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by Ciber
Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Pygame Libraries
Replies: 0
Views: 2449

Pygame Libraries

I am working on a little game in pygame, and browsing pygame projects I notice a large number of libraries and game engines built on top of it. Does anyone know if one of these is good? Most have not been updated recently, but neither has pygame.
by Ciber
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Delicious Martian Salt
Replies: 10
Views: 2733

Delicious Martian Salt

I need to know what combination of feedstock, chemical reactions, and filtering are required to produce edible table salt on mars.
by Ciber
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9870
Views: 1779252

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Lately I have been working on force directed graph layouts. Currently trying to port (is that the right word here?) my naive implementation to numpy because with the 400 node, 900 link test graph I'm using it takes several seconds per iteration.
by Ciber
Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 303520

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Who SpaceX!
Routine double rocket landing!
Much success!
Very future!
Sadness lost third core to gyroscope grimlins!
by Ciber
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Expansion in the long... (very) long term
Replies: 9
Views: 2686

Expansion in the long... (very) long term

Given that the expansion of the universe means that our local galexies will ultimately merge while further ones recede beyond our ability to reach them. Assume that in a cosmic eyeblink humanity is harvesting a sizeable portion of our galexies energy output. We then send out ultrarelevistic seed fac...
by Ciber
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Finding a subgraph with given properties.
Replies: 3
Views: 2863

Re: Finding a subgraph with given properties.

Actually I start with a process node and my goal is to find a cycle of processes that can produces all its inputs. I'm starting with all the process / resource definitions from the Mars Simulation Project and my goal is to use it as a starting point for finding possible seed factory configurations.
by Ciber
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Combinatorics with minimum "distance"
Replies: 3
Views: 1983

Re: Combinatorics with minimum "distance"

Thanks for the advice guys.
My plan is to just choose a random starting configuration and do random changes + checking validity against all extant configurations.
I was just checking if there is a simple way to estimate how the number of valid combinations changes as I change the number of options.
by Ciber
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Finding a subgraph with given properties.
Replies: 3
Views: 2863

Finding a subgraph with given properties.

I am currently writing a program where I have a graph and want to find the minimal sub-graph which satisfies my requirements. The graph is directed with four types of nodes. It has many cycles but no 1 cycles. There are hundreds to low thousands of nodes. Nodes generally connected to around ten othe...
by Ciber
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Encryption for the Lich Queen's spys?
Replies: 18
Views: 13226

Re: Encryption for the Lich Queen's spys?

The setting in question had magic, but not DnD style. And entire nation was brought low by a manufactured plague of zombie badgers delivered by catapult though if I recall correctly...
by Ciber
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Combinatorics with minimum "distance"
Replies: 3
Views: 1983

Combinatorics with minimum "distance"

I have a combinatorics problem that I am sure the smart people on xkcd can solve.
Take a normal combinatorics problem, but I want to find unique combinations can exist which have at least n differences from every other such combination.
If that makes sense?
by Ciber
Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Encryption for the Lich Queen's spys?
Replies: 18
Views: 13226

Re: Encryption for the Lich Queen's spys?

Sadly quest was ended bc too much work for author. Search for "What can sb teach an evil queen" on spacebattles. Author really put some work into it.
by Ciber
Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Encryption for the Lich Queen's spys?
Replies: 18
Views: 13226

Encryption for the Lich Queen's spys?

Say you are advising this evil lich queen one day and she requests an improved system of encryption as part of her overarching plan to stop all opposition. Now obviously the method you suggest must be possible to compute by hand, but luckily anyone trying to break your code would be similarly limite...
by Ciber
Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Building Portal (not about portals)
Replies: 7
Views: 6454

Re: Building Portal (not about portals)

My assumption is that portal surfaces require a sufficiently flat surface and that coating a surface in moon dust relaxes that requirement.
by Ciber
Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Building Portal (not about portals)
Replies: 7
Views: 6454

Building Portal (not about portals)

While the titular (hah) portals of Portal & Portal 2 are very iconic and a popular discussion topic, I thought it would be fun to discuss the numerous other silly things about Aperture Labs and perhaps make sense of them. Topics discuss include: Portal surface mechanics. What affects the ability...
by Ciber
Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The road less traveled by
Replies: 36
Views: 6632

Re: The road less traveled by

Save following as: "STUBBORN"[ If interrupted to fight then: I strike first with Poison Axe. I then strike with Axe until my attacker dies or I could be killed by one hit from my attacker. If attacker still alive then flee. Else, call STUBBORN and return to previous task.] STUBBORN I attem...
by Ciber
Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The road less traveled by
Replies: 36
Views: 6632

Re: The road less traveled by

I continue chopping at the lion until it is dead or I am injured.
by Ciber
Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The road less traveled by
Replies: 36
Views: 6632

Re: The road less traveled by

I bring my axe down in a ferocious chop while trying to jump atop and put the lion in a choke hold.
by Ciber
Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The road less traveled by
Replies: 36
Views: 6632

Re: The road less traveled by

As the Mountain Lion is recovering from its landing I aim for its hamstrings with my axe (which happens to be covered in poison for some reason).
by Ciber
Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The road less traveled by
Replies: 36
Views: 6632

Re: The road less traveled by

While making my way toward some trees I am ambushed by a pouncing mountain lion.
I spin and bend backwards, channeling Neo. As the wild can passes over me, my upthrust axe carves into its underside.
by Ciber
Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The road less traveled by
Replies: 36
Views: 6632

Re: The road less traveled by

I am Ciber, rouge extraordinar! I search for rocks that can be easily knapped into a decent blade, perhaps in the Mushroom Cavern? I knap two tools from these rocks, a short knife and an axe head. A handle is shaped using my knife. The end of the handle is split and strategically placed notches carv...
by Ciber
Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Cubic Gravity
Replies: 6
Views: 3355

Re: Cubic Gravity

Well thanks. I don't think I can really understand how to make the gravity inverse of distance work, so I figure I will just make g a constant and make the size finite. Perhaps I will try again once I have taken a higher math class. Do you think vector calculus is covered in calc II, calc III, or di...
by Ciber
Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Cubic Gravity
Replies: 6
Views: 3355

Re: Cubic Gravity

Should probably preface this by saying that my math level is at the point where I am only just now reading the section of my text that covers Riemann Sums and Definite Integrals. As you've described it it is not conservative. You could produce energy by moving a mass inwards along a pyramids center ...
by Ciber
Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Cubic Gravity
Replies: 6
Views: 3355

Cubic Gravity

What if, instead of gravity being a constant, omnidirectional force, it instead was constrained to six directions. It is somewhat hard to get the idea across without images... Ok, lets start with a point mass. Projecting from that mass are six (infinite) pyramids with square bases. The "point&q...
by Ciber
Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Why Galvanized Cheerios are the Next Big Thing
Replies: 10
Views: 4475

Re: Why Galvanized Cheerios are the Next Big Thing

Wow. You just gave me more suggestions than two entire pages of comments on the other forum I posted this on. Thanks.
by Ciber
Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Why Galvanized Cheerios are the Next Big Thing
Replies: 10
Views: 4475

Why Galvanized Cheerios are the Next Big Thing

I need to write a thousand words to convince the company that makes Cheerios of the many benefits of galvanizing their product. I have decided to ask the many great minds of XKCD for help brainstorming ideas. I need three reasons why Cheerios would directly benefit from being galvanized, as well as ...
by Ciber
Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Mars / Space colonization site?
Replies: 1
Views: 10070

Mars / Space colonization site?

Just wondering what people think the best forum for discussing the colonization of space (mainly mars) is.
by Ciber
Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Defend the Quarry - The End is a Lie
Replies: 322
Views: 26792

Re: Defend the Quarry - The Diamonds are a Lie

Mine diamond until Monster% > Diamond%
by Ciber
Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9870
Views: 1779252

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Well yeah, the site in general gives off the same kind of vibe as that one "The earth is actually flat" site.
by Ciber
Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9870
Views: 1779252

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I found this kinda cool sounding programming language called Hoon at http://www.urbit.org/ It strikes me that it would be really cool to make a science forum game with an entire world coded in Hoon. Players would have to hack the work through a very limited sort of eval function. I am thinking givin...
by Ciber
Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Defend the Quarry - The End is a Lie
Replies: 322
Views: 26792

Re: Defend the Quarry - Unleash Hell

Approve

Gather 10 stone
Build 2 homes
by Ciber
Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: "Perpetual" Motion Engine
Replies: 40
Views: 11383

"Perpetual" Motion Engine

Assuming you have some sort of rock that move counter to the force of gravity due to some mechanism that you do not currently understand, illustrate to me how you could use it to create a machine that causes a wheel to rotate.
Drawings would be appreciated.
by Ciber
Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Defend the Quarry - The End is a Lie
Replies: 322
Views: 26792

Re: Defend the Quarry - Nothin'

Gather materials until we have enough to build three houses.
Build 3 houses.
by Ciber
Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Sufficiently advanced technology:
Replies: 10
Views: 4597

Re: Sufficiently advanced technology:

...
Would it not also pass through the target?
by Ciber
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Using inductive charging as an internet connection.
Replies: 6
Views: 2374

Re: Using inductive charging as an internet connection.

well yeah, but then you would have to plug things in, and that adds a moving part.
by Ciber
Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Using inductive charging as an internet connection.
Replies: 6
Views: 2374

Using inductive charging as an internet connection.

I was thinking earlier today in a course I am taking that has every student using a laptop in the class room. Obviously internet speed is important, and since everyone in a class of like thirty people is connecting to the schools wifi at once we tend to get slowdowns, especially for assignments with...
by Ciber
Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Communication
Replies: 37
Views: 7562

Re: Quantum Communication

I feel like the complexity of the whole quantum entanglement thing is way overblown. All it's saying is that if you have two items that you know the state of, then you can infer the state of one of the items by looking at the other. It's like if you get two pennies that you know are both facing the ...
by Ciber
Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 6904

Re: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In spaaace!

The center of area of the ring itself does not rotate. However, the counter-rotating docking areas at each end of the ring do. The exact radius of the ring was chosen because I like the nice even number of 100 units at the heaviest gravity(1g) I have decided against blowing bubbles for habitable spa...
by Ciber
Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 6904

Re: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In spaaace!

Not sure what you mean about light incidence? We have no windows. There is no reason when we have relatively cheep and easy fusion power.
by Ciber
Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 6904

Re: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In spaaace!

Wait....each person lives in a 3x3x3 m cube? That's....tight. Really tight. Smaller than a microapartment . Your population will go insane within weeks. I think you are looking at it wrong. Each person doesn't get an entire cube to themselves, thats more of how much space they get on average. Think...
by Ciber
Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In Space!
Replies: 36
Views: 6904

Re: Molten Metal Bubble Blowing Contest, In spaaace!

I perhaps use much more conservative estimates for the required space per person. We are after all rather constrained in our resources. My assumption is roughly 9m^2 per person and 3m high floors. Anyway, my final estimation work out to have a radius of about 1.5km with 100 units arrayed along it. E...

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