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by Pathway
Sun Apr 22, 2007 6:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: It can lift 50 times its own weight...
Replies: 92
Views: 11925

Last I checked, I was bigger than a wasp. - RG> "Leiningen Versus the Ants" may scare you. It may scare you a lot. It may make you reconsider your opinion of your potency against your night-black, implacable foe . Do not meddle in the affairs of Formicidae , for they are subtle and quick ...
by Pathway
Sat Apr 21, 2007 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0251: "CD Tray Fight"
Replies: 58
Views: 21609

ulnevets wrote:office space


PC Load Letter? What the fuck does that even mean?!
by Pathway
Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 689708

Wait, this thing is huge. Wow. Why didn't anyone tell me there was an intro thread?
by Pathway
Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your Greatest Regret
Replies: 137
Views: 15152

On a lighter note:

SargeZT wrote:Oh dear no, I love penguins. They're my favorite animal ever besides cows.

The reason I would kill penguins would be, no one ever, ever fucking kills penguins.
by Pathway
Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0251: "CD Tray Fight"
Replies: 58
Views: 21609

This comic addresses a primal fear of all of ours, I think. It's one thing to afford the computer control over its primitive, inner workings; it's quite different to let it fight with you, as if its very nature is to corrupt all your workings and draw them within itself!
by Pathway
Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Plays by the Shooter at Virginia Tech
Replies: 29
Views: 6345

Belial wrote:Dear god those plays hurt every part of me that has ever written words next to each other.


I'm almost afraid to ask. But I guess I have to.

How... how many parts is that, exactly?
by Pathway
Thu Apr 19, 2007 3:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "Where is the old you?"
Replies: 22
Views: 3097

3.14159265... wrote:But people who use that as a strategie to get you, when they are mad at you:

HATE!/(1-0.99999...)


You just divided by zero.
by Pathway
Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Garry Kasparov and a Troubled Russia
Replies: 3
Views: 2135

[quote="Vaniver"][quote]“We can flout the laws of thermodynamics to create energy and quality through positive transformationâ€
by Pathway
Mon Apr 16, 2007 8:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Garry Kasparov and a Troubled Russia
Replies: 3
Views: 2135

Garry Kasparov and a Troubled Russia

http://tls.timesonline.co.uk/article/0, ... 28,00.html

Russia is in trouble. Will Kasparov's efforts get him anywhere, or will he end up poisoned or shot?
by Pathway
Sun Apr 15, 2007 8:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Interconnections of Science Papers
Replies: 3
Views: 2949

What's your Erdos Number?
by Pathway
Sat Apr 14, 2007 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I am Not an Atheist
Replies: 79
Views: 15886

I'm using ~A to mean "you can prove that you cannot prove A", or "you can derive ~T from A", depending on context. I interpreted it as " 'A is not true' is true." Your definition and mine basically differ in that you use 'provability' and I use 'truth,' which are diffe...
by Pathway
Sat Apr 14, 2007 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I am Not an Atheist
Replies: 79
Views: 15886

It's untrue, because the statement says that it's a relationship which always occurs.
by Pathway
Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: When is a rock a rock?
Replies: 58
Views: 10499

It's highly subjective: it depends on the rock's recognition as sculpture by a vague bundle of sensory perceptions.
by Pathway
Sat Apr 14, 2007 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I am Not an Atheist
Replies: 79
Views: 15886

If you know something only by logic, it is not certain that you know that about nature. It is true that physics has made predictions based on existing theories and logic. However, these predictions needed evidence before anyone would believe them. And rightly so. But if you know something by logic ...
by Pathway
Sat Apr 14, 2007 6:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "The Algorithm" on the front page of xkcd.com
Replies: 115
Views: 57262

THE ALGORITHM IS O(N)
by Pathway
Sat Apr 14, 2007 5:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Galdarnit. I suck.
Replies: 38
Views: 5087

Mister_Penguin wrote:Heh, I'm starting to feel better. Pretty everyone else thought the test went horribly, and the professor said the test was particularly hard. Thankfully, the way he scales the exams, a low medain means better grades for most students.



What number is that class?
by Pathway
Sat Apr 14, 2007 3:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd sightings in your hometown (and other places)
Replies: 384
Views: 117558

3.14159265... wrote:I introduced xkcd to a buncha ppl, and it has been a frequenct for presentations. Btw mods, is that cool, to just refrence it, or does Randal want money for it kinda thing?


It's under a Creative Commons license so as long as you make no money off of it, it's probably cool.
by Pathway
Fri Apr 13, 2007 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What are the top universities for Mathematics
Replies: 54
Views: 9672

SpitValve wrote:There's always Oxbridge :)


I heard Camford's better.
by Pathway
Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I am lyworm, and I am on a diet.
Replies: 45
Views: 9147

Re: I am lyworm, and I am on a diet.

Is it just me or does the idea of 'dieting' kill weight-control? Or weight-loss, which might be the same thing for most people in the short run, but implies a temporary fix. If you're on a 'diet' it seems temporary and transitory, and will affect your mind-set. But to control your weight, not just l...
by Pathway
Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I am Not an Atheist
Replies: 79
Views: 15886

Aristotle didn't just make up A=C. Humans discovered logic, and learned to apply it. Which brings to mind a totally unrelated thought, which might turn into a new thread. Thank you for that. Let's say we all live in the Matrix. In the Matrix, there are rules such as A=B, B=C, A=C. Suppose that is a...
by Pathway
Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: LE4dGOLEM's BIRTHDAY! - Was an April Fools joke
Replies: 101
Views: 23690

que? kinda funny, in the way that its funny when some guy on a late-night train pulls a knife, starts yelling and standing over you, then tells you he's kidding and starts starts chatting to you. That. Would. Be. Hilarious. Incidentally, this was one of the most entertaining things I've experienced...
by Pathway
Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I am Not an Atheist
Replies: 79
Views: 15886

But I didn't so much mean that opinion can't generally be argued, but rather that this particular opinion can't be argued. It would boil down to little more than conjecture piled up on conjecture. i.e. a waste of time. I may have come off a little harsh--but this is exactly what I mean. If it's bas...
by Pathway
Tue Apr 10, 2007 3:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Infinity
Replies: 67
Views: 12475

Re: Infinity

0*∞ = ∞*0 is necessary (multiplication in the real numbers is commutative) so you can't use an order-dependent definition. Even if you could, infinity doesn't have the properties of numbers so you can't treat it like one. Normal numbers are elements of an ordered set, meaning there are n...
by Pathway
Tue Apr 10, 2007 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I am Not an Atheist
Replies: 79
Views: 15886

What? I am well aware that I cannot justify the claim that we are the greatest. And of course it's possible that someone has already gotten to the place that we're going to. But here's the punchline: I happen to think that we are unique. Only human beings can discover the secrets of the universe. Th...
by Pathway
Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are Linux and Mac really safer from hacking?
Replies: 43
Views: 9620

There are actually Linux distros in which it is very easy to install programs and get things running. Ubuntu in particular.
by Pathway
Mon Apr 09, 2007 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I am Not an Atheist
Replies: 79
Views: 15886

If people would admit that the power and responsibility is in their own hands that we are quite conceivably the most powerful species in the universe, I think they'd do a lot more to better their world while they had a chance, instead of leaving such things to "God." This is my point of v...
by Pathway
Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why I am Not an Atheist
Replies: 79
Views: 15886

Re: Why I am Not an Atheist

What Illogical Logician is saying is that, once we cure him of his irrational optimism, he will be an atheist. :lol:
by Pathway
Mon Apr 09, 2007 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0244: "Tabletop Roleplaying"
Replies: 212
Views: 47375

If the ball thinks it's going at an infinite speed it's actually going at the speed of light due to relativistic weirdness. Surely light is not travelling at infinite speed, as it takes time to travel? If you accelerate an object to almost the speed of light, from that object's frame of reference e...
by Pathway
Thu Apr 05, 2007 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0244: "Tabletop Roleplaying"
Replies: 212
Views: 47375

Re: "recursion" is no word

Assuming you surmount those two problems.....generally, that kind of spacial "issue" is resolved in D&D by causing horrible destruction. Shoving a bag of holding (extradimensional space in a bag) into a portable hole tends to cause explosions on the ethereal plane, and a complete dest...
by Pathway
Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: language: importance and necessity
Replies: 30
Views: 7113

I always took queen-drone communication as being analogous to human brain-human thigh muscle communication. The quad muscle acts out the brain's will as desired. All that's different is that the bugger queen's brain is capable of more multitasking, and the drone has evolved to be a perfect extensio...
by Pathway
Wed Apr 04, 2007 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0244: "Tabletop Roleplaying"
Replies: 212
Views: 47375

This is similar to parts of http://qntm.org/ed and http://qntm.org/destroy, both of which I liked. Things would start to get very interesting around that tube long before you disintegrated the bottom ring. As the pebble neared the speed of light, its mass would increase greatly, with amusing graviti...
by Pathway
Wed Apr 04, 2007 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0244: "Tabletop Roleplaying"
Replies: 212
Views: 47375

0244: "Tabletop Roleplaying"

Image

Alt-text: "I may have also tossed one of a pair of teleportation rings into the ocean, with interesting results."

I'm not clear on what the alt-text describes. Is it a hoop through which you step to teleport?
by Pathway
Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Crossroads: Javascript maze
Replies: 25
Views: 6045

Mmm... I've found there are a [u]many[/i] places where you can make a move and nothing changes; i.e., you end up at the exact same location as before, with the map the same color and with the turns the same way.
by Pathway
Tue Apr 03, 2007 12:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A joke...
Replies: 99
Views: 21092

An economist and a mathematician are walking down the street on a hot summer day. They meet an icecream salesman and decide to get some icecream. After they both get the same icecream they sit down and the mathematician says "that's strange, we both got the same icecream and the total price wa...
by Pathway
Mon Apr 02, 2007 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0243: "Appropriate Term"
Replies: 89
Views: 41986

Trust me, they're better. When you touch a laptop's clit-mouse, the laptop knows you've touched its clit-mouse.
by Pathway
Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Compliment the poster above you :)
Replies: 908
Views: 95980

You honestly aren't as bad as I first thought you were.
by Pathway
Sun Apr 01, 2007 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0241: "Battle Room"
Replies: 199
Views: 67679

Imagine if the Dr device was down, either the one in Ender's Game or Children of the Mind. I never understood the progression. In Ender's Game, Dr. Device was invented about eighty years before and was this beam that probably moved at the speed of light. In Children of the Mind, it was this giganti...
by Pathway
Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Disgustingly blatant racism
Replies: 37
Views: 8409

Like the generalization that all psychopaths have a higher chance of breaking the law? Or that all autistic people usually have a problem communicating? I'm not racist, I just hate most everyone. "usually" and "have a higher chance of" are qualifiers that take the edge off of wh...
by Pathway
Sat Mar 31, 2007 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [ Poll ] Infinite loops
Replies: 185
Views: 40465

for(int i=10;i<11;i--) not infinite just will run for quite a while since i will wrap around to pos after a long time for(int i=10;i<11;i--){ if (i < 0) i = 10; //CODEBLOCK } Re Chef: an actual programming language with highly amusing syntax? Or just teh funny?
by Pathway
Sat Mar 31, 2007 7:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Disgustingly blatant racism
Replies: 37
Views: 8409

[...by something as inconsequential as the colour of someone's skin, which shouldn't have any effect on anything other than how fast they get sunburnt. And when it causes double standards, then it's plain unfair. I always thought it to be a double standard to say that differences between race can o...

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