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2014-04-26 10:06:51 PM  
What a cute old man.
I'll bet there is a classroom or scout troop that could benefit from spending time with him and his buddies.
 
2014-04-26 10:08:28 PM  
At least I get the headline
 
2014-04-26 10:24:38 PM  
dittybopper showing up in 5... 4... 3....
 
2014-04-26 10:45:15 PM  
- . - -   - . - -   - - . .
 
2014-04-26 10:56:52 PM  
First, the semaphores...
then, the morse coders...
What the hell next? The typewritists?

This has to stop somewhere.
 
2014-04-26 11:19:08 PM  
 
2014-04-26 11:43:35 PM  
I bet if somebody could make an app that turns your cell phone screen into a giant Morse Code button, kids in junior high and high school would learn it so they could send text messages surreptitiously in class, instead of having to be obvious by staring at their screens while they type with two thumbs.
 
2014-04-26 11:52:20 PM  
I've completely forgotten any useful quantity of the Morse I learned as a kid.
 
2014-04-26 11:53:08 PM  
All the hip kids are playing with smoke signals these days.
 
2014-04-27 12:03:46 AM  
I'm sure these guys could boost their membership if they had an outreach to the people who used to build and repair horse-drawn carriages.

/failing that, ice delivery men
 
2014-04-27 12:04:12 AM  
I only know SOS in Morris Code.... Well done
 
2014-04-27 12:08:14 AM  
Why aren't these guys trying to recruit HAM operators?
 
2014-04-27 12:08:25 AM  
 
433 [TotalFark]
2014-04-27 12:09:20 AM  
The American POW in Viet Nam, the man who died recently, had the presence of mind to be able to blink  T-O-R-T-U-R-E to the cameras.  That man was bad to the bone.
 
2014-04-27 12:09:52 AM  
-Checks the source-

Thanks Omaha!

/Technician class
//73's to you all!
 
2014-04-27 12:10:27 AM  
Amen. And amen. And amen. You have to forgive me. I'm not familiar with the local custom. Where I come from, you always say "Amen" after you hear a prayer. Because that's what you just heard - a prayer. Where I come from, that particular prayer is called "The Prayer for the Dead." You just heard The Prayer for the Dead, my fellow stockholders, and you didn't say, "Amen." This company is dead. I didn't kill it. Don't blame me. It was dead when I got here. It's too late for prayers. For even if the prayers were answered, and a miracle occurred, and the yen did this, and the dollar did that, and the infrastructure did the other thing, we would still be dead. You know why? Fiber optics. New technologies. Obsolescence. We're dead alright. We're just not broke. And you know the surest way to go broke? Keep getting an increasing share of a shrinking market. Down the tubes. Slow but sure. You know, at one time there must've been dozens of companies making buggy whips. And I'll bet the last company around was the one that made the best goddamn buggy whip you ever saw. Now how would you have liked to have been a stockholder in that company? You invested in a business and this business is dead. Let's have the intelligence, let's have the decency to sign the death certificate, collect the insurance, and invest in something with a future. "Ah, but we can't," goes the prayer. "We can't because we have responsibility, a responsibility to our employees, to our community. What will happen to them?" I got two words for that: Who cares? Care about them? Why? They didn't care about you. They sucked you dry. You have no responsibility to them. For the last ten years this company bled your money. Did this community ever say, "We know times are tough. We'll lower taxes, reduce water and sewer." Check it out: You're paying twice what you did ten years ago. And our devoted employees, who have taken no increases for the past three years, are still making twice what they made ten years ago; and our stock - one-sixth what it was ten years ago. Who cares? I'll tell you. Me. I'm not your best friend. I'm your only friend. I don't make anything? I'm making you money. And lest we forget, that's the only reason any of you became stockholders in the first place. You want to make money! You don't care if they manufacture wire and cable, fried chicken, or grow tangerines! You want to make money! I'm the only friend you've got. I'm making you money. Take the money. Invest it somewhere else. Maybe, maybe you'll get lucky and it'll be used productively. And if it is, you'll create new jobs and provide a service for the economy and, God forbid, even make a few bucks for yourselves. And if anybody asks, tell 'em ya gave at the plant. And by the way, it pleases me that I am called "Larry the Liquidator." You know why, fellow stockholders? Because at my funeral, you'll leave with a smile on your face and a few bucks in your pocket. Now that's a funeral worth having!
 
2014-04-27 12:10:43 AM  

fastbow: Why aren't these guys trying to recruit HAM operators?


That was my thought. Just starting to get into the whole thing and even though it's not required I started teaching myself morse code. Great app on my phone for it. Trying to learn at fifteen wpm. We'll see how that goes.
 
2014-04-27 12:10:50 AM  
There was a Jay Leno segment where he had morse code operators vs. the speed texting champions to see who could send a message to their partners the fastest.

/Spoiler: the texters were crushed.
 
2014-04-27 12:11:39 AM  

Snapper Carr: obligatory


argh, should've hit refresh
 
2014-04-27 12:11:40 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I bet if somebody could make an app that turns your cell phone screen into a giant Morse Code button, kids in junior high and high school would learn it so they could send text messages surreptitiously in class, instead of having to be obvious by staring at their screens while they type with two thumbs.


I like the way you think!

To be really discreet, each dot or dash could be 'vibrate' for a completely non visual communication?
 
2014-04-27 12:13:03 AM  
i'd worry if i owned the restaurant where they had their meetings, they might try to dine and dash
 
2014-04-27 12:15:18 AM  
Relieved. I thought the inventor of the ellipsis had died.
 
2014-04-27 12:17:43 AM  
I'll bet their theme song is Rush's YYZ.

- . - -
- .- -
- - ..
 
2014-04-27 12:20:18 AM  

whither_apophis: There was a Jay Leno segment where he had morse code operators vs. the speed texting champions to see who could send a message to their partners the fastest.

/Spoiler: the texters were crushed.


Except the texters would still win because people have the equipment to receive their messages.
 
2014-04-27 12:23:09 AM  

BKITU: dittybopper showing up in 5... 4... 3....


I'm surprised he's not here yet. I guess he has a real life on a Saturday night.
 
2014-04-27 12:23:45 AM  

fastbow: Why aren't these guys trying to recruit HAM operators?


The FCC dropped the Morse Code requirement for ham licenses in 2007. Probably only us old fogeys know it.

Actually, I forgot most of it long, long ago. I did get a laugh when testing a water leak detector and it went "be-be-beep, beep beep beep, be-be-beep." Probably not many of their customers get that.

I remember one other word:
...  ....  .. -
 
2014-04-27 12:24:54 AM  
Humans became a part of the equipment because tech was expensive and humans were cheap. There were never supposed to be telegraphers.
 
2014-04-27 12:25:02 AM  
I was afraid Sergio Aragones had died.

Otherwise

-.-. --.-
 
2014-04-27 12:26:07 AM  
S O S
 
2014-04-27 12:27:31 AM  
At least we can rest easy that the buggy whip clubs are still going strong.
 
2014-04-27 12:28:10 AM  

JosephFinn: whither_apophis: There was a Jay Leno segment where he had morse code operators vs. the speed texting champions to see who could send a message to their partners the fastest.

/Spoiler: the texters were crushed.

Except the texters would still win because people have the equipment to receive their messages.


www.qsl.net
 
2014-04-27 12:28:51 AM  
Last time I looked, telegraph lines were still tariffed, but the main central office here pulled out the last of the equipment a few years ago, so those days are probably over for good.
 
2014-04-27 12:29:22 AM  
 
2014-04-27 12:29:31 AM  

Harry_Seldon: S O S


Did someone say SOS?

/so sorry
 
2014-04-27 12:30:19 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I bet if somebody could make an app that turns your cell phone screen into a giant Morse Code button, kids in junior high and high school would learn it so they could send text messages surreptitiously in class, instead of having to be obvious by staring at their screens while they type with two thumbs.


https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.emergent.android.m or seime
 
2014-04-27 12:31:44 AM  

cgraves67: BKITU: dittybopper showing up in 5... 4... 3....

I'm surprised he's not here yet. I guess he has a real life on a Saturday night.


He's probably at the meeting.
 
2014-04-27 12:33:41 AM  
I told you morse was a new fangled fad that wouldnt last. Smoke signals is the hotness.
 
2014-04-27 12:33:55 AM  
gerbilpox:
The FCC dropped the Morse Code requirement for ham licenses in 2007. Probably only us old fogeys know it.

When the FCC dropped the 20wpm and 12wpm, leaving only the 5wpm exam in 2000.
I ran a VE team from '98 to 2008, and I had a hard time being sympathetic with the guys
that would biatch and moan about how "5wpm is just *so* fast, how do they expect people to copy that??!?"

I would just adjust my onion belt and walk away.
 
2014-04-27 12:33:55 AM  

Gleeman: cgraves67: BKITU: dittybopper showing up in 5... 4... 3....

I'm surprised he's not here yet. I guess he has a real life on a Saturday night.

He's probably at the meeting.


He probably IS the meeting.
 
2014-04-27 12:33:58 AM  

433: The American POW in Viet Nam, the man who died recently, had the presence of mind to be able to blink  T-O-R-T-U-R-E to the cameras.  That man was bad to the bone.


Aww, wasn't aware he had died.

/to the bone indeed
 
2014-04-27 12:37:20 AM  

SCUBA_Archer: At least we can rest easy that the buggy whip clubs are still going strong.


Hell Bent, Hell Bent for Leather.
 
2014-04-27 12:38:02 AM  

JosephFinn: whither_apophis: There was a Jay Leno segment where he had morse code operators vs. the speed texting champions to see who could send a message to their partners the fastest.

/Spoiler: the texters were crushed.

Except the texters would still win because people have the equipment to receive their messages.


Semaphore is free.
 
2014-04-27 12:39:35 AM  

Oldiron_79: I told you morse was a new fangled fad that wouldnt last. Smoke signals is the hotness.

media.giphy.com
 
2014-04-27 12:43:42 AM  
The connection has timed out
The server at www.omaha.com is taking too long to respond.


Soooo, no idea wth you're talking about...
 
2014-04-27 12:46:28 AM  

whither_apophis: There was a Jay Leno segment where he had morse code operators vs. the speed texting champions to see who could send a message to their partners the fastest.

/Spoiler: the texters were crushed.


You might say their hopes were dashed.
 
2014-04-27 12:49:17 AM  

Lenny_da_Hog: Harry_Seldon: S O S

When you're gone, how can I even try to go on?


4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-04-27 12:49:41 AM  
Remember having to practice Morse for a long time to pass my 2 meter exam, back in the 70s. Saving money from summer odd jobs to buy my first iambic paddles. Good memories. Try to message in Morse using kids Leet or ghetto speak, uh, no.
 
2014-04-27 12:50:20 AM  

cyberspacedout: whither_apophis: There was a Jay Leno segment where he had morse code operators vs. the speed texting champions to see who could send a message to their partners the fastest.

/Spoiler: the texters were crushed.

You might say their hopes were dashed.


Spot on
 
2014-04-27 12:57:36 AM  
If these gentlemen die before passing on their knowledge, how will we transmit the critical information to distant forces during an alien invasion on when to attack once we have disabled the alien shields with a computer virus.
 
2014-04-27 01:00:24 AM  
If you drop that fancy phone and break the mic,you can take the two wires going into it and tap your message out in morse code.

Now tell me it's obsolete, young man. It may save your life.
 
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