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by brenok
Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1671: "Arcane Bullshit"
Replies: 27
Views: 6932

Re: 1671: "Arcane Bullshit"

cellocgw wrote:From the "Too Lazy To Look It Up" Department:

Is this the first xkcd to feature an obscene word (at least, as defined by George Carlin in the title?


HES wrote:Nope, and nope.


For future reference, you can see all xkcd comic titles on the archive
by brenok
Mon Apr 18, 2016 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A rectangle with rounded edges is not an oval
Replies: 22
Views: 19458

Re: A rectangle with rounded edges is not an oval

gmalivuk wrote:
Cleverbeans wrote:
tckthomas wrote:EDIT: mine would be ellipse and not an oval

Don't forget to tell that girl you were mistaken.
tckthomas wasn't the OP, though.

Also, telling her about a mistake they made 6 years ago would be pretty strange.
by brenok
Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is math real?
Replies: 105
Views: 19871

Re: Is math real?

Of-course, none of these scenarios are realistic. But there is one extreme scenario which is realistic: When the brain - in it's entirety - stops functioning. Clearly, taking this massive 100 TeraByte, 10 PetaFlop computer out of the equation is a major game-breaker, don't you think? Not to mention...
by brenok
Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: List of All Laws of Nature
Replies: 199
Views: 44566

Re: List of All Laws of Nature

-If you want something useful you need to specify what features you're going for in the list. My only criteria is that the law cannot be broken. In the middle of a football match, I could just decide to punch another player even though there are rules prohibiting it. In contrast, I can never break ...
by brenok
Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Finite sequence, infinite average?
Replies: 5
Views: 2109

Re: Finite sequence, infinite average?

jseah wrote:Average number of coin tosses = infinite...
but at the same time P(finite number of coin tosses) = 1?
???

Does that seem more unintuitive than every natural number being finite, but the "average" number being infinite?
by brenok
Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Plural of "Octopus"
Replies: 89
Views: 63298

Re: Plural of "Octopus"

Mikemk wrote:Media is both, similar to deer.

Medium is not that uncommon a word.

Also, most of the time people use "data" as plural, even if accidentally. "I collected data" = "I collected pieces of information", not "I collected piece of information".
by brenok
Thu Feb 18, 2016 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Simple maths problem?
Replies: 9
Views: 3241

Re: Simple maths problem?

[(1+2)/3 ] ^ (45*67-89)
by brenok
Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Landing rockets upright is unnecessary?
Replies: 61
Views: 13568

Re: Landing rockets upright is unnecessary?

How would you propose getting the rocket body to the ground in a horizontal orientation when your engine's thrust vector is pointed along the rocket body's axis? You don't purposefully rotate it. You simply focus on reducing its acceleration and if it ends up not upright, oh well. Oh well, indeed. ...
by brenok
Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 46352

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

Extragorey wrote:Surely I'm not the only one here who noticed the connection with Star Wars,

It's not like it was mentioned on the very first post of the thread.
by brenok
Mon Dec 28, 2015 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1622: "Henge"
Replies: 28
Views: 8199

Re: 1622: "Henge"

What exactly is the "Manhattan thing"?
by brenok
Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 28589

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

There are sound reasons to rescue a girl rather than a man by default - a society where all the adults die off is in serious trouble; one where all the children die off is doomed. Are you sure about that? How many societies can survive with only children? Two adults can make a child in nine months,...
by brenok
Sun Nov 29, 2015 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: hotel infinity and countably infinite
Replies: 31
Views: 5756

Re: hotel infinity and countably infinite

No, what I mean both pi and e have very specific patterns, one could say infinite precision. You can't use a repeating pattern to turn one into the other. I don't have a rigorous proof though, that's what I intuitively thought about the problem. For instance, in decimal, pi=3.14159265... and e=2.712...
by brenok
Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: hotel infinity and countably infinite
Replies: 31
Views: 5756

Re: hotel infinity and countably infinite

Well, pi cannot be represented as e XOR any rational number. Every binary rational number will either become 111... or 000... after a while, and so all the other digits will be the same as e's, or their opposites. Edit: Wait, no, that's completely wrong. They will repeat, but it won't necessarially ...
by brenok
Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Physics of a Flat World
Replies: 15
Views: 8676

Re: Physics of a Flat World

Assuming its finite thickness, yes, there's an escape velocity. If it's infinite in extent (or at least large enough that we can discount the edge), though, gravity falls off linearly , rather than as 1/r², which makes rocketry effectively impossible - the rocket equation jumps the necessary fuel t...
by brenok
Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy
Replies: 162
Views: 27050

Re: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy

Many people seem to think that 8,000 tails in a row for a coin biased 70 to 30 towards heads is somehow so unlikely as to be almost, if not exactly, impossible. But it is perfectly possible to imagine a coin which is biased 70 to 30 for heads and which nevertheless has a high probability to give a ...
by brenok
Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: ███ █ ████! ███ █!
Replies: 66
Views: 5126

Re: ███ █ ████! ███ █!

Whizbang wrote:e

███'█ ████ ███████ ███ █████?
by brenok
Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy
Replies: 162
Views: 27050

Re: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy

I can't make sense of this program. The way it's written, it would get stuck on flip 6, and there is no way to get to flip 10 (where it would get stuck again)
by brenok
Sat Sep 12, 2015 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy
Replies: 162
Views: 27050

Re: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy

Okay, this is the part that I don't get... Suppose you have a prior that gives you: 99.9...three trillion 9s after the dot...9% Now here is the first problem I have. There is nothing that could possibly have this level of confidence. Literally nothing. Even if you had been throwing the coin a googl...
by brenok
Thu Sep 10, 2015 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy
Replies: 162
Views: 27050

Re: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy

Let's actually do the math. According to Bayes' theorem, https://upload.wikimedia.org/math/b/d/7/bd72cf0e5abae5ef0885ace7c1f29be5.png Now, if we take A = "the coin has 2 tails" and B = "the coin is tails 8000 times in a row". If we previously assume, with 99.9999% confidence, tha...
by brenok
Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 130233

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

speising wrote:the estimate's what?


markfiend wrote:
mscha wrote:

Code: Select all

% perl6 -e '"/usr/share/dict/words".IO.lines.pick(5).say'
calmy whig Rossville factiousness polytheism


I'd rather do it in bash:

Code: Select all

$ shuf -n5 /usr/share/dict/words
vitreous
estimate's
Mosul
jabbing
intones
by brenok
Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 130233

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I'll give credit to the coach for knowing Avogadro's number is not between one and ten.
by brenok
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 131601

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

commodorejohn wrote:Or you can, y'know, just ignore the commercials, which is all ad-block is.

Ignoring commercials doesn't deprive content-creators of income.
by brenok
Wed Aug 19, 2015 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Use of 20km tall "space elevator"?
Replies: 69
Views: 10661

Re: Use of 20km tall "space elevator"?

Tyndmyr wrote:
Just saying kevlar doesn't mean you can ignore the stupid amount of stresses involved here.

Yes, he used the wrong buzzword. Definitely should have said Carbon Nanotubes
by brenok
Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1562: "I in Team"
Replies: 43
Views: 11385

Re: 1562: "I in Team"

Phonetically, there's a /i/ in "team".
by brenok
Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 489280

Re: Favorite math jokes

Eebster the Great wrote:Yeah the joke is that 5!/2 = 60 is trivially easy to calculate, so of course it's even.

Or, more generally, that every factorial above 4 is even if divided by 2, since it has a factor of 4.
by brenok
Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:28 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0138: "Jupiter Submarine"
Replies: 33
Views: 26298

Re: What-If 0138: Jupiter Submarine

One does not simply combine two Greek words to form an English one. That's exactly how English words are formed. We don't "borrow" words from other languages, we track them down in dark alleys, hit them from behind, and go through their pockets for loose grammar. I'm sorry, I forgot to me...
by brenok
Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actually it's about ethics in research
Replies: 155
Views: 18928

Re: If brutal honesty is just meanness, isn't science and tr

Is there a point to this post? Is there anything more here than "You shouldn't say the first thing that pops on your head" with a clickbait title?
by brenok
Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Actually it's about ethics in research
Replies: 155
Views: 18928

Re: If brutal honesty is just meanness, isn't science and tr

If science is about trying to discern the truths of reality (or, to be more pedantic, at least approximating justifiable assumptions about the nature of reality through evidence and experimentation), is it fair to say that a purely logical, purely scientific or purely truth-based approach to life w...
by brenok
Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0137: "New Horizons"
Replies: 62
Views: 41323

Re: What-If 0137: New Horizons

mathmannix wrote:I do wonder if the question was inspired by the New Horizons comic, or if it was the other way around?

If Randall went back in time and retroactively made a comic about Robin's question? I find it unlikely, but it could have happened[1]

[1] It really, really couldn't
by brenok
Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What would a god have to do to convince you it's a god.
Replies: 41
Views: 11219

Re: What would a god have to do to convince you it's a god.

notzeb wrote:Permanently grant me immortality

How exactly do you test this one?
by brenok
Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Rethinking the Prisoner's Dilemma
Replies: 31
Views: 5735

Re: Rethinking the Prisoner's Dilemma

I guess something like: "If we are both perfect logicians and know we are perfect logicians, we will make always the same decision faced with the same data. So we either both cooperate or both defect, and it's better to both cooperate. I know it is better to cooperate and he knows I know it's b...
by brenok
Fri Jul 03, 2015 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: July 3rd, 2015 New York Times Puzzle
Replies: 14
Views: 5950

Re: July 3rd, 2015 New York Times Puzzle

I had seen the puzzle both in the Veritasium video mentioned and on the Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality fanfiction.

The idea also reminds me of the game called Zendo, although it involves geometric shapes and allows multiple guesses.
by brenok
Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1539: "Planning"
Replies: 56
Views: 13019

Re: 1539: "Planning"

Turing Machine wrote:100 million dead, and we still have to deal with this apologism. Holy shit.

WTF are you talking about?
by brenok
Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Evolution - it's a harsh world
Replies: 6
Views: 1445

Re: Evolution - it's a harsh world

This sounds interesting. I'm signing up.
by brenok
Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: fora fore fare fame game
Replies: 35
Views: 5176

Re: fora fore fare fame game

I do not know, but I believe there may be a more direct path
Spoiler:
Wank->Dank->Dunk->Dusk->Desk
by brenok
Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should religion be illegal for children?
Replies: 289
Views: 69495

Re: Should religion be illegal for children?

Fizz wrote:Christians have a proverb: You will know the tree by the fruit it bears. Letting kids grow up religious bears good fruit (and sometimes bad). So does letting kids grow up atheist. So why not leave them alone?

If only religious people could follow that last part...
by brenok
Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there anything objective about morality?
Replies: 720
Views: 93667

Re: Is there anything objective about morality?

Relative importance to what? See, the ambiguity here is the object that it is important to. Unspecified, it is likely that each person is talking about themselves. So person A thinks that sensory pleasure is more important to them. Person B thinks that nutrition is more important to them. And by &q...
by brenok
Sun May 31, 2015 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9222792

Re: Inspirations

Ubik wrote:I like stating obvious things.

You like stating obvious things.
by brenok
Sat May 30, 2015 12:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9222792

Re: To Mess With Friends

Magnanimous wrote:
PM 2Ring wrote:
lengthMustBeBetween3and30Chars wrote:humans are the apex predator on planet Earth
[citation needed ]

If you're judging predators by how many animals they kill, I bet humans aren't anywhere near the top.

I don't think there are any animals that humans didn't kill. How many predators can compare?
by brenok
Wed May 27, 2015 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the bee problem fixed now?
Replies: 37
Views: 7384

Re: Is the bee problem fixed now?

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