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Old 01-06-19, 09:30 AM
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Also San Jose uses weird orange street lights to keep light pollution down, just for the observatory.
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Tucson is nice at night because they have light pollution laws.
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The light pollution here is terrible. About 19 SQM. Naked eye we can't see too much especially around the horizon. The telescope gathers enough light to see stuff though. Tried to split a double star last night and my wife could kind of see it split but I couldn't.

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Old 01-07-19, 05:32 PM
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I don't bother using my telescope in Portland except to very occasionally look at the moon or Saturn. Mostly I use it at my sister's ranch in central WA where the light pollution is pretty low and I can pick out galaxies and other dim objects assuming little or no moonlight.
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Originally Posted by TMonk View Post
neat!
the orange sodium vapor lights emit a very narrow band of light that is more easily filtered out for the observatory. But don't worry, everyone is ******** so they are pushing for modern (white) LED and/or metal halide lights that emit light in all colors and can't be filtered out.

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Maybe not geeky, but I'm looking for more technicalish people (engineers specifically, but anyone really).

If there's a book you want for work for reference (but not a reference book, more of a textbook), do you buy it or does your company buy it? Who owns all those books on the engineer's shelves?

The only books I have at work came from college, so they're mine, but there's a new textbook I want to help me with new work we're trying to get, and I'm debating between just buying it myself and keeping it (it would likely be useful throughout my career) or using my company card and leaving it behind if I move on.
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Originally Posted by Flatballer View Post
Maybe not geeky, but I'm looking for more technicalish people (engineers specifically, but anyone really).

If there's a book you want for work for reference (but not a reference book, more of a textbook), do you buy it or does your company buy it? Who owns all those books on the engineer's shelves?

The only books I have at work came from college, so they're mine, but there's a new textbook I want to help me with new work we're trying to get, and I'm debating between just buying it myself and keeping it (it would likely be useful throughout my career) or using my company card and leaving it behind if I move on.
if you buy it with company money then itís theirs.

That said I have bought many books on company expense accounts and they have moved with me from job to job. Usually the info becomes dated or the book is otherwise considered an expense - not an asset so no one ever cares.

No one wants my old copy of .asp scripting for dummies. My Machineryís Handbook was mine but the latest edition I got on the company dime. Part of doing business.
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Old 02-18-19, 05:08 PM
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In other words - if you end up with a pen from work that makes its way home with you - technically itís theirs but itís been expended and itís not a huge deal.

Start buying boxes of pens pens and taking them home then we have an ethical issue.
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In other words - if you end up with a pen from work that makes its way home with you - technically itís theirs but itís been expended and itís not a huge deal.

Start buying boxes of pens pens and taking them home then we have an ethical issue.
Yeah, it was more of a customs question than ethics. Mainly just whether it's common to buy your own books or have the company buy them and then leave them behind.
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Yeah, it was more of a customs question than ethics. Mainly just whether it's common to buy your own books or have the company buy them and then leave them behind.
They buy them and you leave them behind.
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Do you ever see something at work that seems dumb, and then you spend the rest of the day second guessing yourself why they did it that way? Surely it's not as simple as I'm making it and I'm missing something, otherwise why would they have done it that way?

I did that for a while today. As far as everything was labeled and I could tell, someone spent a lot of money to do something dumb, and I didn't want to replicate it when I updated some stuff that was involved.

Turns out I was in fact missing something, which was essentially institutional knowledge that made something that seemed like one thing actually be something else.

At least we figured it out eventually, and I learned something, which is a good day at work if I learn something.
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Radio for cycling racer communication?
Does anyone have a good one? I'm interested in what is out there.

Certainly battery, water resistance, size is important.

Nice to have stereo.
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Old 06-02-19, 05:24 PM
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Anyone know of an app that will let me use an unused Samsung S4 (no SIM) as a security camera? It just needs to connect to my wifi and become a webcam I can access with my S8.

Going away for a couple weeks and want to monitor a little project.
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There are VNC apps for Android you could in theory use - as in open up the Camera app on the device then VNC to it.

It's also possible to do this on the cheap using something like a Raspberry Pi and the camera module, you could probably get it going for $50 or so.
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Maybe look for a baby camera?
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