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Re: Cold War history
Re: at&t vs. Verizon TV ad campaign?
Re:FCC now planning "all-IP" phone transition
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Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 18:04:04 -0800
From: Thad Floryan <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Cold War history
On 1/28/2010 8:23 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> On Jan 27, 10:46 pm, Bill Horne <b...@horneQRM.net> wrote:
>> If you're curious about the relics of the cold war, please visit
>> http://coldwar-c4i.net/ , which has a number of pictures and lots of
>> information about America's attempts to prevent a mine-shaft gap.
> The Bell System was a major participant in defense projects during
> that era. An special AT&T unit managed Sandia labs which made
> weapons. In the 1960s dissidents bought stock in AT&T and demanded
> that Bell cease from such work (the protests didn't work). The US
> Dept of Defense was opposed to Divesture because it feared a weakened
> Bell System would not be able to meet their needs.
One of the most amazing things developed was the Rolamite bearing which
was acclaimed to be the 20th Century's most significant advance in
mechanics. The December 1967 Scientific American blurb describing it
and its discovery at Sandia Labs, operated by Western Electric, is here:
It was originally used as a 100% reliable trigger for nukes and
presently is found at the heart of air bag deployment systems and many
ESA space applications.
My mirrored Rolamite application page (including the original articles
about it) is here: http://thadlabs.com/Rolamite/index.html
I really should update those pages (it's been years) but there is
enough material there to keep anyone occupied for hours. :-)
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 06:40:20 -0800
From: Sam Spade <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: at&t vs. Verizon TV ad campaign?
> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Wesrock@aol.com says...
>>In a message dated 1/26/2010 11:21:12 AM Central Standard Time,
>>>What was the source of that bias?
>>The Bell Companies felt that they had been at W.E.'s mercy for so
>>long and that W.E. really didn't look on them as customers. Now
>>they were free to use other suppliers; as I recall required by the
>>Consent Decree required to take competiticve bids. As a matter of
>>fact, W.E. soon became more reesponsive.
> Not to mention, WE's pricing differed from company to company within
> the system. The more profitable children got first pick of the
> Which kind of explains how little RI ended up with a #1ESS in 1972.
The first #1ESS installed in California was in Beverly Hills. It was
1969 if memory serves me correctly.
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 04:42:12 +0000 (UTC)
From: David Lesher <email@example.com>
Subject: Re:FCC now planning "all-IP" phone transition
"Geoffrey Welsh" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> One of my favorite stories, though quite possibly fictional, is
> about an organization that tested their backup power systems
> regularly but failed to notice that the fuel pump was actually
> connected to mains power so, while every test was successful,
> during >a real power outage the generator spluttered and died...
An indoor generator will have a "day tank" -- one with enough fuel for
a few hours or more. The rest of the fuel will be outside with a
At an installation I inspected, that pump was not an emergency load,
and so it would have run for no longer than that.
Neither were certain other vital systems; something never uncovered in
3+ years of monthly drills.
After staging a full "pull the utility feed and see what happens.."
test; these items were soon resolved.
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