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by CarlLaMagouille
Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106857
Views: 46186413

Re: 1190: "Time"

rmsgrey wrote:You'd want to consider the file size of an efficiently encoded version of The Hobbit if you really wanted to compare its information content with that of a conventional movie.


One could considere the original book as a an efficiently encoded version of The Hobbit.
by CarlLaMagouille
Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 23191

Re: 1152: "Communion"

I can't figure out how to post a new topic, so this will have to do. A friend of mine has an iPad; is there any way that she can do a "mouseover" on an iPad and see the hidden message? Just touching and holding the screen does not work. No. She has to go to the forums, read the individual...
by CarlLaMagouille
Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ambiguity in Multilateralization
Replies: 21
Views: 5203

Re: Ambiguity in Multilateralization

Since we are only considering one reference frame, I would expect this experiment not to reflect the effects of relativity (we are doing everything in one reference frame, so time is indeed universal in this experiment). If Steve has a demonstration that his setup can determine a unique event with o...
by CarlLaMagouille
Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ambiguity in Multilateralization
Replies: 21
Views: 5203

Re: Ambiguity in Multilateralization

Yes, I had the same results with a wuick asymptotic analysis, but note that you didn't really improved the total blue area, just rearanged it to have one big area on one side, and two smaller areas on two other sides. You could still use it to make oriented detectors. Now, is there anywhere not to p...
by CarlLaMagouille
Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:40 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Can't play DVDs
Replies: 7
Views: 1697

Re: Can't play DVDs

I hate this when I buy a DVD to spend a cool night with my girl (or anyone), and I end up spending hours figuring out for the nth time how to install the drivers on the os I'd have recently installed (I change os much more frequently than play dvds). Didn't think one would have problems with windows...
by CarlLaMagouille
Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ambiguity in Multilateralization
Replies: 21
Views: 5203

Re: Ambiguity in Multilateralization

Obviously, you found an example where both roots are equally valid (each one correspond to a valid event). This mean that it is impossible to deduce the exact position of every event with only these three sensors. I didn't do the math completely, but I don't think you can overcome this issue without...
by CarlLaMagouille
Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why are government-run businesses so inefficient?
Replies: 131
Views: 30477

Re: Why are government-run businesses so inefficient?

Government is politics... politics is about staying in power (i.e. re-election in modernity)... politics is NOT about being efficient (See: Romney ad spending). Elon Musk says it much better in a recent interview when asked why SpaceX can do what NASA did for like 10% of the cost. http://www.wired....
by CarlLaMagouille
Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

Seems like I have caused a huge trouble in this thread. Well, I didn't expect that. Funny fact, I live now in Beijing, and I can tell you that the chinese words for "he" and "she" are pronounced exactly the same way. I suspect this could solve this kind of problem. What is funny ...
by CarlLaMagouille
Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

(S)(H|h)e Ouch. No offense intended, but that construction is just ridiculous. English needs a clear-cut set of singular pronouns for indeterminate gender, like, yesterday . Noted, for future posts, I'll just stick with "he" as there are no girls on the internet . I just didn't want anyon...
by CarlLaMagouille
Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

It is not for you to reject the term "point particle". It is a standard term and is unambiguous, if you don't understand it, look it up, but we will not stop using it because you don't like it. So I cannot object to your term. Then this phase is over. the agreeing to terms portion. So, I ...
by CarlLaMagouille
Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

And no, Steve. Three decimal places is WAY FUCKING FAR AWAY when talking about the fundamental constants, or any other result. Give us a holler when you get down to 100+ decimal places. We'll still laugh at you because your system is philosophically backwards, but it'll be...a heartier laugh. The o...
by CarlLaMagouille
Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

According to REALITY (and thus to relativity) it is always possible to establish a UNIQUE sequencing of transmission events separated by a time-like interval . True, but more importantly, According to REALITY (and thus to relativity) it is NOT possible to establish THE UNIQUE sequencing of transmis...
by CarlLaMagouille
Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

Can someone say if my statements about sound in air are right? In theory yes, soundwaves propagate relatively to their medium, so the speed of the emiter does not impact the propagation. But in practice, the speed of the emiter will modify the properties of the medium (since they interact), like it...
by CarlLaMagouille
Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

I believe Steve's algorithm rely on the existence of aether. When he talks about drawing circles in an applet, he means to draw it in the reference frame of the screen, where he postulates that the speed of light is independent of the direction (hence drawing circles). So his algorithm can work only...
by CarlLaMagouille
Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

Could you provide a detailed explanation of this "circles algorithm"? Yes. 1 Take three random (x,y) points. 2 Assign a positive numerical value to each site according their time differences of receipt, like 0, 2 and 8 ( the sensors that sees their signal first is set to 0 ). make expandi...
by CarlLaMagouille
Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

The circles algorithm work because the very instant in time that the last sensor is reached, the return of the circles mathematically begins. Could you provide a detailed explanation of this "circles algorithm"? I would like to see exactly how it works. Which equations do you solve? In wh...
by CarlLaMagouille
Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

That applet is NOT employing MY TIME algorithm. My algorithm would have his black circles manifested quite differently. Then you are not considering anything related to reality. So your theory is pointless to understand our universe, and is not related to physics at all. All that remains is a mathe...
by CarlLaMagouille
Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

I will also point out, that now the red ( and blue ) sensors sites are fixed wrt to each other, and that is not a necessity. The sensors can all move independently, too; both in velocities and direction ( that direction itself, does not need to be linear and could be curvilinear or even totally err...
by CarlLaMagouille
Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

Did you notice a possible programming "typo" in the v > 0 routine that gives t3 in observer A a negative instead of positive time? That is, is this just a simple "typo" for the sign? I am not able to reproduce what you are describing. Notice the link at the bottom of the applet ...
by CarlLaMagouille
Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

Pretty awesome, but one bug which may be problematic: if you only specify one event, the two observers can somehow get different (x,y,t) for the nonexistent second event. Doesn't happen (works fine) when you do actually specify two events. It seems that 2 events are always defined. In the reference...
by CarlLaMagouille
Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

Now I firmly believe Steve is a trollbot made by a Swiss guy/girl in the hope to get the Nobel price in trolling.

Funny thing is, when you understand this, you get that this thread was actually on topic in "Pressure".
by CarlLaMagouille
Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

Surely a better first post would have gone something like this... "I have a math thing that is interesting and I would like to share my observation if this might be a proper place to do so." It works with a Cartesian system and 4 sensors. That would have also been a lie, since you have ne...
by CarlLaMagouille
Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

btw, I do not actually have "reference frame"s as Physics would define it. I have a Cartesian system ( or two Cartesian systems is fine too. ) Say. Is there any chance that instead of trying to do science by democracy, you might show us that what you "have" produces a useful sys...
by CarlLaMagouille
Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

I read this entire thread, and it wasn't until I reached this page that I realised every time I've seen the word "Galilean" I've been mentally replacing it with "Gallifreyan" and being completely puzzled over why Time Lords and Relativity were in the same discussion anywhere out...
by CarlLaMagouille
Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

Therefore, multiple events can be inputted and ALL their transmissions site-and-times can also known. Knowing all the transmission times means knowing the order of those transmissions. What we are trying to tell you is that you cannot extract "the" transmission time from the transmission ...
by CarlLaMagouille
Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

Your own question about the sexual habits of aubergines. Since half the production of aubergines is in China, one would expect them to abide to the One-child policy, hence reducing their sexual experience (I didn't find much information about birth-control for aubergines), but of course the 28% of ...
by CarlLaMagouille
Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

if the two events don't share the same reference frame (one is happening on a planet very far away and moving very fast, and the other is happening on ANOTHER planet far away in the opposite direction and moving very fast *** ) Well, that's a shame. Events do not have a specific reference frame (th...
by CarlLaMagouille
Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: Relativity (?) Or Some Crap. [Split from "Pressures"]

ADDED one questions please Does MM conclude that (c - v) = (c + v) when v > 0 ? You were already told (in detail here for instance) that the Michelson-Morley experiment measured (c - v) = (c + v) and concluded that v = 0. What don't you understand in this? (And please, read the post of Pfhorrest I ...
by CarlLaMagouille
Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold book
Replies: 489
Views: 40301

Re: Wiley sues student for infringing copyright on resold bo

Hi there. Just wanted to express my feelings about the textbook subject. I am a french student in a public engineering school, and I think the system we use in my school avoid the inflation of the textbooks prices. Basically, the school buy every book we need and give it to us. This mean that the te...
by CarlLaMagouille
Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Schrollini wrote:The reason all the red receivers have the same clock value is because I'm displaying a slice at constant t. This means t' varies in space.


Thank you! This is what I was missing. I feel totally stupid now.
by CarlLaMagouille
Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

I have a question about this famous applet. Seems to me that for the 2 detectors to be exactly the same, the distance between the sensors should be the same in their own frame. It looks like in the frame of the blue sensor, when v is not 0, the distance between the 'main' sensor and the one on the r...
by CarlLaMagouille
Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Great, thanks :) . It's so neat to have people around who really understand Relativity. So: Two observers disagree on the order of these two events that are space-like apart from each other, when ... when what? It should not be too difficult to determine Δt' with the Lorentz transformation equation...
by CarlLaMagouille
Sat Oct 20, 2012 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

added http://www.watermanpolyhedron.com/images/coneheads.jpg let me see if i am learning some of the relativity jargon properly, from this depiction, are these true? 1 the universe is flat and contained in a plane of zeroith height 2 time goes backwards if the observer looks down 3 4 receivers must...
by CarlLaMagouille
Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Monika wrote:Huh, how did this make you think of pirates?


Everything is related to piracy. And relativity and piracy makes a cool mix.

I think I'll just watch Cowboy Bebop again.
by CarlLaMagouille
Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

It depends what your receptors are capable of measuring. If they are only capable of measuring the time of arrival of a signal, you need n+1 in n+1D. If they are capable of measuring time of arrival and direction of arrival, you only need 2 receptors. If they can measure time of arrival, direction ...
by CarlLaMagouille
Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

To Monika, I'd say you are right about this, but I think you would need 3 detectors to trinagulate an event in 2+1d, and 4 in 3+1d. 2 detectors cannot make the difference between events on the bissecting plane between them, for instance. If you know any way to achieve this with only 2 detectors, fee...
by CarlLaMagouille
Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 475242

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

And that means that relativity theory is true. It has to be true, completely true, everywhere and always. It has been demonstrated experimentally that it is true everywhere and always, and this cannot be debated. If you disagree, then you are wrong. Science has spoken. I tried to remain distant fro...
by CarlLaMagouille
Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1119: "Undoing"
Replies: 121
Views: 23082

Re: 1119: "Undoing"

Pfhorrest wrote:So really, every power source is some indirect form of fusion.


Except maybe for Tidal power, which can be achieved without the sun, only with the moon.

This of course, brings you to your later conclusion that everything is gravity-powered...
by CarlLaMagouille
Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1958
Views: 541819

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

However it only runs once, when I reply yes to play again nothing happens. Actually, something happens. After you reply 'y' to play again, the program is waiting for an int in the input, describing the next move. No text is printed, because there are no printing statement at the beginning of your l...
by CarlLaMagouille
Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:23 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0011: "Droppings"
Replies: 68
Views: 30427

Re: What-If 0011: Droppings

Chrome user here, seems like MathJax can't load.

http://cdn.mathjax.org/mathjax/latest/MathJax.js fails to be resolved, at least from China, and not since long ago.

Maybe the tex/math transformation only works if you have that file cached somewhere...

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