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by lalop
Tue May 14, 2013 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Colemak versus Dvorak
Replies: 54
Views: 85471

Re: Colemak versus Dvorak

In terms of ease of learning: I've recently discovered the Tarmak Transitional Layouts which are, imo, the best way to learn qwerty -> colemak. For a task as huge (and, for many, insurmountable) as switching keyboard layouts, it makes a lot of sense to split it up into smaller, more manageable steps...
by lalop
Fri May 03, 2013 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Colemak versus Dvorak
Replies: 54
Views: 85471

Re: Colemak versus Dvorak

Another reason is the hyphen and the slash. Personally, I use hyphens and underscores all the time for file names. Some people who prefer Colemak over Dvorak mention the letter L and how it "kills their pinky". But what about the hyphen? It is much easier to reach on Dvorak -- simply move...
by lalop
Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Colemak versus Dvorak
Replies: 54
Views: 85471

Re: Colemak versus Dvorak

3 weeks on: I can get 70-80wpm with 98% accuracy. Some rolls are becoming easier, while others are still prone to error. This may be partially due to bad keyboard. Of note: in addition to the preserved keyboard shortcuts, several shortcuts are actually easier in colemak. In particular ctrl+f (e in q...
by lalop
Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Colemak versus Dvorak
Replies: 54
Views: 85471

Re: Colemak versus Dvorak

I'm at about 40+ wpm colemak in about a week. The problem with such immersion is that I think it's completely displaced qwerty in my muscle memory. My qwerty is absolutely pitiful now, with fingers trying to press the close-by button that's not there. I think I would've found dvorak more comfortable...
by lalop
Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evidence for aliens? (or: Evidentiality of prob/stats)
Replies: 573
Views: 91317

Re: Taking the Magic out of Childhood

Or perhaps we're very smart animals, who can use words like 'proof' different in different contexts. I wish, but considering that no one seems to have disconnected our normal usage of "fact" (that is, the stuff being "proved") from "absolute certainty", I don't think s...
by lalop
Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evidence for aliens? (or: Evidentiality of prob/stats)
Replies: 573
Views: 91317

Re: Taking the Magic out of Childhood

The relevant difference is that every person's blood that has been tested has contained antibodies; thus we can extrapolate. That was found by testing. After a certain number of confirmations, the hypothesis is considered proven. Unfortunately, this is pretty much the same thing as said by omgryebr...
by lalop
Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evidence for aliens? (or: Evidentiality of prob/stats)
Replies: 573
Views: 91317

Re: Taking the Magic out of Childhood

I think even saying that their existence is "highly likely" is tenuous, because it's basically saying: Let's say p(A) is the probability intelligent Aliens have evolved on a specific planet. N is the number of planets. Now I don't know p(A), but n is just so frigging big that 1-(1-p(A))^n...
by lalop
Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evidence for aliens? (or: Evidentiality of prob/stats)
Replies: 573
Views: 91317

Re: Taking the Magic out of Childhood

Therefore, until we receive evidence to the contrary, we assume that Y is true for every X. Your case of aliens is this: For every X, Y is possible. For one X, Y is true. Therefore, Y must be true for multiple X. Sorry, but this is a complete strawman. I never claimed that anything was true. In fac...
by lalop
Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evidence for aliens? (or: Evidentiality of prob/stats)
Replies: 573
Views: 91317

Re: Taking the Magic out of Childhood

Evidence in its broadest sense includes everything that is used to determine or demonstrate the truth of an assertion. You don't prove that aliens exist by proving they have an extremely high chance of existing. Agreed - because you can't actually prove anything, period. Even if ten billion people ...
by lalop
Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can a Corporate Person run for president of the USA?
Replies: 29
Views: 5427

Re: Can a Corporate Person run for president of the USA?

“The United States is a nation of laws, badly written and randomly enforced.” A corporation could well become president (the new show, Continuum, has corporations as the new ruling power); it would just have to happen at a time when the judiciary is okay with it. I don't think there's any other res...
by lalop
Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evidence for aliens? (or: Evidentiality of prob/stats)
Replies: 573
Views: 91317

Re: Taking the Magic out of Childhood

It's not a priori clear either that there are other planets, or other planets in Goldilocks zones. Or even, if you want to nitpick, that there are other stars. Are you honestly trying to claim that these aren't evidence? The number of stars in the universe is not a priori known. Are you honestly tr...
by lalop
Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evidence for aliens? (or: Evidentiality of prob/stats)
Replies: 573
Views: 91317

Re: Is there evidence of aliens?

This thread is missing post from the thread split, it went like so: Man, you're bad at this. There is evidence that supports those hypothesis. There is no alien evidence. We rationalize that they may exist because of the number of planets that exist. And now back to your regularly progressing threa...
by lalop
Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evidence for aliens? (or: Evidentiality of prob/stats)
Replies: 573
Views: 91317

Re: Is there evidence of aliens?

You seem to have missed my parenthesized statement. No, I saw it. Aliens aren't factual. They are hypothesized to exist based entirely on statistics. You could say something similar about muons, black holes, or anything that's not directly observable. But still, this is besides my parenthesized poi...
by lalop
Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evidence for aliens? (or: Evidentiality of prob/stats)
Replies: 573
Views: 91317

Evidence for aliens? (or: Evidentiality of prob/stats)

Thread split time! Once upon a time some other thread spawned the following conversation: How about another example: Right now, for all practical purposes, aliens do not exist. But what if there were a series of books that detailed -- advocated, even -- going all sorts of terrible genocide on an al...
by lalop
Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Inadmissible evidence
Replies: 26
Views: 5647

Re: Inadmissible evidence

So, yeah, if the authorities have broken the law to obtain a piece of evidence, those involved should suffer civil or criminal sanction, but the evidence itself should still be admissible. Every option in how to deal with this hypothetical seems to involve a degree of injustice to someone, however ...
by lalop
Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 58425

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

it's not much of an is-ought gap since we are discussing something being claimed to be an "is" Debt is hardly an "is", unless a common, and physical "is/state of affairs" definition is applied. You two dispute that definition, and hence it's become an "ought"...
by lalop
Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Inadmissible evidence
Replies: 26
Views: 5647

Re: Inadmissible evidence

I just don't like the idea of ignoring evidence when it is available, particularly when it is so clear cut. Things should somehow be set up such that it "isn't worth it" to violate someones rights to get evidence, but in the event that has occured, one ouaght to make the best of a bad sit...
by lalop
Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Taking the Magic out of Childhood
Replies: 44
Views: 7460

Re: Taking the Magic out of Childhood

Perhaps it's because of #5 here . I would guess it's in objection to portrayal of magic as anything other than Satanic. Which makes little sense, considering that magic is little more than a placeholder for "stuff our society doesn't accept as science". Eventually we'll have a planetary sy...
by lalop
Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 58425

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

You keep putting out facts, but facts don't mean anything unless you actually connect them to your argument, something you are continually failing to do. Because as near as I can tell from the cloudy logic of what you are saying, we have some fucking obligation to the sun we've got to repay, and I'...
by lalop
Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A small, specific question about libertarianism
Replies: 667
Views: 58425

Re: A small, specific question about libertarianism

Libertarians tend to believe that one of the most important rights is the right to be able to choose the society you want to live in - that so long as you avoid damage other societies, or preventing people from leaving your society to seek another one, you should have the right to come to consensus...
by lalop
Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Star Trek vs. Star Wars
Replies: 360
Views: 145433

Re: Star Trek vs. Star Wars

Remember how I said the numbers lined up with what we already turbolasers are capable of? Thank you for proving that point. The actions taken by the Imperial fleet, in turn, make no sense, given this supposed firepower and the behavior of the shield protecting Hoth. The Imperials were forced to lan...
by lalop
Wed Apr 11, 2012 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Star Trek vs. Star Wars
Replies: 360
Views: 145433

Re: Star Trek vs. Star Wars

According to the power chart linked above (which is also confirmed by the demonstrated destructive abilities in the movies) http://www.stardestroyer.net/Empire/Essays/FiveMinutes.html Wait, so we've "seen" stray shots blow up entire cities with their 6 gigaton (or, God forbid, 200 gigaton...
by lalop
Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Teaching Kids to Code
Replies: 90
Views: 27635

Re: Teaching Kids to Code

I was going to say that I'm not actually sure how worthwhile this honestly is. Yes, if you're going into the hard sciences or engineering (or obviously, computer programming), then getting these skills earlier is very important. But most people don't pursue those fields, so it's not clear how benef...
by lalop
Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 44628

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

1. without beginning or end; The sequence of natural numbers integers has no beginning or end, but I don't think "eternal" would be the right word for it. "Eternal" seems to be supposed to having something to do with time. But I can just reorder the integers: 0, 1, -1, 2, -2, 3,...
by lalop
Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 44628

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

gmalivuk wrote:
lalop wrote:The sequence of natural numbers has no beginning or end, but I don't think "eternal" would be the right word for it.
No, the sequence of natural numbers definitely has a beginning. I suspect you're talking about integers.


My bad, you're right.
by lalop
Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 44628

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

As you said, we cannot assume it is effected by time if it existed before time I'm going to have to go with the Doctor on this one: there is no such thing as "before" time. "Before" implies a measurement of time between some event and another; without time, there is no such thin...
by lalop
Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why be social?
Replies: 15
Views: 5694

Re: Why be social?

Conversation is always the means to an end, even if that end is enjoyment.

Some people don't enjoy conversation; therefore, they only do it for some other end. That's pretty much all there is to it.
by lalop
Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding is English?
Replies: 32
Views: 6642

Re: Coding is English?

Right, but the English sentence "while this condition is satisfied, do this" is highly ambiguous. I know that it means "check the condition before starting the loop, and every time a loop terminates", but I had to learn that. A novice coder could easily think that it means "...
by lalop
Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 44628

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

By your own process you can't produce evidence of love of family. Love has no measurable content. It doesn't show up on any meter or device. Neuroscience hasn't found it in the brain(yet). Certainly there are acts which we associate with love. It appears to be evidenced by behaviors that we exhibit...
by lalop
Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can axioms/basic beliefs be justified?
Replies: 19
Views: 4687

Re: Can axioms/basic beliefs be justified?

I don't think our brains actually work axiomatically. I think they work more through observational inference, or "guessing and checking", if you will (where the form of the guess depends on your brain). Those guesses that you happen to believe form the "axioms" that you speak of....
by lalop
Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's Best for the World
Replies: 51
Views: 8512

Re: What's Best for the World

Because food is critical to our survival. If you're dedicated you can stop driving a car, but you can't stop eating food. Yes, it's precisely because food is critical to our survival that we should be embracing GM. Our productivity isn't just going to keep up with our population growth forever. Bec...
by lalop
Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's Best for the World
Replies: 51
Views: 8512

Re: What's Best for the World

Sure genetic modification isn't automatically good or bad, but the people doing it have a commercial interest to breed their plants to certain specifications, which I don't trust to automatically correspond to what's "best" for society, the biosphere, or the plants themselves. And yes, on...
by lalop
Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's Best for the World
Replies: 51
Views: 8512

Re: What's Best for the World

I am actually not talking about micro finance at all. For the most part we are talking about people who are literally struggling to get enough food, probably didn't go to school, almost no business acumen and wouldn't know a viable business idea if it hit them in the head attached to an anvil. This...
by lalop
Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's Best for the World
Replies: 51
Views: 8512

Re: What's Best for the World

Accumulate a vast horde of wealth, preferably legally, Bill Gates style or similar. Then invest in those really shitty third world countries where people are struggling to feed themselves and their kids, so they can have jobs and buy food. These investments at a minimum need to be self-sustaining a...
by lalop
Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: smartphone OS wars: Android vs. iPhone vs. WebOS vs...
Replies: 27
Views: 12107

Re: smartphone OS wars: Android vs. iPhone vs. WebOS vs...

You can argue that this can be solved by using custom ROMs, but, frankly, I think that's a really, really poor solution and something most people aren't willing to do. I did it, and it ultimately ended up being far more of a hassle than it was worth, and there's never any guarantee that the develop...
by lalop
Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:27 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Smartphone with no phone plan
Replies: 9
Views: 2535

Re: Smartphone with no phone plan

Yoh. My wife needs to get a smart phone for work (long story). We're looking at all these smart phones, since tablets are too big, and the iPod Touch is a little excessive for her needs. However, almost every single other smart phone out there comes with the phone plan, and if you don't use it as a...
by lalop
Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A Most Amazing Number
Replies: 33
Views: 15150

Re: A Most Amazing Number

0 is an integer sure, but are 00 and 000 really different integers to 0? I don't know any definition of integer that would say they are different (if even 00 is a well defined integer - which I would say it is not)). Perhaps I misread last night. The real argument against your definition, I think, ...
by lalop
Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A Most Amazing Number
Replies: 33
Views: 15150

Re: A Most Amazing Number

Traditionally a decimal representation is the sum of a sequence (a i /10 i ) i≥0 , where a 0 is an integer and the other a i s are in the set {0,1,...,9}. So, your representations other than the first are not representations in the traditional sense (either that, or we would say they are the same a...
by lalop
Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A Most Amazing Number
Replies: 33
Views: 15150

Re: A Most Amazing Number

1/3 definitely has many decimal representations. 0.33333...., 00.33333..., 000.33333,...
by lalop
Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Function Equivalence
Replies: 22
Views: 2185

Re: Function Equivalence

There are a few foundational results that let you do talk about derived topologies and the like. Are you using epsilon-delta continuity, open set preimage continuity, or neighborhood continuity? They are all equivalent (on R and subsets), but they might require different technical things to deal wi...

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