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by Xenomortis
Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Would dragons be stable in flight?
Replies: 28
Views: 17124

Re: Would dragons be stable in flight?

The largest flying (probably) organisms to have existed were the largest of the pterosaurs. The largest of these, Quetzalcoatlus, may have had wingspans of around 10m (>30ft). This: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Quetzscale1.png would suggest that the creature was almost as long as it's wingspan....
by Xenomortis
Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93449

Re: Why do our robots suck?

Apologies for the massive quote-chain! I'll try and keep it as small as possible. You correctly note (if implicitly, so I might be reading you wrong), that a person who speaks and "understands" (whatever that means) Chinese who is trapped in a room, able only to take textual input, would ...
by Xenomortis
Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Town Win
Replies: 302
Views: 23729

Re: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Day 1

We gain a night where scum cannot target effectively. It also forces (ideally) blind fake claims on their part. The extra night is of some importance; the mod is free to ignore a night action so, for instance, a doctor cannot reliably defend himself after his claim. Lataro appears to be refusing; ei...
by Xenomortis
Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93449

Re: Why do our robots suck?

I guess what I was going for was the fact that the Chinese room only has past conversation histories to base its understanding, whereas humans (and computers) can have more context to go on. The Chinese room doesn't really understand Chinese because it has no 'context', so its understanding is mean...
by Xenomortis
Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 32606
Views: 2440838

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

Adacore's bastardy 46-4-0-6-31-20-4-78-59-26-15-11-7-10 It's XOR encryption; yeah I suck. And with the time it took me to reinstall Visual Studio, it would likely have been quicker to calculate it by hand. C# code follows: static string Encrypt(string role, string key) { Console.WriteLin...
by Xenomortis
Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Town Win
Replies: 302
Views: 23729

Re: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Day 1

Well, there's basically no harm I guess.
I'm lazy so the encryption is actually very straightforward.

46-4-0-6-31-20-4-78-59-26-15-11-7-10
by Xenomortis
Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 32606
Views: 2440838

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

Minesweeper (Adam please read!) Can you please explain to me the point of what you just did? Since I'm kinda new, I'm trying to make sense of your logic. Concerning Minesweeper, players don't read. He's just hammered himself (majority are now voting for him); he will be lynched ...
by Xenomortis
Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Town Win
Replies: 302
Views: 23729

Re: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Day 1

I can't see why two functions f and g can't have the following property: f(x) = g(y) for x != y i.e. with a little ingenuity, I can post a string and claim it as the result of an encryption for multiple roles and the pick the encryption method to explain to suit me on D2. Truthfully, it may be more ...
by Xenomortis
Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Fun With Voting! Day Six: Game Over, Duh!
Replies: 289
Views: 22380

Re: Fun With Voting! Day One: FUN!

8 players, so probably 2 scum? Anything's possible though. The nightless setup kind of implies to me that scum might not have a traditional NK. Do people think that there are factional abilities or individual abilities on top of voting abilities? If not, then I can't guess how NKs would work. Scum ...
by Xenomortis
Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 32606
Views: 2440838

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

Adacore's.
Spoiler:
wam strikes me as the most likely candidate for the other VT. Not certain though.
Vytron is possibly the doctor or cop. I guess he could be scum, but he's pretty adamant against massclaiming.
by Xenomortis
Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Town Win
Replies: 302
Views: 23729

Re: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Day 1

We can't reasonably focus on the acolyte at this point. Since he's not going to waste his power early, he's not a priority for town at this point. Mafia on the other hand, really need all other kill roles gone, as does the SK. The Acolyte is just some perverse survivor. I'm not a fan of a massclaim ...
by Xenomortis
Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93449

Re: Why do our robots suck?

I'm not sure what your definition of understand would be. Is it simply a function f:S->P(R) (power set of R) such that: For s in S, f(s) has a "most appropriate" element. In which case, there's no reason the Chinese room could not be adapted to fit this and since we pick the most appropria...
by Xenomortis
Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:10 am UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 32606
Views: 2440838

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

Fun with Voting So I'm town doctor. My vote counts only if the target is anti-town. It will also protect the vote target against a mafia kill (are there other kill possibilities?). Tim's gone for a vote right off the bat; possible search power. Either way, there's no harm in voti...
by Xenomortis
Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Gamers: The inverted Y-axis poll
Replies: 87
Views: 139412

Re: Gamers: The inverted Y-axis poll

Mouse should never be inverted.
Gamepads can be inverted in flight sims, the rest of the time it feels really weird.
by Xenomortis
Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Town Win
Replies: 302
Views: 23729

Re: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Day 1

wam wrote:Lynching the most suspicious is always a good idea!


I meant to argue specifically against a D1 no-lynch.
by Xenomortis
Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Fun With Voting! Day Six: Game Over, Duh!
Replies: 289
Views: 22380

Re: Fun With Voting! Day One: FUN!

Confirming.
Since we all start with self-votes, I'll cast a vote to keep things even until we get some developments.
Vote: Tim

Normally I'd be wary of the fast vote, but the nature of this game makes it understandable.
by Xenomortis
Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Town Win
Replies: 302
Views: 23729

Re: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Day 1

The mafia, collectively, have a kill power. The SK has a kill power. The Vig has a kill power. If the game goes down to two players, both from that list, the mod wins. Apart from the Acolyte, this is the mod's only other way of winning. The mod has a conflict in desires; getting rid of kill powers m...
by Xenomortis
Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 32606
Views: 2440838

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

Adacore's
Spoiler:
What the hell is Vytron up to?
by Xenomortis
Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Town Win
Replies: 302
Views: 23729

Re: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Day 1

Okay, looking over the roles I'm pretty sure the Vig should just withhold their kill tonight. What is this? If the SK and the Vig target the Acolyte, the mod can't block both, and the Acolyte dies, if the Vig doesn't kill anybody tonight, this scenario can't happen, so what you're suggesting gives ...
by Xenomortis
Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 32606
Views: 2440838

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

Adacore's murderous fantasy So I start my first Mafia game on these forums as a vanilla townie. Since almost half the town is non-townie, a D1 lynch might be a good idea; playing nice would probably work out to the mod's favour. I'm loathe to vote almost blind though and certainly don't ...
by Xenomortis
Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Town Win
Replies: 302
Views: 23729

Re: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Day 1

That could be situation dependent; how many mafia are left alive etc.
Will we be informed of LYLO (ignoring SK) or successful mafia lynches?
by Xenomortis
Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Town Win
Replies: 302
Views: 23729

Re: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Day 1

Re-reading the rules answers my previous question.
*facepalm*
by Xenomortis
Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Town Win
Replies: 302
Views: 23729

Re: Turbo: Adacore Tries to Kill You All - Day 1

Late confirm.
I guess Adacore will be trying to keep Acolyte alive, along with SK and Vig; the latter two have fairly destructive powers and the Acolyte can force a mod win at endgame. Can the mod win without the Acolyte?
by Xenomortis
Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why are electrons negative?
Replies: 14
Views: 3572

Re: Why are electrons negative?

I interpreted his post incorrectly! I thought he was questioning my post instead of adding to it. or white (three particles, one each of red, blue, and green charge). Or anti-quarks with colours anti-red, anti-blue and anti-green (which could be associated with colours cyan, yellow and purple, conve...
by Xenomortis
Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why are electrons negative?
Replies: 14
Views: 3572

Re: Why are electrons negative?

Positive and Negative captures the notion that the two are opposite in some way, that they can combine to form something with no net charge, and can help with the mathematics. As for why Franklin himself chose them, I don't know. I haven't read the linked letters yet. Whereas with color charge ther...
by Xenomortis
Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why are electrons negative?
Replies: 14
Views: 3572

Re: Why are electrons negative?

Positive and Negative captures the notion that the two are opposite in some way, that they can combine to form something with no net charge, and can help with the mathematics.
As for why Franklin himself chose them, I don't know. I haven't read the linked letters yet.
by Xenomortis
Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93449

Re: Why do our robots suck?

freakish777 wrote:The "processor's" ability to change (some subset of) it's own instruction set.


That can still be emulated by a static table, but more importantly how would you know?
by Xenomortis
Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Sign-ups (for PLAYERS)
Replies: 7472
Views: 788429

Re: Sign-ups (for PLAYERS)

I'm not actually sure what is meant by the power/voting thing (is your power used on the person you vote for), but I'll go with it anyway. Fun With Voting! Mod: Lataro Size: Medium (8-12) Complexity: Yes Bastardry: Possible, nothing that isn't part of the setup though, pry par for one of my games. T...
by Xenomortis
Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Induction with arithmetic mean
Replies: 5
Views: 2025

Re: Induction with arithmetic mean

Even if you could, I'm not sure why you'd do it.
The proof for the example you gave is basically trivial and too easy to fall on when trying induction.
by Xenomortis
Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Sign-ups (for PLAYERS)
Replies: 7472
Views: 788429

Re: Sign-ups (for PLAYERS)

Turbo Bastard in which Adacore Tries to Kill Everyone Mod: Adacore Size: Turbo, ~11 players Complexity: None, except for that caused by the bastardry Bastardry: Type C. The bastardry stems from the fact that I (the mod) will actively ignore one night action each night in order to try and engineer th...
by Xenomortis
Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Triboelectric effect question
Replies: 4
Views: 2634

Re: Triboelectric effect question

But static electricity can get into kilovolts, albeit at very small charge Erm... can it? From basic electrostatics, the potential (voltage) at a distance r from a point charge source is is proportional to the charge. Similarly, for an infinite sheet of charge, the potential at distance d is propor...
by Xenomortis
Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93449

Re: Why do our robots suck?

Note, though, that Cantor diagonalization can't be used on finite things. Brains are finite, and small compared to the rest of the universe. If time, space, energy etc... are all quantised (as I thought was needed for your argument) then the number of different states that the universe could be in ...
by Xenomortis
Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93449

Re: Why do our robots suck?

That's because they weren't large enough. You really can account for everything with a finite table; the number of arrangements of a finite amount of matter in the universe is finite (it's just really really large). More importantly, the amount and arrangement of, and arrangement of connections bet...
by Xenomortis
Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 93449

Re: Why do our robots suck?

And the "processing time" isn't what would constitute understanding (based on memories)? What does that system "understand" that the first system (static lookup tables) doesn't? The end-result for both is the same; the latter took longer and likely made errors to generate its lo...
by Xenomortis
Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 222991

Re: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?

There exist real numbers that cannot be computed. A computable number c is a number for which there exists a function f with codmain in the rationals (that can be computed by a Turing machine) such that: for any ε < 0, there exists n >0 such that | f(k) - c | < ε for some input k . Furthermore, the ...
by Xenomortis
Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Not Equals
Replies: 91
Views: 68431

Re: Not Equals

Grimgar wrote:<> is terrible, because it is read as "is less than or greater than", which is NOT equivalent to "is not equal to", unless you're working with a totally ordered set.


But the Axiom of Choice is obviously true.
by Xenomortis
Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Train Animals to pick fruit?
Replies: 32
Views: 4375

Re: Train Animals to pick fruit?

Of course it's possible!
Indeed, I'm expecting the first set of mouse logic gates any day now!
by Xenomortis
Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Homework Looks like partial integration, but isnt?
Replies: 4
Views: 2019

Re: Homework Looks like partial integration, but isnt?

You want the x to disappear because it's no longer the variable you're integrating with. You can't treat it as a constant either since it isn't; it's hiding an expression in terms of your new variable (u). Integrating by Parts (is that what you mean by Partial Integreation?) wouldn't help you at all...

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