You were doing SO well... until the giveaway at the last.
You could have milked this for WEEKS.
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Taking a physics course during the Summer holiday I was making some money washing the chem-lab glass containers etc. and asked the Acting Dean of Students if it was safe to dispose of the the leftovers down the drain. He said yes, it was safe.
It wasn't':phosphorus trichloride decomposes on contact with water into phosphorus, and HCL.
They could much more easily and reliably be able to control the windshield wipers with a low-power laser shooting edge-on from the bottom of the glass to the top, or one side to the other; refraction from raindrops on the glass could be detected as modulation of the laser beam and turn the wipers on.
I suspect the major difference between these rivals is due to what camera manufacturers would call "Art" settings; emphasizing contrast and color to please those who want a little more snap in their picture.
Getting enough stabilization to do a 50 times zoom is amazing – but my mirrorless camera,with both in- body and on-lens stabilization (depending on the lens) lets me shoot pictures down to 1/5th or even 1/4th of a second exposure indoors, with a 100 mm lens. The races are on, and the Percheron's still deliver more beer per night.
re "big iron"...
When I retired from the Amy I walked into a job in electromagnetic compatibility at Wang Labs, in Massachusetts. It took three of us to wheel one of the TEMPEST machines up the ramp into the test chamber; HDD the size of a Fiat, outside, with cables that were like wrestling world-record Boa Constrictors.
And in the United States, copyright extends to original works posted online by even private citizens – no registration required.
Here's one original from me for now; it seems you would under the terms of the ruling violate *my* copyright by reading it.
There once was a board all atoasting, much alarmed at the prospect of posting -- with three words in a row that appeared in a show -- would justify banning and roasting.
Cortland E. Richmond 13 September 2018
Between 1997 in 2002, I had an interesting position in Northern California with a firm based in Texas (since absorbed by others) . Telecom Valley has long since dried up and blown away, but I have a lot of memories of that time.
I was the de facto EMC expert in the R&D department there, and beside monitoring designs in progress, was often called on to fix problems that developed in the field. One such problem came up shortly before the inevitable layoffs began and one got me; equipment in Texas was shutting down mysteriously, not a cloud in the sky, nor high tension power lines collapsing on the telephone outside plant, no, not that.
Protective devices on telephone lines were just quietly dying of overload, burning out and and taking down-line equipment "off the net", as we would say now.
They had at the time other EMC engineers than myself, the headquarters being in Texas, so I am confident (ha!) somebody eventually fixed that – but here's my theory.
Clouds passing over the millions of miles of lines across the state carried quite sizable charges, despite never discharging via lightning until things REALLY got "charged up". And as they passed over portions of the network, the charge they carried induced a flow of current between different parts of the land-line system. Equipment protectors being designed to handle short if exceedingly high currents, were burning out because these slowly rising and slowly falling peaks of current exceeded their ability to dissipate it as heat.
It's a good theory, anyway. It's never nice to fool Mother Nature.
It's odd that the word "dreamer" should crop up in connection with the phrase "national sovereignty", considering that the national sovereignty of the United States is apparently threatened by the presence of so many "Dreamers" brought into the country without documentation, young people OUR national sovereignty apparently requires us to deport to nations speaking a language foreign to them.
Or that national sovereignty reaches into nations far away. Oh well; back to the days when government listened to every telephone call and read every telegram, eh? For the sake of privacy.
Humans are STRANGE.
Not so much discussed is that multiple 35's whose radar and computational power is networked may be practically as good as having an AWACS circling around some hundred kilometers from the scene.
It's all new, that. I wonder if it will work as well is expected the first time it has to.
Some years ago, there was an article – I don't recall where – about recovering data off screens by looking at the illumination of window blinds or curtains from a distance.
This may be easier with low resolution screens, as detection of individual pixels will be easier at the slower pixel rate.
I was one of those laid off – and our employer eventually folded – when one of the Baby Bells, not wanting to cut the people actually installing the technology in on the profits, decided to renege on a $4 billion (over 10 years) contract to install the then-new ADSL systems in its district.
That's water over the dam. Or used beer.
The last I saw of them, a local medium wave broadcaster had changed from easy listening music, which (even if it got into everybody's telephone lines was at least easy to listen to, to full-time Korean-language evangelist preaching.
>>Having the FCC do it makes about as much sense as having the Department of Energy do it because phone lines use energy.<<
Actually, that dates back to the days of the Bell company monopoly on telephone service. They got the monopoly and the FCC got to require a really good quality of service.
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