4)is to do with the way that packets traverse an IP network. When a connection is being set up between a sender and receiver, they initially do a ‘handshaking’ exercise that essentially is just them sending the same bit of info backwards and forwards- 3 times. Each time they do it, they set a certain bit to a certain value. Its to help set the connection up.
(I’ve simplified this a lot, hope you don’t mind.)Posted 4 years agocodybrennanMember
Why thank you HF.
If you ever want to delve into it in detail:Posted 4 years ago
Sorry, I was trying to give hints so you could say “aha!” 😉
5: Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle says you can’t know the speed and position of a particle at the same time – so if you tell an electron how fast it’s going, it doesn’t know where it is.
18: See 5, plus Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem basically says you can’t mathematically prove everything from inside this universe, Chomsky is a linguist.
21. A mathematical limit is something that you can get closer and closer to but never reach – like Zeno’s frog.
23: Sartre was an existentialist – basically everything is related to the human experience, so the lack of milk is different to the lack of cream.Posted 4 years agonedrapierSubscriber
the Mandelbrot one reminds me of a favourite Dilbert cartoon.
Wally is telling Dilbert how he’s embezzling funds into a phantom project called The TTP Project. “What does TTP stand for?” asks Dilbert. “That’s the best bit” says Wally “It stands for The TTP Project.”Posted 4 years ago
The Satre thing is because he wrote about choice being an illusion, or something of that ilk. By the cafe not having any cream, he’s no longer able to make a free choice not to have it, but is forced not to instead. The offer of no milk returns that freedom of choice. Something like that, anyway.
What’s perhaps more interesting is that the Mandlebrot thing is actually kinda true. He didn’t have a middle name, and added the B himself; there’s a fairly likelyhood that this was his reasoning.
I think 25 is missing the punchline, which is something like “They had eggs”.
Yeah. It’s also slightly annoying in that he should come back with thirteen.
Could be worse though. If she’d said “while you’re there, get eggs” he’d never have got home again.Posted 4 years ago
Oh, and Chomsky was involved with “ideal” linguistics, something along the lines of ideal language being different from what people actually say. So the joke there suggests that the joke they’re discussing would actually be funny in an ideal state, but human error in the telling ruins it.
Heisenberg is obviously famous for his uncertainty principle. Godel I had to look up:
The first incompleteness theorem states that no consistent system of axioms whose theorems can be listed by an “effective procedure” (e.g., a computer program, but it could be any sort of algorithm) is capable of proving all truths about the relations of the natural numbers (arithmetic). For any such system, there will always be statements about the natural numbers that are true, but that are unprovable within the system.
Yeah, I did physics not philosophy 😉
And on that subject:
A racehorse owner was having a lot of trouble with his best horse, who was suddenly not winning anything, so he called in a nutritionist, an animal behaviorist and a physicist.
The nutritionist studied the grass and feed the horse was getting, and made some suggestions. The behaviorist watched the horse, and made some suggestions to make the horse more relaxed and comfortable.
The physicist pulled out a pad of paper and said “right, first we’ll assume the horse is spherical…”Posted 4 years ago
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