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Comment: Re:This is just faulty math (Score 1) 1260

by Nihixul (#33893864) Attached to: Proving 0.999... Is Equal To 1

if you want to argue infinite repeating decimals, than yes, 0.9999... is approaching 1. It's limit as we approach an infinite number of decimal points would essentially make it equal to 1. But you cannot reach infinity so this is a moot point.

I have no idea where to start with parent's post, but I'll just deal with this.

The string of characters ".9999..." *means* the limit of (9/10 + 9/100 + ... 9/10^n) as n tends to infinity. The partial (finite) sums form a sequence that indeed converges to a number, which is defined to be the limit of the series, and that number is 1... the value of the given sum. What does "converge" to 1 mean? It means you can get arbitrarily close to 1 by going out sufficiently far in the series.

Also, I'd be curious to know what you think the result of (1 - .999...) would be.

Comment: Ok, but... (Score 1) 636

by Nihixul (#30437344) Attached to: "Loud Commercial" Legislation Proposed In US Congress
While I certainly agree with the sentiments of those who've complained, I don't really want yet another FCC regulation or the like. I think the appropriate people to complain to would be the networks. I am not so naive as to think that would necessarily solve the problem, but that is at least where the problem is. Gripe at them, or perhaps push for a TV (hardware) feature that would accomplish what you want.

Comment: Strike the word "green". (Score 1) 136

by Nihixul (#30387118) Attached to: US Patent Office Fast Tracks Green Patents
It seems that Mr. Kappos's statement would have been perfectly fine without the word "green":

"Every day an important tech innovation is hindered from coming to market is another day we harm our planet and another day lost in creating businesses and jobs. Applications in this pilot program will see a significant savings in pendency, which will help bring innovations to market more quickly."

Comment: Re:Have You Noticed Any Personal Income Loss? (Score 5, Insightful) 987

by Nihixul (#27957401) Attached to: What Can I Do About Book Pirates?
You bring up some good points, but I didn't agree with this:

You seem to already have the negative caged-animal attitude that suing the shit out of everyone is your only option.

Considering this quote in the summary,

I'm open to suggestions.

I don't really think that's a very fair characterization.

There are no data that cannot be plotted on a straight line if the axis are chosen correctly.