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Messages - Kevin Wood

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General Discussion Area / Re: Xmas
« on: 26 December 2018, 10:15:37 »
Merry Xmas all. Hope you all have health and a tree full of pressies :)

I haven't ventured down yet to see id Santa has been, as I've been struck down with something nasty - akin to deadly manful, but without the cold like symptoms - just shivering, chunder zone,immense tiredness and lethargicness.  And working out how to get out of the bath.

When I succeed, need to decide with bed or sofa is to be my slot for the rest of the day.

I have something similar but I think I am over the worst of it.  The shivering sweats last night weren't pleasant but the Morrisons nasal spray is remarkedly effective at keeping the airways open.

Is that what they're calling it these days?  ;D

As in Jim Morrison?
Belated Happy Christmas to all. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Aldi 3D printer 50 discount
« on: 22 December 2018, 14:41:21 »
Oh, look! a Weller TCP. ;D

I think I have one of those for every room in the house and a box of spares in the loft. ;)
That's my last one, as my other one isn't heating...   ...probably element, but given the whole thing is held together by epoxy (gravity beat it in a big argument), I think replacing it might be challenging.

I'll bring my spares box next time I'm passing Brackley. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Pan Am 103
« on: 22 December 2018, 13:06:11 »
A mate of mine was a first responder with the fire service on duty that night.
I don't think he has been the same since. :(

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General Discussion Area / Re: Aldi 3D printer 50 discount
« on: 22 December 2018, 13:02:15 »
Oh, look! a Weller TCP. ;D

I think I have one of those for every room in the house and a box of spares in the loft. ;)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Aldi 3D printer 50 discount
« on: 21 December 2018, 09:22:30 »
.. and while we're on the subject of "making", I've had great success recently getting PCBs made by these guys:

https://www.seeedstudio.com/fusion_pcb.html

The boat from China takes about 2 weeks, but I really wish I'd got into it years ago. Bests messing about etching your own.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Aldi 3D printer 50 discount
« on: 21 December 2018, 09:19:17 »
So, I need a 3D printer to print myself a CNC machine which I need because reasons. Sounds good enough for me.  :y

Now, just need a space to put it... :-X

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General Discussion Area / Re: Gatwick
« on: 20 December 2018, 22:08:19 »
I suspect these boys...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG2UW2nYBQQ

On a serious note, if quadcopters are now cheap enough that you can throw hundreds of them at something, then all you need to do is plant a shedload of them in the fields around an airport and, each time it looks like it's in danger of opening, send another one up to fly up and down the runway trolling them until the battery gets low, then return to its field, all without any interaction or wireless comms needed beyond the initial "go".

You then get a dog walker to case the field with a Li-Po in his pocket. If the location hasn't been compromised, a quick battery swap and it's ready to go again. Repeat until bored.

They'll be better off looking for the flurry of digital comms that was used to coordinate this than to try following the drones or looking for the pilots, although that's probably well hidden in the dark web if they're thorough.

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General Discussion Area / Re: Aldi 3D printer 50 discount
« on: 20 December 2018, 21:57:12 »
I vaguely recall there is a CNC on Thingiverse.  Everyone needs a CNC.


//Edit: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2159840

Can't argue with that. :y

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General Discussion Area / Re: Aldi 3D printer 50 discount
« on: 20 December 2018, 20:20:10 »
What do you use it for?

As a card-carrying geek, id considered gaming tokens, bits of scenery etc, but i decided to hold off on buyiyanythibg that needed to be moved about, stored and not used until the house is finished  ::)

Yeah, I'm sure I "need" one for something, I just need a little help to identify what. ::)

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General Discussion Area / Re: Gatwick
« on: 20 December 2018, 14:10:42 »
How lng before airports etc have their own seek and destroy drones?
Currently have a selection of rifles and shotguns, ostensibly for wildlife management purposes, but I suspect that this event will see the acquisition of something more sophisticated...

Apparently the Police won't attempt to shoot the drones down for safety reasons.  ???

I think most people would think "Just shoot the bastards down so we can get our flight!"   ;D

Can't see how it can possibly be any less safe than shooting at anything else, TBH. Any potential "safety issue" is with the shooter rather than the shootee, surely? ::)

Either this "drone" has a ruddy long endurance or it's a coordinated attack by quite a few and there's lots of LiPo charging going on somewhere.

Hmm. TheBoy has been quiet lately... :-X

I wonder if he had a delayed flight or similar there recently ?  :-\ ;D
Surely not. We're looking for the type of personality who'll readily blow a gasket and let out Mr. Angry when subjected to a minor inconvenience by a service industry, or printer driver, here. Actually, now you mention it... :-X

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General Car Chat / Re: DVLA clampers
« on: 20 December 2018, 14:07:50 »
I had a smart meter fitted, the privacy concerns don't really bother me to be honest, nor the threat of disconnection (which they could do anyway, as my meter is outside, before the smart meter was ever fitted) as I'm not a deadbeat ;D

The only thing that concerns me is that, once we're all driving EVs and the grid has collapsed under the pressure of charging, they'll start remotely turning my power off so that the important people can charge their cars.

Don't worry. I'm sure one of those american boat anchors in your garage would be "adequate" when coupled to a generator.

Until the "important people" ban petrol, at least... ;D

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General Car Chat / Re: Ferry lorry tipping over!
« on: 20 December 2018, 10:26:52 »
I think you feel the swell a bit more on the fast cat, but it's over quicker, and I'm not sure they operate in the heaviest seas. They may even be summer months only. IIRC the one that does Portsmouth to Cherbourg gets relocated to New Zealand in the winter. :(

I bet that's a fun journey on a Cat! ;D

Yep, nice little jolly for the crew, I should think. I wonder how many fuel stops it needs? ;D
Might be for maintenance... As they're built over there.

Not sure re fuel, one of the first Hoverspeed (remember them) did the Blue Ribband run as part of its delivery trip...
https://www.niferry.co.uk/hsc-hoverspeed-great-britain-incat-025/ 8)

Could be that too. I was talking to one of the crew outside the bridge on one crossing that was a bit rough. He intimated that the ship could cope with any sea condition mother nature could throw at it, and only needed to throttle back for the very worst conditions, but that winter crossings were problematic due to limitations of the "self-loading freight". ;D

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General Discussion Area / Re: Gatwick
« on: 20 December 2018, 09:59:30 »
How lng before airports etc have their own seek and destroy drones?
Currently have a selection of rifles and shotguns, ostensibly for wildlife management purposes, but I suspect that this event will see the acquisition of something more sophisticated...

Apparently the Police won't attempt to shoot the drones down for safety reasons.  ???

I think most people would think "Just shoot the bastards down so we can get our flight!"   ;D

Can't see how it can possibly be any less safe than shooting at anything else, TBH. Any potential "safety issue" is with the shooter rather than the shootee, surely? ::)

Either this "drone" has a ruddy long endurance or it's a coordinated attack by quite a few and there's lots of LiPo charging going on somewhere.

Hmm. TheBoy has been quiet lately... :-X

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General Discussion Area / Re: Aldi 3D printer 50 discount
« on: 20 December 2018, 09:55:03 »
Hmm. I do like "toys I might use occasionally".... ::)

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General Car Chat / Re: Ferry lorry tipping over!
« on: 19 December 2018, 15:15:30 »
I think you feel the swell a bit more on the fast cat, but it's over quicker, and I'm not sure they operate in the heaviest seas. They may even be summer months only. IIRC the one that does Portsmouth to Cherbourg gets relocated to New Zealand in the winter. :(

I bet that's a fun journey on a Cat! ;D

Yep, nice little jolly for the crew, I should think. I wonder how many fuel stops it needs? ;D

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