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  1. As far as I'm aware, it's just 3 rides however they're taken.
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    Jason Garrity

    And you're contributing nothing to the discussion whatsover...
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    Jason Garrity

    I believe this depends on whether the original sentence is less or more than 4 years. If less than 4 years then release on probation is generally automatic, and indeed non-violent offenders are increasingly eligible for home detention for some of the prison time. If more than 4 years, I think you only become eligible for early release on licence after you've served half the time, and that requires Parole Board approval (i.e. demonstrated good behaviour).
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    Jason Garrity

    Before my time really and don't fully know the details of that particular theft. But whilst I wouldn't equate the gravity of straightforward nicking of bikes with robbing vulnerable people with menaces, I don't think you'd want such people back in the same workplace where there's the opportunity to nick more bikes. I think I previously qualified my views on rehabilitation versus ongoing risk to others involved in the industry. At the end of the day though - with certain obvious exceptions - I think it needs to be up to individual employers whether they want to employ former criminals. I wouldn't employ someone who'd robbed disabled people unless I was absolutely convinced they were a reformed character, but if you get into blanket bans on former criminals resuming their former (honest) trade for unrelated crimes, where does it stop? And unless you mandate the death penalty for every crime, even former criminals need to make a living otherwise we'll continue to have to pay for them.
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    Jason Garrity

    I didn't see the comment in the light of 'I know something you don't'. I think it's fair for a rider to comment that there's others they'd be more concerned about on track without giving specific names. Are these things not linked though? As others have said, if it was a convicted felon going back into plumbing or mechanicing, no-one would care less. Speedway is neither important enough nor sufficiently in the public eye that there's any sort of reputational issue involved, and as much scumbag behaviour offends and appalls me, I think once you've done your time you should be able to resume a gainful working career unless the crime was related to your original employment (i.e. child abusers should never be allowed to work with children or vulnerable people).
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    Jason Garrity

    The other aspect is they have to be able to take up gainful employment otherwise society will be end-up paying more for them on dole. There's no aspect of the crime being related to speedway, unlike say a convicted child abuser working in a school, so don't really see the issue with working again in speedway. Pretty unpleasant and nasty criminal I think we can agree, but hopefully some lessons have been learned and is now a reformed character. As the sentence was over 4 years, I think that's not an automatic halving and requires some sort of good behaviour and approval of the Parole Board for release. And of course will still be out on licence.
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    Transponders

    Transponders should really be supplemented with an optical timing beam which is broken when the front wheel of the bike crosses the line. There will often some slight difference in the positioning and orientation of each transponder, so they're not infallible when it comes to close finishes. Speedway only involves four bikes so you can probably do without the optical beam provided someone is watching the finish line with their own eyes and can overrule the transponder system. Happens all the time and it's perfectly legitimate to adjust transponder times by the odd hundredth of a second where you can clearly judge the result by eye. In fact, we also use a finish line camera so can roll back and review the footage if it's a close finish.
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    Transponders

    A co-axial loop will be running under the finish line of the track which is connected back to a decoder (which could be trackside or up in race control). The transponder sends out an magnetic wave with an encoded ID number, which is picked up by the loop through induction as it passes over it, and sent to the decoder which records and timestamps each passing. The decoder passes that to timekeeping software running on a PC, which translates that data into the competitors names, race position and times and can relay that to live timing. In fact, you can have multiple loops around a track (often 3 + pit-in/out in car racing) - each connected to a separate decoder - which all send the data back to the timekeeping computer (via a dedicated server that aggregates the data)
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    Transponders

    Looking at the SCB website, they look to be using the MyLaps TR2 car/bike transponder which is generally reliable and widely used in motorsport. However, they appear to advise to mount them horizontally on the handlebars when in fact they should mounted in an upright orientation as the magnetic wave travels downwards. The transponders are also detected by a wiring loop in the track, which is normally no more than 2 or 3 cms under the surface. I'd guess with dirt tracks you need to put them a fair bit deeper as the top surface will gradually wear or be graded away over the course of a meeting and expose the loop (which will then get caught on something). For motocross it's recommended to put them in a plastic pipe about a 30 cms down, but the maximum recommended range of a MyLaps bike transponder is about 1.2 metres, so if the transponder is not pointed in an optimal position, then I'd imagine this will be beyond the limit of the transponder range and why they're not working reliably. It's a problem that should be very easy to identify as the timekeeping system should record the number of transponder hits as it crosses the timing loop in the track. If you're seeing little or no hits, then either the transponders are 1) badly positioned or 2) low on charge (or more rarely faulty), 3) there's a break somewhere in the timing loop, 4) excessive noise on the loop (often due to poor shielding), or 5) the timing loop is simply too far below the surface. My money would be on a combination of 1) and 5).
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    British Riders' Championships

    A 'Football World Championship' was also intermittently held between the English and Scottish FA Cup winners and latterly the league champions between 1876 and 1904. Although I'm not a fan of retrospectively changing the status of something that wasn't recognised as such at the time, the fact is this happened with the early modern Olympics and with first class and particularly test matches in cricket. The first 'Ashes' were nothing of the sort, nor even billed as test matches at the time AFAIK.
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    27 years on

    And one that went out in the second week after a baking task. Sums up speedway somehow...
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    Grosskreutz + the Golden Helmet Controversy

    I lived for a while near Davies Park - which still exists as a Rugby League ground. I had no idea that it had staged speedway.
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    RYE HOUSE

    Not sure what the kart track has to do with the speedway stadium - different stadiums with different leaseholders aren't they? Was racing at the kart track last year so was able to take a look at the speedway track. The stadium itself still seems to be quite good condition, but the track seems to have been buried under tons of soil that has been dumped there. It's possible it may be relatively intact underneath if it were all dug out - difficult to tell.
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    BBC The Apprentice

    That's the fakeness of television for you. I think it's clear from the 'You're Fired' show that most of them are nothing like the caricatures they're put up to be, and they have to play up to certain expectations to have a chance of getting on the show. Of course, a few do have over-inflated opinions of their ability, but I suspect a fair bit of scripting goes on, plus the pressure of time rarely shows any of them in the best light. Although I still watch it, the Apprentice has long since descended into reality entertainment rather than any serious attempt to find a business partner, if it ever was that in the first place.
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    Brian Griffin - RIP

    Yes, had a few chats in the old email forums. Sad news.
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