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Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to reason about the force, pressure or impulse to break something?
Replies: 12
Views: 5360

### Re: How to reason about the force, pressure or impulse to break something?

If you fire a shotgun, it accellerates over some period of time. When it's pressed against your shoulder, your body receives the energy over that period, when there's a gap, the accellerated gun slams into your shoulder and delivers all of the energy over a much shorter timespan. When the stock is ...
Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14278
Views: 2023081

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

elasto wrote:So let's just chalk it all up to a misunderstanding and let it drop, mmmkay?

Deal.
Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14278
Views: 2023081

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

Scientific progress is exponential, not linear. Please offer a rigorous definition of 'scientific progress' that has a clear metric that can be measured. My point about the scientific method is that advances stack upon each other in a way they don't in a non-scientific environment - eg. a religious...
Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to reason about the force, pressure or impulse to break something?
Replies: 12
Views: 5360

### Re: How to reason about the force, pressure or impulse to break something?

The proper way to fire a shotgun is to have the stock pressed right against your shoulder when you fire. If there is a gap between the two, the recoil of the shotgun can hurt your shoulder. Everything is identical in these two situations except the distance between the shotgun and you, so why are th...
Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Geometric Growth vs. Geometric Pattern
Replies: 3
Views: 1899

### Geometric Growth vs. Geometric Pattern

This is what I thought: Arithmetic Pattern: T n = T n-1 + something Geometric Pattern: T n = T n-1 * something Exponential Pattern: T n = T n-1 ^ something Arithmetic Growth: T n = T n-1 + something Geometric Growth: T n = T n-1 * something Exponential Growth: T n = T n-1 ^ something Then I found th...
Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14278
Views: 2023081

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

Like, if you're 14 and legally married in one state, isn't it illegal if you go to a different one In criminal law, the rule of thumb is that if someone crosses state lines, then the charges are bumped up to the federal level. In civil law, this is one of these really complex area of law because it...
Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: I need a new desktop, might try building my own?
Replies: 41
Views: 18488

### Re: I need a new desktop, might try building my own?

I am planning on playing really old games on this computer. Think less of Fallout 4 and more of Myst. Forget 5 years, I am going for a 10-20 year delay. Considering this, and not counting the \$100 for Windows (I still have trouble believing that it costs so much), what is a more reasonable budget?
Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1613
Views: 233921

### Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I think this is another one of the new technologies that is awesome when it works and disastrous when it does not; what happens when a store closes having been payed \$1,000 and having sold \$2,000 of merchandise? Also, this basically makes shop-lifting impossible to prosecute.
Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14278
Views: 2023081

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

Sableagle wrote:
jewish_scientist wrote:
Chen wrote:I don't see a good way to legislate against this.

Pass legislation that requires schools teach the information necessary to make informed decisions as a consumer; problem solved.

Good luck with that.

I never claimed that this solution would be easy; if it was it would have already happened.
Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14278
Views: 2023081

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

Chen wrote:I don't see a good way to legislate against this.

Pass legislation that requires schools teach the information necessary to make informed decisions as a consumer; problem solved.
Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14278
Views: 2023081

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

Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2863
Views: 588541

### Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Light is literally an EM wave. I thought of EM waves as the sum of many photons, and that light refers to photons and/or EM waves. Okay, what is the minimum number of photons that makes a wave? The whole point of early QM and the double-slit experiments is that it's wave-like down to individuals. N...
Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Meter of A Midnight Summer's Dream
Replies: 2
Views: 2021

### Meter of A Midnight Summer's Dream

I was under the impression that Shakespeare almost always wrote in iambic pentameter and had the rhyme scheme: A B A B C D C D E F E F G G However, Act 1 Scene 2 of A Midnight Summer's Dream does not follow this at all! I understand that sometimes the pronunciation of words have changed from his tim...
Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2863
Views: 588541

### Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Xanthir wrote:Light is literally an EM wave.

I thought of EM waves as the sum of many photons, and that light refers to photons and/or EM waves.
Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:20 pm UTC
Topic: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs
Replies: 48
Views: 12923

### Re: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs

Al Qaeda is a cult, people who are outcasts are more likely to join cults, gay people are more likely to be outcast from their families than straight people, therefore a higher than expected percentage of Al Qaeda is gay. I have a 4 problems with this logic; 1: Creating a rigorous definition of 'cu...
Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to Make a Blender Quiet
Replies: 30
Views: 8328

### Re: How to Make a Blender Quiet

I makes me happy to know that consumers can buy products designed for personal use that are so powerful that the use of ear protection is seriously under consideration. My initial response is to make a cardboard box that does not have a bottom, and is slightly big enough to contain the blender. Then...
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure
Replies: 18
Views: 3577

### Re: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure

I am considering the hard or soft tissue that gives an animal its structure and the tissue that gives an animal its ability to move. The point is that both of these types of tissue have the function of a mechanical nature. Like... imagine you are a martial artist in a comic book. You would know all ...
Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14278
Views: 2023081

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

"Draw the Mona Lisa"

Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure
Replies: 18
Views: 3577

### Re: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure

My system has multiple layers just like binomial nomenclature, so multi-celled and single-celled organisms have been set apart already. And yet you say plants are a problem? Good point, so lets forget about plants. And very oddly specifically oysters? I could not think of any other examples, such a...
Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: 'Math is Pseudoscience and Fake Astrology' (Strange, Fringe Views by Prominent Figures)
Replies: 10
Views: 4847

### Re: 'Math is Pseudoscience and Fake Astrology' (Strange, Fringe Views by Prominent Figures)

You must be pretty young to not.
Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: I need a new desktop, might try building my own?
Replies: 41
Views: 18488

### Re: I need a new desktop, might try building my own?

#1 means different things to different people. Do you have a specific price point in mind? Let's estimate it at \$200 for the initial investment. #2 only exists for the GPU today. CPUs aren't easily upgradable anymore because CPU-makers force you to buy a new motherboard with the newer CPUs (which f...
Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: 'Math is Pseudoscience and Fake Astrology' (Strange, Fringe Views by Prominent Figures)
Replies: 10
Views: 4847

### Re: 'Math is Pseudoscience and Fake Astrology' (Strange, Fringe Views by Prominent Figures)

This reminds me a lot of when works using imaginary numbers were first published and everyone was like 'How much opium is this guy on?'
Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure
Replies: 18
Views: 3577

### Re: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure

Zohar wrote:I'm not clear on why you're asking this here, then.

How does the structures in the bodies of oysters and plants that give the organisms their shape compare to the skeletons, exoskeletons, or soft-tissue system of animals?
Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fireworks in space
Replies: 8
Views: 1990

### Re: Fireworks in space

Note that without an atmosphere the 'sparkles' will not have any air resistance either, so they don't come to a halt some 5m to 20m from the shell and slowly flutter(?) downwards. Instead they'll fly away like bullets and drop like a stone; so they'll behave like stone bullets. You say that like it...
Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: 3 Statistics Questions
Replies: 3
Views: 2203

### 3 Statistics Questions

I do not have that p-with-a-hat symbol, so I am going to use p instead. First, if 1- p = q and E = Z c * square root of ( pq /n), then it follows E = Z c * square root of (( p - p 2 /n), so why should I even bother finding q ? Second, if I am using p to estimate p, and P(-E < p -p < E) = c, then it ...
Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure
Replies: 18
Views: 3577

### Re: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure

Just read up on what the latin names in the phylogenetic tree mean? Trying to figure out your own taxonomy methods is a worthwhile exercise, if you're interested in the field of study, but it doesn't mean you have to start from scratch! I agree with what Angua says - read up on what's been previous...
Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure
Replies: 18
Views: 3577

### Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure

I am trying to develop a system of classifying organisms (do not ask me why) and I reached the point where I want to separate organisms into groups based on their how they are mechanically held together. I made 3 groups so far; Internal (e.g. bears), External (e.g. ants), and Purely Soft Tissue (e.g...
Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2863
Views: 588541

### Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Electromagnetism is best described my Maxwell's Equations. Maxwell's Equations predict that electromagnetic waves should travel at a constant speed in a vacuum regardless of the observer. The electromagnetic force is associated with photons. Photons are the fundamental component of light. Taken all ...
Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: do you think all railroad crossings should be replaced with overpasses?
Replies: 15
Views: 4232

### Re: do you think all railroad crossings should be replaced with overpasses?

According to this very long report, the major delays in ambulance response times are various communication issues and civilian car based traffic (page 53).
Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:59 pm UTC
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 8918

### Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

I feel an obligation to mention MoND dispute not understanding it.
Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2863
Views: 588541

### Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Why does the speed of light through a vacuum have to be constant?
Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:39 pm UTC
Replies: 126
Views: 18661

### Re: Problem about free will

If good, as the Jews saw it, then you will like the Jewish take. If you see us developing a moral sense as evil, then you are closer to the Christian take. You see, that is exactly the problem. There is enough written on free will based on the Bible to fill libraries. Condensing all of that into a ...
Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:41 pm UTC
Replies: 126
Views: 18661

### Re: Problem about free will

My goal was to answer to question, "Should we forcible change one's beliefs if such a change is to their benefit?" I think that your interpretation is interesting though. Unfortunately, your source is so short that it does not explain anywhere near enough and I was not able to read all of ...
Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Americans can now sue the Saudi gvm for 9/11?
Replies: 38
Views: 6355

### Re: Americans can now sue the Saudi gvm for 9/11?

It is specifically Kim Kardashian and people like her that I have a problem with. Well, first, she does contribute to culture - she produces content that people are interested in and entertained by. Second, why? Seriously, what bothers you so much about her? That she's just famous for no particular...
Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: I need a new desktop, might try building my own?
Replies: 41
Views: 18488

### Re: I need a new desktop, might try building my own?

I want to make my own desktop for the first time. I have 3 goals: 1: It is cheap to make. 2: It can be upgraded when I have more capital later. 3: It can run games. I know that gaming computers are infamous for being expensive. However, I am ready to make 2 compromises that should help bring the pri...
Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:30 am UTC
Topic: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs
Replies: 48
Views: 12923

### Re: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs

Search the American equivalent of the Daily Mail for articles about terrorism? I actually started my research by googling 'terrorism Daily Mail'. However, once I realized that the Daily Mail was based in the U.K. I did not have any ideas on how to continue. I think you'll find that there is no &quo...
Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:45 pm UTC
Topic: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs
Replies: 48
Views: 12923

### Sources for Terrorism Beliefs

I am writing an article on misconceptions on terrorism, which means I need to learn what misconceptions the average American has about terrorism. So... how do I do that?
Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Stopping my Laptop from Over Heating
Replies: 16
Views: 5307

### Re: Stopping my Laptop from Over Heating

Really! I would have guessed that 100 o F would be the safe limit. I guess they make this stuff better than I thought. A tad over body temperature? That'd be a very low limit for electronic consumer goods (although also an improbably high one for deep-space IR telescope sensors). I think that you f...
Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14278
Views: 2023081

### Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Being unsure whether or not this warrants it's own topic (I can't actually believe it's true...), but Jerusalem rabbis 'condemn dog to death by stoning' A Jewish rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a stray dog it feared was the reincarnation of a lawyer who insulted its judges, reports s...
Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Stopping my Laptop from Over Heating
Replies: 16
Views: 5307

### Re: Stopping my Laptop from Over Heating

"You can check the specifications of your particular CPU at http://www.cpu-world.com which details the maximum operating temperature for many processors. In general you should consider 60 degrees Celcius [140°F] the absolute maximum for long periods, but aim for 45-50 degrees [ 113 to 122°F] t...