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by BlackSails
Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to calculate energy in humans?
Replies: 22
Views: 2056

Re: How to calculate energy in humans?

You could release an awful lot of energy by throwing a person down a very deep well
by BlackSails
Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Inventing The Intelligence
Replies: 5
Views: 1567

Re: Inventing The Intelligence

Heh
by BlackSails
Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 120
Views: 26838

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

Sure, just takes specialized hardware. You put a mathematician in a box and then query the box.
by BlackSails
Sun Oct 02, 2016 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 120
Views: 26838

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

What about k=1 While the list isnt sorted Pick a random turing machine of size k Calculate BB_k Run turing machine on list (just pick an encoding, dont see why it would matter) until it either halts or runs for BB_k steps If turing machine outputs sorted list, return the list k++
by BlackSails
Mon Sep 26, 2016 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How serious is a 1st degree burn?
Replies: 15
Views: 1918

Re: How serious is a 1st degree burn?

Use cool water, not cold
by BlackSails
Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 12006

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails]

Is anyone at all surprised by that?
by BlackSails
Sun Jun 26, 2016 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alkaline Food
Replies: 26
Views: 4560

Re: Alkaline Food

A friend was telling me about his troubles with excessive stomach acid (potentially leading to heartburn, acid reflux, etc) so I was thinking that people with that sort of difficulty should try to eat alkaline foods to help counteract the acid. So I did a quick search, and ... there aren't any. At ...
by BlackSails
Mon May 16, 2016 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How do we know what electron orbitals look like?
Replies: 8
Views: 2182

Re: How do we know what electron orbitals look like?

The things in your spoiler are not true. If you go to grad school, you can do helium. Tremendous improvement! And then the physical chemists do some things with numbers instead of exact mathematical functions that seem to maybe be actually legit and interesting, but I wouldn't know anything about t...
by BlackSails
Wed May 11, 2016 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: List of All Laws of Nature
Replies: 199
Views: 18653

Re: List of All Laws of Nature

jewish_scientist wrote:
The Constant Codon Law = Every ribosome in every organism of a given species interpretes tRNA identically.


Selenocystine?
by BlackSails
Tue May 10, 2016 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alkaline Food
Replies: 26
Views: 4560

Re: Alkaline Food

Almost everything edible is akaline relative to your stomach acid
by BlackSails
Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: List of All Laws of Nature
Replies: 199
Views: 18653

Re: List of All Laws of Nature

jewish_scientist wrote:
aph wrote:Point was - should we count descriptions of (human or otherwise) anatomy, including neuroanatomy, as 'laws of nature' in the same sense as laws of motion or thermodynamics?

Yes.


I dont generally count things I can easily change as immutable laws of nature.
by BlackSails
Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: List of All Laws of Nature
Replies: 199
Views: 18653

Re: List of All Laws of Nature

I have no idea why you have the gas laws in there. Those are ideal gas approximations. If you want actual laws for that sort of thing, just write down thermodynamics I consider approximation as laws, because they are true in ideal circumstances (atoms are points that do not incinerate with forces, ...
by BlackSails
Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: List of All Laws of Nature
Replies: 199
Views: 18653

Re: List of All Laws of Nature

I have no idea why you have the gas laws in there. Those are ideal gas approximations. If you want actual laws for that sort of thing, just write down thermodynamics
by BlackSails
Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 39262

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

Where is the line between this and rebellion? (Ie, when does this turn into a military matter rather than a police matter?) The difference between protest and rebellion is pretty clear. A rebellion tries to seize the seats of power by force. Protest is an attention grab to make a case. It doesnt ha...
by BlackSails
Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 39262

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

Where is the line between this and rebellion? (Ie, when does this turn into a military matter rather than a police matter?)
by BlackSails
Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1357
Views: 172184

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

jewish_scientist wrote:That's incredible! They should get a bunch of MRIs of her brain and then MRIs from a bunch of babies and see how they compare.


Im not so sure this implant would play nice with MRI

Cochlear implants are an absolute contraindication, this is probably pretty similar.
by BlackSails
Mon Dec 14, 2015 2:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2519
Views: 270503

Re: The Darker Side of the News

There was a study that came out that the DoH have been spending a lot of time emphasising because they are wanting to change doctors contracts and reduce pay while increasing the number of doctors on at the weekend. It basically said that if you are admitted on a Saturday or Sunday (and Fri and Mon...
by BlackSails
Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2519
Views: 270503

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Angua wrote:More on the Hunt Effect.

(They don't actually call it the Hunt effect in that article, so here's a citation for that terminology, though apparently it even has a wiki-page).


Sounds pretty dumb to refuse a liver because its the weekend.
by BlackSails
Sun Dec 13, 2015 10:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5246
Views: 644860

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Require police to carry liability insurance, like doctors, and make them individually responsible. Then the union has to decide on defending a particular office or defending the dept the same way malpractice suits often position the hospital against the doctor.
by BlackSails
Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravity-temperature musings by Toffo
Replies: 162
Views: 18822

Re: Gravity-temperature musings by Toffo

Stream of consciousness is not a terribly productive way to do science.
by BlackSails
Mon Nov 02, 2015 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Diamagnetism and MRI
Replies: 5
Views: 1851

Re: Diamagnetism and MRI

Honestly, that video seems pretty fishy. That looks like a staggering force for a handheld magnet. Levitating a frog (probably around 10^3-10^4 more force), takes a 100 T/m gradient field.
by BlackSails
Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Sun as final storage for radwaste?
Replies: 134
Views: 22342

Re: The sun as a nuclear waste incinerator

SDK wrote:You don't really need to calculate this. Google can tell you quickly that it takes several thousand dollars to lift a kg of anything into space .


Takes significantly more than that to get it into the sun
by BlackSails
Sat Oct 10, 2015 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain prosthesis to bypass brain damage developed
Replies: 5
Views: 1519

Re: Brain prosthesis to bypass brain damage developed

Whizbang wrote:I am not sure which of these papers is the right one.

http://emb.citengine.com/event/embc-201 ... orID=15711


Goddamn, that was a good guess
by BlackSails
Sat Oct 10, 2015 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain prosthesis to bypass brain damage developed
Replies: 5
Views: 1519

Re: Brain prosthesis to bypass brain damage developed

I mean, we still have to find the actual paper that this news article is on. Its entirely possible the article is something like "A computational model of connections between rat hippocampal neurons"
by BlackSails
Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5246
Views: 644860

Re: Police misbehavior thread

by BlackSails
Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Human Body Parts MTTF
Replies: 3
Views: 1461

Re: Human Body Parts MTTF

Most organ systems gracefully degrade over time, any time to failure is going to be arbitrary based off your cuttoff for what counts as failure.
by BlackSails
Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A million years
Replies: 59
Views: 6407

Re: A million years

I wonder if we could send the probe on an orbit that we could be sure would be stable for a million years. Orbits tend to be chaotic on long time scales, although I don't know if a million years really counts as "long" in that sense. Maybe we could find a stabilizing resonance for it or s...
by BlackSails
Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 25326

Re: Greek Crisis continues

Don't be fooled. The institution here that caused this crisis is the Greek government. Irresponsible borrowing 1980-2000, failure to collect tax, continuously running a deficit and committing fraud to be allowed to adopt the Euro. Also the widespread tax evasion, age 52-55 retirement with high pens...
by BlackSails
Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13098
Views: 1047925

Re: Today I Learned

There is actually a new study today on an RCT using a new diabetes medication for weight loss. It appears to be pretty effective compared to placebo, at 1 year.

They however did not compare it to the gold standard of weight loss, which is surgery.
by BlackSails
Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]
Replies: 233
Views: 42555

Re: Orthodox Judaism & Sexism [Title Change]

Brother in law is Israeli, Sephardi. He hates the Haredi; they don't pay tax and they don't join the army yet they think they should have a right to dictate how all the other Israelis have to behave. Really, the Israeli-Arabs are more supportive of Israel than the Haredi and Hassidim are. Most isra...
by BlackSails
Mon May 25, 2015 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Laffer Curve
Replies: 57
Views: 17293

Re: The Laffer Curve

TheEconomist wrote:First of all, anyone who knows any basic calculus could tell you that the theorem that applies is not the Mean Value Theorem. It is rolle's Theorem:.


Rolles is just a special case of the mean value theorem
by BlackSails
Fri May 15, 2015 3:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1357
Views: 172184

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Isnt it a trivial truth to say that you will survive everything until you dont?
by BlackSails
Mon May 04, 2015 2:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Critique of "Choice Feminism"
Replies: 111
Views: 12046

Re: Critique of "Choice Feminism"

Is anyone's choices made in an unbiased, free space?
by BlackSails
Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Maxwell's demon -- consensus on disproofs?
Replies: 20
Views: 3187

Re: Maxwell's demon -- consensus on disproofs?

It has already been roundly established that a single sensor will be affected by thermodynamic fluctuations and thus be subject to numerous false alarms (note: if you disagree, let me know, but you seemed willing to accept this). Maxwell's demon doesn't need a perfect sensor, it only needs a sensor...
by BlackSails
Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fingers on Humans
Replies: 80
Views: 12625

Re: Fingers on Humans

We actually have quite a few diseases that plague us almost entirely because we said fuck you to gravity and stood up.
by BlackSails
Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Maxwell's demon -- consensus on disproofs?
Replies: 20
Views: 3187

Re: Maxwell's demon -- consensus on disproofs?

You can set the trigger arbitrarily high, at a cost of increased time until triggering
by BlackSails
Fri Mar 20, 2015 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Maxwell's demon -- consensus on disproofs?
Replies: 20
Views: 3187

Re: Maxwell's demon -- consensus on disproofs?

The sensor would be affected by thermodynamic fluctuations, either in its mechanism, or when the gas close to it has a higher pressure than the chamber as a whole. Thus most of the times it is triggered will be false alarms, which will cancel out any benefit I dont know about that, since you can se...
by BlackSails
Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Maxwell's demon -- consensus on disproofs?
Replies: 20
Views: 3187

Re: Maxwell's demon -- consensus on disproofs?

The sensor would be affected by thermodynamic fluctuations, either in its mechanism, or when the gas close to it has a higher pressure than the chamber as a whole. Thus most of the times it is triggered will be false alarms, which will cancel out any benefit I dont know about that, since you can se...
by BlackSails
Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Let's terraform Jupiter!
Replies: 26
Views: 6593

Re: Let's terraform Jupiter!

Just nuke the atmosphere off of venus, and then seed it with bacteria to make a new one that isnt the worst.

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