## Search found 39 matches

Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:18 pm UTC
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 50
Views: 23766

### Re: An essay against competition

One potential edge case where, even if your premises are true, begins to throw a monkey wrench into your system: I have a brother who recently had a child. I currently don't have one. I have often tried to help him and his new family out with things like money and advice. Are my motivations cognitiv...
Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: faster function than 1/x?
Replies: 18
Views: 10085

### Re: faster function than 1/x?

f(x) = Max(element) - x ?

or

f(x) = A - x, where A is a constant known to be larger than Max(element)
Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alternate clock
Replies: 31
Views: 5852

### Re: Alternate clock

Instead of going all the way to just days/years, what if we had season/day/year? 90 days per season 4 seasons per year 1 day between each season 1 day between each year (so a double between winter and spring, for example) 10 weeks of 9 days each season, have "Sunday", "Wednesday"...
Thu Aug 04, 2016 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you're embarrassed to admit you like
Replies: 32
Views: 14482

### Re: Games you're embarrased to admit you like

Okay, so I admit the fact that my favorite game today would be these pet games which are my son's favorite games too. I enjoy having a virtual pet to take care of, I enjoy feeding it and I hate to admit it but I enjoy spending real currency to buy it things too (in spite of there being a virtual cu...
Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two puzzles for the price of 1!
Replies: 17
Views: 6216

### Re: Two puzzles for the price of 1!

If sore and saw don't work, then you can just look at the box.

You see what you saw. You take the saw and cut the float in half. etc.

Alternatively, push yourself around the box until you wear yourself out.
Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Why is my PDF scroll and search so slow?
Replies: 5
Views: 6558

### Re: Why is my PDF scroll and search so slow?

I would try another app first. I don't own a mac, but it could be one of the two following problems: 1. The app is only opening one page at a time, and fetching each page fresh from the hard drive. It may detect that the 600 pages is too big to deal with in one go, which might be causing this scroll...
Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How do I become a hardcore/professional software engineer?
Replies: 6
Views: 8188

### Re: How do I become a hardcore/professional software engineer?

While I'm not one myself, I've often heard that as a rule of thumb, the difference is working on a piece of software too complicated to understand by any one person. Writing a script, or even a small program, entirely yourself and being able to look at any one part and go "I know exactly how ev...
Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: does every unit length curve lie inside the semicircle?
Replies: 12
Views: 3971

### Re: does every unit length curve lie inside the semicircle?

Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: does every unit length curve lie inside the semicircle?
Replies: 12
Views: 3971

### Re: does every unit length curve lie inside the semicircle?

The line from (0,1) ends on the semicircle. Does that still count as inside?
Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 421283

### Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

I think that I need a step-by-step of the 100 case, because it seems that the logic breaks down once you hit 6, because everybody sees 5 and knows that everybody else sees at least 4. I think I can break down the 6 case. But first, lets go through the basic logic: Why 1 works: Day 1 I see no one wi...
Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: INT Function
Replies: 13
Views: 3308

### Re: INT Function

If division is allowed, and counts as one step, doesn't MOD solve this in one step?

Code: Select all

`x % 1 == 0 --Integerx % 1 != 0 --Non integer pi % 1 = .14159...  e % 1 = .71828... 45 % 1 = 0 --Integer4.5 % 1 = .5`
Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mixing things with different melting points
Replies: 6
Views: 4043

### Re: Mixing things with different melting points

So, I'm more familiar with metals, but basically when you melt two solids, mix them, and solidify them again, the melting/freezing point tends to dip below the actual melting point of the two items as separate, pure solids. For example, look at the yellow gold table here. Pure gold has a high meting...
Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: xkcd Phone: Application Programming Language
Replies: 21
Views: 8921

### Re: xkcd Phone: Application Programming Language

I wonder if there is a way to bake a Entity-Component-System into the language as the OO implementation, if that even makes sense.
Wed Dec 30, 2015 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Replies: 9
Views: 2034

### Re: Chemistry question: dissolving adhesive

Without violating confidentiality, I can say: "In the case where surface A is periodically exposed to low levels of moisture with period P, we want object X to remain securely adhered to surface A for time T, where T >> P, but after time T we want object X to become progressively less securely...
Thu Dec 24, 2015 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Replies: 9
Views: 2034

### Re: Chemistry question: dissolving adhesive

I think the biggest problem you are going to have is that the humidity is going to have a much bigger effect on lifetime than your control can plan for.

After some initial research, some people are saying that a highly concentrated sugar-water mixture might work, but it depends on many factors.
Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Evidence-Oriented Programming
Replies: 9
Views: 5176

### Re: Evidence-Oriented Programming

After listening to his talk, it seems really fascinating. Although, when he talks about things like "Returning" not having anything positive, but having no good replacements, I wonder if that isn't evidence that the word itself should be removed. Instead of Action Concatenate(Text left, Te...
Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: SQL Stuffs: Insert using Select cross Constants help
Replies: 6
Views: 3841

### Re: SQL Stuffs: Insert using Select cross Constants help

Can you build a select statement that will put the ids from table 1 in the order you need? If so, then the following should work: --PostgreSQL INSERT INTO table2 (id, value) SELECT t1.id ,row_number() OVER (ORDER BY t1.id) --This is the row number, ordered by id. It starts at 1 and counts up. FROM t...
Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 156
Views: 67643

### Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

Is it possible to use the friction that exists between you and the gold block to accomplish anything? Say I climbed on top of the block and jumped off, but my shoes slipped while jumping, causing the gold block to squeak and heat up. Wouldn't that cost it some of the momentum I'd be transferring it?...
Fri Aug 07, 2015 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Replies: 22
Views: 5138

### Re: I don't seem to understand my own brain teaser, please h

The answer to that will be subjective: Seems to me there's a lot you could do in 10 days in terms of visiting and spending time with friends and family and such, that an extra 10 days wouldn't help with - but going down to 3 days could really screw you over. It similar to how an extra \$10k is nice ...
Thu Aug 06, 2015 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Esoteric programming languages for an esoteric mind?
Replies: 77
Views: 17285

### Re: Esoteric programming languages for an esoteric mind?

Sorry, everyone, but I wasn't able to get much done today... I've had the second notably painful (that is, more so than the usual) migraine to last the whole day this week. I'm not sure what's going on; at first, I thought the pain was from resting my head on the uncomfortably hard arm of a new cou...
Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Esoteric programming languages for an esoteric mind?
Replies: 77
Views: 17285

### Re: Esoteric programming languages for an esoteric mind?

edit: So, now that you've tried, how does yours compare to mine? Is mine not clear enough? Was that to me? If so, yours was more complete. Jose Sorry, the question was for him. I was trying to build off your comment though, hence the quote. For trying to help someone who's having problems with clar...
Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Esoteric programming languages for an esoteric mind?
Replies: 77
Views: 17285

### Re: Esoteric programming languages for an esoteric mind?

What would be the distinction between an "object-oriented" language vs. a language that isn't "object-oriented?" (Note: IANAOOPP.) As I see it, in a procedural approach, you create variables (which can include structs and arrays), stuff them with values, and write procedures tha...
Fri Jul 31, 2015 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Esoteric programming languages for an esoteric mind?
Replies: 77
Views: 17285

### Re: Esoteric programming languages for an esoteric mind?

This looks like it prints 1 2 3 Fizz 4 5 Buzz ... 15 Fizz Buzz 16 ... Which doesn't satisfy the spec. At any rate, I'm confused as to what features your imaginary language has but which existing programming languages lack. The problem is probably my fault, as he said he needs improved clarity. I mi...
Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Esoteric programming languages for an esoteric mind?
Replies: 77
Views: 17285

### Re: Esoteric programming languages for an esoteric mind?

I'm trying to figure out what you are expecting in a programming language. Would you be able to solve the following "Homework Assignment," for a lack of a better term? Print the numbers from 1 to 100, but if the number is divisible by 3, print the word "Fizz". If the number is di...
Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Esoteric programming languages for an esoteric mind?
Replies: 77
Views: 17285

### Re: Esoteric programming languages for an esoteric mind?

https://logicbox.jahooma.com/

How does learning these concepts compare with what you are used to?
Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Esoteric programming languages for an esoteric mind?
Replies: 77
Views: 17285

### Re: Esoteric programming languages for an esoteric mind?

Maybe this isn't a language problem, but an IDE one? What were you using to write your Java with? Some programming environments really help out with things like syntax, and suggesting what you should be filling out where, and things like that. So, you could write something like Math. And then the pr...
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: SQL - Itinerary / Invoice
Replies: 4
Views: 3268

### Re: SQL - Itinerary / Invoice

If I had to hazard a guess, I think there is some strange interactions going on with the bookings join and the WHERE clause. Try either of the following: SELECT accommodationDate ,accommodationName ,duration ,roomType ,boardBasis ,accommodation.notes ,flightDate ,a1.airportName ,a2.airportName ,flig...
Wed May 13, 2015 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A maths joke I don't get
Replies: 8
Views: 9336

### Re: A maths joke I don't get

Assuming I'm remembering my DiffEQ class correctly:
_Dx_
. c-x
Spoiler:
Because it makes cex discontinuous.

...I'll see myself out.
Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Roll and Keep dice system
Replies: 8
Views: 5759

### Re: Roll and Keep dice system

I know it wouldn't quite be the same, but you could always make exploded dice not count against your keep total instead of allowing them to roll again. So your 3/2 challenge, you roll 10,8,2. Because 10 "Exploded", you get to keep all three dice, for 20. On that note, to make it really dif...
Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Cheryl's Birthday
Replies: 29
Views: 6618

### Re: Cheryl's Birthday

I think I just got it Albert: Month Bernard: Day Albert: I don’t know when Cheryl’s birthday is, but I know that Bernard does not know too. There are two days that are unique, 18 and 19. Those are key to solving the problem. This means that albert has a month that does not contain unique days, This ...
Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Meatspace sorting algorithm
Replies: 12
Views: 7892

### Re: Meatspace sorting algorithm

So, murphy's law and all that, but I had our WMS (Warehouse Management System, the system that runs the database and, well, manages the warehouse) issue an emergency update, and it didn't scale as well to the full warehouse as it seemed to work for our test database. I've been too busy putting out f...
Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Meatspace sorting algorithm
Replies: 12
Views: 7892

### Re: Meatspace sorting algorithm

Inefficiency: pickers have to walk longer along the "horseshoe" in order to get the items they need. Each item they have to consider then ignore, and each item they have to walk by, is a dead-weight loss. ... There are other problems, basically based off the fact that you have a mental ma...
Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Meatspace sorting algorithm
Replies: 12
Views: 7892

### Re: Meatspace sorting algorithm

Ok... I'll see if I can come up with some way of batching orders together. I wonder if there is an easy way of determining how similar orders are to each other. For example, say I have orders and a list of locations that need to be pulled from to fix the orders. Say I have 6 orders Order: location, ...
Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Meatspace sorting algorithm
Replies: 12
Views: 7892

### Re: Meatspace sorting algorithm

Pretty Much Correct. The Forklift: I work in the IT room, and I generate SQL reports for everyone. When this first came up, my best solution was to solve this in SQL. I wrote a report that essentially solved the sorting problem in the report, giving the forklifts the most efficient way to pull each ...
Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Meatspace sorting algorithm
Replies: 12
Views: 7892

### Meatspace sorting algorithm

So, I work in a third party logistics shipping warehouse. A sorting problem has arisen recently, but basically sorting our inventory for shipping takes quite a while, and I'm trying to see if there is a better way of doing things. I think that this makes an interesting Puzzle, but because we're deal...
Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Catch the Fox
Replies: 5
Views: 3041

### Re: Catch the Fox

Under the assumption that a soldier can catch a fox coming to the tent he is leaving and the tent he is walking to, I believe that the following solution works: Fox Solution.jpg I assume this because the 8 man solution is considered a success. Otherwise, the fox could simply wait until the soldiers ...
Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bell's Inequality Experiments Question
Replies: 4
Views: 2810

### Re: Bell's Inequality Experiments Question

I recently encountered a crackpot who "disproved" Bell's Theorem, which forced me to actually try to pry it apart and figure it out. It's actually quite simple, but it takes more text to explain than a simple summary usually suffices. Bell's theorem is actually from statistics, not physics...
Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems
Replies: 254
Views: 45071

### Re: Assumptions in Math (Calculus) word problems

Not necessarily. In my beginning engineering classes, we got problems like your example. Then, as the classes got harder, they started asking things like "List the assumptions you had to make when solving this problem." Then, in a strength of materials class, A question like this might be ...
Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2010063

### Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Why does this matter? SELECT 1 WHERE 1 NOT IN (NULL) That's why. I know it's a few days old, but wouldn't SELECT 1 WHERE 1 IS DISTINCT FROM NULL get you what you want? IS DISTINCT FROM and IS NOT DISTINCT FROM treat null as a value a | b | operation | result _____________________________________ nu...