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by Arancaytar
Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Google Code Jam
Replies: 1
Views: 1297

Re: Google Code Jam

Missed the shirt by 37 places, unfortunately, so I did about as well as last year. I managed to combine Dijkstra with an exhaustive search in problem D, but didn't find an efficient algorithm that would have solved the large input in time. You begin by owning only your home planet. Each turn, you ma...
by Arancaytar
Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man rudely reclines seat, fighter jets scrambled
Replies: 63
Views: 8228

Re: Man rudely reclines seat, fighter jets scrambled

Dauric wrote:Clearly all airlines must be refitted with suspended animation chambers, all passengers will be sedated and kept in medical comas for the entire flight. It even solves problems with airline food and reclining seats.


A medical coma is possibly preferable to actually having to eat airline food...
by Arancaytar
Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 186939

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

here's mine: List of Doctor Who serials [...] Speaking of Doctor Who, I actually found another exception: Day of the Moon Doctor Who (series 6) Television in the United Kingdom Electronic program guide Broadcast programming Television Telecommunication Transmission (telecommunications) Telecommunic...
by Arancaytar
Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ad company pulls gay safe-sex ad, internet riots
Replies: 31
Views: 3458

Re: Ad company pulls gay safe-sex ad, internet riots

the ACL said the issue with the ads was about condoms, not homosexuality.


Oh, that's all right then.
by Arancaytar
Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man rudely reclines seat, fighter jets scrambled
Replies: 63
Views: 8228

Re: Man rudely reclines seat, fighter jets scrambled

Did the passengers involved look scarily Middle-Eastern? :roll:
by Arancaytar
Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 186939

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

... oh my god, I just remembered that on xkcd, it is impossible to make observations about Wikipedia without affecting Wikipedia.

New theory: Randy just successfully trolled Wikipedia again. Remember Malamanteau. :lol:
by Arancaytar
Tue May 31, 2011 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Germany to Decommission All Nuclear Power Plants
Replies: 132
Views: 14529

Re: Germany to Decommission All Nuclear Power Plants

They've just shifted more of the energy needs to coal and gas power plants because solar and wind cannot be relied upon on a cloudy, windless day. I agree that the current move is a knee-jerk panic reaction (particularly considering how often earthquakes and tidal waves devastate central Europe). B...
by Arancaytar
Mon May 30, 2011 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0905: "Homeownership"
Replies: 84
Views: 20930

Re: 0905: "Homeownership"

And here I thought he'd just try to excavate several new cellars with a pickaxe until the house collapsed.
by Arancaytar
Sun May 29, 2011 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 186939

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

Huh. Philosophy, Existence, Sense, Physiology, Science, Knowledge, Fact, Information, Sequence, Mathematics, Quantity, Property, Modern philosophy, and back to Philosophy. So the conjecture is 1.) equally valid (or invalid) for any of the above articles as it is for philosophy, and 2.) definitely in...
by Arancaytar
Wed May 25, 2011 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 186939

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

I routinely use Google to answer people's tech questions. The problem with this is that the more you do it, the more questions you will be asked. The Philosophy bit sounds a bit like the Collatz conjecture. Assuming that every article has at least one outgoing link, then performing this operation fo...
by Arancaytar
Tue May 24, 2011 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Life Imitates Art: The Machine of Death
Replies: 44
Views: 3027

Re: Life Imitates Art: The Machine of Death

Seriously, ectothermy is the most useful and awesome trait we've ever lost, even more than tails and an opposable big toe. All those free radicals accumulate much less rapidly simply because they have very, very few holes in their mitochondria (aka they don't piss away 90%+ of their energy for heat...
by Arancaytar
Mon May 23, 2011 8:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Everything Must GO? Several months until the Rapture?
Replies: 301
Views: 30891

Re: Everything Must GO! One Week until the Rapture!

(http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/22/BAKO1JJIK7.DTL&tsp=1) "I just know he's biblically sound," the man said. "I've never been one of these guys who think everything he says is true. "I don't think I am going to stop listening to him," the man ad...
by Arancaytar
Sun May 22, 2011 10:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Secret Service interrogates 13 year old
Replies: 71
Views: 6750

Re: Secret Service interrogates 13 year old

It's refreshing to see Fox suddenly care about civil rights. :D
by Arancaytar
Wed May 18, 2011 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 39565

Re: 0900: "Religions"

364 days in a leap year. February 29 is spent in service to Eris and the Flying Spaghetti Monster, of course. Edit: Also, February 21 is a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact, Maybe it will happen just after tea . He's going to Hell for that joke! He's going to Hell in 2 religions! He's practically sp...
by Arancaytar
Tue May 17, 2011 9:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump drops out of presidential race.
Replies: 28
Views: 3019

Re: Trump drops out of presidential race.

Trump leaving means the campaign and debates is less of a farce. That's a good thing. I've never appreciated the "I hope the other guys nominate a giant idiot, so we'll automatically win" argument. Especially at the presidential level, it's good for the voters to have two decent, qualifie...
by Arancaytar
Tue May 17, 2011 9:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump drops out of presidential race.
Replies: 28
Views: 3019

Re: Trump drops out of presidential race.

while insisting that he would have won had he stayed in.


... :lol:
by Arancaytar
Mon May 16, 2011 10:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Everything Must GO? Several months until the Rapture?
Replies: 301
Views: 30891

Re: Everything Must GO! One Week until the Rapture!

Hmm.....I should probably start a movement that states the Rapture already HAPPENED, but so few were saved, nobody noticed, and we just assumed they were kidnappings..... Well, you'd have quite a few supporters, since apparently it happened in 1884, 1914, 1918, 1925, 1942, 1975, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1...
by Arancaytar
Sun May 15, 2011 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Everything Must GO? Several months until the Rapture?
Replies: 301
Views: 30891

Re: Everything Must GO! One Week until the Rapture!

Aikanaro wrote:Hmm.....I should probably start a movement that states the Rapture already HAPPENED, but so few were saved, nobody noticed, and we just assumed they were kidnappings.....


... and basically, we're already all in hell?

Wait, that'd explain quite a bit.
by Arancaytar
Wed May 11, 2011 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0897: "Elevator Inspection"
Replies: 72
Views: 15297

Re: 0897: "Elevator Inspection"

Even better: Put the building office on the twentieth floor.
by Arancaytar
Fri May 06, 2011 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0895: "Teaching Physics"
Replies: 112
Views: 32908

Re: 0895: "Teaching Physics"

Title text: Space-time is like some simple and familiar system which is both intuitively understandable and precisely analogous, and if I were Richard Feynman I'd be able to come up with it.


I thought that was already Richard Feynman at the blackboard. :P
by Arancaytar
Mon May 02, 2011 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 243
Views: 96572

Re: 0893: "65 Years" Discussion

Depressing.
by Arancaytar
Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama, harsh words about the GOP
Replies: 49
Views: 5831

Re: Obama, harsh words about the GOP

Here are a few choice quotes from Obama on why the US budget wasn't agreed on until the last minute. I spent a year and a half getting health care passed. I had to take that issue across the country and I payed significant political costs to get it done. The notion that I'm gunna let you guys undo ...
by Arancaytar
Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parasites in your brain, affecting your behaviour
Replies: 75
Views: 7879

Re: Parasites in your brain, affecting your behaviour

I wondered where I'd read about this already, and of course it was Cracked. I get all my information on creepy diseases from there. :)
by Arancaytar
Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Justice Dept. to Congress: Don’t Saddle 4th Amendment on Us
Replies: 62
Views: 7791

Re: Justice Dept. to Congress: Don’t Saddle 4th Amendment on

zookap wrote:Sigh..... I bet some of you will STILL vote for him a second time.


Indeed, we need a strong civil rights advocate as a president. Palin 2012!!!
by Arancaytar
Fri Apr 08, 2011 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0883: "Pain Rating"
Replies: 136
Views: 49061

Re: 0883: "Pain Rating"

I know he's putting his hands to his mouth in a gesture of shock, but an alternate interpretation I like is that he's imagining a tooth infection. "Every minute of every hour. There is only the pain."
by Arancaytar
Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Calculating the weights of the Gauss-Laguerre quadrature
Replies: 1
Views: 1043

Calculating the weights of the Gauss-Laguerre quadrature

While studying for a numerical analysis exam, I ran into a confusing discrepancy between formulas in the textbook and Wikipedia where the weights for the Gauss-Laguerre quadrature are concerned. I'm sure that both are correct, because I previously used the Wikipedia formula in an assignment, and got...
by Arancaytar
Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel considering annexing West Bank settlements
Replies: 18
Views: 2563

Re: The Falklands considering annexing West Bank settlements

This might be an excellent idea, really!

Those islands are far away, and a neutral third party with neither a political nor strictly speaking a religious interest in the area. Unlike super-powers or neighbouring states that might broker a deal, it could probably not be accused of favoritism.
by Arancaytar
Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: More Obama Birth Certificate Naughtiness
Replies: 64
Views: 7088

Re: More Obama Birth Certificate Naughtiness

Роберт wrote:Thor was even a chain-mail that said his middle name was Mohammad...


What, Hussein wasn't bad enough?
by Arancaytar
Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states
Replies: 164
Views: 30870

Re: Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states

That's like getting worked up over a condemnation of the "murder of innocent people" as though it condones the murder of non-innocent people. Crane attacked the bill for harassing and intimidating women who don't deserve to be harassed and intimidated. The implication that there exist wome...
by Arancaytar
Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0873: "FPS Mod"
Replies: 105
Views: 31143

Re: 0873: "FPS Mod"

most of these people are Jack Thompson, and the remainder of these people have zero credibility at best,


Just the remainder?
by Arancaytar
Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Apps: discriminatory?
Replies: 20
Views: 2141

Re: Google Apps: discriminatory?

I think the problem is with Google, not the University. They should ask Google to add support for voice options. Although I was under the impression that window's accessibility functions worked for web browsers as well. They can't make Google do that, since the disability act only covers public ent...
by Arancaytar
Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK Christians barred from foster parenting due to beliefs
Replies: 154
Views: 11547

Re: UK Christians barred from foster parenting due to belief

This reminds me of a NewsThump* headline: "Why do people treat us with the same contempt we show homosexuals, ask Christians".

(*A UK-based The Onion, sort of.)
by Arancaytar
Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Libya's Protests and Civil War
Replies: 540
Views: 53156

Re: Protests: Libya's turn

And grant his wish for martyrdom? Sticking him in a jail cell for life might be a better punishment.
by Arancaytar
Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Georgia Law-Maker's Bill May Punish Miscarriages
Replies: 26
Views: 5162

Re: Georgia Law-Maker's Bill May Punish Miscarriages

Gah. This kind of crap makes a case for extending abortion well into the thirtieth trimester. :roll:

Edit: This is not an endorsement of murder.
by Arancaytar
Sat Feb 26, 2011 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Libya's Protests and Civil War
Replies: 540
Views: 53156

Re: Protests: Libya's turn

The eastern region is now out of the hands of the government, but apparently they have a food shortage with the infrastructure demolished. Instead of sanctioning the fracturing remnants of the regime, perhaps the UN should send some supplies there; with an escort if necessary. If the Egyptian border...
by Arancaytar
Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Nutjob Bills in the Montana Legislature"
Replies: 124
Views: 12074

Re: "Nutjob Bills in the Montana Legislature"

The next time they want to secede, let them go.

(Unless they reintroduce slavery and witch-hangings or some crap.)
by Arancaytar
Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Childhood misconceptions
Replies: 868
Views: 109299

Re: Childhood misconceptions

I used to think that jaywalking meant walking across the road at an angle other than 90 degrees. True in Germany. Sort of. I'm not making this up. Pedestrians must cross motor lanes quickly, by the shortest path perpendicular to the lane , and paying regard to traffic. Where traffic demands, pedest...
by Arancaytar
Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Department of Justice to cease defending DOMA §3
Replies: 47
Views: 4493

Re: Department of Justice to cease defending DOMA §3

Is there any reasonable expectation that a court will, in a case in which one party is arguing its case and the other is not, side with the latter party? If the defendant doesn't answer the summons, then the plaintiff can win by default. I guess it depends on whether "not defending" is eq...
by Arancaytar
Thu Feb 24, 2011 2:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scientists create illusion of having 3 arms
Replies: 27
Views: 13569

Re: Scientists create illusion of having 3 arms

Pretty cool. A really great breakthrough would be if the brain not only experienced both arms as its own, but could control them separately (with an implant, like with that monkey). Actually moving several arms with individual motor control would be all kinds of awesome. Though I guess training the ...
by Arancaytar
Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Department of Justice to cease defending DOMA §3
Replies: 47
Views: 4493

Re: Department of Justice to cease defending DOMA §3

Accordingly, the Department of Justice will no longer defend §3 in court. That's your job. I want to see DOMA go down as much as the next guy, but I'm tired of this "Executive Branch decides it doesn't need the other branches" bullshit. By no means should the President be declaring things...

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