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by HonoreDB
Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96325

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

Okay, I just did a little bit of research, following the links in your profile and googling and such. You tweeted this a month ago: Being gay is not immoral. Gay sex is immoral because (and only because) God did not provide for sexual expression outside of certain bounds. You write this in the about...
by HonoreDB
Sat Nov 13, 2010 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96325

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

(Also, what Pfhorrest said.) Why do you think I (or the majority of Christians, for that matter) want you to see merit in the "sex is evil" camp? Sex isn't evil. You said earlier that we should thank Christians for pushing back against the "monogamy is evil" camp, and discussed a...
by HonoreDB
Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96325

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

....freedom isn't a happy medium between two different extremes of oppression. But it is. On the one hand, you have power-hungry hypocrites saying that sex is evil; on the other hand, you have a culture driven by the sex industry saying that monogamy is evil. Freedom -- that it ought to be up to in...
by HonoreDB
Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 414189

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Came to this fic late since it sounded terrible. Only after I came across the author through unrelated channels (the AI-box, the book I've been pimping in my signature), did I decide to give it a shot. It's just that nobody ever mentioned that it's actually compelling, well-written fiction on top of...
by HonoreDB
Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 28545

Re: 0816: "Applied Math"

Pfhorrest: Interesting. That seems at first glance like it would invalidate most forms of formal proof, though. If something can be neither true nor false, then proving it's not false doesn't prove it's true. And vice versa. You get a similar problem in programming. In some languages, a boolean valu...
by HonoreDB
Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0818: "Illness"
Replies: 116
Views: 36087

Re: 0818: "Illness"

Best wishes to you and yours.
by HonoreDB
Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96325

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

So, for God's sake, don't treat women like men, because men are generally pathetic. Treat men and women just like they are: human beings I covered that bit too, due to transitivity. Okay, I'm definitely being cute. I can't really take what you're saying that seriously. I don't live in a world where...
by HonoreDB
Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Ungoogleable
Replies: 128
Views: 89120

Re: The Ungoogleable

It kind of reminds me of the spelling/dictionary problem. For example, if you didn't know how to spell "pneumonia" or "mnemonic" , you would not be able to look it up in a dictionary. It's similar, although problems like that are largely solved now - I know if you google phoneti...
by HonoreDB
Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96325

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

Yeah, who wants to treat women as whores? And which establishment hates Christianity, because it's certainly not any of the Western ones I'm aware of. Well, by the reflexivity property... I want to treat whores like I want to treat women, who I want to treat like I treat men, who I want to treat li...
by HonoreDB
Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Ungoogleable
Replies: 128
Views: 89120

Re: The Ungoogleable

"john stewart" -jon This reminds me of a question I’ve been wondering for a while: Let’s say I want to search for websites that include both "john" and "stewart", not necessarily consecutively, but that do not include "jon" unless they also contain "john...
by HonoreDB
Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 28545

Re: 0816: "Applied Math"

Hey, no fair switching handles between fora.
by HonoreDB
Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Ungoogleable
Replies: 128
Views: 89120

Re: The Ungoogleable

Oh hey, just ran into another one. Yay. :?

The word "comments" is prominently featured on EVERY WEBSITE ON THE INTERNET. This makes searches for other meanings of the word "comment" difficult.
by HonoreDB
Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 28545

Re: 0816: "Applied Math"

I'll have to check out those Greg Egan stories; I've really liked what I've read of him so far.

Ted Chiang has a story on the subject that I enjoyed, and it's online for free: Division By Zero.

Neoliminal's remix makes an interesting complement to the Chiang story.
by HonoreDB
Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Ungoogleable
Replies: 128
Views: 89120

Re: The Ungoogleable

Images. Say I've seen an image on a page somewhere before, but I don't remember where. Maybe I saved the image; how do I give the image to Google so it can go find the page it came from? How about a much harder problem: Maybe I didn't save the image; how can I give Google my own drawing of what I r...
by HonoreDB
Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Ungoogleable
Replies: 128
Views: 89120

Re: The Ungoogleable

I saw a list of these somewhere, possibly tvtropes, a few years ago. The only one I remember is searching for an mp3 of something with the acronym MP3 , such as the film Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar or the game Metroid Prime 3. But I tried it just now, and it looks like google's twerked its algorithms to ...
by HonoreDB
Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: wierd pattern (solved)
Replies: 9
Views: 2143

Re: wierd pattern

Well, there are only about 45 four-digit numbers that are multiples of 213. You could just try all of them.
by HonoreDB
Sat Nov 06, 2010 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: wierd pattern (solved)
Replies: 9
Views: 2143

Re: wierd pattern

As you've noticed, if you divide everything by 213, you get 1,2,3,5. As GeorgeH noted, that fits lots and lots of sequences (see the Strong Law of Small Numbers), but the most famous is the Fibbonaci sequence, so that's probably it. 1704. Regardless, it's not a good puzzle because there are at least...
by HonoreDB
Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0810: "Constructive"
Replies: 130
Views: 45400

Re: 0810: Constructive

Before there are any real comments, the captcha is populated by one or two sample constructive comments, created by the blogger, and a bunch of markov-chain manglings of those comments.
by HonoreDB
Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0810: "Constructive"
Replies: 130
Views: 45400

Re: 0810: Constructive

Unfortunately, all the spammers have to do is outnumber the humans and upvote themselves. And many spammers possess millions of IP addresses, thereby guaranteeing themselves positive votes. Any vote-based system is susceptible to this sort of manipulation. I think the design actually prevents that,...
by HonoreDB
Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96325

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Obviously all that stuff only works for the pure of heart.

Also digging the possibly unintentional gibe at the anti-science people who actually do deny relativity.
by HonoreDB
Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0807: "Connected"
Replies: 143
Views: 29232

Re: 0807: Connected

I like the reading of "Romeo and Juliet" as taking a typical romantic ballad and sticking actual teenagers into it, with kinda Pratchett-like results.
by HonoreDB
Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 88597

Re: 0806: Tech Support

jc wrote:
So did Randall just invent the word, or does it actually mean something to some 1337 sub-sub-subculture?


I'm sure it's just a portmanteau.
by HonoreDB
Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 88597

Re: 0806: Tech Support

Randall has this "feature" of always putting a female in a sort of "superior" situation. It has happened over and over again Eggs-actly. Wasn't feeding the troll, but I guess I didn't realize people actually took this particular critique seriously. The thing is it is factually w...
by HonoreDB
Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 88597

Re: 0806: Tech Support

Another magic phrase I wish I knew is the one to bypass voice recognition on my cellphone provider's line. Get Human generally has the shibboleths for that--you type in the number or company, and they tell you the quickest way to get to a live operator. Maybe they should branch out to "Get Hum...
by HonoreDB
Fri Oct 15, 2010 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 88597

Re: 0806: Tech Support

My worst tech-support-with-inappropriate-script story happened when I was in an application support job. I'd gotten a ticket for an application my company didn't actually support, so I looked up who was responsible, copied the ticket information including the user's contact info, and forwarded it to...
by HonoreDB
Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 43296

Re: 0805: Paradise City

Take me out to the paradise city
Tell them that the girls are pretty
Burn the grass and boil the sea
You can't take the girls from me
by HonoreDB
Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Relatively prime
Replies: 21
Views: 3959

Relatively prime

This is a very trivial problem. However, I got it from a video of Paul Erdös, who said the ability to solve it quickly was a sign of a strong mathematical mind. Open the spoiler when ready. Prove the following: Given any whole number n, between n and n+7 there exist a pair of whole numbers that are ...
by HonoreDB
Sat Oct 09, 2010 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Old Wine in a Not-so-new Bottle
Replies: 11
Views: 4145

Re: Old Wine in a Not-so-new Bottle

Hint: We can do whatever it is you want that you want to do Long as I can spend the whole night with you Hennessy sippin' (got me a bottle) Bacardi drinkin' (got me a bottle) Smirnoff sippin' (got me a bottle) Absolut shorty (got me a bottle) Tangueray sip...
by HonoreDB
Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0803: "Airfoil"
Replies: 243
Views: 102115

Re: 0803: "Airfoil"

Besides those previously mentioned, the one that I recall is the “tongue taste bud map.” I learned that in high school 15 years ago. Ooh, me too, around the same time. My parents neatly refuted it that evening by sticking out their tongues and asking what the theory predicted about their respective...
by HonoreDB
Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0803: "Airfoil"
Replies: 243
Views: 102115

Re: 0803: "Airfoil"

"This is the way it will appear on the test."

or, more soul-crushingly:

"Actually, yes, this is completely wrong. But memorize it anyway."
by HonoreDB
Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Straw power
Replies: 42
Views: 8868

Re: Straw power

Getting the silly solutions out of the way, just in case: *Kick the sandbag at the bottle while wearing shoes. Shoes aren't your body. *Or, in general, use something in the environment other than the straw as an intermediary between you and the sandbag. * Drink Daniel Plainview's milkshake, ...
by HonoreDB
Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Four Commanders
Replies: 30
Views: 6144

Re: The Four Commanders

I can see room for some lateral thinking solutions, such as Each general sends a messenger to a designated meeting place, and when all four (or all n) arrive, they all publicly announce their votes, then each returns to the general that sent her and reports the result. Foolproof. I'm still g...
by HonoreDB
Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 34545

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

I think we have to assume that the older a comedic play is, the more inside-jokey it would tend to be. Prior to the invention of writing, every play would have been that skit you do at the end of camp. Before the printing press and mass media, you're still writing for a very limited primary audience...
by HonoreDB
Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0788: "The Carriage"
Replies: 105
Views: 32426

Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

My introduction to the alt-text's trick was Neil Gaiman's guest episode of Babylon Five . The ghosts of the dead return for a night to share their wisdom with the living. Unfortunately, Garibaldi gets stuck with a somewhat dim footsoldier who breezily offers this fact, then spends the rest of the ni...
by HonoreDB
Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0785: "Open Mic Night"
Replies: 89
Views: 21108

Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

The use of quine in panel 3 is from Gödel, Escher, Bach (although technically it's inverted). I think "quine" as a self-replicating program derives from that usage.

"Is difficult to say with aphasia" is difficult to say with aphasia.
by HonoreDB
Mon Aug 23, 2010 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0783: "I Don't Want Directions"
Replies: 193
Views: 39207

Re: "I Don't Want Directions" discussion (#783)

I've had an even sillier version of this happen a few times, as a public-transportation-user in Manhattan with a smartphone. It is impossible to know better than the phone in that situation, since the phone gets live updates on outages and route changes. And since it's very very easy to navigate on ...
by HonoreDB
Sat Jul 24, 2010 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Checking Gender Equality at Chauvinists, Inc
Replies: 10
Views: 2477

Re: Checking Gender Equality at Chauvinists, Inc

Does confirming whether a large list of people all work for the company or not takes negligible time? If so, Request a complete roster. Since they can't make up names without being caught, if they're gender-unequal their only way to hide it is to remove names of the favored gender from the l...
by HonoreDB
Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Angels and Demons
Replies: 55
Views: 14664

Re: Angels and Demons

either I'm misreading something or: Question one: "I don't know, you haven't asked it yet", Question 2: "yes" You missed the word "simultaneously". Assume the questions are side by side on a piece of paper, or verbally smooshed into one with a phrase like "...
by HonoreDB
Fri Jun 25, 2010 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Angels and Demons
Replies: 55
Views: 14664

Re: Angels and Demons

Edit: Spoiler'd. Combine the exploit tactic and the paradox tactic. Present these questions simultaneously. Question 1: Is your answer to Question 2 different from your answer to this one (counting all affirmative answers such as "yes" and "yeah" as the same and all negative ...
by HonoreDB
Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Minimum Number of Orderings
Replies: 3
Views: 1359

Minimum Number of Orderings

I haven't solved this, but I just know there must be a clever solution. Let A be a set with n (n>=3) elements. Let B be a set of permutations of A (i.e. it contains between 0 and n! possible orderings of all the elements of A). What is the minimum size of B if: For any distinct x,y,z elements of A, ...

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