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Comment: Re:So... Parmenides was right after all? (Score 1) 530

by adonoman (#45216599) Attached to: First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

Fair enough, and judging by some of the other responses, you were justified in your interpretation. I guess I overestimate /.'s rationalism. To be clear, I don't attribute Parmenides with any great insight into the quantum nature of the universe, anymore than I think that Democritus had any clue about what we've come to call "atoms". That being said, the line of reasoning on "what is" vs. "what is not" does have some interesting things to think about if time is indeed an emergent phenomenon.

Comment: Re:So... Parmenides was right after all? (Score 1) 530

by adonoman (#45214675) Attached to: First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon
He obviously wasn't "right" in the sense of having anything useful to say about the world in any scientific sense - I would have thought that goes without saying. I just found the parallel amusing. You're reading a bit too much into an off-hand comment.

Comment: So... Parmenides was right after all? (Score 1, Interesting) 530

by adonoman (#45212011) Attached to: First Experimental Evidence That Time Is an Emergent Quantum Phenomenon

This sounds a lot like what he was saying 2500 years ago.

From Wikipedia:

In "the way of truth" (a part of the poem), he explains how reality (coined as "what-is") is one, change is impossible, and existence is timeless, uniform, necessary, and unchanging. In "the way of opinion," he explains the world of appearances, in which one's sensory faculties lead to conceptions which are false and deceitful.

Comment: Re:the most basic data structures (Score 1) 598

by adonoman (#45073193) Attached to: What Are the Genuinely Useful Ideas In Programming?
I've interviewed for a company that required you to write out a stack implementation in C++ from scratch during the interview. It's a great problem, since it's quite easy to define, nearly everyone knows what is required, but it's complicated enough that when coding by hand on paper, every entry-level programmer is going to make a mistake, and you can see how they think when you tell them there's a mistake. Even when they get it right, you get a lot of insight into their problem-solving style by listening to them defend the design.

Comment: Re:I'll go ahead and say it (Score 2) 200

by adonoman (#44620027) Attached to: China Plans To Stop Harvesting Organs From Executed Prisoners

If a right can be forfeit, then it's no longer a right - it's a privilege. In a democracy, the ability to vote has to be one of THE fundamental rights that can never be taken away. Otherwise, you end up with the situation the US currently sees where large chunks of people are disenfranchised, and the government loses its claim to be representative of its citizens.

Whether you firearm ownership is a fundamental right, a secondary right that must yield to other more fundamental rights in a conflict, or a privilege that the government has the ability to revoke, makes a big difference as to whether you feel that any level of gun control is acceptable.

Comment: Re:Remember the one hour equals three hours rule. (Score 1) 217

by adonoman (#44555955) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Software For Med-School Note-Taking?
I can't say that any of my university classes were so dense that there was three hours of information packed into a single lecture. I'd say half of them were about 10 minutes of information packed into an hour-long lecture and obfuscated to make it seem like there was more content that there was.

Comment: Re:being your own boss (Score 2) 426

by adonoman (#43415295) Attached to: "Micro-Gig" Sites Undermining Workers Rights?

I'm not sure where your information is from, but, as far as breaks go, there's no federal legislation at all, it varies from province to province. Generally you're entitled to a half-hour break every 5 hours, which must be paid if you're required to remain on site, but can otherwise be unpaid.

There's no special provision anywhere for law-enforcement (except that the RCMP are not allowed to strike. Farm workers, commercial fishers, oil field workers, loggers, home care givers, professionals, managers and some categories of salespersons have special federal provisions in other areas of worker's rights.

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