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by zenten
Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Trying to find a way to describe this "set" of numbers
Replies: 24
Views: 7307

Re: Trying to find a way to describe this "set" of numbers

Equality is more fundamental than arithmetic, its necessary for sets, and the elements of sets, to make sense. In particular, in you numbers you talk about "2". Well, if, when I write "2", I always mean the same thing, then... it doesn't really make sense to say that "2=2&q...
by zenten
Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Trying to find a way to describe this "set" of numbers
Replies: 24
Views: 7307

Re: Trying to find a way to describe this "set" of numbers

If you can't say A=B, then I'm not sure how your construction makes any sense. OK, I'm not sure that you can't exactly. What I *do* know for sure is that you can't say the following. Let A, B, C, D and E be unique examples of these numbers. If A + B = C, then D + E != C for all A, B, C, D and E. If...
by zenten
Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Trying to find a way to describe this "set" of numbers
Replies: 24
Views: 7307

Trying to find a way to describe this "set" of numbers

OK, so I came up with this germ of a thought in my head a few months ago, and I can't get it out. I want to either figure out how to formally define and describe for it for others, or come to the conclusion that what I'm thinking of is incoherent. So, here's the idea. There's a countably infinite &q...
by zenten
Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Coming back after a long absense
Replies: 9
Views: 4050

Coming back after a long absense

So, I left here years ago after being a jerk. I'm sorry about that, and hopefully my future actions here can make up for it. There was a bunch of stuff going on in my life, not the least of which was having a new baby to take care of, but those are just reasons, not justifications. Anyway, I'm glad ...
by zenten
Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randall's Linux Distro?
Replies: 26
Views: 20754

Re: Randall's Linux Distro?

Does anyone have recommendations on good distros for cybersecurity? I.e. least vulnerability to malware. There's probably some metric that could tell you that, but it doesn't really matter. If you follow the guidelines for using the distro properly (which would be distro specific, and mostly about ...
by zenten
Fri May 30, 2008 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Research on interactions between different ethical systems
Replies: 6
Views: 1628

Research on interactions between different ethical systems

Is there any academic research on how people who have different ethical belief structures can best interact in harmonious fashions? And what area would that be under anyway? Sociology? Ethics (as a subset of Philosophy)?
by zenten
Fri May 30, 2008 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...
Replies: 142
Views: 12295

Re: Photographs of un-contacted tribe make the news...

Also, is it really appropriate to keep calling them 'indians'? I thought we had moved beyond that terminology. That's what they call themselves. Only super-PC white folk are willing to work through a mouthful like "indigenous Americans" or whatever. Wait, how could we know what they call ...
by zenten
Fri May 30, 2008 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Replies: 111
Views: 22816

Re: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

It was a great Indiana Jones movie. I don't get why you guys don't like the aliens either, it was set in the 50s, *of course* there are aliens, just like there was Nazi mysticism in the last one.
by zenten
Fri May 30, 2008 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Recommend a distro
Replies: 18
Views: 2929

Re: Recommend a distro

Yeah I'm not a big fan of the Window Manager layout. How do I go about getting new ones? The menu bars at the top and bottom kinda make the screen a little claustrophobic by taking up real estate. I like ratpoison myself. You install them like programs. You can choose which one you want when you lo...
by zenten
Fri May 30, 2008 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Confusing Wilson
Replies: 14
Views: 2282

Re: Confusing Wilson

"No more happy" sounds like it has extra emphasis.
by zenten
Fri May 30, 2008 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D 4th Edition [and other..oh, who are we kidding. 4th Ed!]
Replies: 777
Views: 62489

Re: D&D 4th Edition [and other Gen-Con news]

SecondTalon wrote:In short, it's easier and safer for everyone involved to have a blanket No Copywritten Material rule than to differentiate based on what the actual content is.


Are links to wikipedia sites that talk about the torrent sites that have copyrighted material ok?
by zenten
Fri May 30, 2008 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons & Dragons DM Question
Replies: 44
Views: 4880

Re: Dungeons & Dragons DM Question

[Oh, this brings me back memories of trying to run a White Wolf game for interested d&d'ers.. they did not speak in character, no sir. One of my players got into it, but the others didn't seem to have it in them. There must be some way of making it easier for them..] Try Exalted 2nd edition. Th...
by zenten
Fri May 30, 2008 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Clinton step down?
Replies: 156
Views: 10734

Re: Should Clinton step down?

Everyone keeps talking about these "super delegates". What are they? As someone from Soviet Canuckistan I have no idea how your zany politics work. One of the political parties in America decided "you know, we don't trust our voters enough to let them pick the presidential candidate....
by zenten
Fri May 30, 2008 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best language for n00bs
Replies: 261
Views: 107834

Re: Best language for n00bs

As to worst language, anything has to be better than Turing... Well, brainfuck IS Turing... Brainfuck was developed by the University of Toronto? Wait, tat's actually a programming language? i was referring to it's syntax being the same as the Universal Turing Machine. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
by zenten
Fri May 30, 2008 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever
Replies: 243
Views: 49455

Re: Best *nix Desktop Environment/Window Manager/whatever

Pretty much anything works better than GNOME. I'm using a hodge-podge of StumpWM terminal apps, Qt4 apps, XUL-based browser, with interfaces based mainly on VI and Emacs and the interface is still more consistent than GNOME. I was honestly shocked at the number of people who voted for it. All that ...
by zenten
Fri May 30, 2008 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: GUI vs. CLI
Replies: 54
Views: 17446

Re: GUI vs. CLI

Even if you don't use that idea, I thank you for giving me the idea. I now have two rxvt-unicode terminals on my 'admin' group. Granted, I got into that habit because sidux doesn't have any graphical installer, so i had to learn a way to make apt-cache work for me. Btw, if it has wajig, try that ou...
by zenten
Fri May 30, 2008 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Star Trek vs. Star Wars
Replies: 360
Views: 155648

Re: Star Trek vs. Star Wars

There's at least one episode of next gen where Worf says the other ship poses no tactical threat, as it only has lasers and fusion rockets. The episode you're talking about is, perhaps, The Outrageous Okona , which included the following exchange: Worf: "Captain, they are now locking... lasers...
by zenten
Thu May 29, 2008 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's causing high gas prices in the U.S.?
Replies: 58
Views: 10986

Re: What's causing high gas prices in the U.S.?

You know, I'm pretty sure that the question of "Why is gas so much more expensive today than a year ago today?" has a very different answer than "Why is gas so much more expensive today than 10 years ago?"
by zenten
Thu May 29, 2008 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Spore: The Thread. New Topic - Does it work in Win7?
Replies: 754
Views: 44183

Re: Spore: Sep. 7th 2008, And the world goes into Mourning.

wing wrote:Spore doesn't interest me at all. It seems like an overgrown Tomagotchi had sex with The Sims and they put the child up for adoption and it's now the child of the hippopotamus couple named Web 2.0.


That actually makes the game sound rather good.
by zenten
Thu May 29, 2008 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tacoma Narrows Bridge -> Wet T-shirt
Replies: 12
Views: 2540

Re: Tacoma Narrows Bridge -> Wet T-shirt

Robin S wrote:Not that weird - most paths aren't that long, so the chances of two paths being the same length are pretty high.


I meant more how completely different they are.
by zenten
Thu May 29, 2008 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tacoma Narrows Bridge -> Wet T-shirt
Replies: 12
Views: 2540

Re: Tacoma Narrows Bridge -> Wet T-shirt

Shortest path from xkcd to Proto-Indo-European language
Xkcd
Chess
Art
Proto-Indo-European language
3 clicks needed

Shortest path from Proto-Indo-European language to xkcd
Proto-Indo-European language
Armenia
Wikipedia
Xkcd
3 clicks needed

Weird.
by zenten
Thu May 29, 2008 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Clinton step down?
Replies: 156
Views: 10734

Re: Should Clinton step down?

I'm really not understanding what you're saying here. Obviously the Prime Minister of Britain won't affect the American viewpoint. What I'm saying is it didn't really affect the British viewpoint You don't think? I'm sure it did wonders for the opinion of a woman's ability to ascend to the office a...
by zenten
Thu May 29, 2008 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Clinton step down?
Replies: 156
Views: 10734

Re: Should Clinton step down?

You know, after Kim Campbell and Margaret Thatcher I'm less inclined to believe this. Then you aren't aware how narrow and self centered america's view is. The Prime Minister of Canada or Britain isn't a real national leader, to most americans. It's on par with being a state governor or something. ...
by zenten
Thu May 29, 2008 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Clinton step down?
Replies: 156
Views: 10734

Re: Should Clinton step down?

It's in her best interest to stop making a damned fool out of herself. You're setting her up as if she were some type of feminist martyr, and maybe that's the role she wants to play, but that's not reality. If you think there's nothing significant about the fact that she's the first woman to have a...
by zenten
Thu May 29, 2008 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill Henson to be charged with "child porn" offences
Replies: 94
Views: 15883

Re: Bill Henson to be charged with "child porn" offences

Dream wrote:
zenten wrote:
LE4dGOLEM wrote:Also, Coppertone girl = child porn? Are you serious?

And yeah, I'm serious. The line between that ad and this guys artwork is very very fine.

So, you think Henson's work is child pornography?


No, I don't think either is pornography.
by zenten
Thu May 29, 2008 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill Henson to be charged with "child porn" offences
Replies: 94
Views: 15883

Re: Bill Henson to be charged with "child porn" offences

That's bull. If I buy say ivory recently poached from endangered elephants I am committing a crime, because I am paying money to help in the poaching of elephants. So, so long as $person isn't paying for it, it's okay? Also, Coppertone girl = child porn? Are you serious? No, I'm saying paying for s...
by zenten
Thu May 29, 2008 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Monkeys control robots with their minds
Replies: 12
Views: 2231

Re: Monkeys control robots with their minds

Ashbash wrote:So much coolness. Just out of interest, anybody know how long this sort of technology has been under development? I've seen a few other similar things.


I believe serious research into it started in the 80s, based on science clips I saw on a show in the early 90s.
by zenten
Thu May 29, 2008 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Star Trek vs. Star Wars
Replies: 360
Views: 155648

Re: Star Trek vs. Star Wars

Teleports? Learn to pilot a shuttle from the godsdamn ship to the ground and back. Is it really that hard? Well, no. They do that in Star Trek all the time. It is, however, expensive if you have to make one or more "shuttle flight" animations for weekly episodes for a show with a limited ...
by zenten
Thu May 29, 2008 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill Henson to be charged with "child porn" offences
Replies: 94
Views: 15883

Re: Bill Henson to be charged with "child porn" offences

The way the situation is dealt with, if it is decided that is porn, depends on what the point of the anti-child-porn statutes are in the first place. Is the point to prevent children from being abused through photo sessions? Or is to keep child porn out of the hands of pedophiles? The former warran...
by zenten
Thu May 29, 2008 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best language for n00bs
Replies: 261
Views: 107834

Re: Best language for n00bs

TheGZeus wrote:
zenten wrote:As to worst language, anything has to be better than Turing...

Well, brainfuck IS Turing...


Brainfuck was developed by the University of Toronto?
by zenten
Wed May 28, 2008 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D 4th Edition [and other..oh, who are we kidding. 4th Ed!]
Replies: 777
Views: 62489

Re: D&D 4th Edition [and other Gen-Con news]

How do you get less intelligent than "mindless"? Or less dextrous than "can't move"? Less strong than "can't lift own limbs"? Less perceptive than "no sensory input"? There isn't an arbitrary cutoff, there's a hard cutoff of "nothing left to take". ...
by zenten
Wed May 28, 2008 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Clinton step down?
Replies: 156
Views: 10734

Re: Should Clinton step down?

Question: What have candidates done in the past in previous similar situations? Some of them stepped down. Some of them didn't. Pretty much none of the ones who did the latter were subjected to nigh-constant calls for them to step down. Funny that. Oh, I didn't know that. Politicians here in a simi...
by zenten
Wed May 28, 2008 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D 4th Edition [and other..oh, who are we kidding. 4th Ed!]
Replies: 777
Views: 62489

Re: D&D 4th Edition [and other Gen-Con news]

I'm still sad that ability != ability mod, but I wasn't expecting them to be the same at this point. The problem with that is that it rules out the possibility of ability damage that can eventually result in a "zero stat". I like the idea of being able to render someone mindless or paraly...
by zenten
Wed May 28, 2008 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Clinton step down?
Replies: 156
Views: 10734

Re: Should Clinton step down?

Oh, I'm sorry, has Obama gotten enough delegates to be the nominee? I thought he hadn't yet. Have all the states voted? To me that would be kind of necessary in order to declare the voting over. No matter what statistical improbability exists that she will win, the race is not over yet because no o...
by zenten
Wed May 28, 2008 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Prius 60% times *worse* for the environment than a Hummer?
Replies: 10
Views: 2429

Re: Prius 60% times *worse* for the environment than a Hummer?

The hybrid as we know hybrids is already about to be eclipsed in a couple of years by plug-ins, either pure electric or with a serial or parallel ICE. GM's Volt is a good example of them taking a financial hit on each unit sold to make the technology mainstream and associate their brand with an env...
by zenten
Wed May 28, 2008 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: D&D 4th Edition [and other..oh, who are we kidding. 4th Ed!]
Replies: 777
Views: 62489

Re: D&D 4th Edition [and other Gen-Con news]

So, is anyone else downloading 4th ed right now?
by zenten
Wed May 28, 2008 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Recommend a distro
Replies: 18
Views: 2929

Re: Recommend a distro

Well I installed ubuntu. It was really easy, the video card seems to be working as expected and I didn't even have to install any wireless drivers for that to work. I had to select which network to use though :roll: . Overall install ease: 9/10. It didn't know which time zone I'm in. Haven't tried ...
by zenten
Wed May 28, 2008 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's causing high gas prices in the U.S.?
Replies: 58
Views: 10986

Re: What's causing high gas prices in the U.S.?

It can't be the weak dollar, or else other countries with currencies that aren't in the toilet wouldn't also be seeing these sharp increases.
by zenten
Wed May 28, 2008 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: F-sharp
Replies: 18
Views: 2085

Re: F-sharp

Which F#? You know that 1/12 notes is an F#, right?
by zenten
Tue May 27, 2008 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Widespread sex crimes by aid workers/UN peacekeepers
Replies: 14
Views: 1957

Re: Widespread sex crimes by aid workers/UN peacekeepers

Think about this the next time someone praises the UN or suggests sending in peacekeepers, because this isn't a few bad apples but a bad situation that corrupts people in it. Mind you, this is *already* going to be happening within the locations where they send in UN peacekeepers. Not that it makes...

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