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by Soralin
Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5412
Views: 740755

Re: Police misbehavior thread

So, it turns out that the prosecution lied to the grand jury about what the law actually was: http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/shocking-mistake-in-darren-wilson-grand-jury-364273731666 Basically, telling them that it was legal for a police officer to shoot a suspect to prevent them from flee...
by Soralin
Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What makes a RPG a RPG?
Replies: 183
Views: 22375

Re: What makes a RPG a RPG?

Grop wrote:Then rage because newb is newb.

So, your typical escort quest then?
by Soralin
Wed Sep 10, 2014 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why can we see so many exoplanets?
Replies: 6
Views: 2954

Re: Why can we see so many exoplanets?

Most exoplanets are discovered not because the planet blocks the light from its sun, but because its gravity causes the sun to "wobble" in place, affecting the light that comes from it - often causing its redshift and hence its colour to oscillate. It's most notable if the sun is a pulsar...
by Soralin
Wed Sep 10, 2014 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Circumcision Poll
Replies: 32
Views: 7034

Re: Circumcision Poll

SecondTalon wrote:Sure, but that's.. displaced..quite frequently, especially during the teenage years when Mr. Random Erection pays a visit (roughly once every 82.7 minutes).

If you're not circumcised, there's enough skin available that it can remain covered while erect.
by Soralin
Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about antimatter
Replies: 9
Views: 2112

Re: Question about antimatter

There's Muonium: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muonium Which is a pairing of an anti-Muon and an electron, which apparently won't annihilate each other. Muons decay after a couple of microseconds, but other than that, it acts sort of like an atom, and you can make chemical compounds out of it and oth...
by Soralin
Sun Jun 15, 2014 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tesla 'open source' their patents
Replies: 54
Views: 11038

Re: Tesla 'open source' their patents

From now on, they themselves will have to generate the demand to justify the further development of their cells, without sharing that cost with a far larger laptop market. Or instead of waiting for someone else to do it, they could just just go ahead and build a $5B battery "Gigafactory" ...
by Soralin
Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!
Replies: 352
Views: 59044

Re: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!

Also, if you get hacked in a bad spot on the end boss, and can't deal with it through other means, you can jump away from the fight and come back again.
by Soralin
Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Boiling in the greenhouse
Replies: 19
Views: 3186

Re: Boiling in the greenhouse

Yeah, if a metal rod is heated up enough at one end to have any real effect on water at the other end, it's no longer going to be cool enough for much steam to condense on it. Even if we did have a way to magically get the heat engine working, all you're doing is moving water from one place to anot...
by Soralin
Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your source?
Replies: 98
Views: 19747

Re: Can you (passively) heat an object hotter than your sour

so being "passively" means that storing the energy is not allowed? what if you first focus the sunlight into a distance a few light-seconds away, then rotate the mirror and make them converge with a newly-focused sunlight? Sending them far away makes them more parallel, but dimmer. Focusi...
by Soralin
Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alternative Calendars
Replies: 46
Views: 9751

Re: Alternative Calendars

Ah, so if we wanted to avoid leap days, we'd need to change the length of every day? That still wouldn't help you with where noon ended up. One year it might be in the middle of the year, and on successive years it might be at sunrise or sunset or the middle of the night. Having it spread out acros...
by Soralin
Fri Dec 06, 2013 3:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Segregation in the name of free speech
Replies: 43
Views: 6937

Re: Segregation in the name of free speech

Maybe it would be considered discrimination though if you told the person they could not speak because they wanted the audience segregated (in a way that is not discriminatory) and that this segregation was due to a sincerely held religious belief, since religious belief is one of their protected c...
by Soralin
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14019
Views: 1916482

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Earth is in Space. Therefore everything on Earth is in Space. Fallacy of division All atoms heavier than helium were at some point, formed by supernovae. The matter ejected ended up in the vast emptiness of space until it became part of the relatively small clump of matter that is dominated by the ...
by Soralin
Sat Nov 30, 2013 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: 3D visual perception
Replies: 40
Views: 6038

Re: 3D visual perception

Or, if we want to set the bar lower, we should at least be able to conceptualize why a 3D projection of a 4D object "rotates" in the way that it does. For example, this means nothing to me: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/55/8-cell-simple.gif I can certainly conceptualize ...
by Soralin
Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Planetary Magnetic Field
Replies: 5
Views: 2069

Re: Planetary Magnetic Field

Don't know about a planet, but I'll take the opportunity to post this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetar A magnetar is a type of neutron star with an extremely powerful magnetic field, the decay of which powers the emission of high-energy electromagnetic radiation, particularly X-rays and gamma...
by Soralin
Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In continuing the trend of moronic peace prize awardings...
Replies: 16
Views: 3534

Re: In continuing the trend of moronic peace prize awardings

He was awarded the prize for the accomplishment of not being George Bush. An impressive accomplishment, considering 2 of the previous 3 presidents were George Bush. But in all seriousness, Obama's peace prize was supposed to commemorate that the US has moved on from its racist past and was making s...
by Soralin
Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Replacing the Moon with a Black Hole
Replies: 29
Views: 8217

Re: Replacing the Moon with a Black Hole

There's an excellent-looking black hole calculator here . But its figures disagree with yours... For a 2000000 metric ton BH it gives a radius of 2.969703e-18 m, a Hawking temperature of 6.136016e+13 kelvin, luminosity of 8.908604e+13 watts, and a lifetime of 21313.06 years. For 1814369 metric tons...
by Soralin
Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Replacing the Moon with a Black Hole
Replies: 29
Views: 8217

Re: Replacing the Moon with a Black Hole

To be stable in vacuum with a background radiation of 2.7K, not to be stable in warm solid matter. The rate of mass accretion will of course be much higher inside warm solid matter, but the warm solid matter is not going to be sucked into the black hole very easily. Plus, there's going to be a lot ...
by Soralin
Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89782
Views: 6516572

Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

bigglesworth wrote:
SlyReaper wrote:Antimatter weapons are fine though, right? Or weapons that open a wormhole between the target and the core of a nearby star?
No, all weapons of mass destruction are banned.

Go with grey goo - weapon of mass construction.
by Soralin
Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Violent Bible Bedtime Stories
Replies: 501
Views: 85465

Re: Violent Bible Bedtime Stories

LaserGuy wrote:
davidstarlingm wrote:
LaserGuy wrote:The Odinani faith is monotheistic, and predates Judaism AFAIK. Some variations of Hinduism are also monotheistic.


Not sure why Odinani is considered monotheistic; they're polytheists with a transcendent head deity.


So are Catholics.

Or Christians in general (angels, with a head deity).
by Soralin
Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13198
Views: 1243116

Re: Today I Learned

learsfool wrote:Seriously, nature is all kinds of awesomely screwed up.

Cordyceps. :shock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuKjBIBBAL8
by Soralin
Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Deconstructing....a hymn
Replies: 8
Views: 3236

Re: Deconstructing....a hymn

Don't forget compression. Ask all of the world's religious people to write of their love of god for 75 years, and I have a feeling you're going to end up with a lot of repetition. A good compression algorithm could reduce the amount of data needed dramatically. The song's implication is that "...
by Soralin
Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Deconstructing....a hymn
Replies: 8
Views: 3236

Re: Deconstructing....a hymn

Using 10 pt font with a 3/5 width to height ratio; 10pts x (1 inch/72 pts) x (25.4mm /1 inch) x (1m/1000mm) x (1km/1000m) = 3.53e-6km font height Area of each character = (3/5)*height 2 =7.48e-12km 2 ; The sky could be covered with 7e19 characters; Using 4 byte Unicode, I get 2.8e20 bytes. Around 2...
by Soralin
Thu Aug 15, 2013 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Moon falling
Replies: 19
Views: 6742

Re: Moon falling

With reference to the "edge of the moon's gravity", traditional physics suggests there isn't one, but I'm guessing that the accelerating expansion of spacetime means there's a "horizon" where a dropped object would never hit the surface even as time tends toward infinity? Or am ...
by Soralin
Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: There is only one* model consistent with CPT Symmetry
Replies: 129
Views: 34816

Re: There is only one* model consistent with CPT Symmetry

i) A binary object b is an object that has precisely two states. All binary objects are equivalent. (this can be taken as an axiom - although it can also be derived from set theory) ii) The set {b, b, b} is equivalent to all other sets {b, b, b} iii) C, P and T are each observed to have two possibl...
by Soralin
Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Moon falling
Replies: 19
Views: 6742

Re: Moon falling

In that case, the back of my envelope suggests you'd hit at 4,000mps, or about 9,000mph. That's crater material. That seems...very wrong. A quick google search lists Baumgartner's top speed as 843.6 mph (1,357.64 km/h) during his jump. I don't know much about moon physics, but I would expect a smal...
by Soralin
Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 163035

Re: Citizen's Wage

True, one can be a "robber baron" either using private or public means or...as is very common historically, some mix of both to obtain every advantage possible. I'd go further - without using State Power to trample the competition, offload the costs of negative externalities, and profit f...
by Soralin
Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 163035

Re: Citizen's Wage

Sure, you can tax the rich, but who invests when they know their returns will be redistributed? Everyone who invests now: namely, anyone who has money, and wants more of it. Remember, taxes only apply to profits, not returns, and not just profits on any individual investment, a loss on one investme...
by Soralin
Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1369
Views: 272541

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

The Children of the Night animation is finally complete. :)
by Soralin
Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 505297

Re: Religion: The Deuce

So, just to clarify. When you said 'The Bible clearly states that slavery is not part of a morally perfect path', what you actually meant was 'The Bible does not clearly state that slavery is not part of a morally perfect path'? Here, I'll make this easy for you: Quote me one piece of scripture in ...
by Soralin
Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Extracting energy from a permanent magnet
Replies: 66
Views: 39817

Re: Extracting energy from a permanent magnet

I am not a scientist but I have made a number of physical and thought experiments involving permanent magnets. I think of a permanent magnet‘s magnetic field as an active force as opposed to a stable, inactive force This is where you go wrong. A magnetic field, like a gravitational field, is, in yo...
by Soralin
Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is there a way to time-lock an actual, physical gift box?
Replies: 12
Views: 4655

Re: Is there a way to time-lock an actual, physical gift box

As a practical concern, if they're going to be on another continent, airport security may potentially have a problem with a sealed package with contents unknown by the person carrying it. Especially if it happens to be ticking and counting down. :)
by Soralin
Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89782
Views: 6516572

Re: unhatched fishes and turtle excluding devices

roband wrote:Not sure where to ask this, so here will do:

Is it possible that I could see Saturn in the sky, on Sunday night from England?

As far as I could tell, with Google's Sky Map app, it couldn't have been anything else, but I'm skeptical.

Cheers.

Yes:

http://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/Solar
by Soralin
Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Volkswagen XL1: experimental car supposedly gets 262 mpg
Replies: 8
Views: 3133

Re: Volkswagen XL1: experimental car supposedly gets 262 mpg

Part of that seems to be from mpg ratings that include a charged battery, The XL1 has a 27-hp electric battery, which can propel it about 31 miles on its own, up to 62 mph. It can fully recharge, Volkswagen says, in an hour and a half. The maximum speed overall, using the full hybrid drivetrain, is ...
by Soralin
Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Living inside of a dyson shell
Replies: 21
Views: 6102

Re: Living inside of a dyson shell

Why would spinning them help? it would mean there is artificial gravity around it, without relying on unobtanium or making the sphere so massive that it has a strong enough gravity. Being massive won't help you, as far as gravity on the inside goes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_theorem In cla...
by Soralin
Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 505297

Re: Religion: The Deuce

If everyone followed the 10 commandments, this planet would actually be a pretty nice place. That's not bad for a 3000 year old text. Not necessarily. A totalitarian theocracy that imposed horrible arbitrary rules on everyone, and did horrible things to them, where people died all the time from dis...
by Soralin
Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: An altrenative rocket technology idea
Replies: 24
Views: 10005

Re: An altrenative rocket technology idea

Acceleration might be a bit of a problem. Orbital speed for low Earth orbit is about 7.8km/s, about mach 23 or so. 0 to 7.8 km/s over a distance of 50km, given constant acceleration, is about 62g's over 12.8s That seems like it would be rather lethal for any human cargo. Not to mention the air resis...
by Soralin
Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Minority Veto
Replies: 41
Views: 10574

Re: Minority Veto

Personally I believe all bills should require support from the opposition to pass. In Canada when we elect a minority government, meaning that they have the most seats in parliament but do not control enough votes to pass bills without support from other parties it requires a certain amount of cons...
by Soralin
Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: So why can't we bulk produce space probes?
Replies: 25
Views: 8505

Re: So why can't we bulk produce space probes?

Au Contraire. There is plenty of reasons to send probes to other locations. Mars is a big place. This is the very reason why Spirit and Opportunity took such long journeys over the surface of Mars, as it gave them a greater range of places to study. There will always be more of Mars to explore. And...
by Soralin
Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.
Replies: 422
Views: 141349

Re: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.

Seems the creator of Syndicate Wars is making a spiritual successor with Satellite Reign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/5livesstudios/satellite-reign Satellite Reign is a real-time, class-based strategy game. You control a team of four agents, each with distinct and unique abilities, collectiv...
by Soralin
Sat Jun 29, 2013 6:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Supreme Court Neuters the Voter Rights Act
Replies: 99
Views: 12522

Re: The Supreme Court Neuters the Voter Rights Act

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:Here is the actual opinion.

And the dissent

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