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by madaco
Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1439: "Rack Unit"
Replies: 63
Views: 17817

Re: 1439: Rack Unit

relevant homestuck quote:

"one of your BEEHOUSE MAINFRAMES. The silicomb was sliced clean through by your foolish maneuver. What were you thinking???

The workers pair up and dance angry messages to you in beenary code."

http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003978
by madaco
Thu May 29, 2014 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Halting problem as applied to hashing
Replies: 2
Views: 5049

Halting problem as applied to hashing

I was thinking about how a hashing algorithm might work that would be relatively difficult to compute at improved rates (I thought of this when thinking about blockchain proofs of work, and how GPU mining and other hardware mining apparently make CPU mining obsolete. I don't know if my thoughts on a...
by madaco
Thu May 15, 2014 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1368: "One Of The"
Replies: 91
Views: 20167

Re: 1368: "One Of The"

Why not "The perpetrator ( alleged to be [...]) [...], and it is alleged that the perpetrator then [...]." (To cover the case of if it is not entirely clear whether the perpetrator did the other thing at that time, or at all) (Though maybe that is known to not be a possibility in the situa...
by madaco
Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 157786

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

I suppose by methods of argument they may have meant methods of arguing?

As in, things said while arguing, whether or not the thing is meant to be or compose a logical argument.

Of course, I don't know,
I just thought that was a possibility for what they might have meant.
by madaco
Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 157786

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

EDIT: Plasma, madaco, you seems to be agreeing at each other. Randall: "Pleading the first is the weakest defence - it means barely legal madaco: "Sometimes it's valid, if the argument against you is that it's not legal" BytEfLUsh: "Yeah, but they aren't actually infringing on y...
by madaco
Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 157786

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Saying "you should be arrested for that"is as much your right of free speech as saying the thing that would prompt others into the phrase "you should be arrested for that". The thing about free speech is that you have the right to say such extreme things. You even have the right...
by madaco
Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 157786

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

If you say something, and someone responds "You should be arrested/killed for saying that", and you respond with something about freedom of speech, as a retort to their statement, I think that would be relatively valid. Well, I'm a rare kind of person that can imagine a worst-case scenari...
by madaco
Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 157786

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

I think there are some exceptions to the title text. E.g. If you say something, and someone responds "You should be arrested/killed for saying that", and you respond with something about freedom of speech, as a retort to their statement, I think that would be relatively valid. However, I s...
by madaco
Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1352: "Cosmologist on a Tire Swing"
Replies: 87
Views: 23312

Re: 1352: "Cosmologist on a Tire Swing"

Klear wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:Then stop spelling it wrong.


orthogon wrote:Apparently we Brits also wrote "tire" for a century or two until we revived the older spelling.


Sounds like they already did =P


Yeah, but then they started spelling it wrong again!
by madaco
Mon Apr 07, 2014 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1352: "Cosmologist on a Tire Swing"
Replies: 87
Views: 23312

Re: 1352: "Cosmologist on a Tire Swing"

At first I thought the circles were holes in the ground, and was imagining it being on a battlefield after some battle, or alternatively the ground gradually disappearing at the end (hence the questions about the beginning).
by madaco
Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Axiomatic mathematics has no foundation
Replies: 158
Views: 32488

Re: Axiomatic mathematics has no foundation

I can't tell, are you rejecting the idea of talking about a thing, and then giving that thing a name? If not, then when someone says "the empty set", just think "a/the set that doesn't have the contain relation with anything" because its just a name. And of course, replacing the ...
by madaco
Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Generality of polynomial approximation
Replies: 7
Views: 2174

Re: Generality of polynomial approximation

Hmm. Lets have f and g be on opposite sides of e^x, and be close to it. What if f and g have various points where they are closer than normal to e^x and infinitely many such points, such that there is no minimum distance between them on the interval, but they never meet. Would this require that f an...
by madaco
Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Axiomatic mathematics has no foundation
Replies: 158
Views: 32488

Re: Axiomatic mathematics has no foundation

I thought Godel's theorem only showed that non-trivial consistent systems couldn't prove themselves consistent?

And allowed for trivial ones to do so.
by madaco
Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 19959

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

Oh.

For some reason I thought it was about tagging things.

(trigger warnings and such)

Huh.
by madaco
Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Meta fundamental theorem.
Replies: 7
Views: 2919

Re: Meta fundamental theorem.

Does anyone have a proof of this?

As far as I can tell, it seems that the fundamental theorem of fundamental theorems is not actually a theorem.

So a bit of a misnomer then?
by madaco
Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The philosopher, the most intelligent man and the fish
Replies: 44
Views: 11688

Re: The philosopher, the most intelligent man and the fish

TereziReadsXKCD wrote:Two questions? Easy.
Spoiler:
What makes you think the fish knows the answer?


Spoiler:
Why do you not know the answer?

Questions are required to be yes or no questions.
by madaco
Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Negation of "This statement is false"
Replies: 17
Views: 5478

Re: Negation of "This statement is false"

Since "this statement is false" is a contradiction its negation would be a tautology. I don't think I agree. Its opposite might be a tautology, but I would say its negation would be itself. if the statement is called a, we have a=negate(a) if we then negate a, as we already have a=negate(...
by madaco
Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: continuing loop until input (python)
Replies: 21
Views: 62844

Re: continuing loop until input (python)

By the interpreter do you mean from the python shell? Or does it only work when compiled? I thought the webpage meant the python shell, but the latter would explain my problem. I'm using: from multiprocessing import Process def f(name): print 'hello', name def fd(): p = Process(target=f, args=('bob'...
by madaco
Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 32319

Re: 1314: "Photos"

Maybe a good solution would be to designate one and only one person (or maybe a few, for different angles) in the group to be the person(people) to record the event, and no one else would, and afterwards they would share the recording/pictures with everyone. However, there would be the question of &...
by madaco
Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"
Replies: 54
Views: 17684

Re: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"

chrome also has app tabs after a sort.
by madaco
Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:05 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0076: "Reading Every Book"
Replies: 54
Views: 15163

Re: What-If 0076: "Reading Every Book"

So, has anyone else yet tried the [url]goodreads.com/book/random[/url] repeatedly to see how many tries it takes to get a book you have read? It took me I'm still hoping to find a library which has switched the categorization of its collection from Fiction and Non-Fiction to Asimov and Non-Asimov. ...
by madaco
Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: continuing loop until input (python)
Replies: 21
Views: 62844

Re: continuing loop until input (python)

This code will print "Hi Mom!" until you press enter (Python 2.7, not Python 3) import thread, time def input_thread(L): raw_input() L.append(None) def do_print(): L = [] thread.start_new_thread(input_thread, (L,)) while 1: time.sleep(.1) if L: break print "Hi Mom!" do_print() I...
by madaco
Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1291: "Shoot for the Moon"
Replies: 67
Views: 15036

Re: 1291: "Shoot for the Moon"

Skycircle eh?
How tall is this sky circle?
by madaco
Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fields of characteristic 2?
Replies: 7
Views: 6808

Re: Fields of characteristic 2?

The nimbers have characteristic 2.

If you store a nimber in binary, the sum is xor-ing the two, and multiplying is some complicated thing I don't understand.

I only know this because someone linked here linked me to them when I was looking for a field where addition was fast.
by madaco
Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"
Replies: 118
Views: 21388

Re: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"

But the burrito isn't real, its in a comic!

The person in panel six was wrong!
by madaco
Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 37882

Re: 1256: "Questions"

I see a malevolent elephant in the rorschach image.
by madaco
Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1251: "Anti-Glass"
Replies: 147
Views: 26152

Re: 1251: "Anti-Glass"

Assuming that its rude to have glass recording while you are in someone elses house, Do you think they would be ok with it if you had it blur everything in the recording? (so, you wouldn't be able to read the text unless it was REALLY big, and you could tell from the recording that something is prob...
by madaco
Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Infinite field over the finite strings?
Replies: 15
Views: 3796

Re: Infinite field over the finite strings?

hmm, I was assuming yes, but, I think, maybe not? as in, that might work. I have to be able to store any given element in a file (as the coefficients of a polynomial, stored like a list) and I have to be able to multiply and add the elements etc in order to evaluate the polynomial, and I have to be ...
by madaco
Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Infinite field over the finite strings?
Replies: 15
Views: 3796

Re: Infinite field over the finite strings?

There's something wrong with what you're describing as "elements being rational numbers". You seem to be assigning each string to an integer. If your finite alphabet is "a" and "b", which you give the values 1 and 0 respectively, it seems like "ab" would corr...
by madaco
Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Infinite field over the finite strings?
Replies: 15
Views: 3796

Re: Infinite field over the finite strings?

Oh, ok. Thanks. EDIT: So currently generating the polynomial with ~5 key value pairs with the elements being rational numbers takes about 10 seconds, and evaluating at a key takes about one second. (with keys and values ranging in length from 3 digits (in base ~60) to 10 digits ) Would using the kar...
by madaco
Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Infinite field over the finite strings?
Replies: 15
Views: 3796

Re: Infinite field over the finite strings?

The nimbers look they could work, but there are two potential problems I see. one is that, if the alphabet that the strings are in has a number of characters that is not a power of two, then I am not sure that the bitwise xoring would work without having to convert the entire number to base 2 first,...
by madaco
Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Infinite field over the finite strings?
Replies: 15
Views: 3796

Re: Infinite field over the finite strings?

I want to find the polynomial of least degree that goes through all of a set of pairs of strings. so as to make a thing that is like a dictionary, but without being able to (easily?) determine the keys, only being able to determine the number of keys, and what value a known key corresponds to. (inpu...
by madaco
Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Infinite field over the finite strings?
Replies: 15
Views: 3796

Infinite field over the finite strings?

First of all, my apologies if this is asking too much, or if this is the wrong section, or if I am breaking some rule by asking this. From some other threads in this subforum, I am guessing this thread it acceptable, but my apologies if it is not. I am currently writing a small program (which I doub...
by madaco
Tue Jun 04, 2013 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1220: Hipsters
Replies: 33
Views: 8430

Re: 1220: Hipsters

If no one makes a graph in response to this one, the little blip would probably unblip right back down. I could show you with a graph, but that would make the graph inaccurate. also the nits on this graph are a little odd maybe? I assume there aren't many graphs about this (although that might chang...
by madaco
Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 56
Views: 22644

Re: 1217: "Cells"

Nope. Wet soap. = ) I would say that wet soap would mean soap with water on it, not soap mixed with water. :P (e.g. if there was a bar of soap that had water on top of it from use.) the free dictionary defines soapy as "Consisting of or containing soap". and goes on to add. ": soapy ...
by madaco
Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 56
Views: 22644

Re: 1217: "Cells"

soapy water soapy water Ooh, you two hit one of my pet peeves right on the nerve. I started hearing "soapy water" used in a public-health context about five years ago and immediately formed the unshakable belief that it was a careless elision of "soap and water." That is, to me,...
by madaco
Sat May 04, 2013 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1206: "Einstein"
Replies: 76
Views: 13691

Re: 1206: "Einstein"

wasn't he just saying that there were none in that town?
he could have just eaten the sandwich elsewhere, and then came there, and have found a shocking lack of good sandwiches.
by madaco
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1192: "Humming"
Replies: 53
Views: 10014

Re: 1192: "whistlin'"

While we be interpreting the music, I reckon-did maybe I'd give it a try. https://soundcloud.com/austin-witherspoon/were-out-of-cat-food-pick-some Damn you autocorrect. I don't even use reckon as part of my vocabulary. I have no idea how it changed to 'reckon-did' I could have sworn I just type 're...
by madaco
Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Dear Coders *user request*
Replies: 8
Views: 3113

Re: Dear Coders *user request*

Please learn from Google. Indeed, so why blame coders? Google was created by coders to get quick, relevant results. Other "web portals" were designed by corporations to keep you on their site. Google was created the way it was because the founders didn't know html, if they did I'm sure it...
by madaco
Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1176: "Those Not Present"
Replies: 139
Views: 23800

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...

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