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    How to get published

    I have discovered something in mathematics (related to graph theory) that seems interesting and as far as I know (some google searches + asking around on IRC) it may be original. What steps do I take now? As an undergrad I have access to professors. So I figure I would approach a professor I...
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    News Free speech zones?

    So long as the event takes place on public property, yes, I would.
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    News Free speech zones?

    You could have Googled it first. http://www.skinheadnation.co.uk/sharpskinheads.htm [Broken] I'm sorry to hear that, and I'm sorry to have offended you. Under what circumstances would you feel a public neo-nazi demonstration is permissible?
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    News Free speech zones?

    We're talking about forcing a few elderly people with anti-war signs to move a quarter mile away from a Bush gathering. What would the costs have been if those people were permitted to stay? They might have gotten a bit of media attention. That's it. The only danger is that they might have...
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    News Free speech zones?

    I would argue it's not quite a false dichotomy because I'm not saying it's either/or, just that Evo's statements have lead me to believe she only would like free speech to happen in private. It is certainly possible that there are public circumstances where Evo would not wish a peacable...
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    News Free speech zones?

    Though this is just a small point, not all skinheads are racist. There are also SHARP skinheads (Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice). Second, you seem genuinely opposed to free speech. You appear to have no problem with people saying what they want, so long as they do it in private. If...
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    News The Imams removed from US Air flight - the real story?

    OK, so we've established: 1. You don't think the match lady incident is relevant to the Imams 2. You don't think the match lady incident is relevant to prayer on airplanes Yes, I have been on an airplane. Apparently (so I have read) the current policy is that you may use a cell phone on...
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    News Free speech zones?

    Why not make a national free speech zone inside a desert in Utah, reserved for all views that disagree with governmental policy? No press access, of course. But if you want to hear a few dissenting views, all you have to do is go to Utah, so it's perfectly fair. I'm sure that's what the...
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    News The Imams removed from US Air flight - the real story?

    It's irrelevant to prayer on an airplane, not the Imams specifically. It is irrelevant because it is not just "affecting passengers on an airline." The sulfurous odor was actually a possible indicator of a bomb threat, i.e. far outside the realm of mere annoyance, and therefore not applicable...
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    News The Imams removed from US Air flight - the real story?

    Evo, the match example is completely irrelevant, as it suggested an actual bomb threat. Also you still haven't answered my question: why would Fred praying out loud bother a reasonable person any more than Fred talking loudly on a cell phone?
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    Dollars and Cents

    I liked it most when the woman said "Well, I guess that's a matter of opinion."
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    Dollars and Cents

    He did try that a lot. The reps either couldn't do or refused to do the units arithmetic, telling him that his kb usage x .002 cents/kb is "72" when they do it on their calculator, and insisting it's 72 "dollars" when he asked for the units.
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    News Free speech zones?

    (is there already a thread on this?) I was doing some reading about public spaces re the thread about prayer, and stumbled on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_speech_zones#_note-sfgate which linked to this...
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    News The Imams removed from US Air flight - the real story?

    Lewd behavior is not protected in the same way that religion is protected. Prayer gets "preferential treatment" because of the political history of religion. Someone's religion reflects that person's culture, and we have determined that it is very bad for society to try to suppress people's...
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    Big O Notation Question

    Okay, now let an be the number of calls to fibonacci() when the input is n. Can you express an in terms of an-1 and an-2? Maybe you don't know how to solve that yet, but you can at least say that your fibonacci is O(an) time once you've recursively defined an.
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    Big O Notation Question

    No, fibonacci() is not O(2^n). Can you fill in the following table? n number of calls to fibonacci() 1 1 2 1 3 ? 4 ? 5 ?
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    Dollars and Cents

    Just incredible. Though I think the supervisor was being deliberately dense after a while. I mean, he can't agree to bill the guy 72 cents (at least not without a legal battle) and he can't deviate from the quotes that he and all his employees have been giving out, so he just sticks to the...
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    The random thread of randomly randomivity

    Something is random to you exactly when you don't have any information about it that allows you to predict it with any accuracy. Randomness exists and depends on who is observing.
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    Big O Notation Question

    First, the point of O notation is to simplify complicated expressions like (n-2)^2. If a function is O((n-2)^2), it is also O(n^2) and it's better to write it that way (though you aren't correct anyway). A simple idea of O notation is that if f(n) = O(g(n)), then you can shrink f(n) by some...
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    News The Imams removed from US Air flight - the real story?

    How about: missionaries Jehovah's witnesses (door-to-door soliciting) Mormons (I mention them only because of the recent thread about them by Ivan Seeking) church bells funeral processions carolers These are all public, often intrusive religious actions. Most people would agree that...
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    News The Imams removed from US Air flight - the real story?

    I should re-iterate here that I have already said the people in this case had gone too far in refusing to take their seats. Their prayers were justified, their other actions were not. (but by the way, a pen is a far more lethal weapon than a seatbelt)...
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    News The Imams removed from US Air flight - the real story?

    According to Wikipedia (yeah, yeah, bad source) it's also on the national flags of Iraq and Iran. According to lexicorient, it is used as a greeting, and is repeated twenty times a day in the adhan, a prayer call. It's central to Islam. If a serial killer repeats the Hail Mary when killing...
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    News The Imams removed from US Air flight - the real story?

    The Muslims were wrong for not taking their seats, but... There's nothing wrong with emphasizing who you are. Just saying "allahu akbar" is perfectly benign. If some passengers are prejudiced enough to become alarmed at foreign-sounding prayer, they are in the wrong. Actually it seems like...
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    Bayes net inference

    I don't understand this simple algorithm from Russel & Norvig for computing a distribution of X given certain observed values e: function Enumeration-Ask(X, e, bn) returns a distribution over X inputs: X, the query variable e, observed values for variables E bn, a Bayes net with...
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    The most effective advertising subterfuge

    One thing I have been watching over the past year or so is how theonion acquires more and more commercials disguised as semi-humorous articles. They don't say the articles are commercials, but some of them clearly are, unless they have somebody really avant-garde behind the scenes.
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    Calculators TI-83 vs TI-84 vs TI-89

    Commie, I'll bet the 83 and 86 aren't allowed on those tests either. I'd recommend the 89 just because it's what I have. The user interface is very nice. Anyway you're a CS student--you should like learning interfaces. On the other hand, I don't use my 89 much anymore. I always carry it...
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    News Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas running on anti-evo, anti-stemcell '08 Prez. campain

    So what happens if the boss decides he doesn't want to take the rap for something his employee wrote, and calls it a forgery (which it sort of seems like)? Or if there's a legal mechanism in place to prevent that, what happens when the employee decides he doesn't like his boss very much and...
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    0/0 Solved

    There's something (well, more than 1 thing) amusing in the PDF he has for that. One of his axioms in there is that 0^{-1} = \infty. I wonder what distinction he makes between 1/0 and 0-1.
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    News Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas running on anti-evo, anti-stemcell '08 Prez. campain

    Russ, are you sure that what you're doing for your boss is a legal arrangement? Couldn't your boss claim forgery if what you said led to something he didn't like? You must have a document signed by him saying that you can speak for him--would that hold up in court? It seems odd to me that...
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    Science Revisited

    I know nothing. But I think the point should be made that in the past, increasingly true the farther back you go, scientists had to be independently wealthy, and that's where they got their freedom from. But on the other hand, businesses and governments are always too shortsighted, except...
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