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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:09 AM

Rant: Obama's pool microphone



Sorry for lack of detail
Was just now watching the TV. Obama is delivering a speech to the business round table when the mike goes silent.

It was a very interesting speech on getting the world economy back on track. Just frustrating as how often do mikes fail now days?

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Response to think (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:11 AM

1. WTF indeed...

That will be exactly the reaction of 99% of the people who read this post, who will have no idea what you're talking about.

Providing a little detail and context when you post won't kill you.

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Response to gcomeau (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:15 AM

4. Sorry just posted quick as it freaked me out. Obama's mike just cut out on live TV

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Response to think (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:05 PM

9. I understood you perfectly, especially when you said, "Sorry for lack of detail."

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Response to narnian60 (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:13 PM

10. Ya, my ability to articulate what's on my mind leaves something to be desired today.

I should quit watching TV as things like this tend to rattle me as I expect more when the President of the United States is the one speaking.

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Response to think (Reply #10)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:21 PM

11. It rattled me, too. I turned to every news channel trying to find one with sound.

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Response to think (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:12 AM

2. Context? Link? Anything?

This makes no sense.

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Response to morningfog (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:16 AM

6. Obama's mike went dead on live TV. Most likely a glitch but SERIOUSLY?

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Response to think (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:13 AM

3. Sabotage???

Very strange that it's not up and working after so long

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Response to malaise (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:22 AM

8. Whatever happened it is BS. Do we need the roadies from BOC to do a friggin mike check?

Maybe I'm making too much out of this but this just pisses me off.

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Response to think (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:15 AM

5. ?

One word posts that have no information drive me nuts. I don't watch TV since I'm a work, and while I like to participate in conversations, there has to actually be a conversation for me to participate.

You might as well have said "Non Rant Rant: Cloud I just saw." Your post was that informative.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:17 AM

7. Sorry. Some context added.

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Response to think (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:13 PM

16. Thanks, and it was a good post

I suppose I just get a bit frustrated by those who post as though everyone is watching the same things they are. You are BY NO MEANS the only one that has ever done it . We have some serial assumers here that have done it on multiple occasions.

Sorry if I came off as too harsh

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Response to Aerows (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:30 PM

17. No worries. It was bad on my part. I should know better :)

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Response to Aerows (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:31 PM

13. Why so impatient?

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Response to narnian60 (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:11 PM

15. You ask me this

after an hour and 16 minutes ?

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Response to think (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:21 PM

12. There re a lot of points where failure could occur

Between the President and the listener at home there is the mic, mic cable, mic preamp, digital encoders, satellite uplinks and downlinks , master control switchers and so on and so forth... a whole menagerie of electronic equipment in a chain that brings the signal to its destination in your living room. We try really hard to keep the Audio and Video signals running smoothly but sometimes the gremlins win.

I've been working in television for almost 15 years now and I can attest to the existence of Gremlins. You can't see them but you can see where they've been. When something craps out, then returns to normal operation some time later and we can't find the cause for the failure, it's the work of Gremlins

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Response to PD Turk (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:57 PM

14. Thank you for the input. Much appreciated:)

When one considers all the things that can happen in the transmission process it does give one pause as to their expectations as a spectator.

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Response to think (Reply #14)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:57 PM

18. Some days I'm still surprised it works at all

sometimes it resembles a modern day Rube Goldberg contraption more than it does cutting edge technology

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Response to PD Turk (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:31 PM

19. And not forget...

the half asleep tech, (I know, I was one), who gets a massive brain fart and hits the wrong switch.

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Response to Javaman (Reply #19)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 05:24 PM

20. That too

Been there, done that too

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