It is often a surprise to see how other people react to mains electricity when they

It is often a surprise to see how other people react to mains electricity when they encounter it in a piece of equipment. As engineers who have dealt with it both personally and professionally for many years it is easy to forget that not everyone has had that experience. On one hand we wince at those who dive in with no fear of the consequences, on the other we are constantly surprised at the number of people who treat any item with more than a few volts in it as though it was contaminated with radioactive anthrax and are scared to even think about opening it up. We recently had a chat among the Hackaday writers about how we could approach this subject. The easy way out is to be all Elf-and-Safety and join the radioactive anthrax crowd. But the conclusion we came to was that this site is a resource for hackers and makers. Some of you are going to lift the lid on boxes containing significant voltages no matter what, so we thought we’d help you do it safely rather than just listen for the distant screams. So here follows the first in a series on how to approach electronic devices containing high voltages, and live to tell the tale. By “high voltages” we mean anything up to mains v...

Police Arrest Yogyakarta Man Who Used Ransomware Attacks to Amass 300 Bitcoins

The suspect, only identified by the initials B.B.A., second from left, is presented at a press conference at the headquarters of the National Police in South Jakarta on Friday. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir) Jakarta. Police arrested a 21-year-old man in Sleman, Yogyakarta, on Friday for allegedly using malicious software to extort victims and steal financial data for personal gain. Yogyakarta Police spokesman Senior Comr. Yuliyanto said the suspect, only identified by the initials B.B.A., sent phishing emails to at least 500 randomly selected addresses to spread ransomware, or software designed to block access to computer systems until a ransom is paid. The suspect had reportedly been acting alone since 2014 and collected 300 Bitcoins, or equivalent to around Rp 31.5 billion ($2.25 million), Yuliyanto said. He said the investigation started after a tipoff that the suspect had hacked the computer system of a company based in San Antonio, Texas. The suspect allegedly also stole credit card data from internet users for personal gain. The National Police’s cybercrime unit is investigating the case. Yuliyanto said the Yogyakarta Police are assisting in the investigation and will fo...

How the food science Pilot Plant helps drive Indiana’s economy

Koia is a plant-based protein drink company, headquartered in Santa Monica, CA. The company’s co-founder, Maya French, recently made Forbes’ 2019 30 under 30 list. It is one of the country’s fastest-growing beverage brands, currently available in 75,000 retail locations. Holic Foods, based in Middletown, IN, is a recently established natural foods company, which currently manufactures one product; its signature, creamy Jalapeñholic sauce. The Middletown facility employs roughly 40 locals, many who lost their jobs when a local manufacturer closed its doors. At first, even second, glance these companies have little in common besides a commitment to supplying quality, natural products. Their origin stories differ vastly, but Koia and Holic Foods share a common denominator that played a role in their success. “Our first co-manufacturing experience was in the neighborhood of $100,000,” Dustin Baker, Koia’s other co-founder, said. “It was the Food Science laboratory that was instrumental in developing our manufacturing process.” Baker is referring to the Department of Food Science’s Pilot Plant, a 10,000 sq. foot on-campus facility, outfitted with industry-grade equipment and technol...

These convenient meal kit services deliver weekly menus and preportioned ingredients to enthusiastic but time-poor home

These convenient meal kit services deliver weekly menus and preportioned ingredients to enthusiastic but time-poor home cooks. Looking for the best meal kit delivery service? It seems like the field of options, for healthy eating and convenience, gets bigger with each passing month. But knowing the differences between all the options will help you make the best possible choices for your home meal kit needs.  Read more: Find the best wine clubs and subscriptions for your taste  | The best vitamin subscription services  If you live anywhere where it’s even a little bit possible to glimpse the stoops of your neighbors, you’ve probably noticed cheerful boxes from the likes of Freshly, Home Chef, Sakara Life, Purple Carrot and Gobble making ever more frequent appearances on said stoops over the last several years. The age of the meal kit food delivery service is upon us. It’s a type of convenience service that combines the efforts of chefs, nutritionists and personal shoppers, and delivers them into the hands of enthusiastic eaters or willing home cooks, with weekly menus and delicious, preportioned fresh ingredients for you to easily prepare. Read more: Best meat ...

LEDs are quickly becoming the most popular option for home and office lighting. LED strip lights

LEDs are quickly becoming the most popular option for home and office lighting. LED strip lights give you the option of a totally customized lighting solution anywhere. In this article we’ll go over the best LED strip lights for home, office and more. LED lights are more efficient, brighter and more flexible in their uses than traditional incandescent, halogen or fluorescent lights. LEDs are fantastic for interior designers, architects, or anyone who wants to include stylish lighting design into their home, work or vehicle. LED light strips take the design potential to the next level, allowing you to light up small areas that usually may be overlooked, such as under cabinets or behind furniture and wall hangings. LED light strips are inexpensive, compact, easy to install and come in every color of the rainbow. There are even programmable options that let you change the color remotely, which can effect the entire mood of the room you are in. LED light strips not only look great, they are very practical and can be used in cars, boats and other vehicles as well. This inexpensive strip light kit includes 16.4 feet of LED light strip, a 44 key color remote and a 12V 3A charger with b...

Full List Of All Amazon Black Friday Deals – November 19th

A huge list of nearly all Amazon Black Friday Deals which are from November 19 can be found below, more deals to follow on post two. VALUEWALK participates in the Amazon Associates Program. we earn a small percentage if you purchase an item (we have no idea who purchases what). Each of your purchases via our Amazon affiliation links supports quality journalism at no additional cost to you. Kactus Sport, Carbon Fiber, Bike Guide Wheel System, Quick Release – Kactus,https://www.kactussport.com/

Machine Builders Unleashed: The Big Idea of Open Standard Control

Machine builders are finally starting to benefit open standard control software. By leveraging this software, they are finding more ways to apply their know-how and creativity to deliver greater customer value with unbundled IEC 61131-3 control and automation software. Industrial automation, too, is starting to benefit from the dramatic increased power at lower cost of computing technologies, which have been driven by consumer electronics and the Internet of Things (IoT) along with the unbundling of hardware and software. The foundations of the automation industry are being reshaped by this flood of ideas, software, and products which have been driven by Industry 4.0 and digitalization of manufacturing and process industries. The industrial automation industry is in the midst of sweeping, fundamental change with the application of the concepts and technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), sensor advances, embedded controllers, and other technology improvements.  In the past, industrial process controllers and PLCs have been proprietary software and hardware for executing control sequences and algorithms. However, with the unbundling of hardware and real-time control ...

Hong Kong police draw guns, arrest 36 in latest protest

HONG KONG — Hong Kong police drew their guns and fired a warning shot Sunday night after protesters attacked officers with sticks and rods, and brought out water cannon trucks for the first time, an escalation in the summerlong protests that have shaken the city’s government and residents. The day’s main showdown took place on a major drag in the outlying Tsuen Wan district following a protest march that ended in a nearby park. While a large crowd rallied in the park, a group of hard-line protesters took over a main street, strewing bamboo poles on the pavement and lining up orange and white traffic barriers and cones to obstruct police. After hoisting warning flags, police used tear gas to try to disperse the crowd. Protesters responded by throwing bricks and gasoline bombs toward the police. The result was a surreal scene of small fires and scattered paving bricks on the street between the two sides, rising clouds of tear gas and green and blue laser lights pointed by the protesters at the police. The protesters eventually decided to abandon their position. Two water cannon trucks and a phalanx of police vehicles with flashing lights joined riot police on foot as they advanced...

Moist and slimy residue, flying insects ‘too numerous to count’: Lancaster County restaurant inspections

The following Lancaster County restaurants were found to have violated Pennsylvania’s health and safety regulations during inspections between Sept. 29-Oct. 5. Inspections are overseen by the Department of Agriculture. The department notes that in many cases violations are corrected by the restaurant before inspectors leave. –Temperature measuring device for ensuring proper temperature of equipment is not available in the two small cooling units. –Hot water sanitizing dishwasher digital readout indicated a final rinse temperature of 164F. Actual temperature obtained 180F as indicated by thermo label. –Observed dishes stored on front counter not under a sneeze guard with food contact surfaces exposed. –Observed utensils and plates being stored in close proximity to the hand-wash sink. Food equipment risks being contaminated with splash or water dripping from washed hands reaching for the paper towel dispenser. –Sliced turkey, sliced tomatoes, tuna salad, and chicken salad were held at 50-51F, in the “make-table”, rather than 41F or below as required. A call for repair was placed at the time of the inspection. TCS foods are not permitted to be held i...

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer long-term review: ten months with Vauxhall’s flagship estate

New GSi performance variant aims to boost the the appeal of what is already a practical, well equipped estate car Why we’re running it: To discover if Vauxhall’s flagship offers an unbeatable mix of practicality, value and executive comfort in estate form Eleven months ago, when we started running the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer on the Autocar fleet, Britain’s future in Europe was as clear as mud, England only had one World Cup to their name and Manchester City were top of the league. Despite my unfounded optimism that all of these things would change, only one has… But in that time we’ve learned everything there is to know about the 2.0-litre diesel-engined four-wheel drive Insignia estate, covering more than 11,000 miles across the UK. The point of Autocar’s long-term tests is to see how easy a car is to live with, how reliable it is and how much it costs to run. The Sports Tourer has provoked intrigue in all three areas. Given that it’s the estate version of Vauxhall’s flagship model, you’d hope that the car’s practicality would be where it excels. It doesn’t disappoint. The Insignia may not have the biggest load bay in its class, but the boot is still elephantine enough....

‘Shark Tank’: The 10 Most Popular Products Ever Featured on the Show

Investors aka sharks, on ABC’s competition series Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs pitch their product or service in the hopes of securing an investment, have seen a lot — and we mean a lot — of stuff enter the tank in 11 seasons (go behind-the-scenes of the current season here). Ahead, learn which products seen on Shark Tank have become best sellers.  USA Today used figures from Sony Pictures, the producer of the show, to compile a list of the 20 best-selling products on Shark Tank. See the top 10 most popular items below.  In a 2014 episode of Shark Tank, co-founders of the sock brand, Bombas, received an offer of $200,000 for a 17% stake in the business from shark, Daymond John. For every pair of socks sold, the company donates a pair. And today, Bombas has made $225 million in sales. That’s a lot of donated socks. A kitchen sponge made big money for shark, Lori Greiner, in 2012 when she offered Scrub Daddy $200,000 for a 20% stake in the company. Now, Scrub Daddy’s sales total $209 million. Just two years after investing in the product, Greiner called her decision to back Scrub Daddy one of the “best investments” she’s ever made on Shark Tank, according to CNBC.  A bathroom s...

A traditional aso oke for a Nigerian wedding. A kimono for a Japanese tea. A red

A traditional aso oke for a Nigerian wedding. A kimono for a Japanese tea. A red lehenga for a Hindu ceremony. The men and women featured in our wedding announcements (and other couples) wore outfits that told many stories, some of personal style and others of cultural traditions. Here is a selection of photographs from their weddings, with details on their purchases. Since she was a little girl Alix Raspé dreamed of wearing a pink princess dress when she got married. “This dress seemed like the perfect, more adult, compromise of my dream pink wedding dress,” said Ms. Raspé, who chose an Eve of Milady gown embellished with delicate pale pink and white flowers, along with a layer of clear sequins underneath the top skirt. “I was glowing, I felt so happy, beautiful, in love and loved by everyone who attended our wedding,” said Ms. Raspé who found her dress at Kleinfelds in New York. “I knew I was marrying my prince and I had the perfect princess dress to make my wedding feel royal and spectacular.” Dr. Jennifer Miao learned to work under pressure as she studied for her medical degree. But finding a wedding dress during her residency proved to be a greater obstacle than she thought...

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