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by Godskalken
Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Extraterrestial life found?
Replies: 20
Views: 2689

Re: Extraterrestial life found?

The debunking forgot to notice that the author of the paper (Chandra Wickramasinghe, who allegedly thinks everything is from space), is also the "Executive Editor, Astrobiology" of the journal of cosmology. Is there really no (unwritten) rule about not publishing in your own journal? While...
by Godskalken
Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actual (Association) Football Talk.
Replies: 1114
Views: 190048

Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

Did you see that ludicrous display last night? The thing about Arsenal is, they always try and walk it in.
by Godskalken
Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Putin's United Russia Barely Wins Duma Majority
Replies: 40
Views: 5996

Re: Putin's United Russia Fails to Win Duma Majority

They didn't lose the majority. After 99.9% of ballots have been counted, they have 53% of the seats. They got under 50% of the votes, but many of those votes are for parties too small to get in. Someone should change the headline. One source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/06/world/europe/russian-pa...
by Godskalken
Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Atheists may as well be rapists
Replies: 118
Views: 10540

Re: Atheists may as well be rapists

Much of the problem is probably not skepticism towards non-believers, but a misunderstanding of the word atheism. Look at Radical_Inititator's post: And while I don't consider myself an atheist, I suppose one might classify me in the weak atheism camp (or strong agnostic - I cannot claim knowledge o...
by Godskalken
Tue Jul 19, 2011 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Spotify is in the US
Replies: 10
Views: 4996

Spotify is in the US

http://venturebeat.com/2011/07/14/spotify-launches-in-u-s-users-can-wait-for-invite-or-pay-to-get-inside/ Spotify pretty much revolutionized the way we listen to music in the few European countries it has been released so far. Although, by now there are plenty of subscription-based streaming music s...
by Godskalken
Sat Jan 08, 2011 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Psychologist Publishes Paper on ESP
Replies: 29
Views: 3411

Re: Psychologist Publishes Paper on ESP

gmalivuk wrote:
I assure you that papers just as absurd have gotten into Physics journals.
Such as?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogdanov_Affair
by Godskalken
Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: mysterious force slows pioneer spacecraft
Replies: 60
Views: 5099

Re: mysterious force slows pioneer spacecraft

You guys are joking about this being due to an intervention by some god, but this is argument is in fact taken very seriously by some people. The people at conservapedia, who believe that all science must be flawed since it comes out of conspiring left-wing scientists (all scientists are leftist, by...
by Godskalken
Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Russian Scientist Claims To Have Anti-Aging Drug
Replies: 34
Views: 4851

Re: Russian Scientist Claims To Have Anti-Aging Drug

Anti aging drugs scare me. Think of the ethical consequences. People will have to use drugs just to have a "normal" life. Poor people will die, while rich people live "forever". Populations explode. Authorities will have to control procreation, you'll have to apply to have kids. ...
by Godskalken
Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radioactive decay rates not constant
Replies: 42
Views: 6156

Re: Radioactive decay rates not constant

Carbon dating is bunk. No, this wouldn't result in that, at all, what it would say is that it's less accurate. But it's already far less precise than the variation in accuracy that this would imply so, no issues. I know it's sometimes hard to discern a joke when it is written, but didn't the pictur...
by Godskalken
Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radioactive decay rates not constant
Replies: 42
Views: 6156

Re: Radioactive decay rates not constant

[..] not Hickville's Technical Institute for the Terminally Inbred. You dare insult my university? Anyway, even if it's the instruments that are messing with their heads, I suppose that would still mean that at least half of "something that can't interact with anything is changing something th...
by Godskalken
Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radioactive decay rates not constant
Replies: 42
Views: 6156

Re: Radioactive decay rates not constant

Carbon dating is bunk.

dinosaur.JPG
The TRUTH
by Godskalken
Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Drinking Water Aids Diets
Replies: 50
Views: 5259

Re: Drinking Water Aids Diets

Tirian wrote:I disagree with the theories in this thread that water makes people feel full so they eat less.


I also thought this sounded strange, since, as far as I'm aware, the perception of fullness is based on blood sugar (serotonin reseptors and stuff), not on the actual fullness of the stomach.
by Godskalken
Mon Aug 30, 2010 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: New poll shows that correlation is causation
Replies: 14
Views: 3430

Re: New poll shows that correlation is causation

But which way does it work? Does lung cancer cause smoking now?
by Godskalken
Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Danes danes danes in in in space space space space
Replies: 18
Views: 2919

Re: Danes danes danes in in in space space space space

but I can't help thinking the tycho brahe was actually a nod to a more famous one....( http://penny-arcade.com ) ;D You take that back! Don't diss Tycho Brahe. This is of course totally cool. If only they weren't launching east of Bornholm I would go to see it. I don't know the more famous one you ...
by Godskalken
Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grönd zero musque ox
Replies: 396
Views: 39131

Re: Ground zero "mosque"

All the 9/11 attackers were men, and yet we keep allowing all that male activity around ground zero. Send all these damn men back to where they came from already! To be fair, the 9/11 attacks were not conducted in the name of men, but in the name of Islam. Maybe the hijackers would agree to that, m...
by Godskalken
Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grönd zero musque ox
Replies: 396
Views: 39131

Re: Ground zero "mosque"

All the 9/11 attackers were men, and yet we keep allowing all that male activity around ground zero.
Send all these damn men back to where they came from already!
by Godskalken
Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIAA wants law to require FM radio in cell phones
Replies: 19
Views: 2803

Re: RIAA wants law to require FM radio in cell phones

I imagine this comes as a result of frustration over the fact that the iPhone doesn't have an FM-radio, although almost all other advanced phones have one. But can there be any doubt that analog radio is going, abeit slowly, the same way analog tv went? And, yeah, I agree with everyone who says FM r...
by Godskalken
Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Paradox of power
Replies: 10
Views: 1582

Re: Paradox of power

Instead of analyzing the strength of the argument, those with authority focus on whether or not the argument confirms what they already believe. If it doesn't, then the facts are conveniently ignored. This is probably part of the reason why there have been so few major contributions to science from...
by Godskalken
Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korea: Trollin' the interwebz
Replies: 13
Views: 2300

Re: North Korea: Trollin' the interwebz

And to think, in twenty years North Korea will have developed rick-roll technology. North Korea is lagging behind the rest of the world in most respects, bot IT is actually not one of those respects (kinda). They're not on the internet, for sure, but they have their own self-developed network - I'm...
by Godskalken
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ted "Tubes to Nowhere" Stevens Died in Plane Crash
Replies: 20
Views: 2367

Re: Ted "Tubes to Nowhere" Stevens Died in Plane Crash

Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day got...an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday. I got it yesterday [Tuesday]. Why? Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the Intern...
by Godskalken
Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: P≠NP
Replies: 69
Views: 10797

Re: P≠NP

If P=NP, that doesn't necessarily mean anything else than that there is an algorithm solving problems now believed to be NP in O(n to the grahams number) time, or something. I can't see that ruining cryptography, or even being very useful (though undoubtedly very interesting) in the foreseeable fut...
by Godskalken
Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: P≠NP
Replies: 69
Views: 10797

Re: P≠NP

If P=NP, that doesn't necessarily mean anything else than that there is an algorithm solving problems now believed to be NP in O(n to the grahams number) time, or something. I can't see that ruining cryptography, or even being very useful (though undoubtedly very interesting) in the foreseeable futu...
by Godskalken
Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Food crisis in Niger
Replies: 78
Views: 6811

Re: Food crisis in Niger

Exactly. My argument is complete now. It's bloody unsustainable. Population control comes in only two flavors - artificial and natural. Whether the "world" helps with the symptoms or not, it doesn't solve the cause one bit. "Let them die", you say? It's incredible what distance ...
by Godskalken
Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A different idea about the Universe
Replies: 33
Views: 4205

Re: A different idea about the Universe

That's not how science works. Even the strangest of ideas gets taken seriously if there's evidence for it. You might be right for this theory, but in general that is waaay to optimistic about science. I feel like many scientists are ignoring the sociological factors involved in the scientific progr...
by Godskalken
Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why aren't we happy?
Replies: 108
Views: 16938

Re: Why aren't we happy?

Science to the rescue! I looked at the list of countries by suicide rate , and thought I saw some interesting trends, so I decided to do some statistics. First, I compared the suicide rate of the countries in the statistics to their GDP per capita (PPP), taken from the first of the lists here . The ...
by Godskalken
Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 67387

Re: "One Two" Discussion

Everybody, now, calm down, and realize that the alt text is ironic - in fact, it is an attack on narrowminded science-majors. Scientists who have interests in more than their own narrow field (such as Randall) realize that all subjects are valuable and graduating takes skill no matter in which subje...
by Godskalken
Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Psychic" octopus makes world cup predictions.
Replies: 45
Views: 5845

Re: "Psychic" octopus makes world cup predictions.

Spain wins, Paul wins. Psychic abilities are now proved, and the lies of scientists all over the world have been exposed. Every university will be closed down, and replaced by zoos.
by Godskalken
Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intel's Black Box for cars
Replies: 71
Views: 7020

Re: Intel's Black Box for cars

The "obvious" concern to me would be privacy. Someone somewhere will now know where everyone's car has been at any given time, and surely this information can be misused. Maybe it's unfashionable to be paranoid about us approaching 1984, since there's no way of stopping it anyway.
by Godskalken
Mon Jul 05, 2010 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Rational Optimist
Replies: 28
Views: 3514

Re: The Rational Optimist

Somehow, my first thought on reading this was: Caged animals typically live two to five times longer than their wild counterparts.
by Godskalken
Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Meat should not eat meat.
Replies: 170
Views: 13610

Re: Meat should not eat meat.

The "meat should not eat meat" tag is completely off target. I agree that this is a disgusting practice, but for the reason that noone should ever engage in activities that encourage poaching.
by Godskalken
Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Simple piece of algebra
Replies: 7
Views: 1147

Re: Simple piece of algebra

Can you solve cos(x)=2 for (real) x? f(x)=exp(i*x) is a periodic function of x, so your equation either has infinitely many solutions, or no solutions. Other than that, your intractable solution probably would give the unique solution for -\pi<x,y\leq\pi , or something, if there exists a solution. I...
by Godskalken
Tue May 25, 2010 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Godel's Incompletness Theorem
Replies: 9
Views: 1794

Re: Godel's Incompletness Theorem

It is a dangerous thing to try and debunk all of formal logic before you know the first thing about it. Ok, let G be the statement "There doesn't exist an odd perfect number". Then G is of course either true or false. But G is not the statement "true or false". The statement &quo...
by Godskalken
Tue May 25, 2010 10:10 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Convolving two images
Replies: 3
Views: 777

Re: Convolving two images

Check the documentation for the FFT routine you are using. The FFT may or may not have a scaling factor of 1/sqrt(N) (or 1/sqrt(NM) for 2D). The IFFT will usually reflect this by scaling by either 1/NM (if no scaling in FFT) or by 1/sqrt(NM). However, in some implementations you have to do the latte...
by Godskalken
Tue May 25, 2010 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Godel's Incompletness Theorem
Replies: 9
Views: 1794

Re: Godel's Incompletness Theorem

You might like this site:
http://www.timecube.com

/troll
by Godskalken
Sun May 23, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Expected value of a function
Replies: 4
Views: 1029

Re: Expected value of a function

Suppose that X has a distribution with mean \mu and standard deviation \sigma . Let a random variable Y be defined as Y=g(X) where g(\cdot) is a continuous function. Show that \mbox{E}(Y)\approx g(\mu) + \frac{1}{2}g''(\mu)\sigma^2 and obtain an appro...
by Godskalken
Sat May 22, 2010 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK Torture Inquiry
Replies: 10
Views: 1533

Re: UK Torture Inquiry

Who's motto is this, Dexter? The Punisher? It can pretty much be be applied to any vigilante. There's this cool new website that answers questions like that. In this case, that quote is so disgusting that it should be attributed to the proper owner, so everyone may know - you cannot just assume tha...
by Godskalken
Sat May 22, 2010 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Not as easy as 1 2 3
Replies: 56
Views: 13614

Re: Not as easy as 1 2 3

If I draw N (your number) points on a piece of paper, can you draw a straight line between them? This and many of the answers here rely on you thinking or doing something randomly or unknown. I'm guessing the answer he wants is something along "is conjecture x true for your number&...
by Godskalken
Fri May 21, 2010 5:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australia would like to see your porn collection
Replies: 56
Views: 7386

Re: Australia would like to see your porn collection

I dare them to crack my truecrypt volume! http://xkcd.com/538/ Also, there's usually a difference in the customs on how much of a product you can bring in without it being considered import, set at an amount that is considered small enough for personal use. I wonder how many gigs of porn you need t...
by Godskalken
Sun May 16, 2010 7:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: D-Drive - (nearly)Infinite gear transmission
Replies: 36
Views: 5702

Re: D-Drive - (nearly)Infinite gear transmission

Ok, I it turns out that the prius type thing is actually quite common, it's called planetary or epicyclic gearing and can be used in different ways depending on where you have your input and output (there are three possibilities, the outer, inner or center wheels). For the prius, the input is given ...
by Godskalken
Sat May 15, 2010 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 7zip Matryoshka
Replies: 164
Views: 25288

Re: 7zip Matryoshka

I sank through the floor when I got number 5. I'm on 9, time to do something else now : x Now go back and look at your previous quote regarding number 5, and see how hilarious that is. Number 7 (mp3 file): The song is "The thing that should not be" by Metallica, although the password ...

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