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by makc
Sun Jul 18, 2010 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Давай поговорим! (Russian practice)
Replies: 64
Views: 48400

Re: Давай поговорим! (Russian practice)

А, так то є Західна Україна. Не просто Україна. Ось тобі і різниця :)
by makc
Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9561
Views: 1178129

Re: What are you listening to?

Silence
by makc
Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 720821

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

doogly wrote: The angle between x' and x and between t' and t should be the same, but here for some reason I drew t' to t much larger. It's just a sketch though.
not at all, the angle is the same only if you choose c=1... which is the only reasonable choice, otherwise this diagram is useless :)
by makc
Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Personal Art links: DeviantArt, flickr, etc.
Replies: 254
Views: 166599

Re: Personal Art links: DeviantArt, flickr, etc.

pimp my tree http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4074/4798916786_2df05a01e1_s.jpg http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4080/4798291889_d0dd4b6068_s.jpg http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4117/4798296607_8fddd84149_s.jpg http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4098/4798932476_1926c0ddc3_s.jpg http://farm5.static.flickr.com/...
by makc
Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Capillarity question.
Replies: 2
Views: 666

Re: Capillarity question.

here's simplified version of experiment: we have a glass tube, a small piece of glass which friction would be less than capillary forces, and mercury droplet. will it move to the right, and why not, if no?
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by makc
Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Давай поговорим! (Russian practice)
Replies: 64
Views: 48400

Re: Давай поговорим! (Russian practice)

Та яка різниця, чувак, на Україні всі розмовляють обома, а буває так що і одразу обома. Так шо не разбереш где какая мова, вобщем сплошной суржик :)
by makc
Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Capillarity question.
Replies: 2
Views: 666

Capillarity question.

imagine circle tube horizontally alligned, with no air inside and one droplet of water. since its surface tension is equal on both ends, it doesnt move anywhere. now if we were to sprink small amount of soap on one of its ends, the surface tension there would be smaller, right? so the droplet starts...
by makc
Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0766: "Green Flash"
Replies: 82
Views: 24444

Re: "Green Flash" Discussion

Image
by makc
Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0760: "Moria"
Replies: 113
Views: 25970

Re: "Moria" Discussion

those dwarfs were clearly overcompensating for something...
by makc
Sat Jul 10, 2010 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0762: "Analogies"
Replies: 144
Views: 26328

Re: "Analogies" Discussion

so a girl asks two dudes if they want a sandwitch, and they think that's a metaphor... very promising, maybe this strip is about sex, after all... but no, randal screwed it up again.
by makc
Mon May 24, 2010 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: virus spreading model
Replies: 9
Views: 1844

Re: virus spreading model

Oh, I have to say I am extremely happy about my "slow seed fill with some fill paths to other areas" because it does all I need, and how I need it. I'm sorry to hear that it "doesn't inform", whatever it means - but - as a work of art, it totally served its purpose. It could be e...
by makc
Sat May 22, 2010 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: virus spreading model
Replies: 9
Views: 1844

Re: virus spreading model

I actually figured that waiting for the model idea (either from others or from myself) isn't worth it, and went on with constant spread speed on the ground + air routes data for "network" effect. The end result is fun to play with, but no matter where in the world you start the outbreak, y...
by makc
Sat May 22, 2010 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: virus spreading model
Replies: 9
Views: 1844

Re: virus spreading model

I don't quite follow this bit:
vilidice wrote:e = the probability of two people interacting in each hour [imath]e \in [0,1][/imath]...
let e = 2 (meaning that the mean number of people anyone comes into contact with in an hour is 2)
:?
by makc
Fri May 21, 2010 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: virus spreading model
Replies: 9
Views: 1844

Re: virus spreading model

Now... what do you mean by a model? I mean a model... like, a formula that ties two variables reasonably. like, if we say s := normal speed of infection spread at some location on infected population region border (in m/s), and d := population density in that location (in m^-2), the model I am look...
by makc
Fri May 21, 2010 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: help me with my date
Replies: 14
Views: 3400

Re: help me with my data

:idea: maybe this doesnt mean anything at all, and she just wants to keep you busy, away from her
by makc
Fri May 21, 2010 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: virus spreading model
Replies: 9
Views: 1844

virus spreading model

let's say we have a map with population density field, and we want to model virus outbreak :twisted: how would spreading speed depend on population density? my 1st thought was that it should be low for low density, because people need more time to meet each other and transmit the virus. my 2nd thoug...
by makc
Fri May 21, 2010 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9561
Views: 1178129

Re: What are you listening to?

Code: Select all

mplayer http://ic1.dread.fast-serv.com:80/dreadlockradio128
by makc
Mon May 17, 2010 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: any way to disable jsMath ?
Replies: 18
Views: 5573

Re: any way to disable jsMath ?

makc wrote:...but jsmath doesnt work there...
crap... it DOES :D And I can't get working adblock for such an old FF. Royally skrewed :D Fuсk. I'm deleting this old piece of crap (FF).

edit: YAY! Finally, FF 3.x + Adblock Plus, rule /jsMath/ - bliss, again :D
by makc
Mon May 17, 2010 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: any way to disable jsMath ?
Replies: 18
Views: 5573

Re: any way to disable jsMath ?

ok, this thing has finally done it for me. I am happy now, unsubscribing :P right, but now this thing started to ask for moneys, so I'm back here :( If you "force asynchronous processing" in the jsmath control panel it should stop locking up for you. Although working for NAurgul, in my IE...
by makc
Mon May 17, 2010 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9561
Views: 1178129

Re: What are you listening to?

Code: Select all

mplayer mms://wm.24seven.fm/ssthd
by makc
Mon May 17, 2010 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randel's login and password.
Replies: 16
Views: 1904

Re: Randel's login and password.

neoliminal wrote:Login: rm
fora.xkcd.com wrote:You have specified an incorrect username.
:(
by makc
Mon May 17, 2010 11:12 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: GNU versus BSD
Replies: 145
Views: 41510

Re: GNU versus BSD

GPL people tend to be really silly about this though, in that if a library is released GPL, they want you to either dynamically link it, or if you statically link, you have to release the whole thing's source. The FSF's position is that dynamic linking is enough to require your program to be GPL'd....
by makc
Mon May 17, 2010 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: any way to disable jsMath ?
Replies: 18
Views: 5573

Re: any way to disable jsMath ?

ok, this thing has finally done it for me. I am happy now, unsubscribing :P
by makc
Mon May 17, 2010 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: any way to disable jsMath ?
Replies: 18
Views: 5573

Re: any way to disable jsMath ?

I can no longer download http://forums.xkcd.com/jsMath/easy/load.js oh wait now I can, again, although I just tested it... edit: looks like IE inherits proxy settings from the page where this is linked from. I can open new IE window, try jsMath script URL directly, and it fails; then I go to this t...
by makc
Mon May 17, 2010 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: any way to disable jsMath ?
Replies: 18
Views: 5573

Re: any way to disable jsMath ?

I just tried to block jsMath using following PAC file : function FindProxyForURL(url, host) { // block http://forums.xkcd.com/jsMath/easy/load.js if (url.indexOf ("jsMath") > -1) { // non-existing proxy return "PROXY 127.0.0.1:8080"; } // no proxy for everything else return "...
by makc
Mon May 17, 2010 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Давай поговорим! (Russian practice)
Replies: 64
Views: 48400

Re: Давай поговорим! (Russian practice)

Стих про партизанского котэ. Лапки скручены веревкой Ржут довольные фашисты: "Не такой уж ты и ловкий Партизанский кот пушистый Признавайся лучше сразу Сдай нам явку и радиста Большевицкая зараза, Партизанский кот пушистый" И овчарка грозно воет Мерзко капает слюнями: "Поглядим, чего ...
by makc
Mon May 17, 2010 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: any way to disable jsMath ?
Replies: 18
Views: 5573

any way to disable jsMath ?

it keeps freezing my browser :(
by makc
Mon May 10, 2010 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Show us your articles! Or what's your Erdos number?
Replies: 187
Views: 277045

Re: Show us your articles! Or what's your Erdos number?

I did not published anything, so I guess my number is +∞
by makc
Mon May 10, 2010 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evidence for Extra Dimensions?
Replies: 31
Views: 4378

Re: Evidence for Extra Dimensions?

we're talking microscopic black holes, remember?
by makc
Mon May 10, 2010 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evidence for Extra Dimensions?
Replies: 31
Views: 4378

Re: Evidence for Extra Dimensions?

Then I realized we detect black holes by gravitational effects
what gravitation effects? lensing of single photon with 10^-123 probability?

p.s. thanks mods for removing my post. now YoungStudent's reply looks so much more meaningful.
by makc
Sun May 09, 2010 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evidence for Extra Dimensions?
Replies: 31
Views: 4378

Re: Evidence for Extra Dimensions?

yeah, but... how would you detect microscopic black hole? really?
by makc
Fri May 07, 2010 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evidence for Extra Dimensions?
Replies: 31
Views: 4378

Re: Evidence for Extra Dimensions?

Also, microscopic black hole formation at the LHC would be a fascinating example. Microblackhole formation at LHC is only possible if gravity becomes very strong at the TeV scale as you head down towards the Planck scale - which could only happen as a result of the presence of higher dimensions. ho...
by makc
Fri May 07, 2010 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ethics of artificial suffering
Replies: 120
Views: 14728

Re: ethics of artificial suffering

Maybe this is a good time to mention the Swamp Man thought experiment. :) Davidson holds that there would nevertheless be a difference, though no one would notice it. This is at least 2nd time I see invisible undetectable unicorn vs no unicorn reference in this thread :) Actually, there is no reaso...
by makc
Sun May 02, 2010 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Naturalness of homosexual behavior
Replies: 41
Views: 7442

Re: Naturalness of homosexual behavior

pietertje wrote:I saw a documentary a while ago which stated that homosexuality is caused when a baby receives too little testosterone in its fetal stages, causing its brain to partially develop as that of a female.
Interesting theory, however how would it be possible to test it? If only with rats.
by makc
Sun May 02, 2010 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: taste of saliva
Replies: 3
Views: 929

taste of saliva

Have you noticed that you can taste other people saliva when you kiss, but not your own? whell today I noticed that I can taste my own when it was on open air briefly (for example, on spoon). So it seems there is some oxidation going on, but why it does not happen in the mouth? Isn't there enough ox...
by makc
Sat May 01, 2010 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: 9 [one-character-titles are dumb ~4d.]
Replies: 71
Views: 10062

Re: 9 [one-character-titles are dumb ~4d.]

Waylah wrote:I created my own ending in my head
why not in my_ending.avi?
by makc
Thu Apr 29, 2010 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ethics of artificial suffering
Replies: 120
Views: 14728

Re: ethics of artificial suffering

gmalivuk wrote:arbitrariness suggests that there's nothing underlying the distinction.
I would say arbitrariness suggests that we can equally easily make distinction elsewhere, but that is repeating myself :roll:
by makc
Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ethics of artificial suffering
Replies: 120
Views: 14728

Re: ethics of artificial suffering

on the other side, if the guy inside chinese room doesn't really suffer, why not torture the room for fun? that's how BDSM works :)
by makc
Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ethics of artificial suffering
Replies: 120
Views: 14728

Re: ethics of artificial suffering

UberNube wrote:rights of human-level minds embedded in computers is hardly a grey area. If its a human mind, then I'm pretty sure its physical manifestation is irrelevent.
I hope you see that this is just another version of "soul" concept.
by makc
Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ethics of artificial suffering
Replies: 120
Views: 14728

Re: ethics of artificial suffering

I think what all you "rights to sentients" people are missing is that your choice of threshold is just as arbitrary as "rights to whites". In some aspects it may be better by modern standards, but it is still another rigid dogma.

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