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by ian
Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science is broken and we need to fix it.
Replies: 28
Views: 3006

Re: Science is broken and we need to fix it.

I think arXiv probably gets better the more you actually use it. If you just go and look at it and search for something random it probably appears not that great, if you are actually researching something and go there looking for papers on that topic and have used it before, then it's a whole lot be...
by ian
Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science is broken and we need to fix it.
Replies: 28
Views: 3006

Re: Science is broken and we need to fix it.

Given that generally a) the people that write the papers don't get paid b) the peers that review the papers don't get paid c) the people that edit the journals often don't get paid d) the only people that make money are the publishers there is very little reason that the larger, more well known and ...
by ian
Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question Re: Giant Hole Through the Earth
Replies: 87
Views: 20837

Re: Physics 'challenge question' ceptnotrly

clearly she will travel with damped harmonic motion back and forth through the core until the drag from air resistance slows her enough to stop in the centre, she will be weightless here. if you want non-physical answers this might not be the right forum Well actually the question just says she won...
by ian
Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question Re: Giant Hole Through the Earth
Replies: 87
Views: 20837

Re: Physics 'challenge question' ceptnotrly

She'll enter the world of hollow-earth and live happily ever after with the people of this place.
by ian
Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Megafauna
Replies: 49
Views: 5242

Re: Megafauna

gmalivuk wrote:And don't forget that the largest animal that has ever lived at any time is the blue whale.


Um, Godzilla says "Hi"
by ian
Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Lab Life: The Scientist's Coffee Corner
Replies: 67
Views: 7109

Re: Lab Life: The Scientist's Coffee Corner

lesliesage wrote: but in the UK, any undergrad halfway sciencey is a BSc,


Apart from Oxford and Cambridge and a couple of others
by ian
Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 256819

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

The worst book I've ever read is quite easily 'The physics of immortality' by Frank Tipler. I say read, I only made it through about 20pages before the amount of wrongness made me chuck it away. Thank omega-point it was only 50p from the library.
by ian
Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: is the moon slowing us down?
Replies: 32
Views: 2636

Re: is the moon slowing us down?

Or we could fling it into the asteroid belt and see what chaos ensues
by ian
Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: is the moon slowing us down?
Replies: 32
Views: 2636

Re: is the moon slowing us down?

Well fine then! I'll find another means to plunge the moon into the surface of the earth.
by ian
Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Your Personal Library
Replies: 24
Views: 4417

Re: Your Personal Library

Due to the rather rubbish quality of the cross planks on my bed most of my books are currently stacked and acting as support for these. the kittens love the maze of book coloumns but it does make it hard to get them out from under the bed if i wasn't renting i'd probably get some nice fitted shelves...
by ian
Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: the most epic book debate ever conceived (Bookmarks)
Replies: 277
Views: 34357

Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived (Bookmarks)

bookmark (which is generally whatever i have handy rather than an actual bookmark)

dogears for me are for pages which i want to mark so i can come back to later
by ian
Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: is the moon slowing us down?
Replies: 32
Views: 2636

Re: is the moon slowing us down?

This is also why, in billions of years, when the moon has slowed down the earths spin enough, there is an equilibrium when the rates of the earth's spin and moons orbit are equal. So the moon would become geostationary at this point? (Assuming its orbital axis would line up with the Earth's rotatio...
by ian
Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is your (current) philosophy?
Replies: 81
Views: 8057

Re: What is your (current) philosophy?

my imagination could never produce a creature like for instance the platypus or most of the stuff they put in hentai movies, so if this world is a dream, it's not mine.


how you know? surely if this world was a creation of your mind your mind is a lot greater tahn you ever realised.
by ian
Wed Mar 12, 2008 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Specific Brainial Part!
Replies: 6
Views: 1135

Re: Specific Brainial Part!

Hmm, I was under the impression that the grotesque images were just produced in the same way as all the others in your stream of conciousness and it's the do not think about this/ am i not thinking about this process that 'highlights' it and sticks it in the front of your mind. I could be totally wr...
by ian
Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: xbox to PC connection
Replies: 8
Views: 1289

Re: xbox to PC connection

Is it possible to just hook up the xbox to a pc via an enthernet cable and play media on the xbox that way?
by ian
Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is space/time truly continuous?
Replies: 78
Views: 9069

Re: Is space/time truly continuous?

if the planck time is the amount of time it takes a photon to cross the planck length, how long it does it take something travelling slower?

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