Funnily enough, I'm pro-fuse. I'm not bothered about getting a shock, but I don't want something catching fire. It's amazing how many things aren't protected properly. For example did you know a twin UK socket is not rated to 26 amps? Most (apart from MK) are rated to 20 amps. So if you max out both of them, things melt! I don't remember seeing a warning on the front not to use both fully at the same time.
> I've got one of those circuit breakers. It trips now and again when my
> wife is doing the ironing.
The earth leakage type or the overload type? The earth leakage ones hate microwave ovens, which leak current to earth on purpose. I disconnected the earth to mine when I saw a parrot trying to chew the flex. I removed the earth so the current couldn't go from the wire in her beak through her heart to the earthed microwave chassis under her feet . But now when I run the microwave I get a tingle if I touch it. So clearly something is meant to go to earth. At work, a microwave kept tripping an earth leakage breaker, but they'd economised and only put in one for the whole corridor of 100 offices. That caused an argument or two.
 Earthing things was a very very dangerous idea. Consider you touch a live wire for some reason - damaged flex, whatever. Normally you'd get a slight tingle or not even feel it. But now imagine your knee is touching an earthed washing machine. 240V on your hand, 0V on your knee, with the rather vital heart halfway between. Death. From a safety device.
>> Hey, you're here at 8 in the morning! I got up at 11:30pm, so I'm not
>> sure what time this is for me. I'll be going to bed late afternoon.
> I was watch-keeping for a large part of my working life. It's no big
> shakes WHEN one sleeps, but sleep IS necessary!
I've removed myself from the 24 hour religion of life. I get up when ready, and go to sleep when tired, whenever that may be.
>>> I'd forgotten about the Folding Home project. :-(
>> This is getting out of hand. I've joined the Scottish Boinc Team and am
>> running "sprints" and "marathons" to help them win. They usually get in
>> 1/2/3rd place in most competitions. This is not good enough, they must
>> get gold in everything.
> THAT was the one you showed me before.
I only joined the Scottish Boinc Team last week. The only thing I told you about a long time ago was Rosetta, which doesn't have much work available just now, only for Windows on modern processors (they need AVX instructions - 5 of my 7 don't have that, and 1 slows down if I use it, as it runs on Oracle Virtualpox, sorry, box).
>>> I've now installed it on my main computer and will put it on my other
>>> one shortly. I've also publicised the programme on my Facebook timeline
>>> and the group which I run.
>> Excellent, thank you. People aren't flocking to it so much now covid
>> research has declined. People don't seem to care about cancer, which
>> kills far more.
>> Pay close attention to when you complete the tasks and the "timeout" -
>> it has a habit of giving slower computers stuff it can't do in time. If
>> it passes the timeout it's not the end of the world, but if it gets to
>> the expiration date the task has been a waste of time.
> Thanks for the warning. I didn't like the way it started to trigger my
> cooling fans so have 'turned it down' now.
I doubt you'll complete much in time if it's not maxed out. Fans are meant to spin. Most of my fans run at 75% speed.
>>>>>>> Really OT: I can recall when we were driving around the UK on
>>>>>>> in the '50s and the RAC/AA (can't remember as I was <10) man on their
>>>>>>> bike/sidecar combo used to salute after seeing the badge on the front
>>>>>>> of our hire car. I really don't think I'd swap that for no internet,
>>>>>>> no decent roads, no mobile phones, etc though. :-)
>>>>>> Are you sure that was a salute? The AA started as a warning for speed
>>>>>> cameras. If you had the badge and there was a cop ahead, the AA would
>>>>>> warn you.
>>>>> There's substantiating evidence too!
>>>> 1865: 4mph limit
>>>> 1897: 14mph
>>>> 1903: 20mph
>>>> 1966: 70mph
>>>> Isn't it about time they increased it again?
>>> I once would have agreed with you.
>> Why do you no longer agree?
> Far too much traffic on the roads I've travelled in recent times.
The congestion is *because* we're driving slowly!
I was once chased to my house by a neighbour who objected to me overtaking his wife. She was going 20 in a 30 zone because of roadworks signs. For another road. He claimed it was because of the detour and more people using our road that our road had a limit. What a crazy idea - if you have more things to do, you have to do them faster!
>>> Competent drivers ignore the limit anyway.
>> Indeed. It's the slow ones you need to look out for. They drive slow
>> because they find driving difficult.
> Many of them are OLD too! ;-)
Plenty middle aged people driving far too slowly too.
>> Would you be alarmed if while giving you a lift I performed a J-turn?
> I would if you were going forwards!
I would be afterwards, that's what a J-turn tends to do.
>> It's the most efficient method to get travelling in the opposite
>> direction. The first time I did this I was a teenager and was giving my
>> friend a lift to see his girlfriend. I don't know if it was on that
>> occasion, but he got her pregnant then left the country!
> Did you look after her and the baby yourself?
I had nothing to do with it. His dad arranged for him to disappear for a bit to a relative elsewhere.
>>>> Seems a newspaper boy was prosecuted for claiming he couldn't go over
>>>> 16mph on his bicycle!
>>> Haha! :-D
>> I've done 39mph on my mountain bike, but this was using God's force,
OY! I saw that! You capitalised god! You edited MY sentence!
> I know I've been travelling as fast as cars when going downhill on a bike!
> There were no GPS measuring devices in my cycling days!
Mine was digital but counted the number of times a magnet passed the sensor on the edge of the wheel.
>> If something had been in the way, I would not have been able
>> to stop. The brakes were rubbish on that bike and still are. I've had
>> it for 26 years. Giant Box Two dual suspension aluminium frame.
> That warrants a photograph!
It is under many things in the shed.