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by Patashu
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"
Replies: 37
Views: 11804

Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

This list is notably missing 'null'. This one actually impacts people in real life:

https://thenextweb.com/insider/2016/03/ ... computers/
by Patashu
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: My number is bigger!
Replies: 1590
Views: 415410

Re: My number is bigger!

Once again, read through the entire thread. I think the thing I'm most sad about is that M never managed to get formalized. The idea of automatically generating bigger and bigger ordinals in an explosive way and then iterating and diagonalizing the process just sounds so cool. I guess it's too big t...
by Patashu
Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"
Replies: 68
Views: 22511

Re: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"

To me this is the most annoying ringtone, because I've seen people use it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZHBu9nENns
"I've Got a Friend Ringtone"

Ouch!
by Patashu
Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 68936

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

I loved the question about the mirror. I had to think about it for a while before realizing what a mirror was doing was 'pulling' your back to your front and your front to your back, so there's no reversing at all - or rather, the reversing is perpendicular to the mirror's surface.
by Patashu
Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1138: "Heatmap"
Replies: 59
Views: 21446

Re: 1138: "Heatmap"

This is something that bothers me a lot too, for lots of kinds of statistics. For instance youtube offers a service where you can see how many people watch your video to certain points in time in the video. But looking at it I can't help but think - so, what is the curve like on average? Is this no...
by Patashu
Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1138: "Heatmap"
Replies: 59
Views: 21446

Re: 1138: "Heatmap"

This is something that bothers me a lot too, for lots of kinds of statistics. For instance youtube offers a service where you can see how many people watch your video to certain points in time in the video. But looking at it I can't help but think - so, what is the curve like on average? Is this nor...
by Patashu
Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0975: "Occulting Telescope"
Replies: 66
Views: 20137

Re: 0975: "Occulting Telescope"

larsh wrote:I don't get it ... why is it funny that the scientist is freaked out by the number of stars? why does somebody else agree with him? ...

It's funny because your expectations of them being astronomers (who LOVE looking at stars) is subverted.
by Patashu
Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 28849

Re: 0967: Prairie

Woah, what happened to the average xkcd subscriber understanding quantum physics?
by Patashu
Fri Dec 03, 2010 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"
Replies: 100
Views: 20508

Re: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"

I was amused, then read the alt-text, then cracked up laughing.
by Patashu
Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antihydrogen
Replies: 40
Views: 4917

Re: Antihydrogen

If you could fit the magnets strong enough to hold the antimatter in the container, would you not even need the antimatter any more? Just a hoverboard with some ridiculously strong magnets? Even if your magnets got so ridiculously strong that they could levitate by interacting with the Earth's incr...
by Patashu
Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Ungoogleable
Replies: 128
Views: 85585

Re: The Ungoogleable

Is there a fine difference between "something that Google cannot search" (i.e. odd symbols) and "Google did not find what I was looking for" (i.e. "man" as the OP states)? The former is "trivially" solved by an identical search engine that accounts for the th...
by Patashu
Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Ungoogleable
Replies: 128
Views: 85585

Re: The Ungoogleable

HonoreDB wrote:Oh hey, just ran into another one. Yay. :?

The word "comments" is prominently featured on EVERY WEBSITE ON THE INTERNET. This makes searches for other meanings of the word "comment" difficult.

Google has the answer. Type this into a search

define:comment
by Patashu
Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Ungoogleable
Replies: 128
Views: 85585

Re: The Ungoogleable

Anything that relies on punctuation to be distinguished. Example: Looking up a programming language operator.
by Patashu
Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What exactly is in YouTube's monkey message?
Replies: 25
Views: 13266

Re: What exactly is in YouTube's monkey message?

What might they be encrypted with? AES?
by Patashu
Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: End Program in Python
Replies: 23
Views: 18548

Re: End Program in Python

You could also throw an exception, but that's messy.
by Patashu
Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should drivers and passengers in automobiles wear helmets?
Replies: 99
Views: 16961

Re: Should drivers and passengers in automobiles wear helmet

Just an aside, does anyone else think that laws mandating the wearing of helmets/seatbelts don't make any sense whatsoever? I mean even the drug laws pretend to be based in public safety. I won't say anything about the helmets, but a major component of the seatbelts laws were making it mandatory fo...
by Patashu
Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What will curing diseases actually accomplish?
Replies: 26
Views: 6427

Re: What will curing diseases actually accomplish?

The best long term forms of aid are probably micro-loans and investment in infrastructure (water, power, roads, school buildings, mobile phone masts and such) anyway, and other forms of aid should be strictly short-term in nature and sourced regionally if at all possible. I want to comment on this,...
by Patashu
Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0798: "Adjectives"
Replies: 97
Views: 26410

Re: "Adjectives" Discussion (#798)

I will be quietly chuckling all day over "piquant as shit". Still trying to work out what "fungible" means, but I am assured that, when I do, it will be funny. Fungible means that any two of the commodity are interchangeable. For instance, oil is fungible - oil is oil is oil, an...
by Patashu
Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Sliders-inspired q.
Replies: 27
Views: 4415

Re: Sliders-inspired q.

Barring something really intelligent, it'd take too long to figure out on the fly how their version of the internet works on every level (consider our version of networks: each type of cable has its own bit patterns/MAC addresses/encodings, then there's IP to identify computers, then there's TCP or ...
by Patashu
Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Knowledge from group averages
Replies: 25
Views: 3452

Re: Knowledge from group averages

I think the idea is that no one's memorized the population of Indonesia, but our individual hunches about what it might be will average around the true population. Personally, I think that it would have a log-normal distribution, if anything - as in, say it's really a 7 digit number, then people are...
by Patashu
Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Too Many Ninjas!
Replies: 29
Views: 8178

Re: Too Many Ninjas!

I just got 76! I think I'm going to stop, I doubt I can top that.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v216/ ... njas76.png
by Patashu
Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Counting even permutations with repetitions
Replies: 5
Views: 1199

Re: Counting even permutations with repetitions

This might be useful for your extrapolation. If you continually remove one digit from the maximum number size, you get the following pattern of 0 mod 2s and 1 mod 2s:

5005000 4995000
500500 499500
50500 49500
5050 4950
550 450
55 45
by Patashu
Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Time Signatures
Replies: 120
Views: 20817

Re: Favorite Time Signatures

What is it called when a song is 4/4, but grouped into groups of five measures, not four? i.e. this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0WG81V0hKE Once the beat comes in, count measures, and it'll be pretty obvious.
by Patashu
Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)
Replies: 1947
Views: 234805

Re: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)

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by Patashu
Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Usages of calculus.
Replies: 16
Views: 2452

Re: Usages of calculus.

An oddball use of differentiation is as such: If you differentiate a function and find it to always equal zero, you know that the function is a constant function, which can be used i.e. as a method to prove identities.
by Patashu
Sun Jul 18, 2010 4:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Econophysics
Replies: 45
Views: 5213

Re: Econophysics

If mainstream economics uses assumptions that are not approximations of the real world but outright wrong, is it not disingenuous to present conclusions using them as relevant?
by Patashu
Sun Jul 18, 2010 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Why doesn't flash/etc state persist past tab closing?
Replies: 13
Views: 1957

Re: Why doesn't flash/etc state persist past tab closing?

Xanthir wrote:Then file a bug and ask a browser vendor to do that. There's nothing technically stopping them from doing what you want.

I intend on it, I'm just making sure that it's not a dumb idea or already done or whatever first.
by Patashu
Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Why doesn't flash/etc state persist past tab closing?
Replies: 13
Views: 1957

Re: Why doesn't flash/etc state persist past tab closing?

Cosmo got it - the number of people who even know that you *can* restore a tab is so low that the benefit of it is miniscule compared to the inconvenience of having hefty pages sit around for extra time every single time. There's no reason why it has to be so low - maybe the first few times a tab i...
by Patashu
Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Why doesn't flash/etc state persist past tab closing?
Replies: 13
Views: 1957

Why doesn't flash/etc state persist past tab closing?

Say I click the little X on a tab by mistake. This happens very often and effectively at random. I can use ctrl+shift+T to restore the tab - but this does not restore the tab's state, it only reloads the url that it was holding. If said tab was running anything in flash, or in java or anything of th...
by Patashu
Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Your best Fibonacci algorithm?
Replies: 24
Views: 11602

Re: You're best Fibonacci algorithm?

Why is the matrix form inherently faster to work with than the naive fibbonaci seque...aha! It's because you can do exponentiation by squaring. Okay.
by Patashu
Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 746427

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

But you have to laugh and THEN buy.
by Patashu
Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Aurora: the 4X game more complex than Dwarf Fortress.
Replies: 16
Views: 22549

Re: Aurora: the 4X game more complex than Dwarf Fortress.

Hm. I haven't been able to get any of those to work right, and my netbook's video card isn't actually capable of displaying a bigger height than my screen's maximum, so the built-in Windows workaround doesn't work either. What's weird is that even on my desktop, some of those huge-ass Visual Basic ...
by Patashu
Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: confused by simple probability ....
Replies: 9
Views: 2439

Re: confused by simple probability ....

When X = 3 you have 3C3 * (2/3)^3 * (1/3)^0 = (2/3)^3 = the chance of getting three loses why are you defining x ? you dont use x anywhere in the formula. and what is C ? or is that a typo and C is actually suposed to be X ? even than i dont see why you would define and use a variable when you didn...
by Patashu
Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Biology flash game (Done!)
Replies: 59
Views: 10191

Re: Biology flash game (Done!)

I found it hard enough. :shock: Really? I didn't fail a single time. (I did manage to freeze the game once, however. I sent off a bug report for that one :mrgreen: ) Perhaps a version where you have to organise not just one cell but a small slime mould... intracellular signalling in order to contro...
by Patashu
Thu Jul 15, 2010 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probably Not Permutations
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Re: Probably Not Permutations

Think about it this way: You have (m+n)! ways of re-arranging m+n distinctly labelled fruits in m+n positions. However, they are not distinctly labelled - every apple can be interchanged with another apple, for instance. We know there are m! ways to order m apples. So, out of our (m+n)! permutations...
by Patashu
Thu Jul 15, 2010 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Biology flash game (Done!)
Replies: 59
Views: 10191

Re: Biology flash game (Done!)

I played this! It was awesome. It was entertaining to both learn, to listen to the dialogue and plot unfolding and to play through - there were constantly new things being added. One thing it wasn't, though, is long or hard. It's that kind of feeling that makes you want to see greater and greater st...
by Patashu
Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: confused by simple probability ....
Replies: 9
Views: 2439

Re: confused by simple probability ....

i think binominal distribution doesn't apply here because the game is won not only if you get exactely one coin right but also if you get more than one coin right Instead of defining the successful outcome as winning, define it as losing . Then, with n = 3, p = 2/3 we have a binomial distribution t...
by Patashu
Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Paul the Octopus
Replies: 34
Views: 5392

Re: Paul the Octopus

I don't really understand this "He prefers red flags!"-argument. I mean, granted, it's a different explanation than "He's a psychic octopus; d'uh!", but how could such a preference have increased Paul's success rate? Surely, if having a red flag increased your national soccer/fo...
by Patashu
Wed Jul 14, 2010 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 434
Views: 152466

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

Hmmm, I'm finding it hard to prove what the cube roots of 1 in complex numbers are, outside of converting to modulus-argument form and using the obvious geometric interpretation - except I don't know what the geometric interpretation of a split-complex number is. Probably something hyperbolic, given...
by Patashu
Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Presenting to Teens about something they don't care about.
Replies: 20
Views: 2944

Re: Presenting to Teens about something they don't care abou

Maybe relate to things that they, personally, would be using? Like if you know anything about how facebook works on the backend, you could talk about how it works to serve millions of people all day and so on.

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