Archive for the ‘Consumer Information’ Category:

2020-02-17 I Bid On A Boy’s Radio, Lost

From FB group Vintage Transistor Radios Last week I bid on a boy’s radio, $26 which lasted up until near the end. But as usual I was outbid at the last minute. I think the demand exceeds the supply, and the prices go up too high. Looks like I’ll be getting one that no one

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2020-02-08 60 LED Solar Lights Stopped Working – Dead Diode!

From FB group electronics hobbyists Over the holidays I installed two solar 60 LED lights I bought on eBay. They stopped working just a few weeks after. I finally got up on the ladder and took them down to see why they died. Well, spit! The solar panel is plugged into the jack on the

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2020-01-29 Fusion Thoughts About The Future, Pros, Cons

So many ideas about the future promises of nuclear fusion power, how it will affect the world. Will nuclear fusion ever become a reality? It remains to be seen. In the meantime we will have to make do with renewable energy, mostly wind and solar. The goal is to greatly reduce use of fossil fuels

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2020-01-22 I was Zucked by a Facebook Group Administrator

Jeff Collins There are too many admins who have no consideration for members and give no warning to members that they violated some capricious rule that the admin arbitrarily made up. I was banned without warning from an Arduino group for something that wasn’t my fault. The admin decided I had to apologize for blocking

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2018-09-03 Nuclear Power Is Not Economical

from YouTube video TEDx talk comment pro nuclear power, see 2018-09-04 To paraphrase an earlier comment: “Wow! Spread the word! There is so much *left*out* with this talk!” Did you notice he left out any mention of the economic aspects of nuclear power generation? There are THREE nuclear power plants that are sitting partially built

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2018-05-10 Malicious Chrome Extensions Again

Ars Technica article https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/05/malicious-chrome-extensions-infect-more-than-100000-users-again/

2017-12-29 Shipping Costs Kill Good Deals

From FB group Vintage Transistor Radios My comment about a radio for AU$5400 on eBay. Dreaming, or more like wishing and hoping for a sucker to buy it.  But at least he had enough sense to add ‘or best offer’.  If someone offers a hundred, maybe he’ll take it. I’ve had a few successes with

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2017-08-07 Low Quality Goods

From FB comment There are many factors that affect price.  One part is getting things assembled by underpaid and child (illegal) labor.  Most discounters have been caught buying their goods from these illegal sweatshops, and they still turn a blind eye to these abuses.  The net result is that the quality of the components may

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2016-12-01 NEJM Antivaccine Article

Whole article from https://web.archive.org/web/20140423082318/http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1010594 ***Begin quote***: “Perspective The Age-Old Struggle against the Antivaccinationists Gregory A. Poland, M.D., and Robert M. Jacobson, M.D. N Engl J Med 2011; 364:97-99January 13, 2011DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1010594 Share: ArticleReferencesCiting Articles (41) Since the introduction of the first vaccine, there has been opposition to vaccination. In the 19th century, despite clear evidence of

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2016-09-07 Light Bulb Conspiracy Pt. 2

Continued from 2016-09-03 post. Back to the light bulb. To clarify, we are only discussing the original incandescent light bulbs, not the newer ones. This also applies to the 115 volt AC light bulbs. Other voltage lights would have to use different values. Warning! Also you indemnify (hold me harmless), me, the author, against any

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