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Comment: Re:Table (Score 1) 789

by nowen2dot (#35578426) Attached to: My $200 Laptop Can Beat Your $500 Tablet

It's a plug for a newspaper app (I forget which one) where the family is having breakfast...the dad is reading the paper on his iPad and then a fly starts buzzing around him...

In the end, he tries swatting it...and the iPad cover glass shatters. IIRC they mention that their app *almost* replaces the newspaper.

(SPOILER ALERT: the fly lives. :)

Comment: Mafia economics? (Score 1) 791

by nowen2dot (#35562254) Attached to: CS Prof Decries America's 'Internal Brain Drain'

Nah. Settling conflict with guns is for the low rung of the ladder. I think organized crime has found it to be much more profitable and safer to influence the political system, just like the businessmen---but I repeat myself.

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
- Mark Twain, a Biography

Comment: Re:...exceeding 40 hours (Score 2) 791

by nowen2dot (#35561948) Attached to: CS Prof Decries America's 'Internal Brain Drain'

only in America is working over 40 hours a badge of honor. The Germans seem to be doing pretty well with their 30 hour work weeks and their 2 months paid vacation every year. We Americans often confuse competence with numbers of hours worked.

Agree wholeheartedly. Somehow managers (MBA's) have sold workers on the idea that they are just another commodity/expense, rather than human beings. Therefore, for a worker to advance or seem valuable, they should work for less, or work extra for free, etc.

I'ts as if the workers believe they are owners, but without the ownership.

Comment: Re:"Information can neither be created nor destroy (Score 1) 332

by nowen2dot (#35520380) Attached to: Large Hadron Collider is a Time Machine?

... Our universe now contains more information than it did before
....Was information created and subsequently destroyed?

If these particles move through time, what does it actually mean for them to be in our universe at time t ? As for the information, I didn't read anything about how the sending/receiving information from these time traveling particles affects the current amount of information in our universe. Perhaps there is only an exchange of information between the two different times using this hypothetical particle as the conduit.

As others have noted, I personally don't see how sending information vs. sending a person avoids any paradoxes. Any solution for one would seem to be a solution for explaining paradoxes of the other.

Did you know that for the price of a 280-Z you can buy two Z-80's? -- P.J. Plauger