the difference between an engineer and witch:
- an engineer knows that if a part is designed for one purpose, it won't work well in others
- a witch knows that "what it was made for" is always a subset of "what it can do"
the definition of a witch often intersects the definition of a hacker
this should be no surprise, really
they're basically the same thing even in popular culture
@diodelass I'm not convinced that something which is supposed to be able to do something can always do it.
@diodelass not gonna argue with the definition, just wanted to join the crowd saying that Hardware Bob there definitely didn't know their stuff :). Using MOSFETs as linear devices is definitely a thing that EEs do -- in fact, there are MOSFETS specifically designed for linear operation.
There's a lot of gratuitous dogmatism in the electronic tinkerers/engineering community and I'm guessing that was one of those cases. With mansplainig sprinkled on top because of course there is.
@diodelass I love technical theatre (lighting specifically) because being good at this is a professional skill. I’m a lighting witch.
"I don't care about what anything was DESIGNED to do, I care about what it CAN do."
- Gene Kranz
Mission Control, Apollo XIII
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