1   General / Off-Topic / Re: Oddly satisfying things  on: Today at 10:03:39 AM 
Started by Solanaceae - Last post by F96T12 DD VHO
Dimming a LED that has no flicker as the brightness goes down

Getting paid

The smell of static (don't ask)

Seeing a laser beam clear as day without smoke

Monochromatic light of any color

LG it's self
 2   General / Off-Topic / Re: Are driverless cars the new thing?  on: Today at 09:45:39 AM 
Started by lightinglover8902 - Last post by 589
The ones in charge won't use your reasoning. They will want to ban it "for safety", and provided with general mindsets of politicians and vast majority of the population, they will succeed

Also, virtually all standard cars today (that you drive normally, and need a license for), do have a computer between your input (e.g. the steering wheel, just a rotary encoder, nothing more) to the mechanics. As soon as this thing becomes connected to the "cloud", even non self driving cars will acquire some of the same concerns


Vast majority of the city slicker population maybe, country folks won't have it. Many farmers are already quite perturbed by the farm machinery being put out that the oem's don't want them working on that gets planned obsolescence. Much less something like this.

I think you're referring to cars with self parking, etc with the electric steering. I don't plan on picking up one of those anytime soon. My 20 year old Honda barely has efi, much less something like that. I plan on driving it for another 20 years at least. As long as there are parts available, an to extent even if not, it will make it just fine. 
 3   General / Off-Topic / Re: Who here does soldering?  on: Today at 06:16:16 AM 
Started by lightinglover8902 - Last post by MissRiaElaine
@Lightingguy1994. Heres the Weller iron that I have, that is still in it's original packaging, however the packaging did seen better days.
They're certainly good irons, but a little OTT for PCB work  Cheesy
 4   General / General Discussion / Re: What do you hate/like about LED  on: Today at 06:14:36 AM 
Started by F96T12 DD VHO - Last post by MissRiaElaine
With how LED FCO are made (lens panel), their direct light glare is worse right from the start, without need in any fog or so. The fog does not make it better
LPS (SOX) is by far the best lighting for driving in fog. The French used to have yellow headlights for a very good reason.
 5   General / General Discussion / Re: What do you hate/like about LED  on: Today at 06:12:38 AM 
Started by F96T12 DD VHO - Last post by MissRiaElaine
The biggest thing I hate about LED is how everyone is bowing down to it and soon there won't be any other choice.  Angry
That's true, and we've know of electrical contractors who are now having great difficulty sourcing anything other than LED from their wholesalers, in some cases resorting to buying from eBay  Shocked
 6   Advertisements / For Sale or Trade / Re: Overpriced Mazda MV lamp on eBay  on: Today at 05:13:27 AM 
Started by Lumex120 - Last post by MissRiaElaine
He does have some nice stuff, but he can keep it at those prices  Shocked Roll Eyes
 7   General / Off-Topic / Re: Laser printers without smart chips in the toner cartridges?  on: Today at 05:06:45 AM 
Started by dor123 - Last post by MissRiaElaine
The ones I'm referring to are more appropriately called spirit duplicators. They had a relatively fast copy-per-minute, provided you turned the crank fast enough (although not too fast as you would spray alcohol everywhere and yield very mediocre results). They consisted of a drum onto which the "stencil" (which wasn't really a stencil) was placed. It rotated and through a system of wicks, the sheets of paper would be pre wetted in alcohol and pressed against the drum, making a 'stamp' of the original. They were messy, but not like the original mimeograph, which had thick molasses-like ink.
Yes, we had these at school, they were great fun. The copies came out in purple  Grin
 8   General / Off-Topic / Re: Are driverless cars the new thing?  on: Today at 05:03:18 AM 
Started by lightinglover8902 - Last post by HomeBrewLamps
Also, virtually all standard cars today (that you drive normally, and need a license for), do have a computer between your input (e.g. the steering wheel, just a rotary encoder, nothing more) to the mechanics. As soon as this thing becomes connected to the "cloud", even non self driving cars will acquire some of the same concerns


bet..... I'm plotting to buy an old 80's truck anyway... Not because of the whole conspiracy with modern cars (I do hate the look of them) But because I like the look of those older (but not too old) Ford trucks, and I like the no extra nonsense when it comes to electronics.
 9   General / Off-Topic / Re: Are driverless cars the new thing?  on: Today at 04:45:52 AM 
Started by lightinglover8902 - Last post by MissRiaElaine
Also, virtually all standard cars today (that you drive normally, and need a license for), do have a computer between your input (e.g. the steering wheel, just a rotary encoder, nothing more) to the mechanics. As soon as this thing becomes connected to the "cloud", even non self driving cars will acquire some of the same concerns
A purely electrical connection between steering wheel and road wheels..? Really..? Not in any car I've seen, name me one.
 10   General / Off-Topic / Re: Scariest Elevator you've been in  on: Today at 04:41:24 AM 
Started by F96T12 DD VHO - Last post by MissRiaElaine
I don't think Paternoster lifts are all that dangerous, they do run very slowly. As for being inefficient, they are no more so than escalators, which also run continuously.

They're great fun really, especially if you stay in them when they get right to the top or bottom, which they say you're not supposed to do. When I was little, I always used to think that if you did that, you'd reappear on the other side upside down  Cheesy
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