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by dcxk
Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19388

Re: Spelling reform

Okay, I'm done here. This was a simple endeavor; easily enacted, well intentioned, almost definitely productive. There's absolutely no reason I should have to defend my humanistic views on the matter, even if I did present them in support.
by dcxk
Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19388

Re: Spelling reform

And I'm going to argue that if precision breaks down without any detrement (sic) to the language, an entity created to encourage precision is useless and overly pendantic (sic). Perhaps no detriment to language, but a very real detriment to our potential. You're trying to change human nature throug...
by dcxk
Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19388

Re: Spelling reform

Phonemes transition, dialects are absorbed introducing inconsistencies, words become vague through association, phrases are corrupted till their original intents are obscured, and all these things happen, not because they abet communication, but because accuracy and precision are not generally value...
by dcxk
Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19388

Re: Spelling reform

? Seriously? Seriously. I wasn't talking about decline in expressive utility. You know that, logically, were that true, we now probably wouldn't be able to communicate at all, right? Since language has existed for probably tens of thousands of years and has apparently been degrading that entire tim...
by dcxk
Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: relationship between total variation distance and moments
Replies: 6
Views: 1159

Re: relationship between total variation distance and moments

[edit] Oh. Never mind then. [/edit]
by dcxk
Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19388

Re: Spelling reform

Of course. In the mean time I'd also like to see a few dollars diverted to solving the energy crisis, controlling emissions, getting the hell out of Iraq, and fixing health care. But it's fun to dream, you know?
by dcxk
Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19388

Re: Spelling reform

No, I'm advocating government sanctioned incremental orthographic changes to increase phonetic consistency, and hopefully to increase literacy. The changes should be such that current English readers will be able to read it without further education. As such, other nations should be able to read it....
by dcxk
Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: relationship between total variation distance and moments
Replies: 6
Views: 1159

Re: relationship between total variation distance and moments

"If two sums of indicators have equal moments up to moment k then their total variation distance is O(2^-k)" was part of a paper called "On Oblivious PTASs for Nash Equilibrium" authored by Daskalakis and Papadimitriou, published in 2008. That's the closest thing I can find with ...
by dcxk
Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19388

Re: Spelling reform

German doesn't have all that many speakers, and the vast majority are in one country. Yeah, well you wanted comparable stats. That limits it to Chinese, Hindi, and Spanish. I've never heard anything about Hindi and Spanish reform so I gave you the best I had. German has about 2e8 speakers, only abo...
by dcxk
Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19388

Re: Spelling reform

The German language underwent multinational reform in 1996. The changes weren't extreme but English reform wouldn't need to be either. Portuguese underwent reform in Portugal and most Portuguese territories in 1911. Brazil enacted similar changes twenty or so years later. The switch from the classic...
by dcxk
Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is chess a language?
Replies: 6
Views: 2043

Re: Is chess a language?

There are a finite number of states a chess board can be in and that alone means its not. But when people talk about Turing-completeness it's usually just some weak distilled version of that abstraction. Computers don't really have infinite memory so they can't be Turing-complete, buts it's common t...
by dcxk
Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19388

Re: Spelling reform

Well, maybe some component of that tendency lies in the fact that English doesn't have very regular phonetics? And maybe adult speakers can generally spell a heard word well enough to be recognized by spell-check because they've been exposed to the language for many years, while children have an ext...
by dcxk
Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19388

Re: Spelling reform

I don't see it that way, but I've been wrong before and an ASL English teacher seem a pretty definitive expert. *Shutting up*

[edit] Right, ESL sorry about that. Also, you're not an expert and I'm not shutting up quite yet. [/edit]
by dcxk
Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spelling reform
Replies: 131
Views: 19388

Re: Spelling reform

I'm sorry if this is a necropost; I'm not very sure how long a thread can be inactive before posting is a breach of etiquette. People have tried and failed before, hwy (sic) can't we try too, even if we also fail? There are a few approaches to integration, but I think the methodology ultimately focu...
by dcxk
Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Introduce your new notation
Replies: 10
Views: 1946

Re: Introduce your new notation

The problem with this is that antiderivatives are only defined up to a constant, and repeated antiderivatives only up to a polynomial term, whereas derivatives are unambiguous. There's a good reason this notation doesn't exist, and to the extent it does people use F. Right, and prime (super or sub)...
by dcxk
Sat Aug 08, 2009 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Introduce your new notation
Replies: 10
Views: 1946

Introduce your new notation

Today I thought of " f, " as a notation for the antiderivative of f, just as " f' " is the derivative, and last week I thought of using exponents for iterated AND gates. What conceptually useful, or better yet cute, conventions have you thought of? Does anyone have a clean form f...
by dcxk
Fri Aug 07, 2009 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0620: "Wings"
Replies: 141
Views: 36132

Re: "Wings" Discussion

According to Henry Petroski, modern accident reconstruction investigators have determined the altitude that Icarus must have been at and the temperature would have been very cold. Classical retcons are not allowed. Obviously Icarus flew (holding his breath mind you) out of earth's atmosphere to the...
by dcxk
Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 33718

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

At first I thought the comic referred to 4096 bit CPUs. Quite a shock since I was fairly certain we'd not reached 128.

"Xkcd: because Moore's law just isn't fucking cutting it."
by dcxk
Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Encoding a book onto a meterstick
Replies: 14
Views: 1991

Re: Encoding a book onto a meterstick

I was thinking about maybe having a language with a much smaller number of characters ( say 8 ), but then words would become necessarily longer, so that wouldn't work. This observation is strongly related to Claude Shannon's source coding theorem, expressing the maximum amount of information that c...
by dcxk
Thu Jul 16, 2009 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What are these CG pictures from nasa?
Replies: 4
Views: 1226

What are these CG pictures from nasa?

Here is a directory, just one of many, containing computer generated images, evocative of cirrus clouds and Julia sets. I know THEMIS had something to do with mapping the dynamics of magnetospheric substorms, and an ephemeris is a table of values pertaining to the apparent celestial position of a b...
by dcxk
Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Heisenberg and the Tree Falling in the Forest
Replies: 31
Views: 6522

Re: Heisenberg and the Tree Falling in the Forest

No one explained the math behind Heisenberg! That's the most beautiful part! Quantum mechanically momentum isn't a scaled time derivative of position (and good thing to because position isn't defined continuously), but is defined in terms of frequency. Frequency and time are conjugate variables, whi...
by dcxk
Sun Jun 21, 2009 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Real-world examples of -x * -y = +z
Replies: 66
Views: 8275

Re: Real-world examples of -x * -y = +z

Sizik binomial interpretation is cute. The problem arises because people think integers are scalars, but they're not at all; they're vectors, a magnitude and a direction. Any application of sign convention hinges on direction, be it the orientation of components in the integral under a curve or the ...
by dcxk
Sat Jun 20, 2009 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probable number of simultaneous events over a span
Replies: 2
Views: 687

Probable number of simultaneous events over a span

If some event occurs with a certain frequency F and duration D for a given period of time P what is the probable number of times N events will occur at once? That is, not the simultaneous occurrence at a single specific time but for the entire stretch.
by dcxk
Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0594: "Period"
Replies: 133
Views: 86324

Re: "Period" Discussion

Hey, what has two thumbs and made that joke on the "decline" comic discussion?

Or equivalently a peak at 4.13359788 × 10^(-7) hz. There's something fitting about expressing menstrual cycles in hertz, don't you think?


This guy.
by dcxk
Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wormholes and Thermodynamics
Replies: 8
Views: 1379

Wormholes and Thermodynamics

When I say wormhole I speak of a stable and traversable specimen as per Valve's Portal. Do wormholes whose end configuration exploit gravitation not violate the conservation of momentum, the first and second law of thermodynamics, and the third law of Newtonian motion? If they do not I can only imag...
by dcxk
Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You have a barometer...
Replies: 30
Views: 4061

Re: You have a barometer...

1) Use the mercury to build an in-glass thermometer, measure the temperatures at the top and bottom of the building, model the solar system, and use Ficks's laws with the Einstein–Smoluchowski relation to calculate height. 2) Pour the mercury from a circular opening of known cross sectional area, fo...
by dcxk
Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You have a barometer...
Replies: 30
Views: 4061

Re: You have a barometer...

If it's a spring type one might determine the wire's resistance per some distance by analyzing its composition, gauge, and diameter. Then find length by looping the wire across the side of the building with a weight to achieve a steep catenary curve, placing a voltage source at the top and using an ...
by dcxk
Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You have a barometer...
Replies: 30
Views: 4061

Re: You have a barometer...

Using barometer heights has expressive utility on the order of using building heights and is far less accurate. 1) Sell the barometer for a set of atomic clocks. Place one clock at the top of he building and one at the bottom. Measure the gravitational time dilation to determine the difference in he...
by dcxk
Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0538: "Security"
Replies: 145
Views: 37092

Re: "Security" discussion

To pretty much everyone who's posted; ¡This cheese is soldering my rectum! To anyone hiding data in images; don't use jpeg because it's lossy. And don't leave the data plain after the image, hide it in the less significant bits of each pixel or, better yet, convert to another color space, hide it th...
by dcxk
Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0523: "Decline"
Replies: 79
Views: 15333

Re: "Decline" Discussion

Or equivalently a peak at 4.13359788 × 10^(-7) hz. There's something fitting about expressing menstrual cycles in hertz, don't you think? To the cunning linguists up top, brb is an initialism and not an acronym. It's also rather impressive Randall was able to gain data from a period before he began ...
by dcxk
Tue Jul 22, 2008 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0452: "Mission"
Replies: 88
Views: 18886

Re: "Mission" Discussion

Another buttercup festival rip perhaps? http://www.buttercupfestival.com/111vol3.htm

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