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by quintopia
Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 461503

Re: Favorite math jokes

What has a binary operation, an identity element, the inverse property, but only has associativity during the full moon?

Spoiler:
A Moufang loup garou.
by quintopia
Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 156
Views: 48048

Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

Question: what happens if you fall over? You've lost gravitational potential energy, so where does it go? Heat. If you had some way to eject heat (as black body infrared realisation) in a particular direction, you could use that, but that may be forbidden by the "you can't eject anything"...
by quintopia
Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Steam (etc.) trading thread.
Replies: 11
Views: 5272

Re: Steam (etc.) trading thread.

Who wants to play Don't Starve Together with me? I'll trade you a copy in exchange for...just that. Offer only available this weekend.
by quintopia
Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2632
Views: 474893

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Klei Entertainment 85% off this weekend. I'll buy a copy of Don't Starve Together for anyone who'll promise to play with me :wink:
by quintopia
Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.
Replies: 425
Views: 161614

Re: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.

You have 2 days left to back the port of the great SpaceTeam mobile game to .... cards! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ma ... paceteam-0
by quintopia
Tue Oct 06, 2015 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Kirkman's Schoolgirls
Replies: 12
Views: 3543

Kirkman's Schoolgirls

Given this puzzle dates from 1850, I assumed it had been posted here before, but I wouldn't know what to search for, and nothing I tried found it. If someone knows it is here and can link it, please lock this thread. Fifteen young ladies in a school walk out three abreast for seven days in successio...
by quintopia
Tue Oct 06, 2015 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Short spanning closed walk on an unweighted undirected Graph
Replies: 1
Views: 4547

Re: Short spanning closed walk on an unweighted undirected G

The wikipedia article mentions a random algorithm that runs in 1.657^n: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamiltonian_path_problem

Pretty sure that's somewhat faster than the algorithm you sketch (which, in the form of the Held-Karp algorithm, is also mentioned in the same article).
by quintopia
Mon Sep 28, 2015 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1895
Views: 476715

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

thanks that's the one.
by quintopia
Sun Sep 27, 2015 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1895
Views: 476715

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

Looking for a board game. Competitive. Goal is to colonize mars, which is divided into regions named after Sci-Fi authors. It's a dice work-replacement game, where the dice are your ships. Can't seem to Google it.
by quintopia
Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The castle
Replies: 9
Views: 2900

Re: The castle

Yep, Cauchy nailed it. I forgot to consider inferences one could make based on the "can't repeat, so remaining rooms are contiguous" condition.
by quintopia
Sun Sep 20, 2015 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy
Replies: 162
Views: 23612

Re: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy

(1) I would not play the game at all, because gambling is immoral. "Well, here in the future, we've perfected the art of machines that print food from raw organic materials. Unfortunately, due to war and sanctions on our country, in addition to our burgeoning population, we don't have enough r...
by quintopia
Thu Sep 17, 2015 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2632
Views: 474893

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

I should have waited to buy life is strange I guess. I bought it a week before it went on sale!
by quintopia
Sun Sep 13, 2015 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The castle
Replies: 9
Views: 2900

Re: The castle

That 31 moves is a lower bound is obvious, or in the nxn case, that (n-1)*n+1 is a lower bound. Basically, visiting every position on five of the rows before ever setting foot in the sixth row makes it impossible to determine what row he is on until that last move. I'm fairly confident ...
by quintopia
Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy
Replies: 162
Views: 23612

Re: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy

I definitively wouldn't be confident enough for that. I wouldn't be either. Yes, I meant to say "likely." In which case, I disagree. From what I've seen, people are more likely to overestimate small probabilities than underestimate large ones. People who play the lottery for instance. The...
by quintopia
Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy
Replies: 162
Views: 23612

Re: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy

I disagree. In blue eyes, if the Guru says they see someone with blue eyes, and you don't see anybody else with blue eyes, you should be absolutely certain that your eyes are blue and that it's the reason the Guru said that, to know your eyes are blue. Otherwise, you just scratch your head, and thi...
by quintopia
Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy
Replies: 162
Views: 23612

Re: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy

They're absolutely certain that the Guru is telling the truth and that if there was a single person with blue eyes, they're absolutely certain that it would leave the island the first day. Absolute certainty is not a prerequisite for blue eyes. In fact, at no point does it refer to absolute certain...
by quintopia
Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy
Replies: 162
Views: 23612

Re: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy

In the puzzle's world, no outcome from the coin should affect your certainty, because if it did then you weren't certain to begin with. People reject "You know for certain that the coin is biased in your favor: 70 to 30" from the puzzle, and go "no, I don't know for certain". Ex...
by quintopia
Sat Sep 12, 2015 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy
Replies: 162
Views: 23612

Re: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy

It's not the number of losses in a row that I can't comprehend. That the coin comes up tails that many times is easy to imagine. No harder than omniscient gods that always tell the truth anyway. What is literally incomprehensible is the idea of knowing something with absolute certainty. It is litera...
by quintopia
Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy
Replies: 162
Views: 23612

Re: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy

It's more than just having to accept an implausible/impossible hypothetical. It's having to accept a hypothetical that is not even possible to imagine because it makes no sense. . It's like trying to imagine a hill of beans with infinitely many beans in it, and then being asked what one would do wit...
by quintopia
Fri Sep 11, 2015 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy
Replies: 162
Views: 23612

Re: Anti-Gambler's Fallacy

I reject the hypothetical. I refuse to be absolutely certain about anything. How would I even come to absolute certainty? Certainly not empirically. Could someone just tell me and I would believe them? No, because I would I ever come to absolute trust in them? Certainly not empirically. Being absolu...
by quintopia
Thu Aug 27, 2015 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"
Replies: 50
Views: 20128

Re: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"

Wandboy is infinitely less funny than 'Ceramic Harold'. Personally, I've always called him "Woolly Tinker". His best friend is Donald Ferrety. And they were friends with Mercurina McMaster-Carr. Interesting. My sister dates a McMaster-Carr employee, but this is the first I'd heard of thei...
by quintopia
Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Steam (etc.) trading thread.
Replies: 11
Views: 5272

Re: Steam (etc.) trading thread.

Ah. So you are. I suppose I would trade it for defense grid.
by quintopia
Sun Aug 23, 2015 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Steam (etc.) trading thread.
Replies: 11
Views: 5272

Re: Steam (etc.) trading thread.

My wishlist is very short at the moment: http://steamcommunity.com/id/quintopia/wishlist

Tell me what you have and I'll tell you if any of it interests me.
by quintopia
Sat Aug 22, 2015 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Steam (etc.) trading thread.
Replies: 11
Views: 5272

Re: Steam (etc.) trading thread.

In my inventory: SpaceBase DF-9 Spacechem Spacechem 63 Corvi Half-Life 2 Half-Life 2: Episode One Unclaimed steam keys: Shelter Hammerwatch VVVVVV The Novelist Eufloria HD Gunpoint Frozen Synapse Ittle Dew (SOME OF THE ABOVE MAY NOT WORK. I converted some of them into gifts on humblebundle, but I di...
by quintopia
Sat Aug 22, 2015 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Disney Film with Aggregate Best Original Music
Replies: 27
Views: 4739

Re: Disney Film with Aggregate Best Original Music

In contrast, "When Will My Life Begin?" , "Mother Knows Best", and "I see the light" from Tangled all are similar musically and unify into a single theme. Donna Murphy and Mandy Moore may not have the same legendary status as Julie Andrews, but they carry the movie qui...
by quintopia
Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Thread Necromancy SlowMode
Replies: 339
Views: 162096

Re: Thread Necromancy SlowMode

8 points
by quintopia
Sat Aug 08, 2015 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: fora fore fare fame game
Replies: 35
Views: 4671

Re: fora fore fare fame game

I updated the web app with a much larger dictionary (which still isn't perfect as it now contains a lot of nonwords...still looking for the perfect dictionary) and a faster search algorithm. The new algorithm gave the following massive chain in under a second: fellate to stellar in 26 steps: fellate...
by quintopia
Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Threes
Replies: 0
Views: 2297

Threes

Now that the wild 2048 craze has passed and only the original remains complex and deep enough to hold anyone's attention, let's talk about Threes. Does anyone here play? What are your high scores? What are some strategies I could use to get higher than the 768 vampire?
by quintopia
Thu Aug 06, 2015 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Fun Fact Trivia Time
Replies: 76
Views: 5435

Re: Fun Fact Trivia Time

... free perkeles. "Perkele with the rest of the world!" Also, delicious mämmi laxatives.

Although there is no such thing as a sugar high in non-diabetics, consuming high sugar foods...
by quintopia
Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:58 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Atlanta Area
Replies: 2
Views: 5364

Re: [US] Atlanta Area

i'm game depending on when and where and what. i wonder what mega is up to these days.
by quintopia
Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2654
Views: 239516

Re: Mornington Crescent

Nice try. But you have to go deeper to get out!
by quintopia
Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25771
Views: 2077906

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. State education lotteries go completely unfunded, and schools are forced to shed special education and arts programs to stay afloat. Which is fine since children are no longer fooled into believing their educations are useful or meaningful. Dad jokes become impossible. I wish the next poste...
by quintopia
Wed Aug 05, 2015 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2654
Views: 239516

Re: Mornington Crescent

All 6 of your legs and both of your feelers are intact. There is not a single mark on your carapace. Thank goodness it was only a dream!
by quintopia
Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2654
Views: 239516

Re: Mornington Crescent

Chop Vytron's Legs Into Tiny Bits with a Staph-Laced Knife

Now you're sick from a loss of gam bits as well.
by quintopia
Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Text Adventure
Replies: 18
Views: 1691

Re: Text Adventure

You try to get a grip on the necktie, but as soon as you start pulling in it, the brass bar it hangs from flexes slightly. The east wall rotates to reveal a staircase up to the second floor!

> xyzzy
by quintopia
Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 31506
Views: 2143456

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

@Dr Ug
Spoiler:
did you read the page you linked? Semi-open means all the available roles are publicly known. Best Idea and Final Lycanthrope were Semi-open. Saying "there may be role swaps" does not reveal the nature of any roles, unless the swapping is done by one of the roles.
by quintopia
Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread
Replies: 31506
Views: 2143456

Re: The Gojoe Memorial Mafia Discussion Thread

Hangafia (i'm so glad I got killed. I had stopped enjoying the game, and these spoilers are massive fun to read! Shout-outs to all you other dead folks! So apparently, I got handed Van's role when night fell. I wonder if it was my trying to use my ability that triggered it or Van trying to use t...
by quintopia
Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Mornington Crescent
Replies: 2654
Views: 239516

Re: Mornington Crescent

Granted. You can buy laser pointers at any Maplin. There's one near...

Chancery Lane
by quintopia
Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Fun Fact Trivia Time
Replies: 76
Views: 5435

Re: Fun Fact Trivia Time

...Mars. The attack vehicles they sent to invade Earth were only a tiny portion of their number, with the larger part of their population cheering them on from home.

Malaysia said on Sunday that debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been identified as...
by quintopia
Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Salty Brine State Beach explosion
Replies: 4
Views: 1870

Re: Salty Brine State Beach explosion

WRT (a): Copper is not normally corroded in most environmental conditions, but wet sand is perfect for corroding it. See http://www.copper.org/resources/properties/protection/underground.html esp. the section on Concentration Cell Corrosion (b): Sand can't hold that many cations relatively speaking,...

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