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by bane2571
Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152222

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

This rejection of 66% of papers that didn't profess an position isn't bad science, because the Ball Poll is A ) using a statistically significant sample size, and B ) looking at PAPERS THAT PROFESS A POSITION. Of which... how many agree? The commonly quoted statistic from this paper is "97% of...
by bane2571
Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152222

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Nope, sorry, it isn't. (And if you'll look carefully at the data from the Cook study you posted, and do a little basic math, you will see that it shows what you claim about their methods to be wrong.) Thank you for playing though! What? I put the data right there in my post, I can clearly explain h...
by bane2571
Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152222

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

I don't want to insult anyone, but apart from anything else, I really do believe that anyone citing the "97%" figure should be barred from making further "scientific" claims.. I've read the Cook et al study and it's pretty poor. I wouldn't say phrenology bad, but it screams inte...
by bane2571
Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152222

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

I'm quite disappointed by this comic to the point where I'm making my first post for a few reasons, most related to accuracy: From Right to left: 2 IAU block: Gets units wrong and overestimates maximum possible sea level rise by a factor of three. "Palm trees" in the poles is silly twice o...
by bane2571
Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: What is the secret of this poem?
Replies: 2
Views: 2507

Re: What is the secret of this poem?

Spoiler:
Periodic Table of the Elements. When you get a text as disjointed as this, the best plan is to look at the first letter.
by bane2571
Wed Sep 28, 2011 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Solve this Mathematical Puzzle
Replies: 36
Views: 4766

Re: Solve this Mathematical Puzzle

Yep, Definitely hand removal worthy in my eyes. The sample equations seem to be cherry picked to conceal the fact that there is an exponential component and the completely unlimited scope of the question made that fact even worse. Hell, I was doing things like counting the number of letters in each ...
by bane2571
Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Solve this Mathematical Puzzle
Replies: 36
Views: 4766

Re: Solve this Mathematical Puzzle

Spoiler:
+ is actually multiplication.

The only line this solution does not hold true for is the first which begins with "If". So the Algebraic term "If" is equvalent to 1/2 and the above is true.

Therefore ? is equal to 30

Problem solved, now please remove one of your hands.
by bane2571
Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speck of Dust
Replies: 92
Views: 12939

Re: Speck of Dust

I get it now, ou're starting with a broad term "star" and comparing it to an extremely specific term "human". In that sense, yes the star is huely less complex, because you dont care about the specific details that make any given star unique, only that it conforms to a few basic ...
by bane2571
Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speck of Dust
Replies: 92
Views: 12939

Re: Speck of Dust

Thank you! Sorry I was being so bad at communicating, but that's really the best way of phrasing it. If you were God and had huge bowls fulls of whatever atoms you'd like and were putting together a star, you wouldn't need to care about "chaotic structure". You'd just need to make vast re...
by bane2571
Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ten repeating numbers in Pi
Replies: 21
Views: 7205

Re: Ten repeating numbers in Pi

Step 1: Scanner
Step 2: photoshop
Step 3: ???? (Don't get caught though)
Step 4: Profit!

I'm curious though about what he precisely meant, are we talking 6666666666? or 1234567890 appearing more than once.
by bane2571
Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speck of Dust
Replies: 92
Views: 12939

Re: Speck of Dust

This argument that a human is more complex than a galaxy amuses me, since at least one known galaxy holds about 7 billion humans and in order to describe a galaxy accurately, you must first describe t's contents. Now if we compare a single human's complexity to that of the sun: Malconstant's argueme...
by bane2571
Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Peaceful, but Mad, Uses of Nuclear Weapons
Replies: 76
Views: 7803

Re: Peaceful, but Mad, Uses of Nuclear Weapons

If it weren't for the obvious deadliness I would support the use of big explosions to hollow out and flood the centre of Australia. If you look at a map, we're mostly desert in the middle, dig a big hole then a canal from down south and suddenly you have excellent beachfront property for the whole n...
by bane2571
Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Punnilingus
Replies: 135
Views: 68161

Re: Punnilingus

Heahengel wrote:I've always thought this one was beautiful, and people don't seem to notice it:

Weapons of mass destruction


This is driving me insane, where is the pun?
by bane2571
Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find
Replies: 225
Views: 85400

Re: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find

prometheus89 wrote:Not needing a word for that would be very ungood, in my opinion.


It's a common device in Sci-fi to say aliens are so truthful tha tthey don't even have word for "Lie". It's always interesting to find comncepts that can't be easily expressed in one's own language.
by bane2571
Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find
Replies: 225
Views: 85400

Re: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find

PM 2Ring wrote:How about elegant?

It's the best one I could think up, though I think common usage has caused elegant to refer more to graceful then anything. The science/maths association is pretty strong and that hadn't occured to me.
by bane2571
Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find
Replies: 225
Views: 85400

Re: Words that you are sure exist, but can't find

cool thread, I've been trying to figure out a word for a while my self now, it means beautiful in its simplicity. Essentially the Antonym of Gaudy.
by bane2571
Mon Jul 12, 2010 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sexy Accents?
Replies: 121
Views: 21512

Re: Sexy Accents?

Sexy accents: Russian and almost anything form the UK, though I'm not partial to Cockney. I love how many people like the Aussie accent, having one myself. I'm also finding the arguements about not having an accent hilarious as accents are entirely relative and I basically define accent as "spe...
by bane2571
Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reconciliation between Religion and Science
Replies: 92
Views: 9853

Re: Reconciliation between Religion and Science

For me the biggest problem with Religion is that it is seen as a set of absolute rules. For many people this means that if one part of the religion is false then it all must be. By extension, if science calls any part of the religion false, then science is against religion. To top it off, most relig...
by bane2571
Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why are there no animals that get energy from sunlight?
Replies: 36
Views: 5138

Re: Why are there no animals that get energy from sunlight?

Yes, I know. I am a biologist. I was just being a bit snide in responding to bane2571 and Winter Man. For which I apologize. But you knew that, right? Nothing to apologise for, I admit I ignored that article completely. Just read it now and it is quite interesting. Though it would seem to me that t...
by bane2571
Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 40994

Re: "Workaround" discussion

I've been trying to stop my mother from scrolling through websites by hovering over the scroll bar and using the scroll wheel. She claims it works in cases when just the wheel by itself doesn't. I don't know whether to believe her or not, but mostly I'm trying not to care. Actually, this is oddly t...
by bane2571
Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why are there no animals that get energy from sunlight?
Replies: 36
Views: 5138

Re: Why are there no animals that get energy from sunlight?

They wouldn't have any use for limbs, a digestive system, eyes, all the other things that make them animals etc. They'd be plants. Damn, you got there first with the answer I had. If animals got energy from sunlight, then they'd be plants. Pretty much all of our bodily structures exist either so th...
by bane2571
Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What would react with octenol?
Replies: 19
Views: 2663

Re: What would react with octenol?

10 times as many would come to the area as a result... so maybe that's not the best idea

Ahh..yeah, good point, octenol water bombing the neighbours' yards? I'm reaching here.
by bane2571
Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What would react with octenol?
Replies: 19
Views: 2663

Re: What would react with octenol?

Perhaps you're going about it the wrong way, maybe rather than removing Octenol from yourself, you should blanket the environment with it. It's be amusing to swap an aerosole repelant can for a can of CO2/octenol mixture. :twisted:

Apparently, some bug killers use octenol attractants.
by bane2571
Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A silly riddle....
Replies: 47
Views: 10834

Re: A silly riddle....

Spoiler:
I"m thinking it something like spirit or sense of self
by bane2571
Mon May 31, 2010 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Truth or Lie?
Replies: 8
Views: 2492

Re: Truth or Lie?

The question is a bit ambigous. Are they all from the same clan? Did you deliberately leave the content of 3's answer out?
by bane2571
Fri May 28, 2010 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: How to confirm if someone is your "future you"?
Replies: 96
Views: 15011

Re: How to confirm if someone is your "future you"?

Everyone keeps secrets deep inside, even if it's something as simple as "who did I have a crush on when I was 8", everyone has at least one thing they have never actually articulated that would be incontrovertible proof that someone knows everything you do.
by bane2571
Fri May 21, 2010 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A number game
Replies: 21
Views: 8456

Re: A number game

I really hate these puzzles; every optimal solution is always beaten by a meta-solution. if you definitively prove that 1 was the optimal play, that is immediately countered by saying since everyone would then play 1, I'll play 2, 2 is now optimal so I'll play 3 and so on. The only hard fact I can c...
by bane2571
Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Kind of "Set" puzzle
Replies: 5
Views: 1495

Re: Kind of "Set" puzzle

The trouble is the possible ways to divide them are near infinite. Easiest way being, sort the numbers numerically W,X,Y,Z Divide teams into numbers that are less than and greater than Averge(X,Y) Now if the rules didn't allow shenanigans like that it could be possible, though I'm not sure of a clea...
by bane2571
Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Cheese eating surrender monkey
Replies: 24
Views: 3932

Re: Cheese eating surrender monkey

Assuming you mean a cube of 27 blocks, and not a cube made up of 3 unit blocks: Quick answer I came up with gives a pattern for a 3X3 square that hits 7 centres and can be repeated indefiteley through the 3rd dimension. Almost definitely not optimal. 2 | 1 | ----------- 3 | 4 | 7 ----------- | 5 | 6...
by bane2571
Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Given that you have a brother...
Replies: 41
Views: 7751

Re: Given that you have a brother...

It's not true that in N people, 50% are male. What is (roughly) true is that each baby, at conception, has a roughly 50% chance of being a male baby. If we are interested in knowing Alex's sex, knowing the sex of people other Alex doesn't give us any new information about the Alex's sex. The idea t...
by bane2571
Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Given that you have a brother...
Replies: 41
Views: 7751

Re: Given that you have a brother...

In any N people, 50% are male If 1 male is my brother (IE not me) then I have a slightly decreased chance of being male. We are talking about a pre-existing population so information about people that aren't are male helps determines my probability of being male Where is the fallacy in ...
by bane2571
Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: What Do These Numbers Have in Common?
Replies: 23
Views: 16864

Re: What Do These Numbers Have in Common?

Spoiler:
Starting at 0, +7 -2 -2 +7 -2 -2


That is hopefully what you are looking for, but you need more numbers for it to be conclusive.
by bane2571
Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Bobs
Replies: 37
Views: 5020

Re: The Bobs

There is no logical way anybody could have possiby, ever come up with that answer. This is not a logic puzzle, it is "lateral thinking" diguised as a logic puzzle to make it pointlessly difficult.
by bane2571
Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: dependant binomial probability
Replies: 3
Views: 806

Re: dependant binomial probability

That's great, thanks, only thing I wasn't clear on was that it is at least 2 success rather than exactly. I tried doing that sum/product method and messed it up badly. The notation you've used is perfect though, much simpler than the way I was ttrying to write it down should have realised it was tha...
by bane2571
Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: dependant binomial probability
Replies: 3
Views: 806

dependant binomial probability

This puzzle is doing my head in, I'm trying to work out the probability of X happening twice in y tries if the probability of it happening the second time is increased if it happens the first time. The probability the first time is one of 3 values (6/20, 8/20 or 11/20) if it succeeds, the value incr...
by bane2571
Mon Oct 19, 2009 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 54427

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

egg, you broke my lurking spree by making a terribly good point. If my iPod is capable of interfering with the plane when I leave it on, what can a terrorist's WIFI enabled custom software PDA do? Also, "are you carrying anything dangerous", "Weelllll, I'm told my iPod is dangerous if...
by bane2571
Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Criminals, splitting money.
Replies: 29
Views: 4345

Re: Criminals, splitting money.

The boss will always vote no under these rules. If he always votes no and the cronies don't achieve majority he gets everything. Not necessarily. Your details of rounds 5, 4 and 3 are accurate... so consider round 2. It's common knowledge that if the offer is rejected, it'll go on to ro...
by bane2571
Fri Sep 11, 2009 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Criminals, splitting money.
Replies: 29
Views: 4345

Re: Criminals, splitting money.

A few musings: The boss will always vote no under these rules. If he always votes no and the cronies don't achieve majority he gets everything. First round 1 needs to get 3 votes to LIVE, let alone get any money Second round 2 needs to get 3 votes to live third round 3 needs to get 2 votes to li...
by bane2571
Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A sequence
Replies: 4
Views: 1435

Re: A sequence

Spoiler:
Hexadecimal:
1040850
1033665
759375
711914
107249
749474

Hmm, that is somewhat useless though it seemed obvious.
by bane2571
Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Drunken sailor
Replies: 10
Views: 3197

Re: Drunken sailor

With no Real Justification:
Spoiler:
I would say he is Gaurunteed to get home, albeit after an extremely long time. Given that there is always a small chance he will hit enough forward steps to get home on any given run of forward steps.

That answer seems intuitive, but I may be missing somehting.

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