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by ocdscale
Sun Apr 11, 2010 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 2 puppies
Replies: 132
Views: 18200

Re: 2 puppies

Yeah, you guys are right. I should have phrased that as:
"Yes, the first dog I received is male, I did not check the second yet."

Edit: Argh, and as Ermes notes, it would still depend on the storekeeper's behavior.
by ocdscale
Sat Apr 10, 2010 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 2 puppies
Replies: 132
Views: 18200

Re: 2 puppies

I'm probably just being stupid, but I can't get past thinking that as the sex of one of the puppies is given, the probability would still be 0.5 If you examine it this way, where x = Pr(the puppy which the owner confirmed to be male, is male) and y = Pr(the other puppy, who's gender...
by ocdscale
Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?
Replies: 287
Views: 35742

Re: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?

I think some people (gladly, not most here) are making a logical error. A -> C, and B -> C, doesn't mean that A = B. An analogy: I don't wear a watch nowadays, but one day I hope to have a Breguet Classique on my wrist. That day will be a long way coming because it is a very expensive watch. In fact...
by ocdscale
Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Inconsistent variables in the two envelopes problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1328

Re: Inconsistent variables in the two envelopes problem

A coin-flip or other fair random process (50/50 odds) determines which envelope you open. You see an amount A. Now you know either A=L or A=2L , but you don't know the probabilities of these. So your expected value from the envelope you opened is clearly A. Your expected value from the other envelo...
by ocdscale
Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 39617

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

If it is impossible to design a system that never loses data, how can you treat an opt-out as permanent? How does one identify that they are not an organ donor? Do they carry a card? What if the card gets lost? Does the hospital do an extensive search for the deceased in the opt-out donor registry,...
by ocdscale
Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 39617

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

From a strictly utilitarian perspective it seems as though the tremendous suffering you could prevent and happiness you could cause must outweigh the grief from having your sentimental object tampered with. Although I recognize that from the position of your namesake, this makes sense, it does not ...
by ocdscale
Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 39617

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

And if you're going to argue that it's ok because it's not mandatory, but opt-out. Allright, I'll accept that argument, but only if you accept that it's perfectly morally acceptable for me to have sex with you while you sleep, because, well, you didn't opt-out. I was in fairly high levels of agreem...
by ocdscale
Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Iraq Uses "Magic" To Detect Bombs
Replies: 36
Views: 4019

Re: Iraq Uses "Magic" To Detect Bombs

I find it mind-blowing that the guy made up a powerless-power source for his detector, when he could have shoved a radio-shack battery case, an on-off switch, and a power-on LED for maybe a buck or buck-fifty a unit. But then again I suppose that would have cut in to his profits... I suspect the de...
by ocdscale
Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 39617

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

I think I'd prefer to live in a society with mandatory organ donation because I like the idea it represents. Our bodies, no longer of use to us, will serve the community for the greater good. However, at this point, I really don't want to see this forced on anyone. Religious objections to (personal)...
by ocdscale
Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Widespread inconsistent beliefs
Replies: 59
Views: 9239

Re: Widespread inconsistent beliefs

A person's name/address/age could be called their "factual identity", and their labels and groups could be called their "social identity." So, if a person rejects a belief held by their group, that might damage their social identity. They might become an outcast from the group, ...
by ocdscale
Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Confusing meanings of degrees/percentages
Replies: 13
Views: 1336

Re: Confusing meanings of degrees/percentages

If someone asks: "what is the percentage?", and I answer, "it is 100 percent". Did I just answer that is is 100 percent or 1 percent? If you say "it is 100 percent" then your answer is that "it is 100%". I think a more confusing answer might be "the answ...
by ocdscale
Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quick question about gravity in vacuo
Replies: 10
Views: 915

Re: Quick question about gravity in vacuo

It's not just the enormous mass, but also the fact that there are innumerable other small forces of similar magnitude pulling the Earth in every direction, and its actual acceleration is the sum of these, which is going to be very close to zero. This doesn't seem right to me, the assertion that: &q...
by ocdscale
Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Iraq Uses "Magic" To Detect Bombs
Replies: 36
Views: 4019

Re: Iraq Uses "Magic" To Detect Bombs

Didn't know whether I should make a new thread or not (especially given that most of this thread is on a tangent). Erring on the side of caution. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8477601.stm Jim McCormick, the director of the company that sells these bomb dowsing rods, has been arrested and ex...
by ocdscale
Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What is the mass of a feather?
Replies: 229
Views: 318091

Re: What is the mass of a feather?

Shouldn't feathers have negative mass because birds float in the air?
by ocdscale
Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Norway responsible for cold; has punctured thermosphere
Replies: 50
Views: 4375

Re: Norway responsible for cold; has punctured thermosphere

It wasn't a UFO? UFOs are scary, but the fact that our government is conducting experimental high energy weapons tests in a populated area is even more so... Do we know the reason behind the firing of the quantum high energy beam? Obviously I don't believe the propaganda that we're attacking heaven....
by ocdscale
Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dolphins should be treated as nonhuman persons...
Replies: 122
Views: 10575

Re: Dolphins should be treated as nonhuman persons...

Reiss and Marino say their behavioral and anatomical findings and our new understanding of dolphin intelligence mean it may not be ethical to keep dolphins in aquatic amusement parks for our entertainment, or to kill them for food. Apologies for bringing this thread back up, but I obviously didn't ...
by ocdscale
Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gay: Full of hate or just another swear?
Replies: 163
Views: 20669

Re: Gay: Full of hate or just another swear?

Gay is like "Bastard", IMHO. The ethymology is irrelevant to those that use it, it's an insult yes, but I very much doubt they have "this sucks because gay people suck" in their minds. Now, does that mean it's fine? No. But it's not hate-filled against gay people most of the tim...
by ocdscale
Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Reproduction & the Mentally Disabled?
Replies: 203
Views: 26996

Re: Reproduction & the Mentally Disabled?

I disagree. Inflicting a child with a genetic condition violates the rights of that child. To claim that a genetic condition is 'inflicted' on a child is to assume that the genetic condition and the child are somehow separable--that the child and their genes exist as separate entities rathe...
by ocdscale
Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The right of the burglar
Replies: 253
Views: 20759

Re: The right of the burglar

I suspect I poorly choose my words (using 'sanctity'). I don't think human life is sacrosanct. Society's interest in preserving life is extremely high, much higher than the interest in preserving property rights, but is not inviolable. In a sense, by allowing self defence against a mere threat of ki...
by ocdscale
Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Weighted Voting System
Replies: 37
Views: 5110

Re: Weighted Voting System

I would submit that this proposal IS a way of protecting the process. It is by no means the most welcome protection, but still a protection none the less. The founding fathers basically stated that an informed citizenry is the very basis for democratic societies. ...quotes... It goes on and on at t...
by ocdscale
Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The surprise exam paradox
Replies: 217
Views: 65069

Re: The surprise exam paradox

To jump to my conclusion: It is impossible to 'surprise' students with a test in a logical sense, but that does not hold true in the real world. The students' argument is operating in the logical world. But the paradox's conclusion: "However, the next week, on Wednesday, they have the exam. And...
by ocdscale
Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Weighted Voting System
Replies: 37
Views: 5110

Re: Weighted Voting System

I understand the sentiment on educating the public rather then using some test. It is a good point, but the main problem I see is that it assumes there aren't a significant number of people who simply don't want to learn. The type of people who would rather demonize a person, recently Obama, then e...
by ocdscale
Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Weighted Voting System
Replies: 37
Views: 5110

Re: Weighted Voting System

Why should you need a good knowledge of modern politics or events in order to vote? Voting is about choosing who you want to govern you, not choosing the 'best' candidate from the perspective of an educated elitist individual who writes the questions. Please tell me I'm missing the sarcasm of your ...
by ocdscale
Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The right of the burglar
Replies: 253
Views: 20759

Re: The right of the burglar

Preserving the sanctity of human life is a higher priority for society than preserving property rights. Preserving the sanctity of human life (given human nature) requires preserving the right to self defense. As an exercise of your right to life, there are situations where you may lawfully deprive ...
by ocdscale
Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Food Fights
Replies: 14
Views: 1889

Re: Food Fights

I've never been in, or seen a food fight.
Growing up, I always thought it was somewhat of a myth, something that only happens in movies.
by ocdscale
Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Studying problems, will someone help me?
Replies: 9
Views: 1840

Re: Studying problems, will someone help me?

Was the first paragraph necessary? Regardless, some study tips: It helps me a lot to understand 'why' something is a rule as opposed to simply what the rule is. This is especially important in fields like Physics and Mathematics because they are logically rigorous. One example comes to mind, Heron's...
by ocdscale
Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Morality in Watchmen
Replies: 103
Views: 19827

Re: Morality in Watchmen

I think this story illustrates that with perfect information morality works very weird. If we know that doing X will net save Y people, then morality metrics are a lot easier. But I suspect in general that we frown on means that can only be justified by rosy portrayals of the ends because our abili...
by ocdscale
Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 2 puppies
Replies: 132
Views: 18200

Re: 2 puppies

Ok I figured I'd jump in and try to get to the bottom of why a lot of people are confused into why 1/3 is the correct answer, when it isn't. The most typical argument seems to be that the likely hood of MF/FM is twice that of MM, which when graphed looks like this: A surprisingly confident answer.....
by ocdscale
Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0684: "We Get It"
Replies: 115
Views: 30212

Re: "We Get It" Discussion

shalbamo wrote:I hate to break it to you, but pretty much ALL minorities do this. if you agree with them without being them, you "Don't understand my viewpoint". If you don't, you "Are racist/sexist/homophobic".\


Way to take the high ground there, guy.
by ocdscale
Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0084: "National Language"
Replies: 56
Views: 46458

Re: "National Language" Discussion

This is not entirely true. A local school district near me is required to provide foreign language services in any language requested. This requires them to provide translators in almost 40 different languages and I am not talking a bout a large school district in a major city (I know what you're t...
by ocdscale
Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 99958

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

ok about the first panel, according to it, X% is black ink, now as he added up the total used to write the statement + the amount in the graph, the graph should continuously grow because as you add up the percentages, more ink has to be used to state how much, so the number should grow even more. Y...
by ocdscale
Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 99958

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

I admit that the text in Panel 2 might also be seen as the panel title, not as the y-axis label. Especially since it is located in the same position as the title of panel 3. However, it is also located in the same position as the upper diagram label in panel 1, so we need some reasoning to decide a...
by ocdscale
Wed Jan 13, 2010 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 99958

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

The axis label in the second panel should rather be "Amount of black ink by panel / Amount of black in this image", or, "Relative Amount of black ink by panel". Otherwise, the height of bar 2 is wrong. I disagree, but I think it's because I see "Amount of Black Ink by Panel...
by ocdscale
Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 99958

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

The issue with that, however, is that your calculator can't actually deal with an infinite series. Consider your first example: if you add just the right number of 9's, then, yes, the calculator will return 1 for the value. Of course, get a more powerful calculator, and that won't happen. The issue...
by ocdscale
Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 99958

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

If you want to visualize why the comic works mathematically, imagine two buckets. Bucket A says: "Whenever Bucket B gains water, I gain 1/10th that amount." Bucket B says: "Whenever Bucket A gains water, I gain 1/10th that amount." Squint hard enough and you'll see that it's basi...
by ocdscale
Sun Dec 20, 2009 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Misheard phrases from childhood
Replies: 91
Views: 16888

Re: Misheard phrases from childhood

"The point is mute" is one I've heard, although thankfully not promulgated.
by ocdscale
Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Weird Usage of the Word "Crucial"
Replies: 16
Views: 3141

Re: Weird Usage of the Word "Crucial"

What would you guys make of this? Has anyone else noticed weird uses of "crucial," or is this just a trend that has come about in my rural North Carolina town? Even if nobody has noticed anything about the way use the word, I think it is still an interesting example of a bizarre semantic ...
by ocdscale
Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Explaining a Mandelbrot set to n00bs
Replies: 46
Views: 4760

Re: Explaining a Mandelbrot set to n00bs

You are right. :( I am sorry. I am a simple man speaking with experts. My words may not line up as I would like in this since. Please if anyone can read into what I am "trying" to say and try to translate for me. I would love to know how to speak properly the things that I know are true. ...
by ocdscale
Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The Beauty of Roots
Replies: 44
Views: 6366

Re: The Beauty of Roots

Can anyone explain to me why it looks the way it does?
For starters, why are there holes around 0 and +-1, and why there are "feathers."
This whole thing is very interesting, but it hurts my head trying to think about why it looks like this, hoping someone can help.
by ocdscale
Sun Dec 06, 2009 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The ISS: Worth It?
Replies: 58
Views: 3630

Re: The ISS: Worth It?

Cobramaster wrote:Really though with the current trends toward space exploration, I would not be surprised if the first mission to Mars is a mostly private venture funded by a multinational corporation like Boeing or Lockheed Martin.


I am immediately hit with mixed emotions of optimism and fear.

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