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by Nicolas Bourbaki
Mon Jul 31, 2006 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Posing a challenge regarding hybrid vehicles
Replies: 15
Views: 7393

Re: Posing a challenge regarding hybrid vehicles

At the risk of making an on-topic post in this thread, I submit the following: my boss has a 2005 Toyota Prius So do I! The thing is, the electric battery holds only so much of a charge, and takes around 50 miles of regular driving to completely recharge. I'm not sure where you got this idea, but it...
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Wed Jul 26, 2006 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Math paradox
Replies: 21
Views: 12678

Trying not to spoil it too soon: I think you may want to check your quadratic formua again there, champ. I'm pretty sure you've dropped a minus sign... The key to this puzzle is the fact that division doesn't happen to be defined for a certain algebraic group. The correct operation is "multipl...
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Mon Jul 24, 2006 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0130: "Julia Stiles"
Replies: 44
Views: 36696

let me ask one question of those who contend that Mathnet was not lame before proceeding: Do you enjoy the CBS series "Numb3rs?"

Because if you do, I won't even bother trying to reason with you.
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Fri Jul 21, 2006 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Would you kindly share your webcomic reading list?
Replies: 377
Views: 159299

My comics bookmark folder in firefox (hooray for bookmarks->Comics->open in tabs) has the following (with annotations): (I'm not going to link these, cause it would be too much work. If there are any you haven't heard of, google can find them, I'm sure.) Absolutely Uniquerrific (hasn't updated in fo...
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Fri Jul 21, 2006 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0130: "Julia Stiles"
Replies: 44
Views: 36696

Beakman (& Jax), and Bill Nye are all poor substitutions for Mr. Wizard.

Though Newton's Apple came close. (MathNet was lame, though.)
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Three princesses
Replies: 446
Views: 205328

sorry, I was posting out of the context of this "puzzle," since I was pretty sure we've decided that there's no possible solution?
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Thu Jul 20, 2006 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Three princesses
Replies: 446
Views: 205328

Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think it is possible to generate a question which doesn't refer to itself which is capable of producing a logical conundrum. Well, for normal purposes, I think you're correct. However, you could have a nonsense question with no clear truth value: "Why is a...
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: hardest decisions on bestthing.info
Replies: 111
Views: 34679

I've always been a fan of saying what you mean, and not relying on common misconceptions to get your point accross--- if they meant "the feeling of weightlessness" or micro-gravity, they should have said those things! (I have an opinion on The Internet! ) Anyway, back to the topic at hand,...
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: hardest decisions on bestthing.info
Replies: 111
Views: 34679

yeah, when I first considered the options, I was thinking that zero-gravity was fictional anyway, but giving it more thought, a sort-of "Universal Lagrange Point" where there was truly no unbalanced gravitational forces (all gravitational forces cancelled) would be pretty awesome.
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Three princesses
Replies: 446
Views: 205328

I think that to do this, we would NEED to force the middle sister to give an answer. The only way I can see of doing this is asking some question to her in which if she answers 'yes' (or 'no,' whatever, as long as it is one or the other)... then there would be a logical conundrum. Unfortunately, th...
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: hardest decisions on bestthing.info
Replies: 111
Views: 34679

hardest decisions on bestthing.info

post the toughest choices you've had to make here:

So far, I've seen
Kittens vs Japan
zero-gravity vs magnetism
ninja vs robot


I chose kittens, magnetism, and robots (:
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Thu Jul 20, 2006 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: News
Topic: New site: BestThing.info
Replies: 29
Views: 50791

In addition to the "report as duplicate" button, there should be a "report as retarded" button under each item. 40-50% of the stuff that comes up is lamer than a one legged dog. edit: Also, it would be nice if there were a way to copy/paste the text of some of the longer items fo...
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0119: "Worst Band Name Ever"
Replies: 84
Views: 33406

"Free beer" and "Live sex on stage" have always been my favorites--

marquee wrote:Tonight Only: Live sex on stage!
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Three princesses
Replies: 446
Views: 205328

it's only his notation that was misleading, not his idea. If you look, he says that both acceptable sisters can be made to give the same answer.

x is the truth-value of the statement, not the answer given.
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Thu Jul 20, 2006 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Is it Art? (Word Frequency Calculator)
Replies: 7
Views: 8376

You might want to consider having it ignore words with non-alpha characters, such as 0-9, " ( ) . , / \ etc... Also, it looks like it's case sensitive, so if I start a sentence with "What" and have "what" again somewhere in the middle, it counts them seperately. Not sure if ...
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Another hats puzzle
Replies: 32
Views: 20231

Here is my solution to the puzzle, which has nothing to do with even or odd numbers. The last person in line (#N) says the color of the hat in front of them. #N-1 then knows his color. If it is the same as the color in front of him, he says that color at a normal speed. If it is different from the c...
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Wed Jul 19, 2006 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Three princesses
Replies: 446
Views: 205328

I think Shoofle had it right with the very first reply to this thread. There is no question you can ask which will determine if you are talking to the middle sister or not. Any question you come up with will either have both acceptable sisters giving the same response, or having the acceptable siste...
by Nicolas Bourbaki
Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 689198

25/(human-animal hybrid)/MDslashDCmetro

I've never seen a "wheelchair," I don't think they exist.

I write pogroms. I mean, programs! Programs for orbital death rays! er... or "weather satellites" -- targetting, mostly. That is to say, image processing, and navigation.

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