2**2**2**2**2 wrong? Bug?
wbrehaut at mcsnet.ca
Mon Jul 16 00:37:20 CEST 2007
On Sun, 15 Jul 2007 17:37:13 -0400, Steve Holden <steve at holdenweb.com>
>Wayne Brehaut wrote:
>> On Fri, 13 Jul 2007 14:32:03 -0700, "mensanator at aol.com"
>> But I digress (but only because provoked!)...
>>>> [for purposes of this argument, at least]
>> This statement is the informal equivalent to saying "Define a base-1
>> number system as...", as I noted above. If you'd noted this, and
>> understood it, or were willing to accept it whether or not you
>> understood it, you'd have saved us both some bother--but me more than
>> you I guess, so maybe you were just trolling?
>wwway to beat a response to a pulp. Sometimes it's easier and better for
>your blood pressure just to let someone else have the last word, however
>ill-informed or hostile.
Best answer: Not hit Reply or Send. [Too late!]
Short answer: Yes, I agree--and thank you for this sage advice!
My answer: Guilty with an explanation. I tend to use a "stream of
consciousness approach" when I have time, so my responses tend to grow
until I run out of time or energy, or I'm called to dinner (so not
Also, I tend to follow the general Evolutionarily Stable Strategy
generally called "Retaliator". In the simple game of Hawk vs. Dove a
Hawk always attacks and defends to the death, whereas a Dove always
runs. A mixed strategy would be to sometimes attack-and-defend and
sometimes run, and a special case is to always run except when you're
attacked--then defend to the death; i.e., behave like a Dove to a Dove
and like a Hawk to a Hawk.
In Game Theory, if not in practice, Retaliator is dominant over both
pure Hawk and pure Dove, partly because some who present like Hawks
are actually Bullies--who behave like Hawks until an opponent defends,
then behave like Doves.
Of course this should be a cooperative group to help one another
learn more about Python and solve problems--perhaps with an occasional
sidebar of humour for relaxation-- rather than attacking and
defending; but when someone attacks my attempt at humour, or makes a
demonstrably incorrect statement attacking my peaceable,
well-reasoned one, I get really POd and my Hawk-like tendencies
And my blood pressure is fine, though I am monitoring it... Moreover,
I find it's sometimes harder on my blood pressure to lie awake at
night thinking of all the things I would have liked to say and
But thank you for this sage advice!
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