Never mind Assange
I'm drooling over all that HF radio gear in the background...
73 de KA1AXY
1334 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
I'm drooling over all that HF radio gear in the background...
73 de KA1AXY
Dammit, John, I'm an engineer, not a tax accountant!
I did not know that. I do know that I am required to make quarterly estimated tax payments, but that's a separate issue (too much income from investments or something).
Thanks for the info. And yes, it must be a huge loan...interest free.
...you're constantly paying estimated tax bills. That only happens here if HMRC are actively pursuing you for suspected evasion.
Ahh! You see, that's (one) difference between you and us. IRS ASSUMES you're evading and acts accordingly.
Well, that, and you can't know what your tax will be until all your annual income and deductions have been determined. IRS also doesn't want to get to the end of the year and find that you don't have enough money to pay your taxes. The rule here is that IRS gets their money first, before anyone else can touch it.
// wish I was kidding
What I never understand about US taxes is all this talk of "refunds". Why are so many people overpaying in the first place??
Assuming you're serious -- it's because the tax rate varies by your annual income and you're allowed to deduct certain expenses before the tax is calculated. A prorated part of your estimated tax is withheld from your weekly/biweekly/monthly paycheck. At the end of the year, all your deductions (unpredictable things like mileage, business and medical expenses) are deducted, any profits from investments are added (but these may be taxed at a different rate, depending on how long you've held the investments) and the actual tax due is calculated on the total.
So, you never know exactly how much tax you owe until the year's over, but you must pay an estimated tax (based on what you earned last year) during the year. Whatever's extra, you get back. Without interest, natch. If you've erroneously underpaid, you owe the difference, with interest, of course.
// death and taxes, and I'm not too sure about death
// ask Cratchitt, he knows
...what happens after a power cut?
The switch is bistable, so it retains its state through power failures. At least they got *that* right...
The Germans (or Chinese) had thought of that. The button, which is located on, and sits proud of, the mating surface, fits into a carefully crafted recess in the door itself, meaning that the cover would need to fit into the space between the button and the recess, in order for the door to close.
I haven't crafted the custom cover yet :-)
I'm puzzled that someone even thought an on-off switch was necessary on a refrigerator. At least, they put it high enough so that inquisitive little fingers couldn't reach it.
I have a Bosch refrigerator. It's very nice. However, it does have one feature which I have never before seen on a refrigerator: an on/off button. We installed the refrig, and were surprised to see that the light didn't come on when we opened it. Read the manual, found the button (at the top, near the hinge, marked with the circle-with-a-short-line power symbol), pushed it, and all was well.
Fast forward now, to the day we came back after a long weekend. Cleaners had been in and one of them had thought it a good idea to press the power button, thereby turning off the refrigerator. They do a good job cleaning, but frequently do something random like this. Luckily, it had only been off for 24 hours and things had not thawed.
There is now a prominent label next to the power switch: "DO NOT PRESS THIS BUTTON".
Quality Chinese Engineering, at its best.
Backed up by 100% inspection (if the customer is watching) and rigorous agency testing by "Random Chinese Testing Agency You've Never Heard Of"
I have extension cables in my garage that have seen abuse no human would survive, and they work just fine. No visible damage at all, and they're 20 years old.
Of course, they're made with many fine copper wires in each conductor and have neoprene insulation, as opposed to cheap thermoplastic and ten strands of heavier gauge copper-tin alloy wire per conductor.
You get what you pay for.
(or not) When I was a kid, we had these things called "telephones", made by a company named Western Electric. The part you talked into was connected by something called a cord. Constantly twisted, never replaced and always worked. It is perfectly possible to make a cable that will last almost forever.
Internet connection: multichannel 5-level Teletype.
Over wired or HF, your choice.
Antennas may need repair.
Yet global warming is a "myth"...
Heavy metals? Last year it was mind control chemicals...
I'm somewhat surprised that Googling does not reveal an Az-El water bottle rocket launch system.
They do exist for NERF darts, USB controlled. Would seem like a fun project to scale it up and attach to a (stereo?) vision system for low level drone defense.
@Wolfclaw: You forgot Nixon.
Only when she's angry enough to kick you out of her pub...
I'm assuming there should be "sarcasm" tags around that post. Hillary is no better and no worse than any other politician. I'd give her a B- or a C+ as Sec of State. GWB flunked out. Reagan slept through class. Obama "didn't work up to his potential", as they used to say about me on my report cards.
None of them were as bad as Nixon. And he served no time.
Damn ROHS lead-free solder. The flux built into the braid can sometimes go off -- happened to me yesterday. Thus the handy bottle of flux to move things along.
Speaking of which, the PFY is coming along nicely :-)
I'll just leave this here:
"Their" wasn't enough coffee in my system...:-)
Isn't their still an airworthy Lancaster?
Would be more historically accurate.
Is there a Reg standard for scale, as there is for measurements?
We use a banana, where I come from.
You get passing marks, just for that. Amazing that they thought it was even a good idea.
And then...we have the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Superfund site in Colorado...proving that anything YOU can do, WE can do "better".
B.o.B won't accept math or science, he's already demonstrated that.
edit: I see the turtles have already been covered.
So...let's go with Python:
"He's a WITCH! BURN him!"
OK, El Reg, you sold another book for Captain Brown. Riveting reading. He seems to have more lives than a cat.
As others have already "gone there", I will take the higher road and congratulate you on exposing us all to an interesting bit of obscure canon law.
// if it smells like fish...
Why can't you JUST ONCE say 'sure' and do what we bloody ask?
Sometimes I feel the same way about management.
// can you order a cheaper meter/scope/whatever?
/// yes, but this is the one I think is the best one to buy, that's why I asked you to authorize it.
Last minute business trip to Israel (board's not working, we need to complete testing -- send the engineer!).
Boston to JFK at 4:30pm , on a shuttle, get off the shuttle, run to the gate and the gate agent says "you're the last one, and closes the door behind me. I hurry down the jetway, get on the 747, and am treated to the following:
- an absolutely full plane. one seat open, the middle one, in the middle.
- my seat is right next to a very attractive young lady... (WIN!)
- ...who, I notice, is reading her Bible (not so much win)
- FA is trying to get a woman to take her seat ("I'm not sitting there!")
- Behind the FA is an older Orthodox gentleman, wide brim hat, earlocks and all, who's trying to pray in the aisle
I swear, it was like a scene out of Airplane.
Having worked the entire day, I believe I curled up in my seat, put in a pair of earplugs, and attempted to sleep. I don't remember much more. I spent about 40 hrs in Israel, the board passed the testing without my help, and I got upgraded to Business on the Lufthansa flight back to Boston (a bit surreal, boarding a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt from Israel, though).
The really weird part -- I had no trouble entering Israel, but spent 30 minutes being interviewed about why I had been there and what I was doing when trying to leave. Apparently, this step is dispensed with if one brings an "invitation letter", but my trip had been so sudden that this detail had been omitted.
Other museums worth a visit if you're in the area:
- Pima Air and Space, Tucson,Arizona (take the bus tour of The Boneyard if you can)
- Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Annex, Chantilly VA ($15 parking, free admission, SR-71 in the lobby)
- USAF Museum, Dayton OH (free admission - three huge hangars full of good stuff)
- The Museum of Flight, Boeing, Seattle WA (they have a Connie waiting for restoration)
"meeses", as in:
"I hate meeses to pieces!"
- Sylvester Puddy-Cat
...if my experience is anything to go by. They periodically reconfigure their lower level subnets to account for growth, one would assume. In my area, they have a history of bungling the default gateway addresses provided by DHCP.
Now, here's a question: do bots clicking ads compensate for adblocked ads?
// inquiring minds could care less
Go to a website to order things. Immediate popup asking me if I want to save 10% by subscribing to their newsletter. Or...online chat popup -- in the first 15 seconds I'm on the site.
I'm going there to order light bulbs, because my local home center doesn't have them.
Light bulbs is all they sell.
No, I don't want your light bulb newsletter. Just take my order and send it to me.
Launch the frigging space plane first.
I can wait...the tankard's refillable :-)
It's part of the game. You unlock an additional level when you figure out how to block the ads.
I suppose this sort of thing must be a strain on the authorities...
I certainly hope so.
The founder of Banyan used to be my grand-boss. When I was designing comms hardware at Data General, Dave Mahoney ran the group.
However, we're happy to allow NSA to tap our cables whenever they want. We'll even provide floor space in our facilities to them for that purpose. Just being a good citizen.
The poor guy doesn't look to happy.
Matt Rogers, "Director of Engineering", needs to learn a bit more about software testing, methinks.
Seriously, up here in the (now) frozen Northeast, it's a big deal when your heat goes out -- pipes freeze, etc. Yet another reason not to let Google manage the heat in your house, I guess.
// no ice cube icon?
After checking the prices of 300W 13.8V DC supplies (to power a land mobile FM transceiver used indoors), and recovering from the considerable sticker shock, I once reverse engineered and heavily modified one of these AT supplies (acquisition cost = $0) to output 13.8V at 20+A. As far as I know, it's still working fine, complete with overcurrent and overvoltage protection.
They are versatile, cheap and highly modifiable supplies, and very underappreciated, in my opinion. It's a robust design (they're all cut from the same pattern) with many possibilities.
Visionary, yes, but Babbage's ideas came faster than it was possible to realise them...and that's what killed his projects, the inability to deliver. He didn't understand that, to keep his funding, he needed to deliver. Or, maybe he just wasn't very good at setting his customer's expectations.
Lovelace, on the other hand, was dealing with software. Much easier to deliver (even if it doesn't work to spec). She had the easier job -- writing papers.
If you ever have a chance to see one of the two Difference Engine recreations run, take it! It's absolutely mesmerizing. The scale is impressive, as are all the shiny bits, but the rotation of the spiral carry propagation shafts is sheer poetry in motion.
I think the odds that it would take a trip through the washer are fairly high. I might even use the microwave to dry it off.
Or, it might just get clipped to my bag and remain at my desk all day. I've worked in several companies that required me to wear a badge, and it was always in my wallet, never clipped to my shirt. Managers were the only ones who wore them. Corporate fear of unauthorized snoopers was always the excuse for asking you to wear them. As both companies went under, I pity the [alleged] snoopers.
A friend was the tech honcho for a US TV station. They had built a brand new transmitter building, all new kit, several stations shared the building. There was a HUGE diesel generator outside and a fairly large UPS to carry the load while the diesel spooled up. Everything tested fine*.
First power failure comes, and everyone's off the air. Cables from the UPS to the generator had been improperly connected. Generator never started. Heads rolled (luckily, not my friend's)
*That is, the UPS tested OK, and the generator fired up when the "test" button was pushed.
The Future is here, and it is Chinese.
Best not to cast too critical an eye over it, then.
// lest it explode, crash or poison you.
Well, yeah, but apart from Velcro, Penicillin, vaccines, computers, cell phones, aircraft, automobiles, oil and the Internet, what has science ever done for us?
// need a Python (Monty) icon
A bit too sophisticated for those boys, I'm afraid
// can you really call a group of 20 armed men a "militia"?
/// note the use of the more polite term "Men" as opposed to, say, "delusional fools"
Nothing by Monty Python, then?
// you know the one I mean...
Years ago (1978), when I worked for Data General, they had a strict "no alcohol on premises" policy. This was, granted, in the United States of Lawsuits, and I understand and accept that the norm in other countries is different.
But, a bar??? Seems like a lot of expensive square footage which would be seldom used to its capacity (unless the sales weasels have a daily "beer o'clock" meeting)
Disc was left in someone's drive. Drive (and attached computer) then sent to recycling facility.