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by sakeniwefu
Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Saving the polar bear
Replies: 25
Views: 2969

Re: Saving the polar bear

No way we are ever going to surpass these murderous bastards :lol: .
K-T level extinction at most. The CO2 we have released in 200 years has always been there after all.
by sakeniwefu
Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 43622

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

About the fixed number of vertebrae for mammals, it is not very difficult to understand.[...snip...] As pointed out, other vertebrates have no problem switching these numbers in a relatively short time, and over and over again (even within snake families you get different numbers). So why do mammal...
by sakeniwefu
Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DINOSAURS!
Replies: 31
Views: 5048

Re: Dinosaurs all a lie?

Also, any ideas of a viral extinction event fails to explain the iridium in the K-T boundary . Gyah, beat me to it. :) Yes, that does speak of either an asteroid impact blasting it into the air, or an asteroid impact blasting it out of the EARTH into the air. Or the intelligent dinosaurs burning th...
by sakeniwefu
Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How do I forge an elite?
Replies: 78
Views: 11299

Re: How do I forge an elite?

I don't think I agree with your methods. What you are suggesting is telling toddlers "This is a library, in there are books, come back to me when you have invented faster than light travel." I believe you must teach kids until their teens at which point they will be able to act the way you...
by sakeniwefu
Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russia. Again. But now Poland
Replies: 66
Views: 10274

Re: Russia. Again. But now Poland

Nuclear war is not really likely to happen even if there is a war. Nukes are a last resort. More so when you have the American(or the Russian or both) warheads pointing at you. When the UK fought with Argentina for the Malvinas/Falklands they didn't use nuclear force. When the US invaded Iraq they d...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russia. Again. But now Poland
Replies: 66
Views: 10274

Re: Russia. Again. But now Poland

There's no fucking way Europe is going to war right now. They're thinking of inducting Georgia to NATO however (which actually makes some sense from an energy security point of view), and if after that happens Georgia and Russia fight again... then we're fucked. But I doubt Russia would mess with G...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marijuana
Replies: 172
Views: 25808

Re: Marijuana

I don't see any point in prohibiting any drug. The governments do it because it wins votes from their stupid voters and because they can(You could ban tobacco if it wouldn't mean losing a lot of money, but luckily alcohol is safe, as it magically appears as long as you have sugars and water). The ba...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DINOSAURS!
Replies: 31
Views: 5048

Re: Dinosaurs all a lie?

All the non-disaster related theories only account for the extinction of dinosaurs. Most species of animals and plants, sea and land, were wiped out. A single virus could wipe a single species if it only has a single population. It could even wipe a few species of very closely related animals, What ...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain your avatar!
Replies: 1628
Views: 151613

Re: Explain your avatar!

My avatar is a picture of a Higgs boson.
:wink:
by sakeniwefu
Thu Aug 21, 2008 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best language for n00bs
Replies: 261
Views: 106103

Re: Best language for n00bs

Python is this generation's Basic. Python is better than BASIC of course but it lacks what made BASIC and VB the languages of choice for amateur and corporate programmers and scientists; easy screen and file IO. PSET, POINT, PRINT, INKEY$ , OPEN, GET,PUT and INPUT beat the crap out of any language ...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Asteroid mining and other space stuff: how useful, how soon?
Replies: 279
Views: 22436

Re: Asteroid mining and other space stuff: how useful, how soon?

You all seem to ignore two facts about a Mars colony that greatly increase life expectancy. ⋅  You can keep most life-threatening viruses and bacteria on Earth. ⋅  You only get to eat healthy food like algae, vegetables and fungi plus earth nutritional supplements. Heart disease ...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Home experiment with aerogel
Replies: 11
Views: 5353

Re: Home experiment with aerogel

If you watch the article on freeze-drying, -40 degrees C or less(usually -50 to -80) are needed at the freezing stage. I don't have any ultra-freezer at home, although I suppose you could possibly get some liquid nitrogen(or dry ice and methanol). High temp. freezing would probably destroy or damage...
by sakeniwefu
Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 43622

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

Or if the majority predator hunts by field-sensing, the zappy charge build-up cold serve as a warning in itself... Or as camoflage in the electric field? If you make a field big enough to obscure your outline maybe the electro-sensing predator can't see you? Pure speculation there though.... As alw...
by sakeniwefu
Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Paleontology
Replies: 4
Views: 1016

Re: Paleontology

IIRC, currently the idea is that they provided extra insulation first and were only later adapted for display and then flight. In fact the "current" line of thought is that the Maniraptora are secondarily flightless as they have advanced feathers as opposed to insulation feathers or hairy...
by sakeniwefu
Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Magic as a form of energy (fantasy project)
Replies: 37
Views: 4110

Re: Magic as a form of energy (fantasy project)

Charlie! wrote: Perhaps you could have pills or special pumps that could grow your organ.

Yeah, exaclty what we needed. Drug addict wizards. And magic spam. You found a scroll of 3NLARG3 UR 0RGAN!! :lol:
by sakeniwefu
Tue Aug 12, 2008 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 43622

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

A little zap could be plenty useful. It could stun insects for prey, for example. It wouldn't be little anymore or they would have to get very close to the prey. Maybe they developed a useful zap in one step but confusion at a distance, even of much smaller preys requires some very strong magnetic ...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War in Georgia
Replies: 98
Views: 9219

Re: War in Georgia

I don't think there is any right side, Georgia is keeping the Ossetian people by force. However, it is clear that Russia is invading Georgia and that to them Ossetia is just a pawn like Iraq was to the US until it became a Queen and screw them up. Next stop Ukraine. They don't need to invade their s...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Aug 11, 2008 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: OSDev
Replies: 8
Views: 1616

Re: OSDev

The difficulty lies more in having to deal with hardware that won't have any kind of documentation that you can use, than coming up with some scheduler and malloc and learning how to code reentrant code. Most hobby OSes never make it out of Bochs, because the work needed to support a single new piec...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Chinese dictionary
Replies: 26
Views: 4471

Re: Chinese dictionary

And you are right it is the mouth radical. I guess it means happiness in Chinese as well as in Japanese. Most radicals are obvious and the ones that aren't tend to follow some rule. Although some characters have different radicals in Traditional, Simplified, Old Japanese, Japanese and Korean, the in...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: War in Georgia
Replies: 98
Views: 9219

Re: War in Georgia

Well, the first thing that crossed my mind after Ghost Recon was the Nazis claiming to free the German speaking populations to invade its neighboring countries. This time we are told it is the "Ossetians", but nothing should stop the Russians from freeing the Russian minorities and divided...
by sakeniwefu
Mon Aug 11, 2008 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: evolution: hard to fathom instances
Replies: 219
Views: 43622

Re: evolution: hard to fathom instances

The one I'm wondering about is electric eels. How the hell does the ability to produce a large electric field come about? Muscles and nerves naturally produce small electric fields, and many organisms (sharks, rays) can passively sense electric fields. There are fishes, like the Elephant nose fish,...
by sakeniwefu
Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Assembly programming help (FPU instructions)
Replies: 2
Views: 1256

Re: Assembly programming help (FPU instructions)

If you asm x86 you want to use fasm. Nobody forces you to use the additional instructions, it is the fastest, and it has a nice GUI you can use in Windows and Wine.
by sakeniwefu
Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0460: "Paleontology"
Replies: 109
Views: 20057

Re: "Paleontology" Discussion

jbass357 wrote:i love dinosaurs cause they're so delicious. 8)

They taste like chicken. :roll:
by sakeniwefu
Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0460: "Paleontology"
Replies: 109
Views: 20057

Re: "Paleontology" Discussion

I would love a remake of Jurassic Park with the "new" feathered and furry dinosaurs. After all, Hollywood is the closer we will ever be to alive non-avian dinosaurs. I was into dinosaurs before Jurassic Park as well, but many of the things I learned about such as egg eating oviraptors have...
by sakeniwefu
Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Recent thread re engineers and creationism?
Replies: 76
Views: 6308

Re: Recent thread re engineers and creationism?

I have South Korean friends but many of their fellow Koreans are racist religious and militaristic crackpots. I've also met North Koreans and were far more easy going and open than their meridional counterparts. Religion really fucks people's minds up. Obviously, engineers from a non-religious backg...
by sakeniwefu
Fri Aug 08, 2008 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Desalinization
Replies: 12
Views: 1481

Re: Desalinization

You just need a cloudy mountain and the Sun Goddess will desalinate sea water and provide it to you in vapor form ready to condensate. They use this method successfully in Chile with very low technology to irrigate a small village. Some specialized cloud eating plant could probably be much more effe...
by sakeniwefu
Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: How to move the cursor
Replies: 48
Views: 12052

Re: How to move the cursor

It's nvi actually but I use the arrow keys. hjkl just doesn't feel right. J and K should have had their function inverted, so that J was up and K was down.
by sakeniwefu
Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: glow in the dark crab claw no joke guys what is this
Replies: 9
Views: 1725

Re: glow in the dark crab claw no joke guys what is this

A google search for 'bioluminescent crab' or 'glow-in-the-dark crab toy' or 'I am a bioluminescent troll' should give you an answer, else go see a marine biologist.
by sakeniwefu
Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:08 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Switching to Ubuntu. what media player do you use?
Replies: 20
Views: 2498

Re: Switching to Ubuntu. what media player do you use?

mplayer, the included players are all crippled by US laws or something. mplayer for videos and gmplayer for sounds. Else, the GIMP-like navigation bar gets in the way.
by sakeniwefu
Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Recent thread re engineers and creationism?
Replies: 76
Views: 6308

Re: Recent thread re engineers and creationism?

Religion is after all a token to replace what we don't know and give us abstractions that work or seem to work. Some people are content with being NPCs with simple hard-coded behavior while some people want to be the @ and understand the game to feel in control of the situation. It is unsurprising t...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Information for programming a rogue-like in VB
Replies: 9
Views: 2029

Re: Information for programming a rogue-like in VB

That said, the differences between VB6 and even the first version of VB.Net are probably more substantial and almost certainly more important from a theoretical CS view than the difference between VB3 and VB6. Also you can get VB Express editions for free, which I'm basically certain you could use ...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Natto
Replies: 20
Views: 1764

Re: Natto

Natto: vile. My Japanese colleagues find great amusement in foreigners who pretend to like it in order to be a REEL OTAKU!111, etc. I remain safe from their scorn, because I freaking hate it. :mrgreen: I guess I am one of the R33L 0TAKU5 being laffed at, then. I honestly don't find any smell in nat...
by sakeniwefu
Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Wine!
Replies: 104
Views: 39529

Re: Wine!

Wine is red wine. Room temperature is also usually better tasting than cool if the wine is good, so disregard stupid bottle indications.
by sakeniwefu
Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: KDE4
Replies: 22
Views: 3963

Re: KDE4

I have just tried out the updated OpenSUSE live CD. I must say I am completely underwhelmed by the KDE4 experience. The only widget that somehow appeals to me is the folderview, but the implementation details of the plasmoids from the user point of view are fugly. But as I know some people do really...
by sakeniwefu
Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0456: "Cautionary"
Replies: 160
Views: 26620

Re: "Cautionary" Discussion

Ubuntu... Uh. Really isn't linux. Of course it isn't, it works. :lol: Now while you might feel sorry for your cousin(mother whatever) their problem is that they have far too much free time. And I believe it is far better that they become Linux geeks than WOW players or drug dealers. They might end ...
by sakeniwefu
Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 151978

Re: What OS do you use?

I am surprised by the very few "others" as there is no BSD option in the list. I guess most were just pissed off at being told they use a hobby OS. I dual boot Ubuntu and OpenBSD in my Linux XPS1330 laptop. I use XUbuntu for webbrowsing, skyping, youtubing, wineing, virtual machines and of...
by sakeniwefu
Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Origins of Intelligence
Replies: 40
Views: 4861

Re: Origins of Intelligence

Intelligence is not something that appeared out of thin air with humans. Pattern recognition is the basic ability and for that you just need a bigger brain. But it is limited. Some of it is hard-wired while some of it is based off memory, the problem is that it requires actual experience and repetit...
by sakeniwefu
Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0455: "Hats"
Replies: 163
Views: 43062

Re: "Hats" discussion

It is evident that the two hats are mating. Let's just hope they don't spread as quickly as sporks.
by sakeniwefu
Mon Jul 28, 2008 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Information for programming a rogue-like in VB
Replies: 9
Views: 2029

Re: Information for programming a rouge-like in VB

If you are using VB6 the form drawing I/O functions: Print, Inkey$, etc. are far easier to use and more intuitive than the Windows console. More than enough for a roguelike.
by sakeniwefu
Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Ubuntu flavor
Replies: 23
Views: 6004

Re: Ubuntu flavor

I have found that XFCE over vanilla Ubuntu provides the best user experience for the least configuration. XFCE themes are easier to use and nicer than their GNOME and KDE counterparts. Oh, and XFCE panels actually hide when you tell them to autohide.

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