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by Anpheus
Wed Sep 24, 2008 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: House vs Dexter
Replies: 21
Views: 7809

Re: House vs Dexter

Or House will notice the tendencies, stab him in the neck with sodium pentothal and proceed to torture him for information with complete and utter disregard for hospital regulations and the law.

The result is of course that Dexter and House would both go to jail.
by Anpheus
Wed Sep 24, 2008 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Operating Systems
Replies: 666
Views: 76652

Re: Operating Systems

Hey, that's rude. Do you want me to point out things you can't do that someone else can do and mock your accomplishments? sure, go ahead. seeing what kinds of things you think i can't do should be amusing. Bet you can't run a 35mm film from film can to show and then back to film cans without error....
by Anpheus
Sun Sep 21, 2008 5:21 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: javascript crashes all browsers os x
Replies: 3
Views: 987

Re: javascript crashes all browsers os x

Does Firefox with the NoScript extension crash?
by Anpheus
Fri Sep 19, 2008 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Division by Zero (Please, no new threads about this)
Replies: 367
Views: 80439

Re: Division by Zero (Please, no new threads about this)

Spain, the motherland. She's a great country ;)

And why is Hitler? A combination of economic pressures and nationalist/fascist appeal.
by Anpheus
Fri Sep 19, 2008 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Replies: 186
Views: 20425

Re: Artificial Intelligence

I've heard of the FPGA study, and that only applied to moving the FPGA design to a different type of FPGA. So long as the circuits are identical, the only 'quirks' would be microscopic imperfections that would only affect a much, much smaller circuit. We are, of course, approaching some of these qua...
by Anpheus
Fri Sep 19, 2008 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Base 12 kicks all your asses
Replies: 88
Views: 22758

Re: Base 12 kicks all your asses

Analog computers are those that don't compute using digits. Hence, analog versus digital. Analog computers can be constructed to, for example, compute the state of a physical system (of springs, pulleys, whatever) using electricity and the accuracy of this system is limited to the tolerances of the ...
by Anpheus
Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Replies: 186
Views: 20425

Re: Artificial Intelligence

And Yakk, you basically supplied the material for my argument. Computers are simple machines built manually with circuit diagrams, or programmed and 'compiled' into something you can make into a completely reliable machine. Each machine is designed to work exactly the same way . If we could make hum...
by Anpheus
Thu Sep 18, 2008 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Base 12 kicks all your asses
Replies: 88
Views: 22758

Re: Base 12 kicks all your asses

[pedant]Quantum computers don't care about what base you use.[/pedant]
by Anpheus
Sat Sep 13, 2008 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Death Race
Replies: 34
Views: 3562

Re: Death Race

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:
Anpheus wrote:The chainguns? Fired blanks.

Damn wussy actors.


I think they used stunt drivers, and yes, what wusses. The tombstone was half a foot thick, why do they need to fire blanks? Pssht. :)
by Anpheus
Sat Sep 13, 2008 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Death Race
Replies: 34
Views: 3562

Re: Death Race

The movie isn't nearly as good until you realize that the vehicle action was all done with real vehicles on real sets.

Then you respect the director a whole heck of a lot more.

The chainguns? Fired blanks.
by Anpheus
Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Operating Systems
Replies: 666
Views: 76652

Re: Operating Systems

Hey, that's rude. Do you want me to point out things you can't do that someone else can do and mock your accomplishments?
by Anpheus
Fri Sep 12, 2008 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I now believe in an afterlife
Replies: 91
Views: 10164

Re: Why I now believe in an afterlife

Can I keep making up things for you to believe in because I promise good things? Santa Clause and the Invisible Pink Unicorn, shucks, I'm just getting started.
by Anpheus
Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I now believe in an afterlife
Replies: 91
Views: 10164

Re: Why I now believe in an afterlife

Before the forum was corrupted, you changed your mind about believing in Santa Clause because it made you feel warmer and fuzzier inside.

What if I told you there was an invisible pink unicorn that would come to your bedside every night and gently neigh, whose great powers brought you good dreams?
by Anpheus
Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I now believe in an afterlife
Replies: 91
Views: 10164

Re: Why I now believe in an afterlife

Bah, I can't get anything useful out of the cache. Sorry. I have the hex data for one topic but gzip is giving errors on it and I'm tired.
by Anpheus
Wed Sep 10, 2008 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I now believe in an afterlife
Replies: 91
Views: 10164

Re: Why I now believe in an afterlife

I'm working on recovering all the posts I had cached immediately prior to the downtime and backup. Google Chrome doesn't let me view cached pages directly, so I'm using a notepad, a hex editor and gzip to try and recover some discussions I had participated in. I may have everyone's posts quoted and ...
by Anpheus
Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy in Education
Replies: 119
Views: 10741

Re: Philosophy in Education

But qualia are meaningless because they can't be used in any sort of system. And numbers, or rather, the system that defines the numbers, does have certain properties. The number system chosen causes certain properties be true or not true. Numbers, or more literally the number system, formal system,...
by Anpheus
Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy in Education
Replies: 119
Views: 10741

Re: Philosophy in Education

Causation as defined philosophically and causation as defined physically have really been quite divergent. In physics, to talk about causation, you must use numbers. I can point out specific instances of the usage of qualia. Philosophy of Mind. There, done. That's self definition, your philosophy of...
by Anpheus
Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy in Education
Replies: 119
Views: 10741

Re: Philosophy in Education

They are the only mechanism with which you can succinctly describe its evolution, etc. The difference between numbers and qualia is that I can point out specific instances of the usage of numbers, compare numbers, etc, but no one can tell me precisely what is a qualia, how it behaves, etc. Numbers o...
by Anpheus
Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I now believe in an afterlife
Replies: 91
Views: 10164

Re: Why I now believe in Heaven (arguments "based on reason")

Define heaven for us? I still think your heaven falls under pascal's wager. You're not even certain what heaven you want or why it'll make you happy! There are so many heavens to choose from and I did describe this in depth.
by Anpheus
Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy in Education
Replies: 119
Views: 10741

Re: Philosophy in Education

Numbers are fundamental to determining cause and effect in any physical system. You, at some point, have to rely on a mathematical system and a method of describing scalars and vectors and tensors and spinors (really, I think I could keep going.) So numbers (and the formal systems behind them) are a...
by Anpheus
Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy in Education
Replies: 119
Views: 10741

Re: Philosophy in Education

The difference between numbers and qualia are profound and deep, and to suggest otherwise is engaging in the sort of handwaving wishy-washy BS beliefs that I argued against. You performed, ahem, a category error in saying that "2" should be something we should ascribe existence to. "2...
by Anpheus
Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Replies: 186
Views: 20425

Re: Artificial Intelligence

Transference, Binary, Singularity, Individuation.

Again, you have yet to justify any of these with solid arguments.
by Anpheus
Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I now believe in an afterlife
Replies: 91
Views: 10164

Re: Why I now believe in Heaven (arguments "based on reason")

Even if it's technologically impossible for a computer to replicate a human brain today, that doesn't somehow validate the idea that free will must exist (presuming nothing outside the laws of physics are occuring). For instance, we can replicate a mouse brain today using existing technology, and t...
by Anpheus
Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Replies: 186
Views: 20425

Re: Artificial Intelligence

I'm not saying build, I'm saying duplicate. The ability to duplicate hardware exists now, the ability to duplicate say, YOUR hardware does not exist.
by Anpheus
Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I now believe in an afterlife
Replies: 91
Views: 10164

Re: Why I now believe in Heaven (arguments "based on reason")

The general idea of heaven (or at least the classical view) has seemed a bit empty to me for a while now, there's really no purpose in spending eternity in thoughtless happiness (a la Pleasantville). But I think there's a reason aurasprw didn't define heaven Anpheus, he's not terribly certain on wh...
by Anpheus
Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: ε-δ Proof
Replies: 15
Views: 3746

Re: ε-δ Proof

Oh, duh, I was thinking of R with a bar over it.

Yeah, it doesn't make sense to talk about negative epsilons and infinite epsilons here.
by Anpheus
Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: ε-δ Proof
Replies: 15
Views: 3746

Re: ε-δ Proof

δ(ε):R + \to R + What does this mean? All this stuff involving h is confusing me. I don't get where you are going with all this, I don't even know what h is supposed to be. δ(ε):R + \to R + That means there is a function δ of ε that maps the extended reals to the extended reals. It is saying that f...
by Anpheus
Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I now believe in an afterlife
Replies: 91
Views: 10164

Re: Why I now believe in Heaven (arguments "based on reason")

Your critical assumption is that you should believe in something if it makes you happy to believe in it, which makes it an appeal to emotion. Hence, not based on pure reasoning. While you are correct in saying you aren't wagering anything, your belief is subject to the counter-argument to Pascal's W...
by Anpheus
Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy in Education
Replies: 119
Views: 10741

Re: Anpheus: the jock of academia

As a philosophy student, I guarantee you that the relationship between ridiculer and ridiculee goes the other way. I had someone like you in my history of modern philosophy class two years ago. Whenever the professor tried to explain the epistemological idea that the external world might not exist ...
by Anpheus
Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Replies: 186
Views: 20425

Re: Artificial Intelligence

While it might take an obscene amount of time to educate a strong AI, since all the hardware can be duplicated, data stored on it and all, you should be able to replicate it. Humans are a strong AI that we can build and educate. We cannot replicate them. Hm, let's see, I said "Since all the ha...
by Anpheus
Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google announces new web browser
Replies: 113
Views: 12426

Re: Google announces new web browser

If you don't want it to suggest search strings, DON'T USE THE FEATURE. You have a choice of several search engines, each of which provides auto-suggestions, and you can choose to disable them entirely. And Google Chrome tells you, right when you start it up, "click here to change your default s...
by Anpheus
Sat Sep 06, 2008 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Replies: 186
Views: 20425

Re: Artificial Intelligence

And in order to deal with people on a personal level, emotions would be a necessary feature. People react badly to things that are emotionally cold. Uncanny valley and all that.
by Anpheus
Sat Sep 06, 2008 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google announces new web browser
Replies: 113
Views: 12426

Re: Google announces new web browser

Here in Germany, our Federal Office for security in informatics gave out a warning about Google Chrome. And that not only because of it's obvious security issues, backdoors and all that stuff but aso beacuse off the mass data storage in one provider, which is "critical", as they say. I'm ...
by Anpheus
Sat Sep 06, 2008 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Artificial Intelligence
Replies: 186
Views: 20425

Re: Artificial Intelligence

While it might take an obscene amount of time to educate a strong AI, since all the hardware can be duplicated, data stored on it and all, you should be able to replicate it.

Just don't let the AI go to en.wikipedia.org/war
by Anpheus
Sat Sep 06, 2008 6:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google announces new web browser
Replies: 113
Views: 12426

Re: Google announces new web browser

Using it now. Once I figure out how to have a search plugin for various sites (I needs my Dwarf Fortress Wiki plugin), it'll probably replace Firefox entirely. Go to http://dwarf.lendemaindeveille.com . Type "test" in the search box on the left side of the wiki. Go to the omnibar, type in...
by Anpheus
Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Babylon A.D.
Replies: 4
Views: 1113

Re: Babylon A.D.

It turns out she's pregnant, she tells everyone that they're all going to die in New York, he saves her and in order to do so he must die, but then he's somehow captured by her father after he died, and they have to kill him again. She's so powerful because she had an "AI impla...
by Anpheus
Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google announces new web browser
Replies: 113
Views: 12426

Re: Google announces new web browser

I'm afraid it will never replace Firefox. If Google has so many great ideas for under-the-hood technology, why can't they just share them with Mozilla? The two already have a good relationship, and the last thing the 20% of the browser market that's not taken up by IE needs is more competition. Tru...
by Anpheus
Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Babylon A.D.
Replies: 4
Views: 1113

Re: Babylon A.D.

The ending didn't make any sense whatsoever. How do you get a multinational organization willing to use any means to kill you? You blow up a couple range rovers in a high speed chase and return to a known location. I'm sorry, the movie had a decent beginning, even made some really great Orwellian re...
by Anpheus
Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Operating Systems
Replies: 666
Views: 76652

Re: Operating Systems

It's a painfully slow, frequently unresponsive and curmudgeonly in Windows PCs. Curmudgeonly. I reserve that word for only the poorest of software ports across operating systems.
by Anpheus
Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google announces new web browser
Replies: 113
Views: 12426

Re: Google announces new web browser

Text you've entered is not saved in resurrected tabs.

Anyway, you can always download Chromium, the EULA and branding-free version of Google Chrome. It's BSD licensed.

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