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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted December 29, 2007 10:54      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Back when the telegraph was the fastest method of long-distance communication, a young man applied for a job as a Morse Code operator. Answering an ad in the newspaper, he went to the office address that was listed. When he arrived, he entered a large, busy office filled with noise and clatter, including the sound of the telegraph in the background. A sign on the receptionist's counter instructed job applicants to fill out a form and wait until they were summoned to enter the inner office.

The young man filled out his form and sat down with the seven other applicants in the waiting area. After a few minutes, the young man stood up, crossed the room to the door of the inner office, and walked right in. Naturally the other applicants perked up, wondering what was going on. They muttered among themselves that they hadn't heard any summons yet.

They assumed that the young man who went into the office made a mistake and would be disqualified. Within a few minutes, however, the employer escorted the young man out of the office and said to the other applicants, "Gentlemen, thank you very much for coming, but the job has just been filled." The other applicants began grumbling to each other, and one spoke up saying, "Wait a minute, I don't understand. He was the last to come in, and we never even got a chance to be interviewed. Yet he got the job. That's not fair!"

The employer said, "I'm sorry, but the last several minutes while you've been sitting here, the telegraph has been ticking out the following message in Morse Code: 'If you understand this message, then come right in. The job is yours." None of you heard it or understood it. This young man did. The job is his.

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quantumfluff
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Icon 1 posted December 29, 2007 12:42      Profile for quantumfluff     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
True story: I once had a high school science teacher who was a Ham. During a test one day, he recognized the sound of two kids tapping morse messages to each other. He tapped back "You fail". They put their pencils down and stopped then.
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Icon 1 posted December 29, 2007 14:04      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I like the idea of Amateur Radio -- you know, the whole unabomber-shack kinda nuclear armageddon-type ubergeek survivalist trip... I guess I need a genny and a transceiver and... a Command Centre. I wonder what kind of government watch-list you get put on if you start getting into it, though. They'll probably think you're a turrist.

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quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
True story: I once had a high school science teacher who was a Ham. During a test one day, he recognized the sound of two kids tapping morse messages to each other. He tapped back "You fail". They put their pencils down and stopped then.

There was something similar to this in an Iain Banks novel (I think it was The Crow Road). But the guy was tapping out rude things about his teacher, and the teacher didn't know. Later on it turns out that one girl could understand him but never said. They ended up sending morse code messages to each other in... a different way.
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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted December 30, 2007 03:16      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
spungo _________________________ The Voice of the Hams is RAC. Find a Local ham and ask what is involved in Canada, I do know that it is regulated by Industry of Canada.

I hope that this link works for you, I am a member so I am unsure if it is a closed link?

http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2007/12/21/2/

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Icon 1 posted December 30, 2007 06:45      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Cheers for that! I know there's a club nearby here -- I just have to do a lot of reading up before I enquire -- it's all Greek to me. [Wink]

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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted December 30, 2007 08:07      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
spungo __________________ You have to remember that hams were the oridginal GEEKS

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Icon 1 posted December 31, 2007 01:14      Profile for Thorned0Fortress   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I JUST read that story about a week or two ago, but I can't imagine where.
It seems like I actually may have read it on here because I don't read anything else(blogs) except news stories.

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TheMoMan
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Icon 1 posted January 01, 2008 10:31      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
spungo _______________________ I figure I am already on several watch lists. I often make the remark that my barn looks like a porcupine because of all the antennas sticking out.

My next effert is to build a satilite tracking antenna so I can work the ham satilites and the ISS, I already have made one contact with the ISS, but would like a good solid tracker that I could take to the Schools for educational links to space. A normal antenna may only give a five minute contact but a large patch will work from below horizon to below horizon or more than fifteen minutes.

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Icon 1 posted January 01, 2008 17:45      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
remember this..

paranoia is when you think they are out to get you...

deeply covert is when you KNOW they are out to get you

and sense is when you know that they know that they know you know they are out to get you

and in the end even if you are paranoid it is not proof they are not actually out to get ya!!!

And if you have ever had any level of security clearance it is hard not to laugh at just what a "schoolboy" joke most of it really is - and frightening just how far most of these jokers go tracking blatantly "not dangerous" people because they have not a clue about how to find the really dangerous ones..

and then there are the ones that actually do know who they are looking for - and care... and they scare me - but I can only hope that they have at least half an idea what is really important...

Then again my "contacts" in that area tell me over and over "when it comes down to 'cock up vs conspiracy' you can take 'cock up' as 95% likely..."

And yes if MI.X are watching this board.. "Hello boys - and FOAD... [Big Grin] "

(and by contacts I mean I know enough persons in, once in, or affiliated or once affiliated to have basically a totally muddied and useless out of date idea of how the "spooks" work...)

Be afraid or just go "Balls - they are all useless fscks" I doubt it makes much difference... [Wink]

Have a safe and happy new year...

(unless you are in fact a super secret "above top secret" agency operative reading this because I have somehow become a "watched" target.. in which case I hope you get Ebola and die ... [Big Grin] )

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quote:
Originally posted by Serenak:
paranoia is when you think they are out to get you...

It's not paranoia to assume everyone's out to get you, that's just common sense.

Paranoia is when you think they're all co-operating.

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TheMoMan
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spungo ___________________________ Found another link for you. This is more about the fun things we do. Like when we are not storm chasing or helping out in disaster relief. Not that SKYWARN is not important but it is also a huge responibility miss the tornado and maybe people die, call too soon people think you are calling wolf.

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