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by Sizik
Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Foolish question debunked. Move on, nothing to see.
Replies: 80
Views: 11269

Re: Foolish question debunked. Move on, nothing to see.

If you haven't seen Vsauce's video about the B-T Paradox, I think you should. Even if you don't follow exactly how all of the "pieces" of the sphere are manipulated to produce two, it'll at least give you an understanding of how the pieces are constructed and why it doesn't at all resemble...
by Sizik
Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 86004

Re: Science-based what-if questions

commodorejohn wrote:Random question: if you form a black hole out of iron, is it subject to magnetic attraction? (Obviously, hard to test, I'm just curious if there's any operating theory on this.)

I think the no-hair theorem would say no.
by Sizik
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 675
Views: 105884

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

The Banjo-Kazooie speedrun has a glitch called Furnace Fun Moves , where you can start a new save file with the moves unlocked on another save file. Banjo-Tooie has a more controversial glitch (they created a new category to exclude it) called Delayed Cutscene Warp , where you can warp to the locati...
by Sizik
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28473
Views: 3019676

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Just spent about $20 on a non-contact voltage tester and 2 hours (including the trip to buy said tester) to determine that the circuit breaker that controls the dining room lights is the one below the breaker labelled Bedroom 2 Recepts and is in fact labelled Bedroom 3 Dining room/Hallway Recepts. A...
by Sizik
Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Basketball Player riddle
Replies: 2
Views: 3861

Re: Basketball Player riddle

Spoiler:
The nurse is speaking to the surgeon, not to the patient.
by Sizik
Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4069
Views: 530650

Re: The Darker Side of the News

On a side note, would anyone consider expanding statutory rape laws to include the case of the boss and underling? In most companies, it's against HR policy for a manager to date an underling, and in the US military it's illegal, but I don't know if I'd like it enshrined in law. What abuses would t...
by Sizik
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: batch save embedded file in word 2010
Replies: 1
Views: 4812

Re: batch save embedded file in word 2010

If it's a .docx file, you can rename it to .zip, unzip it with a zip program, and find the embedded files in the word/embeddings folder inside.
by Sizik
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9862
Views: 1763720

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

The graph is just the squiggly line, and the coordinate axes are only there to show which part of the graph you're displaying. Thus, rename the part that does the coordinate system to "GraphDisplay", and the actual line to "Graph"
by Sizik
Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?
Replies: 35
Views: 8012

Re: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?

If you gave a random survey that asked the vague question "Are humans different from other animals?", I strongly suspect you'd get over 90% of people saying yes, and not just for religious reasons. I know that humans are animals. Doesn't stop me from immediately coming up with a long list...
by Sizik
Thu May 25, 2017 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Neighbors of a cluster: What is this called?
Replies: 8
Views: 4232

Re: Neighbors of a cluster: What is this called?

My initial thought is to narrow down the search space by finding the bounding box of B, expand it by R, and brute force from there. Starting from the convex hull would narrow down the search space even further, but would require more work to calculate (assuming you want to do this for any arbitrary ...
by Sizik
Wed May 24, 2017 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bad science jokes!
Replies: 100
Views: 33156

Re: Bad science jokes!

Weeks wrote:Homeopathy.

Here's a more potent one:
Spoiler:
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Homeopathy
by Sizik
Wed May 24, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2632
Views: 474412

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

SecondTalon wrote:Because holy shit, Train Simulator. Holy shit.


For those curious, that's $6,456.26 of DLC.
by Sizik
Wed May 24, 2017 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bad science jokes!
Replies: 100
Views: 33156

Re: Bad science jokes!

A lot of them tend to fall flat.
by Sizik
Sat May 20, 2017 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: var == 'value' vs 'value' == var
Replies: 20
Views: 8610

Re: var == 'value' vs 'value' == var

I think the two reasons this would be done are that in C, it prevents accidental assignment due to a typo: // Compiles (although some compilers give a warning) if(x = 0) { ... } // Compile error if(0 = x) { ... } And in Java, you can avoid a null pointer exception if you're using the .equals() metho...
by Sizik
Thu May 18, 2017 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14779
Views: 2286194

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

CorruptUser wrote:What movie theatre charges $17+ for a ticket?


3D movies cost 50% more for the extra dimension.
by Sizik
Thu May 18, 2017 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 161
Views: 20375

Re: Free Will

The Turing Test is just a sort of rule of thumb. I don't think a program that can convince you it is a person through a single casual conversation necessarily is. You might want a more rigorous test than that. Preferably one that would also filter out P-zombies. No, I'm serious. There is no contrad...
by Sizik
Thu May 18, 2017 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 161
Views: 20375

Re: Free Will

Eebster the Great wrote:The Turing Test is just a sort of rule of thumb. I don't think a program that can convince you it is a person through a single casual conversation necessarily is. You might want a more rigorous test than that.


Preferably one that would also filter out P-zombies.
by Sizik
Wed May 17, 2017 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6458
Views: 500578

Re: Trump presidency

cphite wrote: B) The information is being broadcast worldwide on public news.


Where? All I've seen are people talking about the fact that classified information was shared, not spilling the details on what was shared.
by Sizik
Tue May 02, 2017 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematical Induction - Introductory Question
Replies: 257
Views: 30686

Re: Mathematical Induction - Introductory Question

MathDoofus wrote:When we add it to the k case.


Are you talking about this step?
Meteoric wrote:[*]1+2+...+k+(k+1) = k(k+1)/2 + (k+1) [TRUE BECAUSE: add (k+1) to both sides of #1]
by Sizik
Tue May 02, 2017 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematical Induction - Introductory Question
Replies: 257
Views: 30686

Re: Mathematical Induction - Introductory Question

So how does induction prove anything beyond the relationship between the if statement in step 1 and the rewritten equation in step 4? It doesn't. That's why you need the base step. The induction step says that, if you had a rung to stand on, you could get to the next one. The base step says - here,...
by Sizik
Tue May 02, 2017 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematical Induction - Introductory Question
Replies: 257
Views: 30686

Re: Mathematical Induction - Introductory Question

... = ( k(k+1) + 2(k+1) )/2 (adding the fractions) ... = (k+1)(k+2)/2 (factoring out (k+1)) ... = (k+1)((k+1)+1)/2 (separating out (k+2) into ((k+1)+1)) 1+2+...+k+(k+1) = (k+1)((k+1)+1)/2 (showing the left side again, this is the n=(k+1) case) Thank you. But isn't your final step just the result of...
by Sizik
Tue May 02, 2017 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematical Induction - Introductory Question
Replies: 257
Views: 30686

Re: Mathematical Induction - Introductory Question

But how can it be that assuming the n = k case proves the n = (k + 1) case? I'm more confused now than before, I'm afraid. I'll repost my earlier post without functions this time: 1+2+...+k = k(k+1)/2 (our assumption, the n=k case) 1+2+...+k+(k+1) = k(k+1)/2 + (k+1) (add (k+1) to both sides) ... = ...
by Sizik
Tue May 02, 2017 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematical Induction - Introductory Question
Replies: 257
Views: 30686

Re: Mathematical Induction - Introductory Question

It might be easier to understand if we use a function: f(n) = n(n+1)/2 We want to prove the equation "1+2+...+n = f(n), for all integers n >= 4" I appreciate this effort, but function notation adds (for me) an additional layer of complexity/confusion. I generally don't get function notati...
by Sizik
Tue May 02, 2017 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematical Induction - Introductory Question
Replies: 257
Views: 30686

Re: Mathematical Induction - Introductory Question

It might be easier to understand if we use a function: f(n) = n(n+1)/2 We want to prove the equation "1+2+...+n = f(n), for all integers n >= 4" We start by calculating that f(4) = 4(5)/2 = 10 = 1+2+3+4, so we've proved it for n = 4. We now want to prove the statement "If 1+2+...+k = ...
by Sizik
Tue May 02, 2017 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 208
Views: 30858

Re: Halting Problem

We want to prove that a halting oracle program can't exist, by showing that one existing would lead to a contradiction. The naive way to do this is to write a program that calls the oracle on our program, and halts if the oracle predicts it won't, and loops forever otherwise. However, we can't have ...
by Sizik
Tue May 02, 2017 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematical Induction - Introductory Question
Replies: 257
Views: 30686

Re: Mathematical Induction - Introductory Question

An important thing to mention is that induction doesn't help you derive the "1+2+...+n = n(n+1)/2" equation, it only proves that it's true.
by Sizik
Mon May 01, 2017 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 208
Views: 30858

Re: Halting Problem

Our program calls willHalt. willHalt takes a program and data determines if the program will halt if called with that data. It does not necessarily have to call the program do this, all that matters is that willHalt returns true or false correctly.
by Sizik
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 38215

Re: Breaking Up the United States

The electoral college causes there to be (effectively) multiple FPTP votes, not one, since most states are FPTP for who ALL of their electors (are pledged to) vote for. For a third party to win the presidency, they have to both win a FPTP vote on a state-by-state basis, and in doing so get enough el...
by Sizik
Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 405640

Re: Questions For The World

poxic wrote:Also, fuck eran's avatar for reminding me of how awful those things sound.

Not eran personally. eran can remain unfucked.


You just gotta listen to them with a skilled performer and not-shit audio quality.
by Sizik
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90010
Views: 7795724

Re: Thoughts for ships

As processors get faster, memory access speed gets relatively slower, due to the speed of light (and the physical distance between the CPU and RAM) staying constant.
by Sizik
Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6331
Views: 922479

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Hands up, still shot. On Wednesday, WSVN aired a cell phone video reportedly taken moments before caregiver Charles Kinsey was shot by North Miami police. In it, Kinsey, who survived, can be see lying on the ground with his hands raised, explaining that him and the autistic man he was assisting are...
by Sizik
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 93
Views: 24518

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

Opus_723 wrote:evidence-based diet experts ( what the heck are those called, anyway?)

Dietitians.
by Sizik
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 93
Views: 24518

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jan/01/british-couple-hospital-bill-baby-born-new-york A British couple say they could be in for a $200,000 (£130,000) hospital bill, after traveling to New York City for a five-day vacation, only for their baby boy to be born 11 weeks premature. Any updates...
by Sizik
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock
Replies: 15
Views: 4053

Re: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock

I think this explains the phenomenon.
by Sizik
Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9862
Views: 1763720

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Xenomortis, can you define some kind of local function do_things :: BaseClass -> Object with overloads for the specific classes? (The program will still call the most specific overload, regardless of whether the object was bound to a variable of a superclass type in between, right?) Pretty sure Jav...
by Sizik
Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Reverse of how colors work: how would it look?
Replies: 6
Views: 3070

Re: The Reverse of how colors work: how would it look?

If it absorbed red and reflected all other colors, it would look cyan.
by Sizik
Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4069
Views: 530650

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Poachers break into French zoo, kill a rhino, and steal its horn Police, who were investigating the crime, said the rhino had been shot three times in the head and one of its horns had been sawn off, probably with a chainsaw. . . . The poachers broke through a gate at the wildlife park during the n...
by Sizik
Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 156
Views: 47788

Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

From conservation of angular momentum, I predict that your rate of counterspinning will be by far the most notable and, edicts against permanent personal injuries aside, you would more obviously be centripetally flattened out (or worse!) beyond the frictionless surface limit. So maybe that's when y...
by Sizik
Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 156
Views: 47788

Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

Stand to top of the block. Spin in place, causing the block to spin in the opposite direction, conserving angular momentum. Keep spinning faster and faster, until the gold block flattens and expands outwards far enough to reach the edge of the circle. This assumes the rope won't be twisted up in the...

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