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1  Water Cooler / Humor / Passwords Humor (Pie Chart)
« on: October 19, 2014, 01:24:48 PM »

A little humor about high security passwords... :)

https://twitter.com/pickover/status/519669488522784770

2  The Tech Section / Science / Space / How Gravity Makes Things Fall
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:33:05 PM »

I had never heard of the "Spacetime Stretcher" before seeing this video, but it is a novel way to explain how gravity works on a low budget. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlTVIMOix3I

3  The Tech Section / Transportation Tech / Cars / Super Dangerous Bus Ride
« on: September 07, 2014, 12:03:48 PM »

This bus ride is absolutely insane. My question is what happens if this bus meets another bus coming from the opposite direction?  That is what you call really being in a pickel.. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6YagRedxjs

4  Water Cooler / This and that / The Loma Prieta Earthquake and the Number 33
« on: September 02, 2014, 04:10:44 PM »

Recently, we had a 6.0 earthquake in Napa which is not too far north of Berkeley where I live.  That event lead me to YouTubing old earthquake footage and at some point I came across the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, which is actually the biggest earthquake I have ever personally experienced.  It was a long shaker and I will never forget it!

If you recall, it happened during the start of Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Oakland A's and the San Francisco Giants.  I have been listening to John and Adam on No Agenda for a long time talking about the number 33 so it caught my eye when I watched that old World Series footage with Al Michaels and Tim McCarver.  Around 4:18 into the footage they were showing highlights of the previous 2 games and Dave Parker hit a ball that bounced off of the 330' wall (see the 33 John and Adam?).  It was not quite a home run but it allowed Jose Canseco (#33) to score a run at which point the broadcast cut out.  The screen goes black and then you can hear Al Michaels saying something about we're having an earthquake...

It's just another curious coincidence that the number 33 is the number of the last player shown before the quake hits and the broadcast fades to black.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8ExMR0c0aM


5  Water Cooler / This and that / Solar Panel Area Required To Power The World
« on: July 09, 2014, 08:20:56 PM »

The large red square on the map represents the total area of solar panels needed to generate all of the world's electricity used today.  The middle square represents Europe's and the smallest square represents Germany's.  Fascinating.
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desertec#mediaviewer/File:Fullneed.jpg

6  The Tech Section / Tech Rants And Raves / My Wife's Android Lost All Of Its Data, Temporarily.
« on: June 27, 2014, 11:09:04 PM »

My wife and I both have Android smartphones.  I walked into the kitchen the other day and my 6 year old was holding my wife's smartphone in his hand and he had a guilty look on his face.  I asked him what he was doing and he said he was trying to guess Mommy's phone code.  My wife has a 4 digit code on her phone that you have to enter to unlock it.  He wanted to play, "Angry Birds" but he had not asked first.

I asked him for the phone and when he gave it to me there was the little Android on the screen and a message that said, "Erasing".  I do not remember if there were any other words there but it was obviously too late because the erasing bar was almost done.  When I got my wife's phone restarted it asked me if I wanted to use the English language to set up the phone.  I knew we were in trouble then and that all of her contacts, photos, music, and other files would be gone.

Fortunately, I had backed up her phone six months ago so she only lost some of her data and she was able to retrieve most of her contacts back from Verizon.  I had backed the phone up on her desktop computer mainly because the automatic backup service was lacking.  It was always running out of storage space and backing up things at the most inconvenient times. 

My wife asked a Verizon technician how our son had managed to erase all of the files in the first place and the technician said that our son had probably gotten into the menu settings and accidentally done a factory data reset on the phone.

I was astonished.  I thought that you had to stick a paperclip in a really small hole or something and hold it in for 10 seconds to perform a factory data reset.  How could it just be a simple option a couple of menus deep that anybody could select and accidentally erase all of your phone's data?  Should not this "setting" at least be password protected?????

What would have saved us a lot of aggravation would have been a message such as, "Warning!  You have selected the factory data reset option.  All of your phone's data and files will be lost permanently.  Please enter your phone's 10 digit ID number to confirm."  That probably would have stopped my 6 year old from doing what he did.  Oh well, I guess all things considered, we got off lightly.

7  The Tech Section / Science / Space / North America Pasted On Jupiter
« on: June 11, 2014, 08:30:39 PM »

What would North America look like if it was pasted on Jupiter?  See below...

http://astronomycentral.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Jupiter-Earth-comparison.jpg

8  The Tech Section / No Agenda Unleashed/Comments / Please Get No Agenda Shows Down to 2 1/2 Hours
« on: June 07, 2014, 06:34:47 PM »

I usually enjoy listening to No Agenda shows with John and Adam on my commute to work.   On a long commute, I listen to about an hour a day which works out to about 5 hours a week.  My problem is when shows exceed 2 1/2 hours in length I start to fall behind. 

Right now, I am nearly 5 shows behind which makes it difficult to comment and/or contribute to the show.  Your analysis of current events is quite unique, so I wish you guys would figure out a way to make the shows a little shorter without cutting content. 


 

9  Water Cooler / This and that / The Red Giant Car Grinder
« on: May 04, 2014, 07:08:08 PM »

This is one way to recycle your old car.  Please don't put more than 10 engines in at a time into the Red Giant car grinder or you might jam it.

http://devour.com/video/car-grinder/

10  Water Cooler / Humor / 20 Jokes That Only Intellectuals Will Understand
« on: April 04, 2014, 03:40:10 PM »

You may have to reread some of these more than once... :)

http://www.tickld.com/x/20-jokes-that-only-intellectuals-will-understand

11  The Tech Section / Science / Space / Felix Baumgartner's Space Jump Video
« on: March 06, 2014, 09:48:00 PM »

Watch Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner jump to the Earth from 128,000 feet in space AND land on his feet.  You will see a heart rate, airspeed, and altitude telemetry box halfway thru the video to give you a better idea of just how wild a jump this is. 

At one point, Felix's free fall speed exceeds 800mph.  The whole jump is over in 5 minutes. 

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/new-view-of-felix-baumgartners-space-jump-is-truly-awe-1513112178

Note:  The jump was made in 2012 but most people have not seen this particular video.

12  Water Cooler / Tasteless or Not Tasteless / Some Natural Product Ingredients
« on: January 25, 2014, 10:23:59 PM »

Did you ever wonder what the ingredients of a banana or an egg would look like if the food companies had to put them on an ingredient label?  It is quite interesting to find out, although doing so may not make you any more comfortable with the long chemical names that you find on the ingredient labels of processed foods and have no idea what they mean...

http://www.boredpanda.com/all-natural-food-ingredients-chemicals-james-kennedy/

13  Water Cooler / Humor / Amazing New Product: BOOK
« on: January 25, 2014, 10:02:39 PM »

BOOK is a revolutionary new product which stands for Bio Optical Organized Knowledge device.  Let's hope this one catches on with the younger generation in particular. :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhcPX1wVp38

14  Water Cooler / Entertainment / The Lottery Illusion
« on: January 25, 2014, 09:53:08 PM »

This Lottery Ticket Illusion is pretty good.  Obviously, there is some slight of hand going on somewhere but it is difficult to spot where it is.  Give it a look...

http://www.flixxy.com/incredible-magic-trick-the-lottery-illusion.htm

15  The Tech Section / Science / Space / Drones Going After Mosquitoes?
« on: August 24, 2013, 07:43:59 AM »

This seems like pretty good use of drone technology (unless you enjoy mosquitoes). :)

Drones will soon be used to go after mosquitoes in the state of Florida.  The drones will be packed with a shortwave infrared camera to find out where the larvae are.  Later on perhaps, they will be equipped with weapons to destroy the mosquitoes.

http://www.impactlab.net/2013/08/22/florida-to-test-drones-in-the-battle-against-mosquitoes/#more-111410

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