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by the_mean_marine
Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Aussies have 3rd gender passports
Replies: 21
Views: 3714

Re: Aussies have 3rd gender passports

You have to have a physical description on the passport as well as a photo, for the purposes of verifying that the person with the passport is the person issued the passport. Really? As far as I'm aware the only information on an M series (2nd most recent type) Australian passport is: Photo of Pass...
by the_mean_marine
Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hypothetically would you fight god to save your soulmate?
Replies: 92
Views: 13179

Re: Hypothetically would you fight god to save your soulmate

I can't believe this has gotten 7 replies and so far no one has brought up the Babel fish.
by the_mean_marine
Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Capturing Asteroids in Earths' Orbit for Mining
Replies: 72
Views: 8022

Re: Capturing Asteroids in Earths' Orbit for Mining

surely, an ingot of a metal could just have some basic thrusters applied to it cor controlled reentry? it wouldn't really need a vehicle would it? also to reduce speed it could be fired by a mass driver, and have a equal mass of waste material fired with a mass drive in the other direction to preve...
by the_mean_marine
Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Capturing Asteroids in Earths' Orbit for Mining
Replies: 72
Views: 8022

Re: Capturing Asteroids in Earths' Orbit for Mining

Wouldn't the biggest issue in this case be getting the resources down to the Earth's surface? I mean unless you construct re-entry vehicles in orbit from the minerals in the asteroid you need to continuously re-launch the re-entry vehicle(s). The only other manner I can think of is using a massive a...
by the_mean_marine
Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 309677

Re: The radical idea that women are people

Interesting research that suggests the gap in spatial reasoning between the sexes may be not be as genetic as thought and may be partially cultural.

Linky
by the_mean_marine
Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd Comic used in state wide exam - Australia
Replies: 5
Views: 2088

Re: xkcd Comic used in state wide exam - Australia

Why, oh why was there never anything like that in my exams?
by the_mean_marine
Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9346398

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

<3 thunder and lightning
by the_mean_marine
Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entropy
Replies: 290
Views: 25434

Re: Question from a theist on universal beginnings and entro

Another way to look at it is in terms of Newton's First Law "an object in uniform motion tends to stay in uniform motion unless acted upon by a net external force" if a mass has achieved a velocity that gives it equal or greater kinetic potential energy than gravitational potential energy ...
by the_mean_marine
Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Smoke Pit - Military Q/A
Replies: 595
Views: 61572

Re: The Smoke Pit - Military Q/A

Although I found out the application process for Australias officer academy takes over a year to do so it's too late for me to study engineering first year at the academy but I could transfer to the academy after first year if I'm good enough then I'd be in the full time military doing something I'...
by the_mean_marine
Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nasa, perhaps this is a hint...
Replies: 37
Views: 6985

Re: Nasa, perhaps this is a hint...

What undercover nuclear pulse propulsion drives strapped to one of the smaller moons to change its orbit to cause a chain reaction that ejects the other moons toward the other planet?

Sounds like a plan.
by the_mean_marine
Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Automotive engineering question
Replies: 23
Views: 4628

Re: Automotive engineering question

Absolutely no mention of it in the 2001 Nissan Almera workshop manual I just paged through. My initial thought was some kind of antenna (GPS, Key-less Entry, etc.) that could benefit from being moved outside the frame but other than that I'm stumped.
by the_mean_marine
Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nasa, perhaps this is a hint...
Replies: 37
Views: 6985

Re: Nasa, perhaps this is a hint...

Yes, but they're much to large to attack directly, we need o contain them via a series of proxy wars on Mars, the asteroid belt, and maybe some long distance strikes on Neptune and Uranus. Perhaps the best solution would be use undercover operatives to start a civil war between Jupiter and Saturn a...
by the_mean_marine
Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google buys Motorola Mobility
Replies: 13
Views: 2647

Google buys Motorola Mobility

Story Google announced plans to acquire Motorola Mobility this morning for $12.5 billion in cash. One of Google's biggest motivations for the purchase is to bolster its patent profile, which has been under relentless attack by companies including Microsoft and Apple. With the purchase, Google w...
by the_mean_marine
Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parental Trolling
Replies: 99
Views: 18534

Re: Parental Trolling

slaxor wrote:Tell them to clean their room, then hide a stinkbomb- clearly labeled -under the mess

No way, those things are horrid.
by the_mean_marine
Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3572809

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Monday morning traffic, seriously just because you're all tired and don't want to be out of bed is no reason to drive as if you were competing in an unholy union of demolition derby and a game of keep away; and to top it all off if you didn't get first place your entire extended family are going to ...
by the_mean_marine
Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australian Attorneys-General almost agree to R18+ games
Replies: 26
Views: 3304

Re: Australian Attorneys-General almost agree to R18+ games

The irony is that when our economy is relatively weak, we pay through the nose. When our economy is relatively strong guess what? We still pay through the nose. Oh the irony it BURNS! it BURNS! :twisted:
by the_mean_marine
Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australian Attorneys-General almost agree to R18+ games
Replies: 26
Views: 3304

Re: Australian Attorneys-General almost agree to R18+ games

The phenomenon of lazy parenting, parents expecting everybody else, be they teachers, babysitters, sporting coaches, or the Classification Board, is endemic in Australia and something needs to be done about it. The sooner, the better. If we enact an R18+ rating for games and somehow manage to actua...
by the_mean_marine
Sat Jul 30, 2011 6:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Entertaining Yourself in Your Head
Replies: 77
Views: 12798

Re: Entertaining Yourself in Your Head

Trying to determine as much as possible about other people and what they are thinking only from observation. Attempting to determine better traffic light phasings. Hypothetically changing key actions in history and trying to war-game the remainder of the conflict while remaining true to the original...
by the_mean_marine
Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire
Replies: 68
Views: 7528

Re: Unscientific Allergy Questionnaire

1. Do you have any allergies or food intolerances that you are aware of? If so, list them. Extremely mild hay-fever. Also had a bad reaction to a McChicken burger once, broke out in a massive rash all over but the allergen tests I had done afterwards came back negative and I've never had a problem ...
by the_mean_marine
Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Calling all scientists: Do you understand math?
Replies: 38
Views: 6015

Re: Calling all scientists: Do you understand math?

Not a scientist, so I didn't vote but as a third year engineering student I understand and have used this notation mainly for dimensional analysis in fluid mechanics. It was taught in first year maths at university.
by the_mean_marine
Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3572809

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

People rarely respect softly voiced opinions. I have never found that on this fora though. I mean, I don't post in SB or N&A, so what do I know? But in my poor jennie/faidite experience the people who're going to dismiss my point are either going to do it based on content, or on username (as in...
by the_mean_marine
Sun Jul 24, 2011 7:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3572809

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

I guess what I'm saying is, You guys are right, but I wish you wouldn't be so vehement. Amy Winehouse didn't deserve to die, just as much as her death doesn't deserve to be front page news. I agree, but I think that a certain amount of outrage is required in order to change opinion. People rarely r...
by the_mean_marine
Sun Jul 24, 2011 7:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone else dislike most kids?
Replies: 251
Views: 34870

Re: Does anyone else dislike most kids?

I have a love hate relationship with children. On one hand I find the way children learn and develop really fascinating, but I despise obstinate children being deliberately disruptive, cruel to other children and so on. To Enuja: I don't think your premise of different groups of people having differ...
by the_mean_marine
Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Electric car batteries getting a boost.
Replies: 64
Views: 6060

Re: Electric car batteries getting a boost.

Is there anyone more knowledgeable than me who could tell me the efficiency losses we're looking at down the wires/transformers, then through the induction loop into the car, into a battery, out of the battery and through the car's motor into the wheels? Because my instinct tells me so much compoun...
by the_mean_marine
Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs
Replies: 732
Views: 49355

Re: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs

The reason it's possible for abortion providers to be targeted is because we know who they are. The best way to stop that from being the case is for every doctor to be an abortion provider. Possibly but in a hostile environment like the one you are providing as an example how would such an idea be ...
by the_mean_marine
Thu Jul 21, 2011 2:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs
Replies: 732
Views: 49355

Re: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs

But show me a logical reason why the standards for beginning of life shouldn't reflect the standards for end of life and I'll do all kinds of nasty shit with it and you don't even need to pay me. How about this: We give equal benefit of the doubt to beginning of life as we do to the end. As such, w...
by the_mean_marine
Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs
Replies: 732
Views: 49355

Re: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs

This right was more frequently expressed among Muslim medical students, the survey findings showed. Attention religious right: the pro-life campaign is a conspiracy by Muslim extremists trying to ram Sharia law down the country's throat. Don't let them win! Fight against pro-lifers whenever you can...
by the_mean_marine
Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs
Replies: 732
Views: 49355

Re: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs

I think you're being to general about this. A neurologist who refuses to tamper with the brain because their religious prohibits it should not be allowed to practice neurology. A general practitioner who refuses to perform abortions better make up for this by recommending a good doctor who doesn't ...
by the_mean_marine
Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs
Replies: 732
Views: 49355

Re: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs

I'm see-sawing on this. On one hand, making doctors go against their ethics can have horrific results, like with a totalitarian government or mafia control. On the other hand, you have situations like South Dakota where all doctors have refused to do abortions either because they don't believe in i...
by the_mean_marine
Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs
Replies: 732
Views: 49355

Re: Religious Medical Students Don't Want To Do Their Jobs

I have no issue with doctors objecting to performing medical procedures as long as they fully inform the patient and refer them to another doctor who does not object.
by the_mean_marine
Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bachmann and Others Sign Homophobic Pledge
Replies: 187
Views: 23559

Re: Bachmann and Others Sign Homophobic Pledge

It's not just that crazies vote. Most people in America just don't have a fucking clue what's going on. It's kind of a problem. And, for the most part, American's don't vote. So, you know, welcome to American Culture, please don't forget to consume. If it's any consolation compulsory voting doesn't...
by the_mean_marine
Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: How important is on-line gaming to you as opposed to single
Replies: 40
Views: 6061

Re: How important is on-line gaming to you as opposed to sin

Probably better in the Gaming forum http://forums.xkcd.com/viewforum.php?f=21
Could we, you know..not ever do this fucking thing? Because now you look like an idiot. -ST
by the_mean_marine
Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to design weapons?
Replies: 134
Views: 19814

Re: Is it right to design weapons?

Or the 'opportunistic engineer' such as the numerous rocket scientists who saw the military as the only practical source of funding and support for their ideas for the space missiles that would eventually carry Man to the Moon. That sounds interesting. What's your source? I'd like to know who these...
by the_mean_marine
Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Question your longheld stereotypes...
Replies: 263
Views: 27143

Re: Question your longheld stereotypes...

meridian wrote:
the_mean_marine wrote:...the age range that I can easily conceive of is between 19-24. Which I guess means I like the older ladies? :shock:

24 is older now? I kind of hate you.


I meant relative to my age!
I swear...
EDIT: Please don't eat me!!!
by the_mean_marine
Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3572809

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

the_bandersnatch wrote:GANDALF DIES :shock:


BUT THEN JUST LIKE JESUS ON THE THIRD DAY HE ARISES FROM THE DEAD, RESPLENDENT IN WHITE ROBES!!! :twisted:
by the_mean_marine
Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Question your longheld stereotypes...
Replies: 263
Views: 27143

Re: Question your longheld stereotypes...

For me (Male, 20, het), age doesn't hold anywhere near as much sway as common interests, shared/common life experiences and similar maturity. Naturally the other conditions tend to set upper and lower bounds by themselves but I don't think that think age itself plays a big role. Although I haven't e...
by the_mean_marine
Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Worst Dreams Ever
Replies: 100
Views: 15895

Re: Worst Dreams Ever

I had one at the age of about 8 or so where I dreamed I was away at a summer camp and in the middle of the night everyone grew really dense octopus style suckers all over their skin and when disturbed it peeled off in clumps and left horribly raw and pinkish skin underneath. The most disturbing thin...
by the_mean_marine
Sun Jul 17, 2011 10:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 457418

Re: Questions For The World

Let's just get one thing clear here. Australians, as a rule, do not drink Fosters. I'm not even sure it's widely available here (although that could just be because I've never actually looked for it). I was pretty surprised to discover you could get the stuff on tap in New York. We are big on beer ...
by the_mean_marine
Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: [Engineering] Snowball Sentry Gun
Replies: 12
Views: 2127

Re: [Engineering] Snowball Sentry Gun

Why reinvent the wheel? Just use a miniaturized one of these.
http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-activities/snow-sports/snow-maker2.htm

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