Last night, I was attempting to play some Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer on the Xbox 360 or PC. On the 360, Live was having some issues with the massive player load and actually getting games to load was becoming an issue.

On the PC side, I'm having a good amount of performance problems, though I'm not freezing/hitching as badly as some people. Not having a locked framerate, however, takes some getting used to after playing CoD games on the 360 since CoD4. Aiming with a mouse is nice, though.

Going by the numbers displayed in-game, last night I saw around 3.6 million people "in playlists" on the Xbox 360 version, while the PC reported 35,000. Some Twitter followers told me they saw around 500,000 on the PS3 at the same time. While these numbers probably don't represent an accurate measure of concurrency, those are decently staggering difference, though in line with what I've come to expect from Call of Duty.

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• Fuckin' Magnets. How do they work?
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• We don't know the mechanism. Just consider what you said... magnets work by "electromagnetic force". Similarly gravity works by gravitational force. Oxidation works by oxygen. Water is wet because it's wet.

They are descriptions, they are not explanations, the entire point of his explanation about the "why" question being bad is that at some level we cannot answer it or the answer is not useful, but what we can answer is what they are doing.

Hence, his initial answer was "what do you mean, magnets repel, QED". He stated what they do because the why isn't answerable at the most base level. We claim they're repelling by exchanging virtual photons but that is just for mathematics because we don't know at the heart of it what the why is. So we label it, we try to catalog what it does, work out the math so that we can use the information, and we categorize the why as philosophy.

Why does an atom undergo spontaneous fission? Why is the speed of light exactly what it is and not a bit faster or slower? Why does matter attract matter? Not answerable.

Now that secondary response that it was indeed a reasonable question came about because the asker had to defend the appropriateness of his question from Feynman's initial response to it. He then went on the long lecture about the why being a dumb question, which felt more like defending why he was being an asshole, then went into actually answering the asked question.