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by lorb
Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Chess vs. Go Which is the better board game.
Replies: 55
Views: 26228

Re: Chess vs. Go Which is the better board game.

Chess also has a handicap system. usually it's done by removing one of the rooks of the better player from the board (or even the queen) Yeah, but that's a terrible handicap system. It changes the character of the game entirely. A better handicap is that the weaker player gets more time on his cloc...
by lorb
Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:10 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Chess vs. Go Which is the better board game.
Replies: 55
Views: 26228

Re: Chess vs. Go Which is the better board game.

Chess also has a handicap system. usually it's done by removing one of the rooks of the better player from the board (or even the queen)
by lorb
Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 10,000 pushups
Replies: 590
Views: 179292

Re: 10,000 pushups

4827 + 15 = 4842
by lorb
Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 10,000 pushups
Replies: 590
Views: 179292

Re: 10,000 pushups

4690 + 18 = 4708
by lorb
Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 10,000 pushups
Replies: 590
Views: 179292

Re: 10,000 pushups

4361+15 = 4376 (feb 24)
edit: 4376+18= 4394 (feb 25)
by lorb
Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The perfect Chess AI engine
Replies: 89
Views: 37925

Re:

According to what I read. In professional games white wins 60% of the time. The only reason why this would happen would be because they get the first move. Definitely not. The chessgames.com Database gives us: White wins 232,924 games (37.27%) Black wins 170,325 games (27.26%) 221,657 games are dra...
by lorb
Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 10,000 pushups
Replies: 590
Views: 179292

Re: 10,000 pushups

4301 + 10 = 4311
by lorb
Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Vampires?
Replies: 11
Views: 6237

Vampires?

Can they work somehow? I do really want to give a shot at creating scientifically sound vampires. I think the main requirements are: 1.) they don't die of old age 2.) they feed on blood 3.) sunlight somehow damages them 4.) vampire-teeth As for number 1 and 2 i am going for the theory that telomeres...
by lorb
Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science needs a symbol
Replies: 83
Views: 9671

Re: Science needs a symbol

Just pointing out that question mark, interrobang and greek letters are ethnocentric.
by lorb
Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Chess statistics
Replies: 13
Views: 2529

Re: Chess statistics

I think those statistics are not worth much as long as the strength of the players is not taken into consideration. Suppose that 1.c4 is only played when facing an opponent that is way weaker ... It would be interesting to have a measure like the average elo-difference listed for any starting move.
by lorb
Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What are the most well funded fields in physics?
Replies: 11
Views: 2732

Re: What are the most well funded fields in physics?

The other 10% win the position lottery (and make no mistake, it is a lottery, there are tons of qualified people, its basically down to luck who ends up with a permanent position). No. It's not. It just happens to be a complex social process in which some talent and good qualifications are what's r...
by lorb
Mon Oct 17, 2011 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Well, this could change things (neutrinos)
Replies: 289
Views: 33330

Re: Well, this could change things (neutrinos)

New paper out with an explanation for an early arrival time of about 64 ns. http://arxiv.org/abs/1110.2685 The Michelson-Morley experiment shows that the experimental outcome of an interference experiment does not depend on the constant velocity of the setup with respect to an inertial frame of ref...
by lorb
Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Java Books
Replies: 34
Views: 9418

Re: Java Books

A friend of mine is looking for a nice java-book in french that teaches programming in java from scratch. I'd recommend any recent edition of david ecks "Introduction to Programming Using JAVA" but it seems i am unable to check if it's available in french. Could anyone help me here? I'd ei...
by lorb
Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Well, this could change things (neutrinos)
Replies: 289
Views: 33330

Re: Well, this could change things (neutrinos)

I have next to no background in physics so maybe someone can enlighten me on a kind of paradox i see here. The outcome of this experiment is not compatible with some physics that are used to conduct the experiment. Or in other words: if it breaks relativity it is itself no longer valid because the ...
by lorb
Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Well, this could change things (neutrinos)
Replies: 289
Views: 33330

Re: Well, this could change things (neutrinos)

I have next to no background in physics so maybe someone can enlighten me on a kind of paradox i see here. The outcome of this experiment is not compatible with some physics that are used to conduct the experiment. Or in other words: if it breaks relativity it is itself no longer valid because the t...
by lorb
Fri Apr 08, 2011 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computing the color that "best" represents an image
Replies: 19
Views: 3080

Re: Computing the color that "best" represents an image

I think you are better off if you do not focus on singling out a color so much as on general visual attributes of the image. First calculate averages for the global brightness/saturation etc. This will cut out a subset of all possible colors of which you can than use any of the above mentioned appro...
by lorb
Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 31563

Re: 0858: "Milk"

NotAllThere wrote:So long as a woman has had one baby, lactation can be induced.


Wikipedia says: "Women who have never been pregnant are sometimes able to induce enough lactation to breastfeed." see here
by lorb
Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Space-themed riddle - win a puzzle!
Replies: 12
Views: 4249

Re: Space-themed riddle - win a puzzle!

Just some thoughts:
May be a word with three syllables to which the first, second and third refer.
Greek city of Strength: Sparta comes to mind first, but maybe there is something else. maybe that's taking it too literal
The rest is ??? to me
by lorb
Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Ungoogleable
Replies: 127
Views: 63908

Re: The Ungoogleable

I do remember i had a hard time googleing the english name of this: `
by lorb
Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0857: "Archimedes"
Replies: 137
Views: 27976

Re: 0857: "Archimedes"

I always wonder .. why is Archimedes pronounced different in every language i know?

also: Those who live in glass houses shouldn't care much for their privacy.
by lorb
Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Useless Math
Replies: 60
Views: 7569

Re: Useless Math

On a more philosphical level, you might be interested in Paul Watzlawicks work. Especially his introduction to "Pragmatics of Human Communication" where he does argue your point that mathematical expressions are purely abstract. A psychologist/philosopher may be an umcommon source for a ma...
by lorb
Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0827: "My Business Idea"
Replies: 98
Views: 22361

Re: 0827: "Business Idea"

EduardoLeon wrote:
shashwat986 wrote:EDIT: Also, has anyone else noticed that stick-guy's using a mac?

Hey! I was just gonna post that! (Really...)


If the argument is that the OS has those window-icons top-left instead of top-right it could as well be Ubuntu.

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