[SIGCIS-Members] Virtuality versus transprency -- trying to locate a quote about the difference

James Cortada jcortada at umn.edu
Thu Oct 30 08:02:31 PDT 2014

By the way, Mike is alive and well.  Mike can you pipe in and confirm.
This is a fabulous insight and expression.  It should be quoted frequently!!


On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 9:24 AM, David Hemmendinger <hemmendd at union.edu>

> >I heard it from Mike Williams, when he had his professor of computer
> science hat on! Here's how he said it:
> >
> >If it is there, but you can't see it, it is transparent.
> >If it isn't there, but you see it, it is virtual.
> >If it is there, and you see it, it is real.
> >
> >For the purposes of symmetry, what if something is not there and you
> can't see it?
>         If it isn't there and you can't see it, you're ok.
>         David
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James W. Cortada
Senior Research Fellow
Charles Babbage Institute
University of Minnesota
jcortada at umn.edu
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