[CrackMonkey] Open Source Delusions Project
Seth David Schoen
schoen at loyalty.org
Tue Nov 7 14:33:55 PST 2000
Don Marti writes:
> So, how do we get the schizophrenics to start having delusions
> about FREE software, dammit?
But this hail isn't ice, it's words -- millions of words,
thousands of bits of information the average person is
confronted with each day.
Wait: millions of words, thousands of bits?
It's hard to imagine that the average word we see has an information
content on the order of 1/1000 bit, or even less than 1 bit.
This is conceivably true of advertising, but most communications have
a much higher information content.
If all the verbal communication that you took in in an entire day had
only a thousand bits of information, the probability of that
particular set of verbal information (as opposed to any other) would
That is nearly one in ten googol googol googol, an inconceivably high
To put it another way, if the story is right, then you have an average
verbal bandwidth (receive-only) of on the order of .002 bytes/second
while you are awake. Doesn't that sound a little low?
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