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31  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Quadcopter (drone) on: August 24, 2015, 05:43:29 am
Hi Owen, every new invention presents problems being new and no regulations or laws have not been enacted to the limitation of their use, if no regulations are not set, anarchy in their use will prevail. Think of the paparazzi hounding politicians, royalty etc. with these drones.!
I can think of a number of unlawful things that can be done with these things.
If they are not used according to laws and regulations they will get a bad name and a wonderful invention in the hands of someone with malicious intentions  will play havoc with  this wonderful invention.
As to sound, recently whilst with my friends at the seashore observing shipping in harbour ,we only became aware of one practically over our heads by its shadow, as there was a  breeze   the sound did not carry over to us.
Remember it is how you use it, a knife  can cut bread but it can also wound or kill.

32  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Quadcopter (drone) on: August 23, 2015, 06:22:32 pm
Apart from the danger involved in flying these drones near airports and sensitive areas such as military bases , prisons etc.. there is the question of privacy, there goes sunbathing in the nude on one's own roof.It will be a serious breach of privacy to fly one of these drones over a high villa wall to spy on someone swimming in Adam natural swimsuit, so  I will deem it legit to shoot down these flying peeping toms. I will if  I will ever have a villa with a pool. Even residents in high balconies and windows in high rise buildings are a victims to these spydrones.
33  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Crane barge disaster on: August 04, 2015, 05:02:13 pm
Just seen it on the news, did they evacuate the inhabitants of the houses of the houses on the river edge?, cause to my view they were in a potential danger zone, bearing in mind that the cranes were on a barge and not on solid ground, everyone was lucky that no one was killed.
34  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: COPYRIGHT on: August 02, 2015, 08:23:09 pm
Exactly my thoughts and feelings csaba, when a photo is passed to me I always credit the photographer by quoting his name,even if he is dead.,at least I am paying tribute to a dear departed friend...and this has been my 2 Euro cents worth. Regards.
35  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: COPYRIGHT on: August 01, 2015, 08:19:15 pm
Hi guys,
correct me if I am wrong , but it is in my knowledge that copyright lapses after 70 years and the photos  are then not subject to copyright rules and restrictions. If this is so, it is my opinion still ethical to credit the photographer  when he/she is known.
If this 70 year lapse law in order then then photo pre 1945 are in the public domain.
Maybe Ken could shed more light on this.
36  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Standing Down on: June 29, 2015, 05:10:15 am
let me be one of the thousands who appreciate and thank you for what you have done for the website all  these years, at 80 years you have the right to stand back and take a well deserved rest from the hectic (though unjustly unthanked from those very few) years in which you saw and helped the site grow and mature into what we have today.
Take life more at a more leisurely pace Ken, but do not refrain from posting interesting photos and comments.
So from a 70 years old admirer ,and in the name of a lots of others, Thank you  Ken.
37  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Alternate site for uploading ship photos on: October 08, 2014, 06:48:17 am
"There are other sites available"........what sites? do you call a site where you see a huge bridge with a microdot of a ship just visible, is that a site that can be compared with
It is like saying "mud is another form of concrete"
If any one likes to leave  shipspotting than good luck to him (he will be needing it , and lots of it,for sure).
Just go to these so called maritime sites and see the difference for yourself.
Now that the site is once again up and running let us give thanks to the nameless volunteers who managed to do the necessary to put the site once again on line.
Special thanks must go to Ken Smith ,who is a bulwark of the site.
Thanks Ken
Emmanuel .L.
38  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Ports with Webcams on: October 05, 2014, 01:24:54 pm
Hi dj90,
How about trying Skyline webcams for the webcams in Malta for the Grand Harbour (Valletta harbour) and also other webcams on the coast of Malta. Those overlooking Valletta harbour are especially super, they are on a high angle and are HD definition.
Happy viewing.
39  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Site crash status - September 2014 on: September 29, 2014, 04:51:15 am
Thanks Ken and Hendrik and I am sure there are others involved in this remedy  for the great September ShipSpotting Shutdown.
Looking forward to being able to post pics on the site.
Once again A Big Thank You to all involved.
Emmanuel .L
40  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Malta - Valletta accomodation recomendations ? on: September 11, 2014, 04:03:13 am
Hi Andrew,
re accommodation in Valletta I can safely recommend the British Hotel in Valletta for its unique view over the Grand Harbour, mind you I can only speak for its views over the harbour because I have never spend any time in it, though friends who have worked there speak positively about it.
If you can book a room with a harbour view you could photograph ships right from your balcony, something just like our friend Jadran does from his famous balcony over the Adriatic.
You can also snap photos from the Upper Baracca gardens overlooking the saluting battery (and witness the firing of the midday gun, any new cruise liner visiting Malta for the first time also get a multi gun salute from the same battery). Then you could take the lift from the same gardens down to Valletta shorefront and cross over to the opposite side( by the small harbour ferry)of the harbour to the ancient walled 3 cities of Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea (the best photo and shipspotters haunt).
From that same hotel ,and also any other accommodation in Valletta you could walk or take a electric taxi to Lower Baracca gardens which is practically over the harbour mouth.
There are other boutique hotels in Valletta and other small hotels.
Try to book early because if you are coming over in the Summer tourist season it would be very difficult to get accommodation if you are late in booking as the tourism is booming over here.
Looking forward to maybe meeting you at Senglea point.
Happy Holiday and photograph to your heart delight, will be viewing your pictures in the future on the shipspotting .com site.
Best regards from the island of Malta.
Emmanuel .L.
41  Shipspotters all over the world / Help and Advice / Re: Got "Only jpg photos are allowed for upload" msg after uploading a jpg file on: August 13, 2014, 02:27:26 am
Thank you Ken for all your efforts in restoring the site, also to everyone involved in keeping this site afloat .
42  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Renamings on: January 19, 2014, 02:06:38 pm
SANCTE IOSEPH   Imo.8214097  A/H vessel reg. in Malta.  built in 1983 has been renamed SEA PATRON  still registered in Malta. observed today 19-1-14 at ex-MSCL wharf ,Valletta harbour.
43  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Renamings on: December 03, 2013, 08:49:51 pm
TIMOTHY-R  Imo.9517549 has been renamed MYKONOS BAY registered in UK.observed name being changed today at Valletta harbour,Malta
44  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: No hope for dope - 30 tons of Cannabis on fire near Malta on: September 10, 2013, 03:33:23 am
The ship now in Pozzallo, Sicily. did not just catch fire,but she was set on fire by her crew so as to destroy the incriminating evidence.Maltese fire-fighting vessel Garibaldi and Maltese and Italian patrol craft took part in this operation
45  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Offical Website Language on: October 31, 2012, 01:21:00 pm
Ken you are doing great work so you should'nt be encumbered with a host of different languages to cope with.
Sometimes readers/members comment to my photos in their language which is Chinese to me (No pun intended) They may have a very valid suggestion or comment , but what's the use if I cannot understand it.It is better if it is written in broken english cause somehow you get to the gist of it. Incidentally I am Maltese and for a population of c.400,000 we have our own language recognized in the EU, yet I can only communicate with other Maltese , so I use the english language  which is more universal and is the official language of air/maritime communication.
So please refrain from using any other language other than english.Be proud of your language but use a universal mode of communication ;write in English.
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