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by iw
Sun Apr 15, 2007 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The surprise exam paradox
Replies: 217
Views: 66488

It is worth asking, if your professor said, "There will be an unexpected test tomorrow," does the same issue occur? (Quine would say it could. Consider what happens if everyone says, "Well, we're going to expect it tomorrow; so it's impossible" and then fails to expect it. Chapm...
by iw
Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The surprise exam paradox
Replies: 217
Views: 66488

this is my attempt to make everything incredibly simple: can't we say that our conclusion about friday follows the same rules as the result of the 'paradox' ? can we not say, "on friday, the teacher cannot give us the exam, because it is the last day of the week (which would not surprise us, t...
by iw
Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0248: "Hypotheticals"
Replies: 77
Views: 20837

But...but... you get ICE CREAM in a hypothetical!
by iw
Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:41 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Good universities for Computer Science
Replies: 51
Views: 15488

Actualy, I've already gotten into UB, RIT and Clarkson. i just wanted to see where on the list they were, really. I have friends who went to Clarkson, and I've heard fabulous things about it. My anecdotal evidence says they generally get into decent jobs. It seems to be more of an "engineering...
by iw
Thu Apr 12, 2007 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The surprise exam paradox
Replies: 217
Views: 66488

A question: Have logicians or philosophers discussed this problem before? Is there some kind of "official" word on this?
by iw
Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 484238

Pebbles, Yeah, i'm loving Catch 22 at the moment. I wasn't sure what to expect as i didn't know anything about Heller prior to this point, and i sure didn't expect the book to be so damned funny. I'll let you know what i think once i'm done reading it in a day or so. Then i'll try some of his other...
by iw
Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 484238

Alisto wrote:You WOULD choose the largest book on that list. :p
You don't want to read a children's book, do you?!
by iw
Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Does anyone here compete on Topcoder?
Replies: 30
Views: 14933

Personally, I'm looking forward to this year's ICFP. Last year's competition (http://boundvariable.org) was absolutely fantastic, requiring the contestant to utilize just about every different area of computer science to win. It was so good that doing a run-through of the contest would be fabulous t...
by iw
Wed Apr 11, 2007 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0247: "Factoring the Time"
Replies: 137
Views: 54152

skeptical scientist wrote:Yeah, that's what I did. I meant a way of doing it in your head.
Become autistic?
by iw
Wed Apr 11, 2007 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Digits
Replies: 32
Views: 5765

You could go all day with these things:

s(1) = 1
s(2) = 2
s(3) = 3
s(4) = 5
s(5) = 4
s(6) = 4
s(7) = 2
s(8) = 2
s(9) = 2
s(10) = 2

Obviously, this is:
Number of strokes to write each number in Japanese (Chinese, too, I think)
by iw
Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Digits
Replies: 32
Views: 5765

So if we extrapolate:
L(10) = 5
L(11) = 4
L(12) = 3
by iw
Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Is this a question?
Replies: 41
Views: 8614

Re: Is this a question?

LE4dGOLEM wrote:Is this a question?

No, this is a forum where we post logic puzzles and challenge each other to solve them.
by iw
Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: PHP, Why isnt my code working?
Replies: 17
Views: 8646

I believe this is a pretty complete list: http://wiki.python.org/moin/WebProgramming
by iw
Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The surprise exam paradox
Replies: 217
Views: 66488

Let's go Turing machine here: Let's say we have a probabilistic Turing machine. It works in the following fashion: after reading a square, it either halts or moves to the right, and it halts when it reads a blank. We want to know how many steps it takes before it halts. Now, let's say your professor...
by iw
Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: PHP, Why isnt my code working?
Replies: 17
Views: 8646

i'm writing in php because its been designed as a server-side database language, to my knowledge python is more of a scripting language based around powerful maths libraries? i dont like asp (mainly because it cant be run from a non-MS server) and i've tried learning ruby on rails, but got annoyed ...
by iw
Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0243: "Appropriate Term"
Replies: 89
Views: 42429

I always called it "the eraser". You guys are a bunch of sickos.
by iw
Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0228: "Resonance"
Replies: 41
Views: 16744

My God, I didn't think hardly anyone did this. I actually picked the habit up from copying my father's bad habit (grumble...)
by iw
Thu Feb 22, 2007 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0226: "Swingset"
Replies: 66
Views: 22749

Nuclear Summer wrote:Technically, wouldn't you still have a weight, just no velocity at that point.

Depends on how you define "weight".
by iw
Wed Feb 21, 2007 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0226: "Swingset"
Replies: 66
Views: 22749

what was inside out boy from? I have vague memories... although i remember it was claymation It was a short lived Nickelodeon claymation bit shown during the commercials inbetween shows (during the first Nicktoons era, I think). It was about the adventures of a boy who had "swung all the way a...
by iw
Wed Feb 21, 2007 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0226: "Swingset"
Replies: 66
Views: 22749

And if you swing the swing around the pole, you turn inside out!
by iw
Wed Feb 21, 2007 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 484238

Currently I'm reading Haruki Murakami's Wind-Up Bird Chronicle . If you've never heard of Haruki, he's a very popular Japanese author that writes contemporary literature, usually with a fantastic twist. Kind of like Palahniuk's Lullabye except without the gritty attitude. Recent books have included:...
by iw
Wed Feb 21, 2007 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0142: "Parody Week: Megatokyo"
Replies: 21
Views: 15569

No I don't, he seems to have kicked out the one person who made megatokyo good, thats his own fault. :-P He didn't kick the other guy out, they had a creative splitup. As for the 4chan posters who think drawing Megatokyo hentai to piss off the author is cool: I think that the asshole nature of the ...
by iw
Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0225: "Open Source"
Replies: 71
Views: 29441

xkcd should write for Everybody Loves Eric Raymond. At least xkcd makes new updates.
by iw
Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Piers Anthony and the sexism thereof
Replies: 45
Views: 12519

In my opinion, authors that portray women in a certain way throughout their books aren't necessarily sexist. It doesn't necessarily mean that that is how they view all women to be, it might just be that those are the kinds of characters they want to have in their work. It could mean they're closed-...
by iw
Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ridiculously Circuitous Subject Name
Replies: 37
Views: 7591

I can't read, what is everyone talking about in here?
by iw
Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Disprove this theorem! (Independent Set Poly Time Algorithm!
Replies: 8
Views: 3667

Can anyone explain to me where he gets k from? As far as the mechanics of the algorithm go, I understand everything but that. Is k just the size of the independent set that results from procedure 3.1? In the code implementing the algorithm, it looks like it's input by the user, so it's not somethin...
by iw
Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Disprove this theorem! (Independent Set Poly Time Algorithm!
Replies: 8
Views: 3667

Boy, oh, boy, that'll teach me to follow a link from a Slashdot submission and then not read it carefully. Though he makes it look so much like he has claimed that he has an algorithm that works. I love question 5.8, where he says "well, our maxim al algorithm turned out a maximum set for all o...
by iw
Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Disprove this theorem! (Independent Set Poly Time Algorithm!
Replies: 8
Views: 3667

Disprove this theorem! (Independent Set Poly Time Algorithm!

I was looking around the internet, and I ran across this impressive claim: http://www.geocities.com/dharwadker/independent_set/ This guy named Ashay Dharwadker claims to have come up with a polynomial time algorithm for the Independent Set graph problem, which, as we all know, is an NP-complete prob...
by iw
Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 696448

Sorry for not posting here earlier!

I am a 25 year old MS in Computer Science (erdos #4!) and I am currently living in Japan doing IT work. My real home is Chicago (ok, really Northwest Indiana). I also do music, and in my spare time I draw terrible pictures.
by iw
Tue Jan 30, 2007 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0216: "Romantic Drama Equation"
Replies: 90
Views: 30314

beard0 wrote:
Peshmerga wrote:I much rathered life when being gay was unacceptable.


I'm amazed that comics of this intelligent a calibre would appeal to someone stupid enough to be a homophobe.

Intelligence usually has very little to do with one's beliefs or prejudices.

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