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Comment: Atomic clocks don't rely on nuclear decay..... (Score 1) 401

Nuclear decay being a chaotic process and all.

So-called "atomic clocks" utilize the RF absorption of various isotopes, typically Cesium or Rubidium. Heated to a vapor in a sealed chamber, the vapor is excited by a microwave RF source, and at a highly specific frequency, the vapor absorbs the RF energy. This phenomenon is used as part of a feedback loop to keep an electronic oscillator disciplined to whatever frequency is desired.

Atomic clocks won't work without electrical power, and would be subject to all the same physical rust and breakdown as other electronic devices over the years.

Comment: Same folks probably complain about the old RCA (Score 1) 628

by Ellis D. Tripp (#49605061) Attached to: My High School CS Homework Is the Centerfold

TV test pattern, because it has a stereotypical representation of a Native American on it....

The whole purpose of a standard image is to be able to make direct comparisons between your work and the work of others. For better or worse, the Lena image (cropped so as not to show the naughty bits) IS the standard test image in this field, much as the old Indian Head was in the days before color TV.

Comment: Re:Perfect time (Score 2) 293

by Ellis D. Tripp (#49502075) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

Cool! Several friends and I ran pirate FM intermittently for a bunch of years.

Anyone know where to get English subtitles for that film? Might be fun to compare to the handful of other pirate radio movies.

I was hoping to see more interest in local pirate TV when analog NTSC got shut down. The long reign of cable TV weaned enough people away from local antennas altogether, so viewer base probably limited in most areas.

Comment: Most of the topical Arnica products aren't really (Score 1) 447

homeopathic, in that they actually do contain actual measurable amounts of plant extracts.

Nobody with any sense disputes that some plants have beneficial medicinal applications. But you have to actually use the plants or their chemical constituents, not just take some water and milk sugar that is somehow "impregnated" with the vibrations of the plant by being shaken and mumbled over by some guru...

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