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    B.Sc. Computing
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  1. Is the Universe infinite?

    How about being in a spacecraft orbiting a planet? You don't feel any acceleration; so as far as you can (not) feel, you are travelling "straight". Yet to another observer, you are going in ellipses around that planet.
  2. Is the Universe infinite?

    Yeah, I'm just not seeing how that follows. The "logic" seems to be: Everything is infinite. The Universe is Everything. Therefore the Universe is Infinite. ... which is pretty circular. What is it about "Everything" that makes it infinite?
  3. Is the Universe infinite?

    Why does it follow that "everything" is "infinite"?
  4. % problem

    Deleted: on second read I see Studiot beat me to the point I thought I was making.
  5. Is sense or awareness involved in evolution ?

    You may be misinterpreting "natural selection". That "selection" (choice) is "natural". It's not directed by conscious choice, it's directed by the environment and survival.
  6. Resolution on External Monitor

    HDMI being digital is much less prone to degradation than an analogue signal would be, but there is still a limit to how long a cable can be before a repeater is needed. 50 foot seems to be a common figure bandied around. ( VGA uses 3 wires for the Red, Green and Blue components of the picture (and others for synchronising: saying when to start a new screen or line). Each carries a voltage that swings between 0v and 0.7v (that's what makes it analogue) to define the intensity of Red, Green or Blue at any moment. That voltage can be affected by noise at any time, and long or crappy cables will have an effect on that voltage that directly affects the picture. The encoding (and electrical characteristics) of a picture in a digital format like HDMI is a bit more complicated, but suffice to say that the colours are essentially sent as binary; numbers made up of lots of 1's and 0's. The difference between a 1 and 0 is enough that a bit of noise or attenuation might have no noticeable effect. (Not entirely accurate in this context, but for illustration ... if the receiver gets "0.1" and "0.9" it knows the sender really meant "0" and "1".). That's why cheaper cables are generally fine for HDMI, super special wires generally won't make the colours on the screen any better or the sound any clearer. Eventually though, with long enough cable the signals will eventually degrade to the point where the content does get lost. The way it's noticed will be different. A bit like with old fashioned analogue T.V. using an aerial, noise could result in snow on screen as the picture is directly affected. As it gets worse eventually the whole picture might be lost as even the sync signals are smashed. With a modern satellite decoder (so images are digital and encoded), a bit of noise won't be seen at all. But if any noise gets worse, entire blocks will vanish from the screen as chunks of the encoded picture can't be deciphered. Eventually too the whole picture can be lost. ) I don't know if Display Port is "the new top standard", but it's certainly very common in computing. Video cards I've bought recently have had a mix of DVI, HDMI and Display Port. The laptop I'm typing this post on is on a docking station that has two Display Ports (and these go through adapters to DVI inputs on my external monitors). The laptop itself has VGA and Display Port (business focus). In consumer stuff like T.V.'s as far as I know HDMI still rules; a consumer focused laptop would often have HDMI, not Display Port. Edit: one more comment on cheap cables: where I've seen the difference is in the mechanical factors. i.e. very cheap cables where the case at one end breaks apart. So while I'm all for cheap HDMI cables, I'd steer clear of the $1 ones ...
  7. Resolution on External Monitor

    Yep. Just don't let "them" sucker you into buying $100 cables!
  8. Resolution on External Monitor

    Pretty much nothing for the use you'll make of it. It allows communication between certain kinds of devices; it won't apply to your monitor. e.g. https://www.cnet.com/forums/discussions/what-is-the-difference-hdmi-cable-vs-hdmi-cable-w-ethernet-539988/
  9. Resolution on External Monitor

    Definitely HDMI (or DVI, or display port) in preference over VGA. VGA is analogue, the others are digital. No guarantee you'd notice the difference, but still ...
  10. Resolution on External Monitor

    Groovy. HDMI will be giving you a better picture than VGA, for example, and an HDMI cable can carry audio so can be useful if connecting to a T.V. to show movies; but otherwise doesn't "mean much" for you. Main thing was that having HDMI told me your laptop was newish and should be able to handle multiple displays.
  11. Resolution on External Monitor

    Use the mouse, drag the window by its title bar to the other monitor. With luck, the application (this is an individual thing, not Windows) will remember where it was when closed, and will re-open in same place.
  12. Resolution on External Monitor

    Try moving them. They might be remembering where they last opened.
  13. Resolution on External Monitor

    Down below that will the checkbox to, um, check.
  14. Resolution on External Monitor

    If it's not your main monitor, then applications won't open there *. You could try the "[ ] Make this my main display" checkbox. Otherwise just move the applications there. Some will remember where they were last used. ( * Win 10 allows the task bar to show on all monitors, but I don't think it cares which monitor they were on when clicked. )
  15. Resolution on External Monitor

    That would make it seem the actual resolution being displayed is SD not full HD. Do the first part of my post (i.e. right-click desktop, "Screen Resolution".). e.g. this is what I get (clicked on monitor 2 in example); (in my case, 1 is my laptop and 2 & 3 are both 24" externals. All are full HD, but as you can see, their resolution is selectable. Post a pic of what you have.)