The Quantum Pontiff

Through The Eye of the Beholder

Scott the optimizer asks a question on a wim:

Come up with a catchy name for growth rates of the form 2^(n^&alpha) , 0<&alpha<1.

I thought the answer was obvious: “probably in BQP.”

update: does html superscript not work in a blockquote? I guess the answer is yes.


  1. #1 Earl
    April 7, 2009

    I think you want that to read 2^(n^alpha) instead of 2(n^alpha). I was wondering what the mystery was until I checked out the link!

  2. #2 Dave Bacon
    April 7, 2009

    Thanks Earl, I can’t seem to get the html superscript to work in blockquotes.

  3. #3 David
    April 8, 2009

    That is weird.

    I mean seriously

  4. #4 David
    April 8, 2009

    But can I just super it outside of the blockquote?

  5. #5 David
    April 8, 2009

    OK, last comment. ‘seriously’ was supposed to be super in a block quote, and ‘super’ was supposed to be super in regular text. I previewed comment 4, and it was super’d, but when I posted it, it didn’t get it. So, my guess is that your content management system has something against the sup tag.

  6. #6 Eric Lund
    April 8, 2009

    David: It’s not just the <sup%gt; tag that gets hit. If you preview any comment which includes HTML code, the code is converted to text as advertised. But if you then post the comment, the already converted text–not the original HTML code–gets run through the converter, and you lose the formatting.

  7. #7 Eric Lund
    April 8, 2009

    And you just saw why my workaround of skipping the preview is dangerous: I typed a % instead of & in the code for a greater than symbol, so it didn’t render.

  8. #8 David
    April 8, 2009

    So, without supering?

  9. #9 David
    April 8, 2009

    That should have said, ‘without previewing’. Either way, not previewed, tagged ‘supering’ with sup.

    Clogging dabacon’s comments section. Priceless.

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