Post by Dorothy J Heydt Post by Greg Goss Post by Panthera Tigris Altaica Post by Dorothy J Heydt Post by Wolffan
What kind of parties does Bubbles go to, anyway?
Tea parties, of course. The humans sit and sip, and the robots
sit and inhale.
So Bubbles was disarming nuclear weapons while under the influence of caffeine?
I'm unclear on the concept of robots and haircuts.
I'm unclear on how her hair could grow.
But ISTR Hal telling me that circuits in long use can grow fine
"whiskers" that can short them out ... maybe Bubbles' designers
turned a bug into a feature?
Crystal whiskers generally grow in a liquid solution. Transferring
that to a robot's hair is a bigger suspension of disbelief than the
hybrid jetfighter roomba kittens that briefly appeared a few years
Unintended whiskers in NiCd batteries were the basis of "zapper"
battery renewal circuits a couple of decades back (before the rise of
NiMH and ithium). If you send a strong enough pulse through the
cadmium whisker, you can vaporize iit without blowing up the rest of
the battery. (Cadmium is a poison - you don't want to blow it up.)
It's a bit of a balancing act, but done right, you can remove the
short and restore the battery to service.
We are geeks. Resistance is voltage over current.