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by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men to Women - Why Be Polite By Default?
Replies: 281
Views: 27216

Hey, you know all those sports? The ones that only men are allowed to play? The ones that have more *completely fucking undeserved scholarships* going for them than any other group, ever? . I get almost twice as many hits on google for "female athletic scholarships" than for "male at...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men to Women - Why Be Polite By Default?
Replies: 281
Views: 27216

Supposedly, now, men and women are considered equal. Under the law at least, and theoretically in the eyes of society as well. Why is it so awful to expect to be treated as equals? First, abolish all the gender-based scholarships. Then we'll talk. Even if it's only a tiny voice at the very back of ...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Is chess solvable?
Replies: 28
Views: 6090

Blatm wrote:According to Wikipedia, it has been solved for all 3 by 3 boards and all 6 piece or less endgames.


IIRC They solved it for the 6 piece or less endgames and then solved it for the initial moves and met in the middle.
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What does this code do? -- a game
Replies: 52
Views: 9509

Some of the people on this forum have already seen this, but I happen to like it, so phooey on you. In C, just to follow the trend #include <ncurses.h>/*****************************************************/ int m[256 ] [ 256 ],a ,b ;;; ;;; WINDOW*w; char*l="" "\176qxl" "q&qu...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Programmers: Math nerds or Artists?
Replies: 68
Views: 19285

b0b wrote:I'm an artist. I write creative code and creative music. The difference is that the creativity in the code is accessible to very few, while the creativity in the music is accessible to many people.


The solution is obvious.

Write a program to turn code into music.
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Three doors question
Replies: 6
Views: 2696

dbsmith wrote:what if you want the goat.....

Pick the one he opened.
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pi's Utopia
Replies: 63
Views: 6230

By societal shunning, not force. If people realize we are destroying our dear planet, if everyone realizes this. They will start apologizing for having the third child. The neigbourhood will hate them for trying to destroy the dear planet.


Ah. Basing your society around hatred.

How nice.
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0302: "Names"
Replies: 131
Views: 31549

I agree with the critics of this comic though, I thought when Tesla Coil came out that Randall was back to his usual brilliance, but it's slowly slipping away. I want the originality that attracted me to the thing! You're right. The comic should just be the words "Science" "LISP"...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics Laws
Replies: 44
Views: 5961

Relativity.

The world would be so much more fun with Newtonian physics
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A Cypher problem
Replies: 13
Views: 3301

How does this look? "a computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human" Yep, apparently with the following encryption. Caesar shift by the following displacement for each word: 8 9 9 10 15 13 16 21 3 16 15 19 22 7 21 20 7 19 18 ...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1158
Views: 248799

Durinthal wrote:I love the job system in FFV, but the story's pretty weak. It does have some good music, though (Gilgamesh's theme is a favorite).

Ditto. 6 was my favorite overall, but I liked the mechanics better in 5.

And Gilgamesh is my favorite final fantasy character overall.
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: It's the Eye of Argon, it's the thrill of the fight
Replies: 74
Views: 11935

The worst part is, there are books actually published that aren't much better.
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 485023

teucer wrote:And, while I've never done this last one, I'm told you can make lava in the microwave!

You can do silversmithing too.
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Strange behaviour of a digital clock
Replies: 17
Views: 5159

It's a feature! It's not like you need to know the time exactly up-to-the-minute (or second)... and now, when adjusting, you need only half as many clicks as for your other clocks. 5minute units are too coarse, 2minute seems perfect. Build more, ... , profit! No, he still has to click it once per m...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 157989

This is why I love non-standard analysis.

If I was a little less lazy, I'd start arguing without clarifying that I have a different set of axioms.
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A Cypher problem
Replies: 13
Views: 3301

"a computer would deserve to ... intelligent ... could deceive ...into believing that it was human" That's as far as I can get tonight. I'll find the algorithm (if any) tomorrow. How does this look? "a computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into b...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: So how much of that kung fu stuff in movies is plausible?
Replies: 87
Views: 16854

If you really want to learn about self-defense, I'd recommend looking up "The Animal"'s webpage. It covers the legal issues, and, more importantly, how to stay out of a fight in the first place.
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Existence of Nothing?
Replies: 35
Views: 4829

RealGrouchy wrote:
zenten wrote:
Ghona wrote:


Why not write "no" in English?

This line of discussion (including the replies following the above-quoted text) confuses me.

Read Godel Escher Bach. Or Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Son's Square
Replies: 16
Views: 4799

Alternate solution: He digs the top foot of the land off and sells it for topsoil.
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Yes/No Q&A logic problem
Replies: 61
Views: 11026

Was the man from krypton?

If so, was the glass infused with kryptonite?

Was the man a hemophiliac?

Did the man cause damage to the box, which in turn caused injury to himself?
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 88494

If you are perfectly rational, and know your opponent is perfectly rational, then obviously you will end up with the same answer, since you are given the same information. Therefore, $100 is the optimal bid against a rational player. Against an irrational player, greed is an important motivator, and...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How common are daughters?
Replies: 12
Views: 3871

Re: How common are daughters?

Assume exactly half of all children born are girls, that gender determination is a random event and all instances of it are independent, and that every family in puzzleton has exactly two children. Consider the set of all families in puzzleton that include a boy. What fraction of these include a gi...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 2:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: I'm Fat Because YOU'RE Fat!
Replies: 26
Views: 4324

Vargo wrote:I watched a fat man cross a road yesterday.

And today, upon waking, I was horrified to find I had gained 200 pounds.


And your pillow was gone, right?
by Ghona
Mon Aug 13, 2007 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Existence of Nothing?
Replies: 35
Views: 4829

zenten wrote:
Ghona wrote:


Why not write "no" in English?

Because I wanted to unask the question. And there isn't any word other than "Mu" to do that.
by Ghona
Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Existence of Nothing?
Replies: 35
Views: 4829

by Ghona
Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pi's Utopia
Replies: 63
Views: 6230

6- No one may teach something as truth, if it can not be proven as such. Based on what axioms? Science is based on the unprovable axiom that our senses give us accurate data. It is impossible to prove that the universe wasn't created exactly as it is at this very moment, including your memories, fi...
by Ghona
Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meat is meat. Cannibalism.
Replies: 38
Views: 5465

LE4dGOLEM wrote:
iknoritesrsly wrote:<obligatory, who wants some sausage?> :twisted:


Human is said to taste of pork. Which tells us that *if* there is a designer, they designed this joke in mind.

http://blog.wired.com/tableofmalcontent ... tifie.html
by Ghona
Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Natural complements - C and S
Replies: 29
Views: 4165

Buttons wrote:Call me a cynic, but I'm skeptical.


There you go!
by Ghona
Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0299: "Aeris Dies"
Replies: 187
Views: 54762

Can we get off smoking???... When I was little, and I played FFVII I cried when she died... and I spent forever trying to find a (legitimate) way to bring her back, I had always believed that square didn't want her to die either. =P Oh, it's really easy to get her back. All you have to do is find t...
by Ghona
Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Milgram Experiment
Replies: 23
Views: 5094

My uncle was an intro psych student, at a college where, like in many others, the first level psych students were used as experimental subjects. He gave the guy in the other room the first shock and noticed the "subject's" eyes weren't dilating, as they would if he was really was being sho...
by Ghona
Sat Aug 11, 2007 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meat is meat. Cannibalism.
Replies: 38
Views: 5465

What did the person die of? Disease - Bad idea to eat. Starvation - No food on dem bones. Old age - tough and gamey. Yuck. Trauma - Meat will taste bad due to chemicals released by body. Also brings up problems with people being killed for food Poison- Don't eat It's hard to farm good tasting meat w...
by Ghona
Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 493571

So, how many atoms are in a typical guacamole?

Avocado's number!



(not really a math joke, but whatever.)
by Ghona
Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If you discovered...
Replies: 30
Views: 5098

So, according to Martial Law, we have to...
by Ghona
Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wall Street Journal fails statistics 101
Replies: 14
Views: 3205

Maybe it's labeling the predicted Laffer curve
by Ghona
Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favourite Erroneous "Proofs"
Replies: 194
Views: 43775

Everybody knows knowledge is power. And power, of course, is energy per unit of time. Books are the product of time and knowledge. Knowledge=power=energy/time books=knowledge*time=energy And, as everybody should know, e=mc^2 So obviously books have mass based upon the knowledge within them and the t...
by Ghona
Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Overly High Consumption
Replies: 110
Views: 14832

Telling people to stop breeding in the developed world is stupid.

It's like preventing rabbits from breeding in the USA because Australia has a rabbit infestation. It won't help at all.
by Ghona
Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Redefine the metric system
Replies: 66
Views: 9986

SpitValve wrote:Well, we do have our internal body clocks to think about. Apparently our in-built rhythm is about 24 1/2 hours, but it gets reset by the sun each day.

From what I've read, it varies significantly from person to person
by Ghona
Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: So Sad
Replies: 58
Views: 9112

mathmagic wrote:Should I be worried that my mother (who has a university education) thought (until I showed her) that 22/7 was *exactly* pi?

Maybe she lives in somewhere other than flatland?
by Ghona
Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fear the Giant Raptors
Replies: 21
Views: 6319

Good news is, there are already programs in place to rehabilitate them.
by Ghona
Tue Aug 07, 2007 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lets fix global warming.
Replies: 239
Views: 23201

Nuclear power plants produce a constant amount of power, and it's very difficult to change the rate of reaction. Is it really that difficult to change the rate at which you push fuel rods in? And maintain high efficiency? Yes. Let's figure out how much space it would take to store 2 days worth of p...

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