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by Pathway
Fri Sep 07, 2007 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Understanding Advanced Math Writings
Replies: 13
Views: 2241

GEB doesn't really cover calculus, so we won't tell you to use it for that. That said--it seems to be a wonderfully written book, and you might benefit a lot from forcing yourself to read it slowly and carefully. Which is really the only way to read mathematics, incidentally. As for calculus, if you...
by Pathway
Sun Sep 02, 2007 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mozilla is going to kill us all
Replies: 9
Views: 3287

idont_know12 wrote:But even if 'dinosaur' raptors never existed, doesn't 'raptor' refer to a modern-day bird of prey as well?


12 points!
by Pathway
Tue Aug 28, 2007 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games that aged well (Merge'd - Old Favorites)
Replies: 462
Views: 82645

Insignificant Deification wrote:
Also, most likely Homeworld (????)


!!!!!, more like.
by Pathway
Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Calculus
Replies: 13
Views: 2705

I just googled 'calculus basic' and came up with this pdf: http://www.stat.wisc.edu/~ifischer/calculus.pdf It's not rigorous, but it seems pretty good for introductory material. Maybe there are places out there that have better explanations--I don't know. Try MIT's OpenCourseWare: http://ocw.mit.edu...
by Pathway
Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0308: "Interesting Life"
Replies: 256
Views: 51421

Cat-6 cable... fancy! I only ever have a need for Cat-5e. I can only sit and dream.

elminster wrote:
IronPirate wrote:Alright, back to Bioshock.

...and the rootkit drm that comes with it. Thats the really scary thing about the game.


That 'rootkit' was not a rootkit. Pay attention.
by Pathway
Mon Aug 27, 2007 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Would you kindly talk about Bioshock? (**Spilers!**)
Replies: 64
Views: 10130

The "rootkit" is NOT a rootkit. Read the Slashdot commentary.
by Pathway
Sun Aug 26, 2007 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What do you find comfort in knowing?
Replies: 52
Views: 5429

Gelsamel wrote:That I can edit and delete your offtopic posts.


That there exists such a force for righteousness and benevolence in the universe.
by Pathway
Sun Aug 26, 2007 4:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cool ideas for absolutely anything
Replies: 129
Views: 10346

I've been thinking about that since...first grade, really. School is such a waste of time. Not in the usual nihilistic sense of the phrase, but I mean it's inefficient. It takes up a lot of time for the small amount of information retained, in addition to being a lot of stress. We need some sort of...
by Pathway
Sun Aug 26, 2007 4:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: That doesn't look right.
Replies: 52
Views: 5141

Alpha Omicron wrote:Clearly she's been shrink-wrapped.


She is a female Roy Orbison.
by Pathway
Sun Aug 26, 2007 4:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What do you find comfort in knowing?
Replies: 52
Views: 5429

Re: What do you find comfort in knowing?

I had just gotten out of the shower, and I was thinking about how front loading washing machines save energy by relying on gravity to move the clothes. That made me think about how some devices might be designed to rely on things which aren't really reliable. I can't think of an example off the top...
by Pathway
Sat Aug 25, 2007 6:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TV Tropes
Replies: 3
Views: 1766

That site's amazingly entertaining--subtle satire or simple truth? I can't decide.
by Pathway
Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Giant hole in universe
Replies: 27
Views: 5178

"that amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the center of all infinity—the boundless daemon sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time and space amidst the muffled, maddening...
by Pathway
Sat Aug 25, 2007 5:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Packing for College
Replies: 133
Views: 9983

Belial wrote:bring a waste basket. It's the thing I always forget.


Dorms may provide them.
by Pathway
Fri Aug 24, 2007 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: I wonder know how interesting these formulas are
Replies: 7
Views: 2107

C is commonly thought of as the 'first' note, and it's definitely the first key to learn (no sharps or flats in the major scale). "Middle C" is what pianists center on, so it makes sense to treat it that way. You can always just add a routine to add n steps. Then you could treat music in t...
by Pathway
Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Windows is Free?
Replies: 72
Views: 9125

Yep. As a WinME user at the time, I can say that Win2k was the only workable option.
by Pathway
Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Reuters' Darfur Correspondent
Replies: 8
Views: 1503

But... But the first name of her is Opheera!
by Pathway
Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Windows is Free?
Replies: 72
Views: 9125

Windows will work after you install it. Ridiculous generalization. Take Windows XP, take Ubuntu, take a random selection of preexisting computer configurations. Windows will be significantly more likely to install without problems. [citation needed] No, but seriously--I'm not at all convinced that ...
by Pathway
Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 756*
Replies: 46
Views: 7201

altie wrote:OK, they're steroid test bunnies, but the point stands.


[citation needed]
by Pathway
Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fozen Smoke
Replies: 4
Views: 2023

e946: It's actually something from 1931, but we can now manipulate it with 21st-century tech, apparently. I was going to say RTFA, but it's technically in the TimesOnline article that the planetsave article links to. Still, that's where the planetsave guys got most of their info. But this is cool. I...
by Pathway
Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Planning to Reincarnate in China? No You're Not.
Replies: 23
Views: 3226

But that's the thing. They're a lot easier to convince than the fundies. If they're willing to deny something like that then they'll be willing to deny that gayness is evil.

Apostasy is a step on the road to loss of faith.
by Pathway
Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Planning to Reincarnate in China? No You're Not.
Replies: 23
Views: 3226

This is so funny. "We believe when I die I come back as another human" "Well don't come back in our area" "Fine I will come back as a rich American :P" Also the thing about 20% of Americans believing in re-incarnation. My hopes for a less religious America are shattere...
by Pathway
Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Windows is Free?
Replies: 72
Views: 9125

I don't buy his implication that most people pirate Windows. I bet a lot of people just get it OEM.
by Pathway
Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HOLY SHIT
Replies: 13
Views: 2485

This is pretty awesome, but I have to doubt that plasma pulses will be kid-safe. Heat from the laser caused the air to expand, producing a crackling sound that resembled a series of tiny explosions. Can't believe no one's mentioned this yet. How loud do you think it is? I'm not up on my plasma-micro...
by Pathway
Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Planning to Reincarnate in China? No You're Not.
Replies: 23
Views: 3226

Planning to Reincarnate in China? No You're Not.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20227400/site/newsweek/

This is an ultimately self-defeating policy, as China will find when its birth-rate declines drastically. Who wants to be reborn with all that paperwork? India is right next door!
by Pathway
Tue Aug 21, 2007 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What level of mathematics do people know on this forum?
Replies: 63
Views: 9532

Ok I am gonna ask another question What exactly is conisdered Calc 1 2 etc. Whats the difference between second year Calc and Real analysis? Calc 1 is limits, derivatives, integrals, their relationship (fundamental theorem of calculus) and methods for evaluating them (integration by substitution, i...
by Pathway
Mon Aug 20, 2007 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0305: "Rule 34"
Replies: 196
Views: 113432

radiantthought , that was the April Fool's Day issue of XKCD too. Was it? damn, I thought I was on to some conspiracy type shit going on. You are. There is a worldwide conspiracy to cause confusion and hilarity through the use of deception and trickery. Each year, on the appointed day, we--I mean, ...
by Pathway
Sun Aug 19, 2007 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Using a tesseract to create "free energy"?
Replies: 7
Views: 2419

Yeah, and there was some interesting stuff on bags of holding there too.
by Pathway
Sun Aug 19, 2007 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Neat or am I an idiot?
Replies: 13
Views: 3009

To explain why your perfect squares differ by successive odd numbers: Say you have an arbitrary number n. What's the difference between its square and the next number's square? (n+1)^2 - n^2 Now this simplifies to (n^2 + 2n + 1) - n^2 The n^2 terms cancel and you have 2n + 1 Which is the formula for...
by Pathway
Sun Aug 19, 2007 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Challenge - Irrational Numbers (make a proof)
Replies: 8
Views: 4428

Do all fractions containing two integers repeat in decimal form eventually? Yes. They're still rational. Rational means that you can express the number precisely as a ratio of integers--i.e., a fraction like 22/7 or 1/3 or 3/59 or 18/1. IRRATIONAL means that there is no such fraction. The only ways...
by Pathway
Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Just when you thought airports couldn't get worse...
Replies: 30
Views: 5060

Lani and Ttwitchh think about this. I am in the airport, and then someone comes up to me and says they want to talk to me. I apparently was sweating too much. Now they do a check up and whoa, I am against the American government, both democrats and republicans. I visited Afghanistan twice in the la...
by Pathway
Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Abusing Undergrads
Replies: 14
Views: 3799

He actually did that at Stanford, where he was an undergrad. It's up on wisc.edu because he did his Ph.D. at Madison.
by Pathway
Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Abusing Undergrads
Replies: 14
Views: 3799

Did you get linked to this from Slashdot?
by Pathway
Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pi's Utopia
Replies: 63
Views: 6150

I'm not claiming people aren't educable to a certain extent, but I would definitely say that not all people have the ability to learn learn basic Algebra, Calculus, Grade 12 Sciences (Phys, Bio, Chem), and a bit of History is a true statement. Even if you said "most people have the ability...&q...
by Pathway
Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pi's Utopia
Replies: 63
Views: 6150

Okay, pi, you really need to slow down and think about what people are saying. It's fine if you want to provide item-by-item responses, but in doing so, realize that you're ignoring several deep questions that are being raised about this 'utopia' of yours. Those typos that riddle your post are a sym...
by Pathway
Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Future Path
Replies: 38
Views: 5495

I like to call this trust in vengeance. A local diner laces your food with poison to get rid of you because he does not like you. The populace (as the people are their own police) determine the guilt of the local diner. The diner is then made to dance the hemp fandango. The diner can forsee this, s...
by Pathway
Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pi's Utopia
Replies: 63
Views: 6150

You need to write that rule again--this time, with parentheses.
by Pathway
Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Future Path
Replies: 38
Views: 5495

First: I said currently. This is a disclaimer and protects me from your rebuttal ;) You also said "generally." That implies--er, generality. I think. It also negates the specificity implied in your statement about the "current" state of things. So I generalized a conclusion abou...
by Pathway
Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pi's Utopia
Replies: 63
Views: 6150

Now we're not cool with regards to epistemology anymore. Nothing can be thought of as "persumed (sic) true due to the scientific method." We can't presume something to be true--EVER. The most we can do is conclude that it is LIKELY--and that is a permanently temporary conclusion. That is t...
by Pathway
Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Future Path
Replies: 38
Views: 5495

Re: The Future Path

Eugenics ... would generally require the disposal of the vast majority of specimens. Not necessarily. With a long-view approach, aided by genetic manipulation, it wouldn't be necessary to use crude, early-20th-century type methods for improving humanity's genetic stock. Also, your options neglect a...
by Pathway
Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pi's Utopia
Replies: 63
Views: 6150

We can say that something is very likely true, and that the scientific method has found evidence for it, this does not mean that we are claiming it to be true. That's what is meant when we say, "the data support Hypothesis A." So, good. We're on the same page re: epistemology now at least...

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