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by a1s
Mon May 31, 2010 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How to confirm if someone is your "future you"?
Replies: 96
Views: 15163

Re: How to confirm if someone is your "future you"?

°The "Think of a random number on the spot" approaches only work with a stable-loop-type version of time travel. If you split into another copy of the universe when you go back in time, you'll be stuck. The way I see it, it's either a single time-line time travel (past can be affected, bu...
by a1s
Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pairing Problem
Replies: 11
Views: 2508

Re: Pairing Problem

given that No matched pair can be a repeat of the previous day’s pair and not all previous days. I propose the following method: Take a random* person from the largest team, and pair them with a random person not from their team, if the two players were paired together last time, pair the person (fr...
by a1s
Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Bear Puzzle
Replies: 23
Views: 17951

Re: Bear Puzzle

this thread hasn't had any posts in a week. I'm pretty sure we got as far with it as we are going to. So waht;s the official answer, notzeb? Is this bear black or brown?
by a1s
Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: luinis: html game
Replies: 88
Views: 14101

Re: luinis: html game

undecim wrote:For those that have firefox and don't want to mess with Opera.

wait, so this was actually about opera the browser and not some piece of music with 7 in it? if so, I'm disappointed.
woopsie: controlled sonic assault ? I lol'd :lol:
by a1s
Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Period Numbers
Replies: 47
Views: 7209

Re: The Period Numbers

About 10% of the numbers in range are. I have a vague guess. None of the following are Period, right? 470, 471, 472, 473, 474, 475, 476, 477, 479 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368 the idea being that the first two are some sort of coordinates, and the last one is the appropriate response.
by a1s
Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Bear Puzzle
Replies: 23
Views: 17951

Re: Bear Puzzle

all sow typing "w i l l" tuns into Whill Wheaton. Seriously, WTH is going on? Also, you can't say the F-word on the forums, but you can say the rest of Carlin's 7: * Shit * Piss * Fuck * Cunt * Cocksucker * Motherfucker * Tits ASLO YUU GAYS: we need a separate thread for this outside of lo...
by a1s
Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Bear Puzzle
Replies: 23
Views: 17951

Re: Bear Puzzle

Spoiler:
Hm... aren't bear usually trapped by bear-traps? Maybe we need to look for low tech societies? (or those retaining low tech rituals, for cultural or tourist purposes). Do Canadian natives trap bears in holes? (I can't shake feeling racist asking this :oops: )
by a1s
Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Bear Puzzle
Replies: 23
Views: 17951

Re: Bear Puzzle

Apart from the above-mentioned problems with air resistance, gravity also varies from place to place: see this list of comparative gravities in various cities. The variation found in that list, .04 m/s 2 , is more than 40 times greater than the centrifugal acceleration at the equator, which is less...
by a1s
Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Bear Puzzle
Replies: 23
Views: 17951

Re: Bear Puzzle

Apart from the above-mentioned problems with air resistance, gravity also varies from place to place: see this list of comparative gravities in various cities. The variation found in that list, .04 m/s 2 , is more than 40 times greater than the centrifugal acceleration at the equator, which is less...
by a1s
Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0715: "Numbers"
Replies: 185
Views: 52669

Re: Numbers

On the other hand, there are a heap of sites out there that offer free IQ tests that massively overestimate your IQ. Actually they don't. there are literally dozens of standards for measuring IQ out there, and many do not even have a median at 100 (like PhilHibbs suggested ), so yeah, by some IQ te...
by a1s
Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Geometry Problem
Replies: 3
Views: 1541

Re: Geometry Problem

how is that similar to this problem? was there something interesting in the picture?

edit: also here's your picture (the dark part and the light crescent shaped part should be of equal area):
by a1s
Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Are these puzzles too obscure?
Replies: 25
Views: 3889

Re: Are these puzzles too obscure?

6 of the seven hexagons have differently covered backgrounds (that is to say only 2 are the same color), they are all shades of grey (equal mixes of R,G and B) I wonder weather this is somehow a clue? (it goes from brightest to darkest: ITEALSHAM, SLO and AR, E, KENT, FEW, central dot.) If on the ot...
by a1s
Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: another pretentious number sequence
Replies: 10
Views: 3099

Re: another pretentious number sequence

let me clarufy the chalange: the sequence is 333, 1134, 2334, 741, 1943, 390, 1534, 333, 1134... and so on cyclically. The puzzle is to find some kind of rule that would describe such a sequence. (I you might object to the use of this particular sequence, rather than 333, 1134, 2334, 741, 1943, 390,...
by a1s
Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: What do these words have in common?
Replies: 97
Views: 9093

Re: What do these words have in common?

robe, microbe, pecking, lock, stock, lake, river.
by a1s
Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A Numerical Challenge...
Replies: 9
Views: 2344

Re: A Numerical Challenge...

I think Quintopia's answer for #1 is most elegant, and i certainly don't believe that it's so inferior that you are justified in saying that mr mitch's answer is the "right" one. Mortal1028 wasn't the one who asked the question. (it's really easy to impersonate people who don't have avata...
by a1s
Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: another pretentious number sequence
Replies: 10
Views: 3099

Re: another pretentious number sequence

chridd is correct.
as is MSTK abou the principle for determining the right answer.
For additional points, find as many rules as you can (I'm not saying there's more than 1- I haven't checked) that do not include septic (7th degree or above) polinomials. :wink:
by a1s
Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: What do these words have in common?
Replies: 97
Views: 9093

Re: What do these words have in common?

Season, seasoned, and smokeless.
by a1s
Sat Oct 17, 2009 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 169 puzzles (was 'mind trap')
Replies: 371
Views: 38586

Re: 169 puzzles (was 'mind trap')

well I'l be ...
Ton is a measure of mass (like I said) and weight (what Wildcard meant) and even volume (wth?!). I'm eagerly awaiting it becoming a unit of time too.
it's also apparently the number 100 (not even 1000, like you'd expect)
by a1s
Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 169 puzzles (was 'mind trap')
Replies: 371
Views: 38586

Re: 169 puzzles (was 'mind trap')

Which one weighs more, a ton of wood or a ton of iron? (Yes, I know this was done before but some basic principles of physics were omitted.) The answer (sans explanation): The wood is heavier. err... you just screwed that one up. ton is a measure of mass, not weight. so they weigh the same in space...
by a1s
Sat Oct 17, 2009 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: yet another cipher
Replies: 4
Views: 1024

Re: yet another cipher

25 letters+ greeks would suggest Polybius square. (actually letter J missing all but confirms this- it's the one english-speakers traditionally omit in PS) that's not terribly useful however, as applying that "cypher" just yields a string of numbers twice as long as the cy...
by a1s
Fri Oct 16, 2009 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: another pretentious number sequence
Replies: 10
Views: 3099

Re: another pretentious number sequence

you are right: it's 1934.
by a1s
Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: another pretentious number sequence
Replies: 10
Views: 3099

Re: another pretentious number sequence

while we're waiting, have you ever considered what life is like for children who are missing 3 fingers? They must have problems picking stuff up, and with math...
by a1s
Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: another pretentious number sequence
Replies: 10
Views: 3099

another pretentious number sequence

here is a number sequence: 2334, 741, 1943, 390, ...? try to figure out the next number, or make a lucky guess :wink: . hint 1: I guess the sequence could have had 333, 1134 in the beginning (so it would be 333, 1134, 2334, 741, 1943, 390...) but there are aesthetic reasons to start with 233...
by a1s
Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A cipher for you to break, or try
Replies: 13
Views: 2775

Re: A cipher for you to break, or try

No answers, sadly: Well there are 3 different 1 letter words so we can rule out length as the governing parameter. My guess would be that each word is shifted one (or N?) letter down the line... The problem is that the substitution is not sequential ("Caesar's Cypher") ...
by a1s
Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Another execution puzzle
Replies: 25
Views: 9051

Re: Another execution puzzle

Considering Moopanda last visited the forums in 2007 I don't think your going to get an official answer to the second riddle true (i should have checked the dates :roll: ) however 'panda did say that he read this problem somewhere , making it possible for someone else to also know the "officia...
by a1s
Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Another execution puzzle
Replies: 25
Views: 9051

Re: Another execution puzzle

what the "mind reader" is doing is fairly pointless, I'm surprised he has any customers. I can see why people want to know the gender of their baby, but why would they want that information in a sealed envelope, where they can't get it? :D Probably not a solution Does the mind reader take ...
by a1s
Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A cipher for you to break, or try
Replies: 13
Views: 2775

Re: A cipher for you to break, or try

you mean like German, or Cyrillic? none of the letters are absent from the English alphabet. :?
by a1s
Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: brain in a vat
Replies: 214
Views: 26659

Re: brain in a vat

Of course, as per my post above, a perfect AI would be indistinguishable from non-artificial intelligence, and as such a PERFECT AI would be able to perform the task. This makes the whole discussion pretty pointless. Anything you can come up with is counterable by a perfect AI. Ineed you might just...
by a1s
Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A sequence
Replies: 4
Views: 1452

Re: A sequence

nope, still nothing. It's not any version of 1337, ASCII, or Unicode. There's no pattern to the sting of numbers (HEX, OCT, or binary).
by a1s
Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Single Question Turing Test
Replies: 5
Views: 2440

Re: Single Question Turing Test

err...
do they both always tell the truth? Does the computer always lie? Does the computer only have a maximum of 64 kilobytes of RAM? There's no "Single question turing test" for general situations! :?
by a1s
Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: World of Darkness Dice and Probability
Replies: 10
Views: 10781

Re: World of Darkness Dice and Probability

that formula seems very complicated (in the spreadsheet). and it doesn't match Goldstei's numbers...
by a1s
Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A sequence
Replies: 4
Views: 1452

Re: A sequence

Spoiler:
on the other hand, binary:
11111110000111010010
11111100010111000001
10111001011001001111
10101101110011101010
00011010001011110001
10110110111110100010

the first 3 look like they have a pattern, but it doesn't hold up :(
by a1s
Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: brain in a vat
Replies: 214
Views: 26659

Re: brain in a vat

seeing as how the questgiver is a Teacher of English (and I would presume Literature?) I think you are just meant to say something creative, rather then actually solve the problem. Your grade for the excercise summs up from: 69% grammar+30% creativity (defined arbitrarily on the spot to be what the ...
by a1s
Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Cipher to be broken
Replies: 11
Views: 2939

Re: Cipher to be broken

it's been 10 days! post a new piece of cypertext or just tell us what the cypher was! :roll:
by a1s
Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0628: "Psychic"
Replies: 186
Views: 49275

Re: "Psychic" Discussion

heatsink wrote:There's a website that apparently gathers statistical data on random numbers, http://www.arandomnumber.com/. It's been up for a few years.

Sadly he refuses to publish results...
tzvibish wrote:

but... 5 people explained it... in this topic... on this very page...

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by a1s
Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0628: "Psychic"
Replies: 186
Views: 49275

Re: "Psychic" Discussion

1/100 x 1/100 = 0.01%. But the only reason I caught this is b/c in D&D the only time a Deity intervenes to save a devout character from permanent destruction is to roll two d100 and have them come up the same number. = very improbable That's actually wrong. there are 100 numbers that can come u...
by a1s
Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0628: "Psychic"
Replies: 186
Views: 49275

Re: "Psychic" Discussion

This is "A webcomic of <...>math" ater all, so I think it's time to gather some statistical data.
by a1s
Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: XKCD's Psychic. a statistical study.
Replies: 6
Views: 2013

XKCD's Psychic. a statistical study.

First I'm gogin to use my psychic ability, and say that either you saw This comic or you should. you might* have a car accident if you don't. Now that it is tapped out, I want you to think of an integer between 1 and 25 and post it in the poll. We can then know what nubers XKCD math peoplle like. *)...
by a1s
Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: brain in a vat
Replies: 214
Views: 26659

Re: brain in a vat

you know what would be fun? Taking 3 English majors, sitting them in front of 2 IMs, and telling them they'll get some prize (or extra credit in some subject) If they figure out which one is the AI. (there is no AI, of course-, just 3 students.) I wonder how long it will take them to figure it out...
by a1s
Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A seemingly simple puzzle
Replies: 6
Views: 2083

Re: A seemingly simple puzzle

can't say if it's worth anything, but
Spoiler:
#1 in base 8 is 56743.
(well it look suspicious me...) :oops:

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