Agent can set it self to use the Agent servers when you install it.
First step though, is to know that news servers exist and news readers
read them. Pick 10 computer users at random and see how many know
about newsgroups. Even Google groups for that matter.
"In the United States during this time Tesla's fame rivaled
that of any other inventor or scientist in history or popular
Lots of (americans) don't know who Dick Cheney is. Or Don Rumsfeld.
He was well known in his productive years, but had some odd ideas in old
age that were covered too well by the media. About all I knew about
Tesla up through an ee degree was Tesla coils, which were in electronics
magazines. There are some good biographies on Tesla.
What may be the best reason he is close to unknown is, ironically, that
he successfully covered induction motor design with patents. Induction
motors could not be made without infringing on Tesla patents (that were
bought by Westinghouse). And companies did infringe on his patents. It
was not in the interest of companies to give Tesla any credit. And that
influenced the writing of the history of technology. One of the very
often used engineering books then was written by Steinmetz, who worked
for GE, which was the successor company to Edison Electric. Steinnmetz
pretty much ignored Tesla' contributions.
In another field, Tesla's patent priority over some of Marconi's was not
established until after WW2 by the Supreme Court. Not exactly headline
Exaggerations by some of his current fans don't help either.
Let me set the record straight about myself.
All you have to do is look up the "Philadelphia Experiment", also known
as the "Montauk Experiment".
The Philadelphia Experiment was a time travel experiment that took place
in Philadelphia Harbor in August of 1943. It was also an invisibility
experiment. The goal of the US government was to make the navy ships
invisible to defeat the German navy. The Philadelphia experiment was
our government's first attempt at stealth technology, making a ship
invisible to radar.
The navy ship, US Eldridge became invisible for a period of time. The
ship became invisible but the personnel couldn't take the effects. When
it materialized again, several hours later the bodies of many of the
crew members were actually part of the physical makeup of the ship. Many
of them died. Body parts had to be amputated. Many of the men went
Carlos Allende was a merchant marine in the Philadelphia harbor when the
Philadelphia experiment was tried. In his notes he spoke of a terrible
experiment he had witnessed on a ship named the USS Eldridge back in the
days of World War II. The notes verify this story.
The initial research that led up to the disastrous experiment in the
Philadelphia naval ship yard in 1943 was conducted years earlier by
Albert Einstein and myself. In the 1930's I became involved with a
group that was experimenting with moving through the Time/Space
Experiments started in Princeton University back in 1939. We made small
objects invisible. We presented this technology to the government. The
military, because we were at war wanted to pursue it in their
direction. I had finally come to the same conclusion that Einstein did
that this technology if developed would not be used for the benefit of
In 1943 the government conducted a test using domestic animals on a
ship. They were placed in metal cages on the USS Eldridge. The ship
became invisible but when it materialized many of the animals were
missing on had radiation and other burn marks on them.
On August 12, 1943 the USS Eldridge with a full crew aboard underwent
the Philadelphia experiment. The men did not know what was to happen.
The generators were fired up. The switches were thrown. The ship
disappeared and all seemed real.
But the ship was gone from the harbor for about 4 hours, not just a few
minutes. The ship was transported through space and time. It arced
through Space / Time.
Four hours later it returned to its original place. There was a greenish
haze on deck. Some of the sailors were on fire. Some seemed insane. All
were sick. Some had heart attacks. Some were dead. Some were part of
the super structure of the ship, buried in the deck or walls of the
ship. Some men just seemed to disappear and were never seen again.
But where had the ship gone for 4 hours? Some witnesses placed it in
Norfolk Harbor (but this was not correct). It actually 40 years into the
future and wound up at Montauk, New York.
The Navy denied everything and said the men were lost at sea. Perhaps
one day the truth will be known.
I remember reading that The FBI confiscated Tesla's papers after he
died. I suppose he was one of the first American inventors to have the
body of his work wind up seized and "classified" by the government.
Perhaps that's one of the reasons not much is written about him because
the bulk of his work has not been available to researchers and
It might have also been due to there not being any. Tesla had a
photographic memory and was notorious for not keeping plans/docs,
etc. Besides, anything the FBI says is suspect. This is interesting:
I don't know why particle beam weapon (PBW) researchers claim they
never saw any notes on Tesla's work. Again, perhaps there were none.
I do know this. The failure of SDI had nothing to do with Tesla,
notes, or anything remotely related. The US was successful at PBW
research. I know cuz I worked on two different projects, one related
to SDI. The entire concept collapsed due to one simple reason. No
way to get power to a PBW. PBWs require massive amounts of electrical
power, but you can't run a long extension chord to a device orbiting
in space. THAT was the hurdle that killed SDI.
Definition of objectivism:
"Eff you! I got mine."
Better than political stuff, but probably still OT, as marked. To get
beyond OT filters and to still discuss Tesla, you might have started
discussing what it would take to repair the building they're talking about -
the one that's been home to raccoons and other critters according to one
article I read. That's a legitimate topic.
What does it take to do historically accurate repairs to a home? I know
someone who bought a house that was on a historic register and who had to
agree to restore it as accurately as possible. Very pricey and
labor-intensive. In this case, there are wildly varying estimates of what
it would take to restore Tesla's labs, probably based on wildly varying
visions of what a restoration should look like.
In America, that's simple. Tesla came from behind the Iron Curtain and such
people tend to fade away from American history. That's not unusual, though.
Look at Harry: The British educational system he grew up in really taught
Brits to believe they had won the war with just a little help from America.
Talk to a Russian about world history and you'll get a very different
picture of the last 100 years. Each country has its own perspective. My
K-12 education basically omitted the existence, in any positive way, of the
Soviet Union. I attribute that to the McCarthy witch hunts for communists
and the effect it had on the educational system of this country. The fact
that he went bonkers before his died dead broke didn't help his cause. (-:
But many do. A brilliant scientist, a bad businessman and somewhere between
Michael Jackson and Mel Gibson on the crazy spectrum.
Neil Armstrong. Ben Franklin. Alexander Graham Bell. Henry Ford. Thomas
Edison. Nikola Tesla. That last one doesn't quite fit.
During which large animals, like elephants, were publicly electrocuted.
thought he had
It was that eccentricity that helped deny the fame that would be equal to
his contribution to society.
Too bad that realistic estimates for the restoration of the grounds, the
building and his laboratories outrun that money collected by millions. If
all the smaller Tesla charities pooled their resources, they might succeed.
Not many people seem to believe that will ever happen. The money they've
raised so far is probably enough to stem further deterioration but not
enough to really restore the laboratory.
He was the mold from which geeks are cast. His genius attracted financial
backers but his oddness then repelled them and they tended not to follow
through on financing promises. Sort of ironic that the man responsible for
alternating current had an alternating personality and was probably
bipolar - or worse.
Would *you* want to invest in a guy who had a brilliant track record but had
a thing for pigeons? I tend to believe that some people like Tesla are able
to redirect the part of the brain normally dedicated to social interaction
into their research and thereby make connections normal people might never
see. The cost, however, is being a hermit. Or worse. Lots of great people
fit that mold.
We've already got death rays and I've seen a UFO so maybe he really was one
of those people that seem to be able to look into the future. (-:
Tesla did not come from behind the iron curtain. He
emigrated to the USA in the late 1800's long before
communism took over Eastern Europe and long
before the iron curtain existed.
It also assumes some bias on the part of Americans to
ignore major inventors because of where they came
from. It's not that inventors from behnd the iron curtain
fade away. It's that those in the class of Edison
didn't exist. What inventor
from behind the iron curtain was in the class of
Edison? It's what you'd expect from a system that
crushes personal freedom, incentives to produce and
generates countries that are for the most part,
failures at technology.
There were definitely some inventors behind the iron
curtain that achieved major results in
specific fields, but none that touched the lives of
people the world over as Edison did. He invented
the phonograph, stock ticker, added sound
to movies. His light bulb lit up peoples homes and
cities and they could hold it in their hands. Those are
major inventions in very different
fields and ones that people interacted with in their
Tesla played a key role in developing AC power systems.
But manyt of his contributions were improvements on
existing work. They were major improvements, but
still improvements. For example, key to AC power was
the induction motor. Tesla didn't invent the motor
itself, he found a way to make an AC motor that was
far superior. But I think it's kind of obvious why
people would not remember that or give it the significance
of Edison's inventions.
On 9/11/2012 10:05 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The induction motor made AC not only practical, but superior. I believe
Tesla also invented multiphase AC - both motors and power systems. And
Tesla was a strong advocate for AC power systems. In his productive
years Tesla was well known.
Edison, I believe, invented the industrial research lab. Would be
interesting how many inventions were from Edison, or had major
contributions from Edison, as opposed to his employees.
Wow, interesting article. We do have a bit of room for improvement in
battery technology, certainly. Lithium-ion is known for high energy
density, but it's not a forgiving technology as far as recharge
The thing that Tesla has going for it has always been that their cars
are not golf carts, like other "alternative" cars. I'd still buy one if
it was in my price range, despite the dead battery concern. Maybe they
have an optional baseball bat accessory that whacks you in the head when
the battery gets dangerously low.
How about the scenario where you drive to the airport and leave it for an
extended vacation. It's only "low" when you get there but two weeks later
it's now "dangerously low" going on "bricked". Who does the baseball bat
whack? My suggestion would be the dealer, but...
Why not a solar panel trickle charger?
I seem to recall one of the Japanese cars had a solar powered fan that
circulated interior air out so the passenger compartment didn't get
deathly hot and kill off the kid and dog while mom was busy getting
soused and flirting with the local barflies. Wonder why that never
caught on? Perfect never-fail promo campaign: For the kids. 8\
Definition of objectivism:
"Eff you! I got mine."
And they're junk.
A real system was std on Mazda 929s. I knew I'd remember which car if
I thought about it:
"................The solar ventilation system uses solar cells that
are embedded in the glass sunroof to power fans that remove hot air
from the inside the car when it is parked. In hot summer weather I
found it to be noticeably effective, plus it allows the air
conditioner to cool more quickly the inside to a comfortable
temperature. When parked in the sunlight on cooler days the solar
system automatically diverts the power generated by the cells to the
battery and "trickle" recharges it."
This was about '93 when 929s were very nice looking. Even had solar
trickle charger. What? Tesla can't do it?
Definition of objectivism:
"Eff you! I got mine."
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