[OT] Re: [ILUG] VMWare offer at the moment
paul at clubi.ie
Mon Apr 19 16:04:04 IST 2004
On Mon, 19 Apr 2004, Bryan O'Donoghue wrote:
> I'd think as a mathematician you'd hold up the principal of peer
> review, in this case, Windows is like the Newtonian theory of
> predicting planetary orbits, in a blackbox welded shut.
> Whoever you bought that blackbox from has to have Einstein working
> for him, to fix it when it's broken and the likelyhood of finding
> that breakage, and predicating on it logically to come up with new
> a theory to fix it is diminished.
I'm sorry to go OT, but exactly what value does newtonian mechanics
and einstein bring to the analogy?
Newtonian mechanics work fine 99.99999<etc>% of the time. General
relativity reduces to newtonian mechanics for flat space-time, which
is, oh, just about all the universe for any common purpose. Newtonian
mechanics are easy to use, unlike relativistic field equations,
newtonian mechanics still work fine and are used all the time.
You're saying basically that windows is good enough for everything
but some rare corner cases.
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