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by Patashu
Mon Mar 19, 2007 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0237: "Keyboards are Disgusting"
Replies: 73
Views: 25507

I hold true to the proverb 'What happens in Keyboard stays in Keyboard' in times like this.
by Patashu
Mon Mar 19, 2007 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: One third of a square
Replies: 20
Views: 8983

Wikipedia says paper folding lets you construct more than compass and straightedge:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematic ... er_folding
by Patashu
Sun Mar 18, 2007 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The surprise exam paradox
Replies: 217
Views: 66213

oops
by Patashu
Sun Mar 18, 2007 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The surprise exam paradox
Replies: 217
Views: 66213

How is it self-contradictory if the professor showed that he could indeed give an exam without anyone expecting it?
by Patashu
Sun Mar 18, 2007 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0232: "Chess Enlightenment"
Replies: 77
Views: 28298

You could go write your games in Zillions of Games.
by Patashu
Fri Mar 16, 2007 5:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How many Lojbanists does it take
Replies: 72
Views: 11866

Interesting question and one of the central reasons I am an Atheist. By the nature of God, God can do anything. God can't fail at anything because that would unravel the universe. But if God can't fail, then God can't do everything. Can God create a boulder so big She can't lift it, or a wall so bi...
by Patashu
Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How many Lojbanists does it take
Replies: 72
Views: 11866

Can God make a broken lightbulb so screwed in even He cannot change it?
by Patashu
Fri Mar 16, 2007 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Custom titles
Replies: 2761
Views: 257869

'Answerful Bignitude'? :)
by Patashu
Thu Mar 15, 2007 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Communism
Replies: 147
Views: 21867

Neither capitalism nor communism works, but capitalism doesn't work in a more satisfactory way.
by Patashu
Thu Mar 15, 2007 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Airplane On A Treadmill
Replies: 304
Views: 79155

This is why I prefer helicopters. :)

Although, I think it might take off anyway. The treadmill isn't countering the movement of the engine, it's countering the movement of the wheels.
by Patashu
Thu Mar 15, 2007 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: On how the climate is going to murder us (or not).
Replies: 104
Views: 25159

HYPERiON wrote:i don't think it's CO2 that's causing global warming. it could be any number of things. but we CAN change to a cleaner society, so why don't we? AFAIK, clean air + no reliance on fossil fuels = good.


Why wouldn't CO2 cause global warming? It's classified as a greenhouse gas.
by Patashu
Thu Mar 15, 2007 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The surprise exam paradox
Replies: 217
Views: 66213

Also, about the whole 'it must be on thursday because it can't be on friday' thing, what if it went something like this? ~Thursday~ Student: The exam must be today! If it was on Friday then when it would have been Friday it wouldn't have been a surprise! Professor: I knew that you'd think that so I ...
by Patashu
Wed Mar 14, 2007 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Firing Squad Synchronization
Replies: 18
Views: 8361

It's possible; I saw a solution to it once but the topic it was in vanished from radar or something, because I couldn't find it again.

EDIT: I remember the solution relied apon relaying some information at a fractional rate less than 1, though. Does that help?
by Patashu
Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0221: "Random Number"
Replies: 167
Views: 26018

I figured it was related to the 'slanted average'; that is, when we're rating something out of 10 and find it about average, we don't give it a 5 but a 7.
by Patashu
Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0235: "Kite"
Replies: 53
Views: 17538

It's probably hard to come up with a (humorous) comic about pi on demand.
by Patashu
Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Firing Squad Synchronization
Replies: 18
Views: 8361

skeptical scientist wrote:Either I'm missing something or the statement of the problem is missing something. Why doesn't the transition function: from any state, go to qbang work?


Because that would be spoiling it? ;)

Or what torne said.
by Patashu
Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Firing Squad Synchronization
Replies: 18
Views: 8361

Firing Squad Synchronization

(yes, I stole the description from a website, etc.) A prisoner is awaiting execution by firing squad. A row of N robotic soldiers stands nearby. These robotic soldiers can be in a finite number of states (they are all finite state machines). A clock provides a sequence of time steps: 0, 1, 2, etc.. ...
by Patashu
Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The perfect Chess AI engine
Replies: 89
Views: 42431

It might be a win for black, but it probably isn't. The fact that you're forced to make a move, however, makes it possible; imagine a game with a 1x3 board, a white piece on one end and a black piece on one. On your turn you have to move a square and if you move onto an opponent's square you capture...
by Patashu
Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0221: "Random Number"
Replies: 167
Views: 26018



I already knew 7 was the most random number out of 10; I conducted a test at school once and 7 came out the most.

Is there a good explaination as to why we prefer to aim for 7/10 or 17/20?
by Patashu
Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0235: "Kite"
Replies: 53
Views: 17538

0235: "Kite"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/kite.jpg Alt: It's easier to regret your awkward conversations but hard to regret the ones you didn't have. http://xkcd.com/c235.html And now for the question we've all been waiting for; What the heck kind of kite can hold a person up? Is it supposed to be a space elevat...
by Patashu
Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The surprise exam paradox
Replies: 217
Views: 66213

On Thursday, if the exam has not happened yet the students know it must be on friday. On Wednesday, if the exam has not happened yet the students know it must be on thursday, and not friday. (else they would not be surprised by the certain outcome) On Tuesday, if the exam has not happened it is actu...
by Patashu
Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Communication
Replies: 75
Views: 21300

Myself, I don't care how quickly or drawn out what you type is as long as it's intelligent, sensical and logical (and still decipherable, obviously). Chtspk and brief, uninsightful posts tend to be correlated but this does not have to be the case and condemning chatspeak itself and not the unintelli...
by Patashu
Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Robot Ethics?
Replies: 56
Views: 16953

Why would you punish a criminal if you could instead remove what makes him criminal and therefore needing of punishment?
by Patashu
Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0214: "The Problem with Wikipedia"
Replies: 139
Views: 59622

That would put a stop to your run too; either a terminating page or a repeat article.
by Patashu
Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Math
Replies: 55
Views: 16793

All of math is a human construct. That's why things can be proven beyond any doubt in mathematics: Every rule in maths is man-made thus we know exactly what they are. In physics and science and such we don't know for sure; we try to find out the rules as closely as we can. 2 and 2 may equal 4 in bot...
by Patashu
Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0214: "The Problem with Wikipedia"
Replies: 139
Views: 59622

By the way, a different game I've heard about: Pick any article on wikipedia, and click on the first link on that page, going lexiographically. Repeat until you return to an article you've been before (ie into a loop) and count how many unique articles you went through.
by Patashu
Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0214: "The Problem with Wikipedia"
Replies: 139
Views: 59622

You're not the first, no.

Try Soccer --> String Theory or Teddy Bear --> Quantum Chromodynamics.
by Patashu
Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Holes in the theory of Evolution?
Replies: 132
Views: 37979

Besides, if evolution isn't true, where'd that bacteria built for eating nylon come out from? Nylon was a human invention so there's no possible use being optimized for nylon eating before it's even come up with.
by Patashu
Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The perfect Chess AI engine
Replies: 89
Views: 42431

Since chess is deterministic, the game will either be a win for white OR a win for black OR a draw assuming perfect play. However, we'll need a perfect chess engine to know what a perfect chess engine will find the game to be. Or, more simply, we'll need to map out the entire move tree for chess unt...
by Patashu
Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0233: "A New CAPTCHA Approach"
Replies: 112
Views: 38079

One of the especially good captchas I've seen is based on cursive: http://www.cbstuff.nl/botchecks/bartjantest.php?search=&page=23 http://www.cbstuff.nl/botchecks/CaveAxes.png http://www.cbstuff.nl/botchecks/AntiSoy.png Supposed to be exponentially harder for a bot to read cursive than to read ...
by Patashu
Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0234: "Escape Artist"
Replies: 35
Views: 14457

I think I finally got it...

backslashes = he's commenting out the handcuffs?
by Patashu
Mon Mar 12, 2007 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0233: "A New CAPTCHA Approach"
Replies: 112
Views: 38079

One of the especially good captchas I've seen is based on cursive: http://www.cbstuff.nl/botchecks/bartjantest.php?search=&page=23 http://www.cbstuff.nl/botchecks/CaveAxes.png http://www.cbstuff.nl/botchecks/AntiSoy.png Supposed to be exponentially harder for a bot to read cursive than to read p...
by Patashu
Mon Mar 12, 2007 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0232: "Chess Enlightenment"
Replies: 77
Views: 28298

If you want to put a spin on tic-tac-toe, make it so that when it's done to one square vacant you slide a piece orthagonally into the empty square on your turn, game continues as normal until someone gets a three in a row. (Can't remember if it was only your pieces you could move or both side's) As ...

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