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by webgrunt
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lay question about entropy
Replies: 19
Views: 471

Lay question about entropy

Greetings, I don't understand something. According to what I've read, there's a law that states things progress from an ordered state to a disordered state. But according to some shows I've seen, early after or during the Big Bang, there was just a sort of chaotic energy soup before atoms formed and...
by webgrunt
Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1775: "Things You Learn"
Replies: 47
Views: 4648

Re: 1775: Things You Learn

Aw, Randall has a kitten. :) Maybe. I dunno. If I didn't have a kitten and I found a kitten that bit me so badly I got an infection, I think I still wouldn't have a kitten. Okay, it was probably terrified. But talk about getting off on the wrong foot (or hand as the case may be...) Happy New Year, ...
by webgrunt
Sun Oct 09, 2016 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Question about "artificial intelligence"
Replies: 15
Views: 8138

Re: Question about "artificial intelligence"

We humans can't even stop our largest organizations (Governments and corporations) from exhibiting strongly sociopathic behaviour. These organizations are undoubtedly the ones which will be funding and building these giant artificial intelligences. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Excellent point. Hav...
by webgrunt
Sun Oct 09, 2016 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Protein isolate foam - how to eliminate?
Replies: 6
Views: 2350

Re: Protein isolate foam - how to eliminate?

I found the best solution was just to wait until the foam breaks down, swirling the fluid around occasionally to speed up the process. Takes about 10-15 minutes.
by webgrunt
Sun Oct 09, 2016 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about the law of entropy
Replies: 4
Views: 947

Question about the law of entropy

I have a hypothetical question. Let's say humans were able to integrate more and more electronics into our brains, and eventually leave behind the vulnerable, short-lived wetware. Then we expanded across the galaxy and eventually the universe, converting more and more matter into human brain tissue ...
by webgrunt
Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Protein isolate foam - how to eliminate?
Replies: 6
Views: 2350

Re: Protein isolate foam - how to eliminate?

Thanks, I'll give it a try! I'll use fish oil...it doesn't taste good but I don't see how it could make this stuff any nastier than it already is.
by webgrunt
Sun Mar 06, 2016 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Protein isolate foam - how to eliminate?
Replies: 6
Views: 2350

Protein isolate foam - how to eliminate?

I have some hydrolyzed whey protein isolate (pure) that I use for a dietary supplement. The problem is that it doesn't like to mix well with water so I have to shake it or use a blender, which creates foam. I've tried a few drops of vinegar to get rid of the foam (it sure kills soap suds) but it was...
by webgrunt
Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Unbihexium density?
Replies: 11
Views: 1967

Re: Unbihexium density?

Thanks!!
by webgrunt
Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Unbihexium density?
Replies: 11
Views: 1967

Re: Unbihexium density?

Incidentally, where did you get tungsten in that purity / shape? I've been looking for some in a spherish sort of form with a purity in the range of 99%, but all I can find is ultra-expensive precision-machined stuff. Depending on the size you're after, shotgun shot is actually a really good way to...
by webgrunt
Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Unbihexium density?
Replies: 11
Views: 1967

Re: Unbihexium density?

Incidentally, where did you get tungsten in that purity / shape? I've been looking for some in a spherish sort of form with a purity in the range of 99%, but all I can find is ultra-expensive precision-machined stuff. I found it on ebay, at a price substantially cheaper per gram than most of the ot...
by webgrunt
Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Unbihexium density?
Replies: 11
Views: 1967

Re: Unbihexium density?

Thank you, that's beautiful! :D
by webgrunt
Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?
Replies: 75
Views: 15756

Re: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?

Whew! Considering the question, this forum sure has garnered a lot of talk. @webgrunt's ideas: I'll take two quotes from webgrunt as his premises... 1) "All that is necessary for evil to exist is for men who think themselves good to try to fight it." 2) "Do you think the quote above ...
by webgrunt
Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Unbihexium density?
Replies: 11
Views: 1967

Unbihexium density?

I have tried to google this to no avail. Is there any way for scientists to make a reasonably-informed guess as to what the density (in gm/cc) of unbihexium would probably be? Or is there no way to even guess until some could be created? Unimportant, incidental information: I'm a science fan and hav...
by webgrunt
Mon Aug 31, 2015 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I believe [robots] will be a bigger stride than agriculture.
Replies: 23
Views: 4933

Re: I believe this will be a bigger stride than agriculture.

I think the short story Manna covers the potential positive and negative effects of automating nearly all jobs. I'll check it out. I did. What an awfully badly written excuse of a manifesto thinly disguised as the dialog in a story with no characters I care about, and whose premise is predicated on...
by webgrunt
Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I believe [robots] will be a bigger stride than agriculture.
Replies: 23
Views: 4933

Re: I believe this will be a bigger stride than agriculture.

I think the short story Manna covers the potential positive and negative effects of automating nearly all jobs. I agree that robots taking jobs away from humans isn't necessarily a disaster. It just requires rethinking how the economy works. Why should humans work to earn their living when they don...
by webgrunt
Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I believe [robots] will be a bigger stride than agriculture.
Replies: 23
Views: 4933

I believe [robots] will be a bigger stride than agriculture.

It boggles my mind that technology will someday advance to the point where robots can do pretty much every sort of labor a human can do. Every society we know about had to be based around a system of labor. What will happen when high-quality labor becomes vastly cheaper and more plentiful? Humans ar...
by webgrunt
Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Question about "artificial intelligence"
Replies: 15
Views: 8138

Question about "artificial intelligence"

I'm having a debate with a friend about artificial intelligence. He believes that an artificial intelligence, when it's developed, could decide to wipe out humanity and replace us with robots because they're, as he puts it, more efficient. My argument is that he's assuming WAY too much about artific...
by webgrunt
Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can one prove a being doesn't exist?
Replies: 55
Views: 14575

Can one prove a being doesn't exist?

I'm not sure, but it seems to me that you can't prove a being doesn't exist. Someone argued that you can, and said "for example, a male human who isn't male doesn't exist." To me, this seems like semantics. I can see where this argument would work in math, but for an object or being, it's ...
by webgrunt
Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why can we see so many exoplanets?
Replies: 6
Views: 2675

Why can we see so many exoplanets?

We are able to detect most exoplanets when they eclipse their star from our perspective, correct? If that's the case, and since solar system orbital planes are random according to http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=633 , then wouldn't it be rare for a exoplanet's orbital plane to l...
by webgrunt
Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemistry: Help requested with mineral citrates
Replies: 4
Views: 1946

Re: Chemistry: Help requested with mineral citrates

We did do it before, but I bought some from a different supplier and had the same result--and in the last thread, I never really got an answer I could use on how to test it. Someone posted a PDF which I didn't see at first, but it's a bit beyond my ability. I was hoping for something as simple as &q...
by webgrunt
Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemistry: Help requested with mineral citrates
Replies: 4
Views: 1946

Chemistry: Help requested with mineral citrates

Greetings. I have purchased a powder sold as pure magnesium citrate. I'm pretty sure that's not what it is. First, it doesn't taste sour. Second, it doesn't dissolve readily in water. If I add, say, 10-20 grams to a liter of room-temperature water and stir thoroughly, the water becomes cloudy with t...
by webgrunt
Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Because of science, I now believe ghosts could exist.
Replies: 20
Views: 4339

Because of science, I now believe ghosts could exist.

I welcome disagreements because I learn from them, all I ask is that you be kind. I realize I might be making silly assumptions here, and I welcome people to point them out, but leave my own idiocy as something that's implied (much like dark matter, I suppose) It has come to my attention that 95.1% ...
by webgrunt
Tue May 14, 2013 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Need tape drive emulator for Windows
Replies: 8
Views: 9528

Re: Need tape drive emulator for Windows

dudiobugtron wrote:This seems like it might be useful - I don't know enough about tape drives to be sure though:

http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/ ... e-emulator


Thank you! When I first found that page, I missed one. Cristalink did exactly what I needed it to.
by webgrunt
Thu May 02, 2013 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Need tape drive emulator for Windows
Replies: 8
Views: 9528

Re: Need tape drive emulator for Windows

I'm not sure what you're getting at. I know of no ability within Windows to emulate drives...? What I mean is, regardless of the hardware plugged in, Windows will present it at the application level as a removable media device. So you could plug a CD drive, a thumbdrive or a USB-to-IDE harddrive an...
by webgrunt
Thu May 02, 2013 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Need tape drive emulator for Windows
Replies: 8
Views: 9528

Re: Need tape drive emulator for Windows

Surely Windows itself would just emulate a tape drive as a removable media drive? In which case there are plenty of drive emulators out there, or you could just use a USB external hard drive or suchlike. I'm not sure what you're getting at. I know of no ability within Windows to emulate drives...? ...
by webgrunt
Thu May 02, 2013 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Need tape drive emulator for Windows
Replies: 8
Views: 9528

Need tape drive emulator for Windows

I'm looking for a free version or functioning trial of a program that will create a virtual tape drive in Windows. I've been searching for a while, but the search hits I'm getting all seem to lead to pages that have other emulation software or programs designed to work with physical tape drives... C...
by webgrunt
Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Asteroid redirection question
Replies: 22
Views: 2994

Asteroid redirection question

Please forgive me if this has been asked before. I saw a TV show in which a solution to an asteroid-earth strike was proposed. If an impending collision between the earth and an asteroid is detected early enough, it should be possible (at least in theory) to send a spacecraft to the asteroid, whereu...
by webgrunt
Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 26789

Re: 1166: "Argument"

...toast doesn't have the ability to right itself


I'm sure many people have thought of this before, but what about gluing two cats together, back-to-back?
by webgrunt
Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0026: "Leap Seconds"
Replies: 79
Views: 20056

Re: What-If 0026: Leap Seconds

The solution is clear. We must move the moon into a geostationary orbit.
by webgrunt
Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How can I tell if this is really magnesium citrate?
Replies: 7
Views: 2336

How can I tell if this is really magnesium citrate?

I purchased what's supposedly magnesium citrate (NOW foods brand) but I am suspicious. It's a fine powder that tends to float on top of the water until I stir it, at which point it disperses into the water and settles on the bottom without much of it dissolving. I would expect mag cit to be very sol...
by webgrunt
Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 623
Views: 192564

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Thanks, SecondTalon!
SecondTalon
Second Talon
wtf...
by webgrunt
Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 623
Views: 192564

Looking for a specific XKCD comic

There's an XKCD with a graphic depiction of the plot of a movie which is so convoluted with loopbacks and such that it's drawn as a big snarl. Can someone please point me to the comic? I can't remember the name of the film, but it's a low-budget film about time travel, that's about all I remember.
by webgrunt
Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Does a compressed spring weigh more than an uncompressed one
Replies: 18
Views: 8535

Re: Does a compressed spring weigh more than an uncompressed

Thanks, everyone! Sorry this question is a repeat.
by webgrunt
Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Does a compressed spring weigh more than an uncompressed one
Replies: 18
Views: 8535

Does a compressed spring weigh more than an uncompressed one

According to this article, it does:
http://debunkeymonkey.blogspot.com/2009 ... -than.html

However, I have a hard time believing potential energy has mass. Can someone here who understands physics better than I do please tell me whether or not this article is true?
by webgrunt
Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1142: "Coverage"
Replies: 62
Views: 13570

Re: 1142: "Coverage"

Resident tattling draino? what??
by webgrunt
Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 444
Views: 50716

Re: 1127: "Congress"

Oktalist wrote:Democrats: tax and spend.

Republicans: spend and spend.


You forgot "borrow."
by webgrunt
Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 444
Views: 50716

Re: 1127: "Congress"

A question and an observation:

Does anyone have a similar graph that shows libertarian vs. authoritarian leanings?

It worries me that centrists are becoming extinct while the more extremist ones are growing.
by webgrunt
Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0014: "Short Answer Section I"
Replies: 86
Views: 40855

Re: What-if 0014: Short answer section.

"We were both (luckily) amazed and surprised and I have often wondered what the odds are for something like that happening. "

I think the question he meant to ask is, "What are the odds for something like this happening?"
by webgrunt
Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0013: "Laser Pointer"
Replies: 76
Views: 31928

Re: What-if 0013: Laser Pointer

So, if we were to channel all the energy from a supernova at the moon, would fusion be acheived? And what sort of recoil effect would happen to the earth?
by webgrunt
Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0013: "Laser Pointer"
Replies: 76
Views: 31928

Re: What-if 0013: Laser Pointer

The last one should have to been to channel the entire energy output of the sun through an emitter on the earth focused at the moon.

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