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can a computer run on water? Answered

Can a pc or laptop run if continuous supply of water is available?

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Electric Spectre1

9 years ago

You could get a hydrogen powered engine, separate water in hydrogen and oxygen using your neighbors power behind their back then use the hydrogen with the hydrogen powered engine to turn a generator and plug your computer into that. Or you could just plug your computer into the neighbors house and skip the hydrogen engine and generator.

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iBurn

9 years ago

Fuel Cells. THAT would be awesome. But expensive. I've got a fuelcell, but it's only 5v, and it was like $50

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Kiteman

9 years ago

Hydroelectricity? Or some mad steam-punk device with a flow of water being diverted by mechanical valves instead of electricity being switched by transistors?

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lemonieKiteman

Answer 9 years ago

You've had a good think about this, now I'm thinking about hydraulic logic circuits...thanks

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Kitemanlemonie

Answer 9 years ago

Rubber bladders for capacitors, narrow tubes as resistors..

The display, though...

Ah! make it horizontal, each pixel is a ping-pong ball under a light-weight black flap - the level of water under the ball determines how much ball shows, and hence the brightness of that pixel. OK, it will be a very slow refresh rate, but the whole machine will be slow anyway.

A good think? Hardly - this is entirely off the cuff. I'm good a grand ideas if somebody else has to do the hard work of actually building the thing.

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lemonieKiteman

Answer 9 years ago

I'm thinking about it, one logic gate maybe, but tomorrow... It's one of those post-apocalyptic Hollywood things (hope they aren't watching or it'll be on the big screens next year...)

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Kitemanlemonie

Answer 9 years ago

After the meteor, all the IT technicians will be trained plumbers. I wonder how they would communicate over distance? Shockwaves through mains waterpipes?

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lemonieKiteman

Answer 9 years ago

Maybe, or would they be better with gases? L

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NachoMahmalemonie

Answer 9 years ago

. The sound of little puffs of exhausted gasses would give it a steampunk feel. Even more so if you used a visible gas. :)

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lemonieNachoMahma

Answer 9 years ago

It would. I was thinking of one of those hydraulic ram pumps for a "clock"?
(restart did require log-in)

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Kitemanlemonie

Answer 9 years ago

We've got to stick to the theme - a hydraulic computer would be, if not useful, at least a unique talking point, like that chap who has an electromechanical computer around his office wall.

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zascecs

9 years ago

If you want to electricute yourself!
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