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by vbkid
Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Puzzle and Dragons
Replies: 2
Views: 1681

Re: Puzzle and Dragons

Not disagreeing. I've been playing about a month, haven't spent a dime (and don't plan to!) but I did use some built up Google Play credits from my Google Surveys App. FYI, "stones" are essentially the currency of the game. You get 1 free per day, and can earn like 5 per day early on, then...
by vbkid
Tue Oct 13, 2015 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Puzzle and Dragons
Replies: 2
Views: 1681

Puzzle and Dragons

Wondering if anyone else plays this mobile game? A big game overseas, growing in popularity i nthe states I believe. A mashup of Bejewled and Pokemon, I've just been playing for a month but the depth of custimization and planning haven't began to slow down yet. #345786308 in game (Kyle) if anyone el...
by vbkid
Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Science of Autumn
Replies: 6
Views: 1795

Re: The Science of Autumn

Fully answers your seconded, and skirts for first question.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... =114288700
by vbkid
Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1955
Views: 570221

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

Thank you.
by vbkid
Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1955
Views: 570221

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

* Background: Room to room text based adventure game. Thought it was called like 'Quasar's Caverns' Probably came on a shareware disk. * System: Dos / Windows 95 (do not remember exactly) * Year: mid / late 90s * Perspective: 2D map view, rectangular grid * Art Style: minimal, just the map and text ...
by vbkid
Tue Feb 17, 2015 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fuck Dark Matter; It's a sprinkler, not a whirlpool.
Replies: 135
Views: 27670

Re: Fuck Dark Matter; It's a sprinkler, not a whirlpool.

skolnick1 wrote:If he's not far enough away for the disk to be approximated as a point


And could you analytically define this distance for me, as well as why it implies he will cross the centerline at the apex?
by vbkid
Thu Feb 05, 2015 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Whats happening in MS patients?
Replies: 71
Views: 13737

Re: Whats happening in MS patients?

In regards to the 2nd one, is it actually possible the poster is confusing MS (Mass Spectrometry) in the text with Multiple Sclerosis? I really hope I'm wrong.
Edit: But I also kind of hope I'm right.
by vbkid
Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems
Replies: 254
Views: 46021

Re: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems

If you hide something then you are lying! No. If I say a ball dropped from 100 m hit the ground in 7 seconds, what was the velocity at impact, I am not lying by telling you this didn't take place on Earth. Am I? To expand on my point, you are taking statement't that people would agree with, adding ...
by vbkid
Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems
Replies: 254
Views: 46021

Re: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems

Yes, it is pretty much an accepted fact in all cooperative human communication. The fact that all necessary unexpected information is included is in no way contrary to Grice. In fact, I'd say it's pretty much implied by the maxims. Now we're getting somewhere..... So, you agreed with this all along...
by vbkid
Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems
Replies: 254
Views: 46021

Re: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems

Gmalivuk,
Do you think it is a good convention to always assume photon sphere packing?
by vbkid
Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems
Replies: 254
Views: 46021

Re: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems

To give Gmalivuk's statement a concrete example. "A ball is dropped from 100m and takes 2 seconds to reach the ground. What is the acceleration due to gravity?" Now I could assume this takes palce on Earth, so the acceleration must be 9.8 m/s/s. However, unless I also assume strong, downwa...
by vbkid
Thu Sep 25, 2014 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Homework: Differential Equations:Using DE to model interest
Replies: 5
Views: 2264

Re: Homework: Differential Equations:Using DE to model inter

Also important to solving this is whether he continually increases the rate he deposits by $7/m or whether at the beginning of each new month his rate increases.
by vbkid
Thu Sep 25, 2014 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems
Replies: 254
Views: 46021

Re: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems

In an introductory fluids class you might be given the following problem: "A baseball is dropped from 100m, how long until it hits the ground." In this instance, you'd be expected to make assumptions based on the density of the air (probably safe to assume standard temperature and pressur...
by vbkid
Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems
Replies: 254
Views: 46021

Re: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems

Amad, It is important to be distinct about problems as an exercise and real world problems. So take my following response as it relates to exerciese. (In a real world problem, you need to find out as much information as possible yourself to get an answer within a degree of certainty as is required b...
by vbkid
Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems
Replies: 254
Views: 46021

Re: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems

Amad, Let me try to give you an example of where you would assume something that isn't mentioned. In an introductory physcis class you might be given the following problem: "A baseball is dropped from 100m, how long until it hits the ground." This problem is easily solved by d=V0*t+.5a*t^2...
by vbkid
Fri May 02, 2014 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Draw Sports League Bracketing
Replies: 3
Views: 2024

Re: Draw Sports League Bracketing

I already went ahead, and just randomly selected for everything. Only had to changed like 4 of the matchups to even some numbers out. I wish I had considered the coed pairs, seems pretty obvious now and that is something I feel dumb for not having realized.
by vbkid
Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Draw Sports League Bracketing
Replies: 3
Views: 2024

Draw Sports League Bracketing

So I'm not positive this is the best forum, but it seems like a solid exercise at the very least. Here is the current problem I am trying to work out: I am helping set up and run a volleyball league for this summer. The league wil lconsists of 8 individual men and 8 individual woman. Over a 14 week ...
by vbkid
Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Average Distance ot the Edge of a Square
Replies: 5
Views: 3610

Average Distance ot the Edge of a Square

A friend of mine presented this question to me over the weekend, and I've been fidgeting with it but my maths are failing me right now. It arose from pi is the ratio of the circumfrence of a circle to it's diameter, so what would the "average pi" of a square. Namely, for a unit square with...
by vbkid
Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Simple? Combinatorics Problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1829

Re: Simple? Combinatorics Problem

This is along the lines of what we were thinking, but that doesnt account for when, say, a yellow is your last drawn and that ones probability is (y-2)/(xm-5), does it? Or is that accounted for over averaging? It's been too long since I took stats...
by vbkid
Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Simple? Combinatorics Problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1829

Re: Simple? Combinatorics Problem

Adam, Thanks for the response. Yes, we are asking the "3 blue, and 3 yellow odds". The .08% we calculated easily enough as you did. What we are trying to determine now is, what are the odds of getting 3 blue and 3 yellow from a bag of m m&ms which contains x blue and y yellow, among ot...
by vbkid
Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Simple? Combinatorics Problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1829

Simple? Combinatorics Problem

The other day a coworker opened a bag of Peanut M&M's, poured out six, got 3 blue and 3 yellow and asked "What are the odds I would get those from a random sampling?" An email to the fine people at Mars Candy later and we had the proportions to adequately answer his question. The more ...
by vbkid
Sat Aug 17, 2013 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: There is only one* model consistent with CPT Symmetry
Replies: 129
Views: 39669

Re: There is only one* model consistent with CPT Symmetry

Regarding CPT Symmetry... I have done a woeful job of communicating on this. My language has been ambiguous and plain wrong in places. I'm sorry I put you through that. Let me see if I can improve a little... S = {s 1 , ..., s n } are possible states of the universe or part thereof (anything from a...
by vbkid
Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: When will $1 be the smallest denomination?
Replies: 51
Views: 10556

Re: When will $1 be the smallest denomination?

Prices are still quantised to the cent; Oh dear. Do they do that awful $19.99 thing there, too, to avoid the psychology of round numbers? I was under the understanding that that was mostly a US thing. Sure, although for larger prices they sometimes round to 5c, eg $499.95. $499.99 actually sounded ...
by vbkid
Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: There is only one* model consistent with CPT Symmetry
Replies: 129
Views: 39669

Re: There is only one* model consistent with CPT Symmetry

But does your model correctly predict sphere packing?
by vbkid
Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 175724

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

vbkid 2 Quick questions. Are you open to the idea that you are wrong and need to understand why you are wrong? Are you simply frustrated because you know you are right, and you know that I am wrong? These are rhetorical questions of course, While they might be rhetorical, I'm happy to answer them a...
by vbkid
Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 175724

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

x = x' is NOT a given when t > 0, however, x = x' remains equal to that given when t > 0. Do you see the concept beneath these words, that I am going for? We all see "what you are going for". Unfortunately, math disagrees. Quick question. Are you open to the idea that you are wrong and ne...
by vbkid
Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 175724

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

the Galilean transformations equations given states S(x,y,z) = S'(x',y',z') where the spatial parts are coincident at t = 0, and where x = x', y = y', z = z' If at some point in the future you decide that you'd actually like to know what the rest of us mean when we say "x' = x - vt", let ...
by vbkid
Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x-d?
Replies: 908
Views: 175724

Re: Galilean:x' with respect to S'? AND SPECIAL BONUS x' = x

Just waiting for someone else to explain this better thna I can...
by vbkid
Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Creation of Scientific Equations
Replies: 14
Views: 4862

Re: Creation of Scientific Equations

idobox wrote:You can use regression algorithms to fit a model to your data, but you need to have an idea of the model you want.
For example, you can try to fit it to a polynomial, exponential, logarithm, or more complex models.

Like photon spheres?!
by vbkid
Thu May 23, 2013 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Boiling Noodles at Room Temperature
Replies: 23
Views: 8736

Re: Boiling Noodles at Room Temperature

So cooking, or the denaturing of proteins for example, isn't dependent on pressure then?
by vbkid
Thu May 23, 2013 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A Rulebook's Criterion/Criteria
Replies: 1
Views: 2519

A Rulebook's Criterion/Criteria

While editing a report today today, I brought up a coworkers use of criterion (the singular of criteria) in the report. He is of the opinion that a 'rulebook' contains just one criterion, composed of all its rules, while I contend each individual rule within should collectively be reffered to as its...
by vbkid
Thu May 23, 2013 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Boiling Noodles at Room Temperature
Replies: 23
Views: 8736

Boiling Noodles at Room Temperature

So I'd like some input on a question I jus tbrought up with a coworker. Say you have a vessel with some amount of water in it in which you can lower the pressure to get the water to boil at room temperature. If you were to put some Ramen noodles in it, would they 'cook' as if they were in a normal p...
by vbkid
Tue May 21, 2013 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: [Physics] Adding forces
Replies: 22
Views: 8706

Re: [Physics] Adding forces

Just for clarification, are you arguing that the ocmmonly taught method od drawing free body diagrams isn't representative of what would really happen, or that you understand how and why they are drawn the way they are, but are suggesting a different system of representing the same thing? For exampl...
by vbkid
Tue May 21, 2013 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Deadliest Weapon
Replies: 39
Views: 13277

Re: Deadliest Weapon

(basically, there are more people alive now than for most of history combined) This is on of those oft repeated 'facts' that always bugs me simply because it should be fairly obvious it isn't the case. There are approximately 7 billion people alive today. Last numbers I saw put the total number of ...
by vbkid
Wed May 15, 2013 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: triples (x,y,z) with particular properties
Replies: 11
Views: 4640

Re: triples (x,y,z) with particular properties

jestingrabbit wrote:
vbkid wrote:I just observed that x=y=z So:
x^4=2x
x^3=2
x=y=z=2^(1/3)


You're forgetting the rather tedious x = y = z = 0 solution.


Thw OP actually covered it already.
by vbkid
Wed May 15, 2013 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: triples (x,y,z) with particular properties
Replies: 11
Views: 4640

Re: triples (x,y,z) with particular properties

I'd say just post here!
by vbkid
Wed May 15, 2013 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: triples (x,y,z) with particular properties
Replies: 11
Views: 4640

Re: triples (x,y,z) with particular properties

Mine was intuition (whether it was correct or not is another question!) but the algebra above brought me to the same conclusion.
Thanks for this post, it was a good, quick stretch of the brain!
by vbkid
Wed May 15, 2013 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: triples (x,y,z) with particular properties
Replies: 11
Views: 4640

Re: triples (x,y,z) with particular properties

Hello everyone, this problem is taken from the entrance test of an Italian university famous for being extremely hard, this is the first problem of the 13 pages long entrance test and I already have no idea on what to do with it (no, I'm not planning to even try this test!): the original text for I...
by vbkid
Mon May 13, 2013 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Railguns, Dangerzone
Replies: 11
Views: 3482

Re: Railguns, Dangerzone

Trial and Error?
by vbkid
Tue May 07, 2013 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 29217

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

No, I'd prefer an answer that says "the observation of a certain distribution of phenotypes matches the observation of a certain distribution of mutations." Because I only stated I observe specific phenotypes, and the previous answer was lacking with "it's just random", I had no...

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