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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: January 20, 2019, 06:20:49 pm »
My VLC player tends to have some trouble increasing the playback speed. Does someone know a player that can play videos at double speed without lagging?

That super depends on your specs, the videos that you're trying to play at double speed, and your codec settings, but in general, VLC is not a very good player for a multitude of reasons and you should be using either MPC-HC (which is easiest to get running by installing a codec pack such as the K-Lite Codec Pack) or mpv depending on your operating system.

I did this, and this player does indeed play at double speed without lagging.

... however, it now has a moderately annoying audio bug where it makes little cracking sounds once every two seconds or so, which doesn't happen when I use VLC.

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General Discussion / Re: Maths thread.
« on: January 17, 2019, 10:58:56 am »
(Unrelated to sudgy). A few years ago, I made a post here complaining about the way coordinate vectors are introduced in linear algebra. In particular, no-one ever explained me whether, if you write (2,3,4), what you mean is "the element (2,3,4) \in \R^3" or "the vector 2*b_1 + 3*b_2 + 4*b_3 for some basis {b_1, b_2, b_3}". In the former case, writing (2,3,4)_B would then mean "I apply the operation _B to the vector (2,3,4) which means I map it onto 2*b_1 + 3*b_2 + 4*b_3, which is a different vector". And in the latter case, you would technically -always- have to denote which basis you mean when you write down any 'coordinate vector', and not doing this would just be an abbreviation. The second case is weird because no-one follows it consistently (also how do you write down the vectors of a basis? You need two different notations!), and the former is weird once you throw matrices into the mix, because matrices are defined relative to a basis, and vectors aren't. And when you define a function as applying a matrix, i.e. f : x -> A * x it gets even worse, because A still depends on a basis, but f definitely shouldn't. Our lecture did this, ugh. As far as I remember, though there were some decent comments, no-one really gave me a satisfying explanation.

Forward to today, I've been reading "Linear Algebra Done Right" and it immediately did what both lectures I visited didn't manage to. In the book, vectors are elements in F^n, not relative to anything. Matrices are something separate. There is a function M taking any linear map and the basises of two vector spaces and returning a matrix. Matrix multiplication is defined in the usual way, but there is no multiplication of a matrix with a vector. Instead, there is another function which takes a vector and a basis and returns a n*1 matrix representing the vector relative to that basis. That matrix can then be multiplied with another matrix following matrix multiplication as usual.

I find that super awesome, so I wanted to share it. This is actually a completely consistent way to differentiate between vectors and 'coordinate vectors' that answers all questions in a satisfying way, and it's not even difficult! That's how you should do it. The book completely deserves its title. Even though the justification they gave for the title wasn't about this, but about something involving the determinant and how it's usually explained without providing any intuition, which is also true for the lectures I've visited. Looking forward to how this book handles that, too.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: January 10, 2019, 05:12:37 pm »
I've been using VLC for years and have generally been very satisfied. The design is simplistic, it hides its advanced options well, it's straight-forward to install, and it usually works. The apparent fact that it's rather inefficient -- playing stuff faster and introducing big subtitle delays both seem to bring it to its limits -- doesn't matter very often. But, well, in this case it does.

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Forum Games / Re: M121: Philosophers Mafia Mafia (7 spots left!)
« on: January 09, 2019, 06:24:21 pm »
The step from forum mafia to forum mafia with a closed setup is pretty small. You have nothing to worry about.

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General Discussion / Re: Random Stuff Part IV
« on: January 09, 2019, 06:21:26 am »
My VLC player tends to have some trouble increasing the playback speed. Does someone know a player that can play videos at double speed without lagging?

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Forum Games / Re: M121: Philosophers Mafia Mafia (10 spots left!)
« on: January 08, 2019, 05:44:33 pm »
/in

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Mafia Game Threads / Re: f.ds Mafia Hub
« on: January 06, 2019, 03:52:38 pm »
gogo

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Mafia Game Threads / Re: f.ds Mafia Hub
« on: January 06, 2019, 12:46:08 pm »
Double posting isn't a big deal on this forum. And yes, you can play several games at once.

I could mod something, if no-one else feels up to it, but let's wait a bit first.

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Mafia Game Threads / Re: f.ds Mafia Hub
« on: January 06, 2019, 09:02:33 am »
There's only an RMM (role madness) game open right now, which is really not a good place to start.

Anyone want to run a normal setup?

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General Discussion / Re: Song of the day
« on: January 04, 2019, 05:21:59 pm »


weee

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General Discussion / Re: TV shows
« on: January 03, 2019, 01:29:32 pm »
Super disappointed in the last chapter of the series of unfortunate events.

The last book was the most fascinating one of the series, by far. It's the one most different from the others, with the most amount of stuff in it, the most amount of symbolism, the most interesting character, the most interesting setting, you name it. And they ran through the majority of the plot in 15 minutes. Of all the books they chose that one to adapt in half the time. It should have been extra long, not extra short. Instead of cramming into into season 3, they could have had season 3 be 6 episodes like the others, adapting books 10-12, and make the final book its own season. They could have really told this in a lot of detail, and actually shown life on the island.

But the worst thing was the sugar bowl. The idea that it was just something giving immunity from the shroom was stupid, but the fact that it was revealed at all was just beyond idiotic. Just like it was idiotic that we had nice endings to the story arcs of the other orphans, and the old set of villains, and villagers. The main point of the books, the central message, was that real stories are a gigantic mess and you can never solve anything. There's this great scene in the last book where they think Ishmael will explain everything, and then he starts talking about a ring that has never mattered before, because the ring is somehow entangled in all of the other stuff, and all he does is raise lots and lots of new questions before he stops. And of course, we never find out what's up with all that, just like we never learn what happened to the other orphans, or even what happened to the Baudelaire, or what's inside the sugar bowl. Even if they had come up with something less stupid, there is no reveal which could possibly be as interesting as the fact that it's never revealed.

Revealing what's in there is so stupid. stupid stupid stupid.

The tragedy of book 13 specifically is also totally not present. The Baudelaire parents had first ruled the island, and pushed on new inventions, making progress, and giving everyone freedom. Then there was the mutiny and Ishmael became the new leader, and he tried to do the opposite, having everyone lead the simplest life possible, no technology, the same meals every day, the same outfits for everyone. He says that "The only solution, of course, is to stay as far away from the world as possible and lead a safe, simple life." And then this also leads to a mutiny. That's one bleak message, and pretty fascinating.

They really, really botched it. They were fairly faithful to the plot, but the plot itself is totally uninteresting. Everything in the final book is a metaphor. It's all symbolic. That's the interesting thing about it. Copying the plot and ignoring the rest just makes it seem like whoever wrote the script didn't understand what the final book was about.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Zendo Questions 2
« on: January 03, 2019, 09:34:13 am »
Ah, I was hoping that one had been a mistake.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Zendo Questions 2
« on: January 03, 2019, 08:43:57 am »
That is not a counter example, though. I is uppercase.

Although I should specify that I meant: no letter besides the first is uppercase since uppercase letters later in the first word also aren't ok

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Zendo Questions 2
« on: January 03, 2019, 07:11:27 am »
Guess: no word after the first is uppercase <-> yes

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Zendo Questions 2
« on: January 02, 2019, 06:41:29 pm »
yoU need a cutie mark to be plot relevant?
YoU need a cutie mark to be plot relevant?

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General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: January 02, 2019, 06:40:43 pm »
Well, neither do I, really.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Zendo Questions 2
« on: January 02, 2019, 05:20:48 pm »
you nEed a cutie mark to be plot relevant?
you neEd a cutie mark to be plot relevant?
you need a cutIe mark to be plot relevant?
you need a cutiE mark to be plot relevant?

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General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: January 02, 2019, 04:22:55 pm »
No idea how to answer that  :P

Clearly the degree to which something frightens you also varies from person to person, though certainly not as much as how much you like something.

I've somehow missed the Tunnel, I'll look for that one, too. Otherwise, I assume that you thought PNA was less scary than other things I've mentioned?

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General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: January 02, 2019, 03:00:58 pm »
@Horror Movies: I watched The Woman in Black, The Ring, Paranormal Activity I, and The Shining. The first because it was on Netflix and I just clicked on a random thing, and 2-4 following recommendations for scary movies.

Paranormal Activity is definitely the scariest movie I've seen so far. Which is particularly impressive because it's incredibly low budget, just 15 000 according to wikipedia. I still think it should be possible to make something more frightening than that, though. It was fairly intense, particularly near the end, but... still not so much that I had to turn it off. And the ending kinda only works because the guy is being an idiot. He could just have some people over, or at least stay up all night. He knows without a doubt that there's something supernatural there at that point, and just does nothing. Which is a minus. But still, it's good.

The Ring and the Shining didn't manage to really scare me, but they were both fun to watch nonetheless. The Ring has some great imagery.

The Woman in black was the second scariest, but also the weakest one out of the four. It's scary in the least creative way possible (old abandoned house, noises from other rooms, etc), and it doesn't have anything else going on. Also, it's significantly less scary than PNA, which has literally 0.1% of the budget.

Still planning to see The Exorcist, but I'm having trouble finding a good way to do so.

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General Discussion / Re: Movies: Any movie buffs?
« on: January 02, 2019, 02:05:05 pm »
I went through the episode twice, and I'm done. I'm starting to get tired of seeing some of the same scenes over and over, and if I can't figure out how to get to a path I wanted to try again

You can use the "skip 10 seconds" button repeatedly, but it's still tedious.

Also there's a graph

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Zendo Questions 2
« on: January 02, 2019, 10:01:29 am »
Did I mess up with the last four lines?
Did i mess up with the last four lines?

you need a Cutie mark to be plot relevant?
you need A cutie mark to be plot relevant?
you Need a cutie mark to be plot relevant?
You need a cutie mark to be plot relevant?

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Zendo Questions 2
« on: January 02, 2019, 10:00:00 am »
you need a cutie mark to be plot relevant?
you need a cutie mark to be plot Relevant?
you need a cutie mark to be Plot relevant?
you need a cutie mark to Be plot relevant?
you need a cutie mark To be plot relevant?
you need a cutie Mark to be plot relevant?
you need a Cutie Mark to be plot relevant?
you need A cutie Mark to be plot relevant?
you Need a cutie Mark to be plot relevant?
You Need a cutie Mark to be plot relevant?

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Zendo Questions 2
« on: January 02, 2019, 08:18:53 am »
casing?
casing casing?
casing casing casing?
casing casing Casing?
casing Casing casing?
casing Casing Casing?
Casing casing casing?
Casing casing Casing?
Casing Casing casing?
Casing Casing Casing?
Casing Casing?
Casing?

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Zendo Questions 2
« on: January 02, 2019, 08:17:22 am »
Oh, parity. That's what parity means. Yes, then scott was trying to say that, but he never made a correct official guess.
It's one of those words that probably doesn't really mean what we're using it to mean but we can get away with it so long as everyone rolls with it.
I'd argue that if everyone thinks a word means X then the word means X. Which is to say, the meaning is defined by what people think.

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Non-Mafia Game Threads / Re: Zendo Questions 2
« on: January 02, 2019, 06:48:02 am »
Did I only count a-z characters?
Parity?
Parity Parity?
Parity Parity Parity?
parity parity parity?
parity parity parity parity?

Is?
Our?
Game?
Still?
Orange?

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