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Dave Palmer   3/5/2013 10:40:21 PM
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Just to be clear, the problem is not sunspots or solar flares, it's the orbit of the satellite lining up with the sun. This is a result of the satellite's orbit around the earth and the earth's orbit around the sun. It's as regular as clockwork and it happens twice a year with all geosynchronous satellites. The cable company is not making it up.

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kenish   3/6/2013 8:18:26 PM
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The tachometer in every car, truck, motorcycle, and airplane I've owned came from a big tachometer manufacturer, RPM   :)

As others said, telecommuting needs to be done under the right circumstances.  There are phases of projects where face-to-face is crucial and other times where I want to focus all day without interruptions.  People who telecommute 100% of the time need to think about the effects on their careers...I've seen "out of sight, out of mind" at play when it came time for bonuses or promotions.  Depends on the company culture, of course.

The Yahoo move could also be their way of finding out who is willing and able to help pull through rough times vs. "mercenaries".  The latter will vote with their feet, though there's probably dedicated employees where family obligations don't support coming into the office.  Maybe this is off-base since I don't know much about Y! 

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Charles Murray   3/6/2013 10:03:26 PM
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I forgot that odometers used to top out at 99,999, Gorksi. Pretty soon, maybe we'll see cars with a seventh digit on the odometer. Check out this story about people who have surpassed one million miles.

http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/blogs/meet-the-king-of-million-mile-cars

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Re: Speedometer
William K.   3/8/2013 8:10:19 PM
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One reason for speedometers to go to 150, at least for those mechanical ones, is that it compresses the portion of the scale that normal folks use, making it harder to read accurately. The result of the decreased resolution is that it is harger to spot decreased accuracy as well. That is the hidden motivation, the marketing weasels like it because it somehow delivers the impression that the car is sportier, whatever that means. 

I think that I once owned a car where 55MPH was straight up on the speedometer. THat was a good reminder to keep it at 55. It was not a new car at the time, but it was quite a while back.

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VIDEO
bobjengr   3/9/2013 2:06:54 PM
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 Rich, really like the format.  It certainly works for me. 

 I like the option of working from home but feel collaboration is (or can be) essential for certain types of jobs.  I own an engineering consulting firm and we have to be close to our test lab and model shop so telecommutinting is pretty much out as an option for us.   Writing, I can certainly make an exception for and feel it's a good way to go if possible.  Certainly saves on gas and time.  

Who are we kidding relative to the speed limit?  I can't imagine going 100 MPH much less 160.  (Don't know about the alignment of the needle either.  Is our level of distraction so great we have to have perfect alignment at the 1200 position?  Maybe so. )

I do have to buy-in with the sun spot statement by your cable company.  We subscribe to Comcast and they also made that comment in  a flyer sent with our monthly bill.  Probably something to it.

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Charles Murray   3/15/2013 6:22:36 PM
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I agree, bobjengr. I don't think I've ever hit 100 mph in my 40 years of driving a car. One hundred sixty mph is ludicrous.

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Jack Rupert, PE   3/22/2013 4:58:46 PM
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I'm split on the format, Rich.  It depends where I am when I want to take a peak at the technical blogs.  If I just want to take a quick break and see what's going on in the tech world, I don't want to watch a video...and hook up headphones to my laptop gives the wrong impression.  Is it possible to include a transcript?

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