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The Other Wonders You Did Not Know Anything About...

## Did You Know?

### Numbers:

1 x 8 = 8 (8);
2 x 8 = 16 (1 + 6 = 7);
3 x 8 = 24 (2 + 4 = 6);
4 x 8 = 32 (3 + 2 = 5);
5 x 8 = 40 (4 + 0 = 4);
6 x 8 = 48 (4 + 8 = 12, 1 + 2 = 3);
7 x 8 = 56 (5 + 6 = 11, 1 + 1 = 2);
...

### Chess:

Chess is infinite: there are 400 different positions after each player makes one move apiece.  72,084 positions after each player makes two moves apiece.  More than 9 million unique positions from the third move.  After the 4th move, more than 288+ billion different positions are possible.  Many 40-move games on Level-1 can be achieved than the number of electrons in our universe.  There are more game-trees of Chess than the number of galaxies (100+ billion), and more openings, defences, gambits, etc. than the number of quarks in our universe! - Chesmayne  Get More Info Here

### Our Number System:

Had mankind had 8 'digits' (what we call fingers) (in total), on both hands, instead of '9 + 1', then we would be counting to 7, then 10, for 8, today.  (16 would be 20 and 80 would be 100).

### AA = Hi-Res

If you play a game at, 1600x900, for instance, with AA set to about 8x, try turning off AA totally and increase the resolution to about 1920x1080.  You should get comparable quality to the previous setting, with an exponential decrease in GPU workload.

### The Need For A New (Re)Invention...

When will scientists officially invent the 'nanoscope' and, probably, discover that a splitted atom can be further splitted into, perhaps, an infinite number of smaller pieces.  Such a discovery would, undoubtedly, deliver a fatal stab to the heart of the existential debate.

### Recurring Coincidences

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.
Robert Noyce, co-inventor of the integrated circuit, also co-founded Intel Corporation, manufacturers and developers of the Intel microprocessor.
Bill Gates, eventually, exploited the said devices to become one of the richest persons in the world.
William 'Shock'ley is one of the co-inventors of the transistor.
Vinton Cerf is one of the founders of the internet.
John Backus is actually the inventor of Fortran: the first and, for a long time, the most widely used programming language for numerical and scientific calculations/applications.
Steve Jobs went from totally unemployed to creating a company that offers some of the most prestigious jobs and salaries in the world.
Admiral Grace Hopper, the inventor of COBOL, promulgated the term (computer) bug, while telling the story in which a technician solved a glitch in the Harvard Mark II machine, by pulling an actual insect (a moth) out from between the contacts of one of its relays.
Larry Page is one of the co-founders of Google.

### What Is A Computer?  (The (Matryoshka) Russian Doll Scenario)

To the 'average Joe', it is the complete device with all the basic peripherals connected to it.

To the 'average IT student', it is the part that houses the motherboard (without the basic peripherals connected to it).

To the 'average geek', it is the microporcessor itself.

To the 'computer engineer', it is the part of the microporcessor that is dedicated to calculations: the Arithmetic and Logic Unit (ALU).

### Where There's Smoke There's Fire... And Vice-Versa?

What we have conceived thunder to be is not quite what it is.  People often speak of 'lightening' and 'thunder' as if they are two separately occurring events, but they are not.  In fact, you cannot have the latter occurring without the former.

Thunder to lightening is equivalent to the explosion you hear after a gun fires a bullet.

When the bottom of clouds accumulate electrons, and the top of clouds lose electrons, nature's (successful) attempt to resolve this imbalance, causes a spark of lightening.  The spark of lightening is, eventually, an explosion.  The sound of this explosion is actually thunder.

And why don't we hear thunder the same time that we see lightening happen?  Simply, light travels way faster than sound, and lightening happens way too far up for the spark and the explosion to be in sync, therefore, the sound (of the explosion) is a bit delayed.  Relativity at work.

### An Impressive Revolution

The Compact Disc (CD) stored 74 minutes of music, upon invention, solely because that's the required time to store Beethoven's 9th Symphnoy, and no other reason.

### In Case You Are Wondering...

The next time you speak with a guru, ask him how are PF and PF symbolically linked.

### Here's Something of Another Coincidence

And whatever else in life is affected by the said rule...

Have you ever noticed that you have to release most things before you can re-lease them?

The IP address obtained from the DHCP server is a prime example.

### Why Did Microsoft Skip From Windows 9 To Window 10?

Because in Japan, where they have a very strong presence, the number 9 is considered to be bad luck.

Most likely owing to the fact that one of Japan's leading cities, Nagasaki, was nuked, almost to shreds, on August 9th, 1945.

### Here's A Clever Bit, Or Byte, or whatever...

Q:
What's the difference between ;) and --_- ?

A:
The former represents the emoticon for a human wink, the latter is the robot equivalent.