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mas3cf wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:24 am
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I was reading an article where the headline was that some programmers had improved upon the Traveling Salesman Problem. That's the problem where, given a set of cities and the distances between them, what's the shortest distance you can travel to visit each city once. Programs have gotten it down to where they can come within a few percent of the actual shortest route. Want to take a guess by how much this new algorithm improves?

The answer is:
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0.2 billionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a percent.

Which, if my counting is correct is 0.000000000000000000000000000000000002 times better. :)
If you don't think that's significant, you must have never tried to graze the edge of a quasar with a laser pointer.
the significance is relative to the task at hand. It's a pretty meaningless number if you are only traveling to various points within a single city, or probably even country.
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cinemaniax7 wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:14 pm
Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as the 115th Supreme Court justice, taking the first of two oaths, thus establishing what the Wall Street Journal describes as "a broad conservative majority" on the court for the first time since the 1930s. Justice Barrett is the fifth woman to serve on the Supreme Court.
Wouldn't she be a broad conservative minority, though? The other two broads is liberal!

Ahem....

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Lots of reaction to Kevin Cash yanking Blake Snell. I like the one with The Undertaker out cold in the coffin and waking up.

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Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:58 pm
The Los Angeles Dodgers won Game 6 of the World Series 3-1 to clinch the MLB title, 4 games to 2. This is the franchise's first title in 32 years, having last won in 1988.
Which is the birth year of Clayton Kershaw, the pitcher who just cemented his first round ballot to Cooperstown.

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Lots of reaction to Kevin Cash yanking Blake Snell. I like the one with The Undertaker out cold in the coffin and waking up.
The sabermetrics agreed with Cash. The strongest argument leaving Snell in are variants of "gut feeling".

I particularly found this Ringer article self-own amusing (which they didn't really play as a self-own) :
https://www.theringer.com/2020/10/28/21 ... hing-trend
For a few years in the first half of the 2010s, “third time through the order” became a common refrain in October among analytically inclined media members, but that insight took time to filter to the field. Five years ago this Friday, I wrote, “By the end of October, writers are as tired of using our ‘third time through the order’ macros as you are of reading the results. But there is a penalty that affects every pitcher as he faces repeat batters multiple times (even with a low pitch count), so pulling the starter at the right moment is one of the most important postseason moves a manager can make. And many managers are still too slow with their hooks.”
Nuh uh! No takebacks! This is your fault!

And it's the same argument people used to hang Roberts out to dry: leaving Kershaw in too long. It's a wonderful argument...until it isn't.

More likely, the Rays were just fated to lose because reality will fix paradoxes itself.
https://www.universetoday.com/148030/ti ... paradoxes/
Leave Snell in, take him out, the game itself is its own closed timelike curve.
teapot37 wrote:
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The Los Angeles Dodgers won Game 6 of the World Series 3-1 to clinch the MLB title, 4 games to 2. This is the franchise's first title in 32 years, having last won in 1988.
To be celebrated from isolation chambers as Turner has infected everyone with the covids.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers won Game 6 of the World Series 3-1 to clinch the MLB title, 4 games to 2. This is the franchise's first title in 32 years, having last won in 1988.
words cannot express how much I hate the Dodgers :x :x :x :x :x :x :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

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Bamaman wrote:
Sat Oct 31, 2020 9:18 am
Sean Connery dies at the age of 90.
Goldfinger was expecting that.

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Like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees I know the toys going into the National Toy Hall of Fame may bring up disagreements.

Jenga, Fancy Nancy and Sidewalk Chalk got in. Whatever, I don't care either way. What is wrong is that Sorry! did not make the cut from the list of 12 finalists.

Sorry! should have been in long ago. There's probably some snowflakes on the panel that got their feelings hurt years ago by the trauma of having a Sorry! card played on them. Too bad, it's part of the game. Suck it up and play on. It's a classic game, that is easy to learn and can have many twists and turns for trailing and suddenly turning things around.

At least Tamagotchi did not get in.

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Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:28 am
Like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees I know the toys going into the National Toy Hall of Fame may bring up disagreements.

Jenga, Fancy Nancy and Sidewalk Chalk got in. Whatever, I don't care either way. What is wrong is that Sorry! did not make the cut from the list of 12 finalists.

Sorry! should have been in long ago. There's probably some snowflakes on the panel that got their feelings hurt years ago by the trauma of having a Sorry! card played on them. Too bad, it's part of the game. Suck it up and play on. It's a classic game, that is easy to learn and can have many twists and turns for trailing and suddenly turning things around.

At least Tamagotchi did not get in.
maybe because Sorry is too much like Parcheesi?
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I always wished my version had a little bell on the Carol Burnett Show sketch.

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MarkBarrett wrote:
Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:28 am
Sorry! should have been in long ago. There's probably some snowflakes on the panel that got their feelings hurt years ago by the trauma of having a Sorry! card played on them. Too bad, it's part of the game. Suck it up and play on.
Maybe they're still recovering from inducting Uno back in 2018.

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mas3cf wrote:
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Kamala Harris to become first female VP and first minority group member to hold the office.
Charles Curtis, Herbert Hoover's VP, was mostly Native American on his mother's side.

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seaborgium wrote:
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mas3cf wrote:
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Kamala Harris to become first female VP and first minority group member to hold the office.
Charles Curtis, Herbert Hoover's VP, was mostly Native American on his mother's side.
Corrected, thank you!

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First Second Gentleman Douglas (Doug) Emhoff will be J! material as well.

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First Second Gentleman Douglas (Doug) Emhoff will be J! material as well.
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Ugh, I don't want to post it here, because it's so much more than current events to us all.

I'm just shocked and really sad guys. That is all...

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alietr wrote:
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Volante wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:09 am
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-54887071

2020 has surpassed 2005 for most named Atlantic tropical storms with the recent development and naming of #29: Theta.
And it might not be the last word as a 30th appears to be taking shape.
After they run out of Greek letters, what do they use?
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Volante wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:47 am
alietr wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:24 am
Volante wrote:
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-54887071

2020 has surpassed 2005 for most named Atlantic tropical storms with the recent development and naming of #29: Theta.
And it might not be the last word as a 30th appears to be taking shape.
After they run out of Greek letters, what do they use?
Nothing, probably, because who's going to be around at that point to listen?
Actually, I'm now thinking how weird it'll be to retire a Greek letter storm.
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MarkBarrett wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:37 pm
Netflix series about orphaned chess prodigy: The Queen's Gambit

Anya Taylor-Joy plays fictional Beth Harmon.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Queen ... iniseries)
Good show. Highly recommended.

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