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by Malconstant
Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Gaming laptop
Replies: 16
Views: 10882

Gaming laptop

sorry dude, have repurposed your thread to fit my own nefarious needs ~~Felstaff I recently got a new job that wants us to bring our own computers to work, but pays for part of that, so I'm between using an old laptop or getting a new one. I'm a QA guy for a software company, and while I'd like a m...
by Malconstant
Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Only Non-Trivial, Knowable, Objective/Absolute Truth
Replies: 12
Views: 5315

Re: The Only Non-Trivial, Knowable, Objective/Absolute Truth

As far as I can figure it's the only objectively true statement that isn't trivially an "if-then" statement, such as "if x then x". ...and yet you derived it from another such statement. Eh... I think that's an interesting point. However, I think it's cheating to say that you're...
by Malconstant
Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Only Non-Trivial, Knowable, Objective/Absolute Truth
Replies: 12
Views: 5315

Re: The Only Non-Trivial, Knowable, Objective/Absolute Truth

We can say I exist...'I think therefore I am'. "Cogito ergo sum" pre-supposes a that I am a thing and that I can think. If you're willing to equate "experience" with "I" completely, then I'll grant you that, but thinking is something else. DesCartes clearly believes th...
by Malconstant
Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Only Non-Trivial, Knowable, Objective/Absolute Truth
Replies: 12
Views: 5315

The Only Non-Trivial, Knowable, Objective/Absolute Truth

(apologies if this is too divorced from empiricism to belong in this forum. Happy to move it if so) Here's a statement I believe to not be controversial: "It is an objective/absolute truth that something exists" (not any specific something, just any old thing. And "exists" need n...
by Malconstant
Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 657037

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Ehrenfest paradox is the best.
by Malconstant
Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 657037

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Well, it's a neat trick, but it's also a real one. For an observer outside the expanding shell, somehow managing to be stationary in Schwarzschild coordinates (not free-falling toward the source), once they pop into the shell, if they just move along their geodesic they will be suddenly moving towar...
by Malconstant
Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Black Holes - not (yet) possible?
Replies: 279
Views: 44139

Re: Black Holes - not (yet) possible?

Well aren't you all just pathetically smug. (Look at how cool we are, we used our stupidity and/or asshattery to get someone to abandon thread.) Malconstant, I would love to discuss this with you, perhaps in PMs away from these trollish hyenas. Velexia. Take a breather, don't look at this thread fo...
by Malconstant
Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Black Holes - not (yet) possible?
Replies: 279
Views: 44139

Re: Black Holes - not (yet) possible?

doogly wrote:Why are you trying to undermine this beautiful raegquaat?


There are few things more beautiful than an honest, dragged out rage-quit. But one of those things is teaching people who are wrong on the internet the error of their ways.
by Malconstant
Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 657037

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Also, regarding the "turning off of the gravitational force", consider that a) you don't feel a gravitational force, unless you're doing something rather un-geodesic-like by pushing your feet against Earth. So you won't feel the force turning off, as you were fundamentally incapable of fe...
by Malconstant
Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Black Holes - not (yet) possible?
Replies: 279
Views: 44139

Re: Black Holes - not (yet) possible?

Yep, I think Gmal's and Goemon's math is right. That'll teach me for trying to pretend a time-like geodesic can parallel transport close enough to a null geodesic along the same spatial path. I've used that trick for infinitesimal movement before. But yeah, that's interesting. I see no reason why yo...
by Malconstant
Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 657037

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

...a spherically-symmetric motion (like a spherical balloon expanding and contracting) is fundamentally incapable of producing gravitational waves of any kind... As you're transitioning from Schwarzschild to flat space, in some sense the gravity is being turned off, if that's what you mean... Anywa...
by Malconstant
Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Black Holes - not (yet) possible?
Replies: 279
Views: 44139

Re: Black Holes - not (yet) possible?

Is it even true that an observer falling into a black hole, looking backwards at some distant object (radially and arbitrarily far away), would see the object being progressively blue-shifted? The gravitational and Lorentz Doppler shifts are working at odds here, and any photon that reaches the fall...
by Malconstant
Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 657037

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Very good. I usually consider it a defeat if I have to appeal to integration to make a point. I now think Goemon's probably right about the off-center hollow shell business, my apologies. I think that makes for a pretty solid conceptual problem now for teaching such things. And that's cute how a con...
by Malconstant
Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 657037

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

And if the situation demands a center of mass where all acceleration arrows point to, this surely could not be something called flat space Would all acceleration be towards that centre of mass? It's not a spherically symmetrical mass, just as the Earth-Moon system isn't a spherically symmetrical ma...
by Malconstant
Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 657037

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

I don't think that works. If you have such a hollowed off-center sphere, you can picture the Earth in two pieces, one piece where the hollowed out sphere is perfectly centered, and the rest of the sphere. The first part won't contribute to acceleration or curvature, but the second part will have a ...
by Malconstant
Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 657037

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

The spacetime is Minkowski inside the hollow sphere, but it's not equivalent to an observer at infinity... Now try this one on for size: Take a perfectly uniform solid spherical Earth, and excavate a hollow sphere somewhere inside, but off center . What's the spacetime like inside the cavity? Answe...
by Malconstant
Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 657037

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Doogly speaks the truth. This was actually the bread and butter of the last paper I worked on, except the situation I examined involved a supernova ==> expanding thin shell of neutrinos at about the speed of light, and how that effected space-time curvature inside / outside the shell. For just being...
by Malconstant
Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 331482

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

Has anybody else tried Xingu? I'm reading reviews and they all talk about notes of vanilla and plum and dark fruit. But I literally taste nothing. It's like drinking thick-ish water. Did I get a bad bottle or something? It's not a heavy beer, but it's not bad at all for the style. Maybe you got a b...
by Malconstant
Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 277481

Re: The radical idea that women are people

Lacking all context other than what was written out, I would parrot what I saw Jplus and Po6ept getting at. The cartoon to me comes off as being a little dated. Obviously the context of the cartoon is still spot on in many places, but it speaks to a more gendered perspective than what I perceive aro...
by Malconstant
Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 277481

Re: The radical idea that women are people

There's a lot of ways you can invoke this language. Do you wanna talk Kant or kink? I didn't know this was an option. Lets start with Kant's take on objectifying, regarding feminism/sexuality, and work our way over to bdsm from there. Or did the modern term terrifyingly originate in Kant's capable ...
by Malconstant
Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 277481

Re: The radical idea that women are people

I often find objectifying to be a tricky idea to pin down. I understand the connotation of removing-agency, but surely this doesn't mean to think of someone as a mindless sex doll, as the idea of "objectification" is ubiquitous, whereas seeking out sexual experiences without the agency of ...
by Malconstant
Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I want to learn (the basics of) quantum! Help?
Replies: 6
Views: 3180

Re: I want to learn (the basics of) quantum! Help?

Feynman's QED. When it comes to approaching QM early on, developing substantive and deep intuition in an easy to read and brief form, accept no substitute. Then go and read one of these others / watch the lectures, and when you can make sense of how both things are talking about the same QM, that's ...
by Malconstant
Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 277481

Re: The radical idea that women are people

Perhaps the way to win all of the compliment points is to try and notice when someone is not wearing makeup and tell them how nice they look. Even if they are wearing makeup that was unnoticeable, that should still be taken quite positively. Just so long as it's not done in such a way as for it to b...
by Malconstant
Tue Jun 05, 2012 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 277481

Re: The radical idea that women are people

I've always interpreted this as a clash of waves of feminism. The second wave importantly had more to do with raging against the establishment gender culture, super-emphasizing woman strength and independence, and as unavoidable collateral a good deal more vitriol towards the patriarchy which gets m...
by Malconstant
Tue May 29, 2012 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 277481

Re: The radical idea that women are people

Wait now, is there a fundamental problem with negative judgement?
by Malconstant
Mon May 21, 2012 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 657037

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

I love poking my nose into this thread every now and then. You're all doing god's work here.
by Malconstant
Mon May 21, 2012 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 331482

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

Dream wrote: Thankfully I'm living near a Brew Dog pub now, and I can go in and enjoy the winner for myself!

My only experiences with Brew Dog have been terrible, though I've only had from their Paradox series. Anything I should keep an eye out for to change my mind?
by Malconstant
Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: App Micro-Donation To Charity Model
Replies: 5
Views: 6742

Re: App Micro-Donation To Charity Model

Wait, so just a tap of the button and then your money is sent to UNICEF? No confirmation? Seems easily abused. Someone's phone could get lost/stolen and the thief could donate all of their money to UNICEF with just a few minutes of tapping. I mean, there's no real gain for them, but still, it seems...
by Malconstant
Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: App Micro-Donation To Charity Model
Replies: 5
Views: 6742

App Micro-Donation To Charity Model

I recently made an app (android) that's actually trying to do a good thing, and I'd like to get the word out a little bit. It's called "First World Problem Jar" , from the idea of a "swear jar". Whenever you have a first world problem, you hit a button and $1 is sent from your ba...
by Malconstant
Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1958
Views: 524909

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

@ gametaku You are a beautiful human being. the USB debugging was the trick and it's working just fine. Turns out I was using a much higher API on Eclipse than my phone could handle. I was hoping fixing that would let me e-mail them but no dice, but just running through Eclipse does the trick. Thank...
by Malconstant
Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1958
Views: 524909

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

I'm trying to develop an Android app, and I'd like to be able to get it on my phone without bothering to put it up on the Android Marketplace. So I made the appropriate .apk file from Eclipse, and tested it with an emulator, so I'm sure the file's fine. I mounted my phone to my computer, where it ga...
by Malconstant
Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 657037

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

The Ehrenfest paradox is just completely ridiculous. I have reasonably serious relativity credentials and I haven't been happy with a resolution for this for a long time now. I just got done reading the paper cited in the wiki article (O. Gron), which concludes that it is impossible to rotate a born...
by Malconstant
Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 331482

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

Yeah, I've got a KBS, a regular founder's breakfast stout and a backwoods bastard lining my fridge at the moment. My money's on backwoods bastard for best of the genre, though I've got huge sympathies for Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout. I really need to get my hands on one of their rare release...
by Malconstant
Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 331482

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

mercutio_stencil wrote: Goose Island Kentucky Breakfast Stout.


Wat
by Malconstant
Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 553786

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Two note. The first is that while I believe that Jesus is the path to salvation, others have posited that perhaps Jesus appears in different forms to different people providing them what look like different paths. The second is that I don't have faith that the Bible is literally true, or that the B...
by Malconstant
Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 553786

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I am not making a broad statement about the value of Christianity compared to other things. My point in my own story was that I have personally witnessed the good that Christianity was doing in people's lives. That's part of my subjective personal experience. It's helped me build a trust for the Ch...
by Malconstant
Sat Nov 05, 2011 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is art? Does it require an artist?
Replies: 284
Views: 25470

Re: What is art? Does it require an artist?

Would one of you please explain for me, after pages of discussion and clarification, the point of trying to frame this discussion in terms of continua and spectrums? Is the claim of "art is in perception" (or "context" or general subjective "the author is dead" ness) be...
by Malconstant
Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 553786

Re: Religion: The Deuce

@Guenther. So yeah, historically you had the Unitarians and the Universalists which were both denominations of Christianity. Unitarians denied the trinity (on account of there being no mention of it in the Bible), Universalists were cultural relativists who saw that other parts of the world had diff...
by Malconstant
Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 506059

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Even members of the PLO Central Committee have said that independence for Gaza and the WB is just the first step. Lets adopt this as the new criterion for what we believe a government's real intentions are. By saying that there exist some members of an organization that at one point was solidly emb...
by Malconstant
Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 506059

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

@ Sourmilk. I wouldn't paint all of anti-Israeli terrorism under the same brush, although certainly the kinds of forces which would lead to the PLO would help with the modern resistances. And for things like post-Oslo, these forces which just want to destroy Israel tried to extend their reach. But t...

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