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Lrrrr

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« on: 07-18-2004 03:51 »

On PYHOMS what did the sign on benders door mean when it said discreet and discreat (or how ever you spell it)
Gwan101

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« Reply #1 on: 07-18-2004 04:38 »
« Last Edit on: 07-18-2004 04:38 »

It's really late and I'm exhausted... for which episode does PYHOMS stand for?

... "Put your head on my shoulder"

Of course. Lemme check the sign.

Checked.

As far as I can tell, it means private and seperate. I don't get the joke, if it's even right. I'm to tired to think and I havn't seen that episode enough.

If I got it wrong, correct me.
Idan_Aharoni

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« Reply #2 on: 07-18-2004 04:41 »

"Put Your Head On My Shoulder", I believe
Lrrrr

Bending Unit
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« Reply #3 on: 07-18-2004 05:10 »
« Last Edit on: 07-18-2004 05:10 »

yes its put your head on my sholder and on the sign i know what the other discreet means but on the comintary they say that discreat is a math term (the last discreat)
Idan_Aharoni

Professor
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« Reply #4 on: 07-18-2004 05:19 »

Can you send us a frame grab perhaps?
zomit

Starship Captain
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« Reply #5 on: 07-18-2004 07:59 »

Here's one:
NotEvilLincoln

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« Reply #6 on: 07-18-2004 08:41 »

Defined for a finite or countable set of values; not continuous.

(Taken from dictionary.com)
Prof. Wernstrum

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« Reply #7 on: 07-18-2004 09:22 »

Discreet means done in such a way so as not to draw attention.

Discrete means that the values involved are such that for any value in the domain, it is possible to take another such that the two values that have no other value in between them. For example, the integers are discrete since there is no integer between 3 and 4, or 10 and 11, or 10947586947836 and 10947586947837 etc. Real numbers however are continuous (i.e. not discrete) since no matter how small you make the gap it is always possible to find a number halfway between the values.

"Discreet" is something you would want a dating service to be, "Discrete" makes no sense in this case. I think the joke is really that people often have difficulty remembering which spelling is which - it's like the there/ their/ they're thing only worse since the words aren't as commonly used.
Hedonism Bot

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« Reply #8 on: 07-18-2004 12:28 »

I thought that the use of the "Discrete" was because it was a computer dating service; isn't computer data discrete?
germanfryfan

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« Reply #9 on: 07-18-2004 18:28 »

 
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Originally posted by Hedonism Bot:
I thought that the use of the "Discrete" was because it was a computer dating service; isn't computer data discrete?

Yes, you can say that computer data (numbers) are descrete, because computers can only calculate with discrete numbers, cos it knows only 0 and 1, nothing in between, and normally comps can only calculate Integers, but no reals.

To display and calculate with reals computers need a trick. In the same way they combine powers of 2 (= 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, ...) to get Integers, they combine powers of 2 with negative exponents ( = 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32,...) to get the "mantissa" of a real.

But it is impossible for computers to get exact real values, like 1/3 for example.
They only get near this value but are never exact.
JBERGES

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« Reply #10 on: 07-19-2004 10:32 »
« Last Edit on: 07-19-2004 10:32 »

Discrete doesn't have to be mathematical.  It can also mean "Seperate; not affiliated with anything"

Bender's dating service is secret, and not affiliated with anything else; good for people that want complete privacy.  I think that makes sense...

EDIT:  300 posts.  At this rate I'll be a DOOP Secretary in 2012
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