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There are some things we encounter in the world that just make a person want to shake their head. We, at GeekDad, recently received a press release from a public relations company asking us to post an announcement about an upcoming "SYFY Event Documentary" titled "ALIENS ON THE MOON: THE TRUTH EXPOSED" because they are certain that our readers will be intrigued. As we care deeply for our readers we wish to make sure you read our announcement. ...
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Component of the Month: The Transistor

A bipolar transistor amplifies fluctuations in current or can be used to switch current on and off. In its amplifying mode, it replaced the vacuum tubes that were formerly used in the amplification of audio signals and many other applications. In its switching mode it resembles a relay, although in its "off" state the transistor still allows a very small amount of current flow, known as leakage.

A bipolar transistor is described as a discrete semiconductor device when it is individually packaged, with three leads or contacts. A package containing multiple transistors is an integrated circuit. A Darlington pair actually contains two transistors, but is included here as a discrete component because it is packaged similarly and functions like a single

Read more about the transistor: http://ow.ly/nBI0n
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Presenting the GeekDad Mother's Day Gift Guide.
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Crowdfunding Confusion: Scammers Attempt to Rip Off Successful Campaigns Using Indiegogo

[Re-posting because of a broken link in the original]

The Kickstarter campaign for ShopBot Tool's new "smart digital power tool," the Handibot, was going well. It had more than doubled its $125k goal.

But late last month, with just a few weeks to go in the campaign, ShopBot owner Ted Hall discovered that the new tool was attracting even more interest than he knew about.

Unbeknownst to him, a nearly identical Handibot campaign was running on Indiegogo, with graphics and text copied from the Handibot Kickstarter page.

And the funds would be going to another account.

Read more: http://ow.ly/nzEPa
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