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  •  Felt sorry for the "shorter than a season" guy (1+ / 0-)
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    IIRC he quit after not being able to find intermittent, fractions-of-a-microsecond glitches in the circuitry, and retired to a tent in the wilderness, vowing to concern himself no more with any interval of time shorter than a season.

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ☮ ♥ ☺

    by lotlizard on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 05:45:59 AM PDT

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    •  I actually used to find stuff like that. You had (1+ / 0-)
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      to wrassle the hardware and the assembly code/instructions simultaneously. Fun times, best ever, now it's mostly 'black box' ware.
      Somebody referenced the movie "War Games" computer was up for auction, nobody mentioned the Tektronix 453(?) in the background, heh. My home workshop Tek 485 nabs picoseconds, and it's at least twenty five years old; the new stuff is awesome and wicked fast.

      We’re Ready, Wendy’s Ready! WTF Are We Waiting For? Bring ‘em on! The revolution has begun! Come and take it!

      by Bluefin on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 01:31:19 PM PDT

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      •  Wow. What comes next? Femtoseconds? n/t (0+ / 0-)

        The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ☮ ♥ ☺

        by lotlizard on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 03:56:58 PM PDT

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        •  Attoseconds, zeptoseconds, yoctoseconds, (1+ / 0-)
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           then:  One Planck time tP =  ≈ 5.4×10-44 s[1] is the briefest physically meaningful span of time.

          Oh darn, I forgot about the attention span of a typical teabagger, it's even shorter...

          And I meant nanoseconds, not picoseconds above, urk...that 485 sweep isn't that fast  ;]  .

          We’re Ready, Wendy’s Ready! WTF Are We Waiting For? Bring ‘em on! The revolution has begun! Come and take it!

          by Bluefin on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 04:15:03 PM PDT

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