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Comment Re:Very cool (Score 4, Interesting) 314

When I was working on the arrestor portion in 2001, we had a system controlling two linear induction motors attached to the arrestor cable. Turns out that yes, you can use this type of system to stop planes, it is effective in many situations where planes come in at odd angles (the system pulls the plane towards the center of the deck), and you can recover power from it.

However, if you wire the position encoders backwards, the motor cores eject quite violently as soon as the control system is turned on. Thankfully, interns are surprisingly good at dodging.

Comment Depends on why you're doing it (Score 1) 837

If you're doing it to get department unity, or to get better visibility for your people so you can get the recognition for a good job, it's not a terrible idea. The trick is that you don't want the IT guys to dislike it, or so that users don't start pulling guys away from higher priority tasks due to the new visibility.

I know, I prefer wearing the uniform when I go out on calls (saves me from having to think about my outfit), but our shirts are actually comfortable and appropriate for the weather and clients we're servicing. That and as a small company, we really need to have a professional, unified image.

Having an internal team wear them just to be easier to stick out, or for reasons that don't help your team directly, will brew internal tension.

Comment I sent him a message (Score 1) 471

I (anonymously) sent him this:

Representative Couch:

I believe that your proposed bill which would require your identity revealed on the Internet for select communications is completely unenforceable. I also have great concerns as to the ramifications of free speach should it become law. I urge you to reconsider your stance on such a bill.

Thank you for your time.

-- Anonymous.

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