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Comment: Not much of a Geek, are you? (Score 1) 410

by Talkischeap (#27620649) Attached to: Swedish Pirate Party Gains 3000 Members In 7 Hours

You know, I LOVE Canada 'n all, and my Grandpa was from Prince Edward Island, but colored ribbons on the antenna?

Apparently you're no Geek.

I suggest a small cycling multicolored LED, glued to a battery and rare earth magnet attached to one's antenna, as a way to show solidarity.

One could even make an inductive charger for it, so it could be removed at night, and recharged.

Comment: Re:Poor Howard Hughes (Score 1) 165

by Talkischeap (#26994585) Attached to: Cold-War Era Naval Vessels Up For Grabs


Thanks for the wiki links AM, last time I looked on line there wasn't anything around, but it was some time ago.

I also thought Project Jennifer was a weak book.

It was a fascinating covert op to say the least.

My father came to that via the Skunk Works, via SSD, they've never declassified what he worked on in those places, this op could be small potatoes.

Comment: Re:Poor Howard Hughes (Score 5, Interesting) 165

by Talkischeap (#26979351) Attached to: Cold-War Era Naval Vessels Up For Grabs

"He really believed Nixon when he told him there was all that gold in the continental shelf."

I don't recall anything about gold, but the "official" cover story for the Glomar Explorer was deep ocean mining, and they even made at least one test run.

I still have a couple of deep sea photos showing the manganese nodules littering the ocean floor, and a small box of tennis ball sized manganese nodules recovered on that test run (they are soft like Ulexite/Borax, and turned my hands black when handled).

My late father was a principle designer on the H-MB "mining barge", and "Clementine", the huge claw made to pick up the Russian Golf class sub.

Every time our family drove past the H-MB on the 101 in Redwood City, he'd point it out to us, likely chuckling inside because if we only knew what it was really for ...

After it was declassified, he eventually received a framed commendation from then President Regan, and a bronze medal.

If you want some more history, try to read "A Matter of Risk", it was the first book published after the covert operation was declassified, my father said it was fairly close to actual events.

Wow, guess it's out of print: http://www.amazon.com/Matter-Risk-Incredible-Explorer-Submarine/dp/0394424328

Comment: Wash those Hands! (Score 1) 1032

by Talkischeap (#26839135) Attached to: How To Keep Rats From Eating My Cables?

"... and tend to eat whatever they smell other rats are eating".

So make sure to wash your hands after eating anything, and before handling anything you don't want to be chewed on.

I had a bunch of "stuff" in storage that kept getting chewed on by mice, and the damage was always small and random and it appeared that it was malicious behavior on the rodents part.

Not that I thought it was true, but I couldn't figure out why it wasn't actually eating anything, or at least taking it away for a nest.

It seemed totally random or so I thought at first, but observing the pattern of damage over the months (I won't use poisons), I figured out it was chewing everyplace my hands had held the object.

That's when I had the epiphany...

Almost every time I went to storage I had been eating food out of hand shortly before, and then not washing my hands afterward.

The big DOH! appeared and it was painfully obvious that the rodents were smelling good food, but after sampling some they realized it was a ruse, so to speak, and moved on to the next good smell to sample.

Wash your hands before handling anything you don't want a rodent to sample, and ruin.

Comment: Re: Rats and mice don't eat cables (Score 1) 1032

by Talkischeap (#26838965) Attached to: How To Keep Rats From Eating My Cables?

"Rats and mice don't eat cables"

I'm a retired electrical contractor, and if what you say is true, how does that explain the several times over the decades that I've seen 10 or 12 gauge romex wire chewed completely through by a rat (from the look of it's droppings).

All the "shavings" of insulation were in the wall space below where they fell haphazardly, and certainly not used for nesting material.

The really odd thing about these cases was that only the neutral conductor was chewed through, the ground and hot wire was left untouched.

Anyhow, I'll have to respectfully disagree with you on this one due to my first hand experience/evidence.

Comment: Re:Your Sig (Score 1) 835

by Talkischeap (#26581317) Attached to: How To Diagnose a Suddenly Slow Windows Computer?

Actually I know a guy who rode his Triumph speed triple into a deer on his way to work at about 65 mph up near Garberville and the deer won (but was quite dead).

The bike was totaled and he spent 5 weeks in the hospital and is lucky to be alive.

So yeah, the Triumph Rocket 3 looks like it would be better for deer hunting, and surviving, eh?

BTW.. if you look at back issues of one of the motorcyclist magazines from five or six years ago, the Albion Ridge V-Max guy's story is in it, the Max was originally a magazine project bike, it's totally worth the read.

Comment: Re:Your Sig (Score 0, Offtopic) 835

by Talkischeap (#26569401) Attached to: How To Diagnose a Suddenly Slow Windows Computer?

"Few people understand the impact of the common pigeon like your average motorcyclist."

Never hit bird, but rode through a herd of Bees once.

Well... it felt like a herd of 'em, they hurt, even through my leathers.

And that short Hail Storm I rode through up in the Santa Cruz Mtns, OUCH!.

There's a guy around here who rides a Yamaha V-Max, and he cut a deer in half one night that jumped out in front of him up Albion Ridge at about 60 MPH.

He survived fairly unscathed, fixed the bike, and I've seen him riding it since.

I'd say his deer trumps your pigeon for a Motorcyclists Sig, eh?

Keep the rubber side down bro.

Comment: Actually... Smell-O-Vision exists already (Score 2, Interesting) 148

by Talkischeap (#26526659) Attached to: A Waste Gasification Plant In a Truck

Actually, Smell-O-Vision exists already, and made its only appearance in the 1960 film Scent of Mystery. The process injected 30 different smells into a movie theater's seats when triggered by the film's soundtrack.

And director John Waters released a movie in 1981 called Polyester, with "Odorama", whereby viewers could smell what they saw on screen through scratch and sniff cards.

I saw/smelled it, and it was GROSS!

Be very glad that technology is still quite immature.

Comment: Re:Riiight (Score 1) 685

by Talkischeap (#26278095) Attached to: Why LEDs Don't Beat CFLs Even Though They Should

"I've been using CFLs for about 12 years now. I've had to replace them once in that time. Before that, I was replacing incandescents about every 3 months."

As an electrician I recommend that you check the true RMS voltage to your house, as higher than "normal" voltage will definitely shorten the life of incandescent bulbs.

I've serviced/installed hundreds of incandescent bulbs in my business and even the reeeeal cheap Polish bulbs lasted a year at worst, and a quality name brand bulb will last 5 to 7 years easy.

Comment: Re:Riiight (Score 1) 685

by Talkischeap (#26278047) Attached to: Why LEDs Don't Beat CFLs Even Though They Should

"...but I would suspect some issue with the local electrical grid if you've had such a high failure rate across multiple locations and brands..."

Not a chance, I'm an electrician and the first thing I do when I move into a "new" house is check the quality of the power.

When I moved in here three years ago I had annoying voltage fluctuations on one leg of my 220 volt service, and after checking everything on my side, called the power company.

The guy with the bucket truck found a loose/eroded connection at the pole and fixed it, no more problems.

I'd like to add that the older CFL's I purchased lasted longer than more recent ones.

Byte your tongue.