Computer stuff

How can you prove you’re not in a computer simulation?

I’ve enjoyed read this article in Cosmos Magazine, that has concluded that we cannot live in computer simulation of the kind indicated in the outstanding 1999 movie The Matrix. https://cosmosmagazine.com/physics/physicists-find-we-re-not-living-in-a-computer-simulation The article reports that two scientists set out to see whether whether it was possible to use a technique known as Quantum Monte Carlo to study …

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Computer stuff

A file compression experiment

I wanted to make an archive backup of my Parallels Windows 10 virtual machine file. The file itself is 54.51 GB, and I used Keka, a compressor application for OSX available from the Mac’s App Store to compress using the ‘more compression’ setting on each of five different compression standards: 7z – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7z Zip – …

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