The Meaning of Life

life exists in the universe, the universe has a finite amount of entropy, therefore life will someday stop unless we find out how to solve that problem, therefore the meaning of life is to solve that problem.


BBC Broadband article comments

As the BBC appears to have not posted the comment I wrote about http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4242751.stm I'll just post it here:

Yes, that's also why I disconnect my phone for 22 hours per day, and don't answer the door for 22 hours a day, and unplug the radio and TV for 22 hours a day. And lock my bookcase etc etc.

Talking to people online isn't fundamentally different from talking face to face, it's just more efficient, I can converse with a thousand people from all over the world at once. The "social" people spend hours travelling only to talk to a couple of people.

Get radio, music and TV via the internet, when you want it, much more variety, easy to record. No need to buy newspapers. The only reason you can buy music online now is because so many people wanted to, but had no choice except to do so illegally. TV and film will be the same.

Remember when you used to search through books looking for that bit you read a while ago?

If the internet's not always on then it's not worth dialing up to do a google search. It only works if it's on all the time.

Do you feel the need to watch TV 24/7 because you paid for it, or use the phone 24/7? You just have to accept it's there when you need it. I'm sure you'll find ways to procrastinate without the internet, newspapers to read, people to phone, tv to watch.

Or is the view that books/newspapers/radio is good, but tv/internet is bad. Can't see why, except for they're newer, so old people aren't used to them.

Remember how records killed live performances, and cinema killed theatre, and tv killed cinema, and radio killed records, and the internet killed them all?


Things that suck 20040214

on roughly the same system, roughly optimized the same way, a benchmark from 1979 at Xerox PARC runs only 50 times faster today. Moore’s law has given us somewhere between 40,000 and 60,000 times improvement in that time. So there’s approximately a factor of 1,000 in efficiency that has been lost by bad CPU architectures

Things that happened 20040213

Bought some Mirror Platinum 4x DVD-Rs, only type the shop had. First 1 burnt fine. Next 5 errored in exactly the same way. Upgraded the firmware on the Sony DRU-500A burner and the next 3 have been fine.

Monk has gone from cool mysteries, to more recently, easily solved mysteries, to most recently, telling you the answer right at the start. Very annoying. Apparently the maths guy will be in Serenity though, so that's cool.

Numb3rs is ok, if rather bland. They've got the guy from Northern Exposure, the guy from Taxi, the guy from Ally McBeal and the girl from Sports Night and Sliders, and they've turned them into normal characters. That's not cool. And the title sequence sucks.

Medical Investigation gets more "why would they do that" crazy. Miles' story was so obvious and simple, just filler, although the ending was nice. And the other story they solved out of left field, obviously it was supposed to be about the problems of the main guest star, but couldn't they have solved the medical problem better?

Time Team was pretty good, Iron age people during the invasion of the Romans. I really need to learn more history that's not based in the UK, to wikipedia I go.

Stuff of the day 20040314

Phrase of the day: "MIT's crack studbunnies of geekdom"

Thought of the day: how long until there's iTunes for TV. Napster started in late 1999, iTMS started in 2003. 3.5 years. I was downloading TV in mid 1999, but it's only become popular in the last year I guess.

Problem of the day: Is there software to allow multiple digital tv channels on the same multiplex to be recorded by an HTPC?

Word of the day: epigram

Witty introduction

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