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by MrCode
Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0836: "Sickness"
Replies: 299
Views: 40307

Re: 0836: "Sickness"

I can't speak for everyone, and I doubt I can assuage your personal feelings, but I know I "put up with it" by dealing with the world at a higher level of abstraction than the predetermined parts. Analogy: a computer operates with perfect digital determinism, but can contain data like lik...
by MrCode
Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0836: "Sickness"
Replies: 299
Views: 40307

Re: 0836: "Sickness"

But your actions are NOT theoretically predictable - even if they are deterministic. Setting aside quantum indeterminacy for a moment (and that is a BIG thing to set aside): even if the universe were absolutely deterministic, it would be impossible for the universe to contain a computer powerful en...
by MrCode
Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0836: "Sickness"
Replies: 299
Views: 40307

Re: 0836: "Sickness"

I hate to "feed the troll" but I get so fscking depressed over the whole free will thing...I even started a thread in Dear SB about it. :( As for free will, all science says is that a will that is somehow separable from the universe doesn't exist. But is that a great loss? For me, yes. Kee...
by MrCode
Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: How do you pronounce it?
Replies: 264
Views: 129967

Re: How do you pronounce it?

I don't post here often (in fact this is the first time I've posted to this particular subforum :roll:), but here's my list :D: char -> usually "care" char * -> "care pointer" (I feel it's better to specifically distinguish the * used for declaring a poitner from the ones used fo...
by MrCode
Tue May 04, 2010 7:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Unexplained Sounds
Replies: 31
Views: 4395

Re: Unexplained Sounds

Heh, my computer's speakers sometimes pick up radio signals, too. They aren't right now (apparently it only happens when they're in a specific position on my desk or something...), but when it does happen, it's annoying as hell! Seriously, it picks up this station that plays classical orchestral mus...
by MrCode
Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 82591

Re: "Circuit Diagram" Discussion

nathanst wrote:"Brown, Blue, Orange"
1,6,x1000, (no tolerance band)
or
(no initial band),1,X1000000,+/-3%

is there a joke here?



I believe that would be a reference to this comic. :)
by MrCode
Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 82591

Re: "Circuit Diagram" Discussion

This has to be the most random comic I've seen yet... At first I was thinking it might be like a circuit-diagram representation of Randall's personality/mind or something, but then I scrolled down and realized that it's waaaaay too random for that! :roll: The thing I most identified with here was th...
by MrCode
Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0728: "iPad"
Replies: 63
Views: 12640

Re: "iPad" discussion

Of course we can be controlled in such a base level. We can be subjected to a gamut of horrors that is beyond imagination. We count on society at large to protect us from it. It's harder to fool everybody all the time. Okay, but what I'm asking is: does that completely undermine the notion of freed...
by MrCode
Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0728: "iPad"
Replies: 63
Views: 12640

Re: "iPad" discussion

Remote controlled rats That's...unnerving. It brings to question the concept of free will. I mean, I know that the rats have a choice , and they may not respond immediately, but the way it's described in that article is as if they're being fooled into thinking that they're bumping into obstacles — ...
by MrCode
Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0706: "Freedom"
Replies: 121
Views: 16708

Re: "Freedom" Discussion

I don't see how being able to choose which action to do is freedom. Maybe it isn't at all. ... Do we even choose our own actions? Is it fate? That's exactly what this comic got me thinking about...although I try not to think about it too much, as the idea of the absence of free will is just plain d...
by MrCode
Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 56419

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

One more idea that, sadly, I can't implement myself, as I don't know the language (yet, ;)): GLSL fragment shader. If someone can write that, then they can certainly make a decent fractal viewer out of it...and lightning fast, too, since it would be run directly on the GPU.
by MrCode
Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 56419

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

Re: Collatz sequence programs: I'd like to see someone do it in x86 ASM :twisted: (I gather it would probably be long, annoying, and really difficult; hardly anyone programs in ASM these days, unless it's really really necessary) edit: Actually, writing a pixel plotter in C/C++ with the Collatz sequ...
by MrCode
Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 56419

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

Hi, all. Complete and total newb to these fora, but I thought I would contribute a little something to this thread (the comic got me going on writing a Collatz program). A (fairly robust, maybe?) C program which takes two parameters for generating a Collatz sequence: the starting number, and how man...

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