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by Loadstone
Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 92784

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

About five words in, my internal RvB Caboose voice kicked in.

Hilarity ensued.
by Loadstone
Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 409802

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I'm not so sure. Harry still survived the Killing Curse, and no explanation has even been attempted beyond the reader's prior familiarity with canon - that he was protected by Lily's sacrifice. I don't feel like attempting to fight back would break the sacrifice; that would seem like passive resista...
by Loadstone
Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1036: "Reviews"
Replies: 74
Views: 20640

Re: 1036: "Reviews"

Seems relevant... http://xkcd.com/958/
by Loadstone
Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone
Replies: 6609
Views: 925920

Re: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone

Yeah, I stopped following HD a while back... It's like he managed to get a hang of the idea that you want to avoid dead air, and thus talk a bunch, but never quite got the hang of what to say during dead periods... so he tends to repeat himself , state the obvious, and repeat himself a lot . Made m...
by Loadstone
Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: 3 letters in a word
Replies: 1795
Views: 281186

Re: 3 letters in a word

spectrum

otg
by Loadstone
Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 409802

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

When I used the terms "each Harry" and "last Harry", I wasn't referring to different people; I was attempting to give meaning to every possible machine-state and its resulting action (hence the quotes). By "propagation" I intended the conceptual idea that each state mus...
by Loadstone
Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 409802

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I don't follow you. If Harry intends to use the time turner to find the factors of a number, he'll need a method to propagate through the stages of the discovery. "Each" Harry must contribute to the solution until the "last" Harry receives the answer, despite the fact that for th...
by Loadstone
Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 409802

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I found an unexpected case of continuity in my last read through, and a possible time travel exploit based on it. Recall that during the attempt to factor large numbers using the Time Turner, Harry receives the message "DO NOT MESS WITH TIME". Also, recall that following the rescue from Az...
by Loadstone
Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect 3 (Seriously, Use Spoilers People!)
Replies: 1908
Views: 274861

Re: Mass Effect 3

If I've learned anything from playing StarCraft, it's that they'll be more effective if they get a good concave around them than if they just line up to die. And using good force fields. Which means the reapers are stuck with a fight in which they are individually much stronger, but drastically out...
by Loadstone
Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: 3 letters in a word
Replies: 1795
Views: 281186

Re: 3 letters in a word

confront

cta
by Loadstone
Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 409802

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Which begs the question: does it really need 8 hands? Just how big are the numbers we're dealing with here?

I guess left-handed French witches really DO have more fun.
by Loadstone
Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: 3 letters in a word
Replies: 1795
Views: 281186

Re: 3 letters in a word

quote

cst
by Loadstone
Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Vote on the post that should win
Replies: 14
Views: 2238

Re: Vote on the post that should win

5

Hey, I'm winning!
by Loadstone
Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Hunger Games
Replies: 79
Views: 97436

Re: Hunger Games

Loose Ends: I actually liked the way she chose between Peeta and Gale; the line, "I didn't need the cold anger, I needed the daffodil in the summer" was well executed I thought. I think the point that she chose life at the end was a good decision; it'd be easy to end the book with...
by Loadstone
Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Hunger Games
Replies: 79
Views: 97436

Re: Hunger Games

Theres a theme throughout the books that might end up dating it but did anyone else catch the parallels between the book and certain pop culture phenomena? Reality television for one. And the pawn plot aspect fits in with the whole "make this character fit for pop culture consumption" whi...
by Loadstone
Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone
Replies: 6609
Views: 925920

Re: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone

Except that your argument implies a level of separation between the environments that doesn't exist. To carry on your evolution example, if species from one environment (current Earth) were injected into another environment (hypothetical Earth), the new environment would change as a result. The seve...
by Loadstone
Wed Dec 21, 2011 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: 3 letters in a word
Replies: 1795
Views: 281186

Re: 3 letters in a word

corvette

vve
by Loadstone
Thu Dec 15, 2011 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: 3 letters in a word
Replies: 1795
Views: 281186

Re: 3 letters in a word

fitting

skm
by Loadstone
Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: 3 letters in a word
Replies: 1795
Views: 281186

Re: 3 letters in a word

rating

sdo
by Loadstone
Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: 3 letters in a word
Replies: 1795
Views: 281186

Re: 3 letters in a word

cadaver

ctm
by Loadstone
Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: 3 letters in a word
Replies: 1795
Views: 281186

Re: 3 letters in a word

neither

akt
by Loadstone
Wed Dec 07, 2011 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0987: "Potential"
Replies: 42
Views: 15968

Re: 0987: "Potential"

I saw that long "AAAAAAAAA!" and immediately interpreted it as a line of poorly-drawn penises. *headdesk* Cannot be unseen... Seems to me that if everyone performed to their full potential, there'd be no need for most teachers (elementary through high school, anyway). There's nothing in a...
by Loadstone
Thu Nov 17, 2011 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Halo: Anniversary
Replies: 7
Views: 2039

Re: Halo: Anniversary

The original pistol did kill hunters in one or two shots if you hit them in their exposed backs, none of the other weapons were nearly as good against hunters. I guess I never knew that. The campaign feels way easier anyway - we're halfway through on Legendary and have managed to grab every achieve...
by Loadstone
Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Halo: Anniversary
Replies: 7
Views: 2039

Re: Halo: Anniversary

My friend got it Monday night and was talking about it. Insta-nostalgia, so I called up Blockbuster yesterday after work and managed to snag their last copy. Played campaign with him a few hours last night. They made legendary difficulty way easier than it originally was (1-2 pistol shots to kill a ...
by Loadstone
Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The surprise exam paradox
Replies: 217
Views: 66153

Re: The surprise exam paradox

It's worth noting that, as stated, the problem indicates the surprise is binary since the students will either be surprised or won't be. This could be modified by saying the students would be "greatly surprised, where greatly implies a surprise value >= X". My intuition bugs me about the c...
by Loadstone
Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Funny idea. Could be better. Why not help?
Replies: 9
Views: 2608

Re: Funny idea. Could be better. Why not help?

Don't forget unqualified teachers in the (max certainty, min expertise) quadrant. I'm referring, of course, to lousy elementary-high school teachers who teach subjects they know nothing about.

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by Loadstone
Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The surprise exam paradox
Replies: 217
Views: 66153

Re: The surprise exam paradox

What's interesting is, what is the difference between this line of nested thinking, and the line of nested thinking behind, say, the blue eyes problem? Spoiler for referencing blue eyes solution: The blue eyes problem uses induction to eliminate possibilities upward (until a criteria is met, na...
by Loadstone
Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 409802

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Why does Harry think that? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think there's only been one time where that happened, and that was between two spells that don't meet often. Based on that, it would be more likely that those two spells should not be combined. There was also the time when Harry was Transfig...
by Loadstone
Sat Nov 12, 2011 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 409802

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Is there a satisfactory reason (from Harry's perspective) given for why Harry and Quirrel can't use spells on each other? It seems out of character for Harry to just accept it when - as far as he or we know - they're the only pair with that restriction. Granted, he doesn't entirely trust Dumbledore ...
by Loadstone
Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2376539

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hey guys. I'm 22 years old, have a computer engineering degree, and work full-time. My puppies think I exist to play with them and let them out to poop, and they're not far off. I've mainly browsed the Math, Coding/CS, Logic Puzzles, Gaming, Movies/TV Shows, and Books subforums; that's where I'll pr...

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