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by HiEv
Sat Apr 19, 2008 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0410: "Math Paper"
Replies: 92
Views: 31340

Re: "Math Paper" Discussion

There are a couple of pretty major errors in the previous post. First, the implication that the authors of the Bible "made things up" without genuinely believing them. I haven't seen convincing evidence for this. They sometimes gave exacting details about things that they could not have p...
by HiEv
Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0410: "Math Paper"
Replies: 92
Views: 31340

Re: "Math Paper" Discussion

hehe my friend once wrote " i = Jesus" on a white board. this girl almost cried when he explained it to her Except that i actually exists, "imaginary" or no. And so did Jesus. Unless you're claiming that he was actually invented out of thin air. Yes, yes. I'm sure Jesus, the tal...
by HiEv
Mon Apr 14, 2008 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0410: "Math Paper"
Replies: 92
Views: 31340

Re: "Math Paper" Discussion

hehe my friend once wrote " i = Jesus" on a white board. this girl almost cried when he explained it to her Ah, maybe that's why Andy Schlafly of the Conservapedia seems to think that complex numbers are a hoax as part of some liberal conspiracy or something. :shock: He actually insists t...
by HiEv
Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 42067

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

Yet I cannot think of 1 thing paranormal activities have done for us. Noone can prove it exists, noone can cite anything it does as useful. There may be more between heaven and earth, but if it's undetectable, unreproducable, and useless, what does it matter? It's posts like these that I really hat...
by HiEv
Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 42067

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

Consciousness could be described as a soul in a brain, but it shouldn't. Occam's Razor: consciousness is a brain. Occam's chainsaw, anyone? How do you explain veridical NDEs? What "veridical NDEs"? Is there any good evidence that there ever have been any? All of the ones I've read about (...
by HiEv
Wed Jan 23, 2008 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 42067

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

Sorry for the length, but I'm addressing numerous people's posts. (I'm still only partially caught up though.) The reason the FDA hasnt cracked down on homeopathic "remedies" that contain things like arsenic and such is that it is stastically unlikely that there is a single molecule of any...
by HiEv
Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 42067

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

And how common are hoof infections? Was it perhaps found only because she looked? And are you sure she wasn't lying? Are you 100% certain you didn't make any other claims about the horse which turned out to be false? I really didn't (and still don't) know much about horses. Haven't spent much time ...
by HiEv
Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 42067

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

Well - I know no one's proven anything. Really? How did you prove that to yourself? :wink: I also know that a couple of years ago, I began seeing things and knowing things about people that they hadn't told me. In a Skype call with a woman from Norway (I'm in the U.S.), when she found out that I &q...
by HiEv
Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 42067

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

I'm not sure I really like this one. Everything can be considered "supernatural" (which is kind of a stupid term) until it's accepted. Nonsense. Was the idea of plate tectonics "supernatural" before it was accepted?!? No! It was a naturalistic explanation for an actual phenomeno...
by HiEv
Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0365: "Slides"
Replies: 45
Views: 12007

Re: 'Slides' discussion that I am merging

If you'll bear with me for a moment... Like "bear" and "bare", I think two of my least favorite word confusions are people who write "quite" (kwite) when they mean "quiet" (kwy'-it) (ex. "Everything was quite today." "Quite what?" "Sil...
by HiEv
Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0357: "Flies"
Replies: 105
Views: 21793

Re: "Flies" Discussion

I learned a long time ago not to trust "folk wisdom" and other such things from my mom a long time ago. One time she was rearranging things in the refrigerator and couldn't get everything to fit right. I suggested putting a soda bottle on its side in one of the lower racks. "Oh, I can...
by HiEv
Fri Dec 14, 2007 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0357: "Flies"
Replies: 105
Views: 21793

Re: "Flies" Discussion

Well, in the test at the following site, the bottle with vinegar caught 15 flies, while the bottle with honey didn't catch a single one: http://www.chrisnull.com/2007/10/can-you-catch-more-flies-with-honey.html If you think about it, it makes sense. Vinegar is a product of fermentation, which happen...
by HiEv
Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0356: "Nerd Sniping"
Replies: 376
Views: 163043

Re: "Nerd Sniping" Discussion

Heh... I hadn't read today's comic yet, but I stumbled across another "sniped" nerd asking about it at the Wikipedia science reference desk . The discussion is currently here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Reference_desk/Science#Today.27s_xkcd But will be archived in a few days he...
by HiEv
Mon May 14, 2007 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Lowest price auctions PUZZLE
Replies: 58
Views: 14687

Wow. If I played against you guys I would either win the first round or win every round, depending on whether I had to reveal my numbers to everyone else or not, respectively. That being said, I will now reveal my strategy. He said you had to pick the lowest unique non-negative integer. So far not o...
by HiEv
Mon May 14, 2007 5:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Would you believe the news if it told you aliens were here?
Replies: 35
Views: 6524

I think it would be much like 9/11 was for me. At first I thought it was a joke when my brother told me about it on the phone, and when I turned on the TV at first I didn't want to believe it, but after a short while of seeing the evidence I had to admit it was true. Obviously in this case it would ...
by HiEv
Mon May 14, 2007 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0258: "Conspiracy Theories"
Replies: 272
Views: 79326

The topic has drifted from what I originally meant to respond too, but I just want to say that one of my biggest pet peeves is when conspiracy theorists, or creationists, or psychic-believers, or whatever, start tlking about all the "unexplained mysteries" of something. Most times, these ...
by HiEv
Thu May 10, 2007 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism
Replies: 781
Views: 105658

Actually the "religions" you talk about aren't trying to find the view that fits the world least well. That would be retarded. Wrong "opposite." The opposite he was talking about would be something like, "The aim of religion is to make the world perfectly fit a single unify...
by HiEv
Thu May 10, 2007 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0258: "Conspiracy Theories"
Replies: 272
Views: 79326

While Wikipedia isn't a terribly reliable source in and of itself, IMHO it's not that bad. Wikipedia is usually pretty reliable as far as I've seen. it does cite a few instances of scientists and members of CSI calling bullshit. Funny enough, I actually read that just before replying to you to see ...
by HiEv
Thu May 10, 2007 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: 9-11 Who caused it and did the USA government permit it?
Replies: 48
Views: 7947

The problem is, all it would take is one person with a conscience and it would be all over the news. The problem is that you have to be really courageous to do that. In a country that be against your president people call you anti-patriot... There is not only the risk of life, if that is the case, ...
by HiEv
Thu May 10, 2007 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: 9-11 Who caused it and did the USA government permit it?
Replies: 48
Views: 7947

One thing I still don't get - how did those buildings collapse at freefall speeds? I get that the jet fuel severely weakened the steel, but those were huge buildings that fell with no resistance. Don't let the repetitious claims of the Loose Change boosters fool you, the buildings did not collapse ...
by HiEv
Thu May 10, 2007 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Technological Naivety
Replies: 159
Views: 21175

I used to work at the computer labs of a couple of colleges so I've got quite a few stories. I used to see lots of people come in, turn off the computer at the switch, sit there for a little while staring at the computer, turn it back on, wait for it to reboot, and then use the computer because they...
by HiEv
Thu May 10, 2007 10:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Science Fiction Question Thread
Replies: 27
Views: 3876

Re: Science Fiction Question Thread

I figured since this wasn't REALLY science, but more speculative fiction, I'd stick it here. (Hehe... hehe... I said "Stick it here"... hehe... hehe...... sorry.) This is a place for all your science fiction science questions. How do force fields work? Depends on what kind. One technique ...
by HiEv
Thu May 10, 2007 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: In God we trust
Replies: 273
Views: 30069

But this isn't unjust. You don't suffer when someone else has this motto on their license plate. You just get offended. Great. Then I can offend you all I want because you won't suffer due to that, right? :wink: Much like one can be hardcore into *not* collecting stamps? Atheism isn't a lack of act...
by HiEv
Thu May 10, 2007 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: In God we trust
Replies: 273
Views: 30069

2.19% of the world's population is Jewish. Surely that's 2.19‰? 2.19% would be more than a hundred million, while estimates have the number of _ethnic_ Jews as ten times less. Also, I have had great trouble finding any reliable demographic statistics about religious belief worldwide. Care to ...
by HiEv
Thu May 10, 2007 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: In God we trust
Replies: 273
Views: 30069

The atheists (and many of the theists, you'll note that the thread was NOT started by an atheist) are not requesting recognition for their view. They're asking that, in the field of religion, the government not recognize *anyone's* view, as it is not their place. But this request amounts to a deman...
by HiEv
Thu May 10, 2007 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0258: "Conspiracy Theories"
Replies: 272
Views: 79326

2. The flight path of the aircraft that hit the pentagon brought it past many different cameras from many different angles. The footage from anyone of those cameras could easily clear up the question of "what hit the pentagon?", but for some reason the FBI showed up at all the locations (...
by HiEv
Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: OMGWTF programming contest
Replies: 41
Views: 12346

If it were legal, I'd be tempted to write C++ code that outputs, compiles, and runs Pascal code to find the answer, and then returns that. :twisted:
by HiEv
Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: On The Validity of Paradox and Irrationality
Replies: 30
Views: 5213

The student asks, "Is Nirvana so beyond the realm of human comprehension that it is impossible to to even think of describing it in twenty-three words?" Nagarjuna says, "'Twenty-Three' counts as two" Fixed. So, are you saying that Nagarjuna doesn't know that "twenty-three&q...
by HiEv
Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Bad ideas
Replies: 373
Views: 45637

Really bad idea: "Hey, that dog has my hat in its mouth. I know, I'll have my friends hold it up against a wall while I stand in front of it and tickle it while I pull the hat out of its mouth." Result: 36 stitches on the outside of my face and some more on the inside of my face. :( (Fort...
by HiEv
Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do you pronounce your username?
Replies: 268
Views: 26717

"HiEv" is an abbreviation of "High Evolutionary" (an ancient BBS nick I used to use based on the Marvel Comics character), and is pronounced the same minus the "-olutionary" part: hi-ev' (long I, short E).
by HiEv
Mon Apr 23, 2007 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0252: "Escalators"
Replies: 101
Views: 27421

"I like escalators, because they can never be broken. They can only become stairs. You'll never see an 'escalator temporarily out of order' sign. Just 'escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the convenience.'" I have to disagree with that. I've seen escalators broken a few times where th...
by HiEv
Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: On The Validity of Paradox and Irrationality
Replies: 30
Views: 5213

The options are too simplistic for me. Some paradoxes are acceptable while others are not. Basically, paradox should be avoided whenever possible, but in some cases it is provably required, and only in the latter cases is it acceptable. If a system creates a paradox and that system can be reasonably...
by HiEv
Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Mapping from an xyz lattice to a list of moves...
Replies: 7
Views: 4205

OK, how about this, instead of your 3D array of booleans, make a 3D array of arrays of atom numbers (integers, basically making a 4D array) making your virtual volume. In other words, each 3D position holds a list of nearby atoms. The array of atom numbers only needs to be as large as the largest po...
by HiEv
Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Mapping from an xyz lattice to a list of moves...
Replies: 7
Views: 4205

I'm also a bit confused, but might it make things a bit easier to turn your system inside out? Instead of taking each atom and figuring out where it can go, could you find all of the locations that could receive an atom initially, and then each time an atom moves you would only need to change the da...
by HiEv
Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0252: "Escalators"
Replies: 101
Views: 27421

Jeez, I run up the down escalator and down the up escalator every chance I get. And I'm 35. :) Like John DeSavage said, most people don't even care as long as there's nobody else on it at the time. Try it in a department store in a mall sometime yourself. Another fun thing is to go up at the same sp...
by HiEv
Fri Apr 13, 2007 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 100 prisoners and a lightbulb
Replies: 45
Views: 23638

As we noted in http://www.segerman.org/prisoners.pdf (lots of spoilers), there are strategies for 100 prisoners with expected times less than 4000 days, or about 11 years. Yeah, if you run an optimization on the free parameters of a certain complicated model! These people have one hour to discuss i...
by HiEv
Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0246: "Labyrinth Puzzle"
Replies: 98
Views: 32592

Why bother posting guards if the guards let people right through? How does that qualify as "guarding"?

Personally, if I wasn't in a hurry I'd just wait around until the guards were relieved or fed and then follow them out of the labyrinth. :wink:

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