[linux-elitists] git and a sysadmin book

Jeremy Hankins nowan@nowan.org
Wed Jan 14 05:46:38 PST 2009


"Karsten M. Self" <karsten@linuxmafia.com> writes:
> on Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 10:09:11AM +0000, Teh Entar-Nick (nick@teh.entar.net)
> wrote:
>> Karsten M. Self:
>> > on Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 10:23:15AM -0600, Jeremy Hankins
>> > (nowan@nowan.org) wrote:

>> > > A nit: I don't think you're using the word entropy properly; you
>> > > seem to want to refer to high potential energy rather than low
>> > > entropy.  
>> > 
>> > High potential energy *is* low entropy.  Entropy is a measure of the
>> > randomness, or unordered state, of a system.  A low-entropic system is
>> > then:  non-random, highly-ordered, with high potential.
>> 
>> Jeremy's point, though, was that low entropy is not necessarily high
>> potential energy.
>
> Example?
>
> Not contradicting, just not seeing it.

The block of ice (embedded in a larger chunk of ice, if you wish) was
supposed to be an example.  It's non-random and highly ordered, but low
potential.

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Jeremy Hankins <nowan@nowan.org>
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