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by fagricipni
Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?
Replies: 16
Views: 5498

Re: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?

Other gendered word triples in English (e.g. congressman/congresswoman/congressperson) don't evoke this same reaction - they allow the neuter one to be used for specific known people without it implying anything about their gender. The word you are looking for instead of "neuter" is "...
by fagricipni
Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"
Replies: 52
Views: 28290

Re: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"

Today, during/after unsually sharp rain showers, there was a particularly strong primary rainbow and, as well as a secondary bow, the impression of the first bow's violet inner cycling back to green. Sounds like a case of a supernumerary bow to me. Possible, but it doesn't have the ripple-effect de...
by fagricipni
Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:50 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"
Replies: 52
Views: 28290

Re: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"

Soupspoon wrote:Today, during/after unsually sharp rain showers, there was a particularly strong primary rainbow and, as well as a secondary bow, the impression of the first bow's violet inner cycling back to green.


Sounds like a case of a supernumerary bow to me.
by fagricipni
Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?
Replies: 16
Views: 5498

Re: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?

Umm, I think speising understood that just fine, and is simply pointing out that the term "person paper" occurs as a (hysterical, slippery-slope type, satirical) substitute for "white paper" in the essay itself, and that is where the title comes from. :oops: Even after having &q...
by fagricipni
Fri Sep 02, 2016 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?
Replies: 16
Views: 5498

Re: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?

Btw, there's a whole paragraph in the article discussing the "ridiculousness" of having to repace every color specific word with person, so the title of the paper follows from that. I think you may not understand the satire as well as you think you do. The paper is written in two voices: ...
by fagricipni
Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?
Replies: 16
Views: 5498

Re: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?

I think you misunderstood Soupspoon, more than the other way around. The question wasn't about "man" at all, but of your "even when" comment about gender-neutral neopronouns. The context in which you mentioned them suggested (to me as well) that maybe you were avoiding the exist...
by fagricipni
Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?
Replies: 16
Views: 5498

Re: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?

I will doubtless learn more when reading said paper, later, but I don't see any reason to presume gendering in (I think) the words "they", "them", "their", "theirs" or "themself" There is no presumption of gender in these words, nor any objection to...
by fagricipni
Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?
Replies: 16
Views: 5498

Re: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?

even when one allows oneself to use the gender-neutral pronouns: ey, em, eir, eirs, and emself. I will doubtless learn more when reading said paper, later, but I don't see any reason to presume gendering in (I think) the words "they" 1 , "them", "their", "theirs&q...
by fagricipni
Wed Aug 31, 2016 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?
Replies: 16
Views: 5498

Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?

Douglas Hofstadter wrote something called " A Person Paper on Purity in Language ". It's an exercise in what language would be like if race were as baked in to English as sex is now. English isn't a problematic for gender-neutral language as other languages in which all nouns have genders,...
by fagricipni
Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: mod_rewrite Question
Replies: 6
Views: 3688

Re: mod_rewrite Question

Edit to add: Try adding the [DPI] flag I get a 500 Internal Server Error when I do that; the documentation you have linked to states that it was introduced in version 2.2.12; the version at my hosting provider is too early. Thank you for trying; but it seems that I'll just have to stick with the mu...
by fagricipni
Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:26 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: mod_rewrite Question
Replies: 6
Views: 3688

Re: mod_rewrite Question

(This is, assuming I'm understanding this correctly, and it seems like it should work with what you have. There seems to be weird stuff I don't understand, like if I just do RewriteRule ^something something-else [R] (where something-else isn't absolute and doesn't start with /), then the rewritten ...
by fagricipni
Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: mod_rewrite Question
Replies: 6
Views: 3688

Re: mod_rewrite Question

I must have changed this rule after testing # redirect to new lojban location RewriteRule ^lojban/about(.*)/?$ /library/reference/lojban/$1 [R=301] because I don't get exactly the behavior I described unless the rule is changed to read # redirect to new lojban location RewriteRule ^lojban/about/?(.*...
by fagricipni
Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: mod_rewrite Question
Replies: 6
Views: 3688

mod_rewrite Question

I have the following in my .htaccess file: RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / # www to bare RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.fagricipni.com [NC] RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://fagricipni.com/$1 [R=301] # redirect to new lojban location RewriteRule ^lojban/about(.*)/?$ /library/reference/lojban/$1 [R=301] # rena...
by fagricipni
Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Algorithm for Areas Under Normal Curve
Replies: 4
Views: 2165

Re: Algorithm for Areas Under Normal Curve

I have found a solution to my current problem. I have found something that goes one way: area(z)=erfc(z/sqrt(2))/2. erfc is needed because (1-erf(z/sqrt(2)))/2 loses precision for high z values. I can go the other way by using the fact that the function is monotonic, and do a binary search for a val...
by fagricipni
Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Algorithm for Areas Under Normal Curve
Replies: 4
Views: 2165

Algorithm for Areas Under Normal Curve

In my statistics classes, we used tables like this one to calculate areas under the normal curve. What I want is a algorithm that can be programmed that will calculate the area between a positive z-score and positive infinity, and the z-score for a area between a positive z-score and infinity. I.e.,...
by fagricipni
Sun Jun 12, 2016 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"
Replies: 52
Views: 28290

Re: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"

Well, mystery solved about that time I was sure I had seen a triple-rainbow, years ago. I hadn't seen primary, secondary and tertiary arcs, opposite the sun, I'd actually seen primary, quinary and secondary ones, instead. No, I didn't get a picture, sorry. (Also, having just illustrated arcs number...
by fagricipni
Thu Jun 02, 2016 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Strange Mixed Decimal/Fraction Notation
Replies: 1
Views: 1684

Strange Mixed Decimal/Fraction Notation

Has any one seen a notation like the following examples actually being used: 2 12- 2 3 19 0.12- meaning ----- or simplified --- 3 100 150 1 5- 1 3 8 0.5- meaning ---- or simplified -- 3 10 15 3 11 0.2- yielding -- 4 40 Note that I have done without LaTeX or Unicode there: the notation in the book ac...
by fagricipni
Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why are electrons negative?
Replies: 14
Views: 3339

Why are electrons negative?

http://xkcd.com/567/ "explains" that the convention was started by Benjamin Franklin. But I have not seen anyone give any indication that there is any clue as to why Franklin chose the convention that he did. I would imagine at least one thing he tried was weighing things before and after...
by fagricipni
Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"
Replies: 91
Views: 20352

Re: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"

They surveyed 3,000 doctors, and 73% of those who responded said that they would recommend a low-calorie energy supplement (to patients who already use energy supplements). But...calories are a unit of energy. So they recommended a low-energy energy supplement (or a low-calorie calorie supplement)?...
by fagricipni
Wed Dec 21, 2011 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 56458

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

Leo goes Ger Loss of Electrons Oxidation. Gain of Electrons Reduction. I must be strange because I never used mnemonics like the ones discussed on this thread; however, I did have a strange way of remembering reduction/oxidation: a decrease in charge is reduction, but one has to be clear on the def...
by fagricipni
Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Oh no! We forgot how to say... math... stuff!"
Replies: 294
Views: 86322

Re: "Oh no! We forgot how to say... math... stuff!"

One thing that I have found annoying is that the radix point is a point at the bottom of the line, where it can easily be missed; this leads to "protections" like "0.34" in order to prevent that from being read as "34"; a number less that .1 must start with a "0&qu...
by fagricipni
Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Question about Associativity?
Replies: 5
Views: 3039

Re: Question about Transitivity?

I don't know what you mean by "memoryless" operations. In general, if the value of a@b depends on something other than the values of a and b, then all bets are off mathematically. A "binary operation with a memory" isn't a function of two arguments, and hence isn't a binary oper...
by fagricipni
Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Question about Associativity?
Replies: 5
Views: 3039

Question about Associativity?

{I screwed up and mistakenly called associativity, transitivity; I am talking about associativity . I HAVE CHANGED THE TITLE OF THE THREAD TO REFLECT THIS, but have left my errors intact in my post .} I need a symbol for a "generic" operator; I don't know what the mathematical standard fo...
by fagricipni
Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 272801

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

I'll grant that there are time when the difficulty of memorization is balanced against the security of the passphrase. If the passphrase one uses here is not shared with any other site, the personal consequence of having the passphrase broken is not very much. Having the passphrase broken on a bank ...
by fagricipni
Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 272801

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

`correct battery hor∫e staple' might make it difficult for script kiddies to defeat your password I'd not be so confident in that particular phrase; if an competent attacker does try Unicode characters, they will try look-similars and sound-similars first; of course, replacing random characters wit...
by fagricipni
Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 272801

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Well, ALT+[four numpad characters] can pop up something outside of the ASCII keyspace, right? That's an interesting idea. Yes, that's exactly how it works. ;) How is that more effective than just including "alt0151" or whatever at that point in your password? With the added benefit that i...
by fagricipni
Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 272801

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Call it the logarithm base 2, please. Because if I didn't know better, the phrasing "binary log" would have me wondering if there was some different kind of logarithm than the one that I have been familiar with since I was 13; and I can easily see other people experiencing the same type of...
by fagricipni
Fri Aug 12, 2011 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 272801

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Talking of training humans to use hard to remember passwords; http://www.nakedpassword.com/ I forget what mine is as soon as her bra comes off! Now they just need to get a model named Sammy to add a parallel path to the one implemented by the model named Sally -- not all computer users are male, no...
by fagricipni
Thu May 12, 2011 7:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0896: "ZOmbeis"
Replies: 125
Views: 28053

Re: 0896: "Marie Curie"

"Leise Meitner figured out that nuclear fission was happening while her colleague Otto stared blankly at the data" However, we have the letters between Otto Hahn and Leise Meitner, and it was Meitner that stared blankly at Otto Hahn's data, while Otto Hahn, who had designed the experiment...
by fagricipni
Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Question about Definitions of Limits Involving Infinity
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Re: Question about Definitions of Limits Involving Infinity

@Yesila In the case that I have given in which \lim_{x\rightarrow \infty}\frac{1}{x+3} is being considered, then one advantage of not having the positive requirement is so that one can say that for a given \epsilon , that: N=\frac{1}{\epsilon}-3 without having to use a piecewise function to prevent ...
by fagricipni
Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Question about Definitions of Limits Involving Infinity
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Re: Question about Definitions of Limits Involving Infinity

However, the thing about the definition of limits is that if you've proved that for any epsilon, there's some M(epsilon) such that {the rest of the definition}, you can always let M be larger. Aw, heck; I did mess up in my first post (I'll go fix that); the first definition used N and then I used M...
by fagricipni
Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Question about Definitions of Limits Involving Infinity
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Question about Definitions of Limits Involving Infinity

I'm quoting from my calculus textbook here: \lim_{x\rightarrow \infty}f(x)=L means that for every \epsilon > 0 , there corresponds a positive number N, such that \left | f(x)-L \right | < \epsilon whenever x>N {bolding added} Now, one question that I have is that is there any reason ...
by fagricipni
Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 33965

Re: 0858: "Milk"

*If you think about it logically from the perspective of a sex-less robot, NEITHER of them make any sense. There's no use in logical explanations for this. Breasts are erogenous zones; manipulating such zones for erotic purposes is hardly illogical. And breasts are logically erogenous zones, why ?;...
by fagricipni
Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0853: "Consecutive Vowels"
Replies: 159
Views: 38171

Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

hthall wrote:EDIT: cleaned up the HTML-coded apostrophes, and corrected the spelling of "voyeur", anticipating that Monsieur Munroe will do the same


Now you need to make it point at the right comic: your link points at the Local g comic.

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