[2012-Jul-13] Pseudorandom

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[2012-Jul-13] Pseudorandom

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The ironic thing about this comic is that the people with the RNGs in their heads could have had pseudo-random number generators (say the C programming language's RNG) in there and no one would be able to tell the difference.

I was hoping this would make it into the secret panel:

"I swear, I'm deterministic! The chips are just cheap Chinese knockoffs spitting out digits of pi, with noise thrown in from the Dow Jones Industrial Average!"

(Possible addition: "It wasn't my choice, they were half the price!")

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Re: July 13 (?) Pseudorandom

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not really that funny, man
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Nor is it ironic.

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Someone is going to have to explain to me how "accessing quantum randomness" somehow translates into giving someone free will.

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Re: July 13 (?) Pseudorandom

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First we'd need a definition of free will.

I guess we'd go from there.

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Isn't it that movie with a killer whale who jumps over that boy's head to escape into the sea?
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I never saw it, I only read the novelisation. And what a novelisation!

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Salacious Schoolmate wrote:I never saw it, I only read the novelisation. And what a novelisation!
But how can you have your Free Willy without Michael Jackson?

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Came with a cassette tape

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Post by Mr. Bleh »

I guess RNGs could be a robot's arbitrary decisions.
Don't see any irony in it though, think rand is just over-thinking things.

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Dude, we were talking about Free Willy here. You can't just derail the topic thread like that!
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Re: July 13 (?) Pseudorandom

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What would the porn parody of free willy be called?

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Comic 2672

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http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db ... 2672#comic

How is non-deterministic behavior (whose probability is however determinable) "free will"? Your will is still "determined" by these quantum-mechanical phenomena.

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Willy's Release?
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Re: Comic 2672

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How is SHUT UP?
I mean um, this thread dude
http://www.smbc-comics.com/smbcforum/vi ... 58#p139958
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