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by savanik
Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Copper Chemical Plating
Replies: 1
Views: 1379

Copper Chemical Plating

I had a weird chemical reaction yesterday that I'm puzzled about. Over the weekend I was working with copper wire on a jewelry project. I had a set of copper wires twisted into a ring, forged on an anvil by heating it to cherry red in a propane torch, then beating on it with your typical steel hamme...
by savanik
Wed May 22, 2013 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Designing a (Totally) self sufficient Mars colony
Replies: 245
Views: 39040

Re: Designing a (Totally) self sufficient Mars colony

The amount of atmo lost from escape and stripping isn't really relevant for the time scales we're worrying about. If you're talking about long term colonization, sure, every couple of thousand of years you'll have to pull a few more asteroids into an aerobreaking orbit to thicken things up again, b...
by savanik
Tue May 21, 2013 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Designing a (Totally) self sufficient Mars colony
Replies: 245
Views: 39040

Re: Designing a (Totally) self sufficient Mars colony

Well... ...Thoughts? If we're talking global engineering then, I think there may be utility in smashing a few comets into the planet, might bulk up the atmosphere a little. They're pretty much made of greenhouse gases (posibly a source of Nitrogen too). Even if its just CO2 and water vapour, the th...
by savanik
Mon May 20, 2013 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Designing a (Totally) self sufficient Mars colony
Replies: 245
Views: 39040

Re: Designing a (Totally) self sufficient Mars colony

Well, if we can't dig our way down to atmospheric pressure, then we just have to make our own atmosphere. The problem with the idea of trees is, well... there's just not enough atmosphere out there. With pressures that low, water boils at room temperature. Your trees will dry out and snap like britt...
by savanik
Thu May 16, 2013 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Designing a (Totally) self sufficient Mars colony
Replies: 245
Views: 39040

Re: Designing a (Totally) self sufficient Mars colony

Well... bother. Stupid commas! I should know better than to do math in a hurry over lunch without proofreading. Enough nukes COULD get us down to 130km... but yeah. Outgassing to the atmosphere probably starts to be non-negligible with that many nukes. Outgassing in general probably would create eve...
by savanik
Wed May 15, 2013 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Designing a (Totally) self sufficient Mars colony
Replies: 245
Views: 39040

Re: Designing a (Totally) self sufficient Mars colony

I looked into an interesting question lately. How deep would we have to make a hole on Mars to make the atmosphere pressure properly livable? Well, atmospheric pressure increases with depth, just like water. It depends on the weight of atmospheric column above you. Earth's mean sea level pressure (o...
by savanik
Wed May 08, 2013 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Immigration and Naturalization
Replies: 43
Views: 14875

Re: Immigration and Naturalization

2) A more varied skillset will push out the production possibilities frontier, increasing the range available where an economy is Pareto efficient. The United States issue up of various immigrant groups that had very different skillsets. Would the US be better off with 300m Irish firemen, or Irish ...
by savanik
Wed May 08, 2013 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Immigration and Naturalization
Replies: 43
Views: 14875

Re: Immigration and Naturalization

@savanik, how do propose it should work instead? Countries should allow anyone in as resident? Or as full citizen? What if a 100 million people apply? It's not really that complicated - define precisely what it means to be a resident and a citizen, and then apply that definition across the board, w...
by savanik
Tue May 07, 2013 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Immigration and Naturalization
Replies: 43
Views: 14875

Re: Immigration and Naturalization

My family has immigrated from Hong Kong to Canada and we are now naturalized Canadian citizens. I'm just curious as to why OP thinks the process of naturalization is impossible... I have a friend who successfully immigrated from the U.S. to Canada to get married to his love of his life - it involve...
by savanik
Tue May 07, 2013 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Immigration and Naturalization
Replies: 43
Views: 14875

Re: Immigration and Naturalization

I don't know for other countries, but here in the Netherlands crime statistics are pretty strong. Somewhat over half of all prisoners was born outside the country, compared to 10% of the popeulation. That's fairly interesting - I wasn't aware of that. I suppose that the U.S. crime statistics are hi...
by savanik
Mon May 06, 2013 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Immigration and Naturalization
Replies: 43
Views: 14875

Re: Immigration and Naturalization

While I agree that naturalization is much harder than it should be in the US, it's hardly "draconian". I'm pretty sure it's actually in line with what most other countries have, and countries like Japan have much stricter laws. That was kind of my point. The U.S. is very strict about who ...
by savanik
Mon May 06, 2013 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Immigration and Naturalization
Replies: 43
Views: 14875

Immigration and Naturalization

Why the heck is changing countries so hard? To clarify, some definitions: Immigration is moving from one country to another. Residency is actually living in the country for long periods. And Naturalization is the act of acquiring citizenship within a host country. Naturalization is, by and large, ex...
by savanik
Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The DRM thread
Replies: 41
Views: 6375

Re: The DRM thread

I realize this isn't the Simcity thread at this point, but I just wanted to point out, for all their attempts at foiling pirated software, cracks are already available for Simcity that don't require EA, Origin, or always-on connections. In side news, EA Label's President is saying that DRM is a fail...
by savanik
Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wells Fargo Screws Customers, Denies Wrongdoing
Replies: 25
Views: 5567

Re: Wells Fargo Screws Customers, Denies Wrongdoing

Also, does anyone else feel like this whole thing feels like a casino game? I don't like feeling like banks are casinos. Any form of investment is taking a risk, just as with gambling. The difference is that everyone knows that in the long run, the casinos will always win. The banks have spent an a...
by savanik
Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.
Replies: 426
Views: 190567

Re: General Kickstarter Games Thread

Have there been any games released -- or betas, even -- that have been funded by Kickstarter? I think Kickstarter has only been around for a bit (or maybe has only been popular for a bit) so this might not actually be realistic, but it'd still be nice to actually have something to play after hearin...
by savanik
Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductive
Replies: 286
Views: 36788

Re: Overpopulation Rhetoric is Alarmist and Counterproductiv

You're implying that the only way overpopulation can be solved is by killing existing people. That's a straw man, nobody seriously proposes that. Historically, war has been the final solution to severe overpopulation - or specifically, a crippling shortage of basic resources. Nobody proposes it, bu...
by savanik
Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Misbehaving pupils ending up in court
Replies: 75
Views: 12595

Re: Misbehaving pupils ending up in court

Oh my gosh! A thread about Lucrece projecting his own personal issues onto something else! Ok, now this is just particularly inflammatory. Lucrece may be personally identifying with students, but that's no reason to drop down to ad hominem attacks. He's making good, logical points. If you want to a...
by savanik
Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 58928

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

I'd like to apologize in advance for this post. Okay, here goes: Actually if you want to go route of actually comparing Romney to either Mr. Burns or Charlie, then that begs the question who is comparable to Obama http://i.imgur.com/ICpaH.gif I've seen this particular line of argument from quite a ...
by savanik
Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"
Replies: 68
Views: 20207

Re: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"

Slightly related - Am I the only person who has real trouble telling what color somebody's eyes are? I generally can't unless I get within two / three feet and really actually look for it, at which point I generally get rather strange looks from people. Seems about the same range for seeing somebody...
by savanik
Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1033: "Formal Logic"
Replies: 132
Views: 40250

Re: 1033: "Formal Logic"

Out of all the things I learned in college, formal logic is probably one of the most useful things I've learned for my daily job. I do a lot of info searching, and being able to know that NOT (A OR B) is the same thing as NOT A AND NOT B really helps me troubleshoot queries. Irony: It was in a Philo...
by savanik
Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 272549

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

PUA reminds me a great deal of the mixed martial arts (MMA) community. There are some people who practice MMA as a martial art, and use it to stay in fit, build their self-image, and improve all-around as a person to become confident and better themselves as a human. Then there are those who practic...
by savanik
Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1020: "Orion Nebula"
Replies: 99
Views: 26508

Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

The Moomin wrote:Looking at Orion's pose, it does look like he should be shouting 'redefine ALL the constellation anatomies'.


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by savanik
Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 37839

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

Utopian anarchists, who find it deeply mysterious why human males are about 20% larger than human females, think that the institution of the State rather than a human tendency toward completely irrational violent behaviour driven by mate competition is the sole cause of war. War is defined as a con...
by savanik
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sugar is going to murder everything forever
Replies: 114
Views: 13858

Re: Sugar is going to murder everything forever

NOTE: Historically, substances have not been banned because of their inherent lethality, toxicity, or threat to the user or those around them. Substances are traditionally banned purely on moral grounds. This is why marijuana is banned, but alcohol and tobacco are not. It's why pseudoephedrine is on...
by savanik
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 38130

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

Yes, I've watched my tiny share of Ionesco and we read a bit about it on my theatre classes, and I think it's pretty fair to say that the execution can make, say, Rhinoceros range from genius to garbage. You may have a good joke in your hands, but if you don't deliver it well, you waste it. I may j...
by savanik
Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How can we motivate people to generate revenue?
Replies: 26
Views: 6822

Re: How can we motivate people to generate revenue?

As another example, if 10 million copies of a book sell for $20 each, that counts as $200 million in economic terms. If instead someone published the book and sold it at cost, say $2 each, and 50 million copies sold, that would only be half as much revenue economically. But it would put the book in...
by savanik
Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 24795

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

It sounds like a punishing tax wich would not be liked be women. I could be wrong though? I mean, no politician would ever say "smaller dick => bigger income tax", 'cause they'd be raising the taxes on themselves. There actually is a correlation between smaller penis and more money. I'll ...
by savanik
Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Health Quest
Replies: 19
Views: 4983

Re: Health Quest

Savanik: That would be totally cool. I read about some guys making a game called Fitocracy which works something like that. Wish I had thought that up and had the time to get it going. Fitocracy's fun and all, but it would be nice to have more real-time, gratuitous feedback. I was thinking like a R...
by savanik
Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Health Quest
Replies: 19
Views: 4983

Re: Health Quest

Hmm, and my mind went somewhere else entirely.

I was just thinking how cool it would be if you could have something in Everquest that lets you do extra damage for 15 minutes if you did 5 pushups or the like.
by savanik
Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Nutrition for running
Replies: 12
Views: 3319

Re: Nutrition for running

Given that my joints and tendons will now be ramping up to handle the extra work, is there anything in particular I should emphasise in my diet to help them along? Water. :D I used to run a LOT and was 135 pounds. Now I'm 200 (down from 220!) so I'm quite a bit heavier. When I started running again...
by savanik
Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Steam Hacked
Replies: 19
Views: 3306

Re: Steam Hacked

savanik: could someone, theoretically, create a rainbow table that is based off of a dictionary of words, with caps added, words stuck together, 'a' replaced with '@', numbers added to ends of words and such? Creating a rainbow table from a dictionary of words is trivially accomplished by running m...
by savanik
Thu Nov 17, 2011 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Steam Hacked
Replies: 19
Views: 3306

Re: Steam Hacked

The Steam database got hacked on Sunday. My credit card was compromised and used two states away Friday. The hack is a big deal. :) can someone explain where he got his measures of entropy for the comic? Probably by calculating them directly. If you know the size of your lookup table (common words i...
by savanik
Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 137135

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

I want a "no ocean" land-only map projection that fits nicely on a sheet of paper. Better for planning ridiculously long road trips. Why waste 70% of the map on blue ink, and places you can't pave? You can put the oceans back in if you give me pontoons. Since you're talking about ridiculo...
by savanik
Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?
Replies: 48
Views: 13186

Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

Where do you draw the line between "Well, it's not perfect but it's the best system we have" and "Too far, let's fucking riot"? [snark] Well, if you're from Penn State, the government-paid university firing the lead coach of your local sports team. [/snark] Seriously? It'd have ...
by savanik
Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 578950

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Dual Wield Bacon

Far Cry 2 is three years old now. If you want to keep up "max" settings you're gonna have to upgrade more often than that. A 512MB card is fine for minimums though so I don't see what you're complaining about... Oh, is the 1 GB the 'recommended' settings? I thought they were saying those ...
by savanik
Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 578950

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Dual Wield Bacon

It says 'DirectX 9 compatible NVIDIA or AMD ATI video card with 1GB of RAM (Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or higher; ATI Radeon 4890 or higher).' Whut. I was strongly considering pre-purchasing Skyrim. Now that I have hardware specs - screw that. I can run Far Cry 2 on my box almost at full graphics optio...
by savanik
Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: On paying more taxes than 37 of the US's largest corps
Replies: 82
Views: 10394

Re: On paying more taxes than 37 of the US's largest corps

About the top marginal tax bracket: If our aim is 'fairness', then we run into a question of 'is it fair they make this much money in their job' vs. 'is it fair that we take the money they earned'. A lot of people don't like that question and want better arguments to stand on, so they talk about rev...
by savanik
Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas judge beats his daughter for gaming [trigger warning]
Replies: 110
Views: 19533

Re: Texas judge beats his daughter for gaming [trigger warni

I don't think anybody is arguing that it isn't legally child abuse, savanik. But by any reasonable or moral definition of the words, it is definitely child abuse. Morality is defined by the society in which the context of the actions can be judged. I am arguing that the moral standards of Texas are...
by savanik
Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas judge beats his daughter for gaming [trigger warning]
Replies: 110
Views: 19533

Re: Texas judge beats his daughter for gaming [trigger warni

Well, this wasn't just a spanking with a belt, either. It's verbal abuse, intimidation, terror, and beating-in-anger. With a disturbing amount of pleasure to it. "Get out of the way, I didn't get a proper turn"? Really? If you're trying to argue this isn't child abuse, I'm intrigued to se...
by savanik
Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas judge beats his daughter for gaming [trigger warning]
Replies: 110
Views: 19533

Re: Texas judge beats his daughter for gaming [trigger warni

In the United States, the age of majority is 18. Before you are this old, you cannot: Live independently from your parents and control your life Vote Marry without parental consent Obtain non-emergency medical treatment without parental consent Run for office, or Enter into contracts. Which includes...

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