oblivimous wrote:How would you dispose of the word's biggest trash can?

Build an even bigger incinerator of course! (or you could cut it up, but that would be hard/boring)

- Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:32 pm UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1821: "Incinerator"
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oblivimous wrote:How would you dispose of the word's biggest trash can?

Build an even bigger incinerator of course! (or you could cut it up, but that would be hard/boring)

- Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:21 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Futurama Puzzle Game
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That could be an approach. Make some random arrangement using only N-2 people, then find a solution using all N people, execute a few steps of the solution. Give the user the all swaps used in the solution, plus a few other swaps, but none of the swaps used to generate the problem. Thanks for the i...

- Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:22 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Futurama Puzzle Game
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Okay, so seeing a particular episode of the show Futurama inspired me to make a puzzle game based on the mind-switching machine featured in the episode. Basically, the machine can swap two people's minds into each other's bodies {Aa, Bb} -> {Ab, Ba}, but cannot switch between the same two bodies mor...

- Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:43 pm UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
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Exhibit A: original Starburst. Red > orange >> pink > yellow. Obviously. Exhibit B: original Skittles. Red > orange >> purple > yellow > green. Subjective! Starbursts: (nearly exactly reversed) P>Y>O>>R Skittles: Y>G>O>R>P Top candy flavors for me: Fruit flavors (esp. citrus), sour flavors Coffee-f...

- Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:58 pm UTC
- Forum: Religious Wars
- Topic: Pi vs Tau
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Happy τ/2 day everyone! Pi is good because it provides a nerdy excuse to eat pie with your nerd friends, but when you go to calculate what volume of pie you've eaten, Tau all the way!

- Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:03 pm UTC
- Forum: Religious Wars
- Topic: Steering showdown
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My Hyundai Sonata has 4 "spokes" on the wheel, so there's a single gap at the bottom, which is where I normally default to for cruising. Usually I switch between multiple positions to reduce fatigue. Two-handed 10-2 and 9-3 with a slight preference for 10-2. One-handed (highway cruising or...

- Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:35 pm UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
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When I go to a news site to read a story, CNN for instance, and there's a video at the top, and the story written underneath, I always stop the video and read the text instead. I find the video slightly irritating. But I've no idea if my reaction is common, uncommon, or an age thing, or if there is...

- Tue Oct 04, 2016 5:24 pm UTC
- Forum: Logic Puzzles
- Topic: Pirate's Dilemna
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At 4 pirates. Well with tie breaker it only takes 2 to win. The least senior one knows he will get one if this fails so 2 coins should suffice. 98 coins for the scond most senior one. 0 for the two in the middle. In the 4-pirate case it is cheaper to buy the vote of the 2nd lowest pirate with 1gold...

- Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:25 pm UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
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Maybe this has been around for a while, but I seem to have run into it a lot more just this year than I have previously: phrases like "This needs fixed" that lack "to be" before the past-tense transitive verb. I want to apply a lot of fixed to this usage so that it will have fixe...

- Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:00 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Counting Zeros
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UPDATE: As chridd pointed out, the function only cares about the (order-independent) list of exponents in the parameter's prime factored form. For a given number of prime factors, each form corresponds to a partition of that number. Here I've enumerated the possible combinations up to 6 prime factor...

- Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:22 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Counting Zeros
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Consider the sequence 0,1,0,2,0,1,0,3,0,1,0,2,0,1,0,4... ( https://oeis.org/A007814 ). The value at every odd position is zero. The value at every even position is one more than the value at half of that position. The value at general position n can be found by counting the trailing zeros of the bin...

- Sun Jul 10, 2016 6:46 pm UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: My wife and I's...
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"Me and my wife's kids went to the movies yesterday." This seems odd to me only because of the "me...went" construction. I guess I might suspect an intended meaning of "the kids that are both mine and my wife's", but in that case, I would expect just "my kids"...

- Thu Jul 07, 2016 1:06 am UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: My wife and I's...
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Zohar wrote:I think most people would say "My wife's kids and I", wouldn't they?

Only (ideally) if the group was functioning as the subject rather than the object of the sentence.

- Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:41 pm UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: What do you think about Truespel and Fanetik?
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Mega85 wrote:Truespel respells "-ing" words as "-eeng"... "sing" becomes "seeng".

How would one spell the present participle of "see"? "Seeeeng"?!

- Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:36 pm UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
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I first interpreted it as relating to musical time signatures (i.e. five-four or five-eight time). Perhaps the statement could have been made one of a group of musicians.

- Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:49 pm UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: My wife and I's...
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Ultimately, though, the favourite book of the grouped pairing of both myself and the wife of myself seems a difficult phrasing to accomplish, especially if gentility insists on placing one's better half to the fore in such an exposition. My relative's and your's (!) expertise in such matters may no...

- Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:23 pm UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1688: Map Age Guide
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cct wrote:The initials "TMR" are slowly moving across this map toward my location.

Oddly enough, the same initials also appear at my location and move as I do.

- Fri May 27, 2016 11:01 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Find the number to divide with another one to obtain zero remainder.
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Sableagle wrote:So that's that. 297 is exactly divisible by 3 and 11.

29.7 is exactly divisible by 0.3 and 1.1, if that helps.

297 is also divisible by 9, 27, 33 and 99

so 29.7 is divisible by 0.3, 0.9, 1.1, 2.7, 3.3 and 9.9.

- Fri Mar 11, 2016 3:51 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: does every unit length curve lie inside the semicircle?
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I don't know how to prove it, but fitting a curve in a convex object is the same as fitting the curve's convex hull. Something with the curve containing all extrema already and the hull not adding to that. I was thinking along the same lines. If we define the "bounding box" of a curve as ...

- Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:50 pm UTC
- Forum: Logic Puzzles
- Topic: Probability of ending up in room N
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Not really. You also have an infinite number of rounds to play, and each round has a non-zero chance of success. While it is theoretically possible to lose an infinite number of times, the probability of that happening is zero. You are almost surely going to win some round. What about this scenario...

- Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:53 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Describe an Inconsistent System.
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When System A emulates System B, the emulation of System B is wholly contained within System A. The logical separation that your refer to is not absolute. Two systems might be entirely distinct - until we use one system to describe (emulate/simulate) another system. Such emulation is only possible ...

- Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:07 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Favorite Fractals?
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I personally like the Koch Snowflake and the Thue-Morse Sequence. I think my favorite though is the Conway Triangle fractal.

Related, a Fractal Program I made for drawing them.

**Spoiler:**

Related, a Fractal Program I made for drawing them.

- Tue Sep 29, 2015 10:56 pm UTC
- Forum: Logic Puzzles
- Topic: Kings on a Chessboard
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This seems remarkably similar to Tron, except with alternating discrete movement.

- Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:09 am UTC
- Forum: Your art and links
- Topic: Fractal Program
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indjev99 wrote:The download link doesn't work.

Thanks for letting me know; I've edited the original post to include an updated link.

- Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:37 pm UTC
- Forum: Logic Puzzles
- Topic: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy
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This problem seems to be related to Stopped Brownian Motion . Even assuming I am convinced at all times of the validity of the coin's bias, if no sequence of results would convince me to quit, eventually I will reach the only stable state of the system. Therefore, as a logical player I must choose s...

- Sun Sep 06, 2015 2:52 pm UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
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Just for fun, I made up a sentence with the 20 most common misspelled English words in it, then mangled it: Alawt uv ontrepprenewers deffinnitley immpploy enn unesesairy, unaxeptoble beeruocrisy, partikulerly inn okurannses whare imbearessmint oar conchince lickwifye oar souperseed konsensis onn pa...

- Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:34 pm UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1556: "The Sky"
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Hmmmm. I think I get you, but in my head, the light source here (gigantic ball of explosion far older than life on this planet, not shown) is somewhere low off to the left, and the glow on the upper parts of the lower clouds should also be balanced that way somewhat. An alternative is that the lowe...

- Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:11 pm UTC
- Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
- Topic: 1547: "Solar System Questions"
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If the black questions are from Randall, and the red answers are in different handwriting... who filled in the few answers we have? I assumed that meant he had compiled the list of questions some time in the past, and has been filling in answers to his own questions as he learns more about the subj...

- Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:52 pm UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
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1. Using "different... than" instead of "different... from" (it's especially obvious which way it should be if you replace "different" with "differing") Do you mean in general or just in cases where the correct form is "from"? Because I can't imagin...

- Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:25 pm UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
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Not exactly annoying words, but annoying usage, here are a couple of pet peeves of mine: 1. Using "different... than" instead of "different... from" (it's especially obvious which way it should be if you replace "different" with "differing") 2. Using "les...

- Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:43 pm UTC
- Forum: Science
- Topic: Name for speed at which tropospheric bubbles occur?
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I think cavitation is only important/relevent in water (and other liquids) because they are incompressible, and thus the bubbles cause significant shocks when they implode.

- Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:23 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Probability of finding a random number
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Assuming the range contains only all the integers from 0 to some maximum N - 1 inclusive. Question 1: The probability the at least one other player selects the same first number as X is the inverse of the probability that none of the other players do. Thus, P(at least one match) = 1 - P(no matches) ...

- Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:54 pm UTC
- Forum: Logic Puzzles
- Topic: July 3rd, 2015 New York Times Puzzle
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I solved it after this sequence of guesses: 1, 1, 1 No. 0, 0, 0 No. 0, 1, 2 Yes! 0, 9, 23 Yes! 87, 1, -4 No. 88, 89, 83 No. 0, 1, 3 Yes! 0, 1, 4 Yes! 0, 1, 25 Yes! 25, 26, 12 No. 2, 1, 0 No. 2, 0, 1 No. 89, 223, 2945 Yes!

- Fri Jun 12, 2015 2:38 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Game with Chairs (and possible ties to economic mobility)
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Firstly, am I correct in understanding that V(j) produces only integer values in [1,N] and that every value is used exactly once, so that there are N! possible ways of defining V(j)? Secondly, as far as individual strategy for simulation, it seems that the naive strategy of always moving to the high...

- Sat Jun 06, 2015 5:11 pm UTC
- Forum: Science
- Topic: A statics problem
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Yeah, I know that these equations should add up to zero, but my trouble is finding how much normal force is applied to the beam at A and C Start by setting up the two equations: What are the forces in the vertical direction? There is the weight of the beam pulling down, and the two normals pushing ...

- Sat Jun 06, 2015 5:01 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Stubborn bettor
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You mean this? You say you understand expected value. Okay. Prove it. Let's say I roll a single 6-sided die. If the result is: 1: You give me $6. 2: I give you $24. 3: You give me $15. 4: You give me $75. 5: I give you $3. 6: I give you $9. What is the expected value of your winnings (or lo...

- Sat Jun 06, 2015 1:39 pm UTC
- Forum: Science
- Topic: A statics problem
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There are two unknowns in the problem (the reactions at A and B), so you'll need two independent equations to solve. The first will be application of Newton's 2nd law to the linear motion of the beam: sum of forces equals mass times acceleration (which is zero). The second equation will again be fro...

- Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:55 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Combinations algorithm and property
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Goahead52 wrote:1-2-3-4-5

1-2-3-4-6

1-2-3-6-7

Does the algorithm have to produce all the possible combinations in sorted (assuming numeric low-high) order? If so, shouldn't 1-2-3-5-6 or 1-2-3-4-7 be the third result? Otherwise, how many k-uplets are required?

- Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:15 pm UTC
- Forum: Language/Linguistics
- Topic: A (annoying) habit
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mathmannix wrote:Of course, for this particular example, you could just take the route of following an historical precedent. An habit. There you go.

*twitch*

- Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:08 pm UTC
- Forum: Your art and links
- Topic: Photography thread.
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These are some of my older ones--I haven't had a camera around recently. Your links aren't working. First and foremost, I don't think the IMG tags work unless your URL contains a image filetype (i.e. .jpg, .png, .gif, etc.). Second, I'm getting a 403 error when I try to open the link in a new tab. ...