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Physics & Quantum mechanics

Daniele Procida

Re: Purple update...


Tue, 05 Jun 2001 16:05:26 BST

James Savage  wrote:

> > Usenet is very space-sensitive, and I think it would be sad to see that
> > sensitivity diluted, because it represents an ethic of small courtesies.
> > That is a perfect argument for not flaming sigs too :)

I don't think anyone *flames* .sigs just for being too long, though if
they're malformed they'll get pointed out.

> But my point is
> > --
> James
> CountB
> File Clerk 2.0 coming soon!
> > has less chars than
> > --
> James  -  CountB  -
> >   <-- File Clerk 2.0 coming soon!
> > > See?

It has fewer characters, but more lines - more work for the reader
(alright, an extra tap on the keyboard isn't that much work. But just
imagine: suppose everyone on Usenet started using Purple. That's many
million people - let's say 50'000'000. And suppose that they each post
*on average* one article a day. Now suppose that a six line limit rather
than a four line .sig limit requires an extra page-down tap in one case
out of 10. That means: 50'000'000/10=5'000'000 - five million extra taps
required per day. If you add all those taps up together, it's a *huge*
force. What a waste of energy. All because of you. And think of all the
entropy that will come of it. You personally will be responsible for
hastening the heat-death of the universe. Could you bear to have that on
your conscience?)

A multipart copy & paste encyclopaedia of popular music for you to keep

25. Truly extraordinary pop-song artefacts; no.1: the third verse of
"Some Velvet Morning" (Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra)

Peter Ceresole

Re: Silly question: Can I put this mini-CD rom in my Mac???

Wed, 10 Apr 2002 17:38:21 +0100

In article <>,
Sara Kirk wrote:

>Its natural to assume that spinning
>> the 80mm CD/adapter assembly at 30 or 40 times normal speed
>> would lead to it turning pair-shaped :-) 
>                          ^^^^^^^^^^^
>you have to wonder what kind of shape that would be ;-)

Probably a relativistic effect in which the extreme centrifugal force
coupled with increased mass of the outer segment, moving at near light
speed, generates a Hawking split of the constituents of the CD. When it
slows down, there should be a cat sitting there. The only remaining
question is whether it is alive or dead, or both at once.		


Re: Palm Desktop Time Macine

Sat, 5 Jul 2003 18:38:27 +0100

Jeremy Fieldsend  wrote:

> For no apparent reason other than a) it's close to lunchtime b)it's
> Friday and c) nerdy curiosity, I began winding back the months in Palm
> Desktop to see how far back it would go.
> Curiouser and Curiouser...  It goes back as you would expect until Jan
> 1904 (seem to remember something about Mac date calculations starting
> with 1904) but then it leaps forward to April 1947...March 1947..etc
> etc.
> Wassall that about then?

It's all to do with Steve Jobs' pocket time machine, which he will
unveil at the 2006 expo ("a thousand epochs in your pocket!") and
demonstrate by going back to 1904 (at this point, a small percentage of
the audience giggle knowingly at the chosen date). Unfortunately due to
software problems he ends up in 1947; on his return he tosses the time
machine to a techy in the front row to get it fixed, following which the
whole of usenet becomes aflame with discussions of how he "threw it in

Of course, in doing this demonstration, Jobs inadvertently set up a
glitch in the space-time continuum; whilst *historically* 1947 came 43
years after 1904, if you travel *backwards* across the timestream, 1947
also comes immediately *before* 1904; hence you can (or will be able to)
travel backwards as far as you like but never get further back than

Palm Desktop was/will be updated retrospectively (in September 2007) as
a "bit of a joke" by the last few employees of Palm just before it
becomes officially a subdivision of AppleSonySoft Inc; this becomes one
of the Nine Great Clues that time travel is/will become possible.

As an aside, this means that in one (accidental) stroke, Jobs will solve
the problem of the grandfather paradox (as long as your grandfather was
born before 1904). This will put a number of pop-science writers out of
a job, and will also piss off a number of historians who *really* wanted
to see whether Joan of Arc was good in bed.


(I'm on a train and I'm bored)


Re: Safari next window shortcut

Tue, 8 Jul 2003 12:03:14 +0100

zoara wrote:

> PeterD  wrote:
> > Maybe this isn't news to anyone else, but I've just discovered that
> > Safari v1.0 uses Cmd-` to switch between open windows, like MSIE.
> > 
> > I swear Safari betas didn't have this shortcut,
> 'Fraid it did. I'm still using it until a) I get around to downloading
> v1.0 and b) until PithHelmet is updated.

I think you'll find that you were in an almost identical, but not quite
parallel universe in which that key shortcut worked in beta Safaris.
At some point between then and now, probably because of your dalliances
in the curry house airing cupboard, your universe crossed over and now
you're trapped in this one. It's to your advantage though - in this one
you don't get gored to death by a marauding gnu.

Alan Frame

Re: "Twice as quiet"

Mon, 30 Jun 2003 21:43:15 +0100

Richard P. Grant  wrote:

> In article <>,
>  James Dore  wrote:
> > "Reducing crime, disorder and fear"
> > 
> > Disorder being a lack of order, technically, one cannot reduce something
> > that does not exist....
> Perhaps "Reducing crime, entropy and fear" would have been better?

But entropy is God's way of telling you that you need a new universe.

rgds, Alan