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The Top Ten Off Switches

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the no-i-can't-make-this-up dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 245

Dan Jimbokla submitted a story that normally i would pass over, but I actually oddly enjoyed it. "CNET.co.uk has a truly funny and read-worthy article up about the top ten off switches. One of my favorite switches from the piece is #4 — The illuminated toggle switch: "This switch isn't designed for high-drain uses, typically it can only provide a maximum of 20 amps at 12 volts. That will make it suitable for a number of exciting uses though, and what it lacks in power handling, it makes up for in practicality. This switch will illuminate when the device it controls is turned on, and go off when the device is deactivated. This is logical and practical, and that has earned this switch a place in our hearts. What's more, it's far from expensive and there are even a choice of colors.""

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Toggle FTW! (5, Funny)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323399)

Toggle switches rule [amazon.com] period. Batman used toggle switches in the batmobile. Fighter pilots flick toggle switches in the movies before they blow up bad guys. The Millenium Falcon probably had a couple hundred thousand toggle switches. Cool electric guitars? They've got a toggle switch. When I built my first model rocket launcher - I think it had 3 toggle switches. A good solid 'click' of the old toggle is just the thing - all other switches pale in comparison. Even the big red button.

Soylent Green is Toggles (1)

Slugster (635830) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323561)

Well nuts, somebody turned the website off.....
~

Re:Soylent Green is Toggles (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323741)

If it was the switch with the lock - they found the guy with the key - 'cause it is back up.

Re:Soylent Green is Toggles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21323769)

Aaaandddd, down.

Re:Soylent Green is Toggles (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323819)

That's brutal. I'm not getting the 'planned maintenance' message any more either - just a blank screen.

Re:Toggle FTW! (5, Funny)

CaseyB (1105) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323629)

The only thing better than a regular toggle switch is a toggle switch with a flip-up protective cover. It says "You had better be damn sure of what you're doing before you toggle me. You need executive orders to flip me, and those orders must have been confirmed with the one-time codeword. Lives are at stake, here."

Re:Toggle FTW! (5, Informative)

Silver Sloth (770927) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323775)

Or a piece of paper taped over it Apollo 13 style - my all time favourite protective cover. I often wonder whether that actually happened or whether it was artistic license.

Re:Toggle FTW! (4, Funny)

The_Wilschon (782534) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323977)

My favorite kind of switch is the magic [catb.org] kind.

Re:Toggle FTW! (5, Informative)

icebrain (944107) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324549)

It happened. As told in the book [amazon.com] , before the time came to do the jettison, Swigert had nightmares that he'd flipped the wrong switch and watched his crewmates drift away. He made the sign (saying NO) as one more check in the system. I seem to recall that he asked one of the guys to check him on it, too.

Re:Toggle FTW! (0)

Silver Sloth (770927) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324633)

Thanks for that icebrain. I always thought it brought home just how close to the edge they were living and it's good to get it confirmed that it's true.

Re:Toggle FTW! (3, Informative)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323727)

You're forgetting... the original Enterprise used toggle switches, especially in Engineering. You can bet Scotty wouldn't trust just any old switch to fiddle with antimatter.

Re:Toggle FTW! (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323797)

you are correct and i do feel shame.

Re:Toggle FTW! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21324057)

Knife switches are better. Toggle switches are inappropriate for mad scientist use.

That's why I love my Land Rover! (1)

Bazman (4849) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324195)

Yes, 1985 Series III Land Rover, packed with toggle switches! Of course last night in the cold I couldn't find the toggle switch for the interior light. No, its not activated when you open the door! If that happened, how else could you sneak into your Landy in the dark so that the enemy don't spot you!? Anyway, found that switch, then had to find the heater and the fan toggle switch... Yeah, I've not had it long enough to have done much driving on the dark or the cold...

Then there's a mysterious toggle switch on the dash that seems to do nothing. Landies are so customised that you often find odd switches that do nothing. Maybe this one used to activate the old extra front lights. Or maybe I pulled a wire out when I fixed the speedometer. Umm. Anyway, modern cars probably have touch-screens on the steering wheel for all this. Give me a toggle switch!

Just passing time until the site recovers...

Re:Toggle FTW! (1)

AndersOSU (873247) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324329)

I saw a documentary or something with Harrison Ford talking about how the original star wars budget precluded the use of functional toggle switches in the millennium falcon. Apparently, rather than splurge on good toggle switches, they somehow managed to buy discounted defective spring-less toggles. The effect was that they wouldn't stay where you put them, so during filming he'd click a couple of switches, and they'd just reset themselves to where they wanted to be.

Re:Toggle FTW! (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324375)

No wonder they were always having mechanical problems.

FIST!!! (-1, Offtopic)

phase_9 (909592) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323405)

FIRST!

Re:FIST!!! (1, Insightful)

jwo7777777 (100313) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323423)

NOPE!!!

Re:FIST!!! (2, Funny)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323461)

Apparently I threw the off switch on your attempt. Or did I throw the on switch to your failure? Don't give up though skippy - you'll get there one day.

Re:FIST!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21323627)

damn it; seeing as I work in the building it really shouldn't have been this hard!

Re:FIST!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21324119)

First in the queue for a wanker award. Go back to Digg.

Big red switch (2, Interesting)

brejc8 (223089) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323407)

Can't believe they forgot IBM's big red switch [lesser-evil.com] .

Re:Big red switch (1)

jwo7777777 (100313) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323455)

Hell yeah!!!

[CLICK!] ..... [WHmmmmrmmmrmmmrmmmrmmrmmrmmrmmrmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm]

Re:Big red switch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21323683)

Can't believe they forgot IBM's big red switch.
I think whoever's hosting the article is perfectly aware of it ... indeed I think they just pulled it. Planned downtime my eye.

Re:Big red switch (2, Interesting)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324815)

I remember that. There was on on the Model 38 at a hospital I worked at. On night we where doing a test of the hospital back up generators. They would power the computer but not the AC. There was a problem getting back on mains power, as the temperature started to get really high we started to do a shutdown. It took a while and the head of the department said that if it hit 95 in the machine room and the system still wasn't down that we would pull the big red switch.
We got mains power and AC back on at 92 and safe shutdown about a minute after that. Don't worry the 38 only handled admin tasks. The labs ran on a Data General Eclipse that was in another room and didn't put out much heat.

Awesome. (3, Interesting)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323467)

This is one of those articles that you think 'Why isn't there more of these!? It's great!' but then remember that if there were more, they'd quickly become old-hat.

Kudos to them for doing it right... #7 was sure a surprise.

Re:Awesome. (1)

edittard (805475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323557)

This is one of those articles that you think 'Why isn't there more of these!? It's great!'
You must be new here.

but then remember that if there were more, they'd quickly become old-hat.
We have a name for that season. We call it 'late November till mid December'. Seems late November is early this year. Probably due to sunspots or something.
 

Re:Awesome. (1)

AndersOSU (873247) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324425)

Nah it's global war... err... climate change

Re:Awesome. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21323853)

This is one of those articles that you think 'Why isn't there more of these!? It's great!'

Except I think in sentences that are grammatically correct.

Dork (2, Insightful)

Gaima (174551) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323475)

My god, that must be the dorkiest list in the world, ever.
Love it!

Top Ten Turn-offs? (4, Funny)

djasbestos (1035410) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323477)

Usually that's a lead-in to some bullshit dating article...too bad toggle switches don't apply in that field!

That could also be dangerous, as many slashdotters would begin to be able to understand the opposite sex.

Re:Top Ten Turn-offs? (4, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324223)

I don't know, I'm pretty sure talking about toggle switches on a date would be a pretty big turn off. If you find a girl that isn't turned off by it, you should marry her immediately.

Re:Top Ten Turn-offs? (1)

E IS mC(Square) (721736) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324687)

Or you should turn off the lights by toggling off the switch and do it immediately before she marries somebody else!

Do relays count? (3, Informative)

LM741N (258038) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323491)

If so, the vacuum relay. Can switch large amounts of power and comes in a relatively small package. These are very fast as well. High power radio transmitting systems use them

Re:Do relays count? (2, Informative)

ajlitt (19055) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323767)

You mean the thyratron [wikipedia.org] . Because at the heart of every high energy physics experiment or giant pulsed laser is a thyratron (or a thyristor, the solid state equivalent).

Re:Do relays count? (2, Funny)

LM741N (258038) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324157)

No I mean vacuum relay. But the hydrogen thyratron is the fastest (as I'm being entered into the no-fly list)

controls logic (4, Informative)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323501)

Also remember to wire your emergency 'off' switches as normally closed, so if the switch fails the equipment will stop. Nothing worse that going to switch off a 30HP motor that your tie is stuck in and the damn switch isn't working.

THANK YOU CAPTAIN OBVIOUS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21323539)

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Re:THANK YOU CAPTAIN OBVIOUS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21323823)

I always get good response by spelling out the alphabet (both upper and lower case) with my tongue. Then follow up with a few lines of "THE QUICK BROWN FOX... ...67890" - gets them every time!


But isn't this about OFF switches and not ON switches?-)

Re:THANK YOU CAPTAIN OBVIOUS (1)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324621)

Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?

Re:controls logic (2, Insightful)

jandoedel (1149947) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323581)

And where do you work, that you need to wear a tie while operating heavy machinery?

Re:controls logic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21323743)

Nobody said anything about _wearing_ a tie, he obviously works in a tie factory.

Re:controls logic (1)

kevmatic (1133523) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323749)

A company that's about to be shut down, I'm afraid. I've actually seen static electricity start up a 20hp milling machine. Dangerous for sure. turned out to be a bad ground when the maker came to look at it.

Re:controls logic (2, Funny)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324645)

Obviously, he's management. Notice how he thinks that "closed" means "off."

Re:controls logic (4, Insightful)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324247)

Unless of course it's the overload switch of an electromagnetic lifter (ie: Scrapyard crane) where you don't want that 4 ton load to suddenly drop from 60ft onto you just because someone heard a gear grind and pressed the panic button - better to lock the electromagnet ON.

Re:controls logic (4, Funny)

darthflo (1095225) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324725)

This may just be me, but I'd rather use an antigravitational switch for that. Locking the magnet to "on" might crush whomever's between magnet and load while "off" would crush the person underneath it. Hovering seems the best alternative to me.

Just think about it. (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324397)

Good point bringing that up, but I can think of a number of situations where you'd prefer the machinery defaults to ON when the switch breaks -- where you're never going to want to turn the machine off so urgently you can't pull the plug, or cut the wire.

Pessimistic (3, Funny)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323555)

I prefer to think of them as "on" switches. Err, except the ones which actually are off-only. Obviously.

Slashdot = Biggest Off Switch (5, Funny)

alcmaeon (684971) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323589)

Given that the article appears to be already slashdotted, it appears this website is really the biggest, baddest off switch around.

Re:Slashdot = Biggest Off Switch (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324179)

How the fuck did we kill cnet, though?

I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I wanted to see TFA, for once...

Lighted switch? (2, Funny)

russotto (537200) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323595)

An even more useful switch is one which lights up when the device it is controlling is off, and goes dark when it is on. But the #1 switch should be the Frankenstein-style knife switch. Nothing says fun like exposed very-high-current conductors.

Re:Lighted switch? (2, Insightful)

Detritus (11846) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323789)

My pet peeve is switches that offer no visual indication of their state when the power is out. This is important when you are trying to turn off a room full of equipment during a power failure. Besides removing load, it helps prevent damage to the equipment when the power is restored.

Glass half empty? (1)

niceone (992278) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323607)

I prefer to think of them as ON switches*.

Maybe we could compromise on ON/OFF switches?

* except for the ones that are for emergency off - aren't those called kill switches?

Re:Glass half empty? (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323665)

I jinx you! [slashdot.org]

Re:Glass half empty? (2, Funny)

faloi (738831) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323703)

I believe we're no longer allowed to refer to them as "kill" switches, there's an obvious implication of violence. We have to refer to them as unpower switches.

Thankfully I'm not serious...yet.

Re:Glass half empty? (1)

darthflo (1095225) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324767)

You know what's weird? There's kill switches (yea, it's not pc, who cares?) but no taze (bro) switches. Stupid lethal force.

Re:Glass half empty? (1)

mtmra70 (964928) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324015)

They are on/off switches. If they were only one or the other, it would not allow you to do the reverse (i.e. turn something off, but not back on).

In the era of managed shutdown... (3, Insightful)

Tony Shepps (333) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323653)

...we will forget the off switch. I understand the need for managed shutdown, but there was always something satisfying about activating a solid on/off switch to cut all power to the system. The switch always did the same thing. It was dependable. Sometimes, if it was spring-loaded, it even had a satisfying "chunk" noise to tell you with extreme prejudice, this machine is OFF. Industrial!

At one time, before the widespread adoption of journaling file systems, people said that the requirement of managed shutdown would make Unix/Linux unacceptable for most people. Ha! Nowadays when people hit the START button to get to the SHUTDOWN, Windows will sit there, "saving your settings" for a good minute or more.

Re:In the era of managed shutdown... (5, Funny)

gazbo (517111) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323817)

Windows 95 was released over a decade ago. That should help to give you a bound on when the start/shutdown "joke" ceased to be funny or original.

Maybe you should branch into other areas of observational comedy: I hear Alanis Morissette has a song about things being ironic that is ripe for parody by a man of your talents.

Slashdotted? (4, Insightful)

jafiwam (310805) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323671)

Link is not working for me.

Did they include the "guy standing over rope with axe" switch to shut down the Manhattan project reactor pile?

Sometimes low tech is the best tech.

Re:Slashdotted? (3, Funny)

Tteddo (543485) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323935)

Wow! That brought me back to nuke school!
SCRAM Safety Control Rod Axe Man

Re:Slashdotted? (1)

kcdoodle (754976) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324751)

SCRAM = Super Critical Reactor Axe Man

c|net's Off-Switch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21323681)

Looks like someone was finally able to press cnet's off switch...

Slashdotted (1, Redundant)

orclevegam (940336) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323695)

They missed one of the most classic off switches of all. A link button on the front page of slashdot!

Re:Slashdotted (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323811)

Hey, the first page works. bout 50% of the time. All subsequent pages return empty documents. Apparently CNet is developing a new brand of "off".

Don't forget to buy the plexiglass cover... (1)

argent (18001) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323697)

Don't forget the plexiglass cover for switch #1.

I've seen what happens when you leave that off.

Re:Don't forget to buy the plexiglass cover... (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324031)

That's known as a . [catb.org]

Re:Don't forget to buy the plexiglass cover... (1)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324295)

Yep - Computer room where I once did some freelancing had a pull cord light switch just behind the door as you walked in.

Guess what was on the wall immediately behind said pull cord - 'sright: the big red button to kill the computer room.

Now guess what happened every week or so as someone scrabbled for the light cord...

Re:Don't forget to buy the plexiglass cover... (1)

argent (18001) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324487)

In my case a developer had a nervous habit of playing with things... and was talking to someone and idly fiddling with the BRS. The guy he was talking to asked him to stop, because it was making him nervous. He stopped, then, but habits are hard to break and a few minutes later...

Off Switch #1 (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323699)

I'd say The Button [wikipedia.org] is the #1 off switch - it is the high bit on the entire world.

Re:Off Switch #1 (1)

Phisbut (761268) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324749)

I'd say The Button is the #1 off switch - it is the high bit on the entire world.

I wouldn't consider it a switch, since it does not have an on/off setting. Once The Button is pressed, you can't unpress it.

Who flipped the off switch on the website? (1)

knarph (91616) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323701)

Come on, which one of you was it?

Heh... planned maintenance. *chuckle*

Re:Who flipped the off switch on the website? (1)

Whatsisname (891214) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323771)

The better question, is what did it look like? Got any revealing pics?

Wow... (1)

Xserv (909355) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323723)

Holy Crap! Call the Daily Planet... Get the news train running on this one, Mr. Kent!

wI thank you For your time (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21323755)

My preference... (1)

Viceroy Potatohead (954845) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323813)

..is this button [youtube.com] . Any jolly candy-like button is alright by me.

Oh come on!!! (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323851)

They don't even mention Blart Versenwald III!

Illuminated toggle switches can do anything (1)

E. Edward Grey (815075) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323869)

All you have to do is take your low-current, low-voltage illuminated toggle switch and use it to operate a relay. Assuming your relay is rated for the right conditions, you can use that switch to open and close any circuit you want.

Battle Short (1)

Detritus (11846) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323923)

My favorite is the "battle short" switch. Often seen on military hardware. It overrides all of the protective circuits that might take the system off-line during critical operations.

Re:Battle Short (1)

HardCase (14757) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324181)

Otherwise known as the ON switch. Or, as we called it, the "oh shit" switch.

Cnet slashdotted? (1)

sledge_hmmer (1179603) | more than 6 years ago | (#21323927)

You would think a website as large as Cnet would have the bandwidth to hold up to the Slashdot crowd. So, I am a bit surprised by this. Anybody got any explanations?

Re:Cnet slashdotted? (1)

eZtaR (764650) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324159)

Haha, no one has the power to slashdot the almighty cnet!
What really happened to cnet [break.com] replace x-wing with random cnet server.

Re:Cnet slashdotted? (1)

Mantaar (1139339) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324293)

Well, that's not exactly cnet's main server - if you have a look at the address it's crave.cnet.co.uk, which resolves to c16-uk-cnet-lb.eu.cnet.co.uk from here. Interestingly, you can access the server crave.cnet.com, which appears to be a different machine: c18-uk-cnet-lb.eu.cnet.co.uk. So let's slashdot the second one...

Mathmos Airswitch (1)

mccalli (323026) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324121)

Funnily enough was looking at this earlier today - I have one and am likely to get another.

The 'switch' is a beam, not sure what kind, which controls on/off and and brightness for a lamp. You don't flick anything, you just move your hand across and the lamp switches on.

Irritatingly the Mathmos website [mathmos.co.uk] is arranged such that you can't directly link to a product, but here's a video of the lamp in action on another site [firebox.com] . I know the tech isn't the highest in the world, but who cares? It looks fantastic.

Cheers,
Ian

Confusing Switches (1)

rueger (210566) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324137)

Am I alone in disliking those "universal" symbols found on power bars? I can never remember whether the circle or the horizontal line [69.90.174.250] is "ON" or "OFF." Maybe it's me, but they seem totally non-intuitive.

Re:Confusing Switches (1)

Mantaar (1139339) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324169)

Err.. why is it so hard? 0 for off (false) and 1 for on (true). You're not a geek? Here on /.?

Re:Confusing Switches (1)

rueger (210566) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324237)

Ah, but if you see it as a circle and a horizontal line instead of a numerals 0 and 1, then that logic doesn't work.

Re:Confusing Switches (1)

Mantaar (1139339) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324495)

If you would regard an HTML-input form as a white rectangle with a grey border you wouldn't be able to post here, would you?

They're symbols, mnemonics, call them what thou wilst ;-)

Re:Confusing Switches (1)

CaseyB (1105) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324617)

Yeah, when everything is sideways, it's a lot harder to figure out which symbol represents the zero.

Binary. (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324275)

One is on, zero is off.

Am I alone in thinking that's so intuitive as to border on obvious?

Fortunately for both of us, these are often combined into a toggle switch, and also, the power bar switch is usually lit up when it's on.

Re:Binary. (1)

DigitalSorceress (156609) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324731)

I agree. It's always a hoot though when something like this gets mislabeled at the factory. I recently bought a new shop vac and for some odd reason, the | and 0 labeled positions do exactly the opposite of what I'd expect... if the big horking switch's "|" is pressed, (se-sawing the "0" up), I'd EXPECT that to turn it on, and vice versa. However, the switch shroud must have been put on backward, because I have to press "0" to turn it on and "|" to turn it off.

This isn't so hard to work out because it's ever so loud when plugged in and turned on... dead giveaway and all that.

However, I'm so programmed as to the meaning of | and 0 on a switch that I often forget and end up plugging in the vacuum while it's actually set to on. The usual hilarity of the big sucky end immediately attaching itself to whatever happens to be nearby (sheets of paper, small dogs, big angry dogs, etc...) is somewhat lost on me like a tired joke I've heard one too many times.

Re:Binary. (1)

icebrain (944107) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324793)

Unless you don't see it as one and zero, but as just a line or a circle. If you interpret that as an eye, for example, the one looks like a closed eye, while the zero looks like an open eye.

Re:Confusing Switches (3, Informative)

coolGuyZak (844482) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324583)

The mnemonic is an "open" ( O ) versus "closed" ( | ) electrical circuit [tpub.com] . A circle could be seen as open, as the circuit appears to "break" as it passes through the center of the O. Meanwhile a closed circuit passes directly through the center of the line, unbroken.

Wall mount lever (4, Interesting)

jhines (82154) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324197)

The traditional wall mounted box with a pull lever on the side. It opens so you can see the simple mechanical switch inside. Lockable, so that you can insure that it won't get switched back on, while your hands are inside the guts of something electromechanical.

Simple, safe, and sure. That is why they have been used, and will be, for years.

My favourite off switch... (1)

Longjmp (632577) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324209)

... in my memory looks similar to the last one.
It provided power to a few mainframes in a huge radio and TV station, which in turn provided the broadcaster's newsrooms with all the information and tools to process their news.
Since this is not an uncommon setup, you might ask why this switch holds a special place in my memory.
It is because some day a cleaning lady decided to take her job seriously and cleaned it...

Data's LEG? (4, Insightful)

glindsey (73730) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324381)

From the article:

#7 - Lieutenant Commander Data's leg
Yes, you read that right, one of the best off switches ever is fitted to the android from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Data, as he's known to his friends -- seen here snogging the face off the Borg Queen -- had one secret he only told a select few people. He could be deactivated with a power button on his leg.
Yeah... but it was on his hip, not his leg. Which, I suppose, could make sex with the Borg Queen a bit of a pain...

"Oh yeah, yeah, wait, no, don't touch me th*thunk*"

Data's (1)

ChristTrekker (91442) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324415)

Punch the ol' android under the left armpit, and it's "shutdown -h" time for Commander Yelloweyes!

Off switches are illegal! (1)

linebackn (131821) | more than 6 years ago | (#21324775)

Janie Crane: "Edison... an off switch!"
Metrocop: "She'll get years for that. Off switches are illegal!"

In a way I'm surprised this hasn't become a reality yet.
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