Michael Lewis's expose of high frequency trading, Flash Boys
, has already been mentioned
on the blue, but, unusually for a work of non-fiction it ends with a cliffhanger. At the end of the book, Lewis stares up at a microwave tower in central Pennsylvania that had created a new, faster link between financial markets in Chicago and the East Coast: "I noticed, before we left, a metal plate attached to the fence around the tower
. On it was a Federal Communications Commission license number: 1215095. The number, along with an Internet connection, was enough to lead an inquisitive person to the story behind the tower. The application to use the tower to send a microwave signal had been filed in July 2012, and it had been filed by . . . well, it isn’t possible to keep any of this secret anymore. A day’s journey in cyberspace would lead anyone who wished to know it into another incredible but true Wall Street story, of hypocrisy and secrecy and the endless quest by human beings to gain a certain edge in an uncertain world. All that one needed to discover the truth about the tower was the desire to know it.” Now we know that truth
. [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah
on Jun 18, 2014 -
So the label on your frozen food gives a cook time, but it says it's for a microwave of a wattage other than what it says on yours. How are you supposed to know how long to nuke it for? Well, you could consult one of these handy charts
posted by Pope Guilty
on Oct 17, 2013 -
is a website where people microwave stuff, just to see what it looks like after 60 seconds on setting 9. [warning: blinky]
posted by mippy
on Oct 30, 2011 -
What happens when you put marshmallows, footballs, eggs, gum, Christmas lights, or ketchup packets in the microwave? The results of 21 products
cooked to a soggy mess. (Flash, music, Kraft Blue)
posted by daninnj
on Jul 30, 2007 -
Wanna get nuked? the Active Denial System
[just say no?] was launched yesterday - its a microwave ray gun that makes people feel like they're going to catch fire. Wasn't there a ray gun at a certain point in a book we trashed
a while earlier?
posted by infini
on Jan 25, 2007 -
It sounds a lot like science fiction.
It moves at the speed of light and it can penetrate walls. The U.S. military has firepower that uses electromagnetic energy to blind, stun or kill targets. Defense contractors are eager, but the weapons
are not yet being deployed.
posted by dsquid
on Jul 12, 2005 -
"I get this strange burning sensation when I riot."
The Pentagon wants to produce a crowd-dispersal weapon that sends electromagnetic waves up to 700 yards, making people in its wake feel like their skin has been stuck in a microwave. Supposedly there are no side effects. (The NY Times' coverage
has a photo of the device strapped to a Humvee.) One of these could really come in handy on the morning commute.
posted by werty
on Mar 2, 2001 -