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by firechicago
Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9979
Views: 1975100

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I've worked through it by hand a couple times now, and I see that it works, but I'm still convinced that LZW is some sort of black magic. It doesn't seem possible that you can generate a dictionary from the very code that the dictionary is supposed to decode.
by firechicago
Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 154398

Re: Gamergate

leady wrote:One school of thought is that AS knew exactly what she was doing and what would happen from day 1. I tend to believe that because she is very media deft

How dare she force all those people to send her death threats and harassment! Clearly she is a horrible person!
by firechicago
Thu Oct 30, 2014 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 154398

Re: Gamergate

Film Critic Hulk expresses my feelings about gamergate far better than I ever could. One particularly important passage: WHEN HULK ENGAGES WITH EVEN THE MOST STRIDENT GROUPS OUTLINED ABOVE, YOU CAN GET DOWN TO THE DIFFERENCE IN VIEWPOINT. YOU CAN SOMEHOW PARSE OUT A CORE NUGGET AND FIND WHICH THING...
by firechicago
Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 418686

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

You seem to be imputing some sort of "fairness" or ethical requirement to our guru. Logic has no necessary relationship with fairness or ethics. The guru can be perfectly logical and make whatever true statement she wants. She is not required to give information to everyone equally any mor...
by firechicago
Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 154398

Re: Gamergate

For a group focused on gaming ethics, those speaking under the gamergate banner seem to spend an awful lot of time attacking female non-journalists, compared to the amount of time they spend attacking male journalists, or journalism outfits.
by firechicago
Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 154398

Re: Gamergate

This still makes no sense on how the two are linked. Probably because they aren't and this whole discussion is stupid. It goes back to the origin of the controversy, which started when the jilted boyfriend of a female game developer posted a long screed accusing his ex-girlfriend of trading sex wit...
by firechicago
Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: When Did This Become A Thing?
Replies: 12
Views: 6227

Re: When Did This Become A Thing?

Capitalization for emphasis has been around basically as long as we've distinguished between upper- and lowercase letters. Reification by capitalization (using capitalization to declare that This is a Thing) probably came in with the standardization of capitalization that occured roughly between 170...
by firechicago
Wed Oct 08, 2014 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states
Replies: 54
Views: 14328

Re: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states

thank you thank you thank you for actually providing the clarifications that I was asking for. that is definitely a valid issue, but it seems to me like it would be easily solvable by just requiring that marriages create and maintain wills as part of the responsibilities of having a marriage licens...
by firechicago
Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states
Replies: 54
Views: 14328

Re: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states

It seems somewhat cheering that "let the states decide" has led to the states deciding correctly. Or at least, in moving that way. It ain't instant, but momentum is pretty clearly in favor of legalization, and I hope to see a great deal more progress here in the years to come. That's basi...
by firechicago
Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states
Replies: 54
Views: 14328

Re: Same-sex marriage now legal in 24 states

It's worth noting that there are another 6 states which aren't covered in the cases denied review today, but which have same sex marriage bans and fall under the jurisdiction of the circuits whose opinions were upheld by this denial of review. It may take a few months for the courts to sort it all o...
by firechicago
Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Microsoft to buy Mojang (aka Minecraft) for $2.5 Billion
Replies: 31
Views: 7611

Re: Microsoft to buy Mojang (aka Minecraft) for $2.5 Billion

Not sure if people are aware, but notch used to hang out around these parts quite a bit.
by firechicago
Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science and Philosophy
Replies: 268
Views: 39799

Re: Science and Philosophy

But when someone insists that the Evil Demon does exist without any supporting evidence? When people declare that the hypothetical evil genius has us all hooked up to machines that feed us false information, and outside the vats is a magical fantasy land of physics we have no means of comprehending...
by firechicago
Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the incorrect answer to this question?
Replies: 8
Views: 5001

Re: What is the incorrect answer to this question?

Girl-With-A-Math-Fetish wrote:How is it like that paradox? I mean, I can see that in terms of self-referentiality, but it seems more like the "this statement is false" paradox, not the recursive set of all sets paradox.

I think it's more like the barber who shaves everyone who doesn't shave themselves.
by firechicago
Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why is it hard to get things cold?
Replies: 15
Views: 4661

Re: Why is it hard to get things cold?

Hyperphysics says that a heat engine's input is a hot reservoir and the output is work and a cold reservoir. Is the diagram at the bottom of this page an oversimplified? http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/thermo/heaeng.html#c1 It doesn't output a cold reservoir, it takes heat from a hot res...
by firechicago
Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Meta discussion
Replies: 1414
Views: 240959

Re: Meta discussion

shakespeare mafia: perfect because everyone usually dies in the end, heh. And having word restrictions like "you cannont say the name of the scottish play " would be really fun. Reminds me of an idea I had once for a classic Hollywood mafia featuring the Marx Brothers: Harpo would only be...
by firechicago
Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems
Replies: 254
Views: 44255

Re: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems

So really, You must make certain assumptions to be able to SOLVE the problem? Why do they never teach this in textbooks? To elaborate on gmal's answer with an example: You have to make these same sort of assumptions to interpret any communication. For example, if I'm looking for someone I haven't m...
by firechicago
Wed Aug 20, 2014 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Poll! What is the value of this constant?
Replies: 47
Views: 13780

Re: Poll! What is the value of this constant?

speising wrote:
EvanED wrote:
The Great Hippo wrote:I guess it would show up faster during debuggingcompilationtyping with autocompletion.

That assuming it's the only constant using that format. Autocomplete doesn't help very much if you also have FILE_EXTENSION_JPG and FILE_EXTENSION_HTML.
by firechicago
Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A Song of Ice and Fire
Replies: 567
Views: 237690

Re: A Song of Ice and Fire Theories

I'm of the opinion that the Aegon we see is not the real Aegon, mostly just because I know how many plot details Martin has cribbed from the history of the English Wars of the Roses, and this one seems to fit perfectly.
by firechicago
Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So I heard you like youth unemployment...
Replies: 41
Views: 10541

Re: So I heard you like youth unemployment...

As noted, traditionally minimum wage jobs have trended younger. It is not true that minimum wage jobs have been trending younger. Actually, the average age of minimum wage workers has been going up consistently for decades, although minimum wage are still somewhat younger than the overall working p...
by firechicago
Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Did True Detective writer plagiarise Thomas Ligotti, others?
Replies: 10
Views: 4772

Re: Did True Detective writer plagiarise Thomas Ligotti, oth

The author has always been quite open that he based Rustin Cohle's philosophy on Thomas Ligotti. All this documents is that, in doing so, he also lifted the occasional phrase from Ligotti as well. It seems a bizarre misunderstanding of the nature of writing fiction to demand that every idea that any...
by firechicago
Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15142
Views: 2624635

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

KennedyBook and ObamaBook would both fit the bill, though some might raise an objection on ObamaBook in that he sometimes seems too conservative. (OTOH, ObamaBook would cause conservative ears to steam, so there's that.) We could go with WilsonBook or TrumanBook, I suppose, but the former sounds li...
by firechicago
Sat Aug 02, 2014 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3480678

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

That really sucks. It seems like there ought to be some way to go around her boss. If the reference just needs to be proof that she did actually work there, the usual procedure I've heard of is just to get a letter from HR saying "Mrs. CarlingtonsFriendsMom has been employed as a JobTitle at Th...
by firechicago
Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [WARNING: OPINION WITHIN] Black captain america, female thor
Replies: 124
Views: 27178

Re: [WARNING: OPINION WITHIN] Black captain america, female

I'm aware of no such roundup, and they certainly don't have my copy. Presumably it was indeed hyperbole, intent to proclaim that the original work is still just as good, and the new work, even if terrible, does not devalue it, so you shouldn't complain about it or some such. Which, of course, is no...
by firechicago
Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A Moore's law for life in the universe?
Replies: 19
Views: 5656

Re: A Moore's law for life in the universe?

I've done a large amount of work with genetic algorithms, and in my experience, this is true enough. This is like saying "I've studied several constructed languages, and they all have verbs and nouns that universally follow simple rules of declension and conjugation. Therefore I can safely con...
by firechicago
Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [WARNING: OPINION WITHIN] Black captain america, female thor
Replies: 124
Views: 27178

Re: [WARNING: OPINION WITHIN] Black captain america, female

So they will be making a black captain america, completely trashing the original story. Trashed in what way? Trashed the way they killed off Superman in the 90's and now he's permanently dead and they've never done another story about him since? Or trashed the way that when the Watchmen movie came ...
by firechicago
Sun Jul 13, 2014 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Project Euler
Replies: 411
Views: 157103

Re: Project Euler

And now I realize that what I picked up from the Codecademy Python course about reading from files was woefully incomplete. Time to take a look at the actual documentation.

Thanks for answering my dumb newbie question.
by firechicago
Sun Jul 13, 2014 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Project Euler
Replies: 411
Views: 157103

Re: Project Euler

Okay, at the risk of looking really stupid ... I'm starting to teach myself python, and using the Project Euler problems as a break from more tedious exercises. I'm about 20 in, and the thing I'm finding hardest (or at least most annoying) is parsing the data provided in the problem into a form that...
by firechicago
Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1716113

Re: Today I Learned

I suspect the reason is that all, or almost all, of the ingredients have to get shipped from the mainland by plane or boat. When you think of the thousands of miles that tomato paste traveled, it's actually somewhat miraculous that it's as cheap as it is.
by firechicago
Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2641
Views: 539645

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Read the reviews. I haven't played 2014, but one review was very telling. IIRC It said something like 2014 lets you create your own decks in a draft or sealed deck format(something like that) with random cards. Except to prevent players from re-rolling constantly to get the 'best' deck, they locked...
by firechicago
Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Bad math
Replies: 88
Views: 18301

Re: Bad math

It might not be true in general, but the two examples you picked still work with Cesaro summation. And now I realize that I had slightly but crucially misunderstood the definition of Cesaro sums. Also, really cool stack exchange post on Cesaro sums and where they are useful (look at the first answe...
by firechicago
Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Bad math
Replies: 88
Views: 18301

Re: Bad math

The idea of assigning sums to divergent series is a bit weird. Obviously it requires a different definition of "sum" than what is normally used, but that's OK because even just sums of convergent infinite series require a different definition than finite sums. The meaning of such sums is ...
by firechicago
Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
Replies: 146
Views: 44397

Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

Well, I think it's clear now that it's an uninspired civ5 clone. Reskinned for resale. The most divergent detail being a technology web . Screw you guys, I'm going home. What tipped you off to the fact that it was going to be a "civ5 clone?" Was it maybe the word "Civilization" ...
by firechicago
Sun Jun 01, 2014 1:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3480678

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

just like priority in support tickets, the labeling as fragile should never be done by the customer. the decision should be made by the shipping company, perhaps with a short questionaire. the important thing is that the algorithm is opaque to the customer, so it can't be rigged. Presumably all you...
by firechicago
Fri May 30, 2014 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 603625

Re: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)

As you all may or may not know, our useless lump of a state legislature has failed to act on raising the minimum wage and instituting earned sick time. That means that if we want a minimum wage that's higher than 8 dollars an hour (not to mention indexing to inflation, earned sick time, a tipped min...
by firechicago
Tue May 27, 2014 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Possibly illegal but ostensibly feasible money-making scheme
Replies: 17
Views: 4123

Re: Possibly illegal but ostensibly feasible money-making sc

I'd want to look really closely at the regulations and contracts around metering in your jurisdiction. Chances are that they're a lot more complicated than just saying "the power company cuts you a check for whatever the going rate per kWh is when you put power back onto the grid." Firstly...
by firechicago
Mon May 19, 2014 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A new way to produce hydroelectricity
Replies: 38
Views: 9155

Re: A new way to produce hydroelectricity

To build on Phillip's response with some more concrete numbers: The pressure at a given depth within a reservoir is determined by the equation P = d*g*h where P is the pressure, d is the density of the liquid, g is the gravitational acceleration, and h is the height from the top of the reservoir to ...
by firechicago
Sun May 18, 2014 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A new way to produce hydroelectricity
Replies: 38
Views: 9155

Re: A new way to produce hydroelectricity

What if the water tanks were built like the cylinders in a combustion engine. What if instead of using compressed air there was a hollow metal piston (filled with air so that it would rise up to the surface of the tank whenever it is filled up with water) inside the tank with proper seals to ensure...
by firechicago
Sat May 17, 2014 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A new way to produce hydroelectricity
Replies: 38
Views: 9155

Re: A new way to produce hydroelectricity

You're not reading what we are saying: You are misreading the flow rate numbers. The flow rate listed on the web site you linked and other places is the flow rate into the compressor. So if it lists a flow rate of 20 m3 per minute at 20 bar, that means that it takes 20 m3 of 1 bar (atmospheric press...
by firechicago
Sat May 17, 2014 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A new way to produce hydroelectricity
Replies: 38
Views: 9155

Re: A new way to produce hydroelectricity

Of course it isn’t, nor does the article claim that this is the case. The thing is according to the calculations approximately only 10 percent of the combined electricity produced by this method goes to operate the compressors; the remaining 90 percent of surplus electricity goes onto the grid. Now...
by firechicago
Tue May 13, 2014 2:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3480678

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

I'm talking about the cries of "He replied 'diet coke' to my 'how are you?'. I'm a actual human being, asshole, I'm not just someone who brings you your drink.". Which is a very strange mentality to me, because around here, everyone is perfectly aware that they're "person-who-does-$j...

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