## Search found 76 matches

Mon Dec 10, 2007 6:18 pm UTC
Topic: Free Will?
Replies: 264
Views: 29818

### Re: Free Will?

Lots of posts are simplifying the human decision process with computer models, state machines, circuits, etc. All of those things are sequential processes with singular states. The human mind is massively parallel. It contains thousands of states constantly acting on each other. Because of that form...
Sat Dec 08, 2007 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Texas Hold'em poker: set vs. straight strategy [SOLUTION]
Replies: 13
Views: 4736

### Re: Texas Hold'em poker: set vs. straight strategy [SOLUTION]

A straight on the flop should always slow play. Which means call on the flop and wait for villian's move. If the turn is a face card then double the pot and see if villian calls. The chance he hits a set (or worse, 4 of a kind) is rare. Anyway, I play poker intuitively, so this probably doesn't help...
Thu Dec 06, 2007 7:55 pm UTC
Topic: Predicting the Future
Replies: 70
Views: 6122

### Re: Predicting the Future

This claim is baseless. Not necessarily false, but baseless. "Hence determinism holds"? Why assume that the universe is deterministic just because we don't currently have proof to the contrary? That said, from what we know right now, it does seem that the universe is not deterministic, an...
Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:51 pm UTC
Topic: Predicting the Future
Replies: 70
Views: 6122

### Re: Predicting the Future

'Deterministic' is not a fancy word for 'only one thing can happen at a time'. Even in a non-deterministic system, only one thing happens at a time. This is poor wording on his part, but that's not what he meant. He's saying, rather, "any given event can have only one outcome (with probability...
Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Onslaught
Replies: 34
Views: 5810

### Re: Onslaught

Black Holes can be used to save yourself once you get to the high levels. They're a combo of 3 tazers and a lazer. They "suck" everything up (don't inflict damage), so you dont get \$ for what they kill. But with 3 or 4 of them immediately in front of your base its pretty much impossible to...
Thu Dec 06, 2007 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Unfinished Series
Replies: 15
Views: 2000

### Re: Harry Potter and the Unfinished Series

I think this is the problem with the entire Fantasy Franchise thing. Plenty of quality writers have written groups of connected novels without an explicit trilogy, etc. Each work can stand on its own. However, once a writer enters into Trilogy^n Franchise Mode, they gain the ability to pump out dubi...
Thu Dec 06, 2007 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C++ control of system SOUND volume.
Replies: 13
Views: 10766

### Re: C++ control of system volume.

Yakk wrote:Maybe I'm just ignorant, but I'm trying to think what setting the system volume to an integer would do, or how getting the system volume as an integer would mean...

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Aka, huh?

Maybe percent? 100 = full volume. 0 = mute.
Thu Dec 06, 2007 3:40 pm UTC
Topic: Predicting the Future
Replies: 70
Views: 6122

### Re: Predicting the Future

The fact that both a particle's location and velocity can't be determined (quantum mechanics) doesn't disprove a deterministic universe. It only means we can't do the determining . Our best model for predicting the state of a particle is probability, but that doesn't mean the particle doesn't posses...
Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Insanity in music
Replies: 33
Views: 3633

### Re: Insanity in music

PatrickRsGhost wrote:The two predominant ones are The Wall and The Dark Side Of The Moon, not just the one or two songs. Both were composed with Syd Barrett, the former singer/guitarist.

Actually Syd Barrett left the band before Dark Side came out - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Floyd.

Anyway, carry on.
Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Open vs. Closed Source
Replies: 41
Views: 14477

### Re: Open vs. Closed Source

Pure 100% open source is not feasible. While its cool to have a few technologies that run on open-source platforms, the organizations that thrive in these environments still utilize proprietary code. Take Google, for example. They use a heavily modified version of Linux OS, and of course their algor...
Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:56 pm UTC
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 461
Views: 46306

### Re: Transhumanism

This reminds me of a discussion in the book Accelerando where a bunch of characters are deciding when the Singularity actually started. One guy said the invention of the brain-machine interface. One guy said the invention of the turing machine. Finally some guy said the evolution of language (or som...
Wed Nov 14, 2007 8:13 pm UTC
Topic: scheduling issues make college easy + wastes my \$
Replies: 10
Views: 1700

### Re: scheduling issues make college easy + wastes my \$

You're a freshman. Be thankful you have an easy semester. It wont stay that way. Get straight As and enjoy the free time you have for friends and socialization. Down the line when you'll look back to the "good ole days" when you were taking review classes and acing all your tests.
Wed Nov 14, 2007 8:05 pm UTC
Topic: Definition of Morality?
Replies: 166
Views: 11557

### Re: Definition of Morality?

To determine an objective definition of morality, you need a non-human source, and since we generally believe that morality requires intelligence, God is pretty much the only answer there is. I don't agree with this. I think there's a biological basis for most moral rules that exist across cultures...
Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Home Brew Beer? Fantastic!
Replies: 15
Views: 3544

### Re: Home Brew Beer? Fantastic!

I brewed two batches this year - A honey brown ale and a Belgian white ale. I used a kit which was basically two plastic buckets, siphon, airlock, bottle nozzle and hydrometer. Took 4 weeks total - the first week was for the primary fermentation in the big 5 gal bucket. Then I siphoned it into anoth...
Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:23 pm UTC
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 189280

### Re: Religion

Fundamentalism is the fault of secularism? Yep, read about this guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayyid_Qutb Extremist need something to rail against in order to set themselves apart from the mainstream. edit: Secularism doesn't necessarily mean Atheism. Its more of a spectrum of world view that p...
Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:44 pm UTC
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 189280

### Re: Religion

The whole point of a religious text is that it shouldn't have to move with time. The text itself won't change but the way we apply it depends on our culture, environment, etc. This is why the "core" spiritual tenets of most religious texts are very metaphorical and vague. It makes them mo...
Tue Nov 13, 2007 5:34 pm UTC
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 189280

### Re: Religion

answering the tangent: http://www.wired.com/science/space/news ... a_in_orbit is how a Muslim Astronaut faces Mecca while praying.
Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ayn Rand
Replies: 336
Views: 37465

### Re: Ayn Rand

There's two ways you can approach Rand - 1. Attempt to adopt Objectivism as a life's philosophy and in turn treat all human relationships as a sort of transaction. You'll think you're acting completely rational. Everyone else will consider you a huge dick. 2. Read her books as a product of the times...
Sat Nov 10, 2007 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Graduated College... Now I'm stuck! (A little long winded)
Replies: 13
Views: 2609

### Re: Graduated College... Now I'm stuck! (A little long winded)

The other day, I heard on the radio that the average four year college graduate is supposed to be taking home about \$4,000 a month Hmm, that doesn't sound right. "Taking Home" is after taxes (consider a 25% tax rate, lots of places/income brackets are higher, also factor in health insuran...
Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:17 pm UTC
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 189280

### Re: Religion

On Honor Killings, which I think is an interesting and relevant issue - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honor_killing said: Sharif Kanaana, professor of anthropology at Birzeit University states that honor killing is: A complicated issue that cuts deep into the history of Arab society. .. What the men ...
Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:13 pm UTC
Topic: How 2 draw femmes?
Replies: 8
Views: 2276

### Re: How 2 draw femmes?

I'm not an artist, but from what my brother implies (in his sketches), men are made of rectangles, women are made of circles.
Fri Nov 09, 2007 9:06 pm UTC
Topic: Peak oil?
Replies: 137
Views: 13464

### Re: Peak oil?

Nuclear energy is the most efficient technology we have. It just has a terrible PR problem (thanks Chernobyl!) Nuclear energy + electric cars could cut down on so much fossil fuel usage its not even funny. Of course, its relying on a finite natural resource (uranium), but if we start pumping money i...
Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:14 pm UTC
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 189280

### Re: Religion

For all those people who think morality is self evident - You've grown up in western society and been conditioned since birth to accept a certain type of wordview. Sure, now that you're grown, educated and rational you can go back and justify that worldview as being acceptable. Secular American &quo...
Thu Nov 08, 2007 6:35 pm UTC
Topic: Non-falsifiable opinions
Replies: 79
Views: 6668

### Re: Non-falsifiable opinions

The best part about XKCD is not just the scientific/rational side, but also the whimsical, fantastical, romantic/love side. That right brain stuff, yea - non-falsifiable opinions. That's the beauty of it. The best things in life don't fall under an equation or fit in a proof. Think Music, Art, Humor...
Tue Oct 30, 2007 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is there a term for this?
Replies: 14
Views: 2816

### Re: Is there a term for this?

Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 13961

### Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

From what I hear, Pynchon sounds quite similar to David Lynch. Now I've seen Mullholand Drive and Eraserhead and absolutely hated them both. However, from what I understand, I'm really interested in what Lynch is trying to do, and always wish that I would get to *see* what everyone says I'm supopse...
Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon
Replies: 57
Views: 13961

### Re: Gravity's Rainbow & other Thomas Pynchon

Reading Rainbow now and I think its one of the most brilliant things I've ever read. In addition to whats been said already, I'm really digging how Pynchon can take motifs - like the parabolas - and work them into the meta-structure of the book. For example, take some of the earlier episodes (9, 14)...
Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math movies
Replies: 34
Views: 4020

### Re: Math movies

Primer http://imdb.com/title/tt0390384/ is a pseudo-physics math movie. Paradoxes and time travel. Lots of technobabble and a recursive plot. Not bad for super low budget though.
Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:27 pm UTC
Topic: Women are ruining America/the world
Replies: 2
Views: 1634

### Re: Women are ruining America/the world

Lock/ban/troll-labeling in 3...2...
Thu Oct 18, 2007 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3528349

There are, though, some people - extraordinarily well-adjusted people - who really *aren't* afraid of being vulnerable, and wear their hearts on their sleeves. They are able to separate their emotions from the situation and deal with them in a helpful, open manner; if they can't they are willing to...
Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: How many posts can you get in a row?
Replies: 6034
Views: 298977

### Re: How many posts can you get in a row?

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Thu Oct 04, 2007 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Strong Female Protagonists
Replies: 101
Views: 21912

### Re: Strong Female Protagonists

Dagny Taggart in Atlas Shrugged if you're into the whole railroad tycoon thing.
Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 311950

### Re: What is your favourite book?

Diamond Age, Stephenson. Moby Dick, Melville. Lord of the Rings, Tolkien. The Fountainhead, Rand (but dont call me an objectivist, I just like idealistic artists).
Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 483561

### Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Just finished No country for old men so I'd be ready for the film. Starting up Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow... verbose isn't quite the proper term for that tome, but it'll do.
Tue Sep 11, 2007 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2413137
Hello.

Been a lurker for a while, drawn by comics. Most forums are banned at my work, this one is still available. So here I be!
Tue Sep 11, 2007 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Prints of 2000 from 1910
Replies: 23
Views: 3601
I think Victorian fashions should come back, personally. With today's stellar hygiene and more liberal culture, it would be less oppressive contextually and more just...pretty. Also, the idea of hipsters listening to iPods on Segways whilst fussing with their waistcoats makes me guffaw. Some people...