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- Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:11 pm UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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### Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I don't really care if he's racist at this point. What I care about is how likely he is to follow through on his campaign promise to ban all Muslims entering the country (you can argue this is a security policy and not a racist policy if you want, again I don't care). Or how likely he is to do somet...

- Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:02 pm UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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### Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Thanks sardia, for an honest dialogue between factions that have shown nothing but be scorn and ridicule towards each other. You're really helping to heal the painful divides in our country.

- Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:57 pm UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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### Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I have an honest question for Trump supporters. My wife is Turkish, we're expecting our second daughter in March, and as with our last daughter, we were planning on having her parents come and stay with us for a few months after the baby's born and a few months out of the next couple years to help o...

- Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:52 pm UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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### Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I created an account here to be a one trick pony, with one issue: can I bring my political opposites back to the discussion table so we can work together? Or is it a lost cause, with the minute that you say you aren't for open borders, socialism, or government regulated speech you literally become ...

- Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:05 am UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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### Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Well... I guess Russia and China are the new world superpowers now, and America and Britain are the laughable has-beens.

- Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:53 am UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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### Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Dr34m(4+(h3r wrote:Trump is projected to take Pennsylvania

Who's projecting that? CNN still has it as being counted.

- Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:44 am UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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### Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It's not quite over yet, is it? Clinton still wins if she takes Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire, unless I'm getting my math wrong? (I'm assuming she also takes Maine and Minnesota, which look pretty likely to go her way). Granted, there's probably a >50% chance Trump wins at least one of t...

- Sat Oct 15, 2016 6:45 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Greatest Mathematician of all time?
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### Re: Greatest Mathematician of all time?

We'll need a rigorous definition of "great" before we can realistically solve this optimization problem.

- Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:38 pm UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
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### Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, Cameron to resign by October]

Holy crap, I just realized... A large influx of refugees and a fear of Muslim terrorists has sundered the EU, causing destabilizing ripples throughout the entire western economy...

Guys, did ISIS just win?

Guys, did ISIS just win?

- Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:39 pm UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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### Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

You'd be surprised how much research and regulations are needed to make government smaller. Did you think abortion clinic closing or religious freedom bills were a coincidence? That took thousands of man-hours of research by the staff of some lobbyist. Imagine using that power for someone other tha...

- Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:47 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Math without even numbers?
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### Re: Math without even numbers?

So, we replace even numbers with the next odd number? So "11" is a three-digit number. We have five operations: Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. And when describing my dinner last night, I'd say "I nine an elevenderloin with a fivek"?

- Mon Mar 14, 2016 4:39 am UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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### Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

CorruptUser wrote:That's because he never backtracks, and is incapable of shame, so people don't know how to react.

I thought he has backtracked a few times, e.g. on going after terrorists' families.

- Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:15 pm UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: Functional Jetpack Exists, on sale 2016
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### Re: Functional Jetpack Exists, on sale 2016

Did they say when in 2016? Because if it's not until the 4th quarter, well, you know...

- Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:35 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Convergence of sets in a geometrical sense
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### Re: Convergence of sets in a geometrical sense

So the amount of hand-waviness here is making me uncomfortable. Let me try to formalize what you're saying: Let A be a subset of R^n that can be expressed as a finite disjoint union of points and open balls. Then the "alternate Euler characteristic" of A is the alternating sum of the numbe...

- Wed Oct 21, 2015 3:12 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Convergence of sets in a geometrical sense
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### Re: Convergence of sets in a geometrical sense

Okay, I think you and I have different definitions of Euler characteristic. What definition of Euler characteristic are you using here? The only one I know of that can apply to open balls (and the only one on the wikipedia page that can be applied to spaces that aren't finite cell complexes) is the ...

- Tue Oct 20, 2015 10:59 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Convergence of sets in a geometrical sense
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### Re: Convergence of sets in a geometrical sense

I believe arbiteroftruth's alternative proposal is exactly Hausdorff convergence (of closures); I was just pointing out it already has a name. Why do you want a shrinking set of circles to converge to the point in the center, but don't want the rationals to converge to the reals? They both seem to s...

- Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:58 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Convergence of sets in a geometrical sense
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### Re: Convergence of sets in a geometrical sense

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Hausdorff distance yet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hausdorff_distance Caesar, I'm pretty sure your definition can be defined in terms of the Hausdorff distance. If the sets are all bounded, I think your limit is just the limit of their closures under the Hausdor...

- Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:42 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: I don't seem to understand my own brain teaser, please help!
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### Re: I don't seem to understand my own brain teaser, please h

The expected value is still 10*(1.235)^1000 days. However, this is made up of a very small chance of living a very long time, and a very large chance of living a very short time. Wait, isn't this wrong? If I win 55 times and lose 45 times I end up behind. Isn't the only valid way to do this with lo...

- Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:40 pm UTC
- Forum: Serious Business
- Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
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### Re: Ethics of AdBlock

Using AdBlock has a "tradgedy of the commons" feel - each individual user doesn't change the overall ecosystem much, and improves their own personal experience. However, as more and more people use it, we're getting closer and closer to a day when an ad-supported internet is no longer sust...

- Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:26 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Why is 0! = 1?
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### Re: Why is 0! = 1?

To build on what Cauchy said, 0! means you multiply together all the integers that are bigger than 0 and less than or equal to 0 - but of course there are no such numbers, so 0! means "multiply nothing together", just like raising something to the zeroth power. The result of "multiply...

- Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:12 pm UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
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### Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

My theory on Donald Trump is that he's running just to make the other Republican candidates look better. Kind of like last election where Romney seemed like a much more palatable candidate after the Ronpaul, Herman Cain, and Newt Gingrich had had their moments in the sun.

- Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:18 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Paths between two points
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### Re: Paths between two points

I feel like there's a use for Brownian motion here, but can't figure it out offhand - you could start with the Brownian distribution of paths starting at A, but the subset of those ending at B certainly has measure 0.

- Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:21 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: What's This 'Almost Never' Probability Paradox Called?
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### Re: What's This 'Almost Never' Probability Paradox Called?

The name I'd give to this paradox is just "You can't divide by zero." You ask about the conditional probability of something when the condition has probability zero, and this probability is, by definition, 0/0. What you're saying is analogous to, "On the one hand this is what I get fr...

- Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:34 pm UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
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### Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

I think the actions of the extremists are completely rational here - their ultimate goal isn't tolerance of Islam, it's religious war. Everything they do that stokes the fires of hate, on either side (indeed anything that divides people into "sides" at all), moves them towards their goal.

- Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:20 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: What is the biggest PWND you can get?
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### Re: What is the biggest PWND you can get?

Doesn't jaap's construction give as many points as you want, no three of which lie on the same circle (since all but one of them are co-linear)?

- Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:02 am UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Sizes of Infinity
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### Re: Sizes of Infinity

The "size" of the real set in [1,2] is on the order of 10 n where n is the size of the counting set. The size of the real set in [0.5,1] is necessarily half of that because one of the digits is now restricted to be >=5, eliminating half the degree of freedom. Under the "bijection&quo...

- Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:56 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Sizes of Infinity
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### Re: Sizes of Infinity

0x783czar, the main issue here is that we need to nail down what we mean by "size". Size is really an abstract concept, and if we want to speak mathematically then we need to pin down this concept with a mathematical definition. The usual definition people use for the "size" of s...

- Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:48 pm UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
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### Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

The "bots: no lying" form of captcha has now become a reality:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2473062,00.asp

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2473062,00.asp

- Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:08 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Axis & Allies dice probability
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### Re: Axis & Allies dice probability

The chance of rolling 1,2, or 3 with no dice is .7^4

The chance of rolling 1,2, or 3 with exactly one die is (.3)(.7^3)*4

So the chance of rolling with at least two dice is 1 - .7^4 - (.3)(.7^3)*4 = .3483

The chance of rolling 1,2, or 3 with exactly one die is (.3)(.7^3)*4

So the chance of rolling with at least two dice is 1 - .7^4 - (.3)(.7^3)*4 = .3483

- Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:49 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Non-contractible, simply connected subsets of R^n
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### Re: Non-contractible, simply connected subsets of R^n

I'm not sure I'm reading your notation correctly. Are you just ripping the end off the topologist's sine curve and pulling it around the circle? If so, keep in mind that at every stage of the homotopy, the image of every convergent sequence should converge to the image of its limit. For example, tak...

- Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:56 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: fooling around with points on a plane and optimization
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### Re: fooling around with points on a plane and optimization

It'd be interesting to see how this problem behaved in higher dimensions. For example, in three dimensions, you can have 4 points with zero error, arranged in a tetrahedron. Similarly you can put n+1 points into an n-dimensional space with zero error, but I have no idea what the minimum error become...

- Wed Oct 08, 2014 11:43 pm UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: Microsoft to buy Mojang (aka Minecraft) for $2.5 Billion
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### Re: Microsoft to buy Mojang (aka Minecraft) for $2.5 Billion

Like when Google grabbed Motorola, before selling it overseas to the Chinese firm Lenovo? Google bought Motorola for $12 Billion, and sold it for $3 Billion. IE: Motorola is now worth around the same as Mojang. It's worth noting that Google sold the Motorola Home division separately to ARRIS for $2...

- Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:01 pm UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states
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### Re: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states

The argument, as I understand it, was that even though homosexuals have/had the same right to marry someone of the opposite gender as heterosexuals do, that they are being shorted because they can only be fulfilled, or can only love someone of the same gender. Well, let's stop there, since that's c...

- Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:27 pm UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
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### Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Yablo wrote: That's kinda like ignoring the zombies and guns in Resident Evil because they want the movie to be a romantic comedy, or ignoring the cars in Need For Speed and Gran Turismo because, damn it, those need to be westerns..

Obligatory link.

- Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:23 pm UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states
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### Re: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states

Notice how Right, and no one was previously allowed to marry the same sex, and everyone was allowed to marry the opposite sex. Equality for everyone! Notice how this argument implicitly relies on the person's gender, which is why it was considered unconstitutional under the 14th amendment? Where in ...

- Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:19 pm UTC
- Forum: News & Articles
- Topic: Google tells music magazine to censor album covers
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### Re: Google tells music magazine to censor album covers

Well, it's not just protecting their brand, it's protecting their revenue stream. A lot of the advertisers who advertise with Google don't want their ads to run next to pictures of butts, and Google has chosen to keep their business (and, indirectly, provide more money for their safe-content partner...

- Thu Jul 10, 2014 4:40 pm UTC
- Forum: Gaming
- Topic: Hearthstone
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### Re: Hearthstone

Oh I know it's used in other games - but in pretty much every one of those games, the mechanics you get out of the second deck are far more interesting than what you would get out of replacing lands with mana crystals. If you're going to add the complexity of a second deck to your game, you should b...

- Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:15 pm UTC
- Forum: Gaming
- Topic: Hearthstone
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### Re: Hearthstone

I didn't mean it would be hard to *implement* in a physical game, just that it would be a pain to use. If you used a separate set of 10 cards for mana crystals, you're essentially now carrying around two decks. You'd have to be careful to keep them separate and not to accidentally shuffle a mana cry...

- Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:04 pm UTC
- Forum: Mathematics
- Topic: Bad math
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### Re: Bad math

Wait, too many solutions to a polynomial implies there are zero divisors? I don't think that's true... what about the quaternions, where there are like 6 solutions to x^2+1=0?

- Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:27 pm UTC
- Forum: Gaming
- Topic: Hearthstone
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### Re: Hearthstone

I've been playing this for a little while, and as a longtime player of Magic: The Gathering, I've gotta say I love how Hearthstone embraces the fact that it's played on a computer and not with physical cards. It drops things from Magic that don't work as well on a computer and adds things that would...