mostly on computers and mathematics
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
[yhmzvpva] Redirecting http to https
Widely deploying HTTPS is nice (as spearheaded by Let's Encrypt), but forcibly redirecting from the HTTP version of a site to the HTTPS ...
Monday, July 24, 2017
[ranlmqxb] Cunningham project lines
Some Perl scripts to parse the base 2 tables of the Cunningham Project main tables file. cunningham-cards.pl emits lines in the following ...
Sunday, July 23, 2017
[oatybuau] Vm40b no wireless
Problem occurred with Asus VivoPC VM40b (silver mini-PC): wireless internet just disappeared, immediately after reset to factory settings. ...
[cfgavplv] Everyone kills everyone
Hypothesize that every technological civilization gains the ability for 1% of the population to kill off a random 1% of the rest of the popu...
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
[qjmtscxf] Fictional Joe Millionaire show
Joe Millionaire cannot be repeated as a reality show as the contestants will be suspicious, so to repeat it for entertainment, it must be re...
[ffzrjdyj] Tile cards
Create a tile version of a deck of cards. Inspired by playing cards on a windy day. Not just standard playing cards but any game involving...
[lfziifrc] Double tap
A single button interface could provide binary input by distinguishing single pushes and rapid double pushes. (This of course makes impossi...
Sunday, July 09, 2017
[uoxokyga] Partially artificial
For a good time, mentally replace the phrase "all natural" with "partially artificial". Inspired by "all natural a...
[zuouoeac] Social classes and employment
Certain (perhaps all?) employment fields being correlated with certain social classes is an example of economic path dependence, as as prosp...
[ntnodzrh] Exponentiation is different
"Every number in this paragraph is written in base 10. 10*10=100. 10-10=0. 10/10=1." Of course all this still leaves ambiguous...
[xyvnrvlh] Names with meaning
In which cultures do people typically have given names whose literal meanings are readily accessible to most of the population? This is in ...
[gblfkaok] Nostalgic song about climate change
Write a song nostalgic about how life was like before the considerable climate change yet to come -- get ahead of the curve by writing the s...
[rwtsryqz] History is written
History is not written by the victors. History is written by the writers of history. This power can be used for good or for evil.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
[mubpwdzz] Surround sound music venue
Compose music designed to be played with more than two speakers, more than stereo. (Separating different frequencies into different speaker...
[cocbguxs] Onion caramelizer
Caramelizing onions requires a lot of labor and time. Create a machine.
[osvxmawt] Packing many squares into many rectangles
Given a collection of squares of many different sizes and an unlimited number of rectangles of a single fixed size, pack the squares into as...
[lmfdnulx] Best of 6
Let postseason play in sports, e.g., baseball playoffs, be series with an even number of games, as opposed to an odd number as conventionall...
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
[wlpdiihb] Your unique patch of the sky
Divide the celestial sphere into 5*4^39=1.5e24 compact regions of approximately the same area. That number was chosen to suggest subdividin...
[fbrutfmw] Towers of ten
10 is approximately the largest number of objects we can think about simultaneously. 10^10 is approximately the largest number we can coun...
[evuqrpik] Changes from old to new
Modify regulations that require companies to notify customers of changes in their policies so that the notification must include what it cha...
Monday, July 03, 2017
[zwhnekne] A generated multiplication table of the icosahedral rotation group
William Rowan Hamilton defined his Icosian Calculus with the following 3 relations on generators (a presentation of a group, a novel idea at...
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