Monthly Archives: January 2016

Computer Operating Systems

     In virtually every major computer operating system out there, Windows, MacOS, and Linux, the trend is to try to produce one interface that works on all devices.

     I question the wisdom of this move.  A desktop environment with a three button mouse, a large non-touch screen, and substantial CPU and disk I/O is a world away from a Smart phone, with a tiny touch screen and no mouse that uses gestures to control it.

     As primarily a desktop user, I find the touch oriented interfaces annoying and generally useless.  I find it annoying when an application won’t use 1/4 of my screen because it also has to accommodate a smart phone.

     I find it REALLY annoying when vendors like Microsoft FORCE it upon you.  People who bought Windows-7 which provided a good desktop interface are now being nagged into Windows-10, and if they go with this nag they find they are now locked into their hardware.  If they decide to upgrade their motherboard, guess what, gotta purchase a new copy of Windows 10.

     And then there are the folks whose hardware is not up to running Windows 10, but Microsoft thinks it is, offers them an upgrade which renders their machine inoperable.  I’m in the process of trying to restore a customers machine that was recently victimized in said manner.  Website said it was a device (display) driver issue, but as it turns out even the built-in vga drivers in Windows 10 don’t work on his hardware and there are no compatible display drivers available.

     Funny thing is, Ubuntu Linux 15.10 boots and operates on his hardware just fine but he is brain-washed like most Microsoft customers and not willing to make the switch.  So back to Windows 7 we go.

Quantum Immortality

    If the many worlds (or many interacting worlds) theory of quantum mechanics is correct, then every time there is a decision point, a possibility of something going one way or the other, including our dying or not dying, the entire universe bifurcates into two, one in which the event goes one way and one in which it goes the other, including our dying or not, and we also bifurcate with it, one copy of us goes with one universe, the other with the other, and in the case of dying or not, one copy of us always lives on.

     So in some copy of the universe, there will be a copy of us, a version of us, that is immortal.

The Illusion of Substance

     If we look at something, it appears physical, made out of some stuff.

     The stuff of course is made of molecules, combination of atoms which bind together by exchanging electrons or by electrostatic forces.

     The atoms, made of electrons, protons, and neutrons.  There are fundamental particles, the electrons, and composite particles, protons and neutrons, which are made up of quarks, conservative particles that are never seen naked and free.

     These particles, if we try to observe them closely we find that we can not determine both their exact velocity and location simultaneously.  This is because particles have a dual nature, they also have a wave-like nature and it is that wave-like nature that makes it impossible to determine exactly where a particle is and know it’s velocity simultaneously.   We can only get probabilities of where it is likely to be, the wave seems to be a sort of probability wave.

     And that wave isn’t really physical stuff, it’s a perturbation in some sort of field.  And what exactly is a field?  Well, it seems to involve some kind of force but no actual substance.

     So here we are, the substance of our being really quite an illusion, or at least our physicality in the way we normally think of it.  Instead we’re some kind of complex waves in a number of fields, that somehow is able to think, comprehend, even create.

     Personally, I think we are all just God thought, and if God stops thinking about us, forgets us, we cease to exist.  Fortunately, God doesn’t suffer from ADHD or we’d all be toast.