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by freakish777
Wed Oct 03, 2012 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 92367

Re: Why do our robots suck?

We already have software that can change itself - that can change its own code. I remember playing with such software more than twenty years ago. I am actually aware of this, if I'm not mistaken it's a branch of Genetic Programming (meta-genetic programming?). My understanding was that it's basical...
by freakish777
Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 92367

Re: Why do our robots suck?

I am "mindlessly" doing actions because of things I have learned. Perhaps you are manipulating me with your words to do your bidding. Perhaps your bidding is for me to write this post. I am mindlessly replying because my experiences and platform(?) of instincts and body mechanics compel m...
by freakish777
Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 92367

Re: Why do our robots suck?

You say not yet, meaning we have not yet created any programs that understand things. That's fine. But if I were to make a computer simulation of your brain as it is now (which is something that has not yet been done), and it is hooked up to sensors and stuff so that it can get inputs the same ways...
by freakish777
Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 92367

Re: Why do our robots suck?

Try flipping it around. A compiler compiles a program and creates a binary executable. The computer that compiled the program understands how the program works. You, as a human looking at only the binary output, do not understand the program. However, you could figure out the assembly code and with...
by freakish777
Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why do our robots suck?
Replies: 157
Views: 92367

Re: Why do our robots suck?

Building processors that can do many things parallel is easy, Coming up with parallel algorithms on the other hand is extremely hard. It's not even just an algorithm problem. It's a platform problem. Once you have your gigantic list of various "Make Toast" and "Say Hello" algori...
by freakish777
Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

5. Gandalf (We need some MAGIC! If he disagrees with me, though, I'm screwed) Does Gandalf ever actually do any magic? Yes. In The Hobbit, he uses a spell similar to chain lightning in the D&D world that simultaneously kills 13 goblins. In Two Towers, when he leads the charge to save Helms Deep...
by freakish777
Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pennies in Boxes
Replies: 85
Views: 50631

Re: Pennies in Boxes

Concentrtated sulfuric acid doesn't damage copper, does it? And it eats through cardboard very, very well, as my high school bio teacher demonstrated to us. If it does, you could always precipitate it out afterwards and sell it. You didn't melt the pennies down (need to check on the law...
by freakish777
Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Pennies in Boxes
Replies: 85
Views: 50631

Re: Pennies in Boxes

In fact, in lots of the (government) museums in DC there are penny squishing machines that will press pennies flat with some design on them. All the more reason to turn your big box(es) of pennies into an attraction that charges admission (and sells boxes at the gift shop? after opening said box th...
by freakish777
Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: 2012 in music
Replies: 58
Views: 34528

Re: 2012 in music

Ben Folds Five has a new album out. Ellie Goulding has a new album due out soon. Green Day has 3 new albums coming out (the first of which is out and linked to <- ). Smashing Pumpkins has a new(ish) album out, is working on another one, and is on tour. Anberlin has a new album due out soon (and if ...
by freakish777
Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

You.. also have to throw out what you know as 100% Immunities of characters. The Hulk is resistant to mind control within the Marvel Universe where Psychic Mind-Control Powers are mostly used for long-distance communication and subtle mind-alterations or snap adjustments. The comics I listed includ...
by freakish777
Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

Winston Zeddemore - Who you gonna call, then? Let's take a look at that containment unit. Oooh, the Ghost Busters' containment unit seems hilariously overpowered. Does it ever accidentally let ghosts/beings out? That could be a problem if your ghost buster gets killed in action and you don't know h...
by freakish777
Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

I.. disagree. It's an incredibly important part of the thought experiment. There's certainly an advantage to having a 5 minute delay between each character. A one minute delay? Not so much. You may want to have that conversation, but whether or not you can is a different story. Character: "Whe...
by freakish777
Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

So I have to summon them in order, but can I decide at what rate I summon them, and only summon the next one if I need them? If so, I'd summon the following which I've ordered according to how potentially dangerous they'd be to me. Re-read the OP. The order is irrelevant as they all show up at the ...
by freakish777
Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals
Replies: 294
Views: 125981

Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Orgy - "Blue Monday"
by freakish777
Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals
Replies: 294
Views: 125981

Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Placebo - "Running Up That Hill"
by freakish777
Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

Yeah, the Ring seems like a very bad idea, barring someone who can actually wear it without being affected (like Tom Bombadil, who incidentally would do absolutely nothing for you, ever, as he's never concerned about anything).
by freakish777
Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

Some more interesting characters for people to consider from my past Teams: Karn Liberated (Magic card) Pros: ⋅ Creative & Destructive Godlike powers ⋅ The mechanics of the specific Magic card in question allows him to remove opposing "enemies"/"objects...
by freakish777
Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

"Assassinate this world leader" [...]Gandalf will probably actually attempt to thwart the mission. wat Yeah, what if the mission was to assassinate Sauron? No way Gandalf would help with that. ... Sauron is quite different from our world's leaders. Keep in mind that Gandalf does not let G...
by freakish777
Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Third-party password system: Is my school's IT right?
Replies: 9
Views: 38474

Re: Third-party password system: Is my school's IT right?

You can't actually tell if the password is stored in plain text in the database unless you have access to that database. However, it does reveal that at most, the password is reversibly encrypted No. It doesn't necessarily mean that. See the outline of a stored procedure I posted earlier. It could ...
by freakish777
Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

Also, I'm not going to endlessly make rules for a simple thought experiment to try and prohibit people from trying to get more fictional characters than the arbitrary limit that's in place. Have fun with the thought experiment as you see fit. If you find trying to get more fictional characters to be...
by freakish777
Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

While thinking outside the box is certainly incredibly important in real life scenarios, this thought experiment is less about thinking outside the box (and how to break the experiment) and more about exploring all of the possibilities (that are inside the box, it's not like the situation inside the...
by freakish777
Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

Роберт wrote:I thought it WAS creative problem solving.


Limitations breed creativity.


Skirting the character limit, while intriguing, is basically no different than saying "I would wish for more wishes." Ok, cool. But it defeats the purpose of asking the question in the first place.
by freakish777
Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

Thursday Next . She can jump into fiction and bring other characters out, getting around the 5-person limit. Maybe the limit on items too? The rest wouldn't matter as you could get who you need at any point during the mission. It's actually a 6 person limit, but for the purposes of our thought expe...
by freakish777
Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

I think you're underestimating the risk with convincing Motoko-san to help. I don't think so. If Motoko decides the mission is not something she wants to partake in, and wants to go home, she would take it up with whoever is in charge. She might break my leg (torture) to try and get the information...
by freakish777
Fri Sep 21, 2012 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

Here's some of the more intriguing characters I've heard from friends that caught me by surprise: Odysseus Pros: ⋅ Creator of the Trojan Horse ⋅ Cunning ⋅ Cesourceful Cons: ⋅ No Super Powers ⋅ Would probably just want to go home to his wife Santa Cla...
by freakish777
Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

Doctors 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, and 11. Debated between 2 and 3, but picked 3 in the end because he was more of the physical type. Even with all of the bickering back and forth, they'd still accomplish everything the mission wanted and then some. And if it turned out the secret agency was really the bad gu...
by freakish777
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

Your initial list lacks females. Could be important depending on the mission (unless you're counting on Prof X's telepathy, Yoda's force, or Gandalf/Dumbledore's magic to persuade nonfictional females to join the team). But you have successfully covered flight and super strength with Clark Kent, and...
by freakish777
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

Presumably you bring these characters back at whatever stage you want? Yes. You should also specify at what instance you are bringing them back (Book title or Comic number, page number, precise moment in time). Some characters this isn't relevant for (specifically video game characters like Sonic t...
by freakish777
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

Роберт wrote:Then bring back characters powerful enough to protect you, like Yoda.



.... they have several of these devices themselves and can presumably bring through their own mind controlled assassins capable of killing you despite protection from Yoda/Batman/Superman.
by freakish777
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

Re: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Lif

Obviously, bring to life all the powerful, unambiguosly good characters like Gandalf and Clark Kent. I'd have to read up on X-Men, but presumably Professor X would be on that list. Not sure that the order would matter or the specific lists would be interesting. And if your mission isn't good? The w...
by freakish777
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life
Replies: 79
Views: 13340

[Thought Experiment]Bringing Fictional Characters to Life

Ideally this would go in a General thread for High Culture, as it involves fictional characters (across Literature, Film,Television and Games) but I suppose it can go here instead. The general premise is that you are contacted by a secret government agency. They have a top secret mission that they n...
by freakish777
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Third-party password system: Is my school's IT right?
Replies: 9
Views: 38474

Re: Third-party password system: Is my school's IT right?

So the next question is, are sites like "Plaintext Offenders" misguided? Yes and no (but mostly no). Not misguided: Sending the Password in plaintext over the internet is still a very bad idea. Packet sniffers exist, and if someone has gained some access to some public servers and is pack...
by freakish777
Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What Bands have you Abandoned?
Replies: 24
Views: 24616

Re: What Bands have you Abandoned?

A bunch of punk-ish bands of my youth, which (going to sound a bit hipster here) have radically changed their sound and are now quite popular (read: sold out). Radically changed their sound = lost their "bite" ? For me it would be Incubus. S.C.I.E.N.C.E. is an incredible album. Make Yours...
by freakish777
Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Third-party password system: Is my school's IT right?
Replies: 9
Views: 38474

Re: Third-party password system: Is my school's IT right?

Despite the fact that sending out the password unencrypted over e-mail is bad, I would like to point out that it doesn't necessarily mean that they have stored the password unencrypted or encrypted (and decrypted it to send it to you, as opposed to hashed & salted). SQL stored procedures have ba...
by freakish777
Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Paste large amount of text?
Replies: 6
Views: 7018

Re: Paste large amount of text?

Keep in mind that there's a default limit to what you can put into the Clipboard (Window's temp space for copy and pasting). This isn't so much an issue any more in Windows 7 (64 bit), but it may still be an issue in 32-bit versions. Using something other than the default Clipboard manager might get...
by freakish777
Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Programming a music player
Replies: 7
Views: 7048

Re: Programming a music player

Also about fixing bugs in VLC, that seems like it would be much more complex than to build my own. First, I would have to learn how VLC works Yes and no. You'd need a general understanding of what it's doing (and/or what it's methods/functions are trying accomplish). Once I learned about the workin...
by freakish777
Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Programming a music player
Replies: 7
Views: 7048

Re: Programming a music player

VLC Player is open source.

http://wiki.videolan.org/Developers_Corner

Try fixing some bugs in there first to get your feet wet maybe??
by freakish777
Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: It's all about the food
Replies: 16
Views: 9550

Re: It's all about the food

Also of note.

Please taste-test any "new to the menu" items before you put them out for students.
by freakish777
Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: It's all about the food
Replies: 16
Views: 9550

Re: It's all about the food

Been out of school for a long time, but:


Crepes
Curried Apple Dessert Pizza
Strawberry Cheerio Crispy Treats (instead of Rice Crispies, use Strawberry Cheerios, and slightly less marshmellows)
Apple Pie (that doesn't taste like it was bought at a store)
Chocolate Mint Bars
Cheesecake

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