I guess Android Nerds was too obvious...
I guess Android Nerds was too obvious...
"If the brain was so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't"
- Lyall Watson
Maybe it won't turn out to be true, but there's that whole Godel's incompleteness thing in play here it seems.
Ok so you can't fit the human hearing's 130 dB dynamic range into the 96 dB dynamic range offered by 16 bits. Now take a $1500 Emotiva XPR-1 Mono Block amplifier. It only amplifies a single channel for all that money. It's not necessarily the best amp out there, but it sure is a very nice one. At 1 W, its SNR is 93 dB. So you won't fit the 16-bit dynamic range into it. Of course the SNR gets better at higher volume, and eventually you'll be able to fit 96 dB. But with 24 bits... You'll have 30 dB of dynamic range buried in amp noise. Then consider the average consumer. My $400 AVR has a 81 dB SNR at 1W, and could barely fit the 96 dB at max volume. At max volume, I don't want to be in the same room. It would be waaay to loud anyway. Also consider than an average quiet room registers at about 30 dB SPL. If you want 96 dB of dynamic range over that noise level, that would bring the total to 126 dB SPL, which is around thunder clap levels.
I think you can safely add Ridley Scott / Prometheus to your list...
Oh! You meant that it has 17,425,170 decimal digits. Booooooooring!
Well, the etymology for "digit" is "finger", so it's first and foremost used for base 10. Binary digits have a special name, that you may know, which is a portmanteau of "binary" and "digit": it's a "bit".
Tom Murphy from the superb blog Do The Math does indeed go through all of the problems with that statement and many others, carefully analyzing about all energy sources and energy storage scheme that comes to mind. A very recommended read.
I concur: the Python shell is a very very powerful calculator given that you can define functions in the interpreter. There are many graphics packages for Python; Matplotlib is perhaps the most complete albeit not the symplest. As suggested above, installing Python with the IPython shell, NumPy and SciPy, enables the "PyLab" IPython mode, which is similar to what Matlab would offer in terms of graphics and computation integration.
Simpler to install and learn is perhaps Octave (with plots using GnuPlot), which would behave similarly. Although for the long term, I'd say learning the Python shell is more useful than learning Octave.
To quote the late great George Carlin:
Just think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.
That would be the median person, of course.
They do it by spending millions on computers, programmers, interconnects, and physical proximity and connectivity to exchanges. This gives them a fundamental and practically (for a small time player) unbeatable advantage over other users of the system, which is utterly against the spirit of a free market.
That got me thinking. Would a turn-based exchange be feasible? You know, with transactions all executed at predefined intervals? I guess the problem would still be who called dibs first on some offer, so the low ping advantage would remain when the offers are published. Maybe there could be a way in which the offers are propagated randomly as to not give any timing advantage?
What about SCO? Strange it wasn't mentioned at all.
Same thing here. Home theater stuff can generally be found at half the price in the US vs Canada. Same thing with kitchen and bathroom hardware. Also bizarrely I found some stuff that is "designed in Canada" and is distributed in the US but not in Canada. Using www.kinek.com and other border mail services, Canadians can benefit from free shipping (e.g. from Amazon.com) up to the border. Buying cars (typically a few $k less after taxes and duty and import regulations are taken care of) and tires (easily half the price) in the US is also popular.
While 3dB represents a factor 3 in *power*, sound pressure level (which is felt by the air) is proportional to displacement, not power. Thus it takes 6dB to double SPL. As previously mentioned, the human ear is not linear and will instead notice 10dB as a factor 2 in loudness.
In REAMDE, one of Stephenson's character is a prolific writer who is constantly active. He litterally lives on a threadmill. Being rich, he works in a room equipped with an industrial robot that supports keyboard, displays, and a head-tracking camera so that the whole setup is bobbing exactly in synchronicity with his head and arms.
I guess it *is* a solution. I'm just not sure anybody tried it for real yet.
so they're really only Alcubierre drive-equipped ships slowing down in our direction.
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Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"