On Mon, 23 Apr 2001, Brian D Williams wrote:
> As any high end stereophile can tell you, tubes can do things
> neither transistors nor integrated circuits can do, it has to do
Particularly, tubes are extremely resistant to (N)EMP. It's an efficient
low-tech approach to NEMP-hardening.
> with the total numbers of electrons involved with the large surface
> area of the collectors. Sync-slew rate amongst others.
Chances are we'll see use of (low voltage emitter, since nanotube electron
emission enhanced) use MEMS-fabricated vacuum tubes for special purposes.
> I still remain perplexed at exactly why the pilot landed it there,
> either he broke protocol, (unlikely) or the plane isn't all that
> secretive, or we thought we had a better understanding with China.
I wonder why they didn't have hardware self-destruct (cases lined with
thin plastique sheets, nonvolatile storage mounted in thermite boxes),
and had to resort to archaic (pick-axe) destruction methods.
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