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If any correspondents contemplate doing research with "crystal radio" they should bear in mind they are a prodigious source of intermodulation interference as I found during the war when receiving the 600KW world service transmitter from about 20 miles away on my very unselective receiver.

I was tempted to quote the I.C engine as a method of turning explosions into electricity but for proper operation the fuel/air mixture must burn rapidly but smoothly anything like an explosion is most undesirable and great care in the design is taken to avoid this.
The first designers of I.C engines attempted to use gunpowder but better fuels were soon found.

Geek Speak / Re: Why do I get this text distortion
« on: 09/11/2015 21:35:22 »
I had a problem trying to send this question because I used the normal squiggle for "at" it really threw me as I could not work out what I had done that was inadmissible !

Geek Speak / Re: Why do I get this text distortion
« on: 07/11/2015 11:13:35 »
I have removed the gibberish into which "01" is transmogrified is it permitted now ?

Geek Speak / Re: Why do I get this text distortion
« on: 07/11/2015 11:10:55 »
When I get the news letter from Einstein at home I get this distortion of the text so that O1 becomes “O1”  I have tried opening on several different computers with different software and it is always the same, I never get it on any other email and cannot reproduce it.

Geek Speak / Why do I get this text distortion
« on: 07/11/2015 11:08:36 »
What is blacklisted here

This is how evolution works those that protect their testicles from damage produce more kids!

Technology / Re: Can we construct this?
« on: 02/11/2015 04:38:09 »
The silly season seems to be in full swing, let us get back to some serious science and technology.

Technology / Re: Can I repair this lens's iris?
« on: 31/10/2015 14:39:09 »
To dismantle and repair anything requires special skills and often special equipment, special skills can be learnt go at it slowly but once you find special tools are needed stop !

The BIOS system on the Packard Bell motherboard does in fact display the battery voltage if you look in the right place, it will be one of the first things I will look at next time I get strange computer faults.

I should have been alerted to this problem as the first date displayed on the screen was often wrong.

Using a multi mega joule laser to swat the flies puts me in mind of the old western films where flies were often swatted by a well aimed bullet from a .45 pistol

Geek Speak / Re: robotic fly swatter
« on: 29/10/2015 04:49:37 »
Although it would be no problem getting a fly swatting robot to react more quickly than a human I think there would be a big problem determining whether the fly was in an appropriate place to be swatted.

I my dining room I use a Samsung 22" monitor both for TV and computer display.
recently I had a strange problem with the screen colour on computer use with everything glowing red.
Like most nerds I assumed it could be cured by software but got nowhere, eventually after trying a different NVidia card that was OK in another computer which stopped the computer working completely by disrupting the BIOS I thought to test the BIOS back up battery and found it down to 1 volt.
Replacing it cured all the problems !, should I have tried this earlier (the computer is of 2008 vintage rescued from the town dump)

If one was to dismantle the pyramid it would be possible to recover some of the energy expended in lifting the stone blocks of which it is constructed.
I can think of many better sources of energy !

This is really a question about the geometry of space , if it is flat it goes off to infinity if it is curved it comes back to where it started but what if it is saddle shaped where does it go then ?

I recently spent four an a half hours driving from Maidstone to Heathrow to collect my Son flying in from Frankfurt, air travel for a few hundred miles is one of the slowest and miserable forms of travel possible.
I told him to use the train next time.

May I say a word in defence of "imaginary numbers" i.e square roots of negative numbers they are very real and useful

My neighbours children love to play "KIZI" games on my computers and I have always emphasised to them that they should make a software shut down before cutting the power.
This seems to be a sensible precaution with HDD drives but is it needed with SSD drives ?

This rather nullifies the argument about different mass cannon balls dropped from the leaning tower of Pisa taking the same time to fall, due  to the mutual attraction between the Earth and the cannon balls the heavier one will take less time to reach the ground than the lighter one assuming they are dropped at separate times.
The difference is very small and would be difficult to measure but easy to calculate. 

I don't know about silver or platinum in spark plugs but platinum is very useful for contract breaker points if you have a pre transistor ignition system.

General Science / Re: Is "organic" food safe to eat?
« on: 02/09/2015 23:22:03 »
The only time I would buy "organic food" is when the supermarkets sell it of cheap because they can't get rid of it.

Countries with atom bombs such as North Korea and Pakistan don't get invaded by the Americans that's why they want them. 

I would like to make a copy of the Portland vase

Geek Speak / Re: Has anyone tried Windows 10?
« on: 25/08/2015 20:47:07 »
If you read my posts from the last year you can see how it has evolved from something rather useless to something brilliant

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