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by Orborde
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 77439

Re: Strip Games Discussion

Aaaaand...there's the correction. Hi Randall!
by Orborde
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 77439

Re: Discussion

That equation really doesn't make any sense. At least, not in relation to those n values given. I'll bet we see a correction soon.
by Orborde
Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Calculator Lag
Replies: 18
Views: 4826

Re: Calculator Lag

perhaps a literature search on the efficiency of the calculations of some functions would suffice to answer the questions? Sounds like you might have the same idea I do about this. Find out what approximation algorithms scientific calculators use for transcendentals and other nasty functions and se...
by Orborde
Fri May 01, 2009 6:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Social Protocol for Club/Bar Dancing?
Replies: 27
Views: 2676

Re: Social Protocol for Club/Bar Dancing?

Anyway. I would first ask the OP what type of club(s) that the OP is likely to frequent, as The nrml behaviour of clubs are particular to each setting. Second I would ask ARE you trying to pull? Honest question and an important one also. So, OP, Back to you... I'm not picky about club types. I am s...
by Orborde
Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Social Protocol for Club/Bar Dancing?
Replies: 27
Views: 2676

Social Protocol for Club/Bar Dancing?

I do swing dancing and have in the past done tango and salsa. I am very comfortable at these sorts of dances and enjoy them immensely. However, I recently went to a "club" and realized that I had no idea how to dance with people in that setting. What is the protocol for initiating dances? ...
by Orborde
Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0543: "Sierpinski Valentine"
Replies: 138
Views: 40426

Re: Sierpinski Valentine

How would I generate this programmatically? A Sierpinski Triangle is pretty easy to code, but I'm not sure where to start on a hearts variant. I'm thinking that you can construct it recursively. Start with a big center heart, and, from there, draw 3 more smaller hearts (one above, two to the sides a...
by Orborde
Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 223710

Re: "Friends" Discussion

That is the best thing you can do I did the same thing and even if you get turned down (like I did) at least you have closure and you don't have to worry about the elephant in the room potentially damaging your friendship. Good Luck! I did it. She turned me down. Regardless, I'm very happy; while r...
by Orborde
Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 223710

Re: "Friends" Discussion

I read this comic and thought, "Wow. Randall is reading my mind again." Apparently it was the same with many of you. Well, I got tired of reading through the thread to get some perspective on my situation, so I am going to just make my announcement for general enlightenment: I'm going to d...
by Orborde
Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Cool Things To Do for Term Papers
Replies: 6
Views: 2138

Re: Cool Things To Do for Term Papers

Thanks for the suggestions. Since I am pretty pressed for time on this project, I'm going to go with either the Anaconda checkers player mentioned above or evolving fault-tolerant control circuits . The checkers interests me more, but they took 6 months to evolve their player, whereas the circuits e...
by Orborde
Fri Oct 31, 2008 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Cool Things To Do for Term Papers
Replies: 6
Views: 2138

Cool Things To Do for Term Papers

This thread looks like an ill omen if I've ever seen one, but I'll proceed anyways; for one thing, I'm an undergrad. In my AI class, we have a semester project in which we are to: ⋅ Find 3 recent (within the last 5 years or so) papers in the field of CS and read them. ⋅ Choose o...
by Orborde
Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Inclusion/Exclusion Principle in Prime Sieving?
Replies: 3
Views: 2198

Inclusion/Exclusion Principle in Prime Sieving?

I was cruising the "Coding: Fleeting Thoughts" thread, where someone was discussing a Project Euler problem that required computing the sum of all primes less than 2000000. He seemed to have gotten to the point where he was iterating from 2 to 2000000, checking each successive number n for...
by Orborde
Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: md5(x) = x [and other properties of md5]
Replies: 39
Views: 27383

Re: md5(x) = x

Xanthir wrote:md5 does have fixed points. I don't know what they are, or how many of them there are.

Can you provide a citation for that?
by Orborde
Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Rabbits and Probability
Replies: 11
Views: 1683

Rabbits and Probability

Consider a rabbit, or population of rabbits. Each year, each rabbit flips a coin. If heads, the rabbit reproduces, resulting in two more rabbits. The rabbit then dies. How long, on average, will the population of rabbits last before going extinct? Here is a Python script implementing this concept: #...
by Orborde
Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Close to Least Common Multiple
Replies: 2
Views: 1296

Re: Close to Least Common Multiple

I'm not sure why simply accumulating a variable "phi" didn't occur to me. Thanks for pointing that out.

Do you mean that I would compute the continued fraction expansion to the level of accuracy needed, rearrange the terms into the form k/m, and simply use m ?
by Orborde
Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Close to Least Common Multiple
Replies: 2
Views: 1296

Close to Least Common Multiple

I have been thinking about computerized synthesis of sound, in the form of using programs to generate audio signals. I have run into a problem: Suppose I wish to create a discrete-time sound signal as follows: x[n] = A \cdot sin( 2 \pi f n ) where A is amplitude, f is frequency (adjusted for...
by Orborde
Mon May 12, 2008 7:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2380107

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

I am a male student in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. As is endemic here, I spend an awful lot of time on the computer, am a fairly proficient programmer, and enjoy math. However, I also enjoy swing dancing. Since I am one voice in a gigantic chorus of mathy nerd types here, there prob...

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