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  • Unseen,

    I’m sure the WWII German military included soldiers who participated in WWI. I can think of one very famous one in particular.

    That famous “You Know Who Else…” was a Chancellor then Dictator during World War II, not an active military fighter. It’s not like he was on the scene of the front lines running over Fran…

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  • Autumn replied to the topic What is a random number? in the forum Science 1 day, 13 hours ago

    More or less, but to be clear, I’m not just talking colloquial usage.

    If we track historical definitions, it’s a word that’s been steadily shifting meaning. There was a time where it probably meant something more like haphazard or erratic. Over time it’s come to refer to a sort of disconnect between an event and any specific outcome. There is…[Read more]

  • Unseen replied to the topic What is a random number? in the forum Science 1 day, 18 hours ago

    But, of course, a lot hangs on what you mean by “random.”

    A definition that uses it in some absolute sense would be the outlier to standard usage. ‘True’ randomness is difficult to parse. I’d take it to mean an event that is intrinsically not predictable—something that can only be described as a statistical…

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  • Robert,

    Exactly.   A person’s chosen pelt and actual behavior and demeanor  matters much more than their birth pelt and an assumed behavior and demeanor.

    A well-fitted work uniform or a business suit and a thoughtful way of speaking commands more respect and makes fewer false impressions than sagging pants showing droopy drawers or “tramp st…[Read more]

  • Unseen,

    I’m sure the WWII German military included soldiers who participated in WWI. I can think of one very famous one in particular.

    That famous “You Know Who Else…” was a Chancellor then Dictator during World War II, not an active military fighter.  It’s not like he was on the scene of the front lines running over France or seiging St…[Read more]

  • Autumn replied to the topic What is a random number? in the forum Science 2 days, 7 hours ago

    But, of course, a lot hangs on what you mean by “random.”

    A definition that uses it in some absolute sense would be the outlier to standard usage. ‘True’ randomness is difficult to parse. I’d take it to mean an event that is intrinsically not predictable—something that can only be described as a statistical model, not as a deter…[Read more]

  • I once told somebody that the odds of me winning the rollover lotto in Georgia are the same whether or not I buy a ticket 🙂

  • As long as deterministic physical laws are in control, is anything above the quantum scale ever totally, truly, and demonstrably random? Also, I’ll toss in Benford’s Law, a law applying to many sets of naturally occurring numbers. The law states that in many naturally occurring collections of numbers, the leading digit is likely to…

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  • Unseen replied to the topic What is a random number? in the forum Science 2 days, 10 hours ago

    But, of course, a lot hangs on what you mean by “random.”

  • Unseen replied to the topic What is a random number? in the forum Science 2 days, 10 hours ago

    As long as deterministic physical laws are in control, is anything above the quantum scale ever totally, truly, and demonstrably random? (A lot seems to depend on whether the quantum level events ever intrude into the level above, where physical law applies.)

    Also, I’ll toss in Benford’s Law, a law applying to many sets of naturally occurring…[Read more]

  • That’s another shortcoming of Religion, Philosophy, and Political Theory: Not enough life-hacks.

    Yeah. Political theory only led up to many of the rights and freedoms we enjoy everyday. But that pales in comparison with political theory’s terrible lack of life hacks: like how to keep a bag of rice properly closed or the best method for keeping y…[Read more]

  • I think Saturn is really the perfect proof of the flying spaghetti monster. Not only is Saturn in the shape of a meatball but it is surrounded by millions of strands of pasta in the shape of rings (the holy spirit of the infinite grace of the FSM). I mean what…do meatball shaped planets and pasta rings just naturally form all by themselves?

  • When possible software random number generators often employ a “seed” input to help keep the result as random as possible. Sometimes the seed is something like a voltage noise measurement (good) or the current time and date (not as good).

  • Autumn replied to the topic What is a random number? in the forum Science 2 days, 12 hours ago

    I feel like this fits the same linguistic pattern as ‘free’. In the abstract, we can define them in absolute terms. But in practical application, we use these words in a relative sense. I play D&D with friends. A die roll or a digital roll generator are random with respect to our influence and predictive abilities. The roll is random in the…[Read more]

  • Unseen replied to the topic What is a random number? in the forum Science 2 days, 12 hours ago

    If you get the computer to produce the sequence then it is not really a random number as it is based on a program written to generate the numbers.

    If you were to rearrange the numbers on the number pad ( The zero key could be anything from 1-9) and then allow your office cat to walk on the keyboard (as they do!) then…

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  • If you get the computer to produce the sequence then it is not really a random number as it is based on a program written to generate the numbers.

    If you were to rearrange the numbers on the number pad ( The zero key could be anything from 1-9) and then allow your office cat to walk on the keyboard (as they do!) then is that number “more random”…[Read more]

  • Naturally, you release the P.O.W.s after you’ve defeated your enemy and you’ve kicked the tires and looked under the hood of the peace offering.

    I’m sure the WWII German military included soldiers who participated in WWI. I can think of one very famous one in particular. Had he been a prisoner of Athens, there’s a goo…[Read more]

  • Unseen,

    The “third option” didn’t appeal to the Athenians because then the enemy could get a second bite at the apple of warring against Athens. That was their logic, like it or don’t.

    Naturally, you release the P.O.W.s after you’ve defeated your enemy and you’ve kicked the tires and looked under the hood of the peace offering.

    That’s another…[Read more]

  • You are in a study and a researcher asks you to enter a “random” six-digit number into a computer and you input “884477” or “222222.” Are these any less random than, say, “851904” or “781592.”? I assume the first set of numbers could show up in a truly random series. Rarely, perhaps, but nothing prevents them, does it?

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