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by hocl
Thu May 07, 2009 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English from an Outside Perspective
Replies: 82
Views: 8068

Re: English from an Outside Perspective

drinking the Ivory Tower postmodern linguistic Kool-Aid....basic English skills that even four year old white kids don't have a problem with ...to associate you with small children and the mentally retarded Cut the racist flaming out. Now. Cut the selective quoting to support absurd accusations of ...
by hocl
Thu May 07, 2009 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Irrational Function
Replies: 78
Views: 8214

Re: Irrational Function

Might be getting my maths terms mixed up, but isn't the definition of continuous that Lim(x-->n+)f(x)=Lim(x-->n-)f(x) for all xEDom(f)? If so, because 0 isn't in the domain of the function f(x)=|x|/x, it preserves continuity? Also, is there a function f(x) dependant on x that's irrational for all d...
by hocl
Thu May 07, 2009 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English from an Outside Perspective
Replies: 82
Views: 8068

Re: English from an Outside Perspective

hocl: you are not the sole arbiter of what constitutes English, Nice little bit of rhetorical misdirection. As if SAE is simply something that I just made up. nor, for that matter, are you or any other body responsible for determining what counts as SAE. There is no Royal Academy of English -type b...
by hocl
Tue May 05, 2009 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: One Third Bobcat
Replies: 41
Views: 9106

Re: One Third Bobcat

Perhaps the maker of the sign comes from a dystopian world where, under threat of overpopulation despite attacks from hive-mind, insect-like aliens with instantaneous psychic bonds, families are under a strict prohibition against having more than two children, to the point where the term "third...
by hocl
Tue May 05, 2009 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Google Game!
Replies: 133
Views: 31063

Re:

Toeofdoom wrote:Those arent common words. I knew antidisestablishmentarianism of course, but... i dont actually kinow what it means. so it doesnt count as common imo

It's opposition to disestablishmentarianism. Duh.
by hocl
Tue May 05, 2009 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English from an Outside Perspective
Replies: 82
Views: 8068

Re: English from an Outside Perspective

It is most definitively pronounced /iˈpɪtəmi/, at least in SAE, and it really isn't terribly obscure. Nearly all native speakers will at least understand it. What I meant is that being "well-read" will be unlikely to lead one to pronounce it correctly. I suppose one could chance across a ...
by hocl
Tue May 05, 2009 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Quick Intergration Question
Replies: 8
Views: 1482

Re: Quick Intergration Question

The sums wouldn't be equal, they would simply have the same limit as the partition size goes to zero. For a continuous function on a compact space, this is guaranteed to happen. (The left and right sums are going to be the same except for the first and last term, and those are going to zero as the p...
by hocl
Tue May 05, 2009 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Complex Numbers as Matrices
Replies: 5
Views: 3736

Re: Complex Numbers as Matrices

I take it that if I told you that the transposition operation has an obvious correspondence with the only nontrivial element of the Galois group of C over R , that wouldn't mean much to you? Another "application": a function \mathbb{C} \to \mathbb{C} is complex-differentiable if and only i...
by hocl
Tue May 05, 2009 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Quick Intergration Question
Replies: 8
Views: 1482

Re: Quick Intergration Question

To be pedantic, the answer to the question as quoted would be undefined.
by hocl
Tue May 05, 2009 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Summation help
Replies: 6
Views: 799

Re: Summation help

Next time someone asks a question like this, we should say "This is an easy problem. All you have to do is figure out what one more than the sum is, and then subtract one from that", and see if that helps them. Come on, people, where's your sense of humor?
:)
by hocl
Tue May 05, 2009 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English from an Outside Perspective
Replies: 82
Views: 8068

Re: English from an Outside Perspective

Also, that terrible amount of tenses you have. Past Present. Past Perfect. Present Perfect. Simple Present. Future in the Past Huh? There are only two true tenses in English: present and past. Everything else is done through auxiliary verbs. I would have no idea what the Australian equivalent would...
by hocl
Tue May 05, 2009 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19380

Re: Spelling reform

where is it pronounced voiceless? Pretty sure it's one of those words that even a single speaker might sometimes voice the fricative, and sometimes leave it unvoiced. When I think of the word in isolation, it's always voiceless at the end, though. When it's voiced, is it homophonous with "widt...
by hocl
Mon May 04, 2009 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Old capitalization rules
Replies: 29
Views: 5111

Re: Old capitalization rules

You must take great Care not to overuse the capital Letters; otherwise it loses its Effect. Yeah Especially When You Read Really Bad Youtube Comments All Typed Out Like This Where Every Word Is Capitalized. What in the world are you talking about? You didn't mispell any words, or even use double pu...
by hocl
Mon May 04, 2009 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find
Replies: 225
Views: 85362

Re: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find

I need a word for when I'm asked a professional opinion about a technical matter, but am expected to give a bullshit answer to fit someone's political agenda. It's becoming synonymous with my job title. Pandering? I'll start: I am convinced there is a word meaning 'a plausible lie', but I can't fin...
by hocl
Mon May 04, 2009 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nature and languages
Replies: 80
Views: 6657

Re: Nature and languages

There was nothing wrong with what you wrote, hocl is just trying to cement his reputation as a grammar/spelling troll*. While it's usually just annoying, it crosses into stupid territory in an example like this (in which he's actually wrong.) So, I am not, in fact, curious as to the reason? Or by &...
by hocl
Mon May 04, 2009 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Balls in balls in R^n
Replies: 25
Views: 4174

Re: Balls in balls in R^n

I take it you just have to show that there exist more than (1+c)^n balls, not that this is the best bound? Yes, it's a big source of troubles for life in a many dimensional world ( as the ones conjectured by modern phisic theories ;-) ). Consider for instance the following situation. You live in a 5...
by hocl
Sat May 02, 2009 6:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Correlation between churchgoing and support for war crimes
Replies: 93
Views: 6151

Re: Correlation between churchgoing and support for war crimes

BTW, Marzipan, why did you leave out the first part of that GC quote? Article 3 In the case of armed conflict not of an international character occurring in the territory of one of the High Contracting Parties, each party to the conflict shall be bound to apply, as a minimum, the following provision...
by hocl
Sat May 02, 2009 5:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Correlation between churchgoing and support for war crimes
Replies: 93
Views: 6151

Re: Correlation between churchgoing and support for war crimes

Listen. You're an idiot. If military forces who don't follow the Geneva Convention in their interrogations are fair game, and we don't follow the Geneva Convention, then by that very argument, our servicepeople are fair game. Except that you CLAIMED that you were responding to the argument that it'...
by hocl
Sat May 02, 2009 5:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sean Hannity volunteers to be waterboarded
Replies: 75
Views: 8989

Re: Sean Hannity volunteers to be waterboarded

headprogrammingczar wrote:He would probably sue the "torturer" though, for "torturing" him. There's always the Geneva Convention though. How funny would it be to have the old GOP tried for war crimes?
Do you not know what "GOP" stands for, or was that intentional?
by hocl
Sat May 02, 2009 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The One Per Word Game
Replies: 63
Views: 5015

Re: The One Per Word Game

I think that the word "rules" should not be a word we can say, as some of us may say the word as two parts. Let's not go there. A girl I know told me how, where she's from, "milk" has three. Not one. Not two. Three . (They are folk whose necks are red, so to speak.) I have heard...
by hocl
Fri May 01, 2009 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Correlation between churchgoing and support for war crimes
Replies: 93
Views: 6151

Re: Correlation between churchgoing and support for war crimes

I think that those who ask "what would Jesus do" are missing a rather important part of Christian theology. Jesus did not say that Christians should not engage in violence because violence is wrong; Jesus said that Christians should not engage in violence because violence is the purview of...
by hocl
Fri May 01, 2009 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: number theory solutions
Replies: 17
Views: 1727

Re: number theory solutions

I1) Can you find an n>1 in Z such that the sum of (1/k), from k to n, is an integer? I take it you mean "from 1 to n"? 2) Show that no triangle whose vertices are all lattice points can be an equilateral triangle. I actually brought this up in the "rational function" thread. 3) ...
by hocl
Fri May 01, 2009 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help with a Math Problem
Replies: 11
Views: 1723

Re: Help with a Math Problem

If you want someone to do your homework for you, you could just ask Mr. Excel. He's really good at this sort of problem. Mr. Open Office Calc also is good, but he has the annoying habit of constantly trying to finish your sentences for you.
by hocl
Fri May 01, 2009 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Correlation between churchgoing and support for war crimes
Replies: 93
Views: 6151

Re: Correlation between churchgoing and support for war crimes

Fucking seriously, guy? The Geneva fucking Conventions, for fuck's sake. Why, yes, I am "fucking" serious that people should back up their claims. Not much for engaging in respectful discussions, are you? Hey, look, I can highlight a random word and pretend that proves something, too. Loo...
by hocl
Fri May 01, 2009 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sour Grapes at the Pageant
Replies: 166
Views: 12314

Re: Sour Grapes at the Pageant

This ban is also about discriminating against particular individuals because of who they are. No, it's not. They are homosexual, so they are treated differently. No, they're not. Gay individuals are *not* treated the same as everyone else, any more than blacks and whites dealing with anti-miscegena...
by hocl
Fri May 01, 2009 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Correlation between churchgoing and support for war crimes
Replies: 93
Views: 6151

Re: Correlation between churchgoing and support for war crimes

Mo0man wrote:Torture has been defined as a war crime ever since World War 2.
Cite?

Sorry, in what way is it ridiculous to not torture people who haven't been charged with a crime, merely suspected?
Why do you bother quoting people when if your response has only a passing resemblance to what they said?
by hocl
Fri May 01, 2009 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sean Hannity volunteers to be waterboarded
Replies: 75
Views: 8989

Re: Sean Hannity volunteers to be waterboarded

I do believe that the guy lasted a lot longer than Hitchens. It was very disturbing. SInce Hitchens lasted like five seconds, it's not so disturbing. Seventeen seconds. Those of you in need of some entertainment might want to read the arguments on his official forum: * WE aren't the ones chopping o...
by hocl
Fri May 01, 2009 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: lawmaker wants mileage-based tax on vehicles
Replies: 20
Views: 1588

Re: lawmaker wants mileage-based tax on vehicles

we already have that in new zealand. because the majority of diesel vehicles are used for offroad purposes(eg large machinery and farm vehicles). diesel itself has no tax on it, but diesel vehicles used on the road must have road user charges purchased at a rate per kilometre which when compared to...
by hocl
Fri May 01, 2009 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Correlation between churchgoing and support for war crimes
Replies: 93
Views: 6151

Re: Correlation between churchgoing and support for war crimes

"War crimes" and "torture" aren't exactly the same thing. The issue is about sacrificing our own integrity; we are worse than terrorists when we torture a US military abductee who has not been charged with a crime. That is just plain ridiculous. When we have no moral standing, we...
by hocl
Fri May 01, 2009 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sour Grapes at the Pageant
Replies: 166
Views: 12314

Re: Sour Grapes at the Pageant

And there is a material difference between the government extending the right of marriage to gays and lesbians, and the government supporting the removal of the right to bodily autonomy from women. You are confusing pro-life with anti-choice. Which is what the anti-choicers want you to do. Fixed fo...
by hocl
Fri May 01, 2009 5:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Swine flu --> Zombie Flu
Replies: 14
Views: 1567

Re: Swine flu --> Zombie Flu

While I would not completely discount the possibility that the BBC would misspell the word "its", it does cast doubt on the veracity. As if there were not other clues. Zombies which were simply people with restarted hearts would be no trouble anyway. Even if they were fired with hunger for...
by hocl
Fri May 01, 2009 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Teaching students how to write malware
Replies: 51
Views: 12834

Re: Teaching students how to write malware

Now the practical drawbacks - both McAfee and Sophos have publicly declared that any student taking these courses will never be hired by them, end of story. That's an anti-trust lawsuit waiting to happen. Then again, there's also the restriction on electronics in the lab, which wouldn't be an issue...
by hocl
Fri May 01, 2009 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Treadmill incline
Replies: 10
Views: 3096

Re: Treadmill incline

What if the treadmill is located in an elevator moving at such a speed that the treadmill, relative to the earth, has no downward movement?
by hocl
Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Taylor Series
Replies: 4
Views: 1034

Re: Taylor Series

When you're doing Taylor series, one strategy to help avoid this sort of error is to write down each power of x. So you would have 1x^0+0x^1+1x^2... Of course, the lazy way to do this would be to define u to be equal to x^2, and then find that f(x) is then equal to e^u. Hopefully, you know what the ...
by hocl
Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Sword of Truth TV Series
Replies: 35
Views: 5780

Re: Sword of Truth TV Series

And they appear to actually have a BUDGET now. The fight scenes, especially in the opening episodes, are freaking gorgeous. To me, they feel like fancy special effects for the sake of fancy special effects, rather than really adding to the show. Also, and this might be explained in the books, but w...
by hocl
Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sour Grapes at the Pageant
Replies: 166
Views: 12314

Re: Sour Grapes at the Pageant

I suppose this is futile, as you people have clearly established that you are incapable of discussing this issue rationally, but: Yeah, I guess the whole "she's just stating her opinion" spiel went down the drain with her aspirations to become the new Anita Bryant. Anita Bryant WENT OUT OF...
by hocl
Sun Apr 26, 2009 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nature and languages
Replies: 80
Views: 6657

Re: Nature and languages

Zamfir wrote:For someone with the same background as he, a German speaker with a good understanding of Greek and Latin, some of those double meanings come naturally.
I'm curious as to why you used "he" instead of "him".
by hocl
Thu Apr 23, 2009 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Hammer, defend yourself
Replies: 3
Views: 3673

Hammer, defend yourself

In this thread: http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=37865&start=40 , I was discussing SSM, and other posters repeatedly refused to discuss the issue respectfully. When I reported a post, Hammer, posted this, then locked the thread, preventing me from responding: And we have yet anothe...
by hocl
Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Distinguishing Topologies
Replies: 23
Views: 2235

Re: Distinguishing Topologies

The trick remains the same -- you can build a graph with arbitrary connectivity in R^3, which makes the OP's claim not work, because the intersection property the OP claimed for R^n holds in R^3 for arbitrary n. Yes, but that still doesn't explain where the stringed instrument comes from. Hypercube...
by hocl
Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Firefly vs. Heroes.
Replies: 55
Views: 5073

Re: Firefly vs. Heroes.

The reason that people thought that the first season of Heroes was good was because it was the first season. The pilot was a jumbled mess of half a dozen storylines, but it's the pilot, so of course it's going to be confusing, right? And they kept adding new characters left and right, but it was the...

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