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by lalop
Thu Oct 06, 2011 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0961: "Eternal Flame"
Replies: 131
Views: 51529

Re: 0961: "Eternal Flame"

It's kind of a tribute to Steve Jobs being an "eternal flame", though the symbolism may be less flattering :P
by lalop
Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Odd design decisions?
Replies: 55
Views: 7344

Re: Odd design decisions?

I find the iostreams approach to output and input much more sensible than the classical approach with formatted strings. It's safer and more readable, it looks better, and it might even be a bit more efficient. By the way, not to start a flamewar, but I think it was a crazy idea to enforce using so...
by lalop
Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematical Induction
Replies: 47
Views: 5362

Re: Mathematical Induction

You can start any proof you like by just ASSUMING some statement P is true. I got into some trouble from my prof for this telling, me you don't assume statement P is true, you assume the variable makes P true Usually for inductively proven statements, P has a free variable, n, for the natural numbe...
by lalop
Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What If... (P?NP Related)
Replies: 12
Views: 3664

Re: What If... (P?NP Related)

What if you released and patented it?
by lalop
Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: GUI vs. CLI
Replies: 54
Views: 15645

Re: GUI vs. CLI

Which one shall prevail??????? However, I sincerely want GUI to replace most situations where CLI is normally used. CLI in my view represents a very old-fashioned 1980's way of thinking when it comes to doing stuff on a computer. To join the tradition of responding to a Religious War after only ski...
by lalop
Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: recursion question
Replies: 6
Views: 2009

Re: recursion question

So i'm using sml to make this program and i'm running into a situation where, function a calls function b which calls function c which in turn calls function a. a, b, c are functions that are list->list. Is this also under the topic of mutual recursion or does this have some other term? At the very...
by lalop
Sun Oct 02, 2011 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Python and regular expressions
Replies: 6
Views: 3295

Re: Python and regular expressions

Hmmm. This has been quite helpful, but I'm afraid I'm stuck once again. Does anyone know how to search for a parenthesis using regex? I know it sounds strange, but I need to search for X, but ignore them if they're between parens. Thanks! Create a copy of the string that removes all parentheses and...
by lalop
Sat Oct 01, 2011 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Open vs. Closed Source
Replies: 41
Views: 13163

Re: Open vs. Closed Source

Pure 100% open source is not feasible. While its cool to have a few technologies that run on open-source platforms, the organizations that thrive in these environments still utilize proprietary code. Take Google, for example. They use a heavily modified version of Linux OS, and of course their algo...
by lalop
Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: *shamefaced* I like Windows XP.
Replies: 38
Views: 9480

Re: *shamefaced* I like Windows XP.

Iranon wrote:Choosing a free operating system because it saves you a handful of $ is like marrying someone because you're too stingy to hire a prostitute.


Why marry? You can go on one-night stands if you want, build up a girlfriend only to dump her for a classy new model down the road.. the list goes on.
by lalop
Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Is Java is a bad language for beginners?
Replies: 234
Views: 125207

Re: Is Java is a bad language for beginners?

I have to throw my hat in with all the other Python supporters here. As has been mentioned by many others in here, the point of beginning to learn how to program is that you're learning how to program. To that end, you should be focussed on the higher-level concepts and algorithms that you'll be us...
by lalop
Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: GNU versus BSD
Replies: 145
Views: 38607

Re: GNU versus BSD

I honestly don't see the issue behind there not being able to be a bsd -> gpl -> bsd flow. Anyone who BSD licenses explicitly gives everyone permission to relicense and not contribute back; if you don't like that, then.. use a copyleft license instead. This is, of course, ignoring the fact that shou...
by lalop
Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 24951

Re: 0947: “Investing”

Now I'm not saying it's at all a wise investment decision, and I'm not recommending people play. But this "state tax on people who are bad at math", oft-repeated, I feel is incorrect. The players may have actually done the maths, worked out the $10 a week they're spending is not hurting t...
by lalop
Tue May 31, 2011 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 31734

Re: 0900: "Religions"

Here is a question for all of you: While we know that something like the actual Second Coming of Christ would kinda prove once and for all that Christianity was the real deal after all, what sort of absolute proof would be needed to be able to say to all the Christains that their religion is false?...
by lalop
Sat May 28, 2011 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: ∞ X 0 = -1?
Replies: 19
Views: 2099

Re: ∞ X 0 = -1?

Vertical line does not (technically) have a slope. That's probably the easiest way to understand it. If you look at the standard \frac{\Delta y}{\Delta x} formula for the slope of a line, you will find this is true. Division by zero is undefined, so the slope is undefined. This is the reason why the...
by lalop
Sat May 28, 2011 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 70829

Re: 0899: "Number Line"

I ran across a paragraph by Borges which explores in a very different way the odd idea of an integer which sits in a given range but isn't any of the already known integers in that range. The genius is in the choice of genre. I close my eyes and see a flock of birds. The vision lasts a second, or p...
by lalop
Thu May 26, 2011 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 70829

Re: 0899: "Number Line"

On a more fundamental level: does changing the topology change which elements are the same or not the same? Hardly.
by lalop
Wed May 25, 2011 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 665
Views: 145768

Re: #903: Extended MInd

phlip wrote:
lalop wrote:Any counterexample is either a loop or ends in a loop (including the trivial loop, of course), as, otherwise, you will will eventually exhaust all the wikipedia pages.

Not necessarily, it could also end on a page that doesn't have any outgoing links at all.


That's a trivial loop :D
by lalop
Wed May 25, 2011 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 665
Views: 145768

Re: #903: Extended MInd

I find it interesting that the alt text seems to be more of a focus of discussion than the actual comic. :) ...I have just wasted 20 minutes trying to find a counterexample which is not a loop. Any counterexample is either a loop or ends in a loop (including the trivial loop, of course), as, otherw...
by lalop
Mon May 23, 2011 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 31734

Re: 0900: "Religions"

Like I've been trying to say, this applies no matter the belief system... I would not shun any person unless they were fundamentally untrue to their beliefs (for example, claiming to base their beliefs solely on empirical science and rational logic, but being tremendously lazy, intellectually), or ...

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