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by WibblyWobbly
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 252842

Re: The Darker Side of the News

"Watch out, they've got a car!" doesn't have the same threatening edge that "Watch out, they've got a knife!" seems to. Though -- could you even start a car in an depressured cargo bay? It seems to me like the lower oxygen rate would screw up the combustion. Imagine this scene, ...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 252842

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Wtf is up with the US medical ethics system http://gizmodo.com/texas-senate-passes-bill-allowing-doctors-to-withhold-i-1793505625?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow Might be missing something, but what does this have to do with medical...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 252842

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Wtf is up with the US medical ethics system http://gizmodo.com/texas-senate-passes-bill-allowing-doctors-to-withhold-i-1793505625?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow Might be missing something, but what does this have to do with medical...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1584713

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

Oxford comma* settles dispute . *or lack of one. I've always argued the Oxford comma can reduce confusion for anyone who communicates, including your parents, Ronald Reagan and Koko the Gorilla. I've always preferred the Oxford comma. I'm glad to see the resolution of this case. The statute clearly...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?
Replies: 16
Views: 401

Re: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?

No, I'm all about the strong force. Free will is less of a pressing concern to me, is what I meant. Strong force is best cake.
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?
Replies: 16
Views: 401

Re: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?

yeah, it's really quite simple. If you are wondering whether the free will exists the way the strong force exists, the answer is no. absolutely not. if you are asking whether it exists the way cake exists, sure. go to town. and these answers are both totally independent of however you want to say t...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1584713

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

Here's a picture from the first meeting of the girl's council in Saudi Arabia for discussing the welfare and empowerment of women. See if you can spot what's missing. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C6xnuUIWYAAmDT_.jpg:large A podium? How are they going to talk about real girls' issues without a podium...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1584713

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

Here's a picture from the first meeting of the girl's council in Saudi Arabia for discussing the welfare and empowerment of women. See if you can spot what's missing. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C6xnuUIWYAAmDT_.jpg:large A podium? How are they going to talk about real girls' issues without a podium...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1584713

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

Imagine if the usage statistics are taken and posted to facebook. "Liri uses vibrator! It's super effective!" Tagged in this post: Liri's mom, dad, grandmothers, grandfathers Not to mention the awkwardness that follows if you check in at a certain location at a certain time, and your vibr...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?
Replies: 16
Views: 401

Re: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?

Zohar wrote:The short story ("Stories of Your Life") is substantially better, IMO.

Actually, thank you for reminding me that the movie was based on a short story. I had planned to check that out, but had kind of forgotten about it. A collection of short stories is even better.
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?
Replies: 16
Views: 401

Re: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?

p1t1o wrote:Shall we pause for a group viewing of "Arrival"?

Can we? I meant to see it in theaters, but missed out because I prefer not to leave my apartment.
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 55
Views: 1368

Re: Free Will

doogly wrote:And I throw these links out there like pearls before swine.

But you were always going to do that, so it's not like you did something special and important, right?
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41694

Re: Trump presidency

That's not a cool title at all. Where's the "AMERICA! FUCK YEAH! Healthcare ASS-KICKING TERRORIST-DICK-PUNCHING Act of 2017 (sponsored by Carl's Jr.)"?
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How can we experminetly determine the acceleration due to gravity?
Replies: 20
Views: 834

Re: How can we experminetly determine the acceleration due to gravity?

Sableagle wrote:if you're anywhere near a large body of water or other liquid.


So stay away from me after I've been to the pub.
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How can we experminetly determine the acceleration due to gravity?
Replies: 20
Views: 834

Re: How can we experminetly determine the acceleration due to gravity?

Zohar wrote:That reminds me a lot of the barometer question.

Same here. I immediately thought of using a simple pendulum of known length.
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probability problem
Replies: 13
Views: 907

Re: Probability problem

No, writing D was the mistake. N cannot be 100 because the edges and corners are always owned by someone. In grid 4x4 a blue player (or the red player) could own all the squares. Look at the solution given above by DavidSh. Why not in 10x10? It's quite possible you can have all squares in a 10x10 g...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the Biggest Non-Repeating Molecule?
Replies: 39
Views: 3451

Re: What is the Biggest Non-Repeating Molecule?

But it will use some amino acids more than once. That's an amusing understatement. I'm well known for my subtle and understated humor. Yeah, if your cutoff point for trivial is arbitrary, you might as well raise it to allow for nucleotides/amino acids/codons/etc. Unless this biochemistry rabbit hol...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the Biggest Non-Repeating Molecule?
Replies: 39
Views: 3451

Re: What is the Biggest Non-Repeating Molecule?

The cut off point for where something goes from trivial to non-trivial in size is arbitrary, so I am just going to pick 20 atoms as the limit, inclusive. This person calculates the every nucleotide base should have ~34 atoms. 34 > 20, so a base is big enough to be non-trivial. Consider the molecule...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the Biggest Non-Repeating Molecule?
Replies: 39
Views: 3451

Re: What is the Biggest Non-Repeating Molecule?

DNA and proteins are much more complicated than you give them credit for. For instance, proteins usually include disulfide bridges within and between chains, so there is more to them than just the primary sequence. They also may contain charges or form salts, polymers, salts of polymers, ligand com...
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the Biggest Non-Repeating Molecule?
Replies: 39
Views: 3451

Re: What is the Biggest Non-Repeating Molecule?

Elmach: sorry for butting into your conversation for a stupid question, but I'd be interested to know how you come to calculate "information" in molecules such as DNA and proteins (and hydrocarbons, for that matter). If you're OK with explaining it to me, feel free either here or in PM. On...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 27
Views: 3070

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

Flumble wrote:What if both parties win in the conversation?

Whoever won first takes the point.
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 27
Views: 3070

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

"I'm not really into Pokemon" (!!)
by WibblyWobbly
Sun Feb 12, 2017 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "There is an Exception to every rule"
Replies: 32
Views: 2984

Re: "There is an Exception to every rule"

If a is not coprime to p, then it's a multiple of p, so a p and a are also multiples of p, and so is their difference. Forgive me, but isn't 6 not coprime to 9? They have a factor in common, but neither is a multiple of the other. Last time I checked, 9 isn't a prime... Well maybe you should check ...
by WibblyWobbly
Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "There is an Exception to every rule"
Replies: 32
Views: 2984

Re: "There is an Exception to every rule"

rmsgrey wrote:If a is not coprime to p, then it's a multiple of p, so ap and a are also multiples of p, and so is their difference.

Forgive me, but isn't 6 not coprime to 9? They have a factor in common, but neither is a multiple of the other.
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41694

Re: Trump presidency

by WibblyWobbly
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41694

Re: Trump presidency

But the Department of Energy also manages some of the largest budgets for basic scientific research in the US, not to mention a number of very important national laboratories which also perform some basic research of fundamental importance. Is he going to respect the role of research in technologic...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41694

Re: Trump presidency

Honestly, Jeff Sessions is one of the better picks, because at very least he has attorney experience. Which is more than what can be said than like... every other pick. A lot of the attorney general job description involves not just policy, but a lot of day-to-day leadership and groundwork. Ex: Pic...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41694

Re: Trump presidency

I forgot about Mnuchin. I'm going back to the fetal position now.
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41694

Re: Trump presidency

Honestly, Jeff Sessions is one of the better picks, because at very least he has attorney experience. Which is more than what can be said than like... every other pick. A lot of the attorney general job description involves not just policy, but a lot of day-to-day leadership and groundwork. Ex: Pic...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "There is an Exception to every rule"
Replies: 32
Views: 2984

Re: "There is an Exception to every rule"

That's not a rule, that's a tautology. Fine, for every prime p, and every integer a prime to p, a raised to power p minus a is divisible by p. Not a tautology, definitely no exceptions. Happy now? If you mean "For every prime p and integer a coprime to p , ( a p - a ) | p ," then that is ...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41694

Re: Trump presidency

This stuff scares me too and I'm not even living in the US. If this bullshit keeps on going I'm genuinely scared it's going to escalate into a civil war. And a civil war in a country where everybody (stereotypically) has firearms cannot end well.If Europe already has troubles dealing with refugees ...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4816
Views: 474753

Re: Doctor Whom

I haven't been watching as much since Capaldi took over (something seems not quite right, but maybe I just need to give it more of a chance) Capaldi's been great as the Doctor, but the stories have been pretty hit-and-miss... I have to think that's exactly what it is. I've always liked Capaldi, but...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4816
Views: 474753

Re: Doctor Whom

So, Capaldi is leaving, who will be next? I haven't been watching as much since Capaldi took over (something seems not quite right, but maybe I just need to give it more of a chance), but I looked at the BBC article on possible successors, and I do think it would be great for a woman to take over. ...
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27328
Views: 2114183

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

My mother did, in St. Louis. It was sort of a weird conversation and realization to have - that more than any other day, there was a nonzero chance I'd need to bail my nearly 70 year old mother out of jail. My sister did, also in St. Louis. Most of her friends did as well. I think she had a sign wi...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1584713

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

jewish_scientist wrote:We sort of veered off topic and are discussing the limitations of 'automatic' cars in general.

I see what you did there.
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 4942

Re: 1790: "Sad"

gmalivuk wrote:That you're too naive to see the writing on the wall doesn't mean it isn't there.


Naive is a more generous interpretation than I would have offered.
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 4942

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Context? Looks like a muddy river. Lots of rivers are muddy sometimes. The vivid color of the river suggests mine pollution. The picture url suggests the Animas River, which was apparently polluted by EPA workers in 2015 when they removed a plug holding back mine waste (arsenic, cadmium, lead, alum...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 4942

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Context? Looks like a muddy river. Lots of rivers are muddy sometimes. The vivid color of the river suggests mine pollution. The picture url suggests the Animas River, which was apparently polluted by EPA workers in 2015 when they removed a plug holding back mine waste (arsenic, cadmium, lead, alum...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 141
Views: 13804

Re: News in brief

Doomsday Clock at 2.5 min to midnight. Take that for what you will - overly political or less alarmed than they should be? First time it's been moved a non-integer number of minutes, and the second-closest it's been to midnight since 1953, I think. That was just US/USSR H-bomb tests, though. The ha...
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41694

Re: Trump presidency

It's like a child with a new and very expensive toy. He's finding out it's got all these little features that weren't necessarily advertised on the box and he's got to play with them all as he discovers them ("Hey, the hands are articulated. HAHA It's flipping you off! Haha!") What little...

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