Matt Bacon

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  • Location Ilkley, West Yorkshire
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  1. Matt Bacon added a topic in Real or Model? / Auto ID Quiz   

    Auto ID #228
    You know the rules... answers by PM to me before end of play Friday. Answer posted Saturday morning GMT. Please don't use reverse image look-up.

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  2. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Lamborghini Huracan   

    I love everything about it except the wheels. Which, frankly, to me make it look like one of Hot Wheels' more "caricatured" models... which is a shame, since the majority of the build is so nicely done and authentic-looking.
    YMMV, clearly...
  3. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic 9/11 Coke display in Walmart: just about as wrong as you can get   

    I think sometimes you just have to let the past be the past: an awful lot of German soldiers rode to war in a GM truck, and an awful lot of Americans bought a "Strength through Joy Wagen" in the 1960s... The Mitsubishi selling cars in the 1980s is NOT the same Mitsubishi that built the materiel for Pearl Harbor, any more than the VW that will sell you a Tiguan today is the same company that created the "peoples car"...
  4. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Who are your Favorite Actors..   

    1. Dustin Hoffman
    2. Kenneth Branagh (see "Much Ado about Nothing" and "Conspiracy")
    3. Glenn Close
    4. James Stewart
    5. Leonardo di Caprio
    6. Jimmy Cagney
    7. Cate Blanchett
    8. Jack Nicholson
    9. Robert de Niro
    10. Gene Hackman
    1. Marilyn Monroe
    2. Sean Connery
    3. George Clooney
    4. Errol Flynn
    5. Elizabeth Taylor
    6. John Wayne
    7. Julia Roberts
    8. Steve McQueen
    9. Paul Newman
    10. Elizabeth Taylor
    and special mentions for:
    "Actor for whom I will watch any movie if he's in it": John Cusack
    "Actress for whom I will watch any movie if she's in it": Sigourney Weaver
  5. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic A Philosophical Conversation   

    A big +1 to that.
    And I'd maybe add: try to walk a mile in their shoes, or if you can't, at least recognise that while their shoes shoes might not fit you, they could still be a perfect fit for them.
  6. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic 1927 Fiat Corsa   

    That looks absolutely fabulous, Harry. So crisp and neatly detailed. I wonder how the performance compared: I suspect the little'un could run rings round the monster in a real race...
    Now if only they'd add a couple of similar Alfa classics to that range... 
    All te best,
  7. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Auto ID #220   

    Who got it right? Only one...
    Well done, Dave... maybe the rest of you were distracted by Real or Model... ;-P
  8. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic My worst fears realized   

    I'm so sorry to hear that, Harry. My thoughts are with you, and you know we're all here for you.
    I don't know whether there's an equivalent in the US, but these people:
    were fantastically helpful to my brother-in-law, his wife, and child when she was diagnosed and treated. There are a lot of support materials generally, and good advice on how to to talk to your children about it here:
    With very best wishes.
    All the best,
  9. Matt Bacon added a topic in Real or Model? / Auto ID Quiz   

    Auto ID #220
    Guest presenting, at Ken's invitation. You know the rules: year, make and model by PM to me before end of day Friday. No reverse image search...

    And that would be a 1994-1999 Caterham 21. Similar underneath to your more familiar-looking Lotus 7-alike Caterhams but with a nice curvy body on top. Sadly, also a heavier body, which did nothing for performance...
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  10. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic What did you get today?   

    This showed up today:

    I've wanted one for years, and now it's been paid for by money for a car modelling magazine article, so I can justify it!
  11. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic McLaren P1   

    Just be aware that the Airfix kit isn't exactly 1/24, so your interior will need some adjustment to fit. Thanks to the type of construction, which is designed to be plug-compatible (see what I did there?) with a well-known make of construction bricks, it's 1/26 in one direction and 1/22.5 in the other (I can't remember which one is which). That said, it's by far the best plastic construction kit of the P1 that there is...
  12. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Auto ID #214 Finished   

    Makes me wonder... did anyone EVER successfully pull off the "Classic European styling with bulletprood American reliability?" Facel Vega, Iso Grifo or Jensen Interceptor, maybe...? The Cobra and GT40 are the ur-beasts in this respect, but the Cobra lost the European styling somewhere along the way, and the GT40 was never really homologated as a road car.
    I suspect there's a philosophical mis-match between American engines and European chassis, which no amount of curvy bodywork can smooth over...
  13. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Porsche 911 Big Boy with a difference...   

    ...I think you're missing the point, slightly... ;-P

    ..and there are only four pieces that didn't already exist in Lego...
  14. Matt Bacon added a topic in General   

    Porsche 911 Big Boy with a difference...
    Keep your Pochers... this has 2,700 parts and is "only" £250...
    I want!
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  15. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Oops...self-driving cars perhaps not quite ready for prime time yet.   

    I'm sure there were Ike Asimov stories where people were prosecuted for driving cars on "manual"...
    Surely the only way this works (for at least a few decades) is if the human "driver" is always responsible for the behaviour of "their" car? It's gonna be a while before cars are smarter than horses, given that the current state of AI is about at ant level, if that...
    The biggest factor is going to be communication, not intelligence. As Tom says, it's the ability of one vehicle to tell all the others around it if there's a problem developing. And the ability of a "cloud" computer somewhere to learn from the behaviour of all cars in the same place over months and years.
    To take a specific example: cruise control. In the 50s/60s, you had a cruise control that held a specific speed. By the 80s you had one that had a "default" speed that it returned to even when you speeded up or slowed down with the pedals. In the 90s my Mondeo accelerated when you pressed the gas pedal, and slowed down when you braked, and held whatever speed you ended up at. Nowadays, they use the front parking sensors (and maybe radar) to lock onto the speed of the car in front and track it. Tomorrow they'll get a feed of "I'm thinking this...." from the cars in front, and those behind, and adapt their driving style accordingly. It's still a smart robot, though...
    ...when they start to think "I think this guy's a bit timid, I'll overtake him, but I'm not going to be tempted into a drag race with this idiot over here..." THAT'LL be AI...