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by Nullcline
Sat Jul 26, 2008 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Airports May Scan For Illegal Downloads on Mobile Devices"
Replies: 53
Views: 6683

Re: "Airports May Scan For Illegal Downloads on Mobile Devices"

What a colossal waste of stupidity. Don't these people have Kite Surfing to do?

On an unrelated note, the kind people over at the Darwin Awards website have http://xkcd.com/421/ on their main page.
by Nullcline
Sat Jul 26, 2008 8:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Russia proposes law against "emo"
Replies: 43
Views: 5915

Re: Russia proposes law against "emo"

Sounds like another depressingly common incident of stupid old legislators attempting to regulate something they don't even have a vague understanding of beyond what idiot tabloids have told them. Normally, I would agree, but if there were ever a subculture that could be fully explained in a tabloi...
by Nullcline
Sat Jul 26, 2008 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a feminist theorist....
Replies: 54
Views: 5964

Re: Ask a feminist theorist....

You seem to be wishing to continue the "Sexism in science" thread. You may wish to continue it there. I think you kind of missed my point. I wasn't arguing about sexism in science, but that there are measurements in science(specifically, psychology and sociology) which most(I admitted I h...
by Nullcline
Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a feminist theorist....
Replies: 54
Views: 5964

Re: Ask a feminist theorist....

Acknowledging that science is often political (and that you disagree with the politics of a certain study/research effort/trend-in-science etcetera) is not the same as condemning science as a whole or having a problem with the ideal form of science and discovery. One of my points in bringing up the...
by Nullcline
Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ben Stein invokes Godwin's Law
Replies: 23
Views: 4427

Re: Ben Stein invokes Godwin's Law

In other news, Obama clinched the Presidency, today.
by Nullcline
Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a feminist theorist....
Replies: 54
Views: 5964

Re: Ask a feminist theorist....

I'm curious if Pinker is putting up straw men or if the opposition to this topic remains ferocious. Can't it be both? Yes! I think this is where the humanities vs. science mentality gets silly on both sides. I'm reading stuff by Elizabeth Wilson right now- feminist psychoanalytic theory plus neuros...
by Nullcline
Thu Jul 24, 2008 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police use taser on blind woman with cancer
Replies: 78
Views: 27076

Re: Police use taser on blind woman with cancer

If you do sig that, feel free to misquote me. I would edit the post, but that seems a bit contrived/self-stimulating.
by Nullcline
Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police use taser on blind woman with cancer
Replies: 78
Views: 27076

Re: Police use taser on blind woman with cancer

Except that they knew she was blind (at least that's what I was getting either from the article or from what people have said so far). It sounds to me like the situation got out of hand pretty quickly and that (probably) both parties overreacted. My question is, "who overreacted first, and was...
by Nullcline
Thu Jul 24, 2008 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police use taser on blind woman with cancer
Replies: 78
Views: 27076

Re: Police use taser on blind woman with cancer

There is such a thing as giving too much benefit of the doubt. There's also such a thing as picking out details from a sensationalized newspaper article and assuming the worst. Quick question: could you tell a blind cancer patient who is freaked out by the fact that you claim to be police from a cr...
by Nullcline
Thu Jul 24, 2008 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Most relaxing TV show ever?
Replies: 52
Views: 13484

Re: Most relaxing TV show ever?

Yeah, but that's cos both of those shows liquefy your brain and causes it to dribble out of your ears after fifteen minutes. They aren't nearly as efficient at that as Robot Chicken, though. I do have to go with a couple of [adult swim] cartoons. Home Movies is aired at exactly the right time for m...
by Nullcline
Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd tourism in the United States
Replies: 61
Views: 6585

Re: xkcd tourism in the United States

Don't go to Las Vegas. By just hitting the coasts, you're missing the most interesting part of the country. New Orleans is, largely, reopened. It is also one of the most curious places in the world. If you want to gamble, do so on the (mighty)Mississippi River. Nothing beats the Air and Space Museum...
by Nullcline
Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police use taser on blind woman with cancer
Replies: 78
Views: 27076

Re: Police use taser on blind woman with cancer

Tasers were supposed to help lower the police force's use of guns. This is misleading. Yes, tazers are an excellent substitute for guns in most situations, but they weren't meant to replace guns; they were meant to replace nightsticks. According to most law enforcement groups, preferring tazers ove...
by Nullcline
Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 216454

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

I think the question is more one of how are they initiated - manually [i.e. from the ground] or automatically [i.e. from within the satellite] than how often are they needed. Fair enough. They are initiated from the ground. The satellites themselves are just clocks with transmitters attached. In a ...
by Nullcline
Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 216454

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

GPS would lose it's accuracy pretty quickly. Apart from keeping the correct orbits, SR and GR corrections have to be made. IIRC, and I do, the corrections for SR are made every 6 hours, and for GR, two weeks. You might want to invest in a quadrant. Or hell, make one yourself.
by Nullcline
Fri Jul 18, 2008 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematicians on wikipedia display liberal bias
Replies: 35
Views: 6220

Re: Mathematicians on wikipedia display liberal bias

:cry: This wiki hurts me.

Conservapedia - article on Evolution wrote:The great intellectuals in history such as Archimedes, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton, and Lord Kelvin did not propose an evolutionary process for a species to transform into a more complex version.
by Nullcline
Thu Jul 17, 2008 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Starting a Calisthenics or Lifting Workout
Replies: 5
Views: 825

Re: Starting a Calisthenics or Lifting Workout

Is pushups + situps + pullups a good workout? Yes. There's a lot more you can do, though. For the record, I'm one inch taller and one year younger than you, and last I checked, exactly the same weight. The workout I posted in the couch potato thread is what I've been doing lately, and I'm getting r...
by Nullcline
Sun Jul 13, 2008 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Couch-Potato trying to get in shape - but how?
Replies: 8
Views: 1306

Re: Couch-Potato trying to get in shape - but how?

I agree with aleflamedyud on the cycling. Either a small distance with pretty good resistance, or lower resistance at a longer distace will both work. I disagree, however, about how you should run. At first, you should run for time, not distance. Invest in a stopwatch, and run for 20-30 minutes 2-3 ...
by Nullcline
Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 216454

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

It seems more likely they wouldn't identify each other as ideal sources of food. If the hunger becomes strong enough i can see them resorting to killing and cannibalizing each other. I'm not sure that the virus controlled instincts would be able to distinguish between "ideal" food and &qu...
by Nullcline
Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 216454

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

I guess that all depends on whether or not there's a hive mind, as some here have predicted. A hive mind might instruct some of its stronger bodies to eat the weaker ones to buy time, but there's no reason to believe non-hive-minded zeds would even identify others as food.
by Nullcline
Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem
Replies: 1713
Views: 216454

Re: Taking it seriously: The zombie problem

A while ago, I thought of making a house that floats on a big hydrogen cushion. You learned nothing from Teddy Ruxpin as a child? The hydrogen cushion goes on top of the ship. But seriously, search "floating homes" on Google. There are some pretty cool examples out there, including self-s...
by Nullcline
Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0446: "In Popular Culture"
Replies: 144
Views: 45582

Re: In Popular Culture Discussion

Researchers in many fields (anthropology, perhaps?) would find comprehensive "In Popular Culture" sections invaluable, especially in list form the way they are now. "Sukat, his eyes uncovered!" I'll get back in my box, now. I just have an overpowering need to reference that epis...
by Nullcline
Thu Jun 19, 2008 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Timed Exploding Base Ending
Replies: 21
Views: 2635

Re: Timed Exploding Base Ending

I believe this preceded Descent by a couple of years:
Air Fortress

Wow, that's been a while.
by Nullcline
Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic is about to ruin itself...again
Replies: 39
Views: 4512

Re: Magic is about to ruin itself...again

You don't play One With Nothing. The entire point of that statement was that it's better to play something that gives you something for the discard (such as Zombie Infestation), not that you could combo One With Nothing with Zombie Infestation. Dredge(Ichorid/Friggorid) decks Breakthrough for 0 on ...
by Nullcline
Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Question for those familiar with vocabulary of philosophy
Replies: 22
Views: 3440

Re: Question for those familiar with vocabulary of philosophy

My question, then, basically, is what ideas have done this before? This very strict application of rationality (or what seems rational) to our civilization. Of conceiving of human beings (and human nature) as more or less reasoning creatures--and ONLY creatures that only reason. As in conceiving of...
by Nullcline
Sat Apr 12, 2008 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: To be a better me... or so I hope
Replies: 10
Views: 1926

Re: To be a better me... or so I hope

Try switching it up. Do dumbbell benches and machine flys. Is the soreness in your biceps while doing flys your tendons? This problem is pretty common, and if that's it using a machine should fix it. Stretching well will help this over time also. You should be able to do modest weights for dumbbell ...
by Nullcline
Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: To be a better me... or so I hope
Replies: 10
Views: 1926

Re: To be a better me... or so I hope

Are you "feeling" the workouts in your chest? By that, I mean do you have the right kind of soreness in the muscles afterwards? Barbell workouts for the chest do absolutely nothing for me, unless I'm doing negatives. I've found also that people tend to be very wary of the amount of weight ...
by Nullcline
Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Please fill out questionnaire for my research project!
Replies: 88
Views: 8363

Re: Please fill out questionnaire for my research project!

What is your age? 25 Gender? Yes, please. I couldn't help myself. I'm a dude. Sexual orientation? Straight. Ethnicity? Dirty, dirty. Nationality & Location? American/American South How would you describe your socioeconomic status? Middle/Lower middle class Do you ascribe to or are a member of a...
by Nullcline
Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Anti-jokes
Replies: 185
Views: 20450

Re: Anti-jokes

What did the asthmatic kid with Down's Syndrome get for Christmas?
Spoiler:
Cancer.
by Nullcline
Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: seemingly easy integral problem..
Replies: 7
Views: 1551

Re: seemingly easy integral problem..

I didn't work it all the way through, but the Wolfram Integrator gives an answer that indicates this might work. Try to substitute Theta = 2 * Omega, and then use the half-angle formula for sin, and then use a substitution.

EDIT: Make that the double-angle formula.
by Nullcline
Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Specific Brainial Part!
Replies: 6
Views: 1206

Re: Specific Brainial Part!

Are you sure you're not thinking of the Locus coeruleus?
by Nullcline
Tue Mar 11, 2008 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Simple vector proof help?
Replies: 2
Views: 947

Re: Simple vector proof help?

The proof that there exists an a such that (w = au and v) or (w = u and av) by direct contradiction looks pretty fun, though it splits into a lot of cases right off the bat.

EDIT: Tons of fun, actually, and blatantly false.
by Nullcline
Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've ever seen
Replies: 153
Views: 10152

Re: probably the most depressing look at pokemon I've every seen

Endless Mike wrote:I am pretty sure this is wrong and that Pokemon is about a kid who trains monsters to fight.

Yeah, but that's just your interpretation of it. I think that when Ash is training the pokemon, the pokemon are, like, training him too. Did you notice when blah, blah, blah, etc., etc...
by Nullcline
Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Improving the educational system
Replies: 174
Views: 15291

Re: Improving the educational system

My second idea is more radical: allow professionals to teach in high schools for one-year terms without requiring teacher certification. It could be kind of like a paid "community-service sabbatical". Newt Gingrich has been flying around the country screaming this at the top of his lungs ...
by Nullcline
Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Improving the educational system
Replies: 174
Views: 15291

Re: Improving the educational system

I've thought about this a lot, and I'm really torn. On one hand, I think it would be great to hire better teachers (and I'm sure no one would disagree with this); on the other hand, how do we determine who are the good teachers? If it's determined by test scores, that's actually worse, because test...
by Nullcline
Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Urban dead (GRAAAH!!!)
Replies: 444
Views: 42376

Re: Urban dead (GRAAAH!!!)

Holy rotten-zombie Jesus, Batman! No wonder. Where are you in Monroeville? And did you catch the name of the group that the PKer was in? I just got my second pistol skill, and will start hunting PKers pretty soon. PK'ing in Monroeville is pretty serious griefing. Just fyi, I'm just north of Spauldin...
by Nullcline
Sun Mar 09, 2008 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pauli Exclusion Principle applied to plural atoms
Replies: 9
Views: 1597

Re: Pauli Exclusion Principle applied to plural atoms

Yes. Except that your hyper-super-duper-fine constant would no longer be constant. And I'm pretty sure that if you were to take account of charges just 1/10 of the way across the room, the uncertainty of any one electron would encompass several....dozen? hundred? whole energy bands. ;) Fundamental c...
by Nullcline
Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Question to an Anwswer
Replies: 324
Views: 20659

Re: Question to an Anwswer

Where could I find a toilet that can double as a toaster-oven?

Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge. Say no more, say no more.
by Nullcline
Sun Mar 09, 2008 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Pauli Exclusion Principle applied to plural atoms
Replies: 9
Views: 1597

Re: Pauli Exclusion Principle applied to plural atoms

Okay, so in addition to the four well-known quantum numbers, each electron in the universe is also characterized by the location of its nucleus, which could be considered a fifth quantum number? The dependency of the principal quantum number on the charge of the nucleus is for the ideal case only. ...
by Nullcline
Sun Mar 09, 2008 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Question to an Anwswer
Replies: 324
Views: 20659

Re: Question to an Anwswer

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

Beeswax.
by Nullcline
Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Question to an Anwswer
Replies: 324
Views: 20659

Re: Question to an Anwswer

Have you seen my drug paraphernalia?

A shave and a haircut.

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