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2000\01\30@095915 by Michael P Olson

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       I was just reading the Wal-Mart add and came across the following:

               Special Buy, 29.95 each, 14-channel Family Radio, >>500 watts of
power<<
               with up to 2 mile talk range. Large backlit LCD. Ideal for camping and
skiing.
               One Time Offer.

       The emphasis is mine.

       Now I know what FRS stands for - Family Radio Station!

       As a bonus, I bet that 500 watts of RF will keep your hands and ears
warm too ;^)

       Mike.
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2000\01\30@111119 by Tim Hamel

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It's a national misprint, I saw the same thing in my insert. It says "Great
for camping or skiing." So I'm thinkin..you could start a fire with it or get
kicked off the slopes cause you melted all the snow =)

Tim Hamel

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2000\01\30@124729 by Sean Breheny

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I guess the real question is, what did they MEAN to say?! I guess 500
milliWatts!

Sean

At 08:56 AM 1/30/00 -0600, you wrote:
>        I was just reading the Wal-Mart add and came across the following:
>
>                Special Buy, 29.95 each, 14-channel Family Radio, >>500
watts of
>power<<
>                with up to 2 mile talk range. Large backlit LCD. Ideal for
camping and
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2000\01\30@152035 by Wagner Lipnharski

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Here comes again the SI issue. I pretty guess the publisher people
doesn't have a minimum clue what means that little "m" in front of the
"W" what they "guess" to means "Watts".... now, it could be worse,
because one of them, entitled to be the "smarter" of the group could
come up with the idea that "m" means "Mega", can you believe what could
be the ad?

Wagner.

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2000\01\30@152909 by Andy Kunz

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>>                  Special Buy, 29.95 each, 14-channel Family Radio, >>500
>> watts of
>>  power<<
>>                  with up to 2 mile talk range. Large backlit LCD. Ideal for

They mean with 500 watts audio output you'll be able to hear it from 2
miles away.

If you can get speakers, that is.

Andy

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2000\01\30@154403 by paulb

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Andy Kunz wrote:

> They mean with 500 watts audio output you'll be able to hear it from 2
> miles away.

 I think they may mean 500 W PMPO, which is a fancy way of saying 10 W
RMS.  Of course, RMS watts are not meaningful either (FAQ), just a way
of saying "10 watts actual".

 An alternate, but very improbable for the price, interpretation would
be that it comes with, or is accessorised by, a petrol generator set.
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2000\01\30@154812 by Lee Jones

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>>> I was just reading the Wal-Mart add and came across the following:
>>>
>>>     Special Buy, 29.95 each, 14-channel Family Radio, >>500 watts
>>>     of power<< with up to 2 mile talk range. Large backlit LCD.

>> I guess the real question is, what did they MEAN to say?!
>> I guess 500 milliWatts!

> Here comes again the SI issue. I pretty guess the publisher
> people doesn't have a minimum clue what means that little "m"
> in front of the "W" what they "guess" to means "Watts"....

Simpler explanation has _nothing_ to do with SI units.

Original ad copy probably said ".500 watts" -- and the printer
simply missed the decimal point during typesetting.  Printers
would not have taken the liberty to change or expand "mW" in
an advertisement.  And Wal-Mart's marketing department would
laugh at you if you suggested that a significant fraction of
their target market knew what mW meant (so they would not use
SI units in an ad).  Now I could believe that a marketing droid
read 500 mW and ignored the little m when transcribing.

As I recall, Family Radio Service is limited to 500 milliwatts,
fixed (non-removable) antenna, and non-rechargable batteries.
It shares frequencies with GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service,
aka business users with higher power radios and repeaters).

                                               Lee Jones

2000\01\30@174528 by Jinx

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Seeing as it's going to be one of "those" days -


1 million microphones = 1 megaphone
2000 mockingbirds = two kilomockingbirds
10 cards = 1 decacards
1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche
453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake
1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin
10 rations = 1 decoration
100 rations = 1 C-ration
10 millipedes = 1 centipede
3 1/3 tridents = 1 decadent
2 monograms = 1 diagram
8 nickels = 2 paradigms
2 wharves = 1 paradox

2000\01\30@180151 by Dave VanHorn
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>         I was just reading the Wal-Mart add and came across the following:
>
>Special Buy, 29.95 each, 14-channel Family Radio, >>500 watts of power<<
>with up to 2 mile talk range. Large backlit LCD. Ideal for camping and
skiing.
> One Time Offer.

That's why they are on sale, the battery life was unreasonably short. :)
The antennas must really suck though, as I can get 2-3 miles on only half a
watt on UHF.
(450-ish)

2000\01\30@194442 by Andy Kunz

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>  An alternate, but very improbable for the price, interpretation would
>be that it comes with, or is accessorised by, a petrol generator set.

Is a petrol generator something that generates petrol?  Would that mean,
then, a cataclysm?  Or an oil derrick?  Or perhaps a refinery?

Just being silly - I know what it really is.  A dinosaur <G>

Andy

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2000\01\30@195328 by Andy Kunz

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>2 monograms = 1 diagram

Guess that blows away "A picture is worth a thousand words" eh?

Andy

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2000\01\30@201011 by Tony Nixon

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Andy Kunz wrote:
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> >2 monograms = 1 diagram
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> Guess that blows away "A picture is worth a thousand words" eh?
>
> Andy

That's a kilogram ;-)

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2000\01\30@205100 by Don McKenzie

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Andy Kunz wrote:
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> >2 monograms = 1 diagram
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> Guess that blows away "A picture is worth a thousand words" eh?
>
> Andy

And, the old "A word is only worth a micro-picture" (Milli-Picture?)

Or "A Word is only worth a Pixel". :-)

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2000\01\31@012434 by Dave Bell

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Jinx <RemoveMEjoecolquittspamTakeThisOuTCLEAR.NET.NZ> wrote:

>Seeing as it's going to be one of "those" days -

>1 million microphones = 1 megaphone
 etc.

I keep seeing this list, more or less expanded, but with that first entry
copied verbatim. Folks, it's WRONG! Try:

1 million microphones = 1 phone
1 million phones = 1 megaphone

Dave

2000\01\31@032425 by William Chops Westfield

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"A picture is worth a thousand words, but takes the same disk space as
a million words..."

BillW

2000\01\31@043012 by bill

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> > Guess that blows away "A picture is worth a thousand words" eh?
> >
> > Andy
>
> And, the old "A word is only worth a micro-picture" (Milli-Picture?)
>
> Or "A Word is only worth a Pixel". :-)
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My favorite counter to "A picture is worth a thousand words." is "Try saying
that with a picture.".

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2000\01\31@085128 by Wagner Lipnharski

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> > >2 monograms = 1 diagram
> >
> > Guess that blows away "A picture is worth a thousand words" eh?
> >
> > Andy
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> And, the old "A word is only worth a micro-picture" (Milli-Picture?)
>
> Or "A Word is only worth a Pixel". :-)

Well, still valid in 256 colors video card settings... :)

2000\01\31@092229 by Randy Glenn

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Actually, on a PC, wouldn't a "Word" represent either 2 8-bit pixels or 1
16-bit pixel?

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2000\02\01@082739 by Andy Kunz
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At 09:19 AM 1/31/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Actually, on a PC, wouldn't a "Word" represent either 2 8-bit pixels or 1
>16-bit pixel?

But what about the 24-bit video on my machine?

Andy

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2000\02\01@102802 by Randy Glenn

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That's 3 bytes - isn't a "word" usually 2 bytes? Or is it
processor-dependent?

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2000\02\01@104609 by wagner

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A "word" in data processing is related to the processor itself.  For
some computers it is 8 bits, for other 16, 24, 32 ... 64 bits or more.
Basically it was an attempt to also represent that particular computer
data bus width.

The definition of n-bits for video and other cards it is merely how the
hardware use it for its purpose, not necessarily how the processor load
that memory via the data bus.

... in a representation, one can say that doesn't matter how big if your
beef, you eat it in small pieces, and that is the real size of your
"food word".  :)

Wagner.

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