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Buying Goods To Make Nuclear Weapons On eBay, Alibaba, and Other Platforms

Ellis D. Tripp Mine had a small vial of iodine crystals, too... (260 comments)

Get you a meth lab charge nowadays. Used to buy potassium nitrate and permanganate in pound canisters from the local druggist too.

KMn04 and glycerin are hypergolic, BTW.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Make a High-Spec PC Waterproof?

Ellis D. Tripp Put it in a Pelican case for starters... (202 comments)

I put together a system a few years ago for use doing offshore surveying in the surf zone. The system is carried on the back of a jet-ski type PWC, and has to withstand constant salt water spray and splash, as well as occasional immersion. It consists of a PC, a monitor, an ultrasonic depth gauge, a GPS receiver, and a custom keyboard, all mounted on the jet-ski.

The case is an off the shelf Pelican waterproof travel case, with all connections in and out of the box through Seacon waterproof bulkhead connectors and plugs. Because this thing is in a sealed black plastic box used outdoors in full sunlight, cooling was an issue. It was solved by using a seawater cooling loop supplied by a tap off of the propulsion jet on the jet-ski pump. The monitor is a 9" TFT mounted in a smaller pelican case with a viewing window up on the handlebars, with the UI handled via a custom 12-key "keyboard" constructed from industrial watertight switches in an IP68 enclosure.

System is still in regular use, with the only repairs being damaged cables when the driver flipped the jet-ski in harsh surf and ripped things physically apart.

about a month ago
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Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

Ellis D. Tripp Re:Gives new meaning... (178 comments)

Actually, Washington's diaries talk about his hemp crop, and include this passage:

  "Began to separate the Male from the Female hemp ⦠rather too late."

The only reason to separate the male and female plants is to prevent pollination, and thereby increase (psychoactive) resin production. This is still done to this day among pot growers. It seems pretty clear that Washington had at least some interest in the medicinal/psychoactive qualities of his crop.

about 3 months ago
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

Ellis D. Tripp Multiple service entrances are not allowed (124 comments)

into the same structure per the National Electrical Code. Only exception is for different voltages, etc.

Every building has some electrical switchgear that constitutes a "single point of failure", and it is mandated to do so by code. Simplifies cutting off power by first responders in an emergency, etc.

Buss duct is generally not stocked by local distributors, and may have been custom made to order (angle/offsets/termination sections anyway) so depending on what exactly burned up, they could be a while sourcing replacement parts.

about 4 months ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

Ellis D. Tripp Meth cooks will love this technology.... (380 comments)

Kinda puts the DEA behind the 8-ball when they have spent years and pissed away millions of tax dollars tightening regulations on anhydrous ammonia (used as a fertilizer), and now this comes along and promises to make the stuff available at every local gas station!

about 5 months ago
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Getting the Most Out of the Space Station (Before It's Too Late)

Ellis D. Tripp The shuttle's failings were largely (155 comments)

the fault of the USAF!

The USAF demanded the ability to launch, retrieve/deploy a payload, and return to earth in a single orbit. They also wanted the ability to get into a polar orbit, which required a huge cross-range capability not in the original design.

After forcing all this crap into the design (and sinking billions on a shuttle launch/landing facility at Vandenberg AFB), they gave up on the project entirely, leaving NASA stuck with a vehicle that was no longer optimized for what NASA wanted to do with it.

about 5 months ago
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How LEDs Are Made

Ellis D. Tripp That would be pronounced "LEED"... (93 comments)

They were referring to "lead frames", the wire terminals and internal die supports used in a semiconductor package (before the plastic overmolding is done).

Nothing to do with the toxic heavy metal with the symbol Pb.

about 6 months ago
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Organic Cat Litter May Have Caused Nuclear Waste Accident

Ellis D. Tripp Re:Where do you get the "jet" part from? (174 comments)

Sure, but how many things AREN'T?

http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/2008/02/26/sand_wont_save_you_this_time.php

about 6 months ago
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Organic Cat Litter May Have Caused Nuclear Waste Accident

Ellis D. Tripp Where do you get the "jet" part from? (174 comments)

Jet fuel would be a hydrocarbon. Organic kitty litter would be essentially cellulose, a carbohydrate.

Both are fuels, in that they will combust when heated, unlike clay.

about 6 months ago
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German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up

Ellis D. Tripp This only apply to "amateurs", or works for hire? (334 comments)

Could a porn star decide later on that they "revoke their consent" for their previous work, and demand that it all be destroyed/deleted/vanished under threat of legal penalties?

about 6 months ago
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Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

Ellis D. Tripp Re:remote doesn't equal secure (213 comments)

Also keep in mind, the size of the seismic activity needed to harm the facility in any way would have to be so large that any hazardous waste leak that resulted from it would be more of an afterthought compared to the destruction from the quake itself.

Destruction of what? The whole idea is to site a nuclear waste dump in the middle of nowhere. What would a local earthquake damage? Some mountains in the middle of a remote desert?

Possible leakage of stored waste would seem to be far more of a potential problem than toppling cactus and shifting rocks around.

about 5 months ago
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Air Force Prepares to Dismantle HAARP

Ellis D. Tripp Re:Oh no (178 comments)

Well the US better get its ass in gear then, gentlemen!

We can't allow a Unicorn Gap!

about 6 months ago
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Breaking Bad's Scientific Consultant On Making Meth and More

Ellis D. Tripp That was a key plot point of the 1st season... (118 comments)

Once Walt and Jesse moved beyond making a few ounces at a time, they couldn't get enough OTC pseudoephedrine pills through their small network of "smurfs".

They had already committed to providing 4 pounds of product to a rather psychotic distributor, so Walt decided to use a different synthetic route (P2P from phenylacetic acid via high temperature catalyst, then reductive amination with methylamine and aluminum amalgam), rather than the standard pseudoephedrine reduction using red phosphorus and iodine that they started out with.

about 7 months ago
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Breaking Bad's Scientific Consultant On Making Meth and More

Ellis D. Tripp Re:Blue color was a plot device.... (118 comments)

The first season was written and filmed before Dr. Nelson came on board, I think.

The blue meth was introduced in the last episode or second to last episode of the first season, which was only 7 episodes long due to the writer's strike that year.

about 7 months ago

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NM Traffic stop turns into 14 hour cavity search--and no drugs found!

Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  1 year,14 days

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) writes "DEMING, NM – According to recently discovered court documents, a Deming, NM man was subjected to a nightmarish 14-hour anal cavity search for drugs after allegedly running a stop sign. No drugs were found and now David Eckert is suing police officers and the doctors who conducted the horrendous search, which occurred on January 2, 2013."
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Japanese company offers lead-lined underwear in wake of Fukushima disaster

Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  1 year,28 days

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) writes "In response to the ongoing leakage issues that Tokyo Electric Power Company is dealing with at its Fukushima nuclear plant, manufacturer Yamamoto Corporation has launched a line of anti-radiation underwear made from a lead-based fabric to protect a wearer’s more sensitive areas from harmful gamma rays."
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SCOTUS: Warrant Needed To Take Blood In DUI Cases

Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) writes "In a case that could have nationwide implications in the enforcement of marijuana impaired “drugged driving” laws, the United States Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that states can not routinely compel drivers to submit to a blood test in drunk driving cases without consent and without a warrant.

The ruling comes in the case of Missouri v. McNeely, originated by an arrest in October 2010 in the rural county of Cape Girardeau, Missouri."

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Arizona Court: You Don't Have to Be High to Get a DUI

Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  about 2 years ago

Ellis D. Tripp writes "An Arizona appeals court has ruled that marijuana users don’t need to be actually impaired to be successfully prosecuted for driving under the influence.

The common sense-defying ruling came Tuesday in the case of a man who tested positive for an inactive marijuana metabolite that remains in the body for weeks after the high from smoking marijuana has worn off.

The ruling in Arizona v. Shilgevorkyan overturned a decision by a superior court judge who said that it didn’t make sense to prosecute people for driving under the influence if they’re not actually under the influence."
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Valedictorian denied HS diploma for saying "Hell" in graduation speech

Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Ellis D. Tripp writes "Oklahoma HS administrators are withholding a diploma from Kaitlin Nootbaar, the class of 2012 valedictorian, because she used the word "Hell" in a graduation speech inspired by the recent "Twilight" films. Adding to the stupidity is the fact that the mascot of the Prague, OK school is a red devil carrying a pitchfork."
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Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer chip, Dead at 78

Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) writes "The inventor of the 555 timer IC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/555_timer_IC), Hans Kamenzind, has died at age 78. His invention (first introduced in 1972) will be warmly remembered by many electronics hobbyists, and was the first integrated circuit ever used by many of us. R.I.P., Hans!"
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Analog design guru Bob Pease dead at 70

Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) writes "Former National Semiconductor staff scientist and Electronic Design "Pease Porridge" columnist Robert A. Pease (RAP) was killed yesterday in an automobile accident. Ironically, he was returning from a memorial service for fellow analog design legend Jim Williams, who passed earlier in the week. Perhaps even more ironically, Pease was the author of a a book on defensive driving (http://www.amazon.com/How-Drive-into-Accidents-Not/dp/0965564819). The vehicle that he was driving was his beloved 1969 VW Beetle, which he had written about in his ED column many times."
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Energy drink maker sues microbrewer over name...

Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) writes "The Hansen Beverage corporation (makers of "Monster" energy drinks) is threatening Vermont's Rock Art Brewery (http://rockartbrewery.com/) with trademark infringement litigation over the brewery's "Vermonster" barleywine style ale. Matt Nadeau, the brewery owner is vowing to fight rather than simply rolling over (as advised by his legal counsel). To this end he has posted a video about the situation on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbG_woqXTeg), enlisted several local retailers to begin a boycott of Hansen's products, appeared on local media outlets, and drawn vocal support from across the beer blogs.

Media clips and lots more info available here:

http://rockartbrewery.com/SAVE_VERMONSTER.html"

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World's largest Model Rocket makes perfect flight

Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ellis D. Tripp writes "Steve Eves' 1:10 scale Saturn V rocket (Slashdot story here:http://entertainment.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/04/18/1731216) turned in a perfect launch and recovery at Higgs farm, Price MD today. The 1600 pound rocket reached an altitude of nearly 4000 feet, and recovered perfectly under multiple parachutes. The booster section came to rest standing upright on the fins! Amazing flight video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bj4lj6YSwzg

Congratulations to Steve and all the launch volunteers at MDRA for a spectacular launch!"
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Rocket Hobbyists prevail over Feds in court case

Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ellis D. Tripp writes "DC District Court judge Reggie Walton has finally ruled in the 9-year old court case pitting the model rocketry community against the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). The ruling is a "slam dunk" for the rocketry community, stating that the BATFE ignored scientific evidence and overstepped their bounds by classifying ammonium perchlorate composite propellant (APCP) as an "explosive". Effective immediately, the BATFE has no legal jurisdiction over hobby rocket motors, and a federal Low Explosives User's Permit (LEUP) will no longer be needed in order to purchase APCP motors.

Full text of the Judge's decision here:

http://www.rocketryplanet.com/images/pdf/ATFE-03-16-09.pdf"
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Space Station toilet craps out

Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Ellis D. Tripp writes "CNN is reporting that the toilet on the ISS is malfunctioning, and that this weekend's shuttle launch may be needed to bring up replacement parts. Plumbers aren't cheap, but I can imagine the charge for an orbital housecall! The crew is using the plastic bag "backup system" in the meantime, so be on the lookout for the constellation "Urion" over your town tonight... http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/space/05/27/space.toilet.ap/index.html"
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Are engineers potential terrorist recruits?

Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) writes "According to a recent sociology paper (http://www.nuff.ox.ac.uk/users/gambetta/Engineers%20of%20Jihad.pdf) out of Oxford university, the historic political/social conservatism of the engineering profession predisposes engineers to develop a "terrorist mindset".

No word on what forms of idiocy sociologists might be predisposed to, though..."

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NYC seeks to ban Geiger counters and Air monitors

Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Ellis D. Tripp writes "The city of New York is pushing legislation that would ban private ownership of certain scientific instruments that could give warning of excessive pollution or radioactive contamination. The proposed law would specifically target Geiger counters and air particulate sampling equipment. The alleged rationale behind the law is to prevent false alarms that might panio the public, but after the coverup surrounding the air quality in lower Manhattan immediately after the (/11 attacks, perhaps the REAL goal is to prevent independent scientific study that might contradict the official party line?

From the article:

[quote]"There are currently no guidelines regulating the private acquisition of biological, chemical, and radiological detectors," warned Falkenrath, adding that this law was suggested by officials within the Department of Homeland Security. "There are no consistent standards for the type of detectors used, no requirement that they be reported to the police department — or anyone else, for that matter — and no mechanism for coordinating these devices. . . . Our mutual goal is to prevent false alarms . . . by making sure we know where these detectors are located, and that they conform to standards of quality and reliability."[/quote]

This is not the first law that would restrict the sales of scientific apparatus to the general public. The state of Texas already bans a large list of glassware and laboratory equipment without a permit from (and periodic inspections by) law enforcement."

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Recreating John Glenn's flight, 50 years later

Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Ellis D. Tripp writes "A consortium of industry and universities is planning to recreate John Glenn's project mercury orbital flight, to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the event. The plan is to build a replica mercury capsule from the original plans, and launch it atop a modern booster. The project is intended to advance space science education, and reignite interest in space exploration among American youth.

No news on how the astronaut will be chosen yet.

http://www.aio50.org/index.html"

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Drug testing entire cities at once

Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ellis D. Tripp writes "Researchers have developed a technique for determining what illicit drugs people might be consuming in a given area, by testing a sample from the local sewage treatment plant. As little as a teaspoonful of untreated wastewater can reveal drug use patterns in a given community. From the article:

"one fairly affluent community scored low for illicit drugs except for cocaine. Cocaine and ecstasy tended to peak on weekends and drop on weekdays, she said, while methamphetamine and prescription drugs were steady throughout the week."

Obviously, any drugs found can't be tied to any specific user, but how much longer until the drug warriors want to deploy automatic sampling units farther upstream of the sewage treatment plant, sampling sewage output from selected neighborhoods, blocks, or even individual houses?

http://www.townhall.com/news/sci-tech/2007/08/21/s cientists_drug-test_whole_cities"
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Australian court rules eBay auctions as binding

Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ellis D. Tripp writes "An Australian court has ruled that an eBay seller cannot back out of an auction sale once it is successfully completed. The court has ordered a seller to hand over a vintage airplane to an eBayer who bid just over the reserve price of $128,000, despite a subsequent non-eBay offer of over $200,000. More details here:

http://www.comcast.net/news/technology/index.jsp?c at=TECHNOLOGY&fn=/2007/08/03/730424.html"
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Ellis D. Tripp Ellis D. Tripp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ellis D. Tripp writes "A Missouri state legislator is seeking to regulate BAKING SODA sales in hopes of curbing crack cocaine production.

In a bill introduced in late March, Rep. Talibdin El-Amin (D-St. Louis) says he wants to put baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, behind the pharmaceutical counter.

No word if vinegar will be next, to prevent grade school science classes from manufacturing volcanoes of mass destruction...

http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.asp?S=6336785&n av=8H3x"

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