## Search found 551 matches

Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Find a power outlet in a dark room
Replies: 22
Views: 8379

### Re: Find a power outlet in a dark room

Hmm, to be sure of searching everywhere, what you can do is drag the table to one corner of the room, search under above and around the table. Mark where the table extends to with a chair, move the table so the edge lines up with the chair, search, and continue like so. That way you are guaranteed ...
Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Find a power outlet in a dark room
Replies: 22
Views: 8379

### Re: Find a power outlet in a dark room

But that seems too obvious... it seems like there's supposed to be a trick lateral-thinking thing... This isn't a trick question; it's entirely a question about search methodology. However, there's a subtlety that means the intuitive answer isn't a great answer: Given the darkness, the obstacles, a...
Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Find a power outlet in a dark room
Replies: 22
Views: 8379

### Find a power outlet in a dark room

You are in a completely dark room, about the size of a medium-large living room, with basic furnishings and a locked door. The room doesn't have windows or any means of illumination, outside of a functional desk lamp that you're holding. You could open the door if you had illumination, but you canno...
Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:38 am UTC
Topic: 1138: "Heatmap"
Replies: 59
Views: 21442

### Re: 1138: "Heatmap"

So what's the actual heatmap for consumers of furry pornography?
Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:18 am UTC
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 310578

### Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

It's a different comic from browser to browser and from OS to OS. The middle section changes as you adjust your window size.
Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:15 am UTC
Topic: 1032: "Networking"
Replies: 123
Views: 39096

### Re: 1032: "Networking"

This comic is significantly funnier if you read it as both characters acting completely serious.
Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Looking for a monitor with component input, or TV to use...
Replies: 7
Views: 4151

### Re: Looking for a monitor with component input, or TV to use

I'm using a PS2 and an N64. Are there HDMI adaptors for these? Seems unlikely.
Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Looking for a monitor with component input, or TV to use...
Replies: 7
Views: 4151

### Looking for a monitor with component input, or TV to use...

Hey, I'm looking for a screen that'll both play my video game consoles and double as a computer monitor. However, I have no idea where to look. Most monitors don't have the appropriate inputs, and converter boxes have ridiculous prices attached. However, it seems like most 22-inch TVs don't get good...
Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What would it take to program a "rap song generator"?
Replies: 17
Views: 4122

### What would it take to program a "rap song generator"?

I'm thinking of a program that does the following: - User specifies various stylistic circumstances and constraints. - Program generates a rap beat. - Program uses Markov chains to write a rap song to fit the beat. - Speech synthesis is used to perform the song; the program automatically incorporate...
Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:10 am UTC
Topic: 0950: "Mystery Solved"
Replies: 80
Views: 23468

### Re: 0950: "Mystery Solved"

The circumference of Earth is around 24500 miles. It's been 74 years since Amelia Earhart vanished, so that's approximately 331 miles per year, or 0.906 miles per day - a stunning 0.0377 miles per hour. Now, I don't have the physics background to say for certain whether that's enough to generate lif...
Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Looking for hard and rare logic puzzles
Replies: 60
Views: 20513

### Re: Looking for hard and rare logic puzzles

Here is the link to the french version, with a detailed solution : http://shkdee.info/fichiers/EnigmeCombinatoire.pdf. However I doubt a google translation would have a good result... Edit : here is my translation. I am not a native english speaker so please excuse my mistakes... You are part of a ...
Tue May 24, 2011 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Humans and zombies - a knights-and-knaves style puzzle.
Replies: 3
Views: 2061

### Humans and zombies - a knights-and-knaves style puzzle.

There are two types of creatures: Humans, and zombies. The two are visually indistinguishable. Both types are perfect logicians. Both humans and zombies can choose to either tell the truth or lie at any point. The only distinction between the two is that humans always answer true-or-false questions ...
Fri May 13, 2011 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two clocks, one fast, one slow.
Replies: 4
Views: 2817

### Two clocks, one fast, one slow.

You have two clocks which you set to the same correct hour and start running at the same time. One clock gains a minute every hour; the other loses a minute every hour. Which clock will be correct more often?
Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:34 pm UTC
Replies: 158
Views: 44856

This is laggy and not very convincing. I like the VGCats version better.
Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:26 am UTC
Topic: 0873: "FPS Mod"
Replies: 105
Views: 30367

### Re: 0873: "FPS Mod"

This happens to me. Whenever I start playing a new FPS, I always get a bit apprehensive - "Is it okay to kill this guy? Wha -- what am I doing? Is this alright?"
Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Laptop display freaks out when plugged in
Replies: 0
Views: 774

### Laptop display freaks out when plugged in

My laptop's monitor just started spazzing out while the power cable was connected. (Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfY4A8gQ1bE ) It flashes terribly when plugged in, but works normally when unplugged. I don't know the cause and I don't think I did anything to cause this. A solution suggested ...
Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:37 am UTC
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 24574

### Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

My solution to this problem was (well, technically, is) majoring in economics, psychology, and sociology, joining the math club, joining the debate team, joining the campus open-theater group, and learning to program and read a foreign language on my own. And being in a band, and reading a lot about...
Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: "Everyone needs a bosom for a pillow" puzzle
Replies: 13
Views: 5336

### "Everyone needs a bosom for a pillow" puzzle

Suppose that you have some reasonable number of people with two breasts, some reasonable number of people with one breast, and some reasonable number of people with no breasts. If the number of breasts is equal to the number of people, is it physically possible for everyone to rest their head on a b...
Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: An easy tournament puzzle
Replies: 10
Views: 2679

### Re: An easy tournament puzzle

Nitrodon wrote:Which tiebreaker is used if multiple teams have the same record at the end of the 3 Swiss rounds?

That's actually irrelevant.

ninjaedit: Well, no, it's not. But let's just say that B won against H round 3 instead.
Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: An easy tournament puzzle
Replies: 10
Views: 2679

### Re: An easy tournament puzzle

Sorry, that was a typo - it should've been "semifinal." The structure of the tournament: There are three swiss rounds. In each, a team is paired against another one with an identical record which they haven't competed against yet. Then, the top four are qualified to semifinals - the top se...
Sat Jan 15, 2011 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: An easy tournament puzzle
Replies: 10
Views: 2679

### An easy tournament puzzle

Leaving the semifinal round between the University of F and H State University, a thought struck Jenny. "Well, I went 0-3 in the qualifying rounds and didn't make the elims - lousy way to represent the University of A, I know - but I wonder if I can figure out how the other teams did as a resul...
Fri Oct 08, 2010 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 485785

### Did you hear about the 1-line proof of Fermat's Last Theorm?

It's the same as the normal proof, but it's written on a really long strip of paper.
Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8668
Views: 1802841

### Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Low-hanging fruit:
Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A fun game you can play in any college library
Replies: 17
Views: 2788

### Re: A fun game you can play in any college library

I'm assuming you're talking PhD here.... Well, PhD or Masters. Whatever sort gets shelved in your library. I know my school also lets undergraduates who wish to graduate with honors write an honors thesis, but those are shelved elsewhere, so they wouldn't count. (Plus, those are normally only aroun...
Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A fun game you can play in any college library
Replies: 17
Views: 2788

### A fun game you can play in any college library

Try to find the longest thesis. I've found one that was 501 pages long!

When you're done with that, try to find the shortest thesis. My record is 11 pages.

(I go to the University of Iowa. Results may vary.)
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:29 am UTC
Topic: 0778: "Scheduling"
Replies: 159
Views: 46212

### Re: "Scheduling" discussion (#778)

I'm a bit confused by just who could have placed the call for pizza.

or, in Reddit-talk: THEN WHO WAS PHONE?
Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A pretty simple puzzle
Replies: 12
Views: 4238

### Re: A pretty simple puzzle

So, I've figured out what everything has in common. That said, I must still be missing something, because I can't quite fathom the answer. Here's why: The whole thing is a mishmash of Eurovision contest songs throughout the years. But I'm not seeing three songs for 2003, and I don't see one...
Sat Jul 10, 2010 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A pretty simple puzzle
Replies: 12
Views: 4238

### Re: A pretty simple puzzle

Here's a gentle push: Why are there so many years listed? Okay, here's my best guess at the mechanics of the puzzle based on your clues. Not that it makes me any closer to solving the puzzle... Each line of clues yields 5 years (how it does that exactly is still a bit unknown). After derivi...
Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A pretty simple puzzle
Replies: 12
Views: 4238

### Re: A pretty simple puzzle

Graatz: You've got it mostly wrong. a) Some of the words are just added to make a sentence work when the puzzle requires it. They have no meaning in the context of the puzzle. b) Once you figure out the purpose of the phrases, it'll be clear which words were added in this way and whi...
Thu Jul 01, 2010 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A silly riddle....
Replies: 47
Views: 10794

### Re: A silly riddle....

I was thinking it had to be
Spoiler:
an atom. Uncrushable, flows easily, and 'never loses its identity'
Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A pretty simple puzzle
Replies: 12
Views: 4238

### Re: A pretty simple puzzle

Bump.

(Since this clearly isn't as simple as I thought it was at first... anyone know any online puzzle-solving forums I can post this to?)
Sun Jun 27, 2010 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A question about quantum weirdness.
Replies: 19
Views: 2223

### A question about quantum weirdness.

I understand that a lot of quantum mechanics involves what changes or becomes determinate about particles and systems when they're observed. What baffles me is this: What counts as an observation? If a system is viewed by a dog, is that an observation? What if it's seen by a worm? Or - let's get sma...
Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A pretty simple puzzle
Replies: 12
Views: 4238

### Re: A pretty simple puzzle

I think I've figured out the secret to this one, but I need to link the dialogue to the numbers properly which I'm not going to do just yet. Are there any 1-many or many-1 connections? Because there's one that could be linked to 1981 or to 2006. The following spoiler tag contains a small clue. ...
Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A pretty simple puzzle
Replies: 12
Views: 4238

### A pretty simple puzzle

The solution to this puzzle is a whole number between 1 and 1000000. This puzzle was written in the summer of 2010, which may or may not be important to know if you're solving this too far in the future. "Silly Love Songs" Love is a tough game. They say there can only be one winner, though...
Sun May 23, 2010 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Chicago Meetup
Replies: 23
Views: 17962

### Re: Chicago Meetup

I'd be all over that if we had more than 3 people.
Tue May 18, 2010 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Chicago Meetup
Replies: 23
Views: 17962

### Re: Chicago Meetup

I organized a couple small meets last year in the Chicago area. The best places to meet are probably in the DePaul area, because it's accessible via the Brown and Red lines and closer to more communities that xkcd readers come from than downtown. Maybe a restaurant or the zoo?
Sat May 15, 2010 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's a college student to do over the summer?
Replies: 48
Views: 5275

### Re: What's a college student to do over the summer?

According to your American higher education documentaries, I believe a road trip would be customary, particularly if you or a friend wishes to engage in sexual relations with a girl who is not in your geographical region. I don't have a car or a friend with a car, but otherwise that would be a grea...
Sat May 15, 2010 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's a college student to do over the summer?
Replies: 48
Views: 5275

### What's a college student to do over the summer?

I just finished my first year at a good public university in the Midwest. Unfortunately, my summer research plans fell through, and I'm not sure how to spend my summer. Taking courses won't help - I transferred 30 credits in when I started because I cross-enrolled in college classes when I was in hi...
Thu Apr 29, 2010 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: If an infinite series converges, does any infinite subset?
Replies: 15
Views: 2518

### If an infinite series converges, does any infinite subset?

(This isn't for homework or anything - I'm playing around with series and this came to mind.)

Given that an infinite series converges, does any infinite subset of the series necessarily converge? Why or why not?
Tue Apr 13, 2010 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Given that you have a brother...
Replies: 41
Views: 7656

### Given that you have a brother...

...is it more likely that you're male or female?

Assumptions: There's an exactly 50% chance of being born male or female. Parents have a finite number of children.