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Old 10-30-2011, 08:34 PM   #1
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When an e-reader is loaded with thousands of books, does it gain any weight?

“In principle, the answer is yes,” said John D. Kubiatowicz, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Read the rest at the link.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/sc...ml?_r=2&src=tp
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:46 PM   #2
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I blame the big reference tomes in PDF on my iPad 2 though, that must be it.
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:22 PM   #3
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well, after an indepth, exhaustive reading of the link, I've come to the conclusion...

...that only ereaders that hear trees fall in the forest gain weight!
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:25 AM   #4
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:28 AM   #5
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It depends on how many of your books are heavy reading!
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:25 AM   #6
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Perhaps this corresponds to the report that a body loses weight as life departs. All that knowledge goes away, thus a lighter body.

Nice correlation.
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:26 AM   #7
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Time to remove some books from my devices then! No wonder they felt so heavy

This is something you can understand in theory, but as those numbers are so insanely small, it's hard to "understand" it with your heart...
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:53 AM   #8
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It assumes that "empty" flash memory is all zero-bits, while "used" memory is a mixture of ones and zeros.

I believe that's not true with the FAT filesystem (which most/all readers use), empty memory can contain anything, it's just marked as empty, or rather not marked as used, in the file allocation table (FAT). So I'd say "in principle, maybe", it might gain weight, it might lose it, but it will remain FAT
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Old 10-31-2011, 06:10 AM   #9
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My iPad has just told me that it is not "fat" just plumped up with wisdom!

My Sony's refused to comment.

While my wife's Kindle muttered something about trying to choose between the short story diet or the latest chocolate cookbook from the Kindle store. I think it may be confused...
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:13 AM   #10
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"As the equation E=mc^2 makes clear, this energy is equivalent to mass and will have weight."


They failed to point out that this also means that the mass of your ereader is equivalent to energy and will vaporize your neighborhood. Run for your lives!

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Old 10-31-2011, 08:55 AM   #12
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