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- Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:22 am UTC
- Forum: Religious Wars
- Topic: Curly Brackets Go Where?
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### Re: Curly Brackets Go Where?

on a new line and indented, just as nature intended.

- Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:12 am UTC
- Forum: Religious Wars
- Topic: Tabs vs Spaces
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### Re: Tabs vs Spaces

I'm kind of in the middle about this one. I like the idea of tabs better conceptually, but I often end up wanting to align things a little more precisely, so I usually end up using spaces to avoid mixing the two.

- Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:05 am UTC
- Forum: Religious Wars
- Topic: The 1 true style
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### Re: The 1 true style

I use whitesmiths style because it makes sense . I honestly don't understand people who use allman style. It's like having a calendar where the days of the week are listed alphabetically. I mean, you could probably find any day just as fast but doesn't it make just a little more sense to put them in...

- Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:10 am UTC
- Forum: School
- Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
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### Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

Sometime last week one of my computer science professors (I have three xD) said something along these lines: "-so we're going to catch a s-t-d::-*class bursts into laughter*. What!? What is it? I demand an answer!". xD Ah, it was hilarious. The professor has a pretty thick Russian accent, ...

- Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:01 am UTC
- Forum: School
- Topic: College: How its different from high school.
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### Re: College: How its different from high school.

People will love you if you understand the hard stuff, even if you're a jerk :P (Unless they understand it too) There's a ton more free time and yet you somehow feel more busy. My favorite thing: Less homework, more projects. The biggest difference to me: Your schedule is different on different days...

- Sun Oct 05, 2008 7:56 am UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
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### Re: Other Languages You've Studied

...or maybe a constructed language. I'm not quite sure it qualifies as studying, but I actually created a constructed language. It's by no means as in depth as Tolkien's languages (and I am by no means an expert linguist), but it's something. Fun translated quotes =D "Yue lomana feia damae gi ...

- Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:55 am UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
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### Re: Other Languages You've Studied

I took Japanese for 3 years in high school (though my teacher probably wasn't the best). I have a decent understanding of the grammar but my vocabulary is pretty pathetic and getting worse since I'm not speaking it daily anymore. My favorite thing about Japanese is how well-defined the phonology is....

- Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:31 am UTC
- Forum: Serious Business
- Topic: Intuition and reason
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### Re: Intuition and reason

To yy2bggggs: Bravo! *applaud* I probably have something similar to say in regards to this but I'm tired. Sigh, I'm going to end up posting anyway =\ So far as logic is concerned, it's impossible to prove anything without assuming some basic truths, for example, the existence of definiteness. We can...

- Wed Aug 20, 2008 4:41 am UTC
- Forum: Serious Business
- Topic: Religion
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### Re: Religion

If this conversation turns toward Pascal's Wager one more time I think I'm going to fucking scream... ...What is your point? xD Rest assured, I have no desire to bring up Pascal's Wager. I was in the middle of editing my post when you responded (I was hoping I could be quick before anyone saw it, b...

- Wed Aug 20, 2008 3:47 am UTC
- Forum: Serious Business
- Topic: Religion
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### Re: Religion

Sorry, I did not mean the evangelicalese "Believe" that represents the following of the whole religion, I meant, "Do they really believe that every non Christian (or Muslim, for Muslims) really and truly will be burning forever in some kind of hell?". I know some who literally b...

- Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:26 pm UTC
- Forum: Serious Business
- Topic: Religion
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### Re: Religion

Judaism also has no eternal damnation.. how many religions that are not Christianity do believe in eternal damnation? Islam for one. Which together account for approximately 60% of the Earth's population. That is to say, there are more religious people that adhere to a faith with some version of da...

- Sun Aug 17, 2008 5:45 pm UTC
- Forum: Serious Business
- Topic: Religion
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### Re: Religion

And, while I don't believe it takes faith to believe that "if X is proven scientifically, X is true" (since empiricism, after all, is fairly common sense), Strictly speaking, even beliefs based on science require a certain degree of faith. All things considered true scientifically (and ma...

- Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:24 am UTC
- Forum: Serious Business
- Topic: Religion
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### Re: Religion

I just wandered upon this thread and decided to post my opinions about religion. I'm much too lazy to read through the entire thread, but I found this quote from the first page interesting. I'm not so much angry at the opinion as amazed at how entirely different two peoples' views can be. As a discl...

- Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:25 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Distance between a point and a plane in 4D
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### Re: Distance between a point and a plane in 4D

@skeptical scientist: Thanks, I think that cleared it up

- Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:57 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Distance between a point and a plane in 4D
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### Re: Distance between a point and a plane in 4D

@skeptical scientist: I'm having some trouble seeing how the summation approach could be used when both objects are non-points. Could you show me how it could be used in a simple example, let's say two lines in 3D? I can think of several easy ways that work for this specific case, but I'd li...

- Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:54 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Distance between a point and a plane in 4D
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### Re: Distance between a point and a plane in 4D

\sum_{i=1}^n \langle x,y_i \rangle x so this is the closest point in the plane spanned by y_1, \ldots, y_n to the point x . The same math can be used to find the distance between m and k dimensional lines/planes/hyperplanes in \mathbb{R}^n . I also like your method as a general solution, although I...

- Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:25 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Distance between a point and a plane in 4D
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### Re: Distance between a point and a plane in 4D

I'd like to express it in terms of vectors. In 3D I like N dot p = 0. I can't exactly do that in 4D though. What're the ways you're thinking of? Well, there's the way Robin S described above of using co-ordinate vectors. However, if you like the dot-product representation (and I personally do), the...

- Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:09 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Distance between a point and a plane in 4D
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### Re: Distance between a point and a plane in 4D

I assumed TheOrangeMan meant a linear hyperplane, in this sense. Why? To the OP: how are you defining your plane? That is, what formula do you use to determine whether or not a point is in the plane? There are at least two ways I can think of to do it, which will affect how you work out the answer....

- Sun Apr 27, 2008 12:46 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Distance between a point and a plane in 4D
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### Re: Distance between a point and a plane in 4D

I don't know of any special methods, but you could do it directly. The plane is 3-dimensional, so there is a unique 1-dimensional subspace L which is orthogonal to it. Hang on, what? First, I assumed that when TheOrangeMan asked about planes, they were of the usual, 2D variety. In that case, if the...

- Sun Apr 27, 2008 12:04 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Distance between a point and a plane in 4D
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### Distance between a point and a plane in 4D

How do you find the shortest distance between a point and a plane in four dimensions? That's it, I'm just curious.

Edit: For the record, I'm not talking about a hyperplane, but a regular, 2-dimensional plane.

Edit: For the record, I'm not talking about a hyperplane, but a regular, 2-dimensional plane.

- Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:13 am UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 0413: "New Pet"
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### Re: "New Pet" Discussion

b.i.o wrote:Ahahahaha. I lol'd .

ditto

- Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:20 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Geometry on a torus
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### Re: Geometry on a torus

I'm just dropping in to point out that in two dimensions it's more natural for gravity to fall off as 1/r, rather than 1/r^2. For the record, I was aware of this when I made this topic, but chose 1 / r 2 because, well frankly, I like it better and to hell with what's natural :D However, I also made...

- Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:57 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Geometry on a torus
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### Re: Geometry on a torus

I found that for two different points, the magnitude of the force does not converge and approaches infinity. I would tend to think that the forces converge. The Sum of 1/r^2 as r--> infinity converges to a rather interesting number, but it still converges. but since the force can act in any directi...

- Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:24 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Geometry on a torus
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### Re: Geometry on a torus

You raise a good point, I probably should have been more specific. I think it's probably best to start with the flat metric and proceed to more complicated things later, unless of course anybody can think of anything particularly interesting. Let's go with most of the assumptions we make in Euclidea...

- Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:52 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Geometry on a torus
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### Geometry on a torus

So yeah, just in general. I was thinking about this the other day. There's a wealth of information about spherical geometry and hyperbolic geometry, but not so much on toric geometry. I'm not even sure if that's the proper term, firefox says it's a spelling error. I think most people are intimidated...

- Sun Apr 06, 2008 5:11 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Why do people dislike maths so much?
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### Re: Why do people dislike maths so much?

I can't speak for other people, but what turned me off to math early on was arithmetic. The wrote memorization was simply tedious. The same went for algebra and trigonometry later. The memorization of processes and identities made me think that that was all math was about. But then I discovered cal...

- Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:53 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Why do people dislike maths so much?
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### Re: Why do people dislike maths so much?

For the record, I only read about the first two or three pages of this thread before making my post. Also I'm talking more about young people learning math early on (Math referring to everything most people associate with the subject including arithmetic) ie, elementary and middle schoolers. I think...