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by daydalus
Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Regular N-Gon Algorithm and Big O
Replies: 8
Views: 2242

Regular N-Gon Algorithm and Big O

My company started doing some algorithm challenges for fun. First Question: Given n points (x, y coordinates), how will you determine they form a regular n-gon? Required: provide an algorithm to generate a yes/no answer, provide the time order of calculation of your algorithm, code it. Provide all o...
by daydalus
Mon May 12, 2008 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Summer music
Replies: 53
Views: 7619

Re: Summer music

Vampire Weekend -
by daydalus
Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Restless Leg Syndrome"
Replies: 37
Views: 3732

Re: "Restless Leg Syndrome"

The cure - Go run on the treadmill for 30 minutes.
by daydalus
Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 186076

Re: Religion

I think the first question should be: Is morality subjective and arbitrary?

If yes - how does this jive with god(s)?

If no - how does this jive with lack of god(s)?
by daydalus
Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The future of the Model-View-Controller architecture
Replies: 17
Views: 3544

Re: The future of the Model-View-Controller architecture

Should this go in Coding? I don't see MVC going away, although I see the View and Control portions getting more tightly wound. Dynamic, flashy websites already couple the buttons with the fireworks. This trend will continue with new technologies like Microsoft Silverlight, etc. The data Model, howev...
by daydalus
Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Apathetic Scientists Hurt Science
Replies: 302
Views: 23390

Re: Apathetic Scientists Hurt Science

The bible contains a number of genres - Poetry, history, law, literature, parables, proverbs, first hand accounts, letters, philosophy, visions, prophecy. Judging the entire thing as a single genre can inevitably lead to problems.
by daydalus
Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is your (current) philosophy?
Replies: 81
Views: 8844

Re: What is your (current) philosophy?

Hmm, lots of nihilistic hedonists. I'll post my own in a minute... <Wall of Text Inc> Causation - It’s a common fallacy to follow the path of reason and end up with the following: "the universe is completely random, and our lives are meaningless" Wrong. The universe works on rules. Pattern...
by daydalus
Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Illegal Immigration.
Replies: 498
Views: 41440

Re: Illegal Immigration.

Letting people live past their retirement age is likewise counter-productive. Yet you will find little support for mandatory euthanasia at age 60, and for good reason. This is the human race. We do some things that are irrational or inefficient. That is called ethics. This is a great example of hum...
by daydalus
Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is space/time truly continuous?
Replies: 78
Views: 9420

Re: Is space/time truly continuous?

Quite possibly, yes. However, the planck length is so small that the chances of any particle in the universe ever deviating from its' course in a scale significant to newtonian physics is about comparable to... what's that thing called when entropy spontaneously reverses itself to create things lik...
by daydalus
Tue Mar 04, 2008 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Politics of Religion (from the Science forum)
Replies: 37
Views: 3362

Re: The Politics of Religion (from the Science forum)

Do you realize we already have multiple threads with the very same exact discussion going on?
by daydalus
Tue Mar 04, 2008 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: And Suddenly, Out of Nowhere...
Replies: 7
Views: 1492

Re: And Suddenly, Out of Nowhere...

Get it from Amazon if you're having trouble with the NIN site, the dl client even seamlessly integrates with iTunes! Loving the record, seriously his best work since Fragile. With Teeth and Year Zero sounded pretty commercial, almost poppy in parts, this goes back to the core of his dark ambient, in...
by daydalus
Mon Mar 03, 2008 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 186076

Re: Religion

oxoiron wrote:
AvalonXQ wrote:Actually, it's a crap argument. "Person A does bad things, and blames them on something he believes. Therefore, what he believes is bad." You actually think that's a good argument?
Seems pretty solid to me.


This mirrors remarkably Jack Thompson's line of reasoning.
by daydalus
Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is space/time truly continuous?
Replies: 78
Views: 9420

Re: Is space/time truly continuous?

Remember, Quantum Physics is a mathematical model that describes reality, not vice versa. Just because the system breaks down at certain values and edge conditions, does not dictate reality does the same. (see also Godel's Theorum) Edit: Thought this was interesting, relevant (Hawking on Uncertainty...
by daydalus
Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A question on the speed of light
Replies: 42
Views: 4701

Re: A question on the speed of light

Here's something I never got: So, say I'm traveling at C/2 towards a stationary observer. I emit a photon (or a whole bunch of photons) at the observer. From my frame of reference, the photons travel at C, and given that my frame of reference is moving at C/2, I see the photons strike the observer ...
by daydalus
Wed Feb 27, 2008 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: New York area meetup??
Replies: 431
Views: 255524

Re: New York area meetup??

Another potential meetup: MoMa has a new nerdy exhibit called Design and the Elastic Mind: http://moma.org/exhibitions/2008/elasticmind/

Kind of like art for transhumans. Only drawback is MoMa is a bit more expensive then the Met.
by daydalus
Wed Feb 27, 2008 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Online D&D questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1150

Re: Online D&D questions

Thanks for the info. I've played NWN to death and checked out some of the persistent worlds. I'm actually looking for something thats less of an MMO (also played WOW, EQ to death). I'm more interested in playing with a small core of people with a focus on story and roleplaying. As good as the NWN to...
by daydalus
Wed Feb 27, 2008 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Online D&D questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1150

Online D&D questions

Havn't played D&D in years but recently felt the urge for some RPG that video games can't match. Does anyone have any experience with online campaigns through the WoTC site? I want something faster paced than play-by-email/post/forum. What the best software available to run and DM games? Anythin...
by daydalus
Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 186076

Re: Religion

Ah, but the bible itself states that it is the law, and none of its laws are to be broken. It is supposedly a perfect text, so what was true then, in accordance with itself, must be true now. And yes, Saturday is when the sabbath was observed way back when, but for the sake of making a point in the...
by daydalus
Tue Feb 26, 2008 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Make your own "Fuck Grapefruit" comic
Replies: 71
Views: 11880

Re: Make your own "Fuck Grapefruit" comic

Peaches are rated too highly on the X axis. They are very messy, sticky and have a huge pit in the middle. Bananas come with their own easy-open biodegradable wrapper (making cleanup simple). Also, Watermelons require a knife to consume, and grapes/strawberries/blueberries must be washed. Thus they ...
by daydalus
Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 186076

Re: Religion

This thread has 666 posts. Whoops, now 667.

You're probably right that we won't ever be able to "stop the magic," which is actually kind of depressing


Why is this depressing? It's something that makes us human.
by daydalus
Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genders and Gender roles
Replies: 430
Views: 50352

Re: Genders and Gender roles

I am still displeased to find that the average cost of living for a man is higher


Please! Have you seen how expensive cosmetics, perscriptions, clothes, assessories are? Tampons, birth control and lipstick add up!
by daydalus
Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: my theory on intelligence
Replies: 32
Views: 4101

Re: my theory on intelligence

I don't think anyone can deny that our actors and athletes and politicians (regrettably?) sculpt our culture far more than our mathematicians and scientists. Other countries with near identical technological progress have remarkably different cultures. We live in a country where our worst professio...
by daydalus
Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Memes
Replies: 51
Views: 4485

Re: Memes

Belial wrote:Insofar as it's an idea, yes, you are correct. Relevance?


Well, I guess it demonstrates an important property of memes: they are recursive. Genes (as far as I can tell) are not.
by daydalus
Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Memes
Replies: 51
Views: 4485

Re: Religion

Religion is a meme. It survives based on its own ability to replicate, not the ability of religious humans to do so (at least not directly). Just as genes are passed through lifeforms reproducing, memes are passed through the human condition (society, culture, whathaveyou). They don't propagate the...
by daydalus
Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Were we better off in a state of nature?
Replies: 137
Views: 14163

Re: Were we better off in a state of nature?

From the Economist, seems pretty relevant to the discussion:
http://www.economist.com/displaystory.c ... d=10278703
by daydalus
Mon Jan 14, 2008 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Student Loans-ugh
Replies: 43
Views: 3662

Re: Student Loans-ugh

-BS in CS from public engineering school ~12K in student loans in my name (my parents took some out as well) -down to $400 in 4 years. will have them paid off this year. one tip - if you pay a big chunk up front >$1000 you can defer payment for a while. This way you dont need to pay every month in c...
by daydalus
Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Super Mario Galaxy
Replies: 37
Views: 4282

Re: Super Mario Galaxy

It's a very fun game, but I thought it was a bit too short/easy. Granted, I just went for the easy win - 60 stars + last level. But compared to Mario 64, most of the levels seemed a bit linear - there's only one path you can take to get the featured stars. Plus, it lacks the "RPG" element ...
by daydalus
Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First gay marriage, now divorce
Replies: 33
Views: 3124

Re: First gay marriage, now divorce

Not really related to the topic at hand, but I thought this quote was funny/absurd/sad -

"One of the benefits of marriage is divorce," said Joyce Kauffman, a Boston divorce lawyer who has handled a dozen same-sex divorce cases
by daydalus
Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Question For and About Girls (Yes, another)
Replies: 41
Views: 5140

Re: Question For and About Girls (Yes, another)

Thread reminds me of :
Napoleon Dynamite wrote:You know, like nunchuku skills, bow hunting skills, computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills
by daydalus
Wed Dec 19, 2007 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 186076

Re: Religion

I disagree with your redefining of "love" to somehow apply even when you hate someone, but you do raise an important point. Beyond "thou shalt not kill", one actually is quite clearly ordered to be a doormat and not fight back against bullies with the immoral teaching of "t...
by daydalus
Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism
Replies: 914
Views: 91321

Re: Creationism

I think what Anpheus is saying is that God should never become a variable in the rules. The rules should be internally consistent, rational, and independant of God.

However, this doesn't contradict the notion that God makes the rules.
by daydalus
Thu Dec 13, 2007 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism
Replies: 914
Views: 91321

Re: Creationism

No. One can be a creationist (believe that the Universe was created by a deity of some description) without throwing science out the window. One simply has to accept that science has nothing to say on the matter - or believe in a God of the gaps, which has similar consequences. Isn't it just as pos...
by daydalus
Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How do the Theists explain the holocaust
Replies: 278
Views: 19918

Re: How do the Jews and other Christians explain the holocaust

This flame war is pretty ridiculous, and I'm not going to pick a side. I'd just like to point out, titling something "The Holocaust" is pretty arbitrary. What's the dividing line? Does it encompass the methods of exterminating Jews during the period of 1941-1945? Does it include the embedd...
by daydalus
Wed Dec 12, 2007 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism
Replies: 914
Views: 91321

Re: Creationism

Immortal Reborn wrote:Hello all, I've only read about 4 pages of this thread, but I'm a Christians who believes in Creation...

...Stuff...



How do you explain geology, sedimentary layers in canyons, mountain ranges, plate techtonics (matching geology on the coasts of africa, south america)?
by daydalus
Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Free Will?
Replies: 264
Views: 29279

Re: Free Will?

The way I see it, "I" is just the result of your mind having a module that monitors the mind itself to a limited extent. Naturally notions like "I" are useful to such a module... and naturally such a module is useful to the functionning of a mind and will therefore exist... If t...
by daydalus
Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How do you write?
Replies: 4
Views: 1626

Re: How do you write?

I find that if I surround myself with the research long enough I can write the essay straight through and it will turn out the best. However, if I only have partial knowledge I usually have to brainstorm for a while, construcing a thesis rather then having it come out organically. The latter papers ...
by daydalus
Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Non-Religious Leader
Replies: 57
Views: 6557

Re: Non-Religious Leader

if obama gets elected, he wont be. i think it would be fucking awesome for him to swear in using the quran. and, regardless of swearing on a bible, it is 100% certain that some presidents were NOT christian, and actually kind of HATED christianity. Um, Obama is a Christian - http://en.wikipedia.org...
by daydalus
Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Predicting the Future
Replies: 70
Views: 6054

Re: Predicting the Future

At least in some model universes, cellular automatons, the game of life, and other things, it's easier to predict the future (the rules are laid out in a way easiest to understand going forward, and in reverse tend to be ambiguous) than it is to determine a previous state from any amount of current...
by daydalus
Mon Dec 10, 2007 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How do the Theists explain the holocaust
Replies: 278
Views: 19918

Re: How do the Jews and other Christians explain the holocaust

That's offensive to believe that any good, proportional to the Holocaust in any way, at all, came out of it. It's vile. Nothing good came from the Holocaust. I am saying that no, nothing good came out of it. Could it be that the holocaust gives us probably the best model for "evil" in the...
by daydalus
Mon Dec 10, 2007 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Free Will?
Replies: 264
Views: 29279

Re: Free Will?

You fail to understand "Turing Machine"s. That is ok, they are a tricky concept. A TM single-state single-tape TM can simulate a billion-tape, billion-state TM with cross-communication channels out the wazoo: it just runs slower on the single-tape TM simulation of the more complex machine...

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