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The case of the temperamental crane
Engineering Investigations  
12/14/2010   17 comments
What was causing the RF link to drop out on hot days?
The root of the root cause of mysterious system resets
Engineering Investigations  
12/10/2010   7 comments
Like peeling away layers of an onion, engineers painstakingly troubleshoot problems with new aviation equipment
A plasma problem solved
Engineering Investigations  
12/10/2010   5 comments
A student hits upon an ingenious heat source
A PDP-11 computer frustratingly loses sync
Engineering Investigations  
12/10/2010   8 comments
Engineers are perplexed when a workhorse of a computer goes haywire
Conducted emissions--NOT
Engineering Investigations  
12/3/2010   9 comments
When a power supply fails conducted emissions tests, engineers must look beyond the obvious
Communication problems balloon into schedule killer
Engineering Investigations  
12/2/2010   4 comments
Engineers discover that mixing old and new technologies can produce some rather strange problems


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As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

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