December 13th, 2006

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A Philosophical Question with engineering consequences

If you could, at no cost to yourself, help somebody else, would you do so?

This question sounds hopelessly theoretical. In fact, I wager that most folks, sensing a trap, will inevitably try to qualify this and explain that such circumstances don't really exist or that it shouldn't be mandated into law or whatever.

Cool. All your qualifications are accepted. Whatever it takes to get a straight yes or no to the question "If you could, at no cost (and I mean absolutely no cost however you wish to define the term cost), help somebody else, would you do so?"

It turns out the answer to this question may have implications for certain kinds of wireless routing.

I intend to laugh at anyone in the comments who attempts to qualify this or explain why it is impossible. Hah hah hah!
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Fun day in the news

It is amazing to me how crappy cable news is as a primary news source. In DC, I am in a media rich environment loaded with news. Here in San Diego, a major market in the U.S., local news and national news coverage are pathetic.

Happily, for the news junkie, there are some other available sources. But anyone who wonders about public attitudes should meditate on the difference between news which is "discoverable" and news that is sprayed all over the friggin' place like machine gun fire.

For example, on CNN Headline this morning, I got lots of updates about some mother in AZ that forgot her baby in a car. I got nothing on Ehud Olmert's little nuclear slip up.

Meanwhile, in stories that are covered, the apparent stroke of Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) is certainly going to make life all interesting again.