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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby podbaydoor » Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:27 pm UTC

I know it wasn't really that stupendous of an event (fun-size packs only have like 20 M&Ms anyway). But my fallible and easily fooled human intuition thinks it's amazing. So there. :P

Briareos wrote:EDIT: also, did observing this probabilistic miracle cause you to return from your self-imposed exile on Mars and save mankind from the impending nuclear war?

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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby doogly » Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:35 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:
podbaydoor wrote:Ochigo the Earth Stomper: earth stomps for his day job, has a wholesale destruction consultant gig on the side.

I have achieved a probability wonder. Somehow, blindly reaching into my M&M's fun-size pack and randomly eating whatever I pick up, I have managed to eat every single M&M...except the blue ones. I am now staring at six blue M&Ms in the pack.


How's that? It's the same probability of finding 6 blue ones as finding any other combination.

No it's not, since order is disregarded. What you are suggesting would be like saying rolling two dice and getting a 5 and a 6 is just as likely as getting both sixes.
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby Oregonaut » Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:42 pm UTC

I need a medallion.
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Postby broken_escalator » Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:43 pm UTC

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The lake it is said
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When the skies of November turn gloomy...
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby Oregonaut » Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:09 pm UTC

Stop not-conforming in a uniform manner, damn it!
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Postby You, sir, name? » Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:25 pm UTC

"Wtf" just doesn't begin to describe my reaction to learning about Terminator 2: Judgement Day - Chess Wars.
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby Oregonaut » Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:33 am UTC

Ringworld is unstable! Ringworld is unstable! Ringworld is unstable!
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby TaintedDeity » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:05 am UTC

I, what?! I'm within 20 pages of the end of that book! Now I'm not sure what's going on...

Edit: I remember why I came here!
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Postby PhoenixEnigma » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:10 am UTC

TaintedDeity wrote:My laptop's speakers sound terrible when playing harsh electro/industrial music and this upsets me. It sounds all bland and noisy as opposed to... good and noisy? I dunno. It's different and unfortunate.
If your laptop speakers sound good playing anything, they're above average. It's amazing that for all the other awesome things they can do, almost all laptops still sound like crap.

I <3 my headphones.
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Postby TaintedDeity » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:15 am UTC

I guess that's a good point...
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby Oregonaut » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:16 am UTC

TD: Seriously? You're within 20 pages of completing Ringworld?
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby TaintedDeity » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:27 am UTC

Yeah, the one by Larry Niven, right? I found it in a used book store for £2.50 and I'd been meaning to read it. I'm not sure if this is the only book or if it's a series, though.
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby Oregonaut » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:31 am UTC

It is a series. It is good. The "Ringworld is unstable" bit is because a bunch of kids from MIT camped outside Niven's hotel room and chanted that until he talked to them. They explained that without correction thrusters on the outside of the structure, the ringworld wouldn't orbit correctly, and would wobble and eventually strain to the point of breaking. I'm not ruining anything by telling you this. It was just a portion of the math that Niven missed.
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Postby TaintedDeity » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:37 am UTC

Yes, I thought it might be a series, it's not coming to much of a conclusion yet...
I love those MIT students :D
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby greythought » Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:05 am UTC

My mind is off in another reality
My heart is in a home I can not reach
and going left feels like going up

well at least my mental state is normal for I
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Postby Magnanimous » Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:13 am UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:"Wtf" just doesn't begin to describe my reaction to learning about Terminator 2: Judgement Day - Chess Wars.

I just watched that movie yesterday. Baader-Meinhof Effect, get out of my head.

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Postby Sir_Elderberry » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:59 am UTC

Usually I just let that link in my signature go unnoticed, but I like what I wrote today, so I'd like to point at it.
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby Josephine » Wed Nov 10, 2010 4:47 am UTC

Excellent article.
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby Thesh » Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:57 am UTC

I haven't had a drink since wednesday night/thursday morning. It's actually been easy to do; I was worried I was turning into an alcoholic. Not to say that I haven't thought about it, but my agoraphobia outweighs my desire for alcohol and I don't have enough motivation to go to the store right now. I'll probably wait until the weekend until I have my next drink.
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby You, sir, name? » Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:12 am UTC

I have to go to uni, but I don't wanna. There's a blizzard outside, and I'm warm and comfortable here at home :-(

I just checked the webcam overlooking campus, and it's like... not nice at all.


--edit-- I'm gonna put it off by meticulously brushing my teeth.
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Postby Thesh » Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:39 am UTC

It's cold over here too. According to weather.com it is 42 F (5.6 C) outside today. The thing that scares me is that it was in the 60's just hours ago. If things continue at this rate, we will all freeze to death before the weekend.
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby novax6 » Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:21 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:I have to go to uni, but I don't wanna. There's a blizzard outside, and I'm warm and comfortable here at home :-(

I just checked the webcam overlooking campus, and it's like... not nice at all.




Shiieeeet. Just looking at that makes me feel colder.

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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby TimelordSimone » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:28 pm UTC

I've been playing Rock Band all morning.
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby viscusanima » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:44 pm UTC

There's over 50000 people currently in London protesting the tuition fees hike.

I wonder if it will do any good.

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Postby Zohar » Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:59 pm UTC

And my first thought is "hopefully they'll be done with this by the weekend, when I arrive in London"
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby SurgicalSteel » Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:13 pm UTC

viscusanima wrote:There's over 50000 people currently in London protesting the tuition fees hike.

I wonder if it will do any good.
I'm a little confused about all this. Is Great Britain a much poorer country than I thought? $14,000 a year would be insanely cheap in the States, and O'Grady's statement that the tuition hike would make university no longer an option for normal people seems odd. Or are people just upset because they are used to such cheap education?
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby Oregonaut » Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:17 pm UTC

I am staying home today. I feel like the ass.
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby existential_elevator » Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:31 pm UTC

SurgicalSteel wrote:
viscusanima wrote:There's over 50000 people currently in London protesting the tuition fees hike.

I wonder if it will do any good.
I'm a little confused about all this. Is Great Britain a much poorer country than I thought? $14,000 a year would be insanely cheap in the States, and O'Grady's statement that the tuition hike would make university no longer an option for normal people seems odd. Or are people just upset because they are used to such cheap education?

I've no doubt SB is a better place for this.

~£9,000 a year (plus living expenses of about £4,000 a year which will put you nicely in the poverty line here) is pretty prohibitive for most families. The way the legislation would change things would be to allow universities to set their own price with the intention of creating a markey dynamic. But, when they did this before, all universities charged the maximum. Their intention appears to be to let the better known univesities charge the maximum and price out underprivilleged families.

Once upon a time university in the UK was pretty much free. Then they put in an optional fee of ~£3000 and removed some of the government funding. Now they're trying to revoke as much government funding as possible and hike the fees up even more. Bearing in mind that in Scotland, as far as I am aware, university is still free to Scottish residents.

Nobody's arguing that you don't have it worse in the states - I don't know how you guys get anything done sometimes. But this is a real step backwards for a society trying to bridge the immense gap between the poorest and the richest.

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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:39 pm UTC

SurgicalSteel wrote:
viscusanima wrote:There's over 50000 people currently in London protesting the tuition fees hike.

I wonder if it will do any good.
I'm a little confused about all this. Is Great Britain a much poorer country than I thought? $14,000 a year would be insanely cheap in the States, and O'Grady's statement that the tuition hike would make university no longer an option for normal people seems odd. Or are people just upset because they are used to such cheap education?

£9000 for three years is £27000. That's fees alone. Then add on top of that the cost of keeping yourself alive, like food, and you're looking at well over 40 grand. Most people simply cannot afford that.
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Postby podbaydoor » Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:53 pm UTC

Pensamientos del corazon, son mi confesion...tampoco mi inspiracion. Pensamientos del corazon son mi confesion. Tampoco mi inspiracion.
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Postby SurgicalSteel » Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:55 pm UTC

I understand a little better now. I think differences in the US and UK educational system that I don't understand might explain some of it too. Thanks guys.
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Postby SlyReaper » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:03 pm UTC

Oh and as for the question "will a protest of 50000 make a difference", of course it bloody won't. We have the freedom to protest, and they have the freedom to ignore it and fuck over the country to their heart's content.
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Postby podbaydoor » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:06 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:I have to go to uni, but I don't wanna. There's a blizzard outside, and I'm warm and comfortable here at home :-(

I just checked the webcam overlooking campus, and it's like... not nice at all.

Oh my god. *frantically clings to Indian summer in the American Midwest*
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby existential_elevator » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:10 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:Oh and as for the question "will a protest of 50000 make a difference", of course it bloody won't. We have the freedom to protest, and they have the freedom to ignore it and fuck over the country to their heart's content.
Apparently they have managed to occupy Conservative HQ and the NUS is threatening to try start a campain to remove Lib Dem MPs under the new corrutpion legislation. It's just crazy enough to rock the boat a little.

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Postby bigglesworth » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:21 pm UTC

Yeah, I think the plan was to get on national news with a large protest, then put pressure on every Lib Dem MP when they make public appearances with mini-protests.
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Postby SlyReaper » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:22 pm UTC

What corruption legislation would help remove MPs who renege on pre-election promises? Reneging on promises isn't corruption unless they're taking bungs to do so.
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby Mumpy » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:31 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:Oh and as for the question "will a protest of 50000 make a difference", of course it bloody won't. We have the freedom to protest, and they have the freedom to ignore it and fuck over the country to their heart's content.


A protest of a million over a war didn't work, and that was to a labour gvnmnt. We never had a chance to the tories. Still I'm pissed I couldn't make it.

Ninja'd: They did sign stuff though, very publicly. I don't know if that make a difference or not, but quite a few lib dem MPs did sign pledges.

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Postby Plasma Man » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:49 pm UTC

I'm so lucky! I took my degree under the outgoing system, and I'm on course to pay off my student loan before I retire!

I'm serious, I got a statement through the other day from the student loans company. If I keep paying it off at the current rate, I should clear the debt in my mid-50s. Letting universities charge more is going to result in pensioners who still have student debts.
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Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Postby bigglesworth » Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:51 pm UTC

I personally think that £3000 a year is... well perhaps a little high. But I'm happy with the existence of fees. But I'm not happy with the real interest charged, nor the price increase.
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