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by smallfried
Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0503: "Terminology"
Replies: 292
Views: 48654

Re: Terminology

No, it makes more sense to have North as up in New Zealand, because that's where the Sun is. Right? But only in the summer is the sun more up than down. I guess maps in Europe would have to be written in winter if they used the up- sun - north link. What really bugs me about this map is that the en...
by smallfried
Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0503: "Terminology"
Replies: 292
Views: 48654

Re: Terminology

I would like to point out, that not only taking the Americas as the center is arbitrary, so is using the north = up convention. If you're in Aotearoa you might see maps like this one that make more sense for that location (the normal to the earth's surface being more south than north in that part). ...
by smallfried
Tue Oct 07, 2008 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2962
Views: 732139

Re: Common Questions

I have two questions that have been on my mind and should not be too hard to answer with the right knowledge: If you put three gyroscopes on orthogonal axes of each other, does the resulting object resist any kind of rotation or do they cancel each other out? If the first, could you use a large vers...
by smallfried
Thu Sep 11, 2008 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cause-Effect Nullifier
Replies: 46
Views: 4258

Re: Cause-Effect Nullifier

This reminds me of one of my favorite dilbert comics:
http://www.dilbert.com/2007-12-14/
by smallfried
Thu Sep 04, 2008 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lowering Drinking Age
Replies: 158
Views: 10940

Re: Lowering Drinking Age

The drinking age should be lowered to 18, 16, or 0, putting us on par with the rest of the world. Contrary to what MADD et al. think, a high drinking age doesn't keep people under 21 from drinking. Sure as hell didn't keep me from drinking. If anything, it adds a "coolness" factor to bing...
by smallfried
Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0448: "Good Morning"
Replies: 119
Views: 21278

Re: "Good Morning" discussion

I flew to New Zealand from Holland once and finally got into a normal working rhythm. On the way back a few months later the same thing happened :) I guess I have to keep traveling west to keep up with the normal working force. Anyone know any nice places in the Atlantic?
by smallfried
Wed Jul 02, 2008 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Things you would never, under any circumstances, do
Replies: 67
Views: 9759

Re: Things you would never, under any circumstances, do

Alpha Omicron wrote:I once told a friend I would nuke NYC for the proof of the Riemann Hypothesis. I'm pretty sure I still would.

http://science.slashdot.org/science/08/07/02/1418214.shtml

It seems that you might have start looking for a nuke and a good alibi.
by smallfried
Wed Apr 30, 2008 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0417: "The Man Who Fell Sideways"
Replies: 174
Views: 44370

Re: "The Man Who Fell Sideways" Discussion

For anyone who wants to get a bit of an inverse gravity feeling do the following:

Find a big mirror, take it of the wall and walk around it so you can see the ceiling instead of the floor.
Pretend to step over the walls as you walk through doors.

It's great as long as you do not break the illusion.
by smallfried
Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0377: "Journal 2"
Replies: 346
Views: 55887

Re: "Journal 2" Discussion

I smell revenge. And then a counter. And then romance. And then a collaboration. The ultimate duet!
by smallfried
Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 44464

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

As a bit of an agnost, I would like keep out of this whole discussion. But would also like to point out a nice source where they offer a $1000000 price for proving a paranormal ability: http://forums.randi.org/forumdisplay.php?f=43&sort=lastpost&order=desc So far, no one won the prize and it...
by smallfried
Fri Dec 28, 2007 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0363: "Reset"
Replies: 133
Views: 34733

Re: "Reset" Discussion

Raise you 1 minute and 9 seconds.
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by smallfried
Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help me think up crazy hard SF technology ideas
Replies: 74
Views: 6893

Re: Help me think up crazy hard SF technology ideas

Let's use human drives to extrapolate. It worked for the past (We wanted food/water/heat, We now have those (in western civ)). Probably someone with some psychology background might help here. Ah, wikipedia helps: Maslovs hierarchy of needs. So basically: creativity, respect, love and sex are still ...
by smallfried
Sat Oct 20, 2007 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: I have a comic that sucks.
Replies: 25
Views: 4040

Re: I have a comic that sucks.

Hey, your comic does suck. They suck up my spare time because I can't stop reading them :) [I'm glad your humor is better than mine]

Keep up the good work, just one point for criticism: There are not enough of them. Make more!

My favorite: Russell crowe fans.
by smallfried
Mon Oct 15, 2007 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0329: "Turing Test"
Replies: 120
Views: 66520

Re: "Turing Test" Discussion

I once connected the Alice bot http version(chatterbot winner) to an icq irc chat (giving the bot a female name of course). It responded when anyone pm-ed it. The major result was that the bot was actually more interesting than the people talking to it. Most of them figured out after about 8 lines. ...
by smallfried
Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Simple AI programming?
Replies: 18
Views: 4998

Re: Simple AI programming?

Depends on what you mean by "AI". Neural Nets are used for things like that 20Q game, or handwriting recognition. That's classical AI.. the stuff they teach in college. Good that you mentioned handwriting recognition, that can actually be solved optimally using eigenfaces. The rasterized ...
by smallfried
Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Simple AI programming?
Replies: 18
Views: 4998

Re: Simple AI programming?

For the game type of A.I. you'd have to look up the minimax algorithm (Sorry, can't post a link yet), with alpha beta pruning. It's used for most 2 person turn based games actually. After those I'd suggest looking into q-learning and markov models. They're mostly just to get you thinking in the righ...
by smallfried
Mon Oct 08, 2007 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2421775

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Well hi there, I'm a 28 year old male from Holland, currently doing a PhD thingy in Germany. I've been lurking here for a while and laughing my ass off to all comics (loved the ones like jacket). Interests include esotheric programming languages (Look for 'chef', one of my favorites), image recognit...

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