@amphetamine @djsundog I'm not sure what that means; I'm only recalling a previous article on the subject, which apparently has not lead to anything since then. :)

Still, it'd be kind of cool if somehow I could make my own micro-triode at home using conveniently accessible stuff. Ahh, I can daydream.


One word: Fluidics


We don't need transistors, triodes, or even relays. Just water, the stuff of life.

@LogicalDash @vertigo @amphetamine @djsundog

@EdS @LogicalDash @amphetamine @djsundog Right then, the Kestrel-4 will utilize a fluidic, bit-serial RISC-V processor. I'm sure we'll be able to mine tons of bitcoins. ;P

@djsundog @amphetamine @LogicalDash @EdS It's occurred to me; to be fast, you need huge currents. That implies lots of very loud pumps, and even without being near any pumps, the fluid flow alone will probably remind someone of jet wash.

I'm thinking a fluidic circuit would easily deafen someone nearby.

@vertigo @djsundog @amphetamine @LogicalDash @EdS If all the 300W of electricity in computers went into sound instead of heat, they'd easily deafen us too.

@SoniEx2 @djsundog @amphetamine @LogicalDash @EdS Sound is necessarily one outcome of moving particles of matter; you have *no choice* for fluidics to be noisy, just as heat is one outcome of moving electrons, which is why electronics have no choice but to get hot. The losses are analogs of each other.

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