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Comment: Paper record players are not so new... (Score 1) 64

by rwwh (#35839068) Attached to: Couple Sends Record Player Wedding Invitations
Nice thing about paper record players is that they last a long time. I have one that is 32 years old, and still works.... That means of course that the idea is not really new..... See http://bit.ly/happy1979 for a recording I made today of this old masterpiece: an audio "Happy New Year" card in 4 languages.

Comment: Relativity anyone? Time sequence is not universal! (Score 1) 312

by rwwh (#34967214) Attached to: Betelgeuse To Blow Up Soon — Or Not
Can some physicist explain the relation of this story with Einstein's relativity theory? AFAICS, Einstein tells us that time difference, and even the order in which events take place is not a universal property, but are all tied to an observer. How can we speak about beetlejuice blowing up in 1411 in that light? Would there not be a possible viewpoint in the universe where the nova event would take place much closer to our time? Or even, "after" we see it?

Comment: Sad truth (Score 1) 618

by rwwh (#17871066) Attached to: How Do You Advocate Linux in 5 Minutes?
In my opinion, the sad truth is that Linux is not more difficult to use than Windows, but that the difficulty is accepted for Windows because it has market domination (your neighbour can help, and otherwise you buy that book "Windows for dummies", or "100000 tips to make your XP experience more effective", or "EYEWTK about Windows"). Since everybody seems to be able to use Windows, people just try a bit harder themselves.

Users are willing to go through a complete overhaul and relearning phase every time there is a new version of Windows. That is considered to be "worth it". But when these same people try Linux, they expect it to be exactly like what they have experience with, and otherwise it is too difficult.

Heck, even the API changes all the time in Windows. And every time a new version of visual studio comes out, programs break. And programmers accept that. Unix programs written in 1985 still run on Linux without change....

The reason that every major university maintains a department of mathematics is that it's cheaper than institutionalizing all those people.

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