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Old 01-08-2014, 01:30 PM  
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Default Do you doubt your bathroom scale?

Do you have an encyclopedia or many books all bound the same, and access to an accurate scale such as found at the Post Office or the supermarket?
Then with two volumes from your encyclopedia and a formula I allege that you can check the accuracy of your bathroom scale to within 1 part in 7000 at the total weight of your books, or possibly more weight.



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I don’t have a bathroom scale and do they still have encyclopedias?

Does anyone know the total weight of the internet?



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I don’t have a bathroom scale and do they still have encyclopedias?

Does anyone know the total weight of the internet?
The weight of information is undefined, along with mass, length, time and charge.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interna...ystem_of_Units

But there is more information in
"Toddler, unharmed, kills burglar"
than
"Senator says he believes in Motherhood, God, Country and Apple Pie"
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Why wouldn't you use a bag of sugar or some other known weight to check the scale. My mother was a big woman but she never weght more than 350 lbs as that's all it would do before it ran into stoppers.

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Why wouldn't you use a bag of sugar or some other known weight to check the scale. My mother was a big woman but she never weght more than 350 lbs as that's all it would do before it ran into stoppers.
Weighing cinder blocks at the Post Office attracts attention but I may weigh one wrapped up as a package, but I hope I can do this with several small weights known to very high accuracy, and arithmetic.
Books are about 35 lbs/cu ft.

For my books the binding of each is calculated to weigh 2.7 oz and each page, 0.05631 oz, so totaling the pagecount of each book and number of bindings gives me the weight of a stack of books.

With the books I can use the scale as a comparator (so it doesn't need accuracy, only repeatability) and then get the weight of other heavy items, like cement bags or 5 gal. buckets of stones.
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You really do need something to keep you busy.

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I have access to three spring-based scales and a medical scale (no springs, only levers and weights) and each gives different answers. It could be my problem that I pursue inconsistencies.

Sort of along the same lines, quite by accident I caught my mortgage company contradicting itself in writing, therefore it (probably intentionally) made at least one false statement. In other words, a lie.

Now I'm checking everything they ever sent me, going back to 1992. The amortization table already seems to be off, in their favor.

It seems that I'll be keeping busy with finding an honest attorney to write to these people.
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Years ago my brother-in-law went thru his morgage payment by payment and found he had paid off a twenty year mortgage in 17 years, this was before computers.
In the seventys I bought a house with what I understud was a mortgage that was locked in, when the interest rate went down, I read the fine print and couldn't find anything that would stop me from paying it out. I asked them about it and they sent me the paper that I had not got a copy of. The loan was for 5 years and had to be rewritten after that time, so I sold the house with the same date, no problem. But they advized me my the morgage was a 4 yr loan but the lawyer had writtin it for 47 month so I would have to pay a 3 month penaly to pay it off. I delivered the check along with the court papers for three years of the interest difference, they changed their minds.

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It sounds like we're going to need to talk to an actuary before we decide to pay off this mortgage or not. We will definitely become less liquid.

With all the books on decision theory and game theory that I have this should be an easy problem, but the stakes are high.

http://www.google.com/search?q=decis...tm%3B796%3B550

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My scale has been in the kids bathroom next to the toilet so long I am scared to step on it without shoes on.



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