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Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2904
Views: 666584

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

I'm gonna try for an infinite past universe. For analogy, think of negative tempurature. It is hotter than *all positive tempurature*. So there is an infinite amount of tempurature that is "colder" than it. We place an order on events. There are events before, and events after. If we can m...
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Good forum for Dice/Boardgame/RPG mathematics?
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Good forum for Dice/Boardgame/RPG mathematics?

I'm looking for a place I can chat about probability & dice & board game mathematics with other people who are at least nominally interested and useful. Googling for such a forum I keep on running into "board games that involve math to play". I'm looking for a place where I could a...
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9907
Views: 1853091

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

The best part is that zeroing all members of all variables implicitly would not be a breaking change. Because the value of the uninitialized data is unspecified, and 0 is an option. It would have performance impact on some code bases. You'd have to add a way to create uninitialized data for those th...
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite Mathematical Equation
Replies: 87
Views: 11468

Re: Favorite Mathematical Equation

I think at this point mine is just iⁱ≈⅕ It's so surprising! Raise i to anything real, get a complex number with magnitude 1. Raise anything real to i, get a complex number with magnitude 1. Raise i to itself, you just get about a fifth. I take your 1/5 and raise you iⁱ≈1/sqrt(20+pi), to a frankly r...
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite Mathematical Equation
Replies: 87
Views: 11468

Re: Favorite Mathematical Equation

$\int_{0}^{t}ln^e(x)dx$
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Que She-Ra, She-Ra
Replies: 10
Views: 893

Re: Que She-Ra, She-Ra

Re: Entrapta I understand Entrapta was a villain in the original show, but her switch to the horde seems very random and unjustified. Like there's one scene when Catra tells her her friends abandoned her and then she's fine with destroying the world? I was waiting for her to stop the attack ...
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Marvellous Noble Warrior Hero
Replies: 0
Views: 815

Marvellous Noble Warrior Hero

Someone took the official trailer #2 ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkSuLa3o_5A ) and reshot it based on "I'm a Survivor" by destiny's child: https://twitter.com/harleivy/status/1069808297581207554 It is ridiculously ... Marvellous. Someone seemed to have seen Wonder Woman and said &quo...
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8212
Views: 650262

Re: Trump presidency

Yes, seriously, firing live munitions into Mexican territory should technically constitute an act of aggression against Mexico. So, rules about "acts of war" don't matter when you have the larger military and the other side has no allies of substance. You can see this in US-Mexico relatio...
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9907
Views: 1853091

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

So, in C++ land you can safely version your libraries like this: namespace my_library_ns { inline namespace version2_0_1 { // API goes here } } now clients can just use `my_library_ns::foo()` and not even know about the `inline` namespace. But they link against `my_library_ns::version2_0_1::foo` mag...
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9907
Views: 1853091

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

So there are two projects I want to work on in my copious free time. 1: "Virtual considered harmful": Play with C++23 reflection and metaclasses/type functions. Write a system that replaces the standard C++ object model with one that permits plain old data polymorphic types, and with vtabl...
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28552
Views: 3204658

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Or, an other analogy: it is like boy/girl scouts, but with cows instead of orienteering.
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8652
Views: 1665279

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Monika wrote:What changed?

Based off using a diff tool, the image is downsampled by a factor of 2.

That makes it 1/4 as funny, as everyone knows humour is a per-pixel attribute of comics.
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8212
Views: 650262

Re: Trump presidency

Look at how long we've stuck with the interpretation that the 2nd amendment guarantees the right for ordinary citizens to keep and bear arms; What, since 2008 ? As opposed to the previous 70 years, where it was a collective right : In 1939 the U.S. Supreme Court considered the matter in United Stat...
Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4201
Views: 597885

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Trump has literally praised people for physically attacking reporters. "any guy who can do a body slam ... he's my guy" Trump has said that CNN is the "Enemy of the People": "Look at [...] CNN [...]! Enemy of the People!" Trump has repeated conspiracy theories about Geo...
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding for Kids
Replies: 8
Views: 2447

Re: Coding for Kids

There are also a few board games that are pre-coding, like Robot Turtles. We don't know if they work.
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28552
Views: 3204658

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

yeah, the houses all sell, because location is desirable, and no one moves in without money. It's not a logical fallacy, it's you making assumptions. It is most definitely a logical fallacy. If the house actually sells for 550k, then that's a great flip. But then you wouldn't say "try to sell&...
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1854
Views: 332262

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Scientists discover enzyme in the human gut that digests the antigen responsible for the "A" type in blood, allowing it to be rapidly converted into type O with apparently no adverse effects. Could potentially revolutionize the blood donation/transfusion system. So some humanoid ancestor ...
Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28552
Views: 3204658

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Pfhorrest wrote:
SecondTalon wrote:It’s Darmok and Jelad:The Novel

I love that this is in itself an example of the thing it's describing.

Darmok and Jelad write a book.
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90078
Views: 8291441

Re: Thoughts for ships

Well, except for the eggs.
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Formally, What is P and NP?
Replies: 19
Views: 7133

Re: Formally, What is P and NP?

I dislike the machine definition of NP. I prefer the proof one. A problem is in NP if, for every instance of the problem whose answer is "yes", you can write a proof with length polynomial in the size of the problem that proves the answer is "yes". This proof can be reliably chec...
Tue May 15, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 144
Views: 16988

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

I forgot something
Spoiler:
Adam Warlock, who we saw teased in GotG2, is tied in with the soul stones in much fiction.

Then again, maybe he's a bit too much like Vision (artificial being).
Mon May 14, 2018 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 144
Views: 16988

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

I'm positing something different about that exchange. Maybe Thanos knows who will kill him. And his name is Tony Stark. And he knows that killing Tony Stark prior to Thanos being killed by him isn't practical/possible; maybe the fact Tony Stark will kill him is the price he's paying for...
Mon May 07, 2018 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 144
Views: 16988

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

No one is mentioning the most interesting statement/orphan in the movie?
Spoiler:
Why does Thanos know Stark, and why is that the curse of knowledge?
Thu May 03, 2018 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Self-Contained Pure Fiction about the Fine Structure Constant
Replies: 12
Views: 4477

Re: Self-Contained Pure Fiction about the Fine Structure Constant

Suppose there are 20 constants that are as neat as pi, 1, 2, and 3. You know. Phi! e! 7! i! Suppose there are 20 operations that are as neat as power, negate, root, multiply, subtract. Here you have 6 constants and 7 operations, so 13 choices. log_10(20) is 1.3, 13*1.3=~ 17 So by picking 6 constants...
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What to learn to be able to make some money?
Replies: 23
Views: 8649

Re: What to learn to be able to make some money?

For the most part, individuals don't write programs that others pay for. There are exceptions. But the problem is that code scales . If I write a program that solves problem X, it can solve that problem for a million people. And if each of them pay me 10 cents, that is 100,000\$. Now, suppose I get t...
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4201
Views: 597885

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Yes, that is the opinion that the NRA spread around starting in the 1970s and convinced the supreme court and Republican party of. It doesn't have much to do with the original intent and meaning of the consitution. Here is a reasonably through reading of the original intent/meaning: https://www.thom...
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1854
Views: 332262

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Dauric wrote:
jewish_scientist wrote:...and by the 8th square the chess board is an obese diabetic.

And you still have 56 squares to go.

By the 64th square, your density is about 10 million times higher than a neutron star.

It should explode; failing that, it should collapse into a 10^-6 inch scale black hole. Maybe both.
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9907
Views: 1853091

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Lines of code have negative value. Every line of code added to our code base is a liability that will cost us money every year until the code base goes under.

Negative lines of code, now that is quality stuff.
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1854
Views: 332262

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Don't you have suicide prevention barriers on bridges where you live?
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1854
Views: 332262

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Here, The Invention of Jaywalking . The rich and poor are equally banned from sleeping under bridges: second class citizens are rarely second class by accident. --- When driving next to a sidewalk, I keep my eye on those people on the sidewalk and watch if there is any sign they'll leave the sidewal...
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1854
Views: 332262

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

If you are in a bank, you should expect bank robbers to show up with guns. Recklessly being there without bullet proof armor, are you? If you are at a club, there could be rapists there. Recklessly being there without a nun's habit? If you are on a road, you should expect cars to run you over. To be...
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1854
Views: 332262

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Have you ever heard the phrase 'blaming the victim'. In traffic collisions it is often the case that both parties have some culpability. Your comparison doesn't apply here. Wearing dark clothing on a road at night =/= wearing a miniskirt to a party Completely correct. A traffic "accident"...
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 35108

Re: Black Panther

Where exactly in Thor Ragnarok did they tackle imperialism? Thor Ragnarok is has three storylines. Story line 1 is a Thor-Hulk buddy film. Story line 2 is Thor being repeatedly symbolically emasculated in order to gain wisdom. Hammer, eye, battle, running, etc. At the end, he is wise enough to rule...
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Gunnerkrigg Court
Replies: 158
Views: 54880

Re: Gunnerkrigg Court

I guess as a demigod, you don't get to floss often. You take the chances you gets.

---

Ah, the rage memories are breaking free?
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Gunnerkrigg Court
Replies: 158
Views: 54880

Re: Gunnerkrigg Court

There are two important parts of the trickster god trope. The first is that they are always 3 steps ahead, even when they look behind. The second is that one day, they go too far and pay the price. --- On an aside, has anyone read about these old myths: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ysengrimus Here ...
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 61757

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Were it the other way around, why have courts in the first place? Courts exist as a double-check on the government monopoly on the use of force. The government is restricted (at least in theory) from using force beyond a certain level without the courts double-checking that the use of force is reas...
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9907
Views: 1853091

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Expression templates are dumb and should feel bad.

I want operator expression( AST ) that I can overload and rewrite what happens.
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1854
Views: 332262

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

No, I'm not assuming labour has an economic purpose. I'm presuming a misalignment of power by convention and actual power leads to unstable situations and revolution. If human labour has no purpose because AI and automation can do almost anything, then power/resources given to non-AI and automation ...
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1854
Views: 332262

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

[quote="elasto"]If a Citizen's Wage proves to be a non-starter economically, governments must at least fund life-long education and training programs to give people a smidgen of hope of keeping up with the rapidly evolving job market.[/quoe]The problem I have with the Citizen's Wage isn't ...
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4201
Views: 597885

Re: The Darker Side of the News

What are the odds of >= 10 girls given 13 kids?

I'll assume 50-50.

(13c10 + 13c11 + 13c12 + 13c13)/2^13
(286 + 78 + 13 + 1)/2^13
378/2^13
4.6%

So: suspicious but not certain evidence.