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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.
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...
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.
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
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.
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
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?
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 :(
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.
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)
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
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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