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by davidstarlingm
Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0809: "Los Alamos"
Replies: 181
Views: 48729

Re: 0809: Los Alamos

soh-cah-toa/coh-sah-toa would be a reference to what ranges trig functions are positive in? Or am I misplacing the reference? Because I've never heard that particular mnemonic(wouldn't it have to be soh-tah-coa?), but I can't think of anything else it could be... Sine is Opposite over Hypotenuse, C...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Oct 21, 2010 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96370

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Other phenomena do not have this benefit. They suffer from the fact that the first people to promote them widely were also crazy/stupid. This has put extra strain on the more moderate proponents of these ideas. So, I don't blame science for arguing against my experience, I blame my so-called "...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96370

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

I'd like to point out to the post above me that the most outlandish idea was that you can dilute something to where there is no substance left in the water. Effectively, yes, but absolutely is just silly. Sadly, I think that "effectively" is implied if ever someone assures another that th...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96370

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

sorceror wrote:Ask Glenn Morton, who I linked to before. He actually worked in seismic interpretation for an oil company.


Sorry, but you just copied in the same link again. Did I miss something?
by davidstarlingm
Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96370

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

It's still an uncomfortable position to put forth to those that like to claim that pseudo-scientific philosophies don't get into the mainstream due to massive corporate pressure to maintain their income. If some new* technology comes along that undermines existing technologies, the old guys might i...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96370

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

I said "under those conditions". Crude can form quickly, but the conditions for forming it quickly (very high temperatures and pressures) aren't common. Correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't those researchers trying to simulate the conditions (temperature and pressure) under which crude oi...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96370

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

I mean, if the point is that we can tell which philosophies are true based off of who makes money on them Is that the point? Which part of the comic makes this statement? (I already addressed this point you made earlier, but apparently you're selective in which posts you're reading.) Well, the comi...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96370

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

The alt text applies to Dianetics: "Not to be confused with 'making money selling this stuff to OTHER people who think it works', which corporate accountants and actuaries have zero problems with." That's more accurate. Scientology (and other companies) aren't making a killing because its...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96370

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

As for Homeopathy, the reason that it is perceived not to work is because most people do it WRONG. Homeopathy is, in fact, grounded in good biology. The idea is that the body has a minimum reaction to toxins. If a toxin that lowers the heart rate enters the body, the body will raise its heart rate ...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96370

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Let's assume the Earth is only a few thousand years old. Where did the oil come from? Was it created in the ground with the rest of the Earth? If so, is there a way to predict where it might be found? Or perhaps it really did form from plankton (with a few plants and dinosaurs), but about 10,000 ti...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96370

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

this comic shames xkcd. it defies the fundamentals of science, also contains glaring logical flaws. .... A good example of something that is NOT a theory would be the "theory of relativity". Goedel found a proof that the theory of relativity is only applicable to universes where no time e...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96370

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

What, no mention of evolution? Yeah, I can't figure out where business is using it either. Maybe an indication of a business opportunity? Perhaps an indication of the short term horizon of modern business? I dunno, but it does seem like a glaring hole. Farming? Dog breeders? Animal husbandry and se...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 88619

Re: 0806: Tech Support

The only time I've had a "duh" moment with Apple was a few months ago. After my iPhone 3GS suddenly gave up the ghost (I still don't know what happened to it; maybe "error 1002" is the equivalent of a BSOD), I talked AppleCare into replacing it with an iPhone 4 for free. I got th...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 88619

Re: 0806: Tech Support

My roommate and I were tired of bumming off the neighbor's often sketchy open WiFi, so we went ahead and installed cable internet. First, my roommate had to teach the cable guy how to run wiring under a house; he wanted to come in through the siding. We tried hooking it up to one Cisco wireless rout...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0591: "Troll Slayer"
Replies: 178
Views: 187014

Re: "Troll Slayer" Discussion

Longtime lurker, first time poster. There should be a tag or a template for that.

And I'm breaking the silence merely to prop Randall for the Pogo reference, as was pointed out by another user. Way to go. Seriously. You made my weekend that much better.

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