[Beowulf] Flashmobcomputing

Chris Samuel csamuel at vpac.org
Wed Feb 25 22:02:03 EST 2004


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On Thu, 26 Feb 2004 09:38 pm, pesch at attglobal.net wrote:

> Nothing moves faster than the speed of light - with the exception of bad
> news (according to the late Douglas Adams);

The only things known to go faster than ordinary light is monarchy, according 
to the philosopher Ly Tin Weedle. He reasoned like this: you can't have more 
than one king, and tradition demands that there is no gap between kings, so 
when a king dies the succession must therefore pass to the heir 
instantaneously. Presumably, he said, there must be some elementary particles 
- -- kingons, or possibly queons -- that do this job, but of course succession 
sometimes fails if, in mid-flight, they strike an anti-particle, or 
republicon. His ambitious plans to use his discovery to send messages, 
involving the careful torturing of a small king in order to modulate the 
signal, were never fully expanded because, at that point, the bar closed.

- -- (Terry Pratchett, Mort)

courtesy of:

	http://www.co.uk.lspace.org/books/pqf/mort.html

- -- 
 Christopher Samuel - (03)9925 4751 - VPAC Systems & Network Admin
 Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing http://www.vpac.org/
 Bldg 91, 110 Victoria Street, Carlton South, VIC 3053, Australia

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