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1  Topics / Home Automation and Networked Objects / Re: HVAC controller log / Introduction on: June 06, 2014, 01:19:53 pm
Be sure you have a very good understanding of your HVAC system sequence of operation before using this as a controller.  There are some very important safeties that must be used.  If this is a gas furnace, there are rollout switches and induced draft fan safeties that are in place to keep you from dying in a fire or from CO poisoning.  If it's all electric, you need limit switches so your heaters turn off in the event of a blower failure.

It sounds like a very interesting project.  Draw up a clear objective for your project.  What are the features you want?  Start small, and work your way up.  Once you're confident that the basics are working properly and safely, start adding some bells and whistles.  Have fun, be careful.
2  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Normal English phrase embarrassing in the US on: March 14, 2014, 11:34:07 am
Yes, in Texas, the word is Coke.  I've lived in Indiana, Texas, and Arkansas.  You can use just about any word you want, Coke, Soda, or Pop.  People may look at you a little strange, but they get the idea of what you're saying.
3  Community / Bar Sport / Re: US shutdown - safe mode on: October 23, 2013, 11:13:52 am
>>I agree running up debt is a bad idea but what you need to do is stop running up the debt not make threats not to pay back what you have already borrowed.<<

I agree with you.  The problem is that no reasonable plan came from this.  The threat and blocking had good intentions, but the fix or even a plan for the fix was only to kick the can down the road.  Just like the last time...and the time before that.
4  Community / Bar Sport / Re: US shutdown - safe mode on: October 22, 2013, 11:35:59 am
>>Also some people may not like ObamaCare but it was a Democratic policy which the American people had the opportunity to vote on and which became Law - trying to repeal it (at great cost) by linkage to un unrelated topic is just crazy.<<

I wouldn't say it's crazy.  I would say that continually running up the debt with no plan in place to stem that debt is crazy.  Our leaders are no longer willing to do what's best for the country -- with only a very few exceptions.  They're only doing what's best for their political careers.

The American people didn't directly vote on the law.  The representatives did that.  We have a democratic republic  in the US, not a direct democracy.
5  Community / Bar Sport / Re: US shutdown - safe mode on: October 21, 2013, 03:09:50 pm
It's the profits that make the insurance company efficient.  If they get too greedy, a competitor may have a plan that costs less.  This helps control the costs.  When the government runs the program, there is no incentive to be efficient.  Just look at the budgets, or lack thereof, of the major governments of the world.  In the USA, we just spend the money whether we have it or not.  That kind of fiscal wrecklessness causes currency failures, inflation, etc.  Greece, anyone?
6  Community / Bar Sport / Re: US shutdown - safe mode on: October 16, 2013, 08:50:37 am
I partly agree with your statement.  While complaining and taking no other actions doesn't solve the problem, it doesn't actually make me complicit in the problem.

The root of the problem depends on what problem we're talking about.  My complaint was about the misuse of funds, not about the complaints.  My complaint does not cause the problem.  While it does nothing to solve the problem, it didn't create the problem.  It is only one of many results related to the initial problem.
7  Community / Bar Sport / Re: US shutdown - safe mode on: October 14, 2013, 02:43:25 pm
The wadded up cash story didn't come from the media.  I worked in a grocery store while I was finishing my college degree.  I saw it happen numerous times.  It IS common, probably more than most people realize.
8  Community / Bar Sport / Re: US shutdown - safe mode on: October 14, 2013, 01:18:43 pm
The problem is not with the taxes as much as it is how the taxes are used.  I have seen the same abuse by welfare recipients.  They buy their food with food stamps, which is now a debit card.  Then, they pull out some wadded up cash with which to buy their cigarettes.  If they can afford the cigarettes, they don't need my assistance to buy the food.
9  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Arduino metal detector? on: October 14, 2013, 10:44:16 am
I've been reading your posts about the metal detector.  Very interesting.  I've been thinking about building one as a curiosity, but as my kids lose things in our lawn, I thought it may get them interested in building electronics.  Have you made any progress since your last post?  I'm interested to see your results.
10  Community / Bar Sport / Re: US shutdown - safe mode on: October 04, 2013, 07:33:58 am
I think the point that Drew is trying to make is that people should have the choice about whether they want to enroll in a health insurance plan.  Obamacare forces you to enroll.  Not everyone wants to.
11  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Curses upon mailbox thieves on: September 23, 2013, 11:45:34 am
So I know it's only been 2 weeks since your original post, but have you come up with a plan?  Ordered any parts or anything yet?  Best of luck!
12  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Unfriendly Geek Clique/Arduino hostility on sites like StackExchange on: September 18, 2013, 07:52:17 am
I don't frequent other forums, but had I experienced this kind of response, I believe I would feel the same.  I'm not an expert in C programming and struggle through some things that are probably well known for someone proficient in C.  If they're not there to help mentor someone so they can go from beginner to intermediate to expert, what are they trying to do?  Seems that the moderators of those sites should be policing this kind of response from its members.
13  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Curses upon mailbox thieves on: September 11, 2013, 08:24:07 am
If you know about the time your mail is delivered, I'd take a day and sit out and watch the box.  Maybe have a blind of some sort set up so they don't see you.  Make sure you have a camera with a telephoto lens or binoculars and a pen and paper so you can write down their license plate number.  Then you call the cops and let them do their work.
14  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Urgent help needed with bar puzzle on: August 22, 2013, 12:00:00 pm
As long as you don't know where the coin is, including the possibility of it being under the tray that was removed by the bar tender, yes, you have a 1:3 chance.  As soon as you know that the coin isn't under that tray, you now have 1:2.  There's no difference between the 3 trays with 1 coin, remove 1 tray with no coin under it---and the two trays with 1 coin under 1 of them.  In the end of both cases you have two trays with a coin under one of them.  You still have a choice.  1:2
15  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Urgent help needed with bar puzzle on: August 22, 2013, 11:29:03 am
But all of that is only true so long as you don't know whether anything was under the tray that was removed by the bar tender.  As soon as you know the condition of the tray, the odds change.
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