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  1. The networks can detect what kind of device is ultimately being used to view eg internet browsing quite easily. For example it is fairly trivial to put a redirect page on each page of website browsing, and in that ask the browser for its, among other things, screen size. Tons of other data can (and is) sensed like this. Whether network providers choose to count data as 'mobile' or 'tethering' is a somewhat separate thing, it seems, and some networks allow a bit of tethering without recording it as such - but rest assured, they do know how to tell whether it is or not.
  2. How close is that stove to the woodwork?
  3. CRT and continuous cruising

    CRT have made plenty of exceptions under the Equality Act 2010. I, and I am sure cuthound (and others) perfectly well accept that there will be exceptions. As such, there are a number of boat(er)s which may appear to be overstaying but are in compliance with the law. And I certainly accept its an imperfect process to have such an adjustment/exception agreed with CRT. However it still leaves a number of CCers who don't fall under the protection of the Equality Act 2010 and thus, have to comply with the law as written in the 1995 legislation. I don't see a need for a blanket exemption or a need to place a (further) obligation on CRT to provide cheap/free moorings. I suppose there is an argument to be made that the actual cost of providing eg an unserviced/no shoreline online mooring is quite cheap, and well below the actual market value for such a mooring. However a significant alteration to offer a large number of this type of mooring would inevitibly result in a market re-evaluation and a net loss for CRT, given they are a significant supplier of existing moorings. How would/should that shortfall be made up? For now let us assume that "efficiency gains" are a separate issue with/without these extra moorings so the shortfall would need to come from something other than this.
  4. Shore line not working

    To be fair, this thread is already a random collection of posts and we don't even have any assurance that the OP can check if the mains power is on or not, based on the posts he's made "nothing seems to happen" - if the shoreline is connected but no mains devices are plugged in and switched on, nothing will happen!! So, let's start with the very basics: you need a surefire way of checking if the mains is on or not. I'd suggest a lamp of some kind, plugged into a socket. Secondly, leaving the inverter on is going to confuse troubleshooting, it needs to be turned off to ensure that when we're testing for mains power from the shoreline, we can 100% say "mains power is coming from the shoreline" or not. The chances that its output is inadvertently wired to the shoreline is unlikely, but not impossible (and would quickly destroy the inverter - so the wiring should never allow this). Thirdly, without the "correct polarity" light being lit, we cannot say for sure whether the incorrect polarity is being supplied, or if there's a wiring/bulb issue with the switch and panel (or both). The fact that there is a generator but its not integrated into the mains input switching is a side issue, but one which points towards an incomplete or erroneous installation (after all, you'd want the boat's sockets and battery charger powered while the genny is on, not need to unplug stuff and plug it into a different bunch of sockets etc). And the solar switch is a red herring too - that's the 12V side, which is a completely different kettle of fish!
  5. Shore line not working

    Doesn't make sense to keep the inverter on if its not being used - ie if no mains devices are being used, or an alternate source of mains power eg shoreline or generator, are being used instead. Inverters have a quiescent current which will still be drawn from the batteries. And with the switching logic so far presented, we've seen no discrimination on whether the battery charger run, or doesn't run, while on inverter/shoreline/genny for the mains source. I suspect it would need to be manually switched on and off as relevant.
  6. locks; can you do it on your own

    I used to do locks singlehanded in a variety of conditions, with a dog. I would usually ensure the dog is tied to the boat, for safety, in a way which the dog couldn't undo mischievously (which would be more difficult to achieve with a child), but of course one danger is that if the boat were to sink in the lock, it would take the dog with it (I never found a way round this and just trusted that the dog would struggle/wriggle enough to make it out of the harness, in a life or death situation). Sometimes the dog would come off the boat with me, in an unfamiliar place and with the nose of a hound, realistically she had to stay on the lead at all times. Doing the lock definitely slowed if the dog was off the boat with me, and if I had to cross the lockgates on their walkways rather than a provided bridge, it was a mini-nightmare. Fortunately, because they were predominantly single locks, sometimes I could avoid crossing and just work one side of the lock. But if two gates needed opening, ie going down in most single locks, it was unavoidable. Going up wasn't such an issue because the lock would be full and crossing could be done on and off the boat. With a widebeam and wide locks, you'll always be needing to cross over on manned locks (lockkeeper operated locks ie big ones on a river will be easier, due to staying on the boat). Hopefully your 7 year old would display self preservation and common sense but I'd not want to rely on it too many times.
  7. Shore line not working

    OK its probably, nay definitely, worth checking that N-E bonding is present and correct in both switch positions. This is too complicated to type into this post but there are other threads on the topic. This is a very important safety issue. Maybe someone else can succinctly explain it here.
  8. locks; can you do it on your own

    A lifejacket won't stop you banging your head on the fall off the boat, or being crushed between the boat and the lock wall or other obstruction - although it will make retrieving the body easier.
  9. Shore line not working

    Do the red "system on" AND amber "correct polarity" lights come on when connected to the inverter and generator? And I'd assume the switch is a selector switch for the mains source, and that the other positions (2 and 3) are inverter and generator, and that 0 is definitely the off position (ie no red light even with generator running, inverter on and shoreline connected, and mains items on the boat don't work because the power's off etc)
  10. Logistics of a journey

    I was musing if it were more like, a project to come up with (for example) least cost route planning, given a particular defined network and costs of transport. In this respect, canalplan, however it does it, does it very well.
  11. CRT and continuous cruising

    CRT is a navigation authority and typically only prosecute under a handful of relevant pieces of waterways legislation. It is part of their role as a navigation authority. In theory they could prosecute under different/additional laws, for example bring a prosecution of criminal damage, if someone criminally damaged their property, but other organisations (such as the CPS) have a responsibility to prosecute other legislation.
  12. Logistics of a journey

    Its a bit of a funny question - what do you mean directly? I guess, if it were public transport (train or coach), one could define direct or indirect as meaning you could step onto one train at London, then step off that same train in Nottingham, as qualifying for direct. If its in your own car, then of course it would be the same car used for the entire journey (ie direct?) but the route would not be "as the crow flies" (so, indirect?) I don't think there's any form of transport which could genuinely follow the line the crow took, so they'd all be, necessarily indirect. Is it a black or white thing though - surely if its not direct, then it cannot be anything other than indirect??? Anyway, your research project sounds fascinating but it seems to be done already, by the guys behind canalplan.org.uk . If its for a course of study, I wonder whether its worth "reinventing the wheel" and if so, I'd imagine the stuff you need to know is more technical than "is this journey possible?" Or maybe its just a bit of it?
  13. CRT and continuous cruising

    There is clearly an implied expectation that home moorers would, during a journey away from their mooring, moor for short periods of time. Let's call them, for the sake of argument, "transit moorings" - ie an interruption to the journey they are on. This might be for an hour for lunch; or an overnight stop (perfectly reasonable), or a couple of nights (getting wooly now....)......in fact CRT in their T&Cs imply 14 days, which is exceedingly generous. Bridgewater canal company allow 24 hours, as a comparison, except for signed moorings where it is longer.
  14. Time limited moorings over the winter months

    Well yes, the argument could go on for ever if one selected particular things to argue over! BUT I think we can all agree, that at the moment: 1) CRT have a position that the £25 overstay charge is legal 2) The position is not widely accepted in the boating community 3) The issue remains unresolved since there is no overriding proof one way or another, for example a concluded court case. Regarding a possible court case, it would be interesting if none have occurred simply because CRT believe that none is needed due to their current stance being an effective (enough) deterrent; or whether they have actively avoided taking it to court even when a clear case existed to do so (I know there's instances where they have not collected the £25, but not the background reason as to why they didn't, eg because the boater moved on anyway (possibly interpreted as a success?), or converted from CC to home mooring, or were prosecuted for another misdemeanor etc etc)