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Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1151: "Tests"
Replies: 24
Views: 10133

Re: 1150: "Tests"

For all the people who are going to be confused: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gram_staining . Reminds me of being an undergrad microbiologist, being made to learn the molecular structures of the various proteins in bacterial cell walls in absurd detail. Not fun, especially since all I was interested...
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Fri Dec 07, 2012 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41656

Re: 1144: Tags

I developed a website that was maintained partly by someone else after it was complete. It really bugged me how he never closed his list item tags. He said "But it works fine without them"... I just corrected the tags without mentioning it afterwards. Another thing that bugs me which is a...
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Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41656

Re: 1144: Tags

A megabyte of JS? You're doing it wrong. I know... I should really split that file and load the optional parts on demand, but so far the only complaints about speed have come from IE6 users and not about loading speed (after the initial load it stays in the local browser cache). I have a few respon...
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Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41656

Re: 1144: Tags

I bet you also don’t keep the proper indentation, and so can’t tell without doing way too much brain work which tag closes which, half the time. And I’m sure you also have your editor set to Windows line endings, so every time you save and re-open, the newlines double, resulting in huge empty space...
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Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41656

Re: 1144: Tags

There is no such thing as HTML “developers”. Either you’re an actual developer… then you use X HTML for your text markup needs… or you’re a hack who still uses HTML and doesn’t give a shit about clean professional work. (And don’t even get me started about the hideous abomination that is HTML5.) I ...
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Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41656

Re: 1144: Tags

Important tip : XHTML is the only standard you can take seriously. HTML is a mess, and that is exactly why XHTML was developed. And HTML5 is a giant step in the wrongest possible direction: Backwards, and then some… and then some more. HTML5 was literally designed for retards. (Not to be confused w...
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Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41656

Re: 1144: Tags

In terms of annoyance, none of that holds a candle to CSS attributes that have to be browser-specific. *cough* IE *cough* . Sorry Randall, you've been out-trolled by Microsoft. Every browser has vendor prefixes, such as -moz-border-radius, -webkit-border-radius, -o-border-radius etc. Thankfully the...
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Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41656

Re: 1144: Tags

What really annoys me (and it's something that a huge number of websites are guilty of) is XHTML served with a text/html MIME type.

Everyone does it though - even xkcd.
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Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 26408

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

This one image probably sums up the cultural impact of 9/11 better than anything else I've seen. Never forget? I don't think there's much danger of that. I first looked to see how big Christmas was going to be because I didn't think the 11th of September was an important date. I've forgotton years ...
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Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 26408

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

The second I read the caption, before I could see the calender, I knew September 11 was going to stick out immensely. It's interesting. ...you read the caption before the comic? Ew. It's right there at the top though... it's the first thing you'd read! I read "caption" as "title-text...
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Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 26408

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

Djehutynakht wrote:The second I read the caption, before I could see the calender, I knew September 11 was going to stick out immensely.

It's interesting.

...you read the caption before the comic? Ew.
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Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 26408

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

This one image probably sums up the cultural impact of 9/11 better than anything else I've seen.

Never forget? I don't think there's much danger of that.
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Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:20 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0016: "Lightning"
Replies: 58
Views: 30622

Re: What-if 0016: Lightning

Klear wrote:
ElWanderer wrote:
Klear wrote:So... can anybody explain what is a submarine safe?

A safe (where you might hide your money, gold and incriminating documents) that is underwater?


Isn't that a safe in a submarine?

No.
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Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1063: "Kill Hitler"
Replies: 278
Views: 70077

Re: 1063: "Kill Hitler"

You don't kill Hitler... goddammit... you make sure he gets accepted to art school, take his place, and use the power of your Third Reich to be a little better at his job. And Hitler? What about Ghengis Khan? 18 million or so Chinese killed in one expedition. That's nearly triple the numbers of the...
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Wed May 30, 2012 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1062: "Budget News"
Replies: 36
Views: 14233

Re: 1062: "Budget News"

What's the deal with the backslashes and quotation marks? Quotes are special characters in programming, generally used to delimit strings (text) - in this case, the title text. That means that if you want to actually put a quote mark inside a string (e.g. have a quote mark as part of the title text...
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Mon May 14, 2012 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1055: "Kickstarter"
Replies: 72
Views: 27033

Re: 1055: "Kickstarter"

Maybe it's just me, but I don't know what Kickstarter is (and therefore this is sort of lost on me besides the fact that Black Hat Guy is in the video and therefore I know something interesting is going to happen). Someone care to elaborate? http://lmgtfy.com/?q=kickstarter I first read the title t...
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Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does left wing and right wing mean?
Replies: 92
Views: 21901

Re: What does left wing and right wing mean?

Right and Left wing are best understood by their purpose, not the mechanism by which they achieve it. Exactly. Even if two people share the exact same ideals and goals, they may have very different ideas of how they should be achieved. keep in mind that "democratic" literally means 'rule ...
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Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does left wing and right wing mean?
Replies: 92
Views: 21901

Re: What does left wing and right wing mean?

That always bothered me; how was the National Socialist German Worker's Party a right-wing party? Nazis are always the go-to "right wing extremists", despite having been rabidly anti-corporate, implemented universal healthcare, had a state-controlled economy, etc. Just because they talked...
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Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Unable to play online games
Replies: 1
Views: 1133

Unable to play online games

Hi guys. Having some weird issues getting online to play games. I have a PC which connects to the Internet and handles web browsing with no issues. I can login to Steam, and everything is fine. Other programs like Windows Live Messenger work okay too. But for some reason, I can't get online in any g...
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Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?
Replies: 62
Views: 14341

Re: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?

But speculation must be presented vis-a-vis inquiry, in which case it becomes science. Passing off speculative notions as an answer to a legitimate question, that's the sort of thing we're seeing, and the sort of thing I'm calling out. Sure, I agree with that. I was making some broader points, not ...
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Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Memes vs. Genes and the nature of life
Replies: 15
Views: 2610

Re: Memes vs. Genes and the nature of life

Spore producing bacteria on one hand (a long inert part of their lifecycle) and intracellular parasites (cannot survive without the machinery of their host cell) fall under the same limitations, but they are undoubtedly considered alive. The only thing they haven't done is go a step further and sub...
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Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Boiling Liquid to Kill Bacteria
Replies: 39
Views: 6313

Re: Boiling Liquid to Kill Bacteria

Good point with the endospores, although in that case can Bacillus and other endospore-forming species and genera really be considered to be true mesophiles? Since they have the ability to take a form which allows them to survive extreme conditions, it seems that they don't really meet the definitio...
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Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?
Replies: 62
Views: 14341

Re: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?

The purpose of science is to uncover the truth, not to espouse what we wish to be true. Absolutely, but speculation does have its place in science. That's how we come up with new hypotheses - by looking at what we already know, and using that to imagine new models and ideas that we can then test. I...
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Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Boiling Liquid to Kill Bacteria
Replies: 39
Views: 6313

Re: Boiling Liquid to Kill Bacteria

I'm not sure about wet/dry autoclaves either - most of the proteins will be in solution within the cell anyway, so there will already be water present to interact with those proteins. Any mesophile (known or unknown) is by definition not adapted to survive at high temperatures. But yeah, other than ...
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Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Microsoft Word Macro [SOLVED]
Replies: 10
Views: 6562

Re: Microsoft Word Macro [SOLVED]

No problem. Glad you got it working.
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Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about Orbital Motion
Replies: 12
Views: 1199

Re: Question about Orbital Motion

B1 certainly seems more massive. A moves rapidly towards it and falls into an orbit, while the velocity of B1 is relatively unchanged. Maybe your math is backwards somewhere?
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Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?
Replies: 62
Views: 14341

Re: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?

*sigh* You can observe the nucleus using visible light, or radio waves if you care to, since protons are charged particles. I'm (obviously) no physicist, but I thought the wavelength of visible light and radio waves is too long to observe atomic nuclei, since the nucleus is smaller than the wavelen...
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Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Memes vs. Genes and the nature of life
Replies: 15
Views: 2610

Re: Memes vs. Genes and the nature of life

Well, this thread turned out to be quite thought provoking. The distinctions we make between living and non-living things are not arbitrary, they are based on real, significant differences. While I generally agree with you on most points, I will have to disagree with you here. ... You are right on m...
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Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: I can't figure out how to change Ubuntu from classic
Replies: 6
Views: 1362

Re: I can't figure out how to change Ubuntu from classic

But how do I change it back? Change what back to what? If you've changed the resources available to the VM, you'll need to power off and then restart the VM for it to take effect. As for changing the themes I'm not sure why it wouldn't work, but it does sound like an issue of the VM having insuffic...
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Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: I can't figure out how to change Ubuntu from classic
Replies: 6
Views: 1362

Re: I can't figure out how to change Ubuntu from classic

Is your computer actually powerful enough to handle the flashier effects? I'm not entirely sure, but I think last time I was playing with Ubuntu (running on a VM), I got an error message when I tried to use the more advanced themes because the VM didn't have enough resources to display them properly.
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Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?
Replies: 62
Views: 14341

Re: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?

When I explain stuff, I tend to end up with explanations that are scientifically accurate, but maybe hard to completely understand for some people who don't have the physics literacy or background knowledge. But I think that's OK. You can always re-read it, read other material on the same subject, ...
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Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?
Replies: 62
Views: 14341

Re: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?

thoughtfully wrote:Except there is no "reality" except for the various models we are carrying around in our heads.

Maybe so, but now you're really getting away from the point. People have a perception of reality in their heads, and they will try to understand things in the context of that reality.
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Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?
Replies: 62
Views: 14341

Re: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?

Right. And my point was that most people think in terms of reality, and if you try to explain the model without explaining that the model uses a different definition of infinity, people will get confused. Which is exactly what happened in this thread. It's interesting that a reasonably large group o...
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Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?
Replies: 62
Views: 14341

Re: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?

There's a huge difference between infinity and some large, unknown number. As I said, the full-life isn't important. Even if you got a value for it, it would be useless because it would be random. But it will be a finite number. If something is unpredictable, and arbitrarily large, then we can say ...
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Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: LUA: The way to go? + Difference scripting/programming
Replies: 5
Views: 1676

Re: LUA: The way to go? + Difference scripting/programming

I've never used Lua, so I can't comment on that. You will certainly make things easier on yourself by picking a less complex language than C++ though, at least while you're learning programming concepts. The best language to pick probably depends on what you want to do with it. As for scripting vs. ...
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Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?
Replies: 62
Views: 14341

Re: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?

There's a huge difference between infinity and some large, unknown number. As I said, the full-life isn't important. Even if you got a value for it, it would be useless because it would be random. But it will be a finite number. If something is unpredictable, and arbitrarily large, then we can say t...
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Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?
Replies: 62
Views: 14341

Re: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?

@Sanjuricus : Same question; you can only divide that cake so many times before you've used up every last molecule. i actually started writing a similar analogy, about drinking water, but found it would only take 83 halvings i think it was to get from 1L of water to a single atom, and realised that...
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Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Boiling Liquid to Kill Bacteria
Replies: 39
Views: 6313

Re: Boiling Liquid to Kill Bacteria

It's a kind of easy conclusion to make when your young and trying to make sense of things. If it kills me, it will probably kill other things. That's okay to a point I guess. I don't have a problem with people trying to simplify things to understand them. But you really shouldn't make assumptions l...
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Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?
Replies: 62
Views: 14341

Re: Why do we measure half-life instead of just life?

Half-life is modelling a much simple system than actual atoms. In the half-life model, radioactive materials are infinitely indivisible, and decay at precise rates. This is simple to model mathematically, and matches the real-world closely enough for large sets of atoms that we're okay with it (the...
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Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Boiling Liquid to Kill Bacteria
Replies: 39
Views: 6313

Re: Boiling Liquid to Kill Bacteria

My point is that a lot of research on archaea is because of how far back the divergence is, and we can compare common and uncommon features, like ribosome evolution. In fact, I'd say what archaea are most known for is the methanogens, which are feasibly mesophiles that do something no bacteria does...

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