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Re: PBS America
On 12/28/2018 12:19 PM, Chris wrote:
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It works sometimes but real life isn't like those coming-of-age pictures  
where the kid finally stands up for himself, the punk gets knocked out  
and everyone cheers and he never comes back.

Other times he takes his lick but he's not deterred, he comes back. He  
comes back with friends. He or they come back armed, with knives or guns.

If "boys will be boys" ever "worked" I don't know but it's a recipe for  
disaster in the 21st century US with 300 million guns floating around.  
Someone's gonna go home and get a gun I've seen it happen.

Re: PBS America
On Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 3:02:43 AM UTC+11, Phil Hobbs wrote:
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A curious delusion about what socialists might want.

I had though better of Phil Hobbs, but he may be reflecting the curious Ame
rican delusion that socialism can be equated with communism - which stopped
 being true in 1871 when the international socialist movement ejected Karl  
Marx and his proto-communists on the grounds that their ideas about the "le
ading role of the party" were undemocratic and likely to lead to worse tyra
nnies that the ones that were currently being campaigned against.

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/801264-if-you-took-the-most-ardent-revolut
ionary-vested-him-in

Scandinavia and other places in norther Europe where democratic socialism i
s influential don't seem to have problems with minority bashing. The immigr
ant minorities that have moved there recently aren't as well behaved, but e
ducation takes time, even when it is well-funded right across the country (
unlike the American school district scheme).

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Bill Sloman, Sydney



Re: PBS America
On Friday, December 28, 2018 at 11:02:43 AM UTC-5, Phil Hobbs wrote:
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No need. We all have TVs now.  

  Rick C.

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Re: PBS America

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We'd just tease girls. More fun and less dangerous.

You could build all sorts of cool stuff from an old tube TV set.
There's not a lot you can do now with an LCD TV or a busted cell
phone.


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Re: PBS America
On 12/28/2018 12:41 PM, John Larkin wrote:
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My experience wasn't that much different just the products were somewhat  
more recent. Guitar pedals, 8 bit video game systems (the last of the  
era when they still used DIP ICs and had faults which could be diagnosed  
and repaired by the equipment available to a teenager circa early 1990s.)

The way some kids in their early 20s I know who are getting into  
electronics seem to be coming at it is thru automotive work. They also  
disassemble and repair/re-purpose/hack mobile phones just fine they  
don't let small component size stop 'em, hot air rework stations and  
high-quality digital microscopes never cheaper.

My Rigol DSO is a miracle compared to the analog scopes we had in  
college just 20 years ago, and this Lenovo laptop is a wonder compared  
to the Mac Quadras students were trying to use to do video editing in 1997.

Re: PBS America
On 12/28/2018 12:53 PM, bitrex wrote:
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I think the first "mod" I ever did was a composite video output  
installed on a machine which didn't come with one, there was a short  
period of time after 1990 but before eBay and Amazon when aftermarket RF  
modulators were rather uncommon in stores and expensive

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SNIP

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Reminds me of the phone hack in the uk in the late 90's early 00's.... a  
PAYG phone manufacturer 'design' error stored the phone credit on an  
onboard EEPROM... a simple remove,reprogram, replace and job done. A lot  
of money was lost by service providers- BT as I remember.

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Re: PBS America
On 12/28/2018 12:41 PM, John Larkin wrote:
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They would've liked to build a wall to keep the Irish out I'm sure but  
constructing walls on the seabed of the North Atlantic was beyond the  
engineering capabilities of the time.


Re: PBS America
On Friday, 28 December 2018 17:42:02 UTC, John Larkin  wrote:
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anything with through hole parts can make a ton of stuff. VCRs are crammed with parts.


NT

Re: PBS America
On Thursday, 27 December 2018 23:22:59 UTC, Chris  wrote:
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there wasn't much pocket money going around then though. Kids get as much in a week as I got in a year.


NT

Re: PBS America
On 12/29/18 04:10, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

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I don't begrudge the kids having a better standard of living and
expectations than we had, but they do need to learn the value of
money and it's relationship to work. Our two lads did the washing
up and household chores for their pocket money. It can be a hard,
brutal world out there and kids need to be prepared for that. No
BS, tell it like it s, no excuses etc :-)...

Chris


Re: PBS America
On Monday, 31 December 2018 12:30:36 UTC, Chris  wrote:
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Inability to do even the basics with money is a major problem for kids today. It all gets weed away on nothing of consequence, spent on things I'd never consider spending on. Then when they run out guess who they ask for more!

If only they could implement some sense they'd have a much better standard of living.


NT

Re: PBS America
On Monday, December 31, 2018 at 7:30:36 AM UTC-5, Chris wrote:
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ch in a week as I got in a year.
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I think the "hard work" ethic is a bit over rated.  I spent a lot of time w
orking hard and it didn't get me anything I couldn't have gotten with a lot
 less work.  In the end I did what I always do which is to apply my intelli
gence and eventually it paid off big time.  

I think kids should be taught the maxim, "work smarter, not harder".  


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Re: PBS America
On Thu, 27 Dec 2018 12:06:14 -0800, John Larkin

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I bought a unit called an ABE that used a dynamotor with an external
shaft driving a small variable capacitor used with a tube (6J6 I
think) used to jam radars aboard a bomber.  

Re: PBS America
On 12/28/18 14:12, Ingvald44 wrote:

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One of the more interesting items around that time was a radio altimeter
which used a speaker voice coil / capacitor assembly to frequency
modulate the transmitter oscillator, Iirc, altitude measured as the
frequency difference for the round trip to ground and back. A lot of  
people used the voice coil assembly to build narrow band sweepers for
filter and if alignment.

So much of that science came from MIT Rad Lab and i'm still collecting
the 30+ volume set, around 19 so far. Yes, it's all available as a
single pdf file now, but it's nice to have the real books as a
respectful nod to history...

Chris


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The speaker coil/cap thing was called a wobulator.

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It took me years to collect the whole set. Some of it is useful today.
All of it is amazing... the birth of modern electronics.


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Re: PBS America
On Thursday, 27 December 2018 10:41:44 UTC, TTman  wrote:
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Google, there's no shortage of accounts & explanations.  

Chaff was used of course, but electronics are more the way forward.


NT

Re: PBS America
On Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 3:07:58 PM UTC+11, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrot
e:
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But none than NT can find. A slightly more charitable attitude would attrib
ute his incapacity to support his claims to pure laziness, or perhaps the k
ind of stupidity that doesn't see the point of providing that kind of back-
up information, but NT is definitely part of the undeserving poor around he
re.  
  
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Or would have been, if anybody had found anything that worked at the time.

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Bill Sloman, Sydney

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