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by itaibn
Sat May 16, 2009 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Irrational Function
Replies: 78
Views: 8217

Re: Irrational Function

scikidus wrote:Describable: a number whose calculation from an equation takes a non-infinite number of characters.

Define equation. That really is the most important part, and if you just keep it vague you run it trouble with Richard's paradox.
by itaibn
Mon May 11, 2009 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Meta Forum Game
Replies: 353
Views: 53335

Re: Meta Forum Game

Declares a wish to be ruler of the universe. Also makes a meta-meta-meta-meta-meta-meta-meta-meta comment.
by itaibn
Sun May 10, 2009 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 86762

Re: Traveler's Dilemma

"The fact that 100 is dominated by 99, and therefore will never be played by either player, is true. This is a valid argument, and its conclusion that all cases in which either player plays 100 are impossible is a correct one. The fact that both players wll always play the same number, and the...
by itaibn
Sun May 10, 2009 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 95195
Views: 7516185

Re: Count to a Million [Stop repeating pictures]

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by itaibn
Sun May 10, 2009 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2482429

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

You get thrown into space so that from your perspective, time is slower in earth.

I wish for the internet.
by itaibn
Sun May 10, 2009 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Meta Forum Game
Replies: 353
Views: 53335

Re: Meta Forum Game

thecamoninja wrote:points out that you can't change the rules, as you're not a mod, and suggests that you instead pm the mod with a request to get them fixed

continues to remain completely oblivious to my current bad position

Complains how you're a murderer and invokes Godwin's law.
by itaibn
Sun May 10, 2009 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Meta Forum Game
Replies: 353
Views: 53335

Re: Meta Forum Game

Notices both loopholes are almost identical to the original one other than some minor mutation. Claiming we have created life, I fix both loopholes and create 4 more for the sake of animal rights.
by itaibn
Sun May 10, 2009 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 86762

Re: Traveler's Dilemma

"The fact that 100 is dominated by 99, and therefore will never be played by either player, is true. This is a valid argument, and its conclusion that all cases in which either player plays 100 are impossible is a correct one. The fact that both players wll always play the same number, and the...
by itaibn
Sat May 09, 2009 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Meta Forum Game
Replies: 353
Views: 53335

Re: Meta Forum Game

bentheimmigrant wrote:Attempt to copy above move, but leaves self vulnerable, having been far too excited at the prospect of success.

Calls the above a noob for missing an obvious tactic, which I go about to use myself. I then reward myself with as many points is possible in the game.
by itaibn
Sat May 09, 2009 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Meta Forum Game
Replies: 353
Views: 53335

Re: Meta Forum Game

Psycho Goose wrote:Attempt at justifying own existence with rash, mediocre, and probably rule-breaking move.

Witty way to explain why your move is rash, mediocre, and rule-breaking.
by itaibn
Fri May 08, 2009 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Meta Forum Game
Replies: 353
Views: 53335

Re: Meta Forum Game

Chfan wrote:Pointing out of violation of Godwin's law

Violating Godwin's law against use of Godwin's law.
by itaibn
Thu May 07, 2009 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Meta Forum Game
Replies: 353
Views: 53335

Re: Meta Forum Game

Sruixan wrote:A half-assed recap of the current situation leaving out vital details.

Vital details. Examples possible instances.

edit: corrects spelling error
by itaibn
Mon May 04, 2009 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 95195
Views: 7516185

Re: Count to a Million [Stop repeating pictures]

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by itaibn
Mon May 04, 2009 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Probing The Inaccuracies: Space Warfare
Replies: 271
Views: 25756

Re: Probing The Inaccuracies: Space Warfare

I think we're starting to get off-topic...
by itaibn
Sat May 02, 2009 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)
Replies: 1947
Views: 237568

Re: Random bitstream!

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by itaibn
Sat May 02, 2009 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)
Replies: 1947
Views: 237568

Re: Random bitstream!

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by itaibn
Fri May 01, 2009 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Human random numbers
Replies: 61
Views: 17491

Re: Human random numbers

After voting and looking at the results, I decided the majority of xkcd is too clever to fall for any of the usual tricks.
by itaibn
Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2482429

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Everybody hates it so much they stop playing country music and pretend it never existed. Every generation thereafter had absolutely no experience related to country music, and thus had a completely neutral opinion of it, I wish the next person to post here would in that post write a valid corruption...
by itaibn
Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Name a smaller (closer to zero) number.
Replies: 52
Views: 4879

Re: Name a smaller (closer to zero) number.

Extend lamdba calculus with a new constant O and reduction rule O x\rightarrow O . Call this system LC-1. Also, let C n denote the church numeral for n. Define LC-2 as having the same language as LC-1 and the normal lambda calculus reduction rules, along with O x \rightarrow \lambda x y . y if there...
by itaibn
Sun Apr 26, 2009 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2482429

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

You store all of the happines in the world, but unfortuneatly the process you use to do this makes the happiness unusable.

itaibn wrote:I wish I was in a state of constant eternal complete happiness.


emphasis to demonstrate how the previous corruption of that wish doesn't apply.
by itaibn
Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My question might annoy those who know the answer
Replies: 13
Views: 1391

Re: My question might annoy those who know the answer

t0rajir0u wrote:Here's a fact that might strengthen your intuition: for any infinite set, "n times as big" is the same thing as "the same size" for any smaller or equal sized set n.

fixed.
by itaibn
Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 489891

Re: Favorite math jokes

Monika wrote:I don't get it. An h? Why an h?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H_bar wrote:In quantum mechanics, an italic ℏ represents the reduced Planck constant. In this context, it is pronounced "h-bar."

edit: fixed quote
by itaibn
Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2482429

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

He decides not to post.

I wish I was in a state of constant eternal complete happiness.
by itaibn
Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2482429

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

granted, but

I wish for knowledge and ability to grant an uncorruptable wish which puts me in a better situation.
by itaibn
Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Vending machine!
Replies: 11504
Views: 1027531

Re: Vending machine!

You get a typewrite and the complete works of Shakespeare with 314 typos.

I put the benefit of the doubt.
by itaibn
Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2482429

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

You get a wish which makes you realize how much your life can be better, but the your wish won't get granted, ever.

I make some generic wish about improving my life in some way.
by itaibn
Sun Apr 19, 2009 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Algebra problem
Replies: 7
Views: 910

Re: Algebra problem

Take the logarithm in both sides and you get [imath]x\log x=\log x+\log 2[/imath]. Subtract log x and you have [imath](x-1)\log x=\log 2[/imath]. Does anyone know the inverse of (x-1)log x?
by itaibn
Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Irrational Function
Replies: 78
Views: 8217

Re: Irrational Function

Kurushimi wrote:Wait, since when are there a countable number of rational numbers between f(x) and f(y)? if f(x) = 3 and f(y) = 4, there'd be 3.1, 3.2, 3.3...(so on), 3.11, 3.12, 3.13 (so on..). To infinity.

Do you know what countable means?
by itaibn
Sun Apr 19, 2009 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Irrational Function
Replies: 78
Views: 8217

Re: Irrational Function

Here's a slightly different version: what if the function is required to be rational whenever x is irrational? Let f be a continuous non-constant function which maps irrationals into rationals. Let f(x)!=f(y). For any irrational number a with f(x)<a<f(y), the interme...
by itaibn
Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 86762

Re: Traveler's Dilemma

Why is it that if there is a best strategy, it is 100? All you've proven is that if they can ignore reality, both players would prefer 100 to be the optimal strategy than 2 being the optimal strategy. Now that you know what I think is wrong with your proof, what is wrong with my proof: Theorem: For ...
by itaibn
Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2482429

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

http://xkcd.com/371/
Worst of all, segfaults happen despite you programming yourself.

I wish all the programs I create have no bugs when I first write them and after any attemped improvements I make.
by itaibn
Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Relationship between total derivative and integral
Replies: 11
Views: 2846

Re: Relationship between total derivative and integral

Yakk wrote:That would be an interesting challenge-response game.

You name two mathematical concepts that you don't think are related, and someone else tries to relate them. :)

The halting problem and matrixes.

Edit: Added quote.
by itaibn
Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Probing The Inaccuracies: Space Warfare
Replies: 271
Views: 25756

Re: Probing The Inaccuracies: Space Warfare

You see, in order to transfer heat, you need particles to transfer it to. There simply isn't enough hydrogen in outer space to readily radiate heat to, and you'd die of asphyxiation long before you'd die of freezing. This also means that spacecraft are going to have lots of problems with dumping ex...
by itaibn
Wed Apr 15, 2009 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Negative Mass?
Replies: 45
Views: 5097

Re: Negative Mass?

lordofnarf wrote:It would spontaneously accelerate from rest (in violation of the law of inertia)

It would spontaneously decelerate if in motion (same reason)

Why?
by itaibn
Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: My number is bigger!
Replies: 1590
Views: 420736

Re: My number is bigger!

Anyone thinking of posting another number? I'm still waiting.
by itaibn
Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2482429

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Your cat is now actively trying to be mean to you.

I wish my friend Catherine was lazier.
by itaibn
Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Public Crypto without Trapdoor Functions
Replies: 38
Views: 2995

Re: Public Crypto without Trapdoor Functions

That operation is not expensive. You can use a hash table to perform it very quickly. You don't even need to hash when using the table, because the value you're checking is already a well-distributed hash! The bottleneck is going to be network bandwidth, not cpu time. I guess you're right, and find...
by itaibn
Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Vending machine!
Replies: 11504
Views: 1027531

Re: Vending machine!

You get a rainbow without gold at its end.

I put in the souls of all the people who died at 911.
by itaibn
Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: ITT: We make lame threads.
Replies: 1851
Views: 159743

Re: ITT: We make lame threats.

[quote=NP] I will frame you!
by itaibn
Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Public Crypto without Trapdoor Functions
Replies: 38
Views: 2995

Re: Public Crypto without Trapdoor Functions

I think you forgot to take into acount the time it takes to find the the match, not just the time until it exists. And that magical hash or not, the probability two random values are equal if a function applied them is equal is exponential relative to the information lost by the function. Your solu...

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