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by Citizen K
Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Co-op Boardgames
Replies: 45
Views: 4764

Re: Co-op Boardgames

Space Alert is also good fun: basically an underpowered ship full of red-shirted ensigns trying to stay alive while the ship's automatic mapper takes a survey of a hostile sector of space. It has a somewhat more complex rule set than Pandemic, but nothing like Arkham Horror. In a mechanic similar to...
by Citizen K
Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: World of Goo[d!]
Replies: 2
Views: 872

World of Goo[d!]

I just downloaded World of Goo a few days ago, and I'm liking it a lot. I didn't see it anywhere on here, and I think it deserves a thread. It's like building things with an erector set, if the sticks were springy. And the award for replaying levels to get the best possible result is called "OC...
by Citizen K
Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Giants: Citizen Kabuto
Replies: 13
Views: 2224

Re: Giants: Citizen Kabuto

Yeah, obviously I sorta like this game.
It's great fun, and funny. (Okay, so the wave-racer levels were pretty boring, but the rest was good.)

If the download service is any good, I'd recommend it over getting the PC version. I blame the copy protection on that disc for killing two CD-ROM drives.
by Citizen K
Thu Sep 25, 2008 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Draw a straight line
Replies: 63
Views: 7492

Re: Draw a straight line

I'm skeptical that some of those solutions would work well when the distance from A to B is a few thousand times longer than your straightedge (as the original problem stated). Here's what I immediately thought of. It's an iterative process, but if you work it long enough, you'll have a line that is...
by Citizen K
Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Crypto Key Weakness, Philosophical/Psychological Weirdness
Replies: 22
Views: 3703

Re: Crypto Key Weakness, Philosophical/Psychological Weirdness

As has been mentioned by other people, as soon as you start throwing away "interesting" keys, not only does your potential keyspace get smaller, but you likely start introducing new ways to make an attack more efficient. Especially if you're making the reasonable assumption that the attack...
by Citizen K
Thu Sep 04, 2008 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Rickrolling incidents and YOU.
Replies: 300
Views: 32505

Re: Rickrolling incidents and YOU.

So for a couple more legitimate rickroll incidents: I got rickrolled three times during PAX last weekend. Jonathan Coulton did it twice to a crowd of thousands -- once with the video and everything, and again during a different song. Wil Wheaton opened his monologue with the lyrics as a dramatic poe...
by Citizen K
Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Most relaxing TV show ever?
Replies: 52
Views: 13352

Re: Most relaxing TV show ever?

Seriously, nobody's mentioned The Joy of Painting? That show will relax you right into a happy little coma. :)
by Citizen K
Fri Jun 13, 2008 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Continued study for Comp Sci AP: 2 questions (heaps/trees)
Replies: 7
Views: 2702

Re: Continued study for Comp Sci AP: 2 questions (heaps/trees)

Typically trees are constructed from top to bottom, left to right. <standardized test rant> Yes, and that's an implied assumption that makes the question ambiguous. By the definition of a binary heap, they are constructed that way. The question is in no way ambiguous. Yeah, normally you'd be right ...
by Citizen K
Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Continued study for Comp Sci AP: 2 questions (heaps/trees)
Replies: 7
Views: 2702

Re: Continued study for Comp Sci AP: 2 questions (heaps/trees)

Typically trees are constructed from top to bottom, left to right. <standardized test rant> Yes, and that's an implied assumption that makes the question ambiguous. They should really state that up front. Given their definition of a heap, you could construct a number of results by using different i...
by Citizen K
Thu May 29, 2008 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: One Third Bobcat
Replies: 41
Views: 9101

Re: One Third Bobcat

Or, maybe the sign was referring to a group of kittens for sale (say, 9), one third of which were bobcats (say, 3). Not necessarily from the same parents. It's a bit of a stretch, but I don't think it's unreasonable. Handwritten sale signs are not always known for their clarity. Some possible interp...
by Citizen K
Fri May 16, 2008 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lowering the speed limit...
Replies: 48
Views: 5588

Re: Lowering the speed limit...

This platform, as you point out, is BS, because if we're interested in saving money, it would be easy enough to just drive at 55 miles per hour anyway. Oh, I'm sure the people advocating this are already doing just that, and are chagrined that they can't do it in the fast lane. Some people just lov...
by Citizen K
Fri May 09, 2008 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Coprime Testing
Replies: 5
Views: 3232

Re: Coprime Testing

A friend pointed out to me that I don't really need a gcd, just a coprime tester. Um....? Isn't gcd(a,b) = 1 the very definition of a and b being coprime? And GCD computation is a pretty efficient process already, all things considered. If you're using some "accelerated gcd algorithms" fr...
by Citizen K
Fri May 09, 2008 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Portal!
Replies: 385
Views: 62644

Re: Portal!

I just played through the "First Slice" demo last night. The first one's always free, right? Now I need to own the full game. I found the commentary fascinating. They really put a lot of thought into those early levels. I had no idea how much effort they put into laying out the player trai...
by Citizen K
Thu May 08, 2008 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fractals, baby! Vote now!
Replies: 45
Views: 8473

Re: Fractals, baby! Vote now!

I cast an Otter vote for an unavailable option: the classic fern fractal they always have you make in math/programming courses. Rather large picture from Wikipedia in spoiler: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/69/Bransleys_fern.png I just find it very aesthetically pleasing. Pretty, an...
by Citizen K
Wed May 07, 2008 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teacher accused of Wizardry
Replies: 20
Views: 3265

Re: Teacher accused of Wizardry

Exotria wrote:Ah, but he revealed a magician's secret. Doesn't this hurt him in the magic in-crowd?

You mean like these guys?
Spoiler:
by Citizen K
Fri May 02, 2008 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: math~ solution
Replies: 10
Views: 3947

Re: math~ solution

Apparently I felt like doing some math today :) I'm surprised nobody did a little arithmetic on the original equation. Barring any mistakes in math I haven't used in years, some basic log/exponent rules give this sequence of reductions: x y = y x ln(x y ) = ln(y x ) y ln(x) = x ln(y) 1/x * ln(x) = 1...
by Citizen K
Fri May 02, 2008 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Playstation 1 games
Replies: 91
Views: 9863

Re: Playstation 1 games

Bushido Blade and Evil Zone were two fighting games that were sort of different, quirky, and (I thought) nifty in their own way. Ape Escape's been mentioned, but I'll mention it again because it's just that cool. It's about the only PS1 game I can remember that really started using the whole dualsho...
by Citizen K
Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Do some of you buy RPG Source books just to read them?
Replies: 47
Views: 7141

Re: Do some of you buy RPG Source books just to read them?

I just picked up the Serenity book on a whim, and have some interesting ideas for it, but I'm unlikely to actually get a chance to run it in the near future. So I think it counts for this thread. And I have a fair collection of old Mage (revised) books, most of which never got directly used since th...
by Citizen K
Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Singles Map
Replies: 29
Views: 3464

Re: US Singles Map

Hmm... I live right underneath two giant red dots, though anecdotal evidence would suggest otherwise. As for the geographic skew, I wonder if age has anything to do with it? As I understand it, men generally die younger than women, and the data includes up to age 64. Thus, maybe there's an increasin...
by Citizen K
Tue Mar 25, 2008 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fun with Portal Guns
Replies: 233
Views: 18340

Re: Fun with Portal Guns

How about a portal hammock/bed? Place the two portals next to each other on a horizontal surface, then just sit in it and float. Could turn out to be horribly uncomfortable, but it's worth trying. Along the same lines, a similar portal "swimming pool" would be all kinds of cool, but that r...
by Citizen K
Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: This is why we can't have time travel
Replies: 69
Views: 14875

Re: This is why we can't have time travel

Very amusing.

The first few entries make me immediately think of the game Chrononauts. Maybe that's no accident.
by Citizen K
Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Morrowind Poll
Replies: 7
Views: 1542

Re: Morrowind Poll

Ah yes, I forgot about having impressive mechanical minions. Of course by the time you get them, they don't pose much of a threat, but I suppose they can keep the riffraff and wild critters out.
by Citizen K
Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Morrowind Poll
Replies: 7
Views: 1542

Re: Morrowind Poll

I decided not to waste my time with such trivial pursuits, and instead went into random Daedric Shrines and trying to find all the Propylons. Yeah, you had to make an effort to join factions early enough that the starter quests wouldn't feel completely beneath you. But wasn't that paper map fantast...
by Citizen K
Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Morrowind Poll
Replies: 7
Views: 1542

Re: Morrowind Poll

Ooh, Telvanni. Phenomenal cosmic power, giant mushroom stronghold, crazy elders to kill that nobody will miss? Count me in. Though travel around their domain was a serious pain at times. The multi-mark teleport mod made that a lot more bearable. Of course joining a house was just one of the things t...
by Citizen K
Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Word Etymology & Origins, &c., &c.
Replies: 88
Views: 15498

Re: Word Etymology & Origins, &c., &c.

World Wide Words is a British gentleman's website all about this sort of stuff. I catch up on the RSS feed once in a while, and I've heard the guy on the Bob Edwards show from time to time. Pretty interesting stuff.
by Citizen K
Thu Mar 06, 2008 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Good math choice for CS?
Replies: 14
Views: 3270

Re: Good math choice for CS?

Take something, anything, involving proofs. Even better if it's a class about proofs. I had a 300 level math course titled "Foundations of Higher Math" or something like that, which was basically a course about proofs (mostly revolving around set theory and the like). It was a good help fo...
by Citizen K
Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Cowboy Bebop
Replies: 67
Views: 14557

Re: Cowboy Bebop

Yeah, Bebop is definitely one of the great anime series. The greatest? I don't know, but I guess it is the only one I own in its entirety. And I agree that the soundtrack and quality voiceover is what really pushes it over the edge into greatness. Actually, now that I think about it, I believe that'...
by Citizen K
Thu Feb 07, 2008 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games for three players
Replies: 17
Views: 2149

Re: Games for three players

Cribbage! Hooray for old man card games!
It works really well, and plays somewhat differently, for 2, 3, 4, or 6 people. (I've never personally tried 6 people)
by Citizen K
Tue Feb 05, 2008 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Combinations and Permutations
Replies: 9
Views: 3420

Re: Combinations and Permutations

Just in case you're still interested in some input, here's one suggestion off the top of my head. (i.e. not-fully-baked) If you need to be able to identify all 2 n combinations succinctly and refer to them randomly, you can do it in a fairly standard clever way with a little binary arithmetic. Suppo...
by Citizen K
Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Competitive polling
Replies: 11
Views: 2069

Re: Competitive polling

Aha! Now everybody loses!

...Did somebody change the poll categories? I thought I had them broken up into 25% pieces. Or maybe I'm just losing my mind.
by Citizen K
Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Competitive polling
Replies: 11
Views: 2069

Competitive polling

I've blatantly stolen appropriated this idea from a slashdot poll I saw recently. It sounded like good fun to play with in a context where people can change their votes, and where there was an official goal. So, your goal is to pick the correct answer. Get to it! (Specifically, that means you're win...
by Citizen K
Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Proper construction
Replies: 14
Views: 2190

Re: Proper construction

That seems very reminiscent of a Jeff Foxworthy bit about the phrase "used 'ta could".
by Citizen K
Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guitar Hero
Replies: 578
Views: 51857

Re: Your Guitar Hero/Rock Band Band Name

Apparently my band names show what else I was doing when I started these games. GH2: Evil Bunny Slipper . Sounds hardcore, no? A reference to an incident in a D&D game I was playing at the time. GH2 80's: Grievous Bodily Harm . A reference to a particularly amusing bit of literature I was reread...
by Citizen K
Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Google Trends
Replies: 158
Views: 17071

Re: Google Trends: Potato

Oh, this Google Trends thing is just way too amusing. Just to settle an old debate once and for all, Google Trends to the rescue . :) Notice how the ninja trend has been keeping stealthily behind the pirate, waiting for the right moment to strike. And Sweden seems to be full of pirates. Or perhaps i...
by Citizen K
Wed Jan 09, 2008 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Another NP Complete thread
Replies: 27
Views: 8426

Re: Another NP Complete thread

True enough, though NP does take its name from the one I mentioned. :)
by Citizen K
Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Another NP Complete thread
Replies: 27
Views: 8426

Re: Another NP Complete thread

I think that question is to see if you really get what it means for a problem to be in NP -- that you can decide the problem in polynomial time if you're given a non deterministic machine. Though I'd have to sit down and think a bit to figure out exactly how best to respond to the question... are we...
by Citizen K
Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: AI and checkers
Replies: 18
Views: 6335

Re: AI and checkers

how can he do it better if the whole "checkers has been solved" thing means that it can't possibly lose. Aw, come on. The linked "checkers is solved" abstract isn't clear on how they solved it, but I'm guessing a very brute-force exploration of the state space (which, according ...
by Citizen K
Thu Dec 20, 2007 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: AI and checkers
Replies: 18
Views: 6335

Re: AI and checkers

My question is how can I make the program recognize similar situations on the board and apply this? How do I define "don't care" positions where just relevant branches of the tree are checked? Any learning algorithms I could implement? I've tried this sort of thing in the past with a mini...
by Citizen K
Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: On nomenclature (or: So a hash table walks into a bar...)
Replies: 22
Views: 4547

Re: On nomenclature (or: So a hash table walks into a bar...)

Because I didn't have the node. I had the name, and a tree structure. I needed to get the node. Or to be more accurate, I needed to get various different nodes, arbitrarily, many times over. Searching the tree each time would be inefficient, so I built the adjacency list as an index. If you prefer ...
by Citizen K
Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: On nomenclature (or: So a hash table walks into a bar...)
Replies: 22
Views: 4547

Re: On nomenclature (or: So a hash table walks into a bar...)

And says O(w). Cute. :) There has to be something there with the barkeeper asking for the hash table's order and the hash table responding with "I'm an unordered container", but I can't find a form of the joke that I like. I was thinking about something involving keys, or maybe including ...

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