Are Manchester’s Gaybour Council A Bunch Of Dicks?

Street art in Manchester by Wanksy (image source Manchester Evening News – now censored)

Greater Manchester Council has since its inception been controled by the Gaybour party. Consequently in allocating funds to public spending projects in the conurbation, anything to do with ‘The Gay Village’ or the city’s ‘Gay Pride Day’ celebrations has been given far more than it deserves, projects relating to ethnic minorities have been well funded (gotta keep buying those votes) and anything that would benefit non – minority citizens is relegated to the ‘can’t be arsed’ list.

This has resulted in some problems, for example The Manchester Evening News recently ran a story about the mumber of people who complain about the state of the city’s roads. “The roads of Manchester are in an appalling state, especially around Bury. I have cyclist friends who have been hospitalised’ one resident comented on the website, “They damage vehicles. Sometimes it’s hard to know which pothole caused the damage because there are so many.

Now the case has been taken up by a street artist who as a tribute to his hero Banksy calls himself ‘Wanksy’. The graffiti merchant whose real name is not known has been dicking about for several weeks in the Ramsbottom area, spraying giant nusgers around the worst potholes. He told the M.E.N:“They damage vehicles. Sometimes it’s hard to know which pothole caused the damage because there are so many.When I’ve finished in Ramsbottom, I’ll move on to the rest of Manchester.”

He added: “I wanted to attract attention to the pothole problem and make it memorable. Nothing seemed to do this better than a giant comedy phallus. It’s also speedy, I don’t want to be in the road for a long time. It seems to have become my signature. I just want to make people smile and draw attention to the problem.

Speaking to Radio Manchester he said, “He added: “I wan to attract attention to the pothole problem. Nothing seemed to do this better than a giant comedy phallus. It’s also speedy, I don’t want to be in the road for a long time. It seems to have become my signature. I just want to make people smile and draw attention to the problem. It seems to be working, judging from the Facebook fan page.”

Some people may have been offended, but not as much as motorists who have had to fork out for a new tyre or face a bill of several hundred pounds for repairs to their car suspension.

And of course if it make Manchester’s Gaybour council look like knobs and aleterts a wider audience to the reality that the elitist Labour party doesn’t give a flying fuck about the concerns of ordinary voters, the protest has the full support of Boggart Blog. So here we go with a small exhibition of Wanksy’s best works. (See more at the Facebook fan page gallery – click ‘Back to album’ top left for slideshow)

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Google Driverless Car Project – there are still a few snags to be ironed out

Google Driverless Car Project

Google have bought some real cars but there are still a few snags to be ironed out

Ok, we’ve been pretty scathing about the Google driverless car project, basing our view on the prototype Wankermobile revealed amid much hype and even more ROTFLOAO among people who drive proper cars. The future of personal transport was going to look like the kind of toy car that might be found in a Kinder egg if the publicity could be believed.

Since then Google backed off the idea that they were going to build their own ‘mobility-scooter-with-a-roof’ type vehicles and bought some proper cars from real car manufacturers to convert into computer driven models.

And now they are claiming to be on the verge of putting the first commercially viable self-driving car on the road again. And again the Search Engine company are not being entirely truthful, there are many problems to be resolved before Google computer driven car can take to the roads, and some of them could prove insurmountable.


Google’s latest driverless car abandones the Wankermobile prototype (see end of article) in favour of putting electronic natigation and control systems in read cars.

We’ll leave aside the practicalities like the technology not working in bad weather or the fact that computers have no way of interpreting meaning therefore the cameras, microphones and sensors that react to stimuli cannot tell if a sound is a police or ambulance siren or a domestic burglar alarm going off, not can they tell whether a police officer is waving them to slow down or a grandma is waving to her family as they walk away from her door.

Even the most advanced prototypes, and those developed by Mercedes and Toyota are way ahead of Google, are having a hard time interpreting emergency sirens. If they are ever to be allowed onto real streets, autonomous cars will need to be able to respond appropriately to police instructions or the needs of emergency service.

Those things can easily be dealt however with providing the world is prepared to adapt in order to accommodate Google. From our point of view the real driverless car killer will be insurance. Because the driverless cars are not truly driverless but rather are driven by machines, who will be responsible in the event of an accident. because despite Google’s claims that their technology is infallible and will eliminate accidents, there will still be accidents.

There will always be accidents, that is why car insurance is mandatory.

Quite how insurance would work when cars have no human in control remains unclear. The question of who pays out in the event of a crash involving a driverless car is still being debated and is seen as a major barrier to letting them loose on highways. Would the car maker, the component manufacturer or the owner of the data centre that was providing mapping information be liable. Or would the person sitting in the car be held legally responsible for it even though they were not in control. I can’t manufacturers or computer operators taking responsibility and holding humans responsible for cars they are not driving is not going to be a selling point.

Several problems that will arise if these vehicles ever become popular spring to mind. Radar is increasingly being used on cars, eventually cross interference will render them navigation systems unreliable. Likewise a street full of Lidar units all spinning laser beams across each other will interfere. Several friends still involved in the industry have worked with Lidar type units and can tell you they don’t work when its raining or foggy.

Then there is the problem of perception. While science fanboys (and girls) will continue to wax lyrical about a future in which we are all slaves to machines (or in their language free to do kewel things like spending fortunes playing computer games with in-app billing on our iPhones)the majority have a more down to earth view of technology’s potential and limitations.

If recent surveys are to be believed, driverless car developers have failed at the first hurdle as it seems much of the public would be reluctant to ride in one of the cars. Half of Britons responded that they would be unwilling passengers in driverless cars over safety concerns, with 16 per cent professing to feel ‘horrified’ by the notion of unmanned vehicles driving on British roads. Four in ten would not trust an autonomous car to drive safely, believing it would jeopardise the welfare of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, a survey from price comparison site uSwitch.com found.

Just like the reality of Google Glass (recently withdrawn from the marketplace) – and almost all Google’s other great ideas that launch to enormous fanfare and then slip away into oblivion, people love to believe in the ‘Google Geeks’ beavering away at solving the world’s problems in amazingly innovative ways (One geek cited Google Maps as an example but maps have been around for several thousand years and Google were not the first to put them online,)the reality is that Google is a one-trick-pony and not a very good trick at that.

It is a commercially successful search engine even if the results it produces are manipulation to deliver the most profitable links rather than the best quality information.

The real genius of Google is how it managed to monetise it’s one trick – how much money it’s managed to shake out of a world of consumers by telling them that the service is ‘free’ when it actually holds businesses to ransom by threatening deindex them if they don’t cooperate. And of course, the costs of cooperating with Google are as always passed on to the consumer in the end.

These days Google sits on multi-billion dollar cash reserves generated by selling its shares to dupes rather than from trading profits. but with public outrage about the company’s tax avoidance growing the directors worry about how to spend the money.

It is run by middle class white men who are obsessed with delivering solutions for which problems must be invented and that nobody other than geeks could give a flying fuck about.

This automated car is just another step in the direction of the one speed society – where everyone is dragged down to the level of the lowest common denominator, everyone holds the opinion of the stupidest and most sheep like and we all do as we are told.

Oh dear. What have I done, badmouthing Google, one of the Geek tribe’s sacred cows? If The Daily Stirrer allowed comments, brainwashed trolls would be fighting each other to leave angry, rude, nonsensical abuse for anyone who refuses we will all be much happier when we surrender our individuality and let Google do our thinking for us.

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r as Google chairman Eric Schmidt put it: “I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions. They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.”

The Daily Stirrer is happy to tell Eric what he should do next: “Eric mate, fuck the fucking fuck off.”

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We Have Been Threatened – It’s Our Duty To Carry On As Normal

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo atrocity several Islamist clerics in the UK and Europe have issued warnings that a similar fate awaits those who mock Islam.

Here at Boggart Blog not only do we take such warning very seriously, we also think it is morally unacceptable to mock any religion. After all the faithful take their beliefs very seriously and we should respect that.

Therefore our policy is to build bridges and to that end we are delighted to publish the news that Saudi Arabia has lifted its ban on women driving cars. In future women in the Wahabite Kingdom will be allowed to drive specially modified automobile, like the example shown below.

Je suis Charlie.

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When does being reasonable and open minded become cowardice? When academics who pride themselves on intellectual detachment cave in to threats from extremists and try to pass off their pitiful weakness by pretending they are showing sensitivity to the feelings of minorities. Don’t send you little geniuses to Oxfor, they may and up with a PhD in spinelessness.

Google’s Wankermobile Self Driving Car Can’t Drive Itself

People are starting to trust Boggart Blog and our friend Little Nicky Machiavelli. That’s because we are always right. And we always try to sound a weeny bit humble when we say I told you so.

Recently the usual types got a bit huffy when we mercilessly mocked the much hyped Google self driving car, or Wankermobile because it looked like the kind of car you would get out of a Kinder Surprise egg (only the Google jobbie wouldn;t go as fast). Oh you are anti – science, you are anti progress, you are anti-road-safety, they said. We’re not any of those. Fatsally has a very high tech BMW, it’s fast and runs clean and has lots of gadgets, even a Sat Nav which Sally does not use because she isn’t brain dead and can read a map (that’s through growing up with three brothers) I’m not against safety but the only two accidents I’ve had in a forty odd yeard driving career occurred whem my car was standing still and the ones that hit me we going well under the speed limit. So statistically the faster I’m going the safer I am.

And as for the science bit, well let’s have the latest on the Google Wankermobile. Things are not going well we hear. As usual then, those semi autistic clowns at Google obsessed over the technology and didn’t think the practical considerations through properly.

from Auto World News (my emphasis)

Apparently the famous Google self-driving car isn’t that close to giving us hands-free transportation after all.

While Google’s fleet has safely driven more than 700,000 miles, the autonomous model relies so heavily on maps and detailed data that it can’t yet drive itself in 99 percent of the country, according to an MIT Technology Review report.

“The public seems to think that all of the technology issues are solved” with Google’s self-driving vehicle, said Steven Shladover, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies. “But that is simply not the case.”

Chris Urmson, director of the Google car team, has volunteered details on the car’s limits. He hopes the car will be ready by the time his 11-year-old is 16, or old enough to drive in the state of California.

“It’s my personal deadline,” said Urmson, as quoted by the MIT Review.

The Google car depends on detailed preparations where the car’s exact route is mapped out before the trip, a process far more intensive than the effort needed for Google Maps. Weather is also an issue: Google’s much-touted self-driving car has never maneuvered snow, and it’s not yet safe to drive in heavy rain either.

Google Driverless Wankermobile Will Be Controlled by Darth Vader

FBI warns driverless cars could be used as ‘lethal weapons’

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Google Wankermobile – built for The Dark Side

from The Guardian
Google’s driverless car may remain a prototype, but the FBI believes the “game changing” vehicle could revolutionise high-speed car chases within a matter of years. The report also warned that autonomous cars may be used as “lethal weapons”.

In an unclassified but restricted report obtained by the Guardian under a public records request, the FBI predicts that autonomous cars “will have a high impact on transforming what both law enforcement and its adversaries can operationally do with a car.”

In a section called Multitasking, the report notes that “bad actors will be able to conduct tasks that require use of both hands or taking one’s eyes off the road which would be impossible today.”

The restricted (but not secret) report obtained by the Guardian under a FoI request states that the FBI predicts driverless cars “will have a high impact on transforming what both law enforcement and its adversaries can operationally do with a car.”

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The report states:

One nightmare scenario could be suspects shooting at pursuers from getaway cars that are driving themselves.

The report, written by agents in the Strategic Issues Group within the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence, says, “Autonomy … will make mobility more efficient, but will also open up greater possibilities for dual-use applications and ways for a car to be more of a potential lethal weapon that it is today.”

Well that certainly proves Guardian writers will be potential customers for Wankermobiles. These monstrosities, (designed for Google by the people who make Kinder Surprise toys) will do a maximum of 20mph flat out. I cannot see how the FBI’s fears that Darth Vader or other intergalatic criminals will want them.

Who the fuck in their right mind other than a middle class, left wing, safety craving wuss would use one as a getaway car?

Government Promoting Google’s Wankermobile?

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Google’s fully automatic wankermobile.

UK government plan to raise motorway speeding fines to £10,000 causes ructions.

The maximum fine for speeding on the motorway is to be quadrupled to £10,000 as part of sweeping reforms to the penalties which can be imposed by magistrates, the Government has announced.

Other fines for breaking the limit on dual carriageways and other roads will also increase four-fold from £1,000 to £4,000, along with the maximum fine for using a mobile telephone at the wheel.

Motoring groups condemned the massive increases as “draconian” and warned they could deter innocent motorists from challenging speeding tickets in the court through fear that they could be hit with crippling penalties.

Some people are rejoicing at this move saying it will improve road safety although while the poor bloody car driver always gets the blame, statistics show that more than half of the deaths on the road are down to jaywalking or drunk pedestrians.

There is a possibility of course that the government has an ulterior motive. Is it possible that the Google nerds have bribed Cammers and Gideon to harass car driver and tax us off the road as a way of promoting Google’s Self Driving Wankermobile, the mobility scooter with a roof that will be driven via the internet by a computer program so the kind of anally retentive nerds who might think such a vehicle is “kewl” will be able to have a wank while being transported to their destination at 5 mph.

When you start joining the dots it all becomes clear.

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Google ‘Stupid’ And your Top Search Result Will Probably be Google

Ahead of the game as usual, yesterday we blogged a scathing critique of the new and much hyped fully automate, internet enabled, driverless car built by Google. This was the car that search engine specialist (but never engineers or car builders) Google promised us would change the future of motoring.

And it’s a mobility scooter with a roof. The roof is only there to hold up the wi – fi transceiver through which Google will drive your mobility scooter for you.

You think it’s just us because we have a downer on Google? Well no, it’s just about everybody who thinks the semi autistic twats (sorry, that was politically incorrect) sub human cupid stunts at Google have really lost the plot this time.

The nerds obviously have no effing idea what real people want from a car. On the other hand if we consider this in the context of Google’s plans to implant a chip in everybody’s skull so we will all have our brains hooked up to Google server centres, perhaps they are planning to make us all want their dream car, the Supernerdmobile.

While Mercedes are adapting one of their A Class models as a driverless prototype, and Honda are doing the same with a Civic, one technology writer says Google’s nerd army have such a total lack of connection with the rest of humanity they have managed to create a car less desirable than the notorious Trabant, built in East Germany under the old communist regime.

If you think I’m sarcastic wait until you see what Williard Foxton writes on the Nerdmobile

Today, Google revealed the big secret it’s been working on, a driverless concept car. As is so often the case with Google products, the futuristic concept is fascinating – but the actual product is a total lemon.

With a top speed of 25 miles per hour, and the looks you’d expect from a free plastic toy given away with a Happy Meal, it’s surely the most undesirable car since the Trabant. It’s safe to say there won’t be iPhone style queues around the block to buy this. It’s the new Sinclair C5; the ideal car for Ed Miliband.

I can’t disagree with Matt Warman’s take on the concept, that the technology will change everything (eventually). What I think will happen is that driverless cars will be a big hit one day, but the Google car will be a flop. Why? Just as you needed the beautiful, stylish Jony Ive design of the iPad to make tablets happen, you need someone like Tesla to take on self-driving cars before they enter the mainstream.

This faux pas could put the Google boys in line for a special nobel prize for incompetence and sheer fuckwittery.

Can’t wait to see what Jeremy Clarkson and his mates on Top Gear have to say about it.

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A Trabant, actually quite stylish compared to Google’s nerdmobile (below)

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