Archive for December, 2008

Microwave Oven Repairs

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

My microwave oven packed up last Friday. The turntable, fan, light and timer were all working, and leaving it unplugged for awhile had no effect, so it was something more serious than just a thermal cutout tripping. Connecting via a wattmeter showed only 300 watts or so of power being drawn, so the magnetron was not firing.

On opening it up, I discovered a fuse in the HT circuit which had blown. Fortunately, I managed to find a supplier of the required part online; then I found a local supplier in a proper actual real live shop. Having visited said real shop and obtained the part today, I fitted it. Now, fuses don’t usually blow for no reason; the magnetron could have been faulty, which would have seen off the fuse. But the only way to find out was to replace the fuse …..

Anyway, so far it seems to be working fine. There’s actually surprisingly little that can go wrong with a microwave oven. I’ll be posting an article about them here shortly.

A Great Day for Freedom!

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that South Yorkshire Police acted illegally in retaining the DNA of two people who were arrested but not charged.

Article Eight of the European Convention on Human Rights , which is written into UK law as the Human Rights Act 1998, clearly states:

Article 8 Right to respect for private and family life

  1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.
  2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

Seventeen senior judges decided unanimously that the retention of this information “could not be regarded as ‘necessary in a democratic society’”.

Smith is not taking this lying down, though. She said “The existing law will remain in place while we carefully consider the judgement.” Whisky Tango Foxtrot? Does this mean any defendant, duly pronounced guilty, may now remain at liberty and continue committing further instances of the offence with which they were charged while they “carefully consider the judgement” ?

Read more here [BBC] and here [The Register].