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by MichiK
Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What world shattering disasters worry you?
Replies: 61
Views: 8895

Re: What world shattering disasters worry you?

Nuclear War, Global Warming, Population / Resources. Why? Nuclear War: It's five minutes to midnight again on the Doomsday Clock and when I look at the latest developments in the Middle East, I'm somewhat worried. A few years ago everything looked like a significant reduction in the nuclear arsenal,...
by MichiK
Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 231287

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

When I came into the lab today, I found this on the table (and nobody around who might perhaps still want to use it): http://i.imgur.com/0rIOf.jpg While this is clearly (by far...) not the worst thing I have ever seen in a lab, I really don't like what I'm seeing there. After all, the biohazard warn...
by MichiK
Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Inspired by #1075: Ask an Airline Pilot
Replies: 55
Views: 10328

Re: Inspired by #1075: Ask an Airline Pilot

I would imagine that af 447 not only had multiple GPS receivers but they were in fact the primary means of navigation, the inertial nav system serving only as a backup. I'm not sure how you think GPS could have prevented the accident from happening. The only speed readout that a GPS can produce is ...
by MichiK
Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Drawing figures for LaTeX
Replies: 9
Views: 4872

Re: Drawing figures for LaTeX

I like Inkscape, too. However, it has some nasty bugs and flaws, e.g. on my Debian machine, it crashes repreoducible whenever I use the "Color markers to match stroke" extension, what kind of sucks since I need that quite frequently. Anyway, converting the shape of the marker into a path a...
by MichiK
Fri Jul 06, 2012 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 231287

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

Needless to say, I hate it when people aren't thorough when cleaning up after using corrosive stuff. That reminds me of the precision scale in our chemistry lab. Nobody cleans up after themselves so you always have some funny white powder or crystals flying around everywhere and no idea of what fro...
by MichiK
Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Inspired by #1075: Ask an Airline Pilot
Replies: 55
Views: 10328

Re: Inspired by #1075: Ask an Airline Pilot

Have you ever sat in jumpseat on an MD80 and watched the crew? They used about 8 different timers during each engine start, the cockpit layout looks like it was designed by a guy with a square dartboard and a dart for every switch or button, and the controls require so much movement it looks like t...
by MichiK
Tue May 29, 2012 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Most geeky thing you've done recently.
Replies: 133
Views: 49379

Re: Most geeky thing you've done recently.

I figured out how to edit OpenStreetMap because a spelling mistake right around the corner bothered me (Oh no, someone is wrong on the internet!). Then, I spent the rest of the night adding every single building, driveway and track of the small village in which I grew up... damn perfectionism.
by MichiK
Sat May 19, 2012 2:27 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 386005

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

Chemistry professor, talking about the Knallgas reaction: "And some years ago, they even tried that on a really large scale...!" - and then he put a photo of the burning Hindenburg airship on the overhead projector.
by MichiK
Fri May 18, 2012 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 231287

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

Well, there was the time back in school, when our physics teacher wanted to show us, how a gasoline engine works: He had a tin can with a small hole on the side near the bottom and the lid just laying on top (not fixed in any way). He put a few drops of gasoline into the can, put the lid on top, wai...
by MichiK
Fri May 18, 2012 1:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Ever gotten a shock from mains electricity?
Replies: 47
Views: 18205

Re: Ever gotten a shock from mains electricity?

I once got hit by 230 volts when fiddling around with an AT power supply (those had real power switches instead of just a push-button like the newer ATX types). I wanted to change the power switch and grabbed it, ignoring that the device was still plugged in. I grabbed both contacts at once and it w...
by MichiK
Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 67065

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

Hmm, I like e^π - π = 20. I already made people think their calculators have floating point errors like Intel CPUs...
by MichiK
Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1039: "RuBisCO"
Replies: 122
Views: 39069

Re: 1039: "RuBisCO"

I had a molecular cell biology class a few semesters ago, but honestly I have to say, until today I have never heard of Ribulosebisphosphatecarboxylaseoxygenase. I don't know, how that could happen. ;) Anyway, so when reading the title, I first thought of a Rubick's Cube. Then, the next thing was a ...
by MichiK
Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: If you could change the laws of physics...
Replies: 50
Views: 29335

Re: If you could change the laws of physics...

Cheap room temperature superconductors have already been mentioned and would be fun. Imagine streets made of that material and cars etc. with magnets on their bottom side! When we already play around with relativity and such, I would like the possibility of local time dilatation without high speed o...
by MichiK
Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Living alone: anecdotes and such
Replies: 69
Views: 13280

Re: Living alone: anecdotes and such

Only drawback is that my current roommate is a morning person, whereas I'm distinctly not a morning person. That may be a drawback because of noise, not having breakfast together or whatever, but on the other hand, it's definitely an advantage when it comes to "Who may shower first?" and ...
by MichiK
Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Living alone: anecdotes and such
Replies: 69
Views: 13280

Re: Living alone: anecdotes and such

Both sides have pros and contras... Pro living alone: Nobody cares about the chaos and if it doen't disturb me, it's no problem. Contra living aline: The chaos spreads, entropy raises constantly and nobody cares. I've seen both sides for some years now after moving out of my parents': First three ye...
by MichiK
Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10922
Views: 2298913

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Right here, between keyboard and chair. In Leipzig. ;)
by MichiK
Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10922
Views: 2298913

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Like suddenly struck by a lightning, I just realized that I registered my account over four years ago and never wrote a single post (but lurked here and there quite frequently). When, if not right now, is a good time to change from passive into active mode? Right! So here I am. I'm a (hopefully) soo...

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