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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Many thanks Max!
Max The Magnificent   7/28/2014 11:36:58 AM
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@Mike Field: ...the Pleasure Dome is everything that was promised, and I will never forget the unfriendly face which welcomed me...

You had me worried there, until I realized that you were talking about my "man crawling out of a pothole" effigy on the floor -- I thought you were talking about me LOL

It was wonderful having you visit -- I only wish I could have come down to the Space and Rocket center with you ... maybe next time...

 

Mike Field
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Many thanks Max!
Mike Field   7/18/2014 11:16:44 PM
What can I say but the Pleasure Dome is everything that was promised, and I will never forget the unfriendly face which welcomed me - I'm going to have nightmares about people climbing out of random holes in the floor. And thank for letting me see all the wonders you have collected (esp. the Enigma machine).

The US Space and Rocket Center was awesome. Just to think that the mighty Saturn V can get off the ground is awe-inspiring. I love the cut-aways of turbo pumps that can move fluid almost as quick as an Aussie in a pub, I also enjoyed hiding from the rain under a Space Shuttle, taking to the guy who helped design the lunar rover (did you know that the wheels are hand woven piano wiere, and based on an a UK patent form the 1800's?), looking at the Saturn Launch Vehicle Digital Computer through a magnifying glass, seeing two ST-124-M3 inertial platforms - I want one!, standing by the Lockheed A-12, and checking out the Apollo 16 capsule's heat shield....

I also found out that if the don't fill some of the rockets on display with compressed air they would crumple. One has a small compressor sitting behind it just for topping it up every now and then!

 

elizabethsimon
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Re: Quote SOS?
elizabethsimon   7/18/2014 11:42:16 AM
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Or you could just space them sufficiently that it's obviously not one word. so you would send "S  O  S" instead of "SOS". Incidentially, I've heard that if you are really sending it as a distress signals you're supposed to run it all together as of it's one character instead of sending as three separate characters.

betajet
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Re: Quote SOS?
betajet   7/18/2014 10:16:05 AM
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ost0 asked: How do you quote "SOS" in morse?

One way would be to spell out the letters: ESS OH ESS.

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Quote SOS?
Max The Magnificent   7/18/2014 9:22:23 AM
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@ost0: I just had a [most likely silly] thought.. How do you quote "SOS" in morse? Like "SOS is an international distress signal" without drawing rescue attention?

I don't think it woul dbe a problm because the listener would hear it in the context of the rest of the message. Like if you were at a play and one of the characters on stage said "I smell smoke, I think the building ios on fire," I doubt that the audience would immediately leap up and run out :-)

ost0
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Quote SOS?
ost0   7/18/2014 4:53:37 AM
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I just had a [most likely silly] thought.. How do you quote "SOS" in morse? Like "SOS is an international distress signal" without drawing rescue attention? Since I was born late enough to grow up during the digital age, I learned the ASCII table instead of morse code, but I can pick up the "SOS", but not the rest.

 

betajet
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Re: Speaking of Morse and Hacking
betajet   7/16/2014 7:10:23 PM
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Stargzer wrote of hacking wireless telegraphy...

Thank you for sharing that.  There's also a great "wireless telegraphy" hacking scene in The Count of Monte Cristo (1844).  Telegraphy in the book predates electric telegraphy and uses a line of telegraph towers -- each visible to its neighbors -- to relay messages manually across long distances.  The hero spoofs a message from Spain, which causes his enemy to make a financial bet that ruins him when the actual facts arrive.

Stargzer
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Speaking of Morse and Hacking
Stargzer   7/16/2014 6:34:44 PM
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@betajet:  " ... Gonna hack some bitstreams, ... "

On the subjects at hand (Morse, Hacking, and Wireless), it seems that systems were being hacked long before Captain Crunch and his ilk, back in the early days of what became electronics. 

The Maskelynes were three generations of magicians, starting with John Neville Maskelyne in Victorian England.  I ran across this link to a New Scientest article in a Wikipedia article about Neville Maskelyne, son of John Neville and father of Jasper:

Dot-dash-diss: The gentleman hacker's 1903 lulz

It seems that Neville was a bit peeved at Guglielmo Marconi for many reasons, not the least for his claim that wireless telegraphy was secure, and, like Anonymous and other modern-day hactivists, hacked Marconi's Morse wireless demonstration to the Royal Institution in 1903 to embarrass Marconi and prove him wrong.  

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Read the book, saw the film, watched the play...
Max The Magnificent   7/16/2014 6:12:19 PM
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@jjulian274: I read it as a short story oh so many years ago as a college student in an anthology for class.

I never even knew it had been a short story -- I only ever read the full-length paperback.

 

jjulian274
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Re: Read the book, saw the film, watched the play...
jjulian274   7/16/2014 5:57:58 PM
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@Max: Have you read Blood Music by Greg Bear?

 

Actually, I have.  I read it as a short story oh so many years ago as a college student in an anthology for class.  I must admit, it left me with the willy's for a long time. Even today ...


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