to do a 30 min job (with their rack and power tools) and $170 of parts is GREED!

I dunno. At my old shop, electricity was like $1300 a month to power the lights, the $3500 air compressor, the two in-ground air/oil power lifts, the one above-ground electric hydraulic lifts, the alignment rack and lasers, the gas forced-air heater to keep the 20-foot ceiling bays warm for the mechanics to be able to work through the Winter, each being paid a living wage, carrying business & damage liability insurance, and then keeping materials like oil, ATF, brake fluid, anti-freeze, brake cleaner, carb cleaner, keeping the SafetKleen tank maintained, keeping the pipe bender maintained and operating, and so on and so on, and so on. OH, and the franchise fees. The owner wasn't greedy. I wasn't greedy managing it. That was ~30 years ago.

I'm not defending the shop you're talking about. But I'm saying people who don't run a business are rarely aware of the actual costs that all stack up, and what it took to equip, and keep it going. :shrug:

This is also true for restaurants.
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Businesses aren't greedy. They're profit centers, and the "nicer" the place - aka dealer vs. mom-n-pop shop in a 70 year old repurposed gas station - the higher the overhead and expenses.

You voted with your wallet.

If everyone does that, then the ford dealer closes up. Then you have to weigh the option of driving x-number of miles/hours further to get to the next one when you do need them. If that's worth it to you, then continue voting the way you did.

But it's not greed. It's not gouging. It's simple economics; perhaps the simplest of all.

The stakes get really crazy once you go public and sell shares. Then the business becomes a money making machine for the shareholders, and they're a demanding lot.

Everyone should own and run their own business at least once in life. Perspectives change.
I understand what you're saying but...
I'm throwing the BS flag!
$720 to do a 30 min job (with their rack and power tools) and $170 of parts is GREED!

I dunno. At my old shop, electricity was like $1300 a month to power the lights, the $3500 air compressor, the two in-ground air/oil power lifts, the one above-ground electric hydraulic lifts, the alignment rack and lasers, the gas forced-air heater to keep the 20-foot ceiling bays warm for the mechanics to be able to work through the Winter, each being paid a living wage, carrying business & damage liability insurance, and then keeping materials like oil, ATF, brake fluid, anti-freeze, brake cleaner, carb cleaner, keeping the SafetKleen tank maintained, keeping the pipe bender maintained and operating, and so on and so on, and so on. OH, and the franchise fees. The owner wasn't greedy. I wasn't greedy managing it. That was ~30 years ago.

I'm not defending the shop you're talking about. But I'm saying people who don't run a business are rarely aware of the actual costs that all stack up, and what it took to equip, and keep it going. :shrug:
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Gadgets / Re: Nearly brain dead Zumo 660
« Last post by RBEmerson on Yesterday at 09:52:32 PM »
GPS...

It's amazing that it all works. There all sorts of ground support is needed to keep the clocks set, adjust orbit info, turn on and off satellites, and deal with new satellites coming to the constellation. To say nothing of what the satellites themselves can do. All kinds of natural mischief can happen to signals. The worst part, though, is it's possible to "spoof" positioning in an area. Think about GPS guided munitions following bogus positioning data... Aircraft relying on GPS to avoid flying into mountains... and... yeah, well.

It's amazing it all works.
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Gadgets / Re: Nearly brain dead Zumo 660
« Last post by RBEmerson on Yesterday at 09:43:13 PM »
Road sign laps... I played soldier for a couple of years and spent them in Germany. Part of that was keeping Bad People (AKA Ivan) from taking peeks (or photos) of what was hidden in those bunkers. We were inspected frequently by varying levels of officer types. We're standing in formation, awaiting the arrival of some big brass type. And waiting and waiting, etc. The helicopter with Whoever lands and Whoever goes charging by our spiffy formation with little more than a vague hand wave and a snarl. The pilot was new in Germany, got lost, and had to hover over road signs to figure out where he was.

Moral: heads up while doing laps...
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Businesses aren't greedy. They're profit centers, and the "nicer" the place - aka dealer vs. mom-n-pop shop in a 70 year old repurposed gas station - the higher the overhead and expenses.

You voted with your wallet.

If everyone does that, then the ford dealer closes up. Then you have to weigh the option of driving x-number of miles/hours further to get to the next one when you do need them. If that's worth it to you, then continue voting the way you did.

But it's not greed. It's not gouging. It's simple economics; perhaps the simplest of all.

The stakes get really crazy once you go public and sell shares. Then the business becomes a money making machine for the shareholders, and they're a demanding lot.

Everyone should own and run their own business at least once in life. Perspectives change.
I understand what you're saying but...
I'm throwing the BS flag!
$720 to do a 30 min job (with their rack and power tools) and $170 of parts is GREED!
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Gadgets / Re: Nearly brain dead Zumo 660
« Last post by Skee on Yesterday at 09:00:19 PM »

I just around the roundabout again....and again... until I read all the signs...

 :cromag: My record is 3 laps :rolf:


The strength of the two radio frequencies used (1.5 GHz and 1.2 GHz) are reduced by water.

Which explains why my GPS sometimes has trouble tracking on foggy rainy days.

There's no way a signal will reach a receiver inside a tunnel.
Some receivers try to guess how far the receiver has moved after losing all satellites.

I'm pretty sure my 595 does this because it tracks through some pretty deep tunnels if you're not in them too long.
However it can get mixed up if there is a Y fork,  It appears to follow the road based on average speed.

I have lost signal in a heavy tree canopy when it was also bone dry.  Like you say, there is a lot going on.

The technology is amazing.  The user interface is disappointing.
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Genuine question... like, not trying to be an asshole (that part just happens naturally :D ) - what's stopping you from opening a biz and doing it more the way you want it to be? Is the market too small for more players? Or locked up by people in it a long time?

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Off Topic Discussion / Re: Random Video Thread
« Last post by kneescrubber on Yesterday at 08:54:07 PM »
Yeah. I kinda like these guys.

https://youtu.be/B9FzVhw8_bY
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Genuine question... like, not trying to be an asshole (that part just happens naturally :D ) - what's stopping you from opening a biz and doing it more the way you want it to be? Is the market too small for more players? Or locked up by people in it a long time?
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