"...staffer breaks record for most *precise* Pi calculation"
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All the UK news outlets simultaneously started pronouncing the name "Wah-way" around 4 weeks or so ago - a bit like when Princess Eugeeenie suddenly became Princess "Eu-zjhennie" overnight.
It's probably closer to the true pronunciation, but it certainly doesn't scan as well.
"but once you're down to electron spin..."
New Scientist did an interesting article on the "ultimate" computer around 25 years ago, assuming that Science & Ingenuity would always find a way around the limits of technology for speed / storage / etc, until you reached the physical properties of the atomic/subatomic particles that the thing was actually made of.
Fortunately we've still got quite a way to go yet.
Those VAX ringbinders had a non-standard three-hole configuration. Totally incompatible with your standard two or four hole-punch.
What was the thinking behind that?
Were they worried about counterfeiting? The useful recycling of old ringbinders? Engineers inserting their own notes?
The fact that I can't think of a good non-petty reason has niggled me for the past 25 years.
"Most hospitals won't even confirm receipt of a fax. If you're trying to refer a patient, that's dangerous."
Been a victim of this myself, 5 years ago. Couldn't believe that a) they were still using (and relying on) faxes and b) that there was no checking whatsoever that the fax had been received. No formal handover of the patient's notes at all.
I eventually got my heart scan months later after a second, successful, referral attempt (which only happened after I actively chased it down) and it came back good news. It still concerns me now that others may not have been so lucky, and for such a stupid reason.
"because energy applied to them just makes them heavier"
Very true, and succinctly explains why objects with mass can never be accelerated past light speed.
But I do remember reading aeons ago though that, according to the maths anyway, this wouldn't pose a problem to objects already travelling faster than light.
OK, so I'm nitpicking. But did anything ever come of this line of enquiry? Could such particles exist in the real world?
"the geometry near massive objects is not Euclidean"
Ok, I'll bite.
The bending of space/time means that space is "non-Euclidian" everywhere, but the effects are more noticeable closer to massive objects, and as close-to-negligible-as-makes-no-difference away from them.
There's no contradiction. The same effect is happening everywhere. It's just hard to observe or measure in most places.
Does it really matter...
Clicking on a polluted link is one level of stupid.
Going to the trouble of collating lots of personal info and blindly sending it to an organisation that, when you think about, has no actual need or right to it anyway, is bordering on the fucking criminal.
It may not "matter" as such, but I'd certainly be interested to know.
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