Reply to post: Re: Timing is everything - hourglasses question

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Re: Timing is everything - hourglasses question

I was once in an interview shown a circuit by the head of department and asked what it did and what it was for. I looked at it and said "I have not the slightest idea."

"It's a voltage regulator"

(Thinking this was a test) "No, it isn't. you see the diode voltage drop isn't temperature compensated, and the transistor Hfe is also temperature variable in the same direction, so if anything it's a rather nonlinear thermometer."

"It is a voltage regulator. I invented that circuit!"

I didn't for some reason get the job, but it did remind me of the old saying: "What's a fudnik? A fudnik is a nudnik with a PhD."

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