You should note that, despite what many believe, we don't really "subsidize" fossil fuels to any major degree. The majority of the "subsidies" people whine about are just plain old tax deductions - the same ones that other businesses get. The oil companies didn't even get those deductions for a long time, and people complained when they finally got to deduct for exploration and drilling expenses in the same way normal businesses deduct for operations.
Millions of people vote who don't pay income taxes. I guess these apes will probably be voting for Democrats (aka GimmeDats) just like those millions.
Hate to break it to you bub, but Red states on the whole take more government money and pay less in taxes.
I eagerly awate assemblerex's demand for Voltage Pictures to be compensated millions of dollars for the bittorrented distribution of The Hurt Locker. I bring this up as someone who was employed on that film, and note that that money pays my salary on the next film...
Well how about you get 50% of the profits that were made by everyone who distributed The Hurt Locker over BitTorrent.
That would come to... carry the one... uh, nothing. You get zero dollars. Wow, Who'da thunk it that there's a difference between pirating something for profit and pirating something for personal use.
I had this argument in another thread just yesterday. The laws of thermodynamics are obviously wrong. Wrong in the same way that Newtonian physics is wrong. Meaning that it is close enough for anything I will ever get my hands on, but that it clearly does not explain everything that is happening, and it is clearly violated at some point.
The day the 2nd law of thermodynamics is proved wrong is the day one of Stalin's descendants goes back in time, kills Stalin, then returns to his own time and spends the rest of the day playing catch with his son in a world where Stalin never came to power.
I used to adhere to the Theory of Entropy. Made sense at the time kinda like the flat world and Earth being the center of everything.
With a greater understanding of Physics and Cosmology, I've come to realize that the Earth is not flat nor the center of everything. With the realization that Energy is neither created nor destroyed only converted - the Theory of Entropy is disrupted in my mind and therefore proven false.
Uh, there is no "Theory of Entropy", entropy is a phenomena described in Information Theory. Maybe next time you set out to disprove a theory, make sure it's a real theory first.
In the second paragraph he's saying that measuring this information as it's processed could be useful as it would allow us to model physical interactions with near perfect accuracy, but we'd have to come up with our own way of encoding this information into format we can manipulate.
If I understand your argument, you're speculating that the universe is a pantheistic, evolving computation seeking entropy?
It's a mistake to think of the computational universe model as having agency. It's just the idea that since all activity in the universe can be abstracted as information (this is the foundation of quantum mechanics), then every interaction is a computation.
tl;dr: The universe laughs at your tiny minds and their ideas of magical superhumans and information that cannot be known. Ho ho ho.
this is starting to sound interesting. could you elucidate please?
There's a number of things he could mean; but my guess is he's thinking of the digital model of a computational universe, which clashes with thermodynamics in a number of ways as opposed to the quantum model, which doesn't. (provided we figure out the whole quantum gravity debacle)
If you're interested I recommend you pick up Seth Lloyd's Programming the Universe. It's a great introduction to QM and quantum computing and is totally accessible for anyone with a high school education.
That would mean returning it to the atmosphere.
You really need to pick up a chemistry textbook.