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Comment Re:Radioactive packaging (Score 1) 277

Very interesting. We had a problem in telephone exchanges about 25 years ago. All data was held in memory - no disk drives (except for billing records I recall). Some little old granny would mysteriously acquire a premium service. It only affected the lines that were hardly ever used. It was tracked down to "alpha particle corruption", which gradually eroded the charge, which effectively flipped the bit to a 1 and gave the subscriber a random service.

Don't know any more than that, but the old hand that described it to me, did so with unusual glee...

Comment Re:Marketing tip for next time (Score 1) 602

Easy! Just infiltrate the crowd with thousands of trained trumpeters who play them 2.128ms after the person standing next to them!

Pity, that only cuts out one harmonic. However, I've occasionally had problems playing trombone next to a bass guitar. The amplified tone somehow cancels out my note and all I get is a muffled rasp.

Maybe we could have speakers concealed under the seats carefully tuned to play the exact opposite of whatever they pick up around them?

I know - how about installing colonies of African wasps trained to attack anything that sounds like them?

Comment Re:Very important first step (Score 1) 301

Don't solder on your mother's kitchen table. Or indeed anything valuable.

You need somewhere to get rid of excess solder. A damp sponge works well if you touch it briefly. Soldering iron stands usually have one in a tray on the base. If I'm in a hurry, I just use an old bit of paper, and tap the solder off. The metal isn't hot enough to burn the paper. Not so far, anyway...

Comment Re:Be prepared to be shocked (Score 1) 301

2: Relays. ... This wouldn't have been quite the problem, if I weren't using the relay to drive the relay ... which creates an oscillator. This means that I shocked myself quite a few times before I could get the breadboard off of my hand.

Made them deliberately in school. Great fun. I got ten people to hold hands and gave them all a shock just as the teacher walked up the stairs.

Comment Re:Um why (Score 1) 221

Not sure how that's informative. Might be so in the US, but over here our little government just doesn't have the resources to intervene. The police are more concerned about speeding tickets and methamphetamine labs, the people are more concerned about the price of petrol and some church leader with a shiny car (search for "Brian Tamaki" and "Destiny Church"), and the government is more concerned about how to rebuild half of Auckland after the silly 'modern' building fads of the 90s.

It's voluntary. And it hasn't even reached the technology page on the NZ Herald yet. Who cares?

Comment Watchdog (Score 1) 221

Watchdog has positioned themselves as filtering specialists. They always have. That's why they call themselves "Watchdog". Parental control is their biggest selling point.

Funny though, their logo is a duck. Never worked that one out.

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