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by bungeejumper
June 24th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Cycling
Topic: Halfords - free 48hr electric bike trial
Replies: 16
Views: 888

Re: Halfords - free 48hr electric bike trial

A good number of people will mutter about the tech being fully integrated making replacement of systems or batteries more difficult etc, just as they did when mobile phones began their ever closer integration of components and batteries, while many others will probably just shrug their shoulders, t...
by bungeejumper
June 24th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Spam overload
Replies: 0
Views: 23

Spam overload

Strange thing happened to the wife's email account last night. She got eight apparent "responses" to emails that she'd sent more than two years ago to two separate county councils. (No, we didn't open them.) Plus two more emails about an email quota being 90% full, or something like that. ...
by bungeejumper
June 24th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: Failed electrical cable. Is there a physicist in the house?
Replies: 20
Views: 410

Re: Failed electrical cable. Is there a physicist in the house?

After a bit of research, it seems that pond pumps usually use permanent magnet motors. The same principles apply, however. If the stator is just a mains frequency coil (with no fancy electronics), the speed will be fairly constant Thanks for that, jfgw. I'd always supposed that the speed of the pum...
by bungeejumper
June 24th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Just call me
Replies: 11
Views: 356

Re: Just call me

dionaeamuscipula wrote:Not as much as it annoys Emili Sandé.

Never heard of her. That'll be Emeli Sandé, I presume? :lol:

BJ
by bungeejumper
June 24th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Just call me
Replies: 11
Views: 356

Re: Just call me

All the worlds greatest footballers have just one name. e.g. Pele, Best, Beckenbauer, Cruyff and Bobbycharlton. There's a reason for that. By the time the commentator has sputtered out the full names of everyone involved in putting together a five-man attack, plus three defenders, the ball will alr...
by bungeejumper
June 23rd, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: Failed electrical cable. Is there a physicist in the house?
Replies: 20
Views: 410

Re: Failed electrical cable. Is there a physicist in the house?

Pond pumps usually have induction motors. These run at an almost constant speed irrespective of the load. They will not run appreciably faster if the voltage is too high, they will run at about the same speed as normal, take a lot of current and burn out. It is possible for a series-wound motor (a ...
by bungeejumper
June 23rd, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: Failed electrical cable. Is there a physicist in the house?
Replies: 20
Views: 410

Re: Failed electrical cable. Is there a physicist in the house?

I wonder why the water fountain was higher that usual. Was it higher but a weaker spray? Possibly something temporarily obstructing the pump causing a slow down and a heavier current? No, the water throughput was altogether more forceful than usual, which struck me as odd. It's a good point, though...
by bungeejumper
June 23rd, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: Sludge grey
Replies: 9
Views: 301

Re: Sludge grey

Road coloured. Genius.

The most dangerous car I ever had was a Rover 200 series in British racing green. All but invisible in leafy country lanes, and I had more head-on near-misses than I care to recall. :? Oh, how grateful I was when somebody stole it.

BJ
by bungeejumper
June 23rd, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Just call me
Replies: 11
Views: 356

Re: Just call me

UncleEbenezer wrote:
TUK020 wrote:Boris?

Not Godunov.

Nope, Karloff. The only genuine candidate, surely? Even if he was actually born as William Henry Pratt. :lol:

BJ
by bungeejumper
June 23rd, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Does anyone know?
Topic: Failed electrical cable. Is there a physicist in the house?
Replies: 20
Views: 410

Failed electrical cable. Is there a physicist in the house?

Here's a puzzle that's been on my mind for the last few days. I recently overcooked a length of twin-core bell flex that I'd been using to carry a 24 volt AC current at 11 watts. (That's, errr, roughly half an amp isn't it?) But just before the flex died, it gave every appearance of delivering more ...
by bungeejumper
June 22nd, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Sharesoc hates us
Replies: 18
Views: 499

Re: Sharesoc hates us

PinkDalek wrote:Unlike you not to mention the letter being addressed to Dear Orna, yet signed off Yours faithfully

Any letter that doesn't start "Hi Orna" gets my vote.

BJ
by bungeejumper
June 22nd, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Bitter Lemons
Topic: Just call me
Replies: 11
Views: 356

Just call me

And another thing. The way media stars style themselves according to just their first names. Adele? Rihanna? Kylie? Justin? Dido? Gareth? Iman? And a hundred more non-celebs besides from celebrity Love Island. It's like they've reserved the parking space for everyone who happens to share their name....
by bungeejumper
June 22nd, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Sharesoc hates us
Replies: 18
Views: 499

Re: Sharesoc hates us

It shouldn't be too much of an inconvenience. I see from ShareSoc's home page that it has a "Member's Area" page, which would seem to suggest that there's only one of them. ;) But anyway, is Exeter significantly harder to reach than other regional centres? Leeds, say? Or Manchester? 3 hour...
by bungeejumper
June 22nd, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Beerpig's Snug
Topic: Wrong pronunciation
Replies: 17
Views: 438

Re: Wrong pronunciation

Agree about Tit-leist, that's the way I always think of it. Partly because I'm just a stroppy bastard who doesn't like seeing a proper word like title (with a final e that determines the sound of the i, dammit) getting mangled about with an addition like "ist" that adds ambiguity and , oh ...
by bungeejumper
June 20th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: fibreglass balcony problem
Replies: 14
Views: 513

Re: fibreglass balcony problem

Shouldn't really use chipboard as it decomposes. Plywood is far better. To misquote Hermann Goering, every time I hear the word chipboard I reach for my revolver. :| And to think, they build houses with the stuff.... BJ (In case you're wondering, Goering's allergy was toward "culture".)
by bungeejumper
June 20th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Drink
Topic: Recommendations
Replies: 19
Views: 1071

Re: Recommendations

Interesting article on the Beeb website about the rise of 0% beers. With some telling statistics, such as the fact that UK sales of low/zero ABV beers rose by 28% in the year to February. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48676943 It also sheds some light on who can call a 0.5% beer alcohol-free a...
by bungeejumper
June 20th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: NI number requested by insurance broker
Replies: 13
Views: 491

Re: NI number requested by insurance broker

Yes, I had to give my NI number to Mrs H's insurer's approved repairer to get a courtesy car when we had a bump repaired. Going gently off-topic, but I wonder why that wasn't Mrs H's NI number? It does, however, raise a general question as to the relevance of the insuring person's NI number, in cas...
by bungeejumper
June 20th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Cars, Driving, Motorbikes or any Transport
Topic: NI number requested by insurance broker
Replies: 13
Views: 491

Re: NI number requested by insurance broker

You need your National Insurance number to obtain a code for a hire car. So now all I have to do is make the connection with the OP's situation. ;)

BJ
by bungeejumper
June 19th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Building and DIY
Topic: fibreglass balcony problem
Replies: 14
Views: 513

Re: fibreglass balcony problem

Boards? You mean that the fibreglass was laid over an exterior-quality wooden surface that was somehow failing? As suggested, that's where you'd presumably have to start. On the principle that you should always ask the stupid questions, is this a house or a flat, and how many storeys up are you? (Mi...
by bungeejumper
June 19th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Computers, TVs & Phones
Topic: Upgrading an old bloke from XP
Replies: 31
Views: 656

Re: Upgrading an old bloke from XP

I lack the tech skills to be a home builder, but last autumn I bought an ex-display model of a Dell 3268 with i5 processor and 8 gb and so forth for £199 all in. Small format, installed in 90 minutes or so, suitably future-proofed, and everything slotted in without any probs, including a 15 year old...

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