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by The Mad Scientist
Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: NUMB3RS Parody
Replies: 25
Views: 5490

Re: NUMB3RS Parody

So, is it in vogue to dis this show or something? Because it portrays applied mathematics much, much, much better than any other prime-time show that I've ever seen. Yeah, sometimes it's a stretch, and math is always portrayed as more powerful than it really is. But none of the math is fake and all ...
by The Mad Scientist
Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 71995

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

This made me laugh:

Wikipedia wrote:Paul Erdős said about the Collatz conjecture: "Mathematics is not yet ready for such confusing, troubling, and hard problems." He offered $500 for its solution.


(Emphasis added)
by The Mad Scientist
Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is this a valid method of argument?
Replies: 3
Views: 961

Re: Is this a valid method of argument?

[quote=jaap]When you extend DF to become DG, then the side EG also becomes longer than EF. You therefore no longer have a triangle with the same two side lengths as AB and BC. It therefore says nothing about the statement you are trying to prove.[/quote]

Whoops! -_-
by The Mad Scientist
Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is this a valid method of argument?
Replies: 3
Views: 961

Is this a valid method of argument?

I am currently working my way through the annotated version of The Elements found here: http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/java/elements/toc.html My study method is to spend ten minutes attempting to prove each proposition (or to construct each construction) before looking at the proof given in the bo...
by The Mad Scientist
Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does humanity need men?
Replies: 87
Views: 7621

Re: Does humanity need men?

First of all, most societies only pay lip service to monogamy. Second, I think that with 3 billion women and no competition, any man who wasn't disfigured would be able to sleep with thousands of women if he chose to. There's your evolutionary advantage: one would-be female is born a male by chance,...
by The Mad Scientist
Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does humanity need men?
Replies: 87
Views: 7621

Re: Does humanity need men?

Once again, the question was whether or not there would be any reproductive advantage to being male in an all-female society, and the answer is yes, because whereas the rest of the society would only be reproducing intentionally, a male could reproduce both intentionally and unintentionally. I'm not...
by The Mad Scientist
Fri Jul 17, 2009 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does humanity need men?
Replies: 87
Views: 7621

Re: Does humanity need men?

I'm not sure that I understand what you're trying to say. The question was, "Would there be any evolutionary advantage to being a male?" and the answer is "Yes", for the reason that I stated.
by The Mad Scientist
Fri Jul 17, 2009 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does humanity need men?
Replies: 87
Views: 7621

Re: Does humanity need men?

Someone asked why males would have a reproductive advantage in an all-female society, and the answer is that males can be quite adept at accidentally getting a lot of females pregnant, because sex is fun. If the females of this society reproduced via technology, there would be very few accidental pr...
by The Mad Scientist
Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Level of Math/CS for Art of Computer Programming?
Replies: 7
Views: 2910

Re: Level of Math/CS for Art of Computer Programming?

negatron wrote:Everyone thinks they will read and understand it all and then they'll be awesome...


Guilty. Although I tried to read it without even much programming experience. I've since learned C and Haskell and used them for significant projects. I wonder how I'd do now.
by The Mad Scientist
Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Resources for learning the Math and Science behind computing
Replies: 45
Views: 99696

Re: Resources for learning the Math and Science behind computing

Well, let me sort of tone that down. The book does some really nice work on breaking concepts down schematically (e.g., the "proof recipes") and is very clear and concise. It's just dense, and the authors don't really seem to care if the reader understands the example programs or not. I'd ...
by The Mad Scientist
Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Resources for learning the Math and Science behind computing
Replies: 45
Views: 99696

Re: Resources for learning the Math and Science behind computing

I'm currently reading The Haskell Road to Logic, Math and Programming and my opinion is that it's difficult and not particularly well written. Now, I may just be a dullard, but I feel that if I hadn't read a few tutorials on Haskell, some webpages about logic, and a small book about proving theorems...
by The Mad Scientist
Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Replies: 20
Views: 2239

Re: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

6453893 wrote:I can only imagine the "secret point" is that you were actually referring to West's Re-interpretation of iconic Akira imagery in the video, which is still pretty inane.


Um, no.
by The Mad Scientist
Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Replies: 20
Views: 2239

Re: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Haha, nothing's new under the sun.

I actually think the best part of the DP song is the Birdsong sample. The vocals are nice and all but without the bouncy, catchy sample the song is nothing.

If you think that what Kanye did takes less skill listen to the last minute or so of Stronger again.
by The Mad Scientist
Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Replies: 20
Views: 2239

Re: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

I know that it's credited. But they didn't say anything about it or publicize it. It was a tiny little liner note. But yes, they did give credit.

It's still ironic how DP fans hate on Kanye though.
by The Mad Scientist
Sun Apr 05, 2009 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Replies: 20
Views: 2239

Re: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

(laughs)




























oh snap
by The Mad Scientist
Sun Apr 05, 2009 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Replies: 20
Views: 2239

Re: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

(laugh)
by The Mad Scientist
Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Replies: 20
Views: 2239

Re: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Wait, what? I did a search for "daft punk kanye" on Youtube and didn't find any new Daft Punk song that's based on Kanye's version (or whatever) of Stronger.
by The Mad Scientist
Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Replies: 20
Views: 2239

Re: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Yeah, my point was basically that DP's sample was, if anything, more blatant than Kanye's, and while Kanye acknowledged the fact that it was a sample and even featured guys in the DP suits in his video, DP never made a peep about where they got their sample from. I don't think that either was "...
by The Mad Scientist
Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Replies: 20
Views: 2239

Re: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

I actually like both, but I think it's hilarious when people freak out and accuse Kanye of "ripping off" Daft Punk. It's like...hello? Anybody home? Jesus.
by The Mad Scientist
Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Replies: 20
Views: 2239

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jzSh_MLNcY So, what do you guys think? Great re-interpretation or rip-off? If you know the secret point of this thread please don't spoil it! This could be quite humorous. Although, this being xkcd, this could just be common knowledge, in which case I'm just p...
by The Mad Scientist
Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Best (multi-player) games of all time
Replies: 25
Views: 3323

Re: Best (multi-player) games of all time

Ditto on the N64. I recall several sleep-overs when I was in the 4th grade (for non-US people, I was 8 and my friends were 9) spent playing Goldeneye and the Donkey Kong go-cart game (whatever it was called). In fact, on the night Princess Di died my mom called us to let us know and we all basically...
by The Mad Scientist
Fri Mar 20, 2009 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Best (multi-player) games of all time
Replies: 25
Views: 3323

Re: Best (multi-player) games of all time

Oh, I've never played Mario Kart Wii or Double Dash or whatever. I just listed Super Mario Kart and I really meant the whole series, since they're all just variations on the same basic game with increasingly better graphics. I'm surprised that I'm the only one who plays (or considers great, I guess)...
by The Mad Scientist
Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Best (multi-player) games of all time
Replies: 25
Views: 3323

Best (multi-player) games of all time

ITT we list what we consider to be the best multi-player games of all time, and give our reasons. You can list video games, board games, card games, table-top RPGs, even things like hide-and-seek. But be sure to state why you think that your games are the best ever and be willing to defend your posi...
by The Mad Scientist
Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 962
Views: 258319

Re: Board games anyone?

I like chess...
by The Mad Scientist
Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Ranking: Best Songs Ever
Replies: 298
Views: 30749

Re: Ranking: Best Songs Ever

What's the point of allowing people to [+] or [-] a song multiple times? This just skews the results. The "best" song will end up being the song that some guy with no life really likes, and vice versa. Let me put it this way. while (true) { if (Immortal_Z.posts("[-] Kim - Eminem"...
by The Mad Scientist
Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9563
Views: 1193878

Re: What are you listening to?

Nas - Money is My Bitch
by The Mad Scientist
Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9563
Views: 1193878

Re: What are you listening to?

Nas - Blunt Ashes
by The Mad Scientist
Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Ranking: Best Songs Ever
Replies: 298
Views: 30749

Re: Ranking: Best Songs Ever

People shouldn't be able to [+] or [-] a song multiple times. Otherwise, this could degenerate into a back-and-forth war over controversial songs. If you [+] or [-] a song, your vote is recorded, and you've had your say.

[-] Sympahty for the Devil - Guns 'N Roses

Add C.R.E.A.M. - Wu-Tang Clan
by The Mad Scientist
Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9563
Views: 1193878

Re: What are you listening to?

King Crimson - Discipline
by The Mad Scientist
Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Ranking: Best Songs Ever
Replies: 298
Views: 30749

Re: Ranking: Best Songs Ever

Add Three of a Perfect Pair - King Crimson

[+] Three of a Perfect Pair - King Crimson
by The Mad Scientist
Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9563
Views: 1193878

Re: What are you listening to?

Outkast - Babylon
by The Mad Scientist
Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Songs With Gunshots
Replies: 42
Views: 43727

Re: Songs With Gunshots

Haha Felstaff, I had almost forgotten about that song. It sounds serious but it's actually pretty funny. "Nigga, what about your wife? Nigga, fuck my wife I'm trying' to save my motherfuckin' life" "Wait a minute, I think I just saw Bizarre Nah, I guess not What the fuck? Oh my God, i...
by The Mad Scientist
Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Ranking: Best Songs Ever
Replies: 298
Views: 30749

Re: Ranking: Best Songs Ever

Add Kim - Eminem
[+] Kim - Eminem

(Disturbing, but genius is you actually pay attention.)
by The Mad Scientist
Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Perfect Moments In Music
Replies: 396
Views: 204131

Re: Perfect Moments In Music

The intro to Bombs over Baghdad by Outkast.
by The Mad Scientist
Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9563
Views: 1193878

Re: What are you listening to?

Eminem - Superman

"Am I too nice?
Buy you ice...?
Bitch, if you died, wouldn't buy you life"

Ouch...
by The Mad Scientist
Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What constitutes sexual consent?
Replies: 177
Views: 15145

Re: What constitutes sexual consent?

Okay, let's see if this perfectly reasonable statement gets deleted: Sex is rape if one party doesn't consent, if one party can't consent, or if one party has power over the other and abuses this power to coerce the other into having sex. If one asserts that there exists a power imbalance between an...
by The Mad Scientist
Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What constitutes sexual consent?
Replies: 177
Views: 15145

Re: What constitutes sexual consent?

I suppose it's like the difference between fraud and armed robbery. But with personal matters, someone can always plausibly deny that they were actually lying. Perhaps they really felt the way that they conveyed at the time, but later changed their mind. You can't plausibly deny that you beat and ra...
by The Mad Scientist
Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What constitutes sexual consent?
Replies: 177
Views: 15145

Re: What constitutes sexual consent?

That doesn't even make sense. You're saying that if someone says, "I won't rape you" to someone and then rapes them, then it's rape because they lied? So, if they'd said, "I'm going to rape you" and then raped them, it would have been fine?
by The Mad Scientist
Thu Feb 05, 2009 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Number Game!
Replies: 64
Views: 4593

Re: Number Game!

I can agree to the no-other-digits rule, once you've put it that way.

So we're at 117. I spent about ten minutes thinking about this earlier and I'm drawing a blank.
by The Mad Scientist
Thu Feb 05, 2009 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What constitutes sexual consent?
Replies: 177
Views: 15145

Re: What constitutes sexual consent?

Everyone doing something might not make it right, but it's a good reason not to make it illegal. (How many people can we fit in our prisons?) ...even if we accept that more than a few people have lied significantly to their significant others, how many of those lies do you think affected their signi...

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