* Posts by Martin-73

989 posts • joined 28 Oct 2013

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The 40-Year-Old Version: ZX81's sleek plastic case shows no sign of middle-aged spread

Martin-73

Re: Retro-Wreckers

We Sinclair users are by and large a welcoming bunch. The ZX spectrum 128 was awesome looking with a huge heatsink on the side :)

Brit accused of spying on 772 people via webcam CCTV software tells court he'd end his life if extradited to US

Martin-73

Re: No more extradition to USA

totally agree. I got moderated for my original response. But complete spurning of this treaty till the alleged killer is returned for trial is the least that we should ask

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Martin-73

Re: It Couldn't Happen in France.

I have always admired France's dedication to its own citizens. Pity the UK doesn't follow suit

Martin-73

He was not in the US

Therefore he has committed NO crime there. He may have had VICTIMS in the US... but that does not mean he committed a crime in the USA. This creep of jurisdiction is, sorry for the crudity, utter bollocks. He has committed a crime in the UK, and should be punished under UK law. I am fairly sure the victims can be awarded compensation under UK law, from his own funds. He has been stupid, and a criminal, and should not get away with it. But the US is not known, globally, for being 'just' or following the rule of law. So yeah, I understand his position. screw merikkka till they start obeying the rules

Wire fraud is not a crime in the UK for example... therefore is not extraditable, ever.

Unionised BT Technology workers vote for industrial action as more compulsory job cuts hit UK telco's IT crowd

Martin-73

Re: Dear BT,

Tory?

Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?

Martin-73

Re: Apocryphal story ...

having experience of the public, I am not sure if the story's apocryphal, or has actually happened so many times it's assumed to be...

Martin-73

Re: Ah yes, USB switches.

That's because USB plugs exist in 5 dimensions...

Martin-73

Building regs have now changed that, 450mm minimum height in new builds, and 1200mm height for light switches. All about accessibility.

Martin-73

Re: Qualified Electrician?

As an electrician I can sadly confirm that a large number in my trade are box ticking monkeys. In several electrician forums on the book of farce, we get questions that could readily be solved by reading the ladybird book of batteries bulbs and magnets!

Martin-73

Standard safe isolation/testing procedure. Good to see someone actually using it :)

I keep a proving unit (basically a HV inverter with built in batteries) in my toolbag along with 3 different 2 wire testers (multimeter, modern LED one, and an old Drummond filament test lamp.) The latter lamp is useful for quickly identifying a circuit, run from L to E and go down and see what RCBO has tripped...

Martin-73

Re: Failing switches?

BS546 roundpin plugs/sockets are still legal and available. 15A is often used in theatre wiring (having a fuse in the plug is a nightmare if a failing par can takes it out high up in the lighting rigging) and you'll often see 5 or 2 amp ones in restaurants/pubs for the 'mood lighting' table lamps, to prevent customers unplugging them to charge their mobile device.

Martin-73

Re: I have never had a socket switch fail

That's typically dust in the switch that causes it. The switch doesn't QUITE make, and the high resistance contact heats the moving contact. That contact is pressed on by a tiny nylon widget in the switch rocker (via a spring). The nylon widget melts slightly and sticks to the metal. Bad cases can cause the switch to completely jam (usually open). Slight cases will cause the symptoms you describe

Martin-73

Re: I have never had a socket switch fail

As an electrician, word of warning. Specify MK Logic plus accessories. NOT MK essentials. They're made in china to no standards whatsoever. The mighty MultyKontact (no really that was their name) have fallen :( They don't even make their own distribution boards anymore. But MK Logic plus is still ok.

The rot only started a few years back so any older MK stuff is likely to outlast all of us and the cockroaches.

Martin-73

Re: Local Authorities

Ah yes, back on my first ever job as an electrician, the professor of physics who couldn't figure out the new (for the 1980s) pushbutton lightswitches...

Martin-73

Re: Poor On-Call this week

One quite common brand of budget UK socket (LAP) has a failure mode where it will test ok with probes, and actually work fine if the plug isn't all the way in, but will cut off the current (usually on the neutral for some reason) when the plug is fully inserted. Have had a few of them lately

Another eBay exec pleads guilty after couple stalked, harassed for daring to criticize the internet tat bazaar

Martin-73

Re: A little too far

While I agree entirely with your evaluation of FleaBay, having been a seller, your comment isn't really related to TFA other than tangentially is it

What a Hancock-up: Excel spreadsheet blunder blamed after England under-reports 16,000 COVID-19 cases

Martin-73

Re: Spreadshit

I came here to see if any of the downvoters had attempted to explain what spreadsheets were for. I do admit to having ONE very particular use for one. At great tedium, I set one up to do my end of year taxes. Can't remember how I did it... but i just have to use the calculator to do month by month totals. Any more involved would be tedious. Excel is the single most user hostile application I've come across... That giant '+' instead of a cursor... WHAT?

Martin-73

Re: Spreadshit

Indeed, I've never understood what it is actually FOR? Nothing it does can't be done with a calculator and a word processor?

Mark Zuckerberg, 36, decides that having people on his website deny the deaths of six million Jews is a bad thing

Martin-73

Re: Thinks...

However, hate speech IS illegal. Hint, facebook operates in multiple countries. And clearly he was supporting hate speech prior to this announcement.

From the Department of WCGW: An app-controlled polycarbonate lock with no manual override/physical key

Martin-73

Soon to be renamed to gulag-dong

Martin-73
Mushroom

Re: Welcome back

Indeed, and she's just teasing... in order to spring 2021 on us...

'I don’t want to see another computer for the rest of my life'... Brit Dark Overlord cyber-extortionist thrown in an American clink for five years

Martin-73

It is. We have to prove stuff. The septics just need to suspect. Utterly farcical treaty.

Martin-73

Re: Five years - Not Enough

It's to do with America. And like Germany during the years running up to WW2, the Führer will be associated with the country, until it dies. (either him or the country)

Ancient telly borked broadband for entire Welsh village

Martin-73

Re: OFCOM

Maybe a couple of decades ago. These days they don't give a monkey's. People calling from easily identifiable UK companies despite the TPS list?... they don't care. BT themselves supplying 'wifi extender plugs' that can wipe out shortwave for hundreds of yards... they won't do bugger all :(

Martin-73

Re: More to the point

That utterly does my head in. "anyone else having trouble with virgin wifi?"

No, because virgin don't supply wifi. They give you the kit that YOU use to generate the wifi signal with

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

Martin-73

Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

I genuinely wonder about the nuances of this... having been harrassed by a private parking company for a horrible 2 years. Is there a law against me having an LCD on my license plates that simply blacks them out... and flipping the switch when entering ANPR range?

Other options include parking out of range, using my keys to open the ANPR camera mast's access cover, and unplugging that shit.

Martin-73

Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

Let's leave aside the fact the DVLA should not be sharing personally identifiable data in the first place. I had a huge fight with them over this. Hint... i won. Never paid the ticket from a private bunch of bastards they leaked my data to. (no i was NOT avoiding paying for parking)

Martin-73

Re: good grief

1 million cars is plausible and doable in 6 digits. fewer if you use letters. ?

Martin-73

Re: good grief

letter, 3 digits, letter [DL] used to be good for identifying Isle of Wight registered drivers hereabouts. They were usually very good drivers, as the isle of wight does NOT believe in road signs, so they had a sixth sense

Martin-73

Re: good grief

That sounds spectacularly stupid. And the site you posted is a .com, not a .gov... and timed out. Illinois was always weird

Martin-73

Re: good grief

That brings to mind the sketch from the Two Ronnies where Mr Corbett claims to have an 'A reg'. As indeed he did. LOL

Martin-73

Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

To be fair to the government, literally EVERYONE KNOWS their own license plate... the issue arises with hire or loan vehicles.

I can 'proceed without you', judge tells Julian Assange after courtroom outburst

Martin-73

Re: Blackmailed

They gave away the fact the government were acting illegally. If that's a crime in itself, then the system can fsck off.

The government are representatives of the PEOPLE. Therefore the PEOPLE have a right to know EVERYTHING they do. National security is horse shite.

Martin-73

Re: Blackmailed

Yes, I was witness to that in the US. It rather ruined my love of the country.

I did, however, get away with telling a rather obnoxious cop to go f*** himself a few days later when his sgt decided we were in the right.

With a million unwanted .uk domains expiring this week, Nominet again sends punters pushy emails to pay up

Martin-73

You are a Bastard. A capital B Bastard. (this is a compliment). Now i am watching the video on youtube. And it will be in my mind for weeks.

Well played

Everything's falling apart. The Moon is slowly rusting up – and it's probably Earth's fault

Martin-73

Wait.... was the Clanger's planet the Moon?

[no, srsly!]

Happy birthday to the Nokia 3310: 20 years ago, it seemed like almost everyone owned this legendary mobile

Martin-73

If I recall correctly, the aerial was superfluous but people 'expected' it

Martin-73

Re: I'll See Your 33xx and Lower You

Yes, +1 for the 5110 (or PCS , 1800MHz equivalent (5120 maybe, it's been a while)) were de rigueur for early adopting 'pay as you go' types. The 3310 was a premium device. The 5110 and variants were the iconic 'you find them everywhere and they can't be destroyed' phone, at least here in Blighty

UK govt: It's time to get staff back into the office! Capita: Hey everyone... about that...

Martin-73

Re: Capita's entire 'raison d'etre' is fales

Probably one of thatcher's scheming evil b... I mean the conservatives

Martin-73

Capita's entire 'raison d'etre' is fales

So shut them down. Not the offices, the entire damn company. Public sector stuff should NOT be outsourced, that's why it's public sector.

Bloody thatcher, what a cow

'A guy in a jetpack' seen flying at 3,000ft within few hundred yards of passenger jet landing at LA airport

Martin-73
Black Helicopters

While the guy is clearly a mental midget....

He is at least proving that we are in fact living in the 21st century. With lockdowns and politics and a global plague i was wondering.

Icon because (a) he should have used one

and (b) I suspect he soon will be a passenger in one.

Relying on plain-text email is a 'barrier to entry' for kernel development, says Linux Foundation board member

Martin-73

Re: You don't have to be old to hate HTML emails

I haven't been bound by a legal update to terms from ebay or paypal for well over a decade due to them sending updates that when viewed as text/plain are entirely empty.

Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles

Martin-73

Re: Local 'languages'

I firmly believe en_US should be renamed USAnian... (not joking)

It would eliminate a WHOLE RAFT of nitpicking about spelling and so forth...

Martin-73

Re: Local 'languages'

Your mask slipped, but... he was you, me... he was all of us

Martin-73

Re: Enough

Yes, I follow a few linguistics podcasts. Quite educational... welsh basically means 'foreign, untrustworthy' :( Which is sad.

Same etymology as 'to welch on a deal'

Disclosure: I'm half welsh but never sure which half :)

Martin-73
Big Brother

Re: International Recognition

I suspect the 49% of England that wants independence is just seeking to distance itself from the utter fsckwits in westminster, who don't represent ANY of the countries of the union, just their own damned selves

Martin-73
Pint

Re: Wee radge bastard

I thought it was one step UP from that...

Icon: it's a pint of IrnBru

Epic move: Judge says Apple can't revoke Unreal Engine dev tools, asks 'Where does the 30 per cent come from?'

Martin-73

Re: Switching to Android

With Apple, doing it just to be bastards would be completely within their ethos.

This PDP-11/70 was due to predict an election outcome – but no one could predict it falling over

Martin-73

Ah that lot takes me back... having sky digital put in when it first came out, and the guy saying he had to take the existing analogue dish away as part of the free install deal. I pointed to the 1.4m dish with multiple LNB's on a special boom to allow the same dish to hit multiple sats, yep including 13 degrees east, as well as 19.2 for Astra and a few newsfeed satellites which could be interesting in the wee small hours.

He said 'ah, yeah... i'll just say it fell to bits on removal'

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