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by drunken
Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1631: "Longer Than Usual"
Replies: 39
Views: 8580

Re: 1631: "Longer Than Usual"

Perhaps I am missing something, or perhaps I am just stupid. Anyone know what this one is about?

It seems the be a sentence fragment, and some suggestions about what the following fragment could be. I don't see how it is amusing or interesting however.
by drunken
Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1539: "Planning"
Replies: 56
Views: 12528

Re: 1539: "Planning"

I think you are overstating the point Keyman. While it is true that normal people who aren't psychologically sick don't feel schadenfreude for the suffering of others unless they feel it was deserved, that is not part of the definition of the word. It really is as simple as the wikipedia entry, exce...
by drunken
Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1539: "Planning"
Replies: 56
Views: 12528

Re: 1539: "Planning"

They hate us and our way of life A journalist was interviewing an old man whose village in Afghanistan was destroyed by a drone attack. The journalist asked him "Why do you think the US destroyed your village?". The man answered "They hate our way of life". It never ceases to am...
by drunken
Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1491: "Stories of the Past and Future"
Replies: 99
Views: 33519

Re: 1491: "Stories of the Past and Future"

Is it just me or is the History of the Peloponnesian War in the wrong place on the chart? It seems to be implying it is set in 2005. Edit: Oh I just realised it is a relative scale, I thought the past/present line was now. Ignore me. Edit 2: Putting a specific event (big bang) on a relative timescal...
by drunken
Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Complicated questions about cryptanalysis
Replies: 16
Views: 6963

Re: Complicated questions about cryptanalysis

This is because the general method of encoding how "powerful" a password scheme is is by measuring it in bits (sometimes, bits/length). To figure out how many actual passwords are there, you raise 2 to the power of the number of bits. A pure-digit password has a strength of 3.32 bits/char...
by drunken
Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Complicated questions about cryptanalysis
Replies: 16
Views: 6963

Complicated questions about cryptanalysis

Firstly forgive me if there is already a thread that answers these questions, but it is not easy to find as the discussion of the comic "password strength" spams up the search results for any related queries. Secondly I hope this is the right forum for this, I also considered the coding an...
by drunken
Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Acupuncture & Science
Replies: 55
Views: 8432

Re: Acupuncture & Science

I will refrain from quoting the posts I am replying to, I hope it is clear. Firstly thanks to ahammel for the details of the sham treatment results, that removes a lot of the speculation from the argument. I assume you have paywall access? In my own words (I tried looking it up to see if I was wrong...
by drunken
Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Acupuncture & Science
Replies: 55
Views: 8432

Re: Acupuncture & Science

Who cares what seems unlikely to you? Good to see you agree with me on the whole extraordinary claims front. The whole point is we don't have to worry about the effect of pain on stress, because both groups experience pain, and we can thus isolate effects from the thing that's different between the...
by drunken
Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Acupuncture & Science
Replies: 55
Views: 8432

Re: Acupuncture & Science

My point was that is seems extremely unlikely to me that the insertion of needles into rats could cause them to experience a reduction in externally caused stress, as a result of the placebo effect. You might even say I find the claim to be extraordinary ;-) My extraordometer is reading 75.8, which ...
by drunken
Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Acupuncture & Science
Replies: 55
Views: 8432

Re: Acupuncture & Science

gmalivuk wrote:
drunken wrote:it is hard to imagine that there is any placebo effect occurring from needles being stuck into rats
But I think there is such an effect, because rats have neurological pain reactions, just as humans do.


And pain is proven to cause stress.
by drunken
Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Acupuncture & Science
Replies: 55
Views: 8432

Re: Acupuncture & Science

My comment is that we should placebo-control rat studies just as we do human studies, for essentially the same reason. (In this example, the sham acupuncture is included to evaluate whether the effect comes from e.g. a general response to any kind of sharp pain versus a specific response to pain at...
by drunken
Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Acupuncture & Science
Replies: 55
Views: 8432

Re: Acupuncture & Science

Sure, we'd expect differences between how rats react to a given placebo and how people do (e.g. I'd expect rats to respond to injections more negatively, since they involve pain without any corresponding belief that injected drugs are more effective), but that doesn't in any way reduce the importan...
by drunken
Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Acupuncture & Science
Replies: 55
Views: 8432

Re: Acupuncture & Science

I guess it's related to the placebo effect. Nope, just a straight up placebo. Yes that is the most likely hypothesis, but stating it in such a matter of fact way is presenting an hypothesis as fact, which it is not. This is a science forum you need to be careful about how you frame things. I think ...
by drunken
Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Acupuncture & Science
Replies: 55
Views: 8432

Re: Acupuncture & Science

Yeah I heard about that study too. So what do you think about the rats?
by drunken
Thu Jun 07, 2012 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Acupuncture & Science
Replies: 55
Views: 8432

Re: Acupuncture & Science

Interesting idea, has this been done?
by drunken
Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Object Tracking Technologies
Replies: 12
Views: 3061

Re: Object Tracking Technologies

Have you looked into this device? Seems to have the precision you need. I am fairly excited about the technology myself but I have a rule about not buying anything until it is widely accepted, and if possible, until I have tested it myself.
by drunken
Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Acupuncture & Science
Replies: 55
Views: 8432

Re: Acupuncture & Science

I know that raging debates about acupuncture frequently pop up here, and when I saw this article I thought I would necro the relevant thread and start another shitstorm. Usually the argument runs like: "There is no evidence that acupuncture works therefore it doesn't" "but this study ...
by drunken
Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 307223

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Living in Berlin I got this: http://i.imgur.com/3t8T6.png . I think there is confusion sometimes between the way certain German philosophers used certain words, and how they are actually used by normal Germans. Umwelt means environment, it is pretty much a one to one direct equivalent meaning. Yes t...
by drunken
Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you have programmed
Replies: 93
Views: 39072

Tabletop wargames engine

New release: better wargaming support. Same url as before: http://www.gametheatre.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1 . There is also now a tutorial/demonstration video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXIuQzChkhA Would it perhaps be possible to add some sort of scripting engine? That way you could script ...
by drunken
Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you have programmed
Replies: 93
Views: 39072

Re: Games you have programmed

Then try vassal, or that game maker program you mentioned. My system does not handle keeping track of rules
by drunken
Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you have programmed
Replies: 93
Views: 39072

Re: Games you have programmed

Its an open 3d sandbox with no rules scripting. If its supported by a real life table, it is in this system as well, with a few exceptions like magnetism games wont work. Not that I won't try to implement that some day too. It may not be what you are looking for though, if you are making a complicat...
by drunken
Sun Jun 26, 2011 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you have programmed
Replies: 93
Views: 39072

Re: Games you have programmed

I am currently attempting to make a boardgame in Game Maker. I have no idea what I'm doing, but I'm doing it anyway. If you want to try it in my engine, I have posted game creation instructions here . If your game is your own work or an implementation of a public domain game I you can apply to get ...
by drunken
Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you have programmed
Replies: 93
Views: 39072

Re: Games you have programmed

Well that is definitely possible, as I mention on the forum measuring tools need to be implemented properly for tabletop wargames, but that could be made a priority. Naturally implementing games workshop games is a nono for copyright reasons but there is no reason we cant make some terrain and model...
by drunken
Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you have programmed
Replies: 93
Views: 39072

Re: I made a game

The goal was to create a virtual boardgaming environment, not for casual browser/console gamers but for real boardgame players. One main feature is the complete lack of any rules code, meaning players have to know how to play the game and will not be spoon fed, but also meaning players can play what...
by drunken
Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you have programmed
Replies: 93
Views: 39072

I made a game

There is a beta release available on http://www.gametheatre.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1 Don't expect too much at this early stage, but I appreciate the support if anyone wants to come check it out.
by drunken
Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A simple puzzle (hopefully)
Replies: 6
Views: 1662

Re: A simple puzzle (hopefully)

I guess I should have given the details from the start. I thought you guys would enjoy the challenge more if it was a mystery but it seems that it is a pretty arbitrary function so here are the details: The hex numbers represent pixel colours, I think it is bgr not rgb but I am not sure and it hardl...
by drunken
Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A simple puzzle (hopefully)
Replies: 6
Views: 1662

A simple puzzle (hopefully)

I have a mathematics problem I need the answer to but my skills are not really up to the challenge. I believe it is a relatively simple problem but I may be wrong, there may even be no mathematical answer. The goal is to convert a given number or set of numbers in hex to another specific number or s...
by drunken
Wed Oct 13, 2010 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Left and right, the political dichotomy
Replies: 24
Views: 5596

Re: Left and right, the political dichotomy

The British Labour party While I agree with almost all of your last post and found many of the examples very interesting, I have to point out this specific example as it speaks to many others in the thread. 'New Labour' as they are known in the UK are not a left wing party. They used to be before th...
by drunken
Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Open Source Legal System
Replies: 53
Views: 7745

Re: Open Source Legal System

Dark Avorian wrote:(Is it bad that my first reaction was the following: *shudder* that means anonymous will be able to quickly influence the laws!)


Kind of, it is doubtful that anonymous would be granted an account as you would need to be enrolled to vote and that means no anonymity
by drunken
Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The goal of humanity
Replies: 112
Views: 14849

Re: The goal of humanity

This thread is neither about your personal interests nor archeology.

- Az
by drunken
Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The goal of humanity
Replies: 112
Views: 14849

Re: The goal of humanity

"humanity" isn't a thinking, self-aware, independent and willful entity Interesting hypothesis, I would love to hear your reasoning behind it. I understand and I really appreciate that you're trying to be philosophical, I do, but you've failed. I think you're probably young and lack wide ...
by drunken
Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Open Source Legal System
Replies: 53
Views: 7745

Re: Open Source Legal System

Edit: I am not sure if Slashdot stories belong in Serious business, but it is relevant and timely. D.C. Suspends Tests of Online Voting System Under pressure they ran a test vote. The site was compromised within two days. more details of this While it is clear the technical security issues are huge...
by drunken
Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The goal of humanity
Replies: 112
Views: 14849

Re: The goal of humanity

Seeing the many comments about the virtual impossibility of achieving a universal human goal I feel compelled to remind the thread that such a thing was never the purpose of this debate. Humans don't operate as a unified harmonious bloc. It is only after much abstraction that you may arrive at a vag...
by drunken
Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Open Source Legal System
Replies: 53
Views: 7745

Re: Open Source Legal System

I have thought about and discussed this proposition for some time now. Most of the objections here are also valid objections against our current system, and as entropy demonstrated, much of the discussion can be slightly reworded to be stating the same problems with representative democracy as it is...
by drunken
Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Left and right, the political dichotomy
Replies: 24
Views: 5596

Re: Left and right, the political dichotomy

Already some very interesting responses here. Some of them are directing questions at me specifically so I will attempt to answer them. Which debate do you want; whether people are good or bad, or what motivates left vs. right politics? Either one is fine, all the responses so far have been about th...
by drunken
Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The goal of humanity
Replies: 112
Views: 14849

Re: The goal of humanity

All of that is straight out of the philosophy textbooks. I read some of those textbooks (well I skimmed through, I try and avoid getting too deeply into established philosophical ideas as I think it creates too rigid a mental framework and inhibits my ability to push the ideas further) and while I a...
by drunken
Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Left and right, the political dichotomy
Replies: 24
Views: 5596

Left and right, the political dichotomy

I came upon a realisation lately, and I apologise if this was already obvious to everyone except me (and also if I am misguided in even realising it). It seems to me that the main difference between left and right wing politics, at least in the modern context, revolves around perceptions of human na...
by drunken
Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The goal of humanity
Replies: 112
Views: 14849

The goal of humanity

I have been thinking a lot about the many seemingly unresolvable problems of society and the human race in general. It seems to me that the area of goals is conspicuously absent from most debate. It seems that if there was an ongoing public debate about the goals and aspirations of the human race th...
by drunken
Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Evaluating media outlets
Replies: 14
Views: 2037

Re: Evaluating media outlets

There are many good points made in these responses. I don't have enough time to respond to them all right now as I have to go to work, and some of them will take hours of research to provide an adequate answer to. Let me say now though that you are all right that my ratings might be much too low, I ...
by drunken
Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Media and 2000's Paranoia
Replies: 49
Views: 7029

Re: The Media and 2000's Paranoia

Glmclain wrote:...largely driven by the media in an attempt to get ratings...


I believe it is far more sinister than this. It is about power not ratings. People often forget what a powerful tool the media are for control.

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