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Comment Transtector (Score 1) 341

We use suppressors from Transtector on the AC lines, and suppressors from PolyPhaser on RF lines at a number of radio tower sites my employer owns. No lightning damage in the time I've been here, just have had to replace a few PolyPhasers, which means they work.

Also you really, really, really need a good, low resistance earth ground. Bond EVERYTHING to it.

Comment Counterproductive IMO (Score 5, Insightful) 214

As background, I worked in an engineering department of a TV station for a while, and with the way things are going, engineering and IT are becoming far more intertwined and co-dependent on each other. Splitting them apart would, I think, be counterproductive - you'd end up with IT wanting to do their own thing and engineering being unable to make it work with their side of the house.

Having dedicated IT people and dedicated engineering people is a great idea, but they need a single leader to keep everyone pulling in the same direction (and some cross-training helps too).

Comment Split some atoms (Score 5, Interesting) 403

I still like nuclear.

The plant that's 4 miles from my house sits on less than 1 square mile and produces over 2300 MW, day or night.

The 12.5 square miles of flat desert land may be no problem out west, but finding several hundred acres of flat land here in the Appalachians just isn't happening. Besides, we'd have to cut down all the trees.

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing for money.