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Thread: Telephone / Internet Scams
11/01/2019 19:56:34

Posted by Mick Charity on 11/01/2019 17:55:16:
Posted by martin perman on 11/01/2019 17:21:47:

Whats VPN

A VPN is an acronym for 'virtual private network'.

VPN's are often used by idiots who think nothing can be traced back to them.

Posted by martin perman on 11/01/2019 18:19:37:

Thank you I googled VPN to try and understand it but it spoke of IP addresses and Servers, now I'm not daft but why do I have to fiddle with those.

It just seems like another piece of software thats been created to earn money.

Martin P

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:

Link

Thread: Chinese postal charges
11/01/2019 16:24:35
Posted by JasonB on 11/01/2019 07:36:59:
Posted by Bill Phinn on 10/01/2019 22:11:55:
Posted by JasonB on 10/01/2019 20:26:41:

He will have to put his answer on a post card and post it from China as he is heading that way.

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.

Well how else would Ketan be able to see the question, and maybe you missed the pun about a post card and 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.

10/01/2019 22:11:55
Posted by JasonB on 10/01/2019 20:26:41:

He will have to put his answer on a post card and post it from China as he is heading that way.

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.

10/01/2019 17:53:57
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 10/01/2019 13:41:57:

Number 2 in the list of rich bastards is Australia. Median Wealth $191453, Mean Wealth $411060 per year. UK is number 11 - this is a good place to live.

A median (ie in the middle) Australian adult is nearly 12 times richer than his Chinese counterpart. The average Australian is 8.5 times richer.

I

Dave

Edited By SillyOldDuffer on 10/01/2019 13:47:02

A not insignificant part of Australian wealth today, though, is Chinese in origin:

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/society/article/2163540/why-chinas-richest-flock-australia-even-if-theyre-not-always

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
09/01/2019 17:30:00

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.
08/01/2019 17:23:55
Posted by andrew lyner on 08/01/2019 12:28:59:

On quotes: if you quote a post, it seems to put a copy of the post in a new edit window. Going to another post and pressing 'quote' starts a new edit window (losing your original text) and puts that quoted post in it. On other forums I use, you can highlight a passage and 'quote' it - then another and another. The quotes are stored and you can insert them, putting comments between each quote. Alternatively you can pick and insert quotes one at a time into existing text. It's really very useful on some threads where a number of different people are presenting arguments.


Andrew

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
04/01/2019 21:54:40
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 04/01/2019 21:38:14:
Posted by Bill Phinn on 04/01/2019 21:19:27:

[ ... ]

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”.

[ ... ]

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I agree completely, Bill yes

But ... Does that qualify as 'planned obsolescence' or quite the opposite ?

MichaelG.

I think only Apple themselves know beyond all doubt the answer to that question, Michael.

04/01/2019 21:19:27

Posted by Michael Gilligan on 04/01/2019 19:07:28:
To be fair ... it's simply a statement of fact, to say that the performance of rechargeable batteries diminishes over time.
If you can supply a rechargeable battery that lasts forever ... The world will beat a path to your door !!
MichaelG.

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.

04/01/2019 17:36:37

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
29/12/2018 16:19:18

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'
22/12/2018 13:52:02

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:

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/gatwick-drone-flights-delay-environmental-activists-a8694836.html

21/12/2018 20:56:28
Posted by Vic on 21/12/2018 18:32:03:

 

The police shouldn’t handle firearms:

**LINK**

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

21/12/2018 01:38:40
Posted by blowlamp on 20/12/2018 20:54:00:
Posted by Ady1 on 20/12/2018 18:07:29:

It'll be the government and the CIA trying to get drones banned in Britain

They won't ban them - that would be unreasonable. They'll just limit the maximum altitude to 150mm and the range to 1500mm, with those figures halved if within 100km of a government establishment.

Martin.

Edited By blowlamp on 20/12/2018 20:56:43

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 !!!!!!!!!
21/12/2018 00:00:30

Posted by Clive Hartland on 20/12/2018 23:07:20:

I cannot see yet these leccie cars being a viable means of transport where you spend more time charging than driving

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?
18/12/2018 13:18:15
Posted by not done it yet on 18/12/2018 12:00:46:

Bill,

I, too, use an oxycon. Could do with a larger one when one comes up at a good price. Mine is a 5l size.

What size is yours?

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.

18/12/2018 02:33:50

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
16/12/2018 17:07:36
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 16/12/2018 15:13:12:All great men, but everyone depends on everyone else.

Dave

Well said.

 

Posted by Mick Charity on 16/12/2018 16:04:16:

P.S. One of my personal heroes & a man whose work I have studied intensively is Sir Humphrey Davey (a chemist) & I feel it is important in the general scheme of things to remember that Sir HD himself mentions Michael Faraday as his greatest discovery.

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
15/12/2018 22:14:37

Posted by Michael Gilligan on 15/12/2018 20:12:47:

It is perfectly possible [albeit rather tedious] to do this by hand, with a piercing saw

+1 for using a piercing saw. For 0.6mm sheet you would ideally use a 6/0 blade or finer.

Thread: Telephone / Internet Scams
14/12/2018 21:07:09
Posted by DMB on 14/12/2018 20:25:00:

I refuse to pay extra each month just to know who is calling. Just let it get on and ring then after a few mins., dial 1471.If I recognise the number I call back. Also check 1571 for messages. Needless to say, scammers don't usually leave a number and never a message. Only problem is if I ring surgery to make an appointment. They ring back but don't leave their number. I now get frequent calls from what seems like London or Manchester codes but of course they can be faked.

"If in doubt,

chuck it out"

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.

14/12/2018 19:59:38

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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