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by schmiggen
Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Playing Games for the Wrong Reasons
Replies: 21
Views: 3866

Re: Playing Games for the Wrong Reasons

The article seemed fine to me. Why does the author owe you some kind of research? He had a personal revelation and suggested that he might not be the only person in his position. Lay off, jeez.
by schmiggen
Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is morality a bad thing?
Replies: 26
Views: 10832

Re: Is morality a bad thing?

My approach to morality has always been somewhat... algorithmic? mathematical? I try to frame "what should person A do?" questions as "supposing person A has goals(A), what is the most efficient set of actions that person A can take in order to cause goals(A) to obtain?", always ...
by schmiggen
Tue May 29, 2012 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy: What is an opinion?
Replies: 45
Views: 13209

Re: Philosophy: What is an opinion?

Objective: A phenomena that is observable with identical results, independent of the observer. Things that are observed objectively are things that are factual . These are things that are true (Tricky word, that one. Try not to over think it yet) for everyone. The problem is precisely that I don't ...
by schmiggen
Fri May 25, 2012 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman falsely accuses man of rape, admits it 5 years later
Replies: 184
Views: 20774

Re: Woman falsely accuses man of rape, admits it 5 years lat

That's a pretty disgusting outlook. Retribution (or whatever word you want to use) is pretty much the basis of our entire legal system. Even if you know for a fact that a murderer isn't going to murder again (so that jail is not for the safety of society), you still throw him in jail as punishment....
by schmiggen
Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New form of cloaking...
Replies: 4
Views: 1682

Re: New form of cloaking...

Firstly, if you (they) can't tell that the action has occurred, then how can they prove that it actually has? (especially on that scale) Secondly, maybe someone can explain to me how it is affecting time rather than just velocity and furthermore why it wouldn't delay the action instead of totally c...
by schmiggen
Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA calls Astrobiology News Conference
Replies: 49
Views: 4766

Re: NASA calls Astrobiology News Conference

In response to the original topic, this sounds amazing. I don't suppose anyone's tried it with antimony? Part of the reason arsenic works (the way it does for GFAJ-1) is that it forms arsenate, which resembles phosphate, and that its atomic radius is only like 15% bigger than phosphorus'. I'm not s...
by schmiggen
Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filibuster Reform?
Replies: 26
Views: 2262

Re: Filibuster Reform?

It would be an awesome reform. I bet the republicans will filibuster it though. Just because they have done it for everything else. Possible good news on that front: Senator Tom Udall, for instance, has argued that each Congress has the right to change its rules under a simple majority vote... And ...
by schmiggen
Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filibuster Reform?
Replies: 26
Views: 2262

Filibuster Reform?

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/12/republicans_dare_democrats_to.html http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/12/one_senators_modest_proposal_f.html The public believes that filibustering senators have to hold the floor. Indeed, the public perceives the filibuster as an act...
by schmiggen
Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man sues restaurant after eating entire artichoke
Replies: 80
Views: 6961

Re: Man sues restaurant after eating entire artichoke

I'd liken being served an artichoke to being served 30 very thin, flat pieces of dry bamboo with some edible stuff on them, all stuck in a chunk of edible stuff. With garlic butter sauce.
by schmiggen
Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man sues restaurant after eating entire artichoke
Replies: 80
Views: 6961

Re: Man sues restaurant after eating entire artichoke

Eebster the Great wrote:...(how many of you really use your spoon properly when twirling?)...

I'd hope a spoon isn't your utensil of choice for eating spaghetti anyway. :P
(or was that the point?)
by schmiggen
Sun Nov 28, 2010 2:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man sues restaurant after eating entire artichoke
Replies: 80
Views: 6961

Re: Man sues restaurant after eating entire artichoke

... This kind of thing is like learning to open a door before trying to go through it. It shouldn't take more than one failed attempt. Oh I've been there. Sometimes takes 2 :lol: I blame being left handed. Walking into the wrong side or pushing/pulling when I should be doing the opposite. I don't g...
by schmiggen
Sat Nov 27, 2010 3:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 47265

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

Arete was trying to say that there are more important things to be upset about. The article is about a recent(ish) supreme court ruling that basically lets corporations explicitly support political candidates in advertisements, rather than being restricted to addressing political issues from one van...
by schmiggen
Sat Nov 27, 2010 3:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 47265

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

Steax wrote:I'm sorry, I'm an idiot on the web. What exactly is the significance of that article? Anyone care to fill me in?


To which article do you refer?
by schmiggen
Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man sues restaurant after eating entire artichoke
Replies: 80
Views: 6961

Re: Man sues restaurant after eating entire artichoke

Honestly, if this is the kind of thing you should be able to sue for, then we should be able to deem people legally unfit to feed themselves unsupervised. I don't care if you have never encountered a vegetable of any kind whatsoever in your entire life. After eating the first whole leaf of an artich...
by schmiggen
Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fusion Power maybe? (and other experimental power sources)
Replies: 65
Views: 4825

Re: Fusion Power maybe?

Please, physicists on the fora, how credible is this?

I desperately want to be excited about it! :P
by schmiggen
Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's so bad about Nihilism?
Replies: 56
Views: 10283

Re: What's so bad about Nihilism?

What I mean is that after one makes the statement "Nihilism is true" or chooses axioms that lead to nihilism... then that's it. *snip* Ethics becomes a dead branch of philosophy that can in no way alter or guide our decisions. Under Nihilism it seems like the study of ethics would become ...
by schmiggen
Wed Nov 04, 2009 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Male vs female range of emotions and feelings
Replies: 42
Views: 7007

Re: Male vs female range of emotions and feelings

How else can you make it a generalized rule or a stereotype other than noticing the very kinds of differences between the groups I've outlined and given examples of for you? The average and standard deviation are all there are to say about the group as a whole, so unless there is something interest...
by schmiggen
Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Homework Help for Sam
Replies: 17
Views: 2698

Re: Homework Help for Sam

Nitrodon wrote:[imath]a^x = e^{x \ln a}[/imath]


Not sure if that was a typo, but the ln(a) is not in the exponent; it should be [imath]a^x = e^{x}\ln a[/imath]
by schmiggen
Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: What is in Your Clipboard?
Replies: 3569
Views: 520944

Re: What is in Your Clipboard?

http://fora.tv/2009/04/30/Mastering_Att ... ullprogram

I was linking it to a friend a few hours ago. Interesting talk.
by schmiggen
Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17090

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

Aside from the question of whether Obama deserves the prize for what he has already accomplished... will it not make those who are bitter about America in general, if they don't think he deserves the prize (even if it is only because of their original bitterness), that much more bitter and difficult...
by schmiggen
Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Study hobbits and the lack thereof
Replies: 16
Views: 2088

Re: Study hobbits and the lack thereof

Sometimes I try to come up with several ways of phrasing the same idea, as if I were trying to explain it to someone whose ability to understand was mule-like in stubbornness. Write them down if it's a longer explanation, because writing or typing something out forces you even more to put it into yo...
by schmiggen
Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89959
Views: 7571989

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Sometimes internet memes both amuse and annoy me at the same time.
by schmiggen
Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Will i really cry after learning how to use the debugger?
Replies: 16
Views: 1600

Re: Will i really cry after learning how to use the debugger?

I'm actually just learning to use eclipse now, too, and today I got at least a bit of a feel for how the debugger works (although for a shamefully long period of time I thought it was telling me it couldn't find the path to the library where it needed to go to understand ArrayList's get(int) method ...
by schmiggen
Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: class challenge
Replies: 39
Views: 4754

Re: class challenge

You were right. It is indeed a chess game. The next move was C6 -> A5. I called her on it by changing where I sat (H5) for the class and when she asked me about it I said Checkmate. Kinda a dumb way to do it, but I found it amusing. I still couldn't explain how it was algorithmic, so I didnt get th...
by schmiggen
Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Right vs Left
Replies: 33
Views: 7491

Re: Right vs Left

Right provides a situation where a double-positive actually makes a negative. ("Yeah, right.")
by schmiggen
Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religious Privilege
Replies: 65
Views: 5209

Re: Religious Privilege

Are you saying there's a widespread campaign to egg the houses of atheists - to slit the tires of atheists - to verbally abuse atheists? Are you saying this is a pervasive phenomenon, like homophobia, or sexism, or racism? Because if you are, I'm going to have to ask for a citation. ... Edit: Or, o...
by schmiggen
Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religious Privilege
Replies: 65
Views: 5209

Re: Religious Privilege

Hippo, please stop complaining about comparisons between atheism and things like gayness. Nobody is trying to say their plight is equivalent. Some people have used analogies that make use of parallels that actually do exist between certain situations involving atheists and gay people, because you al...
by schmiggen
Thu Oct 01, 2009 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: National Blasphemy Day
Replies: 201
Views: 13866

Re: National Blasphemy Day (NSF Various Religions)

Oh I didn't discount his arguments, I just didn't read them. You effectively said they didn't matter and said regardless of what was in them, he was being rude. In fact, the content of his posts largely addressed why he thought he wasn't being rude, so yes, you did discount his arguments. I'm amaze...
by schmiggen
Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My decent into Atheism and Death
Replies: 39
Views: 3973

Re: My decent into Atheism and Death

Alright, so fear of eventual death is silly. Sure.

But if you can't have fear without "living in fear" then simple fear isn't your problem, but letting fear get out of control.
by schmiggen
Mon Oct 27, 2008 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My decent into Atheism and Death
Replies: 39
Views: 3973

Re: My decent into Atheism and Death

Fear of death is silly? What do you guys mean by "silly"? I don't want my hands to be mutilated while I'm alive. They're useful, and it would probably hurt like a bitch. So I'm afraid of having my hands mutilated while I'm alive. There are also lots of things I want to do and learn and suc...
by schmiggen
Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Speech writers
Replies: 23
Views: 2406

Re: Speech writers

He can hire a speechwriter and get good, well-written speeches. The negative here is that the speeches aren't his own, but he still won't read them if he doesn't agree. I'm not sure I'm convinced that is (always or even usually) true, and it seems this might be contributing in a large way to IV's c...
by schmiggen
Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: My conversation with a blatantly racist voter
Replies: 110
Views: 8516

Re: My conversation with a blatantly racist voter

Those of you commenting on her typing and such must have missed the part where she probably can't help it. Underneath the spoilers is a trascript of an AIM conversation I had with an ex-girlfriend of mine ( who has developmental difficulties ) Was he being serious? I read that as a low-blow that wa...
by schmiggen
Wed Oct 08, 2008 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Youtube implements "Audio Preview"
Replies: 46
Views: 9986

Re: Youtube implements "Audio Preview"

It's not a virus, just a built-in feature of the website, now.
by schmiggen
Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How many people will admit to being a bad driver?
Replies: 96
Views: 7441

Re: How many people will admit to being a bad driver?

I'm a good driver, except when I'm not.

But I'm fairly sure the exceptions are rare, so would that count as being a good driver overall?
by schmiggen
Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 311023

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

AislinKageno wrote:What's wrong with Abcide? ...Never mind. That looks like some kind of disease, or biological warfare.


It means belly killin'!

Sucker-punch to the gut!
by schmiggen
Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Infinitely long words?
Replies: 26
Views: 3560

Re: Infinitely long words?

The given method of constructing a word adds a single negative to a given word that is already considered meaningful, and always results in a word of finite length . So you can't use that particular method to claim that a word with a finitely long stem and an infinite string of prefixes is meaningfu...
by schmiggen
Sun Sep 21, 2008 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Infinity Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1527

Re: Infinity Question

As for defining what greater digits mean for low bases, it seems more intuitive for them to just overflow into the next higher digit. For example, for 2 2 you'd get 10 2 ... instead of ∞. That would be from a sort of algorithmic perspective, where you're adding irregular-base-number-representations ...
by schmiggen
Sun Sep 21, 2008 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Infinity Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1527

Re: Infinity Question

maybe he accidentally used sub tags instead of sup? But in that case... I don't know of a definition of raising ∞ to powers that makes sense, so I'd say straight away that you can't find an n such that 4 = ∞ n , unless you define n as the number that makes such an expression true, which seems rather...
by schmiggen
Sun Sep 21, 2008 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: gcd question
Replies: 3
Views: 967

Re: gcd question

I hope this isn't a homework problem, but I'll give you a hint anyway. Try assuming that x and y are NOT relatively prime, and call their divisor a. Try to derive a contradiction from this.
by schmiggen
Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why think about a singularity?
Replies: 12
Views: 1466

Re: Why think about a singularity?

I'm not quite an expert on black holes, but don't they eject things all the time? Particularly since our physics doesn't seem to cover what goes on inside the event horizon, is it really safe to say that it's fundamentally unobservable from the outside? Also, black holes affect things around them wi...

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