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    Yes... I did a number of experiments early on...

    Yes... I did a number of experiments early on with thin metal, and a typical hobby-shop laser will cut it, and much thicker than 1.5 microns. Now, whether or not you can get a nice cut on such a...
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    Clear your cookies... any time I have issues with...

    Clear your cookies... any time I have issues with this site (and this site has presented some unique problems over the years), clearing cookies resolved it.
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    Karl has it.. it's an old SAM site.

    Karl has it.. it's an old SAM site.
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    Could have been poorly shielded internally, not...

    Could have been poorly shielded internally, not the proper twist ratio for the data lines, etc. A poor cable can reek havoc with a HiSpeed line.
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    Watch for Thanksgiving/Christmas sales... I think...

    Watch for Thanksgiving/Christmas sales... I think I picked up 16-sq.ft. packs from Sams or Costco (online, free shipping, too) for around $8 as part of their Black Friday deal a few years back. As...
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    Subscribing... because I know the real truth will...

    Subscribing... because I know the real truth will come out once we get all of the info. Unless you're sitting next to a satellite transmitting station, there's no way it's messing up the laser... if...
  7. I found that blocking the IP addresses of...

    I found that blocking the IP addresses of countries you have no chance of getting a real order from (such as the ones you listed) reduces my spam considerably. They can't even see your website from...
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    When prices skyrocket, that's how you know it's...

    When prices skyrocket, that's how you know it's on an automated system. The bots are set up to watch similar items, and if one price increases, so does the other. The problem comes in when the bot...
  9. This was going to be my guess... if power is...

    This was going to be my guess... if power is supplied to the brakes from key-on and beyond, it's likely connected to the wrong wire.
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    The free Prime 2-day shipping has been on the...

    The free Prime 2-day shipping has been on the nose for me every time... are you located in a small or out of the way delivery area?
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    Anodized aluminum would be a good choice for a...

    Anodized aluminum would be a good choice for a non-burning material... but I think you're going to get better resolution for alignment with paper/tape and the eye.
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    How deep do you want to go? If I'm looking for a...

    How deep do you want to go? If I'm looking for a color change on stone, a fast run is in order... but if I want a deep etch (possibly to fill with a color), then I slow things way down or do...
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    You can charge someone with a litany of stuff......

    You can charge someone with a litany of stuff... before it goes to trial, though, the DA will have to decide which specific charges to try the gal for... you can't throw the entire book at someone,...
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    Parents left Sunday morning from a week and a...

    Parents left Sunday morning from a week and a half visit... dad was here to help me with framing in the basement. He's a slave driver... 12-hour days for 8 days straight. I'm STILL sore. And we...
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    My original post said "negligible effect", and...

    My original post said "negligible effect", and your first link also mentions the resulting magnet (after a good pounding, I might add) is quite weak (likely about enough to move a compass needle).
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    VERIFY the tool is set correctly... plenty of...

    VERIFY the tool is set correctly... plenty of trouble has been resolved by determining the focus tool is not set to the proper depth.
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    Love it, James...

    Love it, James...
  18. There are plenty of common links, but SMC is...

    There are plenty of common links, but SMC is hardly the biggest... it's just a noticeable link because we can all come and complain about it, so it appears common. Can't do that in a magazine you...
  19. I would imagine industrial settings is where this...

    I would imagine industrial settings is where this is geared towards, where "clean" power is not as readily available as in the home.
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    From your description, it sounds like the plastic...

    From your description, it sounds like the plastic part of the USB connector you're talking about is the spacer key... this prevents the USB plug from being inserted upside down, as well as provides a...
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    I prefer digital over analog mainly because I'm a...

    I prefer digital over analog mainly because I'm a hardware geek (not to mention reading the display is easier, and it can hold the reading). But the analog units are typically good to << a couple of...
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    The Earth's magnetic field is so weak it would...

    The Earth's magnetic field is so weak it would have negligible effect on a piece of metal. To convince yourself, use a cheap refrigerator magnet (like the kind they use for pizza store...
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    It's not that they're rated differently (a Watt...

    It's not that they're rated differently (a Watt is a Watt), they're just at a different wavelength, which can have a different effect on different materials compared to a 10.6um CO2 tube.
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    When my father cleaned out his collections of...

    When my father cleaned out his collections of mags (Pop Science, Pop Mechanics, Byte, etc.) a few years back, he gave them all to me. I thumbed through each one VERY fast, looking for articles of...
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    What, exactly, are you seeing? What I see is the...

    What, exactly, are you seeing? What I see is the wood grain contrast being increased by the burn... those horizontal lines are the ray flecks turning darker brown than the surrounding wood. But...
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