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Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 336
Views: 101431

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

RIP Robert Guillaume, best known to the rest of the world as a TV actor, and probably best known to folks here as Eli Vance.
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2592235

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

jewish_scientist wrote:Violence erupts at anti-white nationalist rally in Portland
+3 Nerd points to first person to explain why this is funny.

It’s the hyphen placement isn’t it
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Another hat puzzle
Replies: 9
Views: 6018

Re: Another hat puzzle

Moose Anus, that only works if you can hear other people's guesses and know who is right or wrong, then switch answers - in this game, answers are given simultaneously and only once. I've given more thought to the 5-player scenario but still haven't found a way to easily generalize: There are only 4...
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Another hat puzzle
Replies: 9
Views: 6018

Re: Another hat puzzle

The four person scenario: There are 4 general configurations to consider, I'll use x and y to represent the colors. xx xy xx xx xx yx xy yy If a player looks across the group and sees "xxx" they must guess x, or else configuration 1 yields no correct answers. If a player sees "xyx...
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Another hat puzzle
Replies: 9
Views: 6018

Re: Another hat puzzle

Just want to clarify - when you say worst-case, do you mean that we can assume an adversary is placing the hats so as to subvert our strategy? Does that also mean that we should treat "guess randomly" as guaranteed to fail? If so: We can start with the easy ones - for n=2, the worst case i...
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2592235

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

It seems bizarre to me in any city, the roads and sidewalks wouldn't be public property. I can understand on huge properties out in the country, but I mean is the homeowner's association required to fix potholes or cracks in these sidewalks? That would just be bizarre to me. Yep, the association is...
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2640
Views: 531916

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

There are not. The prices you see now are going to be the prices for the remainder of the sale. In addition to the negative feedback, they also changed this when they instituted their return policy, since they would just create a lot of hassle by having people buy and return/price-match the games ev...
Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pirate Game with New Priorities
Replies: 6
Views: 5282

Re: Pirate Game with New Priorities

This is also what happens in the original game when there are many more pirates than coins. If we assume there are P pirates and C coins, where P>2C, then stable groups form when (P-2C) is a power of 2, with those highest-ranking pirates getting no coins but voting for their own survival, knowing th...
Wed May 03, 2017 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 208
Views: 44071

Re: Halting Problem

I hope to God this doesn't confuse the issue further: You could make a different Devious machine, called 2Fast2Devious or whatever, that takes two different inputs, just like Oracle. Otherwise it would work the same. If we play around with this new machine and feed it two copies of its own program, ...
Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 962
Views: 243242

Re: Board games anyone?

Vast is pretty well balanced, but essentially each player is playing a different game at the same table. The teaching takes a while, and if you want to switch roles for a second game you practically have to teach it all again. Overall I liked it a lot, but it takes some dedication to get into it.
Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1127259

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

SurveyMonkey shows that the registered voters who stayed home were a tad more Democratic than usual. Or at least that's what I think that means. Either way, Democratic voters aren't blameless here. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/registered-voters-who-stayed-home-probably-cost-clinton-the-elect...
Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Darkest Dungeon
Replies: 27
Views: 8931

Re: Darkest Dungeon

I love the grave digger, and despite the luck-based healing the occultist can give you the highest health boost per turn with some RNG luck and bleed resist. My A party was hellion, highwayman, GD, vestal initially, but then the vestal leveled up faster than the rest (running w two groups) and I had...
Fri Dec 23, 2016 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 962
Views: 243242

Re: Board games anyone?

Space Cadets has a campaign set up, and it's a wonderful game provided you have 1) a consistent group, who 2) don't mind a complex rules explanation - each player runs one or more different "stations" on the ship, each with their own mini-games, and several times throughout the game player...
Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 76038

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

Treatid: Pretty sure I made this point pages ago, but all the whole of maths says is 'if x is true then y is also true'. There's no 'absolutes' anywhere there. They are a figment of your imagination. I note your use of quotes around 'absolute' to indicate that we haven't formally defined the term (...
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Stock Redistribution
Replies: 10
Views: 5756

Re: Stock Redistribution

The answer depends on one significant factor: Whether the wizard is willing or able to hang around for about 5.5 hours before making the switch. If so, the rapid wheat production between now and then can be used to make whatever else they're short on. If the wizard has to make the change right n...
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 76038

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

I agree with doogly. Where in the gosh-darned fuck did this stuff about relativity come from? The practice of mathematics is necessarily relative. The theory of axiomatic mathematics is not. It starts right here. What does that mean? The "theory of axiomatic mathematics" is, in a manner of...
Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 76038

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

Treatid, nobody here is pretending that mathematics holds "absolute truth" in the sense that you claim. I'm not sure why you're trying to fight this battle. If it makes you feel better to say that mathematics, as it exists now, is "purely relativistic" then sure, it is. You don't...
Sun Nov 27, 2016 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Infinite Balls and Jugs [solution]
Replies: 611
Views: 115239

Re: Infinite Balls and Jugs [solution]

This was from a little while ago but I'm just now catching up. Everything is set up so that the limits work that way - the discards are {1,2,3...n} followed by the keepers {n+1,n+2,...10n} which converges to N followed by another set isomorphic to N but higher than any number in N. How would you go ...
Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Three words, one solution
Replies: 53
Views: 8807

Re: Three words, one solution

Spoiler:
long?

Long distance, long bomb (a football term), Long Island
Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Factorization using modular arithmetic
Replies: 41
Views: 11413

Re: Factorization using modular arithmetic

Or x=a, y=A-a^2 for all a. That didn't seem so hard. RSA numbers, here I come!
Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 76038

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

Treatid, I want to start by saying that I'm not agreeing to any of the things you said just because I didn't directly challenge or question them. You wrote a lot and I don't necessarily have a cogent argument against/for all of it, but please don't take that as me implicitly agreeing with you. The a...
Fri Sep 02, 2016 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 76038

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

Hmm - it looks to me as though showing reason to question the validity of the 3 laws of thought; and how we can work constructively after explicitly rejecting the assumption of the laws of thought will accomplish much of what I want to show... I want to reject the laws of thought as basic assumptio...
Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 962
Views: 243242

Re: Board games anyone?

Codenames is quite hard for the clue-givers, but honestly more fun and more exciting. Definitely needs no fewer than 6 players to be worthwhile, but if you have a big enough crowd it's worth a go.
Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Replies: 148
Views: 17878

Goahead, I don't think I can advance the conversation about identities vs equations any further than it's gone, I'll leave that up to people who are better at this sort of thing. I'd rather go back to the more important question - how does your equation purport to help factor numbers? It looks like ...
Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 76038

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

Treatid, to go back to your penultimate post, I had read your entire reply but thought the others here did a better job of articulating my thoughts than I could have. I put together the first part of my post mostly as a joke, to inject a little levity into an otherwise somewhat tense discussion. I d...
Tue Jul 26, 2016 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 76038

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

4. Red Herring. It doesn't matter whether you call it a paradox, an inconsistency or simply absurd. The point is that given (x & !x) we can prove (p & !p) for all p. Whatever allowed you to write (x & !x) also allows you to write (p & !p) for all p. (x & !x) Guys, Treatid just w...
Wed Jul 13, 2016 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 76038

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

Sorry for taking so long to respond - trying to make whatever point(s) I might have as clear and unambiguous as I can. This post is mainly me trying to get to the same page as everyone else with regard assumptions/premises. The arguments I put forward are sincere - but not proof. Falsifiability. I'...
Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters
Replies: 20
Views: 5306

Re: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters

Here's one option with 5 clues, all of which appear necessary for a unique solution ABCD BAED - 25 BACD - 50 DDAA - 0 CCCC - 25 ABEA - 50 None of the clues individually give away much information, and this can be logically worked through in a couple minutes. Edit: looking back, the first or fourth c...
Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters
Replies: 20
Views: 5306

Re: Seeking Advise from Puzzle Masters

If you assume that the four elements/bases are not repeated, you can also solve yours with just clues 1 and 2. I guess it depends whether or not you want players to need all 12 to solve (which will make the puzzle take a lot longer too). In my experience with escape rooms, unless you get lucky and f...
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 76038

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

My deepest thanks to everyone in this thread and previous ones. Proof: The premises for this proof are the axioms/rules of propositional logic. That is, we assume that all the rules of propositional logic are true. The proof is intended to show that the axioms/rules of propositional logic are incon...
Sun Jun 05, 2016 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 76038

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

Iteration 3: ⋅ X is the set of y & z. ⋅ z is a set of every instance of p. ⋅ p are specified to be consistent with the other premises. ⋅ y is the set of all functions q, such that the domain for each q is some subset of z. ⋅ There is at least on...
Fri Jun 03, 2016 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 76038

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

Here are Treatids old threads: http://forums.xkcd.com/search.php?keywords=&terms=all&author=Treatid&sc=1&sf=all&sr=topics&sk=t&sd=d&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=Search "Axiomatic mathematics has no foundation" is the first one I think I was involved i...
Fri May 06, 2016 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 76038

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

Treatid, this conversation isn't going very far because you're not conceptualizing what everyone else seems to be saying in the same way. You're attributing qualities to "Axiomatic Mathematics" that no one else seems to be asserting, because you believe it should have those qualities, but ...
Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 400022

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

The Tower does have portkeys, but it also has extraordinarily powerful artifacts that probably shouldn't be handed over without a fight. Similarly, surrendering Hogwarts and leaving the students inside to the enemy seems like a poor choice by most standards. Perhaps Harry didn't create a standing re...
Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 400022

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Tyndmyr, your argument is remarkably similar to the old question, how many six-year-olds could you take on in a fight all at once? Realistically, it seems like the answer should be hundreds or even thousands, but eventually the combined weight of them will overwhelm you. Even if you have guns, you h...
Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Wrestling: Burly Greased-Up Theatre.
Replies: 4
Views: 1976

Re: Wrestling: Burly Greased-Up Theatre.

While they have tried to market it as legitimate sport, that still hasn't taken off. ECW no longer exists except in memories and DVD collections. Smackdown and RAW are separate shows, but no longer have separate rosters. As for NXT, it functions the same as FCW and OVW before that - as a development...
Sun Mar 27, 2016 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math without even numbers?
Replies: 40
Views: 9848

Re: Math without even numbers?

From the perspective of addition, this just looks like a straightforward base 5 system. However, multiplication no longer follows the pattern of "repeated addition" that we're used to. To use the initial example, 7x7 is 59, but 7+7+7+7+7+7+7 is only 55. Also, how does subtraction work? If ...
Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Lady or the Tiger?
Replies: 9
Views: 3902

Re: The Lady or the Tiger?

Sorta trivial solutions: Making two identical signs: "both rooms contain a lady", "neither room contains a lady", "both rooms contain a tiger", or "neither room contains a tiger". When placed on both doors, none of these 4 possible signs can be true, so a lady...
Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How many pencils and how many jars I have?
Replies: 7
Views: 3146

Re: How many pencils and how many jars I have?

Obviously there are 2 jars and 3 pencils. Putting 6 or 9 pencils into a jar is impossible, because who has that many pencils?
Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Standings probability problem
Replies: 2
Views: 1629

Re: Standings probability problem

It's simultaneously easier and harder than that. In the NFL anyway, schedules are not created equally - not all teams play against each other, and some teams meet twice instead of once - so none of the lines on your table are actually possible. The schedule looks like this: Each conference of 16 tea...