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by drossall
13 Jun 2021, 9:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How often should one change one's D lock?
Replies: 21
Views: 635

Re: How often should one change one's D lock?

Colin63 wrote: 10 Jun 2021, 4:43pm I had an early Citadel D lock which I bought in about 1981 and it was in use for more than three decades.
I'm still using the one that my then girlfriend, now wife, bought me around then as a birthday present. I don't maintain that it's the highest security, but I generally maintain a runaround and lock it only briefly these days.

All the original keys broke from use (they are brass), but a cutter managed to make a new set for me.
by drossall
10 Jun 2021, 5:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Headset Press Disaster
Replies: 36
Views: 1449

Re: Headset Press Disaster

I've broken a couple of Record vices trying to get bike bits out. Unlikely in this case though.
by drossall
9 Jun 2021, 7:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fit crown race to one inch threaded headset
Replies: 6
Views: 212

Re: Fit crown race to one inch threaded headset

I take it you don't have a crown-race fitting tool? Mine has a sleeve and does both sizes.
by drossall
7 Jun 2021, 11:18pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Cookie opt out
Replies: 73
Views: 1128

Re: Cookie opt out

admin wrote: 7 Jun 2021, 11:03pm
mjr wrote: Having a consent request which doesn't display on non-JavaScript browsers is not complying with the law, is it? Of course, there are thousands of websites ahead of you in the firing line for that mistake. The ICO should never be short of work as long as this law exists!
I really don't know. I don't think the ICO know either. It's a horrible, annoying, unenforceable, pointless mess. Meanwhile, advertisers like Google are working on clever ways to track you via other means (such as browser "fingerprints").
Well the ICO uses the Cookie Consent tool that I mentioned earlier. That's Javascript. It works using Javascript to delete the cookies that you don't want (so, strictly, they still get set, but they have lives slightly longer than those of some fundamental particles before Cookie Consent deletes them again). Thus the ICO's banner, and some of its cookies, and its way of complying, all depend on Javascript. So I don't think they'll be coming after CUK any time soon.
by drossall
7 Jun 2021, 11:10pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Cookie opt out
Replies: 73
Views: 1128

Re: Cookie opt out

mjr wrote: 7 Jun 2021, 10:54pmThe GDPR cookie opt-in law is not good law because it has not achieved the desired effect of reducing data-sharing and naughty programmers have subverted it by complying in annoying ways with pop-ups, hard-to-find "decline" buttons and dancing bears.
Fundamentally, all cookies do is allow sites to remember data between page requests. This is useful if, for example, you want them to remember that you are signed in, what's in your basket, or what search you were doing and you now want to see page 2 for. The problem is that remembering you can also be used for less obvious purposes, such as tracking your behaviour. I've never completely understood how we came to be restricting cookies, as opposed to restricting tracking.
Unless something changed, PHPBB doesn't have to use cookies for sessions. It can use a PHPSESSID in the URL instead: plus side is you don't have to accept any cookies, but the drawback is you cannot share links to the forum as easily.
Or, to put it another way, there are other ways of remembering you between page requests. These could in principle be used to achieve many of the same things as cookies, good or bad. The down-side is that they are often less secure than cookies; for example, when you share a link in the way that mjr describes, you risk embedding your unique session ID, which is supposed to be different from everyone else's.
Having a consent request which doesn't display on non-JavaScript browsers is not complying with the law, is it? Of course, there are thousands of websites ahead of you in the firing line for that mistake. The ICO should never be short of work as long as this law exists!
The disadvantage of not doing it in Javascript is that it's likely be embedded in the page and/or even more intrusive and annoying. And you can only do that if you have a site system that can vary pages (to include the warning or not). And many cookies are set in Javascript anyway; therefore, if the warning doesn't appear, neither will many of the cookies!
by drossall
7 Jun 2021, 9:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Closed Roads
Replies: 36
Views: 998

Re: Closed Roads

Mike Sales wrote: 7 Jun 2021, 8:53pmBangor bypass.
It is now just part of the A5/A55 but I guess you know the piecemeal strategy of new road building.
When built it was called a bypass.
My mother-in-law now lives in Llandudno, so we go that kind of way quite often and I know the A55. I also remember travelling from Cheshire to Llandudno as a teenager, long before that road existed.
by drossall
7 Jun 2021, 8:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Closed Roads
Replies: 36
Views: 998

Re: Closed Roads

Which bypass? Only curious.
by drossall
7 Jun 2021, 8:42pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Cookie opt out
Replies: 73
Views: 1128

Re: Cookie opt out

The full ICO information is here. Under exemptions, it explains that necessary cookies do not need consent. I'm betting that the phpBB cookies are necessary, and that without them we won't be able to take part in this debate :D

And as for difficult, the ICO was non-compliant with its own guidance for quite some time. I'm betting they had to do a major rebuild on their Web systems first. One of the obstacles is platforms that do not give the host organisation options to distinguish between necessary and optional cookies or, more seriously, use the same cookies for purposes that do and do not require consent - so any options that stop those cookies also break the system.

Not saying that applies here, just trying to show the other side of things.
by drossall
7 Jun 2021, 8:17pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Cookie opt out
Replies: 73
Views: 1128

Re: Cookie opt out

I've had a quick look and I could see only five cookies - three phpBB ones, without which I'm betting log-ons and so on won't work, so no good declining those, even if we could. And two Google Analytics. The problem with building Web sites using a platform, such as phpBB, is that you're constrained by whether it will let you turn those off. Or else you use a third-party tool such as Civic Cookie Control, that works by deleting all the cookies the user doesn't want, the moment they are created. And even that doesn't work for everything.

Of course, not using a platform is impracticable in most cases! Complying can be really, really difficult.
by drossall
7 Jun 2021, 7:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Closed Roads
Replies: 36
Views: 998

Re: Closed Roads

Mike Sales wrote: 4 Jun 2021, 7:35pmWas there not a similar situation on Mam Tor?
When I started cycling in the late 70s, we used to ride up there from Cheshire, and the road was falling off the hill then. They were shoring it up with railway sleepers and things. Didn't work. On one occasion, we rode down and a mate nearly took his chainset off on a step where the road had dropped.

Roll on 30 years and my kids were doing geography field trips up there, to see the remnants of the same road that I remembered riding on.
by drossall
7 Jun 2021, 7:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike suggestions?
Replies: 3
Views: 147

Re: Bike suggestions?

There are just so many bikes around. People are going to need more information about what type of riding you do, and want to do, before being able to give any kind of sensible answer.
by drossall
7 Jun 2021, 7:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Strange rear derailleur impossible to find
Replies: 6
Views: 419

Re: Strange rear derailleur impossible to find

There are kits to adapt Dahons and Terns to normal derailleurs. I may have something lying around if you can't source the proper replacement. My Dahon broke before I could try it.
by drossall
7 Jun 2021, 7:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Headset Press Disaster
Replies: 36
Views: 1449

Re: Headset Press Disaster

Photos needed I think?
by drossall
6 Jun 2021, 8:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Scout Group Bicycle Transport Ideas
Replies: 15
Views: 462

Re: Scout Group Bicycle Transport Ideas

It was Scouting (Ventures, not Explorers, in those days) that got me into cycling. We were supposed to be doing our DofE awards, but that's another story. My memories are of riding across Cheshire to near Lake Vyrnwy, where one of our families had a holiday home, my first unofficial time trial round the lake, and trying to climb the Bwlch y Groes. That area remains special to me, over 40 years later.

Arguably, cycling then got me back into Scouting three or four years later, when I arrived at a new church fresh from university, and they got me to go along to do the cyclist's badge...
by drossall
3 Jun 2021, 5:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lightweight chains
Replies: 19
Views: 613

Re: Lightweight chains

There's a rule of thumb that says that all bikes weigh the same when you count the locks. Either you buy a cheap, heavy bike that's OK with a light lock, or you buy a quality, lightweight bike and have to lug around a ton of lock.

Sorry.