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by Naurgul
Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: <Please delete this>
Replies: 25
Views: 4475

Re: <Please delete this>

And now, the punchline:

After all these years, I can't remember at all to what end I made this thread and what the original content before the edit was.
by Naurgul
Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Am I back propagating correctly?
Replies: 13
Views: 8586

Re: Am I back propagating correctly?

About the number of hidden layers, there is a theoretical result suggesting that the one hidden layer is enough to approximate any function. Obviously, that doesn't necessarily mean that one layer is always optimal: sometimes having more layers will help convergence. As Jplus said, you should random...
by Naurgul
Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1546
Views: 347045

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Hi everyone. I'm looking for two games. I'd like a recommendation for a CRPG. Ideally, I would like something that is a bit on the older side, as my system is not so very good (Oblivion can barely run on my laptop, so pre-2006 or, at least, very easy on the hardware is probably best). I don't mind ...
by Naurgul
Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 215910

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

pistons9876 wrote:Step 1: Train machine learning algorithms to predict stock prices
Step 2: Profit


Overfitting, here we come!
by Naurgul
Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 170357

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

ucim wrote:What, fundamentally, is a bitcoin anyway? After you do calculations of "sufficient difficulty", you get "rewarded" with a bitcoin... by whom?


By consensus of a network that is following the bitcoin protocol.
by Naurgul
Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Can someone write me an algorithm?
Replies: 8
Views: 1823

Re: Can someone write me an algorithm?

Tada:

Code: Select all

import body, mind, random
thingsPeopleMightNotice = body.getBodyParts() + mind.getPersonalityTraits()
print random.choice(thingsPeopleMightNotice)


I'll show myself out now.
by Naurgul
Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Combinatorial game with infinite width game-tree
Replies: 26
Views: 3391

Re: Combinatorial game with infinite width game-tree

No matter what, you'll have to place some limits on what numbers the computer can place. Now, to the issue at hand: even if the available moves at each position are not infinite but just a large number, you still have a huge problem. You'll have a combinatorial explosion in your hands if you try to ...
by Naurgul
Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 170357

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

It seems to me that bicoin acts more like a commodity or future than currency. So in summary, I think it is vulnerable to the same kinds of things that affect the commodity market as opposed to currency problems. (inflation, devaluation) Agreed. I said something to that effect on the previous page:...
by Naurgul
Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 170357

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

If it went up and down by 50-100% every day, I would hardly call it a stock. :mrgreen:
by Naurgul
Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 170357

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

I agree that the price didn't really crash but I disagree with this notion: Either way, Mt. Gox is prone to market manipulations. It's not Mt. Gox specifically that is vulnerable to market manipulations, it's Bitcoin as a whole. Since a large percentage of all existing Bitcoins are in the hands of a...
by Naurgul
Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [EUR] Continental Europe!
Replies: 205
Views: 207111

Re: Europe..?

Put me under "would like to come but unsure whether they can make it". I will still be in Amsterdam in June so there's no need to set up accommodations or anything of the sort.
by Naurgul
Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: List searching Java
Replies: 6
Views: 7465

Re: List searching Java

I am not aware of a class that can do this automatically for you. The simplest way to do this is to sequentially traverse the list and keep all entries that satisfy your search criterion. If you want to be more efficient than that, you would need to index or change your data structure. For example, ...
by Naurgul
Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 170357

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

Posterior probabilities, how do they work? :mrgreen:

But seriously, when is the crash coming? I feel intimidated just looking at the current curve.
by Naurgul
Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 170357

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

I fail to see the point. You are comparing the total value of gold with the total value of all economies on the planet? I'm not sure I get why a good store of value would need to cover a big percentage of that. I never claimed that gold is such a good store of value that it's better to stop everythi...
by Naurgul
Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: A Book About the Internet
Replies: 2
Views: 5743

Re: A Book About the Internet

The Tanenbaum book is considered the standard introductory textbook on the subject, I believe. It's not that hard to follow, as far as I remember. As an aside, it includes the most smartass quote about bandwidth: Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the hi...
by Naurgul
Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 170357

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

Yes, gold mining wastes resources. This is one of the reasons why gold is not a significant way to store value in this day and age. I hope Bitcoin fails because the effort of mining exceeds the value of the mined bitcoins but honestly I don't see it happening. Gold is much more difficult to carry a...
by Naurgul
Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 170357

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

Gold mining also wastes resources if you think about it like that. If the utility of bitcoin as a store of value or medium of exchange exceeds the effort required to "mine" it, then it will be mined and it's a net benefit. There's so many valid criticisms of bitcoin, why focus on this part...
by Naurgul
Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.
Replies: 426
Views: 163733

Re: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.

Spark RPG . I played this with Jason (the designer) at GenCon a few years back when it was still in its early stages. I had a good time with it, especially for such an early draft. It had its rough edges, but there was definitely something there. I'm excited to see what the final product is like. B...
by Naurgul
Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 170357

Re: Bitcoin : Where tin it fail ?

I don't think this is the problem. Bitcoin is more like a finite resource than a currency. As a medium of exchange, it has the same strengths and weaknesses as gold, for example. If you're in the camp of people who think gold can be a good currency, then you'll also think bitcoins will make a good c...
by Naurgul
Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2633
Views: 479782

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Picked up the Binding of Isaac expansion for $.75. If only I had waited a bit I would have had the main game for that much as well. Oh well. Fun game, though the lack of descriptions on a lot of items is annoying. I think the wiki is indispensable unless you enjoy being frustrated in not knowing wh...
by Naurgul
Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1546
Views: 347045

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Me and a few buddies of mine (4-6 people in total) like to spend 1-2 hours every other night gaming (on the PC). It's been a few months since we have started this habit and we're quickly running out of games. Here's a list of games we've played these past few months: ⋅  Team Fortress 2 coo...
by Naurgul
Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8641
Views: 1604847

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

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I wonder what I was dreaming to prompt that. I hope it wasn't the Marx versus Rothbard fight to the death again.
by Naurgul
Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 920
Views: 214269

Re: Board games anyone?

Best casual game: Dixit. Indeed. Everyone I have played it with that plays it once always wants a second go. It really is pretty nice. I was glad to see that it doesn't wane too fast with subsequent plays even as everyone knows all the cards. Already thinking about getting an expansion and that's p...
by Naurgul
Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1546
Views: 347045

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I was wondering if this would come up, because after posting I realised I was describing an (action) RPG. I don't think it's too fast but the fact of the matter is that I think I have played it enough already and I can't get back to it again. Oh, by the way, I started playing die2nite . It's way les...
by Naurgul
Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1546
Views: 347045

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Battle for Wesnoth seems promising. In the same vein, I suppose Heroes of Might and Magic would be a good choice. A big map with us humans battling against an overwhelming computer force. As for Magicka, I have tried the demo and found it too chaotic and fast-paced for my liking. :( I've been thinki...
by Naurgul
Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1546
Views: 347045

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I'm probably just describing a game that doesn't and won't ever exist, but I've got to give it a try anyway: I'm looking for a game I can casually play every day or every other day for small amounts of time (30-120 minutes). I don't have a preference on genre but I'd like if it was multiplayer and p...
by Naurgul
Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Microscope - fractal gaming
Replies: 3
Views: 2102

Re: Microscope - fractal gaming

I've heard some really good things about it, but I'm reluctant to buy without trying it first. Is there any sort of demo out there? Alternatively, can we arrange an online game? (that pbf game you linked to seems out of spots).
by Naurgul
Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mikhail Gorbachev lambasts Vladimir Putin's 'sham' democracy
Replies: 10
Views: 1435

Re: Mikhail Gorbachev lambasts Vladimir Putin's 'sham' democ

Diadem wrote: Well, Russia did get a lot less powerful under his rule. But it's not like that is his fault.

I guess it's correlation, that's probably how the common sentiment works. It doesn't matter how much he caused it; if he was in the wrong place in the wrong time, people will hate him for it.
by Naurgul
Fri Feb 11, 2011 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Great Recommendation Thread (Movie, TV, Anime, Cartoon)
Replies: 292
Views: 154771

Re: I need an anime recommendation

You forgot to mention that Berserk has terrible animation. And the OP stated he doesn't like that. :P
by Naurgul
Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1546
Views: 347045

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

No Thanks and Dixit seem good and both fulfil your requirements.
by Naurgul
Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Great Recommendation Thread (Movie, TV, Anime, Cartoon)
Replies: 292
Views: 154771

Re: I need an anime recommendation

As far as series go, I second Ghost in the Shell. It's really good (and serious too). Also, I suggest watching Mononoke and the Rurouni Kenshin OAV1. Consider watching FLCL too, for something lighter. I think any one of the Fullmetal Alchemist series and Rurouni Kenshin are generally worth it too, b...
by Naurgul
Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1546
Views: 347045

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I'm afraid I'm just stating the obvious, but what about Fallout 1/2? This part. (don't give me the classics like baldur's gate played with autopause, or fallout ) Though your Might and Magics would work. Arcanum, not so much as it does the same kinda trickery that Baldur's Gate does, only moreso in...
by Naurgul
Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1546
Views: 347045

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I'm afraid I'm just stating the obvious, but what about Fallout 1/2?

Also, the Might and Magic series, Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, the Eschalon series...
by Naurgul
Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Game Master/Dungeon Master Conference Hall
Replies: 216
Views: 41663

Re: Game Master/Dungeon Master Conference Hall

As you say, things will definitely be taken off the railroad tracks. You should accommodate your players not only for inconsequential stuff (like you say in the inn/tavern example) but also stuff that affects the story. Try to maintain your poker face if they do something that completely messes up e...
by Naurgul
Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout: New Vegas : It's Anti-Materiel. Not Material.
Replies: 613
Views: 84205

Re: Fallout: New Vegas : It's Anti-Materiel. Not Material.

Yes, Fallout 2. It was too colourful to be from Fallout 1 anyway.
by Naurgul
Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Bestest Movie/Anime/TV soundtracks
Replies: 35
Views: 4349

Re: Bestest Movie/Anime/TV soundtracks

This is the perfect thread for me, because I listen to soundtracks a lot, probably more than regular musicians/bands. There's something about tying music to another experience that makes it more memorable and enjoyable to me. As far as animé are concerned, I really enjoy listening to the old Fullmet...
by Naurgul
Sat Nov 13, 2010 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout: New Vegas : It's Anti-Materiel. Not Material.
Replies: 613
Views: 84205

Re: Fallout: New Vegas

Thank you, pseudo. Does anyone have a recommendation on which to play for a trial run? Like is Fallout terrible compared to 2, or visa versa? Having played both of them recently for the first time, I'd say start with FO1. It's shorter and I think kinda more forgiving in the start of the game. Also,...
by Naurgul
Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 216
Views: 63606

Re: Dexter

There is totally something up with the babysitter. She is getting too much camera time to be just a nanny At this point, they probably would have shown something about her if there was a twist coming, some foreboding if you will. They haven't. I think it's just a convenient character to allow Dexte...
by Naurgul
Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 920
Views: 214269

Re: Board games anyone?

The trick is sealed gates and monster surges. New gates won't open every turn. The more gates are open, the more probable is that there is a monster surge. As bad as that seems, it's preferable to having one more gate to open. Also, once in a while, if you seal a few gates, the game will tell you to...
by Naurgul
Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 920
Views: 214269

Re: Board games anyone?

the professor (only viable spellcaster, to kill the high-level monsters) I just feel the need to comment on this, as every group I've seen has played this guy wrong at some point, and it sounds like you guys are too. His Sanity-loss-stopping ability does not work with spells, because spells do not ...

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