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by Andrew
Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Math and Juggling
Replies: 6
Views: 1290

Re: Math and Juggling

You'd have to juggle four compasses or else you wouldn't be able to construct the juggle accurately.
by Andrew
Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Absurd regular expressions
Replies: 37
Views: 6263

Re: Absurd regular expressions

zahlman wrote:it requires the number to be encoded in base 1.

Well, then it doesn't exist.

There's no such thing as 'base 1'. What your regex does is checks a string of ones to see if its length is prime. That's not the same thing at all.
by Andrew
Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Average Geek
Replies: 46
Views: 6095

Re: The Average Geek

Surely this is a backwards question? Saying 'the average man is...' or 'the average Jew is...' would be stereotyping, but 'geek' is a label applied to a person based on who they are. Shared traits aren't stereotypes but criteria. Some people, borderline geeks, if you will, will fulfil some but not o...
by Andrew
Sun Mar 08, 2009 12:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: No Vote No Right To Complain?
Replies: 42
Views: 3836

Re: No Vote No Right To Complain?

setzer777 wrote:Do you believe that complaining about a politician when you chose not to vote in that election is hypocritical?


Usually. But it's equally hypocritical to complain if you voted for a really dumb reason, which is also usually.
by Andrew
Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Creating a math problem - rotating trig functions
Replies: 3
Views: 861

Re: Creating a math problem - rotating trig functions

A bottle 5 cm deep (front to back in your mental picture), 2pi cm tall, and infinite cm wide (left to right) contains 75 cubic centimeters of juice. If the infinite dimension is perpendicular to the direction of gravity, then it doesn't matter how much juice is in the bottle. I thought that at firs...
by Andrew
Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 182637

Re: Religion

When you discount Biblical testimony, do you also discount the works of Livy, Pliny, or any other ancient text? The most copies we have of any work from that time are those of the Bible. If you call that validity into doubt, what else don't you count? At least be even-handed with it. I don't think ...
by Andrew
Thu Dec 04, 2008 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 182637

Re: Religion

Well, to me Christianity is pretty logical. God creates man, but man rejects God. God offers man a second chance to accept or reject Him. If that is true then, to me, the existence of heaven / hell makes perfect sense. It is just a logical consequence of a Holy God and sinful people. That's not wha...
by Andrew
Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 182637

Re: Religion

Why muck up a theory with the addition of god? The theory of "her tumor shrunk because of x" is simpler and more likely than "her tumor shrunk because of x AND because God did it". Well scientifically, the two would look the same. Only in the sense that a scientist will look at ...
by Andrew
Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36024

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

and sham acupuncture is better, in fact, because it's cheaper Don't assume that. Studies have shown that price strongly affects the reported efficacy of a placebo. It might be that if you offer acupuncture sessions for a buck a time, they end up being worse value for money than doing the same thing...
by Andrew
Sun Nov 23, 2008 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Request - gmail xkcd theme
Replies: 35
Views: 2699

Re: Request - gmail xkcd theme

I'm using Tree. It's understated and nice.
by Andrew
Sat Nov 22, 2008 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time? A True Dimension?
Replies: 45
Views: 17091

Re: Time? A True Dimension?

time simply ceases to be once we pass it on the "time line" Isn't that tautological? The past doesn't exist any more, no, but it used to exist. It doesn't exist now or else it would be the present, but it existed at the time that it existed. You have to be careful with phrases like 'cease...
by Andrew
Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Right to Vote
Replies: 78
Views: 7303

Re: The Right to Vote

"Benevolent" isn't enough. People can commit the greatest evils out of the best intentions. Yes, that's where "capable" comes in. Not stupid, just mediocre. Not GWB, but maybe Gerald Ford. I don't want government by brilliant and charismatic leaders who are capable of organizing...
by Andrew
Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deaf Culture
Replies: 98
Views: 7826

Re: Deaf Culture

I think we should take into consideration, then, that having a universal "cure" with some sort of stigma, financial or otherwise, on those who are not cured, will only serve to hurt the deaf people who wouldn't benefit from it anyway. A couple generations of the cure, presuming we did ind...
by Andrew
Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Right to Vote
Replies: 78
Views: 7303

Re: The Right to Vote

All valid points. I am stuck on the idea that a role of leadership should be filled by the most capable person. I'm not. Stable societies work bette than societies that change rapidly. Capable leaders can push through rapid change according to whatever aims they are trying to achieve with their lea...
by Andrew
Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Standard units in America?
Replies: 136
Views: 11492

Re: Standard units in America?

My physics classes are entirely in metric, and I found them describing g as 32 ft/s^2 pretty jarring too. It's for the general public, I guess. You mean, because normal people usually describe acceleration in ft/s/s? If there's an everyday unit of acceleration, it's the G, although I can see how th...
by Andrew
Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Some other guy's NaNoWriMo thing
Replies: 14
Views: 995

Re: Some other guy's NaNoWriMo thing

Mars is about 1.5AU from the sun, so at closest approach Earth and Mars are separated by about 78 Gm. We'll assume a constant acceleration with a simple sign flip halfway through the journey to begin braking, so you have to cross 39 Gm in 24 hours. That requires a constant acceleration of about 10....
by Andrew
Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: yasni
Replies: 29
Views: 2375

Re: yasni

Blinke wrote:I don't exist either, yay!

Ah, there are so many different people with my name that although it almost certainly found loads of me, you'd be hard pressed to pick it out of the haystack of namesakes and pretenders.
by Andrew
Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deaf Culture
Replies: 98
Views: 7826

Re: Deaf Culture

Hmm, I don't think it's the same thing. In the UK we have the Disability Discrimination Act which means that reasonable adjustments should be made so that people get equal access. You may not think that teaching everyone sign language is reasonable, but I think that it's possible for deaf and heari...
by Andrew
Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd feed for Facebook, FTL
Replies: 6
Views: 1364

Re: xkcd feed for Facebook, FTL

I never really got why you'd want to route a comic through Facebook. Isn't that what Google Reader is for?
by Andrew
Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Which is bigger?
Replies: 35
Views: 3396

Re: Which is bigger?

Graham's number is computable, so there are definitely bigger numbers. I like the discussion here: http://scottaaronson.com/writings/bignumbers.html QFT! This is a great article if you're fascinated by large numbers. I liked this bit: Imagine a novel, which is imbedded [sic] in a longer novel, whic...
by Andrew
Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help! Need more graphic representations of science!
Replies: 46
Views: 12593

Re: Help! Need more graphic representations of science!

Here's a decent scientific method flowchart that may serve well, assuming he, like many, has no understanding of how science actually works or what it's about. It's not perfect, but it serves it's purpose well enough. Here's a more snide version: http://miscellanea.wellingtongrey.net/2007/01/15/sci...
by Andrew
Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If a knight gets struck by lightning
Replies: 13
Views: 5409

Re: If a knight gets struck by lightning

That goes for a knight without a horse, but what about if he is on a horse? Isnt that similar like being in a car? I mean the horses hooves dont conduct current so he cant get struck by lightning. Right? Car tyres conduct electricity. Cars are safe places because they act as Faraday cages; they sti...
by Andrew
Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How much space are you actually using on your hard drive?
Replies: 110
Views: 9122

Re: How much space are you actually using on your hard drive?

Numzane wrote:92%

I have about that much which is full. Realistically, I'm using about 15%.
by Andrew
Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deaf Culture
Replies: 98
Views: 7826

Re: Deaf Culture

If everyone was taught sign language at school it would remove the communication barrier between hearing and deaf peple. Don't make the assumption that people can't lead full lives just because they cannot hear. The obstacles are created as a result of our society's attitude to deafness, not the im...
by Andrew
Sat Nov 15, 2008 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deaf Culture
Replies: 98
Views: 7826

Re: Deaf Culture

And it would only move that playing field if nearly everyone had it and society assumed it as a default human capability and structured itself accordingly. I think that would happen, though, if it was one of these utterly infeasible 100%-safe-free-instant-reliable-etc things -- after all, society t...
by Andrew
Sat Nov 15, 2008 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: We have reached the future
Replies: 37
Views: 2661

Re: We have reached the future

flying cars and jetpacks are way too fucking dangerous to allow any asshole use one, if your car breaks down, you're stranded in the middle of the road, if your flying car breaks down, you're fucked. QFT. I mean, do we really want to give another dimension of movement to people who can barely handl...
by Andrew
Sat Nov 15, 2008 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Deaf Culture
Replies: 98
Views: 7826

Re: Deaf Culture

I see hearing people a lot getting all uppity like, "why on earth would you ever want to be that?" and think that their lack of understanding about how people feel about their culture and identity should translate into forcing people to make choices they don't want to do Maybe, but I thin...
by Andrew
Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tipping people
Replies: 150
Views: 16752

Re: Tipping people

While I'll gladly pay an optional tip, I hate places that tack on an a tip automatically. No such places exist. You're thinking of a service charge . Someone has carried food to your table and you're being charged for it. That's a perfectly reasonable model which you only object to because you're u...
by Andrew
Mon Nov 10, 2008 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tipping people
Replies: 150
Views: 16752

Re: Tipping people

It really boils down to - In the US, if you don't want to tip, don't eat out. Tips are what allow a restaurant to pay $3 to a waiter, which in turn allows them to (using an example from the linked article) sell you a porkchop for less than $20 dollars. So what you're saying is that what allows a re...
by Andrew
Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tipping people
Replies: 150
Views: 16752

Re: Tipping people

You're aware that's often not the case right? That is almost always the case when there's a tip jar, but usually not when you just leave it on the table. This is getting complicated. By this point there's three separate rules and some inconvenient arithmetic, all of which vary from place to place, ...
by Andrew
Sun Nov 09, 2008 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The rights and freedoms of first-world children
Replies: 91
Views: 6470

Re: The rights and freedoms of first-world children

But if you want to get completely technical, fine, they have a right to have a free and appropriate education available to them. That would be true if the decision was made by the child. It's not: the child is four and in no position to make that decision. Therefore it must be deferred to parents o...
by Andrew
Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tipping people
Replies: 150
Views: 16752

Re: Tipping people

I like tipping. It isn't at all vague, because there is a commonly accepted standard rate of 15% Sure, if you know that. If you don't, say because you're travelling or young, you're stuck. There's no sign or anything. I think an expectation of a certain level of tip is a huge opportunity for social...
by Andrew
Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The rights and freedoms of first-world children
Replies: 91
Views: 6470

Re: The rights and freedoms of first-world children

Did the parents give consent? How is that remotely relevant? There's this bizarre idea that seems to be universally accepted that parents can speak for their children. It's wrong. The word 'their' in that sentence implies relation, not ownership, and it's not okay for a parent to withhold medical t...
by Andrew
Sat Nov 08, 2008 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Separation of Church and State
Replies: 149
Views: 10727

Re: Separation of Church and State

It's true, people who claim to have the same faith can have very different attitudes towards the same issues. I think we can all agree that certain people are just more inclined to be discriminatory assholes than others, regardless of what religion they claim. Agreed. This fact means to me that rel...
by Andrew
Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Right to Vote
Replies: 78
Views: 7303

Re: The Right to Vote

Personally, I think that some people are more fit to vote than others. I think that it is important to understand the basic tax process and how the economy works. Sadly, this means that many people currently in power in our government would become unfit to hold power. Also, it would inevitably end ...
by Andrew
Fri Nov 07, 2008 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Separation of Church and State
Replies: 149
Views: 10727

Re: Separation of Church and State

So we should have stuck with segregation if more than 50% of the population wanted it? No, because segregation infringes on the rights guaranteed in the Constitution to the people being segregated, and therefore should not exist. ... The time to take action against religion being involved in govern...
by Andrew
Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Separation of Church and State
Replies: 149
Views: 10727

Re: Separation of Church and State

Andrew, I disagree strongly that religion is inherently bad. ... religion has done a lot of good things. The fact that you can't think of any of them only highlights your lack of knowledge on the subject. Elderly care for example in this country is closely tied with various religious communities. A...
by Andrew
Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Separation of Church and State
Replies: 149
Views: 10727

Re: Separation of Church and State

The only difference between a religious idea and any other idea* is how people treat it: normal ideas will be rejected if they're unsupported or patently false, but religious ones will not. In that sense, separation of church and state becomes a requirement of some modicum rational support for an id...
by Andrew
Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: In Passing
Replies: 21
Views: 2358

Re: In Passing

Last night I heard a girl say to a guy, both in a shop doorway in Leeds about 11PM, "oh, you're pissing on my leg! These are my work jeans!".
by Andrew
Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: XKCD doesn't comment his code?
Replies: 48
Views: 7390

Re: XKCD doesn't comment his code?

If anyone threatens to fire me I will delete the comment. :wink: what no back-ups or version control for them to go back to? i'd leave anyway. To be fair, I'm the only one who works on the software. I make backups and copy snapshots periodically, but I don't bother with SVN or anything. That would ...

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