Seth Lloyd, a quantum-mechanical engineer at MIT, estimated the number of “computer operations” our universe has performed since the Big Bang — basically, every event that has ever happened. To repeat them, and generate a perfect facsimile of reality down to the last atom, would take more energy than the universe has.
“The computer would have to be bigger than the universe, and time would tick more slowly in the program than in reality,” says Lloyd. “So why even bother building it?”
But others soon realized that making an imperfect copy of the universe that’s just good enough to fool its inhabitants would take far less computational power. In such a makeshift cosmos, the fine details of the microscopic world and the farthest stars might only be filled in by the programmers on the rare occasions that people study them with scientific equipment. As soon as no one was looking, they’d simply vanish.
In theory, we’d never detect these disappearing features, however, because each time the simulators noticed we were observing them again, they’d sketch them back in.
That realization makes creating virtual universes eerily possible, even for us. Today’s supercomputers already crudely model the early universe, simulating how infant galaxies grew and changed. Given the rapid technological advances we’ve witnessed over past decades — your cell phone has more processing power than NASA’s computers had during the moon landings — it’s not a huge leap to imagine that such simulations will eventually encompass intelligent life.
This is huge news toward not seeing bikes as part of an alternative lifestyle just alternative transportation.
I’d never considered bikes would be banned on public transport in the first place. When I’ve done a bike-train-bike commute it’s always a but awkward, but it’s pretty much a given you can drag the bike on.
I’ve not written anything for a while, partly because I’ve been overdosing on the stress of moving. The seeming collusion of solicitors to turn a project with a 4 month lead-time into a 1 week panic where nothing is done, no one cares and the rebuttal to my annoyed chase emails resulted in a letter which dwarfed all other correspondence has resulted in a systematic shutdown of all social media.
I say seemingly, but no doubt even that can successfully be argued against by someone with 4 years worth of training in why everyone else is wrong.
After all that, I won an iPad mini. And I never win anything, so it was awesome and highly unexpected, and given Apple are about to obsolete it in just under two days, it gives me an excuse to review it
I’ve read so many reviews which basically say that the reviewer got a mini and abandoned their main iPad, that I was expecting something similar. But here’s a thing, I’m getting on a bit now, so the immediate thing for me was that I get no eye strain at all on a retina iPad 4 and going to a smaller screen meant I had to strain just a little.
I don’t think this was the lack of retina, but just the sheer size of the screen.
I started by adding my most used apps on the main iPad. iOS 7 just seems to make this all a bit slicker compared to 6. The mini was also responsive enough that it wasn’t like updating a legacy device, such as iOS 6 on a 3 GS, and for all the complaints that an iPad mini is the bare minimum for iOS 7, I didn’t find the lag noticeably worse than on my iPad 4. Which suggests to me that the main lags are based on more than CPU grunt. I rather feel that accelerometer latency is maybe more an issue with the new frameworks.
So, actually, it all went well on most apps. Everything seemed OK, but it was when surfing and using Reeder on iOS that I just missed the big screen. Since I spend most of my time on these apps, I kept putting the mini down and reaching for the big iPad.
This was weird, and when I noticed that I wasn’t actually reaching for the mini at all after a day, I figured it was time to see if I could find a better home for it.
The biggest problem for me is that when I’m on work I won’t grab the iPad, preferring to use the phone due it it being more discreet. I was thinking a mini might more sense, but the more I think on it, if I want to check an email or a text, I’ll use the phone. If I want to check something else more weighty, I can use a laptop or the big iPad.
I doubt very much that the iPad mini is meant to fill a use case for me personally, but given that I see so many other people really liking them, I think they must be working.
Possibly I’d like it more if I gave up and went and got some reading glasses. So I might update this review if that happens.
In the meantime, I’m not hoping that Apple updates the iPad mini next week. I’m not even hoping for a newer iPad 5 with a lighter body, since I just got this thing and I’m not updating it until I absolutely have to.
I think if they do anything, I’d quite like a larger iPad which weighs no more than an iPad 4.
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“In August, Aaron Garbut, the art director in charge of the look of Los Santos, gave an interview in which he appeared more excited about the advancements in the lighting technology of G.T.A. V than he did about any of its action sequences. “The buildings, the people, the cars, the architecture, even the smog, it all centers around the sunshine,” he said. “There’s poverty, violence, and a real underside to the city, but it’s the sun that gets you first.” A lifelong resident of Edinburgh, Garbut perceived that the key to making Los Santos convincing was that light.”—
“I like to race and then obviously that’s the only reason why I’m here; it doesn’t matter which team it is and obviously the reasons why they ask from the team but the reasons why I left from the team is purely on the money side, that they haven’t got my salary so it’s an unfortunate thing but like I said, I want to try and help the team as much as I can and I like to race.”—
Suddenly I hate all gloss icons and apps with no transparency! I was doing fine, then Twitterific came along and ruined everything!!
Yes, so, anyway. I suspect the Tumblr folks are having as much of a laugh as everyone else with this stuff. It’s just so much FUN writing iOS 7 if your app benefits from some playfulness.
Mind you, the way I’ve delayed my own app because I forgot all the physics and vector maths I used to know is a trifle embarrassing. At first I was struggling with Object Orientation concepts, now arithmetic is my nemesis!
You know when you sat in maths class and ignored all that boring trig stuff? Yeah…
On the face of it, that was an odd tagline for a device. An acknowledgement that in the here and now, it’s not anything to get too overly excited about. But just… wait…
If that’s true, then the most interesting thing (for me) is the M7 processor. If this thing can work out where you are, and what you are doing, and tie that into other devices, then simple tasks like finding your car won’t just be a doddle, it’ll be something your phone prompts you with.
Siri in the car, plus this, plus security is just one set of things I can think of as fitting nicely together. With iBeacon, I can also see it opening the gates on the mansion which it has already warmed up because, hey, we’re all Tony Stark, right?
But regardless, we’re already living in the future. This sort of thing just makes it more so…
There’s something else, but I’m pretty sure the NDA still applies, so I’ll be quiet about that. But if there’s is in fact a new Apple TV next month with the new iPads, and since the M7 is here we could see the Apple TV marketed as a new class of device (for Apple) after all.
I’ve always been really fond of my Apple TV. It was the first device that let me stream things easily to the TV, and it all pretty much works.
It’s also easy to rent movies on it, and anything that lets you part with money in a frictionless way is always going to be a good idea to someone.
Already though, I think there are too many apps.
I don’t watch MLB or NFL (I think I got those two right) and the video apps don’t really appeal as they are, so while I think an app store is a good idea, I really don’t think the current interface is enough, so I really can’t see Apple having a free for all, or even a significant change in volume of curated apps, without a change in interface.
I also think that the new shiny iOS 7 does make the Apple TV UI look just a bit old. Didn’t black ash panelling go out in the 90’s anyway? So, time to brighten that up too I think.
With rumours of a new Apple TV being shipped, and me being too tired to look up some developer videos, I thought some wild speculation might be in order.
I think the main thing a new Apple TV would have to do, is to always be there. Looking at current TVs, and using my folks as a guide, the one thing that’s a major source of confusion is input switching. Wouldn’t an app instead of “What tiny button do I use to change channel? Up Programme 1? Noooo…. Ah, Select Source… scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll, now did I want HDMI 1, 2 3 or 4 or AVI or what was I looking for again?”
So to fix that main problem, Apple would have to take over the UI and improve it. I’ve read speculation that Siri might be the way forward, or motion sensing in an iPhone or remote, but however they do it, the TV needs to take over the other devices sort of how the XBox wants to.
Having a big box with 4 HDMI ports out the back doesn’t sound like progress either, but stacking the HDMI cables might work in the manner of current “infinite” USB cables. So that’s not a deal breaker.
More likely though, is that Apple wants to do a deal with the cable companies, and just stream the TV natively. Not being in the US, I don’t really know how that would work out, but it sounds a long, long way off from what I read. The only way to do it without major compromise then is probably to play a very long game, and just have the studios build apps and charge what they want, and do it that way.
The other thing that was niggling me was FaceTime… I thought at first that if Apple wanted FaceTime on the Apple TV then it HAD to be front and centre at all times, wrapping every other feed, ready to pause the X Factor every time a call came in, but maybe that would be too much anyway, and since every FaceTime call comes in on mobiles or iPads etc anyway, maybe it just has to allow the call to be bounced onto it.
So it doesn’t need to change the world yet, this new box. Maybe a FaceTime camera and a new UI this time around and maybe in 20 years, every studio will have an app on it and it will seem like a natural evolution.
I’m almost certain that even at this, I’m expecting a bit too much.