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by Patashu
Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2010
Replies: 170
Views: 18615

Re: Australian Federal Election 2010

(I live in Australia and am of voting age)

Would you say this is correct: If my main interest is social progressivism, I should vote green first, labour second, liberal third.
by Patashu
Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Breaking News!Catholic Church considers homosexuality a sin
Replies: 40
Views: 5293

Re: Breaking News!Catholic Church considers homosexuality a

It really sounds like he was just doing his job in this case.
by Patashu
Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [Java] Constructing a database
Replies: 5
Views: 810

Re: [Java] Constructing a database

Would PostgreSQL work?
by Patashu
Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 50661

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

It'd be like telling a young earth creationist that they're wrong because the universe is actually billions of years old - they'll be all like, "Nuh-uh!" and nothing has been gained. Instead, a better approach is "Come, look at these fossil layers we've unearthed. Let's have a chat a...
by Patashu
Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 50661

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

I can see that mocking contra-evidence beliefs might piss off the people who have them, which might tend to make them cling to them more fervently, but other than that I can't for the life of me think of anything that might be the least bit problematic with the practice. Perhaps the fact that the m...
by Patashu
Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 50661

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

Oh man this comic pissed me off. Rather than being, you know, relevant, interesting, important or you know, decent, it is 'Randall Attacks Obscure Medicine!'. We have women up for stoning, over-the-counter pills you can buy which can kill you and more problems to report on than ever and this webcom...
by Patashu
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 434
Views: 158363

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

Maybe it doesn't hold both ways. It's clear that you can go from right to left, but left to right loses information.
by Patashu
Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pinocchio Paradox
Replies: 42
Views: 18539

Re: Pinocchio Paradox

I never knew that truth values propagated at relativistic speeds. Maybe there's a physical theory to built out of this.
by Patashu
Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 434
Views: 158363

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

\mathbf{Q}\left[\omega\right]=\left\{a+b\omega : a, b \in \mathbf{Q}\right\} where \omega is a primitive cube root of 1 (works for all nth roots of unity). I suspect this one is the same kind of number as the split-complex numbers except stated in a different format (as a sum of 0, 30 and 60 degree...
by Patashu
Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Lady Gaga, anyone?
Replies: 132
Views: 36809

Re: Lady Gaga, anyone?

The monotony of Poker Face annoys me, but I have to admit I have a soft spot for Bad Romance.

Also it made this exist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLLQyAxCjaE
by Patashu
Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 434
Views: 158363

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

There's the complex numbers a + ib where i^2 = -1, the split-complex numbers a +jb where j^2 = 1, and the dual numbers a + eb where e^2 = 0. That's neat. It's so nice and symmetrical. It makes me wonder if there are any more trivial extensions of the real number system like that, but there probably ...
by Patashu
Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: I want to train a neural network to play a board game well
Replies: 5
Views: 4319

Re: I want to train a neural network to play a board game we

Depending on the game, it might be a lot easier to code an alpha-beta pruning minimax tree to look ahead and decide what move has the best short term prospects (i.e. maximizes the minimum outcome)
by Patashu
Sat Jul 10, 2010 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Collatz proof [debunked]
Replies: 26
Views: 2602

Re: Collatz proof finalized

Not strictly related to the topic, but what would a violation of the collatz conjecture look like, hypothetically? Would it be a secondary cycle of godawful huge numbers, or would it be some very exact condition that allowed for infinite growth?
by Patashu
Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pinocchio Paradox
Replies: 42
Views: 18539

Re: Pinocchio Paradox

If Pinocchio's nose grew whenever he said a falsehood, he'd have immense divination powers - forget causing paradoxes, he could figure out the question of life, the universe and everything!
by Patashu
Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The Tau Manifesto
Replies: 165
Views: 44062

Re: The Tau Manifesto

Let's define co-peanu arithmetic by starting at omega and defining a 'predecessor' function!
by Patashu
Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: HTML <video> and <canvas>
Replies: 10
Views: 3114

Re: HTML <video> and <canvas>

That looks neat! And it's all html/javascript.
by Patashu
Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Psychic" octopus makes world cup predictions.
Replies: 45
Views: 6259

Re: "Psychic" octopus makes world cup predictions.

Isn't this just a matter of getting a coin toss right N times in a row? If you throw enough octupuses at it, eventually one will get it right.
by Patashu
Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is it just me, or does the average guy really suck at math?
Replies: 57
Views: 8265

Re: Is it just me, or does the average guy really suck at ma

It's amusing that if we worked in a different base than 10 we'd have completely different rules for rapid factorizing.

Compare, for instance, base 7 to base 30.
by Patashu
Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Well you would have done it too. - Fallacy
Replies: 20
Views: 3013

Re: Well you would have done it too. - Fallacy

This is the Tu quoque falacy. Basically it is:

1. I did a bad thing.
2. X also did/would have done this bad thing/a worse thing.
3. Therefore it is okay.
by Patashu
Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The Tau Manifesto
Replies: 165
Views: 44062

Re: The Tau Manifesto

Wow, this is actually mind-opening. I've always found it really annoying how 2pi is a full circle, and tau = one turn! My only complaint is that the facetious insertion of e^(i*tau) = 1 + 0, while hilarious, dulls the blow the manifesto is meant to be. In fact, you could defy the pi-establishment fu...
by Patashu
Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: This.
Replies: 6
Views: 1555

Re: This.

I figure it's a shortening of 'I agree with this.' or 'This is what I wanted to say.'
by Patashu
Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: About solving halting problem on more general case
Replies: 128
Views: 13961

Re: About solving halting problem on more general case

You seem to be relying on an assumption that proving two programs are topologically equivalent is a fast, or even computable operation. How would you be able to prove this in the general sense? You'd have to give them both input 0, then input 1, then input 2...input infinity and check that they alwa...
by Patashu
Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Basmine
Replies: 9
Views: 2870

Re: Basmine

As an avid minesweeper player, this seems...not bad. Mostly because of the line: In other words, if you cannot prove that there is not a mine in the square you click on, then there will be a mine in that square. Otherwise, the configuration of the mines for that turn is random. The reaction that ma...
by Patashu
Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 751695

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

"Three months ago, Lisa used the Love Calculator. She just texted her name LISA and her partner's name NICK to 987654321. It didn't look good, but she didn't listen..." Apparently, the Love Calculator can figure out everything from just the first name, nobody named Lisa should ever fall f...
by Patashu
Sun Jul 04, 2010 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Perl Communication Across a Network
Replies: 4
Views: 786

Re: Perl Communication Across a Network

Cheating solution: Can you ask Wolfram Alpha whether your number is prime or not?
by Patashu
Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why are people charged with a crime treated so harshly?
Replies: 22
Views: 3448

Re: Why are people charged with a crime treated so harshly?

Sad as it is, it's naturally much easier for human beings to demonize whole groups of people based on some exterior negative characteristic, because of our evolutionary upbringings.

There are countries besides the US, however, and some of those countries have humane prison systems.
by Patashu
Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is it just me, or does the average guy really suck at math?
Replies: 57
Views: 8265

Re: Is it just me, or does the average guy really suck at ma

Relevant: The average person sucks at math because the math taught in schools is very boring. http://www.maa.org/devlin/LockhartsLament.pdf
by Patashu
Sat Jul 03, 2010 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: About solving halting problem on more general case
Replies: 128
Views: 13961

Re: About solving halting problem on more general case

Well, I've just read all of that and really wish I hadn't. I'm still not entirely sure what you're asserting. Are you saying that you have an algorithm that, when given an arbitrary, deterministic TM/CA/whatever, can determine whether it will halt, even in the case that it never halts and never fal...
by Patashu
Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Strategy for Strange Card Game
Replies: 20
Views: 1906

Re: Strategy for Strange Card Game

Deterministic strategies are obviously out, though - any optimal strategy is going to need to be probabilistic, else it will have an obvious counter and not lead to a nash equilibrium.
by Patashu
Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Story idea help
Replies: 10
Views: 1259

Re: Story idea help

They come down only to realize that the wonders of technology have eliminated all suffering. Kind of difficult to be a practicing buddhist without it, ey?
by Patashu
Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A question about quantum weirdness.
Replies: 19
Views: 2249

Re: A question about quantum weirdness.

Making the "splitting" go at c would simply make the other particle "register" the measurement of the first particle with some time delay. That would mean that you could get pairs of particles to either obey the bell inequality or not, depending on how far apart they were and ho...
by Patashu
Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Strategy for Strange Card Game
Replies: 20
Views: 1906

Re: Strategy for Strange Card Game

The disadvantage from losing the top card is significant in the 3 card version, but not as much in the 13 card version. In the former, the top card accounts for 1/2 of the points, in the latter a mere 1/7th.
by Patashu
Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A question about quantum weirdness.
Replies: 19
Views: 2249

Re: A question about quantum weirdness.

Yeah, I get what you mean - there aren't hidden variables, only changes in probability 'clouds'.
by Patashu
Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0761: "DFS"
Replies: 77
Views: 19903

Re: "DFS" Discussion

I laughed. But I'm a nerd, so.
by Patashu
Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Whoops
Replies: 48
Views: 4730

Re: Whoops

Whoops, you thought xkcd's forum might have anything to do with /b/.
by Patashu
Fri Jul 02, 2010 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: My number is bigger!
Replies: 1590
Views: 420073

Re: My number is bigger!

What does this line mean? Then I think I'll have it.

f(a,n+1) = f(a,n) ∪ {y: y ∈ f(b,m) ∧ b < a ∧ m < ω ∧ b,m ∈ f(a,n)} ∪ {x+y,ωx: x,y ∈ f(a,n)}
by Patashu
Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A question about quantum weirdness.
Replies: 19
Views: 2249

Re: A question about quantum weirdness.

Other people have already correctly pointed out that "observation" does not mean "looked at by a conscious being". Allow me to go into a little more depth (don't worry, though, no scary math). -snip- This post was REALLY helpful to think about, especially the description of quan...
by Patashu
Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wave of burka and niqab bans in Spain
Replies: 62
Views: 6993

Re: Wave of burka and niqab bans in Spain

With regards to obesity, I think giving the obese ideas on how to lose weight and access to effective foods, diets and techniques would be more effective than mocking them in popular culture.
by Patashu
Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: $250 Million in swine flu vaccines thrown away.
Replies: 15
Views: 1987

Re: $250 Million in swine flu vaccines thrown away.

Much better to be prepared and for no danger to arise than to be unprepared and for danger to arise, assuming the danger costs more than the preparation.
by Patashu
Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Playlist of (good) nerdy songs?
Replies: 31
Views: 8696

Re: Playlist of (good) nerdy songs?

This song is great, but you need the video for maximum effectiveness. It's glitch by 1024mb, and has a wonderful pixelized music video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmD3yuGxeR4 EDIT: Oh, this one too. The Game Is On by Helloween. Possibly not the kind of perspective you want on playing video games...

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