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by Ghona
Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0311: "Action Movies"
Replies: 196
Views: 65443

Who the heck is River Tam?
by Ghona
Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ayn Rand
Replies: 336
Views: 37518

As for someone allowing for Rand's torturing of the language, with the excuse that it's so hard to learn english: e.g. Joseph Conrad "did not become fluent in English until the age of 21, and in 1886 gained both his Master Mariner's certificate and British citizenship" (we're speaking of ...
by Ghona
Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Three Hypothetical Armies
Replies: 37
Views: 8984

Question about Range: see user#471729's post. Turns-for-points would either be unbalancing, lame, or too difficult to make not lame/unbalancing so as to be not worth it. If you have zero range you must land on a square to attack it. wait... you can have multiple units/square? That means a lot of st...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 88826

Hah! I choose to bid (-9,000,000)^.5 +1 dollars!
by Ghona
Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Sequence Puzzle
Replies: 12
Views: 3330

Here's a somewhat similar sequence
1, 11, 21, 1211, 1231, 131221,...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pearls before Swine
Replies: 15
Views: 5788

In my intro computer science course we made a program to play the game.

Except it played it perfectly. Ha!
by Ghona
Sat Aug 25, 2007 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Punctuation Problem
Replies: 23
Views: 6387

Re: Punctuation Problem

James (while John) had had "had had had had had had had". "Had" had a better effect on the teacher.

Presumably it involves false identities and/or time travel
by Ghona
Fri Aug 24, 2007 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What level of mathematics do people know on this forum?
Replies: 63
Views: 9626

Googleis your friend.
by Ghona
Fri Aug 24, 2007 2:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Been Saying This For Ten Years....
Replies: 30
Views: 5056

I don't really care that much about quality.

I care about being able to stay in the same room as a concert without suffering permanent hearing loss.

The music, it burns us!
by Ghona
Fri Aug 24, 2007 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Weird Science Teachers
Replies: 54
Views: 8261

Chlorine gas? That's a well known hazard of cleaning your home.
by Ghona
Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 1 in 4 people read no books last year
Replies: 50
Views: 6914

bbctol wrote:It frightens me how this is possible. At my school, people complain that they have to read two books over the summer, and I'm like, "How the fuck do you not read TEN books over the summer?"

It's not the quantity, it's the quality.
by Ghona
Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Three Hypothetical Armies
Replies: 37
Views: 8984

Doesn't having a range of zero mean you can't attack anyone?
by Ghona
Mon Aug 20, 2007 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: ending to harry potter 7 (spoiler)
Replies: 178
Views: 31398

Is it strange that the thing I want most out of the book is for the flying car to have made a reappearance.
by Ghona
Mon Aug 20, 2007 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ayn Rand
Replies: 336
Views: 37518

My opinions on Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged can be summed up as follows: I really liked Going Postal by Terry Pratchett. Hehe, reminds me of my review for Master of Orion III.... "Master of Orion II was amazing." :lol: I don't get it. For those who don't know: Going Postal was a rebuttal a...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 20, 2007 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that you're disappointed in after having finished.
Replies: 212
Views: 31472

Any book by Piers Anthony that wasn't the first in a series. Eventually everything devolves into nonsensical puns. "Oh No! We are on the Path of Least Resistance! Ha! Ha! Ha! Oh, wait, we are being saved by the ResistAnts! Ha! Ha! Ha!" Or completely convoluted characters. "I'm a half-...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 20, 2007 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Immortality
Replies: 79
Views: 9402

An interesting (possible, but unlikely) consequence of Many Worlds is Quantum Immortality
by Ghona
Mon Aug 20, 2007 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lets fix global warming.
Replies: 239
Views: 23301

My solution is to stop complaining, stop listening to Al Gore, and decide that the slow improvements in technologies will solve our problems without needing to give the government more control over our lives. Except you know people are already dying, and it's only going to get much much worse. Mill...
by Ghona
Mon Aug 20, 2007 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My die beats your die.
Replies: 11
Views: 3624

jestingrabbit wrote:
Ghona wrote:And a variant with four


that you might want to spoilerise.


Fix'd
by Ghona
Mon Aug 20, 2007 2:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Raptors with Guns
Replies: 14
Views: 2911

KicktheCAN wrote:This has to be a rumor. But if it isn't...

Image


I see that and raise you this

Image
by Ghona
Mon Aug 20, 2007 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Disproving young Earth creationism through astrophysics
Replies: 59
Views: 10965

5. Wait a second, God never specified his reference frame
by Ghona
Mon Aug 20, 2007 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My die beats your die.
Replies: 11
Views: 3624

And a variant with four
A=3,3,3,3,3,3
B=4,4,4,4,0,0
C=1,1,1,5,5,5
D=2,2,2,2,6,6
by Ghona
Sun Aug 19, 2007 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Three Hypothetical Armies
Replies: 37
Views: 8984

I've got an army that beats 1/4/0


1/3.5/.5

You take the same number of hits, but can still move.
by Ghona
Fri Aug 17, 2007 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 88826

Let's compare the cases of my strategy and your strategy Case A: Both bet 100 both get 100. Yay! Case B: One bets 100, one bets 2 one gets 4, the other gets 0. The guy who bet two would have been better off if he had chosen 100. Case C: Both bet 2 one gets 2, the other gets 2. Both of them would hav...
by Ghona
Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 88826

I know that my opponent is entirely rational, and he knows that I am entirely rational, and I know that he knows that I'm perfectly rational, ad infinum. So I know that whatever result I end up with, my opponent will likewise decide upon. And my opponent knows that whatever decision he comes up wit...
by Ghona
Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0206: "Reno Rhymes"
Replies: 217
Views: 75626

I once killed a man in Reno - or perhaps a big magpie.
I once killed a man in Reno - and now you have to try
by Ghona
Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Redefine the metric system
Replies: 66
Views: 10025

If we use base eight instead of base ten, 1 day = 30 hours. Although I like the idea of having a 28 hour day and 6 day week (but then, what about sabbath?). The week would be the same length as it is now, and the number of hours per day and the number of days per week would both be perfect numbers ...
by Ghona
Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 88826

I love the use of the word "rational" by people who ostensibly don't know what it means. Rational, in the game-theoretical sense of the word, means that a player uses logic, mathematics, and whatever other analytical tools are available to them in order to make the best decision. They do ...
by Ghona
Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How common are daughters?
Replies: 12
Views: 3876

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
Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scientists break the speed of light?
Replies: 8
Views: 2400

So I have it backwards? Not backwards, but halfway there. The speed of light and the observation of the speed of light are both constant. The only way this is possible is if space and time dilate and contract (this is where the factors of 1-v^2/c^2 come in). Thus, light always travels at c in a vac...
by Ghona
Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Just how gullible and stupid do some people think we are?
Replies: 14
Views: 3278

Yeah. I'm seeing an oil field worker as 137
by Ghona
Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Lock Box solution
Replies: 29
Views: 7619

Juliet sends romeo an unlocked box which can be locked without the key (they exist). Romeo sends Juliet the ring inside this box.
by Ghona
Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...
Replies: 193
Views: 40336

Read the Lord of The Rings trilogy in first grade.
by Ghona
Wed Aug 15, 2007 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0303: "Compiling"
Replies: 136
Views: 44561

po2141 wrote:And what, pray, is a chair-sword?

this is XKCD. It's Chairsword-fighting.
by Ghona
Wed Aug 15, 2007 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0303: "Compiling"
Replies: 136
Views: 44561

Re: "Compiling" Discussion

I highly recommend you read this paper: http://www.acm.org/classics/sep95/ , it's an awesome paper. I read an interesting solution to that. Get some code for a compiler. We'll call it Source A, and it encodes compiler A. Find two different compilers for it on the net. We'll call them compilers B an...
by Ghona
Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What does this code do? -- a game
Replies: 52
Views: 9522

Seeing as the title of the thread has 'game' in the title, I'd assume that this doesn't have to relate to real world situations. The rules for the IOCCC roughly match the given rules, give or take the C language restriction. The game is simple. Post a piece of obscure, inscrutable but useful code.....
by Ghona
Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evil Genius
Replies: 72
Views: 10990

Several problems: 1: the delorean was smashed to pieces. Our only chance to get it is to go back in time to exactly when it was smashed and swap the original (say, by stopping time) in a way that noone would know it was a different one getting smashed. 2: we'd all fight over who got to go 3: (inser...
by Ghona
Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics Laws
Replies: 44
Views: 5984

Marbas wrote:
Ghona wrote:Relativity.

The world would be so much more fun with Newtonian physics


But...then electromagnetism would go poof!

Say goodbye to radio, and lots of other useful things.

And say hello to the luminiferous aether.
by Ghona
Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Riddles from a friend
Replies: 31
Views: 7000

His wife was a mermaid.
by Ghona
Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pi's Utopia
Replies: 63
Views: 6241

3.14159265... wrote:
Ah. Basing your society around hatred.
Lets say if someone likes to A-bomb parts of the earth or likes to cut down trees. Or kill animals, or just put out toxic chemicals into the air for the fun of it we shouldn't hate them?


No, we shouldn't.
by Ghona
Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pi's Utopia
Replies: 63
Views: 6241

You wish to claim that people are not educable? Are you claiming you that not all people have the ability to learn learn basic Algebra, Calculus, Grade 12 Sciences (Phys, Bio, Chem), and a bit of History? (We are not including the mentally challanged as defined by an IQ of under 70. Yes. Or, at lea...

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