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    Piece of the cosms nearby
  • Interests
    Games, reading, solutions
  • Favorite Area of Science
    Life, the universe, everything
  • Biography
    I play with big ideas
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    Besides it, my non-$$ work
  1. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=is-quantum-reality-analog-after-all Last year the Foundational Questions Institute's third essay contest posed the following question to physicists and philosophers: “Is Reality Digital or Analog?” The organizers expected entrants to come down on the side of digital. After all, the word “quantum” in quantum physics connotes “discrete” —hence, “digital”. Many of the best essays held, however, that the world is analog. Among them was the entry by David Tong, who shared the second-place prize. I'd say both. You?
  2. Swansont and CaptainPanic, Excellent points. A few of them should be incorporated into the template answer we can give to people. The main problem I'm addressing is that the question asker (but just as -- or even more importantly -- the lurker who's viewing) is given an opportunity from the very beginning to see all the variables at play. A standard format answer to their misunderstanding of science, a crisp, elegant reply that leaves no room for ambiguity and misinterpretation. So that if the question asker then responds unreasonably, any reasonable onlooker is going to intuiti
  3. I had a similar paradox, but learned that a voluntary smile can bring an involuntary smile to another person, because it's a nonverbal connection making them feel good. Realizing the connection is key. Ever since then I can more often bring on a genuine voluntary smile. The anticipation of a return smile and the bubbly feeling you know to have stirred in them is catalyst enough!
  4. There's an inherent flaw to asking why scientists are reluctant to accept new ideas. First of all, the question is poorly reasoned, as many scientists are excited about new possibilities. An obvious example of this is the search for life on Mars and of exploring the unknown. Also, there is a difference between someone just accepting a new claim blindly and someone willing to explore the validity of a testable claim. So might a better question to ask be, why scientists are reluctant to explore untested claims? Not really. That still makes an assumption that is contrad
  5. I'm reposting this from a post made long ago in a thread not far away: One philosophical thought I'd like to contribute, which I suspect many in this community might already privately harbor, is that mathematics which detail existence is reducible far beyond its usual framework into very simple components. One reference I can point to is E=mc2. I believe all mathematics can achieve this simplicity or better. However, if even one variable were off, an increase of complication ripples through the framework until it nears its current state. The variable I mentioned has many faces
  6. Not just on the surface, but down to its core. Let's say eons ago there happened to be a great deal of water in one area of a star system, water that via gravity collected and eventually formed into a planet. Along with gases for atmosphere. There would be enough dissolved minerals for life to develop into living bodies, complex functions, and interconnected ecosystems. Any solid formations would be life-based -- such as coral lattices or floating star trees (named for its wooded shape) -- or disintegrated meteors from the occasional cosmic impact. There may even be flying creatures
  7. Do you have to create a mathematical base for it separately? Or is that handled by machine code? And is machine code a type of "pre-language" that enables a computer to interact with ("understand") a higher level language? In other words, does each new language have to teach a computer about general math and how to perform every type of basic calculation, or does the language assume the computer is outfitted with such capabilities, and the language only specifies in what order to perform calculations and how to react when text or any other kinds of input occur? Also, is there a
  8. Does that mean you'd have to personally ask a browser vendor to facilitate the action (of those parameters) on behalf of your media file type, or does it mean that ANY company simply just has to write specific parameters into an embedded object to pop up the download link? For example, can I just duplicate their embed code, replacing all their links and software references with my own? I'm not sure what you mean by looking at their documentation. On the website of Adobe, or at the website that launched the plug-in notification?
  9. Does a way exist for writing a line that instructs the program to ....just find all the references to an object? ....test or model what behaviors shall occur if you'd free all references to a set of chained objects, but without really freeing them?
  10. Oh great computer science boards, grant me an answer!
  11. Basically, how do you make a website report that a visitor's browser needs a specified plug-in to display its contents properly, along with a link on that message to download the plug-in?
  12. glory abraham seems to be a spammer. I got this same message and a quick search online reveals other identical messages in English or Spanish.

  13. For example, will a tooltip for an image or a website link display on touchscreens? What happens on a touchscreen to the mouse effects that drop a menu when you roll over a navigation link, or to the mouse effect that displays a thumbnail preview image at different sections of a video's progress bar? Or are touchscreens missing a way to display these useful info accessories?
  14. Ah, I see. Well they have a bunch of web tools I can use, like Joomla, Wordpress, etc. I'll have to start using them to find out
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