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by benefluence
Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1165515

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

As much of a ****show as AZ was, is there any evidence that it disproportionately affected Sanders voters, much less was orchestrated for the purpose? Sanders still needs to win 56.6% of the remaining delegates to have a pledged majority, and the biggest states remaining aren't very favorable to him...
by benefluence
Tue Dec 22, 2015 4:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1165515

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Given how carefully timed every incendiary statement is to maintain the media spotlight, I don't think Trump is any less deliberate about what he says than other candidates. I think he's just the only one willing to be openly hateful, bigoted, and grandiosely self-important. I have no idea if his ac...
by benefluence
Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there anything objective about morality?
Replies: 720
Views: 93647

Re: Is there anything objective about morality?

It's true that some creationists object to evolution because they feel "If evolution is true, then it leaves the universe without God as a clear correct source for a moral framework." I believe evolution is true, and I largely agree with them on that point. I'm just not bothered by it. (On...
by benefluence
Sun Jun 07, 2015 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there anything objective about morality?
Replies: 720
Views: 93647

Re: Is there anything objective about morality?

All the arguments for the existence of objective morality are about as bad as the arguments for the existence of God. A morality is a framework of value assessment for human action. Values are subjective. Full stop. There is no way to derive from any set of facts about the physical universe that one...
by benefluence
Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1165515

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

ahammel wrote:
Djehutynakht wrote:John Bush
Google suggests that this person is either the former lead singer of Anthrax or a mathematics professor at MIT.

That's the first time I've ever seen him referred to as 'John Bush' and not as 'Jeb Bush.' John, however, is apparently his actual given name. TIL.
by benefluence
Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664210

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

HELENA — A Montana lawmaker is seeking to strengthen the state’s indecent exposure law, stopping just short of his wish to outlaw yoga pants. ... Thankfully, the response to the bill was almost literally, "lol, no" Although members of the committee giggled about the bill, no discussion wa...
by benefluence
Thu May 01, 2014 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gay Activism & Trans Rights
Replies: 335
Views: 46000

Re: Gay Activism & Trans Rights

I was referring to something like pelvis structure, which is quite reliable, rather than size. And I wouldn't consider morphological examinations to be especially expensive, although they take time and expertise, and can potentially the incur the cost of transportation of remains. Regardless, point ...
by benefluence
Thu May 01, 2014 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gay Activism & Trans Rights
Replies: 335
Views: 46000

Re: Gay Activism & Trans Rights

... Or maybe the thousands of years of civilisation have fucked things up a bit, both in terms of what happens today and in terms of how we remember the past (for example you're always going to find that "men do the hunting" if you automatically assume that every body you find buried with...
by benefluence
Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:09 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Anybody familiar with Georgia State's CS PhD program?
Replies: 5
Views: 5606

Re: Anybody familiar with Georgia State's CS PhD program?

Thanks for the response. I'm aware of most of the concerns to consider, and xkcd certainly isn't the only place I'm asking for advice. The change of institutions is at worst lateral, probably a moderate upgrade. Is Atlanta somewhere I can envision living? see "a place I know essentially nothing...
by benefluence
Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:14 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Anybody familiar with Georgia State's CS PhD program?
Replies: 5
Views: 5606

Anybody familiar with Georgia State's CS PhD program?

I'm one year into a Computer Science PhD program, and my advisor just got a job at Georgia State University. I'm invited to follow him. I'm undecided, and one of my biggest apprehensions is that I would be committing to living and working in a place I know essentially nothing about. If anyone famili...
by benefluence
Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 69827

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

The way I've always though about the mirror one is that what the mirror actually does (a reflection across the plane of the mirror) is equivalent to a 180 degree rotation about the vertical axis of the mirror followed by a left-right reflection. We perform the rotation subconsciously because we see ...
by benefluence
Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: NP =? Co-NP question
Replies: 6
Views: 8446

Re: NP =? Co-NP question

Probably because of the definitions for NP and co-NP. :P I think you'll find the answer if you set out a definition for NP and complementation, and then try to prove it using those definitions. (Either that, or you will prove it!) I'm not sure that really addresses the confusion. There are two comm...
by benefluence
Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: NP =? Co-NP question
Replies: 6
Views: 8446

NP =? Co-NP question

*This is not a homework problem, just a personal question that arose while taking a computability course.* The class P is closed under complementation (P = co-P). A typical proof for this fact runs something like, "Given a polynomial solver for problem A, run it, and return the opposite of wha...

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