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by madd0ct0r
Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Coffee to the Max
Replies: 16
Views: 5681

Re: Coffee to the Max

sorry tomtom, only just got back online after moving house.

In your example, there is also the special case where the first player could 'block' the 2nd by placing in the middle of the city, forcing the 2nd player to overlap if he wants to place at all.
by madd0ct0r
Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Hairy Dieters
Replies: 0
Views: 4933

The Hairy Dieters

First episode up on iplayer. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00vq8c6 For those who haven't seen these guys in action before - they're chefs, bikers and Northern. Not quite vikings, but huge hearty eaters and drinkers. and that's the problem. They've both put on a bit of weight over the years. So th...
by madd0ct0r
Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: MSG safety?
Replies: 30
Views: 7350

Re: MSG safety?

just a wee note - parmasan cheese (and plenty of other italian ingrediants, but parmasan is the strongest) have very high levels of other glutamate salts.

I'm careful with my MSG intake, becuase of the sodium, not the other. Seriously, half a teaspoon in a vat of soup just makes it taste better.
by madd0ct0r
Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Kim Stanley Robinson, The Mars Trilogy
Replies: 22
Views: 27903

Re: Kim Stanley Robinson, The Mars Trilogy

i really liked it, espically as the focus gradually (over the books) gradually shifts from a tiny group of people trying to survive to the economics and politics driving humanity's accelerado across the solar system (and beyond)
by madd0ct0r
Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Tough Mudder
Replies: 27
Views: 20382

Re: Tough Mudder

Sytri wrote:I'm trying to gather a team Wales to do the run next September. Gives everyone a year of hard training and stuff :)



where in wales are you?
by madd0ct0r
Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Using Programming in Everyday Life
Replies: 24
Views: 14097

Re: Using Programming in Everyday Life

as a construction designer, being able to program was a damn useful skill on occasion. Working on site, it was less useful, but I still ended up writing a few excel sheets to track various things or iterate solutions quickly. Probability calcs and playing out game theory issues is a fun side of one ...
by madd0ct0r
Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Coffee to the Max
Replies: 16
Views: 5681

Re: Coffee to the Max

I'm starting to think brute force is the only way.

It's irritating. I can derive vector calcualtions for overlap, multiple overlaps (say 3 shops) and overhang, but that just gives the result for a particular layout.
by madd0ct0r
Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Tough Mudder
Replies: 27
Views: 20382

Re: Tough Mudder

honestly, for all of my snark, I'm actually starting to consider this for summer 2013. anyone want to take a brit up on the challenge?
by madd0ct0r
Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Health Infographics thread
Replies: 2
Views: 7171

Re: Health Infographics thread

while the stats are intresting - this is the kind of infogrpah that makes me bite my pencil.

Image

from http://www.disabled-world.com/disabilit ... bility.php
by madd0ct0r
Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assault in Mcdonalds over cyborg eyeglass
Replies: 80
Views: 12645

Assault in Mcdonalds over cyborg eyeglass

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/cyborg-professor-claims-assault-paris-mcdonald-digital-glasses-article-1.1116246 'Cyborg' professor claims assault at Paris McDonald's over digital glasses Steve Mann, described as 'the world’s first cyborg,' is the inventor of the EyeTap - which is permanently ...
by madd0ct0r
Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Tough Mudder
Replies: 27
Views: 20382

Re: Tough Mudder

madd0ct0r wrote: It's like a fitness equivalent of a car crash, you just can't look away.


:)
by madd0ct0r
Sat Jul 14, 2012 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Coffee to the Max
Replies: 16
Views: 5681

Re: Coffee to the Max

Drat, you're right - under the current prices, invasion is neutral - no profit but no cost. so you'd end up with matching stratergies

of course, that assumes the packing can be done perfectly with full rotational symmetry. I think the 'gaps' might destabalise the solution.
by madd0ct0r
Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Coffee to the Max
Replies: 16
Views: 5681

Re: Coffee to the Max

hmmm. Let's tighten this up somewhat. Let's say the city is a perfect circle (maybe constrained by a ring road) , R= 10km The effective influence of a coffee shop is 500m (beyond that, people won't walk) Cost of a opening a shop is constant at $1000 per year Profit from running a shop is a direct fu...
by madd0ct0r
Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Alien biology based on toxic/corrosive chemicals
Replies: 24
Views: 20655

Re: Alien biology based on toxic/corrosive chemicals

gah- clearly i need to brush my teeth less often - so put alien planet in orbit around binary system including specific type of red giant. Red giant is spewing out fluorine* into planet's orbit, and it all gets hoovered up by the planet, incidentally slightly poisoning the existing ecosystem. Red Gi...
by madd0ct0r
Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Health Infographics thread
Replies: 2
Views: 7171

Health Infographics thread

Disclaimer: As part of my day job I research and sometimes make infographics for a little health tech company. As part of this, I come across all sorts of interesting images and stats that deserve being shared even though they've nothing to do with me. Where the work is mine, or connected to a compa...
by madd0ct0r
Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Nerds In MMA
Replies: 38
Views: 31023

Re: Nerds In MMA

heh, although as LMGTFY gives me DNS errors the snark would have been secondary. I did practice ju-jitsu a long time back, but I've forgetten nearly all of beyond the elementary throws and pins, and a single kata I converted for the dance floor. In the early 1990s, practitioners of grappling based s...
by madd0ct0r
Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canadian Scientists March in Ottawa
Replies: 24
Views: 5038

Re: Canadian Scientists March in Ottawa

well, it's not just the reduced budget - there's also the muzzling of non-ideologically aligned statements - for a group of people based on info sharing and published results, that's a bit of a kick in the balls.
by madd0ct0r
Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Tough Mudder
Replies: 27
Views: 20382

Re: Tough Mudder

for those who don't know what he's talking about: http://toughmudder.com/

I looked at this years ago and spent about 5min pondering why on earth anyone would choose to do it? It's like a fitness equivalent of a car crash, you just can't look away.
by madd0ct0r
Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Alien biology based on toxic/corrosive chemicals
Replies: 24
Views: 20655

Re: Alien biology based on toxic/corrosive chemicals

how to get such a concentration of flourine though? Oxygen is far more common, slightly less reactive and also slightly heavier. hmmm A planet has flourine and oxygen, with the flourine getting bound up in salts on the surface and driving the oxygen off. Along comes a nova shockwave (or something) a...
by madd0ct0r
Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Coffee to the Max
Replies: 16
Views: 5681

Coffee to the Max

In a city of finite popualtion, constant popualtion density and radius R and where the distance a person is willing to walk for a coffee is equal to d, how can I maximise operating profits of my chain of coffee houses?

How about if I have a competitor?
by madd0ct0r
Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Suggestions for those trying to get in shape?
Replies: 30
Views: 24541

Re: Suggestions for those trying to get in shape?

Well, I now own a jump rope, but due to this fun, fun weather, it's all I can do to not overheat while sitting still (I don't have air conditioning, and I live on the second floor so even if I did my downstairs neighbor wouldn't be terribly fond of me jump roping inside). Therefore I haven't really...
by madd0ct0r
Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Nerds In MMA
Replies: 38
Views: 31023

Re: Nerds In MMA

What's BJJ - British Ju-Jitsu?
by madd0ct0r
Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Suggestions for those trying to get in shape?
Replies: 30
Views: 24541

Re: Suggestions for those trying to get in shape?

maybe his weight is about right but his fat percentage is too high?

in which case he needs to maintan weight but convert fat into muscle. - so pretty much any exercise, as long it gets you breathing hard and sweaty and you keep dong it long enough.
by madd0ct0r
Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: I am angry - yet another keeping-track-of-stuff-thread
Replies: 100
Views: 70436

Re: I am angry - yet another keeping-track-of-stuff-thread

handstand while leaning against a wall?

practice in a pool (maybe not with your toes)
by madd0ct0r
Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Pushups
Replies: 18
Views: 15476

Re: Pushups

sit ups.

sit ups with your arms straight out above your head

from standing up, try to sit down without using your hands. now stand up without using your hands. repeat.

- also climbing and yoga are really good for your core muscles.
by madd0ct0r
Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Limitations on Measuring Half-Lives
Replies: 15
Views: 4686

Re: Limitations on Measuring Half-Lives

how do you account for secondary products also decaying?

Is it a case of measure all decays for a while and then 'really quickly' try and work out what isotopes are now in the sample and work backwards?
by madd0ct0r
Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Clouds and aerosols
Replies: 10
Views: 2282

Re: Clouds and aerosols

Or watching the clouds pouring over the mountain ranges at dawn, or climbing up above and inversion and seeing the cloud laid out below you.

clouds are natures screensaver.
by madd0ct0r
Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rebooting the Computing Manufacturing Infrastructure
Replies: 56
Views: 9904

Re: Rebooting the Computing Manufacturing Infrastructure

2012, and all the world are suburbanites! really, go to any farm you fancy and you'll have people who know a LOT about how their tractors work, tolerances on parts and exactly where to smack it with a hammer to get stuff unstuck. The REALLY hard things to recreate (from an engineering standpoint) ar...
by madd0ct0r
Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Unusual Book Discussion Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 17868

Re: Unusual Book Discussion Thread

i remember an extremly fun book that presented everyday situations as formulae, with each variable having a look up table. Edit there we go: http://www.amazon.com/Geek-Logik-Foolproof-Equations-Everyday/dp/0761140212 Edit edit - since the amazon prevew has nothing intresting in it, this is (i think)...
by madd0ct0r
Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Imposter Puzzle
Replies: 69
Views: 19494

Re: Imposter Puzzle

that's clever...

a variant on that might be useful for checking if there's more then one thurn present at the meeting - they can't turn their telepathy off. So split the meeting down into pairs...
by madd0ct0r
Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Mental exercises to do while running
Replies: 8
Views: 8577

Re: Mental exercises to do while running

Have your next audio book you listen to while running be "Learn Chinese" (or insert whatever language you've been itching to learn). [sarcasm]May I also recommend pre-ordering some Google Glasses, so you can play Sudoku while running? Or perhaps play an AR game in which you are fleeing fr...
by madd0ct0r
Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: I am angry - yet another keeping-track-of-stuff-thread
Replies: 100
Views: 70436

Re: I am angry - yet another keeping-track-of-stuff-thread

well - if it gets you that wound up, yeah bollocks, it's not worth the stress. re the shoes - when i said it's habitual I meant it - hiking boots 9 months of the year, army boots when i was at school, steelies on construction sites. I like the 'spring' you get from a really stiff sole, but they are ...
by madd0ct0r
Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Nerds In MMA
Replies: 38
Views: 31023

Re: Nerds In MMA

laughing and wincing - defination of a good traning session.

Is it worth looking into MMA if you've only ever done pure -fu before?

I'm currently a beginner at vietnamese shaolin (i think, the master doesn't bother with belts), but I'm going to be moving soon and looking for a new thing to pick up.
by madd0ct0r
Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 475237

Re: Favorite home experiments

from the mythbusters episode dedicated to that - you want a sweet with a nice rough surface area for bubble formation.

It might have been those fzzy chews - which was sherbet wrapped in a sugar case. The case dissolves and then you get the fountain.
by madd0ct0r
Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Looking to improve my over all health, want to feel better
Replies: 10
Views: 8702

Re: Looking to improve my over all health, want to feel bett

Do any of you work out in the mornings, right after you wake up? I've tried to make that commitment so many times, but no luck. The reason I'm interested in eating better to sleep better is because I'm sick of being so damn tired in the mornings & having trouble waking up early. I'd love to be ...
by madd0ct0r
Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: I am angry - yet another keeping-track-of-stuff-thread
Replies: 100
Views: 70436

Re: I am angry - yet another keeping-track-of-stuff-thread

i suppose it goes without saying you'll want a good strong sports bra for the run... Shoes - your milage will vary. My preferred shoes for running are hiking boots but that's just habitual I suppose. also - really do try and keep eating small amounts regularly - otherwise your body ends up in starva...
by madd0ct0r
Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: MY WEIGHT!
Replies: 28
Views: 18256

Re: MY WEIGHT!

then post! kudos to all you guys and I'll also say this - sport is one of those things where for a LONG time it dosen't seem to be making any difference. Then suddenly you'll find everything gets easier. When i started kung fu i felt dead for the first month, but everyone said i was standing taller ...
by madd0ct0r
Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A prison with an infinite number of cells
Replies: 28
Views: 8798

Re: An prison with an infinite number of cells

do we need to work out the sequence of moving prisoners as well?
by madd0ct0r
Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I find reading boring. Please hear me out.
Replies: 43
Views: 48910

Re: I find reading boring. Please hear me out.

everyone goes through phases where they can't settle down and concentrate on anything for long. maybe you're too busy, too stressed or too uncomroftable in a place to read. dosen't matter. eventually you'll pick up a book out of desperation (train journey, long flight) and find your brain clicking b...

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