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by LjSpike
Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 39836

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

I'd conclude that the most reasonable solution to these problems would be making gun purchases illegal, it'd solve school shootings, help stop terrorist attacks, and prevent many accidents. But it's already illegal to shoot up a school or to perpetrate a terrorist attack. And making cars illegal wo...
by LjSpike
Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 39836

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

This is pretty unlikely to matter if you don't actually pursue criminal purchases, and in any case, it's a really, really bad idea from a due process perspective. Of course, it can be hard to track criminal purchases. They're normally done discretely, I expect normally under the guise of a normal g...
by LjSpike
Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 39836

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

...or maybe police could actually do the relevant police work, and close down the few people that are causing the vast majority of the crime? They do have records of NCIS checks. If you see shit like rejections being immediately followed by a request in someone else's name from the same location, m...
by LjSpike
Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two puzzles for the price of 1!
Replies: 17
Views: 5097

Re: Two puzzles for the price of 1!

If sore and saw don't work, then you can just look at the box. You see what you saw. You take the saw and cut the float in half. etc. Alternatively, push yourself around the box until you wear yourself out. Pretty much your second solution there. If you can't break the box, the only way to escape w...
by LjSpike
Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 39836

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

That's probable, yes. Most crime is highly non-randomly distributed, with serial offenders claiming a pretty decent share. One pet peeve you'll often see noted in pro-firearm publications is that Obama's admin has a particularly poor enforcement rate of existing gun laws, primarily failed NCIS chec...
by LjSpike
Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 39836

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

Potentially. Assuming the seller is willing to sell to a 13 yr old, is a private seller, the kid lives in a state that does not prohibit it, and the kid can assemble the hundreds of dollars. It's about 30 states that allow it. In practice, it's almost invariably a birthday present or similar. That'...
by LjSpike
Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: 2 News stories.
Replies: 7
Views: 4178

Re: 2 News stories.

Well, America appears to be wanting tighter gun laws, at last. But undoubtedly the people of the USA will come back with their biggest reason for having guns. "We need to protect ourselves from the guys with guns!" Well... some people in America want tougher gun laws. Oddly enough, none o...
by LjSpike
Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Beautiful Puzzle I just remembered...
Replies: 2
Views: 3221

Re: Beautiful Puzzle I just remembered...

Okay, I don't really want to do this but... These are much more along the lines of linguistic tricks. And that's okay, I mean, lots of people are into that. But its not really what I want to encourage here in Logic Puzzles. So, please stop posting these sorts of linguistic puzzles. -jr Ahh k. Maybe...
by LjSpike
Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 39836

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

I have difficulty believing the US has more guns lying around than books. I certainly did look around the house for books as a kid. I'm sure I can't be unique in that. I mean, yeah, a lot of homes DO have guns in them, but the average US home has 300,000 items in it*. It seems implausible that read...
by LjSpike
Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Beautiful Puzzle I just remembered...
Replies: 2
Views: 3221

Beautiful Puzzle I just remembered...

Its a personal favorite out of all puzzles there are, because its very very simple. If it takes 4 men, 2 days to dig a hole. How many days does it take 2 men, to dig half a hole? Hopefully you'll have spotted, you can't dig half a hole. Although if you were to argue you would, mathematically...
by LjSpike
Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two puzzles for the price of 1!
Replies: 17
Views: 5097

Re: Two puzzles for the price of 1!

Second puzzle (based on a solution I first heard in the mid 1970's): Float about rubbing your hands until they are sore. Use the saw to cut the float in half. Two halves make a whole, so jump through the hole to escape the box. Shout for help until you are hoarse. Jump on the horse and ride away! S...
by LjSpike
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 39836

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

Actually, this claim could probably be true in many circumstances. They said its cheaper to get a gun than a book. Normally books are bought, but there is so many guns owned in America, there will be some lying around the house, family heirlooms and parents guns and so forth. Often the child will ge...
by LjSpike
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: 2 News stories.
Replies: 7
Views: 4178

2 News stories.

Well, America appears to be wanting tighter gun laws, at last. But undoubtedly the people of the USA will come back with their biggest reason for having guns. "We need to protect ourselves from the guys with guns!" And the UK has decided to vote to leave the EU (Damnit. Why can't I be old ...
by LjSpike
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:16 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"
Replies: 52
Views: 29459

Re: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"

But this XKCD works off the premise of that "circumbary" system? What if you include elliptical orbits? You could have the planet orbitting one star, but at times the stars are on the same side, and pretty close (I know, this does induce the very occasional huge giant pull of the star when...
by LjSpike
Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: standard approach to very high dimensional optimization by genetic algorithms / machine learning methods
Replies: 3
Views: 4558

Re: standard approach to very high dimensional optimization by genetic algorithms / machine learning methods

Thanks. I've seen of the examples of neural networks being used to paint one image in the style of another image, and it might be interesting to see if they can be purely creative Well, creating non-abstract realistic images would be tricky, but a computer could create an abstract image. It'd just ...
by LjSpike
Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Old Project of mine - High Level to High Level
Replies: 3
Views: 4748

Old Project of mine - High Level to High Level

I'm thinking with the long break i'm going to get, to have another go at an old project of mine, which I didn't get to far into last time round. Its a python program, to take a document in a programming language, and make a new document doing the same, but in a different language, preferably for cha...
by LjSpike
Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Van Allen Belt Propulsion
Replies: 7
Views: 2422

Re: Van Allen Belt Propulsion

Water = 65 - 70 NOTE: this is of course perfectly distilled water. Tap water or mineral water is quite conductive. And perfectly distilled water never remains perfectly distilled for long. It quickly finds something that wants to dissolve in it and then it's no longer perfectly distilled water. I s...
by LjSpike
Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two puzzles for the price of 1!
Replies: 17
Views: 5097

Re: Two puzzles for the price of 1!

Linguistically the question could be parsed as "How many people did the boy see on his way to the party?" But we still don't know how many he saw before or after the incident described. Ehh, thats true. I was hoping only I saw that interpration. 1: Your solution doesn't follow. They c...
by LjSpike
Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two puzzles for the price of 1!
Replies: 17
Views: 5097

Re: Two puzzles for the price of 1!

1: Your solution doesn't follow. They could all be dead from a traffic accident...or, they could not. Some subset of them could be going to the party. Or not. There's not enough information in the description to say. This is just an https://xkcd.com/169/ problem. And even if we're going...
by LjSpike
Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Van Allen Belt Propulsion
Replies: 7
Views: 2422

Re: Van Allen Belt Propulsion

Water = 65 - 70 NOTE: this is of course perfectly distilled water. Tap water or mineral water is quite conductive. And perfectly distilled water never remains perfectly distilled for long. It quickly finds something that wants to dissolve in it and then it's no longer perfectly distilled water. I s...
by LjSpike
Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two puzzles for the price of 1!
Replies: 17
Views: 5097

Two puzzles for the price of 1!

Puzzle One, isn't too tricky, if you know the original puzzle. Its a nice one, no theoretical science needed at all. A boy is walking to a party, he turns the corner and sees on the road, seven men. Each of these seven men has seven wives, and each of these seven wives has seven daughters, who each ...
by LjSpike
Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Van Allen Belt Propulsion
Replies: 7
Views: 2422

Van Allen Belt Propulsion

I was watching a brilliant Horizon episode on Project Greenglow (A name for one of the attempts for antigravity systems / gravity propulsion systems etc.) and I had an idea, to do with propelling craft within an atmosphere, while using far less fuel. The Van Allen Belts . These are electrically char...
by LjSpike
Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 156
Views: 42780

Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

Well, I've only read through some solutions but... We can't create energy alright, so the net movement must be nothing. Now, the problem was very specific in a block of gold, and a rope of 50 meters. So, using our finger nails (were in perfect health! A googleplexian of years should give us...
by LjSpike
Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Unusual topic disapproval
Replies: 3
Views: 3317

Re: Unusual topic disapproval

gmalivuk wrote:In any case, now that you've gotten this post approved, future ones won't need mod approval.

True, I might repost it later.
I have no idea what I named it. Anyway.
by LjSpike
Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Unusual topic disapproval
Replies: 3
Views: 3317

Unusual topic disapproval

I have two topics which have been disapproved for Reason: The reported message has the only purpose to advertise for a website or another product.. One to do with the Van Allen Belts, they're charges, and the scientific possibility of thrust-less propulsion with them, which hasn't any adverts, links...
by LjSpike
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 156
Views: 42780

Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

Well, I've only read through some solutions but... We can't create energy alright, so the net movement must be nothing. Now, the problem was very specific in a block of gold, and a rope of 50 meters. So, using our finger nails (were in perfect health! A googleplexian of years should give us ...

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