t-1 http://ripr.org en TheEC: More Fiber in RIPR's Diet http://ripr.org/post/theec-more-fiber-riprs-diet <p>As all RIPR fans know, we are an <a href="http://www.npr.org">NPR member station</a>.&nbsp; That means we get a lot of our programming from NPR, the BBC, and other providers, via our <a href="http://www.prss.org">satellite dish</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; The dish is medium-sized as dishes go, but it&rsquo;s pretty big in real terms: 3.7 meters (12ft) in diameter.&nbsp;&nbsp; There&rsquo;s quite literally nowhere to fit a dish that large at our studios in 1 Union Station, so instead it was installed out at our 1290AM transmitter site in North Providence (we still own 1290, but we lease it to <a href=" Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Aaron Read 23007 at http://ripr.org TheEC: More Fiber in RIPR's Diet TheEC: "Normal Accidents" http://ripr.org/post/theec-normal-accidents <p>Most people have heard of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident">"Three Mile Island" nuclear power plant accident of 1979</a>.&nbsp; But it's famous among engineers for being a "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normal_accident">normal accident</a>", in that there wasn't any one thing that nearly caused a meltdown of catastrophic proportions...it was a series of little things inside a highly complex system that all happened as part of "normal" operations.&nbsp;&nbsp; None of which, by themselves, was terribly problematic.&nbsp; But they all happened at once, and that <em>was</em> a problem.</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:56:37 +0000 Aaron Read 18972 at http://ripr.org TheEC: "Normal Accidents"