Kanovei kanovei at wminf2.math.uni-wuppertal.de
Thu Jan 8 12:58:52 EST 1998

>Date: Thu, 8 Jan 1998 10:25:37 -0500
>From: Robert S Tragesser <RTragesser at compuserve.com>
>There are uncountably many finite cardinals.

You cannot pretend the process you described to be physical
in any sense as the universe contains not enough particles
to embrace inf. many sticks. Thus this is an *ideal* process,
the course of which depends on the way how you consider
details omitted in the description. If, for instance, you
allow to enumerate the sticks by 1,2,3,... then after the first
\omega moves you have everything in the cache and nothing
in the string. You pretend that the sticks are identical:
indeed they are identical but not equal. (Ref. controversies
between early christians, on the
philosophical difference  between those two notions.)