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Old School Analogue Computing For The Economy

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If Keynes had lived to see it he'd have said 'what the f*ck is that piece of sh1t - why waste money on that when you could spend it building schools and hospitals'.

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never seen or heard of it before.

Apparently it was used as a teaching aid at LSE - which is essentially a production line for a large chunk of the political class - which might explain something.

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seen photos before, but not a video. Water is a GREAT simulator for money/the econony, as money flows around the system in a big circular motion in this way, with bits being added and removed and stored in various placs

here is a diagram of the machine if you want to build one. IMHO it looks more sensible, interesting, and explainable in diagram form :P

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At uni you get to play around with some software that similates a similar thing in code...

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Apparently it was used as a teaching aid at LSE - which is essentially a production line for a large chunk of the political class - which might explain something.

Now why am I not surprised by that.

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Clearly this thing is no use at all.

It has outlets to 'spare tanks' but nothing whatsoever for MP's expenses.

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It may look as if it was designed by W. Heath Robinson, but it is an effective analogue computer, that could have been calibrated by trial and error. If you think that it would be a mistake to rely on it, remember that modern computer models are far more complex, but make more assumptions, and are not necessarily more reliable.

The beauty of the Phillips machine is that it is visually self-evident, and understandable.

If you want to visualise Quantatitive Easing, just imagine Gordon Brown p*ssing into the cistern at the top.

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It may look as if it was designed by W. Heath Robinson, but it is an effective analogue computer, that could have been calibrated by trial and error. If you think that it would be a mistake to rely on it, remember that modern computer models are far more complex, but make more assumptions, and are not necessarily more reliable.

The beauty of the Phillips machine is that it is visually self-evident, and understandable.

If you want to visualise Quantatitive Easing, just imagine Gordon Brown p*ssing into the cistern at the top.

If he does an upper decker what does that equate to?

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We had one of those buggers at college when I did my A levels. It didn't work. It had a number of unwanted sinks that would have resulted in the floor becoming a key player in the equation. I ended up coding one up in whatever the scripting language for dBase IV was called out of a desire to kill the Economics and Computing birds with one horribly malformed stone. What's bothering me now is how I found the time, as I was getting substantial quantities of (on reflection) really crap sex around then.

If I still had the code I'd post it, and you could all throw rotten fruit at me.

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Thanks DYIV - you just got me a slap from my missus. Open the attachment and check out the taskbar at the bottom of my screen as she found it while I was out in the kitchen making a cuppa...

:D Must have been a private school...

I see you've got an "S3 Firefox Organ" as well.

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Thanks DYIV - you just got me a slap from my missus. Open the attachment and check out the taskbar at the bottom of my screen as she found it while I was out in the kitchen making a cuppa...

Anyone running Vista should be used to extreme pain by now.

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