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by posiduck
Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0778: "Scheduling"
Replies: 159
Views: 45711

Re: "Scheduling" discussion (#778)

Faranya wrote:
Let's take comic 716 for instance. The man in the comic is not an actor on set of a time-travel based movie, he is a real person in a reality where time travel is possible.


The man in comic 716 is actually fictional.
by posiduck
Tue Mar 13, 2007 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Terror Island / Mere Happenings
Replies: 28
Views: 11874

I started a new comic, but I figured rather than starting a new thread, I would just link it here.
by posiduck
Sat Dec 30, 2006 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: An essay on comedy in comics
Replies: 2
Views: 3351

An essay on comedy in comics

I have a webcomics blog, called Wax Intellectual, and I wrote a thing on comedy in comics, that I thought I would share.

It is a somewhat length article.
by posiduck
Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Eww, sketches
Replies: 5
Views: 4296

webcomicsnation.com has free hosting.
by posiduck
Mon Nov 20, 2006 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Terror Island / Mere Happenings
Replies: 28
Views: 11874

I forgot to check out the art and links forum more often. I didn't realize people had been posting to this thread. Thank you all for enjoying the comc. I Think Ben does the forum avatar thing when people declare their affiliation in the faction thread. And, umm, if you see where images on people's a...
by posiduck
Sun Oct 08, 2006 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: More fun with paradoxes
Replies: 48
Views: 22041

Paradoxes are never paradoxes. Really. How's that not a paradox? If no paradoxes exist then the statement is coherent. "For each paradox, it is not a paradox." Similarly, "for each married bachelor, I am the pope". actually, in "For each married bachelor, I am the pope"...
by posiduck
Sun Oct 08, 2006 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Devil's Quarter Game
Replies: 87
Views: 39449

You can still lose if you play perfectly, or so i'm told in the movie 'A Beautiful Mind'. I also heard that the guy then went on to create a version of the game that wasn't flawed. Regardless of that, it depends on the size and shape of the table. It could have some number of coin sized lumps on th...
by posiduck
Sat Sep 30, 2006 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Devil's Quarter Game
Replies: 87
Views: 39449

Note that the rules say that the quarters may not overlap or hang off the edges, but they may touch. A possible way of dealing with the Devil: If he is a perfect player, he'll have put his coin at the EXACT center. But if there is any leeway at all, you can beat him. So when you put down your next ...
by posiduck
Sat Sep 30, 2006 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Cancer Test
Replies: 11
Views: 8483

Many people get confused by the 80%, and use it in the wrong way in their calculations.
by posiduck
Sat Sep 30, 2006 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Devil's Quarter Game
Replies: 87
Views: 39449

Oort wrote:Does it matter what shape the table is? (ie, rectangualr, square, or circular?)



The shape can matter.
by posiduck
Thu Sep 28, 2006 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 156376

I didn't think mathworld was going to back me up on this one... but here you are: http://mathworld.wolfram.com/RepeatingDecimal.html A repeating decimal, also called a recurring decimal, is a number whose decimal representation eventually becomes periodic (i.e., the same sequence of digits repeats ...
by posiduck
Thu Sep 28, 2006 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: More fun with paradoxes
Replies: 48
Views: 22041

Re: More fun with paradoxes

Not necessarily. The difference could be seen if your formal system did not allow self-referential statements, which yours is. However, if it allows statements that refer to other statements, which a sufficiently complex system must, then the two-sentence statement is a legal statement. Amusing, I'...
by posiduck
Thu Sep 28, 2006 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 156376

Proof #1 For any two unique real numbers, it is possible to pick another real number between them. In the case of 0.999... and 1, it is impossible to pick another number in between them. Therefore they must be the same number. A good proof, but in fairness to your much-lengthier Proof #2, I suppose...
by posiduck
Thu Sep 28, 2006 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 156376

but you weren't suggesting a different way of showing it, you were disagreeing with it.
by posiduck
Thu Sep 28, 2006 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 156376

I wasn't ignoring the ... I was just being lazy when I put my last message up. I am going to just have to chalk this one up to math being taught to going from right to left instead of the reverse. I don't mean to be overharsh in my comments, but the way in which you respond to the things we are say...
by posiduck
Wed Sep 27, 2006 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 156376

the problem Andy is that you can't have the number with failure to terminate on the lefthand side. at least not without specifying a different system of numbers from normal
by posiduck
Wed Sep 27, 2006 5:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: My preferred method of following Megatokyo...
Replies: 30
Views: 11891

Do those show specifically which of the webcomics I read have updated since the last time I checked? It's pretty convenient for me to see a short list of comics that updated since two hours ago, rather than go through a list of comics that update on Tuesdays to see which ones are new. So you desire...
by posiduck
Wed Sep 27, 2006 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 156376

Sorry, there is no covincing by saying something the same way repeatedly. Would this also mean that 0.666... and 0.667 are equal by the same reasoning. Marrow, the reasoning works like this: x=.999... 10x=9.999... 10x-x=9.999...-.999... 9x=9 x=1 So, let's look at it with .666... x=.666... 10x=6.666...
by posiduck
Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Long Links and Forum Etiquette: the Hidden Story
Replies: 29
Views: 11347

Ephphatha wrote:True, but anything is better than that MM-DD-YYYY thing the americans seem to love.


MYDYMDYY would be worse
by posiduck
Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Cube Factory, and a Variant
Replies: 28
Views: 12209

So, any quote from you is out of context post-snapping?
by posiduck
Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Cube Factory, and a Variant
Replies: 28
Views: 12209

What context did that quote of yours require that Factitious didn't include?
by posiduck
Tue Sep 26, 2006 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 156376

this isn't a case of rounding. It is a mathematical fact without rounding.
by posiduck
Mon Sep 25, 2006 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Newcombian philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 29061

Because the boxes get filled before you make your choice. If there is a million in box b, then you get more by taking both boxes. If not, then you get money rather than no money by taking both boxes.
by posiduck
Mon Sep 25, 2006 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Newcombian philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 29061

The boxes are filled prior to the choice. There are only two ways the boxes can be filled. If the boxes are filled one way, taking both gets you more money. If the boxes are filled the other way, taking both gets you more money. So, however the boxes are filled, taking both boxes gets you more money.
by posiduck
Tue Sep 19, 2006 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Newcombian philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 29061

I'd flip a coin to decide whether to take just B or A&B. He has read my intentions at this point and I haven't actually intended to take both boxes, so box B contains the full $1,000,000. Then either the coin dictates that I take both boxes and get $1,001,000 or I just take box B and get $1,000...
by posiduck
Sat Sep 16, 2006 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Newcombian philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 29061

So, in philosophy, we tend to talk about different logical modalities. So, consider some proposition P. And let's say that P is true (make P a truth like the one expressed by "Some bachelors have brown hair") P is true. However we can ask questions about P such as: "Must it be the cas...
by posiduck
Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Newcombian philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 29061

I agree with everything you said except your definition of omniscience. If I say "it will rain tomorrow" and then it does, that doesn't mean I knew it would rain tomorrow. There are statements about the future which are true. For example: a) the sun will go nova tomorrow, b) the sun will ...
by posiduck
Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Newcombian philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 29061

Omniscience isn't a special problem. I think it is true now what the weather will be tomorrow. And it isn't god knowing that causes the problem, its the "being set in stone" aspect you guys are disliking. However, there are truths about the future which are true already. Some of them are a...
by posiduck
Thu Sep 14, 2006 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Newcombian philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 29061

That is not true. Foreknowledge does not necessarily exclude freedom. Heh. Love this one. If two things are completely indistinguishable then they are the same thing, correct? Please point out one way in which these two things are distinguishable, one way in which free will changes the state of the...
by posiduck
Thu Sep 14, 2006 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: English Officer
Replies: 33
Views: 16503

Also, the god of dreams wouldn't let someone die on his watch.
by posiduck
Thu Sep 14, 2006 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Newcombian philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 29061

what if the alien knows for certain that you will choose to act that way of your own volition?
by posiduck
Thu Sep 14, 2006 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Monty Hall Problem [solution discussion]
Replies: 68
Views: 25817

Odds of guessing correctly on first guess: 1 in 3. If you guess incorrectly and switch: you are guaranteed to win. If you guess correctly and switch: you are guaranteed to lose. So, if you always switch: 1/3 of the time: you guess right, switch, and lose. 2/3 of the time: you guess wrong, switch, a...
by posiduck
Thu Sep 14, 2006 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Newcombian philosophy
Replies: 104
Views: 29061

That is not true. Foreknowledge does not necessarily exclude freedom.
by posiduck
Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Monty Hall Problem
Replies: 116
Views: 52843

EndofEternity wrote:according to my quick tree diagram... you have equal probability if you switch or not.


Check out the solution discussion thread to see other people's takes on it.
by posiduck
Tue Sep 12, 2006 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0154: "Beliefs"
Replies: 149
Views: 56812

For the Schroedinger parallel, I believe one has to introduce an element akin to the radioactive decay that is present in the cat-torture box you mention. Its not that "throw a cat in a box, close it, now you can't tell if the cat is alive or dead." There's more to it than just being outsi...
by posiduck
Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Cancer Test
Replies: 11
Views: 8483

Something like 95% of people can't figure out basic implication if you give them the example like this: There are several cards each of which has a number on one side and a letter on the other. You see these four cards: [4] [e] [k] [7] Which cards do you need to check to see if this rule is followed...
by posiduck
Tue Sep 12, 2006 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0154: "Beliefs"
Replies: 149
Views: 56812

Re: Harumph

Teaching Creationism slash Intelligent Design in the classroom at the core isn't an issue of science versus religion, it's more an extension of the fear many religious institutes have that if entirely removed from the public school environment—one of the few places we're all forced to go for many...
by posiduck
Tue Sep 12, 2006 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: English Officer
Replies: 33
Views: 16503

Have you read the book about N chinese brothers (for some N, maybe 5 or 7) and each one was immune to a specific type of execution, so one couldn't be burned, and one had an un cuttable kneck, etc. Except one of them had no super powers, or whatever, and he got arrested, so the book was them all swa...
by posiduck
Tue Sep 12, 2006 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Monty Hall Problem
Replies: 116
Views: 52843

Because everyone knows you can get better winnings from "Press Your Luck", so the situation shouldn't come up. The car is probably a dodge dart or something anyways.
by posiduck
Tue Sep 12, 2006 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: English Officer
Replies: 33
Views: 16503

Is the thing that is wrong with the story that it doesn't do much in the way of character development?

Because if so, that's kind of harsh, it is brief, and exemplifies one of the four major narrative conflicts: man versus freak dream-related death.

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