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old account Frank Eory   12/7/2011 2:45:02 AM
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True, but a bit anachronistic. It is common practice in the industry to use "die" as both the singular and the plural...and to leave "dice" for the pair of white cubes with black dots that are used to play certain games of chance.

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old account Frank Eory   12/7/2011 2:45:02 AM
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True, but a bit anachronistic. It is common practice in the industry to use "die" as both the singular and the plural...and to leave "dice" for the pair of white cubes with black dots that are used to play certain games of chance.

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old account Frank Eory   12/7/2011 2:45:02 AM
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True, but a bit anachronistic. It is common practice in the industry to use "die" as both the singular and the plural...and to leave "dice" for the pair of white cubes with black dots that are used to play certain games of chance.

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krisi   12/7/2011 2:33:53 AM
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Not sure I follow Dick...when my car converts chemical energy in a gas tank to a mechanical movement of my vehicle, I really do not care whether entropy is increasing in the process...sure, it does, and eventually it all will have the same temperature but personally I am going to worry much more about my own death first before worrying about death of universe...entropy increase every step in our life, when you dissolve sugar cube in your tea for example, but we still drink tea though...Kris

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krisi   12/7/2011 2:33:53 AM
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Not sure I follow Dick...when my car converts chemical energy in a gas tank to a mechanical movement of my vehicle, I really do not care whether entropy is increasing in the process...sure, it does, and eventually it all will have the same temperature but personally I am going to worry much more about my own death first before worrying about death of universe...entropy increase every step in our life, when you dissolve sugar cube in your tea for example, but we still drink tea though...Kris

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krisi   12/7/2011 2:33:53 AM
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Not sure I follow Dick...when my car converts chemical energy in a gas tank to a mechanical movement of my vehicle, I really do not care whether entropy is increasing in the process...sure, it does, and eventually it all will have the same temperature but personally I am going to worry much more about my own death first before worrying about death of universe...entropy increase every step in our life, when you dissolve sugar cube in your tea for example, but we still drink tea though...Kris

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DickH   12/7/2011 2:25:21 AM
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I've seen this statement many places recently - "energy is never lost but simply transformed from one form to another" - that's true and very comforting, and unfortunately not much good to us. 'Free Energy' IS diminished if entropy is increased - when everything has finally reached the same temperature (in a few tens or hundreds of billions of years from now) all of the energy that there ever was will still be there, but you won't be able to run a heat engine to convert any of it into mechanical 'work'.

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DickH   12/7/2011 2:25:21 AM
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I've seen this statement many places recently - "energy is never lost but simply transformed from one form to another" - that's true and very comforting, and unfortunately not much good to us. 'Free Energy' IS diminished if entropy is increased - when everything has finally reached the same temperature (in a few tens or hundreds of billions of years from now) all of the energy that there ever was will still be there, but you won't be able to run a heat engine to convert any of it into mechanical 'work'.

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DickH   12/7/2011 2:25:21 AM
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I've seen this statement many places recently - "energy is never lost but simply transformed from one form to another" - that's true and very comforting, and unfortunately not much good to us. 'Free Energy' IS diminished if entropy is increased - when everything has finally reached the same temperature (in a few tens or hundreds of billions of years from now) all of the energy that there ever was will still be there, but you won't be able to run a heat engine to convert any of it into mechanical 'work'.

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DickH   12/7/2011 2:10:54 AM
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let's get one thing straight for good - the plural of 'die' is 'dice'.

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