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Comment: Re:Does the job still get done? (Score 1) 553

by Anne Thwacks (#48616525) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates
Replacing economists with tossing dice would be a significant improvement: academic research shows the more qualified an economist, the less accurate his predictions!

I leave it to the reader to suggest what to do with politicians (I expect nuking from high orbit to be the most popular suggestion)

Comment: Re:Does the job still get done? (Score 5, Insightful) 553

by Anne Thwacks (#48616491) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates
Leaving aside the fact that economists are a hopeless case, at least here in the UK, we have massive problems with our jobs market - huge numbers of people are working insanely long hours for peanuts, while others are working shorter hours for peanuts, and a minute number of people are decently paid, and a few make millions.

On top of this is the widely reported problem of "shortage of skilled workers" caused by a combination of agism and lack of willingness to pay them to do the job, not an actual shortage of skilled workers.

For example, today's news is that we are importing medical staff from Portugal, because the local people cannot survive on the wages, and the Portuguese cannot imagine how high living costs are here (especially housing and travel).

The jobs market is in need of some serious fixing.

Comment: Re:Dark Emitting Diode (Score 1) 99

by Anne Thwacks (#48613113) Attached to: The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax
I am not too sure about that: I had a colleague who worked for a firm that used to manufacture tunnel monodes - a kind of single terminal tunnel diode. The tunnel diode is noted for having negative resistance. the resistance of a tunnel monode is the square root of -1!

They were extremely useful for one particular application, and indeed the best available solution in 1963, but the 60's intervened, and I don't actually remember what the application was (LSD was legal then) - I vaguely recall I was working on a time machine when I first heard about tunnel monodes. That was shortly before the project to show the Ike and Tina Turner show in your own home.

Comment: 1N000 (Score 4, Funny) 99

by Anne Thwacks (#48608179) Attached to: The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax
I used to have a whole box of 1N000 smoke-emitting-diodes.

They are easily recognised by the colour code "three black bands on a black background".

They are normally used to supply the "magic smoke" required by electronic systems to operate at full power, but I believe there are other uses.

I had a data sheet for a Motorola WOM as well - I believe from about the same date.

Comment: Re:That's my belief as well (Score 1) 334

by Anne Thwacks (#48526113) Attached to: Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby
You are suggesting that "Intelligent life" mean things like us. Even leaving aside the major question of quite how intelligent life actually is (spend an hour or 24 watching "fail" vids on Youtube), that might not be true.

Intelligent life in a radically different environment, might be radially different:

Maybe at 100K it is based on reactions we known nothing about, on a time scale so slow we cannot communicate with it, because they consider two bits per decade data rate to be a speeding offence.

Maybe there is life at a density close to that of intergalactic dust, and its all around us. However, the lifeforms are so huge that we are like stomach bacteria to them?

Maybe you should subscribe to my complete science fiction works on Kindle Direct?

Or, then again, maybe not!

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