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by alexh123456789
Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rand Paul Filibusters for Real
Replies: 81
Views: 7310

Re: Rand Paul Filibusters for Real

Coercive? So what are they threatened with? Death? Torture? Accidents to immediate family? Yes. I think I can speak for all libertarians when I say that a company should not legally be able to threaten to kill or injure one's family for not signing a contract. The crux of the issue is that libertar...
by alexh123456789
Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 232114

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

I saw someone push a pipette (one of the fixed size ones) through the bottom of a beaker. Sodium hydroxide (weak) slowly leaked all over the table before they figured out what had happened. It was weeeeeeird, a tiny little hole at the bottom of the beaker, and the pipette seemed fine. I wouldn't ev...
by alexh123456789
Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Evolution happening within our lifetimes.
Replies: 109
Views: 12494

Re: Evolution happening within our lifetimes.

This is where I've argued with my (admittedly lower school) teachers when I was young. If the theories and facts of evolution requires subsequent generations , then the examples given require subsequent generations. Is that right? If Peppered moths and Finches show variation within a single generat...
by alexh123456789
Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Robert Fitzroy
Replies: 59
Views: 5571

Re: Robert Fitzroy

Your universe of math example actually neatly demonstrates that. Does the inverse of 0 exist in the universe of math? Yes. the inverse of 0 is 0 (in the group of integers). mind doesn't do the trick. it's woefully parochial. stick with hermitian operators. I'm just guessing, but I'd guess that by m...
by alexh123456789
Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Most-Racial America
Replies: 78
Views: 15893

Re: Most-Racial America

Also, it's rather nauseating to see people play the "play the race card" card. It's even worse to see people play the "play the 'play the race card"" card. Back on topic... Do you have any evidence/anecdotes to suggest that republicans hate Rice any more than they hate ever...
by alexh123456789
Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wal-Mart has police remove congressman-elect from store for:
Replies: 175
Views: 20609

Re: Wal-Mart has police remove congressman-elect from store

All this talk of producing value and producing wealth assumes that the only thing a human being can contribute to society is pure economic production. That assumption is horseshit. ? There are people whose job it is (meaning they are paid money to do this specific thing) to assist those who are for...
by alexh123456789
Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wal-Mart has police remove congressman-elect from store for:
Replies: 175
Views: 20609

Re: Wal-Mart has police remove congressman-elect from store

1) No one is saying the entire economy will collapse, just the big box stores, hurting the people who use or work at them. You realise that there's no shortage of budget big box stores in other countries right?Even countries with a living wage? Wages are not their whole expense. Raise the minimum w...
by alexh123456789
Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Local Detroit Politicians Call for Federal Bailout
Replies: 33
Views: 4158

Re: Local Detroit Politicians Call for Federal Bailout

We lambast a guy for suggesting people vote based of 'gifts' they might get...but obviously of course they do...would it not be insane not to? You vote for people who will make your situation better and help your interests, why wouldn't you? Principles maybe? Is it that much of a stretch to believe...
by alexh123456789
Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Evolution happening within our lifetimes.
Replies: 109
Views: 12494

Re: Evolution happening within our lifetimes.

Well, if they have the wrong assumptions, then the place to start is to correct those assumptions. Really "species" just comes down to this: two organisms that are sufficiently genetically different that they're unable to interbreed. That's it. Speciation is just when evolved differences ...
by alexh123456789
Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wal-Mart has police remove congressman-elect from store for:
Replies: 175
Views: 20609

Re: Wal-Mart has police remove congressman-elect from store

No one has offered any evidence that if foodstamps were to be eliminated, wages would rise. Given that we as a society have decided not to let anyone starve, “eliminate food stamps entirely” is not an option. Viable alternatives to the current system include “eliminate food stamps for working peopl...
by alexh123456789
Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1141: "Two Years"
Replies: 268
Views: 69451

Re: 1141:"Two Years"

Congratulations, that's great to hear.
by alexh123456789
Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Micro-organism maintains genetic diversity by eating DNA
Replies: 3
Views: 2421

Re: Micro-organism maintains genetic diversity by eating DNA

http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/11/bdelloids-surviving-on-borrowed-.html I wonder if this sort of behaviour could be viable on a macroscopic scale? Hmm you could have an organism that say, produced viruses in their saliva and reabsorbed the viruses after letting them grab genomic DNA fro...
by alexh123456789
Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Electronic voting machine 'Miscalibrated'
Replies: 22
Views: 4365

Re: Electronic voting machine 'Miscalibrated'

I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest Hanlon's razor. It very likely was miscalibrated, or there's a scratch on the screen, or something. But that volunteer's response was deplorable. If the machine is error prone, shut it down. well, a miscalibrated touch screen usually results in your to...
by alexh123456789
Sat Sep 29, 2012 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1114: "Metallurgy"
Replies: 138
Views: 30021

Re: 1114: "Metallurgy"

Yes, they did put in a few clunkers, but you can't expect a Wikipedia article to be perfect. DU is only about 60% as radioactive as normal uranium, and so if you have a tiny bit of DU dust in your lung it might take years before it gives you lung cancer. You might likely die of something else first...
by alexh123456789
Thu Sep 27, 2012 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians
Replies: 72
Views: 12935

Re: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians

While I don't disagree with you, 10% of the US defence-related expenditure for 2012 still equates to about $142billion. I'm not foolish enough to suggest this would pay for free healthcare for all; it would just about pay for the UK's healthcare bill for the NHS($162 billion), but it could pay for ...
by alexh123456789
Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians
Replies: 72
Views: 12935

Re: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians

Well, the president is the commander in chief of the armed forces, so for stuff like this it's not congress pushing responsibility onto the president, but part of his job description. No, you are misinformed, this isn't an office job where everyone has set duties. The government is suppose to consi...
by alexh123456789
Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians
Replies: 72
Views: 12935

Re: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians

Apparently anyone at a terrorist's funeral is a terrorist as well. Who knew? "I personally approve the majority of drone strikes, trust me. I know what I'm doing" Obama paraphrased. Maybe in a couple decades, congress will man up and take some responsibility instead of pushing it all onto...
by alexh123456789
Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tech Industry's Dirty Little Secret
Replies: 74
Views: 12039

Re: Tech Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Kinda like a car that uses a thousand horsepower to go to the store. It is a bit analogous, most cars can go from 0-60 in a relatively short amount of time, but for the vast majority of the time don't actually use that capacity. Just think, when was the last time you had to floor the pedal? In the ...
by alexh123456789
Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about a Dyson Sphere
Replies: 19
Views: 4331

Re: Question about a Dyson Sphere

No. Stellar winds are emitted essentially isotropically, and the pressure they exert is absolutely tiny compared to gravitational or really just about any other effects. As mathmannix noted, you can't hold the star in the center gravitationally, because the star can move anywhere it wants to inside...
by alexh123456789
Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about a Dyson Sphere
Replies: 19
Views: 4331

Re: Question about a Dyson Sphere

According to the wikipedia articles on Dyson sphere and Shell theorem, a dyson sphere (or dyson shell), if a complete ball, would have no gravitational relationship with the sun in its center, and so would most likely drift so that the sun would eventually hit the side. This would be a disaster (un...
by alexh123456789
Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Security at the 9/11 WTC memorial
Replies: 18
Views: 4537

Re: Security at the 9/11 WTC memorial

Honestly, if somebody has enough explosives to damage the memorial (which looks like basically a concrete slab with a hole in the middle, if I'm looking at Google images correctly), I'd rather they set them up at the memorial than almost any other place in the city. Sure it'd be demoralizing, but to...
by alexh123456789
Sat Sep 08, 2012 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Life on Venus
Replies: 14
Views: 4333

Re: Life on Venus

These people didn't find any mysteries in calculating the chemical equilibrium of Venus's atmosphere. http://yly-mac.gps.caltech.edu/Venus/FegleyVenus/N18FegleyIcarus97.pdf I think this is the source for the statistic he was talking about in the original post, if you skip to the summary it says, At...
by alexh123456789
Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tasmania tobacco ban for anyone born after 2000
Replies: 42
Views: 8106

Re: Tasmania tobacco ban for anyone born after 2000

You are taking the complete wrong thing from what I'm saying, I'm saying let them have the choice, but make choosing to smoke difficult, not impossible. I'm not saying send kids who smoke under-age go to jail, I'm saying make it hard for them to access tobacco, so they can't start smoking as an imp...
by alexh123456789
Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: FDA tobacco warning law struck down by appellate court
Replies: 56
Views: 61656

Re: FDA tobacco warning law struck down by appellate court

It's quite possible that the data either did not exist, or was pretty inconclusive. Hell, even incompetence is probably more likely than some conspiracy with the tobacco corps. No, what happened is that their data was all about how much the advertising raised awareness (which it does) and completel...
by alexh123456789
Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Probably Stupid: Reversing Entropy
Replies: 33
Views: 18561

Re: Probably Stupid: Reversing Entropy

From wikipedia, a lower bound for the heat death of the universe is 10^100 years (the time for a galaxy sized black hole to decay due to hawking radiation). Even at this lower bound, it's an unimaginably long time. If we take the total number of people to have ever lived to be 108 billion, and the a...
by alexh123456789
Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Selecting desired genetic traits should be parent's choice
Replies: 52
Views: 11164

Re: Selecting desired genetic traits should be parent's choi

To be honest, iirc the movie was a character piece, it didn't go out to say that Ethan Hawke and Jude Law's characters were in the right, the idea was that Ethan Hawke's character should have been at least given the chance to try out for the mission, rather than be dismissed simply for his Invalid ...
by alexh123456789
Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Mississippi county runs 'school-to-prison pipeline'"
Replies: 43
Views: 7188

Re: "Mississippi county runs 'school-to-prison pipeline'"

Edit: I've added my own emphasis. It emphasizes what I believe are the core details of the story rather than the fluff around it. I think the fact that this disproportionately affects youth of color is pretty integral to the story, and not "fluff". Especially considering the massive natio...
by alexh123456789
Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 232114

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

Worst has to be the day someone put hydrochloric acid in an unlabeled, plastic water bottle as a "joke" (the "what he thought was H2O was H2SO4" rhyme). Holy cow. What happened? That would be worthy of expulsion in some circles, I think. I could see that leading to criminal pros...
by alexh123456789
Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: specific heat capacity of degenerate electron gas
Replies: 8
Views: 4636

Re: specific heat capacity of degenerate electron gas

starslayer wrote: mu the mean molecular weight of the ions (for a pure carbon white dwarf, this is 6).


Why is the mean molecular weight 6? Is this just the average between a carbon (12) and an electron (0) or is there something else to it (as you can tell, I don't know much about white dwarfs).
by alexh123456789
Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: specific heat capacity of degenerate electron gas
Replies: 8
Views: 4636

Re: specific heat capacity of degenerate electron gas

ℏ is actually reduced planks constant (planks constant, h, divided by 2pi). As for that (de/dp)^-1 (sorry, don't know LaTeX), I've heard some of those words before, but I have no idea how you'd actually go about calculating it.
by alexh123456789
Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wells Fargo Screws Customers, Denies Wrongdoing
Replies: 25
Views: 5558

Re: Wells Fargo Screws Customers, Denies Wrongdoing

The way Iceman says that it's obvious how the security was intended to work, along with the detailing of all the risks, and payouts is very similar to how malware Terms of Service/EULA were written. If anyone were to read Gator's EULA, distributed by Claria; you would realize immediately that it wa...
by alexh123456789
Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Privatized Public "Education" in Louisiana
Replies: 113
Views: 12806

Re: Privatized Public "Education" in Louisiana

Gay people "have no more claims to special rights than child molesters or rapists."—Teacher's Resource Guide to Current Events for Christian Schools, 1998-1999, Bob Jones University Press, 1998 While the way they put this sounds awful, it is technically true; gay people have no claim to s...
by alexh123456789
Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NC: Pittance too much for Eugenics victims
Replies: 47
Views: 9125

Re: NC: Pittance too much for Eugenics victims

Forced sterilization is very very bad. Where it targets specific groups (as in this case) it quickly becomes genocide. I'm really amazed that this was considered legal post-Hitler and that surviving victims can't simply sue for damages . That said, if the legality of the program is affirmed, then t...
by alexh123456789
Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaughter
Replies: 80
Views: 12776

Re: "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" - Anne-Marie Slaught

i mean i can tell you that my (all-girls) school flat out told us that it was our responsibility as women to put our family first, and we were selfish irresponsible human beings if we put our careers before our kids. you know, when we were 12. or 13. it would be kind of hard to be raised with those...
by alexh123456789
Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama invokes Exec. Privilege on Fast and Furious documents
Replies: 39
Views: 6918

Re: Obama invokes Exec. Privilege on Fast and Furious docume

Issa doesn't care about "Fast and Furious" in particular. He's looking to score political points or gin up enough of a controversy that he feels like he can build support for impeachment. OK, but is this not expected? Politicians have always acted in self interest. We have enough people o...
by alexh123456789
Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Feminist attacked by 4chan, guy responds
Replies: 94
Views: 14720

Re: Feminist attacked by 4chan, guy responds

I think the advice to ignore it because it's trolling come from the idea that these people don't actually agree with what they're saying, and are only typing those things in order to get an emotional response (hence the saying "don't feed the trolls"). In this case, ignoring them seems to ...
by alexh123456789
Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement
Replies: 145
Views: 16340

Re: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement

It's circular for the reason I stated - the argument relies on itself for its weight. If there is no Horribly Bad Result from losing a culture (you keep assuming things like landscape being destroyed, everyone losing jobs), then your argument falls apart. Your reasoning relies on your conclusion. I...
by alexh123456789
Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement
Replies: 145
Views: 16340

Re: The Green Washing of Local Food Movement

another benefit of buying local does not have anything to do with the environment really, but, a lot of corporate farming is nearly just as terrible for its workers as it is for farmed animals. saying that i may as well give my money to the farmer in chile instead of the farmer in my town is all we...
by alexh123456789
Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine Corps opens combat school to women [Trigger warning]
Replies: 138
Views: 49620

Re: Marine Corps opens combat school in Quantico, Va. to wom

Socially conditioned responses are presumably easier to condition people out of. And the military is VERY good at conditioning. Responses like, say, certain hormone levels changing differently when the friend who is screaming in agony and bleeding to death next to you is a woman instead of a man, c...
by alexh123456789
Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 232114

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

Lab had a large glass container (~4L) of concentrated sulfuric acid under the hood, with a glass stopper on the top. My neighbor was having trouble getting the glass stopper out, so he decides to hit the side of the lid to loosen it up, and of course knocks the top right off, spilling sulfuric acid ...

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