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(ZDNet)   Next step in computer manufacturing, Fiber optics   ( divider line
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2521 clicks; posted to Main » on 21 Oct 2001 at 12:00 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2001-10-21 12:14:09 AM  
Dammit! The good ol' days of glowing vacuum tubes, the deafening sounds of spark gaps and the sweet smell of ozone are but a but a fading memory.
2001-10-21 12:20:25 AM  
What ever happened to those quantum computers they were yakking about? I would think that a system that can send data back in time would be about as fast as you can get...
2001-10-21 12:27:16 AM  
Sounds great. How does it interact with the new molecular transistors that are in the news? BTW, if the terrorist scum ever use an EMP bomb on us, those old vacuum tube radios are gonna be in real big demand!
2001-10-21 12:30:28 AM  
Call me when they incorporate telekinetics into computers.
2001-10-21 12:35:10 AM  
sending data so fast it goes back in time? so i can send my self a file after i spill coffee on my lap, telling me not to spill coffee on my lap..

i'd buy that.
2001-10-21 01:00:58 AM  
Hello, we already have fiberoptic cables.
2001-10-21 01:26:20 AM  
Anyone notice that they called 'gigabits per second' - 'gpbs' throughout the article? Looks to me they don't understand acronyms.

2001-10-21 02:11:13 AM  
gigapits ber second - laf.
2001-10-21 02:32:48 AM  
Am I the only one that seems to think that the latency in converting electrons to photons then back to electrons would defeat the purpose.

I always figured that since die size will eventually stop growing wider that they would eventually start using more and more layers until cpu's looked like sugar cubes with little cooling ducts through them.

Just imagine having a dual cpu system with at 256bit point to point bus and 4GB of memory all running at 2ghz in one little cube who's only pin-outs are for connecting slow periphials.
2001-10-21 02:41:32 AM  
Uh,,,yeah Cranky. You're the only one.
2001-10-21 03:06:33 AM  
Fiber Optic CPU's, Storage devices composed of protein molecules that can store up to 100X's more data than today's hardware. It's just starting folks, pretty soon we'll all have our own HAL9000 and won't be able to watch internet pr0n without it ridiculing us.
2001-10-21 03:45:33 AM  
My brother is always going on about upgrading his machine to dual AMD processors.I'm like "Spend that money on something practical,like a 12 gauge shotgun!".He isn't listening though..when can I get the voices out of my head?!!
2001-10-21 03:49:47 AM  
Wolfanoz-I suspect that our HAL9000s will be more likely to stay quiet during pr0n surfing,then announce to the world that you've been looking at fat mature Asian scat eel sex porn at bad times,like when you are taking the oath to become President.
2001-10-21 03:57:43 AM  
Kthulu - yeah, especially when people show up at your apartment. Remember what happened in 2001 when they tried to confuse HAL!
2001-10-21 04:02:13 AM  
I saw an article in TIME about a year ago about some scientists (Berkely perhaps?) that had developed a simple quantum adding machine. Really simple. Extremely simple. Basically, the dude was holding up a small vial with this neon yellow liquid (about 2-3 ccs worth, by my guess) that could add single digit integers.

2001-10-21 04:11:07 AM  
Deus - His urine can do calculations? Damn, why can't I get my urine to balance my checkbook?
2001-10-21 05:52:14 AM  
Jeez, Intel is behind the times. I first heard of IBM and Motorola working on this kind of thing 5 years ago.
2001-10-21 10:28:31 AM  
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2001-10-21 11:44:56 AM  
Optitronic technology is the shiat. The research for this has been going on for about 5-6 years. Suppossedly Lucent was working on an optitronic telephone switch before their stocks plummeted.
2001-10-21 01:09:16 PM  
3M TA3, I always thought that pic should have only ONE hand on the keyboard. At least then it's accurate.

2001-10-21 02:24:08 PM  
pretty soon we'll all have our own HAL9000 and won't be able to watch internet pr0n without it ridiculing us.

Hell, the computer will create interactive porn for you, according to your tastes. Think "Leisure Suit Larry" on steroids.
2001-10-22 01:40:10 AM  
Is it just me or does this John G. Spooner know squaddly-dit about computer technology/science/theory?
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