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  • Fuel cutoff relays??

    11/30/2011 8:03:27 AM PST · by varmintman · 28 replies
    The topic here is this little guy: Somewhere around the early 90s Honda and Toyota started making cars to last longer than their owners last. I have a 96 Honda Accord with around 210K miles on it, synthetic oil all the way, bulletproof 5-speed manual transmission and all the main parts of the car seem set to live for another 30 years, assuming I replace spark plugs, timing belts, radiators, windshield wipers and that sort of thing once in a while. But I've seen cars killed by over-engineering things and that fuel relay is just that. When one of the...
  • How will an electrical grid cyber attack manifest itself?

    10/19/2011 6:40:27 AM PDT · by Any Fate But Submission · 54 replies
    One objective might be significant damage to a coal/oil fired plant that provides electricity to the Grid. How would they do that? A simple example would be my electric tea pot at home. Every morning I fill the tea pot with water and turn it on. When the water comes to a boil, I turn it off and pour the water into a cup. My tea pot has a mechanical on-off switch but if I leave it on, the water boils out and the overheat safety switch automatically turns it off. If it was controlled by a computer a cyber...
  • I have an electrical mystery with my smoke detector.

    04/18/2011 12:21:10 PM PDT · by Mears · 61 replies
    For the past week my smoke detector (electric w. battery backup) has starting rapidly beeping at exactly the same time every day and then stops after 10 minutes. Twenty four hours later it starts again. My batteries are new and this is one of 3 detectors. The others are fine.
  • Ministry of Interior electrical upgrade initiated

    02/15/2010 1:01:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 165+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Mike Scheck, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,
    BAGHDAD - Sustainable electrical power has been in short supply here for years. But for the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, charged with protecting the Iraqi public, having uninterrupted electrical power to its 11-story headquarters building is not an option; it’s a necessity. And when faced with an aged, deteriorating electrical distribution system, the MoI turned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region District for solutions to upgrade the system. Tim Ernster, GRD Loyalty Resident Office electrical engineer, says the goal of the $6.5 million electrical distribution project is to both upgrade the MoI’s electrical system and double its...
  • Email: When Mechanical Engineers are recruited into Electrical R&D [Hilarious!]

    01/15/2010 11:56:40 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 20 replies · 1,611+ views
    Email | 15 Jan. 2009 | Unknown
  • Copenhagen - The Impossible Dream

    12/07/2009 3:08:31 AM PST · by TonyfromOz · 6 replies · 588+ views
    PA Pundits International ^ | 7th December 2009 | TonyfromOz
    With Copenhagen starting, there is one simple diagram that no one has bothered to even consider. It is not related to Science, but to Electrical Engineering. See this diagram at the link and read why anything that comes out of Copenhagen will not be able to be achieved, no matter what the aspiration might be.
  • Report: Iran plane was carrying arms for Hezbollah (Caspian Air enroute to Armenia)

    08/02/2009 5:37:04 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 33 replies · 2,541+ views
    Italian newspaper says plane crash north of Tehran which left 168 people dead was caused by explosion of fuses slated to be delivered to Lebanese organization. According to report, members of Revolutionary Guards among casualties 08.02.09 / Israel News An Iranian plane crash two weeks ago – which left 168 people dead – was caused by the explosion of sophisticated fuses slated to be delivered to Hezbollah, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported Saturday, quoting sources in the Middle East. According to the report, the pilot of the Tupolev plane, which was making its way from Tehran to Armenia, sent...
  • When a takeover battle goes nuclear

    07/08/2009 5:44:07 AM PDT · by Freeport · 10 replies · 1,166+ views
    Fortune ^ | July 7, 2009 | David Whitford
    (Fortune Magazine) -- David Crane, CEO of NRG Energy and a father of five, was standing in a stubby cornfield in Bucks County, Pa., one windy evening last October when his BlackBerry began to stir. He checked his in-box, but he didn't respond, not right away. It was Sunday night, and he was on an outing with his family, waiting in line for a Halloween hayride. Nor did he respond an hour later on his way to the Amtrak station to catch a train to Washington, D.C. How could he, when he drives a Mini Cooper with a stick shift?...
  • Greta and WSJ: China and Russia have broken into the US Electrical Grid

    04/07/2009 7:34:48 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 35 replies · 1,092+ views
    Greta and the WSJ are reporting Chinese and Russian spies have broken into the United States Electrical Grid. .... Cyberspies
  • Chinese Drywall MAy Be Toxic

    01/19/2009 7:01:31 AM PST · by LadyBuzz · 40 replies · 3,646+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/12/2009 | MICHAEL CORKERY
    Some home builders already struggling in Florida's dismal housing market are facing another headache: The Chinese-made drywall they used is causing unpleasant odors and possibly leading to electric problems in dozens of homes constructed during the housing boom.
  • Not so Green Solar Energy

    01/18/2009 10:17:32 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 27 replies · 1,232+ views
    AmericanThinker ^ | 1/18/09 | Otis A. Glazebrook IV
    You think solar electrical generation is going to save you or the Planet? Think again. While it is true that photovoltaic solar panels do not pollute while they are producing electricity -- what about the manufacturing process? What happens when these panels reach the end of their projected lifecycle in twenty-five years? (This is, by the way, an optimistic view of their useful life.) Those questions are addressed in a study by the watchdog group Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition. "Green Power" is being hyped as the "Safe Solution." It is anything but safe -- when all factors are considered. Here...
  • Reports of Electrical Hazards Overblown, Pentagon Spokesman Says

    07/29/2008 5:19:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 158+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 29, 2008 – Reports of electrical hazards caused by negligence in Iraq are overblown, a senior Defense Department spokesman said here today. Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell spoke at a news conference on the eve of testimony before the House Government Reform Committee. Acting DoD Inspector General Gordon S. Heddell is one of four Pentagon officials expected to testify, according to House officials. The hearing will examine allegations that KBR, a large defense contractor responsible for building and maintaining much of the U.S. infrastructure in Iraq, and the Army have caused deaths among American servicemembers in Iraq through...
  • Plug-In Hybrid Catches Fire

    06/22/2008 7:45:17 PM PDT · by Flavius · 59 replies · 294+ views
    greentechmedia ^ | June 19, 2008 | by: Jennifer Kho
    As U.S. gasoline prices hover above $4 per gallon and automakers race to make plug-in hybrids available in 2010, it’s no wonder that green-car enthusiasts have turned to after-market kits to convert their hybrids into plug-ins sooner. The kits include additional batteries and plugs that allow drivers to replace some fuel with electricity from a standard wall outlet, getting more than 100 miles per gallon. It’s an alluring proposition. But the road to plug-in hybrids hasn’t been easy, and now conversion companies may have run into another bump. Hybrids Plus this week said a converted Toyota Prius had caught fire,...
  • International computer hackers threatening to hold cities ransom

    01/18/2008 11:42:50 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 10 replies · 218+ views
    Saturday, January 19, 2008 International computer hackers threatening to hold cities ransom January 18, 2008 CIA says hackers pulled plug on overseas power grid Overseas attacks recently declassified, but some details obscure By Robert McMillan (IDG News Service) -- Criminals have been able to hack into computer systems via the Internet and cut power to several cities, a Central Intelligence Agency analyst said this week. Speaking at a conference of security professionals on Wednesday, CIA analyst Tom Donahue disclosed the recently declassified attacks while offering few specifics on what actually went wrong. Criminals have launched online attacks that disrupted power...
  • Electrical Substation Expanded to Provide Power for Decades

    11/14/2007 1:17:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 207+ views
    The Mutanabi 33/11 kV substation is one of (22) completed recently in Iraq’s southern nine provinces. This facility will provide electricity to more than (30,000) and last for decades. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. NAJAF PROVINCE — Completion of an electrical substation in southern Iraq recently brought forth happy citizens and an array of Iraqi officials, including the deputy governor of Najaf Province and the directors general of involved regional and local electrical directorates. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project is a rehabilitation and expansion of the Mutanabi 33/11 kV substation at a cost of $2.47...
  • Iraqi Crew Works to Expand Electrical Generation

    11/08/2007 3:39:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 49+ views
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 8, 2007 – The Qudas electric generation facility in northern Baghdad is getting two new gas turbines that will add 200 megawatts of power to the national grid. Iraqi workers place hundreds of cubic meters of concrete at the Qudas gas turbine expansion project in northern Baghdad. In all, 1,000 cubic meters of concrete will be needed to create two pedestals that will serve as the foundation as two new 100-megawatt gas turbine generators are installed. Photo by Norris Jones  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. A crew of more than 150 Iraqis is involved with the...
  • Accepted Notion Of Neutron's Electrical Properties Overturned By New Research

    09/18/2007 1:21:38 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 36 replies · 194+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 9/18/07
    Science Daily — For two generations of physicists, it has been a standard belief that the neutron, an electrically neutral elementary particle and a primary component of an atom, actually carries a positive charge at its center and an offsetting negative charge at its outer edge. The notion was first put forth in 1947 by Enrico Fermi, a Nobel laureate noted for his role in developing the first nuclear reactor. But new research by a University of Washington physicist shows the neutron's charge is not quite as simple as Fermi believed. Using precise data recently gathered at three different laboratories...
  • Engineers Work to Improve Electrical Grid (Substation strengthens, helps keep power on)

    08/17/2007 5:39:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 265+ views
      Engineers Work to Improve Electrical Grid Substation strengthens electrical system, helps keep power on. By A. Al Bahrani U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region South BASRAH, Iraq, Aug. 17, 2007 — The multi-million dollar rehabilitation and expansion of the 132 kilovolt substation at the port of Khor Az Zubair in the Basrah Province will provide a reliable power source to the port facility and to residential and commercial areas. “The main purpose of this project is to engineer, procure, supply, construct, and commission electrical equipment necessary for the expansion and rehabilitation of the Harbor substation,” said Rebecca...
  • Iraq electrical grid gets boost

    01/25/2007 4:54:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 426+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Polli Barnes Keller
    TIKRIT — The $31.2 million rehabilitation and expansion of a 400kV/132kV substation, along with the five feeders in the Diyala Province, will provide a more reliable power source for more than 63,000 people. Built by local construction companies with quality assurance managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, these renovations and additions will add stability to Iraq’s electrical grid. The 400kV substation – called Baghdad East - is considered to be an important component of the national electrical system, having a significant impact on the national grid. Rehabilitating the substation not only improves the electrical distribution network in the...
  • Major electrical power failure affects Western Europe

    11/04/2006 5:58:35 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 36 replies · 1,351+ views
    AFP via translation | November 4, 2006
    All Western Europe touched by the electric breakdown PARIS - All Western Europe was struck Saturday evening by electric breakdowns related to an important failure of the German grid system of electricity, indicated in the night of Saturday to Sunday the Grid system of French electricity RTE. Some five million French, is approximately 10% of the population, were private of electricity on this occasion. "They are approximately 5 million consumers who were private" of current, with AFP a door of RTE declared. They "were gradually réalimentées between 22H30 and 23H00", it added. "Of the similar cuts took place in...
  • Shedding light on Iraq's electrical challenges

    09/14/2006 5:18:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 509+ views
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region South District Outdated and non-functional transformers fill the electrical maintenance yard of the Ministry of Electricity in An-Nasiriyah, awaiting disposal. Recent efforts by the U.S. Army's Gulf Region South District helped to provide 50 new transformers on short notice. Department of Defense photo by Tim Salthouse. Reconstruction in Iraq is not without its challenges, as members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region Division, learn everyday. Many are aware of the media criticism concerning IraqÂ’s recurring problems of electrical power outages and rationing throughout the country. But seldom is the overall...
  • Utility companies begin 'reverse auction' to buy power in 2007

    09/05/2006 3:20:04 PM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies · 354+ views
    ABC., WLS-TV Chicago ^ | September 5, 2006 | Alan Krashesky
    An auction for the right to sell electricity to ComEd and Ameren Corporation in Illinois began Tuesday despite legal action to stop it. Electric rates for customers likely will increase in January. That's when a ten-year-old deregulation law expires and price controls on electricity end. "If we continue on the path we're headed now, with this reverse auction, we're going to see a large rate increase, at least 20%, perhaps as much as 40%," said David Kolata, Citizens Utility Board. Citizens Utility Board is arguing that the bidding is not truly competitive. For instance, Exelon - the parent company of...
  • What have YOU done to decrease the amount of gasoline you use

    05/08/2006 7:01:19 AM PDT · by AzNASCARfan · 198 replies · 3,696+ views
    me ^ | 5/8/06 | AzNascarFan
    I would challenge you democtatic underground lurkers (or a freeper with a DU account) to post this over there and see what sort of repsonses come from the left... I keep hearing how oil dependent we are and how higher consumption is driving up prices... I hear how it is adversely affecting 75% of americans, It seems like if that was the case, 75% of americans would cut the amount they use! I know I cant be the only person in america that has drastically cut the amount of fuel I use over the past year. I want to know...
  • Three Electrical Substations Completed in Najaf

    04/10/2006 5:29:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 929+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Suzanne M. Fournier
    Three Electrical Substations Completed in Najaf The three substations represent the first of many improvements to electrical service for the city of Najaf. By Suzanne M. Fournier Gulf Region Southern District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers BASE CAMP ADDER (ALI BASE), Iraq, April 10, 2006 — Three new substations were completed recently in Najaf. The Jamiaa, Aden and Shorta substations took approximately one year to build at a cost of $4.8 million each. Final inspections for each substation occurred last week. The intended outcome of each substation is to deliver electrical power to as many as 25,000 homes, depending...
  • Understandin Engineers (HUMOR)

    12/09/2005 5:35:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 175 replies · 4,382+ views
    Dec 9, 2005
    Thought you might enjoy this. Engineers - Take One: To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. Engineers - Take Two: A pastor, a doctor and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, "What's with these guys? We must have been waiting for 15 minutes!" The doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such ineptitude!" The pastor said, "Hey, here comes the greens keeper. Let's have...
  • Electrical safety training helps keep Iraqi workers free from harm

    11/23/2005 4:04:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 580+ views
    US Army Corps of Engineers ^ | Nov 23, 2005 | Jenna Bisenius
    Electrical safety training helps keep Iraqi workers free from harm By Jenna Bisenius Iraq Project and Contracting Office Iraqi labors in northern governorate of Erbil receive ladder safety training. (Photos courtesy of PCO) Iraqi personnel responsible for working on power pole lines receive appropriate training. (Photos courtesy of PCO) Iraqi personnel responsible for working on power pole lines receive appropriate training. (Photos courtesy of PCO) Baghdad, Iraq – While western construction companies have long recognized that employee safety is paramount to their success, the concept of a safe work environment is novel to most Iraqi crews. During Saddam’s reign, safety training was...
  • Avoiding 'minority' label

    11/17/2005 8:58:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 309+ views
    Otilio Fernandez has no interest in his electrical business being known as a "minority" contractor. Fernandez, 55, who immigrated to Milwaukee from Mexico at age 19 in 1969, decided to distance himself from such designations shortly after starting his electrical contracting firm, Fernandez Electric Inc., out of his Milwaukee home in 1987 with his wife, Mercedes. Fernandez once declined a loan guaranty from the U.S. Small Business Administration, a traditional source of minority-business financing -- opting instead for a personal bank loan he obtained. He also bypasses jobs that specifically seek "minority" participation. He avoids many of the meetings by...
  • Entergy's New Orleans unit files for bankruptcy

    09/23/2005 2:48:10 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 469+ views
    Reuters | September 23, 2005 | Michael Erman
    NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Utility operator Entergy Corp., which provides electricity to much of the U.S. Gulf Coast, on Friday said its New Orleans subsidiary has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. Entergy New Orleans filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, saying that the storm "dealt a body blow" to the unit, destroying facilities, disrupting revenue, and impairing the ability of its customer base to pay bills. The company asked the court to approve debtor-in-possession financing that includes $200 million in loans to...
  • Crane Strikes Power Line; Three Workers Down, PA

    08/21/2003 8:01:53 AM PDT · by m1-lightning · 27 replies · 396+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 08/21/03 | Associated Press
    TELFORD, Pa. - A crane struck a power line Thursday morning at a concrete plant, injuring three workers, an emergency official said. Rescuers could not immediately reach the men because the downed line was live, Bucks County emergency management spokesman John Dougherty said. Rescuers were on the scene of JDM Materials in Telford. The suburban Philadelphia plant makes ready-made concrete. No word on the status of the workers. Fox News also reporting this.
  • Mayor Takes Complete Control [Cleveland's commie Mayor seeks publicity out of blackout]

    08/17/2003 5:20:22 PM PDT · by Diago · 23 replies · 160+ views
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | August 16, 2003 | Sam Fulwood III
      Mayor takes complete control 08/16/03 Mayor Jane, there's your headline. If I had been in the office yesterday when your press secretary, Celeste Glasgow, called to request just that wording, we might have kept this little bit of unpleasantness just between us. But assistant metro editor Mark Vosburgh took Glasgow's call and he filled me in after I arrived. He told me all about how disappointed your office was that The Plain Dealer failed to include your picture in our coverage of Thursday's power outage. I assure you, it wasn't a deliberate snub or anything personal against you....
  • Pollyanna was a Grinch!

    12/30/2002 8:25:15 AM PST · by Greg Swann · 197+ views ^ | December 30, 2002 | Greg Swann
    Pollyanna was a Grinch! by Greg Swann A little while ago I was in a supermarket and the perky little clerk apologized to me for a device (a debit terminal!) that seemed to be malfunctioning. I said, "Don't worry about it. I know it will work." I confided to her that I could recall a time when things routinely did not work, when the electrical power, for example, failed regularly. By this she was amazed. I am 43 years old. To the elderly I seem young. To the very young I seem unimaginably old. But I am many, many...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 11-25-02

    11/24/2002 9:22:41 PM PST · by petuniasevan · 6 replies · 350+ views
    NASA ^ | 11-25-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 November 25 The Earth's Magnetic Field Credit & Copyright: Gary A. Glatzmaier (UCSC) Explanation: Why does the Earth have a magnetic field? The electrical conductivity of the molten plasma of the Earth's core should be able to damp the current magnetic field in only thousands of years. Yet our five billion year old Earth clearly causes magnets to point to (defined) north. The mystery is still being...