Here is a list of all the postings Bill Phinn has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Telephone / Internet Scams|
Mick and Martin, VPNs do actually provide important safeguards for people in certain countries. We are lucky that our need for them in the UK is not so acute:
|Thread: Chinese postal charges|
My apologies! I accept that my post was a clumsy change of trajectory from the humorous one taken in your own.
In defence of my logic, "he is heading that way" did leave open the possibility that at the time of writing he was not there yet and that he might have seen David Standing's remarks but not yet necessarily had the time or inclination to respond to them.
Ultimately, my post was intended to suggest that, humour aside, there are very real obstacles to information exchange in China, the existence of which your own later reference to Ketan's remarks about WhatsApp serves to corroborate.
They do have the Internet in China, Jason. At least they did when I was last there. I'm assuming, of course, this forum is not on the proscribed list of domain names, which would render it inaccessible without a VPN.
A not insignificant part of Australian wealth today, though, is Chinese in origin:
Wealthy Chinese people, conscious that they're living in an economic system that is still largely government-controlled, and anxious about the long-term security of their wealth within an authoritarian political system that can asset-strip you on a whim, have been driving capital flight from the PRC for years.
|Thread: Best wheel for sharpening small end mills|
For "grinding" drill bits and small spindle gouges (for woodturning) up to and including HSS hardness I like to use 2.35 mm-shank sander rolls powered by a micromotor. I do the work under magnification.
|Thread: Editing posts and other ideas.|
Yes, I too find the quoting facility unusually inconvenient. On the rare occasions I've wanted to multiquote, I've opened new edit boxes in new windows, copied the quoted text from them, closed these boxes, then pasted the new material into the original edit box. If someone can suggest a quicker solution, I'd be grateful.
I'm glad "likes" are not a part of this forum. They can certainly be useful in signalling helpful or interesting comments, but too often they are simply a way of expressing personal loyalties or disloyalties, as the case may be, and as a result can create even wider discord and divisions than may exist already.
|Thread: Planned Obsolescence|
I think only Apple themselves know beyond all doubt the answer to that question, Michael.
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 04/01/2019 19:07:28:
Yes, it would certainly be very unfair to castigate a company purely on the strength of its rechargeable batteries having undergone a reduction in performance over time.
In Apple's case, however, the crux of the complaint was not that their batteries underwent a scarcely avoidable reduction in performance over time but that the company incorporated in their phones an automatic CPU slowdown in response to reduced battery performance yet did not communicate the fact that they had done this to users. The deliberate and unexplained slowing down by Apple of CPUs will inevitably have led some users to think, “my phone is slow so I should replace it” not, “my phone is slow so I should replace its battery”.
Not a few critics, including myself, feel that Apple could have been a lot more transparent* about the "fix" they built into phones to compensate for reduced battery performance, and feel additionally that their lack of transparency on this issue casts a shadow over their business ethics.
*e.g. programmed a message to appear on the screen telling the user that the phone had gone into "low-power mode" or such like.
If Smartphones count as computers, the fact that in October Italy fined Samsung and Apple five and ten million Euros respectively expressly for incorporating planned obsolescence into their phones does at least suggest that computer manufacturers have been guilty of this. Apple themselves have confirmed that they deliberately slowed down older iPhone models because "their batteries diminished over time".
|Thread: Angle checker|
On a serious note, I suspect this forum's members typically have a much higher number of items that need to be kept track of than the average person not engaged in a tool-rich avocation of some kind.
A second point: beware of the well-intentioned impulse to "rationalise" your workshop and move things from where they've been for a long time into more logical or more convenient places. I've lost count of the number of times I've moved a couple of items from their accustomed places during a tidy-up and the items have from that point on effectively disappeared from the face of the earth. There is such a thing as being too organised.
|Thread: Gatwick Drone 'Attack'|
I can't help seeing whoever is responsible for flying these drones so close to Gatwick as reckless and deeply stupid people, but there is another side to all of this that few people, least of all our government, seem willing to discuss. This other side is well articulated in a recent newspaper article:
The people caught up in the rampage of Khalid Masood might disagree, as, respectfully, do I.
Edited By Bill Phinn on 21/12/2018 20:58:36
As well as compulsory licensing for all users and a tripling of the current cost (£1079) - annually.
It's not as if such an astronomical increase in yet another avenue of taxation would be regarded by most people as anything other than business as usual for whichever side happens to govern us these days.
|Thread: Modern efficiency !!!!!!!!!|
One of the other acknowledged obstacles at the moment to the widespread use of electric vehicles is the difficulty many users have charging their vehicles.
Yes, many people have a driveway or garage where they can charge overnight, many work at a location that can provide staff parking and charging points, but many people do not fall into either category, so where/how are they going to charge their vehicles with dependable regularity?
Having charging points on the street outside people's homes is the usual suggested solution, but what happens when you have people with electric vehicles and conventional vehicles both competing for limited parking spaces on the same street? If the driver of a conventional vehicle is excluded all of a sudden from parking in any vacant space equipped with a charger, will drivers of electric vehicles be similarly excluded from parking in spaces that don't have chargers, or will they get preferential treatment? Either way, how do we fairly apportion the availability of spaces of each kind?
I accept there are worse problems in the world needing a solution, but I can see a certain amount of injustice on the horizon, and, on the principle that nothing tends to stand in the way of "progress", I suspect it will be drivers of conventional cars, not the drivers of electric/autonomous cars, who will find themselves on the receiving end of it.
|Thread: Oxy Acetylene or Oxy Propane?|
Mine is 5L too. I've never needed a bigger one, but then I've not done any big projects yet.
If you want a 10L one, it might be worth giving Tuffnell Glass a call. They're advertising new 10L ones (at over a grand!), but they say they have reconditioned ones as well in 5L, 8L and 10L, though only the 5L reconditioned ones seem to be viewable on their site at the moment.
Brian, I have an oxy-propane set-up that uses an oxygen concentrator in place of bottled gas. I believe the oxygen produced is not quite as pure as that out of a bottle but most users say it is considerably cheaper in the long run to use a concentrator. Many also say it is safer. All oxygen concentrators, afaik, have a dial on them to regulate the flow of gas.
|Thread: Year of Engineering|
I see Davy as not giving due credit there to Faraday's employer, the bookbinder George Riebau, who was the one who supplied his apprentice with tickets to attend Davy's lectures at the Royal Institution. Davy was actually discouraging at first towards Faraday's scientific experimentation; on meeting him for the first time he urged him to stick to his day job of bookbinding.
There's an interesting monograph on Faraday written by one of his descendants in this year's Society of Bookbinders' journal that sheds light on this and other matters.
Sorry for so many edits; that's what comes from typing when you're not wearing your glasses.
Edited By Bill Phinn on 16/12/2018 17:08:11
Edited By Bill Phinn on 16/12/2018 17:08:45
Edited By Bill Phinn on 16/12/2018 17:10:45
|Thread: New member|
+1 for using a piercing saw. For 0.6mm sheet you would ideally use a 6/0 blade or finer.
|Thread: Telephone / Internet Scams|
You seem to have mixed up two separate things.
You get "caller display" free of charge, so if the caller has not withheld their number you get to see the number the caller is (purportedly) ringing from. "Call Minder" blocks those kinds of "frequent calls" you speak of, which only distract you from more worthwhile activities.
I have BT "call-minder" (or whatever it's called) on my home phone, which seems to weed out a lot of nuisance calls.
An even better way of weeding out calls is never to answer the phone unless you know who's calling. If the caller really needs to contact you they'll leave a message, email or write a letter. If it's really urgent, they can ring 999.
Operating this policy now for many years I'm glad to say it's never caused me any headaches whilst probably saving me many.
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