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Sideband #59: Running Hot

running hotAs a diversion for the weekend: Have you ever wondered why computers run so hot? No? Okay, I’ll tell you. It’s actually kind of a hoot. (We’ll get back to the more serious topic of algorithms and AI, and wrap up that series, next week.)

You kind of have to wonder. Humankind has gone from oil and gas lamps, to incandescent copper filaments, to fluorescent lights, and now to LEDs. The trend here seems towards cooler more efficient light sources. But computers seem to need bigger and bigger fans!

The short answer: It’s all those short circuits!

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BB #18: Butt Heat

Brain BubbleOkay, so here’s a question that’s bothered me a long time.

If you sit in a chair for a while, stand up and then sit down again, you don’t notice anything unusual.

But if you sit in a chair that someone else was recently sitting in, the chair feels warm!

So my question is: why do you not notice your own ass heat, but you do notice the ass heat of someone else?

What’s up with that?

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