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by Mokele
Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 10199

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

Well, bright colors don't do anything by themselves - unless there's another species around that can back up the threat. Actually, a variety of species use them as "flash colors" (to startle predators) or to confuse predators about the location of the head. A few even use them for camoufl...
by Mokele
Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 10199

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

Red & Blacks (Milk Snakes) are used a lot in horrible Hollywood movies involving [supposedly dangerous] snakes, because no one is supposed to be able to tell the difference. The funniest offender, IMHO, was "Snakes On A Plane", which at one point used a Boelen's Python as a "dang...
by Mokele
Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A science toolkit for beginners
Replies: 16
Views: 9972

Re: A science toolkit for beginners

How about my favorite: Go Outside. Whether you're catching bugs under logs, looking at the night sky, birdwatching, examining rock formations, fishing, or chasing tornados, observing the natural world is vital, especially for the life sciences. There's much more to nature than gels and mice and PCRs...
by Mokele
Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Science of Autumn
Replies: 6
Views: 1491

Re: The Science of Autumn

This suggests it's very complex, involving the integration of multiple independent environmental factors including light, CO2, water, photosynthesis, and temperature. So the answer is basically "everything". The leaves apparently have an "abscission zone" at the base, with weak ...
by Mokele
Mon Mar 23, 2015 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fake Gun Store
Replies: 69
Views: 13238

Re: Fake Gun Store

If you owned a gun, would you be more likely to murder someone simply because it was in your possession? Would you be more likely to deliberately kill yourself? Yes, easily, for a simple reason - guns are MUCH more effective at inflicting lethal injuries than pretty much anything else most peoplke ...
by Mokele
Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fake Gun Store
Replies: 69
Views: 13238

Re: Fake Gun Store

OK, so the thread topic. Isn't there [/shouldn't there be?] something illegal about having a fake store? False advertising or something. If people wanted to still buy a gun, they would have to be told, "Haha, the joke's on you, this is just a prank video." Seems like there's something not...
by Mokele
Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Evolution
Replies: 151
Views: 10722

Re: Evolution

The House and Rent story was Hard for me. (ouch) I don't want to argue the fine points; But.... I might learn that my concept of Human Digestion is Wrong. I think: Without good working Symbiotic Relationships with the micro-organisms that live within, We, the Human Animal, suffers malnutrition that...
by Mokele
Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Evolution
Replies: 151
Views: 10722

Re: Evolution

That was an interesting link, Mokele. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protocarnivorous_plant It is so silly the things Reasonable People will argue about. There is a strict definition of carnivorous for a plant that a human does not meet. By this definition, many sun pitcher plants (Heliamphora)[6] a...
by Mokele
Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fake Gun Store
Replies: 69
Views: 13238

Re: Fake Gun Store

Which oddly, turns the NRA slogan "Guns don't kill people; people kill people" from silliness to great wisdom. Better to fix the software, the reasons for violence, than the hardware, the guns. Not easier, but better. Indeed, but then we come back to your thought of politics being the art...
by Mokele
Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fake Gun Store
Replies: 69
Views: 13238

Re: Fake Gun Store

But there are places with many more guns per capita than the US, without nearly the same levels of gun violence (of all sorts). I'm generally on-the-fence about the whole issue, but I do think that a large part of the problem isn't the guns, but that the US is a deeply, pathologically violent cultur...
by Mokele
Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Evolution
Replies: 151
Views: 10722

Re: Evolution

And I can argue about effectiveness. Without something to "lure" insects, the chance to land on you is like the chance to land on rock. How much do you think is : landable_area_on_plant/landable area all around? You need thouse sweet nectars, and you need them in the right spot to lure in...
by Mokele
Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Effect of a force on angular velocity?
Replies: 5
Views: 1583

Re: Effect of a force on angular velocity?

An off-axis force will result in both simultaneous rotation and linear acceleration - if you poke a pen in zero G, it'll spin while drifting away from you. You can, however, decompose it. If you see an object with both linear and rotational acceleration, you can calculate the force applied to the Co...
by Mokele
Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 26878

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

However aside from that I want to see you sit back and do nothing for 50 years. There aren't enough books and you won't be traveling the world on 20k. Depends on where you live - I lived in Cincinnati for 5 years on less than that, in a quite nice 2BR 2BA apartment, with enough cash left over to bu...
by Mokele
Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Evolution
Replies: 151
Views: 10722

Re: Evolution

Go read this. All of it. Cover to cover. Don't come back until you have. If I promise to read it, from cover to cover, will you answer every question I have after it? If you say yes, Im starting tommorow. Btw, thanks for trying not to communicate with links, as I requested. At least it wasnt the ma...
by Mokele
Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Evolution
Replies: 151
Views: 10722

Re: Evolution

by Mokele
Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: [BIOLOGY] Evolution
Replies: 35
Views: 2620

Re: [BIOLOGY] Evolution

This seems appropriate

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twinsen has already decided he knows the answer, and will simply refuse to listen to anything else, or will warp it to fit his needs. There's no changing his mind short of a genuine education or a lobotomy.
by Mokele
Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: [BIOLOGY] Individual count balance
Replies: 13
Views: 1788

Re: [BIOLOGY] Individual count balance

twinsen wrote:I dont think, we are on the same page.
I am not even sure that you have the same book.


Given these posts, I have to ask if you've ever even read a book?
by Mokele
Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 26878

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

If you want a world governed by "reality," I presume you have no moral objection to a poor person shooting you in the head and taking your stuff. That is also "reality" absent the oppressive hand of the social order. I don't know - reality did it is a pretty good excuse in that ...
by Mokele
Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 26878

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

Decisions have consequences. Tragic as it may be, her decisions are not my responsibility to subsidize. No, they are your moral obligation. If you see a man starving when you have food you can easily spare, not giving him your food is nothing less than morally abhorrent, bordering on malicious soci...
by Mokele
Thu Mar 05, 2015 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How should minimum wage be determined?
Replies: 204
Views: 26878

Re: How should minimum wage be determined?

Of course as sad as that individual story might be, what you missing from the narrative are the stream of bad decisions (and maybe some bad luck) that they will have taken to get to this junction. Unfortunately all type of welfare at best mitigate or at worse subsidise bad decision making. And thos...
by Mokele
Fri Feb 27, 2015 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: President Obama wants the Internet to be a Public Utility
Replies: 83
Views: 15390

Re: President Obama wants the Internet to be a Public Utilit

Yeah, I'm already at "equally terrible service for all". My sole options are assorted small providers with draconian data caps, Charter (which drops it's connection every 20 minutes during any Skype and suffers frequent random outages), and Comcast (who are so evil that their local office ...
by Mokele
Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate
Replies: 211
Views: 22432

Re: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate

I have spoken to the poor ignorant and frightened anti-Vaccer Moms. The common average person has No Clue who to believe. It is better for the Anti-Vaccer to allow Nothing to happen to their child than to let Medical Voo-Doo harm that child. It may not look like Voo-Doo to you and me. It looks like...
by Mokele
Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Statistics question.
Replies: 9
Views: 2119

Re: Statistics question.

No, that tells me the 95% confidence interval for the mean. I'm assuming this is a low-level stats course, so you can probably assume normality simply because that's what all these classes do at that level. If you know the current mean and standard deviation, the 95% CI is just two standard deviati...
by Mokele
Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: President Obama wants the Internet to be a Public Utility
Replies: 83
Views: 15390

Re: President Obama wants the Internet to be a Public Utilit



Is this the end of the battle? Or are there mechanisms by which this could be reversed in either the short or long term?
by Mokele
Mon Feb 23, 2015 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate
Replies: 211
Views: 22432

Re: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate

I'm not a great fan of this approach for vaccination, as I feel it's inherently dishonest, and contributes to persecution complexes, and doesn't actually change minds. The cause is worthy, sure, but going about it this way, well...it's not a good fix. I actually hold out some hope that, as a silver...
by Mokele
Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why is video compression such a big deal?
Replies: 15
Views: 6722

Re: Why is video compression such a big deal?

I've got no prob with AVIs, but can Vdub edit? I just want to grab out tiny clips from larger files. It's a codec thing. Without some added plugin or something I'm not sure I ever got working (Avidemux I think just worked on the box and is similarly capable), it doesn't handle MPEG. That will exclu...
by Mokele
Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why is video compression such a big deal?
Replies: 15
Views: 6722

Re: Why is video compression such a big deal?

See, this is only compounding my "wtf, video?" confusion. 4 GB to 4 MB?! How is that possible? What in the world is going on with video technology that that sort of thing is possible? (Sidebar: What kind of work do you do that you're anaylzing 10 second, 4GB video clips?) In all fairness,...
by Mokele
Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Government Stopped Inequality From Rising
Replies: 33
Views: 6711

Re: US Government Stopped Inequality From Rising

It purports to show that the axiom "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer" was false due to a combination of recession and government intervention. We can draw the conclusion that income inequality is not inevitable and that government can do something to stem the tide. In other wor...
by Mokele
Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why is video compression such a big deal?
Replies: 15
Views: 6722

Re: Why is video compression such a big deal?

Two words: Virtualdub & Xvid I use a LOT of videos for my scientific work, and annoyingly, one of the tools I use for analysis only accepts uncompressed AVIs, and I need them at full 1080p. A 10 second clip is around 4GB for my stuff, even with audio stripped out. But once I run it through Virtu...
by Mokele
Sun Feb 08, 2015 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Mirror
Replies: 14
Views: 5962

Re: Black Mirror

Izawwlgood wrote:White Bear - Holy fuck that twist was hard to stomach.


Yeah, that's why I didn't reply until now. :wink:
by Mokele
Sat Feb 07, 2015 4:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate
Replies: 211
Views: 22432

Re: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate

You haven't established that the Federal Government can , or under what authority they could act to override state law. "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the Unit...
by Mokele
Fri Feb 06, 2015 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate
Replies: 211
Views: 22432

Re: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate

But what you want and what you might get are two very different things. While you are fighting a significant fight that involves entrenched belief systems, others will be practicing the art of the achievable, which is occasionally called politics. So your political philosophy is "pick the low-...
by Mokele
Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate
Replies: 211
Views: 22432

Re: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate

The point, that you seem to be missing, is that in a cost-benefit analysis of this situation, there is literally nothing in the benefit column. Zero. Nothing. Nada. So you aren't so good at math. Ok. The benefit is giving the most freedom with the least harm. The question is, what is the least amou...
by Mokele
Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate
Replies: 211
Views: 22432

Re: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate

Would you be on with someone bringing and leaving snakes into a playground, say, 3 to 5 times a week? No. So what's your point? That kids on a playground unvaccinated are as dangerous as snakes? Depending on species, sure. Copperheads are actually quite laid-back and reluctant to bite. I should als...
by Mokele
Thu Feb 05, 2015 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate
Replies: 211
Views: 22432

Re: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate

Izawwlgood wrote:Would you be on with someone bringing and leaving snakes into a playground, say, 3 to 5 times a week?


Absolutely!

Oh, wait, sorry, I thought the question was "Would you happily endanger local children to get unlimited free snakes?"
by Mokele
Thu Feb 05, 2015 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Mirror
Replies: 14
Views: 5962

Re: Black Mirror

Well, I'm not sure it's a crutch, so much as just easy to make fun of. Part of what makes shows like Black Mirror and Twilight Zone fun is that you *know* there's going to be a twist or message or somesuch, and you try to figure out what it is. Are they pawns in some alien's game? What's the secret ...
by Mokele
Thu Feb 05, 2015 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate
Replies: 211
Views: 22432

Re: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate

Is it reasonable for a business owner to bar unvaccinated folks? Some doctor's are refusing to see patients that won't get there vaccinations. http://www.oregonlive.com/today/index.ssf/2015/01/some_doctors_wont_see_patients.html I have really mixed feelings about this. Why? A doctor's office will h...
by Mokele
Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate
Replies: 211
Views: 22432

Re: US measles outbreak as fewer parents vaccinate

so yes its irresponsible and yes a lot of people doing it is bad, but the social price on these things is pretty low As I pointed out earlier, the death rate and morbidity from measles is roughly comparable to venomous snakebite. Driving too fast may get a small fine, but letting your kid play unsu...
by Mokele
Thu Feb 05, 2015 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Mirror
Replies: 14
Views: 5962

Re: Black Mirror

I actually really like it (and also like the original Twilight Zone).

However, that said, this site parodies it pretty well, to the point that my wife and I will just randomly look at each other super-seriously and say "What if phones, but too much?"

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