Posts by MiniD

    Twitter is a private company. They can censor whatever the fuck they want in any fucking way they want. Don't like it? Start your own bible thumping koch sucking social network platform.

    The problem is not private/public. It is that they are immune from libel laws because they are simply a platform. Once they start editing, they become a publisher... not a platform. Their immunity is gone.

    The other platforms know this. The person who owns Twitter owns CNN. This should tell you all you need to know if you weren't insistent on blaming Trump for this.

    They cannot fact-check Trump exclusively in the political arena and get away with it. It will cost them, in the end.

    It reminds me of states that were opening businesses, but not allowing churches to open. The DOJ made it very clear how they cannot selectively apply rules to churches and they'd get bitch slapped if they did.

    I just watched the movie ("The Hunt"). It was a bunch of rich democrat elites (CEO types) who were fired because of a joke tweet one of them sent out to the others about hunting deplorables. The tweet is grabbed by conspiracy theorists who insist it's true and really push it to the point of termination. They decide to kidnap the 12 most egregious conspiracy theorists insisting the joke was true and hunt them. If anything, it dehumanizes the democrats by pitting the "average" elite's lunacy against far right conspiracy theorists. The hero does not seem to be political.

    Overall... It's a well done movie. B+

    You mean like Teflon Donnie who has murdered almost 100,000 Americans?

    Interesting. Are you suggesting that someone else could have held it to 0? I mean, the Governors of the individual states have done it... right?

    I love having a number to hit someone over the head with in spite of having zero clue what it actually means.

    Nope. I'm so far removed from any of that that is laughable. The only completed CPUs I've ever seen are ones I purchased.

    I also built this:…en/research/overview.html

    This was the holy grail of inductors. Kevin O'Brien and I designed it and I built it for the mobility group in Germany. Coil inductors are very difficult to build on silicon as the components have a significant 3D scale that doesn't work well on sub-micron processes. I got a deli-sandwich at New Seasons for this one. The group in Germany who asked us to design and build it got several awards for it.

    I built everything pictured in this paper (Pat Morrow was the brains behind this one):…con-voltage-regulator.pdf

    My boss at the time (Paul Fischer) believed that putting my name on these papers/presentation would reveal that Intel was making these items and didn't feel the need to disclose that. It is awesome to be left off of presentations that are best in the world and award winning. At least the manager who did very little to forward the project was on it.

    I made an silicon inductor for our chips that could replace FIVR to demonstrate that we could beat air-core inductor scaling by 3 orders of magnitude. The device was paired with a FIVR chip and demonstrated equal performance at 1/1000th the size. I was left off of that breakthrough too because we were going to have another company actually make them (now that the technology had been proven) and didn't want the industry know we were looking at it. At least... that's what the boss who put his name on it told both of the people who designed and built it.

    It is cool, though, to see things you were working on over the last two decades finally see the light of day. I don't mean "you" as in the company... I mean "you" as in just a group of 2 or 3 people.

    The most fun I had was working with a Russian (Belarus) engineer who specialized in Cu plating. We did all sorts of off-the-wall shit. Much of it won awards. Much of it was used later to actually build our chips.

    What do you do, MiniD?

    I work with the equipment. When one of these folks has a problem with the equipment that they can't fix, they call me in. I can guide them through what to do to solve their problem. I also show them how to install the equipment and get it up and running per state/local code.

    I also spend stints working in the labs to build things. I've only advised on the quantum construction, but have spent a lot of time on various packaging approaches and done a lot with things like spin tunnel memory and on die voltage regulation (building inductors on chips). I've also done some of the original stretchable/flexible development for Intel making things like bandaid heartbeat sensors that are currently used in hospital NCUs. There's always a supergenius behind the concept, but they have to get from idea to demo. I help them bridge that gap.

    Read something recently about a breakthrough in quantum computing. Requires cooling to only 1 kelvin instead of 0. Doesn't sound like much but apparently makes the difference between millions of dollars in cooling and not. It has to be that cold to isolate single electrons which is what quantum computing is based on.

    1 Kelvin is still pretty tough. We run most of our quantum stuff at .000x Kelvin now. We are installing a tool that will only get down to 1-4 kelvin, but that is able to test complete wafers vs single devices. Anything under 10 kelvin is difficult, however. It requires special helium to run.

    I'm not sure how Quantum is going to progress. We seem to have made significant inroads into figuring out how to make the quantum devices, but I'm not seeing where the great programming vision is going to come from. With PCs, most of the technology we're using was developed in the 60s. It's just been tweaked. That next great breakthrough just hasn't occurred yet.

    A good movie I just though of was 'The 13th Warrior'


    I always liked the way it interfaced the Norse interaction with the Arab. They did a very respectful job from both sides. It's a pretty decent story, too.

    Just finished the first episode of Into The Night. Interesting setup. An Italian NATO officer hijacks a Scarebus in Brussels and forces it to fly west. Apparently the sun is killing people. Could be a massive solar storm or something more sinister. Don't know yet. So we follow this one plane with a few people on board in a race against the sun as they fly into the night.

    On Netflix

    The Langoliers remake.