I'm going to start some rumours about 6G, just so I've got them in early. It causes terrifying symptoms of gullibility you know. Oh hang on, maybe that's 5G.
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Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK
Not call, dude: UK govt says guaranteed surcharge-free EU roaming will end after Brexit transition period. Brits left at the mercy of networks
Virtual reality is a bonkers fad that no one takes seriously but anyway, here's someone to tell us to worry about hackers
Re: DIY Electricians
Neutral is usually near, but not connected to (at least in your house), earth. I have an old clothes iron with a 'heating' indicator which can't be used on modern wiring because the bulb is wired between neutral and earth, about 4V AC. If you use it now, it always trips the rcd because it detects current running out of live which doesn't return via neutral.
On broken wires, I had to rewire a house because the cabling, installed on the 1940's, had rubber insulation. It had perished and exposed the copper. Entire areas of wall were live. I have no idea how it hadn't burned down.
Re: Criminal Damage
I think that would fail on the grounds that you'd have trouble proving Bose intended to destroy or damage the cans. You'd have a better chance with the Consumer Rights Act 2015, which requires an item to be fit for purpose for about 5 years after you bought it. Which it clearly isn't if it stops working.
"so I'm guessing this Newcastle"
If they had less on /and/ it was snowing, maybe. I lived in Newcastle and the Bigg Market on weekend evenings was like Beirut, only covered in snow and powered by nuclear-strength curry and lorryloads of cheap lager.
Abdul Latif, who owned a curry house there, bought a title to become Lord Harpole of the Rupali.
Take your pick: 0/1/* ... but beware – your click could tank an entire edition of a century-old newspaper
optical mouse problem
I used to work in a industrial unit with skylights, and had a red mouse that was shaped like a ladybird. Every now & again it wouldn't work, and I realised that was when it was sunny outside. The infra-red was passing through my hand, and the red plastic, then swamping the mouse's optical sensors.
Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed
Density can be your friend
Years ago on a cold night I filled the car with petrol and drove the 20 miles back home. When I got up the following morning it was a lot warmer and the petrol had expanded and overflowed! So I ended up with more petrol than I started with. Not totally on topic I know, but I found it interesting at the time.
A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off
Re: Of course there's a market for it
Here's a Juicero:
It's been relisted at least once and was (I think) about $600 last time. Useful for the Dead Format Museum, and as an object lesson in how to fleece venture capitalists.
I agree with others - bread machines are excellent. But I don't like the paddle-shaped hole in the middle, so I put mine on dough mode, take it out and put it in the cooker, then leave it to prove & cook on timer. All I have to do is take it out and nosh it. The machine's paid it's cost off many times over.
Similarly with the ice cream machine (a frozen bowl thing for the Kenwood) - makes ice cream that involves cream, not hydrolised vegetable protein and a bucket of E numbers. Don't look at the ingredients in most retail "ice cream" if you're going to eat it, because you probably won't want to.
Re: It's 2018
How is that most people?
I'm middle aged. Everyone who went to school after me has had some sort of contact with computers, and absolutely everyone using a computer must know how to sort-of use it, at least. My mum's a dab hand with the things and she's 81.
Using a computer is a life skill now, so if people can't use one it must be deliberate.
Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate
Fixing a leaky master cylinder I followed the instructions in the Haynes manual to remove it, then got to where it said "using a pair of circlip pliers....". Did I have a pair of circlip pliers? No, I did not.
I had to put it all back together, drive to the shops and buy some, go home and dismantle it all again. Bugger.
Re: Can someone please remind of the upsides of a mobile contract...
The bundle is part of the reason for the insane cost of the phone. People aren't going to fork out a grand for the latest iThing when they can gat an 'affordable' monthly payment instead. This allows the manufacturers, with their accomplices the network operators, to hike the price. Win win!
care.data all over again
I signed myself out of the last 'anonymised' proposal because all anyone needed to identify me was age bracket and postcode - there's hardly anyone here at our postcode. I don't expect any new proposal to be any better, so its up to the government to *prove* my information is safe.
Re: Do you want fries with that?
/put hand in fryer/
Don't go there. when I was 16 I made the chips in a chip shop (perk: free chips. nice).
Someone who fried was convinced the fat was cold, but was told by the owner it was still hot. "No it isn't" she said, and put her hand in. Hello, burns unit.
Re: 1400 degrees?
I'm not so sure - it looks like the sausages are on prongs, which would also be hot and so cook the insides as well. A bit like a baked potato with a skewer through it.
But instant sausages are not a new thing - look up the Presto Hot Dogger, which connected them to the mains. What? Of course it's safe, dear...
How to solve a problem
I used to get calls from my mother whose laptop settings, icon placement, and email account and so on had randomly changed since she used it last. I'd painstakingly help her through it over the phone, and sometimes I'd have to go to sort it out in person - an entire afternoon's worth. Though spending a bit of time with her is always worth it, this would invariably happen when I had no spare time at all.
Then I realised it was always be after my brother-in-law, also a techie, had visited. He'd piss about with the machine to suit himself or kids, and leave it in that state without telling anyone. Then I'd have to fix it. All so he didn't have to bring his own laptop.
I sorted it out by putting a password on it and refusing to tell him what it was.
Cambridge Analytica 'privatised colonising operation', not a 'legitimate business', says whistleblower
I really can't stand facebook
Years ago I signed on to it, realised it was an utter utter waste of time, and deleted the account.
Then the other day someone wanted me to communicate via whatsapp, so I installed it. The *very first thing it did* was to slurp all my contacts, send them back to its servers, present me with a list of them who were also users, and presumably also sent the whole lot to facebook (who I'd forgotten had bought whatsapp).
Bastards. Too late, I deleted it.
Re: Flip phones & their users are evolutionary dead ends?
Top comment, Shadow Systems
We have a new-ish Doro flip phone on the farm. You can't break the shiney glass screen, or dial random numbers while its in your pocket (which used to happen with a 'tough' phone we had), and frankly you don't need to browse Just Eat for a takeaway meal while you're in the cowshed pulling a stick calf out of a cow's backside.
At least without washing your hands first.
Re: Pedestrians - The Right Of Way
Viz comic had a Top Tip years ago which went something like,'save time when crossing one-way streets by only looking in the direction the traffic is coming from.'
On the opposite page was another one which said 'when crossing one-way streets, always look both ways to avoid being run over by a car going in the wrong direction.' It was addressed from Fulchester Hospital.
Re: Ré causing, not curing chaos
I've used the simple resistor/capacitor drop method successfully. Great for low-current stuff like a PIR but no good at all for anything higher current. But where it works its simple, cheap, and more efficient than you'd think.
The circuit I disapprove of most are the touch-switch lamps which use a 0.5p resistor to isolate you from the mains. Yeah, really safe.
Re: It's too Black and White
The driverless car that takes you home from the pub was invented by a bloke with a horse & cart years ago. The horse knew the way home so all the milkman had to do was lie on the cart and say 'giddy up, dobbin'.
Sadly he was banned from using this system (as far as I remember) by the court which deemed milkyman to be in charge and not dobbin. Killjoys.