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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan Fan View Post
    What is a MacGiver?

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    MacGyver was/is a television show about a guy who could get out of all sorts of jams with nothing but his Swiss Army Knife and duct tape.

    The original starred Canadian William Dean Anderson. The recent version stars Lucas Till, who I've never heard of before. It was set to start Season 4 in November but is being held back until early 2020.
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    I have a concept for a MacGyver moment. It could actually be a screenplay or something.

    The concept is, quantum computing the old way. With duct tape and baling wire.

    Or in this case.... moths.

    See, back in the early early days of computers, long before vacuum tubes and the eniac, they used relays. For digital switching. And, relays are physically big, so the computers were large, often requiring an entire large room. And, moths would fly around the room, and get stuck in the relays. This is actually the origin of the term "bug" in computing - back in the day, bugs were actually bugs.

    But so now, when we're given lemons we make lemonade.

    The combination of a relay and a moth, is what you would call a "random computing device". Just like a quantum computer, that combination can take on any probability between 0 and 1. And if you get enough moths and enough relays in the same room, you can approximate a real random distribution. And therefore you can make a quantum computer.

    Or well... if your MacGyver and you have enough duct tape and baling wire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan Fan View Post
    What is a MacGiver?

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    I stopped a fuel leak on my KW with a bar of soap.
    1) rub the soap into the hole
    2) then clean of the oily residue with lighter fluid.
    3) covered it with duct tape.
    4) covered the duct tape with grease from the 5th wheel. (it was raining)

    This bit of micky mousery got me across a Kalifornia scale an to a truck stop where I was able to buy a repair kit an "micky mouse" it right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Bird View Post
    I stopped a fuel leak on my KW with a bar of soap.
    1) rub the soap into the hole
    2) then clean of the oily residue with lighter fluid.
    3) covered it with duct tape.
    4) covered the duct tape with grease from the 5th wheel. (it was raining)

    This bit of micky mousery got me across a Kalifornia scale an to a truck stop where I was able to buy a repair kit an "micky mouse" it right.
    My dad did the same thing when I was a kid in the 70's, family trip to Sea World or something in an old Rambler wagon, plugged up a tank leak with a bar of fels naptha soap he had in the back for some odd reason.

    I was on an ATV dice run and hit a rock funny sideways, ripped a hole in my rear tire sidewall. Like 10 miles from the trailer and no tire repair kit. I took a long strip of duct tape and made a doobie looking thing out of it, folded it in half and jammed it in there. Filled the tire up with a hand pump.

    Not only did it get me back but I replaced all of the tires and wheels after that and a year or so later I pulled the old tires/wheels out of the shed, the duct taped joint plug tire was still full lol

    oh yeah, same day - same exact day I get home from the dice run, the ol' lady was at Walmart, bought me a tire repair kit for the ATV.

    pfft..
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