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by Ingolifs
Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6174
Views: 462568

Re: Trump presidency

Actually, I thought the Benghazi investigation helped Clinton, in that an actual story got turned into a non-story by the way the Republicans went all crazy on how the Clinton Foundation had Vince Foster's remains hidden in an email server in a pizza shop in Benghazi, or something. Became a non-sto...
by Ingolifs
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6174
Views: 462568

Re: Trump presidency

Well done to Alabama for not (quite) living up to its reputation, though I have to say I was a bit creeped out by the exit polls showing the 3.5% of voters who think Moore is a paedophile and voted for him anyway.
by Ingolifs
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: After a decade it's time for a new computer
Replies: 24
Views: 6679

After a decade it's time for a new computer

So I got my current computer back when Crysis came out. It was top of the line at the time, but after a decade it's really starting to chug. It's time to get a new high-end computer for the purposes of both gaming and computational/machine learning work. I haven't really been paying attention to tec...
by Ingolifs
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 9534

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Woah woah woah. Wellington doesn't have cold winters? Did someone forget to tell the climate around where I live? I think what happened was someone forgot to tell you that rarely if ever going below freezing isn't a cold winter.[/quote] To jump on the wellington bandwagon: Yes most of the time wint...
by Ingolifs
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is this a known probability distribution?
Replies: 6
Views: 3442

Re: Is this a known probability distribution?

Yes, I looked at that. On a Log-Log plot, a lognormal distribution will show up as a parabola. This data shows up as an Nth root in the Log-Log plot.
by Ingolifs
Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is this a known probability distribution?
Replies: 6
Views: 3442

Re: Is this a known probability distribution?

What are X and Y in these graphs? Presumably one of them is business-transactions-per-week, but what's the other axis? Y is transactions per week, and X is Order, or Count, or whatever you want to call it. The graphs are recreations of the data, because I'm at home sick and the data is not to leave...
by Ingolifs
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is this a known probability distribution?
Replies: 6
Views: 3442

Is this a known probability distribution?

Originally posted on stackexchange, but with no answers or even comments, I'm posting it here: For work, I plotted a set of shops by how many times they did business in the past week. The plot I got out looked something like this: distribution.png This looked obviously like a Pareto distribution. Af...
by Ingolifs
Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6174
Views: 462568

Re: Trump presidency

"He said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, "

So was this a standing rumour from the campaign, or did Trump just say this on the spot?
by Ingolifs
Fri May 26, 2017 6:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6174
Views: 462568

Re: Trump presidency

I wonder how much the bodyslam helped him. If it were an Appalachian state, that sort of righteous violence would have helped quite a bit I expect. I feel like Montana's culture is a bit different from that, but I don't live in the US so I don't really know.
by Ingolifs
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence
Replies: 45
Views: 11697

Re: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence

Laplace transforms: Turns difficult-to-solve differential equations into difficult-to-solve polynomials.
by Ingolifs
Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Training in stronger gravity
Replies: 7
Views: 2182

Re: Training in stronger gravity

Tyndmyr wrote:
Sizik wrote:You could probably get the same benefits by just strapping weights to your limbs/torso.


Way better, likely.

High gravity all the time probably isn't something you can turn off, unless you're in a VERY sci fi world.


Or you're on a rotating space station equipped with a ladder.
by Ingolifs
Mon May 04, 2015 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Getting Energy from the Moon's Extreme Temperatures
Replies: 11
Views: 2415

Re: Getting Energy from the Moon's Extreme Temperatures

How efficient would a stirling engine be?
by Ingolifs
Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 369478

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

My interpretation of the prophecies surrounding Harry and the destruction of the world:

In the future, harry will transfigure the earth (or at least parts of the earth) into interstellar spaceships to seed the galaxy.
by Ingolifs
Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 369478

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Sirius, Regulus and Bellatrix black? It's well known.
by Ingolifs
Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 369478

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Transfiguration of matter into anti-matter could be part of the solution...
by Ingolifs
Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Planets and the properties that affect their composition
Replies: 60
Views: 8441

Re: Planets and the properties that affect their composition

Reposting my link. This is a thing that already exists. It's called space engine, and consists of both catalogue and procedural objects. It scales from the tens of metres on the surface of individual planets to the large scale structure of the universe, and features most types of planets, most types...
by Ingolifs
Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What would it be like to put a giant drop of water in a...
Replies: 15
Views: 5147

Re: What would it be like to put a giant drop of water in a.

That actually sounds quite dangerous. Here's a link to a recent occurrence where an astronaut's helmet started filling up with water. http://www.space.com/24835-spacesuit-water-leak-nasa-investigation.html While the total volume of water in the helmet was nowhere near the volume of air, the water fo...
by Ingolifs
Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: When Did This Become A Thing?
Replies: 12
Views: 5777

When Did This Become A Thing?

For a while now, I've noticed in various separate places on the internet the practise of Capitalising Every Word To Signify That This Is Definitely A Thing. Normally this is used to describe or make fun of certain thought processes. But where did it start? I don't see it often, but when I do see it ...
by Ingolifs
Fri May 09, 2014 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Second order differential equations - why doesn't this work?
Replies: 5
Views: 2214

Second order differential equations - why doesn't this work?

So I was trying to solve d 2 y/dx 2 = y directly, you know, in the way you'd solve a simple first order DE (i.e. separate the terms so you have 1/y dy =1 dx and integrate) When I do it this way I have 1/y dy dy = 1 dx dx which upon integrating twice ends up as a horrible mess ylny+(c-1)y +d = 1/2 x ...
by Ingolifs
Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Take A Louisiana Literacy Test!
Replies: 87
Views: 20140

Re: Take A Louisiana Literacy Test!

That's not the only thing wrong with that phrase. It's also impossible from a curve to be straigth on a sigle spot. It's not impossible for a curve to be horizontal at a single spot, however, which is what I assumed they were going for. y=x 3 ought to do it. There is a point of inflection (where th...
by Ingolifs
Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Rearranging y=x^a-x^b
Replies: 6
Views: 4099

Re: Rearranging y=x^a-x^b

So a bit of context... I'm trying to find the rate constant s of a chemical reaction I performed recently. It's a pseudo-first order reaction with an intermediate, and has the general form A --> B --> C and can be describes by the differential equations dA/dt = -k 1 A dB/dt = k 1 A-k 2 B dC/dt = k 2...
by Ingolifs
Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Rearranging y=x^a-x^b
Replies: 6
Views: 4099

Rearranging y=x^a-x^b

I was trying to rearrange an equation of the form y= xa - xb so that x is the subject. a and b can be any real number.
I have a hunch that this is actually really hard.

Any pointers?
by Ingolifs
Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is this lab equipment called?
Replies: 8
Views: 2872

Re: What is this lab equipment called?

The ones that are more sort of cylindrical shaped are addition funnels, used to conveniently control the addition of a liquid reagent into your reaction flask. You mean like a pressure equalised dropping funnel? It doesn't have the side pressure-equalising arm, nor a ground-glass joint. It's not an...
by Ingolifs
Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 227669

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

I was next to a dichloromthane still when it exploded. The guy doing the distillation forgot to open the tap tothe argon line to relieve pressure, and it basically exploded from overpressure with the sound of 1000 balloons popping at once. Glass was sprayed everywhere, a hole was punched in the ceil...
by Ingolifs
Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Detecting a voyager-like object
Replies: 11
Views: 2128

Detecting a voyager-like object

The comments section on one of the news sites I frequent were discussing the ultimate fate of the voyager probes. What they actually said is beside the point, but it got me thinking. If an object, similar in size and makeup to a space-probe, and obviously not naturally ocurring, drifted through our ...
by Ingolifs
Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Iranian Scientist killed in front of Home
Replies: 402
Views: 22200

Re: Iranian Scientist killed in front of Home

I'm uncomfortable with the idea of any scientists being killed like this, even if they are involved in some kind of nuclear programme. After all, Iran has so few of those sorts of people as it is.
by Ingolifs
Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In Defense of Flogging
Replies: 35
Views: 5302

Re: In Defense of Flogging

On the surface i sort of like the idea of corporal punishment, as pain is one of the most effective deterrents there is. When I think about it harder though, there are multiple problems. First of all, how to administer corporal punishment? Historically this is done by a bunch of dudes with sticks. T...
by Ingolifs
Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Duke Nukem Forever. Seriously.
Replies: 197
Views: 26265

Re: Duke Nukem Forever. Seriously.

Well I just finished it. Not bad.
by Ingolifs
Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A 12-year-old developing new Theory of Relativity
Replies: 105
Views: 11446

Re: A 12-year-old developing new Theory of Relativity

I think it's a good thing he's trying to disprove the big bang.

One of the most valuable things this kid can learn, is that even though he's a genius, he can still be wrong.


Also, I think 170 IQ is the limit to which many tests go to.
by Ingolifs
Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0878: "Model Rail"
Replies: 98
Views: 29618

Re: 0878: "Model Rail"

I like how the wikipedia talk page of HO now has a section for the correct spelling of 'xkcd'. Pretty sure it's ironic though.
by Ingolifs
Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why not colonize Ceres?
Replies: 228
Views: 38118

Re: Why not colonize Ceres?

Deciheximal wrote:Okay, so Ceres receives 1/9 of the solar energy that Earth does. How about Jupiter, what does that get? 1/16th?


Jupiter is 5 AU out, isn't it?

that would make it 1/25.
by Ingolifs
Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another amazing microscopy technique
Replies: 5
Views: 929

Re: Another amazing microscopy technique

So what exactly does this allow us to see? I had a quick look over the abstract but I couldn't find info on what this thing actually detects.
by Ingolifs
Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Over 1000 planets found, some Earth-sized, in habitable zone
Replies: 53
Views: 5204

Re: Over 1000 planets found, some Earth-sized, in habitable

It does bring up an interesting dilemma in what we mean by life, though. What if we found complex self-replicating things that didn't have anything like a cellular structure. They might have complex protein structures instead of tissue, etc. Maybe they use giant lipid chains for hereditary material...
by Ingolifs
Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Over 1000 planets found, some Earth-sized, in habitable zone
Replies: 53
Views: 5204

Re: Over 1000 planets found, some Earth-sized, in habitable

The survey covers about 0.25% of the sky to a distance of about 3000 light years and can only detect systems that are oriented in such a way that the planets pass in front of the star. (The probability of such an orientation is equal to the radius of the star divided by the radius of the orbit of th...
by Ingolifs
Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: SpaceChem
Replies: 29
Views: 8981

Re: SpaceChem

Cool game. It gets pretty challenging towards the end of the demo though.
As a chemist, i'm just glad we have random thermal motion and thermodynamics to do the molecule-making for us.
by Ingolifs
Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lunar Eclipse Dec. 20/21!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1621

Re: Lunar Eclipse Dec. 20/21!!

Clouds also thwarted my moon-viewing over in NZ tonight. Am a bit disappointed, but we do however get a total solar eclipse in november 13th 2012.
by Ingolifs
Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.K. Designer “Grows” an Entire Wardrobe From Bacteria
Replies: 19
Views: 2082

Re: U.K. Designer “Grows” an Entire Wardrobe From Bacteria

TaintedDeity wrote:
crowey wrote:it looks like it's made of skin. Do Not Want.
That's kind of why I want some... There's a huge potential for cool looking things.


You could dress up like Ed Gein.
by Ingolifs
Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The "I Did Good" thread
Replies: 181
Views: 119789

Re: The "I Did Good" thread

got up to 120 kg squat for 3x3.

I can appreciate why they call it a full-body workout. Even the muscles under my chin are sore from grimacing so much.
by Ingolifs
Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fifty Years of Exploration
Replies: 2
Views: 683

Re: Fifty Years of Exploration

cool.

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