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by Mindor
Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 136645

Re: 1193: Externalities

pitareio wrote:
pitareio wrote:correcthorsebatterystaple1097262 be 431 bits off.


ic never expected it to work so well : there be now over 1000 unis with an score of 431 in goodest.csv :shock:

(sorry folks, this be not getting eow ænig nearer to entering the comic)

correcthorsebatterystaplecorrecthorsebatterystable is 461
by Mindor
Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 136645

Re: 1193: Externalities

The page states the correct target hash: Currently looking for Skein 1024 1024 input matching 5b4da95f5fa08280fc9879df44f418c8f9f12ba424b7757de02bbdfbae0d4c4fdf9317c80cc5fe04c6429073466cf29706b8c25999ddd2f6540d4475cc977b87f4757be023f19b8f4035d7722886b78869826de916a79cf9c94cc79cd4347d24b567aa3e2390a...
by Mindor
Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 136645

Re: 1193: Externalities

No need to DOS xkcd - hashing on eower own mechanical difference engine be an lot faster. However, to crack the current highscore eow'd have to beat about 1:10^12 odds already, so gooder put an cluster on it. I'm going to display my ignorance here, but unless you know what the correct hash is, you ...
by Mindor
Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106038
Views: 36558836

Re: 1190: "Time"

Whizbang wrote:
Wait for it.


Image


Randall Flag and now the clown ?
by Mindor
Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106038
Views: 36558836

Re: 1190: "Time"

For the record, it is now 5:00 pm on the east coast. I just called my wife to say I was going to have to work late at the office. I'm thinking I did that mostly just so I can wait for newpix without her distraction. I may be here for 6-8 more newpix. Randall, no amount of money you will ever make c...
by Mindor
Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106038
Views: 36558836

Re: 1190: "Time"

Why do you assume something entered her mouth? Perhaps something just made her suddenly aware of her teeth. This is the best thing I've heard today! An internet for you, my good person! Wait for it. fighting laughing out loud so hard right now I'm nearly crying. so we have a sea/lake made of [water...
by Mindor
Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106038
Views: 36558836

Re: 1190: "Time"

Castle fell down on the left side while they were swimming. Two theories confirmed: The castle has started to deteriorate. Megan is a better sandcastle builder. Cueball also exited stage left for a while, He could have been responsible for any amount of the castle that was built off screen. It was ...
by Mindor
Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106038
Views: 36558836

Re: 1190: "Time"

TheLochNessCheeseBurger wrote:I think there should be an international newpix time (sort of like unix time)
So the current one would be 170 1/2 newpix. (aubronwood's tool is my clock right now, but we could make an official one)


Se the beginning of the newpix epoch was midnight (eastern standard time) Monday morning?
by Mindor
Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106038
Views: 36558836

Re: 1190: "Time"

Srt252 wrote:It's kind of crazy how involved we are in the frame by frame analysis of a little 0.000556 fps sandcastle construction comic series... and yet somehow I just can't stop.


can this be added to the thread summary?
by Mindor
Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106038
Views: 36558836

Re: 1190: "Time"

moody7277 wrote:Well, them wanting to go for a swim kind of puts paid to the ice/snow supporters.


Never heard of a polar plunge?
by Mindor
Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106038
Views: 36558836

Re: 1190: "Time"

It is zooming, from a point slightly right of the castle. The comparison clearly shows that the difference is decreasing on the right of the castle, so it might also be compressing due to drying sand or something, but I would also say zooming. last4_ol.png I did the same thing, only slower... 2 pix...
by Mindor
Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106038
Views: 36558836

Re: 1190: "Time"

The pixels in the middle are not shifting as far as the pixels on the left and I see no shift in the pixels in the water. The water level is a higher pixel levels than the first frame, but that happened early on, people have mentioned it many times and it never exceeded this level. Are we zooming o...
by Mindor
Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106038
Views: 36558836

Re: 1190: "Time"

I can't say that I've built a block of sand almost as tall as me, but it just doesn't seem plausible to me that the sand would be that sturdy. Assuming there's a pit behind what's shown, I do know how hard it is to dig a hole in sand. water somehow always seems to be able to find a path into the pi...
by Mindor
Mon Sep 20, 2010 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0795: "Conditional Risk"
Replies: 89
Views: 20679

Re: "Conditional Risk" Discussion (#795)

Let's assume I was American and had already known that statistic before reading that comic. Would that mean that since I now know it twice , I have a 1 in 36 chance of surviving the next year? I think you are still at the 1/6. As you can't really know something twice. You could reaffirm, or strengt...
by Mindor
Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: term for 3d 'point of inflection'?
Replies: 5
Views: 1356

term for 3d 'point of inflection'?

It has been quite a while since I've had Calc 2 and 3 where we analyzed functions of multiple variables, and my meager searches have not come up with anything useful (perhaps for lack of the correct term(s)) In 2 dimensions, (i.e. y = function of x) when a curve changes from concave up to concave do...
by Mindor
Mon Oct 26, 2009 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd Geocities Site Redesign
Replies: 150
Views: 72371

Re: Geocities redesign discussion

The whole thing was great but when I got to ...best viewed in...

I laughed so hard I cried.
Good job Randall, I really needed a good laugh tonight. Thanks!
by Mindor
Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 47757

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

It seems to me I could take a large laptop (17 inch), and reconfigure it to be genuinely lethal weapon carrier. Take an extended battery and remove all but 1 cell, and fill the space with explosives. Remove the hard drive and replace with a SD/CF card with a bootable flavour of linux, and replace t...
by Mindor
Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utility of Religion
Replies: 301
Views: 32291

Re: Utility of Religion

...snip... I just don't buy into the fundamental importance of the consistency test. Suppose we consider a system where the rules governing my actions today are different than tomorrow. And the set of rules governing my actions are different than those governing your actions. This framework allows ...
by Mindor
Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utility of Religion
Replies: 301
Views: 32291

Re: Utility of Religion

@Le1bn1z: The quotes, hidden cause its so long: I never said the literal law must be consistent. I said the moral system must be consistent that is all. If you for example you would say "everyone must be sympathetic at all times", you have made a morally consistent system. Kant, is not the...
by Mindor
Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utility of Religion
Replies: 301
Views: 32291

Re: Utility of Religion

We might be coming upon a wall of different perspectives, but let's see how it goes. ... There is no such thing as some other sort of "correct". If something is not logically consistent it is not logically correct. And logical correctness is the only type of correctness there is. Well, Mi...
by Mindor
Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utility of Religion
Replies: 301
Views: 32291

Re: Utility of Religion

This is correct. But the thing is if something by deductive logic is proved wrong, then it is certainly wrong. So even if induction supports a moral act, but deductive logic proves it wrong, that act is wrong. Deductive logic is certain, as you stated above. But deductive logic can only show that s...
by Mindor
Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utility of Religion
Replies: 301
Views: 32291

Re: Utility of Religion

@ Mindor and General_Norris : (and anyone else that's interested) We have a very different perspective on morality. Perhaps we can start there, because this is central to the debate. Morality is defined You have to start with some basis for morality that we just accept as true. We can't run experim...
by Mindor
Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utility of Religion
Replies: 301
Views: 32291

Re: Utility of Religion

Just because a morality is useless doesn't mean its not correct. As a matter a fact I would argue any morality that isn't logical consistent is automatically incorrect as it would be impossible to follow. But this only makes sense if we assume morality must be deductive rather than inductive, somet...
by Mindor
Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utility of Religion
Replies: 301
Views: 32291

Re: Utility of Religion

...stuff... @Mindor: I'm very impressed you read the whole thing. I don't think I could do that. :) Thanks, but I wouldn't feel justified in commenting if I hadn't. Let me ask you a few questions. 1. Do you have a complete and robust understanding of morality? 2. If so, can you share it? 3. And how...
by Mindor
Wed Sep 02, 2009 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utility of Religion
Replies: 301
Views: 32291

Re: Utility of Religion

Regarding the Golden Rule: You've said that it is not enough. I challenge you to present to me one moral tenant that cannot be expressed using the Golden Rule (do unto others as you would have them do unto you). Kant's example. A prisoner duly convicted of a crime could appeal to the golden rule wh...
by Mindor
Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utility of Religion
Replies: 301
Views: 32291

Re: Utility of Religion

First off, I've enjoyed reading the thread, and I'm excited to finally get to the end so I can post without worry that my replies are no longer relevant. It's taken me nearly two weeks to get to this point. You get the 'Best Newbie (Nearly) Ever" Award. -Az @Guenther: Throughout the thread you ...
by Mindor
Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0625: "Collections"
Replies: 137
Views: 29902

Re: "Collections" Discussion

Another example of xkcd coincidentally reflecting the lives of its readers. I read Night Watch today (slow day at work) and just finished reading it a few minutes before sitting down at the computer to take a look at xkcd. I've just only been introduced to Terry Pratchett a couple weeks ago when my ...
by Mindor
Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Can a machine be conscious?
Replies: 162
Views: 27789

Re: Can a machine be conscious?

"I believe I am conscious" can be proven internally with the argument "cogito ergo sum". How do you arrive at the conclusion that you believe you are concious from cogito ergo sum? I think all that it says is that thinking implies existence (perhaps there is more to it, I only r...
by Mindor
Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Algebra 2?
Replies: 21
Views: 2593

Re: Algebra 2?

I'd like to strongly second achan1058's comment about memorisation. If you have to memorise something, you don't understand why it is that way. That's one thing I always hated about busywork homework. If I understand the concept, I don't need to practice it! I've done poorly in many a math class fo...

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