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by Kal
Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1286: "Encryptic"
Replies: 102
Views: 32982

Re: 1286: "Encryptic"

Can anyone explain how the puzzle shown is supposed to work? Why are there two columns of hashes, and what's the deal with the two types of fill-in-the-blanks? I'm not sure what the two types of fill-in-the-blanks are, but I suspect the two columns are for different length passwords. Short password...
by Kal
Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0762: "Analogies"
Replies: 144
Views: 26870

Re: "Analogies" Discussion

Bob Dylan to the rescue! (although all definitions are mine and probably incompatible with those of other people) Your eyes are like two jewels in the sky This is a simile. The implied fact is that the eyes sparkle like jewels and or stars. Since the eyes actually are (in one way) like jewels in the...
by Kal
Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd Geocities Site Redesign
Replies: 150
Views: 84688

Re: Geocities redesign discussion

Lots of fun stuff in the HTML, such as the entire page is apparently attempted to have been written in c++ INT MAIN(VOID) { COUT << "\ Random scripting <SCRIPT LANGUAGE="QBASIC">IF $BROWSER = "IE" THEN GOTO 50</SCRIPT> <SCRIPT LANGUAGE='SCHEME'>(define (eval exp env) (cond (...
by Kal
Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0575: "Tag Combination"
Replies: 76
Views: 21948

Re: "Tag Combination" Discussion

I think Randall has sold out.
Only "Jessie's Girl" was ever on Guitar Hero. He shouldn't have any knowledge about the other three songs.
by Kal
Mon Apr 27, 2009 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0574: "Swine Flu"
Replies: 166
Views: 40284

Re: Swine Flu

Even GOD is telling us that Swine Flu is nothing to worry about:
http://www.qwantz.com/archive/001455.html

I may be over-interpreting the words of GOD here, but, then again, there is a certain precedence for doing so.
by Kal
Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0540: "Base System"
Replies: 220
Views: 70275

Re: "Base System" discussion

How come "dry humping" is past the orgasm line? I thought dry humping was supposed to be, uhm.. dry. At least in my case, that means it would have to be quite a bit away from the orgasm line.
by Kal
Mon Aug 25, 2008 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Recommend one artist
Replies: 1018
Views: 285392

Re: Recommend one artist

A band I recently heard about: TAS 1000 The story goes: a guy visits a thrift store, where he buys an old answering machine, a TAS 1000, and some tapes for it. As it turns out, the previous owner did not erase the tapes before giving them away. So the guy gets his friends together in order to make a...
by Kal
Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: When are different reaction orders acceptable? e.g. O (2^n)
Replies: 12
Views: 2322

Re: When are different reaction orders acceptable? e.g. O (2^n)

It does depend a bit on how much you do for each iteration. My most important numbers for finding required complexity were:

n = 12: O(n!)
n = 20: O(n^2 x 2^n)
n = 100: O(n^4)
n = 1000: O(n^3) (provided you have a tight inner loop or the competition is lenient on time. Otherwise O(n^2 x log(n)) )
by Kal
Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: imaginary number signs?
Replies: 17
Views: 3381

Re: imaginary number signs?

There is no way to call one complex number "greater" than another one, because they aren't on a single line like the reals are. Oooo you should know better than to say "there is no way...". Here's one common way to do it. a+ib > c+id iff a>c \hbox{ or } a=c \hbox{ and } b>d. I r...
by Kal
Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Calculating Odds?
Replies: 25
Views: 3722

Re: Calculating Odds?

To calculate the actual probability of your intervals intersecting, we need information on how the hours are split up. For instance, if Morello is in the bar for 2 consecutive hours, and you (being obsessed with meeting him) pop your head in the door for 10 seconds every 90 minutes the bar is open (...
by Kal
Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Syntax highlighting for natural languages
Replies: 11
Views: 3335

Re: Syntax highlighting for natural languages

Syntax highlighting would help a lot in avoiding garden path sentences, since it makes it clear what the different clauses are. Going to wikipedia for examples: The horse raced past the barn fell . The old man the boat . The man who whistles tunes pianos . The cotton clothing is made of grows in Mis...

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