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by Qaanol
Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9517
Views: 1298825

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Yakk wrote:It would be easier to just solve Halt.

Every program terminates, even the ones with unconditional loops.

You are welcome.
by Qaanol
Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Sanders ended up being a spoiler for the youth vote. Not by getting tons of write-ins, but by driving away disillusioned young people. Clinton's share of the youth vote dropped twelve percent from 2008 Obama, not because Trump won a larger raw number than previous Republicans, but because liberal y...
by Qaanol
Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Algorithm / library for *almost* linear programming?
Replies: 4
Views: 1440

Re: Algorithm / library for *almost* linear programming?

I ended up implementing the Lemke-Howson algorithm for linear complementarity as described here . That paper describes both the method and how to solve quadratic programs with it. To move variables in and out of the basis, I adapted the pivoting formulas from here . I also applied a preliminary subs...
by Qaanol
Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1753: "Thumb War"
Replies: 16
Views: 2212

Re: 1753: "Thumb War"

I’m just here for the pronunciation of “twenty”.
by Qaanol
Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Let me put it this way, if Clinton was half as horrible as Trump, she wouldn't have been the nominee because she is held to a much higher standard. The only standard I see Hillary Clinton being held to is “Not being Donald Trump”. Well that and the standard of, “She was ‘extremely careless’ with cl...
by Qaanol
Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

One could fairly argue that Trump is also not an appropriate person for these responsibilities, of course. Absolutely. I want to be abundantly clear that I think Trump is entirely unqualified for the Oval Office. I have been posting information which illustrates how flawed Hillary Clinton is, becau...
by Qaanol
Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Thesh wrote:So are you going to post the full excerpt so we can see it in context, or do you expect us to go through 100 pages of an unsearchable PDF to find it?

It’s on pp. 25–26. The previous excerpts I posted are from pp. 43–45.
by Qaanol
Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Another excerpt from part 4 of the FBI documents . State Department pressuring FBI agents to change the classification level of Hillary Clinton’s emails prior to their release: [________] email enclosed copies of 5 email communications from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email a...
by Qaanol
Mon Oct 17, 2016 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The FBI released some documents on Hillary Clinton . I have not read them all, but here are a few excerpts from Part 4: Disregarding protocol: [________] described a “stark difference” between Rice and Clinton with regard to obedience to security and diplomatic protocols. Rice observed strict adher...
by Qaanol
Mon Oct 17, 2016 4:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

A study by researchers at Stanford University and Tilburg University looked at the 2016 Democratic primary and found substantial evidence that the results were rigged. Specifically: • States without verifiable paper trails for votes gave Clinton a far higher proportion of their delegates, even afte...
by Qaanol
Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Proving angles are equal in a triangle in a circle.
Replies: 15
Views: 1266

Re: Proving angles are equal in a triangle in a circle.

The problem is asking you to prove that two lengths are equal.

Is this homework?
by Qaanol
Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

And since you ignored this point, let me ask once again: why do you think playing this long-term spoiler game has a more realistic chance of bringing about a better society than the idea of campaigning for electoral reform, campaign finance reform and lower-level third party candidates while pragma...
by Qaanol
Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The Presidential vote isn't where you should be voting to make change happen. The numbers aren't there to affect change by voting third party, and the Big Two can safely ignore your input at the ballot box (which they have done and will continue to do). Well if they really don’t want my vote, then ...
by Qaanol
Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

All so you can maintain your sense of moral purity when the fire is, by your own admission, a thousand times worse than it could have been. What you've articulated is an atrocious point of view. Actually, the fire is *infinitely* worse than it could have been, because we could have put it out by no...
by Qaanol
Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Why should I court your vote when you're so intent on throwing it away? <spends six more paragraphs using fear tactics to try influencing my vote> You sure are putting a lot of effort into it, for someone who claims not to care about my vote. And partisans do it far more than you, which tells me th...
by Qaanol
Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

All 3rd party protest votes will be blamed for "spoiling" this election, just as Al Gore blamed Ralf Nader or Bush (Sr.) blamed Ross Perot. I welcome their blame. Suppose the blamers are correct. That means I (and people like me) have the power to decide which of the two entrenched establ...
by Qaanol
Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Izawwlgood wrote:Argh, why are people STILL debating the merits of a third party vote? Aren't we past that nonsense?

Yeah seriously.

Voting for a terrible candidate is a terrible idea.

Voting for a good candidate is a good idea.

It doesn’t get more obvious than that.
by Qaanol
Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1740: "Rosetta"
Replies: 35
Views: 2935

Re: 1740: "Rosetta"

That dot inside the “J” though…
by Qaanol
Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Algorithm / library for *almost* linear programming?
Replies: 4
Views: 1440

Re: Algorithm / library for *almost* linear programming?

Yeah I can’t use Matlab since I want to be able to distribute my program to other people. The Python libraries look good, but I don’t know how to call them from Swift without embedding an entire Python interpreter in my project. From what I’ve read, it looks like an active-set method should do what ...
by Qaanol
Fri Sep 09, 2016 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Need help with least-squares linear-constraint optimization
Replies: 0
Views: 3028

Need help with least-squares linear-constraint optimization

Given a square skew-symmetric matrix M, I need to find the vector x with minimal magnitude satisfying M x ≤ 0 and x i ≥ 0 and ∑x i = 1. Or to put it another way, the goal is to minimize f( x ) = ½∑x i 2 subject to h( x ) = 1 • x - 1 = 0 and g k ( x ) = m k • x ≤ 0 where m k is the kth row of M, as w...
by Qaanol
Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Algorithm / library for *almost* linear programming?
Replies: 4
Views: 1440

Algorithm / library for *almost* linear programming?

I have a little hobby project where I need to find an optimal strategy for a (symmetric, zero-sum) matrix game. That part is straightforward, I implemented the simplex algorithm as described in §4.5 of this paper (PDF) . However if more than one strategy is optimal, I need to select the optimal stra...
by Qaanol
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Should matrices be row-major or column-major?
Replies: 4
Views: 1452

Should matrices be row-major or column-major?

Should 2-dimensional matrices be stored in row-major or column-major order? There does not seem to be any consensus among languages and libraries: Row-major order is used in C/C++/Objective-C (for C-style arrays), Mathematica, PL/I, Pascal, Speakeasy, SAS, and C#/CLI/.Net. Column-major order is used...
by Qaanol
Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Formula for the Volume of a n-cone
Replies: 20
Views: 3323

Re: Formula for the Volume of a n-cone

Eh…I generally reserve ‘calculus’ to involve derivatives and integrals. Limits—especially those tractable by pure geometry—fall outside that umbrella. Regardless, a more general line of reasoning shows that an n-dimensional cone of arbitrary shape has volume 1/n times the product of its height and b...
by Qaanol
Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Formula for the Volume of a n-cone
Replies: 20
Views: 3323

Re: Formula for the Volume of a n-cone

Euclid proved the volume of the cone. Are you are suggesting that he knew calculus? Euclid’s proof works by showing that if the cone were more than one third of the cylinder, then a polygonal pyramid could be found within the cone that is also more than one third of the cylinder. But the polygonal p...
by Qaanol
Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Jenga
Replies: 7
Views: 1620

Re: Jenga

In real-physics Jenga, there is an added constraint that the *center of mass* for *the entirety of the top n levels* must always be located above the remaining blocks in the next level down. In particular, if the left-hand block has been removed somewhere, then there is a limit on how many right-han...
by Qaanol
Tue Jun 07, 2016 5:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

“Dewey defeats Truman” Bernie is still very much viable, and the fact that he is the strongest candidate to defeat Donald Trump (as evidenced by all the polls both state and national) gives him a great case to make at the convention. Especially after Bernie beats Hillary in California and most other...
by Qaanol
Thu May 26, 2016 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Except that's not how math works. If Trump gets 100 votes, then to beat him the Democratic party needs 101 votes. If someone chooses not to vote for the Democratic party, they're making it harder to beat Trump, since a different person is required to vote Democrat instead. Except that is not how an...
by Qaanol
Thu May 26, 2016 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Find the number to divide with another one to obtain zero remainder.
Replies: 7
Views: 1811

Re: Find the number to divide with another one to obtain zero remainder.

Are you looking for an integer n for which n/29 is an integer and n/7 is an integer? All such numbers are the integer multiples of the least common multiple of 7 and 29. Or are you looking for an integer k for which 29/k is an integer and 7/k is an integer? All such numbers are factors of the greate...
by Qaanol
Thu May 26, 2016 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It is not a “threat”, it is a fact. A threat would be “If you don’t do what I want then I’ll vote for Trump.” But that is not what I am saying. Not at all. I am saying, “Here is what I am going to do, no matter what. I will either vote for Bernie Sanders or a third-party candidate. You are free to d...
by Qaanol
Thu May 26, 2016 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

In any case, "I will not vote for <Democratic candidate>" basically means "I'm giving my vote to Trump". No. Wrong. Bad. Stop. My vote does not belong to any party. I do not owe my vote to any person. I *will not* vote for a candidate I do not support. I refuse to vote for Trump...
by Qaanol
Thu May 26, 2016 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I do not expect to change anyone’s opinion about Hillary Clinton. I wish I could, but I have been on the internet long enough to know that most people will maintain their pre-existing beliefs even (especially!) when presented with facts that contradict those beliefs. No, I do not expect to change an...
by Qaanol
Thu May 26, 2016 1:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

This year its about Racism, Nativism, Xenophobia, and Authoritarianism. Racism: Hillary Clinton called young black men “super-predators”. Nativism & xenophobia: see below on immigration and refugees. Authoritarianism: Hillary Clinton wants a “Manhattan-like project” to enable the US government ...
by Qaanol
Wed May 25, 2016 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

But when the alternative is Trump you better fucking fall in line. Hahahahaha you really don’t get it do you? I do not believe a word Hillary Clinton says. I will never vote for her. I do not believe a word Donald Trump says. I will never vote for him. I think Donald Trump will get us involved in m...
by Qaanol
Tue May 24, 2016 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Most polling experts know that there are bounces upon candidacy, Trump is has gained that bounce now, HRC is still waiting to get hers when she is named. Bernie Sanders is waiting for that same bounce, and he is already +11 in head-to-head polls beforehand. He will absolutely demolish Trump in the ...
by Qaanol
Tue May 24, 2016 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

"blah blah blah because Corporations are evil" I would rephrase that as, “Corporations which abuse or exploit workers, or treat customers unfairly, are deeply problematic.” Have you been to Immokalee? Because Bernie Sanders has, and he helped fix it. And if you have 5.35 minutes, you migh...
by Qaanol
Tue May 24, 2016 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I can not vote for Sanders, for reasons stated throughout this thread. I know that—you have strong policy disagreements with Bernie Sanders, and I would not expect you to vote for him. I encourage you to vote for whichever candidate best represents your views. That is the point of democracy after a...
by Qaanol
Tue May 24, 2016 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It's pretty clear at this point that Bernie is doing tremendous damage to Hillary's chances though. Nope, Hillary is doing that damage to herself, by herself. Bernie consistently polls much better against Trump than Hillary does, often 10+ points better. In fact the RCP polling average now shows Tr...
by Qaanol
Mon May 16, 2016 3:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

What I can't stand, though, is the argument (which I've seen rather often) that these general election polls simply can't be valid, because if so then he would be winning the primaries. And this is a facile and stupid argument that ignores the vast differences between the two electorates. It's a pe...
by Qaanol
Mon May 16, 2016 2:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 440226

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

A new poll shows:

Bernie beats Trump by 5 points in Georgia.

Hillary loses to Trump by 4 points in Georgia.

Yes, Georgia. We can flip Georgia by nominating Bernie Sanders. This is what progress looks like.

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