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by madaco
Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1176: "Those Not Present"
Replies: 139
Views: 24030

Re: 1176: "Those Not Present"

One thing that I think might be worth considering maybe is that the comic 'advocates' moving a small amount away each time. I would assume that in certain circumstances one would be inclined to move their chair back to discuss something (though possibly not as much of a conscious (probably the wrong...
by madaco
Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 18625

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

McBee wrote:At what speed does the high-five location move? :|

six times.
duh.
by madaco
Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematics - a new basis
Replies: 36
Views: 6681

Re: Mathematics - a new basis

if we are combining an n-gon and an m-gon, to get a o-gon, then I would think that o is at most n+m+2*min(m,n) . (I have not proved this, but I assume that as every vertex on each shape has one line segment attached on each side, and having a line segment go through both of them would produce two ne...
by madaco
Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do with an infinitely fast computer?
Replies: 818
Views: 216389

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

What you could probably do is have it spit out a sufficiently compelling compelling argument that people would accept as proof that it isn't infinitely fast. Or better yet, that the computer doesn't exist at all and you've never heard this argument. For added sophistic fun: Consider that there is n...
by madaco
Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Pokemon probability: Catching Feebas
Replies: 8
Views: 3481

Re: Pokemon probability: Catching Feebas

I am drunk. Warning. Is it actually true that only a certain handful of tiles can produce <rare_pokemon>? I was under the impression that all water tiles within a given region could produce the water <rare_pokemon> within a given region, rather than a certain handful being somehow special and capab...
by madaco
Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1153: "Proof"
Replies: 64
Views: 17406

Re: 1153: "Proof"

So you are saying that at finitely small increments movement is indistinguishable from teleportation? The release of energy is quantum, right? Why can't that also be the case with movement? If that's so, then Zeno's paradox ceases to be an issue, because at a certain level you no longer can say “ha...
by madaco
Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 33389

Re: 1144: Tags

anyone noticed randall's been getting a little lazy and uninspired lately? obviously he's entitled, coming up with 3 brilliant webcomics a week is a tall order, but no one's forcing him to continue xkcd. maybe its time for a break... Nobody is forcing you to read it anymore than they are forcing hi...
by madaco
Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Using points in 3d to create function
Replies: 7
Views: 1334

Re: Using points in 3d to create function

if you have more points there are programs that will make an estimate for the formula
shoot what was the name of the one I'm thinking of.
they tested it with a pendulum and the angle at different times...
by madaco
Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1043: “Ablogalypse”
Replies: 91
Views: 28818

Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

In the united states they crossed in november 2011.
by madaco
Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1124: "Law of Drama"
Replies: 67
Views: 17053

Re: 1124: "Law of Drama"

what about drama being = ln(emotional response/"expected" emotional response) That way if one reacts as expected, the result is zero, and if they act less emotional than "expected" the result in negative, etc. this would allow for it being unitless, but a unit could be added I gu...
by madaco
Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0969: "Delta-P"
Replies: 181
Views: 49215

Re: 0969: "Delta-P"

Denswei wrote:Someone in Narnia dropped their end of the portal into their ocean, and flooded the Earth. [removed]


The other end is a forest, near a lantern.
by madaco
Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 16289

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

da Doctah wrote:
eran_rathan wrote:Wouldn't it suck to be a genie stuck in a Klein bottle?

Only because all genies are in a sense inside all Klein bottles.


what if the two genie's locations are not spatially connected?
by madaco
Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1032: "Networking"
Replies: 123
Views: 36215

Re: 1032: "Networking"

First off, I shold point out that almost the entirety of the criticism I am about to make is based off of what is probably semantics. or possibly the criticism of sematntics or whatever. anyway: surely the content is provided by continuity of character, beret guy has a long history of nonsense, so w...
by madaco
Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1032: "Networking"
Replies: 123
Views: 36215

Re: 1032: "Networking"

Begs the question: "What is the XKCD business model?" Well, if you consider this comic as an outline for some such model (anti-reductio ad absurdum) ... Consider that the popularity in general of this comic is the networking of the comic "Networking" 1032. Specifically: water-co...
by madaco
Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1029: "Drawing Stars"
Replies: 135
Views: 37023

Re: 1029: "Drawing Stars"

without Gary Gygax (oh ok and that Arneson guy, whatever.) I suspect the ampersand would have faded out of use a long time ago. I assume this implies that keyboards with the character did not exist before that point? What do you think people would use instead of a&&b if not for it? would a ...
by madaco
Sun Mar 18, 2012 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 82131

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Call it a proof by contradiction: 1) The Bible contains all information necessary for perfect morality. (Asserted by many Christians.) 2) A morality which fails to condemn slavery is imperfect. (I hope we can all agree.) 3) There is no outright condemnation of slavery in the Bible. 4) Therefore the...
by madaco
Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1029: "Drawing Stars"
Replies: 135
Views: 37023

Re: 1029: "Drawing Stars"

without Gary Gygax (oh ok and that Arneson guy, whatever.) I suspect the ampersand would have faded out of use a long time ago. I assume this implies that keyboards with the character did not exist before that point? What do you think people would use instead of a&&b if not for it? would a ...
by madaco
Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Building a secure website.
Replies: 18
Views: 3806

Re: Building a secure website.

err,
where DO you store the salt?
by madaco
Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1023: "Late-Night BS"
Replies: 73
Views: 18399

Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

... creepypasta .... Probably Randall read about it on Wikipedia.... err there are articles on Wikipedia about various creepypasta that no one here has pointer out yet? how did THAT get through the notibility filters? I would think that most creepypasta would be not notable, unless is is very commo...
by madaco
Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1014: "Car Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 24531

Re: 1014: "Car Problems"

jpk wrote:
As an aside, IF this is all some extended attempt to annoy people, I hope you mature one day.

That's right, of course. Anyone who disagrees with you is just out to annoy you. Very perceptive.
by madaco
Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0068: "Five Thirty"
Replies: 22
Views: 11806

Re: 0068: "Five Thirty"

Is there some profound explanation for "fuck the cosine"? Or is that people just don't like evaluating cos? I think its because the adjacent side to theta isn't as well defined (its a little squiggly) so you probably wont get the length of it exacly because it wont factor in the squiggle ...
by madaco
Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1005: "SOPA"
Replies: 128
Views: 63593

Re: 1005: "SOPA"

If you nicked randalls drawing and recoloured it yellow that's copying and randall would have a case (unless he'd licensed it otherwise) . Ah, so you never ever heard of Creative Commons, and/or never read those words at the very bottom of xkcd's front page, huh? now its possible that they haven't,...
by madaco
Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0991: "Phantom Menace"
Replies: 110
Views: 35106

Re: 0991: "Phantom Menace"

Think about the entire movie. The Jedi are on the ship, they're going to have a talk, talk doesn't happen, kill droids, go to planet, find underwater city, borrow submarine, travel through planet, get to royal palace, escape with queen, land on tatooine, find slave boy, podracing, go to republic, r...
by madaco
Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0976: "Sail"
Replies: 61
Views: 14872

Re: 0976: "Sail"

Did the .gif remind anyone else of a glider gun from Conway's game of life?
no?
by madaco
Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0955: "Neutrinos"
Replies: 159
Views: 40938

Re: 0955: "Neutrinos"

@^
um what?
by madaco
Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: MS Paint Adventures thread
Replies: 686
Views: 172786

Re: MS Paint Adventures thread

I'm surprised no one here has posted anythign about ~ATH code. from one interpretation of the Mobius double reach-around, it is not too difficult to make a code that when run, would essentially create Sn o wman . Sn o wman .~ATH: bifurcate THIS[ THIS , THIS ]; //is this necessary, or is this only ne...
by madaco
Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0937: "TornadoGuard"
Replies: 62
Views: 23413

Re: 0937: TornadoGuard

This seems to be related to the impossibility of "perfect" (for some seemingly normal definitions of perfect) voting systems. actually maybe not, because if there was just a different field for each type of quality of the app... like if there was a stability score, a good features score an...
by madaco
Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: alternative mathematics
Replies: 128
Views: 13384

Re: alternative mathematics

Are you using that to define addition? such that the first number is which number is on the top, and the second how much it is shifted forwards? eg. 1.2.3.4. _._.1.2 oh, wait, thats subtraction, so rather, a+b would be how far forwards the bottom one is moved, and what number on the bottom you pick,...
by madaco
Sat May 28, 2011 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: On the topic of a programming language in the making.
Replies: 22
Views: 4804

Re: On the topic of a programming language in the making.

I really like the breaking out of an outer loop feature. However, how are you planning on signifying if statements? I saw that you seem to be using lua like things for the while, but that could have jsut been for explaining. So will one be able to say while a<b a++ endwhile ? Or would you have to us...
by madaco
Wed May 04, 2011 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Are there prime numbers in the form x^y - 1
Replies: 8
Views: 1885

Re: Are there prime numbers in the form x^y - 1

ok, thanks, I was confused.
by madaco
Wed May 04, 2011 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Are there prime numbers in the form x^y - 1
Replies: 8
Views: 1885

Re: Are there prime numbers in the form x^y - 1

No: x^y - 1 = (x-1)(x^{y-1}+x^{y-1} \dots +x + 1) for x not equal to 2, y not 1, these two brackets are non 1 integers (a factorization), so not a prime. For your second question, I don't know really, but trivially any prime (except 2) can be written as 11 in some base. Edit: Also, ...
by madaco
Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 54214

Re: 0889: Turtles

edgey wrote:Are turtles self aware?

that might be the point.
(Ok, probably not, but thats what my point would be if I drew this, but it would have a different caption, and you wouldn't be able to tell that it was a turtle, but...)
by madaco
Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Record Broswer Outputs
Replies: 4
Views: 799

Re: Record Broswer Outputs

maybe it sends it could send the user agent as firefox or chrome or something?
by madaco
Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: implementing "binary or" with arithmetic operators
Replies: 14
Views: 2438

Re: implementing "binary or" with arithmetic operators

what about adding the 2 numbers, and subtracting the product of them?
or would that be too slow?
by madaco
Thu Nov 11, 2010 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0817: "Mutual"
Replies: 202
Views: 36529

Re: 0817: "Mutual"

uh, I didn't really like this one that much, but then again, I usually don't like parts of media focusing on romance, so its not that surprising. and of course, romance is in the description of this webcomic, so that of course is what I should expect. I shouldn't be complaining, or complaining stron...
by madaco
Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: PHP Examples in real applications.
Replies: 18
Views: 2756

Re: PHP Examples in real applications.

for globals: cant you just say in the function Global $var=$var2; and then $var will be accessible outside the function and be set to $var2? (I haven't used Globals in PHP myself, I've just used a library that uses them) also, I did not know about $$var in php, only $var(). you can create desktop ap...
by madaco
Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Entanglement/Holographic Principle Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1156

Re: Quantum Entanglement/Holographic Principle Question

I'm not sure about CNOT but if you use a as one of its inputs it seems like a and b are now disentangled, so they should do less fun stuff and be more predictable. Does the entanglement breaking help you understand the process? I can try looking at the specifics of the gate functioning later. well ...
by madaco
Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Entanglement/Holographic Principle Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1156

Re: Quantum Entanglement/Holographic Principle Question

@doogly theres a question I have been having a hard time finding an answer to. if there are 2 qubits, a and b, both start as being in a state representing 0. if Alice applies the hadamard operation on a, then uses the controlled not operation on b with a as the other input (so b^=a). if she then app...
by madaco
Wed Aug 04, 2010 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 75339

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

I don't see what having ancestors from the savanna has to do with sexism. If it's anything, it's racist. Also, communicating badly and then acting smug when you're not understood is not cleverness , and it does not make for a humorous punchline. I'm not sure if this is any different, but I don't th...

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