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 Impossible is not a fact, its an opinion 

dangyogi (aka, Bruce Frederiksen)

May 21, 2010 by dangyogi

Hello Everybody,

I am the author of PyKE (Python Knowledge Engine) and have been a computer programmer for 35 years.

I am not medically trained, so please forgive me if I have a hard time with the medical jargon here.

I am very good at developing computer algorithms and technical problem solving.  But, as my interests lie more in the "how does it work" aspect of things rather than the "how does it look" aspect, I am not very skilled in GUI and web development.

I am helping part time on an as needed basis.

I am generally for technical experimentation and can help to try out different ideas and solutions to the "How do we Diagnose" problem.

The field of computers is moving rapidly.  For example, each cell phone now is a complete computer capable of running applications all on its own.  Computers now can execute instructions in the time it takes light to travel 15 cm.  In the time it takes the light to go from your screen to your eye, the computer has executed 2 or 3 instructions.  And the memory sizes have grown enormously.  We are approaching being able to store 1 TB of data (TB is Terra Byte -- generally one byte is one character for textually data, terra is 1012 or one million times one million.  When was the last time you counted to one million.  Imagine doing that one million times!  The computer can count to one billion in one second.  It could count to a million, a million times in about 20 minutes.

Consider this quote from wikipedia:

The transistor is the key active component in practically all modern electronics, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest inventions of the twentieth century.[8] Its importance in today's society rests on its ability to be mass produced using a highly automated process (semiconductor device fabrication) that achieves astonishingly low per-transistor costs.

Although several companies each produce over a billion individually-packaged (known as discrete) transistors every year,[9] the vast majority of transistors now produced are in integrated circuits (often shortened to IC, microchips or simply chips), along with diodes, resistors, capacitors and other electronic components, to produce complete electronic circuits. A logic gate consists of up to about twenty transistors whereas an advanced microprocessor, as of 2009, can use as many as 2.3 billion transistors (MOSFETs).[10] "About 60 million transistors were built this year [2002] ... for [each] man, woman, and child on Earth."[11]

What did you do with your 60 million transistors in 2002?  And 2003?  2004? ...

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