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List members, attention! John Titor is an obvious hoax that nobody in physics OR computers would ever take seriously because:
a) No, you can't make black holes in a suitcase sized device. I personally don't thing this will EVER be possible, at least not without some ape# serious new physics, a source for a LOT of mass, immense shielding, and a hellacious power supply. Oh, and then we can start in on the thermodynamics and the byproduct waste heat. Oh, lordy no. No No.No.
b) If you could, and could keep them from getting loose and (literally) eating the planet while giving off hard radiation all the while, you couldn't make a time machine that functions in ANY SENSE like a "time machine" (a la H.G. Wells or this hoax) out of them. Especially not out of tiny discrete black holes. Make me a ring of black hole and somehow keep it from collapsing and I'll pay attention with interest to the mathematics, but discrete pointlike singularities no no no. Time just bends (a tiny tiny bit) and remains monotonic right up to the event horizon, and the event horizon is absolutely fatal to structure and life to approach, period.
Even with a ring hypothesized, I'd have to be convinced. Or again, with real new physics.
c) An IBM 5100 is ludicrous suggestion, clearly somebody's idea of a joke. A bad joke. Take it from (as you note) a person who's actually programmed an APL application on one... My palm pilot would be a better alternative, and there is NOTHING that ANY program or piece of hardware like the 5100 can do that cannot be done faster, better, easier by a plain old boring program written in C on any unix or linux box in the universe of today.
d) The 2038 "problem" is likewise a bad joke. This is such a non-problem that I can't believe that anybody would believe that it COULD be a problem. 64 bit machines alone will make this problem disappear within a few years, and I personally could engineer an adequate and portable solution in a matter of a few days, if there were any reason to panic over it, which there isn't.
Originally posted by masterp
JT is a hoax. If it was not, he would go back in time, get an Athlon SledgeHammer system (64-bit PC), then use 64-bit Linux on it.
Originally posted by kukla
I'm glad you could join this discussion. I've been aware of JT's story for about a week. But it comes as no suprise that others see fault in Boomer's physics.
Some of your members claimed to have had powerful and strange experiences after the email and fax tests. Could you give us your opinion of these events? How many members actually reported these incidents?
They should have been reporting "strange deja vu's" from the time they would have received the replies in 1998 (they should have actually been reporting them to Titor on the boards given the chronological order of events from their perspectives and that at that time they would know about the email experiment)...but they didn't. They so strongly want him to be the real deal that they even neglect to read what Titor told them about the email experiment: he told them that they wouldn't receive the emails but some alternate world "them" might benefit from the experience. There's nothing in their tales that connects the dots between Titor and their strange deja vu's.
Most of the post Titor theories are tautological in nature...no matter what occurs the outcome "proves" that Titor was a time traveler. The prime example being that if there's a civil war he's a time traveler - if there is no civil war he's a time traveler who had a successful mission. It's gone beyond a scientific inquiry - it's a religion for a few people.
You should look very closely at precisely what Titor said when looking at "predictions." It's amazing what people believe that he said versus what he actually said. So, don't data mine them - just read them literally. Then go back and see how people have placed "deep" meanings on them and end up convincing themselves that he's made successful predictions. An example of a data mined "prediction" involves CERN. All Boomer said about the issue was that CERN would discover a "mystery particle" that would be a part of his gadget. Now, every particle discovered by CERN or SLAC is taken to be somehow related to a successful prediction. Of course, CERN and SLAC are in the business of discovering mystery particles
John was purposely vague here (as he was with all of his predictions). I firmly believe that he knew his target audience and knew how they would handle his "predictions" - the square peg would be made to fit the round hole. That's probably the most successful prediction that he made.