#qi-hardware IRC log for Tuesday, 2014-12-16

sb0so the taobao vacuum stuff has arrived and looks good, except the $20 turbopump that really looked too good to be true06:55
whitequark$20 turbopump!?07:33
whitequarksb0: which one?07:33
sb0not clear, though, if the seller expects a price offer07:34
sb0my Chinese sucks as much as you imagine, so I just tried to place the order, but the seller didn't ship07:35
whitequarkprobably, yes07:35
whitequarkthere are quite a few pumps at 100 CNY there07:36
sb0yes, and there are others at interesting prices. not 100 CNY, but still interesting.07:36
whitequarkprobably not includes shipping07:37
whitequarkbtw, any idea where could one find venting valves?07:37
whitequarka ebay seller did not screw off the one at the pump I got, and it got totalled by the post07:37
sb0some are stocked in taiwan or near shenzhen, shouldn't be too expensive to ship to hk07:38
whitequark$700 new retail price?!07:38
whitequarkfor a fucking electromagnet?!07:38
sb0hehe, yeah, welcome to the western vacuum world07:38
sb0suppliers are happy to get fat margins07:38
sb0professors have an excuse to ask for fat grants07:38
whitequarkI need to find some plant being decommissioned07:38
sb0universities are happy taking a nice margin from the fat grant07:39
sb0everyone loves it, right?07:39
Action: whitequark sighs07:39
whitequarkbtw, this pump had a metal "jacket" when it arrived07:39
whitequarkout of something really soft, possibly lead, though I don't remember lead being *this* soft07:40
sb0I got my venting valve from Alek, who dumpster-dived it I guess07:40
sb0and I dumpster-dived some more from an institute in Berlin07:40
whitequarkI have a manual one, but it's kind of a PITA07:40
DocScrutinizer05you wouldn't believe how sleep-preventing a >>Nurnberg, Germany 12/16/2014 1:04 A.M.Out For Delivery<< can act07:40
whitequarkyes. yes I would07:41
DocScrutinizer05particularly with the knowledge about the 1054z content07:41
Action: DocScrutinizer05 shakes the fist with 5 bucks in coins for the poor UPS slave07:42
wpwrakDocScrutinizer05: so i wasn't so wrong about your sleeping arrangements ;-)11:42
wpwrakDocScrutinizer05: how is santa claus' progress towards your cave ? :)13:59
DocScrutinizer05poor :-/14:29
DocScrutinizer05I just carspotted DHL 30min ago. No UPS yet14:29
whitequarkseven hours, you for sure are patient14:48
whitequark... or have too much free time ;14:49
wpwraklet's hope they didn't try the wrong address and it's already on its way back to the depot14:49
wpwrakhmm DocScrutinizer05's silence must mean that ...16:58
wpwrak1) he's outside, nervously pacing up and down the street, checking the time every two seconds,16:58
wpwrak2) he fell asleep, less than a minute before the UPS man rang the doorbell,16:58
wpwrak3) he's now sitting with a wide grin in front of his new rigol, pressing buttons, looking at the blinkenlights, and echoing the beeps :)16:59
whitequarkthe courier usually arrives when I *am* asleep, during the day17:00
whitequarkI now can open the door and sign off the package without actually waking up17:00
larscThe postman figured out that I'm on vacation and drops off all the packages for the whole appartment complex at my place...18:29
wpwraknice. lars goes postal ;-)18:34
whitequarkhaha, so, I just discovered that that $700 valve?18:35
whitequarkyou can buy it for about $12 retail, exact same thing18:35
whitequarkwell, almost, has female thread rather than male18:36
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