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by LordBritish
Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 150093

Re: 1193: Externalities

In case anyone is wondering, you can easily figure out how much hashing power you need based on the fact that the distribution of hash scores is extremely well approximated by a gaussian with mean 512 and stdv of 16. So for example, a score of 390 is 7.625 stdvs from the mean, and plugging that int...
by LordBritish
Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 150093

Re: 1193: Externalities

I'm not sure about donating : the link redirects me to the french wikimedia page, with no mention of the xkcd campaign anywhere. I want to make sure it contributes to the "enlarge your poochie" program. This worked for me: https://donate.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:FundraiserL...
by LordBritish
Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"
Replies: 92
Views: 20639

Re: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"

Sorry to be nitpicking, but I think letterboxing and pillarboxing got mixed up in the comic. AFAIK letterboxing means adding black bars above and below the picture (so it resembles a letterbox slit). So a letterboxed 16:9 video would mean the video was originally shot in a wider aspect ratio such as...
by LordBritish
Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Advent Programming Contest in December 2012
Replies: 1
Views: 1871

Advent Programming Contest in December 2012

In case you have too much time in December, there is a programming contest for you (join any time, no registration cost - no prizes :-) A new problem will be added everyday until December 24. Problem difficulty will range from very easy to very hard. More info at http://www.demesos.blogspot.co.at/20...
by LordBritish
Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1006: "Sloppier Than Fiction"
Replies: 60
Views: 17350

Re: 1006: "Sloppier Than Fiction"

I don't want tvtrope links banned outright, I just want them to carry a minor cost in exchange for the potential hours wasted by people following those links. I also want to be entertained, and my suggestion would hopefully kill both birds. I came back after three tropes. I'm so proud of myself. No...
by LordBritish
Tue May 17, 2011 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolving Music Experiment - please participate
Replies: 0
Views: 834

Evolving Music Experiment - please participate

In an experiment we try to evolve short pieces of music by running an evolutionary algorithm with user feedback for ranking. The project is called Mozart meets Darwin: http://demesos.blogspot.com/2010/11/mozart-meets-darwin-creating-music-by.html To evolve something, we need a model of the canditate...
by LordBritish
Tue May 17, 2011 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0606: "Cutting Edge"
Replies: 187
Views: 67017

Re: 0606: "Cutting Edge"

Having Portal 2 out now, I guess a lot of people will also rememer/have a look at Portal 1.
I don't know how it will be in early 2013, but in mid 2011 Portal is still up and alife.
by LordBritish
Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"
Replies: 108
Views: 25795

Re: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"

Midnight wrote:
HighwoodFool wrote:and yes, trochee is a trochee.


in German, "trochäus" is a iamb. Anybody knows, if the greek word τροχός is a trochee or a iamb?
by LordBritish
Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0852: "Local g"
Replies: 159
Views: 41905

Re: 0852: "Local g"

What about the increased distance from the center of the earth by centrifugal bulging? Shouldn't that cancel it out? (Ignoring mountains) No, the non-spherical shape of the earth even increases the difference: we have three factors: * The rotation radius (shortest distance to rotation axis) is much...
by LordBritish
Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0851: "Na"
Replies: 207
Views: 50198

Re: 0851: "Na"

For completeness: Opus - Life is Life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=0Jy4tMySp5o&t=25s

(na)^5 -> "Life is Life"

Not the most "na"s, but a great song!
by LordBritish
Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"
Replies: 180
Views: 57155

Re: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"

Also, at some point in the 1900s I came across an article that found a way to create an AI player using matchboxes. There was a position drawn on each matchbox and you added or removed beads depending on whether you won or lost, and picked a move depending on which matchbox had the most or fewest b...
by LordBritish
Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"
Replies: 143
Views: 35079

Re: 0821: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 3"

Is anybody else confused by the fact that it is 119 little pigs? Or do I need to buy a new periodic table?
by LordBritish
Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
Replies: 158
Views: 41316

Re: "Physicists" discussion (#793)

The problem with economics is that economists try to apply empirical methods from the natural sciences to the study of agents with free will acting under ever-changing conditions which cannot be subjected to experiment. Historical experience can be useful in guiding our thoughts, but the legitimate...
by LordBritish
Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0787: "Orbiter"
Replies: 86
Views: 25279

Re: "Orbiter" discussion (#787)

Dark Avorian wrote:Central America is a region, not a continent. The entirety of central america, with the possible exception of Panama south of the canal, is North America.


That reminds me of several commentators during last soccer championship speaking of Mexico of a "South American team" lolz
by LordBritish
Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0776: "Still No Sleep"
Replies: 141
Views: 25278

Re: "Still No Sleep" discussion (#776)

VelociraptorEvader wrote:More importantly, what doesn't a SQUIRREL know about mental health?


Somebody please come up with an idea what the acronym SQUIRREL means.
by LordBritish
Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0770: "All the Girls"
Replies: 95
Views: 28541

Re: "All the Girls" (#770)

bitwiseshiftleft wrote:Come on, Randall, you know the condition is more complicated than that.


Actually the comic sucked when I read it first, however the comment of bitwiseshiftleft gave it a geeky reference, considering this it's kinda ok. Was Randall planning this?
by LordBritish
Wed Jun 16, 2010 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0754: "Dependencies"
Replies: 76
Views: 25189

Re: "Dependencies" discussion(#754)

Alt text: "The prereqs for CPSC 357, the class on package management, are CPCS 432, CPSC 357, and glibc2.5 or later." I would like to know what's so special about glibc 2.5 that makes it a target? This is precisely the kind of cultural question search engines don't help much with unless s...
by LordBritish
Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0752: "Phobia"
Replies: 90
Views: 25458

Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

That comic is either too complicated for my simple mind or just not funny. Currently I'm better off by hitting the random button too see an old, but likely great comic than the newest one.
by LordBritish
Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0751: "Swimsuit Issue"
Replies: 119
Views: 30307

Re: "Swimsuit Issue" Discussion

Delete it, clean your "recent documents" list, clear your browser cache and history. Heck, use a different browser (built on a self-contained framework unlike Webkit-based browsers) exclusively for "testing" and make sure you have a bunch of "alternate browsers" so the...
by LordBritish
Wed May 26, 2010 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0745: "Dyslexics"
Replies: 143
Views: 48371

Re: "Dyslexics" Discussion

I had a hard time understanding the joke. I tried to find a spelling error in the T-Shirt text and found none (I looked up Dyslexics in Wikipedia cause I was not sure) I never saw the "untie" version so far. Either I do not get out a lot or I my dyslexia is making me reading "untie&qu...
by LordBritish
Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0720: "Recipes"
Replies: 88
Views: 22351

Re: "Recipes" Discussion

cephalopod9 wrote:What is it that's floating over second guys glass? It looks like little hearts.


Hmm, could be Radenska mineral water: http://www.stawskidistributing.com/images_bottels/Radenska.jpg. Probably with chocolate powder.
by LordBritish
Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Show us your articles! Or what's your Erdos number?
Replies: 187
Views: 273196

Re: Show us your articles! Or what's your Erdos number?

Does the joint editorship of a conference proceeding book count as joint publication (using the weakest definition of Erdös-number)? If yes, I have a 3, otherwise it is 5 via regular papers...

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