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by untitled
Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 129555

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

I use Screengrab (the best Firefox screenshot utility, but I am sure other ones work just the same) with Wired. As you noticed, the "annoyance" appears after you scroll - so if you take a full-page screengrab after the page loads, you can read it with a nice cuppa tea. Static advertising (...
by untitled
Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Randomness Mining
Replies: 12
Views: 5392

Re: Randomness Mining

The idea, in a nutshell: if we take the output of a random number generator (true or pseudo, doesn't matter at this point) and look for matches from a dictionary of words - what would we find? Random strings of text. Which randomly produce words in those strings. If the idea is to test for global c...
by untitled
Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reversing entropy with unlimited energy
Replies: 9
Views: 4033

Re: Reversing entropy with unlimited energy

The context for the discussion was the idea that since energy is not conserved in an expanding universe you could get effectively limitless amounts of energy by tying one end of a thousands of light-years long rope to a dynamo and the other end to some far away star (we're ignoring some minor engin...
by untitled
Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Randomness Mining
Replies: 12
Views: 5392

Re: Randomness Mining

Something like this will quickly run into the Library of Babel problem. Nearly all of it will be complete jumbles of characters that do not form legible sentences, and of the one-in-billions that do, nearly all will be nonsensical or non-sequiter. Artificial intelligence is not yet at a stage where...
by untitled
Sun Jun 12, 2016 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Trolley Problem
Replies: 349
Views: 118071

Re: Trolley Problem

I think you are too fond of words, surround yourself with them, bath in them, cherish and love them and ultimately worship them. No problems with any of those, the variety of human experience truly makes me happy - but please be careful not to commit logical fallacies . Ok, apart from that, you are ...
by untitled
Sun Jun 12, 2016 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Randomness Mining
Replies: 12
Views: 5392

Re: Randomness Mining

Jose Well, considering your obnoxious post, the issue in not one of corpus/dictionary (which, btw, does not even exist in reality as such - people invent and redefine things all the time) but of how to link the output of the RNG to any dictionary, in a manner that "loses" the least amount...
by untitled
Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Trolley Problem
Replies: 349
Views: 118071

Re: Trolley Problem

But if you are near the trolley switch and something unfortunate happens, you are not a murderer for not acting. You are not involved. You do become (at least) a killer if you do act. That's the difference. But yes, you become the kind of murderer that murders by not acting. The fact that you could...
by untitled
Sun Jun 12, 2016 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is a reasonable return on capital
Replies: 39
Views: 13685

Re: What is a reasonable return on capital

I can't give you a straight answer. I can give you a fair answer. The proper rate of "pure profit" can be defined as "if I sell you two, I can afford to buy one at the price I am paying for it." In other words, 50%. Therefore, the maximum fair return on capital would be 50% minus...
by untitled
Sun Jun 12, 2016 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Randomness Mining
Replies: 12
Views: 5392

Randomness Mining

I considered putting this topic on the linguistics forum (although it would be most appropriate, it didn't seem to be the place), mathematics (but we are not concerned with the algorithms or parameters... yet), computer science (doesn't need to halt), coding (it's implementation independent... or i...
by untitled
Sun Jun 12, 2016 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's your random number?
Replies: 92
Views: 22080

Re: What's your random number?

Don't make me pick, for me they are all just as random - as long as they are integers, of course! Even the even ones.
by untitled
Sun Jun 12, 2016 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Trolley Problem
Replies: 349
Views: 118071

Re: Trolley Problem

All these trolley problems are just a way to focus on the fact that we haven't really thought through what we value, what we say we value, what we ought to value, and why. There are no good answers. So, in short, the solution to the trolley problem is "be prepared for the trolley problem."...
by untitled
Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32368

Re: What is Existence?

What do I know about God and the purpose of life? I know that this world exists. That I am placed in it like my eye in its visual field. That something about it is problematic, which we call its meaning. This meaning does not lie in it but outside of it. That life is the world. That my will penetra...
by untitled
Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Motivations of Aliens to Visit Earth
Replies: 135
Views: 36767

Re: Motivations of Aliens to Visit Earth

Chronosdragon gave us a valuable taxology! Destruction, preservation, modification or coexistence. We are still alive and capable of sensing a continuity between us and people who lived 10.000 years ago - so it’s not destruction (which would imply a “sudden” burst of “modification”)... Preservation...
by untitled
Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The source of ethics
Replies: 177
Views: 42300

Re: The source of ethics

And the single life would be quickly replaced, the world has limited resources removing one life just makes place for other life. It wouldn't be the same world. I appreciate the struggle to find a rational explanation, but feelings too evolved for a reason. What reason? It doesn't matter from the p...
by untitled
Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The source of ethics
Replies: 177
Views: 42300

Re: The source of ethics

After plowing through this topic, that SMBC comic is still the most elegant, evolutionarily motivated answer. And it's true too: a world which would not permit the survival of life would not have any observers... so if there was no life in it, it would be a sad world. Especially for me (and most pro...
by untitled
Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are physics in the particles, or reality itself?
Replies: 60
Views: 11985

Re: Are physics in the particles, or reality itself?

1. Make something which can mesure something we haven't imagined yet; 2. Build theory that explains measurements; (3. Make more measurements to eventually confirm theory) This has already happenend when scientists discovered that tools which had been developped for one field of study could be used ...
by untitled
Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where do Serious Business conversations happen in real life?
Replies: 19
Views: 10822

Re: Where do Serious Business conversations happen in real l

addams wrote:Think Tanks have got to be great places to hang out.
You never know who you will meet.

If they don't work in your department,
they are nobody.

Well; They are human!
And; Probably smarter than shit.

But; No body to me.
And; Now, to you.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fetSoZFyBw
by untitled
Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1322: Winter
Replies: 125
Views: 28155

Re: 1322: Winter

addams wrote:Math is the language of the universe.
How can any human create it?
It existed before we did.


Exactly.

John von Neumann wrote:Young man, in mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them.


:shock:
by untitled
Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The 1 true style
Replies: 198
Views: 162901

Re: The 1 true style

thank you, I see the difference... although one could be converted to the other very easily...
by untitled
Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The 1 true style
Replies: 198
Views: 162901

Re: Blank lines height

I do this: for(;;) { while() { if() { doIt(); } } } This is basically what I normally use. But I dont much care what others use, its all cool. <SNIP> Me too. I didn't even know it had a name till I saw this topic (Whitesmith? Sounds cool!). It's very clear, concise and logical, even though it tends...
by untitled
Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Is an intelligent egg-laying alien race possible?
Replies: 115
Views: 27928

Re: Is an intelligent egg-laying alien race possible?

Only if you are in a zone massively impacted by climate change - and you cannot find other zones which are more environmentally friendly to you (not the best example but think migratory birds... which are egglayers!). Well, yeah, that's kind of the idea, you can't just move away from the source of ...
by untitled
Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Lua vs Python
Replies: 15
Views: 20614

Re: Lua vs Python

if you are so disrespectful not to learn C (from the K&R book, of course), at least learn python. i must warn you, python does not have a "for" loop like C ( the most useful tool in the hands of a noob/lazy programmer!!). after you learn python (and/or Lua and/or C...) you can mix them...
by untitled
Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32368

Re: What is Existence?

Thesh wrote:"All we are is dust in the wind." - Socrates


Stardust in the wind
by untitled
Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: "Perpetual" Motion Engine
Replies: 40
Views: 12182

Re: "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. I suppose the "mechanism that you do not currently understand"...
by untitled
Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Measuring the effectiveness of drug policy
Replies: 17
Views: 6580

Re: Measuring the effectiveness of drug policy

Qaanol wrote:how can we compare the efficacy of different policies


I am an inveterate proponent of robust regression but in this case analysis of variance might also work.
by untitled
Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Motivations of Aliens to Visit Earth
Replies: 135
Views: 36767

Re: Motivations of Aliens to Visit Earth

i bet they are reading this topic
by untitled
Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Is an intelligent egg-laying alien race possible?
Replies: 115
Views: 27928

Re: Is an intelligent egg-laying alien race possible?

Wouldn't the ability to thermoregulate be pretty key to surviving some massive climate changes? Only if you are in a zone massively impacted by climate change - and you cannot find other zones which are more environmentally friendly to you (not the best example but think migratory birds... which ar...
by untitled
Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Is an intelligent egg-laying alien race possible?
Replies: 115
Views: 27928

Re: Is an intelligent egg-laying alien race possible?

Ok, so, again, this is about body weight, and says nothing of intelligence.<SNIP>The Echidna does not have a bill/beak. They do however have a hard snout, so, maybe that works as an egg tooth. to talk without having a clue about what was discussed: i agree that body weight has nothing to do with in...
by untitled
Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Is an intelligent egg-laying alien race possible?
Replies: 115
Views: 27928

Re: Is an intelligent egg-laying alien race possible?

btw there needs to be some stuff about actually HATCHING. lizards and beaked animals have a so-called egg tooth in order to aid them. probably this is why the only mammal to come out of an egg is a platypus (it has a beak). sure, mommy could break the egg for you but that time estimation mechanism w...
by untitled
Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are physics in the particles, or reality itself?
Replies: 60
Views: 11985

Re: Are physics in the particles, or reality itself?

Thank you very much for your answer - I am sure that as I read more about theory-laden-ness (and philosophy of science... I only got as far as Kuhn and the writings of Koestler - I don't even remember them anymore!) I will be able to formulate the (epistemological and methodological) conditions nece...
by untitled
Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Motivations of Aliens to Visit Earth
Replies: 135
Views: 36767

Re: Motivations of Aliens to Visit Earth

for wi-fi
by untitled
Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Is an intelligent egg-laying alien race possible?
Replies: 115
Views: 27928

Re: Is an intelligent egg-laying alien race possible?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_uterus

I know it's something only a Protoss would call an "egg"... but hey, it's plausible.

For example, you could have spaceships full of these. Or entire fleets. Just don't send them to earth, ok? :mrgreen:
by untitled
Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your source?
Replies: 98
Views: 25862

Re: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your sour

You need to trade off something for some other thing... a transformer trades current for voltage, a gear trades angular speed for torque moment, the piston trades length for volume... for the black body, you could probably trade spectrum width for spectrum peak power (a single frequency with high en...
by untitled
Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are physics in the particles, or reality itself?
Replies: 60
Views: 11985

Re: Are physics in the particles, or reality itself?

Yes, we are 100% in agreement as I have said that we cannot measure black holes directly - in fact people made predictions about their properties before they were observed by telescopes (if I am not mistaken... if I am, the example of gravitational lensing surely works: the theory was developed year...
by untitled
Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are physics in the particles, or reality itself?
Replies: 60
Views: 11985

Re: Are physics in the particles, or reality itself?

No, the synonym is to conceive something UNIMAGINED, not UNIMAGINABLE. Maybe my usage of the word "conceive" wasn't the most fortunate. For example, Conceive (build, execute) a measuring device at time t=0 and explain (predict) it's measurements at time t1>t0. versus Explain (predict) some...
by untitled
Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are physics in the particles, or reality itself?
Replies: 60
Views: 11985

Re: Are physics in the particles, or reality itself?

Regarding experiments to models (and models to experiments), is it possible to conceive any measuring device which the human mind cannot imagine? I would assume yes, based on random numbers. Devices for measuring randomness (or gathering random numbers) are, of course, a product of human imagination...
by untitled
Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Did I discover smth old or new? (prime related)
Replies: 6
Views: 2109

Re: Did I discover smth old or new? (prime related)

Thank you for enlightening me about natural numbers. I'm kind of ashamed now, really, but I have to confess that "coming up with it" was a shocking and pleasant experience (in a Pythagoric way). It is called the fundamental theorem of equivalence relations. Thank you, exactly what I was lo...
by untitled
Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where do Serious Business conversations happen in real life?
Replies: 19
Views: 10822

Re: Where do Serious Business conversations happen in real l

The golf course. yes, golf, or the pool (billiard) table for those who can't afford having a golf course/club near their city. people who want to partake in Serious Business Conversations generally can go and present their work where the action is - and the action is generally in places which are &...
by untitled
Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Did I discover smth old or new? (prime related)
Replies: 6
Views: 2109

Did I discover smth old or new? (prime related)

Hello! I have observed something about prime numbers but could not find anything resembling it and I must confess I don't even know how to google after it. I have a fairly decent mathematical education - although I chose a career in social sciences. Unfortunately, I suck at combinatorics and number ...

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