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by QuantumTroll
Tue Sep 11, 2007 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Burning salt water
Replies: 49
Views: 6654

Burning salt water

Is this science or pseudo-science? http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070910/ap_on_sc/burning_seawater Quite remarkable, I think. Apparently there are radio frequencies that can weaken the bonds tying hydrogen and oxygen in the water molecules of a body of salt water, and the hydrogen can burn as long as ...
by QuantumTroll
Sun Sep 02, 2007 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Connect 4
Replies: 112
Views: 16254

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by QuantumTroll
Sat Sep 01, 2007 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Connect 4
Replies: 112
Views: 16254

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by QuantumTroll
Wed Aug 29, 2007 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Nethack (is kicking my ass)
Replies: 138
Views: 29457

I <3 Nethack

I've been getting better lately. Now I can regularly get to experience level 10, and even get into the Quest. My favorite classes are wizard, valkyrie, monk, and barbarian, but I suck at wizards. My best character ever was a neutral (wh y didn't i go Lawful??) valkyrie in crystal plate. She made it ...
by QuantumTroll
Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:19 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Efficiency vs. Clarity of code (discussion)
Replies: 60
Views: 12092

^-- Yeah, what they said --^ Clarity and efficiency are both things to strive for, but the actual result depends heavily on what you're doing. A buddy of mine works on crunching seismic data with the Cell processor. That requires a lot of optimizing, because the Cell is shite unless you do things th...
by QuantumTroll
Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:09 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Anyone need some computation done this weekend?
Replies: 16
Views: 4960

Calculate pi to three trillion places. I know next to nothing about calculating pi. Is there a way to calculate pi in parallel (that doesn't involve the really stupid Monte Carlo method)? Oh nice, I just found this . Isn't Python in C? Probably. Doesn't mean there's an implementation that works on ...
by QuantumTroll
Sun Aug 19, 2007 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Careers in Science
Replies: 30
Views: 4385

Ooh! We're getting a Blue Gene too! I like the way that it's Big News when someplace gets one, but there were racks of Blue Gene just sitting completely idle at my old job. Wait, no. I don't like it, I think it's awful. I only liked it because I could play with the machine, like having it do random...
by QuantumTroll
Sat Aug 18, 2007 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Careers in Science
Replies: 30
Views: 4385

I'm split between putting "it's my major" and "it's my jerb". 'Cause it's both... Cool projects: Making programs for the IBM Blue Gene/L. That was fun. My current goal is to learn about simulating the optical properties of materials. And then be a professor. Got a long road ahead...
by QuantumTroll
Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Coming out
Replies: 131
Views: 17025

Heh. I've got a button from some Pride Week somewhere that says "Ally". I don't really get why so many (straight) people hate on gays so much. The "homophobia" theory explains a lot, I think. Many people who are less straight than they feel they should be might just be uncomforta...
by QuantumTroll
Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26096
Views: 2560145

Granted. Unfortunately they're mounted backwards, and perforate your front seats (and the people sitting in them) instead of the van ahead of you.

I wish I knew more people in this town.
by QuantumTroll
Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd's: 10,000 reasons why mankind is doomed
Replies: 285
Views: 35626

#92 LOLcats
#93 forum games
by QuantumTroll
Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26096
Views: 2560145

Granted. A basket of chicken wings is right outside your door.

I wish I weren't hungry.
by QuantumTroll
Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Battle of Ultimate Desitny!
Replies: 89
Views: 6951

Norse Gods FTW! Why does everyone thing that they all die? A few gods survive, as do 2 humans. Even Baldr makes a reappearance (due to a convenient case of resurrection). Odin's got a spear that never misses, and enough wisdom to use it... wisely. Even the dead humans kick ass. We've got a gang of g...
by QuantumTroll
Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lets fix global warming.
Replies: 239
Views: 23302

Um, moors law is economic basically, not engineering. It's set a bar that chip manufacturing companies have been trying to keep up with, and has already failed for processors. Moore's Law isn't about processor speed, it's about transistor density, which hasn't failed. Processor frequency hasn't inc...
by QuantumTroll
Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics, et al.
Replies: 19
Views: 2838

I recently read the Dalai Lama's Ethics for the New Millenium . In it, he promotes a set of ethics that closely adhere to his Buddhist tradition, but he works from a secular worldview. In other words, he suggests the code of ethics and way of life he's advocating should work for anyone, even if they...
by QuantumTroll
Fri Aug 03, 2007 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lets fix global warming.
Replies: 239
Views: 23302

Ok I have an idea. If we're going to use electrolysis, put the plants in the middle of the ocean! There's plenty of unused space out there, and the weather is much more reliable than over land. Sure there would be some environmental impact from blocking sunlight from the plankton, but it's surmount...
by QuantumTroll
Thu Aug 02, 2007 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Finances
Replies: 21
Views: 3742

My solution to budget concerns and money management is to live as cheaply as possible (a skill learned in college) and hope the money I've stashed will last. I estimate my total assets are maybe $20k, which need to last for 2 years of living expenses in Sweden. I've estimated that this is just barel...
by QuantumTroll
Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1449524

Belgium. Delirium Tremens is the definition of good beer. QFT. My favorite is from Antwerp, the famed "Bolleke". Great all-around good beer, can't think of an occasion it wouldn't be welcome. My one complaint about moving to Sweden is that Leinenkugel won't be available. Good Wisconsin be...
by QuantumTroll
Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Pyromaniacs.
Replies: 64
Views: 7883

I'll try to dig up the pictures of the fires I would build at Boy Scout camp. Eventually, the counselors would ask me to help them build the HUGE fires for the big closing ceremony, something that was unheard of at that camp. Mainly because nobody else they knew could make a forty foot tall fire bu...
by QuantumTroll
Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ever fall asleep while driving?
Replies: 51
Views: 6815

Never fallen asleep, but one time I was driving alone on a long looong straight stretch through empty forest on the way to college. Having been bored on the stretch before, I decided to see if I could zone out and just skip it. Next thing I knew I was at the end, 27 miles later. No problems were had...
by QuantumTroll
Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26096
Views: 2560145

Granted. Now everyone is rowdy all the time, but soccer games are as solemn as funerals.

I've never gone to a funeral.

I wish to go to a funeral soon.
by QuantumTroll
Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lets fix global warming.
Replies: 239
Views: 23302

I think one of the big attractions of solar power is that big single-installation plants aren't necessary. Sticking them on the roofs of houses works about as well, and you save on power loss due to distribution. Obviously, it'd be difficult to produce all the necessary power this way, but it could ...
by QuantumTroll
Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Good News, Bad News
Replies: 8750
Views: 902507

Good news: They transfer all our minds into frog bodies before transporting them. Kermit is now supreme leader of mankind.
by QuantumTroll
Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26096
Views: 2560145

Granted. Now you hunt-and-peck with 4 arms, making you clumsier and slower than before.

Zohar wrote: the sky now fails to filter UV light and everyone dies of skin cancer.

I wish Zohar knew more about our invisible ozone layer, and the Tyndall effect which colors the sky.
by QuantumTroll
Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Immortality and Cryonics
Replies: 46
Views: 6591

Just because you might be revived doesn't mean you'll be immortal if it works. The assumption being made is that healing will be possible on a cellular level, thus stopping aging and making it possible to repair any injury pretty much immediately. Probably through nano-technology. Or the even more ...
by QuantumTroll
Wed Aug 01, 2007 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2867146

Apparently, the Buddha (I think) encouraged people to ask themselves "Does this improve on the silence?" before saying something. That's awesome and a good reason for not speaking. (Man, if we had been speaking in person, I would have just nodded in silence.) Speaking is silver, but silen...
by QuantumTroll
Wed Aug 01, 2007 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Immortality and Cryonics
Replies: 46
Views: 6591

I agree completely with Belial on this one.

Actually, we all know that he must already have answered this question millions of years ago in a practical scenario, and that answer was 'yes'. Otherwise, how could a raptor be posting here today?

Ahem. HAT.
by QuantumTroll
Wed Aug 01, 2007 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Confidence and Self-Esteem
Replies: 73
Views: 8295

pinecone: I also tend to identify with people in ways I maybe shouldn't, albeit not to the extent you describe. If I get angry at somebody, I usually blame myself for letting that person bother me, because they're almost always doing what makes sense to them. Everybody has a reason for their actions...
by QuantumTroll
Wed Aug 01, 2007 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Man Law
Replies: 259
Views: 30978

Rule 66b. (aka the Appendicitis Caveat) If a hospital/clinic visit is required to avoid imminent death, you must get there by yourself.
by QuantumTroll
Wed Aug 01, 2007 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I Think I Witnessed Ball Lightning
Replies: 40
Views: 6311

Most fireflies live in swampy areas in the east of the US, so the vicinity of a beach house in Florida sounds like quite a possible location for a firefly. Fireflies turn on their light for a few seconds - consistent with the OP. To generate a baseball-sized glow all you need is one firefly and wat...
by QuantumTroll
Wed Aug 01, 2007 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I Think I Witnessed Ball Lightning
Replies: 40
Views: 6311

It probably wasn't fireworks. It probably wasn't flux from an underwater welder. It probably wasn't ball lightening. But it was something, and the odds that we actually have a proponent of the right theory who will play expert in this debate are probably not all that good. I guess we've been talkin...
by QuantumTroll
Tue Jul 31, 2007 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I Think I Witnessed Ball Lightning
Replies: 40
Views: 6311

Let's be rational. Put fireworks back on the list. Don't remove it until you're sure it doesn't belong. Fireworks needs a place from which to launch and an audience of at least 1 person. I've seen no indication of either of these in Medic's description. Add that to the fact that it was a solitary e...
by QuantumTroll
Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1449524

Hmm, I'm Scottish... there might be some Viking blood in my blue veins, somewhere, from some pilliage or other... May I learn these vital anti-raptor skills? The Swedish count as vikings, right? Count me in! To be perfectly honest, maybe I shouldn't have written " we vikings". I'm a troll...
by QuantumTroll
Tue Jul 31, 2007 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1449524

Have no fear, lesser men (Cheese)!

We vikings have been training for centuries in the art of raptor combat. A ring-mailed squad of norsemen with axes can take down a utahraptor in just minutes and no casualties. All we require for this service is your valuables.
by QuantumTroll
Tue Jul 31, 2007 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Level up!
Replies: 125
Views: 9987

Using Ubuntu: Typing "sudo apt-get install usbmgr" and clicking OK when it says it's removing 300MB of packages: -5 intelligence, -5 Nerd Cred, -5 Self Esteem Realising the kernel was one of those packages: +5 Tears, +2 Reinstall Read the above post: +5 :lol: I feel your pain: +1 Guilt (f...
by QuantumTroll
Tue Jul 31, 2007 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I Think I Witnessed Ball Lightning
Replies: 40
Views: 6311

Okay, so it's a clear Florida night, with an 85% full moon. At first you see smoke. Then there's a green baseball sized light which wanders slowly, vertically and towards the left, leaving a trail of sparks for 1-2 seconds, then goes out. And our running candidates ⋅ Ball lightening &sdot...
by QuantumTroll
Mon Jul 30, 2007 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "That weird thing you do" thread
Replies: 200
Views: 17772

I also prefer to use the bathroom in the dark. It helps me concentrate. Hahaha. Concentrate on what? And TV volume goes up in even numbers. EVEN. It must be Even! A lot of people here appear to have strange compulsions. I sometimes walk funny (like so many others), but I've got no issues with the n...
by QuantumTroll
Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 686
Views: 282692

redthegreat wrote:LOL at your char-grilling

Char-grilled food contains the same amount of carcinogen's as a pack of cigarettes, carbon!

It'll put hair on your chest, girly man.
by QuantumTroll
Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 686
Views: 282692

What's with the fascination with grilling, anyway? It's not like the gas grills that are the rage these days even add flavor. Charcoal or nothin'! Frying hamburgers in a pan is a fine way to prepare them if a proper grill is impractical for reasons of rain, lack of charcoal, or time. Edited to add: ...
by QuantumTroll
Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26096
Views: 2560145

Granted. The repercussions are not immediate, but once they come they ruin your life. A vague and unsatisfying response. Poop on you! I wish I was an indestructible superhero. Granted. You become The Tick. Life-size. The CIA kidnaps your family to coerce you to spy for them. I wish someone would po...

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