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"
@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.
@diodelass almost like a physical objects are ruled by physics. (if you have an unphysical object please send pics, btw)
That said, like, maybe some odds of an for-you 👻 unknown unknown 👻 that the designers of "designed for" item either took into account or can be blamed for. Especially the engineer might want the latter against per 👹 bosses 👹.
Like helium, killing phone.(accelerometers) Maybe the odds are low. Also, if a thing you made for fun breaks in a interesting way, good story.
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