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by ZZamfir
Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ontario Invests $7 billion in Green Power
Replies: 27
Views: 1946

Re: Ontario Invests $7 billion in Green Power

The US and Canada are unfailry beaten down as two of the worst 10 countries. Even Sweden gets ranked around 150 out of 210! How is this unfair? People in rich countires are the big producers of CO2. that they are also rich doesn't seem to be an excuse. When a rich guy pisses on the street, and a po...
by ZZamfir
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bloom Box
Replies: 23
Views: 2256

Re: Bloom Box

Mea culpa - the numbers I provided earlier didn't match right with what I figured I was paying for natural gas, so I went and looked at my bill. Turns out it's closer to 1c/MJ , which makes it less than a third of the cost of the electricity I pay. That doesn't take into account the efficiency of t...
by ZZamfir
Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ice on Luna: We Found It
Replies: 88
Views: 4552

Re: Ice on Luna: We Found It

You are wrong on both counts. Trebuchets work using gravity, and would be proportionally weaker on the moon. [/url]. But the forces involved are smaller, and th construction will be loaded less. Which means you can build a larger trebuchet on the moon, until it has again the same throwing power as ...
by ZZamfir
Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: 1.26us
Replies: 12
Views: 1845

Re: 1.26us

The earthquake in Chile reduced the length of the day by 1.26us.

Through what mechanism?
by ZZamfir
Tue Mar 02, 2010 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Keeping America's Edge -- Social Inequality
Replies: 33
Views: 3360

Re: Keeping America's Edge -- Social Inequality

I was a little skeptical of the lack of sources attached to the article, considering it was written in such academic language. Still, I thought he presented liberals well enough because I finished reading the article siding with the liberals: it isn't until the last part of the article he really co...
by ZZamfir
Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Keeping America's Edge -- Social Inequality
Replies: 33
Views: 3360

Re: Keeping America's Edge -- Social Inequality

Just a quick remark, I'll try to read the piece again if I can find time: The numbers on Europe's share of the world economy led to some debate about a month ago. A quote from Paul Krugman: But as Jonathan Chait quickly pointed out, Manzi’s definition of Europe included the Soviet bloc (!), so that ...
by ZZamfir
Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch cabinet kicks bucket
Replies: 27
Views: 2705

Re: Dutch cabinet kicks bucket

EvilDuckie wrote:If that party doesn't have at least 50% of the seats in parliament, it's going to be very difficult to actively govern.

Stangely enough, Sweden has had mostly minority governments over the last century. Here is an overview.
by ZZamfir
Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Won't pay attention in class? Fine, I'll smash your laptop.
Replies: 80
Views: 6470

Re: Won't pay attention in class? Fine, I'll smash your laptop.

Enuja, that sounds exactly like my experience. Not paying attention can be infectuous, even when people are quiet about it. In general, it already helps a lot if people who plan to not spend their full attention on the lecture sit in the back. That might still be better for them (class-wise) than no...
by ZZamfir
Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sequential Thought Processes through Language
Replies: 9
Views: 1978

Re: Sequential Thought Processes through Language

On the other hand, languages usually have some flexibility to move word order around to shift emphasis, mostly by moving things to the front. Like enumerations: [For Paul , Santa had brought a computer game]. On that basis you might expect that [green car] and [car green] have a slightly different e...
by ZZamfir
Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How could this happen!?!?!
Replies: 46
Views: 4186

Re: How could this happen!?!?!

Xanthir, it sounds like an excellent background for a story. But from a practical point of view: what if I move (through a wormhole) to your one-billion lightyear away colony, encounter the billion-year-BC aliens, move though their wormhole to their homeworld and hometime, and then take a normal sub...
by ZZamfir
Fri Feb 26, 2010 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Vacuum Zeppelin
Replies: 146
Views: 58740

Re: Vacuum Zeppelin

Oh, and did I mention that the surface pressure on Titan is actually higher than on Earth, since the atmosphere is thicker? The actual pressure doesn't matter, since (as Tass points out) we can clearly build submarines based on the vaccuum principle. What matters is how much buoyancy you get from a...
by ZZamfir
Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Line of best fit (help?)
Replies: 5
Views: 673

Re: Line of best fit (help?)

Use excel
by ZZamfir
Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Iain M. Banks
Replies: 124
Views: 165920

Re: Iain M. Banks

The Culture isn't always perfect, especially when it comes to "foreign policy", but it's pretty consistently leagues better than any of the alternatives by any reasonable standard. I won't claim to know Banks's motives, but from my perspective it really did look like he set out to design ...
by ZZamfir
Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Britons weaponize Mozart in order to deter unruly youth
Replies: 64
Views: 5046

Re: Britons weaponize Mozart in order to deter unruly youth

Robstickle wrote:Has has anyone here ever actually heard one of these fabled "mosquitoes"?

Yes.
by ZZamfir
Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How could this happen!?!?!
Replies: 46
Views: 4186

Re: How could this happen!?!?!

I think that from the point of view of the spaceship and the astronauts on it, the amount of power needed to sustain a 1g acceleration remains constant. To go one step further, the people on the ship see their trust as constant and they also perceive their power output as constant. Then what is fro...
by ZZamfir
Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Won't pay attention in class? Fine, I'll smash your laptop.
Replies: 80
Views: 6470

Re: Won't pay attention in class? Fine, I'll smash your laptop.

SlyReaper, you are right of course that this isn't a US-specific situation. But the view, held by many, that professors are researchers and not teachers is a harmful one, and students who are irritated by it are completely justified in my opinion. The professor in the OP seems to care a lot about hi...
by ZZamfir
Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sequential Thought Processes through Language
Replies: 9
Views: 1978

Re: Sequential Thought Processes through Language

There is famous, and presumably untrue, quote from a French diplomat who explains that French is the most natural language, because the words are exactly in the order you think of them.
by ZZamfir
Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch cabinet kicks bucket
Replies: 27
Views: 2705

Re: Dutch cabinet kicks bucket

Just for those of us in the New World, what is it with European countries "making" governments every couple years? It seems to be nothing more than an election, sort of like the kind we have for Congress every two years. It's proportional voting. Instead of voting for a congressman for yo...
by ZZamfir
Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Won't pay attention in class? Fine, I'll smash your laptop.
Replies: 80
Views: 6470

Re: Won't pay attention in class? Fine, I'll smash your laptop.

To the people who say that Facebooking in a lecture is "just impolite", and that the teacher should "just ignore them": did you ever teach a class? People who stubbornly won't pay attention are a mental drain for teachers. You try to motivate your entire class, and you end up was...
by ZZamfir
Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch cabinet kicks bucket
Replies: 27
Views: 2705

Re: Dutch cabinet kicks bucket

Ok. So "Two years ago they offered us a good deal if we did a mission, so we supported it. Thsi time around they aren't, so we are withdrawing" is a consistent, if somewhat Machiavellian, position to take. I'm not hearing that argument either from the PvdA. But last time, the PvdA didn't ...
by ZZamfir
Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greece attacks the only country offering to help
Replies: 17
Views: 1957

Re: Greece attacks the only country offering to help

And where do the unions get off striking in the middle of this? Did they really think there'd be no sacrifice or tough times ahead through this? Well, if your government was corrupt, would you trust it to divide the sacrifices needed to balance the budget fairly over society? Or would you expect it...
by ZZamfir
Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Vacuum Zeppelin
Replies: 146
Views: 58740

Re: Vacuum Zeppelin

But Deviser, it's still better to fill the Zeppelin with helium or hydrogen. That way, you only have to worry about overpressure (as you get higher and the atmospheric pressure decreases), and a tensile-loaded structure is much easier (and therefore lighter) to design than a structure with compressi...
by ZZamfir
Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch cabinet kicks bucket
Replies: 27
Views: 2705

Re: Dutch cabinet kicks bucket

Truth is, I have no clue about the tangible benefits of being nice with the US, nor of the downsides of pissing them off. Diplomats love to be vague about such things. Real Serious People tend to assure us that there really are consequences, and I don't doubt there are. The example that came up in t...
by ZZamfir
Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google bosses convicted of privacy violations in Italy
Replies: 17
Views: 1357

Re: Google bosses convicted of privacy violations in Italy

Well, a criminal prosecutionof individuals instead of a fine for the company is awfully strong, so that's a point to take into account. This could well be a weird decision that is going to be reversed in higher court, that happens. But note that the orignal article is from the BBC, not Italian. The ...
by ZZamfir
Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A thought experiment with light
Replies: 13
Views: 1665

Re: A thought experiment with light

Technical Ben wrote:do people still sue those?

If the library shines dangerous lasers in people's eyes, they are sometimes sued, yes.
by ZZamfir
Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google bosses convicted of privacy violations in Italy
Replies: 17
Views: 1357

Re: Google bosses convicted of privacy violations in Italy

I just heard a few more details of the case on TV. Apparently, the main point for the decision is that there were two months between the moment Google was asked to remove the video, and the actual removal. I I have no idea whether two months is a sensible time or not, and it might well be that a hig...
by ZZamfir
Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google bosses convicted of privacy violations in Italy
Replies: 17
Views: 1357

Re: Google bosses convicted of privacy violations in Italy

Unless I'm misunderstanding Youtube is a service that Italians can access but it isn't based out of that country. Or was this some Italian version of it? I mean using laws based on "if it were a brick and mortar" establishment doesn't work terribly well since its not really analogous when...
by ZZamfir
Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. to build new Nuclear Reactors
Replies: 73
Views: 4166

Re: U.S. to build new Nuclear Reactors

Just to add to the pressure, as the end result we need a nuclear industry that can not just provide power to the US, but can quickly, safely, and cheaply build plants overseas to substitute for the coal plants coming on line weekly in China and India. Ideally it would be a modular 4th generation li...
by ZZamfir
Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Too many scientists?
Replies: 79
Views: 8904

Re: Too many scientists?

Well. My friend who is getting a job at a Goddard contractor after he graduates (with a bachelor's degree) will be earning around $60k a year; if I go to graduate school, I'll be earning about $20k a year- and his potential for raises is a lot higher than mine. Even assuming we both get raises just...
by ZZamfir
Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google bosses convicted of privacy violations in Italy
Replies: 17
Views: 1357

Re: Google bosses convicted of privacy violations in Italy

Privacy laws in Europe are way over the top; given its history, though, I can see why they would want to write laws that went over the top. That's a bit of a blanket statement, isn't it? Privacy laws in different countries differ a lot, with as far as I know some more strict than the US and other m...
by ZZamfir
Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. to build new Nuclear Reactors
Replies: 73
Views: 4166

Re: U.S. to build new Nuclear Reactors

The last one we built in the U.S. took what, 20-25 years from start to finish? We've come quite a ways since then.... That's not so obvious. The US has, obviously, lost a lot of its infrastructure to actually build nuclear plants. GE and Westinghouse (both mostly Japanese-owned at this moment) have...
by ZZamfir
Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Too many scientists?
Replies: 79
Views: 8904

Re: Too many scientists?

As I'm trying to point out (indeed, the point of the thread!), in many fields more education is NOT economically advantageous because of the over abundance of educated people and increased world wide competition. Viewing a technical education as a free pass to a job without considering the lifestyl...
by ZZamfir
Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Drunk Ninja-Mom brings sword to school to defend daughter
Replies: 29
Views: 3323

Re: Drunk Ninja-Mom brings sword to school to defend daughter

tzvibish wrote:Well, more like Final Fantasy: San Andreas.

Which Square should so make. It would be awesome.

Grand Theft Chocobo. With drive-bys.
by ZZamfir
Wed Feb 24, 2010 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch cabinet kicks bucket
Replies: 27
Views: 2705

Re: Dutch cabinet kicks bucket

Personally I don't understand the PvdA point of view at all. The war in Afghanistan is a nato-wide effort. We are a member of NATO. We ought to do our part in the alliance. And we were doing very well in Uruzgan, with very low losses and and good prospects for the region. If someone else takes over...
by ZZamfir
Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Banned!
Replies: 2
Views: 1420

Banned!

!!!
by ZZamfir
Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your New(s) Rules (READ OR RISK BAN FROM N&A&D&K)
Replies: 34
Views: 2639

Re: Your New(s) Rules (READ OR RISK BAN FROM N&A&D&K)

Oh dear, you really can get banned from a board. I'll play it safe from now on.

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Luckily, the Germans have a candy brand called "Kittens". That's surely enough protection?

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