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Open Forum / Re: And about that eclipse Bruce
« Last post by Rhino on Today at 02:16:17 pm »
Flew up to Perryville MO. Awesome sight! 99% is not close enough. The last 30 seconds to 100% was amazing.






My buddy and his Mooney M20J that furnished the transportation

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Open Forum / Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Last post by mikeyw64 on Today at 02:00:55 pm »
Over here DSL based technologies are still going strong largely due to the underlying infrastructures.

FTTC (Fibre to tThe Cabinet) is a VDSL implementation where only the last couple of hundred metres are copper, speeds are currently 80mbps downstream and 20mbps upstream although they are working on higher speeds

 
;D...Well, I didn't really expect the count..that would be automatic for 50 cycles at 25 on and offs, but I did want to know if they flickered like the ones we get do.
It doesn't seem like it would be that expensive to put a few diodes and a capaciter in there to make a rectifier so they didn't noticeably flicker, but I guess the competition to save a few dimes per string of lights is just too much.

I think DSL is dying out over here, and for that I'm glad. It was faster than dial up but not as reliable. Frequent outages for me on rainy days. Cable or fiber optics seem the way to go now.
I guess satellite is still viable if you are remotely off the grid, but I've never tried it.
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Open Forum / Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Last post by fartymarty on Today at 01:40:04 pm »
I haven't actually counted but...
;D...Well, I didn't really expect the count..that would be automatic for 50 cycles at 25 on and offs, but I did want to know if they flickered like the ones we get do.
It doesn't seem like it would be that expensive to put a few diodes and a capaciter in there to make a rectifier so they didn't noticeably flicker, but I guess the competition to save a few dimes per string of lights is just too much.

.... what I can tell you is that via a process known as REIN (Random Electrical Injected Noise) they mess up peoples DSL connections every year and that fault rates into ISPs always go up at the festive period because of this.


When the (UK) DSL standards were written there was a requirement that they couldn't cause interference to anything else(HAM radio operators were moaning at the time) however there was no requirement to shield them from outside interference.

Wonky microwaves, dodgy electric motors on fridges & freezers & electric fences are other well know sources of REIN


I think DSL is dying out over here, and for that I'm glad. It was faster than dial up but not as reliable. Frequent outages for me on rainy days. Cable or fiber optics seem the way to go now.
I guess satellite is still viable if you are remotely off the grid, but I've never tried it.
 

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Open Forum / Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Last post by VirginiaJim on Today at 12:42:24 pm »
I'm thinking you're right..
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Open Forum / Re: Stupid criminals
« Last post by VirginiaJim on Today at 12:41:48 pm »
A very long night stick.
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Open Forum / Re: Stupid criminals
« Last post by gPink on Today at 11:59:07 am »
Would have been a good time to slap him in the mouth with a nightstick.
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Open Forum / Re: Stupid criminals
« Last post by Conrad on Today at 10:38:25 am »
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/21/texas-man-tries-to-plant-bomb-on-confederate-statue-officials-say.html

Texas man tries to plant bomb on Confederate statue, officials say


A Texas man was arrested Monday after he allegedly tried to destroy a Confederate statue in a park during the weekend by planting explosives, federal officials said.

Andrew Schneck, 25, was charged with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance. A Houston park ranger spotted Schneck Saturday night in Hermann Park in Houston kneeling near the statue of Richard Dowling, a lieutenant in the Confederate army.

The ranger confronted Schneck, who had two boxes that contained duct tape and wires and a bottle of liquid containing a "highly explosive compound," authorities said.

"ln its undiluted form, [nitroglycerin] is one of the world's most powerful explosives," federal authorities said.

Schneck allegedly tried to drink the liquid before ultimately spitting it out, according to The Houston Chronicle.

Schneck previously received five years of probation after pleading guilty in 2014 to improperly storing explosive materials.



That's good thinking on Mr. Schneck's part. Get rid of the evidence by drinking it.    ::)

Talk about indigestion...
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Open Forum / Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Last post by fartymarty on Today at 10:27:30 am »
A bit early for that question don't you think?

Have you been to Home Depot or Lowes lately? The ones in my area have the trees up and lit, the inflatables are all fully erect.(Ez Boyz)
...regardless, yes a bit early, but I needed to ask before the thread went back to being about nothing at all....although I guess there isn't
much chance of that now that I think about it.
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The Bike - C14/GTR 1400 / Re: Tyre pressure display gone????
« Last post by O.C. on Today at 10:24:45 am »
Time to change that bike Al.....do you have anything in mind  ?   ;)   
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Open Forum / Re: A thread about nothing at all....
« Last post by mikeyw64 on Today at 10:20:37 am »
I haven't actually counted but what I can tell you is that via a process known as REIN (Random Electrical Injected Noise) they mess up peoples DSL connections every year and that fault rates into ISPs always go up at the festive period because of this.


When the (UK) DSL standards were written there was a requirement that they couldn't cause interference to anything else(HAM radio operators were moaning at the time) however there was no requirement to shield them from outside interference.

Wonky microwaves, dodgy electric motors on fridges & freezers & electric fences are other well know sources of REIN

Well this thread seems to have gone from nothing to Power grids, while it's here I have a question.

Do those cheap Chinese made LED Christmas light strings that blink on and off 30 times per second in the USA only blink on and off in the UK 25 times per second?. The reason I ask, is that at 30 times per second the flicker is noticeable to most as one moves your head or out of the side of your eye but not so much looking straight at the LED. I would think that at 50 cycles the flicker effect would be too noticeable and that the manufacturers would have to provide a bridge rectifier in the LED string. So I guess that is really my question(s), are the LED Christmas lights in the UK rectified or flickering?
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