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Comment Negative information (Score 1) 578

There was an article a couple of months ago. I think I saw it also here on slashdot. From a phisicist from MTI I think, who had a very nice idea. He was introducing a concept of negative information, as something that has the ability to remove/delete information from a system. He was also saying that this negative information is "generated" when time travels backwards and in such a way that it erases the information that was generated while it was traveling forward. So this could explain why we don't remember future. So we only remember the results of processes that have not been reversed (...yet? on the state we experience right "now"?). If this is true, then it also breaks second law of thermodynamics. Not that it matters in the way we experience world. It would only matter if someone could be unaffected by the negative information. But then he is probably outside of this system, if such "place" exists. The law will then have to be restated as "the entropy on a closed system can decrease, but nobody in the system can notice it". :-) If for example we had a closed system with some creatures in it and we were holding it in our hands and we were observing it. Some processes would look "reversible" to us. But for a creature in this closed system, would it be able to understand that this "reversible" process is being actually reversed? Keep in mind that the reverse will also reverse the states of the creatures mind about the time at which the process went forward... To be honest I liked this idea. At least it's less crazy than the idea of bozons that try to kill the machine that tries to reveal them... ;-)

Comment Why don't they get some Cell CPU boards (Score 1) 144

So they need a few boards with Cell processors, some memory and probably a NIC. But instead they buy a box, that contains also a blue-ray drive, a hard drive, WiFi, Audio subsystem, Graphics acceleration, a couple of fancy dual-shock 3 controllers, etc...but...oh...yes, they get all this things they don't need with a discount. Cool! Who knows, maybe some day they can use this dual-shock 3 controllers to control their UAVs...

Comment What about Handel-C and SystemC? (Score 1) 185

Hi, Regarding the development on the FPGA, I didn't see anyone suggesting Handel-C (proprietary from AgilityDS http://www.agilityds.com/), or SystemC (http://www.systemc.org/). I have only used Handel-C to be honest, during a course of my MSc. Not to bad for beginners I think, I would suggest it. Although it lacks support for any platforms other than Windows...

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