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Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Newton's Prediction
Replies: 90
Views: 8191
Why I'm not concerned: There have been several attempts through history to predict an exact date for the end of the world. If any such prediction were accurate, there would need to be something inherent in the nature of the universe that would lead to an "end of the universe" on that date-...
Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Odd question . . .
Replies: 8
Views: 2099
Duh. Of course it generalizes. You'll just have X groupings in the denominator (One for Dn mod x = 0, one for D(n) mod X = 1 .... one for D(n) mod x = x-1). This yields some pretty numbers for different values of X. X Percentage D(n) mod X = 0 1 9/9 (Or 1. Everything mod 1 = 0) 2 90/99 = .90909090.....
Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Odd question . . .
Replies: 8
Views: 2099
I'm not aware of a general solution, but I believe this is solvable in at least 1 specific case. Consider X=2. There are: 9 1-digit number (1-9) 90 2-digit numbers (10-99) 900 3 digit numbers (100-999) 9000 4-digit numbers (1000-9999) etc... 1, 3, 5, etc. digit numbers are NOT zero mod 2, and 2, 4, ...
Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Interesting lives...
Replies: 63
Views: 9179
Dang it. This is going to be a problem, isn't it....

PROPOSED NEW RULE. When you're replying to a posting, immediately post a message stating only "Replying." Then EDIT that post with your actual response.

This should help with double posts.
Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26069
Views: 2443705
Granted. The one person you're allowed to kill is always you. Bon chance!

I wish I was a messenger and all the news was good.

(Yes, I know I used that song already).
Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Interesting lives...
Replies: 63
Views: 9179
He'd clearly never understand women. Not that he usually tried to pick up the customers--he was usually fairly shy and reserved. But she'd had such a forlorn expression, and such a sad, almost heartbreaking sweetness in her half-smile as she finally got to front of the line to place her order that h...
Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 85914
I have allready went over my response to that several times 27b/6. by your logic if you want to play the "best" number, then you cannot stop eliminating numbers until you get to 2. if you want to make more then \$2 then you should play a number that is dominated by another number. your opp...
Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: breaking down cellulose
Replies: 20
Views: 3394
Feed it to a cow and then eat the cow. That was my initial idea too. But with beavers, I think they're much tastier but I don't know why. Except beavers (as far as I know) don't actually digest wood--they chew down trees for dam building purposes, and can't actually digest it. Cows and other rumina...
Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2351818
teamcorndog wrote:anyhoo, i'll probably be mostly a lurker on here. that doesn't mean i don't care! i am just shy, even on the interblags.

Welcome, Kaylee. You get a T-shirt.

Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: breaking down cellulose
Replies: 20
Views: 3394
Feed it to a cow and then eat the cow.
Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Amusing confusion of religious sayings
Replies: 161
Views: 12937
Except it was, years ago. It's just now the faith it is a part of is basically dead. Do you think so? From my understanding, the actual belief system practiced by the ancient Greeks was not really based on the mythological stories. I thought The Iliad and The Odyssey would have a closer correlation...
Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: physics question; photons
Replies: 28
Views: 3844

### Re: physics question; photons

we were discussing that we know something has mass only if it has momentum. <snip> how do we know that photons have no mass if mass is defined by the presence of momentum? I don't agree with the premise. I've heard mass defined 2 ways. First is gravitational mass--how much gravitational force an ob...
Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 85914
Put another way, If I play \$100 and... ...opponent plays \$100, I get \$100 ...opponent plays \$99, I get \$97 ...opponent plays \$98, I get \$96 ...opponent plays \$97, I get \$95 ...opponent plays \$96, I get \$94. If I play \$99 and... ...opponent plays \$100, I get \$101 ...opponent plays \$99, I get \$99 ...o...
Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2697
Views: 273291
Finsbury Park, neatly straddling the diagonal and keeping you clever folks from an end run around each other.
Tue Aug 28, 2007 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 85914
I'm struck by the parallels of this problem to a "paradoxical" game that had a bunch of game theorists all excited called the "snake game." The snake game was a 2-player turn based game. Player A had the option to end the game with a payout of \$2 to A and \$0 to B, or to continue....
Tue Aug 28, 2007 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26069
Views: 2443705
Granted. A distant great-great aunt died recently, and in her will, she left you left you a breakfast of bagels, lox, and cream cheese that she originally purchased in 2004, and kept stored in a cardboard box (your great-great-aunt was a bit of an eccentric), on the condition that you consume it. On...
Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Replies: 8749
Views: 874938
Bad News: Medieval medicine HASN'T taught you anything.
Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26069
Views: 2443705
Granted. One morning, you get a visit from the local mafia representative. He demands a cut of your business for "protection," plus that you use their "approved vendors" for your linen, delivery, and garbage services. Oh, and also that you hire his cousin and nephew to work in th...
Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2697
Views: 273291
NOW we've got a game. Angel.
Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Inexact graph search algorithms
Replies: 15
Views: 3264
I'm confused. What's the goal of the algorithm? To find the global max and/or min over the domain? If there was some known structure on your function (for example, it was known that the function was everywhere increasing to the maximum), you could use something analagous to Newton's method--guess a ...
Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:24 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Networking Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 2624
Just pointing out.... If your college doesn't have WiFi already set up, they may not be too terribly keen on you setting up an access point yourself. While many schools have their own WiFi network, they potentially have it set up "secured" in some way you might not be emulating. If they AR...
Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Any books on game theory for a newb?
Replies: 5
Views: 2093
It's easily big enough to potentially major in, though most game theorists officially major in economics or applied math, and just take a number of courses in game theory. I personally would recommend Robert Axelrod's "The Evolution of Cooperation" to someone starting out with game theory....
Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:02 am UTC
Topic: Sexual orientation and free will.
Replies: 86
Views: 11650
Taking a random step back, is being sexually attracted to ANYONE (i.e. having what's commonly referred to as a sex drive) a choice or biological? I think most people who've studied human development would agree that the existence of a sex drive is largely biological, and in a large measure hormonal ...
Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Amusing confusion of religious sayings
Replies: 161
Views: 12937
In English (Exodus 3:13-15): 13 Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?" 14 God said to Moses, "I am who I am . This is what you are to say to t...
Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Replies: 8749
Views: 874938
Bad news: Raptors rarely visit the dentist, and hence tend to lack fillings. Therefore, the "biting on tinfoil" pain is significantly less than it would be for most humans.
Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bizarre facts
Replies: 234
Views: 44643
Elbows and knees are not equivalent. Notably, the knee has a seperate kneecap bone protecting the joint. So, yes, it's possible to tell whether a joint is an elbow or a knee. I've heard the "elephants are the only animal with 4 knees" as well, though I'm frankly too lazy to look it up righ...
Mon Aug 27, 2007 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1402530
For those unconvinced, here's why you should play Psychonauts.
Mon Aug 27, 2007 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2697
Views: 273291
I may not be strong enough to hold anything in central London on my own, but as Cheese points out, there's a delicate balancing act going on right now, and since I'm not in the best of positions, I'm going to stir some things up and hope for the best. Lancaster Gate . This gives me MC in 2 via the N...
Mon Aug 27, 2007 3:21 pm UTC
Topic: Honesty
Replies: 79
Views: 12316
"I'd rather kill a man than lie to him. Killing's easier. You do it, it's done, it's over. A lie is like a pet; you have to take care of it or it'll bite you in the ass." I don't know that this is true about many types of lies. Lies have a shelf life. Consider if you tell someone you are ...
Mon Aug 27, 2007 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Packing for College
Replies: 133
Views: 9895
Devilsaur wrote:This might have been mentioned, but the most important thing to bring is a good attitude.

And keep it in a jar on your desk.
Mon Aug 27, 2007 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Scavenger Hunt
Replies: 970
Views: 239347

A water skiier being pulled by something OTHER THAN a boat.
Mon Aug 27, 2007 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26069
Views: 2443705
Granted. Come to the US, and I promise next weekend will be a three day weekend.

Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Amusing confusion of religious sayings
Replies: 161
Views: 12937
I beg to differ on the commonality of those, but of course, it might have more to do with regions and such. Like in the red areas .. it's fairly common to have the belief that either KJV is the only bible worth reading, or a flat out ignorance on the existence of other translations. This is also th...
Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Amusing confusion of religious sayings
Replies: 161
Views: 12937
About the judging thing, I think it's mentioned quite a few times, and often quite unambiguously. I was always under the impression that it stated fairly clearly "leave the judging up to god, sincew he's the only one that can actually see everything that's going on, and you haver better things...
Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Questions only
Replies: 965
Views: 116527
Who says I can't?
Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26069
Views: 2443705
Granted. Nope.

I wish that I existed.
Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Scavenger Hunt
Replies: 970
Views: 239347
This site has some good kalideoscope dissection, including various internal pieces.

Show me 30 Helens agreeing on something.

Edit for clarity
Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:04 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Ubuntu boot CD failing to boot!
Replies: 8
Views: 2049
What kind of CD-drive? IDE? USB? SATA? Might make a difference (especially if it's USB--some machines can't boot from USB). Does the CD drive light go on when you attempt to boot? Or does it not even try? You checked the SHA hash of the download before you burned, right? Only other suggestion I've s...
Mon Aug 27, 2007 12:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm starting Pre-Med in a week... Any tips?
Replies: 14
Views: 2148
One more: * There will be things you don't understand. For everything you have to work your butt off to understand, there will be someone for whom that concept comes as naturally as breathing. Don't be discouraged by this per se--everyone has strengths and weaknesses. It's easy to see only your weak...
Mon Aug 27, 2007 12:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm starting Pre-Med in a week... Any tips?
Replies: 14
Views: 2148
In all seriousness, before getting into pre-med, I would advise the following. Mostly because I wish someone had pointed these out to me at the time: * Know WHY you want to be in medicine, and make sure it's a GOOD reason. In general, people on a pre-med track work VERY hard. You will have a lot of ...