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Old 09-16-2016, 08:48 AM   #26701
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Pornhub and YouPorn adult websites blocked in Russia, as authorities tell citizens to ‘meet people in real life’
This led me to do a quick search on birth control and abortion in Russia. I will admit, my first instinct was that the ban was an attempt by the government to get people to pro-create more, but the abortion policy is very liberal and while birth control is expensive it's not prohibited in any way. An interesting quote from an article that I found in my search:

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Indeed, having an abortion in Russia is pretty much a walk in the park. An ex-patriot living in Germany wrote in a forum: “A friend of mine in Russia has abortions almost every year. It is a routine procedure there: you come, pay, and have it done.”
High abortion rates drive debate on contraceptive methods in Russia | Russia Beyond The Headlines

Another number I saw cited was that in rural Russia, it costs only $5 to have an abortion by a doctor and costs $10/mo for birth control pills.

I don't intend on starting a debate on abortion and birth control, it is just an interesting data point that came up in my curiosity about why they are banning **** sites.
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Old 09-16-2016, 10:13 AM   #26702
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not in this thread you dont start no debates on abortion / birth control. we have a section for that. it's called "planned politicshood"
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Old 09-16-2016, 10:48 AM   #26703
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not in this thread you dont start no debates on abortion / birth control. we have a section for that. it's called "planned politicshood"
This. I will hand out warning and ban hammers if we go into abortion in this thread.
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Subject at hand aborted then.
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You might say the topic had no net benefit to our online society.
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This just in: Apparently, I am no longer a Sagittarius!

Instead, NASA has declared me an Ophiuchus: Nov 29 – Dec 17

It all makes sense now. All my life, I have been living a lie!
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Old 09-19-2016, 08:39 AM   #26708
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Has anyone ever witnessed a fuse (specifically r-class) or any fuse work its way out of it's retaining clips?
We had a motor single phase last night and upon investigation one of my techs found a fuse not clipped in all the way. Only thing I can think of is foul play. I find it hard to believe that a fuse that you would typically need a tool for more leverage to remove could vibrate or work itself out.


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Has anyone ever witnessed a fuse (specifically r-class) or any fuse work its way out of it's retaining clips?
We had a motor single phase last night and upon investigation one of my techs found a fuse not clipped in all the way. Only thing I can think of is foul play. I find it hard to believe that a fuse that you would typically need a tool for more leverage to remove could vibrate or work itself out.

First thought would be that it wasn't inserted fully in the first place. Never had one work its way out when fully seated.
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Old 09-19-2016, 09:51 AM   #26710
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My records indicate the last time some had worked on that motor was 9/9/11.
I suppose that some knucklehead 5 years ago didn't insert the fuse all the way. You would think something so blatantly obvious would have been caught.

Plus there may be someone here with motive, which is the only reason I'm questioning the idea of a fuse "popping out".
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Fuses don't just pop out. Either never put in right (doubtful) or somebody messed with it.

Torture them for the answer.
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Old 09-19-2016, 10:45 AM   #26712
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Has anyone ever witnessed a fuse (specifically r-class) or any fuse work its way out of it's retaining clips?
I've seen it happen once, but there wasn't much left of the fuse (or the housing) afterwards.

Pro-tip: If you're installing a Svetlana brand PA tube into a Harris FM-20K transmitter in which you've always run Eimac brand tubes in the past, don't just fire the thing up at full power the first time and assume it'll all be fine. Svetlana tubes tune in way differently than Eimacs. If you're lucky, the lights in the building will still be on afterwards so you can see where all the debris landed.
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Morning pet peeve:
If it is sunrise and I don't have my headlights on, and you start flickering your headlights at me from a quarter mile away, clearly you can see me, and you do not need to flicker your lights.

(Sidenote, it was a Mustang driver, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt that they had tunnel vision and were drifting out of control into a crowd of pedestrians at the time, but still, don't flicker your lights at me when you obviously saw me from a substantial distance away)

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Old 09-20-2016, 09:49 AM   #26714
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Sounds near equivalent to turning on hazards when it's raining.


Also, not sure how many of you remember a few pages back I posted a local news story about rocks being thrown at vehicles from bridges. It was a single guy (mostly) who was throwing them off the bridge as he passed by. He's been caught now and nothing else has really happened except for 1 incident.
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Pro-tip: If you're installing a Svetlana brand PA tube into a Harris FM-20K transmitter in which you've always run Eimac brand tubes in the past, don't just fire the thing up at full power the first time and assume it'll all be fine. Svetlana tubes tune in way differently than Eimacs. If you're lucky, the lights in the building will still be on afterwards so you can see where all the debris landed.
Hope that isn't OJT
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Hope that isn't OJT
That is exactly what that was.

They don't really have reference manuals that cover the topic of installing a Russian-made copy of a 4CX15000A VHF power tetrode into a 30 year old transmitter, so you kind of have to figure things out for yourself at that level. What I should have done was to open the power supply cabinet and move the secondary tap of the plate transformer to the low-voltage (5 kilovolt) winding, turn the PA drive all the way down, bring it up at low power into the dummy load and do some coarse-tuning in that configuration. But it was late and I was tired. That wound up making the night a whole lot longer than I'd planned on...


For those who think "little glass thing I can hold in my hand" when they hear the word "vacuum tube," this is what the really big broadcast tubes look like:


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Admin has disabled the member list. Has it always been like this?
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Admin has disabled the member list. Has it always been like this?
Think so.... I've never seen it before.
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Been that way since last update.
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Over the past 6 months, I have been playing a fun game with my credit card company. The game finally backfired on me today and led me through the most hilarious moment of my life. Most people would have been embarrassed, but me, I'm a little twisted, so I laughed all the way through it like an *** hole.

With any story, there is a setup process. Here is the setup to this story. About 6 months ago, I was making a purchase with my credit card and when I went to sign the electronic signature machine, it was broken. By broken, I mean that when I touched the pen to the machine, it went crazy and didn't look anything like my signature. It looked like a drunk 4 year old signed my name for me. It accepted the signature without any problems. So this really made me wonder what I could do to give my credit card company something to laugh about. I mean, they obviously don't review the signatures since they never called me or declined a purchase. For ***** sake, it could have been a stolen card.

I started out modest by signing with a line or an "X". Occasionally I would do last name first. After a couple of months, I became bolder. I wrote goofy ****, drew pictures, etc. Here's a list of some of my favorite signatures over the past few months:

I AM NOT KINGPIN

I STOLE THIS

**** OFF

**** YOU

WALMART SUCKS

CALL ME

CROTCHY CROTCHINGTON

MY ***** ITCH

911

I'M A CRIMINAL

THANKS FOR THE STUFF

Today at Walmart I went the extra mile. When it came time to sign my name, a thought popped in my head. I should draw a picture. But what picture should I draw? I smirked as something completely juvenile came to me. This is a rough drawing of the signature that I provided:



Yes, I know, it's not my best artwork, but I didn't have the time to be elaborate with the drawing. I had to look like I was providing a signature. Right after I hit "OK", there was a pause. The register then said "COMPARE SIGNATURE ON SLIP TO CARD." One thought popped in my head: "OH *!"

It then printed the receipt and there in black and white was my drawing of **** and *****. The lady at the register didn't immediately look at it. She asked for the card. I handed her the card and she flipped it over. Then she brought up the receipt and she smirked, but then took a stern tone and said "These signatures don't match."

At this point I was in tears from trying to hold back my laughter. I tried to explain to her why I had done it, but it didn't matter. I probably didn't make sense as I laughed hysterically through the explanation. She then paged the manager and I erupted in laughter. The guy behind me in line got a glimpse of my signature on the receipt and began laughing. The manager comes up and the woman from the register begins whispering to him. I then hear a few words "he drew a *****..." as she holds up the receipt. The manager blurts out a short laugh and then controls it. He turns to me and I'm out of breath from laughing and I'm still giggling like a schoolgirl.

Manager: Sir, your signature...heh...umm...doesn't match the signature on your card.
Me: I know and there is a good reason for that.
Manager: (quietly) You drew a ***** on my credit card machine.
“The guy behind me bursts into laughter.”
Me: Yeah, I didn't think this would happen. I've been trying to see how far I could go with my signature before the credit card company did something about it.
Manager: I guess you learned your lesson.
Me: Yeah, the credit card doesn't accept *****.
”The guy behind me now can't stop laughing.”
Manager: OK, I'm going to decline the signature and have you sign it again.
Me: Fair enough.
Manager: This time, really sign it.

So I had to sign it again and they wouldn't let me keep my artwork. Those bastards. I had single handedly broken up the monotony of their daily routine and given them something that they will be talking about for years to come and they wouldn't let me keep it. They will tell their grandchildren about the guy that drew **** and ***** as his credit card signature.

So I have a plan now. I'm going to get a new credit card and sign the back with my **** and ***** drawing. Then I will consistently use that as the signature. That way, if I ever get caught in the same situation, the signatures will match. That will really **** with them.
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