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by Velifer
Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Joint probabilities of statistically non-independent events
Replies: 5
Views: 1109

Re: Joint probabilities of statistically non-independent eve

This isn't fundamentally a problem for regression, because the goal of regression is to find the function relating independent and dependent variables which you already have; I'm trying to estimate the values of a set of independent variables based on the values of some dependent variables and some...
by Velifer
Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Joint probabilities of statistically non-independent events
Replies: 5
Views: 1109

Re: Joint probabilities of statistically non-independent eve

Is there a reason that a regression with interaction terms wouldn't work? Then you can include terms for serial autocorrelation to account for maturation.
by Velifer
Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I'm doing science, and I need test subjects.
Replies: 79
Views: 10626

Re: I'm doing science, and I need test subjects.

people like you. Yes. This queer just called you queer. Stop and consider for a moment that just because someone isn't as far from the center as you, it doesn't mean they aren't still be on the same side. In many ways, I'm an extreme outlier I wasn't kidding, and orientation's just the beginning. A...
by Velifer
Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I'm doing science, and I need test subjects.
Replies: 79
Views: 10626

Re: I'm doing science, and I need test subjects.

the queers, trannies , and chicks are questioning it often Ex-fucking-scuse you? The problem with much of what you've said in this thread is delightfully summarized in your reply. Why only pick one of the three offensive terms? Why take it out of context, make it personal, and get emotional? Untwis...
by Velifer
Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Variation of Cathodic rust prevention
Replies: 18
Views: 2626

Re: Variation of Cathodic rust prevention

Can you buy WD-40 in Hong Kong? (I think they have worldwide distribution).
http://www.wd40company.com/about/locations/

Spray on, wipe off excess. Displaces water, inhibits rust.

I always keep a can or three around in the redneck toolbox (next to the duct tape and the hammer).
by Velifer
Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entrainment
Replies: 50
Views: 6280

Re: Brain entrainment

I really can't understand why this is working for people in real life and on youtube but not people here. Its not like they expect it to work either. What I do is to tell them to listen to the sound (headache treatment 3 from the download) and then I ask them for there opinion about it. It's titled...
by Velifer
Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entrainment
Replies: 50
Views: 6280

Re: Brain entrainment

I just wanted to point out the the original claim was that sounds (or light pulses) of a certain frequency can induce brainwaves of a similar frequency, and that this entrainment can cause specific effects on mood. Ok, then if you create a signal between 8 to 12 Hz or so, and put your subject in a ...
by Velifer
Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 338
Views: 153975

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

[edit:] (Native speaker, SAE North Midland dialect.) I have to stand up for diacritics... English loanwords have diacritics, but most people drop them. Coöperation isn't spelled like that anymore by anyone who isn't being a pompous twat. If you really want to sound or write like a native speaker, yo...
by Velifer
Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Variation of Cathodic rust prevention
Replies: 18
Views: 2626

Re: Variation of Cathodic rust prevention

vinceat852 wrote:I need to stop my electric lamés (jackets) and masks from oxidizing

They're stainless steel. The oxidation is a chromium oxide, a thin layer of which will still be conductive.
Rinse the sweat out of them, and heat dry.
by Velifer
Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The Light Saber problem
Replies: 122
Views: 65875

Re: The Light Saber problem

synthesized with future-ancient technology This all happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Light sabers are already ancient technology. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=magnet-force-field We just need to bring the size down, the power up, and get the shape right. Everyt...
by Velifer
Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 338
Views: 153975

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

è û é à "Through A as well as through B, ... " "Visits to A and (to) B have always been ..."? The English alphabet doesn't have all them there fancy dots and dohickeys. It's foreign at best, and often pretentious. Just drop the diacritics. "Through A and B." If you're ...
by Velifer
Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entrainment
Replies: 50
Views: 6280

Re: Brain entrainment

scratch123 wrote:Since I have posted this topic I have showed this to a few people IRL and it worked for them as well. One person even called the effect of it scary.

You know, I totally believe you.
by Velifer
Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I'm doing science, and I need test subjects.
Replies: 79
Views: 10626

Re: I'm doing science, and I need test subjects.

if you don't like it you can fuck off. Where's the sensitivity for persons with behavioral health issues including non-suicidal self injury? I'd also think that in most places with blatant homophobia, transphobia, and misogyny, the queers, trannies, and chicks are questioning it often. The oppresso...
by Velifer
Wed Jun 08, 2011 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help Request - Molding Glass Over Metal
Replies: 15
Views: 2657

Re: Help Request - Molding Glass Over Metal

I've built custom aquaria, had crappy old cars where the mirror dropped in my lap, worked with groups of artists including glass blowers, and have a Magical Knowifying Device.
by Velifer
Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help Request - Molding Glass Over Metal
Replies: 15
Views: 2657

Re: Help Request - Molding Glass Over Metal

I've been to this guy's hot shop, and bought some of his work. He puts metal into some of his designs.
http://www.glassbyjm.com/

He's pretty cool, (very into education) and if you call him up and explain what you're doing, he may share some secrets.
by Velifer
Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help Request - Molding Glass Over Metal
Replies: 15
Views: 2657

Re: Help Request - Molding Glass Over Metal

Ask an ancient Egyptian.

I'd also suggest dropping the notion of a direct metal-to-glass bond and looking into glues. Rearview mirror glue, E-6000, or plain old silicone aquarium sealant could do the trick, and that's not even getting into the exotic stuff like Hextal.
by Velifer
Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Thermodynamics and the efficiency of heating a house
Replies: 15
Views: 3639

Re: Thermodynamics and the efficiency of heating a house

In my case, dropping the temp during the day more than a few degrees would be problematic. I have a heat pump, which only puts out air a few degrees higher than the set-point. When the outside temps drop too low for the heat pump to work, I also have a propane kicker to warm the place up. The system...
by Velifer
Tue May 31, 2011 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A criminal hides in a room with 99 innocent people...
Replies: 13
Views: 4390

Re: A criminal hides in a room with 99 innocent people...

What if, instead of gathering the evidence before making rash decisions, we decide to have a good old-fashioned witch hunt, test people until we get a positive, and then burn that person at the stake. What is the probability that we have burned the criminal? Certainly for each individual tested, th...
by Velifer
Thu May 19, 2011 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How would you make a properly mathy magic system?
Replies: 25
Views: 6801

Re: How would you make a properly mathy magic system?

Aelfyre wrote:simply knowing math can't cause spontaneous violation of the laws of physics i.e. Stephen Hawking can't fly.

Um... Nobody told you?
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by Velifer
Thu May 19, 2011 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 166604

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

For a language in which 90%[citation needed] of conversations are two line affairs about the weather, English has very few concise words for different types. Oh, there are very concise ways to discuss weather, with some specificity. See here for some terms and definitions. That's even without resor...
by Velifer
Wed May 18, 2011 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How to recognize an undervalued stock
Replies: 8
Views: 1669

Re: How to recognize an undervalued stock

themandotcom wrote:Or is it more like a "rule of thumb" feel kinda thing?

There are ways. Point being: invest in companies who do something you know about, so you can understand if they've got a decent chance to succeed.
by Velifer
Wed May 18, 2011 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entanglement - credible?
Replies: 61
Views: 7827

Re: Brain entanglement - credible?

...arxiv... ...Google tech talk... ...YouTube video... These are not credible sources. If scholarly papers and conferences aren't good enough for you, then that's your problem, not mine. Arguing on most of the internet might be the stuff of spurious links to dubious sources and lots of shouting, bu...
by Velifer
Mon May 16, 2011 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How would you make a properly mathy magic system?
Replies: 25
Views: 6801

Re: How would you make a properly mathy magic system?

heh, that's a good way to handwave it, but i'm not looking for a complete handwave. I want that interface to involve actual math, as in, actual formulas describing the changes the people are making to the world when they cast a spell. Well, the ultimate mathematical handwave is STATS BABY! There's ...
by Velifer
Mon May 16, 2011 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Quick Question (randomized lightbulb timing)
Replies: 10
Views: 1092

Re: Quick Question

There's the simple way... First, go find something suitably random. This might work . It can spit out [0,1] randoms. *shrug* I don't know how easy it is to scrape huge amounts of real-time data from that... Next, write a function that toggles the state of the light any time the random value is >.5, ...
by Velifer
Mon May 16, 2011 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: If you learned statistics would you never buy insurance?
Replies: 92
Views: 10608

Re: If you learned statistics would you never buy insurance?

Practically speaking, the risk of getting in an accident per hour of driving goes down every hour you successfully drive and don't crash, because your brain gets some more data to attribute to potential driving situations. This is true, but only to a point . First-year drivers have four times the f...
by Velifer
Mon May 16, 2011 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entanglement - credible?
Replies: 61
Views: 7827

Re: Brain entanglement - credible?

...arxiv... ...Google tech talk... ...YouTube video... These are not credible sources. Also, to the rest of your post: a forest is great material to turn into books, but chainsawing a tree and finding a copy of Twelfth Night is highly unlikely. Just because a given substance/structure could show qu...
by Velifer
Thu May 12, 2011 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entanglement - credible?
Replies: 61
Views: 7827

Re: Brain entanglement - credible?

No. The brain is only deterministic in the sense that the weather is deterministic. The feedback leads to chaotic behavior, in which even small changes can cause large-scale variations. It doesn't average out. Complex systems, even chaotic ones, are still deterministic. If it was possible to run th...
by Velifer
Wed May 11, 2011 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ellipsoidal version of the Haversine Formula
Replies: 4
Views: 3429

Re: Ellipsoidal version of the Haversine Formula

Google to the rescue! Vincenty's formula coded in VBA, just about ready to be an Excel macro. Source: http://lost-species.livejournal.com/38453.html ported from: http://www.movable-type.co.uk/scripts/latlong-vincenty.html (who released it under CC Attribution license) Option Explicit Private Const P...
by Velifer
Wed May 11, 2011 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Things that don't move shouldn't be considered alive
Replies: 50
Views: 6163

Re: Things that don't move shouldn't be considered alive

Using the word "machine" to explain your belief that something isn't alive doesn't actually accomplish anything. It provides support to those who would claim the opposite. Bacteria are little bags where some processes happen that give rise to interesting emergent properties. So are bureau...
by Velifer
Tue May 10, 2011 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ellipsoidal version of the Haversine Formula
Replies: 4
Views: 3429

Re: Ellipsoidal version of the Haversine Formula

I need more accuracy than that. Just remember, spacecraft are considered aircraft while they're in the atmosphere, so you'll need your FAA permits... If you're interested in accuracy, Vincenty's formula gets you very close on the earth ellipsoid, but if you're driving, it's not so close on the eart...
by Velifer
Tue May 10, 2011 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)
Replies: 43
Views: 6384

Re: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)

You realize we westerners are pretty fucking spoiled, right? Quite . I also understand that it's not a Westerners v. the world issue either. There are communities near me where people do not have adequate water, and people in my community that do not have adequate food. Many of the billions you spe...
by Velifer
Tue May 10, 2011 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Things that don't move shouldn't be considered alive
Replies: 50
Views: 6163

Re: Things that don't move shouldn't be considered alive

gmalivuk wrote:So's your mom.

How did you know?
by Velifer
Tue May 10, 2011 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I'm doing science, and I need test subjects.
Replies: 79
Views: 10626

Re: I'm doing science, and I need test subjects.

I too agree that gender is irrelevant, and would extend that also into the national census (same with religion, race...basically everything really). The US Census is a demographic tool. It's primarily for apportionment, but the Census and the ACS are tools to serve the needs and interests in govern...
by Velifer
Tue May 10, 2011 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)
Replies: 43
Views: 6384

Re: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)

It's not just the methane they produce; livestock only pass on about 10% of the calories we feed them. They consume a lot of water, directly, and during raising and processing. Almost all the water they drink gets urinated, sweated, or exhaled back out. The other nutrients that are expelled cycle b...
by Velifer
Tue May 10, 2011 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 166604

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

I figure that since English is one of the most expressive languages on the planet why should its grammatical structure not have ways to notate minor things such as this? Because we have things like prosody, haptics, other non-verbals and antecedents to take care of most of this, along with the abil...
by Velifer
Mon May 09, 2011 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything
Replies: 13
Views: 2418

Re: The awnser to life the universe and everything (42)

Anyway, I always kinda thought that Adams used 42 because that's roughly the number of minutes it'd take to travel between any two points on earth in an idealized gravity train. The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that o...
by Velifer
Mon May 09, 2011 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)
Replies: 43
Views: 6384

Re: Carbon (dioxide and graphite)

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Problem?

Then we can all have personal photosynthesizing jackets.
(Spoiled for image bigness)
Spoiler:
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by Velifer
Mon May 09, 2011 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Naturally wearing down nails
Replies: 42
Views: 4241

Re: Naturally wearing down nails

Nail growth and condition is also strongly related to diet and nutrition. It's likely-to-certain that the nails I'm looking down on now are quite different in strength/brittleness/thickness than those of early homonins.
by Velifer
Fri May 06, 2011 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I'm doing science, and I need test subjects.
Replies: 79
Views: 10626

Re: I'm doing science, and I need test subjects.

You're either male or female, aren't you? Sit down. Ya know, for someone all pissypants about stereotyping and inclusiveness, you're not doing a very good job of being open-minded yourself. In many ways, I'm an extreme outlier. I don't have any sense of entitlement or need to be visible, or to have...
by Velifer
Thu May 05, 2011 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "They" as a singular/genderless pronoun
Replies: 63
Views: 12654

Re: "They" as a singular/genderless pronoun

You're probably right, a biological reductionist would likely just write it off and prescribe drugs.

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