Archive for January, 2006

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

Infinity is not real

Here are 3 statements that I think are true but are not widely understood or accepted. There is no such thing as infinity in the real, physical world. The observable universe is not infinite, and nothing in it is infinite. Infinity is a mathematical abstraction, not a physical reality. Most of maths is incompatible with […]

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Thursday, January 5th, 2006

The world is full of competent people

The wondrous thing is how many competent people there are in the world. Imagine for a moment that you went to the supermarket, and it was deserted. You can take anything you want but there is one little problem. There is a security guard who won't let you out until you pay. And he doesn't […]

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

Why hire people to do things you could do yourself?

You don't hire people to do things because they do them better.You hire people to do things because then you don't have to do them. They almost invariably don't do them as well, or as quickly, or tidy up afterwards but that absolutely isn't the point. The point is: to choose what you spend your […]

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Monday, January 2nd, 2006

Leap seconds and timezones

Here on EAST (+11), 23:59:59 was followed by 24:00:00 (or 00:00:00) but 10:59:59 was followed by 10:59:60 and then 11:00:00. I wonder whether the correct adjustment was made to the TV news, phones, computers, etc, etc, and if so when.BTW GPS time was not affected. It doesn't use UTC.

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