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Nitpick 1 -- doesn't matter | 756 comments | Create New Account
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Nitpick 1 -- doesn't matter
Authored by: BitOBear on Thursday, July 19 2012 @ 11:25 PM EDT
Yes, and no.

Placing the transistor designed the circuit. If chanigng the charge on the
transistor makes a "new circuit" then every time you listen to music
you are making billions of new circuits a second as the waveforms change the
charge on the transformers in your amplifier.

Semiconductors "semi" conduct. That's what they do. They are notable
for never being "all the way on" or "all the way off".

For your "nitpick" to not be reductio ad absurdem, you would -still-
need to get "the whole program" "into the CPU" and -still-
sidestep- the fact that the guy who put the transistor in there in the first
place knew it could be turned on and off.

If you have a screw, and it can be turned left or right, you have to be pretty
out-there to try to claim that the guy who put the screw there didn't know what
it did, so by virtue of you choosing to turn it left, you have invented a new
machine that the original designer never imagined possible.

Operating a switch as designed is not novel, it's -as- -designed-.

The number of switches doesn't alter that basic truth.

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