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by rlo
Sat Oct 28, 2006 9:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Free postage?
Replies: 9
Views: 4689

What happens when you try to mail a brick, or an unwrapped hammer, or a wrapped but rotten fish? The research has been done.
by rlo
Sat Oct 28, 2006 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 415865

In fact, I don't think the Guru has to say anything for this process to start. ... Consider: ... ...they could simply wait and if they leave on the 99th night... ...If you can spot only 2 people of an eye color and they have not left by the 2nd night, then you must have their same eye color.... But...
by rlo
Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 415865

I'm missing something here. xkcd asked What is the quantified piece of information that the Guru provides that each person did not already have? and though this has been asked and answered before, I'm still not getting it. The guru is providing the information that blue eyed person 2 knows that blu...
by rlo
Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 415865

I'm missing something here. xkcd asked What is the quantified piece of information that the Guru provides that each person did not already have? and though this has been asked and answered before, I'm still not getting it. Could someone please answer this one more time, maybe in the simplest possibl...
by rlo
Fri Oct 27, 2006 5:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Perfect Murder
Replies: 130
Views: 25653

Re: The Perfect Murder

I was just curious if people had ever heard this before. A friend of mine mentioned stabbing someone with a super-frozen icicle (assuming you were the sadistic, murdering type) and then just letting it melt, destroying all evidence. Assuming you don't leave any fibers or hairs are there any flaws t...
by rlo
Wed Oct 25, 2006 9:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 199480

(Trade paperbacks being the collection of comic books into story arcs) Ah. In the US "trade paperbacks" are just large-format paperbacks. Which isn't particularly nerdy. Anyway. That sounds real fun. I have a fantasy of working in a bookstore or owning a bookstore one day. One time I was ...
by rlo
Wed Oct 25, 2006 9:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 199480

Jesster wrote:I am buying a second-hand bookstore and converting the upstairs to sell Trade paperbacks.

Very cool, yes. But why nerdy?

Where's your bookstore?
by rlo
Wed Oct 25, 2006 6:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Firefox 2
Replies: 33
Views: 10538

Saladin wrote:Because that's an automatic update to Firefox 1.5x. This is an entirely new Firefox, version 2.

Oh. I still want them to ask me. It was very nice of them before.
by rlo
Wed Oct 25, 2006 6:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Firefox 2
Replies: 33
Views: 10538

Normally when there's a Firefox upgrade it tells me so and gives me a choice of doing it right then or the next time I install firefox. Why's the download/install not automatic this time?
by rlo
Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Auction Action
Replies: 40
Views: 14510

I've written to Brent, the original post of this riddle here: http://fringe.davesource.com/Fringe/Cre ... ddles.html . I've pointed him to this discussion and asked him to comment. It'll be interesting to see if he does!
by rlo
Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Auction Action
Replies: 40
Views: 14510

otc, when you start by saying I don't know the answer and when you don't know anyone who's actually solved the problem as given, and you finish by saying you do have all the information you need I've got to wonder how you get to that conclusion. I'm mean, I'm sure you're a great guy or gal and all, ...
by rlo
Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 199480

Air Gear wrote:06/10/23.

Apparently I'm not nerdy enough to get this. :wink: Could you please explain?
by rlo
Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 679632

improbable wrote:Hey! I wonder what the probability of this is.

The probability is exactly 5.

But 5 out of what... that's the hard part!
by rlo
Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 199480

Gelsamel wrote:I'm so nerdy that I'm going to write a letter for KEO

Wow. How does one get a diamond to encase anything?
by rlo
Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 199480

shine_and_shing wrote:I learned Dvorak.

That's quite cool, actually. Was it hard to make the switchover? In retrospect, was it worth the effort?

Hix wrote:I know, that's why I said that integer values for the one quarter and three quarters marks can be found on the 1-9 scale.

Oops. I'm so nerdy, I read stuff wrong! :(
by rlo
Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 199480

Heh, the 5 versus 5.5 discrepancy always bugs me, too, so I always insist on using a 0-10 scale. I find that the quick conversion between this scale and a percentage scale compensates for the lack of integer values for the "one quarter" and "three quarters" marks that can be fou...
by rlo
Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 199480

Oh, anyone else tend to start counting things at 0 instead of 1? No, but here's something related: instead of ranking things on a 1 to 10 scale, I use a 1 to 9 scale. Think about it: if you use a 1 to 10 scale, and you want to say that something's smack in the middle, what ranking do you give it? A...
by rlo
Sat Oct 21, 2006 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0171: "String Theory"
Replies: 89
Views: 38876

Brian Greene defends string theory in the light of recent criticisms: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/20/opini ... nehed.html
by rlo
Sat Oct 21, 2006 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Auction Action
Replies: 40
Views: 14510

Re: Auction Action

After solving the riddle of the three wise folks, three scoundrels claim to be the smartest in the country. So you decide to give them a challenge. Suspecting that the thing they care about most is money, you give them $100 and tell them they are to divide this money observing the following rule: t...
by rlo
Sat Oct 21, 2006 6:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 199480

One guy was really happy about it. Made the whole thing worth it. Ahh, the innocence of youth. Did he answer like "Wooooooahhhh, man, really?! That's AWESOME! No... he was sort of stunned. He kept on saying "Thank you! Thank you!". He was clearly a math guy who had been told somethin...
by rlo
Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm so nerdy that I ...
Replies: 1377
Views: 199480

I'm so nerdy that I ...

This thread's to tell nerdy stories about yourself. I'll start. I'm so nerdy that in Junior High School (age 12 or 13), a friend and I computed every local phone number (seven digits) that were perfect squares. Then we phoned all the numbers on the list and told whoever answered what the square root...
by rlo
Fri Oct 20, 2006 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Auction Action
Replies: 40
Views: 14510

In pirate democracy, the pirates are clearly ranked and ordered, and there's a given sequence for proposals and votes. Quite different. :) Well, sure! Of course part of it is different, otherwise it would be the same puzzle and we'd know the answer. But there's one part that's the same, and that's ...
by rlo
Fri Oct 20, 2006 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Auction Action
Replies: 40
Views: 14510

GreedyAlgorithm wrote:You can't actually try it. None of us know what "it" is yet. ohthecommotion, please come back and clarify your riddle!

GA, I'm not sure that's true - maybe it's exactly what he said it was. It seems awfully similar to that pirate democracy puzzle.
by rlo
Fri Oct 20, 2006 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Auction Action
Replies: 40
Views: 14510

Have any of us tried doing this yet with two other reasonably logical people? I'd like to but the people I'm with at home right now either don't go in for this sort of thing, are not all that logical, are too young, or are asleep. :(

It'd be interesting to see what turns up if we actually try this.
by rlo
Thu Oct 19, 2006 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Multiplying on your fingers
Replies: 4
Views: 3409

Multiplying on your fingers

An unusual method for multiplying on your fingers is described here: http://www.cofc.edu/wallacegurganus/ This method provides a product for any two numbers between 6 and 10. (Yes, I know you all know what 7*8 is, but this algorithm is pretty interesting). The puzzle is: why does this algorithm work...
by rlo
Thu Oct 19, 2006 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A simple way to multiply
Replies: 16
Views: 6755

Wow! that one's pretty cool. i was expecting the 9s multiplication thing which I think is gay. I was pleasantly surprised. Thanks, VSM (can I call you VSM?). Any idea why it works? I guess that's a puzzle in and of itself. Hey, you know what? I'll post that question as a puzzle over in the puzzles ...
by rlo
Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A simple way to multiply
Replies: 16
Views: 6755

Reminds me of another multiplication trick, which I've known since I was very young but forgot about until recently. I just tried to describe it myself, but it begs for illustrations. Luckily it's on the web elsewhere (of course): http://www.cofc.edu/wallacegurganus/ Cool thing is I have no idea why...
by rlo
Wed Oct 18, 2006 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A simple way to multiply
Replies: 16
Views: 6755

Re: A simple way to multiply

Spider wrote:I was shown this method a week or so ago, and I just think it's brilliant.... Basically, you take your two numbers which you want to multiply, and write them side by side as two columns.

Spider, that is excellent.
by rlo
Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: As the great Shakespeare once wrote...
Replies: 10
Views: 6429

Re: As the great Shakespeare once wrote...

Oh. Duh. The first part is the entire soliloquy from Hamlet. Like this: 2BR(0)2B To be or not to be =? That is the question. 4W2RS(!=BR) For whether 'tis nobler NDMND in the mind etc. Cute! I like the start but lots of it seems a little random. But I'm not sure how this could be done in its entirety...
by rlo
Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: As the great Shakespeare once wrote...
Replies: 10
Views: 6429

I get the 2BR(0)2B part: "to be or not to be". Could that be a coincidence and the whole thing is just encrypted? Possibly. Unlikely though - I saw the subject mentioning Shakespeare, saw the jumble of characters and said to myself "I'll bet 'to be or not to be' is in there somewhere...
by rlo
Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: As the great Shakespeare once wrote...
Replies: 10
Views: 6429

I get the 2BR(0)2B part: "to be or not to be".
by rlo
Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hello, sort anoob here
Replies: 13
Views: 5465



Oh cool! So what does this mean? Is this some automated thingamabob? What's his/her game?
by rlo
Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0171: "String Theory"
Replies: 89
Views: 38876

But I'm not sure about our level of knowledge here - are we all sort of speculating? I'd have to rank my knowledge of string theory, on a 1 to 9 scale, at 2, maybe 3.... Is there anyone reading this who would rank themselves as a 7 or higher? If there's anyone here who's read both Brian Green books...
by rlo
Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0171: "String Theory"
Replies: 89
Views: 38876

String theory is , was , and always will be . There, you've covered every theoretical relative and quantum unmeasurable quantity. If what you're saying is true, that string theory covers every possible theoretical universe, then yes, it would seem to be not worth all that much. Unless there was som...
by rlo
Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0171: "String Theory"
Replies: 89
Views: 38876

Although as Air Gear points out, you can always adjust String Theory a little bit to make everything still consistent... Is this always true for string theory? Can string theory always be adjusted to make anything consistent? What are the limits on that? Are there any limits ? Could string theory b...
by rlo
Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0171: "String Theory"
Replies: 89
Views: 38876

Here are a few short writeups on string theory for laypeople. ⋅ This description's as short as it gets. ⋅ This one is a little longer but really easy to understand . ⋅ And here's a great article on why there's been a backlash against string theory lately. Charon, thanks...
by rlo
Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0171: "String Theory"
Replies: 89
Views: 38876

There is one testable prediction of string theory: that protons will decay. They even predicted the half-life. Current measurements say that either protons do not decay, or their half-life is several orders of magnitude larger (something like 10,000 times) larger than predicted by string theory. Sp...
by rlo
Tue Oct 17, 2006 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0171: "String Theory"
Replies: 89
Views: 38876

lanaer wrote:
rlo wrote:It's 14 dimensions: three of space, one of time, ten that are folded up so tiny they can't be detected, and then this other one that's made entirely of chocolate.


But what kind of chocolate?


Huh. Apparently, this kind!
by rlo
Mon Oct 16, 2006 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0171: "String Theory"
Replies: 89
Views: 38876

Charodei wrote:Brane theory isn't much better... It's difficult to take either theory seriously when they can't decide how many dimensions there are.

It's 14 dimensions: three of space, one of time, ten that are folded up so tiny they can't be detected, and then this other one that's made entirely of chocolate.
by rlo
Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Tractor? I hardly know 'er! [SOLUTION]
Replies: 36
Views: 10978

FlyingCow371 wrote:Idea: Just 'cause it's an island doesn't mean it's a tropical one...water can get cold and become ice, maybe it'd get cold enough for enough ice to form to support a tractor.

Yeah - ice! I vote for ice!

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