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by zenten
Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Asexuality
Replies: 330
Views: 75214

EDIT: I remember my father always kept repeating that I'm "mentally ill" and that I should find a girl "or a boy, whatever!"... Now, that is strange, huh? I mean, most parents may have trouble accepting their son/daughter as gay, but boing asexual, that is just a big no-no! Sure...
by zenten
Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: log and ln
Replies: 48
Views: 9919

100 trillion: Roughly the mass of a section of the earth's crust 10 km by 10 km by 10 km.

10^28: Roughly the mass of Jupiter.


I got the impression that this only refers to objects that you can count visually.
by zenten
Wed Jun 27, 2007 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: About how math is taught. (Or: People who "can't do mat
Replies: 138
Views: 23226

I've learnt from this thread that the way I was taught math in school is comparatively amazing. But it still sucked. What's worse is it was also taught better than all the other subjects in elementary/middle school.

Which is just cementing my determination to homeschool my kids.
by zenten
Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Webcam Driver
Replies: 5
Views: 1395

I will actually look on the ubuntu forums, but I thought I may as well post here as well...Message Received


This is really the wrong forum for this. Try the general forum. Even the coding one would be more on topic, but probably still not enough to actually post there.
by zenten
Mon Jun 25, 2007 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: So how much of that kung fu stuff in movies is plausible?
Replies: 87
Views: 16854

arcticfox.sq: What part of Canada are you in? If you're near Toronto or Ottawa I could help you find decent martial arts classes that would fit your criteria.
by zenten
Mon Jun 25, 2007 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about Quantum Physics
Replies: 21
Views: 4575

Ah, ok, so mine interpretation is very much like 3, just sort of flipped.
by zenten
Sun Jun 24, 2007 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A new "legless lizard" found...
Replies: 32
Views: 8963

ah, good old convergent evolution. Don't you love how it screws everyone over when they try to identfy stuff?


I'm waiting for the legless primates.
by zenten
Sun Jun 24, 2007 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about Quantum Physics
Replies: 21
Views: 4575

Question about Quantum Physics

Ok, I keep on hearing about how Quantum physics means that there are multiple possible futures for any given history. Thing is, from stuff like the double slit experiment and whatnot it seems more like it is saying there are multiple possible histories for any given future.

Am I right?
by zenten
Sun Jun 24, 2007 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Division by Zero (Please, no new threads about this)
Replies: 367
Views: 85105

imagine that matter is continuous and not finite at very small levels. This is the mathematics forum, not the physics forum thing is, if you're going to put in that bit of unreality, what's wrong with having a dolphin of zero size as well? Heck, what's wrong with negative dolphins then? While it i ...
by zenten
Sun Jun 24, 2007 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Division by Zero (Please, no new threads about this)
Replies: 367
Views: 85105

How many dolphins of 0 size can you fit into the room? The answer isn't "infinity" because a dolphin of 0 size isn't really a dolphin. There is no sensible answer to this question, and anything divided by 0 is not mathematically defined. But a dolphin smaller than the size of a molecule i...
by zenten
Sun Jun 24, 2007 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Division by Zero (Please, no new threads about this)
Replies: 367
Views: 85105

I'm not convinced by these arguments that x/0 isn't infinity. 0/0 is undefined, not x/0. It seems pretty simple to me, and is demonstrated by the examples above. Now say you do define x/0 = infinity. Now you end up breaking all sorts of things, like the associative property for one. 1 + (inf - inf) ...
by zenten
Sun Jun 24, 2007 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Propranolol: The Memory Pill
Replies: 54
Views: 10165

1. Why is this headline news with only 19 humans in the trial?


Because the federal government is banning it, or at least talking about doing so?
by zenten
Sun Jun 24, 2007 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: -isms
Replies: 109
Views: 13969

Uh, that actually is kind of sexist- at least it's objectifying women. It's not overly awful if every now and then you mention it, but if it is a constant habit- yeah I'd say demeaning. And seriously work on the whole calling things gay thing- it's just not good. How about when my girlfriend says t...
by zenten
Sun Jun 24, 2007 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Asexuality
Replies: 330
Views: 75214

I find asexuality to be such an interesting concept, because I was never asexual, even before puberty, I had sexual attraction, arousal and fantasies for as far back as I remember. When I hit puberty, it went really really bad (to the point of rather severe physical pain at times, and the only reaso...
by zenten
Sat Jun 23, 2007 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is knowledge exponential or asymptotic?
Replies: 42
Views: 7600

I think given an algorithm to finding a solution (regardless of how long the algorithm is, so long as it is finite in steps), is as good as having the solution itself. Cool, by that definition I now know how to crack any piece of data using key encryption. In fact, with that data in front of me, by...
by zenten
Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Strange Loops and Backdoors
Replies: 49
Views: 16165

you know that people read the patches? so if someone make a patch for a compiler that put a backdoor in the code we would know it Unless the backdoor is already there, and has been there since before the source for the original compiler went open. Which from what I could tell would have been by eit...
by zenten
Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Linux kernels. Generic vs specific
Replies: 23
Views: 9538

Ubuntu Feisty still has a 386 kernel available, it just isn't installed by default anymore, to my understanding.
by zenten
Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Grid Computers.
Replies: 12
Views: 5473

Isn't Google running all their stuff on grid computers? Although I'm not sure that this is the correct term, since it's basically just a bunch of datacentre's located all over the place, with cheap commercially available computers running in banks within them.
by zenten
Fri Jun 22, 2007 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Making Poverty History
Replies: 72
Views: 10304

The two have very different skill sets and very different levels of risk. Why should they be rewarded the same? Notice that the argument was not the same, but simply to be closer in the United States than it is now. As to why, well, because poor people are people too, and deserve a certain standard...

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