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Soldering iron

Makes everything fit and the cheap ones are orange.

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Apple?

Lightening connector, 30 pin?

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Re: Soldering iron

Exactly - who needs a drill when you've got one of these?

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Re: Apple?

"Lightening connector, 30 pin?"

What does that do then? Shave a few pounds off anything passed through it? Or is it more about adjusting the brightness of transmitted pictures?

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Re: Apple?

It shaves a few pounds off your wallet.

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Re: Soldering iron

Noooo! When you solder crimp connectors, the solder wicks up inside the wire. This causes the wire to become stiff and will fracture with flexing. Any connectors which use soldering will have better cable support.

Also, with the crimp terminals, use the ratcheting crimp tools-about 4x the cost of the cheap flat ones but they make joints that acutully last

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Re: Lightening connector

Silly AC, the whole point of lightning is that it can't be contained by a connector...

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Re: Soldering iron

Which is exactly why cars use crimp connectors and also why soldered joins cause all of the the really annoying intermittent faults on cars.

Diesel glow plug relay or fuel pump power module being two I've encountered, the soldered joints degrade.

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Re: Soldering iron

I'm no expert but most the non-cable related soldering problems are now down to "lead free" or whatever safer solder. The old stuff did the job, but may not be family friendly...

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"BuzzFelch"? WTF?

Sounds like ass to me.

::rimshot::

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Re: "BuzzFelch"? WTF?

Sounds like an excuse not to have a BOFH, come on Reg give me my BOFH fix!

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Re: "BuzzFelch"? WTF?

If they only knew the real meaning of Felch.

See below:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=felch

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Re: "BuzzFelch"? WTF?

I'm pretty sure they do know the all the various meaning of felch, which is why they decided to use it. It's a parody of these content exaggerators, after all

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@jake

I got the impression that they're already leading up to April first. Can't start preparing soon enough ;)

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Re: "BuzzFelch"? WTF?

Three words: "The Day Today" (or if a Radio 4 purist, "On The Hour"). (Same for origin of "speak your brains", also a favourite around here).

And from this we know that 'Fact' times 'Importance' equals... NEWS.

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Re: "BuzzFelch"? WTF?

You don't think The Register knows the definition of a slang term describing a deviant sexual act?

Are you new here?

I wouldn't be too surprised if The Register *invented* the act.

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Re: "BuzzFelch"? WTF?

"Three words: "The Day Today" (or if a Radio 4 purist, "On The Hour")."

Excellent choice, Sir. If I may contribute "The thin twig of peace has been stretched to breaking point."

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Re: "BuzzFelch"? WTF?

My Favourite was 'It's the thin end of a very long and complicated wedge'

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Yeah, cool...

We need more stuff like this please :o)

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Re: Yeah, cool...

This belongs in the 'You won't believe the Top 10 Linkbait pseudo articles you'll see this year' pseudo article I'll get some bot and intern to knock up for ad-rev clickbait.

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On a more serious note ...

No serial or parallel port?

What about light-bulb sockets?

Fuse/ground-fault interrupt/breaker connections?

Automotive battery connections?

Where should I stop?

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Re: On a more serious note ...

Isn't it obvious

#11 Serial or parallel port (Isn't USB serial???)

#12 light-bulb sockets

#13 Fuse/ground-fault interrupt/breaker connections

#14 Automotive battery connections

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Re: On a more serious note ...

<i<where should i stop?</i>

when you see that submit button, Just stop and think "Is there something around my self-sufficient commune I could be doing?"

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Re: On an even more serious note ...

No Cannon XLR?

Omissions don't get any more glaring

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> Where should I stop?

When you've listed 10

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Re: On a more serious note ...

Five maybe six lines ago! ;-/

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Re: On a more serious note ...

What? No hermaphroditic "red right, tongue top" powerpole connectors?

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Re: On a more serious note ...

15 Standard 13 Amp Plug

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Re: On a more serious note ...

Everything can be run off USB... rught?

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BS 546

I protest the absence of the UK three-pin AC power plug.

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Re: BS 546

Downvoters are probably insisting on BS1363 rectangular pin AC power plugs, but each to their own.

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The UK plugs are all in the Premium section, along with a lot of other exciting connectors such as bayonet fittings and SCART. It is £25 well spent, I can tell you.

BuzzFelch? Better than FuzzBelch, but not much.

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RJ-11 FTW

I think they are missing the historical significance of the RJ-11 connector - without which we would probably have never reached the heady heights of the RJ-45 and all the blessings that that has bestowed upon us.

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Re: BS 546

Quite right. And there should be a special award for BS1363 as "The Most Painful Mains Plug To Step On In Your Socks".

No foreign plug comes close.

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Re: BS 546

The US 2-pin mains plug is just horrible. I never understand how it isn't actively dangerous, you always seem to get sparking when you plug stuff in/out, and plugs just wobble rather than engage securely like the UK plug.

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Re: BS 546 @JDX

Decades ago most Japanese, US and a few British hifi amplifiers had US-style mains outlets on the rear for connecting turntable etc.

Used in the UK with nearly twice the mains voltage these were particularly lethal as you could touch the live pins as the plug was removed/inserted.

Did this once when still damp from a bath and, oddly, survived.

Noticed that on later models these sockets were sealed off and were eventually banished.

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Re: BS 546 @JDX

> Decades ago most Japanese, US and a few British hifi amplifiers had US-style mains outlets on the rear for connecting turntable etc.

Living here in Canada.

They still do this.

It is insane. So much metal chassis equipment being made *now* and no earth. @{DEITY} help these people join the 21st century, please!

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Re: BS 546

"No foreign plug comes close."

You've never stood on a AS/NZS 3112 ("Type I") side entry plug. They're much worse than the BS1363s

http://www.fam-oud.nl/~plugsocket/Australian1.html - photo 2

Unlike a BS1363, these can leave you bleeding if you're not careful in the dark.

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Re: BS 546

Here here! I`m surprised the EU haven`t mandated downgrading to unshutterred german shitztconnect or the worse safety of ground free things from all over Europe rather than adopt the best.

Like the fire extinguisher coding fiasco where now they are all red and people are put at risk. Oh and the 3-phase colour coding directive which has already claimed a number of lives

Arguably a shuttered version of the shrouded and shielded pin kettle style IEC would be a way to go but It would have to be bigger and right angled IMHO

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Re: BS 546

Erratum: Dyslexia rules thst should have been "schutzkonnect" I believe.with k or c.

I forgot to say all plugs should be fused for ultimate safety unlike US and EU and most non-uk influenced areas.

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Re: AS/NZS 3112

Ouch, those look like they could cause serious injury, even put one through your foot. But you can really cause a nasty wound with a BS 1363. I should know, as I've seriously mangled my toes on one

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Re: BS 546

I forgot to say until now that I was on the BSi and industry committees for a number of years, and I much prefer Schuko plugs and sockets with individual circuit protection.

Because in the BS 1362 system, you can put a nail, in the plug and so negate any safety. The fuse can give a false sense of security, and at least one factory has burned down because of it.

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What about the first universal power supply outlet?

The car lighter socket.

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Re: What about the first universal power supply outlet?

Good shout. I know someone who has one of these on the front of his PC so he could light his "cigarettes" with one of those glow plug jobs which every car used to have.

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Re: What about the first universal power supply outlet?

Good example of how 'universal' things are almost always shit - a connector for use in a vibrating environment, that only has friction-locking...

Anyway, I know that it would require an article in itself, but what about SCSI connectors?

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Re: What about the first universal power supply outlet?

Or the second, the USB.

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Re: What about the first universal power supply outlet?

That would be the domestic light socket - if you watch a few B&W UK films and see the number of people powering electric irons from them.

The car lighter is almost brand new in comparison.

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actually ICAN

Have you guys been pestered by some semi-literate commentards lately ? Hang on, let me rephrase that. Have you been contacted by the products of the modern education system lately ? Bring on more teleportation workaround stories with some quantum mechanics. At least the comments can be fun. Also, the beginning of the year shutdown is ending. Should be some real news real soon now. Super X class flares, spooks admit they cant catch a cold, Windows 8 admitted to be a design mistake...oh, too late

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"BuzzFelch - an automated aggregator which trawls the internet in search of lively tech-related imagery and compiles it into a fantastic numbered list."

Um... Uh... Well it must have seemed like a good idea right before closing time at the pub.

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Do you see much of the internet? This is a spoof of those linkbait sites that aggregate or simply screen scrape a bunch of images, surrounds them with adverts, forces you to click through one at a time, with titles that consistently involved hyperbole and a number '5 incredible photos of blah', 'your eyes won't believe x can be so exciting', '12 wired cancer treatments that really work!!'.

It's a pastiche of buzzfeed and ilk if it needs spelling out.

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