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by Six Fingers
Tue Jan 08, 2013 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Anybody know the name for this?
Replies: 4
Views: 1066

Anybody know the name for this?

Awhile ago I read that its bad reasoning to write proofs off patterns. Like for example prime numbers have a pattern up to 100, but you shouldn't write a proof from that (because the pattern stops after 100). Anyway...is there a name for this? Like "the rule of something or other"? I found...
by Six Fingers
Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Perl Communication Across a Network
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Perl Communication Across a Network

I wrote this Perl program that checks to see whether or not a number is prime. The program works fine, but if the number I'm checking is any larger than about 17 digits it starts to get real slow. I figure if I want to run larger numbers, I'm going to have to distribute the workload on a home networ...
by Six Fingers
Sun Jul 04, 2010 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is it just me, or does the average guy really suck at math?
Replies: 57
Views: 8420

Re: Is it just me, or does the average guy really suck at ma

Kids are not taught that math can be fun/cool. All the adults I knew approached math like they approached vegetables: "I know you hate it...but its good for you." Its for this very reason that I hated math until I started studying it outside of school. We wonder why the average person does...
by Six Fingers
Thu May 27, 2010 5:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Worst Dreams Ever
Replies: 100
Views: 15900

Re: Worst Dreams Ever

I get Sleep Paralysis pretty bad sometimes and once dreamed I stepped out of my body to grab a baseball bat. I was trying to defend my sleeping body from the Old Hag. I've had dreams of eating glass and vomiting blood, cutting out my own eyes...Standing over a pit of bodies waiting to be shot, stuck...
by Six Fingers
Thu May 27, 2010 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What have you broken in the lab?
Replies: 48
Views: 7447

Re: What have you broken in the lab?

Yay for the stock room, I work there too! Haven't broken anything too expensive. Did have the bottom fall out of an Erlenmeyer flask once though when I was washing it. The glass end just popped off perfectly. It was so bizarre I kept the thing. :/
by Six Fingers
Thu May 27, 2010 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Angels and Demons
Replies: 55
Views: 14660

Angels and Demons

I was thinking the other day about theology, and how christianity says that if you encounter a spirit you should try and determine whether it is good or evil. Whether or not it could actually happen is irrelevent - but it did sound suspiciously like a variation of knights and knaves, so i'm going to...
by Six Fingers
Wed May 12, 2010 4:32 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's Cool To Do With A Physics Degree?
Replies: 10
Views: 2765

Re: What's Cool To Do With A Physics Degree?

Holy crap! I had no idea so many people felt this way! lol. Bookmarked the link above, and saved if for whenever I have a shitty day. :D
by Six Fingers
Mon May 10, 2010 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Good Stories About Revenge
Replies: 14
Views: 4910

Re: Good Stories About Revenge

Was thinking about this again recently. Forgot to mention The Prestige. Gods how could I forget that movie? I must have seen it a dozen times....
by Six Fingers
Mon May 10, 2010 10:32 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's Cool To Do With A Physics Degree?
Replies: 10
Views: 2765

Re: What's Cool To Do With A Physics Degree?

Thank you all so much for your responses! So fermilab...Working there would be awesome because I have a thing for particles, but I'd be lying if I said it didn't make me a little nervous. Like, why would they hire me ? I was under the conception that you had to be some sort of super-genius magna cum...
by Six Fingers
Thu May 06, 2010 6:27 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's Cool To Do With A Physics Degree?
Replies: 10
Views: 2765

What's Cool To Do With A Physics Degree?

So i'm thinking about switching my major...But what is cool to do jobwise once I get a degree? Chances are I won't be working for Fermilab... become a teacher? I just don't know what to apply it to once school is over.
by Six Fingers
Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Question About Accents
Replies: 9
Views: 1838

Question About Accents

If a British couple moves to the United States, and they have a kid, does the child grow up with a British, or American accent...or something in between?
by Six Fingers
Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Prince Albert - An Old Prank Revisited
Replies: 3
Views: 751

Prince Albert - An Old Prank Revisited

Lately I've been thinking about making a few random calls that go something like this:

Do you have Prince Albert?
In a can?
No...in your pants!

And then wait for the confused awkard silence that you know will happen with at least a few of the calls.
by Six Fingers
Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What Slang Do You Use At Work?
Replies: 20
Views: 6370

What Slang Do You Use At Work?

The other day I started thinking of weird slang i've used in some of my jobs, and I'd like to hear some from other people. Like Hollywood Video used to do this thing called "Suncoasting", which was a way of arranging their DVDs. Employees would put one video with the cover facing outward, ...
by Six Fingers
Sat Mar 13, 2010 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fireball Island
Replies: 8
Views: 1986

Re: Fireball Island

by Six Fingers
Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fireball Island
Replies: 8
Views: 1986

Fireball Island

lol. Does anyone remember this game?
by Six Fingers
Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Do/Until Statements
Replies: 11
Views: 1483

Do/Until Statements

The more classic conditional statements work like so: Do/While Execute X while the conditions of Y are met. If/Then If X conditions are met, then execute Y But...I wish there was a conditional statement that worked like this: Do/Until Execute X until Y condition is met. Has anyone seen a programming...
by Six Fingers
Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding Newbie
Replies: 12
Views: 1691

Re: Coding Newbie

I started out with Visual Basic and C++, but last week I started fooling around with Perl, and honestly, I wish I had started there. Maybe you don't know this, but a lot of concepts are the same no matter which language you pick. For example, most languages have "If/Then" statements - or s...
by Six Fingers
Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Comic 576
Replies: 6
Views: 2717

Re: Comic 576

Hmmm...Maybe AHK might help? AHK is macro software (Like you can record your keystrokes and mouse movements/clicks and play them back later). Maybe you could write a program in some another language to randomize what things to buy and then have it execute an AHK script that opens up the webpage, ent...
by Six Fingers
Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Is C++ Getting Phased Out?
Replies: 67
Views: 8274

Is C++ Getting Phased Out?

It seems like schools aren't teaching C++ anymore. I don't know if this is because the classes i've taken are of an "intro to programming" nature - and the schools feel that something like Perl would be better suited for beginners, or the language itself is becoming obsolete. Does anyone e...
by Six Fingers
Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Facebook Engineering Puzzles
Replies: 16
Views: 4877

Facebook Engineering Puzzles

Hope nobody's posted this yet, but Facebook has a few programming puzzles you might find interesting. They're listed under the "careers" section because I guess some of the people that solve them get hired to code for Facebook. Whether you're looking to get hired or not, they're still fun,...
by Six Fingers
Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 228292

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

Look for obscenely large prime numbers and submit them to the EFF for prize money. :D
by Six Fingers
Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:08 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Subjects you wish you were good at?
Replies: 87
Views: 11291

Re: Subjects you wish you were good at?

I enjoy math, but i'm hardly any good at it. I got a D in college trig, and failed calculus completely. :( I've decided to try and study it on my own for a little while just to save myself the embarassment of failing another class. Keep on trucking I guess. :/
by Six Fingers
Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:04 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Does Anybody Study Prosthetics???
Replies: 2
Views: 741

Does Anybody Study Prosthetics???

I'm 26 years old with my associates degree, and it seems like nobody my age is studying for the same thing. Don't get me wrong, a lot of people find it fascinating and useful (if not a bit obscure), but I haven't met a single person at school or otherwise who has the same career goals. Its frustrati...
by Six Fingers
Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Good Stories About Revenge
Replies: 14
Views: 4910

Good Stories About Revenge

Here's what I got so far:

The Cask of Amontillado
Dollan's Cadillac
Titus Andronicus
Hamlet

Old Boy was a really good revenge movie, if you can get past the perversity and subtitles (It was origionally in korean).
by Six Fingers
Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:50 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books about real-life cops
Replies: 2
Views: 1389

Re: Books about real-life cops

You should read a book called "What Cops Know" by Connie Fletcher. Its a ton of really short stories about what kinds of street knowledge that cops/dispatchers/paramedics pick up over the years. I give it an A+.
by Six Fingers
Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Godel, Escher Bach: Foreign Language Puzzle
Replies: 15
Views: 15864

Re: Godel, Escher Bach: Foreign Language Puzzle

Hmmm...Sounds interesting! I grabbed my copy of GEB and I couldn't find it, different publicacion maybe? Anyhow, I fiddled around with the phoenician alphabet for awhile, and I believe it has a common ancestry with the Samaratin language. If you want, take a look at the similarities here: http://kol...
by Six Fingers
Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: The tortoise in G.E.B. is a dick
Replies: 5
Views: 2104

Re: The tortoise in G.E.B. is a dick

He gets his friend stuck in a painting too. And never says sorry. :/
by Six Fingers
Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books/series you'll never read again
Replies: 33
Views: 7287

Re: Books/series you'll never read again

The Xanth series, hands down. Its funny because I was actually thinking about this the other day while I was digging through the collection. I was like whoo-hoo! I found one of my Xanth books! And as I was settling down for a beautiful nostalgic moment, disaster struck. About three or four pages in ...
by Six Fingers
Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: If You Could Have Anyone Read You A Story...
Replies: 24
Views: 4514

If You Could Have Anyone Read You A Story...

I'd want Brian Warner to read me some of the origional Grimm fairy tales. For some reason, I think he'd be cool with this. I also think it would be awesome to have James Earl Jones or Morgan Freeman to read me a bedtime story - it wouldn't matter what - they both have really soothing voices. :D
by Six Fingers
Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Everyone's Connected...Wait, What?
Replies: 20
Views: 2163

Everyone's Connected...Wait, What?

From time to time I hear people throw around this interesting but totally ambiguous phrase, and It seems like everyone I ask gives me a different interpretation. Some of the explanations that I've heard: The six degrees of separation thing: where you know someone who knows someone else, and within s...
by Six Fingers
Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: If You Were The Size of a Lego Man...
Replies: 27
Views: 4577

If You Were The Size of a Lego Man...

I think I'd live in a Lego castle, and I would eat bits of expensive steak every day. :D
by Six Fingers
Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why Do Mathematicians Play Go?
Replies: 23
Views: 2476

Why Do Mathematicians Play Go?

It seems like a lot of math movies have the obligitory "Go scene", usually held in the park or at someone's house. Is there a reason for this? Why are mathematicians so attracted this game?
by Six Fingers
Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite Piece of Lab Equipment
Replies: 83
Views: 10224

Favorite Piece of Lab Equipment

I have several I suppose...I really enjoyed working with the spectrophotometer for a Biology class a few terms back. I can't exactly remember what experiment we were doing, but we used it to measure how much light passed through vials of liquid. I thought that was pretty neat. I would like to get my...
by Six Fingers
Sat Aug 29, 2009 8:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2850647

Re: Confessional Bed - Not just for pillow talk!

I like math, simply because i'm shitty at it and its something I have to work at. If it came easily I don't think I would get the same pride and masochistic pleasure out of it that I do. Sometimes I get terrified, and really paranoid that my friends think i'm an arrogant person - paranoid to the poi...
by Six Fingers
Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics and Dreams
Replies: 18
Views: 2050

Physics and Dreams

One night I dreamed I dropped two balls of different masses to see which one would hit the ground first. To my surprise, the heavier ball moved slower... It makes me laugh when I think about that - did I not have something better to think about before bed? lol. I love the way the brain processes inf...
by Six Fingers
Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: brain in a vat
Replies: 214
Views: 26622

Re: brain in a vat

I saw this trick in a WWII movie, where the American's suspect someone of being a German infiltrator. Ask an obscure trivia question like, "Who was the third person to sign the declaration of independence". A human would be more likely to say they don't know - a computer would pro...
by Six Fingers
Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Single Question Turing Test
Replies: 5
Views: 2440

Re: Single Question Turing Test

My bad. This one is close enough to "Brain in a vat" I should have posted there.
by Six Fingers
Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Single Question Turing Test
Replies: 5
Views: 2440

Single Question Turing Test

Imagine you are a judge in a Turing test. Using a keyboard you can communicate with two different rooms, one that has a human, and another that has a computer - but you don't know which is which. Could you determine which room has the computer with just a single question? If so, what question would ...
by Six Fingers
Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What Parts of Math Help With Physics?
Replies: 13
Views: 1506

Re: What Parts of Math Help With Physics?

lol, you think?
by Six Fingers
Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why Don't Planets Crash Into the Sun?
Replies: 6
Views: 2427

Why Don't Planets Crash Into the Sun?

In space, smaller bodies orbit around larger ones, right? I don't fully understand how "eliptical orbits" work, but it would seem like if a large body could pull a smaller one closer, it would keep pulling it closer until there was a collision. Obviously this doesn't happen though, could s...

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