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by MartianInvader
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 125
Views: 10634

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: 1262
Views: 54741

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: 1262
Views: 54741

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: 1262
Views: 54741

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: 474

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: 1262
Views: 54741

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: 1532

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: 3315

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: 1262
Views: 54741

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: 3315

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: 1262
Views: 54741

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: 1262
Views: 54741

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...
by MartianInvader
Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 319
Views: 30794

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

He's just giving a slightly fancier description of the same philosophical obstacle we've acknowledged for quite some time, in this very thread and in many of his past threads. Namely, that you can't teach someone how a language works using only that language. Even this seems false to me. I'm pretty...
by MartianInvader
Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1262
Views: 54741

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: 488353

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: 488353

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: 488353

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: 488353

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: 488353

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: 488353

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: 488353

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: 488353

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: 488353

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: 13462

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: 1096
Views: 68875

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: 488353

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: 6627

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: 488353

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: 4813

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: 3243

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: 3243

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: 3243

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: 3243

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: 3697

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: 75000

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: 1900

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: 488353

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: 2517

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: 2999

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: 23296

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.

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