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June 11, 2011

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ferd

Love it when bean counters get priority over physics. :>P
I have a similar story. Years ago I was working on a project to detect radar signals. My team was building a signal switch (due to many radar frequencies in use) and we were pushing 1 GHz (which was cutting edge at the time). We found that only high quality PIN diodes could reliably pass the high frequencies. But a purchasing manager balked at their cost, and insisted that we use common rectifier diodes instead because they were much cheaper and "a diode is a diode". When we protested that the laws of physics wouldn’t allow that substitution, he replied “if you’re such good engineers you can make it work anyway.”

That kind of logic eventually bankrupted the company.

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