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by Derek
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: chess under duress
Replies: 27
Views: 13971

Re: chess under duress

If you've already pre-planned for this why not just say, each move I will move 3 pieces, but not actually place them. I'll pick it up and move it but leave my finger on it and then return it to where it was. You could use this to encode a lot of information. If pre-planning is available you could a...
by Derek
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Graph theory terminology
Replies: 16
Views: 11456

Re: Graph theory terminology

Edges and vertices doing math. Nodes is acceptable when programming.
by Derek
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Graph theory terminology
Replies: 16
Views: 11456

Re: Graph theory terminology

Edges and vertices doing math. Nodes is acceptable when programming.
by Derek
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: chess under duress
Replies: 27
Views: 13971

Re: chess under duress

Why not just send longitude and latitude? How many bits does it take to communicate those to, say, 100 meters of precision?
by Derek
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Multi-line Anonymous Functions in Python
Replies: 32
Views: 41627

Re: Multi-line Anonymous Functions in Python

Here's the same stuff in Java Ok, I've got some issues with your Java: -Since you're using Java 8, prefer Supplier to Calleable. They have the same interface, but Supplier has a more general meaning semantically. -I don't like the way COND takes a List<Calleable>. This isn't type safe. It should ta...
by Derek
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 287166

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Yes, I've definitely always said it with a G on the end. Wikipedia says that it is actually the older spelling and pronunciation.
by Derek
Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: is projectile motion 3 dimensional or 2 dimensional?
Replies: 24
Views: 8051

Re: is projectile motion 3 dimensional or 2 dimensional?

Eebster the Great wrote:The abstract does point out that smooth self-affine curves do exist, in spite of common sense to the contrary.

I would like an example of such a curve. Preferably with a picture. The above paper cites a Russian paper for this claim.
by Derek
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Spaces in paths & filenames
Replies: 45
Views: 18061

Re: Spaces in paths & filenames

We're not cavemen. If your program can't correctly handle paths with spaces, your program is bad.
by Derek
Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Multi-line Anonymous Functions in Python
Replies: 32
Views: 41627

Re: Multi-line Anonymous Functions in Python

I feel like you're trying to intentionally invoke Greenspun's Tenth Rule
by Derek
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1990
Views: 485310

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

They're all arbitrary, but any system that separates Eurasia but not the Americas is just being obtuse for obtuseness' sake. Right? The only real distinction between Europe and Asia is cultural, the geographic borders that are drawn between them are extremely vague and usually just follow some obsc...
by Derek
Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1990
Views: 485310

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

"These United States" and especially "these united states" (lowercase) annoy the hell out of me. It seems like some sort of unnecessary flourish which adds exactly nothing to the meaning. I've heard people claim that "these united states" emphasizes the individual stat...
by Derek
Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 287166

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

The only time you can really have a stressed schwa in English is if you stress a monosyllabic word with a schwa (a normally unstressed word, like "the" or "a"). Most of these words have a non-schwa form that you can use when stressed, but you can stress them while using the schwa...
by Derek
Wed May 31, 2017 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 287166

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Mega85 wrote:"pee can" is a can to pee in.

"puh cahn" is a type of pie.

Okay, but what's a "pee cahn"?
by Derek
Tue May 30, 2017 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Neighbors of a cluster: What is this called?
Replies: 8
Views: 8103

Re: Neighbors of a cluster: What is this called?

What you want is a spatial datastructure, which allows you to do calculations like finding nearest neighbors in O(log(n)) time. The k-d trees that Qaanol mentioned are a common solution.
by Derek
Tue May 23, 2017 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 122932

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I don't 'like' it, but it opens up the possibility of personhood extending so that a non-human person (that's a bit negative-sounding, but an "orangutan person", a "dolphin person", a "Nexus 6 person", a "horta person", etc would be considered neutral, outsid...
by Derek
Tue May 16, 2017 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Pi vs Tau
Replies: 19
Views: 12685

Re: Pi vs Tau

Perhaps some alien civilization or alternate universe uses κ = π/2 = τ/4 as a circle constant and is wondering why the pi-ists want to ruin the beauty of e κi = i. Do we really need to add a "1"? (Also, the series of identities above looks better with κ.) This has been suggested before. I...
by Derek
Sun May 14, 2017 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Pi vs Tau
Replies: 19
Views: 12685

Re: Pi vs Tau

Are we going to get all the old works translated, or just note to everyone being introduced to math that if they try to read anything before the year of the switch they should expect a symbol for tau/2? And during the interim it can go either way. Granted, I would hope anyone digging through old ma...
by Derek
Fri May 12, 2017 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Favorite Programming Language
Replies: 32
Views: 24280

Re: Favorite Programming Language

So far, every language I met had *some* use case where it shines, and *some* use case where it's a poor choice. What was Java's "shining" example? *runs* The standard library is god tier. No other language even compares to it. If I need to write something that I know is going to need to d...
by Derek
Mon May 08, 2017 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 287166

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I don't really pronounce the l, but it does change the vowel. I have the caught-bot merger, but there is a difference in how I say "tock" and "talk". I'm having trouble putting my finger on it exactly what it is though.
by Derek
Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 122932

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Huh, I guess it must be a lot more common this side of the pond; I can't imagine anyone here not knowing the phrase (this phrase is where the Harry Potter wizarding sense of "squib" comes from and was just assumed to be understood) I've never heard it before, and I always thought that &qu...
by Derek
Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 120
Views: 64015

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

I recall it being shown in one of my freshman CS classes that Union Find is O(log*(n)), however this bound is not tight. It's actually O(inverse ackermann), but showing that is much more difficult.

But I feel like we've gone maximally off topic if we're now talking about O(inverse ackermann).
by Derek
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What is log² x?
Replies: 11
Views: 9694

Re: What is log² x?

For iterated functions I see f (n) (x) more frequently than f n (x). This smells like a context issue - I expect f (n) (x) to be the n th derivative without context. Of course, there is no reason to put derivatives inside of big Ohs... I've never seen higher-order derivatives expres...
by Derek
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 122932

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

gmalivuk wrote:The Google Books corpus has "sweetheart" long before "sweetard", so I've fixed Wiktionary to reflect this.

And I was just about to ask ask where Wiktionary gave that theory credence.
by Derek
Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 120
Views: 64015

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

Yakk wrote:Why would a vector iterator need log(n) space?

Btw, log^2 is awkward notation.

Indexing a collection of size n requires at least log_2(n) space. It doesn't matter whether the whether the index is a counter, a pointer, or some more complicated structure.
by Derek
Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 122932

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

"Railroad crossing".
by Derek
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Is 0 a natural number?
Replies: 35
Views: 22783

Re: Is 0 a natural number?

How about base (1 - 4/n)? For a base less than 1 wouldn't it be simpler to use 1/b? Using 1/(1-4/n), then 0.444... = n. At least for n > 4, for small n is gets weird. n=3 and n=1 are negative bases, and it doesn't work at all for n=4 (undefined base) and n=2 (base -1, 0.444... does not converge). F...
by Derek
Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Is 0 a natural number?
Replies: 35
Views: 22783

Re: Is 0 a natural number?

Xenomortis wrote:And don't forget about the Fourier Transform.

Now I'm wondering if there is an algorithm to find the fouriest base for a given number that is better than a linear search.
by Derek
Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 122932

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I'm not sure, but I feel like the larger the waste collection the more likely I am to call it "garbage" instead of "trash". Like I would say that a landfill is full of "garbage", but the can next to my desk is "trash". Here, we use instead tend to use "ru...
by Derek
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 287166

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Do you pronounce "absent" as "apsent"? I do. Dictionaries say "ab sent", but I say it as "ap sent". I was going to say "absent", but now I'm not sure that I'm consistent about it. It's definitely "absent" if I'm enunciating, but in faster ...
by Derek
Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 287166

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

"Herbivore" definitely without the H.
by Derek
Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Convert points from a 2d space with a real dimension x and an imaginary dimension y
Replies: 19
Views: 4403

Re: Convert points from a 2d space with a real dimension x and an imaginary dimension y

There is a thing called split-complex numbers that act like complex numbers but with an imaginary unit j that is a square root of +1. Maybe this is what you are looking for. Despite reading as far down that page as it seems to still promise the proper explanation, I'm still somewhat unsure as to wh...
by Derek
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 122932

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

"Home economics" (the high school cooking classes) is commonly abbreviated (around here) to "home ec". Yes, Home Cconomics is invariably "Home Ec". But all actual economics classes were "econ". I've also seen "econ" used extensively in video games, ...
by Derek
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 287166

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Mega85 wrote:Do you pronounce "bazaar" and "bizarre" the same way? I do. /bəzɑɹ/. Dictionaries say that "bizarre" is /bɪzɑɹ/.

I would say I pronounce it /bᵻzɑɹ/. It's reduced, but not all the way to a schwa. Close enough to make puns though.
by Derek
Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 287166

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Pronouncing the first R in "February" sounds British to me. I'm not sure how accurate that is. How do you say "infrared"? I pronounce it as "infared". Hell I usually spell it "infared". How do you pronounce "crayon"? I pronounce it as "cray on&q...
by Derek
Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 122932

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

You'd have to show me a plural-looking singular that truncates without the "s" to convince me that the same applies to "mathematics". "economics" to "econ"? Ah, I hadn't heard of that one. I guess a place that uses "econ" would similarly have no pro...
by Derek
Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 122932

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

"I am learning all kinds of new maths" is an example treatment that demonstrates a practical form of the plural that I tend to think of it (uncountable as it the word may officially be). That sentence does not demonstrate grammatical plurality. "I am learning all kinds of new math&qu...
by Derek
Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 122932

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I'm not very familiar with Google n-grams, but checking "case insensitive" gives a very different graph. Too much for me to really believe that it's just a difference of case. Does anyone know why that is? M/b we jus dint abbrv til l8r, & thn we hd 2 kp th wrd's impl. pl.? The word was...
by Derek
Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 287166

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

How do you pronounce "we'll"? For me, it's a homonym of "will", not "wheel". Likewise "he'll" is a homonym of "hill", not "heel". In casual speech I'm pretty sure I say them like /wɛl/ and /hɛl/. In more careful speech I might say /wi:l/ a...
by Derek
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 287166

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I've heard the occasional person use a /w/ in "sword", which I think is a spelling pronunciation rather than a retention – though I could be wrong. Is there any explanation as to why the "w" in "sword" was historically dropped? It's pronounced in "sworn", so ...
by Derek
Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 122932

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Question: In this definition of "read" that I've seen occasionally (informal, usually ironic) Used after a euphemism to introduce the intended, more blunt meaning of a term. [...] Eliminate illogical (read: stupid) answer choices. how is it supposed to be pronounced (present or past tense...

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