## Comment: Real Numbers (Score 1) 138

I always interpreted that quote as a comment on the existence of the real numbers.

I always interpreted that quote as a comment on the existence of the real numbers.

2/3 is finite.

marklyon writes *"HB 872, recently signed into law by Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, makes Caller ID spoofing illegal. The law covers alterations to the caller's name, telephone number, or name and telephone number that is shown to a recipient of a call or otherwise presented to the network. The law applies to PSTN, wireless and VoIP calls. Penalties for each violation can be up to $1,000 and one year in jail. Blocking of caller identification information is still permitted."*

After a group of *StarCraft II* beta testers reported technical difficulties following the installation of NVIDIA driver update 196.75, Blizzard tech support found that the update introduced fan control problems that were causing video cards to overheat in 3D applications. "This means every single 3D application (i.e. games) running these drivers is going to be exposed to overheating and in some extreme cases it will cause video card, motherboard and/or processor damage. If said motherboard, processor or graphic card is not under warranty, some gamers are in serious trouble playing intensive games such as *Prototype*, *World of Warcraft*, *Farcry 3*, *Crysis* and many other games with realistic graphics." NVIDIA said they were investigating the problem, took down links to the new drivers, and advised users to revert to 196.21 until the problem can be fixed.

In my analysis I assumed that they were disagreeing over a proposition so that all those who disagreed with Zed were agreeing.

I'm saying that each person was free to choose one side or the other independently from every other person. Here I am calculating the probability that they came to either conclusion (either n - 1 right and 1 wrong or vice versa) by chance. This is without regard to the knowledge we have about them agreeing. Then I calculate the conditional probabilities based on the event that they agree (i.e. the event that either n - 1 are right and 1 is wrong or vice versa).

To generalize this from 10 others to n others would give conditional probabilities of (1-p)^(n-1) /((1-p)^(n-1) + p^(n-1)) and p^(n-1) /((1-p)^(n-1) + p^(n-1)). So this result holds for any n greater than 1.

sorry, Zed not Zack, should have read this more carefully...

I think your statics are flawed. To give equal weight to each person's opinion we should assume that each person has an independent probability, p, of being right. Then the probability of Zed being right and the others being wrong would be p (1-p)^10 while the probability of the others being right and Zack being would be p^10 (1-p). Since these events are disjoint the probability Zack being right given that one of these two events occured would p (1-p)^10 / (p (1-p)^10 + p^10 (1-p)) = (1-p)^9 / ((1-p)^9 + p^9) while the probability of the others being right would be p^9 / ((1-p)^9 + p^9). Thus if p is less than 1/2 then Zed is more likely to be correct.

I often find perl to be unnecessary and exclude it on systems where space is limited such as my wireless AP (it is also huge). There are utilities on that list I would include in just about any situation...

I thought the presence of init would ruin the poll because it's obviously the most important process on a unix system. After I voted for it I also was baffled to find it in last place... How do people intend to run their favorite utilities without init?

We are all just passing time until we die.

carp3_noct3m writes *"A freelance Wired magazine journalist has decided to see what it is like to disappear from normal life, all while staying on the grid. The catch, is that he is challenging anyone and everyone to find him, take a picture, and speak a special codeword to him. If you can do that, you can make 5000 dollars, which happens to come out of his paycheck for the article he'll be writing. Oh, and to top it all off, whoever finds him gets pictures and interviews in Wired. He has been posting to his Twitter, using TOR for internet, and the Wired website will be posting his credit card transactions."*

Actually, six times. 0.9^7 0.5 0.9^6.

Unless the head has some property that consumes any other value paired with it such that it always produces the value of the head.

If by + you are referring to a group operation then it could not have such a property.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.