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Comment: Re:4 Days? (Score 1) 248

by Computershack (#48651105) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

It takes about 30 minutes, if that (15-20 normally) to unload 4-6 pallets from the truck,

You'd be fired in most warehouses in the UK if you worked that slow. Shit I loaded myself with a pump truck on Saturday night and stuck 18 pallets on my semi-trailer in half an hour and that is with a forklift truck driver going into the warehouse and bringing them out to me one at a time. It only took them 30 minutes to unload and check 26 pallets I delivered to a Tesco distribution centre on Sunday morning.

Comment: Re:4 Days? (Score 1) 248

by Computershack (#48651095) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

You can unload 13,000 cases of unpalletized canned goods in four hours, the same amount of time it takes anyone else with pallets? That's pretty fucking amazing, I must say.

What the hell? A standard 40' shipping container takes 24 pallets. You can unload/load 24 pallets in about the same number of minutes, even less if they're all stacked on the loading dock next to the ramp for the container. You're probably looking at an hour to unload 13,000 cases palletised.

Comment: Re:Like many inventions ... (Score 5, Informative) 248

by Computershack (#48651083) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets
Thank you for demonstrating you have no fucking clue about haulage or logistics. The vast majority of goods are transported palletised. You can unload 3,000 cases of palletised goods far faster than two or three people stuck in the back of a semi-trailer can put them on a conveyer belt. It takes a warehouse 20 minutes to unload a full 26 pallet load semi-trailer, it takes 2hrs to unload 1500 cases on a conveyer belt. I should know, I've spent 20 years as a trucker.

Please stop commenting about something you don't know shit about, you're just embarrassing yourself.

Comment: Re:Like many inventions ... (Score 5, Informative) 248

by Computershack (#48651077) Attached to: The Magic of Pallets

It takes time to build pallets. It takes time to break apart, resort, and rebuild pallets. It costs money to repair and replace the pallets themselves. Pallets require extra ceiling space to actually pick them up and put them into a truck or container, resulting in wasted volume in that truck or container. The logistics industry is quickly moving away from pallets for everything but long term storage.

Actual truck driver here. No they're not or at least in Europe they're not. You can load a pallet onto a truck with just a couple of inches clearance, enough for the skids on the pallet not to slide along the floor. What actually determines pallet height and therefore wasted space in a truck is the racking at the warehouses. Its the spacing between the shelving on the racking. Rented pallets is the model used the most with Chep being the largest player in the world. Most large companies won't accept goods unless they're on Chep pallets, that's how well they're built and how well designed the rental system is. You don't need to worry about the time it takes to build pallets or repair them because Chep take care of that. You merely send one of your trucks in to a Chep factory en-route back to load up 300 pallets or get Chep to deliver them and collect the damaged ones.

Comment: Gotta love the optimism... (Score 1) 272

by Computershack (#48647591) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately."

Or after having to watch alternatives they'll come to the realisation of just how shitty Fox News is and just not bother paying to watch them again.

Comment: More Tesla lies..... (Score -1, Flamebait) 133

by Computershack (#48638183) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program
Well colour me surprised. So their promotion video bragging that it was faster to swap not one but two batteries in less time than it took to fill up a car with one of the largest fuel tanks on the market was actually not a true representation and the best they can currently manage is three minutes a battery? Not only does it take just as long to swap out a battery to get a 300 mile range as it does to fill an Audi that'll do a thousand miles on a tank of gas, you get to pay the same amount of money as well for the privilege.

Comment: Re:Better than the USA (Score 3, Informative) 70

by Computershack (#48523427) Attached to: UK Completes 250km of Undersea Broadband Rollouts

At least the major cable guys offer unlimited data a month, and price you according to the speed that you wanna rent. Which sounds fair. One has to pay far more than that in other countries - not sure about Europe, but definitely it's far cheaper than Asia

I pay the equivalent of $50 a month for 80mbps down, 20mbps up with no data caps or throttling here in the UK.

Comment: Re:cable?? Bit extravagant, aren't we? (Score 1) 70

by Computershack (#48523399) Attached to: UK Completes 250km of Undersea Broadband Rollouts
Radio is no use. You'd need to be on VHF at least in order to get the bandwidth for the speed and VHF and higher is line of sight. You'd need fooking tall towers at either end to overcome the curvature of the earth for that kind of distance between the UK and the islands. Not only that, it can be easily interrupted by both man made and naturally occurring sources.

Comment: Re: Seen the e-Golf? (Score 1) 395

by drsmithy (#48483773) Attached to: France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel
90 miles is frankly pathetic. That's a best case scenario 45 miles there and back; less with frequent starting and stopping. And 45 miles by road is probably not like 35 miles as the crow flies. Imagine a 35 mile radius around your home. You cannot get any further than that without recharging. And that's supposed to be good mileage? I wouldn't hesitate for a second betting a comfortable majority of drivers rarely, if ever, drive more than 90 miles in a day. Heck, I'd be pretty confident that a fairly large proportion (say, between 25% and 50%) rarely exceed 50 miles in a day.

+ - Google should be broken up, say European MPs

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The European Parliament has voted in favour of breaking Google up, as a solution to complaints that it favours is own services in search results. Politicians have no power to enforce a break-up, but the landmark vote sends a clear message to European regulators to get tough on the net giant. US politicians and trade bodies have voiced their dismay at the vote. The ultimate decision will rest with EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. She has inherited the anti-competitive case lodged by Google's rivals in 2010. Google has around 90% market share for search in Europe. The Commission has never before ordered the break-up of any company, and many believe it is unlikely to do so now. But politicians are desperate to find a solution to the long-running anti-competitive dispute with Google."

Comment: Volt / C-Max (Score 1) 293

The Volt and C-Max (and similar plug-in hybrids) are the answer to the transition problem.

You can drive them for your daily 40 mile commute on battery, then switch over to gas for your 1500 mile vacation.

It's not a long term solution, since having a gas generator and electric motor means extra maintenance in the long term. The long term solution will be fast charging for electric. These cars are the bridge between the existing gas infrastructure and the new electric infrastructure.

Vital papers will demonstrate their vitality by spontaneously moving from where you left them to where you can't find them.