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#30902 - 01/16/04 03:16 PM Re: Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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LOL Or he can pop the rivets and attach a new plate.
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#30903 - 01/16/04 03:17 PM Re: Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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welllll, I guess you could do that
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#30904 - 01/16/04 03:26 PM Re: Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Registered: 05/25/03
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Loc: Menlo Park, CA
Hey $509 is a hell of a deal! I wouldn't feel bad about that! Did you get that from Ecost?
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#30905 - 01/16/04 03:27 PM Re: Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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LOL...I'm sure that plate pulls off nice and easy.

And no, I'm RARELY a glass is half full kind of guy. I'm not sure why I'm being so positive with this issue. Very odd indeed.
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#30906 - 01/16/04 03:40 PM Re: Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Must be because you're breathing too much of the ozone coming off the new electronics as the break in.
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#30907 - 01/16/04 08:32 PM Re: Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Hey, I just found out where all of California's power went.

http://www.wiseguysynth.com/larry/day.htm

Make sure to click the picture, and turn your sound up! There's also some cool info about high power electricity equipment.

I also just found an explanation of what's happening in layman's terms. I'll paste it below (credit: MetaFilter)

"Put simply:

If you look closely at the beginning of the video (first few frames), you can see 3 sets of switches opening. Each switch is two horizontal bars that are swinging away from each other, one with a ball on the end, the other with a receptacle for that ball. The massive arc occurs across one of these switches as it opens.

These switches had a whole lot of current flowing through them. lalas has the right analogy, it's like a lot of water flowing very fast through a pipe. Over at the right of each switch is a massive inductor (behind the truck). Inductors have the property that the current flowing through one cannot change instantaneously (because of ugly magnetic effects with weird Greek letters and such).

When the switches open, there is no longer a path for the inductors' current to flow, but it can't stop immediately. Instead, it continues flowing, building up a massive voltage. There are a lot of electrons sort of jammed up against the end of the now-open switch, and they would really much rather be on the other side. Think water pressure, what happens when you quickly shut off a high-flow-rate pipe? Pressure builds up and there can be a physical jolt of some sort in the pipe.

In a pipe, there is nowhere for the water to go, unless the pipe bursts. With electricity, it can go through nearly anything if it has enough motivation (voltage). So this massive voltage builds up until it rips apart the molecules in the air and creates a path for the current to flow.

In short, it's like instantaneously shutting a valve in a very high-flow pipe, then having the sudden buildup of water pressure break through the valve.

It happened because one of the two horizontal gray things to the right of the switch closest to the camera failed. Those are supposed to split the voltage over themselves, so each takes half and the switch itself gets none while it's opening (I think)."


Edited by pmbuko (01/16/04 08:38 PM)
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#30908 - 01/16/04 08:52 PM Re: Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Peter, where do you find this stuff?
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#30909 - 01/16/04 09:00 PM Re: Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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HOLY *&%*!

Also, I think there's more to that than just your explanation. Digging through the guy's account, it looks like one of the inductors failed (or something like).


Edited by kcarlile (01/16/04 09:05 PM)
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#30910 - 01/16/04 11:07 PM Re: Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Registered: 05/01/03
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Loc: Corona, Calif. USA!!!
C'mon Spiff! I was just at Costco (hate to sound like a rep from the store, but...) and the 55" widescreen Akai HDTV is $1499 with an in-store coupon bringing it down to $1299! What excuse do you have? In 5-10 years you can pop for your dream TV and move the Akai to the garage or something. Would be a HUGE improvement over that puny little thing you got now. But the coupon is only good through Sunday, so you better go take a look-see now, if you're interested.

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#30911 - 01/17/04 12:01 AM Re: Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Registered: 05/01/03
Posts: 1951
Loc: Corona, Calif. USA!!!
Hey Chess. I believe the rolling blackouts are a thing of the past as new power plants have come on-line since. The budget crisis is a different story.
Having worked for the state gov't for almost 5 years myself (my wife still works for the state gov't), I can attest to the MASSIVE waste of taxpayer money in this state. Arnold has made moves to cut some of it, but the special interests affected by the cuts screamed. Arnold has now switched to self-preservation mode (or is it pragmatic mode?), moving toward the Democratic majority in the legislature.
Alas, the hopes of the frustrated taxpayers are dashed upon the rocks by self-serving populist demagogues once again. Pretty soon I'll be working until October to pay my taxes (but the rest of the years wages will be all mine, baby!).

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