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by Gigano
Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Давай поговорим! (Russian practice)
Replies: 64
Views: 37215

Re: Давай поговорим! (Russian practice)

Првиет! Как у вас дела?

Меня зовут Джигано, а я изучаю русский язык. Я не говорю по-русски ещё очень хорошо. А сейчас, это всё.

As you may see, my understanding is still very basic, but I'm hoping to improve it very soon.
by Gigano
Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"
Replies: 93
Views: 20031

Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

You could of just explained it, instead of being belligerent. :P My (very) unsalted opinion: In this day and age of information, there is no excuse for being deliberately ignorant. When you're on the internet and you don't understand or know something, ask Google first. Ask people second if Google ...
by Gigano
Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: NASA's Warp Drive Question
Replies: 22
Views: 3014

Re: NASA's Warp Drive Question

It also means you can't enter or exit the bubble, so using it as a means of transportation seems a bit odd. If that is trulely so, then using it can be seen as a one-way-trip. This makes the effect of using it a little too permanent for my taste, but it could still be useful. However, isn't the shi...
by Gigano
Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are shadows cast by moonlight larger than those by sunlight?
Replies: 16
Views: 3698

Re: Are shadows cast by moonlight larger than those by sunli

Technical Ben wrote:Solves quick questions like "how much bigger is the sun in the sky than the moon" :lol:


You'd need to know their distances to the earth though to figure that out, right?
by Gigano
Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Security at the 9/11 WTC memorial
Replies: 18
Views: 4035

Re: Security at the 9/11 WTC memorial

I don't understand the hassle about having an ID. It's been the law for years in the Netherlands that everyone ages 12+ must have an ID card or passport. And there is also the requirement to be able to identify oneself at all times when asked by police or government officials. I think it's no more t...
by Gigano
Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Billiard balls - where does the energy go?
Replies: 25
Views: 4996

Re: Billiard balls - where does the energy go?

The infinities do not really screw up the maths, but they make sure the situation can never happen. An unmovable object would have to have infinite inertia, and thus infinite mass. There is no infinite mass in the universe, therefore an unmovable object cannot exist. Similarly, an unstoppable force ...
by Gigano
Thu Aug 23, 2012 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Billiard balls - where does the energy go?
Replies: 25
Views: 4996

Re: Billiard balls - where does the energy go?

Why has Newton's third law not been mentioned yet? "When two bodies interact by exerting force on each other, these forces (termed the action and the reaction) are equal in magnitude, but opposite in direction." --Wiki So in an ideal system (i.e. no friction with air or ground and a comple...
by Gigano
Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words common to different languages with different meanings
Replies: 69
Views: 31165

Re: Words common to different languages with different meani

Dutch and German have quite a weird false friend duo: zee & meer (Dutch), and See & Meer (German). The words are spelled almost exactly the same (minus the initial capital), but have completely opposite meanings: Zee means sea in Dutch, but See means lake in German. Meer means lake in Dutch,...
by Gigano
Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Translations needed: Talk to Me in X
Replies: 30
Views: 12293

Re: Translations needed: Talk to Me in X

"Loquere Latine cum me." Someone should jump in and explain how's the capitalization in latin nowadays... as the Romans didn't have lowercase, IIRC :љ . It's become more or less tradition to transcribe Latin texts as if they were any other language using the Latin alphabet (e.g. English, ...
by Gigano
Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Translations needed: Talk to Me in X
Replies: 30
Views: 12293

Re: Translations needed: Talk to Me in X

Dutch: "Praat met mij in het Nederlands."

Afrikaans: "Praat met my in die Afrikaans."

Latin (wasn't on the list, but what the heck): "Loquere Latine cum me."
by Gigano
Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: On "it's" vs. "its"
Replies: 8
Views: 2719

Re: On "it's" vs. "its"

In the case of the puppet, "its" can refer to either the puppet or the hand (or the owner of the hand, i.e. you). Logic should tell you that a hand doesn't haven an arse (the owner does, but he's irrelevant), so "its" should refer to the puppet. Using it's rather than its doesn't...
by Gigano
Sat Jun 09, 2012 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Internal/external vs. intra/inter
Replies: 3
Views: 4438

Re: Internal/external vs. intra/inter

I think it has something to do with the fact that the Latin adjective "internus" was used to describe domestic (i.e. internal) affairs. Internus itself is derrived from the preposition "inter" meaning 'between', but in the case of "internus" it would mean something alon...
by Gigano
Sat May 12, 2012 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Tala íslensku! (Icelandic practice)
Replies: 21
Views: 16016

Re: Tala íslensku! (Icelandic practice)

Ég er að læra íslensku, þó hægt.

I really need some decent source material to really get into it, like a book.
by Gigano
Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "less" vs "fewer"
Replies: 11
Views: 5047

Re: "less" vs "fewer"

I do not think it's a fault in language to have an asymmetry in having different words to point out a change in quantity in one direction but not the other. Rather, I think it's a "fault" (i.e. superfluous) to have more than one word at all, like in the case of 'fewer' versus 'less', becau...
by Gigano
Fri Mar 30, 2012 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Re 1035
Replies: 8
Views: 2308

Re: Re 1035

An imbalance of one Cadbury egg's sugar's worth of energy is enough to cause you to put on about 9 grams of mass. That's fine on a one-time basis, but if you do it every day you gain >3 kg per year. I've heard a similar effect of coke during a lecture on food and metabolism: consuming one glass (20...
by Gigano
Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Re 1035
Replies: 8
Views: 2308

Re: Re 1035

I wasn't implying it was, I was implying that the conclusion "I can eat Cadbury's eggs by the handful" is not wholly inaccurate, as even four or five wouldn't drastically imbalance one's energy budget... Yes obviously you need to eat a varied diet with lots of fresh animal and plant matte...
by Gigano
Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Looking for a fluorescent protein.
Replies: 12
Views: 2782

Re: Looking for a fluorescent protein.

Some of the monomeric fluorescent proteins I know are:

Red:
mCherry (236 aa)
mStrawberry (234 aa)

Orange:
mOrange (236 aa)
mKO (218 aa)

Yellow/green:
mCitrine (259 aa)

Green:
GFP (238 aa)

Cyan
mCFPm (~239 aa)
by Gigano
Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Traumatic Brain injury
Replies: 11
Views: 2765

Re: Traumatic Brain injury

Try nicotine patches or gum and see if that gives any relieve. If it does, consult a physician and see if he/she can determine whether your cortisol (chronic stress hormone) is elevated when not taking the patches compared to what would be expected of a person you age and build. If you have a system...
by Gigano
Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Traumatic Brain injury
Replies: 11
Views: 2765

Re: Traumatic intestines injury

I_s "intestines" supposed t_o be bra_in? I c_an barely even understand these posts now. What other organ should be the main topic here, or do you think trauma to the intestines somehow affects cognitive abilities? As for the OP, smoking results in the release of several neurotransmitters,...
by Gigano
Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]
Replies: 872
Views: 220781

Re: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]

Das is sehr nett von dir! :D Ich glaube dass du und anderen mich noch ein paar Mal verbessern werden bevor das Jahr vorbei ist.

Ich hatte noch eine Frage: warum sagt mann "ich bedanke mich (für [...])"? Warum ist das Verb scheinbar reflexiv?
by Gigano
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]
Replies: 872
Views: 220781

Re: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]

Ich bedanke mich für eure Verbesserungen, und ich hoffe dass ich mindestens diesen Satz korrekt buchstabiere und auch die Grammatik korrekt verwende. Ich glaube dass die meiste Fehler vorkommen weil ich die niederländische Syntax und Wortschatz auf der deutsche Sprache anwende. Könnt ihr damit einst...
by Gigano
Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]
Replies: 872
Views: 220781

Re: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]

Weil ich Niederländisch bin treffe ich oft Deutsche Leute, und ich kann sie immer ziemlich gut verstehen. Aber wenn ich Deutsch sprechen muss, dann wird es mir schwierig weil ich nicht völlig die Verwaltung der Grammatik beherrsche. Dabei habe ich auch kein umfangreichen Wortschatz. Glücklich sind d...
by Gigano
Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Sun 500 miles away
Replies: 9
Views: 2815

Re: Sun 500 miles away

The result of this calculation and its assumptions pretty much is that the further away from earth you get towards the sun, the hotter it gets. We know that this simply isn't true, because we can measure the temperatures a couple of degrees below zero beyond earth's atmosphere.
by Gigano
Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theoretical Cold Cure
Replies: 41
Views: 7455

Re: Theoretical Cold Cure

Pah, poo, piss and pants. I see what you are getting at. I did not mean to imply that this happens with the rhinovirus. It was somehow suggested in the posts that I quoted that every single virus receives its own uniquely mutated genome. This is most unlikely as all new genomes are transcribed from ...
by Gigano
Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theoretical Cold Cure
Replies: 41
Views: 7455

Re: Theoretical Cold Cure

You implied that integrating an RNA genome into the hosts genome via reverse transcriptase does not result in a genome that mutates constantly, unlike what is the case with the rhinovirus. I merely remarked that reverse transcriptase does not necessarily provide accuracy in genome replication, becau...
by Gigano
Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theoretical Cold Cure
Replies: 41
Views: 7455

Re: Theoretical Cold Cure

Angua wrote:Picornaviruses don't use reverse transcriptase. They never turn their genomes into DNA.

http://viralzone.expasy.org/viralzone/all_by_species/33.html


I never said they did.
by Gigano
Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theoretical Cold Cure
Replies: 41
Views: 7455

Re: Theoretical Cold Cure

It's not like every single viroid particle receives its own unique DNA/RNA sequence. Sure it does. The polymerase only makes one at a time... Multiple polymerases actually but those polymerases have proofreading abilities, minimising the errors made in the copied DNA. And they replicate the same RN...
by Gigano
Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theoretical Cold Cure
Replies: 41
Views: 7455

Re: Theoretical Cold Cure

No it doesn't. For one thing, the vast majority of the mutations either do nothing or cause the virus to stop working. For another, unless the mutation changes the surface proteins of the virus in a significant way, it doesn't count as a new "strain" (serotype). Oh good Lord will you give...
by Gigano
Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemical Bonds - book suggestion?
Replies: 13
Views: 2093

Re: Chemical Bonds - book suggestion?

I can recover the basics from the internet, but I'm struggling to remember why we distinguish between ionic and covalent bonding. For example NaCl is ionic, but I don't really understand why it couldn't be a covalent bond (sharing rather than exchanging electrons). The difference is quite subtle an...
by Gigano
Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Making Charts
Replies: 5
Views: 1812

Re: Making Charts

For that data it's better to use a disconnected scatterplot, instead of a filled line plot. The type of plot you use is an important choice when presenting data. Scatter plots aren't good for representing frequencies when there is only one variable. They are best used for representing two (possibly...
by Gigano
Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theoretical Cold Cure
Replies: 41
Views: 7455

Re: Theoretical Cold Cure

screen317 wrote:What causes viral diversity? :)


Read my post from 24 Feb 2012, and you'll know.
by Gigano
Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DNA Structure
Replies: 1
Views: 2139

Re: DNA Structure

The 5'->3' sequence (i.e. the template strand) has on its far left a phosphate group bound to the 5' carbon of deoxyribose, and on its far right a hydroxyl group of the 3' carbon of deoxyribose: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e4/DNA_chemical_structure.svg/411px-DNA_chemical_st...
by Gigano
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theoretical Cold Cure
Replies: 41
Views: 7455

Re: Theoretical Cold Cure

Don't some viruses have DNA (or is it RNA?) that code for functional proteins regardless of where the transcription starts? Or am I misremembering something? Viruses can have either double stranded (ds) DNA or RNA or even single stranded (ss) DNA or RNA (positive sense or negative sense). Rhinoviru...
by Gigano
Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Theoretical Cold Cure
Replies: 41
Views: 7455

Re: Theoretical Cold Cure

Doubtful, because for one the immune system is not just limited to the bloodstream (spleen, lymph nodes, thymus), and secondly his HLA is probably drastically different from yours assuming he is not directly related to you. Because of the latter his immune cells will then appear to be foreign materi...
by Gigano
Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 268635

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Do you have any evidence that hospitals make small fortunes off of people circling the drain? Because it really does cost the hospital several hundred dollars a bed per night, and the people with one foot in the grave often cost far more than their estate is worth. And the families that refuse to p...
by Gigano
Sun Feb 19, 2012 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 268635

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I don't understand this Republican rhetoric about euthanasia. It's better to let someone die in pain? It's better to let someone die in pain and not be guility of the sin of actively taking someone's life, I think. That's sounds very selfish though, unlike the euthanasia policy in The Netherlands w...
by Gigano
Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is DNA actually a double helix? Why no google image results?
Replies: 21
Views: 8660

Re: Is DNA actually a double helix? Why no google image resu

DNA being a double helix also works when you think about how you need enzymes to separate and unwind the strands, plus one that has to nick a strand every so often so the strain from the unwinding that you get during replication doesn't destroy the whole thing. (Too early in the morning for names o...
by Gigano
Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What causes languages to stop using certain words?
Replies: 15
Views: 3938

Re: What causes languages to stop using certain words?

I think it has something to do with the usefulness of a word to describe something and whether or not an (easier/better) alternative is available. Trends and 'fashionable' language can also dictate which words are used. Consider comparing the use of awesome and awful today with their use some centur...
by Gigano
Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lighting of Spaceship Earth
Replies: 3
Views: 1718

Re: Lighting of Spaceship Earth

Probably because it's spherical you can illuminate the top with lights on the ground that are further away from the sphere and pointed at an angle. The actual top of the sphere no-one can see from the ground, so you need not illuminate it.

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