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by Lynx Cat
Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1095: "Crazy Straws"
Replies: 95
Views: 29495

Re: 1095: "Crazy Straws"

I'd say Judaism is Windows, stodgy, good for business. While Christianity is Apple, Judaism repackaged in a shiny and hip new wrapper, lots of choices that amount to the same exact thing. Er, except that Apple (and even the Mac, which is probably what you mean) predates Windows, Windows took a bunc...
by Lynx Cat
Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1095: "Crazy Straws"
Replies: 95
Views: 29495

Re: 1095: "Crazy Straws"

crazy_straw.jpg I don't want to start a flame war in here, but I will say that I'm of the belief that springs provide the optimal amount of fun, both visually and in terms of interaction with the glass and its holder. Sorry to destroy your little fantasy world, but there's a glaring flaw with your ...
by Lynx Cat
Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 52353

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

oookay... I'll try to squeeze something in before this thread becomes yet another flame-war centered on Ayn Rand. I don't do strong opinions, in my opinion opinions aren't worth much. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Singularity.html In general, a singularity is a point at which an equation, surface, et...
by Lynx Cat
Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 52353

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

This. Totally this. I argue that artificial intelligence is actually entirely beside the point of a technological singularity, because the collective action of a large number of people working in a coordinated manner and with enough internal communication (something increasingly common nowadays) is...
by Lynx Cat
Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 52353

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

Right. So long as the curve of advancing science/technology/industry/economy keep going up exponentially, there is going to come a point when everything changes really quickly in a very short period of time. That doesn't mean that everyone understands every technology. It doesn't even require AI, a...
by Lynx Cat
Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Ungoogleable
Replies: 128
Views: 89199

Re: The Ungoogleable

One thing I've searched long and hard for, without the smallest sliver of success, is information on a music video that shows a teddy bear's suicide. It goes back and forth between interviews with his friends and family (other similar toys), and the suicide itself, by jumping from a dresser drawer (...
by Lynx Cat
Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 515316

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Speak for yourself - I didn't go back in time to finance Galileo's researches for nuthin' :P
by Lynx Cat
Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0003: "Yoda"
Replies: 122
Views: 82008

Re: What-If 0003: Yoda

Yeah, the whole thing about The Force being omnipresent and "size matters not" always suggested to me that something like lifting an X-Wing is all a matter of mystically communing with the energies that are already present within and around the X-Wing; you're not personally outputting kW ...
by Lynx Cat
Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Imposter Puzzle
Replies: 69
Views: 19721

Re: Imposter Puzzle

That's compromised as soon as you have a single backup meeting infiltrated. You'd need an infinite layering of backup plans generated at your first meeting. Which is of course, quite possible. But then, why not just use those as your typical meetings? That's why I suggested setting up one or two ad...
by Lynx Cat
Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Imposter Puzzle
Replies: 69
Views: 19721

Re: Imposter Puzzle

Guys, guys - you are all talking about killing the Thurns or otherwise taking visible measures when they're found out. Remember that whatever one Thurn knows, all others know, so when that happens, you'll have compromised at least part of your algorithm, as well as the knowledge that you know about ...
by Lynx Cat
Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "How many X can Y survive" fallacy - is this common?
Replies: 4
Views: 3268

Re: "How many X can Y survive" fallacy - is this common?

Well, yeah. To me it seems pretty obvious that "survive" entails " before dying/being destroyed". So, in the original wording, if Y is destroyed by (n) X, then Y can survive (n-1) X. As long as the estimate is precise enough that 1 will make a difference, as gmalivuk pointed out...
by Lynx Cat
Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Translations needed: Talk to Me in X
Replies: 30
Views: 13286

Re: Translations needed: Talk to Me in X

Portuguese: Fale comigo em português

Italian: Parla con me in italiano (colloquial; begin with Parli for formal speech)

French: Parle (formal: parlez) avec moi en français
by Lynx Cat
Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 63209

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

What if you enjoy arguing on the internet more than waterslides? Better still: lets find a parallel pair of giant waterslides long enough that we can have an argument while going down them. Eh? Anybody down for that? But if one waterslide is moving relative to the other, how does a person on one wa...
by Lynx Cat
Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Saying "rabbit" in other languages
Replies: 74
Views: 28669

Re: Saying "rabbit" in other languages

In italian is coniglio And it's pronounced "cohn-eel-yo". The "igli" sound in Italian sounds like the "illi" in "million". In the book Watership Down , they don't really have their own word for rabbit, but their word for doe is "marli." It would be ...
by Lynx Cat
Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 515316

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

offer 1 vested interest case 1, vote to place the new airport in city A, and a million dollars is yours. offer 2 vested interest case 2, vote to place the new airport in city B , and two million dollars is yours. Context, the politician must vote for A or B, his only allowed voting options. Well ye...
by Lynx Cat
Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 515316

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

C'mon, folks. Steve got to talking about interesting subjects in a civilized manner, cut him some slack... That said, posting according to the custom of the land is a must if one is to be respected. re: points 1-11 - they're generally good points, as in they are indeed (often very difficult) pressur...
by Lynx Cat
Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 515316

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Come to think of it, I guess that's probably the biggest discrepancy between movies and real life in terms of professions. Although the portrayal of cops and secret agents is grossly exaggerated - I guess many, perhaps most, spend their whole careers doing little other than standing around, talking ...
by Lynx Cat
Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 515316

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

I'd expect an engineer instead, but maybe that's just me...
by Lynx Cat
Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 515316

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

OK, so you refuse all answers to your questions and all explanations on the points of contention. Everything you ask has already been covered countless times here. But if you want to be too arrogant to pay attention to anything that is not your warped, ill-informed, inconsistent math, be my guest, b...
by Lynx Cat
Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 515316

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Steve, are you OK with my proposal to analyze the maths behind the Galilean without involving geometry? I want to do this in a peaceful and cooperative way.
by Lynx Cat
Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 515316

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Not quite that. I'm just thinking about foregoing all previously-used nomenclature, which by now is loaded with connotations that will make everything difficult, and using set theory and functions as substitutes for analytical geometry, without ever setting foot into the realm of geometry itself (at...
by Lynx Cat
Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 515316

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

You know what? All these geometry concepts like "point" and "space" and "coordinate" are generating too much confusion. I think it's perfectly possible to analyze the math behind the Galilean equation without getting bogged down in these concepts. I really want to reach...
by Lynx Cat
Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1080: "Visual Field"
Replies: 129
Views: 31485

Re: 1080: "Visual Field"

I'd say "what you see" and "what your eyes detect" to note the difference. The data that your eyes send to your brain is one thing (what your eyes detect), and the input your brain's "video card" sends to your consciousness is another (what you see). Since "seeing&...
by Lynx Cat
Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 515316

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

"Cartesian coordinate systems do not contain points" or anything remotely close to that... let's see three urls and the quotes I'll quote Wikipedia. If you don't trust it, feel free to compare the definitions to those of your own sources and point out any discrepancies. I'll not bother wi...
by Lynx Cat
Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 515316

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Although all quotes say that a Cartesian is a set of points (...) Nope. Nyet. Negativo. They don't. I kindly ask you to go back and re-read the definition that you posted yourself (and I reiterated, since it's correct). A Cartesian is a set of coordinates, which are representations of the location ...
by Lynx Cat
Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 515316

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

117 PREMISE: mathematically given, cannot be changed mathematically to change the given. That needs clarification. What you said above is meaningless, unless you clarify it better. 1 Galilean given: S with (x,y,z) = S' with (x',y,'z') at t = t' = 0 Sure. 2 S with (x,y,z) and S' with (x',y,'z') are ...
by Lynx Cat
Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 515316

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

ivnja asked what I believe to be a fundamental question, without whose answer no progress can be made here. So I'll reiterate:

Steve, what do you mean by "invariant"?
by Lynx Cat
Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 515316

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

"The coordinates of a point are a pair of numbers that define its exact location on a two-dimensional plane. Recall that the coordinate plane has two axes at right angles to each other, called the x and y axis. The coordinates of a given point represent how far along each axis the point is loc...
by Lynx Cat
Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 515316

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Yes, it is possible, and in fact is always the case. This is because coordinate systems are functions not sets, so neither (2,0,0) nor any point can exist in either S or S'. You can have S map from (2,0,0) to some point R, and at coincidence you would have S' = S map from (2,0,0) to the same point ...
by Lynx Cat
Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 515316

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Just joining in now (in fact, I just registered in order to post here), but I've followed this thread, and it makes me feel incredibly frustrated. I guess that's why I'm here. chenille seems to have summed up the main problem here - SW is operating under completely mistaken definitions of entities l...

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