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by MasterDinadan
Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 70878

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

Dixie Shagbark
by MasterDinadan
Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0795: "Conditional Risk"
Replies: 89
Views: 23165

Re: "Conditional Risk" Discussion (#795)

Does the statistic that one in some million people gets killed by a shark include the people that never swim, or only the people that swim in the ocean - for instance? Huge difference. Good statistics will make it very clear what population we are talking about. The statistics quoted in the comic s...
by MasterDinadan
Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0795: "Conditional Risk"
Replies: 89
Views: 23165

Re: "Conditional Risk" Discussion (#795)

Why are people so inept at understanding statistical probability? Also I'm getting tired of hearing the improbability of life arising naturally being some sort of 'proof' that life was designed--especially when the probability they give is about the same as getting any 5 card hand from a standard d...
by MasterDinadan
Sat Jul 04, 2009 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0605: "Extrapolating"
Replies: 100
Views: 26451

Re: "Extrapolating" discussion

Sounds like he needs a course in logistic regression.
by MasterDinadan
Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0557: "Students"
Replies: 223
Views: 67450

Re: "Students" Discussion

I don't think I've EVER had a bad dream about school. I have bad dreams about WORK all the time -- i.e. I show up really late for work or I do something really terrible and get in a lot of trouble. It's hard to get up and go to work after having a dream like that. By the way, I am still in school. B...
by MasterDinadan
Sat Feb 21, 2009 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0546: "Music DRM"
Replies: 77
Views: 15545

Re: "Music DRM" Discussion

I take offense to the notion that people opposed to DRM are just trying to make excuses for pirating music. I have pirated music before, but I no longer do. I stopped pirating and started using iTunes, long before they even came out with iTunes Plus. On many occasions I have come VERY CLOSE to going...
by MasterDinadan
Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Polygonal Sudoku?
Replies: 12
Views: 3967

Re: Polygonal Sudoku?

I'm really fond of the "star" shaped sudoku: http://www.sachsentext.de/gif/starsudoku1.gif I first saw it in an Italian puzzle book and couldn't read the instructions, but I figured out how to play it, and it's really one of my favorite kinds. It's got some other cool "variants" ...
by MasterDinadan
Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Sunny w/e
Replies: 26
Views: 3432

Re: Sunny w/e

And that's precisely the point. We don't know whether the events are positively correlated or negatively correlated, or even if they are correlated at all. You can't just assume that they aren't because you think both possibilities are equally likely. Well, I should rephrase. You are welcome to make...
by MasterDinadan
Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Space filling function
Replies: 9
Views: 1384

Re: Space filling function

x = cos (at) y = sin (bt) is space-filling as long as a/b is irrational, I think. Let me know if I'm wrong. My rational is that this equation creates a "flower" of sorts. The number of "petals" is based on the ratio of a:b (if they are equal, you get a ci...
by MasterDinadan
Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0415: "Restraining order"
Replies: 99
Views: 30960

Re: "Restraining order" Discussion

"You can't come within Y meters of me, where Y is equal to pi times the square of the number of days remaining until my next birthday, over six. At the same time, you can't go further than the indefinite integral of that equation away."


Let's just hope C is really large.
by MasterDinadan
Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0408: "Overqualified"
Replies: 59
Views: 15888

Re: "Overqualified" discussion

I hope I'm not the only one that thought "cheesy romantic comedy" reading this.

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