Re: bad news on the list

Lief M. Hendrickson (hendrick@NOSC.MIL)
Wed, 15 Feb 1995 08:06:51 PST

> = Mike Lieber's post of Feb 14

>While I can empathize with Lief's misgivings about the use of alarms for
>self-aggrandizement, I cannot agree that getting details (or someone's
>version of them) of disasters on the list is necessarily a bad thing.

I certainly didn't say getting news is a bad thing. I said
repetitive news. I referred to people that, "... repetitively
spread bad news to others that are already aware of it".
Providing new information is desireable.

> Pro-entropic and anti-entropic, remember, describe quantities of
> information.

Actually, entropy is a measure of the amount of disorder. In
terms of information, maximum entropy means unusable information.