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by lorb
Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 319
Views: 29095

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

I tend to agree, but it's a good starting point if one wants to get serious about epistemology. To understand Descartes attempt at Foundationalism yields valuable insights how to methodologically attempt to get hold of an absolute truth. Like in mathematics where you first learn to do euclidian divi...
by lorb
Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 319
Views: 29095

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

I do believe you all are giving up on absolute truths way too fast. Though it is rather an epistemological question and doesn't really concern mathematics much, so it should also be discussed within an epistemological framework. Mathematics itself does not provide any clues about whether it's theori...
by lorb
Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 8920

Re: energy currency?

If you can't find an immediate use, then trade for a longer-lasting resource. But they all depreciate in the end. You are still missing one of the points made in criticism here in this thread: sometimes it's impossible to find anyone who would be willing to give you anything at all for your energy ...
by lorb
Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Wikipedia wars
Replies: 31
Views: 910

Re: Wikipedia wars

This game kind of already exists in an online version for single player: http://thewikigame.com/6-degrees-of-wikipedia
by lorb
Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Personal Goal.
Replies: 3
Views: 7317

Re: Personal Goal.

Today is November 15, 2016.
by lorb
Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm honestly very proud to say I'm straight, I'm a Christian, I'm a conservative, I'm a Republican, and I supported Trump since the first debate of the Republican primary. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/donald-trump-president-supporters-attack-muslims-hijab-hispanics-...
by lorb
Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Problem with probability of students' scores
Replies: 4
Views: 1171

Re: Problem with probability of students' scores

While mann-whitney-wilcoxon indeed uses more information but only tells you whether the scores have a different "median". In this case it tells you if one of the groups of students is doing better/worse on the test than the other. It's a good choice if that is what you want to know and if ...
by lorb
Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Problem with probability of students' scores
Replies: 4
Views: 1171

Re: Problem with probability of students' scores

The gold-standard for discrete variables is a chi-squared test. (Test scores are usually discrete.) As a rule of thumb there should be at least 5 data-points per bin, so you may need to pool values together. If you prefer to treat them as continuous you may use a Kolmogorov-Smirnov test or something...
by lorb
Sun Oct 30, 2016 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Efficiency of prime sieve
Replies: 7
Views: 2114

Re: Efficiency of prime sieve

You can get some ideas from here: http://primesieve.org/#implementation
The source code is also available on github. Depending on why you want/need to do this it may also be easier to just run a script to wget a list of primes.
by lorb
Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

... and I don't get the impression that anyone with a degree in Social Work is voting Republican. There is many people not fitting your stereotype(s). ACU has a very significant overlap of students/graduates in their social work programme and college republicans membership. Also I'm not sure splitt...
by lorb
Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Besides, she didn't collect a salary from the Clinton Foundation -- claiming that these donations are bribes is like claiming that I'm bribing the cashier clerk at McDonalds every time I upsize my happy-meal. I do not believe that Hillary is a criminal openly taking bribes, but she is not absolutel...
by lorb
Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

addams wrote:And! Dangerous!
Did we mention how dangerous politics in the U.S. is?


Please elaborate? What dangers are awaiting aspiring politicians at the local level, except frustration and boredom?
by lorb
Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Can't solve this simple puzzle. Help ?
Replies: 1
Views: 1132

Re: Can't solve this simple puzzle. Help ?

The patterns that the black dots form lose and gain axis of symmetry. Thus any rule governing their behaviour has to involve some outside source of direction. From the rule itself or from the central squares.
by lorb
Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0152: "Flood Death Valley"
Replies: 42
Views: 9074

Re: What-If 0152: "Flood Death Valley"

I guess TGLR was so distracted by temperature records that he neglected to answer the actual question. Agree with that. This what-if feels very weak, in that it talks very little about the actual question. So many paragraphs about temperature records and just two sentences about central parts of th...
by lorb
Tue Oct 18, 2016 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Greatest Mathematician of all time?
Replies: 65
Views: 13100

Re: Greatest Mathematician of all time?

While some applications involving similar and right triangles have been around earlier than Thales he can be credited with having formalised and put them on a somewhat rigorous base. Also stuff like finding a proof that vertical angles are always the same. I don't think it's fair to say he didn't do...
by lorb
Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Encryption for the Lich Queen's spys?
Replies: 9
Views: 3161

Re: Encryption for the Lich Queen's spys?

The question itself seems legit though. What if I send love-letters to my boy, but am afraid of anyone else reading them? What kind of encryption method that he can do by hand would be advisable?
by lorb
Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 465508

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

This is another problem with the US's election system. The "safer" your state is, the less your vote counts. The rational person doesn't vote, because it doesn't matter. There is a way out of this for the safe states. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would in effect abolish th...
by lorb
Fri Oct 14, 2016 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 8920

Re: energy currency?

So the actual currency would be energy storage systems, not energy.
Also I really think you should first read about how the current system of currency works, because you are demonstrating a lack of understanding some aspects of currency and how it works.
by lorb
Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 8920

Re: energy currency?

For most of us, money is a consumable, not a persistent claim. A system of energy coupons would accurately represent that kind of money. Now you just have to figure out a way to build an economy on that basis ... Energy is about 1000 times harder to store than food. So, at 3AM I can get energy coup...
by lorb
Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Factorization using modular arithmetic
Replies: 41
Views: 4707

Re: Factorization using modular arithmetic

Goahead52 wrote:Now I can rest and cut off internet once for all.
No phone no internet no tv
Drinking fucking eating reading and that`s it.
by lorb
Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should We Try Solar Radiation Management?
Replies: 89
Views: 7909

Re: Should We Try Solar Radiation Management?

@EMPT Governments are already attempting to limit CO2 emissions. SRM programs are not being undertaken, even though they are far cheaper per degree of heating averted. What? That is totally news to me. Source? From the top of my head I can name about ten ways to decrease/limit CO2 emissions that I ...
by lorb
Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?
Replies: 59
Views: 4715

Re: Why are some linguistic patterns irritating?

Something doesn't have to create any trouble in understanding to stop you for a moment. I am german and my language has a gender for every noun, if someone gets the gender wrong and says der instead of die or das, well it doesn't make it harder to understand them, the genders are superfluous and ca...
by lorb
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 233
Views: 10168

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Sableagle wrote:[...] nobody wants to ski on really hard surfaces. [...]


Elite/high level competitive alpine skiing is done on very very very hard snow. Basically ice.
by lorb
Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP Operative Confesses: Most PACs Are Scams
Replies: 30
Views: 3432

Re: GOP Operative Confesses: Most PACs Are Scams

Self-dealing is illegal and it looks very much like Trump did it.
by lorb
Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: are phonemic mergers making spelling more difficult?
Replies: 7
Views: 1398

Re: are phonemic mergers making spelling more difficult?

The problem I think arises when the mapping from graphemes to phonemes changes between words depending on factors that are independent from the orthography. An example would be the words "honest" vs "honed". The only reason one of them has a silent h is because it's a french loan...
by lorb
Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 76
Views: 6647

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

I believe most "taking down of mountains" happens for stuff that is not very shiny at all.
by lorb
Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Fastest Minesweeper ever! What are the chances?
Replies: 14
Views: 2364

Re: Fastest Minesweeper ever! What are the chances?

hujackus wrote:40,000 expert games over the last 4 years


so about 30 games every day? for four years. how does it never get old?
by lorb
Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: You keep using that word...
Replies: 39
Views: 8607

Re: You keep using that word...

First you'll have to convince me that "theory" has a solid definition in the realm of science. The "theory" of evolution is well established, but string "theory" is just an unverified supposition supported by mathematics (no offense to the string theorists out there). ...
by lorb
Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Are "logical thinking" tests reliable/meaningful?
Replies: 19
Views: 2379

Re: Are "logical thinking" tests reliable/meaningful?

Note that one factor accounting for ~50% of variability is ridiculously good outside of the hard sciences. It's accounting for ~50% of the variability between individuals in cognitive tests. If a factor accounts for only 50% of the variability in test scores on a test that is supposed to measure th...
by lorb
Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Are "logical thinking" tests reliable/meaningful?
Replies: 19
Views: 2379

Re: Are "logical thinking" tests reliable/meaningful?

Do you really want to say the whole idea of intelligence is flawed? Yes it is. At least the idea that intelligence is a one-dimensional variable and every human having some ranking on this scale that puts them clearly above/below others with higher/lower score. It does have it's uses as you are des...
by lorb
Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 8920

Re: energy currency?

...that works because a system that consists of banks, bunch of laws and the state guarantees that it can be... No, the system doesn't guarantee anything. It merely reassures people, which gives them another reason to want the currency. Ultimately, the only thing that government can do that actuall...
by lorb
Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: energy currency?
Replies: 63
Views: 8920

Re: energy currency?

Currency is only valuable because people want it. That is a bit of a simplification. Modern currency does not have much intrinsic value. People only want it because it can be exchanged for goods and services they want. And that works because a system that consists of banks, bunch of laws and the st...
by lorb
Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should We Try Solar Radiation Management?
Replies: 89
Views: 7909

Re: Should We Try Solar Radiation Management?

sardia wrote:In all seriousness, the most likely option is just mass murder under a more boring name. "I don't want to pay anymore taxes, instead of natural disaster relief funds, let's give white people more tax cuts."


There is a difference between murder and involuntary manslaughter.
by lorb
Fri Aug 26, 2016 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Goahead52's Math Posts
Replies: 148
Views: 7716

Re: Goahead52's Math Posts

Antoine Lavoisier was beheaded, but same as Archimedes, it was because of the political circumstances and had nothing to do with them being scientists.
by lorb
Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Goahead52's Math Posts
Replies: 148
Views: 7716

Re: Goahead52's Math Posts

Can you factor this number Goahead? I think if you can, everyone will agree you are brilliant mathematician. If you can't I think its fair to say you are an imposter. 179694915979410667329161284495732461563675618080126000708889188355317264603414909334933722478686507552308558641999292218144366847228...
by lorb
Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should We Try Solar Radiation Management?
Replies: 89
Views: 7909

Re: Should We Try Solar Radiation Management?

The point is. Compared to that plan, solar radiation management (SRM) with aerosols looks really easy, cheap and sane. Instead what we should be looking for is something that is doable in a timeframe of less than 10 years, is more cost-effective than SRM and has less risk attached. Or really do rele...
by lorb
Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should We Try Solar Radiation Management?
Replies: 89
Views: 7909

Re: Should We Try Solar Radiation Management?

Besides that it would simply take way too long. Building the 3 gorges dam took 10 years. The new WTC complex is still not yet finished and won't be until about 2021. And those construction projects are extremely simple and tiny in comparison to anything that is big enough to cast a huge shadow on ea...
by lorb
Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Goahead52's Math Posts
Replies: 148
Views: 7716

Re: Goahead52's Math Posts

Can you factor this number Goahead? I think if you can, everyone will agree you are brilliant mathematician. If you can't I think its fair to say you are an imposter. 1796949159794106673291612844957324615636756180801260007088891883553172646034149093349337224786865075523085586419992922181443668472287...
by lorb
Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How to Calculate Pi without a Calculator?
Replies: 66
Views: 4847

Re: How to Calculate Pi without a Calculator?

True! It's also next to nothing compared to how many digits of pi are already known.
by lorb
Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Is Scrapy overkill for this kind of task?
Replies: 4
Views: 1687

Re: Is Scrapy overkill for this kind of task?

Scrapy is pretty much exactly the right tool for this. Use scrapy-cloud and they also deal with avoiding the blacklisting for you, if what you do is legal/sane. If you really need to scrape so many URLs that concurrency is unavoidable and a concern they deal with that too, but you will have to get o...

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