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by wumpus
Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Nerds In MMA
Replies: 38
Views: 27125

Re: Nerds In MMA

Ah. No, this was "seriously unheard-of world-class kickboxing and boxing defeats seriously unheard-of power and grappling skills. Now... WHAT WILL DEFEAT THE KICKBOXER?!" While I've been out of martial arts since MMA was the Gracie Brother's challenge, I'll take a guess at this. Grappling...
by wumpus
Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sci-fi plausibility
Replies: 46
Views: 8317

The golden age of sci-fi is eleven.

"The golden age of sci-fi is eleven." - this works for a lot of things, but quite likely works best for science fiction and that was where I first heard it. The catch with science (and pretty much all knowledge) is that it increases exponentially while the amount any one human can learn ex...
by wumpus
Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Monitors and resolution.
Replies: 21
Views: 11528

Monitors and resolution.

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/hdtv.png Remember this? This xkcd is from ~2010 (870 comics ago/52*3 comics/week=5.6 years), and was true since the 1980s [with VGA monitors, the Apple ][ era used TVs]. Sometime since then 4x HDTVs (3840 x 2160) have become relatively inexpensive. The catch? (and why yo...
by wumpus
Fri Nov 06, 2015 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: How Arbitration Stacks Justice to Corporations
Replies: 34
Views: 9359

Re: How Arbitration Stacks Justice to Corporations

[deleted] Sure, they can be bought. Just like legislators can be bought, executives can be bought, and so on down the line. Giving the common person less control over who gets or keeps positions of power isn't the best solution to that. Thanks to Citizen's United, it isn't that judges *can* be boug...
by wumpus
Fri Nov 06, 2015 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: How Arbitration Stacks Justice to Corporations
Replies: 34
Views: 9359

Re: How Arbitration Stacks Justice to Corporations

Making the loser pay legal fees would backfire on any individual trying to sue a corporation, and scare off any potential litigants. Odds are he'll lose, and he'll end up getting stuck with the $2M legal bill the corp paid to fill their side of the courtroom with lawyers. You could say the same abo...
by wumpus
Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: How Arbitration Stacks Justice to Corporations
Replies: 34
Views: 9359

Re: How Arbitration Stacks Justice to Corporations

This isn't just about class action law suits. Would anyone be happy if their surgeons corporate shell placed an arbitration clause in the documents you are required to sign before surgery? Or if the hospital does before it admits you? There was at least one lawsuit over a dentist requiring favorabl...
by wumpus
Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Military Facilities Child Rape
Replies: 52
Views: 13958

Re: US Military Facilities Child Rape

Someone here doesn't know that afghanistan used to be a very cosmopolitan place before it was bombed into the stone age, which leads directly to our current predicament. But yea, let's bomb them some more into the stone age. How about the tool age? Don't be so provincial. While Uncle Sam's preferre...
by wumpus
Sat Sep 26, 2015 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: CO2 from the air processed into liquid hydrocarbons
Replies: 29
Views: 4514

Re: CO2 from the air processed into liquid hydrocarbons

Every time I see something like this I have to wonder what is going on. We have a mature technology that turns CO2 from the air and converts it into [more or less] convenient hydrocarbons: it is called farming. If you only care about carbon mass, I would recommend farming grass. If not, there is sti...
by wumpus
Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Military Facilities Child Rape
Replies: 52
Views: 13958

Re: US Military Facilities Child Rape

Do the Taliban oppose child rapists too? If so, maybe we could switch sides? Opposing this type of thing is how they got there initial foothold in Afghanistan. On the other other hand, they used to be against opium production (and received support and payments from the US fight up to 9/11 for such)...
by wumpus
Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stationary ramjet
Replies: 45
Views: 7236

Re: Stationary ramjet

I missed the whole point about being "stationary". SSTO is inherently less efficient than staged launching. The whole reason that people ever latched on to SSTO is basically a logical fallacy: since magically efficient spacecraft would use SSTO, then any spacecraft capable of SSTO would th...
by wumpus
Mon Aug 31, 2015 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Intel & Micron announce “3D XPoint” memory
Replies: 17
Views: 11603

Re: Intel & Micron announce “3D XPoint” memory

I got the impression this was aimed at the storage market Everything anounced is aimed at the storage market. Best guess is that it is a drop in replacement for a [pci-e]SSD. It is far too slow to simply place on a DRAM stick (and presumably the interfaces wouldn't be close), but that doesn't mean ...
by wumpus
Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Can a microprocessor work as a reciever?
Replies: 5
Views: 7982

Re: Can a microprocessor work as a reciever?

I'm pretty sure the answer is yes, but only under certain conditions (have fun setting the program counter). First: I'm pretty sure your assumptions are incorrect. While you can determine a great deal about the state of a CPU/computer by analyzing the EMI emissions, I doubt you can accurately determ...
by wumpus
Sat Aug 22, 2015 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Moores law and star trek
Replies: 7
Views: 5215

Re: Moores law and star trek

It should more properly be called "Moore's observation" anyway. "Law" only invites abuse as a predictor. Except that Moore's "Law" has been good for 6 orders of magnitude. Can Boyle's "law" do as well? How about the Ideal Gas "Law"? Don't ask about ...
by wumpus
Sun Aug 09, 2015 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Intel breaks ticktock
Replies: 4
Views: 6045

Re: Intel breaks ticktock

Are all the benefits from 14nm (really anything below 28nm) just power efficiency? It seems that since about 32nm (Sandy Bridge), the only improvements to desktop power has been in AVX[2] and specialty instructions, possibly with a little bump for DDR4. GPUs have stuck with 28nm (AMD released 28nm 7...
by wumpus
Sun Aug 09, 2015 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 903575

Re: Police misbehavior thread

edit: It does seem by the precedent in that case, police officers WOULD be able to shoot fleeing drunk drivers. I'm not sure how I feel about that. On one hand it seems to make sense in keeping the public protected. On the other death is far harsher than any legal penalty we have for drunk driving....
by wumpus
Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: New Gaming Desktop
Replies: 5
Views: 8075

Re: New Gaming Desktop

Nvidia just released the GTX980ti board. It might be out of your price range ($650), but it forced nvidia to drop the price of the next board down (the 980) ~$50. Presumably the rest of the boards will be rejiggling for awhile (or not. Not seeing any movement in AMD cards).
by wumpus
Sun Apr 05, 2015 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Price of American Tax Aversion: Debtors Prison
Replies: 14
Views: 4217

Re: The Price of American Tax Aversion: Debtors Prison

Compare this to the Justice Dept's findings about Ferguson MS. While I'm not aware of the use of debtor's prisons there, there would be essentially no defence (virtually all the people in Ferguson have outstanding fees/fines/warants, allowing the cops to practice completly arbitrary law in the name ...
by wumpus
Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Laptop recommendations and questions
Replies: 4
Views: 5693

Re: Laptop recommendations and questions

xoticpc.com seems to come up a bunch in these discussions. What seems to work: MSI CX61 2PC-499: 15" 1366x768 monitor (a 1920x1080 is $200 more). MSI GP70 Leopard-010: 17" 1920x1080 monitor for $100 more (and an hour less of battery life). Price: with the recommended mSATA drive, the 17&qu...
by wumpus
Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: AMD Carrizo, is it actually good?
Replies: 21
Views: 12283

Re: AMD Carrizo, is it actually good?

AMD announced [no idea of sales or even if they shipped] two high-efficiency, low-power server chips: the Opteron A1100 [8 ARM cores], and the Opteron X2580 [4 jaguar cores + HSA]. My assumption is that: - required bandwidth scales linearly with cores - Cache area shrinks with cores (making bandwidt...
by wumpus
Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: AMD Carrizo, is it actually good?
Replies: 21
Views: 12283

Re: AMD Carrizo, is it actually good?

The FM3 socket compatibility with AMD's Zen x86 and Zen ARM strategy is a pretty neat advantage... one that only AMD can pull off. One other trick that AMD should be capable of pulling off would be adding HBM to FM3. HBM being the memory stacking technology in the soon-to-be released AMD 390x, and ...
by wumpus
Sat Feb 21, 2015 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 370263

Edict of Merlin (again).

First point: Does Harry's "included the casting directions in case the Ministry grader didn't believe that Harry knew it." violate the Edict of Merlin? Or would the casting directions be useless to anyone who hadn't been directly taught them? The Edict of Merlin only applies t...
by wumpus
Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 370263

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

"taking the results into account". Why would Quirrell bother to think the "account" would be worth more than zilch? Presumably his "incredible spell" is quite fake. I guess a better question is if he is really in condition to cast *any* [non-cantrip] magic at this point...
by wumpus
Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 370263

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Spoilered: First point: Does Harry's "included the casting directions in case the Ministry grader didn't believe that Harry knew it." violate the Edict of Merlin? Or would the casting directions be useless to anyone who hadn't been directly taught them? Hermione's grade: Is...
by wumpus
Thu Jan 29, 2015 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: New Desktop recommondations
Replies: 13
Views: 9844

Re: New Desktop recommondations

It's not particularly difficult. If you can put together a Lego kit, you can put together a PC. While that is no doubt true, it does not, however, follow that if one is capable of buying a Lego kit, one is also capable of buying a properly matched set of components to put together a PC by one's sel...
by wumpus
Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Why was the axiomatic method never taught to me?
Replies: 12
Views: 9848

Re: Why was the axiomatic method never taught to me?

Gödel. From the sound of it, you [the OP] probably haven't run into Gödel yet (or at least just recently googled to find out what that means). Basically, axiomatic methods have been important in math roughly twice: First with non-Euclidian math proving that Euclid's axioms weren't the only possible...
by wumpus
Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 286427

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Re: Whizbang: Maybe not so much the future: I'm 'Enery the Eighth, I am, 'Enery the Eighth I am, I am! I got married to the widow next door, She's been married seven times before And every one was an 'Enery She wouldn't have a Willie nor a Sam I'm her eighth old man named 'Enery 'Enery the Eighth, I...
by wumpus
Fri Jan 23, 2015 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 252612

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

Did I somehow miss a warning that Candide by Voltaire hasn't been highly rated for centuries? Back when I read it the whole book could be summed up in the (then popular) bumper sticker [spoilered for NSFW language and presumably spoilers] shit happens. Q: Good gods why? Why did it have to drag on li...
by wumpus
Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Lost space on external harddrive
Replies: 2
Views: 4064

Re: Lost space on external harddrive

First, your description is somewhat confusing. A harddrive pulled from a machine pre-loaded with windows likely to have a "reinstall" partition as well as a user partition. On the other hand, the reinstall partition is unlikely to be larger than half the user partition (all of it is expect...
by wumpus
Thu Jan 08, 2015 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Moore's law and star trek
Replies: 9
Views: 8334

Re: Moore's law and star trek

Yeah Dennard scaling was awesome. We can probably still get higher ghz numbers by switching to new materials. (Though I think that if you increase it by much lightspeed delays increasingly become a problem. (Much= 10X +) ) I was hearing around 2000 that wire delays were the real limit in CPU speed....
by wumpus
Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Moore's law and star trek
Replies: 9
Views: 8334

Reality check

In the 1960s (wiki says 1965) Gordon Moore observed that the amount of transistors you can cram on a chip doubled every 18 months (changed in the 1980s to two years, probably three years now). Basically, the "law" is based on photolithography, the process of developing transistors based on...
by wumpus
Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 903575

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The County Executive of a Maryland county recently discussed his encounters with the police: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/montgomery-county-executive-recounts-his-own-police-profiling-incidents/2014/12/11/cc65aa28-80a8-11e4-81fd-8c4814dfa9d7_story.html One thing that got me about ...
by wumpus
Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Working out encryption method
Replies: 4
Views: 3864

Re: Working out encryption method

Ouch. Basically there are two ways to decrypt a file you don't have the password for: 1. Guess the password (with a dictionary attack like Jack the Ripper and some helpful hints from coworker). 2. Attack the implementation. Since it stores the password (somewhere) this should be possible. I'd really...
by wumpus
Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Summer 2015 Laptop / Desktop / Tablet Speculation
Replies: 4
Views: 6628

Re: Summer 2015 Laptop / Desktop / Tablet Speculation

I'm actually hearing that the 390x is going to be released at 28nm, due to complications at 20nm. Apparently, Apple bought out TSMC's entire 20m capacity on the iPhone6, so neither AMD nor NVidia get 20nm until Apple is done making iPhones. It sounds like NVidia will get the die-shrink to 16nm firs...
by wumpus
Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: You gain an oracle turing machine.
Replies: 19
Views: 9186

Re: You gain an oracle turing machine.

Right... Write a program that brute-forces an encryption key, or some other super long intractable problem. Then, if the first bit of the result is a 1, halt, otherwise loop forever. Obviously, that program would take a ridiculously long time to run if it does halt, and if it doesn't halt then that...
by wumpus
Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Working out encryption method
Replies: 4
Views: 3864

Re: Working out encryption method

From the sound of it, you almost certainly shouldn't be writing this program (security is hard. You need to already know almost all the pitfalls already to not fall in them). On the other hand, if there isn't any else to do it... You never, never, keep the passwords in plaintext. You shouldn't even ...
by wumpus
Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1458: Small Moon
Replies: 61
Views: 11429

Re: 1458: Small Moon

I guess the Death Star would have noticeable gravity, certainly more than Comet 67P. Based on the diameter of 160km, ] Since wiki lists Deimos as having a diameter of 12.6km, you would have to reclassify most of the known moons at the time. A better question is "so where is the planet it is or...
by wumpus
Mon Dec 08, 2014 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: You gain an oracle turing machine.
Replies: 19
Views: 9186

Re: You gain an oracle turing machine.

korona wrote:Use binary seach or "bucket search". This also enables you to search arbitrary mathematical proofs.


Looks like that will work, just put the oracle between outer and inner loops. Didn't think long enough on that one.
by wumpus
Sun Dec 07, 2014 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: no high speed internet access
Replies: 3
Views: 5008

Re: no high speed internet access

Check to see how much that thing downloads (bug fixes, buying over the net, wholesale replacement of placeholder code with shipping code) and compare that to caps. This might be a problem. Of course if there aren't any charges for going over, you could just plug it in and find out (at the cost of yo...
by wumpus
Sun Dec 07, 2014 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Calculus and Computer Science
Replies: 4
Views: 4482

Re: Calculus and Computer Science

Generally speaking, math is the language of the sciences. There are two issues here: 1. Getting by the gateway that colleges put freshmen through for a background for future study. 2. Actually doing AI. My guess is that any reasonably hard-science BS degree will require taking calculus, and then ple...
by wumpus
Sun Dec 07, 2014 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: You gain an oracle turing machine.
Replies: 19
Views: 9186

Re: You gain an oracle turing machine.

It depends on the type of oracle the machine includes. I suspect you mean a halting oracle though, which can solve the halting problem for any normal Turing machine in a short constant time. If I had a halting oracle the only safe course of action would be to destroy it, after solving a handful of ...

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