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by Pathway
Sat May 17, 2008 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: new theory on numbers
Replies: 29
Views: 3446

Re: new theory on numbers

Cleverbeans wrote:
++$_ wrote:Numbers are much easier, it turns out.


Certainly more powerful, but easier? I beg to differ.


Adding areas and all that still requires you to use a concept of number, unless you want to do it with a straightedge and compass instead of your mind. Seems like an unnecessary complication.
by Pathway
Wed May 07, 2008 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Java Schools vs Scheme Schools
Replies: 31
Views: 5844

Re: Java Schools vs Scheme Schools

Why should I learn C instead of C++? Isn't C++ just C with added functionality?
by Pathway
Wed May 07, 2008 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Borg vs. Zerg
Replies: 308
Views: 49584

Re: Borg vs. Zerg

I think what you guys are missing is that the Borg have limitless capability to adapt, whereas the Zerg can only upgrade attacks and carapaces to 255 before their potential is tapped out.
by Pathway
Wed May 07, 2008 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How much of a math nerd are you?
Replies: 95
Views: 9601

Re: How much of a math nerd are you?

I did something very similar. "Because the cardinality of the set of times between now and when I have to be in class is the same as that between a few minutes later and when I have to be in class, sleeping more can't actually make me any later. Back to sleep." When reading that, I immedi...
by Pathway
Fri May 02, 2008 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Funniest/Most Annoying Code Comments
Replies: 662
Views: 142468

Re: Funniest/Most Annoying Code Comments

if (lives <= 0) {//lives won't ever be negative //but it never hurts to be cautious Couldn't this be done with assertions? I guess so. But this if statement enclosed code to be executed only if the player has run out of lives. It wasn't necessarily true at that point in the code that lives had to b...
by Pathway
Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese protests against the Free Tibet movement
Replies: 110
Views: 7972

Re: Chinese protests against the Free Tibet movement

Yeah... I was not told by others to mistrust the Chinese government. Neither was I ever-so-subtly led to by the evil Western media. I rationally came to that conclusion.
by Pathway
Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Epic coding moments
Replies: 127
Views: 22239

Re: Epic coding moments

Cosmo: What was the way you were doing them, and what was the more efficient way?
by Pathway
Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese protests against the Free Tibet movement
Replies: 110
Views: 7972

Re: Chinese protests against the Free Tibet movement

Dunno about that. I thought they were in vociferous support of their repressive government. It seems like they consider political freedom a small price to pay, as long as they're economically free.
by Pathway
Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese protests against the Free Tibet movement
Replies: 110
Views: 7972

Re: Chinese protests against the Free Tibet movement

Pathway I agree with you, but then it becomes an issue of wanting china to reform which has nothing to do with the Tibet issue. I am for giving very liberal freedoms to everyone that wants it. The chinese do. wait, are you saying the Chinese give 'liberal freedoms' to anyone who wants it? That is p...
by Pathway
Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese protests against the Free Tibet movement
Replies: 110
Views: 7972

Re: Chinese protests against the Free Tibet movement

As I said in the last few centuries there has been a tide of "we should civilize them" in Europe/North America. It's dumb. And before 300 years ago--not a bit of it! It's a recent phenomenon in European culture. Now, about the whole 'Free Tibet' thing: I support freeing Tibet, and allowin...
by Pathway
Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Funniest/Most Annoying Code Comments
Replies: 662
Views: 142468

Re: Funniest/Most Annoying Code Comments

Yeah, it was an intro class and my first real experience coding. I think it might have been tongue-in-cheek at the time, anyway.
by Pathway
Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:09 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Funniest/Most Annoying Code Comments
Replies: 662
Views: 142468

Re: Funniest/Most Annoying Code Comments

Code: Select all

if (lives <= 0) {//lives won't ever be negative
//but it never hurts to be cautious

by Pathway
Thu Apr 17, 2008 7:51 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: viewing .pdf
Replies: 11
Views: 2157

Re: viewing .pdf

Foxit is fantastic, that's all you need.
by Pathway
Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Perry Cox or Gregory House?
Replies: 167
Views: 19912

Re: Perry Cox or Gregory House?

Frankly, the idea that House is better in any way, shape, or form is laughable and should be considered an insult to your person. Better than what? COMPARATIVES DON'T WORK THAT WAY http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:uA6Mf3Cvx_uCJM:http://www.ssfuturama.cz/info/characters/pic/morbo.gif Better than ...
by Pathway
Sun Apr 06, 2008 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Linear Algebra and the construction of proofs [Homework]
Replies: 8
Views: 1457

Re: Linear Algebra and the construction of proofs [Homework]

Particularly, I had a problem on my exam that asked if the determinant of (S -1 AS) is equal to the determinant of A (short version: [/i]det ( S -1 AS ) = det ( A ) ) and I couldn't figure out how to answer because, well, couldn't figure out if the position of the inverse when it's a proper inverse...
by Pathway
Fri Apr 04, 2008 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Books
Replies: 379
Views: 273834

Re: Multivariable Calculus Text?

Calculus, Volume II by Tom Apostol is what my class uses. I think it's good.
by Pathway
Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: two-one function
Replies: 41
Views: 5005

Re: two-one function

f: R -> R , f(x) = x^2 , is two-to-one on R + . But is there a continuous function that has two x such that f(x) = y for all real y? Don't think so but I don't know how to prove it formally. You'd have to go up arbitrarily high and then come back down, which should mean a point of arbitrary sharpnes...
by Pathway
Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: William Lowell Putnam Competition
Replies: 73
Views: 8894

Re: William Lowell Putnam Competition

Bump, you should have your scores by now. What did everyone get?

I got a 10.

Also, there were 3753 students taking it if you don't want to figure it out from average ranks.
by Pathway
Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GRB080319B (or, How far can you see with your naked eye?)
Replies: 26
Views: 3159

Re: GRB080319B (or, How far can you see with your naked eye?)

One thing is for sure, if any single cell life was developing within a few light years of that system its been irradiated into oblivion. :lol: We can cross out that area for finding intelligent life in the universe! Yeah! Let's not travel the 7.5 billion light years to search there for intelligent ...
by Pathway
Sun Mar 23, 2008 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Distance Running Training
Replies: 15
Views: 2754

Re: Distance Running Training

Really? You're telling me that in those philosophies you had some kind of regular workout that you did everyday for, say, a season and that workout produced positive results for you? You did, say, just intervals or just long runs? I'm sorry, I don't buy that. Nah, what (s)he said was that was an el...
by Pathway
Sat Mar 22, 2008 5:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Next decade's soldiers of PEACE and DEMOCRACY [Robot Dog]
Replies: 69
Views: 8038

Re: Next decade's soldiers of PEACE and DEMOCRACY

So what does it say about my style of warfare that I immediately thought of strapping a big-ass bomb to the thing? A thousand or so of them, moving quickly, would be horrifying. It seems like it would be an unnecessary complication to make it fire while moving. Does anyone remember the crawling bomb...
by Pathway
Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: If you spend all your time finding the fastest way to die
Replies: 54
Views: 8035

Re: If you spend all your time finding the fastest way to die

How about N? Epic deaths there.
by Pathway
Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ender Wiggin: Awesome or Whiny? (The Ender's Game Thread)
Replies: 119
Views: 235725

Re: Ender's Game / time frame

Pathway: that makes the book much, much weaker. Well, it's not as if the end of the book is supposed to offer much resolution. Just read the last sentence: "He looked a long time." And if you read what Card's written on the subject, you'll see he intended Ender's Game to lead into Speaker...
by Pathway
Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recomend me some Sci-Fi !
Replies: 107
Views: 20944

Re: Recomend me some Sci-Fi !

Good recommendations so far. Dune though I'm not sure about, I've seen the movie and if it's anything like the actual novels I don't think I'd get very into it. A little to fantasy-ish for me (riding giant sand worms, life altering substance, strange powers). Was it the 1984 David Lynch version, wi...
by Pathway
Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ender Wiggin: Awesome or Whiny? (The Ender's Game Thread)
Replies: 119
Views: 235725

Re: Ender's Game / time frame

BatmanAoD wrote:2. The first concern is really more of a sub-point to this one: the entire Ender/Peter conflict was essentially resolved in a paragraph or so


One could argue that it's never resolved, and the thing that frees Ender is that the Peter he knew is essentially dead--replaced by this old Hegemon.
by Pathway
Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arthur C. Clarke Dies Aged 90
Replies: 19
Views: 2522

Re: Arthur C. Clarke Dies Aged 90

Man, I kind of felt left out when Gygax died because I don't play DnD. Should've known better. This sucks. Clarke was a master, one of the old greats. The only one I can really compare him to is Asimov, but Asimov died in 1992 so I'm used to Asimov being gone. This is a huge loss. Now I really have ...
by Pathway
Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Something none of my math teachers could ever answer me
Replies: 28
Views: 4320

Re: Something none of my math teachers could ever answer me

Would every integer be an irrational number in a base Pi digit system? O.o No. Integers are always integers, no matter what base you write them in -- even a confusing, ill-defined one like "base pi". I know it sounds like a nitpick, but I'm trying to figure out exactly what you mean by &q...
by Pathway
Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Student suspended for buying candy in school
Replies: 38
Views: 2927

Re: Student suspended for buying candy in school

Bakemaster wrote:I love the phrase, "the school experienced a rash of candy sales in the fall."


It was a crime wave like no other, as the most hardened of Gotham's criminals nightly prowled the streets in search of that which would fulfill their darkest desires...
by Pathway
Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen
Replies: 153
Views: 9802

Re: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen

Who's to say that putting the familiar British institutions and leaders into other contexts didn't offer a fresh perspective and illustrate certain absurdities that might not have been evident, since people were used to them?........And given British society at the time, it's possible that saying t...
by Pathway
Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen
Replies: 153
Views: 9802

Re: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen

I take issue with your statement that there are wrong ways to go about communicating with people I was imprecise. Allow me to rephrase. "A novel is probably not even remotely the most effective, efficient, or reliable way to go about this" Ah. Thank you. I can now contradict your statemen...
by Pathway
Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen
Replies: 153
Views: 9802

Re: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen

Or maybe the joke is on you, and his intent is for you to get nothing worthwhile out of it? Just saying. So, if I don't know anything about you, I can't know anything about the meaning a given message will convey? You can confine yourself to concise communication which is unlikely to evoke different...
by Pathway
Wed Mar 12, 2008 4:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen
Replies: 153
Views: 9802

Re: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen

And what he intended to communicate to us is important--not just what he actually ends up communicating to us. Why? At best, all he can do that really *matters* is draw attention to that interpretation. If the interpretation isn't supported by the text, or if nobody else can see it, then him insist...
by Pathway
Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen
Replies: 153
Views: 9802

Re: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen

Er, wait. I just said that F451 "makes" a case--but that's the thing: it doesn't. It's nonsense to read a text as anything other than the product of a human mind (broadly speaking). It's Bradbury that is writing. And what he intended to communicate to us is important--not just what he actu...
by Pathway
Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen
Replies: 153
Views: 9802

Re: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen

Sometimes a traffic horn is just trying to get somebody's attention or express frustration. Passing it off as art in the same sense as a violin player's vibrato just does a dis-service to the actual artist. So what you're saying is that we owe it to artists to only pay attention to the meanings the...
by Pathway
Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen
Replies: 153
Views: 9802

Re: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen

The question of whether literary analysis is art or science presents a false dichotomy. It's like you're playing "Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral" and someone says "Love." But a piece of literature isn't an argument, it's a piece of art. How does finding a new meaning or a new way ...
by Pathway
Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravity affecting energy not mass
Replies: 16
Views: 3915

Re: Gravity effecting energy not mass

That can't be so, because there are many types of energy which do not increase gravitational force. Does getting hotter increase gravity's pull on you? Does spinning? If the effect is too small to measure, it should still be visible in our particle accelerators where a mass of several MeV is given m...
by Pathway
Mon Mar 03, 2008 2:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Kenyan/Somalian elders may fine Clinton in cattle
Replies: 24
Views: 3460

Re: Kenyan/Somalian elders may fine Clinton in cattle

Belial wrote:
segmentation fault wrote:should i even be surprised that shit this ridiculous could ever happen, ever?


This isn't ridiculous, it's fantastic.


Can the ridiculous not be fantastic? :D

I think it's a good thing that they're trying to fine her cattle instead of money. Go-away money would be so easy...
by Pathway
Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A question on the speed of light
Replies: 42
Views: 4669

Re: A question on the speed of light

I think we should be more careful talking about hypothetical objects moving faster than the speed of light. Mathematically the equations say they move backwards in time but if we do not know of any such particles would it really contradict any observations if they did not? On a completely unrelated...
by Pathway
Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Software
Replies: 143
Views: 163888

Re: Can't find good math software

There's Sage (http://www.sagemath.org/). I haven't tried it but it's supposed to be a Mathematica/Maple substitute.
by Pathway
Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mccain uses quantum public funds
Replies: 15
Views: 2331

Re: Mccain uses quantum public funds

Unfortunately, due to an unforeseen use of 'magic numbers' instead of predefined constants, the spec changes also mean that everything Solt does will only correspond 50% to bakemaster's intentions. Hilarity ensues!

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