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by MartianInvader
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

At this point, when someone in the Whitehouse says Trump won't do a thing, I don't know how much I trust it. I don't think we can be sure whether he'll pardon anyone or not in Arizona until he's left the state.
by MartianInvader
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

"White nationalism" is a weasel term. It's inherently eliminationalist and it relies for camouflage on you not thinking too hard about it and assuming they haven't either. There has never been a "<nation> for <ethnic group> only!" movement that didn't come down to, in practice, ...
by MartianInvader
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

In case you hadn't noticed the government is also riddled with nazis Is this true? I mean, most of the arguments for punching nazis have been based on the idea that the "Nazis" means people who are openly and aggressively pushing for violence in the name of white supremacy and facism, typ...
by MartianInvader
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

It scares them into hiding, reduces the appeal of membership, prevents them from organizing in the future, etc? I guess I'll just repeat myself since I addressed this point in my post: That's basically the definition of terrorism, which is not only morally reprehensible, but also doesn't generally ...
by MartianInvader
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

So for those who are pro-punching Nazis, can I just ask... what's the point? What does it accomplish? I mean, sure, it would feel good. I know I'd really enjoy punching a Nazi. But does it do anything else good? Because I can see a lot of bad things it does (legitimize "both sides are violent&q...
by MartianInvader
Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

The problem is, of course, it's not always clear who "started it" - that's how escalations work. They say stuff, we say stuff. They test missiles, we fly planes in war game exercises. They launch some missiles into the sea near Guam, we blow up some trees on their border. Turns out there w...
by MartianInvader
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Foolish question debunked. Move on, nothing to see.
Replies: 80
Views: 3152

Re: Does the Banach–Tarski Paradox prove that you can't see the edge of the universe?

Well, Banach-Tarski *is* about doing isometries, so it's about geometry at least a little bit.
by MartianInvader
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

I'm sorry, and anyone who knows me on here knows this isn't my style, but actually what the actual fuck are you prepared to put up with in the US? I've spent 9 months trying to pacify the cluster-fuck that is your Middle East policy but that's not even the half of it. Anyone want to venture an area...
by MartianInvader
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

ucim wrote:Every day that we don't have a nuclear holocaust is a day that we live without a nuclear holocaust.

Have you considered joining the tautology club? If you did, you'd be in the tautology club.
by MartianInvader
Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Guess the Pattern
Replies: 21
Views: 2271

Re: Guess the Pattern

I'm happy to see a pattern puzzle where the answer can't possibly be a high-degree polynomial.
by MartianInvader
Sat May 27, 2017 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two more secrets
Replies: 17
Views: 2993

Re: Two more secrets

Actually, I was referring to the claim that
Spoiler:
all probabilities are negative. I though I was misunderstanding how you were using "probability" like I misunderstood how you were using "eliminate"
earlier.


But after reading your response, I'm assuming that was a typo.
by MartianInvader
Fri May 26, 2017 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two more secrets
Replies: 17
Views: 2993

Re: Two more secrets

So it turns out I don't have a proof of optimality; I was making an assumption about the form of the solution that it turns out I can't easily prove. I'm not (yet) convinced your argument works, though - I'm stuck here: From these equations, and the fact that all probabilities are negative, we can d...
by MartianInvader
Thu May 25, 2017 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two more secrets
Replies: 17
Views: 2993

Re: Two more secrets

Ah, I was confused by how you were using the word "eliminate". I understand your argument now, and realize that when I though I had solved the general case, I had gotten it wrong, and you are indeed correct! You get a smarter-than-MartianInvader badge. I'm going to try to rephrase your sol...
by MartianInvader
Thu May 25, 2017 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two more secrets
Replies: 17
Views: 2993

Re: Two more secrets

The Guesser begins with every subset of size m of the set of numbers as a possibility. If there are two such subsets {a 1 , a 2 , ..., a m } and {b 1 , b 2 , ..., b m } of which their elements are mutually exclusive, the guesser may eliminate one set or the other from the list of possibilities, wit...
by MartianInvader
Wed May 24, 2017 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two more secrets
Replies: 17
Views: 2993

Re: Two more secrets

Still reading through the second half of your solution, but had a question on this: ...for it is always possible for the Guesser to eliminate one of two mutually-exclusive sets... I don't see why this needs to be true (and if true it seems like it solves the whole problem on its own). Did you mean i...
by MartianInvader
Wed May 24, 2017 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two more secrets
Replies: 17
Views: 2993

Re: Two more secrets

Cool puzzle! How about the following generalization: Instead of thinking of 2 numbers, you think of 3? Or m for some arbitrary m < N? And the adversary still chooses any of them to answer with when given a subset, but the guesser wins if the final guess is any of the secret numbers. I think I've wor...
by MartianInvader
Mon May 22, 2017 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Any machine learning folks on this forum?
Replies: 3
Views: 1205

Re: Any machine learning folks on this forum?

Thanks guys! Seems like neural networks might be a good place to start for me.
by MartianInvader
Mon May 22, 2017 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

In looking at 2018, we should probably also keep in mind that Democrats had a very low voter turnout compared to Republicans - if I'm remembering right, Clinton would have won if Democratic turnout for her had matched Obama's. In essence, Republicans were far more energized and excited than Democrat...
by MartianInvader
Fri May 19, 2017 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Any machine learning folks on this forum?
Replies: 3
Views: 1205

Any machine learning folks on this forum?

Hi guys, I'm wondering if someone could help me with the following question: Of all the algorithms and models out there labeled as "machine learning", which has the broadest applications? Which is most widely used, either directly in applications or as influence on other models? And what o...
by MartianInvader
Wed May 17, 2017 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1836: "Okeanos"
Replies: 27
Views: 3223

Re: 1836: "Okeanos"

Did anyone else watch the Google I/O keynote today? The part on YouTube live chat had something familiar about it:

Spoiler:
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by MartianInvader
Fri May 12, 2017 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1836: "Okeanos"
Replies: 27
Views: 3223

Re: 1836: "Okeanos"

I also noticed the "312,618,652 views" comment. And it's not at all the only copy of Rick's video on youtube. I wonder if anyone even comes within an order of magnitude of his, uh, "success". And could the youtube folks even tell us the total view counts for all the posted copie...
by MartianInvader
Mon May 08, 2017 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

I wasn't trying to say that every white person is in one of the two demographics I described - I was trying to illustrate how poorer whites won't respond well to being asked to give up their wealth when they don't have any. Since whites who were poorer and who were in poverty-correlated demographics...
by MartianInvader
Sun May 07, 2017 1:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

Um, when did I ever say people don't benefit from college? The only thing I said was the biggest indicator of being rich is is having rich parents - that's true, and doesn't change that fact. Was someone claiming that education causes wealth more than wealth causes education? Going back to your fir...
by MartianInvader
Fri May 05, 2017 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

Zohar wrote:I'm talking about rich people. There are rich and uneducated people. The main way people become rich is by being born to other rich people.

So... are you claiming there's no correlation between education and wealth?
by MartianInvader
Fri May 05, 2017 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

Yes, I would expect people who are good and compassionate to realize "hey, I'm kind of giving everyone else the short end of the stick, here, and in the long run it's not good for me or them. Maybe if I take some more personal responsibility instead of accepting the unfair system things are in...
by MartianInvader
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

I think you don't necessarily need to be patronizing, but maybe it's important for liberals to understand the emotional aspect here: when life is getting worse, having someone say "well it used to be even worse for minorities and it's getting better for them" doesn't help you feel better, ...
by MartianInvader
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

EDIT: And maybe I'm glossing over a problem with liberals (myself included) which helps add accelerant to the fire of 'white identity': The tendency to speak as if being white somehow makes it impossible to experience oppression. It's hard to imagine how you could be oppressed because you're white,...
by MartianInvader
Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 17411

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]

(Also he cheats in elections. And cheating will only get easier for him with this referendum.)
by MartianInvader
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 17411

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]

From what I've read in that document it doesn't seem like this referendum was particularly fair. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out. The two main opposition parties have already challenged the results. It'll probably play out the way most dictators' rise to power plays out - with a lot ...
by MartianInvader
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

Looks like the administration is demanding that Twitter turn over information on anonymous, anti-Trump accounts: http://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-sues-us-government-over-demand-to-reveal-anti-trump-account-2017-4 This is the kind of thing that really scares me. Hopefully the courts will swat i...
by MartianInvader
Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

I know it got repeated a lot by us liberals, but one thing I've learned in the past few months is that I (and the people I regularly talk to) don't actually understand what much of the country is thinking. So I'm wondering if these statements have actually been made by Trump supporters, or if they'r...
by MartianInvader
Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

...with Trump's campaign many of his supporters (or at least those voting Trump to prevent a second Clinton administration) believed that Trump was all bluster, no substance, and that the other branches of government would serve as effective checks against his excesses. In this regard "fulfill...
by MartianInvader
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Stats Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1067

Re: Stats Question

Another way to do this problem, rather than using the normal approximation, is to just calculate the probabilities directly. You can use the formula for the binomial distribution to determine the chance that a student randomly guessing gets all 20 questions right, then add that to the chance of gett...
by MartianInvader
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

House Republicans have unveiled their current plan to repeal the ACA. Hah, I was wondering how they were going to keep their promises to simultaneously repeal The Affordable Care Act, keep the same number of people on health insurance, and make the plan fiscally sound. Turns out their solution is t...
by MartianInvader
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Housing discussion from ION
Replies: 58
Views: 4385

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

I live in the San Francisco Area, which is certainly going through these types of housing issues, and I don't think it's because people see their homes as investments. It's more because they value the very things that make those homes worth so much. Does that make sense? I'm trying to say that homeo...
by MartianInvader
Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "There is an Exception to every rule"
Replies: 32
Views: 5051

Re: "There is an Exception to every rule"

This got me thinking - 18 is a really boring, uncool number. Like, unusually so, so much that nothing could be more boring or uncool. I'd definitely choose 18 as an ususual example of a number of unparalleled uncoolness.

In other words, 18 is a prime odd perfect square.
by MartianInvader
Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

Flynn has resigned. Thus ending all Whitehouse controversies for the remainder of the term, I'm sure.
by MartianInvader
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "There is an Exception to every rule"
Replies: 32
Views: 5051

Re: "There is an Exception to every rule"

9 is a prime example of a square number.
by MartianInvader
Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

Obviously if we compare against things Trump hypothetically might do in some hypothetical future, nothing's gonna come close. But that seems silly, given how many genuinely terrible things he's actually done already.
by MartianInvader
Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3074
Views: 163474

Re: Trump presidency

So we're comparing Trump to George W Bush now? Sure, Bush was more competent, but let's not forget that he set the "horrific" bar pretty high at torturing people. I'm unhappy with almost everything Trump has done so far, yet I'm still not sure I find it as bad as the torture program W impl...

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