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by Minchandre
Sun Oct 24, 2010 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Demonstrating bandgap shift in a cryogenic LED
Replies: 10
Views: 2820

Re: Demonstrating bandgap shift in a cryogenic LED

How are you measuring the bandgap shift? It's definitely not going to be a visible shift - you should be able to detect it on a sufficiently sensitive spectrometer. The shift is going to be small - possibly sub-nanometer depending on the material and crystal structure- because bandgap's temperature ...
by Minchandre
Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mechanical limits of the human body.
Replies: 6
Views: 1115

Re: Mechanical limits of the human body.

A lot of these measures were obtained under...dubious circumstances, and so aren't necessarily easy to find. Checking US DoD databases should do the trick...I can't think of anywhere else to check.
by Minchandre
Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Hot Vs Cold Potato
Replies: 6
Views: 1040

Re: Hot Vs Cold Potato

Tass wrote:
BlackSails wrote:(namely, assuming that an object at a uniform temperature has all molecules at a uniform energy)


No one is assuming that.


That assumption is inherent to calculating latent energy by way of specific heat.
by Minchandre
Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: gog.com "Good Old Games"
Replies: 72
Views: 10505

Re: gog.com "Good Old Games"

Just bought Arcanum. Now I remember why I never played it all that much. I'm stuck already - go me. Just outside of Shrouded Hills is a bridge to Tarant, but there's Luke the Witless with two henchmen. As far as I'm aware, there are two ways to get through: Kill them or destroy the bridge m...
by Minchandre
Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In Soviet Russia, You Blow Up Tanks
Replies: 13
Views: 2157

Re: In Soviet Russia, You Blow Up Tanks

Doubt it. As touched on in the article, intelligence is a delicate game of they-know-that-we-know-that-they-know. There's no sense giving away that you know for the sake of a little joke and minor propaganda victory. I think this fact alone makes it very unlikely that the story is true. I'm not a h...
by Minchandre
Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Depleted Uranium
Replies: 53
Views: 10229

Re: Depleted Uranium

I'm seeing a lot of comparisons to lead... How do they compare in terms of reactivity? Because if, for example, U will react to form soluble salts fast than lead, then one would expect a similar increase in the amount of Uranium making its way into the local water supply. My google-fu is failing to...
by Minchandre
Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:11 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Question about schools in Miami
Replies: 5
Views: 1367

Re: Question about schools in Miami

Yeah, douchiest state, what, with all those gorgeous people and beautiful beaches. Real douches. To borrow a line from Xaddak, how do they get anything done with all that paradise? Min, just have your friend look at schools in Miami. Are they google challenged? They Googled and all, but they still ...
by Minchandre
Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Visual puzzle
Replies: 31
Views: 8248

Re: Visual puzzle

Veritas wrote:Hint:
Spoiler:
The strips have a background coler and they are each 'speaking' to you


Spoiler:
The hex code for the background colors each corresponds to a 3 letter string, perhaps? Too lazy to check it.
by Minchandre
Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Depleted Uranium
Replies: 53
Views: 10229

Depleted Uranium

I am completely boggled as to why people complain so much about the use of depleted uranium weapons (this particular rant set off by Anti-Flag's song, "Depleted Uranium is a War Crime", off their album For Blood and Empire . Looking online, I see that there are a number of reports of incre...
by Minchandre
Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US deficit: 1.3 trillion
Replies: 86
Views: 7994

Re: US deficit: 1.3 trillion

In all seriousness. How does the US ever expect to plug that hole? That's $4,161 per person, just to break even. I don't see a family of 4 paying a 16k tax raise without going bankrupt. How about we acknowledge that the US debt isn't particularly meaningful, that the US's debt as a proportion of it...
by Minchandre
Fri Oct 08, 2010 5:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Weezer 'offered' $10 million to split up
Replies: 18
Views: 2721

Re: Weezer 'offered' $10 million to split up

So far the guy has collected 1% of the total. Let the bashing commence. I was pretty impressed at first, because $100,000 is a lot of money. Then I saw that it's 1%, rounded up. :? Same. Also, I'm sure that $10 million is large compared to how much a highly successful rock band makes off of touring...
by Minchandre
Thu Oct 07, 2010 2:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: mysterious force slows pioneer spacecraft
Replies: 60
Views: 5771

Re: mysterious force slows pioneer spacecraft

If my understanding is right (and that's a very very big if), gravitational lensing poses no contradiction to MOND. I don't think he's referring to the existence of gravitational lensing in general, but instead, stuff like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullet_Cluster ...But the Bullet Cluster doesn'...
by Minchandre
Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Let Me In (remake of Let the Right One In)
Replies: 6
Views: 1274

Re: Let Me In (remake of Let the Right One In)

raaage. RAAAGE. Americans should just learn how to read subtitles. Less splattery gore, more awesome vampire plotz. Actually, the thing I'm most angry about is that they called it "Let Me In" because apparently "Let the Right One In" is too long for an American audience. T_T /fu...
by Minchandre
Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Human impact on this world... and another?
Replies: 12
Views: 1924

Re: Human impact on this world... and another?

I've often considered this sort of thing. We are just as much alive as beavers and ants, so aren't cities just as natural as beaver dams and ant hills? I think so. People burning rainforests for crop-land is just as much a natural phenomenon as rainforests growing in the first place. The earth has ...
by Minchandre
Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Basic quantum chemistry questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1670

Re: Basic quantum chemistry questions

you seem to be looking for a way to use your intuition about other things to try and develop one about quantum mechanics I suppose that's the crux of the problem, since I've always been taking everything I study with a semi-intuitive basis. For instance, I didn't bother memorizing the integration b...
by Minchandre
Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: BrainHex gamer personality test
Replies: 63
Views: 11798

Re: BrainHex gamer personality test

Mastermind-Seeker, with No Mercy.

In fact, I am listening to "No Mercy" from the C&C soundtrack right now in celebration.
by Minchandre
Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Basic quantum chemistry questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1670

Re: Basic quantum chemistry questions

These problems have been bugging me since I've learned quantum chemistry. a) Why is the probability of finding an electron at a certain location the ratio of the wavefunctions-squared of a 0 and 0? Because. No, seriously, it's a postulate of QChem. Basically, it's one of the central conceits that t...
by Minchandre
Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Graphene - Ultra thin carbon sheet
Replies: 25
Views: 3018

Re: Graphene - Ultra thin carbon sheet

Roĝer wrote:Thus proving conclusively that duck tape can be used for anything, including winning a Nobel Prize.


Actually, Scotch tape is preferred - at least, in the labs at my school.
by Minchandre
Tue Oct 05, 2010 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Graphene - Ultra thin carbon sheet
Replies: 25
Views: 3018

Re: Graphene - Ultra thin carbon sheet

Fun fact: the easiest and cheapest way to make graphene is to put a strip of tape onto a chunk of graphite, and then lift the tape off, hopefully bringing with it a single graphene sheet :P
by Minchandre
Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Experimental or observational proofs of other dimensions
Replies: 17
Views: 2084

Re: Experimental or observational proofs of other dimensions

Those ones are infinite. Infinite is very different from small. Actually, one of the current en vogue theories is that the three primary spatial dimensions are finite but unbounded (like the 2D surface of a sphere), which of course implies at least one additional spatial dimension for them to be &q...
by Minchandre
Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: gog.com "Good Old Games"
Replies: 72
Views: 10505

gog.com "Good Old Games"

This is a pretty cool site, which offers downloads of old, good games with no DRM or whatever. Prices are in the $5-10 range which, when combined with the fact that there's a bunch of old favorites, leads to thoughtless purchases, which is kinda bad. I immediately purchased Planescape: Torment (whic...
by Minchandre
Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pertussis at an all-time high
Replies: 55
Views: 5723

Re: Pertussis at an all-time high

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Glad to know my kids are destroying society.

In unrelated news, almost four years after the sudden onset of idiopathic rheumatoid juvenile arthritis twelve hours after getting a vaccination, my son is almost off of his chemotherapy medication!


Vaccination for what, if I may ask?
by Minchandre
Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Suicide in the military.
Replies: 39
Views: 4452

Re: Suicide in the military.

He compared two reported suicide rates for two different populations. He then found that the military had a lower suicide rate then the general male population. That's a pretty good indicator that suicide isn't a rampant problem for the military. A better comparison would be taking the suicide rate...
by Minchandre
Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Suicide in the military.
Replies: 39
Views: 4452

Re: Suicide in the military.

According to this page the USA has a suicide rate amongst males (which most soldiers are) of about 20 per 100,000. There are about 1.9 million soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. So that would mean an expected annual suicide rate of 380. The article says there have been 1100 suicides over a ...
by Minchandre
Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Family: Evangelicals in the Military, and Senate
Replies: 26
Views: 3523

Re: The Family: Evangelicals in the Military, and Senate

So, a shadowy cabal of religionists controlling the government? And they're not Jewish? :o

Seriously, though, I'm going to call B.S. on this one. It's a very old style of rumor, and I suspect that they're no more dangerous than any other largish influential group on Capital Hill.
by Minchandre
Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intel wants to charge $50 to use your CPU fully
Replies: 99
Views: 9515

Re: Intel wants to charge $50 to use your CPU fully

Keep in mind that perfect competition and innovation are at odds with each other. That pretty much nails it. I'd add a possible corollary: in innovation intensive markets, which are monopolistics by nature, it doesn't make sense to rant against government intervention, since the main reason to avoi...
by Minchandre
Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 4chan leads DDoS attacks against MPAA, RIAA
Replies: 66
Views: 8908

Re: 4chan leads DDoS attacks against MPAA, RIAA

Vincent91 wrote:On an even brighter note, 4chan is working once again.


I've yet to see a counterattack that did more damage to 4chan than Anonymous did in the initial attack.
by Minchandre
Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intel wants to charge $50 to use your CPU fully
Replies: 99
Views: 9515

Re: Intel wants to charge $50 to use your CPU fully

What I want to know is if the locked chip will be sold at a lower price than would otherwise have been the case.
by Minchandre
Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Grad School in the US?
Replies: 8
Views: 1346

Re: Grad School in the US?

I suspect this is also the case in Europe, but in the States (in Engineering and the hard sciences, at least), rec letters are all. Do rec letters absolutely have to be from academic tutors, and is there a reasonable limit to the number you can submit? I'm thinking perhaps: - 2 letters from my acad...
by Minchandre
Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Grad School in the US?
Replies: 8
Views: 1346

Re: Grad School in the US?

Your GPA seems fine, though as a foreign student, most departments won't consider that. That means you should study your ass off for the GRE, because it will get a comparatively higher level of importance. I suspect this is also the case in Europe, but in the States (in Engineering and the hard scie...
by Minchandre
Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
Replies: 158
Views: 41263

Re: "Physicists" discussion (#793)

Burned the liberal-arts majors and the physics majors? Oh, here we go again... Although to be honest, I think this could apply to any variety of major encountering a problem in any field that is not their own. So really, the only insult is to the liberal-arts majors. But really, it says right in th...
by Minchandre
Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Artificial Ovaries
Replies: 8
Views: 1605

Re: Artificial Ovaries

Just to confirm: the artificial ovary can mature human eggs, but we still can't manufacture those, right?
by Minchandre
Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
Replies: 158
Views: 41263

Re: "Physicists" discussion (#793)

Gah, so true, except replace "first encounters" with "ever encounters". My favorite was a physicist telling me that he didn't understand why we had 6 Circuits courses, he learned it all in one semester. Presented with a typical problem in the last course in that sequence ("D...
by Minchandre
Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Turkey's Constitutional Amendments?
Replies: 33
Views: 3263

Re: Turkey's Constitutional Amendments?

For what its worth, many of the reforms seem quite reasonable, and few seem even remotely or possibly "dangerous." Granted, not many have to be, but its worth noting some of the good ones: By all means: I especially like that they're withdrawing amnesty for those who participated in the c...
by Minchandre
Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Turkey's Constitutional Amendments?
Replies: 33
Views: 3263

Re: Turkey's Constitutional Amendments?

So I would be very careful with comparisons to Iran or Saudi-Arabia. There is a struggle at the moment, but it is foughtly mostly through democratic means. And until proven otherwise, the Islamists are the more democratic ones. Very true...though you must admit that allowing the executive to direct...
by Minchandre
Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cambridge University at no. 1 in world ranking.
Replies: 48
Views: 5711

Re: Cambridge University at no. 1 in world ranking.

Also, Cambridge, really? Pfffffffffffffft, not even, they don't even have a physics undergrad course. Cambridge does have a physics undergrad course - it's called "mathematics" Alternatively, Electrical Engineering...though I must admit that, as an American, the Engineering undergraduate ...
by Minchandre
Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Turkey's Constitutional Amendments?
Replies: 33
Views: 3263

Turkey's Constitutional Amendments?

Can anyone give me the low-down on this? I checked the Wiki page, which seems legit enough, but there's no citations anywhere and elections are always controversial.
by Minchandre
Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cambridge University at no. 1 in world ranking.
Replies: 48
Views: 5711

Re: Cambridge University at no. 1 in world ranking.

I particularly like ARWU, it always included the entire breakdown of score and methodology, and is very long so you can find many universities.(I also like it because it rates my alma mater in the teens, compared to just about anything else which puts it between 25-50) I didn't even think to look f...
by Minchandre
Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Duke Nukem Forever. Seriously.
Replies: 197
Views: 29735

Re: Duke Nukem Forever. Seriously.

Woopate wrote:I'll buy it simply to have it's box on my shelf. Regardless of quality.


Sadly, this is me, too.
by Minchandre
Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Penny Wong, Australian Labor Party, and Gay Marriage
Replies: 6
Views: 1403

Re: Penny Wong, Australian Labor Party, and Gay Marriage

Hawknc wrote:
Minchandre wrote:Also, who was that random woman in the audience they kept cutting to? The PM's partner?

The PM is female and straight, so that seems unlikely.


I meant MP...let me edit that.

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