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by Sockmonkey
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why haven't any animals evolved wheels?
Replies: 22
Views: 4206

Re: Why haven't any animals evolved wheels?

Wheels made of living tissue would have the problem of needing rotating seals for the blood supply.
by Sockmonkey
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Aerogel
Replies: 28
Views: 8025

Re: Aerogel

Assuming that an aerogel can withstand 15 psi without crushing, you could actually do the "vacuum blimp" concept by making a thin shell of aerogel covered with mylar.
by Sockmonkey
Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name of
Replies: 747
Views: 229692

Re: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name

I've been looking for this for years. It turns out that I've had it on my hd for at least a year now! I came upon your post after remember this scene on a whim. Fast-fowarding to the ending, I see the scene played out where the hero takes a nasty cut on his back from a shadow creature. The movie ap...
by Sockmonkey
Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: My own avian learning experiment
Replies: 12
Views: 3775

Re: My own avian learning experiment

IIRC they sell little robotics kits and things like that in toy stores that can be set up for bluetooth. You may even try out little animations of things on the screen to get certain concepts across better. Like a little cartoon of what will happen if that spot on the screen is poked. Maybe even try...
by Sockmonkey
Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Landing rockets upright is unnecessary?
Replies: 61
Views: 9644

Re: Landing rockets upright is unnecessary?

I think what some people are suggesting is essentially a scramjet/ramjet where the flame-holder is a rocket engine that provides the initial startup thrust to get it up to ramjet operational speeds then throttles back as the ramjet portion starts providing more thrust.
by Sockmonkey
Fri Oct 30, 2015 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 98461

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

If the ads weren't so aggravating in the form of auto-playing video clips and other crap, I wouldn't block them.
The only reliable way to get the message to the idiots who make the dumb things is to render them ineffective via blocking them.
by Sockmonkey
Sat Feb 07, 2015 3:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [WARNING: OPINION WITHIN] Black captain america, female thor
Replies: 124
Views: 22453

Re: [WARNING: OPINION WITHIN] Black captain america, female

You know... Wonder Woman was supposed to have come from Greece. The fact that she wore Red / White / Blue with Stars and is basically a Cowgirl with a Lasso never really makes sense. I like the Greco-Roman Wonder Woman idea. Granted... she looks a lot like Xena and probably will go in that directio...
by Sockmonkey
Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speculative biology -- the affairs of dragons
Replies: 33
Views: 9064

Re: Speculative biology -- the affairs of dragons

Yep, plus you would still have the issue of the legs being dead weight during flight. Ideally you want as much of your muscle as possible doing double duty for both flight and walking like this bugger.
http://i738.photobucket.com/albums/xx30 ... 4466cc.gif
by Sockmonkey
Thu Aug 07, 2014 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speculative biology -- the affairs of dragons
Replies: 33
Views: 9064

Re: Speculative biology -- the affairs of dragons

Four limbs plus flapping wings means your critter will be carrying a good deal of dead weight in flight. Pterosaurs saved a crapload of weight by having their wings do double duty as the main weight-bearing limbs on the ground. That let them get away with having much smaller and less muscled hind li...
by Sockmonkey
Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: LED farm 100-fold more awesomer than farmland
Replies: 91
Views: 13968

Re: LED farm 100-fold more awesomer than farmland

The low water usage makes me think of using this in countries with a lot of desert. As such places tend to be quite sunny most of the time, outside sunlight could be gathered and directed to the nooks and crannies of a hydroponics building using a passive fiber-optic setup. A single large light coul...
by Sockmonkey
Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about antimatter
Replies: 9
Views: 2198

Question about antimatter

Is it possible to construct an atom out of both matter and antimatter?
As in using antiprotons and antineutrons in the nucleus but standard electrons for the orbital shells since particles only react with their specific antiparticle?
by Sockmonkey
Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Corporations now have religious freedom
Replies: 102
Views: 18906

Re: US Corporations now have religious freedom

It should be worth mentioning, I believe, that the Supreme Court restricted this ruling to companies where ownership was basically an individual/family, whereas a big corporation controlled by a number of different individuals couldn't qualify for the same. It's not limited to family-owned companie...
by Sockmonkey
Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Predator vision
Replies: 13
Views: 3402

Predator vision

So, who wants infrared contact lenses?
http://phys.org/news/2014-03-thermal-vi ... -span.html
http://gizmodo.com/graphene-could-give- ... 1545466030
Carbon is the Mary Sue of elements.
by Sockmonkey
Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Destroy all ivory?
Replies: 42
Views: 7472

Re: Destroy all ivory?

What about flooding the market with fake rhino horn? AFAIK there's nothing special about it's composition that readilly differentiates it from say, ground-up cow horn.
by Sockmonkey
Fri Jan 03, 2014 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Size limits of a hollow planet.
Replies: 11
Views: 2891

Re: Size limits of a hollow planet.

So, with the ability to hold an atmosphere we can make the interior livable without worrying about leaks and the inside would be an awesome null-G place to do cool stuff.
by Sockmonkey
Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Size limits of a hollow planet.
Replies: 11
Views: 2891

Re: Size limits of a hollow planet.

Yep, I'm thinking in terms of a construct. How high could you have the gravity before it started to sag? Lunar gravity? I know that if the diameter is big enough, being hollow means that a lot of the mass will be far enough away from the rest of the mass that opposite sides of the planet won't pull ...
by Sockmonkey
Mon Dec 30, 2013 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Size limits of a hollow planet.
Replies: 11
Views: 2891

Size limits of a hollow planet.

In theory, if one were to construct a hollow iron sphere with the goal of making a planetoid with a surface gravity as close to one Gee as possible, how large and massive could you make it before it collapsed?
by Sockmonkey
Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Electric guns
Replies: 30
Views: 7637

Re: Electric guns

Don't forget that the combustible gas needs something to combust with, like oxygen. This would mean your gun needs a second container, or that it needs to be air-breathing which introduces many of the issues that IC engines have, like ingesting crud. The guns on ships can get big enough that the str...
by Sockmonkey
Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA: Take two.
Replies: 1
Views: 934

SOPA: Take two.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the ... art-of-it/

So far it's mostly in the beginning stages, but still...
by Sockmonkey
Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Tidally-locked planet and moon
Replies: 4
Views: 3330

Re: Tidally-locked planet and moon

Also, could you build a bridge (or run a cable) between two tidally-locked bodies, like Pluto and Charon? Or would that somehow collapse the system, like how if you built a true dysonsphere it would drift into the sun? A Dyson sphere will drift into the star it's around because there is no net forc...
by Sockmonkey
Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Living in a earth-like moon orbiting a planet
Replies: 58
Views: 23088

Re: Living in a earth-like moon orbiting a planet

With the heating and cooling being so regular yet so circumscribed, what would that mean for wind patterns?
I can imagine making use of such daily shifts in sailing vessles, assuming the place has sufficient water for any sapients to do so.
by Sockmonkey
Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Company Using Sex Offender Registries For Extortion
Replies: 43
Views: 13527

Re: Company Using Sex Offender Registries For Extortion

This just needs to be said more often. People's emotional response leaps so very far ahead of their rationality on this topic, and the result is harmful to society. Lifetime punishment for public urination (or for leaving your blinds open, or making out in your car as teens, or cetera) is insanely ...
by Sockmonkey
Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrists
Replies: 240
Views: 79842

Re: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrist

The hypocracy can be summed up thusly.
If the "limited" info they gather couldn't be used to find things out they wouldn't bother gathering it in the first place.
by Sockmonkey
Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrists
Replies: 240
Views: 79842

Re: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrist

I'm less concerned with the NSA having this data than I am in various political groups and corporations getting a hold of it.
by Sockmonkey
Thu May 23, 2013 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name of
Replies: 747
Views: 229692

Re: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name

Ok, this was one of your animated sword-and sorcery movies from the 70's or 80s. All I can remember is that it had a young hero main character and his companions which were a faun-type magical critter who could shapeshift and a gnome/dwarf/halfling type thing. (possibly two of them) The big bad was ...
by Sockmonkey
Sun May 05, 2013 4:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 300+ GB/s DDOS attack against Spamhaus: Largest Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 6694

Re: 300+ GB/s DDOS attack against Spamhaus: Largest Ever

They can go after anyone committing a crime, just that you can't sue the business for the actions of an employee unless it was part of a 'normal course of business'. For example, if a Domino's delivery driver got out of his car to cap a punk-ass bitch, you couldn't sue Domino's. But if the driver s...
by Sockmonkey
Sat May 04, 2013 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 300+ GB/s DDOS attack against Spamhaus: Largest Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 6694

Re: 300+ GB/s DDOS attack against Spamhaus: Largest Ever

CorruptUser wrote:If an employee on behalf of an employer in the 'normal course of business' causes damage, yes. Good luck proving spam is the normal course of business, or that c1@las is actually funding the spam.

Soo, can't go after the employee at least?
by Sockmonkey
Fri May 03, 2013 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 300+ GB/s DDOS attack against Spamhaus: Largest Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 6694

Re: 300+ GB/s DDOS attack against Spamhaus: Largest Ever

How much of the net's capaicity is eaten up by spam?
Can the makers of the products spam advertises be held accountable?
by Sockmonkey
Fri May 03, 2013 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lamar Smith wants to change peer review
Replies: 38
Views: 3625

Re: Lamar Smith wants to change peer review

I seem to recall this guy previously trying to block research that contradicted the positions of his campaign donors. According to his wiki he also sponsored SOPA so he has no credibility with me and can go eat a bag of soggy dicks. You can't always tell beforehand what reserch is going to be more u...
by Sockmonkey
Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 300+ GB/s DDOS attack against Spamhaus: Largest Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 6694

Re: 300+ GB/s DDOS attack against Spamhaus: Largest Ever

So what companies are the worst spam offenders and what factors prevent us from going after them directly? Specifically, the companies that make those things the spam advertises I mean.
by Sockmonkey
Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Breaking up Sex Offenders With Tiny Parks
Replies: 30
Views: 3927

Re: Breaking up Sex Offenders With Tiny Parks

Nothing brings out the public's irrational fear like sex offenders. It's the one issue in which people on both the right and left sit down together and agree to throw civil rights out of the window in favor of ineffective laws. Pretty much, and it's darn near impossible to have a rational discussio...
by Sockmonkey
Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9334
Views: 1221917

Re: Minecraft

Since an open door is the same as a closed door aside from it's orientation to the block it's attached to are you just installing the door in the "open" position?
by Sockmonkey
Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9334
Views: 1221917

Re: Minecraft

I gotta ask, why not just use a lever? Asthetic reasons?
by Sockmonkey
Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: EMDrive and other reactionless propulsion claims
Replies: 71
Views: 14210

Re: China Picks up the EMDrive

I don't think "atmosphere" burns. You need oxygen and fuel for combustion, unless chemistry has changed a lot recently. Sorry, A slight misunderstanding plus bad grammar there. I know you need oxygen to burn fuel. And scram jets use fuel + the atmosphere instead of the shuttles oxygen + f...
by Sockmonkey
Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people
Replies: 226
Views: 14914

Re: Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people

I don't like to rain on the hilarious parade going on here, but I'm sure this argument is coming solely from the lawyers, who are professionally obligated to argue whatever they think will win the case for their clients. Which very much includes arguing things that may prompt their clients to excom...
by Sockmonkey
Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people
Replies: 226
Views: 14914

Re: Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people

While arguing based on the law will win them the case, the next time such hospitals attempt to deny things like BC or abortions to patients, I fully expect the courts to use this case as precedent to argue against their right to deny services based on their faith.
by Sockmonkey
Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill to make Rape/Incest Abortions "Destruction of Evidence"
Replies: 102
Views: 10823

Re: Bill to make Rape/Incest Abortions "Destruction of Evide

I'm concerned that part of the intent of the bill is to scare rape victims into not getting abortions. The average person is not a legal scholar and can easily be tricked into believing that having a post-rape abortion will get them thrown into jail. Disinformation like that is kind of the bread an...
by Sockmonkey
Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alleged invisibility cloak
Replies: 33
Views: 6236

Re: Alleged invisibility cloak

I love the badly photoshopped image at the top that says "for security reasons, we cant show you our invisible technology" If it really was invisible how would we know it's in the picture in the first place? :P Frankly if you have working invisibility you wanna keep it a secret from anyon...
by Sockmonkey
Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China tightens Great Firewall, blocks corporate VPNs
Replies: 9
Views: 2410

Re: China tightens Great Firewall, blocks corporate VPNs

China has always been a bit leery of the notion of free speech. The internet is like the dire wolf version of free speech. Naturally it scares the crap out of them.
by Sockmonkey
Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1150: Instagram
Replies: 104
Views: 23332

Re: 1150: Instagram

There are scripts that let you block the ads on Facebook and elsewhere. Do you block them? Or do you reason that you're getting the service for free so you must not block the ads? There are zero legal repercussions if you block them, just your conscience. To block or not to block? If an ad is an an...

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