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2019-02-04 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants

In the years since 2011 Mar 11, I have blogged a few times about Fukushima Daiichi, but it’s been quite awhile. This ABC Nightline video on YouTube seems to be realistic and relatively unbiased. At the end of this video they mentioned $15 Billion and forty years to do the cleanup. It looks like they

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2019-02-01 Raytheon 1N128 Germanium Diodes

Link left on FB group Building Transistor Radios Someone in the group mentioned a source of crystal radio parts, Small Bear Electronics and linked to their website. I found that they had some germanium diodes, Raytheon 1N128, and they showed the reel of them, so I thought my chances of getting factory parts would be

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2019-01-18 Tilt Wing Aircraft In The Future

From FB public comment The military had a lot of problems with their tilt wing aircraft similar to the one in the picture. The solutions often involved a lot of frequent maintenance and repair. It may not be possible to fly such aircraft profitably in a commercial airline. Another thing that’s going to change the

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2018-12-29 eBay, Amazon, AliExpress, etc.

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-12-29 I would choose eBay over Ali-whatever. Amazon is more expensive by far. Walmart is advertising heavily here on Facebutt, but they’re more expensive too. Two alarming things have happened. I ordered parts and had to pay a tariff on them. China is retaliating for this country’s tariffs on

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2018-12-22 European Electronics In 1969

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-12-22 Mike van Kleeff Most of the European radios sold in the US were probably brought in by GIs who came back from their military deployment in foreign countries. I was in Germany in ’69 and saw some European electronics and I was impressed by the performance. But what

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2018-12-17 Radio Shack P-Box Kits

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-12-17 Seems that what you’re saying is these P-box kits were very slow sellers, so they ended up as overstock at the surplus store. What I find odd is that I used to buy parts from RS but I can’t remember ever seeing these kits in the store. I

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20185-10-13 Limiting Global Warming To 1.5 Deg. C

I was reading this article about the catastrophe that awaits us in the near future, in the next 20 to 35 years. It states that limiting the global warming will be hard, really hard. But it’s something that has to be done if life as we know it is to be saved. As the article

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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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