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by MartianInvader
Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 657
Views: 21090

Re: Trump presidency

Actually, a lot of the supposed strength of the Republicans came from gerrymandering the hell out of every state they could in the 2010 elections. This is quite true. Both sides try to gerrymander and game the laws for political benefit, but the Republicans have been benefiting from it much more la...
by MartianInvader
Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439778

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Trump has shown nothing but contempt for NATO - this is not a rational person. As he should. Only the USA and Poland uphold their ends of the defense spending portion of NATO's treaty. We send our troops and protect their countries but they do not reciprocate. Perhaps we should pull out and let Rus...
by MartianInvader
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439778

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I have an honest question for Trump supporters. My wife is Turkish, we're expecting our second daughter in March, and as with our last daughter, we were planning on having her parents come and stay with us for a few months after the baby's born and a few months out of the next couple years to help ...
by MartianInvader
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439778

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I don't really care if he's racist at this point. What I care about is how likely he is to follow through on his campaign promise to ban all Muslims entering the country (you can argue this is a security policy and not a racist policy if you want, again I don't care). Or how likely he is to do somet...
by MartianInvader
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439778

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Thanks sardia, for an honest dialogue between factions that have shown nothing but be scorn and ridicule towards each other. You're really helping to heal the painful divides in our country.
by MartianInvader
Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439778

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I have an honest question for Trump supporters. My wife is Turkish, we're expecting our second daughter in March, and as with our last daughter, we were planning on having her parents come and stay with us for a few months after the baby's born and a few months out of the next couple years to help o...
by MartianInvader
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439778

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I created an account here to be a one trick pony, with one issue: can I bring my political opposites back to the discussion table so we can work together? Or is it a lost cause, with the minute that you say you aren't for open borders, socialism, or government regulated speech you literally become ...
by MartianInvader
Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439778

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Well... I guess Russia and China are the new world superpowers now, and America and Britain are the laughable has-beens.
by MartianInvader
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439778

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Dr34m(4+(h3r wrote:Trump is projected to take Pennsylvania

Who's projecting that? CNN still has it as being counted.
by MartianInvader
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439778

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It's not quite over yet, is it? Clinton still wins if she takes Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire, unless I'm getting my math wrong? (I'm assuming she also takes Maine and Minnesota, which look pretty likely to go her way). Granted, there's probably a >50% chance Trump wins at least one of t...
by MartianInvader
Sat Oct 15, 2016 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Greatest Mathematician of all time?
Replies: 65
Views: 12585

Re: Greatest Mathematician of all time?

We'll need a rigorous definition of "great" before we can realistically solve this optimization problem.
by MartianInvader
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 974
Views: 57146

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, Cameron to resign by October]

Holy crap, I just realized... A large influx of refugees and a fear of Muslim terrorists has sundered the EU, causing destabilizing ripples throughout the entire western economy...

Guys, did ISIS just win?
by MartianInvader
Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439778

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

You'd be surprised how much research and regulations are needed to make government smaller. Did you think abortion clinic closing or religious freedom bills were a coincidence? That took thousands of man-hours of research by the staff of some lobbyist. Imagine using that power for someone other tha...
by MartianInvader
Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math without even numbers?
Replies: 40
Views: 6335

Re: Math without even numbers?

So, we replace even numbers with the next odd number? So "11" is a three-digit number. We have five operations: Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. And when describing my dinner last night, I'd say "I nine an elevenderloin with a fivek"?
by MartianInvader
Mon Mar 14, 2016 4:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439778

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

CorruptUser wrote:That's because he never backtracks, and is incapable of shame, so people don't know how to react.


I thought he has backtracked a few times, e.g. on going after terrorists' families.
by MartianInvader
Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Functional Jetpack Exists, on sale 2016
Replies: 19
Views: 4676

Re: Functional Jetpack Exists, on sale 2016

Did they say when in 2016? Because if it's not until the 4th quarter, well, you know...
by MartianInvader
Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Convergence of sets in a geometrical sense
Replies: 27
Views: 3194

Re: Convergence of sets in a geometrical sense

So the amount of hand-waviness here is making me uncomfortable. Let me try to formalize what you're saying: Let A be a subset of R^n that can be expressed as a finite disjoint union of points and open balls. Then the "alternate Euler characteristic" of A is the alternating sum of the numbe...
by MartianInvader
Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Convergence of sets in a geometrical sense
Replies: 27
Views: 3194

Re: Convergence of sets in a geometrical sense

Okay, I think you and I have different definitions of Euler characteristic. What definition of Euler characteristic are you using here? The only one I know of that can apply to open balls (and the only one on the wikipedia page that can be applied to spaces that aren't finite cell complexes) is the ...
by MartianInvader
Tue Oct 20, 2015 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Convergence of sets in a geometrical sense
Replies: 27
Views: 3194

Re: Convergence of sets in a geometrical sense

I believe arbiteroftruth's alternative proposal is exactly Hausdorff convergence (of closures); I was just pointing out it already has a name. Why do you want a shrinking set of circles to converge to the point in the center, but don't want the rationals to converge to the reals? They both seem to s...
by MartianInvader
Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Convergence of sets in a geometrical sense
Replies: 27
Views: 3194

Re: Convergence of sets in a geometrical sense

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Hausdorff distance yet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hausdorff_distance Caesar, I'm pretty sure your definition can be defined in terms of the Hausdorff distance. If the sets are all bounded, I think your limit is just the limit of their closures under the Hausdor...
by MartianInvader
Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I don't seem to understand my own brain teaser, please help!
Replies: 22
Views: 3616

Re: I don't seem to understand my own brain teaser, please h

The expected value is still 10*(1.235)^1000 days. However, this is made up of a very small chance of living a very long time, and a very large chance of living a very short time. Wait, isn't this wrong? If I win 55 times and lose 45 times I end up behind. Isn't the only valid way to do this with lo...
by MartianInvader
Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 71948

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

Using AdBlock has a "tradgedy of the commons" feel - each individual user doesn't change the overall ecosystem much, and improves their own personal experience. However, as more and more people use it, we're getting closer and closer to a day when an ad-supported internet is no longer sust...
by MartianInvader
Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why is 0! = 1?
Replies: 6
Views: 1872

Re: Why is 0! = 1?

To build on what Cauchy said, 0! means you multiply together all the integers that are bigger than 0 and less than or equal to 0 - but of course there are no such numbers, so 0! means "multiply nothing together", just like raising something to the zeroth power. The result of "multiply...
by MartianInvader
Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439778

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

My theory on Donald Trump is that he's running just to make the other Republican candidates look better. Kind of like last election where Romney seemed like a much more palatable candidate after the Ronpaul, Herman Cain, and Newt Gingrich had had their moments in the sun.
by MartianInvader
Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Paths between two points
Replies: 18
Views: 2468

Re: Paths between two points

I feel like there's a use for Brownian motion here, but can't figure it out offhand - you could start with the Brownian distribution of paths starting at A, but the subset of those ending at B certainly has measure 0.
by MartianInvader
Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's This 'Almost Never' Probability Paradox Called?
Replies: 15
Views: 2932

Re: What's This 'Almost Never' Probability Paradox Called?

The name I'd give to this paradox is just "You can't divide by zero." You ask about the conditional probability of something when the condition has probability zero, and this probability is, by definition, 0/0. What you're saying is analogous to, "On the one hand this is what I get fr...
by MartianInvader
Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 22834

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

I think the actions of the extremists are completely rational here - their ultimate goal isn't tolerance of Islam, it's religious war. Everything they do that stokes the fires of hate, on either side (indeed anything that divides people into "sides" at all), moves them towards their goal.
by MartianInvader
Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What is the biggest PWND you can get?
Replies: 10
Views: 2010

Re: What is the biggest PWND you can get?

Doesn't jaap's construction give as many points as you want, no three of which lie on the same circle (since all but one of them are co-linear)?
by MartianInvader
Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Sizes of Infinity
Replies: 60
Views: 10325

Re: Sizes of Infinity

The "size" of the real set in [1,2] is on the order of 10 n where n is the size of the counting set. The size of the real set in [0.5,1] is necessarily half of that because one of the digits is now restricted to be >=5, eliminating half the degree of freedom. Under the "bijection&quo...
by MartianInvader
Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Sizes of Infinity
Replies: 60
Views: 10325

Re: Sizes of Infinity

0x783czar, the main issue here is that we need to nail down what we mean by "size". Size is really an abstract concept, and if we want to speak mathematically then we need to pin down this concept with a mathematical definition. The usual definition people use for the "size" of s...
by MartianInvader
Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1316
Views: 156125

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

The "bots: no lying" form of captcha has now become a reality:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2473062,00.asp
by MartianInvader
Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Axis & Allies dice probability
Replies: 9
Views: 4310

Re: Axis & Allies dice probability

The chance of rolling 1,2, or 3 with no dice is .7^4

The chance of rolling 1,2, or 3 with exactly one die is (.3)(.7^3)*4

So the chance of rolling with at least two dice is 1 - .7^4 - (.3)(.7^3)*4 = .3483
by MartianInvader
Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Non-contractible, simply connected subsets of R^n
Replies: 4
Views: 1814

Re: Non-contractible, simply connected subsets of R^n

I'm not sure I'm reading your notation correctly. Are you just ripping the end off the topologist's sine curve and pulling it around the circle? If so, keep in mind that at every stage of the homotopy, the image of every convergent sequence should converge to the image of its limit. For example, tak...
by MartianInvader
Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: fooling around with points on a plane and optimization
Replies: 7
Views: 2571

Re: fooling around with points on a plane and optimization

It'd be interesting to see how this problem behaved in higher dimensions. For example, in three dimensions, you can have 4 points with zero error, arranged in a tetrahedron. Similarly you can put n+1 points into an n-dimensional space with zero error, but I have no idea what the minimum error become...
by MartianInvader
Wed Oct 08, 2014 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Microsoft to buy Mojang (aka Minecraft) for $2.5 Billion
Replies: 31
Views: 5038

Re: Microsoft to buy Mojang (aka Minecraft) for $2.5 Billion

Like when Google grabbed Motorola, before selling it overseas to the Chinese firm Lenovo? Google bought Motorola for $12 Billion, and sold it for $3 Billion. IE: Motorola is now worth around the same as Mojang. It's worth noting that Google sold the Motorola Home division separately to ARRIS for $2...
by MartianInvader
Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states
Replies: 54
Views: 10453

Re: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states

The argument, as I understand it, was that even though homosexuals have/had the same right to marry someone of the opposite gender as heterosexuals do, that they are being shorted because they can only be fulfilled, or can only love someone of the same gender. Well, let's stop there, since that's c...
by MartianInvader
Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13473
Views: 1543154

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Yablo wrote: That's kinda like ignoring the zombies and guns in Resident Evil because they want the movie to be a romantic comedy, or ignoring the cars in Need For Speed and Gran Turismo because, damn it, those need to be westerns..

Obligatory link.
by MartianInvader
Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states
Replies: 54
Views: 10453

Re: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states

Notice how Right, and no one was previously allowed to marry the same sex, and everyone was allowed to marry the opposite sex. Equality for everyone! Notice how this argument implicitly relies on the person's gender, which is why it was considered unconstitutional under the 14th amendment? Where in ...
by MartianInvader
Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google tells music magazine to censor album covers
Replies: 44
Views: 8051

Re: Google tells music magazine to censor album covers

Well, it's not just protecting their brand, it's protecting their revenue stream. A lot of the advertisers who advertise with Google don't want their ads to run next to pictures of butts, and Google has chosen to keep their business (and, indirectly, provide more money for their safe-content partner...
by MartianInvader
Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 473
Views: 71939

Re: Hearthstone

Oh I know it's used in other games - but in pretty much every one of those games, the mechanics you get out of the second deck are far more interesting than what you would get out of replacing lands with mana crystals. If you're going to add the complexity of a second deck to your game, you should b...

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