Re: All your documents are belong to us
"makes me think it's a ruse to get you to cough up money,"
1063 posts • joined 16 Jun 2011
I do recall seeing a scrap PC motherboard at our local enthusiasts shop, many years ago. There was a huge scorch mark cross the bottom, radiating in a manner reminiscent ot Tyco crater on the moon, away from the spot where had lain the discarded screw, down onto which said motherboard had been tightened. And then switched on....
Oddly I have been a little cautious over dropped screws since seeing that.
Ho ho ho. Me too.
Many years sinceupon I began work replacing the central heating system in our old house. First to go was the elderly Baxi room heater fire (yech) with back boiler and its attendant central heating pump. Power was fed from a dedicated switched fused wall plate in the kitchen, which was on the other side of the wall.
I very carefully dropped out the fusebox breaker and returned to the kitchen, armed with a nice pair of wirecutters and applied them to the feed cable (you can see where this is going).
Cue dirty great flash and the sudden need for a change of underwear. Apparently the central heating wasnt on THAT fusebox position. I do still have those cutters somewhere, some 45 years or so later. I have had new underwear sine then, though.
Workplace chum of mine had a previous existence working with some shopfitters. On one job hie had been tasked to drill a hole into the bottom of the display window, carefully avoiding the 440V 3 phase cable underneath which was very clearly shown on the authoritative site drawings.
Unfortunately the site drawings didn't actually
Apparently he was still smoking as he was stretchered to the ambulance.
I did hear one of our service guys, long ago, bemoaning having to replace several multichannel I/O modules. Apparently the site working grunts had taken it on themselves to do a full on job and Megger out all the I/O wiring they'd put in.
After the midule hardware had been installed.
Killed a lot of kit very dead.
A chum of mine, now sadly no longer in this existence, once had the honesty to admit that he had the lights go out and numerous things stop, due to a power cut. His initial concern was to actually get across his kitchen to the door. "Aha" thought he. "I'll just open the fridge and use the light from that."
a) the futility of that strategy and
b) there was noone else around he could blame
One place I worked at hadd an office aroet thatused to build up quite a nice static charge on one's body. It was a favourite trick to pass the desk of someone on the phone at a respectable shuffle and discharge ones statis via a finger onto the top of the victims head.
Made one hell of a crack in the phone earpiece.
I worked for a while with a company making mainly signal conditioning equipment - temperature transmitters, trip amplifiers, small scale signal multiplexers etc. They also sold a few thermocouple and resistance thermometer temperature sensing elements.
We had a customer return a resistance thermometer to us as "inaccurate and fluctuating".
Unlikely, we thought. A resistance thermometer is a coil or foil wire sensor that is 100 ohms # 0°C. 138.5 ohms @ 100°C 119.4 ohms @50°C. it inside a mineral support, inside a stainless steel tube which is closed at one end and has four leads coming out of t'other, sealed in with a dob of epoxy snot. The sensor slides into a fabricated pocket that as a big terminal chamber at the top, where the wires across the pant connect. Very simply, nothing to go wrong.
The office guys were scratching their heads. I had a decent amount of experience in the real world and asked what these sensors were monitoring. Turns out it was a cool, humid and generally damp application somewhere on board ship.
The leads coming out were insulated with glass fibre based sleeves (the alternative being PVC or PTFE). That was enough for me to suggest checking for any conductivity between sensing element and probe body. Loads of it.
The damp simply had gotten into the terminal enclosure of the thermowell and wicked down the insulation, obliterating the accuracy of the sensor.
Really simple for someone who's worked in the real world.
"science is now conducted in English"
Cultural bloody appropriation if there ever was any. Henceforth all discussion has to be about Arse, Bollock and C*nt and has to be conducted in Esperanto.
Any number figures? They can't be in Arabic numerals of course, nor Roman numerals, come to that, as either would be cultural appropriation. I wouldn't be surprised if we just have to express numbers in columns of dots.
And we'll have to do something about all those Greek characters people have nicked for other things, from alpha to omega
And those Elgin marbles......
"the phone app fails with an unhelpful message, the phone app fails because there's no Internet connectivity"
I fail to understand the fucketty fuck why any outfit running charge points uses anything else than a simple contactless debit/credit card for the primary means of payment.
How many petrol pumps expect normal public users to have an app? How many restrict use to subscribers? How many need a special RFID card?
Sure, have preferential rates for subscribers but surely Every. Single. Charger should be primarily contactless payment or free vend. End of.
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