* Posts by jake

12534 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

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BSA Bantom manuals.

Dr. S ... They DID write a Haynes Manual for the Bantam.

While I've got your attention, you might want to visit this site and download everything for your "do not delete" archive. You never know, you might actually find one and want to restore it someday.

Before you pooh-pooh that, my Wife found a Yamaha DT-1 for me to restore for her ... I had no idea, but she had wanted one in the early '70's, when her brothers were racing Hodakas and Bultacos. Hers showed up at a garage sale here in Sonoma ... A roller with non-seized motor & trans, and not one but two parts bikes, all of which had been stored out of the weather since the late 1980s.

I say above that I was going to restore it for her (in her mind), but I managed to convince her to do most of the work herself. Was fun, if occasionally frustrating for both of us ... but today she can troubleshoot fuel or wiring problems, replace the clutch or rebuild the carb, do the brakes or repair a puncture, etc. with no help. Recommended!

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Re: When changing bearings

Then it's a good thing not many of us have a Merlin engine in need of bearing replacement. If you DO have that luxury, you could do worse than talk to my friends down at 51 Factory. And you thought Silly Con Valley was just about computers.

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They say memory is the first to go ...

1994-2000, Shirley?

(From memory; double-checked at fiatcoupeclub.org)

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Re: When changing bearings

An old valve works well as a drift for removing bearing races.

Hint: skinny end down!

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"DIY Generation"? WTF?

I rather suspect that my Grandads (both born in the 1880s) would take exception to the thought that DIY didn't exist prior to 1956's Haynes Manuals.

I have a couple dozen dog-eared, grease & oil stained editions in my bookcase. Thank you John, you did a very good thing. RIP

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

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Re: Yank version of the above.

Yes, I do keep that story on hand. It's called a memory. I might post it again, eventually. Not everybody reading here today was here last time I posted it; It's new to them. And that would include yourself. Nice to see that you find my drivel important enough to read my backlog, though.

Do you have anything on-topic to contribute, or are you just here to bitch?

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Re: It took me years...

I still have that urge. So I decided to build data centers for a living. Now I get to test that Big Red Button, pretty much whenever I like (really, it's in the contract) ... It's not really as much fun as you'd think.

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Yank version of the above.

I was just putting the finishing touches on a small cluster of vaxen at SLAC one fine Friday afternoon. The annual Big Game between Stanford & Berkeley was to be the following day. A couple of grad students started passing a football (American version) between themselves. In the glass room (that wasn't glass). Just as I was threatening mayhem if they didn't knock it off, the ball hit the Big Red Button, Needless to say, a bunch of pissed off people couldn't attend the game the following day. The grad student's computer privileges were suspended for the rest of the academic year. Personally, I'd have hung them by the thumbs in the Quad as a warning ...

(As an alum in good standing of both schools, all I can add to the above is "Go Bears!")

Want to know what 2020 holds? Microsoft has a little something for you

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"a little something for you"

Ah, no. For you perhaps, but not for me. Never again. Once bitten & all that. Thanks for the offer, though!

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: Chemistry

I am no longer at Uni, no longer doing research, and refuse to prostitute myself as a journalist (sorry, ElReg!). Is it illegal for me to possess the chemistry textbooks that I was required to purchase to get my Masters in Organic Chemistry?

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4chan posters are old enough to steal beer? Whodathunkit.

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Re: Heavenly Source are Almighty Sees ..... in Bare Naked Territories*

I believe HolySchmoley is in rather drastic need of a beer. As are most of us these days.

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Re: So how many teachers are they planning on incarcerating, anyway?

How long have you been sitting on THAT alliteration, amfM? You must be positively predisposed to predominantly postindustrial psychoanalyses ... or perhaps you are a practitioner of postmillennial perturbations predetermined by probabilistic precautionary philosophic perfectionism?

Regardless, as long as you're drinking, I'm buying!

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Re: So how many teachers are they planning on incarcerating, anyway?

About 30 years ago, my daughter subtitled my CRC handbook "Post Apocalypse Science Rebuild Notes" and insisted on shelving it next to the Foxfire books, Machinery's Handbook, the UBC, and various other bits & bobs ... all of which would no doubt get me arrested if I tried to bring them into Blighty these days.

Has anybody pointed out to Westminster that creating these laws doesn't stop criminals, all it does is create a new class of criminal, none of whom are an actual threat to society?

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So how many teachers are they planning on incarcerating, anyway?

What percentage of the books in the British Library are going to be burned?

Have you destroyed your old copy of Nelkon and Parker yet?

Go big (with our bandwidth) or go home, Verizon: Texas mulls outlawing 911 throttling after Cali wildfire fiasco

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Re: What you are missing

For somebody without a dog in this race, you sure are emotional about it, Neoc. Why? What difference does it make to your life?

Please, try to understand that the rules and regulations regarding the wording of advertising vary widely from country to country. Lingo that is legal in your jurisdiction might be illegal in mine. And vice-versa. Shirley it would be easier to simply live with that fact instead of spending all this energy on something that you do not today, and will not ever, have any control over?

The contract that Verizon provided spells out EXACTLY what the bandwidth limitations are for the contract that the fire department chose to invest in. Including explaining what "unlimited" means in that context, which any of our teenagers already knows. And this definition is legal, according to our laws. The fact is that the fire department decided that reading and understanding the contract wasn't important. Turns out they were wrong. Very, very wrong. And here we are.

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Re: 25GB though??

ALL plans are limited. You can't get around physics.

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Re: Has anybody asked ...

"could have sold them an appropriate plan"

Had the customer asked for one. Which they didn't. In fact, they insisted on the cheaper consumer-grade product in order to save money.

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Re: What you are missing

"Speed, I only have 70G download speed!"

So your "unlimited connection" is, in fact, limited.

"Yes, and it says absolutely nothing about throttling me when I reach any seemingly arbitrarily defined limit"

That's your contract. There are many more on this muddy rock.

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Re: What you are missing

Neoc, how many times in a single day can you download the entire contents of The Internet on your so-called "unlimited" plan? What's that? Not even once? Maybe your so-called "unlimited" plan is limited after all? Perhaps you can explain this anomaly to all of us. Inquiring minds and all that.

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Re: Has anybody asked ...

"That's a very one sided appraisal."

Perhaps. But it's one from a guy who lived the Sonoma fires first hand, and fed and watered many first responders[0] over the course of a couple weeks. I counted vehicles from a couple dozen jurisdictions on my property over the course of the fire ...

[0] Thanks, guys and gals. You won't ever be forgotten. Except apparently by your management, searching for a "deal" on emergency communications ...

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Re: Only in America?

If you eyeball what happened, their "contact" was an email bot. They didn't use the toll-free telephone number provided SPECIFICALLY for this kind of thing until several days AFTER the bandwidth throttling took place. Humans at Verizon can't fix what humans don't know ... and the computers aren't programmed for one-off situations.

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What you are missing

There is no such thing as "unlimited" in the sense you are talking about. (Can you download the entire Internet several dozens of times before Lunch, every single day, on your plan? Why not?)

What "unlimited" means in this context is "as much as you can manage, given the bandwidth constraints" ... and the contract specifically states that after a certain number of bytes, the bandwidth will be throttled. It also states that under certain conditions, unfavorable reception might throttle bandwidth. Have you not read the contract you have with your carrier?

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Has anybody asked ...

... who at the fire department approved the purchase of the contract from Verizon without first reading the fine print AND UNDERSTANDING THE RAMIFICATIONS THEREOF?

1) Somebody at the Santa Clara County Central Fire Protection District OKed the contract with Verizon. This is a fact. There is no getting away from it.

2) The contract clearly states that users get an unlimited amount of data but speeds are reduced when they exceed their allotment until the next billing cycle. This is also a fact.

3) The data needs of OES 5262 were clearly much greater than that provided by the contract.

4) The Chief CLEARLY sent his firefighters into harm's way with an inadequately tested system.

Also, has anybody asked the fire department why they spent several days arguing with an email bot instead of simply dialing the emergency telephone number PROVIDED BY VERIZON SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS KIND OF SCENARIO?

The Chief is lucky he didn't kill anybody with his lackadaisical approach to communications contracts.

I realize that firefighters are gawds gift to us lowly humans, and that all $TELCOs are the tools of satan, so I'm probably going to get pilloried for this post ... but sometimes you've just got to call a spade a spade. The fire department in question fucked up, big time. The only remaining question is have they fixed it yet?

If you want a vision of the future, imagine not a boot stamping on a face, but keystroke logging on govt contractors' PCs

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Questions for Peter Bradley

Who are you, and what's your stake in this?

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Re: Back in the real real world

"f I have an employee who only works one day a week but is twice as productive as the average employee, why would I complain?"

Because he's only producing two days work instead of five?

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New Jersey? Relax ...

... organized crime will never allow the bill to become a law..

US kids apparently talking like Peppa Pig... How about US lawmakers watching Doctor Who?

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"dont ask me why it wasnt pork"

New York has a large percentage of folks who keep kosher. Know your customer base if you want to make a profit!

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Peppered Pig is BRITISH???

That's odd ... And here I thought good eats knew no political boundaries ...

Doctor Who post 1986 is unwatchable, IMO.

(I'm up early, checking the smokehouse ... in a deluge in Sonoma, CA)

Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that

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Re: "the nascent internet of the early 1990s"

"It depended where in the world you were."

Horseshit. I didn't visit Stirling for the first time until 1974. That doesn't mean that people hadn't been living there for the prior 4,000 years (or thereabouts).

"access costs"

The cost of access is immaterial to its existence.

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"the nascent internet of the early 1990s"

Nascent? In the early '90s?

By the early '90s, TehIntraWebTubes had left Uni, got a job (commercial dial-up ISPs) and was approaching middle-age (the fat & lazy WWW) ...

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"despite me being very reasonable"

Why, after reading the rest of your diatribe, do I very much doubt that?

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Re: I've been on the receiving end of this

Contrary to popular belief, the customer is NOT always right ... and yes, you CAN fire a customer! All you have to do is make a business case for it ... show that the customer is costing more than they are paying. The costs can include employee downtime due to frustration, time to get back into the swing of things after dealing with said customer, time OTHER customers are on hold while dealing with said customer, etc.

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Re: Oooops, dropped

We were using the technique long before the BOFH fiction existed.

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About a billion years ago ...

... in Internet time, call it roughly 1985, my Boss and I were in my office talking to the company owner on the speaker phone. The guy in charge of Advanced Manufacturing slammed into the office, making all kinds of demands, threatening us with firing and worse of we didn't drop everything to do his bidding. Until the owner's voice came out of the telephone, saying three magic words: "Dave, you're fired." ,,, My Boss was given the newly vacated AdvMan seat the following morning, and I took over his position. The owner cautioned both of us separately "Play fair with everybody, I don't like assholes". Needless to say we took him at his word.

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Re: Careful of what you write

A friend of mine is a veterinarian. She uses a red paper dot with a number from one to ten on the patient's folder for a fractious critter, one being difficult to (for example) get a temperature on, and ten meaning "will try to kill you at any opportunity". Details are listed in the folder.

She uses a cute pink dot for a fractious owner ... Those details are in a little book kept in the dispensary, where customers aren't allowed "for insurance reasons". Apparently some people go absolutely ballistic of you call their breed of choice a "bitchin' frizzy" ... How the hell was I supposed to know that? I was just there to update the computers!

Cops looking for mum marauding uni campus asking students if they fancy dating her son

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Re: garage shop

"US based home renovations programmes"

Take it from a Yank who has rebuilt a few old houses ... those are all entertainment shows, not educational how-to films. Not worth the time to watch them.

"Try that on a cavity wall, matey!"

Horses for courses, as usual. Would you watch a Toyota HowTo when the Perkins in your boat needed repair?

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Re: garage shop

Not all Yanks have all that. Just some of the the ones with a shop big enough for a film crew. Seriously. Think about it.

With that said, look up Roy Underhill of The Woodwright's Shop. Worth a look for all you hand-tools only woodworkers, even if he is a Yank.

On the gripping hand, if you're low on space and want power equipment, get a Shopsmith. Even an older used one is well worth the money. I know some people look down their noses at them, but I suspect that's only because those folks don't know how to properly use it. I built my entire kitchen and dining room with a 30 year old model, after a little judicious repair work. The factory sold me all the parts I needed to restore it to "like new". Hint: Spring for the Mark 7, you'll be glad you did.

I'd recommend adding a dedicated jointer and a plainer along with the Shopsmith, just for simplicity's sake, but it's hardly necessary. A mortiser isn't necessary either, but ... You know the drill ;-)

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Re: garage shop

Build your shed on concrete deck blocks (patio piers), and pick it up and move it when the time comes. It's not exactly rocket science. Or, purchase a used shipping container. Amazing how much work you can get done in an 8X20 box. Both options should easily be within your stated budget.

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It gets worse.

I'm seeing parents (about 45ish) showing up for their newly graduated from Uni sprog's job interview. I kid you not; I've seen this a lot in the last three or four years. Most of those were with child in tow, but half a dozen or ten or so were just a parental unit, no actual applicant. When I point out the obvious, I am met with blank stares. It's like they think this is normal. Quite surreal.

Wells Fargo? Well fscked at the moment: Data center up in smoke, bank website, app down

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Re: The BOFH Strikes Again

Whatever, dude. Believe what you like, no skin off my teeth.

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Re: The BOFH Strikes Again

Oh, goody. Wiki. The thing that anybody with an agenda can edit, and anybody can quote without understanding what they are quoting, such as how many ppm it takes to cause the effects reported.

A fact sheet not written by the manufacturers? How about the National Institute of Health?

https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/f?./temp/~KAhpfw:1:human

tl;dr version: "Halon 1301 is a medically safe agent for use in fire fighting in confined spaces.[Harrison JN et al; J Soc Occup Med 32 (1): 37-43 (1982)"

--or--

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4072911 which describes "An accidental discharge of a Halon 1301 total flooding fire extinguishing system." Seems that in this case, no significant illness or injury due to the Halon exposure was found.

I wouldn't spec it if it were dangerous.

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Re: The BOFH Strikes Again

Ah yes, the "displaces oxygen so you die of suffocation" myth. I suggest you eyeball a Halon 1301 fact sheet, Mr Benny. It's actually quite safe for humans ... at the concentrations used for fire suppression, no special precautions are required for evacuation.

OK, Google. Music in 2019 isn't what it was, but Play nice, will ya?

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Re: Out of curiosity ...

" If, as your choice of language implies, you are in the UK"

I referenced SCOTUS and use the "license" spelling. Hard as it might be for you to believe, there are a lot more square inches of this muddy rock speaking/typing English than the tiny, little UK.

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Re: Thankfully, the bug won't play our (UK) Eurovision entry.

Not only confirms my point, but proves it. ABBA's entire discography is mindless overproduced studio crap for the lowest common denominator. IMO, of course.

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Re: Out of curiosity ...

That's just it, I did read the license. That's why I don't play that game and only purchase tunes on physical media that I can hold in my hands.

It's true that I don't own the content of the media, just the media itself. When it wears out, I'll have to buy a new one. That's why I archive all my vinyl and most CDs to half inch tape[0], and then make the actual copy I listen to from that. It's actually quite amazing how big a library you can amass over fifty years using this technique ... and it's a library that I can pass to my next of kin. Before you ask, the old tapes have been archived digitally ... but they sound just fine.

The recording industry hates this practice, but SCOTUS backs me ...

[0] That's a dimension, not slang for a cassette.

Skype goes blurry, Office gets a kick in the privacy, and Microsoft takes us back to 1990

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If you want a nostalgic file manager ...

... but one that actually works quite nicely, get yourself a copy of Midnight Commander. I've never used the unofficial Windows port, but a friend swears by it (as opposed to at it), even on Win10.

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Re: Just wondering where my silver badge went?

You've slipped below 100 posts in the last 12 months. Should be easy enough to "fix", should you have a mind to do so. For more, scroll down to "Forums FAQ" on this page.

National Enquirer's big Pecker tried to shaft me – but I wouldn't give him an inch, says Jeff Bezos after dick pic leak threat

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Re: The National Enquirer

"why didn't IBM just buy them?"

Why would IBM want to purchase a firm full of lawyers? They have their own landsharks.

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

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Re: Bah!

llaryllama, it's a fun project keeping it running, and an exercise in teaching the yoof what things were like in the dark ages, back when you actually had to understand how the equipment worked. The cost of hardware upkeep, electricity and the minimal CPU (by today's standards) aren't really an issue. It's not like I have several dozens of these things in that co-lo. My machine room/morgue/museum/mausoleum (depending on the mood of the wife) is my real exercise in wasting BTUs ... how many times in the last two decades have YOU needed an IBM 1401 or System/360-20, Honeywell 316, Amdahl 570 or Burroughs B2500 at home? At least Baby, the 27 year old S/390, is still making money ...

Some people meditate. I collect and restore big iron.

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